Highways UK 2020 Starts in

4/5 November 2020, NEC, Birmingham

Jacobs Main Theatre

High-level perspectives on strategic issues

Click on the links below to access presentations from the Main Theatre (please note that many speakers did not use powerpoint). Video of the whole Jacobs Theatre programme is available here


7 November

Session 1


Steve Norris, Chair Highways UK Advisory Board and former Roads Minister

Why roads matter

John Armitt, chairman, National Infrastructure Commission

Motorways and major A roads

Jim O'Sullivan, chief executive, Highways England

Anthony Smith, chief executive, Transport Focus

Stephen Glaister, Chair, ORR

Elliot Shaw, executive director, strategy and planning, Highways England

Ministerial Address

Jesse Norman MP, Roads Minister, Department for Transport  

Session 2 

The road ahead - the rise of the Sub-national Transport Body

Realising the STBs' shared ambition of enabling businesses and communities to prosper.  

Barry White, Chief Executive, Transport for the North

Martin Tugwell, Programme Director, England's Economic Heartland

Rupert Clubb, Chief Officer, TfSE

Maria Machancoses, Director, Midlands Connect

Tricia Hayes, Director General, Roads, Motoring and Devolution, DfT

Session 3

Is private sector finance realistic for UK roads?

The cost of new infrastructure lands on the taxpayer. How can we get more private sector finance into our roads? What are the technical measures that will allow us to do so? Is there appetite for private capital and how can we harness it while ensuring that safety and other necessary standards are maintained?

Steve Norris, property and transport advisor

Steve Gooding, Director, RAC Foundation

David Barwell, Chief Executive, UK and Ireland, AECOM

Session 4

Urban: Cities and their mobility priorities

Glynn Barton, Director of Network Management, TfL

Isabel Dedring, Global Transport Leader, Arup

Mark Garrity, Director Strategy, Sales & Marketing, Thales Ground Transportation

Margot Orr Jones, Cities Director, Jacobs

Claire Williams, Technical Director - Intelligent Mobility, Atkins, member of the SNC-Lavalin Group

Dave Powell, Head of ITS Delivery, Cubic


8 November 

Session 5

Future Proofing Local Authority Roads

Opening address

Cllr Martin Tett, Chair of the Environment, Economy, Housing and Transport Board, Local Government Association; Leader, Buckinghamshire County Council; and Chair England's Economic Heartland

A high level look at challenges and opportunities facing local authorities and the future proofing of their roads networks

Matthew Lugg, President, CIHT

Nigel Riglar, First Vice President, ADEPT; Director of Environment and Community Services, South Gloucestershire Council

David Craik, Chair HTMA Service Delivery Working Group; Executive Director, Colas

John Lamb, President, Local Government Technical Advisers Group

Session 6

Road to zero 

Enabling electrification of the vehicle fleet

Stephanie Edwards, Head of Infrastructure Policy, Office for Low Emission Vehicles

David Rollafson, Director Transportation, TRL

Ross Fairley, Partner, Burges Salmon

Simon Harrison, Group Strategic Development Manager, Mott MacDonald

Session 7

Putting infrastructure requirements at the heart of the CAV journey

Short and medium-term milestones, challenges and opportunities on the path towards connected and autonomous vehicles

Andy Pascoe, Consultant, Meridian Mobility

Chris Reeves, Head of CAV Technologies, MIRA

Rob Wallis, Chief Executive, TRL

Professor Paul Jennings, Warwick Manufacturing Group, University of Warwick

Jim O'Reilly, Strategic Product and Innovation Manager, Ordnance Survey

Peter Stoker, Chief Engineer, Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, Millbrook

Session 8

Future mobility and the long-term requirements of roads infrastructure

Charlie Henderson, Partner, PA Consulting

Alistair Hunter, Director, Infrastructure Advisory, Arup

Nina Bell, Managing Director for UK, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Avis Budget Group and Zipcar UK

Phil Clifton, Managing Director Highways, Balfour Beatty

Rachel Skinner, Vice President, ICE and Director, WSP