Who’s Developing the West Midlands?
EVENT SPEAKERS INCLUDE
Director of Housing & Regeneration
West Midlands Combined Authority
Gareth joined the senior leadership team in December 2017 established by Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street and WMCA chief executive Deborah Cadman.
Gareth worked in central Government from 2010 to 2017, where his roles included a 2.5 year secondment to the No10 Policy Unit as a policy adviser on themes such as affordable housing, land, small businesses, regeneration, planning, build to rent and right to buy.
His previous roles were as deputy director responsible for a cross-Whitehall division for regeneration and infrastructure, leading bespoke housing and regeneration deals in growth areas. Also as a team leader working on planning reform and legislation. Before that he was a senior planning officer and team leader at Devon County Council which he joined on graduation with a MSC in planning from Cardiff University.
Originally from Devon, he is married with a young daughter and is a keen sports fan, playing rugby union for Exeter and Devon as a youth.
Gareth will oversee implementation of the WMCA’s plans to increase the supply of land for housing and employment to help meet growth levels set out in its Strategic Economic Plan.
Head of Business Space
M&G Real Estate
Chris manages the Business Space Team and is responsible for the UK Investment Management Community. During the past 10 years, his focus has been primarily offices and industrials with considerable volumes of buying and selling through several economic cycles. Prior to this he has held various roles across fund, investment and asset management teams at M&G Real Estate, including 10 years as a Fund Manager. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and a committee member of the Investment Property Forum (IPF). Chris is also a member of M&G Real Estate’s Property Investment Committee and of the Credit Committee for M&G Fixed Income and Real Estate Debt Team.
Planning Director - Crest Strategic Projects
Rebecca joined Crest Strategic Projects in November 2017 as Planning Director. She draws on an extensive career in planning law in which she was nationally recognised as a specialist in strategic promotion and applications for residential led schemes, including undertaking planning advocacy at Local Plan examinations. She was previously a partner at international law firm, Pinsent Masons, where she headed up the national development planning team. She was awarded Partner of the Year in the 2017 Birmingham Law Society Awards in recognition for her legal work.
Rebecca has been a member of the HBF for a number of years helping to shape and influence Government thinking and HBF representations to national and regional consultations; she chairs one of the regional planning forums and is on the national planning committee.
In her previous legal positions, Rebecca has worked on a number of garden settlements including two that were acknowledged and supported in the Government’s prospectus, for example Manydown at Basingstoke (promoted initially of a first phase of 3,000-3,500 homes during the current local plan).
Crest Strategic Projects is an award winning division within Crest Nicholson which is well regarded for its delivery of garden village principles focussing on landscape led developments that put the building of communities and legacy at their heart. Rebecca and her team are involved in a number of large scale, long term garden village projects involving complex infrastructure requirements, delivery of extensive social/economic/environmental facilities/improvements and high quality design from the Midlands into the SW and SE of England including some forming part of large new town proposals.
In her spare time, is an amateur allotment holder and leads children’s work in her local church.
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