Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

The future for UK infrastructure finance - public and private investment, alternative support models and new institutional structures

TO BE PUBLISHED February 2020

This conference will discuss the options for future finance and investment for UK infrastructure.

It takes place following announcements from all major political parties of significant increases in public spending on UK infrastructure throughout the next parliament.

Delegates will examine investment and financing of infrastructure projects across the UK - drawing on government’s Infrastructure Finance Review, and focusing on:

  • The role of public and private investment in delivering national infrastructure;
  • The potential introduction of a UK infrastructure finance institution; and
  • Development of existing finance mechanisms and the potential of new models.

We expect discussion on priorities for investing in key projects across the UK, following governmental announcements on:

  • The Leeds-Manchester route of Northern Powerhouse Rail;
  • The recommitment to £1.1bn funding for the Strategic Road Network;
  • Funding for maintenance of existing infrastructure, including the additional £275m for the railway;
  • £5bn to support full-fibre rollout across the UK; and
  • Launch of the £29bn for the Road Investment Strategy.


Keynote addresses:

  • Matthew Vickerstaff, Co-Chair, Expert Panel, The Infrastructure Finance Review;
  • James Richardson, Chief Economist, National Infrastructure Commission;
  • Duncan Symonds, Fellow, Institution of Civil Engineers and Director, Asset Management, IFM Investors;
  • Harriet Hepburn, Director, Corporate Finance, Network Rail;
  • Katy Dowding, Executive Vice President, Skanska;
  • David Carter, Director of Infrastructure, West of England Combined Authority; and
  • Lawrence Slade, Incoming Chief Executive, Global Infrastructure Investor Association.

Further confirmed speakers include: Ed Clarke, Infracapital; Susan Davy, Pennon Group; Russell Jackson, AECOM; Stuart McMillan, Burges Salmon and Simon Whistler, Principles for Responsible Investment.

The agenda

  • Policy priorities following the Infrastructure Finance Review;
  • Industry priorities for the spending review - investment and value for money;
  • Sourcing private investment in UK infrastructure;
  • Opportunities for future public-private partnerships;
  • Challenges for regional authorities to invest in major infrastructure projects;
  • Developing an independent infrastructure finance institution; and
  • Infrastructure financing post PFI - developing existing mechanisms, assessing alternative models and next steps for green finance.

Case studies:

  • Securing private funding and finance in the rail sector; and
  • National development banking in practice.

Engagement with policy officials at this conference

This Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum conference has attracted strong interest from policymakers. It will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: BEIS; Cabinet Office; CMA; DCMS; DfT; DIT; HMRC; MHCLG; NAO; National Infrastructure Commission; Ofwat; OLEV; ORR; The Planning Inspectorate; Transport Scotland and The Welsh Government.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates