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  • Listen and learn; from Private and Public leaders in the Build to Rent market

  • Network with the Industries key players and stakeholders; make new contacts and connections

  • Understand the challenges and opportunities in the Build to Rent market


The Build to Rent Forum London is organised by Movers & Shakers with support from the GLA and the Mayor of London. This is an authoritative one-day event that brings together Private and Public sector leaders and key stakeholders to debate and exchange ideas. Following its successful launch in 2015 the Built to Rent Forum London has established itself as a powerful platform for the advancement and development of Build to Rent.

The next BTR Forum London will take place on Thursday 22nd February 2018:

“The Evolution of Build to Rent - Realising the potential”
...What’s working? What needs improving ? Where do we go from here ?

“The Evolution of Build to Rent - Realising the potential”
...What’s working? What needs improving? Where do we go from here?

BTR is gathering real momentum, there is a mass of funds waiting to enter the market, buildings are operating, new stock is coming to the market, but we are still very much at the proving stage! The time is right to take stock!

Take up and market rents are beginning to be realised and operating costs and net returns are being measured, lessons are beginning to be learnt. Some London Boroughs are embracing BTR and making it work, others are standing back. Residents are experiencing living in ‘professionally managed’ accommodation, some will inevitably will be enjoying the experience and life style, others will have a different perspective. It is therefore a good time to stand back and review where we are? The Forum will explore an number of core elements, fundamental to the progress of BTR:

  • Where is the land ?
  • What’s working for Investors ?
  • What’s working for Operators ?
  • What’s working for the Boroughs ?
  • What’s working for Residents ?

Reviewed against a series of key challenges:

  • What have we learnt ?
  • What’s working ?
  • What needs improving ?
  • What’s best in class ?
  • What’s evolving ?

We will be bringing together leaders from Public and Private sectors, key policy makers, Investors, Operators and Specialists from the BTR sector in a series of key notes, case studies, debates and panel sessions along-side expert sessions which will drive down into real detail. In addition we will be commissioning a major research study to understand the residents’ perspectives on ‘Living with Build to Rent’.

Join us at the Build to Rent From London 2018 to get the inside track on this rapidly emerging sector and to network with the key players in the industry.

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  • Organisations and individuals looking at the emerging Build to Rent marketplace, interested in understanding the market, identifying opportunities, making the right connections
  • Investors, Developers, Pension Funds, Banks, Housing Associations, Government & Local Authorities, Surveyors, Property Lawyers, Consultants and Contractors

A one-day event that will deliver value on multiple levels:

  • Be informed and understand the challenges and opportunities in the BTR market
  • Listen and learn from Private & Public leaders in Build to Rent
  • Gain valuable insights into the market, latest thinking, best practice and emerging models
  • Network with the Industries key players and stakeholders; make new contacts and connections

Event Speakers

Karen Cooksley

Partner and Head of Planning

Winckworth Sherwood

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

David Lunts

Executive Director, Housing and Land

Greater London Authority

David Lunts is the Executive Director for Housing and Land at the GLA where he leads the Mayor’s housing, land and development functions. He was previously the Executive Director for London at the Homes and Communities Agency and before that was the GLA Executive Director with responsibility for planning, regeneration, housing and environmental policy. His earlier career included a leading role in housing and regeneration in Manchester during the 1980s and early 90s and a three year spell as director of Urban Policy for John Prescott at the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.

Andrew Pratt


Ringley Group

Andrew has had extensive experience in the residential investment markets throughout his career. Including asset management of one of the largest PRS BES schemes on behalf of the Bank of Ireland in the mid 1990’s then establishing the Teesland residential funds in PRS, Student housing and Serviced Apartments. As UK Managing Director of Grainger he had responsibility for the g:res fund and more recently working with Patrizia establishing their UK BTR Fund.

Other roles include Senior advisor to the Housing Growth Partnership, an HCA/Lloyds Bank JV business providing equity finance to small house builders, working with the London Mayors Homes for Londoners team on housing supply and a number of Prop Tech businesses focusing on investment and development markets including Ringley, who have launched Planet Rent, a market leading and innovative service proposition for BTR investors and occupiers.

