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The Oxford to Cambridge Arc

26th November 2019

The Francis Crick Institute, 1 Midland Road, London, NW1 1AT


08:15 – 09:00
REGISTRATION AND NETWORKING

09:00 – 09:05
WELCOME

Damian Wild, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher, EG

09:05 – 09:30
WHY IS THE OXFORD-CAMBRIDGE ARC SO IMPORTANT?

Speakers:
Ahmed Goga, Director of Strategy & Programmes, OxLEP

PRODUCTIVITY
09:30 – 10:05
A NEW WAY OF WORKING: PUBLIC, PRIVATE AND COMMUNITIES DRIVING ENGAGEMENT

  • Outlining the structure of governance and support
  • How are the Universities collaborating create environments that will maintain the UK as a leading global centre for science and innovation?
  • Ensuring local participation and democratic accountability

Speakers:
Dr Phil Clare, Deputy Director, Research Services, University of Oxford
Sir Peter Gregson, Chief Executive & Vice-Chancellor, Cranfield University
Sarah Haywood-Price, CEO, MedCity
Bill Hughes, Head of Real Assets, Legal & General Investment Management

PLACE-MAKING
10:10 – 10:45
THE PLACE TO BE: CREATING COMMUNITIES

How will the Oxford-Cambridge Arc attract the necessary people and talent to achieve growth? Key elements are delivering affordable and high-quality housing; ensuring the landscape and environment is protected to promote quality of life and investing and nurturing in the development and talent of people to live here.

Speakers:
Dr John Baker, Senior Vice President, AbCam PLC
Phillip Lyons, Chief Executive of Housebuilding, Countryside
Ben Bolgar, Senior Director, The Prince's Foundation

10:45 – 10:50
RESEARCH PRESENTATION - THE ARC INDEX
Sue Foxley, Research Director, Bidwells

10:50 – 11:15
REFRESHMENTS

CONNECTIVITY
11:15 – 11:50
MAXIMISING THE POTENTIAL: BUILDING WELL-CONNECTED COMMUNITIES

Connectivity and growth are inextricably linked.  But connectivity covers everything from transport to digital to utilities.  What are the major plans in place to boost infrastructure in the Arc?  And how can this be done and retain natural capital?

Speakers:
Robbie Owen, Partner – Head of Infrastructure Planning & Government Affairs, Pinsent Masons
James Scott, Director of Planning & Communications, Urban & Civic
Alister Kratt, Director, LDA Design

ENVIRONMENT
11:50 – 12:05

KEYNOTE

Professor Dieter Helm, CBE, Chair, Natural Capital Committee

12:05 - 12:35
MANAGING NATURAL CAPITAL: MEETING THE NEEDS OF PEOPLE AND THE ECONOMY

In the light of needed expansion and climate change obligations, how do we balance growth requirements whilst retaining the value of green space? What investment is necessary to deliver an environmental net gain?

Speakers:
Roland Bull, Partner, Head of Rural Investment, Cambridge/Norwich, Bidwells
Estelle Bailey, Chief Executive, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT)
Professor Dieter Helm, CBE, Chair, Natural Capital Committee

12:35 – 13:00
WHY INVEST? A CASE STUDY

As the global lead in science and technology, we hear from a key occupier about their reasons for investing in the area and their hopes for the future. How will collaboration across the public, charitable and educational sectors assist in advancing science & innovation?

Dr Veronique Birault, Director of Translation, The Francis Crick Institute

13:00
CLOSING REMARKS

13:00 – 14:00
NETWORKING LUNCH

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