Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

UK aviation and airports - competition, environmental sustainability, growth, and next steps for policy

Morning, Thursday, 30th January 2020

The Caledonian Club, 9 Halkin Street, London SW1X 7DR


This conference focuses on the next steps for aviation policy and the development of UK airports.

It will be an opportunity to discuss key issues for the sector with the new government focusing on infrastructure, connectivity and international trade.

Following the Aviation 2050 consultation, delegates will look ahead to priorities for the Aviation Strategy White Paper, as it is prepared for expected publication later this year, including:

  • The focus on consumer care, and new  standards for services to aviation passengers with higher quality and that are more environmentally friendly;
  • Developing a connected and outward looking British aviation sector - expanding connectivity between national, regional and international airports, enhancing trade opportunities and competition, and exporting UK innovation in aerospace technology; and
  • Designing regulation that keeps pace with new technology and addresses safety risks while improving transport system operations, and with the Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Bill that was included in the Queen’s Speech.

We also expect discussion around the future role of government in protecting UK airlines, the industry and passengers - as well as supporting the sector to compete nationally and globally. It follows the government rescue package for Flybe.

Sessions in the agenda include:

  • Looking ahead to a new aviation strategy;
  • Expansion at Heathrow and delivering new capacity in the South East;
  • Improving competition across routes, adapting to changing regulations, and developing a passenger charter;
  • Future-proofing the aviation sector - environmental concerns, greener aircraft, and airspace management systems; and
  • Overcoming barriers to national airport growth - community engagement and outreach, developing intermodal connections, and delivering new infrastructure.

Speakers and chair

There will be a keynote contribution from:

  • Catherine Adams, Deputy Director Aviation Strategy and Consumers, DfT; and
  • Fiona Carleton, Director, Expansion Strategy and Future Operations, Heathrow Airport.

Further confirmed speakers include: Kim Dietzel, Herbert Smith Freehills; James Fremantle, Civil Aviation Authority; Cristina Garcia-Duffy, Aerospace Technology Institute; Cait Hewitt, Aviation Environment Federation; John Irving, Liverpool John Lennon Airport; Jane Johnston, NATS; Bryony Martin, AECOM; Simon McNamara, International Air Transport Association; Clive Memmott, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce; Alan Newby, Rolls Royce; Senthuran Rudran, Competition and Markets Authority and Rupert Walker, Network Rail.

The seminar is part-chaired by Luke Pollard, Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Vice Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on General Aviation.

Attendance by policy officials

This Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum conference has attracted particularly strong interest from policymakers. It will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: the BEIS; Cabinet Office; CMA; DfT; DIT; Defence Airspace and Air Traffic Management; MoD; NAO; HSE; the IPA; the NIC; The Planning Inspectorate Defra; the Home Office; DCMS; MHCLG; and the Welsh Government.

Keynote Speaker

Fiona Carleton

Director, Expansion Strategy and Future Operations, Heathrow Airport

Keynote Speakers

Fiona Carleton

Director, Expansion Strategy and Future Operations, Heathrow Airport

Catherine Adams

Deputy Director Aviation Strategy and Consumers, Department for Transport


Luke Pollard

Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Vice Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on General Aviation


Kim Dietzel

Partner, Competition, Regulation and Trade Group, Herbert Smith Freehills

Cait Hewitt

Deputy Director, Aviation Environment Federation

Bryony Martin

Aviation Lead, Buildings and Places, UK&I, AECOM

John Irving

Chief Executive Officer, Liverpool John Lennon Airport

Alan Newby

Director, Aerospace Technology and Future Programmes, Rolls Royce

Senthuran Rudran

Assistant Director, Competition and Markets Authority

Clive Memmott

Chief Executive, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

Rupert Walker

Strategy and Planning Director, South, Network Rail

James Fremantle

Manager, Consumer Policy and Enforcement, Consumer Enforcement, Civil Aviation Authority

Dr Cristina Garcia-Duffy

Head of Technology - Strategy and Integration, Aerospace Technology Institute

Simon McNamara

Area Manager, United Kingdom & Ireland, International Air Transport Association

Jane Johnston

Head of Corporate & Community Affairs, NATS