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08
Feb
2018

The Year Ahead - West Midlands

Bill Hughes

Head of Real Assets

Legal & General Investment Management

Bill joined L&G in 2007 and is responsible for transforming its UK property fund management business into a global-reaching real assets platform. Operating in both the direct investment and lending markets, today it actively invests and manages over £23.2bn AUM across commercial property, private residential, infrastructure, property lending and corporate credit. 

Since the beginning of 2015, L&G has worked closely with Government’s Regeneration Organisation to identify and invest in critical regeneration projects that support UK growth.

Bill previously held positions at RREEF, the Real Estate Fund Management business of Deutsche Bank, and Schroder Property Investment Management. From 2012 to 2015, Bill was part of the Presidential team at the British Property Federation. 

He is currently Chair of the Property Industry Alliance (PIA), bringing together the UK’s leading property bodies to give them a stronger collective voice on issues such as policy, research and best practice.  He also continues to play a role in Sir Michael Lyons’ Housing Review.

Rob Groves

Regional Director

Argent

Rob Groves, Regional Director with Argent has over 30 years of planning, design and construction experience. Prior to joining Argent in 2007 he was an Equity Partner at a large multi-disciplinary consulting engineer practice. His experience includes mixed use residential, commercial, industrial schemes as well as major public sector infrastructure.

Rob has led schemes from feasibility through to planning, compulsory purchase, which includes expert witness work, detailed design and construction and lettings.

Currently Rob is responsible for the Paradise Circus project which is a joint venture with Birmingham City Council for a new commercial led mixed use development of up to 2 million sq/ft in Birmingham City centre.

Waheed Nazir

Corporate Director, Economy

Birmingham City Council

As Corporate Director Economy, Birmingham City Council, Waheed has worked for the authority in various roles for 20 years. Waheed provides strategic leadership and direction across a wide portfolio, including the Council’s property portfolio, planning, regeneration, housing development, transportation and connectivity, highways and infrastructure, skills and employment, business development and inward investment.

Waheed led the major transformation of the city centre through the Big City Plan, bringing forward key projects including Birmingham Smithfield, Snowhill, Paradise and New Street redevelopment. He oversees £2.5bn public sector investment through the Enterprise Zone and HS2 Curzon masterplan. 

Alongside leading Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust, one of the city’s largest housebuilders, Waheed led the Council to set up a series of commercial vehicles including InReach, the Council’s vehicle for building new homes across the city, and the development of an investment vehicle for commercial property to help deliver growth.

Waheed is a non-executive Director of Birmingham Airport Holdings Limited.

Waheed is a columnist for Estates Gazette, and a visiting Professor at Birmingham City University, he mentors a number of graduates demonstrating commitment to support the development of future professionals in the field.

Waheed was awarded an honorary Doctorate by Aston University in July 2017.

Tony Pidgley CBE

Chairman

The Berkeley Group

He left school at 15 to form his own company in haulage and plant hire. At 19, he sold his business to Crest Homes and became a Building Director, before leaving to form Berkeley Homes in 1975. The company enjoyed rapid growth, floated on the Unlisted Securities Market in 1984, and then gained a full listing in 1985 as the Berkeley Group plc.

Tony has gained a national reputation for his pioneering approach to building homes and creating successful places. His judgement of the markets, willingness to put his personal capital at risk, and his drive and commercial flair have made Berkeley one of Britain's best residential developers. In 2011, Berkeley was ranked Britain's Most Admired Company across all sectors and is the only housebuilder to win the Queen's Award for Sustainable Development twice.

Tony is now part of Lord Heseltine's Thames Estuary Growth Commission. His expertise has been used to advise the recent Estate Regeneration Advisory Panel, the Mayor on the Outer London Commission and the Government on the disposal of public sector land. He is also a trustee of Open City London, a charity that champions architecture education, and President of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry. In 2016, he was nominated New Londoner of the Year in recognition of his contribution to housebuilding across the capital.

Maria Machancoses

Director

Midlands Connect

With a degree in Law and an MSc in International Transport, Maria has spent the last 20 years working in the UK.

Maria is currently Director for Midlands Connect, one of the largest and most successful partnership programmes in the country bringing together 23 Local Authorities and 9 Local Enterprise Partnerships across the Midlands from the Marches to the Wash. 

In March 2017 the partnership published a 25 year pan-Midlands transport strategy for the region, therefore increasing economic activity and helping to power the Midlands Engine. Since its formation the partnership has secured over £17m support from government to accelerate the delivery of its transport priorities from 2020 and beyond.

More recently Maria has been working as Interim Director of the Midlands Engine, a partnership which aims to generate a step change in productivity, economic growth in the Midlands and help drive Britain’s post-Brexit growth.

As part of her previous role, Maria managed the WM Integrated Transport Authority’s input into the HS2 Hybrid Bill and was actively involved in master-planning activities around proposed HS2 Stations in the West Midlands. 

Bill Hughes

Head of Real Assets

Legal & General Investment Management

Rob Groves

Regional Director

Argent

Waheed Nazir

Corporate Director, Economy

Birmingham City Council

Tony Pidgley CBE

Chairman

The Berkeley Group

Maria Machancoses

Director

Midlands Connect

Chairperson: Chris Sullivan, Partner, Malcolm Hollis
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02
Feb
2018

The Year Ahead - South West

Cllr Nicola Beech

Cabinet Member for Spatial Planning and City Design

Bristol City Council

Councillor Nicola Beech was elected ward councillor for St George Central in 2016 and was appointed by Mayor Marvin Rees to the cabinet in July 2017 to lead on Spatial Planning and City Design. This sees her play a key role in delivering the West of England’s Joint Spatial Plan and Bristol’s Local Plan. She also represents Bristol on the West of England Combined Authority infrastructure advisory board and is the 2017 councillor representative on the West of England Nature Partnership Board.

Following her relocation to Bristol in May 2010 Nicola has worked in the area of brownfield regeneration, and property management and development.

Nicola splits her time and is employed as the strategic communications manager for a multinational utilities company conducting the internal and external communications and stakeholder engagement activity across the UK.

Nicola is also a trustee of the Meadowvale Community Association and a governor of Speedwell Nursery in east Bristol.

Matt Cross

Head of Inward Investment

Bristol & Bath

An inward investment specialist with a masters in International Business from Birkbeck College. Matt has worked in international business in both the public and private sector for most of his career, spanning London, New York, Plymouth and Bristol. He worked for internet companies during the .com boom and inward investment focused accountants. But for most of his career he has worked in inward investment for London building a reputation working for large complex global businesses investing or invested in London.

Currently he is Head of Inward Investment for Invest Bristol & Bath, the West of England Combined Authorities investment promotion agency. 

David Biggs

Managing Director, Property

Network Rail

With over 25 years’ experience operating as a senior executive for major companies, David is the Managing Director for Network Rail’s property division. He has established a new strategic direction for the business based on a strong customer centric philosophy applied across all commercial activities including Retail, the Commercial Estate and Development. David has also been instrumental in the adoption of a partnering approach with developers to drive commercial value from the railway estate and releasing land for housing as well as leading on the Network Rail property disposal programme.

Mayor Marvin Rees

Mayor of Bristol

Bristol City Council (Keynote)

Born and brought up in Bristol, Marvin started his career working for faith based youth charities which led him to set up his own enterprise in 2012, the City Leadership Programme, which invests in the personal development of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

He joined the BBC as a broadcast journalist and covered stories of Jamaican women in the drugs trade to tensions between communities in his home city. Eventually he moved on to explore another deep passion of his as he joined the Heaven and Earth Team at Religion and Ethics in Manchester. He also worked on the initial effort to organise the response of faith-based organisations to former President Bill Clinton's Welfare Reform Bill, and sat on the National Executive of the Jubilee 2000 USA campaign for debt relief for the world's poorest countries.

Marvin started working with the NHS in 2008 managing the Delivering Race Equality in Mental Healthcare action plan for Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset. Then planned and supported the development of strategic collaborations between city and regional partners and Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership Trust.

He took part in the Yale World Fellows Program, the University's signature global leadership development initiative and completed a Master’s Degree in global economic development at Eastern University in the USA. He also joined the Labour Party’s Future Candidates Programme in 2011, learning from recognised leaders the skills and qualities necessary to be a strong and committed representative.

In May 2016 he was elected the second Mayor of Bristol. 

Tony Pidgley CBE

Chairman

The Berkeley Group

He left school at 15 to form his own company in haulage and plant hire. At 19, he sold his business to Crest Homes and became a Building Director, before leaving to form Berkeley Homes in 1975. The company enjoyed rapid growth, floated on the Unlisted Securities Market in 1984, and then gained a full listing in 1985 as the Berkeley Group plc.

Tony has gained a national reputation for his pioneering approach to building homes and creating successful places. His judgement of the markets, willingness to put his personal capital at risk, and his drive and commercial flair have made Berkeley one of Britain's best residential developers. In 2011, Berkeley was ranked Britain's Most Admired Company across all sectors and is the only housebuilder to win the Queen's Award for Sustainable Development twice.

Tony is now part of Lord Heseltine's Thames Estuary Growth Commission. His expertise has been used to advise the recent Estate Regeneration Advisory Panel, the Mayor on the Outer London Commission and the Government on the disposal of public sector land. He is also a trustee of Open City London, a charity that champions architecture education, and President of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry. In 2016, he was nominated New Londoner of the Year in recognition of his contribution to housebuilding across the capital.

Cllr Nicola Beech

Cabinet Member for Spatial Planning and City Design

Bristol City Council

Matt Cross

Head of Inward Investment

Bristol & Bath

David Biggs

Managing Director, Property

Network Rail

Mayor Marvin Rees

Mayor of Bristol

Bristol City Council (Keynote)

Tony Pidgley CBE

Chairman

The Berkeley Group

Chairperson: Jo Davis, National Head of Planning Development & Regeneration, GVA
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26
Jan
2018

2018: The Year Ahead – Developing, Investing and Living in London

Craig McWilliam

Chief Executive

Grosvenor Britain & Ireland

Craig McWilliam, FRICS, was appointed to the Grosvenor Britain & Ireland Board in 2010. In 2013 he became the Executive Director responsible for the London estate, having previously had charge of all development activities off the London estate. In January 2017, Craig became CEO of Grosvenor Britain & Ireland. Prior to joining Grosvenor he was a Managing Director at Fortress Investment Group.

Craig is an Honorary Fellow of the RICS, a Trustee of LandAid and a Director of London First. He also sits on BPF's Policy Committee and is Vice-Chairman of the Westminster Property Association.

Eiichiro Onozawa

Managing Director

Mitsui Fudosan UK

Eiichiro Onozawa joined Mitsui Fudosan UK in April 2014 as Deputy Managing Director and was promoted to the role of Managing Director in April 2016. His global real estate career spans more than 26 years with the Mitsui Fudosan Group and he is highly experienced in development, marketing, leasing, and asset management.

Before transferring to London, he spent four years as Senior Vice President of Mitsui Fudosan America, Inc., where he was responsible for strategising growth plans and assessing acquisition and disposal transactions within the company’s investment committee.

Eiichiro graduated with a Bachelor of Law from Keio University in Tokyo and earned an MBA from Georgetown University in Washington DC.

He serves as a Non-Executive Director of Stanhope plc and is a member of CLEAB, the Cambridge Land Economy Advisory Board (University of Cambridge).

