September 10th 2020
Delivering More and Better Homes across the South West
National Head of Planning Development & Regeneration
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.
Executive Director of Development and Strategic Asset Management
In July 2019, Stephen was appointed as Executive Director of Development and Strategic Asset Management for the Partnership between Yarlington Housing Group and Radian Group. Stephen is currently responsible for leading the property directorate of the business to ensure the growth of good quality new homes, spanning all tenures, across the region. He is responsible for asset management, including landlord compliance, and leads the sales and home ownership team. Stephen has worked in the housing sector for 27 years, initially as a volunteer in direct access homeless hostels before pursuing a career in housing management and more latterly, development and asset management. He has worked in local government and the housing association and voluntary sectors, both regionally and nationally.
Stephen is a Board Member of Bron Afon in South Wales. He is also a member of the CIH South West regional Board andattended the National Housing Federation Influencing Academy in 2017. Stephen first joined the CIH in 1997 and is now a Fellow. In 2018, he was the winner of the Exceptional Contribution by a CIH Member award, in the South West.
Michael re-joined Muse Developments in January 2009 as Regional Director covering the south of the UK, and was appointed to the Board of Directors in March 2019. He formerly worked for Muse’s predecessor company, Amec Developments, between 2004 and 2006. In addition to his Board-level role, Michael has specific responsibility for overall management of the company’s mixed-use development portfolio across the southern region. This portfolio comprises projects totalling in excess of £2bn GDV, including major schemes in London zones 2-4 that will deliver around 6,000 new homes. Outside of London, Michael has oversight of major residential lead mixed use projects in Bristol, Plymouth, Slough, Egham and Dartford. Michael is also on the Board of Waterside Places, Muse Developments’ joint venture with Canal and Rivers Trust.
Anna is the Chief Executive of Meeting Place Communications, which helps developers secure planning consents through work with politicians, communities and the media. She has been at MPC for 10 years, running major pre- app consultation programmes for housebuilders, universities and financial investors. Before this she worked as a Campaign Manager for the Lib Dems and in the voluntary sector; she has a PPE degree from Oxford University. Anna is passionate about involving more women in the planning and development sector, and about growing the use of social media in the industry.
Chairperson: Anna Sabine, Chief Executive, MPC
September 09th 2020
Adapting to Change - Delivering to a New Agenda?
Regional Director - UK & Ireland
Head of UK Residential
LaSalle Investment Management
Andrew Stanford is Head of UK Residential at LaSalle Investment Management, primarily responsible for the asset management of LaSalle’s c£400 million UK Private Rented Sector portfolio.
Andrew has over 25 years’ UK residential investment, asset management, property management and valuation experience. Much of this was gained as head of residential consultancy at Cluttons. Before joining LaSalle in April 2015, he headed the UK Government’s Private Rented Sector taskforce.
He chairs the British Property Federation’s Build to Rent committee, is a member of the BPF’s residential committee and the UK Government’s Build to Rent joint committee.
Property and Professional Services Correspondent
Senior Vice President
Brookfield Asset Management
Natalie Adomait is the Head of European Portfolio Management for Brookfield’s Property Group, overseeing day-to-day operations and strategic growth of Brookfield’s European real estate investments. Natalie joined Brookfield in 2011 in Ottawa, Canada and relocated to London in 2014. Since joining Brookfield, she has been involved in several transactions for Brookfield in both the renewable energy and real estate space including the acquisitions of Bord Gais Energy, Alcoa Tapoco Hydro, White Pine Hydro, Alta Wind, various UK student housing assets, and the disposition of Gazeley. Today, Ms. Adomait sits on the board of director’s for Student Roost, Edyn, Center Parcs UK, International Campus, Grand M Group, Harwell Life Sciences Campus and Brookfield Properties London. Ms. Adomait received a Honors degree in International Business from the Sprott School of Business in Ottawa.
Chairperson: Louisa Clarence-Smith, Property and Professional Services Correspondent, The Times
September 02nd 2020
Dynamic Asset Management in a post Covid-19 World!
Regional Director - Continental Europe
Richard combines a financial accounting background with over 20 years’ experience in PropTech. He has served as Financial Manager, European Controller, Sales Manager and Managing Director for several software companies before joining Yardi, the global real estate technology firm, in 2005. As Regional Director, Richard has a leadership role for sales and business development across Continental Europe, and continues to help the Yardi European organisation grow from strength to strength.
Adam co-founded Kintyre in 2009 and is currently a Managing Partner. Adam has a diverse background within the property industry, having held management roles within, Corporate Finance, Investment Management (stock listed), Private Equity, and latterly Asset Management. Adam also holds in addition to his property industry experience, work experience within the international event and sports management, most notably within Formula 1.
