We began 2021 with another bumper month for IPT events, with ten being featured in total. We were able to cover subjects ranging from pension superfunds to green initiatives within aerospace and construction, as well as touching upon the recent developments within digital healthcare.
We were fortunate to welcome some high-profile chairs and speakers such as, Paul Anstey, Chief Executive Officer of Government and Agencies in UK and Ireland for Sodexo and former MP Margot James speaking on behalf of Warwick Manufacturing Group. As well as strong parliamentary chairs such as the Rt Hon Philip Dunne MP, Chair, Select Committee on Environmental Audit and Catherine McKinnell MP, Chair of the Petitions Select Committee.
Work Post-COVID: The Importance of Digital Skills
On Monday 11 January, we hosted a virtual event between parliamentarians, industry representatives and academics entitled ‘Work Post-COVID: The Importance of Digital Skills.’ The discussion was chaired by Seema Malhotra MP, Shadow Minister for Employment and welcomed guest speakers John Lawson, Chief Information Officer, BAE Systems and Margot James, Executive Chair of Warwick Manufacturing Group. The discussion focused on the issue of skills gaps in the workforce and how COVID-19 has highlighted the demand for digital upskilling.
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Forward-Thinking Building: Net Zero Construction
On Tuesday 12 January 2021, we hosted a virtual event chaired by Rt Hon Philip Dunne MP, Chair, Select Committee on Environmental Audit. He was joined by Kim Yates, Project Principal, EUNA Sustainability & Climate Change Lead, Mott MacDonald and Steve Radley, Strategy and Policy Director, Construction Industry Training Board. The discussion focused how the UK develop a green building sector that cuts emissions and passes on savings to homeowners.
Protecting Savers: Pension Superfunds
On Wednesday 13 January, we hosted a virtual event between parliamentarians and industry representatives entitled ‘Protecting Savers: Pension Superfunds.’ The discussion was chaired by Kevin Hollinrake MP, PPS to Michael Gove as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and welcomed guest speakers Joe Dabrowski, Deputy Director - Policy, Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association and Rob Yuille, Assistant Director, Head of Long-Term Savings Policy Association of British Insurers. The discussion focused on the role of superfunds for struggling pension schemes and filling a gap in the market.
How Can Business Navigate Brexit?
On Thursday 14 January, we hosted a virtual event chaired by Stephen Hammond MP, member of Business in Post-Covid (Pandemic) World All Party Parliamentary Group. He was joined by Natalie Kingswood, Business Improvement Manager in Technical Services from BOC UK and Dr Adam Marshall, Director General at British Chamber of Commerce. The discussion focused on how businesses might mitigate disruptions in early 2021 and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on business planning and resourcing for Brexit preparations.
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Attracting Investment into the UK Post-Brexit
On Monday 18 January, we hosted a virtual event between parliamentarians and industry representatives entitled ‘Attracting Investment into the UK Post-Brexit.’ The discussion was chaired by Martin Vickers MP, Select Committee on International Trade and welcomed guest speakers Adam Fico, Head of Government Relations, Raytheon UK and Matthew Grigor, Public Affairs Manager, Associated British Ports. The discussion focused on exploring potential ways of ensuring the UK remains competitive on the global stage and continues to attract investment.
Hydrogen: Fuelling the Future?
On Tuesday 19 January 2021, we hosted a virtual event chaired by Jacob Young MP, Chair, Hydrogen All Party Parliamentary Group. He was joined by Dr Angela Needle, Director of Strategy, Cadent Professor Harry Hoster, Director of Energy Lancaster, Lancaster University. The discussion focused how the UK could achieve the target of net zero by 2050 and whether hydrogen is the fuel of the future.
UK Public Procurement Post-Brexit
On Tuesday 19 January 2021, the IPT held an afternoon virtual event on the topic of UK Public Procurement Post-Brexit. The event was chaired by Catherine McKinnell MP, Chair of the Petitions Select Committee and the guest speaker was Paul Anstey, Chief Executive Officer of Government and Agencies in UK and Ireland for Sodexo. The event focused on the expected changes to public procurement procedure as a result of the UK's withdrawal from the European Union.
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Green Aerospace: The Future of Flight
On Monday 25 January 2021, we hosted a virtual event chaired by Carol Monaghan MP and member of Aerospace All Party Parliamentary Group. She was joined by Adam Morton, Chair of UK Sustainable Aviation and Head of Environmental Technology, Rolls-Royce and Professor Patricia Thornley, Director of EBRI, Energy and Bioproducts, Aston Research Institute and Jonathan Counsell, Group Head of Sustainability, International Airlines Group. The discussion focused on how the aviation sector can be supported to ensure it meet its environmental targets while the industry faces unprecedented damage to the industry due to COVID-19.
Clean Power: Maximising Offshore Wind
On Tuesday 26 January, we hosted a virtual event between parliamentarians and industry representatives entitled ‘Clean Power: Maximising Offshore Wind.’ The discussion was chaired by Alan Brown MP, SNP Spokesperson for Energy and Climate Change and welcomed guest speakers Richard Sandford, Head of Development, RWE Renewables and Huub den Rooijen, Director of Energy, Minerals and Infrastructure Portfolio, The Crown Estate. The discussion focused on the role of offshore wind in achieving the target of net zero by 2050.
DigiHealth UK: Expanding Digital Healthcare Technologies
On Wednesday 27 January, we held a virtual event chaired by Taiwo Owatemi MP, Select Committee on Health and Social Care. She was joined by Steve Broomhall, Business Technology, Medical Devices, Johnson & Johnson, and Professor Andy Turner, Research Centre for Intelligent Healthcare, Coventry University. The discussion focused on the growing role for technology in the future of the NHS and healthcare in the United Kingdom.