Since IPFA’s establishment in 1998 the UK has been one of the IPFA’s core hubs for operations. Up to 30 events take place in the UK every year, all with large attendances that are representative of the industry. A range of sectors and topics are discussed in both large forums and smaller working groups. The majority of meetings are held in London, Edinburgh and Belfast and will include an increased pipeline for Northern England. Webinars will also be delivered, which are available to all members and range from market updates, training sessions and other topics responding to market developments e.g. Brexit and the Autumn Statement.
The UK Branch also features a dedicated pipeline of Future Leaders Network (FLN) sessions, specifically created for the junior members of IPFA to provide them with an opportunity to network and leverage experience from key industry leaders. Further information on this initiative can be found on the FLN page.
Chris Holmes (Chair)
Green Investment Bank
Chris heads up the Waste & Bioenergy team at the UK Green Investment Bank plc, a UK Government sponsored institution created in October 2012, and with capital allocation of £3.8 billion. The bank’s mission is to accelerate the transition of the UK to a ‘greener’ economy with initial investment focus being in Offshore Wind, Waste and Energy Efficiency.
Prior to this position Chris was Head of Capital Markets in the Infrastructure and Renewables team at NIBC Bank, also with responsibility for UK debt origination and advisory within these sectors. Chris was with NIBC for over 12 years working on, amongst others, a number of waste and bioenergy transactions. His last role centred on bringing capital market solutions to the NIBC European I&R franchise to facilitate long term lending products and co-investments in the wide origination activities of the Bank. He was involved in the successful structuring and placing an innovative credit enhanced debt product to institutional investors on a European PPP transaction and closing a £620m Infrastructure CLO with an institutional investor. Prior to NIBC he was with Grant Thornton in their Project Finance team and before that, ABROS (now part of Navigant Consulting). At these two firms he specialised in financial advisory mainly to public sector authorities on a wide range of infrastructure PFI/PPP projects.
Head of Structured Finance Practice
David is practice head of Marsh’s Structured Finance Practice. David’s role is to provide insurance related advice to the senior lenders to structured financed transactions world wide. His experience includes projects in the space, aviation, marine, energy (onshore and offshore), petrochemical, power, metals & mining and PPP & other infrastructure, sectors. David entered the insurance business in 1976 and joined Marsh in 1989. Prior to Joining Marsh, David’s principal activity was the servicing of major commercial clients in all classes of insurance together with broking and claims handling.
Paul joined PwC in 1983 and is Senior Partner of the Edinburgh Office. He is a law graduate from Edinburgh University and a Chartered Accountant. Paul has more than 15 years experience of financing major projects, particularly in infrastructure. He has advised Government and Corporates on some of the largest and most complex projects in the UK market, ranging from PPPs and PFIs such as Allenby Connaught, the UK Military Flying Training Service and the largest grouped schools projects undertaken. He has also led other privately financed transactions such as the creation of Glasgow Housing Association, the UK’s largest housing stock transfer, and advised Government on strategic issues such as the financing and procurement model for the Replacement Forth Crossing and the strategy for the creation of the Scottish Futures Trust. He has worked with a range of Government clients, particularly in Local Government, Scottish Government and the Ministry of Defence and with many of the companies operating in the UK Infrastructure and Defence markets. He has advised across the health, waste, defence, schools, housing and transport sectors. He currently leads PwC’s Regional Infrastructure & Government Business and is also an adviser to both developers and Government on renewable projects and is a member of an advisory group supporting the Scottish Energy Minister on the development of the renewables industry in Scotland. He also supports the development of thinking on the economic impact of infrastructure through leading PwC’s relationship with the Fraser of Allander Institute and other economic think tanks. Paul is married with 3 daughters.
Andrew has worked in the infrastructure project finance industry for almost 20 years. He has advised government, industrial sponsors and providers of finance in a range of sectors, including transport, utilities, social infrastructure and defence. Andrew led the team on the financing of the London Underground PPP, worked for the UK government on the drafting of the first standard form contract for UK healthcare PFI, has advised a number of government bodies on matters of PF policy and has worked for the private sector on numerous transactions, most recently advising on the UK off-shore transmission regime, a major defence procurement and the second phase of the Nottingham Tram PFI. Andrew is co-chair of the PPP Forum HM Treasury Committee; a co-Author of a Practical Guide to PPP in the UK and a frequent speaker on project finance and infrastructure policy.