Global Head of Investment Process and Strategy
Aberdeen Standard Investments
Anne is Global Head of Investment Process and Strategy at Aberdeen Standard Investments, and she is a member of the Real Estate Investment Management Committee. Her role is to define and articulate the investment approach for real estate business. This will include a Global view to support real estate investment allocations relevant to all investor outcomes, as well as the tools and strategic insights to deliver a strong long term risk adjusted track record for clients. Anne also oversees the Listed Real Estate Team as well as the real estate ESG team. Previously, Anne managed the output of one of Europe’s leading Property Research teams at Standard Life Investments. Her team also provides strategic input for all of the 60+ funds under management, including investment in listed and co-mingled property vehicles as well as the tactical use of global property derivatives.
Anne holds a BA, PG Dip, Investment Property Forum Diploma and UK SIP Level 3.
Property and Professional Services Correspondent
Chairperson: Louisa Clarence-Smith, Property and Professional Services Correspondent, The Times
August 19th 2020
Young ‘Brainees’ Quiz Ged Couser, Architect Principal, BDP
Ged is an Architect Principal at BDP and leads the Manchester architect studio. He is the former President of the Manchester Society of Architects, a current member of the Places Matter North West Design Review panel and has been a Design Council CABE Built Environment Expert (BEE) since 2015.
Ged’s very recent projects include designing and directing the delivery of the Nightingale Northwest hospital at GMEX in just 13 days and acting as the project director for the new £136 million Clatterbridge Cancer Centre.
Mohamed Bin Murad
August 13th 2020
Young Brainees Quiz - Louise Wyman, Strategic Director Growth & Development, Manchester City Council
Strategic Director of Growth & Development
Manchester City Council
Louise took up the Strategic Director of Growth & Development role at Manchester City Council in June 2020. She oversees investment and development across Manchester and has responsibility for; planning, housing strategy, work and skills, and inclusive growth.
Previously, Louise led the Design & Inclusive Growth agenda at West Midlands Combined Authority and as Director of Strategy & Engagement at Homes England, was part of the team that established the Government’s housing agency.
She has led urban renewal projects in the USA and Central Europe and was a member of the Planning Committee for London Legacy Development Corporation with responsibility for developing London’s 2012 Olympic Park.
Louise is a member of the National Infrastructure Commission Design Group and she’s an Ambassador for Harvard University where she undertook her graduate studies.
I’m 15 years old and go to Notre Dame High School.
For GCSEs I’m doing textiles, geography and business. I inspire to work in the property industry such as architecture and interior design.
I took part in a workshop called Regeneration Brainery. Regeneration helped me realise what the working environment is like. At first I thought there were only a few roles, I now know that there are many, such as planner, surveyer, project manager, engineer and an architectural technician.
I love doing fundraising and charity work. I have raised money for many charities including St Wilfreds homeless centre which I raised over £100 by doing a sponsored silence.
August 05th 2020
Young ‘Brainees’ quiz Head of Homes England - An Interview with Nick Walkley, Chief Executive, Homes England
Nick is Chief Executive of Homes England, having become Chief Executive of its predecessor body in March 2017.
He leads the work to create the new organisation, focused on disrupting the land and residential funding market to increase and accelerate the supply of new homes.
Nick has had a senior career in Local Government, including Chief Executive roles at two London Boroughs as well as a range of sector roles at national level. He was rated 4th most influential in the LGC 100 and is an Inside Housing IH50 influencer.
August 04th 2020
Views from the Top - An Interview with Arshad Bhatti, Founder and CEO, Apex Airspace
Founder and CEO
Arshad founded Apex Airspace to pioneer the creation of new homes on London roof-tops, identifying a new residential market in London worth an estimated £54bn. Apex is now leading this development niche as a disruptive new asset class in housebuilding.
Arshad’s innovative approach to development is shaping the future of real estate and has secured £28m from the Business Growth Fund, Homes England and the Mayor of London to date.
Movers & Shakers
David started his career in Construction and Property. In 1990 he jointly founded and was a Joint Managing Director of the Salisbury Consulting Group; he sold his interest in 1995. In 1996 he formed Business Vantage, a business and research consultancy which specialises in property and construction and advises major UK plc’s.
David is the Founder Director and Chairman of Movers & Shakers formed in 1996 the UK’s most successful and popular networking forum.
He is also a Founder Director and shareholder of Stonemartin plc, an AIM listed serviced office business; founded in 1999.