Chris Taylor

Chief Executive Officer & Head of Private Markets

Hermes Real Estate

Chris joined Hermes Real Estate Investment Management Ltd (HREIM) in 2010 as CEO having successfully established the Australian Fund Manager QIC’s European office based in London. Prior to that Chris was head of European Property at HSBC.

The majority of his working career has previously been as Fund Manager at Prudential where he took a lead role in both the establishment and successful implementation of the diversification strategy of its UK real estate exposure into overseas markets. From this, Chris has an extensive knowledge of both the UK and European property markets and in particular the retail sector.

Chris is Chairman of MEPC, a non-executive director of New River Retail (UK) Ltd, a member of the Bank of England Property Committee, Vice President of the British Property Federation and a Chair of its Policy Committee, a member of BCSC and a Founder Board Member of INREV.

As CEO of Hermes Real Estate, managing over £6 billion of real estate, Chris is also the BTPS Director on the Argent Board and has been an active participant in Argent King’s Cross and King’s Cross Central for the past 3 years. Chris is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and holds a BSc (Hons) in Land Management from Reading University.

Robert Noel

Group Chief Executive

Land Securities Group plc

Robert Noel (53) is the Chief Executive of Land Securities Group PLC. Landsec is the UK’s largest listed property company and is a constituent of the FTSE100. It owns over 23 million square feet of commercial floor space and has approximately 1,000,000 visitors to its buildings every day. From 1992 to 2002, he was a Director of Nelson Bakewell Ltd, the property services group. From June 2002 until October 2009, he was Property Director of Great Portland Estates plc. He joined Landsec in January 2010 as Managing Director of its London business and was subsequently appointed Chief Executive from 1 April 2012. Robert is a Trustee of the Natural History Museum and is a member of the Boards of both the British Property Federation (BPF) and the European Public Real Estate Association (EPRA).

Fiona Fletcher-Smith

Executive Director for Development, Enterprise and Environment

Greater London Authority

Fiona is responsible for overseeing the delivery and implementation of key strategies in areas such as the London Plan, the Economic Development Strategy, the London Enterprise Panel, transport, environment and climate change and in overseeing the operation of the Mayor's powers in relation to significant planning applications in the capital.

Olivia Harris

Chief Executive

Dolphin Living

Olivia Harris was appointed as Chief Executive of Dolphin Living in April 2017. Previously, Olivia was Finance Director at Dolphin, providing financial and commercial oversight on a wide range of property and related projects, including debt and fund raising. Olivia is a Chartered Accountant and has worked for more than 15 years in the property industry.

Jennie Daly

UK Land & Planning Director

Taylor Wimpey

As UK Land and Planning Director, Jennie’s role has a direct focus on Taylor Wimpey’s land and planning strategy, with responsibilities for, and oversight of, land acquisition and complex planning matters. Jennie leads Taylor Wimpey’s response to the evolving UK planning system and political engagement across the planning policy arena.

In addition, Jennie has UK Board responsibilities for Taylor Wimpey’s Technical, Design, Production and Procurement disciplines.

In April 2015, Jennie became a non-executive director of Peabody Trust a leading affordable housing provider in Greater London.

Karen Cooksley

Partner

Winckworth Sherwood

Karen is a leading member of Winckworth Sherwood’s multi-disciplinary Private Rented Sector group. She heads the Firm’s highly regarded specialist planning team, advising clients on the full spectrum of planning and environmental issues they face, including devising strategies for obtaining planning permissions and other consents, viability, environmental impact assessment, s106 agreements and CIL, compulsory purchase and highways matters. She has particular expertise in relation to mixed use developments, tall buildings, urban extensions, waterside schemes and the optimisation of consents to increase financial value for clients. She works for leading developers, private rented sector operator and management companies, national housebuilders, registered providers, local authorities and funders. The majority of her projects are in London – she is currently working on several tall building projects, advising on the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station and other major schemes in the Vauxhall opportunity area and securing office to residential conversions under permitted development rights. She and her team also work across the country – they have recently obtained permission for the £5.5 billion Liverpool Waters scheme and are advising on new settlements in Cambridgeshire, Devon and Kent.

Cath Shaw

Deputy CE, London Borough of Barnet

Board Member Peabody

As Deputy Chief Executive of Barnet Council, Cath is responsible for the Council’s growth programme, finances and major commercial relationships. She oversees the largest housing delivery programme in Outer London, with 27,000 new homes to be delivered by the middle of the next decade. She sits on the board of the Council’s joint venture with Argent Related to deliver a new town centre at Brent Cross, including 7,000 new homes and a substantial new office quarter. Prior to joining Barnet, Cath was Assistant Chief Executive of Harlow Council and a Senior Civil Servant in DCLG. In 2010 Cath joined the board of Family Mosaic Housing Group, and following the recent merger with Peabody now sits on the Board of the Peabody Group.

Robert Evans

Partner

Argent (Property Development) Services LLP

Robert joined Argent Group PLC in 2001 and became an Executive Director in 2004. In 2012 he became a founding Partner of Argent (Property Development) Services LLP. Robert has overall responsibility for Argent’s residential projects and also oversees communications and public affairs.  He is also one of the Partners charged with seeking out and securing new development opportunities. 

Robert has led the planning work at King’s Cross since 2001 and sits on the King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership Board. Robert has also been involved in Argent projects in Manchester and the Thames Valley. 

Robert is a Member of the King’s Cross Academy Trust that sponsors the new King's Cross Academy school, which opens its doors in September 2015. He is also Chair of Governors.  Robert is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a member of the committee for the Joint Planning Law Conference, held each year in Oxford. He formerly chaired the British Property Federation’s Development Committee and the Tottenham Landowners’ and Major Businesses Group. 

Before joining Argent, Robert worked in planning and environmental consultancy and gained experience in a wide range of public and private sector development and infrastructure projects in the UK, Canada and Norway. 

Craig McWilliam

Chief Executive

Grosvenor Britain & Ireland

Eiichiro Onozawa

Managing Director

Mitsui Fudosan UK

Chris Taylor

Chief Executive Officer & Head of Private Markets

Hermes Real Estate

Robert Noel

Group Chief Executive

Land Securities Group plc

Fiona Fletcher-Smith

Executive Director for Development, Enterprise and Environment

Greater London Authority

Olivia Harris

Chief Executive

Dolphin Living

Jennie Daly

UK Land & Planning Director

Taylor Wimpey

Karen Cooksley

Partner

Winckworth Sherwood

Cath Shaw

Deputy CE, London Borough of Barnet

Board Member Peabody

Robert Evans

Partner

Argent (Property Development) Services LLP

Chairperson: Panel 1 Chaired by: Liz Peace CBE - Panel 2 Chaired by: Richard Blakeway
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19
Jan
2018

The Year Ahead - North West

Gavin Taylor

Regional General Manager

Far East Consortium International Limited

Gavin Taylor is a Mancunian with over 15 years’ experience in development, construction and portfolio management. 

He joined the Far East Consortium International Limited as Regional General Manager in 2016.  Gavin’s role sees him overseeing the expansion of the organisation in the north of the UK. He is also responsible for the Angel Meadow and Northern Gateway projects which will bring over 10,000 homes to Manchester.

Previously, as Operations Director for Beijing Construction, Gavin was instrumental in the introduction and establishment of the international conglomerate in the UK. He was also the first non-Chinese citizen to become a director of a Chinese State-Owned Entity.

Lynda Shillaw

Divisional Chief Executive for Property

Manchester Airports Group

Lynda Shillaw joined Manchester Airports Group (MAG) as Divisional Chief Executive Officer for Property in June 2014.

Lynda joined from Scottish Widows Investment Partnership where she held the role of Director of Real Estate. The role at MAG reports to Group CEO Charlie Cornish, and oversees the group’s £571m property division across its four airports. The existing portfolio also includes the £800m Airport City development at Manchester Airport.

Graduating in 1986 with a degree in Accountancy and Finance, Lynda has had a strong 20+ year career in the property industry, where she has headed Co-operative Estates plus roles at Lloyds Banking Group and BT where she worked for 18 years.

She has also held executive positions as a pension fund Trustee, an Environment Commissioner, a member of AGMA’s Business Leadership Council and a BT Regional Director. She is a Chartered Management Accountant with a degree in Accounting and Finance. 

Bill Hughes

Head of Real Assets

Legal & General Investment Management

Bill joined L&G in 2007 and is responsible for transforming its UK property fund management business into a global-reaching real assets platform. Operating in both the direct investment and lending markets, today it actively invests and manages over £23.2bn AUM across commercial property, private residential, infrastructure, property lending and corporate credit. 

Since the beginning of 2015, L&G has worked closely with Government’s Regeneration Organisation to identify and invest in critical regeneration projects that support UK growth.

Bill previously held positions at RREEF, the Real Estate Fund Management business of Deutsche Bank, and Schroder Property Investment Management. From 2012 to 2015, Bill was part of the Presidential team at the British Property Federation. 

He is currently Chair of the Property Industry Alliance (PIA), bringing together the UK’s leading property bodies to give them a stronger collective voice on issues such as policy, research and best practice.  He also continues to play a role in Sir Michael Lyons’ Housing Review.

James Sidlow

Project Director

Allied London

James Sidlow is the Residential Director at Allied London leading on the residential assets at St John’s, Trinity Islands and London Road Fire Station. James’ role includes acquisition, funding, concept and design. Prior to practical completion he provides strategic advice in relation to the sales, lettings and management strategy. He is responsible for a portfolio of over 2,500 units; a mixture of residential for sale, long term and short term build to rent, co-living and serviced apartments.

Prior to joining Allied London, James was an Assistant Director at Deloitte LLP where he provided investment and development advice to a range of clients including developers, private equity houses, international funds, high street banks and central government. He has experience in advising on a range of property types, including development sites, airports, city centre offices and residential premises.

His experience stretches cross border, having worked across Europe, the Far East and the Middle East.  James is a Chartered Surveyor and Registered Valuer.

Jessica Bowles

Director of Strategy

Bruntwood

Jessica joined the business in April 2016, a new role to support the company’s ambitions for long term growth.  Previously Jessica worked at Manchester City Council as head of City Policy.  Most recently she developed the 10 year Manchester Strategy ‘Our Manchester’ with partners across the city, lead work on the Northern Powerhouse with Richard Leese and other city leaders across the North and took a central role in the devolution agenda.  Before coming to Manchester Jessica spent 15 years in Whitehall in a diverse range of roles related to transport and local government.

Gavin Taylor

Regional General Manager

Far East Consortium International Limited

Lynda Shillaw

Divisional Chief Executive for Property

Manchester Airports Group

Bill Hughes

Head of Real Assets

Legal & General Investment Management

James Sidlow

Project Director

Allied London

Jessica Bowles

Director of Strategy

Bruntwood

Chairperson: Colette McCormack, Partner, Winckworth Sherwood
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07
Dec
2017

Public - Private Collaboration - a key route to solving London’s Housing Challenge

Pete Gladwell

Head of Public Sector Partnerships

LGIM Real Assets

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.

Rob Perrins

Chief Executive

The Berkeley Group

Rob is Chief Executive of the Berkeley Group, one of Britain’s most successful, sustainable developers. He joined the company in 1994 having qualified as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young. He was appointed to the Main Board in 2001 and became Chief Executive in 2009. 

In 2010, Rob launched a ten year plan for the Berkeley Group called Our Vision. This set out to make the company a modern world class business, blending homes, parks and community facilities to create fantastic places where people love to live. By 2016, under Rob's management, Berkeley was supporting 30,000 jobs across Britain and contributing £2.6 billion to the UK's Gross Domestic Product - £32 for every person in the UK.  

