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Tuesday 17 October

Evening Welcome Reception hosted by Smart Pension, BPA Platinum Sponsor
Silver Sturgeon River Cruise – Taking in London’s riverside landmarks

19:00 - 22:00

Wednesday 18 October

Registration and Exhibition
Refreshments on arrival

08:30 - 09:30

Welcome to BPA 2023

Mike Sellers, Chair, British Ports Association

Robin Mortimer, Chief Executive, Port of London Authority & Chair, Maritime UK

09:30 - 09:40

Keynote – Baroness Vere, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Aviation, Maritime and Security)


09:40 - 09:55

Business Snapshot/Overview

Chaired by Mike Sellers, Chair, British Ports Association

Graeme Leach, Chief Economist, Macronomics

Peter Sand, Chief Analyst, Xeneta

Doug Bannister, CEO, Port of Dover

09:55 - 10:50

Break & Exhibition

10:50 - 11:30

Ports Policy Update          

Chaired by Steven Clapperton, PLA

Virginia McVea, CEO, Maritime Coastguard Agency

Gus Wiseman, Deputy Director Investment Opportunities , Department for Business and Trade 

Chris Shirling-Rooke, CEO, Maritime UK

Nick Gosling, Transport Scotland

Mike Alcock, Deputy Director, Ports and Shipping, Maritime Directorate, Department for Transport

11:30 - 12:45

Lunch & Exhibition                           Insight Hub Session 13:15

12:45 - 14:00

People in Ports Showcase: Attracting Talent, Diversity & Mental Health 

Hosted by: Nicola Good, Lloyd’s Register

Charmain Browning, Head of People UK, DP World

Angela Ward, Skills Lead, Port Skills & Safety

Alexandra Lawson, Senior Manager: Corporate Partnerships, Royal Museums Greenwich 

Nikki Sayer, Managing Director, Casper Customs

14:00 - 15:15

Break & Exhibition                           Insight Hub Session 15:30

15:15 - 15:45

Towards Sustainable Port Development

Chaired by: Grace Rawnsley, Director of Sustainability PLA

Panel to include:

Dr Matt Frost, Head of International Office, Plymouth Marine Laboratory

Vicki Beatty, Head of Safety, Quality and Environment, Port of Dover

Devan Fitch, Program Director, Roberts Bank Terminal 2 at the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

Jennifer Godwin, Executive Officer, Seabed User and Developer Group

Jon Lane, Senior Sustainability Manager, RightShip

15:45 - 16:45

Party Invitation – Gallagher, BPA Conference Partner
Welcome invitation from the Partner to Party in the Sky

16:45 - 16:50

Free Time

16:50 - 18:30

Party in the Sky hosted by Gallagher, BPA Conference Partner
 Sky Garden
The Fenchurch Building (The Walkie-Talkie), 1, Sky Garden Walk, London EC3M 8AF

18:30 - 21:00

Thursday 19 October

Refreshments and Exhibition
Refreshments on arrival

08:30 - 09:30

Commercialising Ports: New Business Opportunities

Chaired by Richard Ballantyne, BPA

Matt Beeton, CEO, Port of Tyne

Andrew Crowe, Chief Commercial Officer, PD Ports

Tom Willis, Chief Executive, Shoreham Port

Pamela Neri, Harbour Development Manager, Fraserburgh Harbour  

Roddy James, Chief Commercial Officer, Port of Aberdeen

09:30 - 10:30

The Fuels Transition

Chaired by Richard Allan, Cattewater Harbour Commissioners

Edwin Pang, Founder, Arcsilea Ltd

Belle Sierina, Environmental Manager, Port of Aberdeen

Simon Bullock, Research Associate Tyndall Centre, University of Manchester 

10:30 - 11:15

Break & Exhibition                           Insight Hub Session 11:25

11:15 - 11:45

AI and Automation for Port Safety

Chaired by Debbie Cavaldoro, PSS

Mike Yarwood, Managing Director Loss Prevention, TT Club

Eddie Scoggins, H&S Director, Felixstowe

Stuart Wallace, COO Forth Ports Group and PSS Chair

Chris Hatter, Head of Compliance, Portsmouth International Port

Dr. Douglas Leith, Chief Creative Officer, STC INSISO

11:45 - 12:45

Lunch & Exhibition                           Insight Hub Session 13:15

12:45 - 14:00

Port Development Showcase

Chaired by: Robbie Owen, Partner, Pinsent Masons

Andrew Bowen, UK Chief Operating Officer, DP World London Gateway Port

Peter Ward, Commercial Director, Port of Tilbury

Ana Ulanovsky, Ports & Maritime Leader, Arup

14:00 - 15:00

Break & Exhibition

15:00 - 15:30

International Ports Panel – Opportunities, Challenges and Black Swans

Chaired by James Baker, Containers Editor, Lloyd’s List, London

In conversation with:

Mike Gallacher, CEO, Ports Australia

Isabelle Ryckbost, Secretary General, ESPO

Patrick Verhoeven, IAPH

15:30 - 16:15

Keynote Climate Change & Adaptation

Lord Deben, Chair, Climate Change Committee

16:15 - 16:45


Robin Mortimer, Chief Executive, Port of London Authority

16:45 - 16:50

BPA Conference 2024 Portsmouth Invitation

Mike Sellers, Portsmouth International Port

16:50 - 16:55

Gala Dinner Invitation by DP World, BPA Conference Partner

16:55- 17:00

Free Time

17:00 - 19:00

Gala Dinner & BPA Awards, hosted by DP World, BPA Conference Partner
8 Northumberland Avenue 8 Northumberland Avenue, London WC2N 5BY

19:00 - 22:30

Friday 20 October

River Tour to London Gateway / Tilbury
Optional Post Conference Visit

09:45 - 12:45


BPA Insight Hub - 2


13:15 – 13:30

Port of London and RightShip case study:

Digital tools to measure and manage emissions.

Jon Lane, RightShip

Grace Rawnsley. Port of London Authority


15:20 – 15:35

Adriana MMO Licensing Surgery                                  

Christie Powell, Marine Management Organisation

Adrian Clarke, Marine Management Organisation


11:25 – 11:40 

Port hydrography and data-based decision making

Supporting safety, efficiencies and sustainability

Paul Marks, UK Hydrographic

John Dillon Leech, Port of London Authority


13:15 – 13:30

Accelerate to Net Zero with Sealand Projects

Ash Penley, Sealand Projects Ltd



River Tour To London Gateway / Tilbury
An optional river tour courtesy of Thames Clippers to London Gateway / Tilbury with exclusive behind the scenes access London Gateway and Tilbury

Cost £35+VAT per person

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