June 2018
  • From your ADEPT President (here)
  • Privacy Policy update (here)
  • NEW: ADEPT in the media (here)
  • Secondment opportunities with MHCLG (here)
  • Parliamentary Round-up (here): View from Westminster, Consultation Tracker & Parliamentary Monitoring
  • Brexit update (here)
  • President's Awards – all entries available to view (here)
  • SAVE THE DATE – ADEPT Autumn Conference (here)
  • ADEPT meeting updates (here)
  • EVENTS:  WSP – Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (here), Public Sector Show (here), Traffex Seeing in Believing (here)
  • Upcoming ADEPT meetings (here)
From your ADEPT President
It’s been a busy few weeks. I’ve met with the London Environment Directors Network (an associate member of ADEPT); attended the Local Government TAG conference; had a useful catch-up with the Highways Term Maintenance Association; chaired a meeting with the SMART Places research programme commissioning board; and met with the new Director of the Cities & Local Growth Unit. I also chaired an ADEPT Leadership Team meeting. All positive and useful meetings with lots of follow-up.
     Our media profile continues to grow too – we provided comment on the publication of the interim Raynsford Review and the Defra clean air strategy, along with several articles in Highways magazine. See 'ADEPT in the media' below for more details.
     We will shortly be publishing our policy positions on the Industrial Strategy, and Housing. Drafts of these papers were debated at the recent President’s Meeting. The purpose of these position papers is to set out our key messages, and what ADEPT can do to make the most of the opportunities. The Leadership Team discussed what other policy positions we would like to set out; the shortlist included digital connectivity, highways maintenance, and air quality. I’d welcome your thoughts or comments too.

Neil Gibson
ADEPT President 2018/19

We have updated our Privacy Policy in line with new data protection laws. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect within the European Union on 25 May 2018. GDPR has been designed to synchronise data privacy laws across Europe.

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Our press team are constantly looking for opportunities to promote ADEPT in the press and news media. Here are a few examples from the May issue of Highways magazine:
  • New ADEPT President Neil Gibson writes about relations with suppliers and collaboration with our Corporate Partners (here
  • An article about the work of ADEPT's Street Lighting Working Group by its Chair, Dave Johnson (here)
  • Reference to ADEPT's work on digitial innovation in an article on smart gullies (here)
  • Outgoing ADEPT President Simon Neilson spoke at the RSTA conference in April (here)
The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government is looking to recruit two people to work on shale issues.
The posts will support the initiatives announced in the Written Ministerial Statements published on 17 May (here). There are two posts:
  • Grade 7 Shale Planning Brokerage Service Lead
  • Grade 7 Shale Implementation Lead
Both roles will suit candidates looking for a challenging and varied role with high levels of internal and external government department engagement. The posts are full-time and offered initially for a period of two years subject to review.  Applications for flexible working, including part-time and compressed hours, will be considered. Further details on the positions can be found here.
All applicants should apply, making clear which post they are interested in, by sending a short CV and a statement setting out their suitability for the role (1 side of A4 max).
CVs and statements should be sent to no later than 1 June 2018.* Queries about these posts should be made to Mide Beaumont: 0303 4444246, 
*PLEASE NOTE – We have only just been asked to promote these opportunities, so if you are interested, please call Mide Beaumont in the first instance.  
Parliamentary Round-up
To read the latest 'View from Westminster' please click here.
Click here for this month's Parliamentary Monitoring.
Click here for the Consultation Tracker. To read recent ADEPT responses, see here.
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.
We had a record number of high-class entries for this year's Awards and picking winners was a genuinely difficult task. 
All the entries are now available to view on our website and they make a stimulating and fascinating read. Click here for full details.
Radisson Blu Hotel, Manchester
22/23 November 2018

ADEPT's Autumn Conference is always a highlight in our calendar. Full details will be available soon but in the meantime click here for a taster...
ADEPT meeting updates
The following Boards/Working Groups met in May:
  • Midlands Board (update here)
  • South West Board (update here)
We also have reports from the following groups which met in March/April:
  • Soils & Materials Design & Specification Group (update here)
  • Traffic & Safety Working Group (update here)
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 Corporate Partner event**
Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects: A Guide for Local Authority Promoters
Birmingham, 6 June, 10am–4pm 
There's still time to book for this free keynote event hosted by ADEPT’s Corporate Partner WSP, which is tailored to help local authorities make the case for their infrastructure projects to be treated as Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs). 
The event will also offer guidance on the role of local authorities hosting NSIPs, securing planning consent and land acquisition powers through an application for a Development Consent Order (DCO).
Further details can be found here and you can book your FREE place here.
**ADEPT sponsored event**
Excel, London, 26 June
A reminder that ADEPT are supporting this year's Public Sector Show which brings together senior public sector professionals, suppliers and high-profile speakers to share best practice case-studies, discuss policy updates, discover/procure new solutions and network with peers. A key theme at this year’s show is Estates and Infrastructure.
Underpinned by the National Infrastructure Forum, topics covered will include: 
Estate Rationalisation  --  Housing and Planning  --  Sustainability  
Digital Connectivity  --  Transport  --  Asset Management
Registration is FREE – follow these links for full details and registration.
**ADEPT partnered event**
Bruntingthorpe, Leicestershire, 27-28 June
Traffex Seeing is Believing offers a unique opportunity to gain first-hand experience of the latest products and services on the market and ask detailed questions about their specifications and capabilities.
The event combines an indoor conference and exhibition space with outdoor displays and crash demonstrations, and CPD certified seminar sessions covering everything from intelligent transport systems to pothole repairs. Wherever possible, seminar topics will be assimilated with the live demonstrations taking place outside on the track. 
For more information and FREE registration at this ADEPT partnered event, click here.
Upcoming ADEPT meetings
The following meetings are currently scheduled for June:
  • National Street Lighting Group – 7 June
  • ADEPT/UKRLG Asset Management Board – 7 June
  • Engineering Board – 8 June
  • CSS Wales AGM – 15 June
  • National Traffic Managers Forum – 20 June
  • Planning, Housing & Regeneration Board – 22 June
  • Waste Group – 27 June
  • Energy Working Group – 27 June
  • Digital Connectivity Working Group – 28 June
Check for regular updates on the Events Calendar which lists all forthcoming Board, Working Group and Leadership Team meetings.
To have an event listed, please contact
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