The Changing Investment Agenda - South West
October 09th 2020
Balancing Commerciality with Social Responsibility & Sustainability
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Director of Partnerships
Olaide has been with First Base since 2011 and leads on establishing and nurturing relationships with public and private sector partners.
A qualified project manager, Olaide’s experience is varied ranging from managing communications at Marks and Spencer to working on large scale regeneration in Hackney and leading the external relations for East Village, the new neighourhood on the Olympic Park.
This varied background makes her role at First Base very broad. Olaide leads on communications and culture for all First Base’s projects, develops strategic relationships to help embed the company into new locations and builds crucial contacts with brands and emerging industries to play a part in developments.
Placemaking and Investment Director
Alexandra Notay is Placemaking and Investment Director at PfP Capital, the fund and asset management arm of Places for People Group, overseeing a UK-wide residential strategy. She is an internationally recognised expert on build to rent, placemaking and sustainable urban development, with 16 years’ strategic advisory experience to private sector, government and third sector organisations across four continents. In January 2019 Alex was selected as one of the 48 women shaping the future of UK real estate at the prestigious BISNOW Women Leaders event.
Alex is a published author and editor of over 30 books and reports on real estate including the renowned ULI UK Best Practice Guide on Build to Rent (2014, 2016). Alex is a vice-chair of the ULI UK Residential Council, chair of the BPF sub-committee on residential ESG, serves on the BPF Build to Rent Committee and is an Associate Member of CREFC Europe. She is also a non-executive director of Essensys plc, Sound Diplomacy, SouthWest Board Member for LandAid and trustee of the SunScreenIT Foundation.
With a reputation for being ‘abnormally energetic’, Alex is passionate about enabling tangible social impact through innovation and collaboration as well as mentoring the next generation of diverse talent.
Head of Public Sector Partnerships
Legal & General Investment Management
Pete Gladwell joined Legal & General in August 2007, with responsibility for the design and development of new funds and overseeing relationships with pension funds, investment consultants, and insurance clients. He led on the creation of a new generation of property funds particularly focussed on liability matching and Defined Contributions pension funds and L&G’s joint ventures with Dutch pension funds, which now total over £5 billion. In 2013, Pete was appointed Head of Public Sector Partnerships, to lead L&G’s direct investments across property and infrastructure into partnerships with Local and Combined Authorities, Registered Providers, Universities, the NHS, and central government, including One Public Estate and the “RIO Regeneration Investment Collective” with the Department of International Trade. These investments total over £4.35bn.
Pete was formally a Senior Analyst in DTZ Research and enjoyed an erstwhile life as a youth worker for seven years in the Oxfordshire area.
Pete is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and Member of Brasenose College, Oxford University; holding a post-graduate MA, as well as an initial degree in Computation. He also holds the Investment Management Certificate.
Pete is also a Trustee for the Young Foundation, which works to create a more equal and just society through social innovation, and heavily involved in local community initiatives in Harlesden, London.
Head of Real Estate
Maria Connolly heads TLTs 200 strong national real estate Group. She also leads TLT’s energy sector and both her and the team are nationally recognised for the work done in this sector. Maria is currently advising on some of the first electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure projects to be implemented in the UK and has extensive experience in battery storage and other clean energy technologies..
Maria acts for a wide range of major corporates in relation to both strategic and business as usual real estate transaction as well as for lenders, funds and investors.
Maria is independently recognised as an expert in the field of Energy & Natural Resources: Renewables & Alternative Energy (UK-wide) and Real Estate (Bristol & Surrounds) by Chambers UK, and a leading individual in the field of Energy by Legal 500. Maria is a mentor and founding member of the Regen Entrepreneurial Women in Renewable Energy programme and is a regular speaker at industry events.
Chairperson: Maria Connolly, Head of Real Estate, TLT
THE CHANGING INVESTMENT AGENDA - SOUTH WEST breakfast event will explore the prospects for the region and the opportunities for investment. The big issues for investors are BALANCING COMMERCIALITY WITH SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY / SUSTAINABILITY and WHAT HAS CHANGED THROUGH THE PANDEMIC. Whereas, one could argue at the start of 2020, that the balance had tipped in favour of the ethical / sustainable investments, and in fact the latter was starting to drive better commercial returns; COVID-19 has muddied the Market somewhat.
The panel will look at how investment decisions are now being made. Environmental Social Governance (ESG) and Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) still sits high on the agenda. Risk now requires more intricate data (the role of technology) and ROI is now viewed in terms of both ethical / social financial rewards and both can be quantitatively measured.
The South West is a buoyant Marketplace and Bristol is considered to be one of the UK’s “economic hotspots”. The SW poses a good choice for investment across the Real Estate spectrum. Workloads have been good and the SW appears set to pick up and continue its 2019 / early 2020 growth trends, across all sectors. Housing targets are clearly big and more partnerships and joint ventures are emerging between government bodies, the private sector and housing associations, to meet demand.
The breakfast and topic comes at a very appropriate time, to discuss and debate driving investment, balancing commercial and social responsibility; whilst recovering from a Global pandemic.
Join as to get up to speed on the latest thinking on these topics!