About this event

  • Date and time Wed 17 Jun 2020 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Location Online

Register here to join our In Conversation Live with Steve Norris

Steve Norris, former UK Member of Parliament, Minister of Transport, and now international businessman, will be joining Professor Roger Kirby for an intriguing discussion on his career and highlights as an MP, his impressive business portfolio, innovative and intelligent transport technology, and how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected global and UK infrastructure.

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Steve chairs and is a board member of a number of companies that provide counsel and advice to global operators in infrastructure, property and transportation. He is an expert on strategic advice in this area due to his substantial commercial experience, which has enabled him to help large and small businesses across the world for more than twenty years. 

During his Parliamentary career he served as Parliamentary Private Secretary in the Departments of Environment, Trade and Industry and the Home Office before being appointed Minister of Transport in 1992, where he was responsible for the Jubilee line Extension, one of the largest extensions of the London Underground network to date. He served this post until he retired from Parliament in 1997. He was his party’s candidate for Mayor of London in 2000 and 2004 and is a former Vice Chairman of the Party. Steve is an Eminent Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws by the University of East London.

Steve is also a Vice-President of the Royal National Institute for the Deaf, now branded as Action on Hearing Loss, a Patron of The Urology Foundation and Chairman of the Surrey Canal Sports Foundation.

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Key speakers

Steve Norris

Steve Norris

Former UK Member of Parliament, Minister of Transport, and now international businessman

Speaker's biography

Steve Norris is a Liverpudlian who was at school with two of the Beatles (Paul and George), won an Open Exhibition to Oxford and a Harmsworth Exhibition to the Middle Temple. He should have gone to the Bar but nobody had told him you couldn’t get a grant for Bar Finals and it was a time when pupils weren’t paid. So he started life selling the earliest computers and then went to Ford – the best business training in the country at the time – and ended up a according to his old parliamentary colleague and friend the late Sir Julian Critchley, a “garagiste arriviste” when he entered the Commons in 1983. 


Steve was an MP for fifteen years and a minister of transport for five of them.  He twice ran for Mayor of London and outperformed his party by big margins on both occasions.  He was a Vice-Chairman of the party during William Hague’s time as leader.  A businessman before parliament and since, he chairs Soho Estates among other public and private companies in a portfolio of property, infrastructure and transportation - all about his abiding passion which is his adopted home of London and the challenges of urbanism generally. 


He served on Boris Johnson’s Transport for London and London Development Agency boards. He founded the charity Crime Concern, now Catch 22 in 1988 which works with young people and families and chairs the New Bermondsey Sports Foundation working with young people in one of the most deprived areas of London’s East End.    


He writes, had his own radio show on Talk Radio for several years and is known for speaking his mind. He defines his politics as socially liberal, fiscally conservative.



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