Speakers & Panelists in 2019 Included

Jonty Ashworth

Jonty Ashworth

Property Development Manager, Bicester Heritage

Jonty is the Property Development Manager at Bicester Heritage, the Centre of Excellence at the core of the historic motoring industry. Bicester Heritage has trailblazing plans to deliver the UK’s first 425 acre experiential resort to champion automotive motion of the past, present and future. His background is major project delivery and master planning, providing a diverse range of projects in motorsports, leisure and tourism. Project examples include: Zhejiang International Circuit, China; Royal Air Force Museum, London; BMW Park Lane , Born Electric showroom; Media City UK (BBC), Salford; BMW UK HQ and various Jaguar Land Rover projects.

Chris Aylett

Chris Aylett

Chief Executive, Motorsport Industry Association

Chris has been Chief Executive of the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) since 1998 which has become the leading business network for this global industry, with nearly 350 companies in membership which transact over $6 billion of global business. Worldwide membership now includes F1, World Rally and US teams, major promoters, leading manufacturers, circuit operators, and service providers.

In 2000, he posed the question to the motorsport industry, asking ‘what future is there for motorsport in an energy-efficient world?’ This led to a UK Government-supported review by the MIA of this situation, which created a report entitled ‘Energy Efficient Motorsport (EEMS)’ and outlined the exceptional business opportunities which could be created. He has extensive international experience with both his business, and leading trade associations as Past President of the Sports Industries Federation, and has built up a widespread network of key industry contacts. Chris, a former Roosevelt Scholar, was a successful sportscar driver, team owner and race series promoter. He created his own multi-million pound international sporting goods distribution group, experience gained by creating, leading and selling a group of SME companies has proved invaluable.

Tanya Beckett

Tanya Beckett

BBC World News Correspondent

Tanya has worked in broadcasting and the media for over twenty years. She started out at the FT, then went to work for CNBC, Sky News, CNN and since 1998, the BBC. She has worked on a variety of programmes in both New York and London on BBWorldNews, the Newschannel, Radio 4 and BBC1 and BBC2 including Our World, Working Lunch, Today, World Business report, Newsnight and World Business Report. She also spent 3 years living in and reporting from New York. She also works with the World Bank, Chatham House and the Foreign Office in matters relating to trade and communication.

Tanya has a degree from Oxford University in Metallurgy and Materials Science and spent 5 years as an investment banker in Frankfurt and London. She speaks fluent German and good French.

Hugh Blaza

Hugh Blaza

Hugh is an experienced commercial property lawyer who worked for Brook Street des Roches where he was the Senior Partner. Having graduated from University College Oxford and trained in the City, Hugh returned to Oxford in 1986. He has worked in and around the city ever since. Hugh is a great advocate of the improvement and enhancement of the built environment and thinks there is much to admire in what has taken place in recent years. He nevertheless believes that this period promises to be one of the most exciting in the history of the city and of the region generally.  

Professor Chas Bountra

Professor Chas Bountra

Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of Oxford

Professor Chas Bountra, Co-Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Affordable Medicines, has been named as Oxford’s new Pro Vice-Chancellor, Innovation.

Announcing the appointment, the University’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Louise Richardson, said Professor Bountra would bring “a rare depth of experience in technology transfer to lead the University’s innovation activities at regional, national and international level”.

Professor Bountra trained at King’s College London and the University of Edinburgh before taking up a post-doctoral fellowship and college lectureship in Physiology at Oxford. He then worked for 19 years in the pharmaceutical industry, where he was involved in the development of candidate drugs for several diseases, including novel treatments for cancer chemotherapy and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

He returned to Oxford as Professor of Translational Medicine in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine and as an Associate Member of the Department of Pharmacology. Professor Bountra is currently working with nine pharmaceutical companies, eight disease foundations and more than 100 academic labs to develop new drugs for a range of common and rare diseases.