Rob regularly contributes to public debates about the direction of housing policy and the property market and is a member of the Bank of England’s Residential Property Forum, as well as a council member of Aston University and a Governor of Wellington College. 

Cllr Claire Kober OBE

Leader

London Borough of Haringey

Claire Kober was elected as a Haringey Councillor in May 2006 and became Leader of the Council in December 2008. She first became involved in politics as a student, believing it was the means to achieve change for a better, fairer and more just society. Her professional career has been rooted in the voluntary sector, working in policy roles for a number of national charities.

In her time as Leader, Claire has prioritised improving education outcomes for all children in the borough, wide-scale regeneration and delivering better housing. Claire’s focus will continue to be on securing £1 billion of extra investment in Haringey, building new homes, securing new jobs and providing residents and businesses with new opportunities to succeed.

Claire is the Chair of London Councils – the regional body that brings together the capital’s 32 boroughs to lobby for fairer funding and a better quality of life for Londoners. Claire also represents the region on the London Enterprise Panel and plays a senior role at a national level as Chair of the Resources Board and portfolio holder at the Local Government Association.

Cllr Darren Rodwell

Leader

London Borough of Barking & Dagenham

Darren is a passionate community champion. Prior to becoming a councillor, he led a tenant & resident’s association and was at the forefront of the Labour Party campaign which led to the defeat of the British National Party in Barking in 2010. He has also worked in welfare rights and has set up a food bank as well as serving as a non-executive director in the NHS and a school governor. Darren was first elected to Barking & Dagenham Council in 2010 and became Leader in 2014. Since then he has set the vision and direction of the Council which includes Barking & Dagenham being London’s growth opportunity. He was also responsible for a series of successful festivals which marked the borough’s 50th anniversary in 2015 which included a visit by Her Majesty the Queen. Since 2014 he has led Barking & Dagenham Council through a transformation programme to secure £63m of savings over the next four years at the same time as delivering real time improvements in services.

Lord Bob Kerslake

Chair, Peabody

and President of the Local Government Association

Lord Kerslake is Chair of Peabody, London’s King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London Collective Investment Vehicle (London CIV), and the Centre for Public Scrutiny (CfPS). In addition to this, he is and is president of the Local Government Association, became Chair of Sheffield Theatres in late 2015 and was appointed as chair of the Board of Governors for Sheffield Hallam University in October 2016. He was recently appointed as Chair of Be First, a regeneration company established by Barking and Dagenham Council.

A former Head of the Civil Service, Lord Kerslake led the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) from November 2010, stepping down in February 2015. Prior to this, he was the first Chief Executive of the Homes and Communities Agency.

Before joining the Civil Service Lord Kerslake received a knighthood for his services to local government, spending eight years serving the London Borough of Hounslow and then a further 11 years leading Sheffield Council. In early 2015, he was made a life peer, taking the title Baron Kerslake, of Endcliffe in the City of Sheffield.

Pete Gladwell

Head of Public Sector Partnerships

LGIM Real Assets

Rob Perrins

Chief Executive

The Berkeley Group

Cllr Claire Kober OBE

Leader

London Borough of Haringey

Cllr Darren Rodwell

Leader

London Borough of Barking & Dagenham

Lord Bob Kerslake

Chair, Peabody

and President of the Local Government Association

Chairperson: Karen Cooksley, Partner, Winckworth Sherwood
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20th Exclusive London Annual Dinner

Katherine Ryan

"One of the Stand-Out Stand-Ups of her Generation"

2017 Celebrity Entertainer

The Dorchester

Park Lane, London

Champagne Reception

Annual Dinner

2017

Dine in Style

Entertain your Guests

in The Ballroom

Matthew Goodwin

Mover & Shaker of the Year

2016

30
Nov
2017

Who’s Developing the South West?

Jason Schofield

Chief Executive

Sutton Harbour Holdings plc

Jason was appointed to Executive Director in December 2007 and Chief Executive in January 2012. He has been with Sutton Harbour Holdings Plc since June 2007. He is a chartered surveyor and previously held senior positions at Hammerson Plc and Crest Nicholson Plc.

Harry Badham

UK Head of Development

AXA Real Estate

Harry is the UK Head of Development at AXA Investment Managers – Real Assets. Over the last 5 years, AXA Investment Managers – Real Assets have overseen over 1m sqft of mixed use commercial development in the UK, winning several industry awards including the ULI global award for excellence. AXA Investment Managers – Real Assets has a current UK development pipeline in excess of 2m sqft focused on workplace and mixed use environments. 

Nicolas Guérin

Managing Director

Linkcity

Nicolas has almost 20 years’ experience in Property Development and was appointed Managing Director of Bouygues Development (now called Linkcity) in 2012.  Prior to that he was head of Bouygues Development’s London Region for 4 years and also worked with Sodearif, the property arm of the Bouygues Group in France.  He leads a team of 45 professionals developing mixed-use schemes such as Canning Town, one of the biggest urban regeneration schemes in the UK as well as residential and commercial projects.  Linkcity is generating c. £200m sales per year.

Nicolas is also the Chairman of Uliving, one of the UK’s leading investors and providers of student accommodation on University campuses with a large portfolio of 6,000 units including 3,000 units for Hertfordshire University and 1,500 for Essex University.

Nicolas’s experience ranges from high rise office buildings in Paris’s La Défense district to mixed-used projects including the development of numerous residential units, retail space and student housing units in France and in the UK.

Ron Persaud

Co-Founder

Change Real Estate

Ron Persaud is director of Bristol based developer Change Real Estate, which he founded with business partner Jonathan Bloomer. Ron has been in the real estate business for 30 years, where he has specialised in acquiring land and buildings, usually off market to create mixed use schemes throughout the UK. Change Real Estate is active in its home city, with the £180million regeneration scheme at Redcliff Quarter currently being built out. The development will include a 22 storey residential tower – the tallest in the city. Other developments in Bristol include the Old Brewery site in Southville where a planning application for a mixed-use development is due for submission before the end of the year. Close to completion is the renovation back to their original residential use of an iconic row of Georgian townhouses at Redcliffe Parade.  

Prior to forming Change Real Estate, Ron was CEO of the Cuckfield Group. Here he obtained planning consent for over 4,000,000 sq ft with a gross development value in excess of £400m, and had joint ventures with Morgan Grenfell, Deutsche Bank, Tritax, Raven Group, Persimmon Group, JJ Gallagher, Anglo Irish and RBS.  

Jo Davis

National Head of Planning Development & Regeneration

GVA

Jo Davis is National Head of Planning Development & Regeneration in the Bristol office of property adviser, GVA. Heading up the Planning, Development and Regeneration team across the South West and Wales, her twenty years’ experience in the industry has seen her involved in the planning of many of the region’s most prominent regeneration projects, residential housing developments, and complex brownfield site developments, working alongside companies and organisations such as HCA, St Modwen, Change Real Estate, Skanska, Goodmans, Royal London, Linden Homes, and Barratt Homes.

Jo is a firm believer in taking the holistic view to achieving commercially deliverable and sustainable development. Aware of both the opportunities and obstacles to effective delivery, she has an extensive understanding of what is achievable in this emerging market.  

Jason Schofield

Chief Executive

Sutton Harbour Holdings plc

Harry Badham

UK Head of Development

AXA Real Estate

Nicolas Guérin

Managing Director

Linkcity

Ron Persaud

Co-Founder

Change Real Estate

Jo Davis

National Head of Planning Development & Regeneration

GVA

Chairperson: Jo Davis, National Head of Planning Development & Regeneration, GVA
Regional Event
24
Nov
2017

Who’s Developing the North West?

Richard Cook

Head of Residential

Lendlease

Richard is Head of Residential at Lendlease, where he oversees a portfolio of projects in the North of England, centred in Manchester and York, as well as across an number of major projects in  London. Under Richard’s leadership the business has secured a forward pipeline of over 5000 apartments with annual completions on average  over 750 apartments.

One of Richard’s prized project, Potato Wharf in Manchester, forms a key part of the portfolio. The final phase of this  residential development of 191 homes is at the heart of Castlefield, in central Manchester, and has responded to market demand by offering a rare open market sale opportunity amid a competitive build to rent environment.

Joining Lendlease in 2010 his experience  includes serving as Delivery Director of the design and build contracts at the London Olympics Athletes’ Village where his team were responsible for the delivery of circa £400 million of residential, education and health care sector projects across the London 2012 programme. Richard has previously been Project Director for MACE International in the Middle East and Eastern Europe. During this time Richard was responsible for a number of major signature projects in the residential and retail sectors, notably the 96 storey Burj Al Fattan project in Dubai and Port Baku Residences in Azerbaijan.

Prior to his time with MACE, Richard worked for a number of Taylor Wimpey Plc businesses, for over 10 years, where he was responsible for delivery of the mixed-use business before being appointed Managing Director and establishing a new business sector for first-time buyers. He is a member of the NHBC Foundations Expert Panel.

Matt Crompton

Joint Managing Director

Muse Developments

Matt is Joint Managing Director of Muse Developments the national regeneration and development specialist. With circa 35 projects across the country (from Scotland to the South West) Muse’s development pipeline extends beyond 15 years with an end value over £2 billion. The Company’s 20m sq. ft portfolio is evenly spread across residential, office, retail/leisure and industrial sectors. 

In addition to his Board role, through a highly focused and driven team of individuals at offices in Manchester and Leeds - is also responsible for the company’s development activities throughout the north of England. Matt has considerable experience of commercial and mixed-use development and has played a principal role on many of the company’s major mixed-use projects throughout the north of England. 

He is also on the Board of English Cities Fund (ECf), a £100 million mixed-use regeneration vehicle owned by Muse, Legal & General and the Homes & Communities Agency. 

Jennie Daly

UK Land & Planning Director

Taylor Wimpey

As UK Land and Planning Director, Jennie’s role has a direct focus on Taylor Wimpey’s land and planning strategy, with responsibilities for, and oversight of, land acquisition and complex planning matters. Jennie leads Taylor Wimpey’s response to the evolving UK planning system and political engagement across the planning policy arena.

In addition, Jennie has UK Board responsibilities for Taylor Wimpey’s Technical, Design, Production and Procurement disciplines.

In April 2015, Jennie became a non-executive director of Peabody Trust a leading affordable housing provider in Greater London.

James Heather

Development Director

U+I

James joined U+I in March 2017. Building on over 17 years’ development experience gained at Argent (Property Development) Services LLP, James will oversee the development of the Mayfield Project.

James played a prominent role in the management and development of the award-winning Brindley place, Birmingham, and was involved in the development and construction of over half the buildings and squares on the estate. This included the management of the design and construction of Eleven Brindley place, voted in 2010 as the UK’s best commercial workplace by the British Council for Offices.

James was responsible for the delivery of One St Peter's Square, Manchester. The building was awarded the British Council for Offices National Winner of the Commercial Workspace category in 2015.

Having been responsible for the delivery of the 13-floor (280,000 sq. ft.) office development in central Manchester, with an investment value of in excess of £180m. 

John Hughes

Managing Director

ASK Real Estate

John has almost 20 years’ development experience, the majority of which has been gained during his time at Ask, delivering highly complex, city centre office, leisure and retail projects.

John joined the Board and became a shareholder in 2008 and works closely with some of Ask’s key strategic partners including Manchester City Council, Salford City Council and Network Rail.  He leads on the company’s flagship schemes in Manchester, including Greengate Embankment, Manchester Central and First Street.

