Vicky Pryce to give inside track on UK’s economics at ACE National Conference

Vicky Pryce

Leading economist Vicky Pryce is to headline at the ACE National Conference and set the scene for the major issues facing infrastructure and business ahead of and after the General Election.

As chief economic adviser at the Centre for Economics and Business Research, former joint head of the UK’s Government Economic Service and director general of economics at the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, she will be well placed to judge and explain the value of investment in infrastructure.

Pryce will be sharing the podium with Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander who will deliver the keynote address.

Having spent the last five years at the heart of decision making in the Coalition, Alexander has first-hand experience of the way the industry can influence the cross party political debate surrounding infrastructure investment. His views on how infrastructure policy can develop in the UK will be highly valued. Infrastructure Commission, Infrastructure Department, Infrastructure Investment Strategy – what’s his bet?

All ACE member companies have two free tickets to the event so make sure you don’t miss out on key insights from these two leading speakers.

Other confirmed speakers include Darryl Murphy, partner at KPMG Corporate Finance and Richard Abel, managing director at Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets.

Book your place at the ACE National Conference now - Wednesday 4 March. Every ACE member firm has two free places reserved to be claimed.

 The National Conference is themed around ‘Engineering Growth’ and takes place on Wednesday 4 March at the Westminster Conference Centre in Victoria Street, Westminster, London.

The one day event, now in its eight year, will bring together the industry to discuss and debate a range of issues including:

•   the political risk involved with the delivery of large-scale infrastructure projects. Leading industry experts will be on hand to discuss how best to combat the threat of simmering tensions as project kick off.

•   the funding mechanisms that can make or break a project. The debate continues to rage over ho best to fund infrastructure and financial experts will be on hand to set out the options.

•   the role that SMEs can play on large infrastructure projects. While it appears SMEs are often unable to access work on large-scale projects, for the UK to achieve its objectives in the near future and beyond, this perception must change.

•   the challenge of regional delivery. With the Scottish Referendum now firmly in the rear view mirror, devolution and decentralisation of power to areas across the UK means more delivery of infrastructure on a core city-region basis. Panellists will discuss the merits of increased engagements between core cities and how the consultancy sector can take advantage of devolution.

•   how can the engineering sector continue to demonstrate the economic benefits of infrastructure development. With the UK economy on an upward trajectory, continued investment in infrastructure remains critical to growth. This panel will debate the challenge.


For further information and to register to attend the ACE National Conference, visit or click here to book your place.

Every ACE member firm can claim two free places at the conference.