The Humber Freeport Innovation Liaison Group (FILG) Business Engagement Event is taking place on Thursday 23rd November.

Are you based in the Humber region? Keen to understand how the Humber Freeport is relevant to you and can help support your growth and create new opportunities? Interested to know how the changes can assist your plans and goals?

With government funding having been announced to support the growth of emerging green industries, Humber Freeport are delighted to share with you their aspirations for the Humber Freeport Innovation Collective and want to hear from YOU on what you think works best when it comes to business support for innovation and future change. They want to know if they are focusing enough on responding to your real priorities and needs.


Dafydd Williams, Head of Policy, Communications & Economic Development (Humber), Associated British Ports
Dafydd joined Associated British Ports in January 2017 as the Head of Policy, Communications & Economic Development for the Humber. He is responsible for all of ABP Humber’s external relations, policy developments, partnerships and manages many large projects and several regeneration schemes.

Katie Hedges, Director of Membership & Low Carbon Strategy, CATCH
Working for CATCH since its inception in 1999, Katie has been instrumental in leading cluster engagement, developing and managing CATCH’s suite of networks and grant funded programmes. Recently, Katie has secured £1.7million Innovate UK grant funding to develop the Humber Industrial Cluster Plan – in partnership with the HEY LEP and eight industrial partners.

William Izod, Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), Pensana Plc
William Izod was appointed in October 2021 as a Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) of Pensana with an additional strong focus on developing relationships with off-take partners. He strongly supports the Group in its aim to become the world’s lowest carbon magnet metal producer.


Representatives from SMEs and larger companies located within the Humber region at Managing Director level or equivalent.


Arrival and Breakfast: 9am

Introduction by Freeport CEO & Chair of FILG: 9:30am

Panel discussion: 9:40am

Questions to panel: 10:20am

Refreshment break: 10:40am

Facilitated discussion groups: 10:55am

Feedback: 11:55am

Optional 5G testbed visit: 12:40pm

Event close: 1:40pm

Facilitated discussion groups will provide an opportunity to share your views, ideas and challenges; hear from companies and organisations that have successfully worked through persistent barriers; and contribute to shaping business support mechanisms to fit your individual requirements.

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