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Event Overview

The launch of the Kent and Medway Economic Renewal and Resilience Plan will take place as a virtual event at 9.30am on Monday 10th August. You are most welcome to attend. The event is free of charge.

The health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has rapidly become an economic crisis. Much economic activity in the UK has closed down or been significantly reduced. We are only now beginning to see the first shoots of tentative economic renewal as lockdown eases.

While central government has responded with an unprecedented package of measures to protect jobs and businesses on a national scale, local stakeholders (drawn from across all the local councils, education sector, and private sector) have worked in collaboration to devise a series of actions that will help to stimulate Kent and Medway’s economic recovery. These actions form the basis of the Kent and Medway Economic Renewal and Resilience Plan.

About the Kent and Medway Economic Partnership

The Kent and Medway Economic Partnership (KMEP) aims to drive forward economic growth and prosperity throughout the region. It was set up in 2013 and is the local federated board of the South East Local Enterprise Partnership. KMEP is chaired by the private sector, with membership drawn from business, local government, further and higher education.

Why should I attend?

This webinar is aimed primarily at Kent and Medway’s business leaders, freelancers and entrepreneurs. It provides an opportunity for you to hear about the actions that are being taken locally to kick-start growth and support businesses through this challenging period. After the keynote speakers have concluded, there will be time set aside to answer questions put forward by the audience. (Please note that if time does not permit all questions to be answered in the timeframe, written responses will be sent after the event).

Key Details

Date: Monday 10th August 2020

Time: 09:30 - 11:00am (Connection to the webinar is available from 09:15am)

Location: Online event. By registering below you will be sent joining instructions.


Connection to webinar available from 9.15am

09:30 - 09:35am Welcome from Jo James, KMEP Vice-Chairman

09:35 - 09:45am Keynote speech by Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of British Chamber of Commerce

09:45 - 09:55am Keynote speech by Roger Gough, Leader of Kent County Council

09:55 - 10:00am Keynote speech by Dawn Hudd, Assistant Director Physical and Cultural Regeneration at Medway Council

10:00 - 10:55am Questions and Answers (Audience participation)

10:55 - 11:00am Close

Register to attend

If you wish to attend this event, please click here to register your details


Dr Adam Marshall

Dr Adam Marshall is Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) – one of the UK’s leading business organisations, where he represents the interests of over 75,000 businesses, covering every region, size and sector, who collectively employ nearly six million people. Marshall is also involved in the global trade agenda, through the BCC’s network of 55 global British Chambers and as Vice-Chair of the ICC World Chambers Federation.

He has strong insights into Westminster and Whitehall, through regular contact with senior political figures across the spectrum, including top UK Cabinet and Shadow Cabinet ministers. Adam Marshall is currently heavily engaged on the current and potential impacts of Brexit on British and international business of all sectors and sizes – and is working to ensure that political leaders in the UK and the EU are focused on the real-world, practical issues affecting businesses.

Examples of engagement include membership of the Prime Minister’s Business Council, and a range of other top-level ministerial advisory groups – as well as frequent and regular scheduled meetings with senior cabinet ministers on issues affecting business, including Brexit.

Specialist Subjects

  • Government
  • Politics and relationship with Business
  • Brexit and International Trade
  • Economics
  • Cities and urban development
  • Education and skills
  • Facilitator

Roger Gough

Roger Gough became Leader of Kent County Council in October 2019. Roger has served as the Member for Darent Valley – now Sevenoaks North and Darent Valley – since 2005 and previously held various Cabinet Member roles since 2006, including Economic Development, Corporate Services, Health Reform, Education and Children's Services.

Roger sits on the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board and chairs the South East Strategic Partnership for Migration Board. Roger also has a strong record of national politics through work for think tanks such as the Policy Exchange and Localis.

Before entering local government, Roger worked in investment banking for sixteen years, including living and working in Japan for three years. He has written widely on policy issues and is the author of two books.

Dawn Hudd

Dawn Hudd is an Assistant Director at Medway Council and oversees a number of services that contribute to Medway’s ambitious regeneration and place making agenda. These include Regeneration; Planning; Housing Management; Strategic Housing; Sport, Leisure; Tourism & Heritage; Festivals, Culture & Libraries and the South Thames Gateway Partnership.

She is currently the lead on Medway Council’s Covid-19 Recovery Plan and also sits on the KRF Recovery Coordinating Group.

Dawn has previously worked at Maidstone Borough and Canterbury City Council and until joining Local Government her previous roles had been in the private sector, ten years of which were in a Building Surveying company involved in major regeneration projects in and around London.

Jo James OBE

Jo James OBE is the Chief Executive of the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce (KICC) and also represents the interests of the business community in her capacity of Vice Chair of the Kent & Medway Economic Partnership (KMEP) and as a Director of the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP).