How does the Real Estate Marketplace deliver change? - West Midlands
February 12th 2020
Sustainability | Inclusivity | Social Values | Technology
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Director of Community Engagement
Bridget Wilkins is Director of Community Engagement at Built-ID where she is responsible for leading the team to scale the Give-My-View platform.Bridget has ten years of international real estate experience having worked at CBRE in the UK Development team and Asia Pacific Capital Markets. Bridget is an expert in the global PropTech sector and the wider real estate industry through her role on the CBRE UK Innovation Board and as a founding member of the Urban Land Institute UK Tech Forum.Bridget is a passionate advocate for developing the next generation of real estate professionals across London, with a focus on skills evolution into the digital age, through her role as a Steering Member of the City Property Association Next Generation Committee and as a Co-Founder of the Peer 20 Networking & Social Impact Program.
As Corporate Director of one of the leading authorities for sustainable development and economic growth, Jason has overseen one of the most proactive and significant shifts in strategic delivery to ensure a sustainable approach to growth.
At Central Bedfordshire Council, Jason leads the Regeneration and Business Directorate, developing an integrated approach to investment, development, regeneration, employment and skills, in close partnership with business and industry. Balancing enviro-economic growth that delivers social benefit, this has unlocked over £3bn of investment in four years for the area.
Having previously held a range of Director-level positions at Regional Development Agency, County and Unitary bodies, Jason is one of the leading strategic growth enablers shaping approaches to deliver commercial, residential, economic and strategic infrastructure sustainably. In addition to his primary role, is Chairman of UK Business Council for Sustainable Development (UKBCSD) which focuses on the implementation of sustainable development practice nationally and was formerly Chair of the Central Corridor Officer Group (CCoG) for OxCamb Growth Corridor.
His work with both public and private sector organisations at a senior and board level encouraged the development of innovative public/private partnerships with national providers. Jason has spearheaded critical sector investments that delivered nationally award-winning services, projects and strategic growth outcomes. These include enabling sector investment partnerships of national significance in advanced logistics, M1/A1, off-shore Energy industry, seafood, aviation, advanced tech & research and visitor economy.
Acting Assistant Director, Planning and Development
Birmingham City Council
Simon is the Acting Assistant Director within the Planning and Development service area for Birmingham City Council. As a qualified Architect Simon is Birmingham City Council’s lead design advisor championing design quality within the built environment.
Having responsibility for ‘Specific Specialist Areas’ such as the City Design Team, City Centre Planning Management, City Centre Development, Enforcement and Householder Simon encourages and enables the highest standards of Place Making, Planning, Architecture, Urban Design, Arboriculture, Historic Conservation and Landscape Design across all new development in the City for the benefit of all the citizens of Birmingham.
Simon is known for his ability to successfully combine Architecture and Urban Design to create holistic environments and is responsible for recent Masterplans such as ‘Birmingham Curzon HS2 Masterplan for growth’, ‘Birmingham Smithfield Masterplan’, ‘Langley Sustainable Urban Extension’ and most recently the ‘Rea Valley Urban Quarter Masterplan’.
This includes acting as the focal point on design issues and stimulating design quality through multi-agency project team working and close interaction with external developers, key stakeholders and partners in relation to the design of new development being promoted and managed through the Planning and Development Service that reflects the international standing of the City of Birmingham.
Simon is listed in the Birmingham Central University ‘Sphere of Influence’ the 50 top influencers within the architecture and landscape sector to graduate from the Birmingham School of Architecture.
General Manager, Social-Economic Development
Vanessa leads the social impact delivery team at Lendlease Europe, overseeing a team of socio-economic development managers and community engagement staff. Vanessa has been overseeing the development of a social value framework for the business globally and manages the social innovation agenda including the Loneliness Lab. Prior to joining Lendlease in 2017 she has 15 years’ experience working in both the not for profit and public sectors in Australia and Malaysia across economic development.
Chairperson: Chris Sullivan, Partner, Hollis
2020 marks the 25th Anniversary for Movers & Shakers. Our first breakfast of the year in the West Midlands will be held on February 12th. The topic is: “How does the Real Estate Marketplace deliver Change?”. We have set out Four Pillars for Movers & Shakers in 2020; to run through our UK Events Programme: Sustainability, Inclusivity, Social Values and Technology
The breakfast will focus on these pivotal themes and address how the RE Marketplace can deliver real change for both PEOPLE and the PLANET. As 2020 comes upon us, there are clear pressures on all of us in the Industry to adapt to a changing World – environmentally, socially (even culturally), economically, politically and technologically. For all the right reasons, the Real Estate Industry is needing to step up and take responsibility; as a major consumer of the World’s resources and as one of the largest contributors to Climate Change.
The West Midlands 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. Our four 2020 pillars are key themes 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 West Midlands? Who will be the winners and who will be the losers? Plus lots more!