Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

The future for UK ports - infrastructure, policy and preparing for the outcome of Brexit

Morning, Thursday, 31st January 2019

Central London


This conference will be a timely opportunity to discuss priorities for the port sector as the UK prepares to leave the EU - examining issues for policy, technology and infrastructure, and the future of trade and competition.

Key stakeholders and policymakers will assess factors relating to Brexit affecting the position of UK ports, looking at the future of trade, customs arrangements and border controls - in the context of continuing political and diplomatic developments, the Government’s draft agreement for withdrawal and preparations for a potential no deal scenario continue.

The agenda also looks at port diversification and local regeneration - including the potential for digital borders, as well as wider challenges for international freight, and for port health authorities.

Delegates will also discuss policy and practical priorities for developing port infrastructure, as well as road and rail links and further regional connectivity.

Discussion will draw on the Department for Transport’s study into port connectivity and the conference will be an opportunity to consider the National Infrastructure Commission’s interim report into the future of freight following its expected publication later this year.

Keynote Speaker

Alan Brown MP

SNP Spokesperson on Transport and Energy

Keynote Speakers

Charlie Elphicke MP

Member, House of Commons Treasury Select Committee

Alan Brown MP

SNP Spokesperson on Transport and Energy

Nick Francis

Senior Study Adviser, National Infrastructure Commission

Roger Hargreaves

Director, Maritime, Department for Transport


Richard Ballantyne

Chief Executive, British Ports Association


Florian de Chaisemartin

Director, Infrastructure Debt, Aviva Investors

Nick Clarke

Director, Head of Ports and Marine, Ramboll

Paul Ferris

Chief Executive Officer, ObjectTech Group

Lucy Hudson

Lead Officer, Freight and Logistics, Transport for the North

Elizabeth Dunn

Partner, Burges Salmon

Alex Veitch

Head of Global Policy, Freight Transport Association

Mike Sellers

Port Director, Portsmouth International Port