How does the Real Estate Marketplace deliver change? - South West
February 07th 2020
Sustainability | Inclusivity | Social Values | Technology
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Victor da Cunha
Group Chief Executive
Vic joined the business in 2011, initially focusing on integrating three housing associations into one, bringing together our culture, governance and strategy. From these foundations, Curo was formed in 2013 as a re-energised commercially savvy business with a strong social purpose.
Today Curo has more than doubled its turnover and has a pipeline of over 2,700 new homes in development. It has established itself as an ambitious business with a regional and national reputation for innovation.
Under Vic’s leadership, Curo has become an Investors In People ‘Gold’ employer, has been ranked 27th Best 100 Not for Profit Company to work for in the UK by the Sunday Times and has won many awards for our services and our new homes and regeneration activities.
Vic is Chair of Homes for the South West - a collaboration between housing associations working together to increase affordable housing supply in our region. Together these organisations can deliver 16,000 new homes between 2019 and 2024.
Vic is also a Governor of Bath College, one of our local partners, sits on the Nation Housing Federations’ Diversity, Equalities and Inclusion group and is active on the Bath Chamber of Commerce where he sits on the economic development sub-committee.
In 2019, Vic won Business Insider South West Property Personality of the year and the Vistage Life Time Achievement Award”
Managing Director, Homes England Division
Mactaggart & Mickel
Joanne Casey is Managing Director of Mactaggart & Mickel’s Homes England division and the Director responsible for sales, marketing and architectural design. She is Honorary Vice-President of the Institute of Customer Service, a member of the Board of Homes for Scotland and Chair of Business Beats Cancer (Glasgow) for Cancer Research UK.
Savannah de Savary
Founder and CEO
Savannah de Savary is the Founder and CEO of Built-ID. After graduating from the University of Oxford in 2013, Savannah joined Thor Equities, where she managed NYC real estate development projects. In June 2015 she founded Built-ID, a proptech platform that showcases the built environment projects of today and transforms community engagement to better shape the projects of tomorrow.
Savannah won “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” at the Property Awards and was voted Property Week’s ‘Power 100: Top 20 Ones to Watch’ and one of the Top 20 Proptech influencers in a poll by the UK Proptech Association. She is also a regular columnist for Property Week. Built-ID enables property developers to invest in communities, not just their bricks and mortar. Through a digital platform, residents can influence the built environment projects that matter to them, and be rewarded for their engagement with real donations to local charities within their community.
Co-CEO & Chairman
Martin has over 20 years’ experience in leading real estate investments across the globe. In 2002 he founded the Salamanca Group, a Merchant Banking business where he lead on the regeneration of a Mediterranean’s leading superyacht marina and Bulgaria Mall, one of the largest developments completed in South-Eastern Europe when launched.
In 2017 he became Chairman and Co-CEO of Gravity, the UK’s first commercial smart campus, which is the blueprint for a smarter, cleaner future. Gravity will be a centre for clean growth, employment and the talent and technology of the future. The smart campus’s design - informed through consultation with a team of economic analysts, sustainability and environmental specialists - responds to the shifting global trends in consumption, energy use, automation and digitalization, creating thousands of long-term jobs.
Prior to 2002, Martin served as an officer in the British Army. He has an MBA from Reading University and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. In 1997, Martin rowed across the Atlantic Ocean in a boat named Salamanca.
Chairperson: Rosalyn Trotman, Partner, Thrings
Our aim is to kick off 2020 with the best insight into the South West’s Property markets, as we move into what will be a critical year for the UK economy. Our four pillars for Movers & Shakers 2020 are: Sustainability, Inclusivity, Social Values and Technology. We will be discussing these pivotal areas across all of our UK Events Programme in 2020.
The South West is one of the leading UK markets outside of London, across all sector types. It sits high on the UK regional table for foreign investment and offers a strong combination of both investment and development opportunities. However, there is a real spotlight on the UK Real Estate Industry to adapt to market changes; coupled with uncertainty across the Property and Construction Industry. Sustainability, Inclusivity, Social Values and Technology are at the top of the agenda for forward-looking organisations, as the Industry strives to deliver better outcomes. It is becoming increasingly important to the success (commercial and non-commercial) of all Real Estate businesses; along with the ethical, moral and environmental facets that it delivers on.
The discussion questions will include: What does it take to be a “Change-Maker” in the Industry? How are we delivering on social outcomes? How can housing targets (and mix) be achieved, whilst delivering successful outcomes on sustainability and inclusivity? And, how is technology driving major change at all levels in developing the future of the South West? Who will be the winner and who will be the losers? Plus lots more!