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06
Mar
2019

How Can London Deliver More Homes ?

'Navigating the Politics & Policies of Planning in London'

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.

Alice Lester MBE

Head of Planning Transport and Licensing

Brent Council

Alice Lester MBE (MRTPI) has been Head of Planning, Transport and Licensing at Brent since October 2016. Before that she was the head of the Planning Advisory Service, a grant funded programme within the Local Government Association. Over the 11 years that Alice was at PAS, she worked on a variety of projects with local authorities in England to support ongoing improvement in delivering planning services, and in implementing the government’s planning reform agenda. Alice started her planning career in Development Management at Westminster Council, before moving to Camden for ten years, and then Islington Council for five years as Development Management Manager. Alice contributes to the planning sector in other ways; she has been a Trustee of the TCPA, an external examiner for planning courses at Newcastle and Oxford Brookes Universities, and is a Local Government Association Planning Peer. Alice was included in Planning Resource list of the most influential women in Planning for 2017 and 2018 and was awarded an MBE in the 2016 New Year’s Honours for services to Planning.

Dawn Wylie

Land Director

Weston Homes plc

Dawn joined Weston Homes in 2006 as part of the the Company's Management Trainee scheme after completing her A-Levels, and she achieved a First-Class Honours degree in Real Estate Management in 2012. She was promoted to Senior Land Manager in January 2015 and held responsibility for all the Company’s land acquisitions from April 2015.

Dawn was appointed a Director of Weston Homes Plc in June 2016 at the age of 29. Notably since that time she has recently agreed terms to purchase the Abbey Retail Park in Barking, on which the company are seeking to deliver a mixed use regeneration scheme which will bring over 1000 new homes and new commercial spaces around a central plaza on the riverside, as well as securing a deal with Tesco that will involve the construction of a new superstore and the provision of around 1300 new homes on the site of their current Goodmayes superstore.  She is also actively involved in the recruitment of young people into the Company's apprenticeship schemes, and the promotion of careers in the construction and property industry within schools and youth groups. She is particularly keen to attract women into the housebuilding sector. 

Greg Hill

Deputy Chief Executive

Hill Group

Greg joined Hill in 2014 and has a strong financial and strategic background, helping to design and deliver innovative projects. In addition to his role as Deputy Chief Executive, Greg is the Regional Managing Director of the Special, Western and Southern regions. He is an expert in strategic development and execution, risk and project management.

Cllr Darren Rodwell

Leader

London Borough of Barking & Dagenham

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

Claire Dutch

Partner and Head of Planning`

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Claire is a partner and Head of Planning at Hogan Lovells International LLP.  She has been described in the Legal Directories as "amongst the top planning lawyers in the country",  She specialises in all aspects of contentious and non-contentious planning law.  She has advised on a number of complex and high profile planning projects including Bishopsgate Goodsyard and key sites within Nine Elms and in the London Docklands.  Claire also has experience of advising on infrastructure projects and on energy and waste projects in particular.

 Claire is listed as a "Leading Individual" in both Legal 500 and Chambers UK and has been described in the latter as "calm yet keen, an excellent negotiator and a lawyer who really fights her client's corner".  

She recently featured in The Planner's 2018 poll of the most influential women in the UK planning system and also in Planning Magazine's 2016 poll.  She was also one of only 6 solicitors listed in Planning Magazine's "Power 100", a poll of the most influential people in the planning industry.

She is also a member of the BPF's Planning Committee and the Oxford Joint Planning Law Conference Committee. 

David Lunts

Executive Director of Housing & Land

GLA

Alice Lester MBE

Head of Planning Transport and Licensing

Brent Council

Dawn Wylie

Land Director

Weston Homes plc

Greg Hill

Deputy Chief Executive

Hill Group

Cllr Darren Rodwell

Leader

London Borough of Barking & Dagenham

Claire Dutch

Partner and Head of Planning`

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Chairperson: Faraz Baber, Director, Terence O'Rourke
08
Feb
2019

The Year Ahead - North West

Alex Russell

Managing Director

Property Alliance Group

Alex is Managing Director of Property Alliance Group having joined four years ago following 10 years in Office Agency and Asset Management at Dunlop Heywood, WHR and lastly CBRE, where he headed up the Office Agency team. Alex has a key focus on deliverability, quality, service, management, innovation and making a difference.

Deborah McLaughlin

Managing Director

GL Hearn

Deborah is the Managing Director GL Hearn and chairs the Capita Housing Board. Deborah is responsible for over 1000 people with capabilities spanning project management, architecture, design and engineering. Before joining Capita in November 2016 Deborah was executive director for the North West at the Homes and Communities Agency (now Homes England), with responsibility for supporting local authorities and private sector partners in the North West to deliver housing growth and regeneration priorities.

Many successful housing projects have benefited from Deborah’s experience; in particular she was instrumental in the delivery of the affordable housing programmes, the rebirth of Ancoats in Manchester, the re-development of Kings Dock in Liverpool, working with partners to deliver the Preston and Lancashire City Deal and the rapid expansion of the Omega site near Warrington.

During her time at Homes England Deborah also completed a successful 12-month secondment as chief executive of Manchester Place, establishing a new collaborative way of working to increase housing supply in Manchester and attracting international investment. Deborah was Director of Housing at Manchester City Council before joining Homes England.

Gavin Taylor

Regional General Manager

Far East Consortium International Limited

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

He joined the Far East Consortium International Limited as Regional General Manager in 2016.  Gavin’s role sees him overseeing the expansion of the organisation in the north of the UK. He is also responsible for the Angel Meadow and Northern Gateway projects which will bring over 15,000 homes to Manchester.

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

Bill Hughes

Head of Real Assets

Legal & General Investment Management

Bill joined Legal & General 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 £28.0bn* AUM providing capabilities in real estate, infrastructure and corporate debt. Bill previously held positions at RREEF, the Real Estate Fund Management business of Deutsche Bank and Schroder Property Investment Management. 

Bill 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.  Bill was a Commissioner for the Lyons Review, is a Past Chairman of  the Association of Real Estate Funds (AREF) and a Past President of the British Property Federation (BPF).

Alex Russell

Managing Director

Property Alliance Group

Deborah McLaughlin

Managing Director

GL Hearn

Gavin Taylor

Regional General Manager

Far East Consortium International Limited

Bill Hughes

Head of Real Assets

Legal & General Investment Management

Colette McCormack

Partner

Winckworth Sherwood

Chairperson: Colette McCormack, Partner, Winckworth Sherwood
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01
Feb
2019

The Year Ahead - South West

Dr Patricia Greer

Chief Executive

West of England Combined Authority and Local Enterprise Partnership

Dr Patricia Greer is the Chief Executive of the West of England Combined Authority and Local Enterprise Partnership. She led the region’s devolution programme from March 2015 through to the establishment of the Combined Authority in 2017. Previously she held a range of senior private, central and local public sector positions including as a Director at the Cabinet Office with five years in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, and as a Strategic Director in Local Government. Patricia’s early career included nearly 10 years with leading management consultancies. She studied at the University of Bath and completed a PhD which was published as a book, ‘Transforming Central Government’, 1994.

John Boughton

Deputy Managing Director

Willmott Dixon Construction

John has been with Willmott Dixon since 2007 and has over 30 years industry experience in Bristol and the South West. A proud Bristolian, John is passionate about the city and ensuring that Willmott Dixon leaves a positive legacy. John is based in Willmott Dixon’s local construction office in Bristol, where he has overall responsibility for Willmott Dixon’s projects and growth in the Wales & the South West. 

Richard Pearce

CEO

TCN UK

TCN UK regenerate unloved buildings and create surprising places. Richard set up TCN UK in 2006 and has grown the specialist creative regeneration business into a national property investment and development company with a portfolio worth £70 million and a gross development value of £110 million. TCN manage a portfolio of 400,000 sq. ft., containing 150 companies, with annual revenues of £6 million. Rich is a recognised 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.

Louise Swain

CEO

Alliance Housing Group

Louise has significant leadership experience of working in the social housing sector. She is passionate about delivering homes that are truly affordable to those on lower incomes and services that customers rate as excellent.

Louise has experience of contributing to strategic partnerships and of delivering major change and modernisation projects. Prior to leading Alliance, Louise was Executive Director Customer Services at Curo Group. She’s also worked in a variety of roles for other national and local landlords.

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. 

Ned Cussen

Chartered Surveyor

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Ned Cussen has had a career in Property Consultancy and Development in London and latterly in Bristol and the South West. He is experienced in strategic planning, land acquisition, agency and development for major business space, retail and leisure schemes throughout the South West.  He advises both public and private sector clients, and has appeared as an expert witness on development issues.

His main focus has been on inner city mixed use urban regeneration with extensive involvement in major schemes in UK locations including Cardiff, Bristol, Plymouth and Gloucester.  

Experience beyond in mainland Europe includes Russia, the Czech Republic and the Channel Islands.

He was a Partner at King Sturge and JLL for 30 years including Lead Partner of the Bristol office of King for five years.

Since retiring from JLL he has been involved in Strategic Development Consultancy. He also provides strategic Property Advice to a number of Charities and is a Director of Business West.

Dr Patricia Greer

Chief Executive

West of England Combined Authority and Local Enterprise Partnership

John Boughton

Deputy Managing Director

Willmott Dixon Construction

Richard Pearce

CEO

TCN UK

Louise Swain

CEO

Alliance Housing Group

Mayor Marvin Rees

Mayor of Bristol

Bristol City Council (Keynote)

Ned Cussen

Chartered Surveyor

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Chairperson: Ned Cussen, Chartered Surveyor
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25
Jan
2019

2019: The Year Ahead

Fiona Fletcher-Smith

Group Director for Development and Sales

L&Q

Fiona is the Group Director for Development and Sales at L&Q, a regulated charitable housing association and one of UK’s most successful independent social businesses. She is responsible for the delivery of 100k quality new homes over the next 10 years, while improving the customer journey for people renting or buying L&Q homes.

Prior to joining L&Q, Fiona was the Executive Director for Development, Enterprise and Environment at the Greater London Authority. As part of the senior management team for the GLA, she was responsible for overseeing the delivery and implementation of key strategies such as the London Plan, the Economic Development Strategy, transport, environment and climate change and in overseeing the operation of the Mayor’s powers in relation to significant planning applications in the capital.

A graduate of the University of Northumbria and the London School of Economics, Fiona has worked in a variety of voluntary and public-sector roles including advising homeless people in Dublin, housing management, development and regeneration and strategy and policy development.

