“A Conversation with… the Wise Heads & Next Generation of Talent”
EVENT SPEAKERS INCLUDE
Chief Executive Officer
Derwent London plc
Founder of Derwent Valley Holdings in 1984, John has steered Derwent London through many market cycles. From its early market capitalization of £1.5m through its merger with London Merchant Securities in 2007 to its current leading position in the capital. A prominent figure in the property sector, he has overall responsibility for company development. John is on the strategic board of the New West End Company and is a former chair of the Westminster Property Association. (www.derwentlondon.com)
Savannah de Savary
Founder and CEO
Savannah de Savary is the Founder and CEO of Built-ID. After graduating from the University of Oxford in 2013, Savannah joined Thor Equities, where she managed NYC real estate development projects. In June 2015 she founded Built-ID, a proptech platform that showcases the built environment projects of today and transforms community engagement to better shape the projects of tomorrow. Savannah won “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” at the Property Awards and was voted Property Week’s ‘Power 100: Top 20 Ones to Watch’ and one of the Top 20 Proptech influencers in a poll by the UK Proptech Association. She is also a regular columnist for Property Week. Built-ID enables property developers to invest in communities, not just their bricks and mortar. Through a digital platform, residents can influence the built environment projects that matter to them, and be rewarded for their engagement with real donations to local charities within their community.
Tony Pidgley CBE
The Berkeley Group
Tony Pidgley CBE is Chairman of the Berkeley Group. He left school at 15 to form his own company in haulage and plant hire. At 19, he sold his business to Crest Homes and became a Building Director, before leaving to form Berkeley in 1976. Under his leadership the business has grown to become a FTSE 100 company and builds more than 4,000 homes a year. At Berkeley, Tony has led some of the country’s most challenging and celebrated regeneration programmes, including the reinvention of the Royal Arsenal munitions site in Woolwich, and the revival of Hackney’s Woodberry Down estate. He has pioneered a holistic approach to placemaking and is passionate about working in partnership with local people to create welcoming communities that inspire civic pride and enhance wellbeing. Tony has advised successive Governments on regeneration, housing and developing public land. He was a member of Lord Heseltine's Estate Regeneration Advisory Panel, the Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission and the Mayor’s Outer London Commission. He was the longest serving President in the history of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry and was awarded a CBE in 2013 for “services to the housing sector and the community.
Reza's journey started whilst in his first year at the London School of Economics. Frustrated by the lack of high-quality and affordable accommodation for fellow students in London, he decided to tackle this problem by creating his own lettings agency, Share in the City. Seeing an opportunity to provide a superior product in the market, Share in the City quickly evolved into The Collective, with a focus on developing and operating living space for young professionals. In May 2016 The Collective opened the world’s largest (546 units) and UK’s first co-living building, The Collective Old Oak. Now, at the age of just 29, Reza has his sights set on rapid global expansion starting with three cities in the US and two in Germany. The Collective’s second building is due to open in Canary Wharf in Summer 2019. It will be the first co-living building to offer a truly flexible way of staying in the city, with a hybrid model that merges both short stay and long stay.
Donati Immobiliare Group
Angelica is a real estate entrepreneur and PropTech expert with extensive knowledge of the impact of digital innovation on real estate. After working at Goldman Sachs and Ralph Lauren, and with a degree from the London School of Economics and an MBA from Oxford University under her belt, she took on the challenge of the real estate industry, with the aim of building an international business. She is the CEO of Donati Immobiliare Group, an international property developer, is a PropTech founder and investor and is a Venture Partner with Concrete, a London-based PropTech VC. Angelica writes about innovation and technology in construction and real estate for Forbes and Property Week.
Following our decision to suspend our relationship with The Dorchester, we are pleased to announce a new venue for our networking breakfast forum on Friday 26th April - the Royal Lancaster London. Renowned as one of Europe's leading venues, the Royal Lancaster London has recently undergone a £90 million refurbishment. The venue overlooks Hyde Park and has excellent transport links - it is served by Lancaster Gate tube station, is within walking distance from Paddington train station and a few stops on the Central Line from Oxford Circus.
The format of the breakfast will remain the same - a coffee networking reception from 7:30am, before a sit down full English breakfast and panel debate, which is followed by a networking café until 10:30am.
We feel it is timely to remind ourselves of the importance of diversity and inclusion in the property sector and the workplace. To this end, we have invited David Mann, Board member of LGBT group, Freehold, to make a keynote address at this event.
Our next London breakfast is going to explore whether entrepreneurialism can still thrive in today’s Market. We have two “Wise Heads” contributors – Tony Pidgley CBE and John Burns; both high respected Industry leaders - Tony has built what is arguably the UK’s leading house-builder, Berkeley Group. John is regarded as the foremost London developer of his generation, having spent a life-time in Property and having created the highly successfully and yet very different, Derwent London. Our guest Chair, Peter Bill – Author, Planet Property, Columnist, Property Week, will be quizzing the pair. What can we learn from our Wise Heads? What advice would they give to up and coming entrepreneurs today? What are their business philosophies, how do they approach development and what are their lessons learned? Is the business environment today too regulated to allow for such entrepreneurial flare?
Our three exceptional “next generation of talent”, are embracing technological innovation and have created businesses in a very different setting. What are they doing differently? What can they learn from the older generation of Industry leaders? And, can the young minds teach the wise heads anything?
Savannah de Savary – Founder and CEO of Built-ID – a start-up online platform showcasing global real estate projects and enabling better collaboration and community engagement through connecting real estate developers with consultants and local communities. Reza Merchant is CEO of The Collective, founded in 2010 from a library room at LSE. Reza Merchant’s company creates homes in a Co-Living environment – connected, inspired and collaborative – to: live work and play together. Angelica Donati, CEO, Donati Immobiliare Group – Angelica is a real estate entrepreneur and manager, and a proptech expert with extensive knowledge of the impact of digital innovation on real estate. DIT is her international property development company. Angelica also co-founded Houzen, an innovative residential platform, built with the aim of matching homes with their ideal tenants in 24 hours.
Additional / Trial Attendees:
£69.50 + VAT = £83.40 / Person
7.30am - Registration and Pre-breakfast coffee & networking
7.50am - Guests seated and Full English plated breakfast served
Speaker panel session
Q&A's from the audience
9.45am - Formal proceedings end
Additional networking until 10.30am