March 2018
From your ADEPT President
Lots of meetings this month including a regular catch-up with DfT; attending the Planning, Housing & Regeneration Board; meeting the chair of the Institute for Economic Development (IED) and a very busy Leadership Team meeting. At that meeting, we talked about EU Exit preparations with the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government; ADEPT’s response to the government’s consultations on the Major Road Network and Fair Funding Review; working with others such as IED and the LEP Network (more below); and next year’s proposed work plan and budget. 
      I’ve also spent time planning the President’s Meeting, which is on 4th May, the day after the Annual Dinner and President’s Awards evening. This is our bi-annual opportunity to take time out from the urgent and to reflect upon the important, to consider changes in government policies and to plan for the future. It’s my intention to focus on how we can influence local implementation of the Industrial Strategy, and on housing issues. More details will be available soon. And of course, the President’s Meeting will close with the Annual General Meeting, which is an important marker in the ADEPT calendar. I really hope you can make the dinner, policy session and AGM – information on how to book is below.
      And now, on to sorting out the gritters…

Simon Neilson
ADEPT President 2017/18


Royal Horseguards, One Whitehall, London
Book your place now for the ADEPT Annual Dinner & Awards, combined back-to-back this year with the President's Meeting and Annual General Meeting the following day. 
Thursday 7.00pm onwards: Drinks reception (kindly sponsored by Amey), dinner (evening attire), presentation of the President's Awards (see below)
Friday 9.00am-3.00pm: Policy review, forward look & discussion
Friday 3.00pm-4.00pm: Annual General meeting
For full details and to book your place click here.
A reminder that entries are now open for the annual President's Special Recognition Awards, which recognise and celebrate the work of ADEPT members and partners across the country. 
We have an exciting new set of award categories this year
  • Category 1: Places that work for people – improvements that make a real difference to local residents’ quality of life
  • Category 2: Digital innovation / technology (kindly sponsored by Ringway)
  • Category 3: Improving the environment, promoting health
If you're looking for inspiration, why not have a look at last year's entries and winners (here). Entering couldn't be simpler – all we need is a 500-words outline of the project and a tweet-length summary. 
To find out more and enter this year's awards click here – deadline Friday 23 March.
Parliamentary Round-up
To read the latest Parliamentary update please click here.
Click here for this month's Parliamentary monitoring.
Click here for the Consultation tracker.
We last reported on the ADEPT SMART Places Research Programme in December’s newsletter. Readers will recall ADEPT published two reports last Autumn: ‘Digital innovation: the route to the highways of the future’ and ‘Planning SMART Places: unlocking growth and place making through innovation’.
Since then, we’ve been working on Phase 3. This has included:
  • Secured ongoing financial and intellectual support from the project sponsors: Ringway, Atkins, Kier, O2 and EY
  • Refreshed governance arrangements including merging the two project boards with Neil Gibson as Chair
  • Determined three prototype projects for the next phase:
  1. Getting to grips with data
  2. Running highways and AV 'live labs'
  3. A knowledge hub 'aggregator'
  • We have now commissioned WSP to write the three business cases.
We are planning three regional workshops for ADEPT members and partners to help define the scope, potential application and anticipated benefits of these three projects. The workshops, which will be no more than 3 hours in length, will take place at the following locations: 
  • Guildford: 10am, Wednesday 21st March – No. 2 London Square, Cross Lanes, Guildford GU1 1UN
  • Exeter: 2pm, Thursday 22nd March – The Forum, Barnfield Road, Exeter. EX1 1QR
  • Birmingham: 10am, Monday 26th March – One Queens Drive, Birmingham B5 4PJ
To attend please contact Giles Perkins who is leading the work for WSP.
Brexit update
Buckinghamshire County Council kindly share with us their monthly round-up of policy documents, research and publications about Brexit. You can read the latest round-up here.
One of Simon Neilson’s presidential themes has been about building alliances, as well as nurturing existing relationships with key government departments and other professional bodies.
With that in mind, Simon and Hannah Bartram, ADEPT Chief Operating Officer, recently met Bev Hurley, Chair of the Institute of Economic Development (IED), which is an independent professional body representing economic development and regeneration practitioners working for local and regional communities. It was a very positive initial meeting, with lots of common ground and a commitment to work together.
We also held a very positive meeting with the LEP Network, identifying some short and longer term actions. This includes an LEP-sponsored plenary at this year’s ADEPT Annual Conference in November.
ADEPT Membership Survey 2017-18
Thank you to everyone who has completed this year’s membership survey. This is an invaluable resource for the Leadership Team as we set ADEPT’s priorities for the coming year and seek to provide the best possible service for our members.
Initial results indicate that members particularly value being part of ADEPT for the intelligence gathering/good practice and networking opportunities if offers. The great majority of those who responded (over 80%) make use of the ADEPT website and read this newsletter! The survey results will be fed into the policy review discussion at the President’s Meeting on 4th May.
Among the suggestions received were:
  • More collaboration with professional bodies
  • Closer working with Elected Mayors, and Combined Authorities
  • More member events, including technical events and regional/local meetings
  • Mentoring
There was also a call for ADEPT to continue to drive to represent all directors, to maximise our voice and influence. Can you help us achieve this goal?
If you're a current ADEPT member and you recruit a new Local Authority or LEP to ADEPT, you'll qualify for a 50% discount on attendance at this year's Annual Conference in November.
New DfT body for transport research
ADEPT has accepted an invitation to join the DfT's newly-established Transport Research and Innovation Board (TRIB).
Neil Gibson (Bucks CC and 1st Vice President) will represent ADEPT on this new CEO-level body which seeks to coordinate and grow UK transport research and encourage more strategic and ambitious collaborative initiatives. TRIB brings together representatives from government and the academic, research and business communities, with the ambition of helping the UK seize an advantage in the rapidly evolving and economically strategic transport technology sector.
The new Board is expected to meet 3-4 times during its first year and we will update you on its progress.
ADEPT meeting updates
The following Boards/Working Groups met during February or at the end of January:
  • Engineering Board (update here)
  • South West Board (update here)
  • Planning, Housing & Regeneration Board (update here)
  • Asset Management Board (update here)
  • National Bridges Group (update here)
  • National Street Lighting Group
Listed below are some forthcoming external events which may be of interest to ADEPT members.
To suggest events for inclusion in future newsletters, please email:

