26 February 2020
University of West London, St Mary's Road, W5 5RF

WOW London 2020

We are delighted to announce that WOW London 2020 will take place at the University of West London, in Ealing, on the 26th February.

Last November, the inaugural WOW London attracted over 200 public and private sector industry professionals to examine and discuss growth and investment opportunities in west London and the Thames Valley.

Our exciting 2020 programme will include a number of innovative new formats to help take that agenda forward.

If you were unlucky and missed the 2018 WOW event, please see the programme and speakers below. We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday 26th February.

WOW London is changing dates, from 20 November to 26 February because the event would otherwise take place in the shadow of the 12 December snap election. This means that our confirmed public sector speakers and attendees will now no longer be able to participate due to purdah rules, and that discussions will need to take place with the caveat that things could change in a matter of weeks. We have consulted with our host borough, the London Borough of Ealing, and concluded that moving the event until after the election will allow us to examine how the political and economic scene has changed and what this means for driving growth in West London and the Thames Valley forward. We hope you are available to join us on 26 February.

The WOW London area:

2018 Overview (click to expand)

High-profile infrastructure projects will be transforming west London and the wider Thames Valley in the coming decade.

The Elizabeth line will extend to Reading in 2019, HS2 will begin running trains to Birmingham in 2026 and the Heathrow economy continues to grow.

Old Oak and Park Royal Development will open a whole new community in west London. A plethora of impact assessments, business cases and economic studies show these projects will result in more homes, more jobs and better accessibility.

WOW London brought together over 200 senior decision makers from local authorities and private sector developers, investors and housing associations responsible for bringing growth to west London and the Thames Valley to discuss growth and economic opportunity.

PowerPoint presentations

Download the PowerPoint presentations that accompanied the speeches at WOW London on 22 November 2018.

2018 Speakers

Brendon Walsh
Conference chair

Caroline Pillay
Development director,
Airey Miller

Lucy Arthur
Head of asset marketing
Ashby capital

Caroline Low
director of Heathrow Expansion
Department for Transport

Cllr Julian Bell

Annette Jezierska
The Future Fox

Tony Clements
Executive director regeneration and
housing, Ealing

Lucy Owen
Interim executive director of development, enterprise and environment
Greater London Authority

Cllr Keith Ferry
Deputy leader

Phil Wilbraham
Expansion programme director
Heathrow Airport

Tom Venner
Commercial development director

Cllr Steve Curran

Michael O'Callaghan

Sue Brown
Executive director
London First

Michael Mulhern
Interim CEO
Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation

Cllr Tony Page
Deputy leader
Reading Borough Council

Cllr James Swindlehurst

Tim Smith
Thames Valley LEP

Andrew Dakers
West London Business

Tan Dhesi MP
Western rail link to Heathrow

2018 Programme


Breakfast for up to 100 delegates


Welcome speech by conference chair Brendon Walsh


Keynote Speech – Phil Wilbraham, expansion programme director, Heathrow


Keynote Speech – Caroline Low, director of Heathrow Expansion, Department for Transport


Panel 1: infrastructure

There are a number of infrastructure projects transforming West London and the wider Thames Valley: Heathrow's third runway, HS2, Elizabeth Line and Old Oak Common. The first panel of the morning will focus on these projects, and the benefits they will bring to the region.

Caroline Low, director of Heathrow Expansion, Department for Transport
Annette Jezierska, co-founder, The Future Fox
Phil Wilbraham, expansion programme director, Heathrow
Tom Venner, director of commercial development, HS2
Michael Mulhern, interim CEO, Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation
Michael O'Callaghan, director, Kier


Keynote Speech – Elaine Rossall, head of UK offices research, JLL


Panel 2: Homes and jobs

The second panel of the morning will discuss how these projects affect the development sector. Where are the new homes being built? What opportunities for employment are being opened up? For this session, the panel members will discuss key development projects in the area, the opportunities west London and the Thames Valley have for further growth, and how this can be achieved.

Joe Marshall, Head of New Business, Catalyst
Lucy Owen, Interim executive director of development, enterprise and environment, Greater London Authority
Tim Smith, CEO, Thames Valley LEP
Andrew Dakers, CEO, West London Business
Lucy Arthur, head of asset marketing, Ashby Capital


Networking break


Panel 3: local government

For the final session of the morning, the role of local authorities will be examined. What are councils doing to stimulate inward investment and bring growth to their areas? How can they benefit from the infrastructure and development projects discussed in the first two sessions? What are the opportunities for public - private partnerships?

Caroline Pillay, development director, Airey Miller
Cllr Keith Ferry, deputy leader Harrow Council
Sue Brown, executive director development and planning, London First
Cllr Tony Page, deputy leader, Reading Council
Tony Clements, executive director regeneration and housing, Ealing Council


Keynote Speech – Tan Dhesi MP, co-chair, Western Rail Link to Heathrow Steering Group


Networking lunch


Panel hosted by Slough Borough Council

Details TBC


Council Leaders session

Cllr Julian Bell, Ealing Council
Cllr James Swindlehurst, Slough Borough Council
Cllr Steve Curran, Hounslow Council


Closing speech – Cllr James Swindlehurst, Slough Borough Council


Drinks reception

2018 Attending authorities:

Join leaders and senior decision makers from:

  • Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council
  • Bracknell Forest Council
  • London Borough of Ealing
  • London Borough of Harrow
  • London Borough of Hounslow
  • Merton Council
  • Reading Borough Council
  • Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames
  • Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead
  • Runnymede Borough Council
  • Slough Borough Council
  • Wokingham Borough Council
  • Wycombe District Council

For more information

Stephanie Wilmot
020 7978 6840

Interested in sponsoring?

Paul Gussar
07795 085 588


£199 + vat public sector*
£349 + vat private

* Limited number of free places available, to enquire contact jake@3foxinternational.com

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