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Midlands Engine

'The UK's New Growth Capital'

Tuesday 18th September - The Vox Conference Centre, Resorts World, Birmingham

  • Listen & Learn from Public and Private Sector Leaders

  • Network with the key players & stakeholders involved in the West Midlands economy

  • Be informed; understand the scale and extent of the opportunities in the West Midlands

  • Understand the challenges of achieving the West Midlands Growth strategy

WHAT IS THE WEST MIDLANDS FORUM FOR GROWTH?

The West Midlands Forum For Growth is the official conference of the West Midlands Combined Authority, organised by Movers & Shakers in partnership with the West Midlands Growth Company and in association with the Department International Trade(DIT) and the Midlands Engine.

This is an authoritative one-day event, bringing together Public (Central and Regional Government) and Private Sector leaders to engage and debate the key issues in driving the West Midlands economy forward.

Building on the 2016 & 2017 Forums [see feedback] the theme for 2018 will be ‘The UK’s New Growth Capital’. The conference will explore the progress made by the WMCA in its first two years and the challenges of achieving its growth strategy.

With the recent big wins of the Commonwealth Games and the City of Culture we will consider how the Region can capitalise on these opportunities, creating a landscape for growth. How It will attract investment, develop cutting edge technologies, generate jobs, build world-class developments and shape urban environments to achieve places which are inclusive and attractive to live and work. We will also focus on the next generation and why education and skills development are fundamentals to driving success and will showcase major projects with an investment value of circa. £10bn.

The West Midlands Combined Authority has an economy worth circa. 85bn of GVA; and in one of the fastest growing economies in the UK outside London. Its plan is to unlock £8bn of investment packages and offers enormous potential as a growth platform for the UK economy and provides a massive opportunity to investors, developers and the construction industry.

“The UK’s New Growth Capital”

Building on the 2016 & 2017 Forums [see feedback] the theme for 2018 will be ‘The UK’s New Growth Capital’. The conference will explore the progress made by the WMCA in its first two years and the challenges of achieving its growth strategy.

With the recent big wins of the Commonwealth Games and the City of Culture we will consider how the Region can capitalise on these opportunities, creating a landscape for growth. How It will attract investment, develop cutting edge technologies, generate jobs, build world-class developments and shape urban environments to achieve places which are inclusive and attractive to live and work. We will also focus on the next generation and why education and skills development are fundamentals to driving success and will showcase major projects with an investment value of circa. £10bn.

The West Midlands Combined Authority has an economy worth circa. 85bn of GVA; and in one of the fastest growing economies in the UK outside London. Its plan is to unlock £8bn of investment packages and offers enormous potential as a growth platform for the UK economy and provides a massive opportunity to investors, developers and the construction industry.

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  • Organisations and individuals involved in or interested in the developing West Midlands / Midlands economy
  • Private Sector: Investors, Funds, Banks, Development, Housebuilders, Housing Associations, Property Lawyers, Property Surveyors, Advisors, Consultants and Contractors
  • Public Sector: Government, Local Authorities, Constituent Authorities, Non Constituent Authorities, LEPs. Public Bodies and Associations

A one-day event that will deliver on multiple levels:

  • Be informed; understand the scale and extent of the opportunities in the West Midlands
  • Listen and learn; from Public (Central and Regional Government) and Private Sector Leaders
  • Gain valuable insights into the vision and ambitions of the West Midlands Combined Authority
  • Network with the key players and stakeholders in the West Midlands / Midlands economy
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Event Speakers

Tom Bloxham MBE

Chairman

Urban Splash Group Ltd

Tom Bloxham MBE is chairman and founder of award-winning regeneration company Urban Splash, which has received nearly 400 awards to date for architecture, design and business success. The company is responsible for development projects across the country, including Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Leeds, Bradford, Sheffield, Bristol, Plymouth and Morecambe.

In 1999 Tom was awarded an MBE for Services to Architecture and Urban Regeneration.

Tom also upholds a number of other positions including; Chairman of Manchester International Festival, and trustee of Tate, the Manchester United Foundation and The Bloxham Charitable Trust.

