Our 'Science Cities ll' forum this week with the Infrastructure & Projects Authority

Stephen Dance, Director of the Commercial Adviser Team at I&PA

This week Future Cities Forum will be holding its 'Science Cities ll' discussion event on 7th October to debate the best ways of supporting the planning, development and design of the UK's knowledge clusters. It will have contributions from - among others - Stephen Dance, Director of the Commercial Adviser Team at the Infrastructure & Projects Authority, Professor Lynette Ryals, Chief Executive of MK:U - the new Milton Keynes University - Dr John Williams, Managing Director of Birmingham Health Partners, David Lock Associates' Partner Heather Pugh, and Costain Group's Head of Transport, Sue Kershaw.

Stephen Dance will give an update on connectivity projects for HS2, the Oxford- Cambridge Corridor, the Thames Estuary, Lower Thames Crossing and driving economic growth through broadband roll-out. In his current role Stephen leads a team of commercial advisers, providing expert advice to HM Treasury, the Cabinet Office and other government departments to improve the performance of project delivery across Infrastructure , Enterprise and Growth, and Public and Security services. Current IPA responsibilities include Oxford - Cambridge Corridor development, HS2 stations development and leadership of the Transforming Infrastructure Delivery Programme. Stephen's contribution follows IPA Deputy Chief Executive, Matthew Vickerstaff's input at out February forum 'Infrastructure and Development 2020.' Stephen is also a non-executive director of Local Partnerships LLP, a joint venture between HM Treasury and the Local Government Association.

Dr John Williams will be stressing the importance of transport links including HS2 to help drive better connections with London and internationally for both life sciences and medtech companies and medical talent wanting to relocate to Birmingham - or travel to work at the Edgbaston Medical Quarter. The city region has a diverse set of population health issues that makes it an outstanding source of data for solving health inequalities. He will be outlining how important a city it is for attracting the medtech sector to develop transformational solutions