John took Ask into joint venture with Carillion and Tristan Capital Partners alongside Network Rail and Salford City Council to deliver the 600,000 sq ft mixed-use scheme at Embankment in the City Centre, the first office phase of 165,000 sq ft which was completed in December 2016 and is fully let to Swinton Insurance.  He is a regular contributor to property-related seminars, events and round table discussions including North West Business Insider, Estates Gazette and Place Northwest.

Richard Cook

Head of Residential

Lendlease

Matt Crompton

Joint Managing Director

Muse Developments

Jennie Daly

UK Land & Planning Director

Taylor Wimpey

James Heather

Development Director

U+I

John Hughes

Managing Director

ASK Real Estate

Chairperson: Nicola Rigby, Director, GVA
Regional Event
16
Nov
2017

Who’s Developing Scotland?

Paul Curran

Managing Director

Quartermile

Paul is the Managing Director of Quartermile Developments the developer behind Quartermile, the award winning redevelopment of the former Edinburgh Royal Infirmary site.

He is a Chartered Surveyor with over 20 years’ experience in both the public and private sector and has been involved in a number of high profile developments throughout the UK.

In 2013, Paul led the corporate acquisition of Quartermile with the backing of the London based private equity fund Moorfield.

In 2014, he was responsible for the £82m funding deal with M+G Real Estate for the speculative development of Quartermile 3 and 4 office buildings. This represents one of the largest forward funding deals achieved in Scotland.

Paul secured Edinburgh’s two largest consecutive commercial pre-lets for ten years with back-to-back deals within the £50m Quartermile 4 building.

In addition, Paul led a deal which saw the University of Edinburgh acquire the Category A-listed Surgical Hospital building in December 2015. The building will provide a home for its new interdisciplinary hub that will unite business and public policy to address societal and environmental challenges.

Paul is Chairman of the Scottish Property Federation.

John Hamilton

CEO

Winchburgh Developments Ltd

John is a Chartered QS and Development Manager specialising in large scale housing/mixed use development. In his early career he practiced as a surveyor on Glasgow's urban renewal programme and in the initial phases of the SECC. He also gained extensive experience on the delivery of estates property for the Ministry of Defence and the oil industry.

He later worked for a period of ten years with project management specialists MPM Adams on major mixed use residential, healthcare and retail developments throughout the UK. He subsequently worked for Miller Homes Scotland as Technical Director, initially in Edinburgh and latterly in the Glasgow Region. He is now Winchburgh Developments Ltd’s CEO and is responsible for implementing the project masterplan for the delivery of high volume housing, retail, commercial and associated transportation uses in partnership with national UK house builders and commercial developers.

Martin Perry

Director of Development

TH Real Estate

Martin is Director of Development, specialising in large-scale, retail-led, mixed-use development, and is responsible for management of developments in the UK and across mainland Europe. In particular, Martin is responsible for the Edinburgh St James regeneration project.

Martin joined the company in 2006 as a Development Manager, following a career in architecture, master-planning and development after studying and tutoring in Oxford.

Over his career he has been responsible for taking over 15m sq ft of retail-led floorspace through the planning system, as well as working on the delivery of three shopping malls and numerous individual buildings both in the UK and internationally.

Martin has worked on the master-planning and development management of two new town centres, numerous city extensions and regeneration projects as well as a number of retail refurbishment projects in the UK. He has specialised throughout his career on retail-led mixed-use with a particular focus on financially and socially sustainable environments. Martin is also a member of the British Council of Shopping Centres and a qualified Architect and Urban Designer. He won the Individual Contribution Award at the 2017 Scottish Property Awards for his role in the development of Edinburgh St James.  

Marion Francis

Regional Manager Scotland | Regeneration & Infrastructure

Department for International Trade

Marion Francis is Regional Manager, Scotland in the Regeneration & Infrastructure Team in Capital Investment, Department for International Trade. Marion is based in Scotland and is responsible for bringing forward a Scottish investment portfolio of projects of scale to promote to the international investment market. 

Prior to joining Department for International Trade, Marion worked for Irvine Bay Regeneration Company delivering regeneration and physical projects in Ayrshire. Marion also runs her own project management business, mack Collaboration.

Marion has previously worked as Head of Regeneration in Scottish Enterprise and with Highlands and Islands Enterprise in Competitive Place and Strategy. 

Paul Curran

Managing Director

Quartermile

John Hamilton

CEO

Winchburgh Developments Ltd

Martin Perry

Director of Development

TH Real Estate

Marion Francis

Regional Manager Scotland | Regeneration & Infrastructure

Department for International Trade

Chairperson: Robin Blacklock, Development Director, Dowbrae Property Consultancy
Regional Event
08
Nov
2017

Who’s Developing the West Midlands?

Richard Cowell

Assistant Director Development

Birmingham City Council

Richard joined Birmingham City Council’s Planning and Development Department in 2008 and has since played a central role in the delivery of the city’s ambitions growth agenda.

In his current role he leads a portfolio of specialist functions; coordinating, developing and implementing a range of complex development projects and policy initiatives focused on accelerating development and investment activity across the City.

One of his first projects with the City was the production of the strategic city centre masterplan, the Big City Plan, launched in September 2010. Subsequently he led the work to secure the City Centre Enterprise Zone and the publication of the first Enterprise Zone Investment Plan in 2012.

Richard remains focused on the implementation of the strategic vision of the Big City Plan, delivering a range of key initiatives including the Enterprise Zone and Curzon HS2 Growth Strategy with the combined £1bn Infrastructure Investment Plans; the 17ha Birmingham Smithfield redevelopment scheme; and the publication of key policy initiatives such as the Birmingham Design Guide.

As a chartered member of the RTPI Richard has over 14 years of experience in the field of planning and development. He is also a member of the Urban Land Institute and sits on the Midlands ULI Committee.

Ruth Cooke

Chief Executive

Midland Heart

Ruth has been CEO of Midland Heart since 2012 and was previously Finance Director. Ruth is passionate about Midland Heart’s work to deliver a range of homes and services across the Midlands that enable people to live independently. Midland Heart owns and manages 33,000 homes and is dedicated to providing quality, affordable homes combined with excellent services to over 70,000 customers including support services for homeless people and older people, anchored within our accommodation. Midland Heart works in some of the most challenging areas of the Midlands and, as a founder member of the West Midland Housing Association Partnership, is committed to working with the West Midlands Combined Authority to drive the housing, support and public services agendas for our region. A qualified accountant and corporate treasurer, Ruth is also Chair of Connexus Housing and is the Vice Chair of the Social Housing Pension Scheme Committee.

Angus Michie

Chairman

Berkeley St Joseph

Angus was educated at Dr Challoner’s Grammar School in Amersham and Reading University where he gained a Masters Degree in Land Management and Development. Angus is a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

Angus joined the Berkeley Group in 1994 upon graduation from Reading University. Angus has been involved in many of the Group’s major central London developments and has worked upon a number of Group’s major mixed use regeneration schemes including Gunwharf Quays and Royal Arsenal Woolwich. Angus helped establish the Group’s joint venture with Prudential, St Edward which has a number of exciting developments in Westminster, Kensington, Reading and Harrow and is a board member.  

Berkeley Group were previously involved in the West Midlands property market with Crosby Homes who developed amongst others Symphony Court at Brindley Place. Berkeley sold Crosby to Lend Lease in 2005 and Angus is Chairing the Group’s re-entry to the West Midlands with a new company St Joseph.

Victoria Turnbull

Joint Managing Director

Opus Land

Victoria Turnbull is the Joint Managing Director of Opus Land, a leading Property Development and Investment company with offices in the West Midlands and London.  Founded in 1999 and part owned and funded by Palmer Capital, the company has an established track record in delivering added-value solutions for real estate. The company has extensive experience of working in partnership with landowners, investors and occupiers with assets under management approaching 3 million sq ft.

Previously Victoria was based  in London where she worked as an Associate Director for Palmer Capital, a Real Estate Fund Manager and Venture Capital backer of companies with a focus on opportunistic real estate investment. Before that, she was a Senior Surveyor at King Sturge (now Jones Lang La Salle) in London where she specialised in commercial investment and business recovery.

Victoria holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Real Estate Management from The University of Reading and is a chartered member of RICS and CFA. She has a breadth of experience with nearly 15 years in the property industry dealing with direct and indirect property investment, development and asset management. She has an appreciation of the challenges and opportunities facing the Midlands and is uniquely placed to view these alongside her experience in the London market.

Dr Louise Brooke-Smith

Partner

Arcadis LLP

Louise is a Chartered Surveyor and Chartered Town Planner.  She is an Equity Partner and UK Head of Development and Strategic Planning and Head of Social Value at Arcadis LLP.  Prior to this, she was the CEO of Brooke Smith Planning, a UK based Planning & Development Consultancy, established in 1994, serving a wide range of international clients. Louise was the first female Global President of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (2014-15). Inter alia, she championed diversity & inclusivity and led a series of ground breaking initiatives including the RICS Inclusive Employers Quality Mark and the Property Strategy for Sub Saharan Africa. Her various accolades include; Outstanding Woman in Construction (2015), National Achiever in Construction (2015) and was shortlisted for the First Woman Awards in 2014 and 2015. She has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Wolverhampton, Sheffield Hallam and Birmingham City. Louise is retained as a UKGov adviser.

Richard Cowell

Assistant Director Development

Birmingham City Council

Ruth Cooke

Chief Executive

Midland Heart

Angus Michie

Chairman

Berkeley St Joseph

Victoria Turnbull

Joint Managing Director

Opus Land

Dr Louise Brooke-Smith

Partner

Arcadis LLP

Chairperson: Dr Louise Brooke-Smith, Partner, Arcadis LLP
Regional Event
03
Nov
2017

Delivering the New West End - Capitalising on Crossrail

David Silverman

Director

Derwent London plc

David joined Derwent Valley in 2002 and following its merger with LMS in 2007 was appointed to the Main Board of Derwent London plc in January 2008. Derwent is the largest central London focussed Real Estate Investment Trust, well known for its design lead philosophy. David’s responsibilities include overseeing the Group’s investment acquisitions and disposals. These have included a number of Derwent’s landmark buildings including 1-2 Stephen Street, Burberry’s Head Quarters at Horseferry House and Page Street and the recent purchases of Angel Square, 20 Farringdon Road and The White Chapel Building. David is chairman of the Chickenshed Property Company and a former chair of the Westminster Property Association.

Anna Bond

Director of Development - Estate Development Programme

Grosvenor

Anna is a qualified member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, and is Director of Development for Grosvenor’s Estate Development Programme with 15 years relevant project experience. The programme encompasses all development on the London Estate under £250m construction cost, most of which are retrofit projects across sectors including office, retail, hotel, residential and public realm works. The programme is circa 100 projects with a GDV of £1.2b. Prior to this she was at DTZ in various development roles advising clients on maximising the value of their assets and undertaking acquisitions and disposals on their behalf.

Alex Williams

Director of City Planning

Transport for London

Alex is the Director of City Planning at Transport for London.

His responsibilities are:

• Working with the Mayor to develop/deliver his Transport Strategy for London

• Develop and gain powers for major infrastructure projects such as tube extensions/new river crossings

• Provide transport advice on Land Use Planning applications referable to the Mayor; Manage relationship with London Boroughs

• Ensure our work is underpinned by a robust evidence base through modelling and analysis

Alex was formally appointed to the post in April 2017 having held it on an interim basis since April 2016. Before that he was Director of Borough Planning (from 2007). Prior to TfL he worked in LB Camden an LB Ealing.

