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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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06
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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Jun
2017

UK Real Estate - Future Shape of Investment

Election Special

Robert Noel

Group Chief Executive

Land Securities Group plc

From 1992 to 2002, Rob was a Director of Nelson Bakewell Ltd, the property services group. He joined Great Portland Estates plc, the FTSE 250 REIT, in June 2002 as part of a new management team, and was appointed to the Board in August 2002.

He joined Land Securities Group PLC in January 2010 and was appointed to the Board as Managing Director of its London business responsible for 10 million sq ft of commercial floor space in the capital; and was appointed Group Chief Executive from 1 April 2012. Robert is also a Trustee and Director of LandAid and sits on the policy committee of the British Property Federation. He is a Past Chairman of the Westminster Property Association and formerly a Director of The New West End Company, the central London business improvement district.

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

Chairman

Urban Splash

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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26
Apr
2017

Estates Renewal – Regenerating Homes & Communities

Richard Cherry

CEO, Partnerships

Countryside Properties

Appointed CEO of our Partnerships Divisions in the South and the North in January 2015 having previously been Deputy Chairman and Group New Business Director since 2005 and Head of Division of the Group's Partnerships business.

He also has substantial experience in the development of major mixed-use, mixed-tenure communities. 

He is Chairman of the Executive Committee and a member of the Health & Safety Committee and the Environment & Quality Committee.

Richard joined the Group as a graduate trainee from Reading University in 1982 where he had gained a BSc (Hons) in Land Management and was appointed to the Board in 1986.

David Lunts

Executive Director of Housing & Land

GLA

​David Lunts is Executive Director of Housing and Land at the GLA where he leads the work to establish the housing functions that devolved from the HCA and LDA to the Mayor of London in April 2012.  From 2008 until May 2011 he was the Executive Director for London at the Homes and Communities Agency.  He was previously Executive Director for Policy & Partnerships at the GLA, with responsibility for planning, regeneration, environmental and social policy.  Before moving to the GLA in 2005, he was Director of Urban Policy at the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.  He began his housing and regeneration career in Manchester which included the leadership of the City Challenge renewal of Hulme in the early 1990's.  David moved to London in 1996 to run the Urban Villages Forum, a widely supported membership not-for-profit group, and became the founding chief executive of the Prince's Foundation in 1998.  He was also a member of Lord Rogers' Urban Task Force.

Peter Pereira Gray

Managing Director Investment Division

Wellcome Trust

Peter Pereira Gray is a Managing Director in the Investment Division of The Wellcome Trust. Peter is working with a team managing the £18 billion multi asset global investment portfolio, reporting to the Chief Investment Officer. Peter is also a member of the Investment Committee.

Peter is the Chairman of the farming & land management business, Farmcare Ltd, as well as the UK Marina, Boatyard and Boat Storage organisation Premier Marinas Ltd. Peter is also a Main Board Director of VeroGroup, a newly formed student housing joint venture with Goldman Sachs.

Peter is a Life Member and past Chairman of the Investment Property Forum, a past founding and advisory board member and member of the Management Board of INREV. He is a member of both the Bank of England Commercial and Residential Property Forums, and a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.  Peter is an Advisory Board member for Composition Capital Partners, and an honorary vice president of Cambridge University Land Society. He is a Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an Advisory Board member and Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Continuing Professional Development.

Kate Davies

Chief Executive

Notting Hill Housing

Kate Davies joined Notting Hill Housing as Chief Executive in 2004. Notting Hill Housing is one of the biggest housing associations in London, established in 1963 and now managing over 30,000 homes.

She was previously Chief Executive of Servite Houses and Director of Housing in Brighton and Hove. She has experience in local government and the private and voluntary sectors.

Kate has two degrees and qualifications in housing management (MCIH) and housing association development.

Kate has lived in London since she was an undergraduate and is an avid fashion blogger on “Fabrickated”.

Cllr Peter John OBE

Leader of the Council

Southwark Council

Peter John became a councillor in Southwark in 2002, Leader of the Labour Group in 2004 and became Leader of the Council following the local elections in 2010.

Under Peter’s leadership Southwark has become known for its’ progressive policies on regeneration, council house building and public health. Southwark is currently building 1500 new council homes to be completed by 2018; and is progressing major regeneration projects at the Elephant and Castle, Walworth, Canada Water and the Old Kent Road.

Southwark recently introduced free swimming and gym use for all residents at the council’s leisure centres.

Peter is the Deputy Chair of London Councils and Executive Member with responsibility for Business, Skills and Brexit. He has been a member of the London Enterprise Panel since 2013.

He has recently been chairing the government’s Area Review of Further Education in central London.

Peter was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List 2016.

