Date: Thursday 22 November 2018

Venue: Slough, London

Time: 8.30-17.00

The growth day for west London and the Thames Valley

West London and the Thames Valley are about to become better connected than ever before.

Major transport infrastructure projects such as the Elizabeth Line, which will extend to Reading in 2019, HS2, which will begin running trains to Birmingham in 2026 and Old Oak and Park Royal, opening a whole new community in west London - operate alongside the recent decision from parliament to back Heathrow expansion - will pull together west London and the Thames Valley for the first time on a mass scale. Together, these two economic regions generate 2500 hectares of development opportunities and £2.4 billion in added land value for every billion spent. These major infrastructure projects in west London and the Thames Estuary have the potential to generate £314 billion for the UK economy.

WOW London is a new forum that, for the first time, will bring together over 200 politicians, industry leaders, developers and investors together to discuss and debate the challenges and opportunities for what will become an economic region in its own right.



8.00 - Breakfast for up to 100 delegates

8.45 - Welcome speech by conference chair Brendon Walsh

8.50 - Keynote Speech – Tan Dhesi MP, co-chair western rail link to Heathrow

9.00 - Session 1: Infrastructure

There are a number of infrastructure projects transforming West London and the wider Thames Valley: Heathrow, HS2, Crossrail and Old Oak and Park Royal. The first panel of the morning will focus on these projects, and the benefits they will bring to the area. 

Keynote speech: Phil Wilbraham, expansion programme director, Heathrow

Panel speakers:

  • Phil Wilbraham, expansion programme director, Heathrow
  • Tom Venner, Director of commercial development, HS2
  • Michael Mulhern, interim CEO, Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation

10.05 - Session 2: private sector

In the previous panel, delegates learned about the various infrastructure projects that are transforming west London and the Thames Valley. The second panel of the morning will discuss how these projects affect the development sector. Where are the new homes being built? What opportunities for employment are being opened up? For this session, the panel members will discuss key development projects in the area, the opportunities west London and west of west London have for further growth, and how this can be achieved.

Panel speakers:

  • Tom Titherington, Executive director Property and Growth, Catalyst Housing
  • Tim Smith, CEO, Thames Valley LEP
  • Andrew Dakers, CEO, West London Business

11.05 - Networking break

11.25 - Session 3:  public sector

For the final session of the morning, the role of local authorities will be examined. What are councils doing to stimulate inward investment and bring growth to their areas? How can they benefit from the infrastructure and development projects discussed in the first two sessions? What are the opportunities for public – private partnerships?

Panel speakers:

  • Cllr Keith Ferry, deputy leader Harrow Council
  • Sue Brown, executive director development and planning, London First
  • Cllr Tony Page, Reading Council
  • Tony Clement, executive director regeneration and housing, Ealing Council

12.30 - Networking lunch

14.00 - Briefing sessions A and B

  A series of workshops organised in two streams, about different topics (to be announced shortly). 

15.30 - Council Leaders session

 Rapid fire questions for Council Leaders:

  • Cllr Julian Bell
  • Cllr James Swindlehurst
  • Cllr Steve Curran

16.15 - Closing speech – Cllr James Swindlehurst

16.30 - Drinks reception


Speakers announced:

  • Brendon Walsh - Conference chair
  • Sue Brown, Executive director, London First
  • Tom Titherington, Executive director of property and growth, Catalyst Housing
  • Michael Mulhern, Interim CEO, Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation
  • Cllr Julian Bell, Leader, London Borough of Ealing
  • Cllr Tony Page, Deputy leader, Reading Borough Council
  • Tony Clements, Executive director regeneration and housing, London Borough of Ealing
  • Cllr James Swindlehurst, Leader, Slough Borough Council
  • Cllr Keith Ferry, Deputy leader, London Borough of Harrow
  • Tim Smith, CEO, Thames Valley LEP
  • Phil Wilbraham, Expansion programme director, Heathrow Airport
  • Andrew Dakers, CEO, West London Business
  • Tom Venner, Commercial development director, HS2
  • Tan Dhesi MP, Co-chair Western rail link to Heathrow
  • Cllr Steve Curran, Leader, London Borough of Hounslow

 **The event organisers reserve the right to make changes to the programme with no notice.

To book your place, contact Josie Brewer for more information on:

0207 978 6840 or email 

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