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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

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

  • Listen and learn; from Private and Public leaders 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 27th February 2020:

‘Build To Rent - A Case of Mistaken Identity?’

‘Build To Rent - A Case of Mistaken Identity?’

This year’s theme ‘Build To Rent - A Case of Mistaken Identify?’ This is underpinned by the view that BTR is at a crossroads, at a point where perception issues around its value, benefits and bandwidth remain, where greater regulation / rent controls are almost inevitable and where policy / planning is still unclear.

Understandably local authorities are focused on affordable homes, which BTR is delivering, but there is a wider housing need and an opportunity for ‘rented living’ to make a bigger contribution to all communities across all life stages.

As always, we have a content driven programme, which is comprehensive and based around an agenda which is both current and pertinent to the sector. We will be picking up on trends in BTR design and developments, the appeal of suburban Living, the challenge of funding and viability. We will be taking a fresh look at the progress in MMC / Modular Construction. We will look at the Customer Journey and use the opportunity to understand how this process can be optimised.

So, in short there is a lot to discuss and the market potential and investment opportunities remain enormous!!

So, in summary the Forum will explore:

  • What is happening across the UK? Where are the trends in investment and development?
  • What is happening in the investment market? Who is investing? Is there evidence of more investor caution?
  • What can we do to clarify policy and planning to better support BTR?
  • What is the case for rent regulations? How can you create the right balance?
  • What are the trends in BTR and ‘Rented Living?’
  • How do we improve the perception of BTR?
  • What’s the latest MMC / Modular are we making progress?
  • A hitchhiker’s guide to BTR investment appraisals!
  • Latest entrants into Rented Living!
  • Improving the customer journey

Like the last conference, this year’s conference will be less London centric, drawing on experience from across the UK.

We will bring together leaders from Public & Private sectors, Key Policy Makers, Investors, Operators, Advisors and Specialists in a series of keynotes, presentations, case studies, debates and panel sessions. In addition, we will have a series of ‘Expert Sessions’.

Join us at the 6th Build to Rent Forum London 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

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.

Adam Challis

Regional Director, Head of EMEA Living Research & Strategy


Adam co-ordinates the JLL pan-European Living business and manages the day to day operations of the JLL Living research team. The team provides UK market briefing papers and thought leadership that supports the wider residential advisory and agency businesses. It engages directly with Government to provide policy advice and with clients to provide transactional support and strategic consultancy advice. Adam’s experience spans 15 years of advisory with both public and private sector clients on residential development and investment opportunities. He acts as company spokesperson for a wide range of housing market-related issues and is regularly cited in national and international media, alongside a wide range of industry speaking engagements. Adam joined JLL as Head of UK Residential Research in January 2013 and has held similar roles at other property advisors in London and Toronto, Canada. Education and Affiliations Adam holds an MSc Urban Regeneration from the Bartlett, University College London, a BA Economics from Western University (London, Canada) and is currently an EMBA candidate at London Business School. He is a member of the Society of Property Researchers and the Urban Land Institute. Adam is a trustee of World Habitat and a supporter of both Shelterbox, a disaster charity, and JLL’s homelessness charity partner, Crisis.

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.

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.

Michela Hancock

Managing Director, Development & Construction



Russell Pedley

Director, shareholder & 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.

Simon Scott

Lead Director


Simon has over 20 years’ experience in the field of residential investment and development, and was actively involved in the development of the student investment market in an advisory capacity, and led in a number of innovative funding structures working with both Housing Associations and Universities in making institutionally acceptable investment assets in the residential sector. Simon is now overseeing the residential investment team and will be focused on matching investor appetite for residential investment, whether off plan bespoke developments or existing portfolios of income producing or reversionary assets.

James Pargeter

Senior Director - Development


James is a Senior Director in the Development team at Greystar, where he is focused on the delivery of new ‘Build to Rent’ / multifamily rental communities and raising awareness about how this can help to address the UK’s housing crisis. He also leads Greystar’s involvement with central and local government at a time when policy around Build to Rent and multifamily housing is emerging strongly, as well as engagement with key local stakeholders on each of our projects. With 20 years’ experience of delivering homes across the whole tenure spectrum, James brings a broad understanding of the priorities for residents, local communities and policymakers in delivering long term rental developments that are purpose-designed, purpose-managed and have placemaking at their heart. James currently sits on the MHCLG Build to Rent Joint Committee, the British Property Federation’s Build to Rent sub-committee and the Urban Land Institute’s UK Residential Council. James is a Chartered Structural Engineer and, prior to joining Greystar, led the Residential Projects team at Deloitte Real Estate in London for 12 years.

Richard Jackson MRICS

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.

Rebecca Lewis

Development Manager

Morgan Sindall Investments Ltd


Rebecca Taylor

Director of Real Estate and Development & Investment Director

Long Harbour

Rebecca joined Long Harbour in 2015, having deployed over £300m of equity for the fund, Rebecca is responsible for the entire delivery cycle from strategy and deal origination through to structuring and the construction and mobilisation phase.

Prior to joining Long Harbour, Rebecca spent 8 years at Laing O’Rourke working in their property and PFI investment team. Here she worked on their offsite delivery solution bidding of PFI scheme and secured the planning and oversaw the delivery of 1.3mn sq ft of mixed use space and over 4,000 residential units in Ireland, UAE and UK.

Ben Denton

Managing Director

Legal & General Affordable Homes

Ben Denton is Managing Director of L&G Affordable Homes. L&G Affordable Homes’ set up in 2018 with an ambitious business plan to develop 3,000 affordable homes pa by 2022 alongside building a best in class customer services experience. L&G are investing patient, long-term capital in order to grow the capacity of the affordable housing sector and in so doing, deliver societally important outcomes. L&G Affordable Homes sits alongside L&G’s other housing businesses including BTR, Modular, Cala and Inspired Villages Group. Prior to L&G, Ben held a number of positions in the public and private sectors, delivering residential led development and regeneration.

Ryan Prince

Vice Chairman

Realstar Group

Ryan is Vice Chairman of the Realstar Group of companies. Since establishing its London presence in 2002, Ryan has led the firm’s efforts in the healthcare, hospitality and PRSsectors. At present, Realstar’s UK assets include a nation‐wide portfolio of GP surgeries, a portfolio of Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza hotels comprising in excess of 10,000 rooms and a growing portfolio of student and PRS properties totalling in excess of 1,000 suites in emerging areas of London such as Wandsworth, Hackney Wick, Stockwell and Shoreditch.

Most recently, Realstar has brought its award‐winning residential management platform to the UK market under the Realstar Living banner ( Leveraging over 40 years of success owning and managing over 30,000 residential apartments for rental in Canada, Realstar is now seeking to bring this same level of quality and service to the UK.


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