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Southampton General Development Plans 2014

Wednesday, 3rd September 2014 @ 1530hrs - 1900hrs

Novotel, Southampton, Southampton, SO15 1RA

Southampton General Development Plans 2014 | Event


FOUR of Southampton’s Leading Development Figures will be presenting their development/investment plans for the next couple of years!





    Event Sponsored by:           Programme Sponsored by: 

Galliford Try   Bouygues UK           MC&H

Event Format

  • 1530 – 1645; Networking with Wine, Beer and Soft Drinks
  • 1645 – 1815; Speaker Presentations
  • 1815 – 1900; Networking with Hot Food, Wine, Beer and Soft Drinks
  • 1900 – 2200; National Sponsor’s Dinner (INVITE ONLY)


Dawn Baxendale; Chief Executive, Southampton City CouncilDawn Baxendale

Dawn Baxendale was appointed as Chief Executive for Southampton City Council in July 2013, having served as the Council’s Interim Chief Executive since March 2013. Previously Dawn was the Director of Environment and Economy and has worked in Southampton City Council since 2009. Originally from Huddersfield, Dawn has had an impressive 25 year career in local government and has an excellent track record for providing leadership that delivers success. Starting with a fast-track management scheme with the European Commission, in Brussels, working for the World Bank in Romania, she’s worked the length of the country, from Doncaster and Wigan to the IOW, Portsmouth and Havant. Dawn is married with two children.

Clive Thomas; Port Manager, ABP Port of SouthamptonClive Thomas

Clive has over 17 years’ experience in the Port Sector and joined Southampton in his current role on 1st January 2012. The main responsibility is for the commercial side of the business in the port as well as Deputising for the Director. For the past 2 years Clive has also sat as a member of the Chamber of Commerce Business Board in Southampton. Prior to moving to Southampton Clive worked in ABP’s South Wales Ports.

Clive joined ABP in 1996 as a Graduate Management Trainee, with placements in Grimsby and Immingham, Southampton and South Wales. In 1997 he was promoted to the role of Commercial Manager for the port of Newport. After two years, this role lead on to 18 months as Sales and Marketing Manager for the South Wales Ports before a promotion to the role of Assistant Port Manager. In 2002 Clive moved to a larger role as Deputy Port Manager for the ports of Cardiff and Barry, before returning to Newport in the same capacity in 2004.

Between 2004 and 2012 the role was expanded to cover the ports of Newport, Swansea and Port Talbot. As Deputy to the Port Director the role covered the day to day management of the three ports, as well as the strategic development of the port facilities. This appointment included a 9 month period in 2006 as Acting Port Director, covering a period of ill health absence. During his time in South Wales Clive also served six years as a member of the Newport Harbour Commissioners, responsible for the safety of navigation on the River Usk and Port approaches.

Professor Mike Wilkinson; Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Southampton Solent UniversityMike Wilkinson

Mike joined Southampton Solent University as Deputy Vice-Chancellor in August 2010, and is Professor of International Education. He is responsible for student recruitment, marketing and international matters and has overseen the activities of all three faculties. Mike is a member of the Southampton Business Board of Hampshire Chamber of Commerce and the Committee of the Hampshire Asian Network.  He also represents the University as a Trustee of Sport Solent in the Community.  Mike is a Chartered Director and actively participates locally with the Institute of Directors.  He is currently working on projects to further enhance the interaction of the University with business.

Mike is a Visiting Professor at the National Academy of Education Administration, Beijing, China and also at the Shanghai Institute of Design. His research interests include widening participation in higher education and leadership, particularly with an international dimension. He is a Member of the Corporation of Totton College (Independent Governor).

Mike was previously Pro Vice Chancellor at London South Bank University where he established strategic collaborations with several leading universities. These included founding the Confucius Institute for Traditional Chinese Medicine, London, and the Centre for Efficient and Renewable Energy in Buildings, both of which he chaired.  He was formerly a board member of local strategic partnerships in two London boroughs and of the South Bank Employer’ Group.

Prior to returning to the sector in 2003, Mike worked for Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) – a global chemical company – for 22 years in leadership roles in Research and Development, Marketing, Export & Licensing, Strategic Planning, Logistics and Business Management. This included extensive international work in Asia Pacific, America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa and secondments to live in Germany (four years) and France (two years), where he operated through the German and French languages. He worked with the steel, aluminium, domestic appliance and building sectors as customers, and researched, developed and launched innovative, patented products into the market place. He has worked in the business-to-business and business-to-consumer sectors and has lengthy experience with household international brand names.

Mike studied at the University of Cambridge (Trinity College) obtaining an MA degree in Natural Sciences, followed by a PhD in Synthetic Organic Chemistry.

David Lees; Managing Director, Southampton AirportDavid Lees

Dave has had an extensive career in the Transport industry, having completed a degree in Transport Management and Planning at Loughborough University. His experience has primarily been in the Aviation sector centred on Airports and airlines, however he has also worked in the distribution industry.  Dave joined BAA in 1990 starting as a graduate trainee. He has held a wide range of roles at UK Airports including Heathrow, Stansted and Southampton airports, in areas such as passenger terminal management, engineering, industry regulation, commerce and service improvement.

Dave has worked at Southampton Airport since 2007, first as Planning & Development Director and then as Operations Director. Key achievements during this time have included the development of the Southampton Airport Master Plan detailing future growth plans up to 2030. Dave also instigated the £7 million capital investment programme in 2010 to improve airport facilities. He was appointed Managing Director of Southampton Airport in July 2010.




Southampton General Development Plans 2014 | Details



Wednesday, 3rd September 2014
1530hrs - 1900hrs


Novotel, Southampton
Southampton, SO15 1RA + Google Map


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