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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 28th February 2019:

“The Diversification of Build To Rent”
… Where do we go from here ?

“The Diversification of Build To Rent”
...Where do we go from here?

This year’s theme ‘The Diversification of Build To Rent’ is driven by the fact that there is a lot of BTR product coming on to the market, that BTR is well on its way to being established but that it is still in this infancy, still developing and for the large part unproven.

From a focus on key cities such as London, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds and more locations, towns are being targeted and developed. Funding and financing models have evolved but still have their challenges, the planning process is at best patchy, operating models are being rolled out, lessons are being learned. But all this said the market potential remains enormous!

So, there is a lot to discuss !

The Forum will explore:

  • How can UK BTR compete for a bigger slice of investment from overseas ?
  • What is happening across the UK?
  • What can we learn from buildings that are operating ?
  • What models are working ? What is the latest thinking ?
  • Is there a case for rent regulation ?
  • What bandwidth can BTR deliver ? What rental products can emerge ?
  • What barriers and challenges remain ?

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’ which will drive down into detail on topics such as ‘Design’, ‘Mobilisation’ and ‘Enabling BTR’.

Join us at the 5th 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Khushalee Rajgor

Senior Operations Manager

Grainger plc

Khush the Head of Operations & On-Boarding for Grainger. She joined Grainger in June 2015 managing Grainger’s first residential Development designed specifically for Renters.

Khush now heads up the stabilisation of all of Grainger’s new Build to Rent assets current and upcoming nationwide. Khush’s involvement continues, ensuring operations on site are maintained to a high quality.

Khush works very closely with both the Development and Asset Management team to ensure buildings are designed with the customer in mind and ensuring the Asset is able to perform to its full ability in lines with set KPIs.

Khush manages and leads the team on the ground on a day to day basis, defining the standards for the move in experience, training, defects management, concierge/front desk services and all the elements required to take a building and make it a home for Grainger Residents and make it a viable asset for Grainger.

Audra Lamoon

Managing Director


Audra Lamoon is all about bringing people, property and service together to create exceptional experiences and is Managing Director of Livewire Performance Consultants Ltd; A specialist Consultant, Corporate Trainer, Coach and Speaker, in the areas of hospitality, culture and leadership in the retail, hotel, transport, residential, property, media, office, leisure and construction sectors.

Formerly the Deputy Chairwoman on The Retail Trust Committee, she is particularly focused on speaking, crafting and delivery of high level customer experience, ‘space as a service’, experiential mystery shopping and hospitality for her diverse set of global clients.

Based in the UK and Atlanta, Audra gains commissions by capturing the clients unique DNA, and designs tailored training content for her clients. Her skills are put to excellent use when turning around distressed properties/shopping malls or launching new retail/hotel projects.

Audra was the founder of two successful businesses prior to Livewire and is a published author. In 2006 Audra co-founded the very successful and globally featured, RLI MIX, property-networking events in the city of London and Cannes (MIPIM).

Jennie Fojtik

Head of Leasing



Ami Kotecha

Co-Founder & Executive Director

AMRO Real Estate Partners

Ami is a Co-Founder of Amro Real Estate Partners and Managing Director of AmroLiving, a Build-to-Rent (BtR) platform. She is responsible for the roll out of a London-focussed portfolio of purpose-built BtR schemes with an initial focus of delivering 1,500 homes across 5 schemes situated in Greater London. Ami is passionate about delivering a best-in-class end-user experience for our customers and our employees. As Amro’s Head of Innovation she combines her experience in property development and operations with her insights into the disruptive potential of technology to deliver a uniquely customer-focussed product and service.

Ami is an Economics graduate, with a BSc. from the London School of Economics and a post graduate, M. Phil. degree from the University of Cambridge. She also holds a post graduate RICS Diploma in Property Investment.

Andrew Saunderson

Investment Director

Grainger plc

Andrew is Investment Director at Grainger plc. Since joining Grainger in 2001 he has been instrumental in facilitating a number of large acquisitions of both assets and corporate entities. In line with the group’s strategy to invest £850m into the Build to Rent sector, Andrew’s focus is now on managing the investment team, who are responsible for sourcing and acquiring these assets. Andrew also has overall responsibility for the sales and asset management divisions. Andrew is a member of Grainger Executive Committee and is the groups representative on the BPF Residential Committee. Prior to joining Grainger Andrew worked at Allsop LLP where he qualified as a Chartered Surveyor.

James Penfold

Planning/Zoning Director

The Collective

James Penfold is Planning/Zoning Director at The Collective and oversees the planning strategy for the business and across it’s portfolio. James’ role involves working in partnership with local communities and the public sector to deliver innovative and community focused places. James is a specialist in the co living sector having advised Welive, Realstar and The Student Hotel before he joined The Collective.


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