Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

The future of UK ports post-Brexit - infrastructure, opportunities and policy

Morning, Tuesday, 27th March 2018

Hallam Conference Centre, 44 Hallam Street, London W1W 6JJ


This conference will discuss the future for UK ports, examining key issues affecting the sector - and their customers, suppliers and local communities.

It takes place against the backdrop of the UK leaving the European Union, and follows the publication of the Government’s customs proposal and its maritime export plan, for post-Brexit Britain.

Delegates will discuss the potential skills, regulatory, market and customs challenges posed by Brexit, as well as opportunities for the UK to develop new trading agreements and attract investment.

They will also consider the potential impact on the fisheries industry, options for supporting marine-based local economies, and further avenues for growth - including expanding non-EU business and developments in off-shore energy.

Further sessions focus on steps that might be taken in order to address wider issues affecting UK port infrastructure - including road and rail connectivity, skills gaps and the regeneration of port communities.

Guest of Honour

Roger Hargreaves

Director, Maritime, Department for Transport

Guest of Honour

Roger Hargreaves

Director, Maritime, Department for Transport

Keynote Speakers

Alan Brown MP

SNP Spokesperson on Transport, Infrastructure and Energy

Charlie Elphicke MP

Member, House of Commons Treasury Select Committee

Satish Luhar

Study Director, Future of Freight, National Infrastructure Commission

Stephen Kinnock MP

Member, House of Commons Exiting the European Union Select Committee


Richard Ballantyne

Director and Chief Executive, British Ports Association


Lucy Hudson

Lead Officer, Freight and Logistics, Transport for the North

Florian de Chaisemartin

Director, Infrastructure & Renewable Energy, Aviva Investors

Sue Terpilowski

Chair, Ports, Maritime & Waterways, Chartered Institute for Logistics & Transport

Nick Clarke

Director, Head of Ports and Marine, Ramboll

Martyn Boyers

Chief Executive, Grimsby Fish Market

Gavin Simmonds

Policy Director, Commercial, UK Chamber of Shipping

Councillor Colin Noble

Leader of the Council, Suffolk County Council

Bertie Armstrong

Chief Executive Officer, Scottish Fishermen’s Federation

Hugh Callaway

Strategic Director, Modal Training

Elizabeth Dunn

Partner, Burges Salmon