Policy Forum for Wales

Delivering the Growth Deal for North Wales

Morning, Thursday, 24th January 2019

North Wales


Please note the date of this seminar has changed.

This seminar will bring together policymakers and stakeholders to discuss the next steps required for the effective implementation of the Growth Deal for the North Wales region. It follows the formal submission by the six North Wales councils of a Growth Bid to the Welsh and UK Government’s and the establishment of a North Wales Growth Board to finalise the Growth Deal and manage its delivery.

Delegates will consider what steps 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 5,000 new jobs and attracting £1bn worth of private sector investment over 15 years.

Further sessions will bring out 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 in the region, including planned improvements to the transport and communications network.

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


Senior speaker confirmed from Mersey Dee Alliance

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