Forum for the Future
Last week we held our second annual Area 4 supply chain event ‘Forum for the Future’. This was a follow on from the hugely successful inaugural event in 2017.
The event included a conference, exhibition area and outdoor vehicle and product demonstration area. Once again there was an impressive turnout of around 140 supply chain partners and stakeholders, in fact it was almost standing room only for the conference element.
This year the programme included several interesting and informative presentations from our team and Highways England around local issues, delivery challenges, smart motorway plans going forward and serious questions about post BREXIT challenges which will impact heavily in Area 4.
We also heard from Highways England Traffic Officers, Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust and supply chain partners FM Conway and HW Martin.
Some key take aways from the day include;
- ‘We are stronger as a collective, it’s the only way we can deliver for the client AND the customer.’
- ‘Collaborative delivery, turning challenge into opportunity.’
- ‘Talk to us, talk to each other and let’s find better solutions together.’
Graeme Steward from Highways England and Peter Radford from Turner & Townsend spoke about the Kent corridor being crucial to the wellbeing of the UK economy and the collective challenge to ensure it remains resilient and fit for purpose. They also told the forum that the Kent Corridor Coordination Group signed their agreed charter last week to ensure smooth, safe and sensible delivery of strategic outcomes. This team charter ethos is one that can and will be replicated in other network areas.
During the afternoon we covered, health and safety, mental health and listened to a moving presentation from Kent Supported Employment and how A-one+ now employs 2 new starters from this route to employment for people with disabilities and disadvantages. We also heard a rousing commentary from Dr Ajay Sharman about bridging the skills gap, STEM learning and the wide and varied benefits of becoming an ambassador.
One delegate commented; ‘Lot’s of really interesting talks at A-one+ Forum for the Future. From BREXIT to smart motorways to mental health, key issues have been addressed in an informative, engaging and analytical manner.’
If you would like to attend next year or would an opportunity to get involved by exhibiting or speaking then please get in touch. We would like to thank Highways England for their support in the success of this event and look forward to 2019!
List of speakers
Graeme Steward, Highways England and Peter Radford, Turner & Townsend, Associate Director
Karen Davies, Highways England
Nick Burman, FM Conway, Business Development Manager
Richard Street, A-one+ Head of SHE Area 4 and Wendy Dempster, A-one+, SHE Manager
Steven Moakes, Highways England Traffic Officer
Julie Clare, Head of Corporate Relations, Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust
Adrian McCrow,Highways England, Smart Motorways Regional Sponsor
Ian Kay, FW Martin, Group Strategic Development Manager
Gill Lane, A-one+, SHE Administrator
Phillip Hetherington, Highways England, Health and Safety Manager Operations, Areas 3,4 & 5)
Shonagh Patterson, Volker Laser, Project Manager and David James, A-one+ , Site Agent
Mark Parrin, Employer Coordinator, Kent Supported Employment
Dr Ajay Sharman, STEM Ambassador
Supply chain partners at the event
DeAngelo Brothers UK Ltd
Hailsham Roadway Construction
Highways Care Hi-Way Services Ltd
Maurer UK ltd
R&W Civil Engineering
Rhino Asphalt Solutions
Universal Sealant UK Ltd (USL)
Lower Thames Crossing
Kent Supported Employment
Highways England Traffic Officers