Dan Batterton

Fund Manager – Build to Rent

Legal & General Investment Management

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

Dan has 20 years’ experience in the property sector and his exceptional understanding of portfolio strategy have been utilised to design L&G’s long-term acquisition and operational strategy for the sector. Having launched the strategy at the start of 2016 the Fund has so far committed to over 2,000 new apartments in 7 cities and aims to have secured 6,000 by the end of 2019. He runs a specialist team including acquisitions, development, design, construction and operational expertise.

The award winning first development, The Slate Yard, Salford, opened in the summer of 2017, with further schemes due to open through 2018 and 2019.

Russell Pedley

Director, shareholder & co-founder


Russell is Co-Founder, Shareholder and a member of the Board of Directors at Assael. Alongside his 30 years of experience as an Architect, he has gained 12 years of experience in urban design and has a strong passion for creating a sense of place, with historical and cultural connections in all of his work. He received a Civic Trust award for his contributions to the built environment on a completed project in Christchurch, Dorset, and his work at Assael has also led to a number of design awards including being the Director responsible for the practice’s winning design for the Leeds Waterside International Architectural Competition organised by the RIBA.

Russell has also led the design and implementation of a number of completed developments in London and has spearheaded the practice’s skills in the design of professionally managed Build to Rent residential schemes in the Private Rented Sector. This has involved analysis and research with institutions and investors in the United States and developing design guides for investment schemes in the emerging UK sector. Following years of research, Assael have successfully received planning consent on many Build to Rent schemes, including two developments on site in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and the award-winning Creekside Wharf on site in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. More recently, Assael, led by Russell, has received planning consent for two more groundbreaking Build to Rent projects, the first in the London Borough of Newham on land owned by the GLA, and another in Walthamstow for Legal & General. These projects are all purpose-designed for the Private Rented Sector.

Leigh Natasha Salter

Managing Director

Movers & Shakers

Leigh Natasha Salter is Managing Director of Movers & Shakers, having formerly been the Business and Events Director. Leigh has been responsible for developing the brand over the last 10 years and has recently launched the Movers & Shakers UK Regional events programme. Previously she worked in marketing, communications and research, and also ran the Windsor & Maidenhead Borough’s Business to Community Partnership, facilitating CSR for businesses. She qualified at Oxford University with a BA Honours in Human Sciences, and a scholarship, and is also a member of the BPF and UK-GBC.

James Duncan

Corporate and Funds Partner

Winckworth Sherwood

James is a corporate and funds partner at Winckworth Sherwood. He advises institutional and high net worth promoters and investors on structure and finance for property investment and development. He is an expert in the structure of FCA regulated fund-managers, broker-dealers and their investment entities. James has vast experience of setting up JVs, IPOs and capital raisings as well as LP and LLP financing vehicles. With the tax team he provides a full service for domestic and foreign investors in all UK property tenures. James also works closely with the Social Housing Finance team at Winckworth Sherwood to develop alternative finance models for registered providers implementing their diversification programme. Clients include registered providers such as Genesis and Circle Anglia and investors M&G Investments, Aviva Investors and Europa Capital.

Michela Hancock

Senior Director


As Senior Development Director at Greystar, Michela leads the development business in the UK. She focuses on overseeing execution of current projects including financing, amenity and unit planning, design, entitlements, construction and lease up efforts on multifamily and student developments. In addition, Michela is helping to secure a pipeline of 10,000 units in the next 3-4 years. She is currently Vice Chairman of the Urban Land Institute’s UK Residential Council, a member of the British Property Federation (BPF) Build to Rent Committee and a board member, treasurer and chair of the events and marketing committee of the United Kingdom Apartment Association (UKAA).

David Jennings


Movers & Shakers

David started his career in Construction and Property and held senior directorships in a number of UK based businesses.

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.

During his career David has founded a number of businesses in Property Management, Serviced Offices and Consulting.

