MARCH 2017
From your ADEPT President

As I write this today the headlines are dominated by our exit from the European Union. Today Article 50 has finally been triggered. We have some interesting times ahead and we need to make sure we use our influence over the next couple of years to ensure we get the right social, economic and environmental outcomes in a post-Brexit world.
It’s been another busy month. I met with the Hemming Group – I am speaking at Traffex 2017 on 4th April, and was interviewed for a podcast (see here) about the Government’s draft Industrial Strategy. I also met with DCLG’s Regeneration Team – look out for an announcement about ‘Trailblazer Towns’ soon. 
The monthly Leadership Team telecom discussed the draft ADEPT response to the consultation on the Government’s Green Paper Growing our Industrial Strategy. This is shaping up well; it will go round the Leadership Team one more time before being finalised. If you’d like to see it, please contact David Dale ( We will discuss our response to the White Paper Fixing the Broken Housing Market at the April meeting. In the meantime, the ADEPT / CEDOS / LGA Housing White Paper workshop takes place in London Friday 31st March – if you’d like to attend, email Jasmin Barnicoat (
Finally – many thanks to our departing finance officer, Sarah Broadley, and welcome to June Meadows, who starts 1st April. We also say a sad farewell to our policy officer, Laura Newcombe, whom many of you will know. Hannah Bartram is the process of recruiting a permanent administrator; and is also keen to recruit some policy support. More on this soon.

Rupert Clubb
ADEPT President

Parliamentary Roundup

To read the Parliamentary update please click here.
Click here for the Parliamentary monitoring.
Click here for the Consultation tracker.
Membership Renewals

Membership renewal letters and invoices have now been emailed to LA Directors/LEP Chief Executives/Special Honorary Members and National Associations. If you have not received your invoice please let the ADEPT Secretariat know by emailing

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support of the Association of Directors for Environment, Economy, Planning & Transport (ADEPT) and we look forward to continuing to work with you.
Board updates

This month the following Boards and Groups met:
Nominations for 2nd VP 

Please click here to see who was nominated for 2nd Vice President and how to either support this nomination, or submit other candidate nominations by Friday 21 April via
Welcome to June Meadows

ADEPT is delighted to welcome June Meadows as its new finance officer. June is also Finance Officer for the LEP Network, and is currently working as a freelance Finance Advisor for Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership carrying out statutory closure requirements for the organisation which ceased operating in September 2016. June will use the following email address:
President's Meeting & AGM, 14th & 15th June 2017
Radisson Blu Hotel, Heathrow Airport

This is an important event in the ADEPT calendar as it allows members to actively engage in shaping the policy direction of the Association. Please click here for more information.
Digital Innovation

How do we future-proof our road networks? This is the question a new research project aims to find out.

Led by ADEPT in collaboration with EY, Ringway and O2, the new project gets into gear this month.

To find out more click here.

Save the date! ADEPT Conference- 23/24 November 2017

The ADEPT Conference will take place on the 23rd and 24th November this year at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Manchester. Please make sure you save the date in your diary. 
Highways England-The Road to Growth

Highways England has published its strategic economic growth plan - ‘The Road to Growth - a strategic plan for maximising the economic impact of the strategic road network – the country’s motorways and A roads. 

To read more click here.
Last day with ADEPT

Today is Laura Newcombe's last day as Policy Officer for ADEPT as her two year secondment comes to an end.

From Laura 'I have really enjoyed being part of ADEPT and watching it grow during the last couple of years and have had the opportunity to meet and work with some great people. I will miss it and would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped me during my time with ADEPT and I wish the Association all the best for the future.'
Traffex 2017 Director Briefings
4th & 6th April

To find out more and to reserve your FREE place please click here.

Road Safety Trust- Grant Programme

The Road Safety Trust has opened its latest grant programme. Applications are welcome for the development of practical measures to enhance Road Safety through Education, Training or Enforcement or for research. To find out more click here.


  • We have had another three corporate partners join ADEPT. Welcome to Amey, Gigaclear and the Highways Electrical Association. We look forward to working with you.
Upcoming ADEPT meetings
  • ADEPT/CEDOS/LGA Housing White Paper Workshop- 31 March
  • East Midlands Board meeting- 10 April
  • National Rights of Way Managers Group meeting- 19 April
  • Leadership Team meeting- 20 April
  • Flood and Water Management Group meeting- 21 April
  • Environment Board meeting- 27 April
The ADEPT website has an Events Calendar – this lists all forthcoming Board and Working Group meetings. To get an event listed, please contact
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