What Makes for a Successful UK City in the 21st century? – 18th January

What makes for a successful city Cambridge

Cambridge Ahead’s annual seminar, What Makes for a Successful UK City in the 21st century?, will take place on the morning of 18th January 2017. The seminar will cover a variety of topics but will highlight place-making and its relevance to Cambridge. This is a widely debated issue, especially its contribution to quality of life. It is arguably more so in high growth cities, where demand for those other aspects that contribute to a strong quality of life – housing, commuting, education and leisure – can rapidly outstrip supply.

We are delighted to have an outstanding line-up of speakers and panellists who can bring their individual expertise on the theme of creating a city which is fit for purpose in the 21st Century.

Speakers and Topics

  • What factors make cities successful in the 21st century? Insights from national and international case studies inform on the issues Cambridge will need to consider as it continues to grow. 
    Alexandra Jones, CEO of Centre for Cities and Chair of the London Stansted Cambridge Consortium
  • Designing a first-class city with ‘place making’ as its core. Insights on what the right architecture, urban design, infrastructure & landscaping can do for a city. 
    Dr Tom Holbrook, co-founder 5th Studio, a spatial design agency
  • The importance of finding routes to long-term investment to support sustainable growth.
    Alex Plant, Chair of CA’s Transport Group, Director at Anglia Water and former Executive Director at Cambridgeshire County Council
  • The latest growth data on Cambridge-based companies and research centres. An update on the research commissioned by Cambridge Ahead. This will also include the results of a survey of the top companies in Cambridge regarding their links with the rest of the Eastern Region, local barriers to growth and their own ‘bottom up’ forecasts for growth of the Cambridge sub-region.
    Matthew Bullock, Chair of CA’s Growth team and Master of St Edmunds’ College Cambridge

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The event will conclude with a panel discussion on how the political landscape through Brexit and the results of Devolution for Cambridgeshire will impact the City’s growth, as well as looking at the research Grant Thornton are doing nationally on what makes a vibrant economy (see below for details of their Cambridge event in March 2017).

  • Panel chair: Jane Galvin (Regional MD, Barclays, and Chair of the CBI East of England)
  • Lord Andrew Lansley CBE PC
  • Mark Reeve (Chair, Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP)
  • Darren Bear (CEO Eastern Region, Grant Thornton)

7.50-8.30am – Registration and buffet breakfast
8.30-8.35am – Introduction by Jane Paterson-Todd, CEO, Cambridge Ahead
8.35-9.35am – Speakers
9.35-9.40am – 5 minute break
9.40-9.45am – Introduction to panellists by Ian Mather, Chair, Cambridge Ahead
9.45-10.25am – Panel Discussion including Q&As at end
10.25-10.30am – Closing address by Ian Mather
10.30-11.00am – Refreshments and networking if desired. Media interviews.

Event details

Date: Wednesday 18th January 2017
Time: 7.50a.m. to 10.30a.m.
Venue: Granta Centre (TWI), Granta Park, Great Abington, CB21 6AL
Registration: Please register here. Places are limited. If you have any questions, please contact us
Getting to the venue and parking: There is plentiful parking at the venue. For directions and how to get to Granta Park and the Granta Centre, see here

Also, please register for the Grant Thornton Vibrant City Inquiry, Cambridge – 16th March