Creating Homes; Building Communities - South West
EVENT SPEAKERS INCLUDE
Kersfield is a residential development company with offices in London and Bath.
Kersfield has a current development program of £100m, most of which is in Bristol and Bath. We specialise in luxury new build housing and the conversion of listed buildings into large lateral apartments, aimed at down-sizers.
Prior to setting up Kersfield 4 years ago I had been developing luxury residential in prime central London and large mixed use developments in regional cities.
Over the last 25 years I have developed over £500m of real estate, either on my own, or in joint ventures.
Cllr Paul Smith
Cabinet Member for Homes and Communities
Bristol City Council
Paul Smith is the Cabinet member for Homes and Communities for Bristol City Council. Paul was re-elected to the council in May 2016 following a 17 year break. Paul has worked in the housing association sector for almost 30 years and has also been the Chief Executive of two national charities. Paul's housing experience has included working at director level within a midlands based housing association, more recently as Head of Intelligence and Insight for Aster Group which manages 28,000 homes across the south of England and two spells with the National Housing Federation.
Paul is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce and the Institute of Consulting and runs his own market intelligence and governance company.
Chief Operating Officer
Heather leads the housing, communities and communications directorates at Sovereign, one of the largest housing associations in the country. With a south and south west focus, Sovereign provides more than 57,000 homes for 130,000 people and is a major developer of new affordable homes, with current schemes including Blackberry Hill and Bath Road, Bristol. Heather is Chair of the National Housing Federation’s South East Standing Board and elected member of the CBI South East Regional Council.
Gerraint joined Curo in January 2014. He has nearly 30 years’ experience in property,
estate and asset management, development and urban regeneration. Previously he
was the Director of Development for Coastal Housing Group and Managing Directorof Pennant Homes. He joined Coastal after spending the previous four years with Barratt Developments Plc where he worked throughout the UK in the Barratt and David Wilson Homes divisions. Prior to joining Barratt Developments, Gerraint worked for Vodafone for 10 years where he was a Global Property Strategy Manager.
Gerraint leads the commercial house-building division at Curo who build homes for sale and rent in the South West. Curo is currently building Mulberry Park, a prestigious development of 700 new homes, a school and community centre near Combe Down in Bath. Gerraint is a committee member of Construction Excellence South West and a leadership fellow of St George’s House.
Managing Director of Crest Strategic Projects
Andrew joined Crest Nicholson in 2013 as Development Director for Crest Strategic Projects and became Managing Director in November 2016.
Andrew manages a multi-disciplinary team, securing strategic opportunities and driving those opportunities through to the delivery of successful communities, of which a number are founded on Garden Village principles. Andrew is the custodian for ensuring Crest’s development principles and place making vision is adhered to and delivered. Andrew firmly believes in the importance of legacy and how development must sit alongside and enhance communities. Andrew has delivered long term stewardship models and has been instrumental in setting up two successful Community Interest Companies. Responsibilities have also included the delivery of key community assets such as schools, local centres and community buildings.
Andrew has over 20 years of development experience and has worked in multiple development markets including the UK, United Arab Emirates and Hong Kong. Andrew has a successful track record in managing teams in the planning and delivery of large scale developments that are designed with place making and legacy at their heart.
Outside of work Andrew is a keen rugby follower and enjoys attempting triathlons.
Our next Breakfast Forum of 2019 in the South West will focus on “CREATING HOMES; BUILDING COMMUNITIES – SOUTHWEST”
The challenge of delivering more homes in the UK is a massive one – with an estimated need of 340,000 new homes required each year. The South West has a significant challenge in its own right to both pick up on the shortfall and to keep pace with economic growth. Outside of pure housing numbers, there is a need to improve the quality and design of homes; to create better places to live and to generate sustainable, inclusive communities, and inspirational neighbourhoods.
Key regions, like the South West, play a vital part in driving UK 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 of increasing housing supply. Homes England, with its increased powers and resources, is also making a major contribution to enable and fund 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? Can MMC enable delivery on scale? How can Private and Public sectors work together to maximise results? Where does BTR fit into the mix? How can affordable homes be delivered? Our contributors are ideally placed to provide us with their insights into the future prospects for the region. We encourage you to get involved in the discussion and ask our expert panel questions on the morning.
Additional / Trial Attendees:
£54.95 + VAT = £65.94 / Person