CEO Conference Agenda Day One


European CEO Conference 2019: Delivering for Society

Day one: Monday 4 November 2019

09.30-10.15: Registration and Breakfast

10.15-10.25: Welcome and opening statement, Hannah Vickers, Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE)
Key message and theme for the European CEO Conference 2019: Delivering for society

10.25-10.45: Global infrastructure disruptors

Keynote speaker, Richard Threlfall, KPMG

10.45-12.00: Macro disruptors and trends
Session synopsis: The panellists will discuss the largest external disruptors facing the industry.

  • Volatility of domestic politics across European countries
  • Global macro-economic trends, are we heading for a downturn?

Session chair, Richard Threlfall, KPMG

Henrik Garver, Danish Association of Consulting Engineers (FRI)
Bernard Gilliot, Chair Belgian Federation of Industries, EFCA Treasurer
Rebecca Larkin, Construction Products Association (CPA)
Geoffrey Spence, Jersey Ports

12.00-13.15: Lunch

13.15-14.30:  Net zero introduction
Session synopsis: The UK legal commitment to net zero emissions by 2050 is a huge but necessary challenge. The built environment accounts for x% of emissions and will not become net zero unless we as engineers and consultants work with clients to rethink and redesign how develop, build and use infrastructure. In this session we will discuss the nature of the challenge and what is our role and responsibility as a sector.

  • Action on Climate Change and how the Built Environment can move to a zero carbon future

Session chair, Paul Tremble, WSP

Special guest speaker, John Holland-Kaye, Heathrow

Mike Cook, BuroHappold
Natalie Cropp, Tony Gee and Partners
David Symons, WSP

14.30-15.45: Breakout sessions
Session synopsis: The panel will discuss some of the key issues impacting the market sector and how they have responded to their client’s expectations.

  • ECONOMIC INFRASTRUCTURE: Transport – Aviation, Road, Rail, and Ports

Session chair, Mathew Riley, Ramboll UK

Special guest speaker to be announced

Benoît Clocheret, Artelia
Wouter Schik, Arcadis Netherlands
*One more panellist to be announced

  • SOCIAL INFRASTRUCTURE FOCUS: Property, Buildings, Housing & Urban Development

Special guest speaker to be announced

Session chair, Dr Martin Güldner, GOPA Consultants

Patricia Brown, BPF Development Committee
Keith Waller, Construction Innovation Hub
Helen Wylde, Connected Places Catapult
*One more panellist to be announced

15.45-16.15:  Coffee Break

16.15-17.15:  Technology and its role in the journey to net zero

Session chair to be announced

Special guest speaker to be announced

Tim Chapman, Arup
Maurizio Boi, Tecnolav Engineering Ltd
*One more panellist to be announced

17.15-17.30: Day one closing statement, Kevin Rudden, President, European Federation of Consulting Engineering Associations (EFCA)

17.30: End of day one conference

What Peers Are Saying About European CEO Conference 2018

  • "A great opportunity to talk about the issues that matter with the people that can drive the change required."


  • "An engaging programme which captured the attention of the audience. I'm looking forward to next year already."


  • "All the people I wanted to speak to together in one room"


  • "A great event packed with useful content"


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