Richard Cherry

CEO, Partnerships

Countryside Properties

David Lunts

Executive Director of Housing & Land

GLA

Peter Pereira Gray

Managing Director Investment Division

Wellcome Trust

Kate Davies

Chief Executive

Notting Hill Housing

Cllr Peter John OBE

Leader of the Council

Southwark Council

Chairperson: Jerry Freeman, Senior Director - Development, GVA
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Mar
2017

Regenerating and Investing in the West Midlands

Richard Probert

Project Director - Snowhill

Ballymore Group

Richard is the Commercial Sales and Lettings Manager, Ballymore UK and Project Director, Snowhill, Birmingham.  His role encompasses development management, sales, lettings and investment disposal work on various commercial projects / sites in London and UK wide; but mainly on site assembly, third party agreements, development delivery, and the leasing and funding of Snowhill in Birmingham.  Richard has also led negotiations with US Government on US Embassy acquisition at Nine Elms. He is involved in transaction / deal management with Banks, International and UK Funds, Institutions, Propcos, investors and owner/occupiers to include CRI, Union, Hammerson, Hines, Waitrose, Radisson Blue, and responsibility for leasing deals with KPMG, Barclays, DWF, WLG &Co and HS2 at Snowhill. Previous roles include being National Director at Jones Lang LaSalle.

Aileen Wiswell MBE

Regional Lead, Western Region & Wales

Government Property Unit | Cabinet Office

Aileen has had a long career in the civil service covering over 36 years in a variety of roles and departments. Joining the Government Property Unit in 2011, she is currently the Regional Lead for the Western Region and Wales where she has responsibility for strategic development of the Cross Government Hubs programme. She also works across all government departments helping to drive savings through rationalisation of the mandated civil estate in order to achieve a fit for purpose estate that is best value and contributes to growth.  Aileen received an MBE in 2010 for her contribution to charities and is currently a trustee with a local academy and the Irish Community Care Merseyside.

Chris Perkins

Head of Business Space

M&G Real Estate

Chris manages the Business Space Team and is responsible for the UK Investment Management Community. During the past 10 years, his focus has been primarily offices and industrials with considerable volumes of buying and selling through several economic cycles. Prior to this he has held various roles across fund, investment and asset management teams at M&G Real Estate, including 10 years as a Fund Manager. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and a committee member of the Investment Property Forum (IPF). Chris is also a member of M&G Real Estate’s Property Investment Committee and of the Credit Committee for M&G Fixed Income and Real Estate Debt Team.

Stephen Walker

Deputy Head of Asset Management - UK

Aberdeen Asset Management PLC

Stephen is Deputy Head of Asset Management for the UK property team at Aberdeen Asset Management. He oversees a team of asset managers based in Edinburgh and London with responsibility for cross-sector assets on a UK wide basis.  Stephen also directly manages a portfolio of assets on behalf of various clients.  He has spent 11 years at Aberdeen, carrying out Fund and Asset Management positions, and has wide-ranging investment and strategic asset management experience gained in both private practice and client side positions.  Stephen is a member of Aberdeen’s Property Investment Committee (EMEA) and also focusses on innovation and technology within the Commercial Real Estate sector.

Richard Probert

Project Director - Snowhill

Ballymore Group

Aileen Wiswell MBE

Regional Lead, Western Region & Wales

Government Property Unit | Cabinet Office

Chris Perkins

Head of Business Space

M&G Real Estate

Stephen Walker

Deputy Head of Asset Management - UK

Aberdeen Asset Management PLC

Chairperson: Becky Worthington, Chief Financial Officer, Countryside Properties
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07
Mar
2017

The Evolving London Offices Market - Places, Technology and Investment

Colette O’Shea

Managing Director, London Portfolio

Land Securities

Colette joined Land Securities in 2003 and was Head of Development, London Portfolio, before being appointed its Managing Director in April 2014. 

Colette has over 20 years’ property experience in London, operating in investment, asset management, and development.

In her current role, Colette has responsibility for Land Securities’ £8 billion London Portfolio, comprising some 6 million sq ft of London offices, leisure, retail and residential property, both in development and asset management.  Colette has lead the London business through a 3 million sq ft development programme in the City and West End, including the transformation of Victoria.

Colette is immediate past President of the British Council for Offices, and a non-executive director of Genesis Housing Association.

Jonathan Emery

Managing Director, Development

Lendlease

​Jonathan is responsible for the Development business across Europe, including the successful delivery of the major £5 billion urban regeneration portfolio encompassing Elephant and Castle, Stratford and Deptford.  His mandate also includes investments in a large retail portfolio, including Touchwood at Solihull and Peterborough in the UK, and the growth of the Lendlease property business across the UK and European markets.

