'Build To Rent - Back to the Future; Sustainable Living'
TWO DAY CONFERENCE - TUESDAY 29TH & WEDNESDAY 30TH JUNE 2021
TWO DAY CONFERENCE - TUESDAY 29TH & WEDNESDAY 30TH JUNE 2021
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 two-morning 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 Tuesday 29th & Wednesday 30th June 2021:
‘Build To Rent - Back to the Future; Sustainable Living’
‘Build To Rent - Back to the Future; Sustainable Living’
Day One - Lessons learned, delivering more and better …
The pandemic has had an impact across all Real Estate asset classes. In the case of BTR, it has ‘stress tested’ the management systems and operational processes; challenged management teams and identified key areas for change, as we come to terms with changes with new ways in which we both work and live?
The design and mix / use of spaces, amenities, technology and overall liveability has come under scrutiny. This conference will address these areas and explore how the impacts of the past 15 months is and will change the way BTR is designed, managed, delivered, and presented in the future.
As we get back to business, the importance of collaboration between both Public and Private sectors is critical to getting more rented homes off the ground, and to ensuring that the needs of both Local Authorities and BTR operators are meet through a share agenda.
In addition, the challenges of climate change and the need to deliver sustainable living is top of the agenda for investor and residents alike.
Day-one of our two-day fully virtual interactive, ‘content driven’ conference, will centre around the changes that have taken place and are taking place, and their influence on BTR moving forward.
Day Two – Back to the Future, New Thinking, New Models, New Ideas …
With more BTR schemes coming on to the market, more choice for customers; along with a better understanding of customer needs and expectations; the market is maturing and rapidly developing new living concepts and models.
Co-Living is now on the agenda for a number of the major players. Single Family Housing, in the suburbs, is seen as the next big thing, with a wall of money waiting to invest. With the demise of the High Street, many operators (including major retailers), are exploring the opportunity to create Urban Rented Homes in town centres, above the shop!. And we must not ignore ‘Later Living’, with its delivery challenges, but with massive potential. We will be covering all of these models and more!
Day-two will cover all of the above and bring our two-days of interactive discussion, presentations and high level opinion-forming debate, to a conclusion.
So, in summary the 7th Forum will explore:
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, and panel sessions.
Join us at the ‘7th Build to Rent Forum’ London to get the inside track on this rapidly emerging sector and network with the key players in the industry.
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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.
Executive Director, Research & Strategy EMEA
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.
Corporate and Funds Partner
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.
Lead Director - Living Capital Markets
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.
Present Made (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.
Managing Director, BTR
Rebecca is the Managing Director of Long Harbour’s BtR / Multifamily Business. Since joining Long Harbour in 2015 Rebecca has deployed over £300mn of equity and is responsible for all assets from deal origination, design, development, delivery and operations.
Rebecca has over 15 years’ experience in development and investment having worked in projects in Australia, UK, Ireland and UAE. Prior to joining Long Harbour, Rebecca spent eight years at Laing O’Rourke working in their property and investment team. Here she worked on their offsite housing solution, a number of PFI schemes and their residential and mixed use property portfolio.
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.
CEO & Co-Founder
Prior to co-founding HomeViews, Rory spent 13 years in the residential development sector, having been a Senior Director at CBRE before becoming Head of Consultancy at Marsh & Parsons New Homes. Combining this in-depth experience with a substantial contacts list, Rory is now a leading figure in the UK property development sector.As an early investor, co-founder and now CEO, Rory is an advocate for the benefits HomeViews brings and its increasing significance within the property industry. He is passionate about using the HomeViews platform to help raise standards across the built environment – for the benefit of developers, managers, owners and tenants alike.
Research & Insight Director
Since joining Assael in 2007, Tim has been responsible for the design of many high-profile urban regeneration and residential projects in London, including the award-winning redevelopment of the iconic Riverside Studios in Hammersmith for Mount Anvil, 101 on Cleveland in Westminster for Dukelease and Art Invest, and the Built to Rent development at Walthamstow Mall for Capital & Regional.
