Parkex Hub - Seminar Sessions

The British Parking Association’s Parkex Hub will once again host a number of free to attend seminar sessions. The programme is designed to offer visitors the opportunity to see the latest in technology and product development, debate on the future political landscape, and share knowledge and experience.


Tuesday 2 April

 10:00 - 10:30   Opening & Keynote address
    Welcome to Parkex – Zulfi Ali, BPA President
    On with the show – Andrew Pester, BPA Chief Executive
    Welcome address – Rishi Sunak, Minister for Local Government (video message)
10:30 - 11:20   The blue badge boom

The number of blue badges is set to boom and the parking sector will need to prepare for the increase in numbers, and raised expectations of how the scheme is managed and enforced.


This session will explore the potential impact of the impending application changes and highlight the importance of a prepared parking sector.

    Graham Footer, Disabled Motoring UK
    Kelvin Reynolds, BPA 
    Ben Stephens, London Borough of Merton
    Bays and displays case study
11:20 - 12:00   Community champions
    Our front-line officers are out in their communities every day representing the parking profession. We continue to witness an unacceptable level of hostility towards our frontline teams and something needs to change. In this session we’ll look at how we can work to change perceptions around the role of parking officers and promote the important work they do to tackle antisocial parking behaviours, ensure public safety and provide community support.
    Hosted by: 
    Anjna Patel, BPA Council / Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
    Stuart Harrison, UK Parking Control 
    Jade Neville, BPA Council / OCS
    Zoe Rudwick, BPA 
    A parking manager perspective case study
12:00 - 13:15   Data day

Clever cars, smart cities and transport technology are all poised to dramatically change how we access and utilise the travel network. The crucial ingredient in all this is digitised data.


Without accurate digitised data, apps don’t work, self-driving cars don’t know where to stop and Mobility as a Service becomes a bus service.


This session will outline the steps needed to prepare the parking sector for the digital today and tomorrow’s world.

     Hosted by:
    Julian O'Kelly, BPA 
    Session breakdown and Speakers:
  1. Alliance
    Nigel Williams, BPA Chair / Parking Matters 
    EPA Representative
  2. TRO Discovery Project
    Jon Harrod Booth, Harrod Booth Consulting 
    Abbas Lokat, GeoPlace
    Steve Thompson, Steve Thompson Consulting 
    Tom Pinchbeck, Department for Transport
  3. Big picture data - how the use of data is making our cities smarter and our roads safer
    Chris Cowen, Arup and Transport Technology Forum
    Andy Dollin, Tonic Analytics 
13:30 - 14:00   Have your say - Parking (Code of Practice) Act 2019
     An informal discussion session about what is next for parking on private land operators following the assent of the Parking (Code of Practice) Bill. Come along and share your thoughts.
14:00 - 14:45   A conversation with Council
    Our BPA Council is made up of 40 industry experts, all elected to represent the views of each and every member. We have asked some of them to take to the Parkex Hub stage and answer your questions about their role on Council, what challenges are on the horizon for the parking sector, and how you can get involved in shaping its future.
    Hosted by: 
    Caron Fassetta, BPA
    Zulfi Ali, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and Chair of Eastern Group
    Ian Goodwin, The Parking Consultancy and Chair of the Higher Education Group
    Phil Hammer, Cambridgeshire County Council and Chair of the Operational Services Board
    Peter Lowe, RTA Associates and Chair of the Parking & Transport Wales
    John McArdle, John McArdle Consulting and Chair of London Group
    Manny Rasores de Toro, Mr Parking Consultancy and Chair of the Parking Technology Group
14:50 - 16:00   Innovate and demonstrate

Once again, we are bringing the Innovation Trail to life by giving entrants the chance to showcase their products and services live to you in the Hub!


Each entrant will have a few minutes to shine a light on the latest innovations while explaining to you why their product or service deserves your vote. So, take a seat, listen-up and enjoy your journey through the cutting-edge innovations Parkex 2019 has to offer.

     Mike Mars, BPA Council / Marston Holdings

Wednesday 3 April

10:00 - 11:00   Tech Talks
    Technology is at the heart of the rapidly evolving world of parking. With a focus on the latest technology making waves across the parking sector, we bring you the first of our Tech Talks, helping you stay ahead of the curve. This session will hear from some of those who are leading this change, providing us with solutions as to how we reach a smarter parking future.
    Hosted by: 
    Antony Eskinazi, JustPark
    Richard Balch, Ford Smart Mobility
    Dr Richard Fairchild, Autonomous Vehicle deployment at Aurrigo Pods
    Neil Heron, GRID Smarter Cities
    Gordon Telling, Transport Research Laboratory
    Darren CapesDepartment for Transport
11:00 - 12:00   Facing the challenges of implementing and operating Clean Air Zones

Clean Air Zones are currently being introduced across the UK in cities such as Leeds, Birmingham and Southampton, with many more authorities to follow. With schemes due to start in early 2020 how will these zones work? What challenges do they present for authorities and road users?


JBW Group, one of the UK’s leading Road User Charging debt recovery supplier, will be hosting a panel session with leading figures from the industry and government who will share their views, experience and knowledge.

    Brought to you by our event Partner: JBW 
12:45 - 13:30   GDPR Revisited
    The new General Data Protection Regulations have been in place for almost a year and our Lawline partners, at JMW Solicitors, will be on hand to answer questions about how the regulations have impacted you, and offer you further advice to help ensure you remain compliant.
    Derek Millard-Smith, JMW
    Grace O'Driscoll, JMW
13:45 - 14:55   Innovate and demonstrate
    Take a few minutes to sit and listen to the most innovative products and services in our sector, as we bring you a series of live demonstrations. Each entrant in this year’s Innovation Trail will explain to you why their product or service deserves your vote. Spend a while and check out the most cutting-edge innovations of Parkex 2019.
     Mike Mars, BPA Council / Marston Holdings
15:00 - 15:45   Shining a light on car park fire safety
    Following the devastating inferno at the Liverpool Echo Arena, a group of BPA industry experts have joined forces to better understand and review the risks associated with fires in car parks. Come along and find out how their work hopes to influence and ensure improved levels of safety in our sector.
    Russell Simmons, Stripe Consulting
    Joined by representatives from the Fire Safety in Car arks working group


Thursday 4 April

10:30 - 11:30   Star Recruitment and training talent

The UK parking profession employs approximately 82,000 people (with 87% of these people employed in the private sector).


Do we do enough to attract the stars of the future to our sector? And are we sufficiently supporting our industry talent so that they see parking as an exciting career choice?


Retention of staff can be vastly improved through the provision of adequate training. Not only does training provide staff with career progression and further education opportunities, it also helps to raise standards and professionalism within the parking sector.


This session will put a spotlight on the hurdles employers face in recruiting to frontline roles, how we can improve the way we promote parking as a profession, and look at how best to retain the talent we have.

    Sarah Feeley, BPA
    Fiona Snelgrove, UK Parking Control
    Unity Recruitment and WAMITAB
11:30 - 12:15   Proud to be in Parking
    A job and not a career. That’s the commonly held perception about people who work in parking. Whilst a career in parking may not be an immediate aspiration for the upcoming generation, we have an abundance of success stories that prove hard work, innovation and determination can lead to a fruitful career, professional success and industry recognition.
    Hosted by: 
    Jade Neville, BPA Cpuncil / OCS Group
    Hannah Fuller, PayByPhone
    Edward Amusan, Comity Recruitment
 12:15   Hub closes




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