Jonathan is regarded as a prominent global expert in the field of urban growth and regeneration, helping local and national government address issues of urban densification and global competition for capital, talent and tourism.  Jonathan brings commercial and strategic acumen in building public sector policy and partnerships that enable the delivery of complex large scale projects across timeframes that cover numerous economic and market cycles.  He is passionate about building the next generation of "Urbanists" and creating liveable towns and cities that are fit for the future.

Prior to joining Lendlease, Jonathan has held a number of senior roles, notably overseeing Hammerson's development activity across the UK, working on projects in regional conurbations such as Reading, Bristol, Aberdeen and Leicester.

Patrick Nelson

Executive Vice President of Real Estate

WeWork

Patrick Nelson is Executive Vice President of Real Estate at WeWork.  He currently heads WeWork’s European real estate expansion. He holds a MBA from Columbia University and is originally from London WeWork is now the fastest growing tenant in the world. 

WeWork provides entrepreneurs and small-medium businesses with beautiful, amenities-filled, amazingly designed workspace, as well as personalized support, business services, benefits, infrastructure, and the flexibility they need to succeed. The WeWork workspaces are made to take care of everything else while allowing our members do what they love.

WeWork’s mission is to build a global community that empowers anyone with an idea to take the entrepreneurial leap. Our team is a group of risk-taking, entrepreneurial spirits who instill the idea of working better together in everything that we do.

Jacob Loftus

Chief Executive

General Projects

Jacob Loftus is CEO of General Projects, a developer that creates experiential, innovative and dynamic buildings, designed around the needs of the new economy. With a focus on the changing nature of the home and the workplace, General Projects collaborates with architects, designers, creatives and tech experts to deliver environments that inspire people and connect communities.

Prior to General Projects, founder and CEO Jacob Loftus was Head of UK at Resolution Property, where he pioneered the acquisition, development and repositioning of more than 1 million sq ft of real estate, which was transformed into mixed-use creative workplaces for leading global companies including Silicon Valley Bank, WPP and Microsoft Ventures. Loftus led the development of the award-winning Alphabeta building, as well as notable schemes in Ladbroke Grove, Shoreditch, Whitechapel, Wapping and Bristol.

General Projects is currently repositioning the iconic One Poultry into the City of London’s first creative office scheme; transforming a former printing press and brewery in Clerkenwell into an 80,000 sq ft art inspired office building and; developing a new London focused affordable workspace concept designed for the creative industries.

Colette O’Shea

Managing Director, London Portfolio

Land Securities

Jonathan Emery

Managing Director, Development

Lendlease

Patrick Nelson

Executive Vice President of Real Estate

WeWork

Jacob Loftus

Chief Executive

General Projects

Chairperson: Duncan Swinhoe, Managing Principal, EMEA, Gensler
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03
Mar
2017

Regenerating and Investing in Yorkshire

Philip Barnes

Group Land & Planning Director

Barratt PLC

Philip is the Group Land and Planning Director at Barratt Developments PLC.  Barratt is the UK's largest housebuilder with brands including Barratt Homes, David Wilson Homes, and Wilson Bowden Developments. He represents the group on land acquisition and the promotion of land through the planning process.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Town Planning Institute and a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Prior to joining Barratt he was a Director (specialising in Housing) for the leading economics and planning consultancy Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners.

Steve Daw

Group Director

NPS Group

NPS Group is a national organisation delivering a comprehensive and flexible range of property services to both public and private sector clients across the UK. Steve Daw joined the Group in 2007 as Managing Director of NPS South West, a joint venture partnership between Devon County Council and the NPS Group.  Following further promotions, Steve was appointed Group Director of Operations in late 2014.  He has a national responsibility for the leadership and performance of the Group’s senior operations directors and the delivery of the commercial performance of the Group’s businesses. 

Prior to joining NPS Steve spent 25 years working in local government; his last position as Head of Strategic Planning for Devon County Council.

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.

Danielle Sheppard

Associate Investment Director

Barwood Capital

Danielle specialises in the asset management, investment and development of property 

throughout the UK.  She is a qualified Chartered Surveyor with 20 years’ 

experience in the sector and was previously a Regional Director at Lambert 

Smith Hampton.  Danielle is responsible for the asset management, 

refurbishment and development of commercial property in Barwood Capital’s 2012 and 2015 Regional Property Fund.  Her projects include a business park in Milton Keynes with development land, a 120,000 sq ft industrial refurbishment in Huyton, a 100,00 sq ft office park in Manchester and 60,000 sq ft office building in Northampton with development potential.  As such Danielle has a varied and wide range of Regional Property expertise and experience.

