Policy Forum for Wales

Delivering the City Deal and developing the Swansea Bay City Region

Morning, Thursday, 26th October 2017

Central Swansea


Following the signing of the £1.3bn City Deal for the Swansea Bay City Region, this seminar will focus on the steps required for effective implementation and will assess how best to realise the prospective benefits for the region.

It comes as stakeholders start to put the deal into practice and begin to develop more detailed plans for financing and delivering the Deal’s proposals on developing skills and infrastructure to support the growth of cutting-edge industries - focused on the health, energy and digital sectors.

Delegates will discuss these proposals as well as the wider regeneration of Swansea city centre and the surrounding region, the potential for maximising the wider economic benefits of the Tidal Lagoon project, and the potential electrification of rail links to London.

Guest of Honour

Mark Drakeford AM

Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government, Welsh Government

Guests of Honour

Mark Drakeford AM

Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government, Welsh Government

Rt Hon Alun Cairns MP

Secretary of State for Wales

Keynote Speaker

Councillor Rob Stewart

Leader, City and County of Swansea Council


Adam Price AM

Member, Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee and Assembly Member for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr

Byron Davies MP

Member, Welsh Affairs Select Committee and Member of Parliament for Gower


Tim James

Head of Strategy and Planning, Network Rail Wales

Professor Hamish Laing

Executive Medical Director and Chief Information Officer, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board

Matthew Williams

Policy Advisor, FSB Wales

Mark Wright

Partner, Trebor Developments

Alec Don

Chief Executive, Port of Milford Haven

Professor Richard Davies

Vice-Chancellor, Swansea University

Tess Blazey

Director of Engagement, Tidal Lagoon Power

Rosemary Morgan

Director and Solicitor, Morgan LaRoche

Katharine Finn

West and Wales Regional Leader, PwC