Top speaker line-up for CEA conference

Nick Boles
Nick Boles
Nick Boles, the Minister of State for Skills & Construction will be the keynote speaker at the CEA (Construction Equipment Association) annual conference in November.
The CEA is holding the event on Wednesday 18th November at the home of the Institute of Civil Engineers in London.  This year’s conference will concentrate on the factors that will make the UK construction equipment sector even more successful – investment in infrastructure, commitment to skills and the adoption of innovative technology – with insights into market prospects and top level networking.
Broadcaster and journalist Nick Higham returns as MC having successfully piloted several conferences for both the CEA (Construction Equipment Association and CECE (Committee for European Construction Equipment).
Keynote speaker is Nick Boles, who was appointed as Minister of State jointly for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department for Education in July last year. 
The Minister’s responsibilities include employer ownership of skills, pre-employment and basic skills, and vocational qualifications. Apprenticeships and traineeships are also part of his remit which ties in with one of the key themes of the conference.
Heading up the ‘Markets’ section of the conference is David Phillips, managing director at Off-Highway Research who will be talking about the global construction equipment market. 
Professor Sir Mike Gregory from the University of Cambridge engineering department and the institute for manufacturing will be addressing delegates a part of the ‘Skills’ part of the agenda. As will Nigel Baseley, president of the CEA & sales director – EAME Industrial Power Systems Division, Perkins Engines.
Bill Quigley, head of excavated & bulk materials HS2 infrastructure directorate, will update delegates on the HS2 project.
Other key subjects covered at the conference are ‘Fuels of the Future’, the ‘driverless machine, and the ‘Thames Tunnel Update’.
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