Delivering a 21st Century Infrastructure for Britain

Logo - for print.jpgInvitation to a lunchtime debate

Delivering a 21st Century Infrastructure for Britain


Date | 15th September

Time | 11am to 1.30pm followed by a light lunch

Venue | The Ideas Space | Clutha House | 10 Storey’s Gate | London | SW1P 3AY





Dieter Helm | Professor of Economics| New College Oxford

James Wardlaw | Goldman Sachs

Chair | Neil O’Brien | Director | Policy Exchange

Other speakers TBC



Policy Exchange would like to invite you to a discussion on the scale of the infrastructure challenge facing Britain and how to finance it. Building on our report “Delivering a 21st Century Infrastructure for Britain” the discussion will examine our energy, transport, communications and water requirements as well as examining regulatory and institutional reforms which could encourage the necessary private investment.



Dieter Helm is an economist specialising in utilities, infrastructure, regulation and the environment, and concentrates on the energy, water and transport sectors in Britain and Europe. He is Professor of Energy Policy at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of New College, Oxford.


James Wardlaw is a banker whose career has encompassed three years as an HM Treasury official and 21 years as a financing banker, most recently with Goldman Sachs. James remains an adviser to the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs. He is also currently working for the Homes and Communities Agency on an initiative to attract institutional investment into private rental housing.  

Neil O’Brien is the Director of Policy Exchange. He was previously director of Open Europe, a cross-party think tank working for free market reform in Europe. Neil grew up in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, and took a first in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, at Christ Church, Oxford.  His interests include economic reform and social policy.


Policy Exchange is an independent, non-partisan educational charity seeking free market and localist solutions to public policy questions. Charity Registration Number 1096300.


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