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Annual Conference and Exhibition 2016, Manchester

Thursday, 25th February 2016 to Friday, 26th February 2016

Annual Conference and Exhibition 2016, Manchester | Event

Wednesday 24th February 2016

1900        Leaders Dinner (BY INVITATION ONLY)

Thursday 25th February 2016

0800        Registration, Breakfast & Exhibition

0840       Sponsor Discussion: Ken O’Toole, Managing Director, Manchester Airports Group

0900       Moderator’s Welcome – John Humphrys, Broadcaster, BBC CONFIRMED

0930       Keynote – Lord O’Neill of Gatley, Commercial Secretary to the Treasury, HM Government CONFIRMED

1000         Lord O’Neill Tour of Commercial Exhibition


1000       Welcome to the Networking Area, Keith Rudd, Director ARUP

1005       “Opportunities for Integrated Planning in the Northern Powerhouse” – Corinne Swain OBE, ARUP

1015        Lord Prescott in Conversation with John Humphrys 

1030       Atkins Video Presentation 1: Northern Powerhouse Futures – Manchester G20


1035       The UK Northern Powerhouse: “The Business of Devolution” Debate

Chair: Tom Bloxham, Chairman, Urban Splash CONFIRMED

Ged Fitzgerald, Chief Executive, Liverpool CONFIRMED

John Mothersole, Chief Executive, Sheffield CONFIRMED

Pat Ritchie, Chief Executive, Newcastle Upon Tyne CONFIRMED

Sir Howard Bernstein, Chief Executive, Manchester CONFIRMED

Tom Riordan, Chief Executive, Leeds CONFIRMED

Ada Burns, Chief Executive, Darlington CONFIRMED

Sponsor: Mark Robinson, Group Chief Executive, Scape Group CONFIRMED


1205       In Conversation – Sarah Green, Director of Cities & Regions, CBI with John Humphrys CONFIRMED

1225      Sponsor Presentation, Liveable Cities – Simon Price, Ramboll


1250       The North as an International Powerhouse 

Chair: Catherine Raines, CEO, UK Trade & Investment CONFIRMED

Dr Herbert Jakoby, CEO, NRW:Invest GmbH Dusseldorf CONFIRMED

Niels Erik Andersen, Head of International Relations, Central Denmark Region CONFIRMED

Peter Finnegan, ‎Director Office of Economy & International Relations, Dublin City Council CONFIRMED

Chris Corlett, Chief Executive, Isle of Man Government CONFIRMED

Ben De Smit, Economic & Commercial Counsellor, Flanders Investment & Trade Embassy of Belgium CONFIRMED

Sponsor: William Nash III, Partner, EMEA, Squire Patton Boggs


1415      In Conversation – Chi Chung Wong, Executive Vice President, Mainland China and Taiwan, AECOM with John Humphrys                 CONFIRMED

1440       Atkins Video Presentation 2: Northern Powerhouse Futures – Generation N 


1440       Science, Research & Skills Debate   

Chair: Professor Nigel Weatherill, Vice Chancellor, Liverpool John Moores University CONFIRMED

Professor Chris Brink, Vice Chancellor, Newcastle University CONFIRMED

Professor Liz Towns Andrews, Research and Enterprise, Yorkshire Universities CONFIRMED

Peter Simpson, Director, N8 Research Partnership CONFIRMED

Sponsor: John Bancroft, Director, National Physical Laboratory, Northern Hub


1540       Sponsor Presentation: Chris Clifford, Director of Education, Risual/Microsoft Academy 

1600       In Conversation – Darren Henley, CEO, Arts Council England with John Humphrys CONFIRMED

1620       Atkins Video 3: Northern Powerhouse Futures – Ports & Rail


1625       Transport & Infrastructure – Debate on Ports & Rail     

Chair: David Brown, CEO, Transport for the North CONFIRMED

Alex Hynes, Managing Director, Northern Rail CONFIRMED

James Cooper, Chief Executive, ABP CONFIRMED

Graham Botham, Strategy & Planning Director (North), Network Rail CONFIRMED

Mark Whitworth, CEO, Peel Ports CONFIRMED

Sean Potter, Managing Director, DFDS Seaways CONFIRMED

Paul Griffiths, Development Director, Phase 2, HS2 CONFIRMED

Sponsor: Marc Davies, Head of Environment, WYG CONFIRMED


1730      Guest Speaker: Sir David Higgins: “Two Years on: How HS2 is Changing Britain” – Introduced by Sir Richard Leese