Clifford Chance LLP
Clare is a Partner at Clifford Chance LLP, focussed on infrastructure financing transactions for both greenfield and brownfield assets. Clare has advised on a wide range of transactions including project bonds, private placements, multi-source financings including secured corporate debt transactions (whole business securitisations), and restructurings. She acts for a broad range of market participants, including banks, institutional investors, multi-laterals, sponsors and corporates. Clare has particular experience advising on transactions supported by the EIB’s Project Bond Credit Enhancement product. Clare has also advised on the issuance of green bonds, both in terms of corporate issuance, and renewables project and portfolio bond financings.
Infrastructure and Projects Authority
Head of Financial Advisory, Finance Team
Philippa joined Infrastructure UK within HM Treasury in February 2013. On the 1st January 2016, IUK merged with the Major Projects Authority to form the Infrastructure and Projects Authority which reports jointly to HM Treasury and Cabinet Office. Amongst other things, Philippa is currently working on the Digital Infrastructure Investment Fund, and previously worked on the Thames Tideway Tunnel project.
Prior to joining the government, Philippa was a Partner in the Infrastructure Advisory business at Ernst & Young LLP (EY) and before that spent 13 years in the corporate and project financing areas of Morgan Stanley, Morgan Grenfell and Deutsche Bank.
Philippa studied Engineering and Economics at Trinity College, Cambridge. Philippa loves travelling and is a keen linguist. She is married to an economic historian and has two daughters, aged 12 and 14.
Andrew Freeman is a Managing Director at DIF where he heads PPP origination for the UK and Ireland, and is Head of asset and fund exits. Andrew ‘s primary focus is on leading the origination of primary and secondary assets across the DIF network. Andrew recently led the successful bid for the Thames Tideway Tunnel project in the UK and was a board director for the first year of construction. In addition to his origination role he is responsible for the coordination of fund and asset sales and he successfully led the sale of DIF PPP in 2014. Andrew is currently leading the disposal of the DIF Infrastructure II portfolio (50 assets). Prior to DIF, Andrew held a senior position within the Infrastructure Finance team at PwC where he focused on leading infrastructure fund related transactions, which included the initial launch and set up of many of the leading UK infrastructure funds. Andrew is a qualified as a Chartered Accountant.
Head of Infrastructure & Project Finance - Debt Finance
Christine joined Barclays in 2005. She heads up the Infrastructure & Project Finance team at Barclays. The team provides senior debt financing to infrastructure and energy projects in the UK and Ireland. Christine has 25 years’ project finance experience, having previously worked at Crédit Lyonnais and Dexia. She has been involved in a wide range of transactions across PFI/PPPs, offshore transmission, renewables, power, oil&gas and telecoms.
Strategic Investment Board
Managing Director - Primary Investment Europe
Ross is Managing Director, Primary Investment Europe at John Laing Group plc. John Laing is a specialist investor in, and manager of, infrastructure assets internationally. Ross has been involved in infrastructure projects throughout his career and as a sponsor and equity investor for over 10 years, working across both PPP and renewable energy sectors.
Darryl was previously a Partner at KPMG with the Corporate Finance Infrastructure team. Darryl has 20 years of experience in infrastructure financing having worked at Hambros, SG, CIT, RBC and HSBC. Previously, Darryl was European Head of Project Finance for HSBC in London with responsibility for a team working in EMEA on advisory and arranging mandates. Darryl is currently leading the KPMG role advising the UK Dept of Energy on the Electricity Market Reform and the negotiation of the Hinkley Point C new nuclear plant. During his career, he has provided advice and financing to public and private sector clients on the delivery of infrastructure projects worldwide. He has specific experience in Public Private Partnerships.
Scottish Futures Trust
Barry White is the Chief Executive of Scottish Futures Trust and leads the executive team of SFT in delivering its central remit of improving value for money in infrastructure investment in Scotland. Barry and his team manage the £2.5 billion project financed pipeline of work in Scotland using the NPD model. Previously the Managing Director of BAM PPP UK, the UK arm of a major European infrastructure investor and developer, Barry worked earlier as a Director at Skanska Infrastructure Development. Previous roles were at Partnerships UK and Morrison Construction, which he joined after serving in the Army. Barry has wide experience of projects across a range of sectors, particularly in roads, health, education and justice.
Events in the region
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