Programme 2013

8.00 Registration & networking

9.00 Chair’s Welcome

9.05 Welcome from Henry Smith, MP for Crawley

9.10 Overview Keynote – Key issues for the Diamond.

What is the likely shape of the Gatwick Diamond economy of the future? Will Gatwick expand or not? What implications would either alternative have for infrastructure, skills and placemaking? Paul Gresham, Chair, Gatwick Diamond Initiative and Senior Partner, KPMG

9.25 Gatwick Airport’s economic role

The role and potential of the airport as an economic magnet, issues around expansion, and the views on these from major employers. A panel discussion following a presentation by Stewart Wingate, of Gatwick Airport.

Speaker: Stewart Wingate, CEO, Gatwick Airport

Chair – Greg Burgess, Partner, ASB Law.

Panellists: Daryl Gayler, Managing Director, RBS; Peter Martin, Deputy Leader Surrey County Council; Jeremy Taylor, CEO, Gatwick Diamond Business Association

10.45 Place Update – Crawley – Clare Denman, Cabinet Deputy Leader and Member of Planning and Economic Development at Crawley Council

A five minute update on plans for economic and physical development in Crawley – the town centre, Manor Royal, and more.

  • What is the vision?
  • What plans are in place?
  • Who is involved?
  • What is the opportunity?

10.50 Why am I here? Bob Pickles, Director of Public affairs at Canon UK

A Gatwick Diamond business talks about why they choose to be here, why they want to stay, and what might make them move on.

10.55 Coffee break & networking

11.30 Skills & employability

What sectors will need which skills going forward? Will a growth in knowledge economy challenge our skills base? What is the role of the education sector in providing economic growth? How can the private sector work with FE/HE colleges to produce graduates better suited to our future economy?

Chair: Paul Gresham, Chair, Gatwick Diamond Initiative and Senior Partner, KPMG

Panellists: Chris Baker, Head of Economic and Social Engagement at the University of Brighton; Connie Harrison, The Academy, Nestlé; Tanya Smith, HR Manager for Bourne Leisure; Louise Goldsmith, Leader, West Sussex County Council.

12.15 Place Update – Epsom & Ewell – Neil Dallen, Chairman, Strategy & Resources Committee, Epsom & Ewell Council

A five minute update on plans for economic and physical development in Epsom & Ewell.

  • What is the vision?
  • What plans are in place?
  • Who is involved?
  • What is the opportunity?

12.20 Surface Transport

Road and rail transport is part of the reason the Gatwick Diamond is an attractive location for business and investment, but continued growth will bring continuing challenge. What needs to happen to our surface links to ensure business & quality of life are not constrained in the future? In particular, what would the implications be of any airport capacity expansion?

Chair: Rosemary French, Executive Director, Gatwick Diamond Initiative

Panellist: Julia Gregory, Head of Surface Access at Gatwick Airport; Kevin Carey, Chief Operating Officer (designate), Metrobus; Ian Brooker, WSP; Grant Ashley, Founder & CEO, International Logistics Group

13.05 Why am I here? – Brett North, Marketing Director Oncology, Elekta

A Gatwick Diamond business talks about why they choose to be here, why they want to stay, and what might make them move on.

13.10 Chair’s concluding address

13.15 Close, buffet lunch & networking

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