Policy Forum for London

Next steps for growth in the Thames Estuary - infrastructure, governance and linking Local Industrial Strategies

Morning, Monday, 30th March 2020

Central London


This conference will assess next steps for growth in the Thames Estuary.

Sessions focus on:

  • Delivering the infrastructure needed to support growth in the region;
  • Strengthening governance; and
  • Improving collaboration between local stakeholders.

The discussion takes place in the context of the:

There will be a keynote contribution from: Councillor Roger Gough, Leader, Kent County Council.

Further speakers include: Sarah Dance, South East Local Enterprise Partnership; Joanne Giles, South Essex College; Paul Kitson, Homes England; David Manning, Lower Thames Crossing; Matthew Norwell, Thames Gateway Kent Partnership; Anusha Shah, Arcadis; David Statham, Southeastern Railway and Hedley Swain, Arts Council England.

Jackie Doyle-Price MP, Member of Parliament for Thurrock, has kindly agreed to chair part of this seminar.

The agenda

  • Priorities for the Thames Estuary and delivering regional growth;
  • Developing infrastructure that creates the optimum conditions for sustainable development:
    • Increasing the supply of new homes, and the future role of housing deals and development corporations;
    • Next steps for delivering the Lower Thames Crossing;
    • Driving investment into the Thames Estuary and the development of new infrastructure; and
    • Implementing the Thames Estuary 2100 Plan and meeting environmental challenges.
  • Strengthening regional governance structures and reducing barriers to growth;
  • Priorities for unlocking economic growth in the Thames Estuary, and linking Local Industrial Strategies:
    • Priorities for the Estuary’s forthcoming Local Industrial Strategies;
    • Developing skills and growing employment in the region;
    • Improving the cultural offering in the estuary and supporting the development of creative businesses;
    • Local rail services, wider connectivity, investment and growth; and
    • Next steps for regeneration and growth across the South East.

Engagement with policy officials at this conference

This Policy Forum for London conference has attracted strong interest from policymakers. It will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: BEIS; DCMS; DEFRA; DfT; DIT; DWP; HMRC; Innovate UK; MHCLG; Office of Government Property; and Ofwat.

Keynote Speaker

Councillor Roger Gough

Leader, Kent County Council


Jackie Doyle-Price MP

Member of Parliament for Thurrock


Senior speaker confirmed from South East Local Enterprise Partnership

David Statham

Managing Director, Southeastern Railway

Joanne Giles

Director, Apprenticeships and Employer Engagement, South Essex College

Hedley Swain

Area Director, South East, Arts Council England

Paul Kitson

Director, Markets, Partners and Places, Homes England

David Manning

Development Director, Lower Thames Crossing

Matthew Norwell

Chief Executive, Thames Gateway Kent Partnership

Sarah Dance

Deputy Chair, South East Local Enterprise Partnership