Rebecca Taylor

Director of Real Estate and the Development and Investment Director

Long Harbour

Rebecca is a Director of Real Estate and the Development and Investment Director of LHIF, Long Harbour’s institutionally backed Build to Rent/PRS fund. Having deployed over £350m of equity in the sector, Rebecca leads on origination, development and construction activities for the Fund and is responsible for the entire delivery cycle from inception and deal origination through to design, planning, construction and delivery phases. Prior to joining Long Harbour, Rebecca had over nine years of experience in PPP / PFI and property development sectors in multiple jurisdictions, in both mixed use and residential schemes. In addition to origination and structuring a range of transactions, she has overseen the delivery and secured successful planning consents across a range of sectors, including over 1.3 million sq ft of retail space, c. 5 million sq ft of residential led mixed used space in Dubai, and over 3,000 residential units in the UK and Ireland. Rebecca is a member of the British Property Federation build to rent subcommittee.

Alex Notay

BTR Fund Director

PfP Capital

Alexandra is an internationally recognised expert on Build to Rent, placemaking and sustainable urban development. She has 14 years’ strategic advisory experience to public and private sector clients in the UK, US, Europe and Australia and now leads the BTR fund for PfP Capital, part of Places for People Group. Alex is a published author and editor of over 30 books and reports on real estate including the renowned ULI UK Best Practice Guide on Build to Rent (2014, 2016). Alex is a vice-chair of ULI UK Residential Council, serves on the BPF Build to Rent Committee and is an Associate Member of CREFC Europe. She is also a trustee of SunScreenIT Foundation, non-executive director of Sound Diplomacy and SouthWest Board Member for LandAid.

James Murray

Deputy Mayor for Housing & Residential Development

GLA

James Murray joined the Mayor's Office in 2016 as Deputy Mayor for Housing, coming from Islington Council, where he held the position of Executive Member for Housing & Development for six years.

During James’s time in Islington, the borough was one of the top building local authorities in the country. He oversaw the introduction of planning policies to raise the proportion of affordable homes in new developments, including a new standard for viability assessments.

In the Mayor’s Office, James is focusing on bringing together a broad alliance – including councils, housing associations, developers and businesses – to support plans to build more new and affordable homes in London. He is advising the Mayor on planning policy, particularly helping to develop and implement new approaches to housing. He is overseeing work at City Hall to improve the private rented sector and tackle homelessness, in line with the Mayor’s priorities.

James advised the current Mayor during his selection and election campaigns. Before taking a position on Islington Council’s executive, he worked in Parliament and for a management consultancy. He has lived his whole life in London, and currently lives near King's Cross.

Bill Hughes

Head of Real Assets

Legal & General Investment Management

Bill joined Legal & General 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 £28.0bn* AUM providing capabilities in real estate, infrastructure and corporate debt. Bill previously held positions at RREEF, the Real Estate Fund Management business of Deutsche Bank and Schroder Property Investment Management. 

Bill 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.  Bill was a Commissioner for the Lyons Review, is a Past Chairman of  the Association of Real Estate Funds (AREF) and a Past President of the British Property Federation (BPF).

Mike Hussey

Chief Executive

Almacantar

Mike is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. He is recognised as one of the key experts in the Central London property market. He is a prolific developer, responsible for a number of the landmark schemes built in the capital in the last 20 years. Before founding Almacantar, Mike spent seven years at Land Securities plc, the largest property company in the UK, where he was an Executive Board Director with responsibility for the London portfolio and Strategic Land portfolio. Prior to Land Securities, Mike was responsible for all property transactions at the Canary Wharf Group, as Head of Leasing and Marketing, where his team transacted 9.3m sq.ft (900,000 sq.m). Mike is a Trustee of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and Governor of Southbank Centre Limited. He was an Independent Director of Taylor Wimpey plc between July 2011 and July 2018.

Beth West

Head of Development, London Portfolio

Landsec

Beth joined Landsec in October 2017 as Head of Development for the London portfolio, covering all aspects of development from feasibility through to construction. Beth’s team of 30 – working with partner architects and construction firms – is responsible for delivering commercial properties in London that are both iconic buildings and desirable locations for companies and communities.

Prior to joining Landsec, Beth was Commercial Director at HS2, where she was responsible for commercial strategy, procurement, supplier management, land and property acquisitions and management, regeneration and economic analysis. Previously, Beth spent nine years at Transport for London (TfL). Beth joined TfL in 2003 and held a number of roles: firstly as a Principal in the Corporate Finance team, secondly as the Head of Commercial Advisory and Risk at London Underground, providing commercial advice and strategy. Beth then became Head of Commercial Procurement at London Underground and was responsible for delivering improved commercial capability for the business, and later was Commercial Director at Tube Lines where she was responsible for procurement, risk management, assurance and business planning and controls.

Emma Rogers

Project Director, Estate Development Programme

Grosvenor Britain & Ireland.

Emma Rogers is a Project Director, leading a number of mixed-use schemes across Grosvenor’s London Estate. Emma and the Estate Development Team are responsible for the growth and delivery of the development pipeline, contributing to Grosvenor’s 20 year vision for the London estate.

Before joining Grosvenor, Emma worked as a Development Manager and Director at search agency and developer Banda Ltd. Joining from the ‘start-up’ stage, she was responsible for the delivery of a diverse range of both owner-occupier projects for HNWIs and a number of investment developments.

Emma is a member of the BPF Planning Committee and ULI Young Leaders Committee. Within GBI, she sits on the Global Residential Knowledge Network sharing market insight between operating companies across America, Asia and Europe.

Jamie Ratcliff

Associate Director, Housing

Greater London Authority

Jamie is the Assistant Director responsible for the GLA’s work on housing. This includes housing investment of around £5 billion, policy and strategy in relation to the housing market as a whole. Jamie is also responsible for a range of housing-related services including pan-London services to prevent rough sleeping and support for boroughs’ enforcement action in the private rented sector. He is also a member representative on the Local Pension Board for the London Pension Fund Authority and an Associate of Centre for London. He has over ten years experience at a senior level working in housing development, local government and for a large UK bank. He has established and overseen housing investment programmes and the development, adoption and implementation of statutory strategies. This has given him broad experience in housing supply, affordable housing delivery, management standards in the private rented sector, rough sleeping services and the environmental retrofit of London’s homes. Jamie is the author, in a personal capacity, of two reports recommending radical action to build the homes Londoners need - 'Mass-Delivery of Manufactured Homes for Rent' and 'In No Uncertain Terms'. Jamie holds a Law degree and a Masters in Public Administration as part of which he examined whether the modern Olympic Games had left cash cows, white elephants or successful economic, environmental and social legacies.

Fiona Fletcher-Smith

Group Director for Development and Sales

L&Q

Rebecca Taylor

Director of Real Estate and the Development and Investment Director

Long Harbour

Alex Notay

BTR Fund Director

PfP Capital

James Murray

Deputy Mayor for Housing & Residential Development

GLA

Bill Hughes

Head of Real Assets

Legal & General Investment Management

Mike Hussey

Chief Executive

Almacantar

Beth West

Head of Development, London Portfolio

Landsec

Emma Rogers

Project Director, Estate Development Programme

Grosvenor Britain & Ireland.

Jamie Ratcliff

Associate Director, Housing

Greater London Authority

Chairperson: Panel 1 - Rebecca Worthington,Chief Operating Officer, Countryside -- Panel 2 - Karen Cooksley, Partner, Winckworth Sherwood
15
Jan
2019

The Year Ahead - West Midlands

Simon Burton

Regional Managing Director West Midlands and South

Galliford Try

Simon has been with Galliford Try for over 8 years as Regional Managing Director and has extensive knowledge of both the industry and local construction market. Simon provides leadership to the region, establishes and monitors our business plan targets and drives improvements throughout the whole business. During his career Simon has experience in delivering numerous high profile schemes within the West Midlands. The most significant of which include: HSBC - 1 Centenary Square, Library of Birmingham and Aston Student Village.

Ashley Kensington

Land & Planning Director

St Joseph, Berkeley Group Plc

Ashley has 20 years’ experience within in the development sector specialising in property investment, acquisition and obtaining planning consents. For the last 15 years she has worked at the Berkeley Group with posts held in St James, Berkeley Commercial and more recently in St William where she assisted in setting up the joint venture with National Grid.

In August 2018, Ashley moved to St Joseph to assist the Berkeley Group’s expansion into the West Midlands with responsibility for land, planning and asset management.

Rob Valentine

Director

Bruntwood

Bruntwood is a family-owned property company whose goal is to create the right places for people to succeed. Bruntwood develop, let and manage all of their own buildings, combining an innovative approach to property development with a single minded focus on the needs of the customers. Founded more than 40 years ago, Bruntwood is committed to helping make the UK’s great city regions even greater.

Director of Bruntwood Birmingham, Rob Valentine is at the heart of the West Midlands region, driven by his passion to make the city recognised as one of the best connected places to work and live. Working for the business for over 18 years, Rob is focused on creating the right environments for businesses to thrive, no matter what sector they operate in. Rob is passionate about developing great ideas and businesses, improving communities and creating places for business success.

Nicola Hewitt

Commercial Director

West Midlands Growth Company

Nicola leads the West Midlands Growth Company’s inward investment programme, as well the commercial division of the organisation, overseeing the services in place for supporting investors that are locating or expanding in the region. Nicola manages highly targeted campaigns that focus on the West Midlands’ sectors of strength and key overseas markets. Nicola was previously Director of Marketing and Communications consultancy View from the Hill, following on from international marketing roles at Hoople, Brintons and Codemasters.

Martin Reeves

Chief Executive

Coventry City Council

Martin has been Chief Executive of Coventry City Council since April 2009.  He was the Chief Executive and the Head of Paid Service of the West Midlands Combined Authority from March 2016 to September 2017.  He had previously been with Bedfordshire County Council for three and a half years as Assistant Chief Executive and Chief Executive. Martin was previously Head of Performance Improvement at Westminster City Council in the heart of London. He was also Programme Director for WorkSmart the City Council’s flagship transformation programme.

Martin spent much of his early career as a lecturer and researcher, and has a PhD in applied economics.He is a Governor on the Board at Coventry University; is the first Honorary President of LARIA (Local Authorities Research and Intelligence Association) and on the board of the Centre for Cities. He was the President of SOLACE (Society of Local Authority Chief Executives) in 2013. He is the Local Government Association (LGA) National Procurement Champion. In 2015, Martin was invited onto the independent taskforce, which produced the new 5 year national cancer strategy. He chairs the national cross system board for sustainable health & social care. He is also a member of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Advisory Board. In 2018 Martin was once again included in the top 50 of the Local Government Chronicle’s list of most influential people in local government.

