After a warm welcome from our President, Dana Skelly OBE from TfL spoke to us about women in the industry and chaired the morning session. It began with the Keynote speech from Christopher Chope OBE, MP for Christchurch and Chairman of the All Parliamentary Group on Highway Maintenance, who spoke to us about his 31 years as MP and his views on the EU Referendum.
We then moved onto our Morning speakers. Tony Stock, University of Derby gave us an education in the history of asphalt, maintaining that it originated from the need for light. Jeff Farrington provided an insight into asphalt throughout his career and Peter Hansford, who was the Government’s Chief Construction Advisor, spoke to us about Construction 2025 and how innovation will play a key role in the future.