1800       DAY ONE CLOSE

1930 – 2330     Black Tie Conference Dinner – Creative/Cultural Powerhouse, in aid of the Willow Foundation 

Guest Speaker – Willow Foundation CONFIRMED

[Entertainment: Siemens Corporate Choir & First Transpennine Express Corporate Choir CONFIRMED]

[Comedian – Alistair McGowan CONFIRMED]



0800       Registration, Breakfast & Exhibition

0840      Sponsor Discussion, Jim O’Sullivan, CEO, Highways England

0900      Moderator’s Welcome – John Humphrys, Broadcaster, BBC CONFIRMED

0915       “What we learnt from Day One” Andrew Croll, Ipsos MORI


0925      Atkins Video Presentation 4: Northern Powerhouse Futures – Air & Road

0925       Transport & Infrastructure – Debate on Air & Road       

Chair: John Cridland, Chair, Transport for the North CONFIRMED

Tim Hawkins, Corporate Affairs Director, Manchester Airports Group CONFIRMED

Jim O’Sullivan, CEO, Highways England CONFIRMED

Kate Willard, Chair Atlantic Gateway & Corporate Affairs Director, Stobart Group CONFIRMED

Tim O’Toole, Chief Executive, First Group CONFIRMED

Graeme Mason, Planning & Corporate Affairs Director, Newcastle Airport CONFIRMED

Sponsor: Keith Howells, Chairman, Mott MacDonald CONFIRMED


1045       In Conversation – John Cridland CBE with John Humprys CONFIRMED

1105       In Conversation – Max Steinberg CBE, Chair, International Festival of Business 2016 with John Humphrys CONFIRMED


1115       Creating Wealth in the North of England      

Chair: Brendan Dick, Managing Director, BT Regions CONFIRMED

Andy Clarke, Chief Executive, ASDA Wal-Mart CONFIRMED

Stephen Miller, Managing Director, Bank of America Merrill Lynch CONFIRMED

Steve Fraser, Managing Director, United Utilities CONFIRMED

Glenn Woolaghan, Director, SMB Solutions, Microsoft UK CONFIRMED

Neil Lees, Deputy Chairman, The Peel Group CONFIRMED

Sherin Aminossehe, COO, HM Government Property Unit CONFIRMED

Sponsor: Jonathan Jones, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs


1245       In Conversation – Keith Morgan, CEO, British Business Bank with John Humphrys 

1255       Paul Willson, Head of Innovation, Energy Industry, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

1305       In Conversation – Piers Linney, Co-CEO, Outsourcery Plc with John Humphrys 

1315       Sponsor Presentation: Christian Schindler, General Manager – UK, Lufthansa Group 


1335       Atkins Video 5: Northern Powerhouse Futures – Powering the Powerhouse

1335       Powering the Powerhouse              

Chair: Lord Haskins of Skidby, Chair, Humber LEP CONFIRMED

Andy Koss Managing Director, Drax Power CONFIRMED

Frank Robotham, Group Head of Marketing, Associated British Ports CONFIRMED

Robin Phillips, Finance Director, Siemens CONFIRMED

Tarald Gjerde, General Manager, Forewind CONFIRMED

Sponsor: Graham Haywood, Director, Cumbria LEP CONFIRMED


1455       In Conversation – Ed Cox, Director, IPPR North CONFIRMED

1510       In Conversation: Martin McTague, Northern Powerhouse Policy Lead, Federation of Small Business with John Humphrys