Tim has also been leading on 33 Creechurch Lane, a contemporary commercial building in the City of London for Merchant Land. The forward-thinking design offers SMEs the opportunity to establish a home in the City’s historic centre with flexible workspace that focuses on the health and wellbeing of future occupants.
Tim has also been developing Assael’s portfolio of co-living developments, having recently directed the design on three projects: Garratt Mills and Chatfield Road, both for The Collective in Wandsworth, and Fife Road in Kingston-upon-Thames for Viewrank Estates.
Director, BTR Consultancy [London]
Ashley leads the London office and works on projects across the UK and Ireland. Utilising his collaborative nature, he links with leading designers and like-minded clients, advising on management operations, strategy, viability, lifecycle modelling and broader development consultancy. Ashley has real estate development experience in the UK and Canada in a wide-range of roles including project management, lender technical advisory and cost consulting. He has also co-authored industry research and is a regular contributor to various property publications. He is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and holds an MSc in Project Management from the University of Greenwich. He is also sits on the ULI Residential Council and is an active member of the Young Leaders groups in both UK and Europe.
Head of Research and Strategy
BNP Paribas Real Estate
Stephanie leads the research team at BNP Paribas Real Estate. The focus of her work is across all UK asset classes including Commercial, Prime Central London residential, the mainstream UK residential markets, and Rural. Her emphasis is on structural rather than cyclical market shifts. Recent areas covered within the research programme include the impact of shortening lease terms on investor returns; the profile and behaviour of London office workers; the wants and needs of London renters; and what communities for ageing populations look like. Previous to joining Strutt & Parker (now BNPPRE) in 2012, Stephanie led the strategy and delivery of the UK research team and programme at JLL. Her area of expertise was occupier research and she undertook bespoke analysis for clients including PwC, GSK and Shell. Stephanie’s geographic focus has been predominantly on the UK, although she has managed project work across EMEA and the globe.
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.
Director of Urban Living
Adina is Director of Urban Living at Greystar, tasked with consolidating Greystar’s global strategy around the development and acquisition of urban living assets which integrate efficient unit design, expanded shared areas, resident programming, and communal workspace to deliver cost-effective and connected communities. Adina was most recently Vice President of Investments at The Collective until 2019. She was previously with Greystar’s UK investments team focused on BTR in the UK. Prior to joining Greystar in 2016, Adina worked in acquisitions and asset management for Dermot, a residential company in New York. She started her career in CRE with Knight Frank in Bucharest, Romania in 2010. Adina holds an MSc in Real Estate from NYU and a BA from Emory University. She is an active member of CREW and ULI and founder of Ladies in Real Estate. She has been named a RESI Trailblazer (Property Week, 2018), a woman shaping the future of RE in the UK (Bisnow, 2019) and a Rising Star by PropertyEU and Estates Gazette (2020). Adina spends most of her spare time cycling, including with her newly founded club, Doyenne RCC.
Associate - Living Capital Markets - Residential
M&G Real Estate
Annabel joined M&G Real Estate in May 2016. Her principal responsibilities include the analysis and formation of forecasts for the UK retail sector and alternative sectors and for North America. She collaborates with the research team to translate the house view into fund investment strategies and works on a number of bespoke research projects. Prior to joining the business, Annabel worked in consultancy at AECOM for nearly three years. There she provided research and analysis on a range or property sectors within the EMEA region and also undertook market and financial feasibility analysis as well as working on concept development, development programming and strategic planning. Annabel has a BA in Geography from the University of Birmingham.
Managing Director – Investment Management & Operations
Bella Peacock is a Managing Director and member of the European Leadership team. She is responsible for asset execution across student and multifamily leading the company’s Asset Management and Operations teams across Europe. Bella works with her teams in France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Spain and UK to ensure the effective implementation of the Greystar global operating model, applying it to the local context of each market to drive asset performance across all stages of the investment lifecycle. Bella joined Greystar in 2014 as one of the first members of the new European business where she was engaged with the growth of the platform across the region. Prior to Greystar, she worked in the residential real estate sector covering serviced apartments, PRS and BTR at Native where she was responsible for portfolio growth, investor relations and asset management. Bella started her career at The UNITE Group. Bella is an active member of the Urban Land Institute, Real Estate Balance and The Class Foundation. She earned her Master of Arts in Geography from the University of Oxford before completing her Master of Science in Real Estate Investment and Finance from Henley Business School at the University of Reading.