Tony Pidgley CBE

Chairman

The Berkeley Group

He left school at 15 to form his own company in haulage and plant hire. At 19, he sold his business to Crest Homes and became a Building Director, before leaving to form Berkeley Homes in 1975. The company enjoyed rapid growth, floated on the Unlisted Securities Market in 1984, and then gained a full listing in 1985 as the Berkeley Group plc.

Tony has gained a national reputation for his pioneering approach to building homes and creating successful places. His judgement of the markets, willingness to put his personal capital at risk, and his drive and commercial flair have made Berkeley one of Britain’s best residential developers. In 2011, Berkeley was ranked Britain’s Most Admired Company across all sectors and is the only housebuilder to win the Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development twice.

His expertise has been used to advise the recent Estate Regeneration Advisory Panel, the Mayor on the Outer London Commission and the Government on the disposal of public sector land. He is also a trustee of Open City London, a charity that champions architecture education, and President of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry. In 2016, he was nominated New Londoner of the Year in recognition of his contribution to housebuilding across the capital.

Deborah Cadman

Chief Executive

West Midlands Combined Authority

Deborah became Chief Executive of the West Midlands Combined Authority in September 2017, following a long and distinguished career in public service.

After gaining a degree in politics, she began her career in 1984 with the London Borough of Newham, before moving to Birmingham City Council where she worked on major regeneration projects and gained a master’s degree in economics. Moving to Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council in 1996 as Head of Policy, Deborah gained a second master’s in management, before taking up a two-year secondment with the Department of Environment Transport and the Regions as Local Government Advisor to the Ministerial Team. In 2003, after being appointed the Audit Commission’s Best Value Service Lead Inspector for the London region, she became Chief Executive at St Edmundsbury Borough Council, before becoming Chief Executive of the East of England Development Agency. Deborah was Chief Executive of Suffolk County Council from 2011 to 2017 and has also been interim Chief Executive of Waveney District Council, Babergh District Council and Mid-Suffolk District Council.

She is a trustee of the Joseph Rowntree Trust and Joseph Rowntree Housing Foundation and as a dedicated and passionate female advocate at the forefront of the public sector, Deborah recently won the First Women Award for Public Service. Deborah is listed in Local Government Chronicle’s ‘100 Most Influential in the Sector’. Deborah was awarded an OBE in 2006 for services to local government.

Andy Street CBE

Mayor

West Midlands

Andy Street was elected as the first Mayor of the West Midlands on May 4 2017. The primary function of the role is to chair the West Midlands Combined Authority and brings with it significant powers over transport, housing, skills and jobs.

Before becoming Mayor, Andy combined a career with John Lewis, Britain’s most successful workers’ co-operative, with a host of high-profile economic development roles, working with local and national government.

He was the Chair of the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership between 2011 and 2016, helping to build the relationships that have underpinned the economic growth of the region. Additionally, he has been lead non-executive director for the Department for Communities and Local Government as well as a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group.

In June 2015, Andy was awarded the CBE for services to the national economy. He was named the ‘Most Admired Leader’ of the year by business magazine, Management Today in 2014. He received the ‘President’s award’ from the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce in for his work in the region.

Cllr Robert Sleigh OBE

Leader

Solihull Council

Bob Sleigh is Leader of Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council. Prior to becoming Solihull Leader he was Deputy Leader for eight years and Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing.

He is Deputy Mayor of the West Midlands, a Member of the West Midlands Combined Authority (formerly Chair), Chair of the West Midlands Joint Committee, Director of the West Midlands Combined Authority Growth Company, Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership and West Midlands Rail. Previously, he has also held non-executive positions with the NHS.

Councillor Sleigh has been Conservative Association Chairman twice and sits on the management committee for Solihull Borough Conservatives.

He has a long business career, principally with SMEs.

Bob was awarded an OBE in the 2017 New Year’s Honours for Services to Local Government.

David Jennings

Chairman

Movers & Shakers

Managing Director - Business Vantage Ltd
Chairman - Movers & Shakers Property Networking Forum

David started his career in Construction and Property. In 1990 he jointly founded and was a Joint Managing Director of the Salisbury Consulting Group; he sold his interest in 1995. In 1996 he formed Business Vantage, a business and research consultancy which specialises in property and construction and advises major UK plc’s.

