Cardiff Convention 2016 at the Wales Millennium Centre

Now in it’s third year, Cardiff Convention 2016 was hosted at the iconic Wales Millennium Centre and attracted a number of high profile international speakers. The conference focussed on the Welsh capital’s vision of becoming one of Europe’s most liveable cities and presented an invited audience with a range of topics for discussion including the role of education and skills, transport, technology, built environment, the health and well being of the city and Cardiff’s competitive position as a sustainable European city.

Cardiff Convention 2016 Documents

Cardiff Convention 2016 programme (Adobe PDF)

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The Volvo Ocean Race Trophy

The Volvo Ocean Race will make an exciting stopover in Cardiff Bay in 2018. The Trophy made a special appearance at Cardiff Convention 2016.

Speaker Bios


Cllr Phil Bale
Leader of the City of Cardiff Council, capital city of Wales and one of the largest fastest growing UK cities.

After graduating from Aberystwyth University with a degree in International Politics, Phil spent the early part of his working life in the financial services sector. He later went on to study for a Masters degree in Corporate Governance at the University of London, before working in the office of an Assembly Member.

In May 2012, he was elected to serve on the City of Cardiff Council, representing the neighbourhoods of Llanishen and Thornhill where he grew up. In March 2014, he became the Leader of the City Council and his administration launched a new city vision for Cardiff to become Europe’s most liveable capital city, building on the city’s already great reputation as a high quality-of-life city.
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Professor Hywel Thomas
Pro Vice Chancellor, Research, Innovation and Engagement, Cardiff University

In this role he is responsible for the University’s research activities and its engagement with innovation, including commercialisation and the broader economic impact of the University.

Professor Thomas is also a Professor of Civil Engineering, Director of the Geoenvironmental Research Centre (GRC) and a UNESCO Professor in the Development of a Sustainable Geoenvironment.
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Sir Alasdair Macdonald
Government Advisor on Education

Alasdair was Headteacher of Morpeth School in Tower Hamlets for 21 years up to August 2013. During that period, attainment at the school rose significantly and OFSTED inspections in both 2007 and 2013 rated Morpeth as Outstanding. The school was featured as one of the 12 schools in the OFSTED publication “Achieving against the odds” as well as being the London Evening Standard’s first ever “Most Improved School”.
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Roel Spee
Global Leader, IBM Plant Location International

Roel Spee is global leader of Plant Location International (IBM-PLI) which is the global center of excellence in IBM Global Business Services for corporate location strategies and economic development services. Roel has close to 30 years of experience as location strategy and economic development consultant.
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Graham Marshall
Built +Living Environment Expert

Graham studied landscape architecture and urban design in London during the 1980’s with an aspiration to spend a lifetime changing and improving places.  As design team leader on Garden Festival Wales, and living in Blaina, he was struck by the mismatch between national regeneration policy and community need.  Through the 1990’s, he focused on the emerging urban design agenda in London, working with leading practices on cutting edge projects and national policy development, with particular emphasis on movement, public realm and community engagement.
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Isabel Dedring
Global Transport Leader, Arup

Isabel Dedring leads Arup’s global transport business. Having spent many years working at the heart of London government, she played a central role in demonstrating the power of well-designed public transport and sustainability programmes to drive economic development, community regeneration and improvements to local residents’ health and wellbeing. Isabel’s work at Arup includes advising clients on the development of robust financing mechanisms for transport infrastructure schemes and on using transport initiatives to support wider urban and regional development goals. Prior to joining Arup this year, Isabel was London’s deputy mayor for transport and, earlier in her career, spent six years as a leader at Transport for London.

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Miles Quitmann
Chief Business Development Officer Volvo Ocean Race

Miles Quitmann is an adventurer and entrepreneur. He joined Volvo Ocean Race earlier this year as Chief Business Development Officer. Miles has started, grown and sold various technology companies, whilst peppering his life with adventures outside the world of business. In the late 1990s he completed a record-breaking three-year double and single-handed 30,000 mile sailing and climbing adventure from the UK to Antarctica and back. For 11 years he was a Trustee of the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust, which was pivotal in helping to save and restore both Captain Scott and Ernest Shackleton’s huts in Antarctica.

Gail Bodley-Scott
The City of Cardiff Council

Gail Bodley-Scott is a land use and transport planner who joined the Transport Policy Team at City of Cardiff Council in 2008.  She has been responsible for the cycling programme since 2014. Gail is currently working on the development of a new Cycle Strategy and Cycle Network Plan for Cardiff, in addition to the delivery of cycle infrastructure schemes and meeting the duties under the Active Travel Act.

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Newsha Ghaeli
Research Fellow and Project Lead, Senseable City Laboratory, Massachusetts (MIT)

Newsha Ghaeli is exploring the future of cities through the transformative power of technology. She is a Research Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Project Lead at the Senseable City Laboratory where she promotes data-driven design and investigates the creative application of sensors in urban systems to build responsive, resilient, and efficient cities.
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Alison Dutoit
Senior Consultant and Architect/ Urban Designer, Gehl Architects

Allison Dutoit is an Architect and Urban Designer who has held various roles with Gehl Architects in Copenhagen, with responsibility for the delivery of complex teams and remits, from inception to implementation. Whether working with Masterplanning Frameworks, and public space networks or the design of a public space, her focus is on our everyday interactions and the ability of small invitations to foster new relationships, cultures, and qualities.
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Gareth Harcombe
Energy and Sustainability, The City of Cardiff Council

Gareth manages the Council’s Energy and Sustainability Team and has responsibility for delivering a range of renewable energy projects, energy efficiency and retrofit activity, and wider sustainable development work. As part of this work he’s developed a growing portfolio of research and innovation projects  in collaboration with academic, government and commercial partners.
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Carla Nebreda
Client Services Manager, Volvo Ocean Race

She looks after the relationships with the event’s commercial stakeholders including sponsors, partners, suppliers and participating teams.

Having spent the first few years of her career at a leading sports marketing agency in Madrid, she first joined the Volvo Ocean Race family in 2011, working for one of the race teams, before joining the Race Organisation in 2012 as Brand and Marketing Manager. During this role she played a key part in the delivery of a world-class, content-filled interactive Race Village at the 11 host stopovers around the world.

She has recently returned to the Race in her new role after a year in Switzerland working for an International Sport Federation, during which she was part of the event team for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Take a look back at the highlights of the Cardiff Convention 2015

Cardiff Convention 2015 Pictures