David is the Founder Director and Chairman of Movers & Shakers formed in 1996, the UK’s most successful and popular networking forum, which delivers a programme of forums and conferences across the UK.

Angus Dodd

Chief Executive


Angus Dodd was appointed Chief Executive of Quintain in June 2016. Quintain is the London developer behind the transformation of Wembley Park in north west London.

Quintain have completed more than 2 million sq ft of mixed use development at Wembley Park and currently have 3,000 homes under construction on this site and outline consent for the delivery of a further 3,000.

Prior to Quintain, he was Senior Managing Director, Co-Head European Real Estate Investments, Lone Star Europe Acquisitions LLP, an affiliate of the General Partner of Lone Star Funds. Lone Star acquired Quintain in September 2015. Mr. Dodd joined Lone Star in March 2009. Prior to joining Lone Star, Mr. Dodd served as Managing Director at JER Partners for 5 years. He previously worked at Parkes & Company and Invesco Real Estate (which acquired Parkes & Company in 2001), BZW and Jones Lang Wootton. Mr. Dodd has an MA in Land Economy from Queens’ College, Cambridge.

Richard Blakeway

Former Deputy Mayor for Housing, Land and Property


Richard Blakeway is an independent adviser on housing and regeneration. He was appointed strategic adviser to Willmott Residential in October 2016 including supporting the growth of their Be:Here build to rent product. He also advises a number of developers, planning and property consultancies. Previously Richard was Deputy Mayor for Housing, Land and Property at the Greater London Authority and special adviser to the Prime Minister on planning and local government. He sits on the board of the Homes England.

James Murray

Deputy Mayor for Housing and Residential Development

Greater London Authority

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 focussing 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.

Graham Sibley

Market Development Manager


Graham has many years’ experience in infrastructure and housing sectors, leading stakeholder engagement for commercial organisations and industry bodies. He leads NHBC’s engagement with the affordable housing and private rental sectors, establishing a partnership approach to managing the risks of new home development, working with investors, developers, landlords and contractors. Graham also leads NHBC’s engagement with partners in the funding and mortgage lending, working to build confidence in homes built using offsite manufacturing.

Alexandra Notay

Director of Product & Service Innovation

Places for People

Alexandra is a strategist, problem-solver and skilled people manager with a global network of board-level relationships and strong 12-year record of successful delivery. In September 2016 Alex joined Places for People having previously operated as an independent advisor to public and private sector organisations providing strategic advice and project leadership. She is an internationally recognised conference speaker, moderator and workshop facilitator. She has led masterplanning, regeneration and PPP consultancy projects in London, Moscow, New York, Istanbul, Barcelona and many other global cities. 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 and 2016). Her private consultancy client portfolio between 2011-2016 included Grosvenor, Grainger plc, M&G Real Estate and the Greater London Authority. She also served as UK Policy Director for the Urban Land Institute, of which she remains an active member, serving on the ULI UK Executive Committee and the ULI UK Residential Council.

Rebecca Lewis

Investment Director

PfP Capital

Rebecca is a chartered surveyor and joined PfP Capital from Grainger Plc where she was Head of Grainger Trust. At PfP Capital, Rebecca is responsible for the strategic direction of the business, with a specific focus on investment. Rebecca is in charge of investment across all of the PfP Capital funds including, PRS, BTR, Scottish Mid-Market rental and Retirement. She prides herself on her ability to deploy capital through relationships with UK housebuilders, developers, land owners and agents to secure off-market schemes.

Mark Farmer


Cast 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’.

Rosie Toogood


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.

Jean-Marc Vandevivere

Chief Executive


Jean-Marc has 20 years of experience in the Property, Retail and Consumer Goods industries. Prior to PLATFORM_, he spent 7 years at the Executive Committee of The British Land Company PLC, joining as Head of Strategy in 2009 to set up the new department, and later on becoming Head of Residential. Jean-Marc started his career at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), spending time across the Paris, Washington DC and London offices as a Principal. Jean-Marc sits at the IPF Strategic Board and the BPF Residential Board. He holds an MBA from Essec in Paris.

