Conference 2013

Place West London 2013 Programme

8.30 Registration and Networking, viewing the Regeneration Showcase

9.30 Chair’s Welcome

9.30 Opening Keynote – Lessons for West from East – Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham

9.50 Heathrow – options and impacts

  • Clare Harbord, Corporate Affairs Director, Heathrow Airport
  • Margaret Collins, Director, Regeneris
  • Alan Holland, SEGRO

10.30 Coffee

11.00 Workshops

  • Earls Court update – what has happened over the past year at the biggest of the mega-schemes in Hammersmith? What progress is likely to be made over the next year or so, and what economic development can we expect? Speakers: Max Farrell, Farrells;
  • The Future of Heathrow – there are many plans for Heathrow’s future, some as an airport, others as a ‘brand new borough’ – how realistic are they? What might be some of the consequences? Speakers: Christopher Choa, AECOM; Margaret Collins, Regeneris; Cllr Colin Ellar, LB Hounslow
  • Hammersmith Study Visit: A trip to Hammersmith Town Centre where delegates can visit DevSec’s new development, Hammersmith Grove, see the exciting refurbishment and addition of educational facilities at the Lyric Theatre, and hear from the BID about their cutting edge work. Speakers: Simon Hesketh, Development Securities; Jessica Hepburn, Lyric Theatre; Rupert Basham, HammersmithLondon BID

12.00 Workshops

  • Old Oak Common –  Park Royal is an economic dynamo already – 3000 companies and 60,000 jobs. The opportunity that is presented by a potential interchange between Crossrail, HS2, and the West Coast Mainline, with London Overground and Underground links too, is tantalising. What difference could it make to our economy? Can the concept of a new ‘hub’ station at Old Oak be realised, and how? Speakers: Neil Bennett, Farrells; Colin Wilson, GLA; Clinton Leeks, HS2; Mike Cummings, SEGRO; Michele Dix, Transport for London
  • The Creative Sector: West London’s world-leader – how can we grow it? The creative industries have provided much of West London’s prosperity for many years. Firms still look to base themselves here to access the talent, and the customers. How can we protect this strength? Speakers: Mike Liddall, LB Ealing; David Osbon, University of West London

1.00 Lunch & Round tables, viewing of the Regeneration Showcase

2.00 Workshops

  • Wembley update – there has been much progress around Wembley of late. Brent’s new civic centre is complete, and work continues on transforming empty industrial land into a mixed use community. What progress has been made, and what can we expect to see? Speakers: Ben Giddins, Quintain; Aktar Choudhury, LB Brent
  • Myth busting:  looking at workplace learning differently! – This session will address some of the myths that surround learning in the workplace:  Is it really the case that provision from Colleges is bureaucratic and unresponsive?  Are UK companies really poor at training their staff?  Do businesses overly rely on Government schemes? Are SMEs simply unable to train and develop their staff appropriately? In this highly interactive session, Andrew Ward, of Brunel University, will invite experts from a range of West London companies to address these and other questions and hopefully inspire those attending to think again about workplace learning. Speakers: Andrew Ward – Director of Corporate Relations, Brunel University; Lorraine Collins – Executive Director Enterprise and Development, Uxbridge College; Martyn Scott – Learning and Development Co-ordinator, The Clancy Group; Sundeep Sangha – Economic Development Manager, Heathrow; Neil Impiazzi – Partnerships Development Manager, SEGRO; Grant Taylor-Smith – ‎Technical Services Manager, Robert Bosch Ltd; Madeleine Field – Recruitment Strategy Manager, FDM
  • Hammersmith Study Visit: A trip by minibus to Hammersmith Town Centre where delegates can visit Devec’s new development, Hammersmith Grove, see the exciting refurbishment and addition of educational facilities at the Lyric Theatre, and hear from the BID about their cutting edge work. Speakers: Simon Hesketh, Development Securities; Jessica Hepburn, Lyric Theatre; Rupert Basham, HammersmithLondon BID

3pm Workshops

  • What’s on in Slough? Just outside West London but strongly linked to the sub-regional (and Heathrow) economy lies Slough. The town has plans for regeneration. What opportunities exist for collaboration and mutual benefit? Speakers: Ruth Bagley, CEO, Slough Borough Council; Julian Barwick, Development Securities; Gareth Osborn, SEGRO
  • How can we beat the housing crisis – there is a shortage of homes in West London. In order to keep the economy string, we will need to accommodate those who we need to fill the jobs being created. There are a number of potential solutions – councils building more homes, and office-to-resi conversion are two of the more prominent. How can we realise the benefits? Speakers: Cllr Andrew Johnson, LB Hammersmith & Fulham; Nick Taylor, GLA
  • Future West London – developing a vision for the future of West London – The West London councils want to develop with stakeholders in West London a vision for the future of West London; its places, people and businesses. This is an opportunity to contribute to the development of the vision.  An interactive workshop led by Ian Nichol, West London Alliance

4pm Coffee

4.15 Closing Plenary – Future White City

White City could soon be a very different place. With the BBC continuing its phasing down of operations, and plans coming forward for the TV Centre, as well as Westfield and Imperial transforming Wood Lane, we can see a real opportunity to create a new neighbourhood, and new prosperity. What are the plans, and how can they benefit the wider area?

Speakers: Duncan Bower, Westfield; John Anderson, Imperial College, Paul Monaghan, AHMM; Nick Botterill, Leader, LB Hammersmith & Fulham

5.15pm Close and drinks, viewing of the Regeneration Showcase

Note a * against the speaker name indicates they have been invited. All others are confirmed.

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