Laura McMillan

Director of Operations and Legacy

Coventry City of Culture Trust

Laura began her career in the Sales and Marketing department of Warwick Castle before moving to the Royal Shakespeare Company where she spent four years in their Marketing department. In October 2015, Laura moved to the Coventry City of Culture Trust to manage the citywide bid to be UK City of Culture. Since Coventry was awarded the title in December 2017, Laura has taken the role of Director of Operations and Legacy responsible for supporting the running of the company and the setting of strategic legacy plans including monitoring and evaluation.

Simon Burton

Regional Managing Director West Midlands and South

Galliford Try

Ashley Kensington

Land & Planning Director

St Joseph, Berkeley Group Plc

Rob Valentine

Director

Bruntwood

Nicola Hewitt

Commercial Director

West Midlands Growth Company

Martin Reeves

Chief Executive

Coventry City Council

Laura McMillan

Director of Operations and Legacy

Coventry City of Culture Trust

Chairperson: Chris Sullivan, Partner, Malcolm Hollis
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06
Dec
2018

Housing for London …… the answer lies in the outer Boroughs?

Cllr Clare Coghill

Leader

London Borough of Waltham Forest

Clare Coghill was elected to the London Borough of Waltham Forest in May 2010 to represent the High Street ward in Walthamstow. She became Junior Cabinet Member for Health later in the same year. Subsequently, she held a junior portfolio focused on Town Centres. Clare was appointed as Cabinet Member for Children and Young People in May 2012, leading the Council’s work on Children’s Social Care, Safeguarding and Education.

In 2014, Clare was appointed the Cabinet Member for Economic Growth & High Streets and led a fresh approach to regeneration, planning and development. Waltham Forest has excellent infrastructure, green space and transport links, therefore the priorities lie in developing new, good quality, affordable housing and vibrant town centres. Clare’s policy innovations in this role focussed on pubs, the night-time economy and economic growth.

In January 2017 Clare was elected as Leader of the Labour Group at Waltham Forest Council, and subsequently elected as Leader of the Council at the AGM of Full Council on 25th May 2017. Clare was re-elected Leader of the Council for a 4 year term at the AGM of Full council on 24th May 2018.

Lyn Garner

Chief Executive

London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC)

Lyn joined LLDC, the body responsible for the development of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and its surrounding areas, as Chief Executive in February 2018. She is responsible for overseeing the delivery of 24,000 homes, 40,000 jobs, and the forthcoming East Bank project, a new cultural and education district comprising of new buildings for V&A museum, Sadler’s Wells, BBC Orchestra, and new campuses for UCL East and UAL’s London College of Fashion. Lyn is also currently serving as Chair of Future of London, an independent network for regeneration, housing and economic development.

Professor Sadie Morgan

Director, dRMM

NIC Commissioner

Sadie Morgan is a founding director of Stirling Prize winning architecture practice dRMM. She lectures internationally on the work of dRMM and the importance of infrastructure which connects back to people and place. She became the youngest president of the Architectural Association in 2013, and in 2016, was appointed Professor at the University of Westminster and awarded an honorary doctorate from London South Bank University.

Sadie was named New Londoner of the Year at the New London Awards 2017 for her work championing the importance of design at the highest political level.

Richard Blakeway

Chair

BexleyCo Ltd

Richard Blakeway is a former adviser to the Prime Minister and Deputy Mayor of London for Housing, Land and Property. During his eight years at the Greater London Authority, Richard was responsible for a £3bn investment programme, building a record 100,000 affordable homes and regeneration of 630 hectares owned by the authority, one of the largest public sector land portfolios in the UK. This included major redevelopment at London's Royal Docks, Greenwich Peninsula and Barking Riverside and the creation of thirty Housing Zones across the capital. Richard was chair of the Homes for London Board, member of the London Enterprise Panel and Crossrail 2 Growth Commission. Following City Hall, Richard was appointed an adviser to the Prime Minister and was instrumental in developing plans for the HM Government's then commitment to build 1 million homes. He is now a strategic adviser to developer EcoWorld London, to Jones Lang LaSalle and to think tank Policy Exchange. Richard is chair of the London Borough of Bexley's property company, BexleyCo Ltd, and a board director of the HMG's regeneration agency, Homes England.

Tony Travers

Director of Greater London Group

LSE

Cllr Clare Coghill

Leader

London Borough of Waltham Forest

Lyn Garner

Chief Executive

London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC)

Professor Sadie Morgan

Director, dRMM

NIC Commissioner

Richard Blakeway

Chair

BexleyCo Ltd

Chairperson: Karen Cooksley, Partner, Winckworth Sherwood
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21st Exclusive London Annual Dinner

The Dorchester

Park Lane, London

Champagne Reception

Annual Dinner

2017

Sara Pascoe

Celebrity Speaker

2018

Phil Hudson

Mover & Shakers of the Year

2017

Auction

Annual Dinner

2017

30
Nov
2018

Who’s Developing The West Midlands ?

Andy Street CBE

Mayor

West Midlands

Andy Street was elected as the first Mayor of the West Midlands on May 4 2017. The primary function of the role is to chair the West Midlands Combined Authority and brings with it significant powers over transport, housing, skills and jobs. Before becoming Mayor, Andy combined a career with John Lewis, Britain’s most successful workers’ co-operative, with a host of high-profile economic development roles, working with local and national government. He was the Chair of the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership between 2011 and 2016, helping to build the relationships that have underpinned the economic growth of the region. Additionally, he has been lead non-executive director for the Department for Communities and Local Government as well as a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group.

In June 2015, Andy was awarded the CBE for services to the national economy. He was named the ‘Most Admired Leader’ of the year by business magazine, Management Today in 2014. He received the ‘President’s award’ from the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce for his work in the region. 

Tim Johnson

Managing Director

City of Wolverhampton Council

Tim is Managing Director of the City of Wolverhampton Council having been appointed to the role in July 2018. Prior to this, he was the council’s Deputy Managing Director and Strategic Director of Place where his portfolio of responsibilities included city development, city housing, city transport, city environment, corporate property and commercialism. 

Tim is an experienced strategic local government director, specialising in place shaping, organisational change management and community regeneration. He has a proven track record of developing and delivering complex, innovative projects and programmes and has overseen a regeneration programme which has £3.7 billion of public and private investment either on site or planned in the city.

In the five years he has worked at the City of Wolverhampton Council, Tim has played a major part in the transformation of the city and the council. This was nationally recognised in June 2017 when the City of Wolverhampton Council won a record four awards at the prestigious MJ Local Government Achievement Awards 2017 including Local Authority of the Year, Most Improved Council and Senior Leadership Team of the Year.

Tim has over 20 years’ experience in local government working for Liverpool City Council, London Borough of Hillingdon, Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council and Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council before joining the City of Wolverhampton Council in May 2013. He represents City of Wolverhampton Council on a number of external forums across the region and city including the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), Association of Black Country Authorities and Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and as Chair of the Board of Governors at the City of Wolverhampton College and Chair of the Board of Governors of the city’s new housing company, WV Living.

Stephen Walker

Head of UK Business Space

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Head of UK Business Space Portfolio Management, leading a team of 30 asset managers with responsibility for cross-sector assets on a UK wide basis. Stephen has carried out Fund and Asset Management positions at Aberdeen Standard Investments and has wide-ranging investment and strategic asset management experience gained in both private practice and client side positions. Stephen is Chair of ASI’s Global Proptech team and drives policy in relation to Flexible Office provision. He is also a member of the Property Investment Committee (EMEA) considering transactions and projects across the UK.

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.

Erin Amon

Market Analyst

CoStar

Erin Amon is CoStar Group’s Market Analyst for the Birmingham market as well as London and other South East markets. Erin is responsible for writing and maintaining daily office and industrial market and submarket reports which inform decisions of developers, lenders, property managers, and investors both locally and globally. Erin works with a team of researchers to collect commercial real estate data, which she uses jointly with market interaction to analyse trends in rents, vacancies, demand drivers, construction activity, and investments across her markets and the submarkets within.

Erin earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Psychology from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. She has been with CoStar Group for five years, first as a researcher in Washington, DC. She moved to the Columbia, Maryland office in 2015 as a Market Analyst for Texas and then North Carolina markets before joining the London office in the autumn of 2017.  

Jo Salmon

Head of Estates and Asset Management

Oval Real Estate

Jo, a chartered Surveyor joined Oval Real Estate a year ago to head up their Estates and Asset Management Team, with primary focus on a significant and exciting portfolio in Digbeth, including Custard Factory, Fazeley and The Bond.

Prior to this, Jo has over 20 years’ experience successfully managing various portfolios of large complicated property assets and as shopping and mixes use centres, improving occupancy and efficiency to increase values and enhance customer experience.

Jo is a strong advocate of partnership working and has played a key role in delivery of Town Centre Management and Business Improvement Districts.

Andy Street CBE

Mayor

West Midlands

Tim Johnson

Managing Director

City of Wolverhampton Council

Stephen Walker

Head of UK Business Space

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Robin Dobson

Director of Retail Development

Hammerson

Erin Amon

Market Analyst

CoStar

Jo Salmon

Head of Estates and Asset Management

Oval Real Estate

Chairperson: Carl Potter, Regional Senior Director, GVA
23
Nov
2018

Who’s Developing Scotland ?

Grant Lonsdale

Senior Real Estate Analyst

CoStar

Grant is responsible for covering the Scottish commercial property market and co-authoring CoStar’s quarterly investment report. He is a graduate of Glasgow Caledonian University and member of the Society of Property Researchers, with a background in research and data analytics.

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. 

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.

David Peck

Managing Director

Buccleuch Property

David is a qualified chartered surveyor and has 28 years’ experience in property with a proven track record delivering a wide range of projects throughout the UK including spending five years of his career in London with Drivers Jonas and Taylor Woodrow Capital Developments.  He was previously development director for the Kilmartin Property Group and has been MD of Buccleuch Property since 2003.

David is a non-executive director of Native Land and was chair of the Scottish Property Federation during 2012.

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, is a planning advisor to the Scottish Property Federation and is on the Board of PAS.

Stephen Lewis

Managing Director

HFD Property Group Ltd

With over 20 years’ experience of commercial property, predominately office led developments, I have been fortunate enough to work across both the private and public sectors on both the client and consulting side in a range of roles from Property & Asset Management, Consultancy, Agency and Development. Geographically this has included roles in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Renfrewshire and Lanarkshire with project coverage across Scotland and the north of England. 