David is the Founder Director and Chairman of Movers & Shakers formed in 1996 the UK’s most successful and popular networking forum.

He is also a Founder Director and shareholder of Stonemartin plc, an AIM listed serviced office business; founded in 1999.

David is Founder Director and shareholder of ResourceFull Ltd formerly Nice4Work Ltd.

Dr Colin Clinton

Regional Project Manager Regeneration and Infrastructure, Midlands Engine Investment Hub

Department for International Trade

Colin is DIT’s Midlands Engine Regional Manager for Regeneration and Infrastructure, part of the Midlands Engine Investment Hub team based in Birmingham. He joined UKTI part-time in Sept 2015 during which time he directed production of the ME’s first Investment Pitchbook, launched at MIPIM in March 2016. He helped create the 2017 ME Investment Portfolio with over £8BN’s worth of investment opportunity, and chairs the ME MIPIM steering group which helped deliver create a ME Pavilion at MIPIM Cannes for the first time in March 2017.

As DIT’s ME Regional Manager he is currently accessing many regeneration and infrastructure projects around the West Midlands that are seeking International Investment. Those that are currently investor ready to an increasing number developing within the Midlands Engine project pipeline of opportunities.

After 16 years in West Midlands public sector, Colin joined Arup in 1988 and appointed a Director in 2002. In 2004 he became the youngest President of the Institution of Civil Engineers and in January 2010 was appointed Arup’s Director of BD East Asia.
He delivered a new East Asia five-year BD Strategy for Arup before returning to UK in April 2015 as Director of Infrastructure in Arup’s Liverpool office.

Faraz Baber

Director

Terence O'Rourke

Faraz recently joined the specialist planning and design consultancy Terence O’Rourke as a Director. He was previously an Executive Director for Policy at London First. There he led on all activity relating to property, planning and development policy and was directly responsible for managing the real estate accounts and related commercial activity. Prior to joining London First in 2011, Faraz was Policy Director at London Councils where he managed a large multi-disciplinary team focused on housing, planning, transport, environment, culture and London 2012 implementation. His previous experience also includes senior management policy and public affairs roles at Surrey County Council, British Property Federation (BPF) and the Royal Institution of Chartered surveyors (RICS). A highly experienced and multi-skilled professional with extensive knowledge within the property sector, Faraz has successfully delivered on a number of high profile policy led campaigns. He is a Bartlett School graduate, with dual qualifications: chartered surveyor (FRICS) and chartered town planner (MRTPI). He is a member of the Department of Communities and Local Government Planning Sounding Board which provides industry advice to Government. Faraz is a Board member of the RICS P&D Professional Group and also serves on the RICS Planning Policy Panel.

Leigh Natasha Salter

Managing Director

Movers & Shakers

Leigh Natasha Salter is Managing Director of Movers & Shakers, having formerly been the Business and Events Director. Leigh has been responsible for developing the brand over the last 12 years and was responsible for the launch of the Movers & Shakers UK Regional events programme. Previously she worked in marketing, communications and research, and also ran the Windsor & Maidenhead Borough’s Business to Community Partnership, facilitating CSR for businesses. She qualified at Oxford University with a BA Honours in Human Sciences, and a scholarship, and is also a member of the BPF, WPA and UK-GBC.

Martin Reeves

Chief Executive

Coventry City Council

Martin has been Chief Executive of Coventry City Council since April 2009. He had previously been with Bedfordshire County Council for three and a half years as Assistant Chief Executive and Chief Executive.

Martin was previously Head of Performance Improvement at Westminster City Council. He was also Programme Director for WorkSmart the City Council’s flagship transformation programme. Martin spent much of his early career as a lecturer and researcher, and has a PhD in applied economics. He was the President of SOLACE in 2013 and now leads their Digital Leadership Network. He is also the Local Government Association (LGA) National Procurement Champion.

In 2015, Martin was invited onto the independent taskforce, which produced the new 5 year national cancer strategy. He co-chairs the national systems leadership board and chairs the national cross system board for sustainable health & social care (taking over from Jonathan Porritt).

