Policy Forum for Wales

Delivering the Growth Deal for North Wales

Morning, Thursday, 24th January 2019

Ramada Plaza Wrexham, Ellice Way, Wrexham LL13 7YH


This conference takes place following the recent UK Government budget commitment of £120m in order for the Growth Deal for North Wales to be agreed.

It will bring together policymakers and stakeholders to discuss the next steps for the effective implementation of the Growth Deal and consider the challenges to moving the Deal forward.

Planned sessions will look at the potential steps that can be taken to realise the Deal’s ambitions of enhancing the region’s low carbon, advanced manufacturing and digital sectors; promoting growth and the development of Regional Business and Smart Technology and Innovation hubs; creating new jobs and attracting £1bn worth of private sector investment over 15 years.

Further sessions will also consider the latest thinking on meeting skills needs, attracting investment, and further commercial priorities for the region - as well as the outlook for the development of major infrastructure projects, including planned improvements to the transport and communications networks.

Discussion is also expected to focus on the long-term economic challenges for the region, including reducing outward migration and the retention of young people, increasing overall employment levels and ensuring an adequate level of affordable housing to support the expected growth in employment.

Guest of Honour

Ken Skates AM

Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport, Welsh Government

Guest of Honour

Ken Skates AM

Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport, Welsh Government

Keynote Speaker

Professor Jo Rycroft-Malone

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research & Impact), Bangor University


Mark Isherwood AM

Shadow Minister for North Wales and Local Government and Social Justice, Equality and Housing

Ian Lucas MP


Nigel Wilcock

Executive Director, Institute of Economic Development

Senior speaker confirmed from Mersey Dee Alliance

Sasha Davies

Head of Strategic Development Wales, Horizon Nuclear Power

Professor Stuart Cole

Emeritus Professor of Transport, University of South Wales

James Price

Chief Executive Officer, Transport for Wales

Iwan Trefor Jones

Corporate Director, Gwynedd Council and Lead Director, North Wales EAB

Councillor Aaron Shotton

Chair, North Wales Leaders Group for Economic Growth and Leader, Flintshire County Council

Alwen Williams

Director Wales/Cyfarwyddwraig Cymru, BT Group

Henry Dixon

Chairman, North Wales Tidal Energy

Rhian Elston

Investment Director, Development Bank of Wales