On the 22nd September, prominent business and public sector leaders will come together virtually at the inaugural Humber Estuary Development Conference – one of the region’s largest business conferences of the year.

300 attendees, 20 speakers and 15 exhibitors will all gather at the event hosted by Built Environment Networking, which will see the audience and speakers look to collaborate and drive economic growth across the Humber Estuary and the surrounding regions.

Topics throughout the day will include the area’s role in the Northern Powerhouse agenda, the industrial strategy, inward investment, green infrastructure and energy, the growing need for new homes, major development and regeneration projects, crucial infrastructure and more, with speakers including:

  • Hull City Council – Alex Codd, Assistant Director for Economic Growth and Regeneration
  • University of Hull – Professor Susan Lea, Vice Chancellor
  • Humber LEP – Stephen Parnaby, Chair
  • Yorkshire Energy Park – Jo Barnes, Managing Director
  • Drax – Karl Smith, Group Head of Policy and Government Relations
  • Ørsted – Emma Toulson, UK Lead Stakeholder Advisor
  • Yorkshire Water – Lee Pitcher, Head of Partnerships
  • North Lincolnshire Council – Simon Green, Deputy Chief Executive
  • East Riding of Yorkshire Council – Cllr Jane Evison, Cabinet Lead for East Coast Regeneration and Attractions
  • Lagoon Hull – Tim Rix, Director
  • Phillips 66 – Darren Cunningham, Lead Director and Executive Manager for the Humber Refinery
  • Hull BID – Kathryn Shillito, Executive Director
  • AURA – Louise Smith, Director
  • C4DI – John Connolly, Managing Director
  • Groupe Atlantic – Elaine Lancaster, Chief Technical Officer
  • University of Hull – Becky Huxley-Binns, Pro Vice Chancellor for Education
  • GB Recruitment – Antonio Tombanane, Managing Director
  • Humber LEP – Teresa Chalmers, Executive Director of Employment and Skills
  • Pagabo – Simon Toplass, Chief Executive

The day-long online event will provide a unique opportunity for delegates to not only hear from some of the leading figures in the region’s bid to drive economic growth across the Humber Estuary – but it also enables those in attendance to networking amongst others through a speed networking functionality, with options to video chat and visit virtual exhibition areas.

Diana Taylor, Managing Director at Marketing Humber, said: “We are delighted to work with Built Environment Networking to support this promotion of the Humber Estuary to a wider UK and international audience. It is essential now, both during recovery from the pandemic and as we drive forward with the clean growth agenda, that we are clear about the opportunities here in our region. We have everything within our industrial cluster – the carbon intensive sectors, the skills and capabilities – to demonstrate the multiple solutions required to reach a net zero carbon future.”

Keith Griffiths, Managing Director at Built Environment Networking, added: “We’re delighted to be hosting this virtual one-day conference. We’ve received some excellent support from the regional stakeholders including Marketing Humber, Humber LEP and the University of Hull, and there is a clear appetite to attract new investment and drive more inclusive and sustainable economic growth across the Humber Estuary. Collaboration, knowledge sharing and networking has never been more important – and this event will enable those interested in working across the area to connect and discover new opportunities at a time when face-to-face events aren’t possible.”

For more information or to register for the event visit: https://www.built-environment-networking.com/event/humber-development-conference/