**ADEPT sponsored event**

Smartly Sustainable:
Using smart technology to do more for less

Broadway House, London, 18 April
ADEPT is pleased to partner with the Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) – the leading trade association for the UK’s environmental technology and services sector – to promote a free workshop looking at how cities, towns and local places can use smart technologies and big data to deliver environmental and sustainability goals more efficiently and cost-effectively.
The workshop will run from 12.00-7.00pm, including networking lunch to start and drinks at the end of the day. It has been scheduled to follow on from the joint meeting of ADEPT’s Environment Board and Planning, Housing & Regeneration Board that morning. There will be case study presentations across the spectrum of environmental challenges – water, waste, energy/carbon, and air pollution – alongside panel discussions and breakout sessions. The event will be chaired by Paula Hewitt (Chair of ADEPT Environment Board / Somerset CC), and Neil Gibson (Buckinghamshire CC) will speak at one of the breakout sessions.
Places are free for ADEPT members. More information can be found here and you can book your ticket here, using the code ‘smartlysustainable’. 
To find out more about the EIC’s Sustainable Smart Cities resource, click here.
Telford, 20-22 March
This major exhibition and conference convened by the Environment Agency is designed to advance the debate about flood and coastal erosion risk, resilience and response. The event brings together government bodies, local authorities, business, major infrastructure/asset managers and affected communities. ADEPT is part of the conference planning committee.
The three-day programme of workshops, presentations and panel sessions will feature more than 150 speakers alongside over 80 exhibitors from across the supply chain.
More details and booking information can be found here.
Transport Knowledge Hub regional events
A reminder about the Transport Knowledge Hub regional events being held throughout March to help build closer connections between Local Authorities, LEPs, transport providers and others:   
Midlands:  Birmingham, Wednesday 7th March
North: Leeds, Thursday 15th March  
Scotland: Glasgow, Monday 19th March  
South East: Milton Keynes, Monday 26th March  
South West: Bristol, Tuesday 27th March 
For more details and to register, visit the TKH website.
Upcoming ADEPT meetings
March currently looks to be a relatively quiet month for ADEPT meetings: 
  • Energy Working Group – 14 March
  • Waste Group – 21 March
  • Leadership Team meeting – 23 March
Check for regular updates on the Events Calendar which lists all forthcoming Board, Working Group and Leadership Team meetings.
To get an event listed, please contact
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