Dods at Party Conference 2018

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Event Hosts


Ageas is one of the largest insurers in the UK and part of an international group, which is headquartered in Brussels. Their roots can be traced back to 1824.They pride themselves on providing exceptional insurance services to personal customers and small businesses, based on an ethos that puts them at the heart of everything we do. As well as many standard insurance covers, they offer specialist and niche solutions tailored to individual risks, providing insurance to around 5 million customers.

Ageas work with 2,300 brokers, partner a diverse range of high profile brands and are joint owners of Tesco Underwriting, which provides insurance to Tesco Bank customers. Customers can also buy products directly from them through their own website and via price comparison sites. 

They are recognised for delivering consistently high levels of service to customers in their time of need demonstrated by an accredited UK based, in-house claims operation. Ageas are proud to be ServiceMark accredited by the Institute of Customer Services across our motor, home and travel products.


Apprenticeships Forum

During the Party Conference season, Dods is running The Apprenticeships Forum; a series of events across Party Conference. Its aim is to have a collaborative movement to raise awareness and provoke policy discussion around the positive impact of Apprenticeships, some of the regulatory issues faced and to discuss what the Parties can do to support UK Apprenticeship programmes.

If you have an interest in driving this debate and would like to find out how to be involved, please email us.


BAE Systems

BAE Systems is an international defence, security and aerospace company headquartered in London with operations worldwide. The Company employs over 30,000 highly skilled people in the UK, designing, developing, manufacturing and supporting a wide range of equipment for UK Armed Forces and our allies.


British American Tobacco

British American Tobacco is one of the world’s leading multinational companies, with brands sold across the world. Alongside our traditional tobacco business, we are also at the forefront of developing products that offer consumers potentially less risky alternatives to regular cigarettes. Our portfolio includes Vype, one of the leading vaping brands in the UK and we continue to expand our portfolio with new and innovative products. We know consumers want product quality and safety in the category which is why we making a significant investment in the innovation, research and development of these products. 


British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (BVCA)

The British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (BVCA) is the industry body for the private equity and venture capital industry in the UK. With more than 600 member firms - including over 260 fund managers and 100 institutional investors - it is our role to inform and engage, to demonstrate the positive role of our industry in the UK economy and provide market intelligence, technical updates, specialist training and more.



With over 50 years of experience, the CBI is the UK’s most effective and influential business organisation. Proving members with the influence, insight and access they need to plan ahead with confidence and grow. CBI represents members’ views when working with policymakers to deliver a healthy environment for businesses to succeed, create jobs and ultimately, drive economic growth and prosperity.


Chartered Body Alliance

The Chartered Body Alliance is a joint initiative by The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investments, The Chartered Banker Institute and The Chartered Insurance Institute, which recognises a primary duty to the public of enhancing and sustaining professionalism in the financial services. By working together, the Alliance can achieve greater public benefit, continuing to raise professionalism and trust across the financial services by promoting high standards of knowledge, skill, integrity and behaviour. 


Chivas Brothers is the Scotch Whisky business of Pernod Ricard and a leading Scotch Whisky producer.  We have 1600 staff in the UK , 16 distilleries and export £1 billion of Scotch a year to over 100 markets. Our award-winning portfolio features some of the world’s most revered Scotch whisky brands including Chivas Regal, the world’s first luxury whisky and No. 1 Scotch whisky in China; Ballantine’s, Europe’s No. 1 Scotch whisky; The Glenlivet, the single malt whisky that set the standards for Speyside malts; and Royal Salute, the world’s only exclusively prestige whisky range. We are dedicated to promoting responsible drinking, protecting our planet, developing our communities and engaging our partners.

Core Cities UK

Core Cities UK is a united voice promoting the role of our great cities in creating a stronger, fairer economy and society. The ten Core Cities sit at the heart of our urban areas which are home to 20 million people and generate almost a quarter of our economy. Chaired by Cllr Judith Blake CBE, Leader of Leeds City Council, Core Cities UK aims to work in partnership with Government and others to make a real difference to the lives of our citizens.

The Core Cities group is: Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield.



Freshwater is an independent communications consultancy with a long heritage working with organisations throughout the rail sector, including owning groups and train operating companies, rolling stock operators and manufacturers, and organisations throughout the supply chain. Freshwater also provides secretariat services to the All Party Parliamentary Group for Rail in the North.

As a full-service communications agency with offices in London and Cardiff, Freshwater delivers the full range of communications services to organisations throughout the UK.

Services include public relations, public affairs and lobbying, stakeholder engagement and statutory and non-statutory community consultation, crisis and issues management, digital and creative media design and production, events management and communications training.