Philip Campbell

Philip Campbell

Commercial Director for Milton Park, MEPC

Philip joined MEPC in 2006 with nearly 20 years’ experience in commercial real estate. Philip works alongside the asset management team, developing relationships with potential clients and looking after large offices and laboratories at Milton Park. He is passionate about helping businesses with their evolving accommodation needs and enjoys demystifying complex real estate issues to make office moving easier. Philip is an active figure within the local community and can often be seen jogging round Milton Park at lunchtimes.

William Cooper

William Cooper

Partner, Harwell Campus Management

William Cooper qualified as a chartered tax adviser with KPMG and subsequently as a corporate treasurer before spending many years at Land Securities, the UKs largest listed REIT/Developer.  William held several financing and investment roles and prior to leaving was the group’s Corporate Finance Director. William transacted over $19bn of acquisitions, disposals and financing.  Notable transactions include the $6bn acquisition of the Secondary Market Infrastructure Fund; the $800m acquisition of the X Leisure Retail Fund and creating a $500m Infrastructure Debt Fund. William has also advised family offices/high net-worth individuals on real estate and debt restructuring.

Andrew Dilnot

Andrew Dilnot

Warden, Nuffield College Oxford

Andrew Dilnot is Warden of Nuffield College Oxford.  He is also the Chair of the Geospatial Commission. He was the Chair of the UK Statistics Authority from 2012 to 2017 and the Chair of the Commission on the Funding of Care and Support, which reported in 2011.  He was Principal of St Hugh’s College, Oxford, from 2002 to 2012 and a Pro Vice Chancellor of Oxford University from 2005 to 2012. He was Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies from 1991 to 2002, having worked there from 1981.  He was the founding presenter of BBC Radio 4’s series on the beauty of numbers, ‘More or Less’ and presented the programme from 2001 to 2007.

He has been a member of the board of the National Consumer Council and chairman of the Statistics Users Forum of the Royal Statistical Society. He has served on the Social Security Advisory Committee, the Retirement Income Inquiry, the Balance of Central and Local Government Funding Inquiry, the Rowntree Committee on the future costs of long term care, the Ageing Population Foresight panel, the Councils of the Royal Economic Society and Queen Mary and Westfield College and as a trustee of the Nuffield Foundation. He is an Honorary Fellow of the British Academy, St John’s College Oxford, Queen Mary University of London, St Hugh’s College Oxford, the Swansea Institute of Higher Education and the Institute of Actuaries, and holds Honorary Doctorates from City University and the Open University.

Professor Alistair Fitt

Professor Alistair Fitt

Vice-Chancellor, Oxford Brookes University

Alistair joined Oxford Brookes in March 2011 from the University of Southampton where he worked for 22 years, latterly as the Dean and then Head of the School of Mathematics before becoming Pro Vice-Chancellor, International. He studied at Lincoln College, Oxford, and specialises in industrial applied mathematics research. He has published three books and more than 90 research papers and has spent many years attending study groups with industry all over the world, where real unsolved industrial problems are studied by groups of mathematicians.  Alistair’s research centres on two main areas, namely the flow of glass, food and other complex fluids, and flow and deformation in human eyes. Alistair is Director of OxLEP (the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership), the OIA (Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education), and a Trustee of the Oxford Trust. He is also the Director of a number of other companies including Venturefest Oxford and Oxford Expression Technologies.

Sarah Greenwood

Sarah Greenwood

Head of Strategic Growth, Homes England

Sarah has worked with Homes England for 13 years and is currently Head of Strategic Growth, responsible for coordinating the agency’s input into major projects in areas of high growth. She is the agency’s lead on OxCam and sits on the Arc’s Cross-Whitehall oversight board. An architect by profession, she has previously worked on significant housing development in both the public and private sector and has a keen interest in the role that housing can play in expediting economic growth.

