After a disrupted end to 2019 we were back in full flow from January; running 18 events on some of the most pertinent and talked about policy issues. Bringing experts from industry and academia into Parliament to create productive and open discussions for the benefit of all involved. Below are the events we delivered in March, and the main details raised during the discussion.
We are of course disappointed to be stopped in our tracks. But our main concern is everyone eventually returning to work, and to our events, as healthy as possible.
Low-Carbon Cluster Clubs
On Monday 02 March, we hosted a dinner discussion between parliamentarians and industry representatives entitled ‘Creating Low-Carbon Clusters to Tackle Climate Change.’ The discussion was chaired by Darren Jones MP, Select Committee on Science and Technology and welcomed guest speakers Stephen Marcos Jones, Director General at UKPIA and Professor Jan Godsell, Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Strategy at the University of Warwick. The discussion focused on the role of industrial clusters and the ways in which businesses could work together to create a net-zero carbon cluster by 2040.
Main points raised:
Changing Lives: Broadening the UK's Cultural Economy
On Tuesday 03 March 2020, we hosted a breakfast meeting chaired by Rt Hon Damian Green MP, Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee. He was joined by Bob Shennan, BBC Group Managing Director, BBC and Alderman William Russell, Lord Mayor of the City of London Corporation. The discussion focused on how to broaden access to arts programmes and further engage and equip communities with the creative skills to improve wellbeing, skills and enterprise.
The main points raised:
What goes around comes around
On Monday 09 March, we hosted a Dinner Discussion between parliamentarians and industry representatives entitled ‘The Future of Urban Mobility.’ The discussion was chaired by Lilian Greenwood MP, Select Committee on Transport and welcomed guest speakers Katy Taylor, Commercial and Customer Director at Go Ahead and Dr Genovefa Kefalidou, Assistant Professor in Human Computer Interaction at the University of Leicester. The discussion focused on exploring the Urban Mobility Strategy and the benefits of encouraging active travel.
Raising the Roof: Addressing the Housing Crisis
On Tuesday 10 March, we hosted a breakfast meeting between parliamentarians and industry representatives. We welcomed guest speaker David Thomas, Group Chief Executive Officer, Barratt Plc and the discussion focused on how to tackle the challenges facing the housebuilding sector, including for small and medium housing developers, and how to assist the large scale provision of affordable quality housing across the UK.
Healthy living, healthy ageing
On Wednesday 11 March, the Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT) hosted a breakfast meeting between parliamentarians and industry representatives entitled ‘Supporting Healthy Ageing.’ The discussion welcomed guest speakers Philippa Fieldhouse, Managing Director of Richmond Villages, Bupa and Professor Simon Conroy, Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Leicester. The discussion focused on acknowledging the challenges faced by an ageing population and how people can be supported in later life.