Health and Care Forum

During the Party Conference season, Dods is running the Health & Care Forum; a series of events across Party Conference. Its aim is to have a collaborative movement to raise awareness and provoke policy discussion around he important issues within the health and social care sector.

If you have an interest in driving this debate and would like to find out how to be involved, please email us.


Holyrood Health & Care Hub

The Holyrood Health & Care Hub is a new initiative to bring together some of the leading organisations involved in health and social care from across Scotland to stimulate debate, inform policy and share some of the challenges and success stories in the sector.

If you have an interest in driving this debate and would like to find out how to be involved, please email us.

Home Group

We are a social enterprise and a charity with a turnover of over £350m and one of the UK’s largest providers of high quality housing and integrated housing, health and social care. We’re supporting a new generation of homeowners who thought owning their own home was an impossible dream. We’ve committed to building 10,000 new homes over the next five years from affordable housing to our lovely Persona homes which are shaking up the new build market. We’ve even been shortlisted as "Best Large Developer" in the 2017 RESI Awards.


Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA), partner of the Health & Care Forum


The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) is the UK's only chartered professional body dedicated to educating, developing and regulating actuaries based both in the UK and internationally. We represent and regulate our 32,000 members for the benefit of the outside world and oversee their education at all stages of qualification and development throughout their careers. As a professional body we work with employers to encourage and develop their actuarial employees to better themselves, the employer and the financial sector. We strive to act in the public interest by speaking out on issues where actuaries have the expertise to provide analysis and insight on public policy issues.


Japanese Tobacco International

JTI is a leading tobacco and e-cigarette company in the UK with around 800 employees and brands including Benson & Hedges, Silk Cut, Camel, Hamlet, and Logic Vapes.  They are located in Weybridge, Surrey and have a national distribution centre in Crewe, and a business service centre in Manchester.


Key Cities

Key Cities are a group of 23 mid-size cities and urban areas across the UK. Members represent all of the major political parties and places across England and Wales. They are a united voice for urban Britain, working to champion our places. They work with other cities, towns and organisations across local government and beyond to deliver prosperity and a good standard of living and environment for all.

Key Cities produce ideas, research and engagement, both with experts and with ordinary people across our places.  They want a country where no place is left behind and every family and person has opportunities for a better life. Key Cities also believe everyone in our places has a voice, and we act to make sure that voice is listened to.

Key Cities members are: Blackpool, Bournemouth, Bradford, Carlisle, Coventry, Derby, Doncaster, Gloucester, Hull, Kirklees, Medway, Newport, Norwich, Portsmouth, Preston, Plymouth, Salford, Southampton, Southend, Sunderland, Tees Valley, Wakefield, Wolverhampton


Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety

The Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety – better known as PACTS – promotes evidence-based solutions to achieve safe transport for all. Established in 1981, its founder members were responsible for the legislation which made front seat-belt wearing in cars compulsory in Britain. The unique features of PACTS are that it is a multi-modal transport safety body, covering road, rail and air. It works with government, parliamentarians, professionals and other key stakeholders. With over 100 member organisations from business, industry, transport professions and user groups, it is uniquely positioned to provide a neutral forum and influential voice for those with an interest in transport safety. PACTS is a charity and provides the secretariat to the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Transport Safety.


London Councils

London Councils represents London’s 32 boroughs and the City of London. We are a cross-party organisation that works on behalf of all of our member authorities regardless of political persuasion. We make the case to government, the Mayor and others to get the best deal for Londoners and to ensure that our members have the resources, freedoms and powers to do the best possible job for their residents and local businesses.


Maritime UK

Maritime UK brings together the UK’s shipping, ports, services, engineering and leisure marine industries to promote the sector, influence government and drive growth.

The maritime sector is the fundamental enabler of British global trade. The UK sector exports its own innovative maritime products and services. With cutting-edge technology, high-quality design & manufacturing, unparalleled expertise in services and major investment opportunities, the UK is the natural home for global maritime business.

We support just under 1 million jobs and contribute around £40bn to UK GDP

Our sector is a vital part of our island nation's heritage and of our modern economy – supporting jobs, driving innovation and enabling trade. Our sector also enables millions of people to enjoy the recreational benefits of the UK's coastal and inland waterways.


Rail Delivery Group

The Rail Delivery Group exists to enable rail companies to succeed in transforming and delivering a successful railway. Rail plays an ever more crucial role in Britain, with long term growth in passengers and freight. The Rail Delivery Group (RDG) brings together all passenger and freight operators with Network Rail and HS2, providing services and support to enable them to succeed by delivering better services for their customers. This ultimately benefits taxpayers and the economy.  

