Investor Networking Reception hosted by 

Innovate UK 

The Circular Critical Materials Supply Chain (CLIMATES) Programme is working in partnership with the 27th International workshop on rare earth and future permanent magnets and their applications (REPM) to bring together investors, businesses, and public organisations to explore the opportunities associated with critical minerals and the rare earth supply chain. 

To achieve this the CLIMATES programme will be hosting an investor networking reception on the evening 4th September, designed to bring together investors and interested in critical materials and the rare-earth supply chain, and highlight the investment opportunity. The event will connect and engage investors to each other and the rare earth and permanent magnet community, provide the audience with insight and understanding on the rare earth market opportunity, and highlight UK activities within this space.   

A ticket to this event also provides attendees with access to the REPM conference during the day as well as access to the investor reception in the evening. This will provide an opportunity to attend relevant business and market focused sessions in the main conference; session topics of the day include supply chain, raw materials, environmental impact, machine learning and recycling.  

Outline agenda 

Welcome to REPM and the Investor Forum  

o    Speaker: Allan Walton  

 Introduction from Innovate UK  

o    Speaker: Will Drury, Director Digital and Technologies and Driving the Electric Revolution Challenge Director, Innovate UK 

 Delivering the UK Critical Mineral Strategy  

o    Speaker: Katherine Bennett CBE, Chair of the Critical Minerals Task & Finish Group and CEO High Value Manufacturing Catapult 

 Strategy and investment thesis, CoTec Holdings  

o    Speaker: Julien Tregar, CEO, CoTec 

 Opportunities and challenges in investing in early stage, critical material, start-ups (10 minutes) 

o    Speaker: Tom Whitehouse, CEO, Leif Capital  

 Circular Critical Material Supply Chains Investment Study 

o    Speaker: Megan Phoenix, KTM Investor Communities – Future Economy 

 Innovate UK’s Investor Partnerships programme  

o    Speaker: Daisy Rowland, Investment Specialist IUK 


o    Informal networking, providing investors, industry and Innovate UK the chance to connect. 


If you would like to attend the IUK Climates Satellite, you can do so by clicking the link to register below. Please note, the rate of £100 includes access to the REPM2023 Conference for Monday only (programme here), as well as the IUK Satellite session on Monday night (agenda above).

If you are already an attendee of the REPM2023 Conference, you will be contacted with a link via email to register for the IUK Climate satellite for free. If you have any questions, please contact

An International Networking morning satellite event which aims to highlight the range of international critical minerals activities in motion, Government strategies and to identify future collaboration opportunities. The session will create an environment that will foster tangible collaboration and cooperation between UK businesses, investors and international organisations.  Find out more and register for this event here.

Contact us

Event Management Team, Great Hall, Aston Webb Building, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands B15 2TT