One of the main themes of our events in June is the continued trend of sustainability. Our events recognised the responsibility on both the side of Parliament and industry to encourage sustainable practices, to secure a future for our planet whilst harnessing the benefits for the UK economy and skilled job market. This included events on the construction sector and electric vehicles.
Outside of this theme, we looked at the generational and social mobility issue of affordable housing, how transport infrastructure strategy needs to be tweaked and social media and mental health.
As ever, our events mirror the most important issues being discussed in Parliament and by industry. We provide an opportunity for the two to come together to learn from each other and spark ideas for productive ways forward.
Low Carbon Construction
Tuesday 04 June 2019, the IPT hosted a Breakfast Meeting entitled ‘Building a Low Carbon Construction Industry’, held in the House of Commons. The event was chaired by Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi MP, Select Committee on Housing, Communities and Local Government. He was joined by speakers Adam Crossley, Director of Environment, Skanska UK and Davide Stronati, Global Sustainability Leader, Mott MacDonald. The Breakfast was attended by members of the House of Commons and House of Lords as well as representatives from industry.
The attendees discussed:
Powering Up, Powering Ahead
On Wednesday 05 June 2019, the Industry and Parliament Trust hosted the breakfast meeting ‘Powering Ahead! Supporting Electric Vehicles and Charging Infrastructure’. The discussion was chaired by Andy McDonald MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, and was joined by Professor David Greenwood, Head of Advanced Propulsions Systems at WMG at the University of Warwick and Tony Glover, Director of Policy at Energy Networks Association. The central theme explored at the dinner was how the Government could work with industry to ensure growing electric vehicle use is supported by high quality infrastructure.
The attendees discussed:
On Monday 10 June 2019, the Industry and Parliament Trust hosted the dinner discussion ‘The Productivity Puzzle: Supporting UK SMEs’. It was chaired by Adrian Bailey MP, House of Commons, and the speakers were Chris Manson, Chief Executive Officer at Newable, and Professor Martin Spring, Director of the Centre for Productivity and Efficiency at Lancaster University. The dinner was attended by members of the House of Commons and House of Lords as well as representatives from industry.
Opening Doors: Affordable Housing
On Tuesday 11 June 2019, the Industry and Parliament Trust hosted the breakfast meeting ‘Affordable Housing: Lending a Hand to the Next Generation’. The discussion was chaired by Alex Cunningham MP, Shadow Minister for Housing. He was joined by Paul Broadhead, Head of Mortgages & Housing at Buildings Societies Association, and Craig Calder, Mortgage Propositions Lead at Barclays. The discussion focused on how the Government can work with mortgage lenders to unlock greater access to home ownership.
Shaping Smart Manufacturing
Wednesday 12 June 2019, the IPT hosted a Breakfast Meeting entitled ‘Industry 4.0: Shaping Smart Manufacturing in the UK’, held in the House of Commons. The event was chaired by Chris Green MP, Chair, Manufacturing APPG. He was joined by speakers Chris Reeves, Director for Country Digitalisation, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia, Cisco and Paul O'Donnell, Head of External Affairs, Manufacturing Technologies Association. The Breakfast was attended by members of the House of Commons and House of Lords as well as representatives from industry.
On the Right Track? Restructuring Transport
On Monday 17 June 2019, the Industry and Parliament hosted the dinner discussion ‘Restructuring Transport: Regionalising Rail and Road’. It was chaired by Martin Vickers MP, Chair of the Rail APPG, House of Commons and the speakers were Barbara Moorhouse, Chair of the Rail Standards and Safety Board, and Julian Edwards, Deputy Managing Director & Business Development Director at Abellio. The breakfast meeting was attended by members of the House of Commons and House of Lords as well as representatives from industry.
Social Media and Mental Health
On Wednesday 19 June 2019, the Industry and Parliament Trust hosted the breakfast meeting ‘How is Social Media Affecting Mental Health?’ It was chaired by Dr Lisa Cameron MP, SNP Spokesperson for Mental Health. She was joined by Dr Cara Booker, Research Fellow for the Institute for Social and Economic Research at University of Essex, and Antony Walker, Deputy Chief Executive Officer at TechUK. The central theme explored at the breakfast meeting was how, with social media becoming increasingly integrated into our daily lives, we can ensure people are living healthy digital lives.
Delivering a Universal Postal Service
On Monday 24 June, the Industry and Parliament Trust hosted a dinner discussion ‘Providing a UK Universal Postal Service Fit for the Future’. The event was chaired by Gill Furniss MP, Shadow Minister for Steel, Postal Affairs, Royal Mail and Consumer Protection and the guest speaker was Stuart Simpson, Chief Operating Officer of the Royal Mail.