SWHA Focus on Highways Funding Conference Programme

Programme subject to change


Great Eastern Hall

Registration opens with tea and coffee served in the exhibition area


Great Eastern Hall

Session 1: Funding Issues and Welcome

Mhairi Threlfall, Cabinet Member for Transport and Connectivity

Nigel Riglar, Commissioning Director: Communities & Infrastructure,
Gloucestershire County Council

Mark King, Head of StreetCare, South Gloucestershire Council

Highways Services Funding Sources
Parvis Khansari, Director of Highways and Transport, Wiltshire Council

Keynote Speech: The future of the Incentive Fund – what next?
Steve Berry OBE, Head, Highways Maintenance (inc funding), Innovation, Resilience,
Light Rail and Cableways, Department for Transport

Followed by Q&A / Panel discussion


Morning break and networking

Tea and coffee served in the exhibition area



Great Eastern Hall

Session 2: Innovation in Funding

Innovation Funding - Cross Country Collaboration 
Marc Tite, Asset Management Consultant, Gaist

New ways of funding highway works – precepting
Paula Hewitt, Director of Commissioning and Lead Commissioner for Economic and Community Infrastructure, Somerset County Council

Competitive funding collaboration success stories
Jon Munslow, Asset and Infrastructure Group Manager and Traffic Manager,
South Gloucestershire Council

Devolution – the future?
Andy Stevenson, Head of Highways & Infrastructure, Cornwall Council

Followed by Q&A / Panel discussion


Lunch break and networking

Refreshments served in the exhibition area


Great Eastern Hall

Session 3: Delivery

Panel session / Project Showcase – Delivery challenges and solutions

Session chaired by Mike Batheram, Client Director, Local Government from SNC-Lavalin/Atkins.

Topics covered include: 

Collaboration Challenges | The challenges associated with being big, large geographical spread, multiple clients | Human resources, skills shortages and training | Finite resources - materials and plant| Escalating costs | The public sector client, cultural differences between client and contractor (eg collaborative/adversarial approaches) | Increasing efficiency | Funding the infrastructure | Future technological requirements | The customer/public - volume of enquiries, stakeholder engagement and pressure

Panel includes:

  • Richard Stokes, Regional Director from SNC-Lavalin/Atkins

  • Dr. Howard Robinson, Chief Executive of The Road Surface Treatments Association Ltd,

  • Mike O'Dowd-Jones, Strategic Commissioner for Highways and Transport Services from Somerset County Council

  • Paul Aldridge, Group Sustainability Director, WJ Group

  • Nick Goddard, Regional Director Ringway Infrastructure Services, Eurovia Ringway

  • Chris Dyer, Head of Consultancy Infrastructure Asset Management, Yotta Ltd

  • Matthew Riches, Business Director, SKANSKA

  • Paul Santer - Regional Director Civil Engineering Contractors Association (South West)

Followed by Q&A 



Afternoon break

Tea and coffee served in the exhibition area


Great Eastern Hall

Session 4: Delivery

Delivery models: from DLO to Teckal to PFI and all stops in between
Andy Warrington, Associate Director Transportation, SNC Lavalin/Atkins

Major schemes
Neil O'Connell, Strategic Frameworks Manager from Hampshire County Council.

Followed by Q&A / Panel discussion

Closing comments
Nigel Riglar, Commissioning Director: Communities & Infrastructure,
Gloucestershire County Council


Close of conference

16.15 - 18.00
Networking drinks reception aboard the SS Great Britain in the Hayward Saloon, sponsored by Tarmac.

Preceeded by a welcome from Alaistair McBeath, General Manager (Highways Services) from sponsors Tarmac


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