Projects range from single City Centre developments to new and established Business Parks including recent and current projects such as Strathclyde Business Park (SBP) and Hamilton International Park (HIP). Highlights include the EcoCampus (235,000sq.ft) at HIP - the UK’s first speculative Carbon Neutral Office, let in its entirety to University West of Scotland and CityPark1, a new 215,000sq.ft office for Wood Group in Aberdeen. City Centre development includes G1, the 130,000sq.ft redevelopment in George Square and Bothwell Exchange, an entire city block including the recently completed 155,000sq.ft office pre-let to Morgan Stanley and a new 305,000sq.ft office, partially pre-let to Clydesdale Bank. Our current portfolio is home to over 340 businesses (predominately office occupiers ranging from 200 – 235,000sq.ft) with combined employment in excess of 15,000 staff.

Grant Lonsdale

Senior Real Estate Analyst

CoStar

Marion Francis

Regional Manager Scotland | Regeneration & Infrastructure

Department for International Trade

Pauline Mills

Land & Planning Director

Taylor Wimpey East Scotland

David Peck

Managing Director

Buccleuch Property

Michaela Sullivan

Group Land Manager

CALA Group Ltd

Stephen Lewis

Managing Director

HFD Property Group Ltd

Chairperson: Robin Blacklock, Managing Director, dowbrae property consultancy
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08
Nov
2018

Who’s Developing The South West ?

Mark Stansfield

Head of UK Analytics

CoStar

Mark manages the team of analysts at CoStar and is responsible for CoStar’s analytic output, which includes reports (more than 500 of which have written commentary), news articles, webinars and presentations.  Mark writes CoStar’s London reports and is the lead author of CoStar’s quarterly UK Investment Report and associated presentations.  He joined CoStar as an analyst in 2004 after earning a B.A. in International History and Politics at the University of Leeds. Mark is a long-standing member of the Society of Property Researchers.

Helen Martin

Managing Director

Skanska Development

Helen Martin sits on the senior management team for Skanska UK. She is Managing Director of the development business in the UK, which invests in and brings to market commercial development projects. She has previously held senior positions within Skanska’s Infrastructure Development global business and as Skanska UK’s lead on risk management and quality of scrutiny.

A chartered civil engineer, with 20 years in the engineering and construction sector, Helen’s initial work was in building design, primarily social infrastructure, as well as major civil engineering infrastructure projects like the original business case for HS2. She has also worked as an advisor to local and central government, looking at issues around delivery of health, education, transport and housing solutions.

Alexandra Notay

Build to Rent Fund Director

PfP Capital

Alexandra is an internationally recognised expert on Build to Rent, placemaking and sustainable urban development. She has 14 years’ strategic advisory experience to public and private sector clients in the UK, US, Europe and Australia and now leads the BTR fund for PfP Capital, part of Places for People Group. Alex is a published author and editor of over 30 books and reports on real estate including the renowned ULI UK Best Practice Guide on Build to Rent (2014, 2016). Alex is a vice-chair of ULI UK Residential Council, serves on the BPF Build to Rent Committee and is an Associate Member of CREFC Europe. She is also a trustee of SunScreenIT Foundation and a non-executive director of Sound Diplomacy.

Gavin Bridge

Director

Cubex Land

Cubex is a proudly Bristol based property developer working across the South West and South Wales. Their most significant development  is Finzels Reach where over the next few years they will be bringing forward over 440 apartments, 230,000ft² of Grade A office space, 168 bedroom hotel, restaurants and the Finzels Bridge linking the development to Castle Park and Cabot Circus. There are a number of financial investors in the development based in the UK, Germany, the USA and the Middle East managing money on behalf of Pension Funds, Sovereign Wealth Funds and Family Offices. With solid funding and a track record of delivery Gavin and his colleagues are keen to explore any new commercial and residential opportunities today's audience or panel may have.

Nick Brooks

Development Director

Kier Property

Nick has expert knowledge of Bristol and the South West, having operated in region’s agency and development markets for more than 30 years.  He recently joined Kier Property, the development arm of the Kier Group, with a remit to grow their development business in the region.

Prior to joining Kier, Nick most recently was a Partner in the Bristol office of Rapleys where one of his latter remits was to provide expert evidence to the Public Inquiry into the proposed expansion of the Mall at Cribbs Causeway.

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.  

Mark Stansfield

Head of UK Analytics

CoStar

Helen Martin

Managing Director

Skanska Development

Alexandra Notay

Build to Rent Fund Director

PfP Capital

Gavin Bridge

Director

Cubex Land

Nick Brooks

Development Director

Kier Property

Jo Davis

National Head of Planning Development & Regeneration

GVA

Chairperson: Jo Davis, National Head of Planning Development & Regeneration, GVA
02
Nov
2018

Re-Imagining the West End – How can we build certainty in uncertain times?

Katherine Russell

Head of Real Estate, Planning, Policy & Commercial

John Lewis Partnership

Katherine graduated from Reading University with a degree in Land Management and spent her initial years at Fuller Peiser, Atisreal & BNP Paribas.

She then moved into the world of retail property, at John Lewis as Property Manager followed by Asset Management and moving into the Head of John Lewis Property in 2016.

In July 2017, she became Group Head of Real Estate, Planning, Policy and Commercial for the John Lewis Partnership, responsible for the strategic delivery of all Real Estate activity in both John Lewis and Waitrose across all asset classes (Retail, Distribution, Office, Residential and Leisure). In addition her role also ensures the commercial delivery of all capital projects, compliance with statutory policy and driving a sustainability strategy for the Property & Development function. Katherine has also been a Trustee and Director of a non profit organisation, setting the strategic direction and overseeing operational delivery.

Brian Bickell FCA

Chief Executive

Shaftesbury plc

Brian qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1976. He joined Shaftesbury when it was formed in 1986, and was Finance Director from the date of its float on the London Stock Exchange in 1987. He became Chief Executive in 2011.

Starting with £10 million of private capital in 1986, Shaftesbury now has a market capitalisation of c. £2.9 billion. It has assembled a portfolio of 15 acres of freeholds in the West End, comprising c.600 buildings, valued at £3.9 billion. Its ownership includes 590 shops, restaurants, cafes and pubs across 1.1 million sq. ft. in Carnaby and West Soho, Chinatown, Seven Dials and Fitzrovia.

Deirdra Armsby

Director of Placeshaping

Westminster City Council

Director of Placeshaping and West End Partnership at Westminster City Council, providing strategic leadership on the form and function of the City as a City for All. Deirdra will embed Placeshaping principles throughout an eclectic range of projects including Church Street regeneration, West End Partnership programmes and leading on the emerging Oxford Street District Strategy, neighbourhood revitalisation and Strategic transport. Deirdra also sits on the Board of the Dolphin Foundation.

Previously, Deirdra was Director of Regeneration and Planning at Newham, and worked at Hackney & RBKC gaining experience in strategic and local mixed use development, Conservation, neighbourhood advocacy, transport, public health and strategy.

Lucy Musgrave

Founding Director

Publica

Lucy Musgrave is the founding director of Publica, a London-based practice that specialises in strategies and design for public space, urban design and masterplanning. Over a 25-year career, Lucy has played a key advisory role in policy recommendations, strategic planning and the advocacy of design quality. She is currently a Mayor’s Design Advocate and sits on the Mayor’s Night Time Commission and the Sounding Board for the Mayor’s Public London Charter. Lucy is a member of the Barbican Centre Board and the National Infrastructure Commission's Shadow Design Group and Expert Advisory Group.

Debbie Jackson

Assistant Director of Regeneration and Economic Growth

Greater London Authority

Debbie is the Assistant Director for Regeneration and Economic Development at the Greater London Authority. The Team plays a key role in delivering the Mayor’s Good Growth agenda through innovative programmes 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. Debbie is also responsible for the Economic Development and Food Strategies and the Mayor’s work to support businesses and an economy that works for all Londoners.

Across Debbie's programmes she is responsible for a budget of over £400m delivering cross cutting outcomes relating to high streets, infrastructure, workspace, cultural, education, business and regeneration projects. Debbie has worked in London's public sector – formerly Westminster and Lambeth local authorities and the London Development Agency – for 20 years and in Regeneration for 15 years.

Katherine Russell

Head of Real Estate, Planning, Policy & Commercial

John Lewis Partnership

Brian Bickell FCA

Chief Executive

Shaftesbury plc

Deirdra Armsby

Director of Placeshaping

Westminster City Council

Lucy Musgrave

Founding Director

Publica

Debbie Jackson

Assistant Director of Regeneration and Economic Growth

Greater London Authority

Chairperson: Sir Peter Rogers – Chairman, New West End Company
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05
Oct
2018

Who’s Developing the North West ?

'Commercial Development & Investment' and 'Homes & Communities'

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.

Helen Gordon

Chief Executive

Grainger plc

Helen Gordon is Chief Executive of Grainger plc the UK’s largest listed residential landlord. 

Helen was appointed Chief Executive of Grainger in January 2016 from RBS where she had been Global Head of Real Estate Asset Management since October 2011. Prior to that Helen was Director of Legal and General Property, responsible for the Main Life Fund and c.8 smaller Funds, and Group Property Director of Railtrack and Managing Director of John Laing Developments. 

Helen sits on the Board of Derwent London as a non-executive Director and is currently a Board Director of the European Public Real Estate Association and Vice President of the British Property Federation.  Helen has held a number of non-exec positions and Government appointments including the Board of Covent Garden Market Authority, Board of British Waterways, TfL Property Board and was a Trustee for The College of Estate Management for nine years.

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.

Nick Payne

Co-Founder and Group MD

Nikal Group incorporating Hillcrest Homes

Nick Payne has been involved in property for nearly three decades. After qualifying as a surveyor in 1989, he was then promoted to Director at the age of 26, responsible for major portfolio valuations and financing transactions. He returned North in the late 1990s to realise his regeneration and development ambitions, setting up private limited company Westport Developments in 1998. Under Westport, he was involved in the regeneration of Manchester's Deansgate Locks, transforming 12 derelict Grade II railway arches alongside the Manchester Ship Canal into a modern leisure destination eventually selling to Scottish Widows.

In 2003, Nick joined forces with leading industrialist Alan Murphy to create Nikal, a dynamic property development, regeneration and investment business. The business is currently responsible for a development pipeline of circa £1 billion with projects including Phase 1 Exchange Square in Birmingham City Centre, a £125million forward funded built to rent scheme with La Salle and Altair in Altrincham – an £80 million residential and lifestyle scheme.

