Programme 2014

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Driving our Airport Economy

8.00 Registration & networking

9.00 Chair’s Welcome from Chair: Daryl Gayler, Managing Director, RBS

9.10 Overview – The Airport multiplier
The Gatwick Diamond economy is not only about the airport, but, however many runways we end up with, we need to work together to drive business throughout the region, in all sectors. What key issues do we need to address, and what opportunities must not be missed? Speaker: Martin Heffer, Technical Director, Rail & Transit, Parsons Brinckerhoff

9.20 Gatwick Working for the Diamond economy
Our airport is at the heart of the Gatwick Diamond. It is directly responsible for thousands of jobs, indirectly for many more, and has attracted many non-aviation businesses to locate and grow here.  Our airport is growing and as it grows we could lose significant employment land and potentially businesses.  What are Gatwick’s plans to ensure that such land is recovered within the second runway proposal? Both expansion and non-expansion will bring opportunities and challenges for business growth.  How do we ensure that either way we drive more economic and employment growth.
Speaker: Stewart Wingate, CEO, Gatwick Airport

10.00 Realising our Aerotropolis
Globally, airports drive economies, that’s certain. But what factors influence the success or otherwise of how they make wealth grow? What examples from around the world can we draw on to learn how to make our own airport economy accelerate? Speaker – Kristina Alvendal, CEO, Airport City Stockholm (by video)

10.30 Planning for Growth
Planning is key to success, and few are better known for their expertise than Sir Terry Farrell, author of the recently published Farrell Review of the Built Environment. The Gatwick Diamond needs both an economic plan and a matching spatial plan, together with an infrastructure plan that will allow these to be realised. Do we have these in place, and are they adequate?  Speaker: Neil Bennett, Farrells

11.00 Coffee break & networking

11.30 Why am I here? Andrew Denley, Managing Partner, Menzies Chartered Accountants 
A Gatwick Diamond business talks about why they choose to be here, why they want to stay, and what might make them move on.

11.45 Transport Access

Road, rail, bus and coach connectivity is vital to an airport economy enabling rapid movement of people and goods without the congestion associated with transport by private car. The Gatwick Diamond has a well developed network, but improvements are essential if we are to continue to grow the economic benefit they produce. What is programmed, and what more do we need? Speakers: Hugh Sumner, Surface Access advisor to Gatwick Airport, Chris Rowley, Network Rail, Matthew Goggins, Head of Public Affairs, National Express

12.30 Question Time – a selection of the speakers give answers to delegates’ questions

12.55 Chair’s concluding remarks

13.00 Close, buffet lunch & networking