September 2017
From your ADEPT President
I trust you had a good summer and have resumed life in the fast lane… 
September has been a busy month for ADEPT. The Annual Conference is now less than two months away, the programme is looking great and many speakers are now confirmed including the NIC, National Grid, Association of Directors of Public Health, Atkins and DCLG. For the latest programme, see here. We’re delighted that WSP and Volker Highways are joining Atkins and Ringway as sponsors; we also welcome Highways Magazine and Transport News as our official media partners. I would urge you to book as soon as possible (click here), and to encourage other local partners to attend too.

At the end of October we will be launching our report ‘The Route to the Highways Systems of the Future’ at the House of Commons. This is the research project that Neil Gibson (1st VP) has been leading on the Leadership Team’s behalf, exploring digital innovation and how local authorities can use it to improve the construction, management and user experience of the current highways systems. There will be an opportunity to learn more about this project at the Annual Conference.

ADEPT will have a formal presence at the Highways UK event at the Birmingham NEC. Parvis Khansari, chair of the Engineering Board, will host an industry briefing session on ‘Highways maintenance funding for local roads’ from 1400-1510 on Wednesday 8 November. Rupert Clubb, ADEPT's immediate Past President, is speaking in the conference main theatre during the morning providing a local authority view on the Government’s Transport Investment Strategy, progress on the Major Roads Network and achieving a more equitable funding regime across the whole network. Finally – ADEPT will be hosting a drinks reception from 1700-1830 to which you are cordially invited. For more information see the Highways UK item below.
It was great to discuss the draft Waste Vision & Work Plan at the Leadership Team meeting this month. In addition, I or other members of the LT met with: DfT, HTMA, APSE, RAC Foundation, DCLG and CIHT. I also spoke at the Midlands Highways Alliance conference. So as you can see, a busy start to the term!

Simon Neilson
ADEPT President

ADEPT Annual Conference
23/24 November 2017
This year’s Annual Conference promises to be another lively and stimulating event, with a busy and varied programme of speakers discussing a range of issues:
  • National Infrastructure Commission on the challenges and opportunities for delivering infrastructure fit for the future
  • National Grid talking about energy futures
  • Mott MacDonald focusing on big data, smart systems
  • DCLG talking about funding delivery of the Industrial Strategy
  • The ADEPT 50/50 Leaders Network
  • An all-conference ‘hackathon’ tackling the thorny issue of air quality, with guest speakers from Client Earth and ADPH
  • 5 different workshops – including one on ADEPT’s digital innovation project, which will run twice
  • And many more!
We hope to see as many of you there as possible – you are advised to book by mid-October to ensure that accommodation will be available.
The latest version of the conference programme can be viewed here and you can book your place here.
Highways UK – ADEPT briefing session and drinks reception
NEC, Birmingham, 8/9 November 2017
ADEPT is pleased to be supporting this year’s Highways UK event at the NEC.
If you are attending, do come along to our industry briefing on ‘Highways maintenance funding for local roads’ (Wednesday 8th November, 14.00-15.10 in the Carillion Theatre). The session will be chaired by Parvis Khansari, Chair of ADEPT Engineering Board, and other speakers include Graham Pendlebury – Director of Local Transport at DfT; Lila Tachtsi – Service Director Asset Management at Atkins; and Geoff Allister – Executive Officer from HTMA.
At the end of the afternoon we will be hosting a drinks reception, kindly sponsored by Amey, in the Burges Salmon Lounge (8th November, 17.00-18.30). Please come and support us at this event and meet our guests. If you are planning to come, please email Alison Shea ( to give an indication of numbers.
ADEPT 50 / 50 Leadership Network
Thank you to those of you who have completed our members' survey on the 50/50 Leadership Network – ADEPT's initiative to encourage more women to take up careers in senior local government and to join ADEPT.
Initial responses indicate strong support for mentoring, quarterly networking sessions and other steps to address gender imbalance, but we would love to hear from more of you. The survey only takes a few minutes to complete and can be found here.
Please respond by 13 October if possible – thank you!
ADEPT Strategic Plan 
ADEPT has been working on a new Strategic Plan, to guide its activities over the coming years.
Ryan Bunce, Transport Strategy Manager at Buckinghamshire County Council, brought together a sample of twelve enthusiastic ‘Place Directors of tomorrow’ in September, to look at the draft Plan and check that it is fit for the future they will be working in. ADEPT members from across the country nominated representatives to participate in an online survey and take part in an action-packed morning workshop.
The headline suggestions from the group were:
  • Flexibility – acknowledging that the plan will change as we learn and grow;
  • Collaboration – ADEPT should be explicit about the need to work across professional divisions, administrative areas, and the whole of our communities;
  • Look at the big picture – considering the wide range of things that shape places.
We will be refining the text of the Plan further during October, and the final document will be launched at ADEPT's Annual Conference at the end of November. 
ADEPT and the Local Enterprise Partnerships
As well as its core support from within the local authorities, ADEPT counts a growing number of Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) representatives among its members.
Philip Cox, Chief Executive of Cheshire and Warrington LEP, has written an informative short article illustrating the range of activities of an LEP – including setting sub-regional transport, housing and skills strategies, managing the Cheshire Science Corridor Enterprise Zone, and achieving remarkable results with very little funding!
The full article can be viewed here and is well worth a read. Many thanks to Philip for contributing this.
ADEPT meeting updates
This following Boards and Groups met during September:
  • Planning, Housing and Regeneration Board (update here)
  • South East Board (update here)
  • Flood & Water Management Group (update here)
  • Street Lighting Group (update here)
The Transport Board and Waste Panel met at the very end of September and their updates will be included in the next newsletter.