In 2015, Nikal purchased award winning luxury homebuilder Hillcrest Homes. Recently, the business has expanded its area of operation north to the Ribble Valley with a development of 30 houses under way in Hurst Green, near Whalley and ten homes under construction in Summerseat near Bury. Further developments are planned across Cheshire and the West Midlands.

Larry Gold

Deputy Chief Executive – CFO

Trafford Housing Trust

Larry Gold is the Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer at Trafford Housing Trust. He oversees the running of Finance and the newly formed Developer business stream. He is also responsible for overseeing Social Enterprise. Recruited to assist in setting up the Trust, Larry was the Trust’s first employee in 2004. Larry has been a member of the Leadership Team since the Trust’s inception and has over twenty years’ experience within the public sector – previously working for Walsall Housing Group, Prime Focus Regeneration Group, and has held a number of senior management positions within central and local Government. Larry has a keen interest in animal welfare homing two rescue dogs. Any spare time is spent enjoying family life, practising Taekwondo (in which the whole family participates) and restoring a very old VW camper van.

Jennie Daly

Group Operations Director

Taylor Wimpey

Jennie was appointed to the Taylor Wimpey PLC Board in April 2018 and also holds the role of Group Operations Director. Jennie joined Taylor Wimpey in 2014 from Redrow plc, as UK Planning Director, before becoming UK Land Director in 2015. She has a wealth of experience in the housebuilding industry gained from roles which include strategic land and managing director of Harrow Estates Plc. As Group Operations Director, Jennie oversees the land, planning, design and technical, production and supply chain functions, in addition to managing the Taylor Wimpey Logistics business. Jennie is also a non-executive director of the Peabody Trust, a large affordable housing provider based in London.  

Richard Yorke

Director - Analytics

CoStar

Richard has twenty years’ experience working in real estate, predominately in senior management, consultancy & research, and business development roles. Richard is a director of CoStar responsible for analytics and the development of market leading products such as Propex, amongst others. Richard Joined from Cushman & Wakefield/DTZ where he was Head of Research. Previously Richard has been a director of Experian and RCA where he was responsible for developing and managing real estate services. Richard is a member of RICS and holds a master’s degree in economics. Richard has published numerous reports, is a regular presenter at industry events and commentator in the media.

Caroline Simpson

Corporate Director for Place

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Caroline Simpson has worked in regeneration for over twenty years developing strong partnerships across the public and private sector. As the Corporate Director for Place at Stockport MBC she is currently responsible for a growth and place agenda and in particular leading a major £1bn transformation programme to redevelop the town centre. As well as leadership of development, regeneration, planning and transport she is also leading the delivery and reform of frontline place management services.  She also has responsibility for the delivery of the Public Health agenda within Stockport and promoting active communities across the Borough.

Previous roles include:

Executive Director of Economic Growth and Prosperity for Cheshire East Council with responsibility for an ambitious economic growth agenda, leading place–based services and corporate property & development functions. 

Other roles include the Development Director for a Housing Association; Head of Regeneration and Partnerships for Northwest Development Agency and regeneration based roles at Advantage West Midlands.   Her career started in Liverpool delivering community-based regeneration projects with a particular focus on work and skills.

Tim Wood

Northern Powerhouse Rail Director

Transport for the North

Tim Wood has over 22 years’ experience in railway design and delivery and prior to this, 11 years spent in the construction industry. As Northern Powerhouse Rail Director, he is taking on the challenge to make the strategic outline business case (SOBC) for investment in an ambitious plan for a transformed rail network that will provide fast, frequent and reliable links between the North’s six biggest city regions and its largest airport. He leads the delivery of the SOBC and works around the HS2 touch points in a co-clienting role with the Department for Transport.

Previously he held two Rail Director positions in the private sector and is known for early development of Rail PPP schemes and partner and stakeholder management.

Phil Mayall

Regional Director, North West

Muse Developments

Phil joined Muse Developments in 2006 to assist with the delivery of the company’s mixed use regeneration portfolio and was promoted to the role of Development Director in 2011. He assumed the role of Regional Director in 2018 and is now responsible for a wide range of projects throughout the North West. Phil heads up the team of development directors and surveyors in the Manchester office.

Since joining Muse he has delivered, or currently has on site, over 700,000 sq ft of offices, 550 residential homes, a 143 bedroom hotel and 2 large space multi storey car parks.  He has also successfully led two CPOs and gained consent for the largest ever planning application submitted to Salford City Council. Phil also secured the forward funding of 3 PRS residential developments at New Bailey in Salford. The Slate Yard, is one of the first institutionally funded PRS developments in the city. The first 2 phases are now complete, the third phase which consists of 199 new homes over 21 storeys commenced early Sept 2018.

Phil is a member of the Investment Property Forum and the British Council for Offices, where he was formerly Chair of the Northern Region Next Gen committee. He is also a member of the Chester Growth Partnership Board and is chair of the project board overseeing improvements to Islington Mill, Salford.

Darran Lawless

Development Director

Peel Land and Property

Darran Lawless is Development Director at Peel Land and Property responsible for its transformational Liverpool Waters scheme.

Darran joined Peel in early 2018 at a pivotal time for the £5 billion regeneration project. Liverpool Waters is one of the largest regeneration projects in Europe with Planning Consent in place for 20 m sqft of mixed use development. Construction is underway on several residential projects including Regenda’s PRS scheme, Plaza 1821, ROMAL’s Quay Central along with projects for Your Housing Group and Moda Living which collectively deliver a further 1000 apartments within Liverpool Waters this year alone. Darran is also responsible for Everton Football Clubs relocation to the site, assisting Liverpool City Council in its plans to bring a new Ocean Liner terminal to the City and working with the Manx Government on the relocation of the Isle of Man ferry as well as delivering over 9,000 residential units over the next 15/20 years.

Darran has 30 years experience in the development industry including establishing his own consultancy providing strategic advice on the delivery of residential and mixed use projects. Prior to this he was Managing Director of Engine of the North, Cheshire East Council's wholly owned development company, formed to undertake development of the Council's £400m assets delivering regeneration and capital receipts. He also spent 15 years as Development Director at Muse Developments responsible for numerous schemes throughout the North West including Ashton Moss, South Rings and on behalf of English Cities Fund, St Pauls Square, Liverpool.

Eamonn Boylan

Chief Executive

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Helen Gordon

Chief Executive

Grainger plc

Tom Bloxham MBE

Chairman

Urban Splash

Nick Payne

Co-Founder and Group MD

Nikal Group incorporating Hillcrest Homes

Larry Gold

Deputy Chief Executive – CFO

Trafford Housing Trust

Jennie Daly

Group Operations Director

Taylor Wimpey

Richard Yorke

Director - Analytics

CoStar

Caroline Simpson

Corporate Director for Place

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Tim Wood

Northern Powerhouse Rail Director

Transport for the North

Phil Mayall

Regional Director, North West

Muse Developments

Darran Lawless

Development Director

Peel Land and Property

Chairperson: Gary Halman, Senior Director (Managing), GVA HOW Planning & John Ogden, Managing Director, CBRE
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14
Sep
2018

Who’s Developing London?

Juliemma McLoughlin

Chief Planner - Development, Enterprise and Environment

Greater London Authority

Juliemma is the Chief Planner at the GLA, and arrived from London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham in April 2017, and has delivered several policy documents, SPDs and the borough's Local Plan Review. She has been responsible for leading strategic development and regeneration in the complex urban environments of two of the world’s greatest cities (London and Sydney).

She is currently advising the Mayor of London at the GLA on a new London Plan and strategic development opportunities across the Capital, and is keen to promote the opportunities that London represents as a vibrant major world city. Delivery of the new London Plan and key Mayoral strategy documents will be the focus of the GLA Planning Unit over the next 18 months.

Juliemma has previously worked in partnership with the GLA, OPDC, neighbouring boroughs and key developers to unlock large scale development in West London. Over the course of the last ten years she has been responsible for delivering the borough’s regeneration and growth agenda which has involved managing an unprecedented number of projects including regionally significant schemes within very tight timeframes. Examples of the schemes that have moved through the planning process and into delivery include Westfield Shopping Centre and new extension, BBC TV centre, Earls Court Opportunity Area, Imperial College White City Campus, and LBHF Town Hall Civic Campus to name but a few.

Alan Holland

Business Unit Director

SEGRO

Alan Holland is the Business Unit Director for SEGRO’s Greater London business. With a market value of over £3.2bn, the Greater London business includes over 485 customers. Historically concentrated in Park Royal and Heathrow, the portfolio has recently expanded its urban logistics and light industrial footprint in North and East London, with the London unit now spanning over 60 locations. SEGRO is a UK Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), and a leading owner, manager and developer of modern warehouses and light industrial property. It owns or manages over six million square metres of space valued at approximately £7 billion serving customers from a wide range of industry sectors. Its properties are located in and around major cities and at key transportation hubs in the UK and in nine other European countries. Major retail and ecommerce customers for SEGRO include John Lewis, Amazon, Ocado and Yoox. Alan is a Chartered Surveyor with over 18 years’ real estate experience in the industrial and logistics markets.

John Burns

Chief Executive Officer

Derwent London plc

Founder of Derwent Valley Holdings in 1984, John has steered Derwent London through many market cycles. From its early market capitalization of £1.5m through its merger with London Merchant Securities in 2007 to its current leading position in the capital. A prominent figure in the property sector, he has overall responsibility for company development. John is on the strategic board of the New West End Company and is a former chair of the Westminster Property Association. (www.derwentlondon.com)

Tim Roberts

Head of Offices & Residential

British Land

Tim joined British Land in 1997 and was appointed to the Board in July 2006.  He is Head of Offices & Residential and is responsible for the Group’s £6bn Central London office and residential portfolio.  Tim is also a member of the Executive, Investment and Risk Committees at British Land.  He was a non-executive director of Songbird Estates until 2009. Prior to joining British Land he was a partner at Drivers Jonas, in the Investment Agency team. Tim is a Trustee and Board Member of LandAid, which is the property industry charity helping disadvantaged, and often homeless young people.  

Leonie Oliva

Senior Director - Planning

GVA

Leonie is a Senior Director in GVA’s London Planning team where she advises private and public sector clients on development opportunities in London and the South East.   

Her expertise includes providing strategic planning advice across a range of sectors, managing major planning application, advising on conservation issues and the historic environment, formulating development plan strategies,  stakeholder consultation and planning input to regeneration projects. In particular she has advised extensively in the arts and cultural sector with clients including Tate, the Natural History Museum and British Library, as well as on in the higher education sector working on campus expansions for UCL and KCL.  