Iain Murray

Managing Director

LIV Consult

Iain Murray MD of LIV Consult comes with a Facilities Management and Lifecycle pedigree unrivalled in the market. Initially studying architecture Iain entered the FM industry nearly 30 years ago rising to the Chair of the professions Institute the BIFM and Deputy Chair of the international Association of Associations Global FM. At Gardiner & Theobald FM Iain led the PFI consultancy business delivering over £8bn of projects advising on Whole Life Strategy and Costs on Schools, Hospitals, HSE HQ, MOD HQ, HMT HQ and the Cabinet Office. Iain entered private practice in 2005 consulting in FM, Lifecycle and Strategy before specialising into Build to Rent in 2013 as PRS Director for Criterion Capital, establishing their PD PRS business Miflats. Iain joined with LIV Group to establish LIV Consult in 2016, and heads a market leading BTR consultancy team working with Investors, Developers and Operators on projects delivering over 20,000+ units with a GDV in excess of £1.4bn

Fay Chester

Pre Sales Manager, UK and Europe


Fay Chester is a consultant and talented implementer of real estate software systems with over 20 years of industry experience. Fay began her journey at Yardi Systems in 2007 as a Professional Services Group Consultant, working on investment, asset and property management projects spanning numerous asset classes including residential, retail and the commercial office space. In her current position with Yardi, Fay plays a fundamental role in aiding clients across the UK, Ireland and Europe, helping them find the best solutions to fit the business needs. Fay has recently worked with some of today’s leading build-to-rent brands including, Get Living London, Countrywide, urbanbubble and Marcus Cooper.

Tracey Hartley

Director of Residential

Howard de Walden Management Ltd

Having worked across a wide range of sectors from travel, local government and law I fell into residential property starting with sales and lettings in a local agency. In 2006 I joined Grainger plc working in their Sales and Valuations team. Over the following decade I fulfilled a variety of roles including Fund Managing its ‘GRIP Fund’, a joint venture REIT between Grainger and Dutch pension fund, APG and then Director of Operations. In October 2017 I took up the position of Head of Residential at the Howard de Walden Estate in London’s Marylebone responsible for a £1.2bn portfolio of assets. I have guided and influenced policy and sentiment in the sector through serving on a number of industry shaping groups including the Government’s PRS Taskforce, chairing the RICS Residential Property Management Working Group, sitting on the RICS Residential Professional Group Board, Lead author of the IRPM’s Build to Rent qualification and active membership of Women in Property and the UK Apartments Association where I co-chair the Education and Training committee. I am also lead judge of the Residential Category in the national RICS Awards.

Cllr Darren Rodwell


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.

Gareth Blacker

General Manager, Infrastructure PRS and Complex Projects

Homes England

Gareth is a chartered surveyor with over 25 years’ experience specialising in development and development finance. He is responsible for delivering Homes England’s commercial investment programmes, including the Home Building Fund and Estate Regeneration Programme. He has led Homes England’s involvement on a number of high profile complex real estate projects including development finance at East Village, Greenwich Peninsula, Wood Wharf and Earls Court Village. He has expertise in delivering funding structures including senior debt, mezzanine finance and club deals with other private sector lenders. He has been involved in PRS schemes across the country, including Liverpool, Manchester, London and Birmingham. He is the Director of English Cities Fund, a joint venture between HCA, Legal & General and Muse specialising in regeneration projects. Gareth has worked for English Partnerships and the London Development Agency, and was involved in major development projects, including the Olympics, Wembley regeneration and the Royal Docks.

Neil Young


Get Living

Neil is responsible for all areas of Get Living as it continues to lead and champion the build to rent sector. Get Living’s vision goes beyond providing great properties to rent; Neil drives Get Living’s commitment to growing and sustaining vibrant, safe and well-managed city neighbourhoods that people are proud to call home. Involved from the start of Get Living’s journey, Neil combines a passion for delivering an amazing resident experience, with a proven executive management track record and more than 15 years’ experience driving innovation in the property sector. Prior to Get Living, Neil established Young Group in 2003, advising large scale private investors, corporates, institutional investors and housing associations looking to enter the PRS. Neil is a member of BPF’s Residential Board and is on the board of the UK Apartment Association (UKAA).

