Creating Homes; Building Communities - West Midlands
EVENT SPEAKERS INCLUDE
Head of Land - Midlands
Lucy Blasdale is Homes England Head of Land for the Midlands. She currently manages the delivery of all the Homes England land holdings across the Midlands operating area which stretches from the Welsh Border to the Lincolnshire Wash and High Peak to South Warwickshire and the southern Boundary of Herefordshire.
Lucy holds membership of both the RTPI and RICS and has led Home England activity across a number of high profile projects within the region, these include;
• The delivery of over 10,000 new homes have been contracted by Lucy and her team
• Negotiating both the planning and the disposal of a 3,300 home urban extension in Telford
• Acquisition of a number of key strategic sites
• Management of the demolition contract and transfer to Birmingham City Council of the old BCU campus Perry Barr to enable the delivery of the Athletes Village
• MHCLG Board Member of Wallgreen Boots JV
• Providing support to the region’s first Community Land Trust
• Maintains relationship management for a number of Local Authorities in the Region as well as the region’s biggest housebuilders.
Lucy is recognised within the industry for her straight talking can do approach. She has also acted as a career mentor to a number of people both within and outside the organisation and regularly speaks at events to encourage more young people to consider careers in the construction industry. Recently won the Homes England National Award for Inspirational Leadership.
Corporate Director, Economy
Birmingham City Council
As Corporate Director Economy, Birmingham City Council, Waheed has worked for the authority in various roles for 20 years. Waheed provides strategic leadership and direction across a wide portfolio, including the Council’s property portfolio, planning, regeneration, housing development, transportation and connectivity, highways and infrastructure, skills and employment, business development and inward investment.
Waheed led the major transformation of the city centre through the Big City Plan, bringing forward key projects including Birmingham Smithfield, Snowhill, Paradise and New Street redevelopment. He oversees £2.5bn public sector investment through the Enterprise Zone and HS2 Curzon masterplan.
Alongside leading Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust, one of the city’s largest housebuilders, Waheed led the Council to set up a series of commercial vehicles including InReach, the Council’s vehicle for building new homes across the city, and the development of an investment vehicle for commercial property to help deliver growth.
Waheed is a non-executive Director of Birmingham Airport Holdings Limited.
Waheed is a columnist for Estates Gazette, and a visiting Professor at Birmingham City University, he mentors a number of graduates demonstrating commitment to support the development of future professionals in the field.
Waheed was awarded an honorary Doctorate by Aston University in July 2017.
Glenn Harris MBE
Glenn has been Chief Executive of Midland Heart since March 2018 and was previously Finance Director.
Glenn joined Midland Heart following a career spanning seven years at East Midlands Development Agency (EMDA), where he spent five years as Executive Director of Corporate Services, followed by two years as Deputy Chief Executive. Prior to that, he was Deputy Chief Executive at NHS Logistics, supplying over £1bn of consumable goods to all NHS Trusts across England
Glenn received an MBE for services to business in 2012.
Divisional Managing Director
Keith joined the house building industry in 1985 as an undergraduate trainee for Wimpey Homes. Having qualified from Nottingham Trent with a degree in residential development, his career progressed as a land buyer with Beazer, Barratt and Wimpey operating in the south east of England before moving into general management. He took a 12 month career break in 2002 to compete as a Watch Leader aboard Glasgow Clipper in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. Keith re-joined Taylor Wimpey in 2005 as an MD managing business units initially in East Anglia, moving to South Wales and then Bristol. From 2015, he took on the role of Divisional Managing Director for Wales & West and from summer 2018 the same role managing the Midlands.
The Midlands division of Taylor Wimpey operates three regional business units and delivers approximately 2,000 homes per annum across 40 outlets. This includes 500 affordable homes and provides an annual planning gain contribution of £50 million+ through S106/CIL.
Chief Operating Officer
WM Housing Group
Kate Still is Chief Operating Officer of WM Housing Group, one of the largest social housing providers in the Midlands. Kate was previously National Director of Housing for the 80,000 unit, social housing portfolio at Sanctuary Group. Between 2009-2013 she was a member of the Homes and Communities Agency Equality Board Advisory Panel. Before joining the sector, she worked in economic development and was the National Advisor to all 9 English Regional Development Agencies on Social Enterprise and Enterprise in deprived areas. Kate has also worked internationally as Director of Cultural Shift South East - a social business development partnership between UNDP Poland, Misericordia Italy and Oxford’s Said Business School. She has spoken nationally and internationally on a diverse range of issues related to housing and economic development. She is an Alumni of the London School of Economics and an Economic and Social Research Council scholar.
Our third Breakfast Forum of the year in the West Midlands in 2019 will focus on “CREATING HOMES; BUILDING COMMUNITIES - WEST MIDLANDS”.
The challenge of creating more homes is a massive one and common to all regions of the UK (340,000 UK homes pa). In the West Midlands the stakes are high, the West Midlands population is due to grow by 5.4% between 2016 & 2026 and there is the £350m deal between the WMCA & Homes England to discuss/understand. The aim is to build over 215,000 additional homes by 2031 in West Midlands. In short, there is a lot to discover about what is happening in these exciting times!
Outside of pure housing numbers, there is a need to improve the quality of homes, to create better places to live and in the process generate sustainable, balanced communities, and inspirational neighbourhoods.
Key regions like the West Midlands play a vital part in driving housing growth and opening up the market to attract investors and housebuilders into the region - therefore their success is critical. Both Public and Private sectors have pivotal roles to play in the process. Equally Homes England, with its increased powers and facilities, is making a major contribution to enabling and funding house building.
With our diverse panel we will explore: How do we increase housing numbers on the scale required? What are the challenges? What are the priorities? How can Private and Public sectors work together to maximise results? Where does build to rent fit into the mix? How can affordable homes be delivered? Inevitably other questions will arise, and our expert panel are ideally placed to provide us with their insights into the future prospects for the region.
Waheed Nazir, Corporate Director, Economy at Birmingham City Council provides strategic leadership and direction across a wide portfolio, including the Council’s property portfolio, planning, regeneration, housing development, transportation and connectivity, highways and infrastructure, skills and employment, business development and inward investment.
Keith Simmons, Divisional Managing Director at Taylor Wimpey - Taylor Wimpey have a long-term partnership with the West Midlands, they deliver approximately 2,000 homes per annum, including 500 affordable homes and provides an annual planning gain contribution of £50 million+. They have a good number of further developments planned across the region.
Lucy Blasdale, Head of Land – Midlands at Homes England has been involved in multi-million-pound housing development programmes which have delivered large regeneration projects across the West Midlands, delivering thousands of homes. Her team plays a significant role in helping the government to deliver 300,000 homes a year by the mid-2020s. It will be fascinating to hear more about the strategy behind this target.
Glenn Harris MBE has been Chief Executive of Midland Heart since March 2018, as a group they have multiple sites across the Midlands. Working in partnership with public and private sectors to achieve their ambitions, they have provided 450 units in the last 12 months (to March 31st ’19). 96% at affordable, social rent or shared ownership.
Kate Still, Chief Operating Officer at WM Housing Group - WM Housing Group is set to amalgamate its group structure and rebrand as Citizen. They are a 30,000-home landlord which makes them one of the largest in the Midlands. They have recently released news about their £870m investment for their communities over the next five years, it will be fascinating to hear more about how this is broken down.
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