In March 2021 we held seven virtual events covering topics from decarbonisation to how working life and skills will change post-COVID. We were joined by engaging speakers and chairs for these events including Philip Barnes from Barratts Developments, Clare Sumner from BBC and Clive Betts MP, chair of the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee.
The Future of Public Service Broadcasting
On Monday 01 March, we hosted a virtual event between parliamentarians and industry representatives entitled ‘The Future of Public Service Broadcasting.’ The discussion was chaired by Kevin Brennan MP, Select Committee on Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and welcomed guest speakers Clare Sumner, Director of Policy, BBC, Magnus Brooke, Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs, ITV and Helen Jay, Head of Policy and Corporate Affairs, Channel4. The discussion focused on the value of public service broadcasters, the challenges and competition they currently face and the future role of public broadcasting.
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Work Post-COVID: Reskilling for Recovery
On Tuesday 03 March, we hosted a virtual event chaired by Flick Drummond, PPS to DWP Ministerial Team. She was joined by Jane Cooper, Head of Stakeholder and Regulatory Affairs, Orsted and Sally Scott, Head of Talent and Capability, Skanska and Frank Desai, Commercial Head of Web, NetMatters. The discussion focused on the place-based inequality in skills and disparity in training levels and performance between regions in the UK and he focus of retraining in sectors that are likely to see a high employment rate.
Hitting 300,000: The Future of Planning and Housebuilding
On Tuesday 09 March, we hosted a virtual event chaired by Clive Betts MP, Chair, Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee. He was joined by Phil Barnes, Group Land and Planning Director, Barratt Developments and Brian Berry, Chief Executive, Federation of Master Builders. The discussion focused on the Governments new targets to build 300,000 homes in England each year and the aim to encourage sustainable, beautiful, safe and useful developments with ‘homes we need in places we live at prices we can afford’.
Digital Decarbonisation: Digital Innovations for Clean Energy
On Wednesday 10 March, we hosted a virtual event between parliamentarians, industry representatives and academics, entitled ‘Digital Decarbonisation: Digital Innovations for Clean Energy.’ The discussion was chaired by Alan Brown MP, SNP Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change and welcomed guest speaker Tracey Herald, Head of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, O2. The discussion focused on the opportunities of 5G connectivity in the challenge to decarbonise the UK.
Work Post-COVID: The Future of Work
On Tuesday 16 March, we hosted a virtual event between parliamentarians, industry representatives and academics, entitled ‘Work Post-COVID: The Future of Work.’ The discussion was chaired by Debbie Abrahams MP, Select Committee on Work and Pensions and welcomed guest speakers Leslie Benson, Senior Managing Director, Strategic Communications, FTI Consulting, Ben Harrison, Director, the Work Foundation, Lancaster University and Vicky Wallis, Chief People Officer, Direct Line Group. The discussion focused on the impacts Covid-19 has had on the world of work and whether some changes, implemented due to restrictions during the pandemic, will affect future working business models.
Digital Identities: Building Trust in Digital Services
On Wednesday 17 March, we hosted a virtual event chaired by Rt Hon Lord Vaizey, House of Lords Select Committee on Communications and Digital. He was joined by Aiyapan Sivadasan, Head of eBanking and eCommerce, EMEA, Thales and Paul Wood, Industry Advisor, Tata Consultancy Service. The discussion focused on the increased use of digital identities and what would constitute a robust, secure digital ID system that enables efficient access to a range of services.
Making the UK a Battery Power
On Tuesday 23 March, we hosted a virtual event chaired by Lilian Greenwood MP, Select Committee on Transport. He was joined by Adrien Lebrun, Engineering Director, Pivot Power and Professor David Greenwood, CEO, WMG High Value Manufacturing Catapult, Warwick University. The discussion focused the development of whole-life strategies including recycling and reuse and how the UK can better commercialise research innovations and scale them quickly.