Morning, Thursday, 12th December 2019
THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED
This conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders and policymakers to discuss key issues for supporting the UK high value manufacturing sector.
Areas for discussion include:
- Industrial strategy sector deals - progress and next steps;
- Managing uncertainty - at a critical time for the future of the UK’s relationship with trading partners;
- Investment, innovation, efficiency and sustainability - priorities for government and for the sector; and
- Developing the sector’s skills base and attracting young people and under-represented groups.
The agenda and keynote speakers
- The Made Smarter Review and government priorities for UK manufacturing - with Clare Porter, Head of Manufacturing, BEIS;
- Tackling barriers to innovation in high value manufacturing - with Brian Holliday, Managing Director, Siemens Digital Factory;
- Industry 4.0 - progress and next steps for sustainability, innovation and investment in research and development - with a panel including:
- Andy Schofield, Manufacturing & Materials Strategy and Technology Director, BAE Systems
- Chris McDonald, Chief Executive Officer, Materials Processing Institute
- Rosa Wilkinson, Communications Director, High Value Manufacturing Catapult
- James Selka, CEO, The Manufacturing Technologies Association
- Reassessing the scale of manufacturing’s contribution to the UK economy - with Dr Eoin O’Sullivan, Centre for Science Technology and Innovation Policy, University of Cambridge;
- Sector skills - what is needed from industry, government and universities to attract young people and under-represented groups - with a panel including:
- John Patsavellas, Senior Lecturer in Manufacturing Management, Cranfield University
- Alison Beard-Gunter, Continuous Improvement Manager, Accolade Wines
- Chris Donkin, Partner, Savannah Group
- Ann Watson, CEO, Semta
- High value manufacturing post-Brexit - with Stephen Phipson, Chief Executive Officer, Make UK.
Policy officials attending
Westminster Business Forum conferences typically attract strong interest from policymakers. This seminar will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have already reserved places representing: BEIS; Defra; DfT; DIT (including the Investment Services Team); HSE; Office for the Secretary of State for Wales and the Welsh Government.