The Changing Investment Agenda - North West
September 25th 2020
Balancing Commerciality with Social Responsibility & Sustainability
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.
Head of Residential
Schroder Real Estate Investment Management
James is Head of Residential at Schroders Real Estate Investment Management, having previously been Head of Specialist Funds at Brooks Macdonald Group Plc.
James is the fund manager of Ground Rents Income Fund Plc, a listed UK REIT, and has a history of investment in various alternative asset classes such as Long Income, Residential, Student Accommodation and Farmland. James attended Harvard business School in 2010, is an FCA Approved person, Associate Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
Head of Environmental, Social and Governance
Edward is Head of Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) for Aviva Investors’ £46bn Real Assets platform, leading the firm’s ESG strategy across real estate and infrastructure investment, development and asset management. Ed has 17 years’ industry experience, and most recently held the role of Sustainability Insights Director at Landsec, where he led integration of the company’s sustainability strategy through a £3.6bn development pipeline as well as ESG strategy, research and governance functions. Ed is a recent graduate of the Sustainability Leadership course at Harvard. He holds an Executive MBA with Distinction from Cass, one of the UK’s highest-ranking business schools.
DTZ Investors UK
Tom has worked in the commercial property sector for nine years and joined DTZ Investors in 2014 undertaking a fund management role. Prior to DTZ Investors, he worked as an Investment Surveyor at SEGRO plc where he started his career in 2010.
Tom’s primary responsibilities include implementing the fund’s investment strategy and managing its trading activities through strategic portfolio asset management and the execution of real estate transaction. Tom has a range of experience including:
•Implementation of portfolio asset management strategies;
•Sourcing and analysing real estate investment opportunities;
•Processing real estate transactions including both acquisitions and disposals;
•Undertaking portfolio analysis and formalising fund performance reports.
One of Tom’s primary responsibilities includes the asset management of King Street in the heart of Manchester’s City Centre where DTZ Investors have recently implemented a placemaking strategy to regenerate one of Manchester’s primary shopping destinations.
Jo is a chartered environmentalist and leads on all aspects of sustainability for Peel L&P which holds 20,000 acres of land and a £2.6 billion diverse property portfolio across the UK. In 2019 Jo published Peel L&P’s first Sustainability Five Year Plan, based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and recently helped the business to achieve net zero carbon status for 11 buildings.
Firmly believing in a collaborative approach to deliver sustainable outcomes, Jo works with the Doncaster Climate Change Commission and Local Nature Partnerships in Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Liverpool, helping the latter to develop an ecosystem services-led natural capital baseline last year.
Before joining Peel in 2016, Jo worked for the Environment Agency and prior to that managed global sustainable procurement issues for a large DIY retailer.
Chairperson: Maria Connolly, Head of Real Estate, TLT
Our event on: THE CHANGING INVESTMENT AGENDA - NORTH WEST, will explore the prospects for the region, the opportunities for investment and the challenges of getting projects off the ground. The big issue for investors over the last 12 months has been BALANCING COMMERCIALITY WITH SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY & SUSTAINABILITY.
In a COVID-19 World, the goal posts have changed and investment is arguably harder to gain; and the value of socially responsibility, ethical or green investments is still there, but the very real need for commercial returns can be a matter of survival.
Movers & Shakers has set out four pillars for 2020:
SUSTAINABILITY | INCLUSIVITY | SOCIAL VALUES | TECHNOLOGY. These themes run through all of our 2020 events.
The panel will look at how investment decisions are now being made. Environmental Social Governance (ESG) and Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) sits high on the agenda. Risk now requires more intricate data (the role of technology) and ROI can now be viewed in terms of both ethical / social and financial rewards.
The North West is a strong Market and still a good choice for investors, and Manchester is set for a period of major growth in all sectors, including its population, housing, and offices over the next 15 years according to the City Council’s Annual State of the City report. During 2019 in Manchester there were more cranes in the sky than ever recorded and with great leadership in place, the North West is capable of moving quickly in ‘building back better’ post COVID-19. Manchester still remains the largest office market of any City outside of London and provides great opportunity to the investor!