Paul Lorraine

UK General Manager

Longchamp

Paul started his career in the ready-to wear industry, where he occupied various sales and management positions. In 2005, he joined Wolford as an area manager. A year later, he was promoted to Key Account Manager and became Managing Director of Wolford UK in 2007. In 2010, the Benelux was added to his scope of responsibilities. Paul joined Basler in 2011 as managing director of their UK affiliate. In 2013, he was appointed UK General Manager at Longchamp, and became president of the RSA two years later.

Debbie Jackson

Assistant Director of Regeneration

Greater London Authority

Debbie Jackson is the Assistant Director of Regeneration at the Greater London Authority.  She has responsibility for delivering high quality and targeted regeneration programmes with a range of partners to maximise cultural, economic, social and environmental benefits, leverage and impact.  The Regeneration Team develops an integrated perspective on the problems and potential of a given place, theme or issue; leading to innovative proposals for social and physical infrastructure, London’s skill base and London’s civic economy.  These in turn act as catalysts for London’s continued growth and as exemplars for regeneration practice across the capital.

Across Debbie's programmes she is responsible for a budget of over £300m delivering cross cutting outcomes relating to high streets, infrastructure, places of work, cultural, education and regeneration projects. 

Debbie has worked in London's public sector for 20 years and in Regeneration for 15 years.  In Debbie's early career at the City of Westminster she was involved in service delivery in street environment, letting London's largest waste and highways contracts.  At Westminster and also in her subsequent role as Head of Physical Regeneration at Lambeth Council, Debbie was also responsible for innovative projects that leveraged value from public sector assets to realise regeneration outcomes. 

David Silverman

Director

Derwent London plc

Anna Bond

Director of Development - Estate Development Programme

Grosvenor

Alex Williams

Director of City Planning

Transport for London

Paul Lorraine

UK General Manager

Longchamp

Debbie Jackson

Assistant Director of Regeneration

Greater London Authority

Chairperson: Sir Peter Rogers, Chairman, New West End Company
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29
Sep
2017

Creating Homes; Building Communities - South West

Sir Edward Lister

Chairman

Homes & Communities Agency

Sir Edward Lister joined the Homes and Communities Agency as Chairman in June 2016. Sir Edward has considerable experience of the housebuilding industry, in particular infrastructure investment and large-scale developments. From 2011-16, he was London’s Deputy Mayor of Policy and Planning and Chief of Staff at the Greater London Authority, which included serving as Deputy Chairman of the Old Oak & Park Royal Mayoral Development Corporation. He was previously Conservative Leader of Wandsworth Borough Council from 1992-2011. As the longest-serving council leader in the country, Sir Edward made Wandsworth the most successful value-for-money local authority in the country with the lowest council tax charge and top satisfaction ratings from its residents.

In 2016, Sir Edward was appointed as Senior Advisor to the Regeneration and Investment Organisation within UKTI. He is also a consultant for CBRE’s One London team and a Non-Executive Director of Stanhope Ltd. 

Simon Gilbert

Development Director

Barratt Homes Bristol

Simon joined Barratt Group in 2007 and brings over 15 years’ experience in the South West Land Market. Involved with all major land acquisitions within the Division, he is also experienced in housing, negotiating S106 and windfall sites with Local Authorities and RSL’s.  Simon also sits on numerous Developer and Local Authority forums.

Dan Batterton

Fund Manager - Build to Rent

Legal & General Investment Management Real Estate

Dan Batterton is Fund Manager for the Build to Rent Fund at LGIM Real Assets and is responsible for the design and execution of fund strategy.

Dan has 19 years’ experience in the property sector and his exceptional understanding of portfolio strategy have been utilised to design L&G’s long-term acquisition and operational strategy for the sector. He leads the 5 strong BTR team at L&G that currently has 900+ homes in construction or planning and is aiming to deliver 1,000 new BTR homes per year from 2019.

Joining Legal & General in February 2007 he was recently Head of Product Development. Previously Dan was an Associate Director at IPD Ltd where he was responsible for the UK portfolio analysis service to a collection of major institutions. He spent 9 years at IPD analysing drivers of historic fund performance and discussing strategies that will influence future returns.

Cllr Paul Smith

Cabinet Member for Homes and Communities

Bristol City Council

Paul Smith is the Cabinet member for Homes and Communities for Bristol City Council. Paul was re-elected to the council in May 2016 following a 17 year break. Paul has worked in the housing association sector for almost 30 years and has also been the Chief Executive of two national charities. Paul's housing experience has included working at director level within a midlands based housing association, more recently as Head of Intelligence and Insight for Aster Group which manages 28,000 homes across the south of England and two spells with the National Housing Federation.

Paul is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce and the Institute of Consulting and runs his own market intelligence and governance company.

Anna Sabine-Newlyn

Chief Executive

Meeting Place Communications

Anna is the Chief Executive of Meeting Place Communications, which helps developers secure planning consents through work with politicians, communities and the media.  She has been at MPC for 10 years, running major pre- app consultation programmes for housebuilders, universities and financial investors.  Before this she worked as a Campaign Manager for the Lib Dems and in the voluntary sector; she has a PPE degree from Oxford University.  Anna is passionate about involving more women in the planning and development sector, and about growing the use of social media in the industry.

Sir Edward Lister

Chairman

Homes & Communities Agency

Simon Gilbert

Development Director

Barratt Homes Bristol

Dan Batterton

Fund Manager - Build to Rent

Legal & General Investment Management Real Estate

Cllr Paul Smith

Cabinet Member for Homes and Communities

Bristol City Council

Anna Sabine-Newlyn

Chief Executive

Meeting Place Communications

Chairperson: Anna Sabine-Newlyn, Chief Executive, Meeting Place Communications
Regional Event
22
Sep
2017

Creating Homes; Building Communities - North West

Tim Heatley

CEO

Capital & Centric

Tim is co-founder of Capital&Centric. In just five years since it started they’ve completed over 750,000 sq ft of development, they spend £1m a week on regeneration activity and have won 15 awards for design and regeneration. 

Some of their projects in Manchester include the £30m conversion of Crusader Mills in Piccadilly and the £200m Kampus Project and the recently completed Foundry a 50,000 sq ft creative workspace in Salford.

Having completed 5 developments last year alone the pipeline of projects Manchester stands at £330m. Projects in Liverpool include Littlewoods Film Studios, and the recently completed Bunker, Tempest and Hangar projects. The total development pipeline is in excess of £500m.

Sir Edward Lister

Chairman

Homes & Communities Agency

Sir Edward Lister joined the Homes and Communities Agency as Chairman in June 2016. Sir Edward has considerable experience of the housebuilding industry, in particular infrastructure investment and large-scale developments. From 2011-16, he was London’s Deputy Mayor of Policy and Planning and Chief of Staff at the Greater London Authority, which included serving as Deputy Chairman of the Old Oak & Park Royal Mayoral Development Corporation. He was previously Conservative Leader of Wandsworth Borough Council from 1992-2011. As the longest-serving council leader in the country, Sir Edward made Wandsworth the most successful value-for-money local authority in the country with the lowest council tax charge and top satisfaction ratings from its residents.

In 2016, Sir Edward was appointed as Senior Advisor to the Regeneration and Investment Organisation within UKTI. He is also a consultant for CBRE’s One London team and a Non-Executive Director of Stanhope Ltd. 

Eamonn Boylan

Chief Executive

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Eamonn Boylan was appointed Chief Executive of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority in January 2017. He played a key role in the development of the Housing Market Renewal Programme, the Northern Way Growth Strategy and, through his work with the Core Cities Group and the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities, in the emerging policy framework for city regions. Eamonn takes the lead role on Investment and on Planning and Housing for the AGMA Wider Leadership Team.

Claire Nangle

Land & Partnerships Director

Keepmoat Homes

Claire is the Land & Partnerships Director for Keepmoat Homes North West.  Keepmoat Homes specialise in working in partnership with local authorities to bring forward residential sites, often in challenging regeneration areas.  The company sells homes predominantly to first time buyers and has sites in Cheshire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Lancashire.  Keepmoat have increased the size of sites under development and currently have sites of over 400 new homes as well as redeveloping smaller sites often in former HMR areas.

Prior to joining Keepmoat, Claire was the Head of Strategic Regeneration & Development at Oldham Council and was involved with the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework work and the drive to increase the number of homes built across Greater Manchester.

Andy Burnham

Mayor

Greater Manchester

Andy Burnham was elected as Mayor of Greater Manchester in May 2017. Prior to this Andy was MP for Leigh from 2001. In government, Andy has held Ministerial positions at the Home Office, Department of Health and the Treasury. In 2008 he became Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, before returning to Health as Secretary of State in 2009. In opposition, Andy has served as Shadow Education Secretary, Shadow Health Secretary and Shadow Home Secretary. Andy lives in Leigh, Greater Manchester, with his wife and three children. He is a keen supporter of Everton FC.

Tim Heatley

CEO

Capital & Centric

Sir Edward Lister

Chairman

Homes & Communities Agency

Eamonn Boylan

Chief Executive

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Claire Nangle

Land & Partnerships Director

Keepmoat Homes

Andy Burnham

Mayor

Greater Manchester

Chairperson: Andrew Pratt, Senior Consultant, Housing Growth Partnership
Regional Event
15
Sep
2017

Who’s Developing London ?

Gary Yardley

Managing Director & Chief Investment Officer

CapCo

Gary Yardley has been a senior deal maker in the UK and European real estate market for over 25 years. Gary leads Capco's real estate investment and development activities. Leading Capco’s team on the redevelopment of Earls Court, Gary has been responsible for securing Planning Consent for 11m sq ft at this strategic opportunity area providing over 7,500 new homes for London. With the demolition of the Earls Court Exhibition Halls now under way in partnership with TfL, the creation of a new district for London has now become a reality.

He is a Chartered Surveyor with over 30 years' experience in UK real estate. He is a former CIO of Liberty International and former partner of King Sturge.

Tony Pidgley CBE

Chairman

The Berkeley Group

He left school at 15 to form his own company in haulage and plant hire. At 19, he sold his business to Crest Homes and became a Building Director, before leaving to form Berkeley Homes in 1975. The company enjoyed rapid growth, floated on the Unlisted Securities Market in 1984, and then gained a full listing in 1985 as the Berkeley Group plc.

Tony has gained a national reputation for his pioneering approach to building homes and creating successful places. His judgement of the markets, willingness to put his personal capital at risk, and his drive and commercial flair have made Berkeley one of Britain's best residential developers. In 2011, Berkeley was ranked Britain's Most Admired Company across all sectors and is the only housebuilder to win the Queen's Award for Sustainable Development twice.

Tony is now part of Lord Heseltine's Thames Estuary Growth Commission. His expertise has been used to advise the recent Estate Regeneration Advisory Panel, the Mayor on the Outer London Commission and the Government on the disposal of public sector land. He is also a trustee of Open City London, a charity that champions architecture education, and President of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry. In 2016, he was nominated New Londoner of the Year in recognition of his contribution to housebuilding across the capital.

Simon Murphy

Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer

Battersea Power Station Development Company

Simon joined the Project in 2011. Prior to commencing corporate side work he spent a large part of his career as an investment banker principally with HSBC where he was a Managing Director. He was responsible for strategic advisory, mergers and acquisitions and equity and debt capital markets for corporate clients including those within the property sector. He remains a non-executive director of a number of public and private companies. Simon is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and has a BSc in Economics.