Chairperson: David Jennings, Chairman, Movers & Shakers
July 29th 2020
Mid-Week Refresh - Focus on your wellbeing, de-stress and learn
Niki Perry, Founder of Blessed Yoga, began her yoga teaching journey over 20 years ago. Her discovery of Baptiste Vinyasa Flow in 2005 dramatically changed her path in life. She was hooked and travelled to Hawaii and later Mexico to be trained by Baron Baptiste, the creator of Baptiste yoga. She spent time with Tao Porchon-Lynch, one of the oldest yoga teachers in the world, who at 101 years of age still taught in New York City. Through this journey, she met world-renowned teacher Brooke Hamblet, founder of Indigo Yoga in the US, with whom Niki now runs Blessed teacher training.
After moving from London 11 years ago to West Sussex, and years of teaching in various places, Niki put all her effort into renovating a barn near her family home to create what is now known as the Cowshed – the heart of Blessed Yoga.
Niki says that, even after all these years of practising and teaching yoga, the love for the practice just gets stronger. She has always dreamt of sharing this practice with as many people as possible – to help everyone with whom she comes into contact, through her classes, teacher training, workshops and retreats, to flow, breathe with connected awareness, move with ease, transform and feel awesome!
July 22nd 2020
Co-locations - Next Generation BTR
Director & Co-Founder
Russell is Director and Co-Founder of Assael Architecture. With over 30 years as an architect and 15 years in urban design, he has a strong passion for creating a sense of place with historical and cultural connections in all of his work.
Russell spent many years spearheading Assael’s skills in the design of professionally-managed Build to Rent communities in the private rented sector. Following years of research, including many study trips to the US, and producing design guides for the UK, Assael is now one of the leading architects in the sector, paving the way with key projects such as Union Wharf in Greenwich for Essential Living, Blackhorse Mills in Walthamstow for Legal & General, and Pontoon Dock in Newham for Linkcity. Russell also co-authored both editions of the Urban Land Institute’s Build to Rent: A Best Practice Guide, which was sponsored by the British Government, and he is now Chair of the ULI’s UK Residential Council and advises on MHCLG’s Build to Rent Joint Committee.
Senior Development Manager
Morgan Sindall Investments
Rebecca has over 12 years’ experience in the real estate sector. With a background as a chartered surveyor, Rebecca has worked at Grainger Plc, spearheading the creation and delivery of Grainger Trust, the first for profit housing association in the UK. Further experience followed at PfP Capital where Rebecca worked for the PRS Joint Venture with the Universities Superannuation Scheme. Rebecca now works at Morgan Sindall Investment Limited, working in Joint Venture partnerships with Local Authorities to deliver mixed tenure regeneration schemes. Rebecca is also a non-executive director for B3 Living.
Managing Director & Co-Founder
Apache Capital Partners
Richard has been instrumental in the rise of alternative real estate sectors in the UK, particularly Build-to-Rent, Student Accommodation and Senior Living. Richard co-founded Apache Capital Partners in 2008, which, in partnership with Moda, has a £2bn pipeline of more than 6,500 BTR homes in the UK. Richard is also a member of the IPF Residential Special Interest Group (SIG) Committee.
Head of BTR (Multifamily) International Operations
Lendlease Development - Europe
Stephanie Barbabosa was appointed Head of Build to Rent in August 2017, bringing more than 25 years’ experience in the multi-family and build to rent sectors to the role.
Stephanie has a diverse asset background that includes multi-family, single-family, retail, mixed-use, and condo management across multiple markets in the US. Throughout her career she has focused on new business development, due diligence, asset management, value-add initiatives, business planning and strategy, acquisition, disposition, lease-ups, marketing and engagement plans, financial and market analysis, performance benchmarking, training and mentoring in multi-family management, pre-construction consulting and Yardi administration. Stephanie is a Certified Property Manager and an active member of the Institute of Real Estate Management. She holds the Registered Property Management designation from the International Real Estate Institute. Additionally, she is a District of Columbia Certified Property Manager.
Prior to joining Lendlease Europe, Stephanie was with Gables Residential in the United States overseeing the mid-Atlantic portfolio from Boston to Florida.
Chairperson: Stephanie Barbabosa, Head of BTR (Multifamily) International Operations, Lendlease
July 14th 2020
Localities & Liveability - Creating better community-driven Neighbourhoods
Stella Kanu is Executive Director at LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre) previously as Executive Producer at Ovalhouse she spent 4 years overseeing a
comprehensive artistic, organisational and community-led transition as Ovalhouse constructed London’s newest purpose built £15m theatre in Brixton; creating the Brixton City Festival. She created the concept design for Black Womxn in Theatre and is co-curator of BWinT events, the #WeAreVisible movement & iconic photoshoot of over 250 Black Womxn in Theatre at The Globe in 2019.