Dr Caroline Livingstone

Dr Caroline Livingstone

Head of Property, Culham Science Centre

Caroline is the Head of Property for UKAEA at Culham Science Centre which includes responsibility for management of the Commercial property at Culham Science Centre as well as the Culham Estate, its existing buildings and  the development of new buildings for both UKAEA and commercial property use.  Caroline’s role includes involvement in the development of the Harwell Campus as UKAEA are majority landowner and Harwell Joint Venture partner. Caroline was previously General Manager of Begbroke Science Park on behalf of the University of Oxford.  In her time there the site more than doubled in size and introduced a series of new business models for innovation, research collaboration and campus management. Caroline gained her PhD in Biotechnology from Sheffield University before working for UKAEA (then AEA Technology) at Harwell where she managed a variety of government research and export promotion programmes as well as the Marketing Department.

Nick Paterson-Neild

Nick Paterson-Neild

Planning Director, Barton Willmore

Nick Paterson-Neild is Planning Director at Barton Willmore, the UK’s leading independent planning and design consultancy. He has involvement in major housing, leisure and retail developments on behalf of prominent house builders, developers, and landowners. This includes giving evidence as Expert Planning Witness to Public Inquiries on major housing appeals and at Local Plan and Site Allocations Examinations, representations to Local Development Documents and preparation of major planning applications including EIA.

Nick leads the Education Sector and has worked on a range of education projects nationwide, including a range of projects with University College Oxford securing planning permission and listed building consent for the College Boathouse, planning permission for student accommodation in North Oxford, and planning and Grade 1 listed building consent for a buttery and kitchen refurbishment. Nick obtained planning, listed building and scheduled monument consent for New College’s kitchen and stores project and new music practice rooms in Mansfield Road, as well as obtaining a major residential permission on behalf of the University of Oxford. Nick has acted for the University of Reading for over 10 years and provides strategic planning advice to the University including leading the co-ordination of a master plan for the South of M4 Strategic Development Location in partnership with developers which resulted in an allocation for 2,500 homes, and has obtained permission for 1,200 homes at Shinfield alongside permission for 800,000sq ft of research and innovation space at the development of the Thames Valley Science Park.

David Prout

David Prout

Pro Vice Chancellor Planning & Resources, University of Oxford

Dr David Prout took up the post of Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Planning and Resources) at Oxford University in September 2017. He has had a distinguished career in central and local government, most recently (2013-17) as Director General for the £50 billion High Speed 2 programme. Prior to that he was Director General for Local Government at the Department for Communities and Local Government, where he was responsible for all aspects of local government policy and funding, for the Fire Service, and for tackling extremism. He has also served as, among other roles, Executive Director for Housing, Planning and Regeneration at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (2007-2009); Director for Local Government Policy in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (2004-2007) and Private and Principal Private Secretary to the Deputy Prime Minister (1999-2004).

Nigel Tipple

Nigel Tipple

Chief Executive, OxLEP

Nigel joined Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP) in June 2013 and has made his mark with energetic and inspirational leadership. He spearheaded the bid for the Oxford and Oxfordshire City Deal, the EU Structural and Investment Fund and Strategic Economic Plan submissions and is assisting the county’s businesses into a period of exceptional growth. Oxfordshire is already a powerhouse of innovation and wealth creation and Nigel is focused on building upon the region’s unique strengths to deliver economic success through the commercialisation of innovation. Nigel has over 20 years’ experience in the formation, development, operation and management of Public/Private sector organisations.

Bhavash Vashi

Bhavash Vashi

Partner, National Development & Planning, Strutt & Parker

Bhavash has extensive experience of handling a wide range of complex planning projects and steering them through the planning process to often demanding deadlines. These include residential and mixed use schemes through to strategic site promotions, Local Plan inquiries, and regularly acting as expert witness at public inquiries and hearings.

Cllr Barry Wood

Cllr Barry Wood

Board Director

Cllr Barry Wood (BSc ACMA) has been a district or county councillor for more than 20 years and is the current Leader of Cherwell District Council.

He read geography at the University of Salford where he was also President of the Union. He is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and is the current Chairman of the Strategic Delivery Board for Eco Bicester.

It is in this later role that he actively promotes a popular vision for Bicester that combines quality designs with truly sustainable low-carbon living.

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