Director of Stakeholder and Investment Management
Catherine Raynsford is Director of Stakeholder and Investment Management.
Catherine has worked in real estate for over 15 years specialising in public private partnerships, working with public sector landowners to bring forward major developments and regeneration projects.
Catherine works closely with our public sector partners and grow our initiatives with local government, this is a new role for Hyde and will focus on our strategy to engage with private capital.
Catherine leads a team to identify, develop and enhance long-term partnerships with a broad mix of private sector partners including housebuilders, developers, and institutional investors.
Colette McCormack is a partner in the Winckworth Sherwood planning team and advises on some of the largest developments in the country including:-
Wandsworth Council, VNEB Opportunity Area delivering 20,000 new homes, the Northern Line extension and the Battersea Power Station development;
Barking Riverside, delivering 10,800 residential units commercial and infrastructure;
Liverpool Waters, 60 hectares of historic docks within and adjacent to a World Heritage Site delivering 9,000 homes, retail, leisure, commercial and cruise liner terminal.
Colette is a recognised lead adviser on the CIL Regulations. Colette advised on JR proceedings concerning the CIL regulations and met with the Ministry to discuss the regulations leading their change. Colette gave evidence to the independent review panel on CIL and advises clients on land value capture inputting into representations to the Select Committee.
Colette was named one of the most influential Women in Planning by Planner Magazine’s ‘Women of Influence 2018’.
Fund Manager – Build to Rent
Legal & General Investment Management Real Assets
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.
Jamie has built over 30 years’ worth of expertise in property. He co-created English Care Village Partnership in 2010 and guided it through a joint venture arrangement with Places for People before establishing Inspired Villages from the sale of the joint venture to Legal & General in 2017.
Inspired Villages plans to be the best operator of retirement villages in the world and is focused on supporting our ageing population with beautiful built environments across the UK, serviced by motivated and well-trained talent.
With Legal & General’s support, further acquisitions of Renaissance Villages from Helical in 2017 together with a robust development pipeline across the UK make Inspired Villages one of the fastest growing later living operators in the UK.
Head of Real Estate, Planning, Policy & Commercial
John Lewis Partnership
Katherine graduated from Reading University with a degree in Land Management and spent her initial years at Fuller Peiser, Atisreal & BNP Paribas. She then moved into the world of retail property, at John Lewis as Property Manager followed by Asset Management and moving into the Head of John Lewis Property in 2016. In July 2017, she became Group Head of Real Estate, Planning, Policy and Commercial for the John Lewis Partnership, responsible for the strategic delivery of all Real Estate activity in both John Lewis and Waitrose across all asset classes (Retail, Distribution, Office, Residential and Leisure). In addition her role also ensures the commercial delivery of all capital projects, compliance with statutory policy and driving a sustainability strategy for the Property & Development function. Katherine has also been a Trustee and Director of a non profit organisation, setting the strategic direction and overseeing operational delivery.
President & CEO
Origin Group of Companies
Neil Prashad has been involved in the real estate development and retirement housing industries in Canada and the USA since 1987. He has an undergraduate degree in Urban Planning from the University of Waterloo and two Masters degrees from MIT where he focused on developing Continuing Care Retirement Communities. While at MIT, Neil also completed the Health Care Administration course at the Harvard Business School. Prior to acquiring Origin, Neil was the first Chief Operating Officer then Executive Vice President of Amica Mature Lifestyles. While with Amica, Neil was instrumental in creating and implementing the business plan that saw Amica grow from 4 to 22 facilities and develop new CCRCs in Vancouver and Toronto. Neil was the key figure in the development of these CCRCs, and he held the responsibilities of community design and functional programming, preparation of disclosure and other documents for condominium sales, management of the marketing and condominium pre-sales process, pre-opening operations planning, and the implementation of staffing and operational systems for post-opening management of the completed facilities. Neil has published many articles on seniors’ housing in trade journals and has been a speaker at several national conferences. He was past Chairman of the Advisory Working Group on Seniors Housing for the Region of Peel in Ontario and is a Sessional Lecturer in the Real Property Program at York University’s Schulich Business School.
