Date: Thursday 5 October 2017

Venue: Londoneast, Dagenham East, London

Time: 8.30-17.00

The Thames Estuary Growth Day is a day of meetings, discussions, workshops and research on growth opportunities and potential in the Thames Estuary region, covering Kent, Essex and east London.

Councils: learn from your peers how they are gearing up for growth, homes and jobs to make the most of the region’s revitalization.

Developers: discover the development opportunities, infrastructure investments and decision makers making the Thames Estuary a vital part of your business plans.



Registration and networking


Opening address- Cllr Darren Rodwell, leader, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham


 John Newbigin OBE, LEAP Board Member and Co-founder and Chair, Creative England, Member of Mayor of London's Cultural Leadership Board

9.00am - 9.45am

‘Building communities’ - Housing and Industry

  • 9.00am Tony Pidgley, president, LCCI
  • 9.15am Mark Quinn, director, Quinn Estates
  • 9.30am Michela Hancock, development director, Greystar


‘The Power of Networks’ - Infrastructure led growth in the Thames Estuary

Led by Farrells




London City Airport “Shared Ambition: How London City Airport can support growth in East London and the Estuary” –Liam McKay, director of public affairs, London City Airport


‘Creativity along the river’ -The Thames Estuary Production Corridor-a new ambitious industrial vision led by the London Economic Action Partnership (LEAP) and South East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)

Introduction from Chenine Bhathena, senior culture manager, Greater London Authority
Case studies from a breadth of creative industries in the region and the development and growth opportunities they are generating.

  • Professor Lorna Fox O'Mahony, executive dean of the faculty of humanities, University of Essex - Digital Creative Studio
  • Steven Huckle, founder, Shark Infested Custard - The Games Hub, Essex
  • Victoria Pomery OBE, director, Turner Contemporary
  • Patrick Harrison, executive director, English National Ballet - City Island
  • Stephen Taylor, programme and projects manager, Thurrock Council - Quartermaster Studios Purfleet
  • Lisa Dee, Film office manager, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham - Dagenham Film Studios


‘In the hot seat’ - expert panel debate

Speakers include:

  • Unmesh Desai, assembly member Barking and Dagenham, City of London, Newham and Tower Hamlets
  • Cllr Roger Ramsey, leader, London borough of Havering
  • Cllr Simon Cook, leader, Canterbury City Council
  • Cllr Kevin Bentley, deputy leader, Essex County Council

12.15pm - 13.45pm

Street food lunch - a taste of London

13.45pm - 16.00pm

Series of workshops:

  • Keepmoat Regeneration & Swan Living: Supporting growth through partnerships
  • Countryside: The importance of and measurement of social value in regeneration schemes
  • Tideway: Thames Tideway Tunnel: Building the benefits for the Estuary
  • London Resort: Title Plans for the UK's biggest new leisure development
  • GLA/SELEP: Thames Estuary: A world-class centre for production?

13.45pm - 16.00pm

Sitematch one to one speed dating style meetings with the most in demand councils of the Thames Estuary engaging with private sector delegates:

  • London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
  • London Borough of Havering
  • London Borough of Newham
  • Medway Council
  • Thurrock Council

13.45pm - 16.00pm

Creative zone featuring the region’s innovative artistic talent with activities and exhibits from:

  • University of East London-showcasing a range of interactive activities and performances
  • Thames Estuary Partnership-The Living Thames promo video featuring David Attenborough
  • Cycle the Thames Estuary-Ride a mile of the Thames path for charity
  • Copper Rivet Distillery-demonstrations and tastings!
  • East London Radio-Live podcast from the event
  • Jazz Quartet-Live performance of east London jazz
  • Work and charging zone


Closing address - Cllr Darren Rodwell, leader, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

16.15pm - 17.00pm

Drinks reception


Event close

The event organisers reserve the right to make changes to the programme with no notice.

To book your place, click here or contact Josie Brewer for more information 0207 978 6840