conference calendar

Welcome to Waterfront Conference Company’s calendar of forthcoming events. Please follow the links for further information.

April 2014

Powerful Presentations

30th April 2014
Fleet House, London

In this highly interactive workshop, learn how to deliver powerful presentations that will engage, inform and influence any audience. Led by Judy Aslett, a former TV reporter and presenter with ITN, Sky News, Channel Four, CNN and Channel Five, this workshop provides comprehensive guidance on how to structure and deliver a presentation that gets the right message across, and achieves the desired outcome from the audience.

May 2014

Media Interview Training

7th May 2014
Fleet House, London

The secret to success in a media encounter is to ensure that you, as interviewee, keep control.  It's easy to be daunted by the confidence and apparent technical expertise of a reporter, but with preparation and training, you can learn how to get your message across at the crucial moment.

Connecting Projects to the Grid 2014

8th May 2014
Eversheds LLP, London

At this detailed master class, all parties involved in the process will come together to explore every aspects of the grid connection process and examine key planning considerations when dealing with these projects and connecting infrastructure.

The event will provide a step-by-step guide to the process and protocols surrounding access to the grid, as the National Grid provide guidance on the grid application process and how to secure a connection agreement, and energy industry leaders share their experiences and lessons on successful connection schemes.

Delegates can expect to receive practical guidance on the requirements and processes which must be completed to secure grid access.  Discover the timescales and agreements which are needed to successfully integrate a new project, hear advice on how to connect complex schemes, including how to deliver associated development, and discuss how infrastructure can be delivered in sensitive environments.

Strategic Planning to Deliver Growth

21st May 2014
Bircham Dyson Bell, London

This conference examines how we can plan for growth and explores practical approaches to the issues which are frequently causing problems for local plans at the examination stage. Attend to discuss solutions to these problems and learn from others experiences as local authorities, developers and planning professional come together to discuss how to meet housing need through planning, the impact of policy changes and what is next for strategic planning?

The Perfect Teacher (Wales)

22nd May 2014

This unique one-day workshop will show you the steps you need to take to become a highly effective teacher, and revive your passion for teaching. Packed with practical strategies, examples and resources to take back to school, this workshop shows you how to be the best teacher you can be, and still have time for a life. If you are leading on teaching and learning, this course will help you support your teachers to achieve consistency and confidence in the classroom.

June 2014

The 22nd Annual Rail Freight Group Conference

4th June 2014
Dentons, London

Celebrating its 22nd anniversary, the annual Rail Freight Group conference is unrivalled in the scope and depth of its presentations and seniority of its speakers and delegates. This year's event takes place on the 4th June, and welcomes the Minister, Stephen Hammond, to give the opening address.

The Perfect Teacher

17th June 2014
Greencoat Place, London

Every teacher has their own style, method and delivery to achieve great progress for their learners.

Teachers have never had so much accountability and pressure to achieve outcomes as they do today – from curriculum changes to planning outstanding lessons, from demonstrating progress to Ofsted to closing the gap in performance for all pupils and teachers - it can become overwhelming.

This unique one-day workshop will show you the steps you need to take to become an outstanding teacher, and revive your passion for teaching. Packed with practical strategies, examples and resources to take back to school, this workshop shows you how to be the best teacher you can be, and still have time for a life. If you are leading on teaching and learning, this course will help you support your teachers to achieve consistency and confidence in the classroom.

6th Annual UK Ports Conference

25th June 2014
Eversheds LLP, London

This June, the UK ports industry will gather to discuss the many challenges facing port owners and operators.  This will provide an excellent opportunity for updates on the policy and initiatives proposed by the European Commission and UK Government from expert speakers and industry leaders.

Attend to explore how the market is valuing port assets both in the UK and globally and what shifts in market supply chains are occurring, review the global shipping forecasts and the impacts of these for UK, and look at port development, including examining the planning framework and investing in ports for the future.

July 2014

Coaching to Improve Performance Management

1st July 2014
Greencoat Place, London

Are some teachers hard to help? Do you want consistent quality lessons for all students in school?

What do you do with defensive teachers who are stuck on average learning and teaching?

The only way to achieve consistently outstanding teaching on a whole-school level is to ensure teachers make their own journey towards outstanding. In this highly practical workshop run by Jackie Beere OBE, learn how to implement a powerful coaching model that will deliver long lasting teacher improvement.

Public Consultation and Stakeholder Engagement for Major Infrastrucure Projects

3rd July 2014
Pinsent Masons, London

At this event project promoters, consultation professionals and local authorities will gather to share their case studies and knowledge gained through the public consultation process. Hear innovative new techniques to apply to your own projects and pick up advice that will help enable you to become more effective in your communications with the public and stakeholders.

Gaining Planning Consent for Business and Commercial Developments

10th July 2014
Bircham Dyson Bell, London

With the extension of the Planning Act 2008 last year, some nationally significant business and commercial developments can now apply for planning consent using this regime. For the larger and most complex projects, this offers an alternative way to apply for projects that require multiple consents.

Considering key factors such as timescales and costs, join project developers, local authorities and planning consultants as they attend to compare the advantages and disadvantages of both systems and to fully understand the process and which option would be preferable for your project.

October 2014

Planning for Major Infrastructure and Renewable Energy Projects in Wales 2014

15th October 2014
Eversheds LLP, Cardiff

This must-attend conference on major infrastructure planning and renewable energy in Wales will bring together developers, planning consultants and local authorities from across Wales to debate the latest issues facing major infrastructure and renewable energy planning in Wales.

Attendees will have the chance to examine the current system for renewable energy and major infrastructure planning in Wales, hearing case studies from a range of successful projects that will provide them with practical guidance and advice on how to create successful applications.

Please note that where applicable, confirmed registrations include:

  • Refreshments including lunch
  • Powerpoint slides within a week of the conference (Powerpoint slides are not produced for seminars)

Terms and Conditions:

Terms of Payment: Payment is required before attending the conference. A late payment invoice of £50 will be issued to any delegate whose invoice remains outstanding by the conference date. VAT receipts will be sent by post for all bookings.

Cancellations and substitutions: If for any reason you are unable to attend, cancellations will need to be received in writing prior to the booked event and in line with the cancellation dates given at the time of booking. Substitutions can be made at any time at no extra cost.

Speaker Cancellations: Although every effort is made to ensure our speakers appear as advertised; we are unable to guarantee any speaker’s attendance as unforeseen circumstances can arise which can prevent a speaker from being able to attend. In the event of a speaker being unable to attend we will make every effort to find a suitable replacement of the same calibre and level of expertise. To avoid disappointment, please visit our website regularly to keep up to date with the latest programme for each conference. Your understanding in this matter is appreciated.

Data Protection Act: The data you provide will be held on a database in accordance with the Data Protection Act (1998). Occasionally your details may be passed to sponsors and or endorsers who have supported Waterfront events at which you attended, and who wish to contact you for related purposes. If you do not wish your information to be passed on, please write to

Keep up to date

Waterfront produces approximately 40 events each year, covering the latest issues and legislative changes in education, rail, ports and planning. When attending one of our events, you can be assured that the topics are current, well researched and feature high quality speakers.

If you would like to be kept up to date on the latest conferences in your area of specialisation, register with us.

Conference Papers

Waterfront Conference Company currently provide speakers papers which include all the speakers slides for each event. If you are unable to attend papers are available for purchase.


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