Creating Homes; Building Communities - West Midlands
EVENT SPEAKERS INCLUDE
Chief Financial Officer
Rebecca Worthington was appointed to the Board of Countryside Properties PLC on 19 November 2015 as Group Chief Financial Officer. She is a member of the Executive Committee.
Rebecca joined the Group in August 2015 as Chief Financial Officer of Copthorn Holdings Limited.
She qualified as a chartered accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in 1997. She subsequently worked at Quintain Estates and Development plc for 15 years, first as Finance Director and latterly as Deputy Chief Executive. Following that she spent two years as Chief Executive of Lodestone Capital Limited, a business advising on operational real estate assets. She is a Non-Executive Director of Hansteen Holdings plc.
The Berkeley Group
Rob is Chief Executive of the Berkeley Group, one of Britain’s most successful, sustainable developers. He joined the company in 1994 having qualified as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young. He was appointed to the Main Board in 2001 and became Chief Executive in 2009.
In 2010, Rob launched a ten year plan for the Berkeley Group called Our Vision. This set out to make the company a modern world class business, blending homes, parks and community facilities to create fantastic places where people love to live. By 2016, under Rob's management, Berkeley was supporting 30,000 jobs across Britain and contributing £2.6 billion to the UK's Gross Domestic Product - £32 for every person in the UK.
Rob regularly contributes to public debates about the direction of housing policy and the property market and is a member of the Bank of England’s Residential Property Forum, as well as a council member of Aston University and a Governor of Wellington College.
Black Country Consortium Ltd
Sarah is the Chief Executive of Black Country Consortium Limited (BCC) and has been since its incorporation in 2006. Sarah joined the Consortium Partnership in October 1999 and has been central in developing the Black Country Sub-Regional partnership, its 30 year vision, Economic Strategy and Spatial Strategy, including joint approaches on Planning, Investment, Economic Intelligence and the Black Country Education and Skills Strategy. Sarah qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG and previous roles include Deputy Chief Executive for East Mercia Chamber of Commerce (including responsibilities as General Manager for Business Link Walsall) and Chief Executive of Walsall City Challenge.
Rick de Blaby
Executive Deputy Chairman
Rick de Blaby is Executive Deputy Chairman of Get Living, the UK’s leading owner operator of private rental homes, with 6,000 homes under management or in the pipeline across the UK, including sites in London, Glasgow and Leeds. Managing 1,439 homes at East Village E20, the former London 2012 Athlete’s Village, the company has developed a revolutionary model for rental housing. Get Living is the only landlord that doesn’t charge fees, does not require a security deposit and offers longer three year tenancies, with a resident-only break clause, to give security combined with flexibility. Within tenancies, annual rent increases are set at CPI. From first viewing and throughout a resident’s stay, Get Living is responsive, flexible and attentive.
Rick has over 37 years’ experience in development and investment in both the residential and commercial sectors and has a particular interest in regeneration and design. Rick is also Non-Executive Chairman of Miller Developments, Non-Executive Director of Altitude Real Estate, Non-Executive Direction of Curo Housing Association and Chairman of the Kinetic Foundation Charity. Prior to Get Living, Rick was CEO of United House Group and prior to that, CEO of MEPC.
Cllr Ian Ward
Birmingham City Council
The challenge of creating more homes is a massive one and common to all regions of the UK. In the West Midlands the stakes are high; to achieve planned economic growth and underpin inward investment target; and to meet the needs of the projected growing population. The aim is to build over 215,000 additional homes by 2031 in West Midlands!
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 the HCA, 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 BTR 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.
Cllr Ian Ward, Leader, Birmingham City Council - Land and property sit very high on Cllr Ian’s list of responsibilities. A former cabinet member for leisure, sport and culture, he is passionate about Birmingham and it’s sporting profile, he spearheaded the successful 2022 Commonwealth Games bid. He is also Chair of the Eurocities Culture Forum, taking a very keen interest in promoting and strengthening Birmingham’s European and international ties.
Becky Worthington, Chief Financial Officer, Countryside Properties - Countryside Properties are a leading UK housebuilder and urban regeneration company, who are currently developing numerous sites in the West Midlands. Having worked within property for over 20 years Becky was appointed to the countryside board in 2015 and earlier this year was appointed to the Board of The British Land Company PLC.
Rob Perrins, Chief Executive, The Berkeley Group - The Berkeley Group are developing a long-term partnership with the West Midlands and are looking to redefine placemaking within it. Having been given the green light on The Snow Hill Wharf project earlier this year and a good number of further developments planned across the region, the groups involvement in the region is shaping up to be very exciting.
Sarah Middleton, Chief Executive, Black Country Consortium Ltd - Sarah joined the consortium in 1999 and has been central to developing it’s 30 year strategic vision which includes economic strategy, spatial strategy, investment and planning. It will be fascinating to get Sarah’s latest on Garden City – one of Britain’s biggest ever brownfield site regeneration programmes and the HVM City Opportunity Gateway, amongst other topics.
Rick de Blaby, Executive Deputy Chairman, Get Living - Get Living are the UK’s leading owner operator of private rental homes in the UK, with 6,000 homes under management. Rick was appointed Deputy Chairman in 2017, with a focus on expanding the group’s platform and seeking out new PRS opportunities throughout the UK. It will be fascinating to understand more about Get Living’s plans for the West Midlands.
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