Robin Dobson

Director of Retail Development

Hammerson

Robin trained as a Chartered Surveyor before working on the delivery of city offices prior to joining Hammerson in 1997. Robin has been involved in the delivery of all Hammerson and Joint Venture retail led mixed use city regeneration projects, including The Oracle, Reading; Bullring, Birmingham and Highcross, Leicester. Robin was responsible for the delivery of Cabot Circus, a £500m mixed use regeneration project in Bristol and Union Square, a £300m retail regeneration scheme in Aberdeen, whilst working with Hammerson France to deliver Terrasses du Port, the €450 million retail led redevelopment of the Marseille docks which opened in 2014.

Robin leads the development team and is responsible for bringing forward the future retail regeneration schemes together with retail/asset extensions.  Projects currently on site include Victoria Gate, Leeds, a retail and leisure arcade which forms part of the wider Victoria estate of 500,000 sq ft, which opened on 20 October 2016 and Watermark, Southampton, a catering and leisure project which opened at the end of 2016. Robin also has responsibility for bringing forward pipeline Joint Venture development projects in Croydon and Brent Cross in London. Robin sits on the CR Board for Hammerson and is a member of the BPF and FRICS.

Philip Barnes

Group Land & Planning Director

Barratt PLC

Steve Daw

Group Director

NPS Group

Jessica Bowles

Director of Strategy

Bruntwood

Danielle Sheppard

Associate Investment Director

Barwood Capital

Robin Dobson

Director of Retail Development

Hammerson

Chairperson: Gerald Jennings, President, Leeds Chamber of Commerce
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01
Mar
2017

Delivering More Homes for Scotland

Barry White

Chief Executive

Scottish Futures Trust

Barry leads the executive team in delivering its remit of improving value for money in infrastructure investment and asset management in Scotland.  Currently heading programmes investing in Scottish infrastructure across road, health, and education projects, SFT is also deploying innovative financing techniques, including TIF (Tax Incremental Finance) and GAM (Growth Accelerator Model), to support economic investment in Scottish cities and wider communities and to deliver new approaches to provide affordable homes. Barry’s team leads on the implementation of the ‘World Class 2020’ programme – Scotland’s digital vision as well as collaborating throughout the public sector to ensure that buildings occupied, owned and put on the market are managed effectively.  Barry has more than 20 years infrastructure experience and was previously the Managing Director of the UK arm of a major European infrastructure investor and developer. He also has served in the Army which he joined after graduating in civil engineering from Edinburgh University.

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. 

Colin Rae

Group Development Director

Places for People

After gaining a BSc in Quantity Surveying Colin began his career as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor developing through Project Management and in recent years into Development Management. During his 30 years in the Scottish Development and Construction industry he has worked with various firms including Gibson & Simpson Surveyors, Millar Brown Associates, Woolwich Homes Ltd, The EDI Group and most recently Places for People.

Colin’s current responsibilities include managing the Places for People Group’s development and construction teams in England and Scotland delivering mixed tenure projects to the Group organisations, including Places for People Homes, Places for People Scotland and Castle Rock Edinvar Housing Association. Most recently he managed the bid and delivery process for the National Housing Trust Initiative of 2 projects totalling 188 units and the is currently negotiating a further project through this initiative.

With a particular interest in high quality design and mixed use/tenure developments this team has delivered many successful residential projects across the UK. Colin is also a Board Member of the Scottish housebuilding representative body, Homes for Scotland.

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.

Gerry More

PRS BTR Champion

Homes for Scotland

Gerry More was appointed in October 2014 to this key strategic role with responsibility for taking forward the recommendations of the  Scottish Government supported research work aimed at attracting new sources of investment into specifically designed build-to-rent homes to help expand Scotland’s growing Private Rented Sector (PRS).

A current Board member and former Chair of Homes for Scotland, Gerry has been closely involved in the project since its inception in 2013 having led the Steering Group which commissioned the research undertaken by experts in housing finance from the Cambridge Centre for Housing & Planning Research and LSE London.

His extensive sector and cross-border credentials, gained over the course of a career spanning more than 25 years, means he has the network of contacts and established relationships to make a significant impact in his role.

A qualified chartered accountant by profession, Gerry is also currently consultant and non-executive director to a number of property related companies and funders involved in home building, student accommodation, open space management and timber frame supply.  Previous career highlights include Chief Executive Officer at stock market listed residential mezzanine funding provider Wolsey Residential Finance plc and a main Board director at CALA Group.  

Pauline Mills

Land & Planning Director

Taylor Wimpey East Scotland

Pauline started her career at Kirkcaldy District Council in 1987 as a graphics technician and left in 1997 as senior planner. She then joined Wimpey Homes in 1997 as Land Manager, before moving to Miller Homes as Land Director in 2004.  She returned to Taylor Wimpey in 2008 to her current role of Land and Planning Director.

As part of the regional board of the East of Scotland business, Pauline is responsible for managing Taylor Wimpey East Scotland’s land assets across the region.  This involves buying, selling and trading land to ensure the asset levels and required selling outlets are delivered as per budget. She is a chartered town planner and a member of the RTPI.

