Minister of Maritime, Aviation and Security, Robert Courts MP, to give opening address at British Marine National Conference

Published on: 03 March 2022

Robert Courts MP

15-16 March 2022, National Conference Centre (NCC) 


British Marine is delighted to announce Robert Courts MP, Minister of Maritime, Aviation and Security, is set to attend the first ever British Marine National Conference, where he will be giving the opening address.


Setting the tone for the packed two-day event programme, the Minister will be addressing conference attendees on Maritime 2050, challenges and opportunities arising from Covid-19 and the government’s decarbonisation plans, before spending time meeting with delegates and exhibitors.


First elected as the Member of Parliament for Witney and West Oxfordshire in 2016, in September 2020, Robert was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department for Transport, with responsibility for maritime, aviation and security.


“The Minister’s attendance at the National Conference will be of great benefit to all attendees,” commented Lesley Robinson, British Marine, CEO. “It will give members and exhibitors a unique opportunity to hear first-hand about government plans on key campaigns including the vision and ambitions for the future of the British maritime sector, as well as giving members the chance to pose their questions directly to the Minister in a brief Q&A session.”


About Robert Courts

Previously Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Secretary of State for Transport, Robert served as a PPS in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from January to July 2018 and to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from August 2019 until February 2020.


Robert has served on the International Trade Select Committee before becoming a Minister, having previously been a member of the Transport, Justice and Backbench Business Committees.


A supporter of several groups in Parliament, Robert was Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Small and Micro-businesses and founded the APPG for Community Transport. He was also the Vice-Chair (RAF) of the APPG for the Armed Forces, the APPG for Aerospace, the APPG for Dementia, and the APPG for Cycling.


Before his election to Parliament, Robert was a self-employed barrister for some 12 years. His practice focused primarily on personal injury and clinical negligence. He also served as a District Councillor and is a graduate of the Royal College of Defence Studies and a member of the Air League Council.


The Minister joins a distinguished line up of speakers and subject matter experts scheduled to participate at the National Conference. These include former Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls, Olympic medallist and Artemis Technologies CTO, Iain Percy, Innovate UK KTN’s Matthew Moss, Canal and River Trust Chief Executive, Richard Parry, and BAR Technologies’ CTO, Simon Schofield.


For further details of speakers and full conference programme visit


Tickets are now on sale!

The British Marine National Conference is due to take place on 15-16 March 2022 at the National Conference Centre, Birmingham.


One-day conference passes are now on sale from just £94 ex VAT per person for British Marine members and £169 ex VAT for non-members (additional ticket options are available). This includes full access to the conference on the chosen day, including all talks, workshops and breakout sessions.


Starting from just £83 per night per room, British Marine has also partnered with NuBreed Hotels to offer all delegates a substantial discount on its overnight accommodation. Find out more here.


Attendance will be limited to 300 delegates – early booking is strongly advised.


Get your ticket today before the 8th March deadline and secure your place


Full COVID-19 measures will be in place that meet or exceed government guidelines.


Opportunities to raise awareness 

British Marine is calling for expressions of interest from companies wishing to raise their profile and connect with a dedicated audience of over 300 industry decision makers who will gather at the national conference. The programme offers a range of sponsorship opportunities and exhibition options. To register your interest, please visit