The Year Ahead - South West
EVENT SPEAKERS INCLUDE
Dr Patricia Greer
West of England Local Enterprise Partnership
Dr Patricia Greer is the Chief Executive of the West of England Combined Authority and Local Enterprise Partnership. She led the region’s devolution programme from March 2015 through to the establishment of the Combined Authority in 2017. Previously she held a range of senior private, central and local public sector positions including as a Director at the Cabinet Office with five years in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, and as a Strategic Director in Local Government. Patricia’s early career included nearly 10 years with leading management consultancies. She studied at the University of Bath and completed a PhD which was published as a book, ‘Transforming Central Government’, 1994.
Deputy Managing Director
Willmott Dixon Construction
John has been with Willmott Dixon since 2007 and has over 30 years industry experience in Bristol and the South West. A proud Bristolian, John is passionate about the city and ensuring that Willmott Dixon leaves a positive legacy. John is based in Willmott Dixon’s local construction office in Bristol, where he has overall responsibility for Willmott Dixon’s projects and growth in the Wales & the South West.
TCN UK regenerate unloved buildings and create surprising places. Richard set up TCN UK in 2006 and has grown the specialist creative regeneration business into a national property investment and development company with a portfolio worth £70 million and a gross development value of £110 million. TCN manage a portfolio of 400,000 sq. ft., containing 150 companies, with annual revenues of £6 million. Rich is a recognised industry specialist in property acquisition and development with a particular focus on innovative regeneration.
Prior to TCN UK, he worked for Shaftesbury PLC, DTZ (now Cushman Wakefield), Capital & Counties PLC and Europa Capital.
Alliance Housing Group
Louise has significant leadership experience of working in the social housing sector. She is passionate about delivering homes that are truly affordable to those on lower incomes and services that customers rate as excellent.
Louise has experience of contributing to strategic partnerships and of delivering major change and modernisation projects. Prior to leading Alliance, Louise was Executive Director Customer Services at Curo Group. She’s also worked in a variety of roles for other national and local landlords.
Mayor Marvin Rees
Mayor of Bristol
Bristol City Council (Keynote)
Born and brought up in Bristol, Marvin started his career working for faith based youth charities which led him to set up his own enterprise in 2012, the City Leadership Programme, which invests in the personal development of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
He joined the BBC as a broadcast journalist and covered stories of Jamaican women in the drugs trade to tensions between communities in his home city. Eventually he moved on to explore another deep passion of his as he joined the Heaven and Earth Team at Religion and Ethics in Manchester. He also worked on the initial effort to organise the response of faith-based organisations to former President Bill Clinton's Welfare Reform Bill, and sat on the National Executive of the Jubilee 2000 USA campaign for debt relief for the world's poorest countries.
Marvin started working with the NHS in 2008 managing the Delivering Race Equality in Mental Healthcare action plan for Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset. Then planned and supported the development of strategic collaborations between city and regional partners and Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership Trust.
He took part in the Yale World Fellows Program, the University's signature global leadership development initiative and completed a Master’s Degree in global economic development at Eastern University in the USA. He also joined the Labour Party’s Future Candidates Programme in 2011, learning from recognised leaders the skills and qualities necessary to be a strong and committed representative.
In May 2016 he was elected the second Mayor of Bristol.
Ned Cussen has had a career in Property Consultancy and Development in London and latterly in Bristol and the South West. He is experienced in strategic planning, land acquisition, agency and development for major business space, retail and leisure schemes throughout the South West. He advises both public and private sector clients, and has appeared as an expert witness on development issues.
His main focus has been on inner city mixed use urban regeneration with extensive involvement in major schemes in UK locations including Cardiff, Bristol, Plymouth and Gloucester.
Experience beyond in mainland Europe includes Russia, the Czech Republic and the Channel Islands.
He was a Partner at King Sturge and JLL for 30 years including Lead Partner of the Bristol office of King for five years.
Since retiring from JLL he has been involved in Strategic Development Consultancy. He also provides strategic Property Advice to a number of Charities and is a Director of Business West.
Our aim is to kick off the year with the best possible insight into the property market in the South West as we move into what will be a critical year for the UK economy.
The South West has enjoyed a strong 2018: total construction output across the region was up; £975m was invested in commercial property between January and September 2018, a 47% upturn; office investment volumes in Bristol reached the highest level since 2006, with £396m of assets sold during the year, 77% above the 10-year annual average; and housing delivery continues to rise and is now at its highest level in seven years.
During the course of the morning we will look at the development and investment opportunities in the South West for 2019: What are the challenges? Where are the opportunities in the coming year? Which sectors are set to perform best? Who is investing? What is in the development pipeline?
Economic uncertainty is an ever-present challenge when it comes to forecasting market outlooks, however, we have brought together some of the most respected and experienced players from the property marketplace who will share their insights, opinions and wisdom. We will inevitably pick up on BREXIT and the implications on the UK & the South West and property and how we build resilience in the lead up to the EU exit!
Marvin Rees Mayor of the Bristol - will kick things off with a keynote speech about his challenges, continued vision and exciting developments in the South West.
Following the keynote our expert panel will provide us with their insights into the future prospects for the region:
Dr Patricia Greer, Chief Executive, West of England Local Enterprise Partnership is working closely with Mayor Marvin Rees, and is creating and delivering change in many different ways across the South West, including transport, housing, planning and business development. It will be fascinating to hear her thoughts on the region’s ambitions.
John Boughton, Deputy Managing Director, Willmott Dixon Construction is based in Bristol and has overall responsibility for Willmott Dixon’s projects and growth in Wales & the South West, including projects such as Colston Hall and The Box in Plymouth.
Richard Pearce is CEO, at TCN UK who are a national property investment and development company with a portfolio worth £70 million and a gross development value of £110 million. Newark Works and Temple Studios are among some of the projects in their impressive portfolio.
Louise Swain, CEO, Alliance Housing Group - As one of the largest providers of homes in the region, Alliance have plans for another c1000 new builds, one of their latest projects being Shirehampton, a great example of a successful joint venture with Bristol City Council.
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