Policy Forum for London

We are continuing to organise full-scale virtual conferences which retain all the features of physical seminars, including full programmes, presentations with slides, panel discussions and live delegate questions and comments sessions, person-to-person and group networking, and a permanent record provided to all delegates afterwards. New events are coming on to our conference programme all the time, so there are plenty of opportunities to join us if you haven’t already, from wherever you are.
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Next steps for infrastructure development in London and the South East

Morning, Wednesday, 13th October 2021

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will be an opportunity to discuss priorities for future-proofing infrastructure services across transport and housing, the delivery of major projects, and achieving the objectives set out in the London Plan following the Mayoral elections.

Taking place at a key moment for London’s regeneration, and in the wake of COVID-19, delegates will discuss how infrastructure development in the capital dovetails with priorities for the city’s recovery from the pandemic, as well as progress with the development of the Old Oak Common project and links with HS2.

We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions from Andrew Boff AM, Chair, Planning and Regeneration Committee, London Assembly, and Molly Strauss, Head of Infrastructure, Greater London Authority.

The agenda will bring out latest thinking on:

  • next steps for supporting economic growth and future-proofing development
  • priorities for London’s economic recovery and meeting the objectives of the London Plan
  • modernising core infrastructure assets and priorities for the city’s transport network
  • planning rules in London and boosting the construction of affordable housing
  • the delivery of large-scale projects in London


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by officials from BEIS; Crown Commercial Services; the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport; the Department for International Trade; the Department for Transport; HM Revenue & Customs; and Homes England. Also due to attend are representatives from Atkins; David Lock Associates; Kier Highways; London Borough of Enfield; London Borough Of Havering; and Peabody.

Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government and regulatory officials involved in this area of policy, as well as from business groups, council leaders, transport operators and consultancies, environmental groups, housing developers, engineering firms and architecture firms, law firms, financial service companies, resident groups and associations, charities and social enterprises, researchers in academia and higher education, together with reporters from the national and specialist media.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speaker

Andrew Boff AM

Chair, Planning and Regeneration Committee, London Assembly

Keynote Speakers

Andrew Boff AM

Chair, Planning and Regeneration Committee, London Assembly

Molly Strauss

Head of Infrastructure, Greater London Authority


Sir Robert Neill MP

Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for London

Catherine West MP

Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs), Secretary, All-Party Parliamentary Group for London


Teresa O'Neill

Leader, London Borough of Bexley

Jordan Cummins

Head of London Policy, CBI

David Bowers

Director, Transport Planning, Stantec

Sarah Sutherland

Senior Associate, Planning and Compulsory Purchase, Burges Salmon

Ian McDermott

CEO, Catalyst Housing

Alison Norrish

Director, Infrastructure London, Arup

Daniel Mahoney

Programme Director for Economy & Infrastructure, LondonFirst

Basil Scarsella

Chief Executive Officer, UK Power Networks

Senior speaker confirmed from the Environment Agency

Liam McKay

Director of Corporate Affairs, London City Airport

Dave Widger

Director - Urban Advisory, AECOM