18 August 2020

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EEH's virtual annual conference took place on September 15, attended by more than 320 people.

You can find a recording of the conference - and the agenda - below.



Event moderator: Antony Oliver, infrastructure and editorial communications advisor

Theme 1: Introduction and scene setting


Ministerial address: Baroness Vere, Roads Minister, Department for Transport

Mayor Dave Hodgson, elected Mayor of Bedford and Chair of EEH's Strategic Transport Forum offers an update on EEH's draft Transport Strategy

A political perspective from Greg Smith, MP for Buckingham and member of the Transport Select Committee

Panel Q&A

Naomi Green EEH's Head of Technical Programme joins Mayor Dave and Greg Smith in a quick-fire Q&A panel

Theme 2: What it means to me


A business perspective: Nigel MacKenzie, Westcott Project Manager, outlines how transport improvements are key to this unique business park outside Aylesbury fulfilling its full potential

A young professional's perspective: Lucy Ellis a Rail Engineering Apprentice with Laing O'Rourke involved with East West Rail sets out how transport influences her opportunities to work and live in the Heartland.

An environmental perspective: Paul Leinster, Professor of Environmental Assessment at Cranfield University and lead on the Oxford-Cambridge Arc environment group, sets out why it is important to consider transport propositions within the wider system within which they operate

Panel Q&A

… with Nigel, Lucy and Paul

Theme 3: Shaping the future


Emily Seabrook: a view from the Heartland based graduate engineer with Skanska and winner of EEH's Vision 2050 competition for young professionals

Abi Nichols, Project Lead with EEH outlines their connectivity studies and how these influence their future transport priorities

Satellite Applications Catapult's Gemma Ball, Business Development Transport Lead and George Nicola, Solutions Architect, Transport and Aviation Systems on the role space plays in the development and decarbonisation of intelligent transport infrastructure

Steve Gooding, Director, RAC Foundation sets out the connectivity challenges of rural communities within the Heartland

Panel Q&A

… with Emily, Abi, Gemma and Steve

Theme 4: Innovations in delivery


Transport for Buckinghamshire colleagues Dave Stewart, Network Delivery Manager and Keith Carpenter, Technical Director show the opportunities for turning data into intelligence with the aim of delivering better transport solutions when and where they are needed

Hannah Probert, Carbon Consultant with WSP looks at achieving carbon neutrality

Ed Godsiffe, Skanska's Sustainability Manager sets out how to achieve carbon reductions during construction

Matthew D'Archambaud, Client Director with Atkins outlines a partnership approach to EEH's connectivity studies

Sian Thomas, Heartland based Network Improvement Manager with Ringway Jacobs outlines the implementation of active travel initiatives during the COVID-19 recovery

Panel Q&A

… with Hannah, Ed, Dave, Keith, Matthew and Sian

Theme 5: Transformational projects


East West Rail: Rob Brighouse, Chair, East West Railway Company

Cambridge Autonomous Metro: Mayor James Palmer, Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

A428 Black Cat improvements: Lee Galloway, Project Director, Highways England

Varsity Way: Matthew Barber, Head of Partnerships, Sustrans

Panel Q&A

… with Rob, James, Lee and Matt

Q&A with concluding remarks


Martin Tugwell, Programme Director, England's Economic Heartland

Please take a few minutes to have your say on our Draft Transport Strategy.