The Speaker Line-Up

Keynote: Ruth Cadbury
MP & Shadow Minister  (Housing)

Keynote: Dr Adam Marshall 
Director General 
British Chambers of Commerce

Chair: Paul Hackett
The Smith Institute

Chair: Duncan Sutherland
Regeneration Director
Sigma Capital Group plc

Nigel Wilcock
Institute of Economic Development

James Sproule
Chief Economist and Director of Policy
Institute of Directors

Janice Morphet
Visiting Professor UCL Bartlett School of Planning

Susan Emmett
Savills Residential Research

Tim Thomas 
Director of Employment and Skills Policy 
Engineering Employers' Federation (EEF)

Paul Swinney
Principal Economist
Centre for Cities

Wren Laing
Area Manager - Housing and Land Directorate
Greater London Authority

Mark Littlewood
Director General
Institute of Economic Affairs

Richard Humphreys QC
Barrister, Planning & Environment
No5 Chambers

James Donagh
Barton Willmore

Joe Owen
Institute For Government

Jonathan Schifferes
Assistant Director of the Public Services and Communities  
Royal Society of Arts 

Richard Holt
Head of Global Cities Research   
Oxford Economics  

Paul Clark 
Development Director    
GL Hearn


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Ruth Cadbury, MP and Shadow Minister (Housing)

Ruth Cadbury was elected in May 2015 as the Member of Parliament for Brentford and Isleworth. She was one of only a handful of Labour candidates to beat an incumbent Conservative MP.

Having graduated with a degree in Geography from Salford University, Ruth started her working life in London with the Covent Garden Community Association.  She qualified as a Town Planner and worked for Planning Aid for London and the London Borough of Richmond. After university Ruth settled in West London and has never moved away, living with husband Nick and bringing up their two sons in Brentford at the heart of her constituency.

Dr Adam Marshall, Director General, British Chambers of Commerce

Adam Marshall was appointed Director-General of the British Chambers of Commerce in October 2016. His principal role is to represent and champion the interests of accredited Chambers of Commerce and their tens of thousands of business members – covering every size and sector of business, and employing over five million people in the UK.
Previously, Adam served as the BCC’s Executive Director for Policy and External Affairs (July 2009 – March 2016), and as Acting Director General (March – October 2016).
Prior to joining BCC, Adam helped start up the Centre for Cities, built commercial links between industry and universities, and worked in the broadcast media. He holds a BA from Yale University and MPhil and PhD degrees from the University of Cambridge. Adam is a national of the United Kingdom and the USA.

Paul Hackett, Director General, The Smith Institute

Paul Hackett is director of the Smith Institute and a former government adviser on housing, regeneration and economic development. He has extensive knowledge and insights into the workings of Westminster and Whitehall and provides expert advice on political and public policy matters. He regularly chairs and speaks at seminars and events and has published various articles and reports. Paul was special, adviser to John Prescott, the Deputy Prime Minister (between 1997-2005), and prior to that adviser to the Parliamentary Labour Party Front Bench Trade & Industry team. Paul has also worked at the Trades Union Congress. the FT, PwC, the Economist Group, Dun & Bradstreet International, and the OECD.

Janice Morphet, Visiting Professor UCL, Barlett School of Planning

Janice Morphet is a Visiting Professor in the Bartlett School of Planning at University College London and is a CABE Built Environment Expert. Janice was on the Planning Committee of the London 2012 Olympic Games. She was a Senior Adviser on local government at DCLG 2000-2005, having been Chief Executive of Rutland CC, Director of Technical Services at Woking, and Professorial Head of the School of Planning and Landscape at Birmingham Polytechnic. Janice has been a trustee of the RTPI and TCPA and held several roles at the RTPI including Chair of Education and Life Long Learning Committee and the London Chapter. Janice has also been included in Planning’s Power 100 list of planners and has been a judge for the national Planning and Placemaking awards 2015/16.
Janice has been researching the role of Brexit and its implications for planning and has published articles and blogs including for the RTPI, National Planning Forum and Planning Futures on the issues to be considered. Janice also researches infrastructure planning and delivery and state rescaling and has written for Town and Country Planning and Planning , as well as other journals. Her recent books are Modern Local Government (2008) and Effective Practice in Spatial Planning (2010) How Europe Shapes British Public Policy (2013) and Applying leadership and management in planning: theory and practice (2015). Her latest book is Infrastructure delivery planning: an effective practice approach (2016).

Susan Emmett, Director of Residential Research, Savills

Susan Emmett is a director of residential research at consultancy Savills. Her main focus of research is UK development, planning and housing. Since joining Savills in 2013, her reports have informed policy makers, industry leaders and been widely covered in the press. Susan is also a regular media commentator on wider aspects of the UK property market. Previously, Susan was a journalist for The Times where she was deputy property editor and covered property since 2002.

Mark Littlewood, Director General, The Institute of Economic Affairs

Mark Littlewood is the Director General of the Institute of Economic Affairs and the IEA’s Ralph Harris Fellow. Under his leadership, the IEA has continued to communicate the benefits of free markets to an even wider audience around the world. In 2014, Mark was ranked 38 th on The Times’ ‘Right-wing Power List’, and in 2011 was named ‘Liberal Voice of the Year’ by the Liberal Democrat Voice . Mark frequently comments on political and economic issues on television and radio including BBC Question Time, Any Questions, Newsnight, Channel 4 News, Sky News, Radio 4's Today Programme and LBC. Prior to the IEA, Mark was Head of Media for the Liberal Democrats before going on to found Progressive Vision, a classical liberal think tank. He was also Campaigns Director for the human rights group, Liberty, and founder of NO2ID, the campaign against the introduction of identity cards. Mark was educated at Balliol College, Oxford.

Richard Humphreys QC, Barrister, Planning & Environment, No5 Chambers

Richard Humphreys QC has 30 years’ experience and a wide-ranging practice in town and country planning, compulsory purchase, environmental, and local government law throughout England and Wales, Northern Ireland, Jersey and Guernsey, involving litigation, public inquiries and advisory work.
His planning work includes residential, retail and regeneration schemes, infrastructure projects, waste and mineral developments, and development plans.
Past instructions have included inquiries concerning the City of London Heliport, Second Runway at Manchester Airport, Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport, the Thames Gateway Bridge, Shellhaven/London Gateway deepwater container port, Western Sector redevelopment, Wycombe, Quinn Glass factory at Ellesmere Port, Shirley town centre regeneration, various wind farm inquiries as well as numerous residential and retail schemes and local plan and compulsory purchase inquiries for major developers, housebuilders, retailers and local authorities.
He regularly acts in judicial review claims brought in the High Court as well as challenges to quash s.78 appeal decisions and s.113 development plan challenges. Recent work has included instructions from Aldi, from Tarmac Ltd in respect of the review of mining permissions at Cornelly limestone quarries, near Bridgend, from Wiltshire Council and Rother DC in respect of residential development inquiries, the Inner Temple in respect of Traffic Regulation Orders associated with TfL’s cycle superhighways in London; and he has also been appointed to undertake, and has undertaken, a neighbourhood development plan examination.
He has contributed to Halsbury’s Laws (Local Government), has had 5 articles published in the Journal of Planning Law in the past 5 years and he regularly gives papers at seminars and conferences.

Member of PEBA, NIPA, CPA and ALBA