NORTH OF ENGLAND TRANSPORT SUMMIT

30TH NOVEMBER 2017

Royal Armouries, Leeds
Armouries Dr, Leeds LS10 1LT

KEYNOTE SPEAKER


The Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP (Invited)

The Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP (Invited)
Secretary of State for Transport

Chris Grayling was appointed as Secretary of State for Transport on 14 July 2016. He was elected Conservative MP for Epsom and Ewell in 2001. 

Chris served as Minister of State at the Department for Work and Pensions from May 2010 until September 2012. He was Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice from September 2012 until May 2015, and Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons from May 2015 until 14 July 2016.

He also held a number of shadow front bench posts, including Shadow Home Secretary and Shadow Secretary of State for Transport.

The Secretary of State has overall responsibility for the policies of the Department for Transport. Responsibilities include:

  • transport strategy, including economic growth and climate change
  • spending review
  • transport security
  • high speed rail (HS2)

SPEAKERS


Lord Adonis

Lord Adonis
Chair
National Infrastructure Commission

Lord Andrew Adonis was appointed as chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission on 5 October 2015. He was a member of the independent Armitt Commission, which recommended an independent National Infrastructure Commission in 2013.

Andrew Adonis was formerly the Transport Secretary from 2009 to 2010, Minister of State for Transport from 2008 to 2009 and Minister for Schools from 2005 to 2008. He was Head of the No10 Policy Unit from 2001 to 2005.

Councillor Judith Blake

Councillor Judith Blake
Leader
Leeds City Council

Cllr Judith Blake was elected as the first ever female Leader of Leeds City Council in May 2015. She is also the Council's Executive Board Member for Economy and Culture and is playing a key role in attracting major national and international inward investment in to Leeds.

She previously served as Deputy Leader for 5 years. During that time, as the Executive Member for Children's and Families, Cllr Blake helped Children's Services in Leeds move from an Ofsted rating of 'inadequate' to 'good overall', with a rating of 'outstanding' for Leadership and Management. Only 4 other authorities in the country at the time had an 'outstanding' rating within their report.

Cllr Blake has been an elected member since 1996. Her time as a Councillor has seen her have responsibility for a wide range of portfolios including Planning, Education and Leisure. Cllr Blake currently chairs the Council's Executive Board and has also served as a board member for NHS Leeds and the West Yorkshire Police Authority.

Steve Rotheram

Steve Rotheram
Mayor of Liverpool City Region

Steve Rotheram was born in Knowsley in 1961 and was one of eight children.

Steve served as a Liverpool City Councillor in 2002 to represent the Fazakerley ward and as Lord Mayor of Liverpool during the city's European Capital of Culture year of 2008-2009.In 2010, Steve was elected as the Member of Parliament for the Liverpool Walton constituency.

A bricklayer by trade, he'd set up his own company by the age of 22 and later went on to work in various capacities in the construction industry. Having pursued qualifications through FE College, he studied full-time at Liverpool John Moores University and started a Master's Degree in Contemporary Urban Renaissance at Hope University. During this time he was employed as a Business Manager by the Learning and Skills Council.

In May 2017 Steve was elected to become the first ever Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region – securing 59% of the vote – on a manifesto that is ambitious, fair, green, connected and that works together.

Mark Thurston

Mark Thurston
Chief Executive
High Speed 2

Mark joined HS2 as Chief Executive Officer in March 2017.

Previously, Mark was Managing Director for Europe at CH2M and was with the company from June 2008. Mark had P&L responsibility for a business with some 3500 employees that spanned the UK and continental Europe, operating in the Transportation, Water, Environment and Nuclear and Industrial Technologies sectors. With more than 25 years' experience in project and programme management, Mark has worked in both the public and private sectors on some of the UK's largest infrastructure projects.

During his time at CH2M Mark spent a significant amount of time in leadership roles on major programs, including three years as Strategic Projects Director on Crossrail, leading the Programme Partner joint venture Transcend.

Prior to this Mark was Programme Delivery Manager on the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games, where he led the Power Lines Under Grounding project and the £500m Structures, Bridges and Highways programme on behalf of the CLM delivery partner consortium.

Mark started his career as a technician apprentice on the London Underground and trained as an electrical/electronics engineer. He has a Master's Degree in Engineering Project Management from Loughborough University.

Mark is a Visiting Professor at the Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management at University College London and is an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Association for Project Management.

SPEAKERS


  • KEYNOTE SPEAKER

  • The Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP (Invited)

    Secretary of State for Transport

  • SPEAKERS

  • Lord Adonis

    Chair
    National Infrastructure Commission
  • Councillor Judith Blake

    Leader
    Leeds City Council
  • Steve Rotheram

    Mayor of Liverpool City Region
  • Mark Thurston

    Chief Executive
    High Speed 2
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