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East Midlands Infrastructure Partnership: what the second National Infrastructure Assessment means for the region

Event organised by ICE

Date
16 January 2024
Time
17:30 - 19:30 GMT
Location
Crowne Plaza Nottingham,
Wollaton Street,
Nottingham,, NG1 5RH
United Kingdom,

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Overview

Set-up in 2022, the objective of the East Midlands Infrastructure Partnership is to influence the national infrastructure agenda to ensure the regions priorities are understood and reflected in investment decisions.

With a particular focus on energy, transport and water, this event will be of particular interest to those working in local government and civil engineers working on strategic projects and proposals in the region.

This seminar provides a great opportunity to discuss the second National Infrastructure Assessment and what the future looks like in the region with regards to infrastructure. Speakers will include:

  • Sophie Donaldson, assistant director of transport and place, National Infrastructure Commission
  • Karen Heppenstall, head of rail, National Rail
  • Paul Miller, senior programme manager, East Midlands Freeport
  • David Turnbull, area flood risk manager, Environment Agency
  • David Hawkes, head of policy, Institution of Civil Engineers

The seminar will be chaired by Adrian Coy, FICE, chair of the East Midlands Infrastructure Partnership and Andrew Pritchard, East Midlands Councils.

Programme

17:30 - 18:00

Networking and light refreshments

18:00 - 19:30
  • Welcome and introductions – Adrian Coy, FICE, East Midlands Infrastructure Partnership chair
  • EMIP work with the East Midlands APPG and five recommendations - Andrew Pritchard, East Midlands Councils
  • Keynote speakers including representatives from:
    • Midlands Connect
    • East Midlands Councils
    • National Infrastructure Commission
    • Environment Agency
    • Midlands Connect
    • East Midlands Freeport
  • Q&A session
19:30

Session ends

Speakers

Adrian Coy FICE

Adrian Coy FICE

East Midlands Infrastructure Partnership

chair

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Adrian Coy FICE

Adrian Coy FICE, chair of the East Midlands Infrastructure Partnership currently acts as an independent consultant.

He chairs the ICE Further Learning Exam Panel and is chief examiner for this master’s level exam.

Adrian has extensive experience of sewerage, surface water & land drainage, highways, transport and traffic, coastal engineering, flood management, emergency planning and general municipal engineering.

David Turnbull

David Turnbull

East Midlands

area flood risk manager

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David Turnbull

As an area flood risk manager in the East Midlands, David holds the portfolio for the Capital Programme within the area. His role prior to that was flood risk and growth manager. David is a Chartered member of CIWEM and has been with the Environment Agency for 15 years.  

As a member of the East Midlands Area Leadership Team, David has responsibility for several teams. These include the Partnership and Strategic Overview teams, who work in partnership with a range of EA teams and other organisations, to prepare and deliver flood risk management strategies and better protect homes and businesses against flood risk in the region.

Sophie Donaldson

Sophie Donaldson

National Infrastructure Commission

assistant director of transport and place

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Sophie Donaldson

Sophie is joint assistant director of transport and place at the National Infrastructure Commission, which she joined in 2022, coinciding with the final year of the 2nd National Infrastructure Assessment process. As part of this she co-directed the work on transport which included urban, (capacity) inter-urban, (connectivity) and decarbonisation strands.

Sophie is a public sector strategic planner (MRTPI, PhD) by background, and has worked in the West of England, London and South Wales to develop statutory spatial plans at the regional and local level. It is in these contexts that she developed her interest in transport (and other) infrastructure and its interrelationships with wider needs, constraints and opportunities.

Paul Miller

Paul Miller

East Midlands Freeport

senior programme manager

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Paul Miller

Paul Miller is the senior programme manager at East Midlands Freeport, responsible for governance, delivery, and monitoring of the Freeport. Prior to joining the Freeport, Paul worked in the Cabinet Office and Department for Levelling Up (and its predecessors) on a range of projects related to regional economic policy and devolution.

Karen Heppenstall

Karen Heppenstall

Midlands Connect

head of rail

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Karen Heppenstall

Karen has been working in the rail industry for nearly 20 years, including sponsor roles at Network Rail and 6 years in consultancy before joining Midlands Connect as head of rail in 2021 – a role that has now been expanded to cover all aspects of Integrated Transport. Karen is passionate about sustainable travel with rail at its core and driving decarbonisation through mode shift to rail travel.

David Hawkes

David Hawkes

ICE

head of policy

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David Hawkes

David is head of policy at the Institution of Civil Engineers. Having joined the ICE in 2018, David leads on insight transfer from ICE’s global experts to policymakers in order to support improved public decision making on infrastructure. As part of this, David provides advice and analysis on political, economic and social issues affecting the infrastructure system. He has researched and authored policy papers on infrastructure planning, regulation, devolution, decarbonisation, and assuring the whole-life safety of infrastructure.

Prior to joining the ICE, David held various policy roles at the Chartered Institute of Building where he was responsible for developing positions on skills, building safety, and low carbon construction.

For more information please contact:

Jo Barnett