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"The Evolution of Build to Rent - Realising the potential"


  • 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.

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 and is responsible for the design and execution of fund strategy.

Dan has 17 years’ experience in the property sector and his exceptional understanding of portfolio strategy have been utilised to design L&G’s long-term acquisition and operational strategy for the sector. He led the underwriting and bidding of L&G’s first investment in the Build to Rent sector through the purchase of a 400 home scheme in London.

Joining Legal & General in February 2007 as was recently Head of Product Development. Previously Dan was an Associate Director at IPD Ltd where he was responsible for the UK portfolio analysis service to a collection of major institutions. He spent 9 years at IPD analysing drivers of historic fund performance and discussing strategies that will influence future returns.

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

UK Multifamily Development Director


Michela recently joined Greystar and has been appointed as UK Multifamily Development Director, which will focus upon driving Greystar’s fully integrated development process. She has experience in the multifamily development sector both in the UK and the US. Michela served as Development Director for Grainger plc, which is the UK’s largest listed landlord. Prior to working for Grainger, Michela worked for Bozzuto Development Company in the greater Washington D.C. area. Her focus was on funding, designing and delivering large scale, mixed use projects with a focus on operational efficiencies and excellent customer service.

As Development Director at Greystar, Michela focuses on overseeing all project financing, amenity and unit planning, design, entitlements, construction and lease up efforts on the high density, multi-family residential developments. She is also targeting a pipeline of projects for London and helping to educate the market and local government about the benefits of multifamily housing.

She is currently Vice Chairman of the Urban Land Institute’s UK Residential Council, an active member of the British Property Federation (BPF) Build to Rent Committee and a board member of the United Kingdom Apartment Association (UKAA). Michela holds a Master’s Degree in Real Estate Development from Johns Hopkins University.

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.

Richard Blakeway

Former Deputy Mayor for Housing, Land and Property


Richard Blakeway is an independent advisers on housing and regeneration.. He was appointed strategic adviser to Willmott Dixon Residential in October 2016 which includes 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 and Communities Agency.

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

Director of PRS at Criterion Capital and

Director of Miflats

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 in 1991 and in his time he has covered every aspect including holding the office of Chair of the professional body for FM in the UK the British Institute of Facilities Management and Deputy Chair of Global FM the international professional body. Iain spent time in the healthcare market with Highfield Group investing £39m through building and operating 68 healthcare facilities across the UK before joining Gardiner & Theobald to start GTFM. Gardiner & Theobald Facilities Management led the PFI market delivering over £8bn of FM and Lifecycle advice covering Schools, Hospitals, HSE HQ, MOD HQ, HMT HQ and the Cabinet Office. Iain entered private practice in 2005 and has been consulting on FM & Lifecycle through his own vehicle Principle Consulting since. In 2014 he spent a year inside Criterion Capital delivering their Miflats branded PRS operating vehicle, FM operating model and Lifecycle, including working with Macquarie Bank on funding for the 5000 PRS unit pipeline (Criterion re-financed their portfolio for £1bn in 2015). Iain is already recognised and respected in the PRS sector as an innovator and leader and has spoken for London First and Movers & Shakers at the PRS Forum in Edinburgh and London. Iain is developing LIV Consult into the leading FM and Lifecycle consultancy in PRS and he well on the way to achieving this already. Current commissions include the FM & Lifecycle advise to Lendlease, Moda Living, Scarborough Group and several significant Investors in the sector including M&G Real Estate.

Fay Chester

Pre-Sales Manager


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 & Complex Projects



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

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.

Alok Sharma MP

Minister of State for Housing and Planning



Lucy Taylor

Executive Director of Regeneration and Housing

London Borough of Ealing


Tom Shaw

Director, Buildings



Helen Gordon


Grainger plc


Jo Wilson

Head of Policy

Future of London



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