Stephanie Smith

UK Portfolio Director

Atlas Residential

Stephanie brings two decades of experience in real estate and property management, operations and training. Prior to Atlas, she relocated to the United Kingdom in 2013 with a focus on residential and mixed use clients at Yardi Systems, Ltd. Stephanie has also worked with U.S. establishments, such as Alliance Residential, Greystar, CompassRock RE, and Laramar Group, acting on behalf of high profile investment clients. She has held various offices from National IT and Training Manager, Senior Property Director, Regional Manager, and Area Coordinator for OSHA (Occupational Safety) Compliance, where she lead teams in operations, acquisitions and due diligence. She is also a member of the UKAA Training Committee.

Simon Chatfield


Be Living

Simon is a Director at Be Living which has delivered two of the first schemes specifically designed for rent in London through its Be:here brand. With 1,000+ homes on site and a further 2,000 in the pipeline Be is set to grow its portfolio significantly in the next few years. Simon plays a key role in the acquisition, development and management of new developments and in securing institutional investment. He also ensures that Be understands what it’s residents want and that their offer evolves accordingly to meet changing demands. He has been working on BtR for the last six years and has worked with GLA and DCLG to help promote the sector and shape emerging policies.

Reza Merchant

Founder and CEO

The Collective

In 2010, out of the library at the LSE, Reza Merchant set up The Collective, frustrated by the lack of high-quality, accessible accommodation for young people in London. The Collective is one of the most innovative and dynamic property companies in London. It is the UK’s first and the world’s largest co-living provider, providing young people with a new way to live, focused on community, convenience and quality.

Lucy Taylor

Executive Director of Regeneration and Housing

London Borough of Ealing

Lucy Taylor has over 20 years’ experience of regeneration, planning and development working in London local authorities and previously with the London Development Agency. Lucy has delivered multi-million pound programmes to regenerate town centres, transport and infrastructure projects, redevelopment of council housing and buildings and enabled new development and economic growth by using council powers of planning and compulsory purchase.
At Ealing Council, Lucy manages a busy department working on planning applications, housing development, regeneration, transport and development projects and initiatives to support local people find jobs. The team is involved in shaping the different town centres in Ealing, attracting new retail, leisure and cultural uses and making Ealing a more vibrant and buzzing place to be. A significant part of Lucy’s time is spent working with developers, landowners and other stakeholders who are critical in place making. Lucy is also a Director of Broadway Living, Ealing Council’s housing development company.

Tom Shaw

Director, Buildings


Tom is a Director and head of the residential sector within the Buildings team at Ramboll, a large international engineering consultancy with 13,000 employees worldwide and 1,300 in the UK.

Ramboll has detailed and long-standing expertise of offsite construction techniques, namely cross-laminated timber (CLT), modular steel and precast concrete. Project examples include Dalston Works (the world’s largest CLT building, which completed in 2017), Beechwood (Swan Housing modular CLT homes currently under construction in Essex) and Merano Residences (Albert Embankment tower for St James).

Founded in Denmark over 70 years ago, Ramboll brings rich Scandinavian knowledge off offsite techniques. In parts of the region over 90% of the buildings are constructed utilising precast concrete / timber.

Ramboll is also delivering design of several large-scale build-to-rent schemes across the UK, including King’s Cross, Wembley, Newham, Birmingham, Manchester, Barking and Tottenham Hale Wharf, plus testing the “offsite readiness” of developments for a number of developers.

Helen Gordon


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 Junior 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.

Jo Wilson

Researcher and Programme Manager


Jo is an urban researcher and programme manager. Her work focuses on creating happier, healthier communities through better housing and public space. She is a specialist in improving dialogue between public, private and civil sectors. Current clients include LB Brent’s private housing team, for whom she is developing a pilot training programme to improve communication with private tenants.

