Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

The future for UK ports - infrastructure, policy and the shape of the market

Morning, Thursday, 31st January 2019

Central London


This seminar 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, including the potential for digital borders - as well as wider challenges for international freight, and for port health authorities.

The agenda also looks at port diversification and local regeneration - and the policy 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 Speakers

Charlie Elphicke MP

Member, House of Commons Treasury Select Committee

Alan Brown MP

SNP Spokesperson on Transport and Energy

Roger Hargreaves

Director, Maritime, Department for Transport


Richard Ballantyne

Director and Chief Executive


Nick Clarke

Director, Head of Ports and Marine, Ramboll

Nick Francis

Senior Study Adviser, National Infrastructure Commission

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