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Special Roundtable with Philip Rycroft CB, Permanent Secretary at the Department for Exiting the European Union

Wednesday 21 February 2018

One of the key issues of current issues to the Forum's network in context of Brexit is the issue of future regulatory alignment with the European Union's institutions and agencies.  The subject is now clearly of increasing significance in particular the ways in which the UK can best continue to interact with UK regulatory agencies and systems.  Many believe that lines of communication and engagement should be kept open, with Britain also taking a more significant role in some of the global international regulatory structures.


Against this background, the Forum was delighted that Philip Rycroft CB, the Permanent Secretary at the Department for Exiting the European Union lead a discussion on these issues.

Special Roundtable with the Antonia Romeo, Permenant Secretary at the Department for International Trade

Tuesday 16 January 2018

Antonia Romeo joined a roundtable to discuss the work of the Department and the development of new dimensions in trade treaties and agreements following Brexit.  

Special Roundtable with Carolyn Fairbairn, Director General of the Confederation of British Industry

Thursday 5 October 2017

The Forum welcomed Carolyn Fairbairn to a roundtable discussion to explore the latest impact of Brexit, infrastructure investment, innovation and energy.

The Infrastructure Forum Advisory Council with Mike Brown MVO, Commissioner for Transport for London

Thursday 20 July 2017

TIF's Advisory Council welcomed Mike Brown MVO, Commissioner for Transport for London to a dinner discussion.

Mike Brown became Commissioner in September 2015, overseeing the largest integrated transport authority in the world and with responsibilities for a multi million pound investment programme of close interest to the Forum’s network. 

2017 Hartwell House Policy Summit - Regenerating Britain's Critical National Infrastructure

Thursday 6 to Friday 7 July 2017

​The Infrastructure Forum's 2017 Hartwell House Policy Summit - Regenerating Britain's Critical National Infrastructure will hosted a spectacularly high-powered group of key decision takers in contemporary British Infrastructure.  This year's Summit presented an unparalleled opportunity to exchange ideas with the top leaders in our field.  

Special Roundtable Discussion with Alex Chisholm, Permenant Secretary at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Wednesday 28 June 2017

​The Infrastructure Forum was very pleased that Alex Chisholm, the Permanent Secretary at BEIS, agreed to join a roundtable to discuss the industrial strategy and the Department’s other policies affecting infrastructure.

Special dinner discussion with Jonathan Taylor, Vice President, European Investment Bank

Wednesday 29 March 2017

The Forum welcomed Jonathan Taylor, Vice President of the European Investment Bank to a special dinner discussion to explore the role of the EIB and the future relationship the United Kingdom will have upon leaving the European Union.

EIB investment in the UK economy amounted to €7.8 billion in 2015. These investments concentrated heavily on infrastructure with energy, transport, telecommunications, water and sewerage and urban development loans constituting 78% of the total. Over the last five years the Bank has invested over €29 billion in the British economy.

Special Roundtable with Angela Knight CBE, Chair of the Office for Tax Simplification

Monday 6 March 2017

The Infrastructure Forum was pleased to welcome former Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Angela Knight CBE to a special roundtable which explored developments in infrastructure investment, developments in related sectors and the way in which infrastructure taxation should be handled in the future.

Angela’s position as Chair of Office of Tax Simplification, an independent body established by HM Treasury to advise on the future shape of tax policy, gave her a unique perspective at the interface between HM Treasury, HM Revenue and Customs and the outside world.

Cities & Regions Working Group with Natalie Elphicke, Chief Executive of the Housing and Finance Institute

Wednesday 1 March 2017

The Infrastructure Forum's Cities and Regions Working Group and the LEP Network came together to host a special roundtable on the next steps in financing and building a new wave of housing and its related infrastructure on Wednesday 1 March 2017 when Natalie Elphicke, Chief Executive, Housing & Finance Institute joined us.


Natalie, a housing expert and author of the report, "From statutory provider to Housing Delivery Enabler: Review into the local authority role in housing supply", discussed the current state of play, the progress and remaining challenges on development and financial issues in the housing sector. Natalie also discussed opportunities in the housing sector and its related infrastructure needs.

Opening up the residential water market to competition

Wednesday 1 February 2017

Discussion in the water sector was focusing on the possibilities for competition for residential water customers and we were very pleased to have arranged a special roundtable with a key group of experts on the opportunities and challenges ahead.

The roundtable was an opportunity to catch up on the latest thinking on this subject from the regulator, Ofwat, from water sector leaders, consumer voices and other experts.We were joined by:

* Cathryn Ross the Chief Executive of Ofwat

* Heidi Mottram the Chief Executive of Northumbrian Water

* Caroline Normand the Head of Policy at Which? and 

* Tony Smith the Chief Executive of the Consumer Council for Water 

who set out their assessment of the way forward at this discussion.

Special Roundtable with Matthew Vickerstaff, Deputy Chief Executive, Infrastructure and Projects Authority

Wednesday 25 January 2017

The Infrastructure Forum's network has been looking at further ideas for the development of infrastructure financing initiatives including the use of bonds and measures to replace any diminution of support from the European Investment Bank. We have also been looking at the replicability of successful initiatives like Tideway.


Against this background we were very pleased to welcome the newly appointed Deputy Chief Executive and Head of Project Finance at the Infrastructure and Projects Authority, Matthew Vickerstaff, to a special roundtable of The Infrastructure Forum to exchange perspectives on these issues and infrastructure finance more generally.

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