Liz Peace CBE

Chairman

Old Oak Common

Liz is a well-known figure in the property industry, having served as Chief Executive of the British Property Federation for thirteen years until her retirement at the end of 2014. During that time, she managed to change the Government’s perception of the commercial property industry, to establish it as a key voice in policy debate, to dissuade the Government from legislating on commercial leases, to win innumerable changes to planning and tax legislation and, working as part of a pan-industry alliance, to persuade the Government to introduce real estate investment trusts (REITs). 

Previously, she was a civil servant in the MOD, eventually becoming a key player in the team that created QinetiQ plc. Liz is now embarking on a portfolio career with a range of non-executive, advisory and charity roles, including at Morgan Sindall plc, Redrow plc, Howard de Walden Estates, Holtby Turner,  Arcadis, Peabody and the Churches Conservation Trust, and the Architectural Heritage Fund. She is the chairman of LandAid, the property industry’s principal charity. She is also chairing the shadow board for the Curzon Urban Regeneration Company in Birmingham and has recently been appointed to chair the embryonic organisation that is being set up under the Government’s New Property Model initiative to asset-manage departmental property portfolios.

Roger Madelin CBE

Head of Canada Water Development

British Land

Roger joined Argent in 1987. He became a Director in 1989 and, for the ten years that followed, was responsible for delivering all of Argent’s developments, including Green Park and Thames Valley Park in Reading, Brindleyplace in Birmingham, and Piccadilly in Manchester and office buildings in the City of London. He became CEO in 1997 after an innovative acquisition by British Telecom Pension Scheme and, due to the dramatic expansion of Argent’s business, his long-term colleague David Partridge joined him as Joint CEO in 2006. At the end of 2012 Argent restructured as a Limited Liability Partnership and Roger stepped back from new Argent business and concentrated on specific delivery aspects of King’s Cross including the design and delivery of 3 major buildings for the Aga Khan Development Network. In January 2016, after 29 years, Roger formally left Argent and joined British Land as Head of Canada Water, a 46 acre development opportunity in Central London. He will maintain a consultancy role at King’s Cross with Argent in connection with the Aga Khan buildings. Roger is an Honorary Fellow of RIBA, an Honorary Fellow of the College of Estate Management and was awarded a CBE for ‘services to sustainable development’ in the 2007 Honours List.

Gary Yardley

Managing Director & Chief Investment Officer

CapCo

Tony Pidgley CBE

Chairman

The Berkeley Group

Simon Murphy

Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer

Battersea Power Station Development Company

Liz Peace CBE

Chairman

Old Oak Common

Roger Madelin CBE

Head of Canada Water Development

British Land

Chairperson: Jon Bull-Diamond, Senior Director, Investment Partnerships, GVA
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Jul
2017

Annual London Residential Breakfast

'More Homes For London'

Stephen Stone

Chief Executive

Crest Nicholson plc

As a chartered architect Stephen Stone started his career working at a number of London based architectural practices before joining Countryside Properties in 1983. In 1995 he joined Crest Nicholson and since this time his experience, knowledge and breadth of understanding of the sector, combined with his visionary design aspirations, has seen him rapidly climb the career ladder. He was appointed to the Board of Crest Nicholson in 1999, subsequently becoming Chief Executive in 2005.

In 2011 he was also appointed to the House Builders Federation (HBF) Board. Throughout this period he has continued to champion Crest Nicholson’s reputation as a driving force in the sector, questioning conventional thinking and positioning the Group decisively to lead in the complex and challenging process of delivering environmentally sensitive, high quality, sustainable communities. He led the relisting of the Group on the London Stock Exchange earlier this year. 

Marc Vlessing

Co-founder & CEO

Pocket

Marc is Co-founder and CEO of Pocket, London’s first private developer that focuses exclusively on delivering intermediate housing for the starter market. Pocket’s award winning housing requires no grant, is secured as affordable in perpetuity and sold outright to people on low to moderate incomes.

Sir Edward Lister

Chairman

Homes & Communities Agency

Sir Edward Lister joined the Homes and Communities Agency as Chairman in June 2016. Sir Edward has considerable experience of the housebuilding industry, in particular infrastructure investment and large-scale developments. From 2011-16, he was London’s Deputy Mayor of Policy and Planning and Chief of Staff at the Greater London Authority, which included serving as Deputy Chairman of the Old Oak & Park Royal Mayoral Development Corporation. He was previously Conservative Leader of Wandsworth Borough Council from 1992-2011. As the longest-serving council leader in the country, Sir Edward made Wandsworth the most successful value-for-money local authority in the country with the lowest council tax charge and top satisfaction ratings from its residents.

In 2016, Sir Edward was appointed as Senior Advisor to the Regeneration and Investment Organisation within UKTI. He is also a consultant for CBRE’s One London team and a Non-Executive Director of Stanhope Ltd. 

Mary Parsons

Executive Director and Main Board Member

Places for People

Mary is an Executive Director and main Group Board member of Places for People. She is responsible for placemaking and the planning, design and delivery of many major and complex development and regeneration programmes. Her present projects include the promotion of 10,000 homes in Hertfordshire, the regeneration of a former dockyard in North Tyneside, 1500 new homes on the Olympic Park and major regeneration programmes in Sheffield, Birmingham and Bristol. She is also responsible for the Group's joint jv entire activities and is a Trustee and Chair of the Town & Country Planning Association.

Reza Merchant

CEO

The Collective

Reza's journey started while studying at the London School of Economics. Frustrated by the lack of high-quality yet affordable accommodation for young people in London, he decided to tackle this problem by creating his own lettings agency called Share in the City. Over time, this has evolved into The Collective, one of the most innovative and fastest-growing property companies in London. Following a number of smaller scale schemes around London, The Collective launched the world's largest co-living building, The Collective Old Oak, in May 2016, offering 550 rooms. It was fully let by the end of the year. The company currently has a total 2,000 beds in its portfolio and development pipeline, with two new co-living towers currently under development in Canary Wharf and Stratford. Additionally, The Collective is redesigning places of work, creating flexible working spaces that help entrepreneurs bring their ideas to life. In January 2017, a new co-working space opened as an extension of its Old Oak site. Furthermore, an app is currently in development to connect and enhance the co-living and co-working experience. Reza places great value on entrepreneurship, demonstrated through The Collective Growth Fund, and The Collective Foundation, designed to support aspiring entrepreneurs, artists and outstanding students. Reza is focused on reshaping the places where communities come together ; The Collective Growth fund were the main backers behind the successful POP Brixton and through Makeshift (a social enterprise that the Collective co-founded and funded) are already onsite with Peckham Levels, a 90,000sqft car park which is being transformed into a mix of artist studios, makers space, shared workspace and events/cultural space. He strongly believes that life begins at the end of your comfort zone, and achieving your full potential requires you to constantly challenge yourself on a number of different levels. Keeping this at the front of his mind has been instrumental to The Collective's success. Reza was recently listed as one of the Evening Standard's most influential people in London and as one of Property Week's Top Forty under 40. The Collective Old Oak won the Creative Spaces Award in 2016 from Estates Gazette and British GQ listed it as the second best thing in the world in 2016, just behind Drake.

Stephen Stone

Chief Executive

Crest Nicholson plc

Marc Vlessing

Co-founder & CEO

Pocket

Sir Edward Lister

Chairman

Homes & Communities Agency

Mary Parsons

Executive Director and Main Board Member

Places for People

Reza Merchant

CEO

The Collective

Chairperson: Mark Collins, Chairman, Residential, CBRE
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30
Jun
2017

Creating Homes; Building Communities - West Midlands

Jennie Daly

UK Land & Planning Director

Taylor Wimpey

As UK Land and Planning Director, Jennie’s role has a direct focus on Taylor Wimpey’s land and planning strategy, with responsibilities for, and oversight of, land acquisition and complex planning matters. Jennie leads Taylor Wimpey’s response to the evolving UK planning system and political engagement across the planning policy arena.

In addition, Jennie has UK Board responsibilities for Taylor Wimpey’s Technical, Design, Production and Procurement disciplines.

In April 2015, Jennie became a non-executive director of Peabody Trust a leading affordable housing provider in Greater London.

Clive Skidmore

Head of Regeneration and Development

Birmingham City Council

Clive Skidmore has been Head of Regeneration and Development at Birmingham City Council since July 2008.

He has led the development of the biggest Council house building programme in the city for 30 years through the Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust (BMHT).

He has built up the programme from a standing start at the beginning of 2009 to a position where the Council currently has over 5,000 homes on site, and is starting 500 new homes for rent and sale a year, a development programme larger than any RSL or private developer in the city.

BMHT was the biggest single housing developer within the City of Birmingham in 2014-15, and since 2009 has built more new homes (over 2,000) than any other Local Authority within the UK. In addition through this work over 300 training apprenticeships have been created and 40 young people supported through a scholarship programme. Finally the programme has also won 7 major national awards for innovation and design.

He has also set up a new vehicle for the delivery of Private Rented Sector homes on Council owned land and the first scheme in the programme will start on site later this year. 

Originally a classicist, he holds a first class combined honours degree from Exeter University and a PhD in Classics. He has also published an academic book on Latin literature.

Duncan Sutherland

Group Regeneration Director

Sigma Capital Plc

Duncan set up Inpartnership Ltd in 2001 which was key in developing the overall Sigma Partnership model, working with local government partners, and has been at the forefront in setting up the successful partnerships currently on the company's books, such as in Solihull, Salford, and Liverpool. Duncan works closely with the government promoting this innovative approach to achieving regeneration and investment. Sigma has also completed on two innovative funds for substantial new private rented sector housing throughout the UK.

Previously, Duncan was Director of City Development for Coventry City Council where he introduced innovations such as Coventry and Warwickshire Partnerships, city centre management, integrated community development and chaired the West Midlands Strategic Sites Working Group. He also achieved city centre projects such as Coventry Canal Basin, Coventry University Science Park, various leisure and retail schemes and was heavily involved in the initial regeneration efforts in Hillfields working closely with the local community. Duncan Sutherland also worked at Inner City Enterprises PLC, and was also the Chief Executive of The EDI Group Ltd, a specialist regeneration/property investment company owned by the City of Edinburgh Council.

Duncan is a Non-­‐ Executive Director on the Board of HS2, a Non Executive Director on Scottish Canals, a member of the Regeneration Investment Organisation Advisory Board (part of UKTI) and a Trustee of the South Bank Sinfonia.

Councillor John Clancy

Leader

Birmingham City Council

John Clancy has been the Leader of Birmingham City Council since December 2015. He is Labour councillor for the Quinton Ward, having earlier represented the Hodge Hill Ward from 2002-2006. Since becoming city council leader, John has forged strong links with Birmingham's business community and is keen to support SMEs across the city while also attracting major investment from larger organisations.

He is the West Midlands Combined Authority portfolio lead member for economic growth – delivery of Strategic Economic Plan (SEP), access to finance for business, Collective Investment Fund (CIF), WMCA growth company, international trade and exports, digital strategy and the arts and cultural activity. John has spearheaded trade missions to China and Qatar, bringing in global capital to ensure Birmingham is a key player in the UK’s post-Brexit economy.

With an overarching emphasis on inclusive growth, the focus is on four key priorities: children, housing, jobs and skills and health. He believes Birmingham and the wider region have entered a golden decade, a period that will culminate in the arrival of High Speed Two in 2026, and is determined to ensure the benefits of economic growth are felt right across the city and in all communities.