Ian Gilzean

Chief Architect

Scottish Government

Following graduation from Edinburgh University School of Architecture in 1982, Ian worked in architectural practice for a number of public sector organisations (including the London Boroughs of Ealing and Haringey) as well as in private practice. He has also worked in community design units in Wester Hailes, Edinburgh and Drumchapel, Glasgow. Between 1994 and 1999, he worked for the Scottish Arts Council on its Capital Arts Programme funded by the National Lottery. Ian joined the then Scottish Executive in 1999 as a Senior Architect in the Chief Architect's Office, became a Principal Architect and Head of the Architecture Policy Unit in March 2002 and became Chief Architect in 2006.

Ian works within Planning and Architecture Division and has responsibility for the development and implementation of ‘Creating Places’ the Scottish Government's policy on architecture and place. He advises Scottish Ministers on architecture, place-making and the built environment and liaises with other Directorates in the Scottish Government, the architecture profession and external agencies. Ian has been heavily involved in the housing and community engagement themes of the Planning Review process over the past year. Ian has been involved in architecture education for over 25 years and is currently a Visiting Professor at the Department of Architecture at the University of Strathclyde. He also works as an External Examiner for the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and has been an External Examiner at the Canterbury School of Architecture. In early 2015 Ian spent a 3 month secondment at the Melbourne School of Design at Melbourne University as a Visiting Fellow working on an initiative to develop a Housing Expo for Melbourne.

Michaela Sullivan

Group Land Manager

CALA Group Ltd

Michaela oversees the land and planning functions for CALA Group across the eight regional businesses in Scotland and Central and Southern England. She joined CALA Group in 2014 from Forth Ports where she spent 8 years as Head of Planning bringing forward waterfront regeneration, energy generation and port development projects. She has also been the Assistant Chief Planner for Scotland and a Management Consultant at PWC.

Michaela is a graduate of Oxford and Liverpool Universities and has an MBA from Manchester Business School. She has been a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute since 1992 and has recently joined the Board of PAS. 

Elaine Scott

Housing Development and Regeneration Manager

City of Edinburgh Council

Elaine has worked for the City of Edinburgh Council since 1998. She has played a key role in the development of the Council’s strategy for developing new affordable homes.

She has managed a number of major investment programmes for the Council,  including the Affordable Housing Investment Programme, the National Housing Trust and the Council’s own house building programme (21st Century Homes for Edinburgh). In 2016, the Council announced plans to expand its house building programme from 3,000 to 8,000 homes and a proposal to establish a company to own and manage housing for market rent.  

Richard Slipper

Senior Director Planning, Development & Regeneration

GVA

Richard Slipper has worked in 3 local authorities and he then led on larger projects for a commercial property advisory firm in London and Edinburgh.  He joined GVA in 2003 and is Senior Director with the Planning, Development and Regeneration team in Scotland working in public authorities and in consultancy.

Richard has recently handled residential planning projects totalling more than 5,000 units, including large build to rent elements, retail projects totalling more than 200,000 sq metres and various mixed use, infrastructure and energy projects Richard has been a consultant advisor to Scottish Government on infrastructure and development issues and to Historic Scotland and Scottish Futures Trust on redevelopment of sites with heritage challenges. He has contributed to planning reform debates and retail and town centre issues in Scotland. He has spent 3 years as a business advisory board member for PAS (planning aid) and helped to form the Edinburgh Planning Concordat and sits on the Edinburgh Development Forum.

Richard is a contributor to the Scottish Property Federation and provides advice to Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce Developer Group and he gives occasional urban development lectures at Heriot Watt University.

Tracey Menzies

Real Estate Partner

Brodies

Tracey has over twenty years’ experience across a full range of real estate disciplines and is also head of Brodies’ Housebuilding group. Brodies’ real estate practice comprises 26 partners, and over 100 lawyers who focus purely on the real estate investment and development market in Scotland. Tracey specialises in commercial and residential land acquisition and development work, with particular focus on development construction and funding. Tracey’s clients include Bancon Group, Mactaggart & Mickel, Andrew’s Homes and Knight Property Group and she has been involved in substantial strategic land and developments across Scotland. She is regularly sought out by house builders and landowners to negotiate and implement complex option arrangements and promotion agreements.

Tracey is listed in the Legal 500 independent legal directory as a lawyer who is commended for her “ability to mix a strong commercial thrust with pragmatism and the personal skills needed to do property deals” and displaying “excellent awareness of the market”. She has proved herself popular with clients for her ability to focus on and explain key issues.

