Dods at Party Conference 2021

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Event Hosts

Airlines UK

Airlines UK is the trade body for UK registered airlines, with members representing all sectors of the industry. We work with governments, regulators and legislators to promote the interests of UK airlines, and with organisations across the sector to encourage long-term and sustainable growth in aviation.

We formulate opinions and engage with stakeholders on a number of issues, including airport capacity, taxation, sustainable aviation, disruptive passengers and regulation and consumer protection. We are proud members of the Sustainable Aviation, A Fair Tax on Flying and The Sky’s the Limit industry campaigns.


BAE Systems

At BAE Systems, we help our customers to stay a step ahead when protecting people and national security, critical infrastructure, and vital information. We provide some of the world’s most advanced, technology-led defence, aerospace and security solutions and employ a skilled workforce of 89,600 people in more than 40 countries.

From state of the art cyber threat detection to flight control systems that enable pilots to make better decisions, we never stop innovating to ensure that our customers maintain their advantage. This is a long-term commitment involving significant investments in skills. We also work closely with local partners to support economic development through the transfer of knowledge, skills, and technology.


Chartered Insurance Institute

We are a professional body dedicated to building public trust in the insurance and financial planning profession. Our strapline Standards. Professionalism. Trust. embodies our commitment to driving confidence in the power of professional standards: competence, integrity, and care for the customer.

We deliver that commitment through relevant learning, insightful leadership, and an engaged membership. Our 125,000 members commit to high professional standards by maintaining continuing professional development and adhering to a published ethical code.

Our Royal Charter requires us to secure and justify the confidence of the public.


Confederation of British Industry

The CBI is the UK’s most effective and influential business organisation, speaking on behalf of 190,000 businesses. Together they employ nearly 7 million people, about one-third of the private sector-employed workforce.

This year the CBI has launched its new Seize the Moment campaign, an economic strategy to transform the UK economy.


Home Group

Home Group is one of the UK’s largest providers of housing, health, and care. Our 2,600 colleagues support over 115,000 customers across 55,000 properties in England and Scotland, which includes around 15,000 people with mental and physical health issues.


Japan Tobacco International

JTI is a leading international tobacco and vaping company with operations in more than 130 countries. It is the global owner of both Winston, the number two cigarette brand in the world, and Camel, outside the USA and has the largest share in sales for both brands. Other global brands include Mevius and LD.

In the UK, JTI’s brands include Benson & Hedges, Silk Cut, Mayfair, Sovereign and Sterling, as well as a number of other tobacco products including hand-rolling tobacco (Amber Leaf), cigars (Hamlet), pipe tobacco (Condor). JTI is also a major player in the international vaping market with its brand, Logic and tobacco vapor brand, Ploom.

Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, JTI employs over 44,000 people and in 2021 was certified Global Top Employer for a seventh consecutive year.

JTI is a member of the Japan Tobacco Group of Companies.


Key Cities

Key Cities is a diverse, national network covering almost half the UK's urban areas. More than any other network it represents urban living in the UK, with the range, expertise and agility to deliver innovative solutions for the challenges we face. Key Cities are significant urban entities with integrated municipal government in close touch with the lived experience of their populations. For Key Cities, platforming and connecting the diverse voices of urban UK is central to unlocking successful devolution and a productive, balanced economy for all parts of the country. Our members represent all of the major political parties and places across England and Wales.


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 is the umbrella body for the maritime sector, bringing together the shipping, ports, services, engineering, and leisure marine industries. Our purpose is to champion and enable a thriving maritime sector.

Supporting over 1 million jobs and adding £46.1bn to our economy, maritime is responsible for facilitating 95% of UK global trade, worth over £500bn per year. The UK maritime workforce is 42% more productive than the average UK worker.

Maritime makes a greater contribution to the UK economy than both rail and air combined. 

Our members are: British Marine, British Ports Association, Cornwall Marine Network, CLIA UK & Ireland, Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, London International Shipping Week, Maritime London, Mersey Maritime, Nautilus International, Seafarers UK, Society of Maritime Industries, Solent LEP, South Coast Marine Cluster, The Baltic Exchange, The Workboat Association, Trinity House, UK Chamber of Shipping and the UK Major Ports Group.


Nuclear Industry Association

The NIA is the trade association for the civil nuclear industry in the UK. The NIA represents more than 250 companies across the supply chain. The diversity of NIA membership enables effective and constructive industry-wide interaction.

We believe nuclear energy is essential to meet the UK’s future clean energy needs. Together with renewables, clean coal, and energy efficiency, nuclear can reduce carbon emissions. As part of a diversified energy mix, modern nuclear-generated energy can provide safe and reliable sources of power for UK homes, hospitals, schools, and industries.

NIA member companies also have significant expertise in nuclear decommissioning and clean-up, with 17 nuclear sites in the UK currently being managed through the process.



PoliticsHome is the most read specialist political news source in Parliament and prides itself on the quality and speed of its coverage. This makes it an indispensable information source for the most influential people in the UK - MPs, Peers, Senior Civil Servants and Westminster journalists – helping to set their agenda for the day. Speak to your account manager about how to get your event featured in PoliticsHome’s news bulletin as a key political event of the day, and other promotional opportunities.


Rail Delivery Group

The Rail Delivery Group (RDG) brings together the companies that run Britain’s railway into a single team with one goal - to deliver a better railway for you and your community.

All the passenger and freight rail companies are members of the RDG, as well as Network Rail and HS2 (see the full list of our licensed and associate members). We provide services and support to enable our members to succeed in transforming and delivering a successful railway, benefiting customers, taxpayers, and the economy. We also provide support and give a voice to freight and passenger operators, as well as delivering important national ticketing, information and reservation services for passengers and staff on behalf of member companies.

Railway Industry Association

RIA is the trade association for the UK-based suppliers to the railway industry. 

We have been established for over 140 years, with over 300 member companies representing a large proportion of the supply chain. Our network of rail contacts extends to thousands; many within our member companies, but also within government/industry bodies, as well as academia and adjacent/emerging sectors.

Our member companies represent a large proportion of the rail industry by turnover and reflect a great diversity of technical disciplines within the rail sector. 

RIA is also a member of the Rail Innovation Family, a grouping of the UK’s major representative organisations in the rail supply sector, set up in June 2019 with the aim of providing greater and clearer support for suppliers seeking to bring innovation into the rail industry. 


Raytheon UK

Raytheon UK is a technology company focused on Defence, Aerospace and Cyber & Intelligence with sites across the UK; in England, Scotland and Wales.

A fully-owned subsidiary of Raytheon Technologies (previously Raytheon Company) in the U.S., we've been in the UK, in one form or another, for more than 100 years. Raytheon UK's (including Raytheon Company, prior to the merger with United Technologies Corporation in 2019) contribution to the UK economy in 2019 stood at £762 million*, supporting 8,300 jobs in the UK supply chain.

In 2020, Raytheon Company and the United Technologies Corporation aerospace businesses merged to become Raytheon Technologies Corporation, headquartered in the U.S. The new aerospace and defence entity provides advanced systems and services for commercial, military and government customers worldwide and comprises four industry-leading businesses – Collins Aerospace Systems, Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon Intelligence & Space and Raytheon Missiles & Defence.

Raytheon UK is a landed company that sits within the Raytheon Intelligence & Space business.

* This number is representative of Raytheon UK Operations and impact of Raytheon Company spend in the UK prior to the merger with UTC in 2019.