From your ADEPT President

I hope those of you who attended the Annual Dinner last week enjoyed the event. There was a great turnout, and I certainly caught up with a few folk I hadn’t seen for a while. It was good to see our corporate and LEP partners there too. My thanks to Ringway for sponsoring the evening, and also to Scott Wardrop for handing out the awards. There were many fantastic submissions, and it was a tough job deciding the winners. More on those below.
Earlier in the day I chaired the first meeting of the newly formed Leadership Team (see here for the membership). We discussed governance issues; reviewed ADEPT’s finances and future events; heard the latest on the EU Exit work and the digital innovation project; and received updates from Subject and Sub-National Board Chairs. The LT will meet in person every three months; in-between times we will have monthly telecoms. The dates are all on the ADEPT website – if you have an issue you’d like to raise, then please do get in touch with anyone on the LT.
During the afternoon I chaired a LT / corporate partners workshop where we discussed the draft Industrial Strategy (published 23 January). Jacqui Ward, Deputy Director from the DCLG / BEIS Cities & Local Growth team, also attended which was extremely helpful. The notes of that workshop will help to inform the ADEPT response to the consultation. 
As always, please do get in touch if you would like to discuss any issue.

Rupert Clubb
ADEPT President

Parliamentary Roundup

To read 'A view from Westminster' please click here.
Click here for the Parliamentary monitoring.
Click here for the Consultation tracker.
Brexit update

Neil Gibson briefed the Leadership Team on the latest issues being discussed at the LGA’s Brexit Sounding Board and DCLG’s Exiting the EU Programme Board. The latter is acting as a conduit to feed local government views into central Government, and is currently looking at a range of issues including procurement and state aid. To read more click here.
Annual Dinner & Awards

The Annual Dinner and Awards were a great success with 120 key partners and colleagues attending the evening at One Whitehall Place, London. 
Thank you to all of the authorities who entered the ADEPT President's Special Recognition Awards. To find out who entered and who won, click here.

Thank you to Ringway our primary sponsor for the Annual Dinner.
Geological Disposal Workshop

ADEPT attended the recent Geological Disposal Workshop hosted by BEIS and Radioactive Waste Management (RWM), tobetter understand the process for finding a Geological Disposal Facility for radioactive waste and how communities can engage withthe process. To read more click here.
ADEPT is growing!

Over the last year we have welcomed many new members to ADEPT. This includes 13 new authority members, 3 new LEP members and 9 new corporate partner members.

This month Borough of Poole has become a member of ADEPT and Jacobs has become a corporate partner member, welcome both! For a full list of ADEPT members click here.
Board updates

This month the following Boards and Groups met:
  • Flood & Water Management Group (update here)
  • Environment Board (update here)
  • West Midlands Board (update here)
  • National Rights of Way Group
  • The Planning, Housing and Regeneration Board met in December, please click here to see the update from this meeting
Volunteers needed for 'Natural Capital' work

This is a great opportunity to work with ADEPT colleagues from around the country to  add value and move natural capital up the policy agenda. If you are interested please get in touch with Paul Hewitt ( and join the Natural Capital & Heritage Working Group. To read more click here.
Skills Parliamentary Select Committee Submission

To read the written evidence submitted by ADEPT to the Science & Technology Select Committee on closing STEM skills gap please click here.
Transport Data Initiative #3- Manchester, 22nd February

You are invited to the third Transport Data Initiative forum, which will take place in Manchester on 22nd February
The Transport Data Initiative is a transport authority-led forum supported by industry specialists from the public and private sector. The forum is free to attend. To find out more click here.
Invitation to vote in the Planning Law Survey 2017

Planning Magazine would like to invite you, as a planning or development professional with a track record in the sector, to participate in their annual Planning Law Survey.
To read more click here.
To go to the survey click here
LGA Buses Conference - The road ahead for buses 

A national conference on the future of local bus provision. Free to all LGA members.
This will take place on Wednesday 15 February 2017 at Layden House, London, EC1M 5LG
To find out more click here.


  • ADEPT originally began as the County Surveyors’ Society (CSS)
  • The first meeting of the County Surveyors’ Society was held on 19 November 1885 to discuss the conditions of service for surveyors
  • CSS evolved into ADEPT in 2008/9 and was formally constituted in 2010. This was to reflect the expanding portfolios of Directors, whose remits now include economic development, transport and communications, planning and housing, and the environment.
Upcoming ADEPT meetings
  • South West Board meeting- 2 February
  • Energy Security Working Group meeting- 7 February
  • Street Lighting Group meeting- 9 February
  • South East Board meeting- 10 February
  • Leadership Team telecom- 20 February
The ADEPT website now had an Events Calendar – this lists all forthcoming Board and Working Group meetings. To get an event listed, please contact
Copyright © 2016 ADEPT, All rights reserved.
You are receiving this email because you are a member of ADEPT (The Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport)

Our mailing address is:
East Sussex County Council, D Floor,
West Block, County Hall, St Anne's Crescent,
Lewes, East Sussex,  BN7 1UE

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list

This email was sent to <<Email Address>>
why did I get this?    unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences
ADEPT · ADEPT · 83 Ducie Street · Manchester, M1 2JQ · United Kingdom

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp