30 September 2021 | Collaboration | Our Work

Keynote speakers confirmed for Strictly Highways 2021

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport (DfT) Baroness Vere of Norbiton, and Steve Gooding, Director of the RAC Foundation, will be the keynote speakers at Strictly Highways 2021 next week.

With less than a week to go until the virtual conference gets underway the Local Council Roads Innovation Group (LCRIG) are delighted to have attracted two high profile speakers.

The first day of the conference gets underway on Wednesday 6 October and Baroness Vere will open the event with a keynote address. Steve Gooding will open day two on 7 October.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton was appointed as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport in April 2019. She was previously a Government Whip (Baroness in Waiting) from 21 December 2016 to 26 July 2019.

Before entering politics, she spent four years as the Executive Director of the Girls’ Schools Association, including six months as the General Secretary of the Independent Schools Council. Prior to that she was the CEO of Big White Wall, an online mental health service, and Finance Director at Recruit Media, a digital recruitment agency. Her early career was spent in investment banking.

Baroness Vere has responsibility for:

  • Roads (including National Highways)
  • Motoring agencies (DVSA, DVLA, VCA)
  • Buses and taxis
  • Light rail (including tram, underground and metro systems)
  • Devolution (including union connectivity and London transport)

Steve Gooding became Director of the RAC Foundation in 2015, commissioning research into areas such as road safety, road condition, and the development and take-up of technology including automation with a particular focus on the human-machine interface. Previously Steve worked at the Department for Transport for many years, and as Director General from 2009, where he led many projects and policy initiatives including the creation of the Road Investment Strategy and establishment of Highways England.

LCRIG Content Director Alec Peachey said: “The fact that we have attracted such high profile speakers to open both days of this year’s Strictly Highways event speaks volumes of the journey that LCRIG has been on. It’s a sign of just how far we have come as an organisation in the past couple of years and adds extra weight to an already strong lineup.

“Our overarching theme for this year’s event is ‘Delivering practical solutions to help councils achieve net zero’. With a number of local authorities declaring climate emergencies and the COP26 climate change summit just a month away it is important to understand how central Government ambition will be delivered at a local level and how actions taken now can have a lasting impact both up to and beyond the global United Nations event.

“Do take a look at our extensive agenda and register for the event for free. There really is something for everyone so please join us.”

This year’s Strictly Highways event will be delivered virtually and is set to feature all the elements that delegates and exhibitors are used to including a conference, networking and the DfT Special Recognition Awards.

Strictly Highways brings together the whole highways community, including councils, the Department for Transport (DfT), academia, industry associations, the supply chain and media. The event enables everyone to learn about new innovation and technology, share experiences, receive updates from the DfT and showcases the industry associations.

The conference, which is taking place from 6-7 October, will be delivered via a bespoke virtual platform. Once registered, delegates will be provided with a login that can be used to access sessions.

Register to attend for FREE today and benefit from a number of thought-provoking talks and presentations that will examine collaboration, innovation, industry best practice and technological change within councils and on the local road network.

Click here for further information.

The timetable will run from 9.30am to 5pm on both days and is subject to change.