Previously, Jo was Head of Policy at Future of London, an independent policy network for the capital’s regeneration, housing and economic development practitioners. She led a three-year grant-funded research programme on the Private Rented Sector, which included a series of events and report on the role of Build to Rent.

Jo lives in Walthamstow and is involved with St James Street Big Local partnership, helping to steer the spending of a £1m improvement grant. She also helps run education sessions at Walthamstow Wetlands, a large conservation area on an operational Thames Water reservoir site.

Charlotte Steedman



Prior to founding strategic marketing consultancy Conductor in 2014, Charlotte held senior positions in highly recognised real estate businesses and has been responsible for the marketing strategy and delivery of some of London’s most notable developments. Conductor’s view is that the interconnectivity of people and places and the rise of the “co-revolution” mean that developers could benefit from looking at their apartments and developments as a part of a much wider ecosystem. With so many catalytic partnerships and collaboration opportunities to be had, and as connectors of likeminded people, Charlotte and her team match clients with their optimal target audiences whilst ensuring the implementation of strategies which benefit the greater good. Outside of property, the Conductor team is currently developing a new technology application in the wellbeing sector and are working on a pro-bono project that will positively impact the way people live and work.

Honor Barratt

Managing Director


Honor was happily running a television production company in London, Munich and Sydney, when Octopus persuaded her to take a look at the retirement living business. Within weeks she had handed over the reins of the agency to each country MD and joined the Octopus team trying to make a success of their retirement living portfolio.

As many of those who work in this industry will attest, joining retirement living is like drinking the cool aid; you never go back. Honor is now Managing Director at Birchgrove, a Bridges Fund Management backed business dedicated to building assisted living developments within and around the M25. Crucially, Birchgrove believes that assisted living for rent can help those for whom the current models of tenure erect too many barriers to entry. We’ll know in two years’ time if they are right.

Matt Hutchinson

Communications Director

Matt has been SpareRoom’s Communications Director since 2007 and has been with the company 11 years. He regularly provides comment and opinion on renting, sharing and housing for the UK media and spearheaded SpareRoom’s six year Raise the Roof campaign, which led directly to the UK government increasing the Rent a Room Scheme tax incentive to encourage more homeowners to rent out their empty bedrooms to combat the housing crisis.

Ed Thomas

Head of Community Experience

The Collective

Ed Thomas leads the community team and is responsible for designing and executing The Collective’s co-living experience. This means ensuring The Collective members have the best possible co-living experience, from the moment they move in to the moment they leave and beyond. He is passionate about the future of living and how where we live can influence our sense of belonging. This was first explored living and working in co-living 3 years ago, mainly in San Francisco, where he ran sales and community for a Y-Combinator backed co-living start-up. Previous to that, he worked at a digital agency working on digital marketing projects for consumer tech clients like Facebook and Amazon.

Andrew Stanford

Regional Director, 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 Build to Rent portfolio.

Andrew has over 25 years’ UK residential investment, asset management, property management and valuation experience. Much of this was gained whilst 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

Kent Taylor


Red Door Ventures

Red Door Ventures is the London Borough of Newham’s Build to Rent Company formed in 2104. The initial target is to develop and manage over 6,000 PRS homes throughout greater London, providing an exceptional living experience for all residents. Kent joined the Board of Red Door in April 2016 as Finance Director and Company Secretary. From 1st January 2017 Kent was appointed Chief Executive to take the organisation forward and deliver its ambitious growth strategy. He has extensive experience in residential and commercial property development and private market rent sectors. Kent has also gained experience in the not for profit sector working for two separate housing associations. In his early career, he trained and qualified as an accountant whilst working for British Coal, before moving into the private sector. He initially worked as Finance Director for both Civil Engineering and Utility Contracting Companies, before joining the national housebuilder; Keepmoat plc.

