Speaker : Steven Norris


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Steve Norris was a Conservative Member of Parliament for Oxford East and then Epping Forest from 1983 to 1997. He was Parliamentary Private Secretary in the Departments of Environment, Trade & Industry and the Home Office and in 1992 was appointed Minister for Transport with a special responsibility for all London transport. After retiring from Parliament in 1997 he was twice his party’s candidate for Mayor of London outperforming the national party substantially on both occasions. He is a former Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party.

Steve has combined a career in politics with a business career in the fields of property, infrastructure and transportation. He is currently Chairman of Soho Estates, London Resort Company Holdings and Driver Group plc and Senior Advisor to BNP Paribas Real Estate UK and to NPL Group. He is a Non-Executive Director of Excel the East London conference and exhibition centre. He has been a member of the Boards of both Transport for London and the London Development Agency. He is on the Board of Cubic Corporation, the developers and managers of the London Oyster card. He chairs the National Infrastructure Planning Association which works with government to improve the planning regime around major projects and advises a number of clients on major development projects.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a Companion of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and an Honorary Fellow of the Project Managers Association. He holds an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of East London.