Juliemma McLoughlin

Chief Planner - Development, Enterprise and Environment

Greater London Authority

Alan Holland

Business Unit Director

SEGRO

John Burns

Chief Executive Officer

Derwent London plc

Tim Roberts

Head of Offices & Residential

British Land

Leonie Oliva

Senior Director - Planning

GVA

Chairperson: Leonie Oliva, Senior Director - Planning, GVA
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Sep
2018

Creating Homes; Building Communities - South West

Oona Goldsworthy

Chief Executive

United Communities

Oona is Chief Executive of United Communities, a community based housing association, which own and manages approx. 2000 homes across the West of England.

Oona is passionate about the role that housing associations can play in shaping their cities and supporting residents and communities to become more resilient. She held a variety of roles with housing associations and led major regeneration projects for local authorities before joining United Communities.

United Communities is known for its entrepreneurial approach to development and regeneration, which includes commercial joint ventures with developers, a unique ethical market rent funded by a social investment fund, self-build via a  community land trust and large scale mixed tenure regeneration. 

As well as being Chief Executive, Oona is a Board member of  Bristol Hospitality Network for Refugees and national Placeshapers. In 2017 she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship  to research global approach’s to housing millennials.  

Mark Farmer

Founding Director & CEO

Cast Real Estate & Construction Consultancy

Mark has nearly 30 years of experience in the construction and real estate sectors and has become a recognised commentator and thought leader on a variety of issues. He has been at the forefront of emerging UK residential market segments such as Build to Rent and Later Living. He is also playing a leading role in the progressive modernisation of the construction industry. Mark is a member of the RICS, Vice Chairman of the ULI UK Residential Council, a member of the BPF Build to Rent sub-committee and co-chairman of Constructing Excellence. Mark authored the October 2016 UK Government Review of the Construction Labour Market Model entitled ‘Modernise or Die’.

Chris Burton

Regional Managing Director, West

Barratt Developments plc

Chris is a Senior Executive with over 30 years' experience in the Construction industry.  He is responsible for Barratt Developments West Region, where the four Divisional Teams under his control currently deliver around 2400 homes per annum.

He has worked throughout the UK and gained expertise in private and social housing, including urban regeneration and city centre markets.

Karime Hassan

Chief Executive and Growth Director

Exeter City Council

Karime was appointed Chief Executive and Growth Director of Exeter City Council in 2013. He joined Exeter City Council as the Director of Economy and Development in February 2011, following eight years as Corporate Director at East Devon District Council. During his time at East Devon he set up the Exeter and East Devon Growth Point, managed the strategic development proposals for the growth area and established regeneration programmes for Exmouth and Seaton.

Prior to joining East Devon District Council, Karime was Head of Planning Services at Exeter and led on projects such as the award winning Princesshay shopping centre and the relocation of the Met Office.

Liz Dunn

Partner

Burges Salmon (CHAIR)

Liz specialises in development, in particular infrastructure and energy and major redevelopment projects. Her practice areas include advising on Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs), planning obligations and infrastructure agreements, planning appeals and judicial review, including appearing as a planning inquiry advocate. Recent projects in the region include acting for YTL on the development of the Filton Airfield site, Engine Shed 2 and Temple Square for Skanska, the University of Bristol’s new campus in Temple Quarter and Redcliff Quarter. She also advised Bristol City Council and Wessex Water on their renewables developments in Avonmouth.

Ross Polkinghorne

Partner

Burges Salmon

Ross is the firm's head of real estate development. He leads a team of lawyers who advise developers and the public sector on complex regeneration projects (often in joint venture). Recent projects in the region have included: Locking Parklands, Redcliff Quarter, Filton Airfield, 66 Queen Square, Engine Shed 2 and Temple Square in Bristol, a new garden town in North West Cardiff, the partial takeover of Sutton Harbour Holdings PLC and the University of Bristol’s new temple quarter enterprise campus.

Oona Goldsworthy

Chief Executive

United Communities

Mark Farmer

Founding Director & CEO

Cast Real Estate & Construction Consultancy

Chris Burton

Regional Managing Director, West

Barratt Developments plc

Karime Hassan

Chief Executive and Growth Director

Exeter City Council

Liz Dunn

Partner

Burges Salmon (CHAIR)

Ross Polkinghorne

Partner

Burges Salmon

Chairperson: Liz Dunn, Partner, Burges Salmon
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05
Jul
2018

Annual London Residential Breakfast – Are Modular Homes the way forward?

Mark Farmer

Founding Director & CEO

Cast Real Estate & Construction Consultancy

Mark has nearly 30 years of experience in the construction and real estate sectors and has become a recognised commentator and thought leader on a variety of issues. He has been at the forefront of emerging UK residential market segments such as Build to Rent and Later Living. He is also playing a leading role in the progressive modernisation of the construction industry. Mark is a member of the RICS, Vice Chairman of the ULI UK Residential Council, a member of the BPF Build to Rent sub-committee and co-chairman of Constructing Excellence. Mark authored the October 2016 UK Government Review of the Construction Labour Market Model entitled ‘Modernise or Die’.

Sir Edward Lister

Chairman

Homes England

Sir Edward Lister joined Homes England 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. 

Karl Whiteman

Executive Director

Berkeley Group

Karl joined Berkeley in 1996 as a Construction Director and now currently heads the Berkeley East and West Thames Division which includes three of the largest regeneration projects in the UK - Kidbrooke Village, Royal Arsenal Riverside and Southall Waterside. Once complete these three new developments will provide over 15,000 new homes in London for over 40,000 people and will embody a vision that both Karl and Berkeley share of transforming ex-industrial land and creating real communities for people from all walks of life.

In addition Karl is Managing Director of Berkeley Modular and responsible for the delivery of Berkeley’s new factory at Northfleet.

Karl joined the Board of Berkeley Group in September 2009 and also oversees the Sustainability and Health & Safety strategies across the Group.

Rosie Toogood

CEO

L&G Modular Homes

Rosie is leading the modular business in developing the product portfolio, creating engineering and production capability and establishing our market position.

Rosie joined L&G in June from Rolls-Royce where she held senior roles across customer-facing business areas, new product introduction and in setting up global supply chains to deliver complex engineering products.

Simon Gawthorpe

Managing Director

Urban Splash

Simon originally from Harrogate, joined Urban Splash in October 2004 to deliver the regeneration of Lister Mills, Manningham, Bradford, and to develop the company in the Yorkshire region.

Lister Mills was the first Urban Splash scheme in Yorkshire/North East and the company considered it essential to create a formal presence in the area to ensure that the development is delivered to the same high standards Urban Splash has built its reputation on.

Before joining Urban Splash, Simon was a development director at Crown Dilmun, based in London, with projects in Glasgow, Bristol, Newcastle and Manchester. He was responsible for a major mixed use scheme in central London, located opposite Harrods - apartments in the development sold for up to 10 million.

Simon has been responsible for the delivery of a number major Urban Splash projects including Lister Mills - Bradford, Saxton - Leeds and the Stirling Prize shortlisted Park Hill - Sheffield. He was responsible for the delivery of the recent Kickstart projects creating 700 new homes across the country. Simon led portfolio sale to Places for People and company restructure with fellow director Julian Curnuck and more recently has also been integral in the setting up of the joint venture partnership between Urban Splash and Places for People.

Jennet Siebrits

Head of Residential Research

CBRE

Jennet has been Head of Residential Research at CBRE since June 2005. She is an experienced housing market economist having held positions at the Council of Mortgage Lenders and Nationwide Building Society. She oversees all analysis, research and publications. In addition, she has extensive experience of consultancy for clients in a wide range of areas including demand and supply studies, cost benefit analysis and economic impact studies.

Mark Farmer

Founding Director & CEO

Cast Real Estate & Construction Consultancy

Sir Edward Lister

Chairman

Homes England

Karl Whiteman

Executive Director

Berkeley Group

Rosie Toogood

CEO

L&G Modular Homes

Simon Gawthorpe

Managing Director

Urban Splash

Jennet Siebrits

Head of Residential Research

CBRE

Chairperson: Jennet Siebrits, Head of Residential Research, CBRE
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03
Jul
2018

Creating Homes; Building Communities - West Midlands

Becky Worthington

Chief Financial Officer

Countryside Properties

Rebecca Worthington was appointed to the Board of Countryside Properties PLC on 19 November 2015 as Group Chief Financial Officer. She is a member of the Executive Committee.

Rebecca joined the Group in August 2015 as Chief Financial Officer of Copthorn Holdings Limited.

She qualified as a chartered accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in 1997. She subsequently worked at Quintain Estates and Development plc for 15 years, first as Finance Director and latterly as Deputy Chief Executive. Following that she spent two years as Chief Executive of Lodestone Capital Limited, a business advising on operational real estate assets. She is a Non-Executive Director of Hansteen Holdings plc.

Rob Perrins

Chief Executive

The Berkeley Group

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

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

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

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. 

Rick de Blaby

Executive Chairman

Get Living

Rick is focused on growing Get Living’s platform and creating new neighbourhoods across the UK that capture Get Living’s vision to change the way we live and rent in cities.

Rick has over 38 years’ experience in development and investment in both the residential and commercial sectors, with a particular interest in regeneration and design. Prior to Get Living, Rick was CEO of United House Group and prior to that, CEO of MEPC.

Rick is Non-Executive Chairman of Miller Developments, Non-Executive Director of Altitude Real Estate, Non-Executive Director of Curo Housing Association and Chairman of the Kinetic Foundation Charity.

Becky Worthington

Chief Financial Officer

Countryside Properties

Rob Perrins

Chief Executive

The Berkeley Group

Sarah Middleton

Chief Executive

Black Country Consortium Ltd

Rick de Blaby

Executive Chairman

Get Living

Cllr Ian Ward

Leader

Birmingham City Council

Chairperson: Faraz Baber, Director, Terence O'Rourke
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22
Jun
2018

Creating Homes; Building Communities - North West

Bronwen Rapley

Group Chief Executive

Onward Homes

After 12 years as a property lawyer, Bronwen joined the housing profession working at what became Your Housing Group.  She led on governance and legal and delivered some major growth and regeneration projects.  She moved to the HCA in 2013 where she was responsible for housing associations who were not complying with the regulatory standards and the regulator’s response to insolvency.  In 2016 she joined Onward Homes as Chief Executive. Onward Homes has 41,000 homes across the north west and is an agent for large scale regeneration in many of those communities.