Barry White

Chief Executive

Scottish Futures Trust

Nicola Barclay

Chief Executive

Homes for Scotland

Colin Rae

Group Development Director

Places for People

John Hamilton

CEO

Winchburgh Developments Ltd

Gerry More

PRS BTR Champion

Homes for Scotland

Pauline Mills

Land & Planning Director

Taylor Wimpey East Scotland

Ian Gilzean

Chief Architect

Scottish Government

Michaela Sullivan

Group Land Manager

CALA Group Ltd

Elaine Scott

Housing Development and Regeneration Manager

City of Edinburgh Council

Richard Slipper

Senior Director Planning, Development & Regeneration

GVA

Tracey Menzies

Real Estate Partner

Brodies

Chairperson: John Hamilton, CEO, Winchburgh Developments Ltd & Tracey Menzies, Partner, Brodies LLP
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07
Feb
2017

The Year Ahead - North West

Sir Howard Bernstein

Chief Executive

Manchester City Council

Sir Howard Bernstein has been Chief Executive of Manchester City Council since 1998 and was knighted for his services in 2003. 

He has driven Manchester’s regeneration, through strong public/private sector partnerships. 

Key achievements include aleading role in: renewal of the centre following the 1996 terrorist bombing; securing Manchester as Host City for the highly successful 2002 Commonwealth Games; introduction of Metrolink and its on-going expansion across the conurbation;  establishment of Manchester Airport plc in the mid-1980’s and its recent expansion; public sector reform, including the establishment of GM Combined Authority.

In 2014 he led negotiations with Government to secure a historic and groundbreaking Devolution Agreement for Greater Manchester. He also led the development of a Memorandum of Understanding between GM local authorities, NHS England and the GM CCGs to secure the devolution of health and social care funding in Greater Manchester.

External appointments include Deputy Chair of the HS2 Growth Task Force; Non-Executive Chair of Manchester Academic Health Science Centre.

Philip Leech

Property Director

Urban & Civic plc

Formally Chief Executive of Terrace Hill Group plc before its merger with Urban&Civic.  Philip is Group Property Director of Urban&Civic with responsibility for the company’s commercial property and developments portfolio. 

Based predominantly across its two northern offices, in 2014 Philip championed the acquisition of two key strategic sites in Manchester and their subsequent promotion and development for a mix of residential, retail and hotel floorspace.  Philip is also leading Urban&Civic’s focus on consumer facing leisure developments in key regional growth locations..

Leon Guyett

Development Director

Ask Real Estate

Leon joined the Ask team in 2006 from Whitbread plc and has over 20 years’ experience in real estate. Since joining Ask, Leon took responsibility for completing the leisure development at Leopold Square in Sheffield, agreeing all of the lettings, overseeing the asset management of the Grade 2 listed scheme prior to agreeing the sale of the investment to Threadneedle. At Knowsley Place, Bury, Leon completed transactions with Six Town Housing for a new head office and with Whitbread for a 115 bed Premier Inn hotel. He also headed up the Eden Square project in Urmston, with responsibility for the development, lettings and asset management. Phase 1 comprises a Sainsbury’s supermarket, 600 space car park, library, 64 apartments and additional retail units. Phase 2 of the scheme completed in October 2012 following the majority of the retail space being pre-let with the investment of both phases being sold in 2014. At First Street, Leon is responsible for the lettings strategy on all retail and leisure elements of this mixed use scheme. 

More recently, Leon is heading up the Ask:PATRIZIA UK joint venture at Gateshead Quays.  This is a partnership with Gateshead Council with all stakeholders aiming to create a vibrant and exciting mixed use scheme on a landmark site adjacent to the River Tyne.  Leon also heads up Ask's leisure scheme in Macclesfield town centre having won the development competition set by Cheshire East Council.  Proposals include a six screen cinema and restaurant set around high quality public realm.

Shelagh McNerney

Head of Development

Salford City Council

Shelagh joined Salford City Council in May 2015 following 10 years in the private sector. Her role is to help the Council and its many partners to deliver development, investment and regeneration across the City and maximise the benefits of growth. Her interests lie particularly in making the connections between agencies and investors so that development is the very best quality and achieves the very best impacts for residents and businesses for the long term. This is at the heart of place making and beyond single professional disciplines.

Shelagh was born and bred in Liverpool and left the City in 1983 to become a town planner! In the mid 1980’s Shelagh left the Bartlett School of Architecture & Planning, University College London and joined Cheshire County Council. Since then, her career has included leading large-scale regeneration and investment programmes in Manchester City Council - particularly to the North and East of the City. She has since spent a decade in the private sector as a Director in large & small architecture & planning practices. She has led complex strategic planning work and is equally at home with the construction details for new homes, schools and infrastructure. Shelagh has worked with 100’s of public and private sector clients and led innovative work at the North West Construction Hub working with construction companies to deliver changes in working practices.

Most recently she worked at the Think Tank “ResPublica” where she was a contributing author and researcher making the case for investment in her home city Liverpool. 

