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Are you looking to enhance your understanding of the current outlook for Public Private Partnerships in Northern Ireland? SMi is delighted to present our 2nd annual 'PPP in Northern Ireland' conference. Following on from the success of last years inaugural event this two day conference will deliver an extensive update and analysis of the market for Public Private Partnerships in Northern Ireland. The market is currently undergoing rapid growth and developments with many new projects in 2008 & 2009. Find out how your business can benefit from getting involved by hearing first hand experience of those directly involved in Northern Irish projects.


Benefits of attending:
  • Hear cross sector updates from PPP projects in progress
  • Learn about the latest contractual issues affecting the market
  • Update yourself on recent funding issues affecting the market
  • Discover the latest road and transport developments from Europe
  • Review recent case studies of landmark Northern Irish PPP projects

Key topics to be discussed include:
  • The evolving role of the housing association
  • The Belfast Schools Project
  • C2K
  • North Down Borough Council Waste Management Project
  • Future investment strategy for Northern Ireland
  • Funding issues for Northern Ireland
  • Standardisation of PPP contracts

Key speakers include:
  • David Cargo, Chief Executive, Belfast Education and Library Board
  • Sue Holmes, Specialist Commercial Advisor, Water Service
  • Jack Ringland, Contracts Manager, C2K
  • Brandon McMaster, Director, Northern Ireland Audit Office
  • Michael Whitley, Lead Consultant, North Down Borough Council
  • Patrick McGovern, Partner, Arthur Cox Solicitors
  • Martin Bowens, Assistant Director, Ernst & Young
  • Dave Batty, Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Mark Spence, Director, Project Finance and Consulting, Mazars
  • David Stark, Managing Director, Keppie Design
  • Darryl Murphy, Managing Director, Project and Export Finance, HSBC

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

John Keogan

John Keogan, Principal, Keogan Architects

9:10 CASE STUDY: NORTH DOWN BOROUGH COUNCIL

Michael  Whitley

Michael Whitley, Senior Architectural Partner, Michael Whitley Architects commissioned by 'North Down Borough Council’

  • Rationale for the project
  • Outline of the project facilities including energy from waste
  • Adapting and stretching best practice in design
  • Building in flexibility (not a PPP or a PFI at present but could be in the future)
  • 9:50 DELIVERING NORTHERN IRELANDS INVESTMENT STRATEGY

    Brandon McMaster

    Brandon McMaster, Director, NI Audit Office

  • Improving departmental planning
  • Building capacity
  • Achieving value for money
  • Building effective partnerships
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 FUNDING NI's INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT

    Mark Spence

    Mark Spence, Director, Mazars

  • Funding strategies in Competitive Dialogue
  • Funding the NI investment strategy through asset management and disposal
  • Understanding risk in financial models
  • Investment opportunities throughout Ireland
  • 11:40 LEGAL DIMENSIONS

    Patrick McGovern

    Patrick McGovern, Partner, Arthur Cox Solicitors

  • The new directives and regulations
  • Telaustria and providing for it
  • Other key legal dimensions
  • Case study - guiding project
  • Precautions
  • Lessons
  • Mitigating risks
  • Recent court cases in Northern Ireland
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 DESIGN AND PROCUREMENT ISSUES ON PFI

    David Stark

    David Stark, Managing Director, Keppie Design

  • Investment for whole facilities, whole life and robust design solutions
  • A timescale for design and procurement
  • The changes brought about by competitive dialogue
  • How presecriptive should public sector clients be?
  • Inputs, outputs and future options
  • 14:30 POST AWARD PFI - SUCCESSFUL DELIVERY

    Sue Holmes

    Sue Holmes, Specialist Commercial Advisor, Water Service

  • Essential criteria - make a good start
  • Implementation - get what you paid for
  • Construction to operation - mind the gap
  • Efficiency - the long game
  • 15:10 COMPARISON OF THE HEALTH MARKET IN NORTHERN IRELAND COMPARED TO THE REST OF THE UK

    Martin Bowens

    Martin Bowens, Director, Ernst & Young

  • Primary, community and acute healthcare project delivery
  • Cross sector delivery vehicles
  • Competitive dialogue in practice
  • Infrastructure development in an integrated healthcare economy
  • 15:50 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    16:10 Networking Drinks Reception hosted by Keppie Design

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Michael Rafferty

    Michael Rafferty, Director of Finance, Oaklee Housing Association

    9:10 C2K

    Jack Ringland

    Jack Ringland, Contracts Manager, C2K

  • Background and context
  • Services currently provided
  • Contract status
  • Building on the investment
  • 9:50 CASE STUDY - THE BELFAST SCHOOLS PROJECT

    David Cargo

    David Cargo, Chief Executive, Belfast Education and Library Board

  • The learning environment - a strategic approach to modernisation of the Belfast estate
  • The procurement approach - the complexities and pitfalls of finding a partner
  • Developing the partnership - the possibilities of a public private partnership
  • Lessons for future of PPP
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 THE EVOLVING ROLE OF THE HOUSING ASSOCIATION

    Michael Rafferty

    Michael Rafferty, Director of Finance, Oaklee Housing Association

  • Choice...offering housing for rent and sale...affordably
  • Funding...bringing in more private funding to meet NI housing targets generally
  • Communities...consult and collaborate...longer term involvement in PPP/PFI Projects
  • Partnership...between housing associations and with developers
  • Procurement...efficiency in cost and timescales for developers
  • 11:40 FUNDING ISSUES

    Darryl  Murphy

    Darryl Murphy, Managing Director, HSBC

  • Update on funding approaches
  • The investor profile
  • Management of risk
  • Establishment of competitive dialogue
  • Public Sector Funding Competition
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 STRATEGIC PARTNERING PPPS

    Dave Batty

    Dave Batty, Director, Pricewaterhousecoopers

  • PPP strategic models
  • Partnering in Northern Ireland
  • What makes a good strategic partner?
  • 14:30 PANEL DISCUSSION : The future of PPP in Northern Ireland

    Michael Rafferty

    Michael Rafferty, Director of Finance, Oaklee Housing Association

    Brandon McMaster

    Brandon McMaster, Director, NI Audit Office

    Roger  Alexander

    Roger Alexander, Partner/Head of European Project Finance Team, Mazars

    15:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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    Making PPP work for healthcare

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    15th October 2008
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    United Kingdom

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