Nicola Elsworth

Head of Public Sector Land

Homes England

Nicola is Head of Public Sector land for Homes England in the North West, leading a team of surveyors and planners in de-risking and disposing of Homes England substantial land portfolio, as well as leading on the Government’s Garden Village and Housing Infrastructure Fund programmes in the North West. 

Nicola is a Town Planner with 17 years’ experience working in the public and private sectors, focusing on planning policy, strategy, site promotion, development economics and viability, infrastructure delivery and community engagement. Working predominantly in the housing and commercial sectors, she has done extensive work on the promotion, de-risking and disposal of large scale development sites. She has considerable delivery experience in the co-ordination and submission of large scale outline and detailed planning applications.

Michael Howard

Managing Director

Urban Bubble

Michael Howard is Managing Director of multi award winning urbanbubble, a residential property management company who have recently diversified into sales & lettings, city centre holiday accommodation and the new market of Build to Rent (BTR).

Graduating from the University of Leicester, Michael went on to carve out a successful career as a six sigma practitioner, working as a Programme Manager for Centrica. It was his growing frustration at the declining levels of service from his own managing agent that led to his change of career.  Michael took the bold decision to singlehandedly manage the block he lived in during his spare time. He did this successfully and in 2008 urbanbubble was born. Despite the challenging conditions that the property market faced in urbanbubble’s early years, Michael’s dedication and drive to raise the standards in residential property management ensured that urbanbubble became the success that it is today.

Today, urbanbubble employs over 100 team members, populating two offices; Liverpool and its 6,000 sq ft Head Office in the heart of Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Its property management portfolio continues to grow, now responsible for 6,000 units in Manchester and 1,000 in Liverpool. This is only set to grow with a pipeline of an additional 5,500 units in Manchester and 3,000 in Liverpool over the next 4-5 years.  These numbers don’t include the Build to Rent (BtR) instructions with Legal & General, who appointed urbanbubble as its operational partner to help deliver their first build-to-rent scheme, The Slate Yard in Salford.  Legal & General, through Legal & General Capital and LGIM Real Assets, entered the Buy to Rent (BTR) market in 2016, in partnership with PGGM. Legal & General now has a circa £1bn fund to invest and build new large scale rental development properties, with over 1,000 build to rent homes under construction or in planning. In addition to Salford, Legal & General has BTR properties going up in Bath, Leeds and London. This has the potential to turn urbanbubble  from a parochial, ‘done good’ managing agent to a national operator. Watch this space!

Guy Butler

Co-founder

Glenbrook

Guy founded his career with 15 years at Grosvenor based in London. He worked on three main projects – Festival Place Basingstoke, Liverpool ONE and a £1bn development in Mayfair.  His expertise spans the whole investment and development process, from funding, purchase and sale, through to design, planning, financial appraisal and leasing. 

Guy read Land Management at Reading University and European Property Investment at City University. Guy is on the scrutiny committee for the Cheshire and Warrington Local Economic Partnership (LEP) and is the immediate past Chairman of the Chester Growth Partnership. He is also a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Bronwen Rapley

Group Chief Executive

Onward Homes

Nicola Elsworth

Head of Public Sector Land

Homes England

Michael Howard

Managing Director

Urban Bubble

Guy Butler

Co-founder

Glenbrook

Chairperson: Colette McCormack, Partner, Winckworth Sherwood
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07
Jun
2018

The London Estates – Competing in a Global Real Estate Market

Hugh Seaborn

Chief Executive

Cadogan Estate

Hugh Seaborn joined Cadogan Estate as Chief Executive in 2008. Prior to this he was Chief Executive of The Portman Estate for 9 years where he repositioned the business as an active and committed landlord and investor.

Before heading up Portman, Hugh spent 10 years with CB Richard Ellis, latterly as Director and Head of Investment Management where amongst other things, he was responsible for investment portfolios on behalf of a variety of clients including institutions and property companies.

Hugh is a Chartered Surveyor, Chairman of TR Property Investment Trust plc and Chairman of the Knightsbridge Business Group. Hugh was formerly a member of the Council of the Duchy of Lancaster and past Chairman of the Westminster Property Association and past Chairman of the Estates Business Group. He was awarded a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in the 2014 New Year Honours List.

Steven Norris

Chairman

Soho Estates

Steve Norris was a Conservative Member of Parliament for Oxford East and then Epping Forest from 1983 to 1997. He was Parliamentary Private Secretary in the Departments of Environment, Trade & Industry and the Home Office and in 1992 was appointed Minister for Transport with a special responsibility for all London transport. After retiring from Parliament in 1997 he was twice his party’s candidate for Mayor of London outperforming the national party substantially on both occasions. He is a former Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party. Steve has combined a career in politics with a business career in the fields of property, infrastructure and transportation. He is currently Chairman of BNP Paribas Real Estate UK, of Soho Estates, London Resort Company Holdings, Virtus Data Centres and Driver Group plc. He is a Non-Executive Director of Excel the East London conference and exhibition centre. He has been a member of the Boards of both Transport for London and the London Development Agency. He is on the Board of Cubic Corporation, the developers and managers of the London Oyster card. He chairs the National Infrastructure Planning Association which works with government to improve the planning regime around major projects and advises a number of clients on major schemes.

Amelia Staveley

Director of Development and Placemaking

Grosvenor Britain & Ireland

Amelia Staveley MRICS is the Director of Development and Placemaking for the London estate. Amelia joined Grosvenor Britain & Ireland in 2007 and has held various asset management, investment and development roles in both Grosvenor Britain & Ireland and Grosvenor Americas. Her experience has included the delivery of NEO Bankside in London, 288 Pacific in San Francisco and most recently the leadership of the Capital Transactions team for the London estate. Amelia holds a degree in Natural Sciences from Durham University and a Masters in Real Estate Appraisal from Reading University.

David Marks

Co-Founder

Brockton Capital

David Marks co-founded Brockton Capital in 2005; the firm has raised over £1.50bn of equity across three separate funds since 2006, which supports a £4.0bn UK portfolio. Prior to co-founding Brockton, David worked at The Blackstone Group (2001-2005, in London) and JLL (1989-1999, in London and New York). David holds a Masters degree in Real Estate Development from MIT, Boston and was President of the British Property Federation ("BPF") in 2013-14. David is a member of the Bank of England’s Commercial Property Forum, the BPF Policy Committee and is a Trustee of the National Gallery.

Andrew Hynard

Chief Executive

The Howard de Walden Estate

Andrew Hynard is Chief Executive of The Howard de Walden Estate, which he joined in October 2016. The Estate comprises 92 acres of principally residential, medical, office and retail property in Marylebone. It includes Harley Street and Marylebone High Street.

Prior to that he spent the majority of his career at Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), where he was UK Deputy Chairman.

He is a former Chairman of the Investment Property Forum, and currently chairs the RICS Commercial Property Forum. He is on the advisory board of Clipstone and the Tim Henman Foundation and a Trustee of University College of Estate Management and Tenterden and District Day Centre.

Judith Everett

Chief Operating Officer

The Crown Estate

As Chief Operating Officer, Judith is a member of the Executive Committee and leads on people, customer, brand, communication, engagement and resilience. Her focus is on shaping these central functions to ensure integrated activity that positions The Crown Estate as a progressive company, a significant contributor to the UK Treasury, and creating brilliant places through conscious commercialism – on land and on the seabed; attracting and retaining the best people to the business and building strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders. Judith has led on communication and engagement activity across a range of sectors, having worked with Royal Dutch Shell, Scottish Enterprise, Threadneedle Investments and AstraZeneca. A graduate of both Aberdeen and Edinburgh universities where she read International Relations and Business, Judith is a member of the CBI’s London Council.

Hugh Seaborn

Chief Executive

Cadogan Estate

Steven Norris

Chairman

Soho Estates

Amelia Staveley

Director of Development and Placemaking

Grosvenor Britain & Ireland

David Marks

Co-Founder

Brockton Capital

Andrew Hynard

Chief Executive

The Howard de Walden Estate

Judith Everett

Chief Operating Officer

The Crown Estate

Tony Travers

Director of Greater London Group

LSE

Chairperson: Judith Everett, Chief Operating Officer,The Crown Estate
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23
May
2018

Regenerating and Investing in the South West

James Gibson

Development Director

Sovereign Housing Association

James Gibson has been Development Director with Sovereign Housing Association since 2001. He leads a 50 strong team of development professionals delivering over 1300 affordable homes per year with a budget in excess of £200m annually across the greater south west. The scale of the development programme routinely places Sovereign in the top 5 developing associations across the country. During the course of his 25 years James has been involved in high profile projects such as the new town at Cranbrook, East Devon; Market rent at Wapping Wharf, Bristol and partnership working with David Wilson homes at Newbury Race course.

Jackie Pinder

Managing Partner

Rider Levett Bucknall

Jackie Pinder is a Managing Partner of Rider Levett Bucknall UK Ltd, Bristol Office and has been with the construction consultancy for 28 years.  Jackie professionally qualified as a Quantity Surveyor and then after 10 years moved into the Project Management service.  Jackie has managed public sector commissions and projects for defence, residential, health and education sectors from inception to completion and has been involved with Government Strategy groups for Prime contracting and Integrated Project Insurance.

Jackie sits on the Project Management Board for RLB and is responsible for the service  delivery, knowledge management and Project Management Academy within  RLB

Jackie is a member of the Association for Project Management and sits on their Corporate Members Advisory Group.  Jackie believes that the construction industry has a key role to play in our economy and society through the creation of communities that are sustainable and affordable and that both client and construction professionals have a key role to play.

Pete Gladwell

Head of Public Sector Partnerships

Legal & General Investment Management

Pete Gladwell joined Legal & General in August 2007, with responsibility for the design and development of new funds and overseeing relationships with pension funds, investment consultants, and insurance clients. He led on the creation of a new generation of property funds particularly focussed on liability matching and Defined Contributions pension funds and L&G’s joint ventures with Dutch pension funds, which now total over £5 billion. In 2013, Pete was appointed Head of Public Sector Partnerships, to lead L&G's direct investments across property and infrastructure into partnerships with Local and Combined Authorities, Registered Providers, Universities, the NHS, and central government, including One Public Estate and the “RIO Regeneration Investment Collective” with the Department of International Trade. These investments total over £4.35bn.

Pete was formally a Senior Analyst in DTZ Research and enjoyed an erstwhile life as a youth worker for seven years in the Oxfordshire area.

Pete is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and Member of Brasenose College, Oxford University; holding a post-graduate MA, as well as an initial degree in Computation. He also holds the Investment Management Certificate.

