Policy Forum for Wales

Priorities for the future of infrastructure in Wales

Wednesday, 8th March 2017

Park Inn Hotel, Mary Ann Street, Cardiff CF10 2JH


Delegates attending this seminar will discuss key priorities for infrastructure development in Wales - and the challenges of attracting investment and delivering projects on schedule.

This seminar comes at a critical time in the development of Wales’ infrastructure, with a number of major projects either in development or being proposed including: the South Wales Metro, ‘North Wales Metro’, Swansea City Centre regeneration, Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, Wylfa Newydd and the M4 relief road.

It is also scheduled during significant uncertainty over the effects of Brexit on the development and finance of infrastructure projects in Wales and comes as the Welsh Government looks to make best use of the new borrowing powers contained in the Wales Bill.

Sessions will focus on public finance for infrastructure after Brexit, attracting private investment, the role of infrastructure in urban regeneration, and ways the new Welsh planning system can be used to support the development of infrastructure.

The conference will bring together policymakers from both the Welsh and UK Governments, National Assembly for Wales and regulatory bodies along with key stakeholders and interest groups including engineering firms, infrastructure providers, planning lawyers, community groups, local authorities, charities and academics.

Guest of Honour

Ken Skates AM

Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, Welsh Government

Guest of Honour

Ken Skates AM

Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure

Keynote Speakers

Clarissa Corbisiero-Peters

Director of Policy and Deputy Chief Executive, Community Housing Cymru

Tony Thickett

Director of Wales, Planning Inspectorate

Jill Evans MEP

Member, Welsh Government European Advisory Group

Bridget Rosewell

Commissioner, National Infrastructure Commission


Joyce Watson AM

Chair, Cross Party Group on Construction and Member, Cross Party Group on STEM

Russell George AM

Chair, Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee


Councillor Aaron Shotton

Leader, Flintshire County Council and Deputy Leader, Welsh Local Government Association

Richard Selby

Director, Pro Steel Engineering

Rhodri-Gwynn Jones

Chair, Constructing Excellence in Wales

Professor John Hughes

Chairman, M-SParc and Vice-Chancellor, Bangor University

Edward Hunt

Director, Next Generation Access for Wales and West of England, BT Group

Tim London

Principal Associate, Eversheds

Mike Pedley

Head of Energy, Welsh Water

Roger Tanner

Spokesperson on Transport, Cardiff Civic Society

Colin Brew

Chief Executive Officer, West Cheshire and North Wales Chamber of Commerce