NIC YPP #infracafé: Innovation in Infrastructure - Newcastle

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Newcastle Racecourse

NWG Innovation Festival

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High Gosforth Park

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This event - part of the Newcastle Innovation Festival - will explore the role of innovative infrastructure in shaping our daily lives.

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Let’s talk big. Not in size, but in impact on your life.

Infrastructure makes our everyday lives, and in the UK our past legacy of innovation has set us apart as world leading. From how we get our water when we turn on the tap, to the way we travel: fast or slow on our rail & road network, fuelled by electricity, hydrogen or induction; the power that drives our homes, our digital connectivity and its everyday enabling ability to drive society.

But what does the future for infrastructure hold?

On the first anniversary of the publication of the National Infrastructure Commission’s National Infrastructure Assessment, we’ll be exploring the recommendations, what we’ve learned in the last year and where the audience see the key themes and questions shaping debates around the recommendations:

  • Low carbon energy - how are we progressing towards low-carbon and renewable sources? Electric cards, your home energy supplies: what are the changes on the horizon?
  • Digital technology - full fibre national broadband; what could this mean for people in the region?
  • The nation's roads and rail - what do we see as next steps for the upcoming rail control period and road investment strategy?
  • Encouraging city growth - what does the Northern Powerhouse mean here in Newcastle?
  • Tackling flooding - how can we drive up resilience for our communities?
  • Cutting waste - popular opinion about plastic waste is shifting; how can this evolve?

In this panel discussion we’ll be drawing on the expertise and insights from our panel of infrastructure practitioners. What do they think is the next challenge for infrastructure? What’s their view on future delivery of major infrastructure projects in the UK?

We welcome all contributions. #infracafé is an initiative of the National Infrastructure Commission's Young Professionals Panel (YPP) and aims to open up debate on infrastructure topics to younger audiences in informal settings. This #infracafé on Innovation in Infrastructure is brought to you by the YPP with support from the Newcastle Innovation Festival and North West Water Young Professionals Network.

Refreshments will be available.

Note: this event is open to individuals not already participating in/signed up for the Innovation Festival event itself. Your booking details will be given to the festival organisers to ensure you can access the #infracafé.

Information on the Innovation Festival is available here: https://innovationfestival.org/

Speaker bios:

Bridget Roswell CBE, Commissioner, National Infrastructure Commission

Bridget Rosewell is an experienced director, policy maker and economist, with a track record in advising public and private sector clients on key strategic issues. She has worked extensively on cities, infrastructure and finance, advising on projects in road and rail and on major property developments and regeneration. She has been a member of Commissions looking at the future of public services, city finance, London finance, the North East economy, the City Growth Commission and the London Infrastructure Commission. She has also served as Chief Economic Adviser to the Greater London Authority (2002 to 2012) and her book, ‘Reinventing London’, was published in 2014.

Bridget is Chair of Atom Bank and of the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency. She is also a non-executive director of Network Rail, and founder and Senior Advisor of Volterra Partners. She was appointed OBE in July 2013 and is also a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Jonathon Banks REnvTech, Technical Support Advisor, Northumbrian Water

Jonathon was awarded the IWater Rising Star 2019 for his work in the water sector. Jonathon’s role involves working to ensure that the sewer networks are maintained and operated effectively, safeguarding assets to minimise the risk of pollution incidents and sewer flooding.

Dr Rosie Hughes, Innovation Lead, AECOM, Member, Young Professionals Panel

Dr. Rosie Hughes is a social scientist pursuing innovation and continuous improvement in the delivery of major infrastructure projects. In her role for AECOM, Rosie leads change using Lean thinking to communicate, collaborate and coach practitioners in transforming how they integrate, and innovate in large scale delivery programmes. Rosie is a member of the National Infrastructure Commission’s Young Professionals Panel, and recently completed Roads Academy Emerging Leaders programme, following her practice expert field in Highways delivery. She previously worked as a researcher and university tutor, notably gaining a PhD from The University of Sheffield; held a Visiting Fellowship at the University of Wollongong, New South Wales; and, worked with the Sustainable Mobilities Research Group in London.

Kate Ashworth, Planning and Infrastructure solicitor, Womble Bond Dickinson

Kate studied natural sciences at the University of Cambridge before completing her graduate diploma in law. She joined Womble Bond Dickinson and is a solicitor in the planning and infrastructure team. Kate has extensive experience advising on the consenting and delivery of large infrastructure projects.

She regularly advises on numerous types of infrastructure and helping to deliver a wide range of energy, transport waste and housing schemes, including large residential developments and mixed use schemes. She also has experience promoting nationally significant infrastructure projects and advising on the development consent regime. She has advised in relation to the promotion of a strategic rail freight interchange, a combined cycle gas turbine, offshore wind farms and several energy recovery facilities and acted for an interested party during the Wylfa Newydd Nuclear Power Station examination. She is also passionate about the environment and is a member of her firm's responsible business group, which has just launched a target zero initiative.

Dr. Edwin Barker - Innovation Adviser, DfT

Dr Barker has a range of experience in transport systems which, for the past six years, has included various roles at the Railway Safety and Standards Board and DfT, including managing their enabling innovation programme aimed at building innovation capability within UK rail transport clients and the UK rail supply chain. Prior to this Edwin was Bombardier Transportation's Regional Civil Engineer, providing a range of Civil Engineering interface related inputs on bids and projects throughout the EMEA region. Early experience included delivering R&D services to a range of organisations as well as railway trackbed investigation and design for rail schemes. Edwin is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Fellow of the ICE

About the Young Professionals Panel

The Young Professionals Panel supports and informs the Commission’s work and ensures a strong voice for the next generation of infrastructure leaders in the Commission’s programme. The Panel brings together professionals from across industry, including architects, engineers, economists and construction experts. Established in 2018 to provide fresh thinking to the National Infrastructure Commission’s work in long term infrastructure planning, the Panel’s aim is to raise awareness and engage younger audiences in shaping the future of the UK’s infrastructure. The Panel is undertaking its own research, in collaboration with independent organizations, to influence thinking and policy on how infrastructure is planned and delivered for future generations. In addition, each member will be assigned to work closely with staff on one of the Commission’s work streams.

Visit: nic.org.uk/ypp/

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Newcastle Racecourse

NWG Innovation Festival

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High Gosforth Park

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