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Lecture | The Asset Management Conference 2017

21 November 2017 | Park Plaza Riverbank, London



Annual Lecture


Sir John Armitt is Chairman of the National Express Group, the City & Guilds Group, Deputy Chairman of the Berkeley Group and Deputy Chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission. Sir John is also on the Board of Expo 2020.

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Capital investment makes great headlines, and the long term benefits of that investment rely on its management and maintenance. During the Lecture, Sir John will focus on his own experience of the importance of the tasks of Government, the regulators, and asset owners in ensuring resilience and the avoidance of negative headlines during asset life cycles.


In September 2013 Sir John published an independent review on long term infrastructure planning in the UK. The recommendations in the Armitt Review received widespread support and in large part have now been adopted by the current government, resulting in the National Infrastructure Commission.

After leaving John Laing plc in 1993, where Sir John had been Chairman of Laing’s International and Civil Engineering divisions, he became Chief Executive of Union Railways. In 1997 he became Chief Executive of Costain, a position he held until 2001. Sir John was Chief Executive of Railtrack plc from 2001-2002, Chief Executive of Network Rail from 2002-2007, Chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority from 2007-2014, Chairman of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council from 2007-2012, and a member of the Airports Commission from 2012-2015, and a member of the Board of Transport for London from 2012-2016.

Sir John was President of the Institution of Civil Engineers from 2015-2016, he is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Civil Engineers and City and Guilds of London Institute and has received honorary doctorates from the universities of Birmingham, Imperial College London, Portsmouth, Reading and Warwick.

Sir John was awarded the CBE in 1996 for his contribution to the rail industry and received a knighthood in 2012 for services to engineering and construction.

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The IAM Annual Lecture 2017




Details and registration

The Lecture took place from 6-7pm on 21 November 2017 at Park Plaza Riverbank, London.

17:40 Lecture room opens with teas and coffees available.

18:00 Doors close to allow for prompt Lecture start time. Please ensure you arrive before the 18:00 start time to guarantee entry in to the Lecture room.

19:00 End of Lecture 

19:00 - 19:45 Drinks reception

The prestigious IAM Annual Lecture, together with the Annual Dinner and Awards comprise our annual celebration events with a great atmosphere and impressive turnout. The Dinner takes place following the Lecture.

The Lecture is free to attend. You will however still need to book your place to come along on the evening.


The IAM Annual Lecture is now fully booked.

If you wish to be considered for a reserve list in the case of any cancellations, please contact


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