John acknowledges that the city council is just one player in the quest for inclusive economic growth  and is keen to work with partners across the city to develop a shared longer-term vision for Birmingham.

Simon Wingate

Housing Director

Bouygues UK/Linkcity

Simon is responsible for leading Bouygues UK’s Midlands housing activities and for developing and delivering its business plan focusing on new build affordable housing, housing refurbishment, mixed tenure housing developments, the care sector and works closely with Linkcity, Bouygues UK’s development business who together are working as developer/contractor on the cities first speculative PRS scheme on Pershore Street.

 

Jennie Daly

UK Land & Planning Director

Taylor Wimpey

Clive Skidmore

Head of Regeneration and Development

Birmingham City Council

Duncan Sutherland

Group Regeneration Director

Sigma Capital Plc

Councillor John Clancy

Leader

Birmingham City Council

Simon Wingate

Housing Director

Bouygues UK/Linkcity

Chairperson: Mike Best, Senior Director. Turley
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08
Jun
2017

UK Real Estate - Future Shape of Investment

Election Special

Robert Noel

Group Chief Executive

Land Securities Group plc

Robert Noel (53) is the Chief Executive of Land Securities Group PLC. Landsec is the UK’s largest listed property company and is a constituent of the FTSE100. It owns over 23 million square feet of commercial floor space and has approximately 1,000,000 visitors to its buildings every day. From 1992 to 2002, he was a Director of Nelson Bakewell Ltd, the property services group. From June 2002 until October 2009, he was Property Director of Great Portland Estates plc. He joined Landsec in January 2010 as Managing Director of its London business and was subsequently appointed Chief Executive from 1 April 2012. Robert is a Trustee of the Natural History Museum and is a member of the Boards of both the British Property Federation (BPF) and the European Public Real Estate Association (EPRA).

Melanie Leech CBE

Chief Executive

BPF

Melanie joined the British Property Federation as Chief Executive in January 2015, following nine years as Director General of the Food and Drink Federation.

Melanie began her working life as a Police Constable in the Metropolitan Police Service. She joined the civil service (HM Customs) in 1988 and subsequently held senior roles in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the Office of the Rail Regulator and the Cabinet Office. Her role is to champion UK real estate and to promote a long-term, sustainable partnership between governments and the sector to deliver a high quality built environment, and to create wealth.

Melanie is a Fellow of the RSA and a member of the Battersea. In 2015 she was awarded a CBE for services to the food and drink industry.

Bill Hughes

Head of Real Assets

Legal & General Investment Management

Bill joined L&G in 2007 and is responsible for transforming its UK property fund management business into a global-reaching real assets platform. Operating in both the direct investment and lending markets, today it actively invests and manages over £23.2bn AUM across commercial property, private residential, infrastructure, property lending and corporate credit. 

Since the beginning of 2015, L&G has worked closely with Government’s Regeneration Organisation to identify and invest in critical regeneration projects that support UK growth.

Bill previously held positions at RREEF, the Real Estate Fund Management business of Deutsche Bank, and Schroder Property Investment Management. From 2012 to 2015, Bill was part of the Presidential team at the British Property Federation. 

He is currently Chair of the Property Industry Alliance (PIA), bringing together the UK’s leading property bodies to give them a stronger collective voice on issues such as policy, research and best practice.  He also continues to play a role in Sir Michael Lyons’ Housing Review.

Anne Breen

Head of Real Estate Research & Global Funds

Standard Life Investments

Anne manages the

output of one of Europe’s leading Property Research teams at Standard Life

Investments. The team’s activities include forecasting UK, European, Asian and

North American property markets. Her team also provides strategic input for all

of the 19 funds under management including investment in listed and co-mingled

property vehicles as well as the tactical use of global property derivatives.

Ben Page

Chief Executive

Ipsos MORI

Ben Page is Chief Executive of Ipsos MORI. He joined MORI in 1987 after graduating from Oxford University in 1986, and was one of the leaders of its first management buyout in 2000. A frequent writer and speaker on trends, leadership and performance management, he has directed hundreds of surveys examining consumer trends and citizen behaviour.

From 1987-1992 Ben worked in our private sector business on corporate reputation and consumer research, working for companies like Shell, BAE Systems, Sky TV and IBM. Since 1992 he has worked closely with both Conservative and Labour ministers and senior policy makers across government, leading on work for Downing Street, the Cabinet Office, the Home Office and the Department of Health, as well as a wide range of local authorities and NHS Trusts.

Robert Noel

Group Chief Executive

Land Securities Group plc

Melanie Leech CBE

Chief Executive

BPF

Bill Hughes

Head of Real Assets

Legal & General Investment Management

Anne Breen

Head of Real Estate Research & Global Funds

Standard Life Investments

Ben Page

Chief Executive

Ipsos MORI

Chairperson: Melanie Leech, Chief Executive, BPF
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May
2017

Regenerating & Investing in Scotland

Bruce Hare

Chief Executive

Duddingston House Properties

Bruce Hare studied Architecture at Dundee University followed by Planning and Urban Design at Edinburgh University. Worked as an independent Urban Designer on projects throughout the UK before joining Percy Johnson Marshall planning consultancy in 1978. Under his direction the company developed into one of the leading commercial architects practices in the UK, now named JMArchitects. Formed Duddingston House Properties in 2000 and by 2007 had developed out over £500m of property assets throughout the UK. Currently has joint venture projects with Catalyst Capital LLP and Oaktree Capital Management as well as providing development management expertise to major corporate organisations. The creation of value from land and buildings through design has been a central focus to his career – with odd days of salmon fishing in between!

Nicola Barclay

Chief Executive

Homes for Scotland

Becoming Homes for Scotland (HFS) Chief Executive in February 2016, Nicola Barclay has direct responsibility for managing the Executive Team, delivering business strategy and meeting the wide-ranging needs of member companies. With a career spanning over 20 years in the home building industry and stretching over sales, land acquisition and planning, Nicola is ideally placed to take the organisation forward at what is a pivotal time, not only for the organisation, but also for housing in Scotland in general.

Previously HFS Principal Planning Advisor and Director of Planning before becoming Chief Executive, Nicola’s experience also includes working with Scottish Futures Trust as well as with a number of house builders.A graduate of Heriot-Watt University, Nicola became a Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute in 1998 and is an active member of Women in Property.

Nicola currently sits on the Scottish Government’s Joint Housing Policy and Delivery Group, and chairs their Home and Place sub-group. She also sits on the Government’s Financial Innovation Advisory Group, as well as sitting on the CITB Scotland Committee, the NHBC Scottish Committee, and the Consumer Code Advisory Forum. 

John Shepherd

Managing Director

Whiteburn Projects

John is a chartered civil engineer, with over 35 years’ experience in construction, development and asset management in London, overseas and Scotland. As Whiteburn’s main shareholder and CEO, he is responsible for setting the group’s strategy, securing finance and laying the foundations for new development projects. John is Chairman of Northern Housing Company Limited, a Dundee-based housing charity (part of the Hillcrest Group) which owns/manages >800 mid-market rental properties in Dundee, Perth and Edinburgh. 

He is also a former chair of the Scottish regional judging panel of the British Council for Offices,is currently on the BCO’s Scottish Committee, and is a member of the Scottish Property Federation.

Allan Watt

Dundee Waterfront Project Director

Dundee City Council

Allan is a Chartered Town Planner and proud to be a Dundonian. He left Carnoustie High school at age 17 and started his first job as a Town Planning Technician with the then City of Dundee District Council where he also gained his Technical Qualifications. He soon went on to study full time at Heriot-Watt University where he gained his Honours Degree in Town and Regional Planning. From 1981 until 1993 he held various posts with Tayside Regional Council including Strategic Planning Officer, Rural Affairs Officer and Transport Planning Officer where he gained Chartered Membership of the Institute of Transport.

He joined Scottish Natural Heritage in 1993 as Regional Planning Officer advising SNH and Magnus Magnusson on key projects such as the new Kincardine Bridge and the proposed new Forth Bridge crossing. Allan then took up post as a Lecturer in Town and Regional Planning at the University of Dundee becoming Director for the Universities Environmental Management Course.

In 1999 Allan commenced a 3 year secondment from Dundee University to COSLA/ Scottish Government, providing key advice to Government Ministers and Senior Civil Servants on a range of rural, area regeneration and social inclusion issues. He also led on the preparation of the Local Government Scotland Act 2003 and associated guidance.

Via the nationally recruited Senior Executive ‘Fast Track’ Programme, Allan was recruited to Scottish Enterprise (SE) in 2002. Where he worked in Glasgow with the SE National Team helping set up Economic Forums across Scotland and then transferred to SE Fife where he became Senior Projects Manager with key involvement in projects such as the Central Fife Economic Recovery Plan, St. Andrews World Class Project and the development of the Edinburgh International Gateway.

From 2007 until August 2010 Allan was Senior Director for Business Infrastructure and Industries with Scottish Enterprise in Tayside. His greatest achievement was in securing £33m of investment by SE in the Dundee Waterfront Project over the next 10 years.

Allan left SE in August 2010 and established his own Consultancy which provides economic development, planning and economic regeneration consultancy services. In November 2010, Allan secured a contract with Dundee City Council to become Dundee Waterfront Project Director which he describes as one of the most exciting and satisfying jobs he could ever have wished for.

Martin McKay

Executive Director of Regeneration

Clyde Gateway

Clyde Gateway is Scotland’s biggest and most ambitious regeneration programme. It is a partnership between Glasgow City Council, South Lanarkshire Council and Scottish Enterprise. Clyde Gateway is leading the way on achieving unparalleled social, economic and physical change across communities over an area of 840 hectares in the east end of Glasgow and South Lanarkshire.

As Executive Director of Regeneration, Martin takes a strategic and executive role across all aspects of Clyde Gateways capital investment programme with a focus on Inward Investment to secure private sector development. With involvement now spanning 10 years Martin has overseen transformational projects in Bridgeton, Dalmarnock and Rutherglen with highlights including the Olympia, Police Scotland and The Albus. Clyde Gateway has won a range of wards for its portfolio of regeneration projects and 2016 saw the launch of Magenta @ Clyde Gateway a major new office location in partnership with Highbridge Properties Plc.

Martin is a Chartered­­­­­­ Architect and Fellow of the RIAS, a former Board Member of Architecture & Design Scotland and Past President of the Glasgow Institute of Architects. 

Bruce Hare

Chief Executive

Duddingston House Properties

Nicola Barclay

Chief Executive

Homes for Scotland

John Shepherd

Managing Director

Whiteburn Projects

Allan Watt

Dundee Waterfront Project Director

Dundee City Council

Martin McKay

Executive Director of Regeneration

Clyde Gateway

Chairperson: Nicola Barclay, Chief Executive, Homes for Scotland
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12
May
2017

Regenerating and Investing in the North West

Duncan Sutherland

Group Regeneration Director

Sigma Capital Plc

Duncan set up Inpartnership Ltd in 2001 which was key in developing the overall Sigma Partnership model, working with local government partners, and has been at the forefront in setting up the successful partnerships currently on the company's books, such as in Solihull, Salford, and Liverpool. Duncan works closely with the government promoting this innovative approach to achieving regeneration and investment. Sigma has also completed on two innovative funds for substantial new private rented sector housing throughout the UK.