He is also a member of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Advisory Board. In November 2015 Martin was included in the top 20 of the Local Government Chronicle’s list of the 100 most influential people in local government.

Neil Rami

Chief Executive

West Midlands Growth Company

Neil oversees the West Midlands Growth Company (WMGC), formerly Marketing Birmingham, which was established in April 2017 to create new jobs, expand existing businesses and attract new investment and visitors to the region, aligned to the ambitions set out in the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) Strategic Economic Plan.

Under Neil’s leadership of Marketing Birmingham, the city secured the highest number of foreign direct investment projects on record, attracting significant new investments from companies such as HSBC, Deutsche Bank, Jaguar Land Rover and ASOS. The city’s visitor economy has also grown significantly in recent years, with Birmingham enjoying the largest growth in international visitors of any UK city outside London and the tourism sector now contributing £6.5 billion to the local economy, a 22% increase (£1.16bn) since 2013.

Previously, Neil held similar roles in Liverpool and Newcastle upon Tyne. He is a member of the British Tourism Industry Group; Chair of the Midlands Trade and Investment Group and is a former Governor and Board Member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Neil is also a Board member of Creative England

Sarah Middleton

Chief Executive

Black Country Consortium Ltd

Sarah is the Chief Executive of Black Country Consortium Limited (BCC) since its incorporation in 2006. Sarah joined the Consortium Partnership in October 1999 and has been central in developing the Black Country Sub-Regional partnership and its 30 year vision including the Economic Strategy and Spatial Strategy, establishing joint approaches on Planning, Investment, Economic Intelligence and the Black Country Education and Skills Strategy. She has also supported the West Midlands Combined Authority on the development of the Combined Authority Strategic Economic Plan. Sarah qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG and previous roles include Deputy Chief Executive for East Mercia Chamber of Commerce (including responsibilities as General Manager for Business Link Walsall) and Chief Executive of Walsall City Challenge.

Sir Edward Lister

Chairman

Homes and Communities Agency

Sir Edward Lister joined the Homes and Communities Agency as Chairman in June 2016. Sir Edward has considerable experience of the housebuilding industry, in particular infrastructure investment and large-scale developments. From 2011-16, he was London’s Deputy Mayor of Policy and Planning and Chief of Staff at the Greater London Authority, which included serving as Deputy Chairman of the Old Oak & Park Royal Mayoral Development Corporation. He was previously Conservative Leader of Wandsworth Borough Council from 1992-2011. As the longest-serving council leader in the country, Sir Edward made Wandsworth the most successful value-for-money local authority in the country with the lowest council tax charge and top satisfaction ratings from its residents.

In 2016, Sir Edward was appointed as Senior Advisor to the Regeneration and Investment Organisation within UKTI. He is also a consultant for CBRE’s One London team and a Non-Executive Director of Stanhope Ltd.

Denise Li

CEO / Vice Chairman

PGC Capital

Award-winning businesswoman, Denise Li, founded PGC Capital in 2015 after an illustrious career assisting companies achieve their international aspirations and expand into China including Formula One, the English Premier League, Porsche, Zespri, Nissan, Omnicom, Hilton Hotels Group and Amway. In 2014, Denise launched the International Financial Summit to introduce sophisticated global investment insights and opportunities to Chinese high net worths, corporations and institutional investors. The previous year, Denise introduced International GolfWeek to China, before going on to co-found Shanghai International GolfWeek (China) Limited to encourage entrepreneurs to raise funds for China’s most deprived children.

For three consecutive years, Denise received the Centurion Award from American Express, and when she was General Manager for Zespri, the leading kiwi fruit company, she was responsible for increasing annual turnover to 300m RMB with a team of only three.

Denise and PGC Capital have been frequently profiled in the UK property media, The Times (London) and the Financial Times. She is also a regular panellist at Financial Times Live events. PGC Capital’s first residential development in the UK is situated in the famous Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham. Known as The Jewel Court, it was Highly Commended at the 2016/17 International Property Awards. At the end of 2017, she was appointed Executive Chairman of the Confederation of China Business UK.

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