Transport Knowledge Hub seminar
The Transport Knowledge Hub hosted its first national seminar, ‘Funding Transport Investment’, on 8 September.
The event was chaired by Professor Tony Travers and speakers included KPMG’s Lewis Atter, TfL’s Julian Ware and Savills’ Rory Brooke. The event brought together LEP leaders, government officials and industry leaders to discuss funding for transport investment.
A full write-up of the seminar can be found on the Transport Knowledge Hub website here and a video of the day’s discussion can be reached here. The speaker presentation slides can be viewed here.
The next Transport Knowledge Hub seminar will take place on 12 December – see 'Upcoming Events' below.
LGA report on tackling congestion
The LGA has launched a report into how councils are tackling congestion and what the government could do to help.
The report can be found here:
Environment Agency project 'Rationalising the Main River Network' (de-maining) – drop-in consultation sessions
The Environment Agency has been working with key stakeholders to develop proposals for re-designating sections of selected watercourses across five pilot sites in England.
This re-designation of selected ‘Main Rivers’ as ‘Ordinary Watercourses’ (de-maining) will allow the transfer of watercourses to willing Risk Management Authorities (RMAs), such as Internal Drainage Boards (IDBs) or Lead Local Flood Authorities (LLFAs).
The EA is now seeking early views on the proposals from ADEPT and others, through a series of local public drop-in sessions. The drop-ins will be held throughout October across four pilot sites – for dates and locations click here.
Read more about the river transfer project here.
Below is a list of some forthcoming external events which may be of interest to members.
To suggest other events for inclusion in future newsletters, please email:

Shaping a Digital World
ICE, London, 13 October 2017

This ICE event on digital engineering aims to transform not only the digital tools we are using, but also our complete approach to building, maintaining and operating infrastructure assets.
The conference programme, written by the ICE’s Digital Advisory Board and based on the State of the Nation report, addresses the big challenges that engineers face every day – low levels of productivity and pressure to work more efficiently, redefine value beyond cost, increase use of technologies and guarantee infrastructure resilience. 
Book your place here. ADEPT members benefit from a special registration price by selecting the partner organisation rate and quoting ADEPT at the checkout.

Transport Data Initiative #5
15 Hatfields, London, 27 October 2017
Following successful events in Milton Keynes, Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh, the fifth TDI event takes place in London with the theme ‘Transport Benefits from Data: UK Strategic Perspectives’.
Speakers will include Matt Coleman, DfT; Drew Hill, Transport Scotland; and Neil Gibson, MD – Transport, Economy & Environment at Buckinghamshire CC and member of ADEPT’s Planning, Housing & Regeneration Board. The day will also include an interactive session exploring the Real Benefits of Data Use by Local Authorities.
More information about the Transport Data Initiative can be found here and tickets for the TDI#5 event can be booked here. There will also be a live streaming of the event for which you can register here.

Transport Management Conference
ICE, London, 21 November 2017
Another ICE event, this time featuring the latest industry thinking and lessons from real projects, alternative industries and experiences of achieving enterprise-level asset management. Includes sessions on whole-life asset management, disruptive technology, big data, cybersecurity and more.
View the complete programme and book your place here. ADEPT members benefit from a special registration price by selecting the partner organisation rate and quoting ADEPT at the checkout. 

Transport Knowledge Hub Seminar: Transport Investment under Uncertainty
Canary Wharf, London, 12 December 2017
This event will be chaired by Richard Threlfall, Partner, KPMG, Global Head of Public Transport and UK Head of Infrastructure, Building and Construction.
Save the date – further details and invitations to follow.
View the Transport Knowledge Hub website here.
Parliamentary Round-up
To read the Parliamentary update please click here.
Click here for the Parliamentary monitoring.
Click here for the Consultation Tracker.

Brexit update
Buckinghamshire County Council have contributed a useful and detailed round-up of Brexit policy, research and publications published during August. We hope to be able to bring you this on a monthly basis.
Read the August round-up here.
Upcoming ADEPT meetings
The following ADEPT meetings take place during October:
  • Environment Board – 4 October
  • South West Board – 5 October
  • Asset Management Group – 5 October
  • Engineering Board – 6 October
  • Leadership Team telecom – 17 October
  • National Rights of Way Managers Group – 18 October
The ADEPT website has an Events Calendar – this lists all forthcoming Board and Working Group meetings. To get an event listed, please contact
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