Previously, Duncan was Director of City Development for Coventry City Council where he introduced innovations such as Coventry and Warwickshire Partnerships, city centre management, integrated community development and chaired the West Midlands Strategic Sites Working Group. He also achieved city centre projects such as Coventry Canal Basin, Coventry University Science Park, various leisure and retail schemes and was heavily involved in the initial regeneration efforts in Hillfields working closely with the local community. Duncan Sutherland also worked at Inner City Enterprises PLC, and was also the Chief Executive of The EDI Group Ltd, a specialist regeneration/property investment company owned by the City of Edinburgh Council.

Duncan is a Non-­‐ Executive Director on the Board of HS2, a Non Executive Director on Scottish Canals, a member of the Regeneration Investment Organisation Advisory Board (part of UKTI) and a Trustee of the South Bank Sinfonia.

Tim Heatley

CEO

Capital & Centric

Tim is co-founder of Capital&Centric. In just five years since it started they’ve completed over 750,000 sq ft of development, they spend £1m a week on regeneration activity and have won 15 awards for design and regeneration. 

Some of their projects in Manchester include the £30m conversion of Crusader Mills in Piccadilly and the £200m Kampus Project and the recently completed Foundry a 50,000 sq ft creative workspace in Salford.

Having completed 5 developments last year alone the pipeline of projects Manchester stands at £330m. Projects in Liverpool include Littlewoods Film Studios, and the recently completed Bunker, Tempest and Hangar projects. The total development pipeline is in excess of £500m.

David Brown

Chief Executive Officer

Transport for the North

David Brown, Chief Executive of Transport for the North (TfN), is a prominent leader in northern transport, with over 25 years’ experience in both the public and private sectors covering all modes of public transport.

As Chief Executive of TfN, David is responsible for transforming regional connectivity and driving economic growth in the region. He will oversee the development of TfN into a statutory organisation by 2017, bringing together the northern transport authorities to allow the North to speak with a single voice on the big transport decisions which will benefit the region as a whole, driving growth and successfully securing its position as a true Northern Powerhouse.

David joined TfN from his post as Chief Executive/Director General at Merseytravel and Head of Paid Service of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (LCRCA.) Prior to this David was Director General of South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive.

Karen Hirst

Director

Eric Wright Group

Karen joined Maple Grove Developments part of the Eric Wright Group as a Director in June 2016. Her role is to develop the public/private partnerships across the Eric Wright Group and progress development opportunities.

Karen spent the last 10 years in Salford as Development Director at Salford City Council and Central Salford Regeneration Company. At Salford City Council Karen led the Regeneration, Property, Housing, Planning, Transport and Business and Funding Teams.  The Team delivered a number of major mixed use physical development projects working in partnership with both the public and private sector. >

Current and previous roles:

Maple Grove Developments part of the Eric Wright Group: June 2016 to present.

Director at Salford City Council: February 2011 to June 2016.

Director at Central Salford Urban Regeneration Company, prior to the transfer to Salford City Council: September 2006 to February 2011.

Infrastructure in North Wales at the Welsh Assembly Government (formerly Welsh Development Agency – Investment and Area Development Director) where she undertook regeneration projects in Wrexham, Bangor and Caernarfon: September 2001 to September 2006. of the Easter Group where Karen managed and developed a multi-million pound property portfolio in North Wales and North West England: November 1996 to September 2001.

Development Agency – various surveying roles in Cardiff and North Wales and last role was a Senior Surveyor: July 1991 to November 1996.

Ken Bishop

Director - UK Development

JLL

Ken’s early career started in Local Government before joining Bernard Thorpe in Manchester becoming an Equity Partner in 1987 before the merger which created DTZ. He joined JLL as a Development Director in January 2016. 

Ken's activities focus primarily on the development of major City Centre sites. From an original focus on office development his experience now includes all aspects of mixed use development including Residential, Hotels and Multi Story Car Parks.

Ken has advised on some of the UK Regions most significant commercial developments. In Manchester City Centre he was sole development advisor on three speculative office developments completed in the last 12 months – 101 Embankment; One New Bailey and Two St Peter’s Square. Previous advice has included 3 Hardman St, Spinningfields and pre-let acquisitions for the Royal Bank of Scotland and the Civil Justice Centre. In Birmingham he advised on the city’s largest pre-let of at Brindley Place. In total Ken has advised on new developments amounting to nearly 10 million sq ft. 

He is currently Lead Director for Noma for Hermes/Co-operative Group a scheme of 4 million sq ft in Manchester City Centre and the proposed development Airport City on behalf of Manchester Airports Group. 

Duncan Sutherland

Group Regeneration Director

Sigma Capital Plc

Tim Heatley

CEO

Capital & Centric

David Brown

Chief Executive Officer

Transport for the North

Karen Hirst

Director

Eric Wright Group

Ken Bishop

Director - UK Development

JLL

Chairperson: Ken Bishop, Director - UK Development, JLL
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03
May
2017

Regenerating and Investing in the South West

Tom Bloxham MBE

Chairman

Urban Splash

Tom Bloxham MBE is chairman and founder of award-winning regeneration company Urban Splash, which has received nearly 400 awards to date for architecture, design and business success. The company is responsible for development projects across the country, including Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Leeds, Bradford, Sheffield, Bristol, Plymouth and Morecambe.

In 1999 Tom was awarded an MBE for Services to Architecture and Urban Regeneration.

Tom also upholds a number of other positions including; Chairman of Manchester International Festival,  and trustee of Tate, the Manchester United Foundation  and The Bloxham Charitable Trust.

Simon Preece

Commercial Director

Bristol Airport

An experienced retailer with over 25 years experience in operational and commercial roles on the UK High Street, including a number of positions within the WH Smith Group.

Since joining Bristol Airport in 2005, Simon has been responsible for a number of major retail developments and has introduced a range of new national and international brands. He is also responsible for the commercial aspects of the airport’s car park business, property, advertising and ground transportation, including; car rental, bus and coach services and taxi provision. 

Simon heads a commercial team with experience of high street and airport retailing, airport terminal and car park operations, property and public transport. He is responsible for commercial strategy and development, negotiations with business partners and the day-to-day performance of Bristol

Airport’s commercial operations.

Mayor Marvin Rees

Mayor of Bristol

Bristol City Council (Keynote)

Born and brought up in Bristol, Marvin started his career working for faith based youth charities which led him to set up his own enterprise in 2012, the City Leadership Programme, which invests in the personal development of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

He joined the BBC as a broadcast journalist and covered stories of Jamaican women in the drugs trade to tensions between communities in his home city. Eventually he moved on to explore another deep passion of his as he joined the Heaven and Earth Team at Religion and Ethics in Manchester. He also worked on the initial effort to organise the response of faith-based organisations to former President Bill Clinton's Welfare Reform Bill, and sat on the National Executive of the Jubilee 2000 USA campaign for debt relief for the world's poorest countries.

Marvin started working with the NHS in 2008 managing the Delivering Race Equality in Mental Healthcare action plan for Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset. Then planned and supported the development of strategic collaborations between city and regional partners and Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership Trust.

He took part in the Yale World Fellows Program, the University's signature global leadership development initiative and completed a Master’s Degree in global economic development at Eastern University in the USA. He also joined the Labour Party’s Future Candidates Programme in 2011, learning from recognised leaders the skills and qualities necessary to be a strong and committed representative.

In May 2016 he was elected the second Mayor of Bristol. 

Tony Pidgley CBE

Chairman

The Berkeley Group

He left school at 15 to form his own company in haulage and plant hire. At 19, he sold his business to Crest Homes and became a Building Director, before leaving to form Berkeley Homes in 1975. The company enjoyed rapid growth, floated on the Unlisted Securities Market in 1984, and then gained a full listing in 1985 as the Berkeley Group plc.

Tony has gained a national reputation for his pioneering approach to building homes and creating successful places. His judgement of the markets, willingness to put his personal capital at risk, and his drive and commercial flair have made Berkeley one of Britain's best residential developers. In 2011, Berkeley was ranked Britain's Most Admired Company across all sectors and is the only housebuilder to win the Queen's Award for Sustainable Development twice.

Tony is now part of Lord Heseltine's Thames Estuary Growth Commission. His expertise has been used to advise the recent Estate Regeneration Advisory Panel, the Mayor on the Outer London Commission and the Government on the disposal of public sector land. He is also a trustee of Open City London, a charity that champions architecture education, and President of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry. In 2016, he was nominated New Londoner of the Year in recognition of his contribution to housebuilding across the capital.

Jo Davis

National Head of Planning Development & Regeneration

GVA

Jo Davis is National Head of Planning Development & Regeneration in the Bristol office of property adviser, GVA. Heading up the Planning, Development and Regeneration team across the South West and Wales, her twenty years’ experience in the industry has seen her involved in the planning of many of the region’s most prominent regeneration projects, residential housing developments, and complex brownfield site developments, working alongside companies and organisations such as HCA, St Modwen, Change Real Estate, Skanska, Goodmans, Royal London, Linden Homes, and Barratt Homes.

Jo is a firm believer in taking the holistic view to achieving commercially deliverable and sustainable development. Aware of both the opportunities and obstacles to effective delivery, she has an extensive understanding of what is achievable in this emerging market.  

Paul Isaacs

Managing Director

Generator South West

Having initially spent 16 years in banking, Paul has over 20 years experience in residential and mixed-use development, especially in the assessment of planning risk, and has a reputation for being a trouble shooter and problem solver.  Combining the unique experience of both banking and property development, Paul also takes on Law of Property Act/Fixed Charge Receivership appointments.

Paul is

founder and Managing Director of Generator, comprising specialist developer, funding partner and advisor.  Paul founded the Group in January 2006 and is responsible for its overall direction and business development. Prior to this, in 2002 Paul was appointed as Managing Director of Cathedral Group Plc.  His first task was to deconsolidate Cathedral from its then parent company Mount Anvil. Alongside a hand-picked first class team, and after 3 years at the helm,Paul secured a highly profitable pipeline of projects with a GDV in excess of £275m.  One of which was the funding and delivery of the highly acclaimed pilot PPP project Canary South with the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA). 

This complicated mixed-use project included the delivery of a new state of the art Fire Station, 175 apartments and ancillary retail with a GDV in excess of £50m. In 1997 Paul was headhunted to join Frogmore responsible for Residential Joint Venture activity.   As Director, Paul was involved with several large, London based trophy residential developments: Paddington Basin (GDV £100m+); County Hall (GDV £132m) and Butlers Wharf (GDV £165m).

Cllr Paul Smith

Cabinet Member for Homes and Communities

Bristol City Council

Paul Smith is the Cabinet member for Homes and Communities for Bristol City Council. Paul was re-elected to the council in May 2016 following a 17 year break. Paul has worked in the housing association sector for almost 30 years and has also been the Chief Executive of two national charities. Paul's housing experience has included working at director level within a midlands based housing association, more recently as Head of Intelligence and Insight for Aster Group which manages 28,000 homes across the south of England and two spells with the National Housing Federation.

Paul is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce and the Institute of Consulting and runs his own market intelligence and governance company.

Tom Bloxham MBE

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Simon Preece

Commercial Director

Bristol Airport

Mayor Marvin Rees

Mayor of Bristol

Bristol City Council (Keynote)

Tony Pidgley CBE

Chairman

The Berkeley Group

Jo Davis

National Head of Planning Development & Regeneration

GVA

Paul Isaacs

Managing Director

Generator South West

Cllr Paul Smith

Cabinet Member for Homes and Communities

Bristol City Council

Chairperson: Jo Davis, Regional Senior Director, GVA
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