Richard Jackson MRICS

Managing Director & Co-Founder

Apache Capital Partners

Richard Jackson is the co-founder partner of Apache Capital Partners and has over 16 years’ experience in property development and investment management. Richard is a qualified Chartered Surveyor and began his career at Cushman & Wakefield where he specialised in syndicate funding. Richard’s focus was initially in the UK, predominantly in financing and structuring pre-let developments on behalf of occupiers and investors, before leading the expansion for a retained client into Europe. Richard has worked with John Dunkerley for 14 years primarily on two funds in the UK and Europe. Richard established Apache Capital in 2008 with John and now manages in excess of £1.4bn of assets including secured development pipeline. Richard is responsible for the UK office, strategic development, transactional and asset management of our social infrastructure and build to rent development, investment and operational platforms. Richard is a member of the IPF Residential Special Interest Group (SIG) Committee.

Graham Bates


Liv Group

Graham Bates is the Founder and CEO of LIV Group which is the UK’s ‘go-to’ Management Operator and Consultancy for the Build-to-Rent sector. Graham was instrumental in developing the LIV brand and making it the first to design a fully integrated management platform with a customer service and technology led approach for PRS developments. LIV Consult provides specialist sector consultancy including design expertise and operating cost analysis as well as detailed Life Cycle modelling. Clients include M&G Real Estate, Moda Living, PLATFORM_,Lendlease and AIG as well as other major developers and UK institutional investors.

Olivia Harris

Chief Executive

Dolphin Living

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

Sophie White

Head of Infrastructure, PRS and Complex Projects

Homes England

Sophie is the Head of PRS, Infrastructure and Complex Projects at the Homes and Communities Agency. A chartered surveyor with over 20 years’ experience she is currently leading on delivering the agency’s Home Building Fund for large sites and infrastructure. Sophie has expertise in delivering funding structures including senior debt, mezzanine finance and equity transactions. She has had involvement on a number of high profile and complex real estate projects including development finance at East Village and Greenwich Peninsula, large scale national PRS debt and the recently announced HCA investment in the PRS REIT. Sophie previously worked for Drivers Jonas and Deloitte Real Estate specialising in valuation and development.

Lora Salomidou

Head of Consumer Platform

The Collective

Lora is a technologist, social entrepreneur and champion for diversity. She believes in stronger communities, and the intersection between technology and people. Lora now leads the consumer platform team at The Collective, overseeing the delivery of technology products and solutions that impact the lives of our members by connecting them to their living spaces and to our co-living communities.

Matthew Essex

Operational Director, Regeneration and Property

London Borough of Redbridge

Matthew has worked in regeneration and property for 20 years across Local Government, the not-for-profit sector and Development Corporations. Having started out working in economic development and neighbourhood renewal in Brent, Matthew moved into capital projects in Tower Hamlets and then Thurrock Development Corporation. In 2012 Matthew moved across to Thurrock Council eventually taking on the property brief alongside regeneration and capital projects - including housing delivery, estate regeneration and the operation of the Council’s wholly owned housing development company; Gloriana. Here he led the push to convert Gloriana from a sale model to build to rent in response to the Council’s growing financial pressures. In 2016 Matthew joined the London Borough of Redbridge adding planning to the property and regeneration briefs. He has subsequently led the work to establish a development company which was approved in July 2017 with a first phase of 350 mixed tenure homes going into planning later this year.

Rebecca Taylor

Director of Real Estate and Development & Investment Director

Long Harbour

Rebecca is Director of Real Estate and the Development and Investment Director of LHIF, Long Harbour’s institutionally backed Build to Rent 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. Rebecca is heavily involved in funding and investing activities across the real estate portfolio as well as looking at new investment areas and funding strategies and is a member of the BPF build to rent subcommittee. Rebecca has over 10 years’ experience in property and PPP / PFI 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.

Russell Markou

Head of Operations

Tipi - Quintain

Russell joined Quintain in 2015 as Head of Operations for Tipi. He is key in conveying and driving the Tipi ethos to all team members; to assist in delivering a great product with the customer at the forefront, alongside ensuring an exceptional and consistent customer experience that surpasses the expectations of both residents and potential residents.

Russell’s early career in residential and hotel property development for a regional Property development company, followed by hotel operations management for Hilton and Radisson, set the stage for his role at Tipi; a role that combines his passions of property development, hospitality and making people happy.


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