The Changing Investment Agenda - South West
October 09th 2020
Balancing Commerciality with Social Responsibility & Sustainability
Planning & Sustainability Director
In 2017 Simon became the Planning and Sustainability Director at Bristol Airport, after over 16 years of experience in the aviation sector. Having worked at both Heathrow and Luton, as well as being a qualified transport planner, he is a proven airport executive. Part of Simon’s current role is to consider how Bristol Airport can meet the challenge of serving the South West region’s demand for international connectivity in a way that is sensitive to the local community and environment. His previous roles, most recently as Planning and Policy Director at Heathrow, have led to his keen knowledge of strategic planning, community and government engagement, surface access strategy, master planning, development and corporate social responsibility.
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.
BTR Fund Director
Alexandra is an internationally recognised expert on Build to Rent, placemaking and sustainable urban development. She has 14 years’ strategic advisory experience to public and private sector clients in the UK, US, Europe and Australia and now leads the BTR fund for PfP Capital, part of Places for People Group. 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 ULI UK Residential Council, serves on the BPF Build to Rent Committee and is an Associate Member of CREFC Europe. She is also a trustee of SunScreenIT Foundation, non-executive director of Sound Diplomacy and SouthWest Board Member for LandAid.
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.
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!