1525       Financing the Powerhouse Debate

Chair: Ezra Nahome, CEO, Lambert Smith Hampton CONFIRMED

Keith Morgan, CEO, British Business Bank CONFIRMED

Dan Sheahan, Divisional Director, Investec CONFIRMED

Tom Ground, Head of Ventures, Legal & General Capital CONFIRMED

Matt Cooper, Commercial Director, Crowdcube CONFIRMED

Ken Knott, Chief Development Officer, Select Property Group CONFIRMED

Sponsor: Bruce Dear, Head of Institutional Investment, Eversheds CONFIRMED


1650       Conference Conclusion and Next Steps

Chair: Jason McCartney, MP

“What we learnt from Day Two” – Matthew Bristow, Associate Director, Ipsos MORI

Richard Corby, Director of Corporate Advisory, Lambert Smith Hampton – Platinum Conference Sponsor

Richard Green, Senior Director – Regeneration, AECOM – Gold Output Partner

Secretary Rodney E Slater, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs (USA) – Silver Conference Debate Sponsor

Drinks sponsored by Quatro PR.




The UK Northern Powerhouse International Conference & Exhibition is the ideal place for you to exhibit your company and increase brand awareness and sales.

This is a quality commercial exhibition for companies ready to do business. You can meet:

  • over 50 Chief Executives of the North’s biggest companies and their teams,
  • the six Chief Executives of the North’s largest cities,
  • six inward investment delegations from Denmark, Düsseldorf, Dublin, Stockholm, Flanders & Isle of Man.
  • up to 2,000 other delegates
  • four or five Senior Westminster Politicians
  • One Dragon!
  • and many more…..



A 6m2 stand costs £3,000 plus VAT for the two days.

A 12m2 stand costs £6,000 plus VAT for the two days.

A 18m2 stand costs £9,000 plus VAT for the two days.

A 24m2 stand costs £12,000 plus VAT for the two days.

We have a limited amount of stand space available at this event – so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Two exhibition passes are included with each stand.

You can view the additional items available for your stand on this link – which will take you through to our Exhibition Partner, GES.

GES Additional Stand Requirements

ALL STAND BOOKINGS SHOULD BE MADE DIRECTLY WITH US – and then your additional stand requirements will be made direct to GES.

The standard exhibition shell is shown below:

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UK Northern Powerhouse Floorplan


Platinum Event Sponsor

LSH logo

Gold Conference “Output” Partner


Silver Editorial Panel Sponsor


Silver Conference Video Sponsor

Atkins logo

Silver Conference Session 1 “Devolution for the Cities” Sponsor


Silver Conference Session 2 “The North as an International Powerhouse” Sponsor


Silver Conference Session 4 “Transport & Infrastructure – Ports & Rail” Sponsor

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Silver Conference Session 5 “Transport & Infrastructure – Air & Road” Sponsor


Silver Conference Session 6 “Creating Wealth in the North of England Panel 1” Sponsor


Silver Conference Session 7 “Powering the Powerhouse” Sponsor


Silver Conference Session 8 “Private Investment in the North” Sponsor

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Silver Thursday Conference Dinner Sponsor

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Bronze Registration Area Sponsor


Bronze Audience Interaction Platform Sponsor

microsoft logo

Bronze Email Partner

Pegasus Group Logo

Bronze Badge Sponsor


Bronze Programme Sponsor

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Bronze Breakfast Sponsor Day 2


Bronze Lunch Sponsor Day 1

ramboll logo

Bronze Lunch Sponsor Day 2


Bronze Networking Area Sponsor


Bronze Closing Drinks Sponsor


Bronze Lanyard Sponsor

Turner Townsend logo

Annual Conference and Exhibition 2016, Manchester | Details


Thursday, 25th February 2016
Friday, 26th February 2016


Manchester Central