Railway Industry Association

The Railway Industry Association (RIA) is the representative body for UK-based suppliers to the UK and world-wide railways. It has around 200 companies in membership who employ over 30,000 staff and turn over more than £6bn annually. RIA’s membership is active across the whole of railway supply, covering a diverse range of products and services and including both multi-national companies and SMEs (60% by number). RIA works to promote the importance of the rail system to UK plc, to help export UK expertise around the global and to share best practice and innovation across the industry.

Rail is a vital contributor to UK plc, moving workers and freight to support the economic growth of our cities and industry. It employs 216,000 people and contributes annually £10.1 billion Gross Value Added (GVA). It is also a growing industry with the number of rail journeys expected to double over the next 25 years and freight set to grow significantly too.

RIA campaigns on a number of issues, including proper funding of the rail industry, a strong rail ‘sector deal’ which helps the Government deliver its Industrial Strategy, addressing the challenges and opportunities of Brexit, and generating and maintaining support for major future rail infrastructure schemes, such as HS2, Northern Powerhouse Rail and Crossrail 2.


Raytheon, partner of the Apprenticeships Forum

Raytheon Company is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cyber security solutions. With over 90 years of worldwide training expertise, Raytheon offers apprenticeship programmes that deliver innovative training and development opportunities to individuals, communities and businesses across the U.K. Investing is people and innovation is a key element of Raytheon's strategy with the company's well-regarded graduate and apprentices programmes enabling it to play a key role in the long-term health of British industry.


Scope exists to make this country a place where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else. Until then, we’ll be here. We provide support, information and advice to more than a quarter of a million disabled people and their families every year. We raise awareness of the issues that matter. And with your support, we'll keep driving change across society until this country is great for everyone.


Sir Robert McAlpine, partner of the Apprenticeships Forum

Sir Robert McAlpine is a UK-based family-owned building and civil engineering company. Established in 1869, they have been a ubiquitous construction leader over two centuries. The values at the heart of their operations include a commitment to the highest standards of safety, quality, engineering excellence, sustainability, and an unswerving focus on the needs and aspirations of their clients. At Sir Robert McAlpine, addressing the skills gap in the built environment and engineering sectors is a top priority, and they recognise that nurturing a diversity of talent and skills will help them to continue their proud legacy, as we celebrate their 150th anniversary this year.


TheCityUK is an industry body for UK-based financial and related professional services, producing evidence of its importance to the wider economy. In the UK, across Europe and globally, TheCityUK seeks to influence policy to drive competitiveness, create jobs and ensure long-term economic growth. The industry is a core driver of the economy, contributing nearly 11 percent of all UK gross value added and employing nearly 2.3 million people right across the country. 


The Institution of Engineering and Technology, partner of the Apprenticeships Forum

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is one of the world’s largest engineering institutions with over 168,000 members in 150 countries. 

The IET works to engineer a better world by inspiring, informing and influencing its members, engineers and technicians, and all those who are touched by, or touch, the work of engineers.

The IET is a registered charity and part of this remit is to increase awareness of engineering. This includes accrediting degree courses and apprenticeships in a range of engineering and technology subjects. The IET also awards over £1,000,000 each year to students to support them in their engineering studies.

There is a well-documented skills shortage in engineering and the IET invests considerable time and resource in education programmes to show young people the exciting, creative and rewarding range of careers available and the range of entry routes.


The Royal College of Emergency Medicine, partner of the Health & Care Forum

The College works to ensure high quality care by setting and monitoring standards of care, and providing expert guidance and advice on policy to relevant bodies on matters relating to Emergency Medicine.  It is calling for the training of additional emergency physicians to address the shortage of 2,200 consultants, improvement in systems, processes and services to allow for the timely care of patients and support for staff to enable improvements in patient care and improved retention of emergency physicians in the NHS workforce.

The College is established to advance education and research in Emergency Medicine. It sets the standards of training for emergency medicine physicians and advanced clinical practitioners as well as running examinations in Emergency Medicine for the award of Fellowship and Membership of the College. It also recommends trainees for their Certificate of Completion of Training in Emergency Medicine.


WorldSkills UK, partner of the Apprenticeships Forum


WorldSkills UK is all about improving the prestige of apprenticeships and technical education, to inspire more young people to consider these as career routes and get off to a better start in work and life. We help young people set off in the right direction through experiential careers advice activities and access to guidance from peer role models. We engage thousands of young people in skills competitions right across the UK, where they improve their technical and employability skills to the highest possible national standard. Then we select the best in the UK and put them into an accelerated development programme to compete with the best in the rest of the world. We create medal winning, world-class skills champions: young, confident role models, from all backgrounds, who go on to inspire others to follow in their footsteps.