She has worked in the theatre, festival and cultural sector for over 27 years shaping ideas, communities, events, people and organisations for great shifts. Working in the UK & US including Soundwave Cumbria where she was CEO, Cardboard Citizens Theatre Company, Harlem Stage, Southampton Live Street Arts Festival, Africa Centre, Dance UK, Theatre Royal Margate, Tomorrrow’s Warriors and Clean Break Theatre, as well as arts, community and regeneration directorates at numerous local and city councils. Stella created The Pivotal Place to coach and mentor emerging, mid-career and established leaders across multiple sectors, and is a long-term leadership mentor on Engage’s UK wide Leadership Programme, Extend.
Stella is a former Powerbrokers International Leadership Fellow (Cultural Leadership Programme, 2008), she is a sought-after speaker, strategic brain and trainer on topics including Diversity in Theatre, Inspired Leadership, Art/Activism and Women & power.
A graduate of the UK’s first full time BA Writing course, she was one of the first cohort on MA Coaching and Mentoring Practice at Oxford Brookes University. Stella is a practising writer, musician and maker. She has served on boards including Creative Margate (including interim Chair) and New Writing South, Stella is currently Chair at Eclipse Theatre, an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation based in Leeds and the UK’s Black Theatre & Production Company.
Chief Innovation Officer
As Chief Innovation Officer, Jeff is passionate about the relationship between human experience and design and works to apply people-first design principals to communal ecosystems, such as streets, public space, food systems, and energy. Working at the intersection of urban governance, business and culture, Jeff delivers projects that are economically viable and socially equitable, as well as sustainable in terms of using energy, land and time. With degrees in Architectural Engineering from the US and City Design and Social Science from London School of Economics, Jeff’s multi-disciplinary background has shaped his cross-cutting holistic approach to all projects. He has worked with both public and private clients as well as non-governmental organizations in Europe, USA, Latin America, India and China.
Department of Small Business Services (New York)
Michael Blaise Backer is the Deputy Commissioner of the Neighborhood Development Division (NDD) at the New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS). In this role, Blaise oversees a team of 28 urban planners and economic development professionals focused on supporting the City’s neighborhood commercial districts by partnering with over 100 community-based development organizations. Blaise and his team launched the Neighborhood 360° initiative, a first-of-its-kind partnership between SBS and community non-profits which invests in conducting local needs assessment and multi-year planning and commercial revitalization opportunities in targeted neighborhoods. Through this initiative, Blaise expanded the division’s annual non-profit grantmaking from $1.4M to $4.5M per year. Blaise is also responsible for oversight of the City’s 76 Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), the largest network in the country, which invest more than $158 million annually in locally customized programs and services for commercial districts across the five boroughs. Before joining SBS in May of 2014, Blaise was the Executive Director of the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership, comprised of a BID and LDC in Fort Greene/Clinton Hill, for 10 years. Blaise also served terms as the board co-chair and treasurer of the New York City BID Association, the membership association of all of New York City’s BIDs. Prior to working in the non-profit field, Blaise was an information technology consultant in the private sector, working in Washington D.C., Dusseldorf, Germany, and Madrid, Spain. Blaise holds a Master in Urban Planning from NYU Wagner and a B.S. in Commerce from the University of Virginia.
Managing Director and Owner
Tim Stonor is an architect and urban planner who has devoted his career to the analysis and design of human behaviour patterns: the ways in which people move, interact and transact in buildings and urban places. He is recognised internationally for his work in the design of spatial layouts and, in particular, the role of space in the generation of social, economic and environmental value.
Tim is the Managing Director of Space Syntax, an urban planning and design company created at University College London in 1989 to develop and apply predictive design technologies. He is a founding member of The Academy of Urbanism, a Visiting Professor at The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, and a Harvard Loeb Fellow. In 2018 he became Deputy Chair of the UK Design Council and was appointed to the Advisory Board of the Norman Foster Foundation.
Patricia runs Central, a niche consultancy advising civic and business leaders on urban change. She has over 25 years of direct experience thinking about, influencing and improving London, and at the heart of many of the initiatives that have been part of the city’s successful evolution.
In the mid 1990s she worked alongside real estate guru Honor Chapman in helping to establish London’s first inward investment body, promoting London as a premier business destination. She became CEO of the Central London Partnership in 1997, leading a cross-sector partnership and agenda set on maintaining the capital’s position as a global world city. At CLP, she led much of the early work to achieve this sustained success through ensuring it was a city that people wanted to be in; a people-focused, liveable city, with improved quality of life and built environment.