Policy Forum for London

Next steps for growth in the Thames Estuary: infrastructure, delivery and developing key sectors

Morning, Thursday, 21st June 2018

Central London


With the Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission due to publish its final report in spring 2018, this seminar will be a timely opportunity to discuss plans aimed at unlocking economic growth in North Kent, South Essex and East London.

It will bring together policymakers with senior representatives from local authorities, infrastructure developers, businesses and their advisors, skills providers, universities and other key stakeholders to consider next steps for implementing the Commission’s report.

Delegates will assess priorities for creating internationally-competitive centres of excellence that build on the region’s strengths in areas such as the ports and logistics - as well as the opportunities for spreading growth across the South East, and for creating the skills base to underpin this growth.

Further sessions focus on priorities for creating a world-class hub for the creative industries and implementing the vision for the Thames Estuary Production Corridor, and next steps for developing the housing and infrastructure needed to support organisations based in the Thames Estuary and the wider community - including the future for Crossrail and the Lower Thames River Crossing, with a statutory consultation expected to begin in the summer.

Guest of Honour

Hannah Rignell

Deputy Head, London and South East, Cities and Local Growth Unit

Guest of Honour

Hannah Rignell

Deputy Head, London and South East, Cities and Local Growth Unit

Keynote Speakers

Paul Moore

Director, Place, Communities and Infrastructure, London Borough of Bexley

Professor Tony Travers

Director, Institute of Public Affairs and Professor, Department of Government, London School of Economics and Political Science

Christian Brodie

Chair, South East Local Enterprise Partnership


Teresa Pearce MP

Sir David Amess MP


Councillor Andrew Bowles

Leader, Swale Borough Council; Vice Chairman, Thames Gateway Kent Partnership and Member, Kent County Council

Chris Paddock

Director, Regeneris

Beverley Waugh

Service Director, Major Projects, Atkins

Peter Heslip

Director, Visual Arts and London, Arts Council England

Steve Cox

Corporate Director of Place, Thurrock Council