Sir Howard Bernstein

Chief Executive

Manchester City Council

Philip Leech

Property Director

Urban & Civic plc

Leon Guyett

Development Director

Ask Real Estate

Shelagh McNerney

Head of Development

Salford City Council

Chairperson: Mike Blackburn, Chairman, Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership & Director, BT North West Regional
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02
Feb
2017

The Year Ahead - West Midlands

Paul Thandi

Group Chief Executive

NEC Group

Paul became CEO in October 2006 and has rebuilt the company’s brands and reputation, created a new senior management team and transformed the Group into a data-led organisation which has included the launch and evolution of The Ticket Factory, now a challenger brand to Ticketmaster. 

Prior to joining the NEC Group Paul had 20 years’ experience in the media industry; he was previously an executive director at CMP Information (CMPi), a multimedia trading division in exhibitions, conferences, digital, information products and online communities and operating company of UBM. Towards the end of his time at CMPi, Paul led the acquisition and merger strategy and managed the full strategic, financial and operational control of the company’s exhibition and publishing portfolio. He was also responsible for high-profile acquisitions which included the purchase of The Barbour Group.

Paul is Chairman of Glide Utilities Ltd., a business that aggregates bills payments to the private landlord and student market primarily and represents the NEC Group on the board of Marketing Birmingham. He also heads up the Midlands Growth Engine Steering Group, set up to inform the Government of capability, resources and plans for the West Midlands Combined Authority. He is Chair of Birmingham and Solihull Employment and Skills Board, and Chair of the Birmingham Sports Commission. He is also Deputy Lieutenant of the West Midlands Lieutenancy.

Dr Colin J Clinton

Regional Project Manager, Midlands Engine Investment Hub

Department for International Trade

Colin started his civil engineering career working in the public sector on major Inner City infrastructure projects and Urban Regeneration schemes for Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council, West Midlands County Council and the City of Birmingham for a sustained period from 1971 to 1988. Colin joined Arup in 1988 in their Birmingham office. He managed several projects across Midlands UK, and into Continental Europe. In 1994 he was Senior Project Manager for the first Japanese investment by Toyota into their Car Plant in Derbyshire. In 2002, Colin was appointed a Director of Arup, and in 2004 became the youngest President of the Institution of Civil Engineers. In January 2010 he was appointed Director of Business Development East Asia Region (EAR) based in Hong Kong. From June 2011, and in addition to his BD role, he was Project Director for the Rose Rock International Finance Centre (RRIFC) in Tianjin, Northern China. Throughout 2013 and 2014 Dr Clinton developed relationships with some of China’s largest construction and investment firms. In April 2015 he returned from China to the UK and was based in Arup’s Liverpool Office. In Sept 2015 Colin accepted an invitation by UK Gov’t for a part time secondment role as Head of China Business in UKTI Regeneration and Investment Organisation (RIO). He accompanied the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne to China for the Economic and Financial Dialogue (EFD). From January 2016 Colin has been based in Birmingham supporting the inward investment strategy for Birmingham, WMCA and the Midlands Engine. He directed the production of the ME investment Pitchbook and help launch it at MIPIM in Mar 2016. He joined DIT full time in Jan 2017 as Regional Project Manager within the Midlands Engine Investment Hub.

Mark Rogers

Chief Executive

Birmingham City Council

Mark graduated from Oxford in 1983 with a degree in Modern History and embarked upon working life by becoming a volunteer care assistant in a residential special school. In 1985 moved he into his first teaching role, having completed a one year post graduate certificate in education (to teach pupils with Special Educational Needs) at Leeds Polytechnic. He subsequently worked in special schools in the East Midlands and North West, becoming a head teacher in Tameside in 1994.

In 2001, Mark

was seconded to be the Head of Specialist Services in Tameside, working on the Authority's first inclusion strategy. Having quickly developed an appetite for local government, Mark was appointed as Assistant Director, Children &

Young People, for Stockport Council in 2003 where, in due course, he was given oversight of the Council’s 'Every Child Matters - Change for Children’ programme. 

In March 2006, Mark joined Solihull Council’s Corporate Leadership Team, having been appointed to the post of Director of Children’s Services. This role provided the unmissable opportunity to take forward the Council’s trailblazing work as a Children’s Trust Pathfinder, developing a fully fledged Children & Young People’s Partnership for improving outcomes. 

Mark, as joint DCS and Chief Executive from 2007, had the pleasure of guiding the Council successfully through a number of major inspections and, latterly, has helped position the council as a national leader and enthusiastic participant in sector-led improvement.

During his time at Solihull, the council introduced a highly regarded integrated transformation and organisational development programme that, through the application of Lean Thinking, put citizens and digital innovation at the heart of the drive for greater quality and value. 

