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Annual Conference  2016

Re-thinking Transport

Held Thursday 10th November 2016, 17:00 to 20:30
at Worthing Assembly Hall, Stoke Abbott Road, Worthing, BN11 1HQ

Re-thinking Transport

Overview of Conference

In November 2016, the annual Waves Ahead conference took place at the Assembly Hall in Worthing.

The theme of the event was local sustainable transport and delegates were asked to ‘re-think transport’. The conference set to explore what can be done together in the community to improve things at a very local level, and to achieve better social, economic and environmental sustainability in our transport networks. In particular, looking at cycling, walking and public transport as an alternative to the car and pushing what the barriers are to choosing alternative ways of travelling. We also discussed the future of local transport and where new opportunities and innovation may lie. There were informative presentations, three workshop sessions, a exhibition area and voting on the night.

A full write up of the event will be added to this page in due course, but in the meantime, here are the slides from our speakers, an overview of the voting and the raw data from the discussion tables. Our thanks to the presenters, the facilitators, delegates and members of the Waves Ahead Strategic Partnership for taking part in the event and making it another successful evening.

Documents and presentations from the 2016 event:

Annual Conference – 2015

Food for Thought: Becoming a Smarter Coast?

Held 15th October 2015 at Sir Robert Woodard Academy, Lancing




Overview of Conference

The 2015 annual stakeholder conference for the Waves Ahead Strategic Partnership was another very successful event with nearly 100 attendees from a wide range of sectors and from across Adur and Worthing. Held at Sir Robert Woodard Academy in Lancing, the conference aimed to provide delegates with an opportunity to consider how we can become smarter communities and how smarter partnership working can really add value and extra support to our ideas. The sub-topic of food was used to help explore the ideas and  work out how we can apply smart thinking in practice.

Delegates heard from Benita Matofska, an inspirational international speaker on the Sharing Economy, and from Craig Lister, Green Gym Manager for TCV and an experienced professional. accomplished in connecting health and wellbeing with digital and the wider community.

Delegates took a break to network together over an interesting and tasty buffet of local, seasonal and handmade food provided by Ren’s Kitchen of  Broadwater.

The conference was wrapped up with lively food-based workshop sessions. Workshop topics included a digital caring network, a local casserole club, a food festival in Durrington, supporting our local fishermen/the local fish market and a food waste project. There was huge enthusiasm in all the workshops and some great ideas and offers of support put forward that will allow the ideas to be implemented through Partnership and help our people and places flourish.

The occasion showed how smart, innovative and productive partners can be when working together on ideas for the local area.


Benita Matofska - WA Conference 2015  Craig Lister at WA conference 2015  Alex Bailey at WA Conference 2015


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Workshop 5 2015  Workshop 3(a) 2015  Workshop 4


Presentations from Conference are available to download:

Benita Presentation         Craig Lister Presentation

Conference papers are available to download:

Waves Ahead Conference 2015 – Programme

What is being Smarter?

Smarter Toolkit


Summaries of the conference workshops are available to download:

WA Workshop 1 - Food Festival

WA Workshop 2 - Caring Network

WA Workshop 3 - Casserole Club

WA Workshop 4 - Fish Market

WA Workshop 5 - Food Waste