Pete is also a Trustee for the Young Foundation, which works to create a more equal and just society through social innovation, and heavily involved in local community initiatives in Harlesden, London.

Kevin Bourner

General Manager for the South West

Homes England

Kevin is a Chartered Surveyor (Planning and Development division) by profession and is the General Manager for Homes England leading the team covering the South West across a range of housing markets from Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Hampshire in the east to Cornwall in the far south west.    

Kevin has worked in development for over 20 years. He has managed multi million pound housing development programmes and has delivered large regeneration projects across the South and South West of England, delivering thousands of new homes.

Kevin has worked for Homes England (formerly the Homes and Communities Agency and previously English Partnerships) for the last 12 years.  The primary focus of the General Manager is to proactively engage with public and private sector partners, investors and landowners to drive housing delivery and place making across the south west using a wide range of funding packages and interventions and the property skills within the team.

Rachel Bell

Divisional Director and Head of Business Development

Stride Treglown

Rachel’s almost 20 years with Stride Treglown, the South West’s largest architectural practice has seen her work extensively with Public and Private sector clients across a range of projects including aviation, defence, retail and residential schemes. She recently completed a year’s term as Chair of Women in Property’s South West branch and is a prominent advocate for increasing diversity in construction and property as vital to the sector’s future success.

Jason Mills

Director of Development

YTL Developments (UK) Ltd

Jason Mills is Director of Development at YTL’s UK real estate business. With over 20 year’s experience of working on some of the highest profile residential and commercial schemes in the UK, Europe and Latin America, Jason leads YTL’s in-house planning, design, development and asset management team.

YTL’s plan to transform the 360 acre Filton Airfield into a new master-planned City district of 2,600 homes and 2Msq.ft of commercial uses, is one of the UK’s largest mixed-use regeneration projects. With outline planning now secured, planning agreements signed and on-site infrastructure works underway, YTL is now working towards starting construction of the first phase of 270 new homes designed by Feilden Clegg in December 2018.

Richard Yorke

Director - Analytics

CoStar

Richard has twenty years’ experience working in real estate, predominately in senior management, consultancy & research, and business development roles. Richard is a director of CoStar responsible for analytics and the development of market leading products such as Propex, amongst others. Richard Joined from Cushman & Wakefield/DTZ where he was Head of Research. Previously Richard has been a director of Experian and RCA where he was responsible for developing and managing real estate services. Richard is a member of RICS and holds a master’s degree in economics. Richard has published numerous reports, is a regular presenter at industry events and commentator in the media.

James Gibson

Development Director

Sovereign Housing Association

Jackie Pinder

Managing Partner

Rider Levett Bucknall

Pete Gladwell

Head of Public Sector Partnerships

Legal & General Investment Management

Kevin Bourner

General Manager for the South West

Homes England

Rachel Bell

Divisional Director and Head of Business Development

Stride Treglown

Jason Mills

Director of Development

YTL Developments (UK) Ltd

Richard Yorke

Director - Analytics

CoStar

Chairperson: Rachel Bell, Divisional Director and Head of Business Development, Stride Treglown
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May
2018

Developing & Investing In Scotland – ‘Residential & Commercial’

Eve McCurrich

Director

Whiteburn Projects Ltd

An MRICS qualified Quantity Surveyor, Eve has a wealth of experience managing the delivery of a variety of projects in the UK and Dubai.

Eve has spent over 15 years working in residential development for both PLC’s and Strategic Land Developers.

Eve is the Director responsible for the expansion and delivery of Whiteburn’s residential businesses, focusing on both private for sale homes and Build to Rent.

Eve sits on the Scottish Property Federation’s consultation panel on PRS/Build to Rent investment and delivery, and until recently was a Board member of Hillcrest Housing Association, which specialises in social rent and large-scale housing management in Scotland.

Derek McGowan

Head of Communities and Housing

Aberdeen City Council

Derek is Head of Communities and Housing for Aberdeen City Council, with responsibility for housing management, strategy, property factoring and private sector housing including landlord registration and HMO licensing. He also has lead officer responsibility for community and emergency planning, and

protective services.

He previously worked for City of Edinburgh Council in a number of services including Trading Standards, Licensing, Community Safety and Environment, and Family and Household Support.

Fiona Morrison

Deputy Chief Executive

Hillcrest Group

Deputy Chief Executive of the Hillcrest Group since 2014 with responsibility for the Housing, Development and Property Teams within Hillcrest Housing Association.  Fiona also has responsibility for three of the four subsidiary companies.  The three subsidiaries are - Northern Housing (provider of mid-market rent), Hillcrest Enterprises (commercial activity including open market rent) and Hillcrest Maintenance Services (direct maintenance provider).  Fiona is also Company Secretary.

Fiona’s previous position was as Director of Housing, joining Hillcrest following the merger with Gowrie Housing Association in 2003.  She has been a Corporate Member of the Institute of Housing since 1992.

Andrew Bruce

Head of Project Finance

Scottish Futures Trust

Andrew spent seven years working for a small merchant bank as a financial adviser and investor in infrastructure projects. Since 2009 he has worked for Scottish Futures Trust where he has had responsibility for sourcing and negotiating financing across several workstreams – especially the hub programme, the NPD programme and housing activities. On the latter, he was heavily involved in the set up of the LAR Housing Trust (a new charitable organisation for mid-market housing) and has been supporting Scottish Government’s efforts to promote the build to rent sector.

Gerry More

Managing Director

Stewart Milne Homes, Central Scotland

A qualified chartered accountant, Gerry has extensive sector and UK – wide experience gained over the course of a career spanning more than 25 years. A former board member and chairman of Homes for Scotland, and prior to joining Stewart Milne Homes, Gerry has most recently, as Build To Rent PRS Champion and through this industry body, advised the Scottish Government on Policies and regulatory matters designed to encourage institutional investment in new purpose-built homes for rent. In addition he was also involved as consultant and director with a number of house building and property related companies across the UK. Previous roles also included Chief Executive Officer of stock market-listed, residential mezzanine funding provider Wolsey Residential Finance plc and a main board director of Cala Group.

Jestyn Davies

Managing Director

Murray Estates

Jestyn has spent over 30 years in the UK property industry the last 20 of which have been spent with various Murray family businesses. Previously a  Director with UK Developer, Premier Property Group (PPG) Jestyn set up its sister company Murray Estates in 2008 which was subsequently  the subject of a  buy out in February 2014.  The business continues to focus on the group’s extensive interests in strategic land, mixed use projects and residential developments. Jestyn has a broad range of experience having successfully delivered projects ranging from Inner City offices to residential led urban expansion. Current projects include Edinburgh’s Garden District, a new city district providing over 6,000 new homes and the International Business Gateway at Edinburgh Airport.  He has held various Murray Group and  non-executive positions and is currently  a board member with Edinburgh Leisure. Jestyn is a former Chairman of the Scottish Property Federation  leaving  this position in November 2013. He still serves on the Policy board.

Jestyn holds a BSc (Hons) from Heriot Watt University and an MBA from Edinburgh

University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Gregor Hamilton

Head of Planning and Economic Development

Dundee City Council

Gregor Hamilton is the Head of Planning and Economic Development at Dundee City Council, responsible for the delivery of the Council’s Planning, Building Standards and Physical Regeneration functions. 

He has worked in Dundee for over 25 years.  During this time, the city has been transformed from its industrial past to a vibrant, knowledge based economy with a growing population and increasing sense of ambition and optimism.

Central to this is the Dundee Waterfront Project, one of the largest regeneration projects in the UK, encompassing 240 hectares of land stretching 8 kilometres along the north of the River Tay and involving over £1 billion of investment.

Alison Fyfe

Real Estate Finance Consultant & Non Exec Director

Alison Fyfe Consultants

Alison is a knowledgeable property professional with more than 30 years experience in surveying and banking.  She worked for Knight Frank in London and Edinburgh before moving to RBS where she spent 19 years in a variety of specialist real estate finance roles.  She has extensive experience in the structuring of debt and equity funding, including mezzanine finance and joint ventures, and has worked with a wide variety of investment and development vehicles covering all sectors of the UK property market.

Alison set up her own property finance consultancy business in October 2016. She is currently undertaking advisory work in both the public and private sectors in conjunction with non-exec directorship roles. 

Chris Stewart

CEO

Chris Stewart Group

Chris is an experienced and award-winning property investor, developer and hotelier and has been in business for more than 20 years. He is considered one of Scotland’s – and the UK’s – finest and most skilled property developers.

His group of companies – Chris Stewart Group (CSG) – has ownership and operational interests across the residential, office, retail, hotel, serviced apartment and leisure sectors. In 2013, CSG completed the redevelopment of Advocate’s Close in Edinburgh, which was named by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) as Scotland’s Best Building.

The Group’s latest projects include the redevelopment and regeneration of the former RBS headquarters on the south east corner of St Andrew Square in the centre of Edinburgh as well as the former Glasgow City Council offices on the north east corner of George Square in Glasgow.

Chris is currently Chair of the Scottish Real Estate Forum and was previously Chair of Scottish Property Federation. He has also participated in several committees and boards including the Strategic Historic Environment Forum and Scottish Property Federation Policy Board.

Chris has recently joined the Board of Trustees at Seamab School in Kinross-shire as the new Chair.

Richard Yorke

Director - Analytics

CoStar

Richard has twenty years’ experience working in real estate, predominately in senior management, consultancy & research, and business development roles. Richard is a director of CoStar responsible for analytics and the development of market leading products such as Propex, amongst others. Richard Joined from Cushman & Wakefield/DTZ where he was Head of Research. Previously Richard has been a director of Experian and RCA where he was responsible for developing and managing real estate services. Richard is a member of RICS and holds a master’s degree in economics. Richard has published numerous reports, is a regular presenter at industry events and commentator in the media.

Eve McCurrich

Director

Whiteburn Projects Ltd

Derek McGowan

Head of Communities and Housing

Aberdeen City Council

Fiona Morrison

Deputy Chief Executive

Hillcrest Group

Andrew Bruce

Head of Project Finance

Scottish Futures Trust

Gerry More

Managing Director

Stewart Milne Homes, Central Scotland

Jestyn Davies

Managing Director

Murray Estates

Gregor Hamilton

Head of Planning and Economic Development

Dundee City Council

Alison Fyfe

Real Estate Finance Consultant & Non Exec Director

Alison Fyfe Consultants

Chris Stewart

CEO

Chris Stewart Group

Richard Yorke

Director - Analytics

CoStar

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