In December 2013 Mark was appointed to the role of Chief Executive and Director of Economy at Birmingham City Council and took up role in March 2014. These combined roles are designed to have maximum impact on the three priorities of prosperity, fairness and democracy, ensuring Birmingham continues to live up to its status as Britain’s 2nd city. 

Finally, Mark still maintains his commitment to children’s services as the Society of Local Authority Chief Executive’s lead for this area, a role that involved being a deputy chair of the Social Work Reform Board up to 2012, becoming co-chair of the new national Children’s Health and Wellbeing Partnership in 2013, and jointly founding the Children’s Improvement Board (2010-13) which set the framework for sector led improvement in children’s services. 

Mark is President of SOLACE for 2013-14.

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.

Sarah Middleton

Chief Executive

Black Country Consortium Ltd

Sarah is the Chief Executive of Black Country Consortium Limited (BCC) and has been since its incorporation in 2006. Sarah joined the Consortium Partnership in October 1999 and has been central in developing the Black Country Sub-Regional partnership, its 30 year vision, Economic Strategy and Spatial Strategy, including joint approaches on Planning, Investment, Economic Intelligence and the Black Country Education and Skills Strategy. Sarah qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG and previous roles include Deputy Chief Executive for East Mercia Chamber of Commerce (including responsibilities as General Manager for

Business Link Walsall) and Chief Executive of Walsall City Challenge. 

Paul Thandi

Group Chief Executive

NEC Group

Dr Colin J Clinton

Regional Project Manager, Midlands Engine Investment Hub

Department for International Trade

Mark Rogers

Chief Executive

Birmingham City Council

Rob Groves

Regional Director

Argent

Sarah Middleton

Chief Executive

Black Country Consortium Ltd

Chairperson: Ian Stringer, Regional Senior Director, GVA
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2017: The Year Ahead – Prospects for the South West Property Market

Kevin Bourner

General Manager for South West

Homes & Communities Agency

Kevin is a chartered planning and development surveyor by profession and is the General Manager for the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) leading the team covering the South West of England. Kevin has worked in development for over 20 years and has overseen large development programmes and regeneration projects across the south and south west of England. The HCA’s role is to help drive new housing supply and has invested over £300 million across the region in the last 3 years through its loan and grant products to facilitate the delivery of thousands of new homes. The HCA also has a large land portfolio which it de-risks through a range of interventions including securing planning consents, the provision of infrastructure and other enabling works before disposing into the market. Kevin is also an APC assessor for the Planning & Development division of the RICS.

Dr Patricia Greer

Interim Chief Executive

West of England Local Enterprise Partnership

Dr Patricia Greer has been West of England LEP interim Chief Executive since 1 July.  Previously she has held a range of senior private and central and local public sector positions, including as Chief of Corporate Affairs for the Law Society, Cabinet Office Director, Local Government Strategic Director, Deputy Director of the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit and nearly 10 years with leading management consultancies.  Most recently Patricia has been leading the West of England devolution team for Bristol City Council.  Patricia started her career leading a research programme at the University of Bath and has published extensively on the topics of performance management, accountability and civil service culture change.  Her Phd was published as a book, ‘Transforming Central Government’, 1994.  

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.

Stuart Hatton

Managing Director

Umberslade

Stuart heads up Umberslade, a leading, family-owned property development, management and investment business, which has overall responsibility for Bristol’s Wapping Wharf regeneration project. One of the most significant developments in the city, Wapping Wharf is a new harbourside community featuring high quality homes, as well as independent restaurants, cafes and shops. Already known as Bristol’s new foodie quarter, Wapping Wharf has created a new connection between south Bristol and the city centre via Gaol Ferry Steps, and, when complete, will include over 600 apartments. Founded over 20 years ago, Umberslade has a track record of supporting the independent retail sector and many years of combined knowledge across the residential, industrial, retail and commercial sectors. The firm plans to retain a long-term interest in Wapping Wharf.

Richard Pearce

Director

TCN UK

Richard set up TCN UK in 2006 and has grown the business into a national property investment and development company specialising in creative regeneration, with a portfolio value in excess of £60 million. He is a recognized industry specialist in property acquisition and development with a particular focus on innovative regeneration. Prior to TCN UK, he worked for Shaftesbury PLC, DTZ (now Cushman Wakefield), Capital & Counties PLC and Europa Capital.

Kevin Bourner

General Manager for South West

Homes & Communities Agency

Dr Patricia Greer

Interim Chief Executive

West of England Local Enterprise Partnership

Cllr Paul Smith

Cabinet Member for Homes and Communities

Bristol City Council

Stuart Hatton

Managing Director

Umberslade

Richard Pearce

Director

TCN UK

Chairperson: Ned Cussen, Consultant, JLL
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