Executive Commercial Director
Rajesh is Quintain’s Executive Commercial Director, working in our Build to Rent (BtR) business, Quintain Living, having set it up in 2015. Rajesh is responsible for all commercial and financial aspects of the Quintain Living business to position it to become the UK’s largest BtR platform. He works closely with the wider Quintain team on the design and pricing for future plots at Wembley Park and new business. Rajesh joined Quintain in 2008 as the Transactions Director responsible for refinancings, acquisitions, disposals and joint ventures. Rajesh has worked in real estate for over 20 years across a range of sectors including commercial, residential and retail. He has led transactions ranging from raising capital for new funds through to acquisitions and disposals of property portfolios and businesses. Prior to Quintain, Rajesh spent 10 years at Land Securities, where he was Investment Strategy Director at its Trillium subsidiary. He led the pricing of Trillium’s new business transactions as well as portfolio management of existing assets. Prior to this he worked at PwC as a management consultant in sectors including real estate, retail and media.
Managing Director of Real Estate
Brian Lee is Managing Director of Real Estate at Common, a global leader in community-driven city living. During his time at Common, Brian has worked to build strategic partnerships with institutional owners such as Invesco, Nuveen, and L+M. Brian is now leading Common’s expansion into Europe, for both coliving and build-to-rent assets, and is based in London.
Before joining Common in early 2018, Brian spent six years on the development and asset management teams at Tishman Speyer, redeveloping office buildings in New York. Prior to Tishman Speyer, Brian worked at UBS in Tokyo and Hong Kong, investing in publicly-traded Asian real estate companies. Brian graduated with a BA from Yale and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.
Head of Affordable Strategy
Way of Life
Sowgol joined Long Harbour January 2018 as the Managing Director of Way of Life. She leads the WOL management platform and ensures the company provides efficient building management and professional customer services through multi-skilled team of people.
Prior to joining Way of Life, Sowgol has 19 years of experience in real estate and has been responsible for implementing management strategies in line with the asset, agreeing marketing and PR activities and implementing digital platforms for companies such as JLL (Director of Serviced Apartments), Folio London (Director of Private Rent) and Notting Hill Housing Trust (Director of Student Lets).
Sowgol is a member of ARLA, Ladies in Real Estate, IRPM, Women in Property and member of different BTR/UKAA committees and regularly speaks at different BTR events. Only recently she was nominated as one of the top 49 women who will shape the future of the UK real estate.
Sowgol is also a member of CREW UK and a Mental Health First Aider, a member of ESG Committee and a Diversity & Inclusion Officer for the group.
Future of London
Nicola is CEO of Future of London, an independent network supporting housing, planning and regeneration professionals through leadership, research and networks. She leads on strategy, business development and partnerships. Nicola is passionate about the role of the built environment to improve lives and address inequality. At Design Council and CABE she led national programmes to support the public and private sectors to plan and deliver well designed buildings and spaces. Nicola is a member of the Mayor’s London Green Spaces Commission and the TCPA Inclusive Planning Sounding Board.
Managing Director, Suburban Build to Rent
Legal & General Capital
Caroline joined United Living in 2018 and brings with her 16 years of industry experience from both the public and private sector. A Chartered Town Planner, Caroline has worked on multi million pound land acquisitions, regeneration and open market sales schemes as well as implemented viability assessment models for both new build and asset management. Over the last 12 months her attention has turned to the BTR sector leading United Living’s drive to deliver both multi family and single family accommodation. Caroline holds a degree and masters in Town Planning alongside a post graduate diploma in Surveying.
Director of Land & Development
Michael Keaveney is Director of Land and Development at Grainger plc, the UK’s largest listed residential landlord. He has overall responsibility for the delivery and growth of Grainger’s BTR development pipeline. Michael has over 30 years of hands-on real estate and development experience. His expertise includes management of complex residential-led mixed use developments across the whole development lifecycle from identification and acquisition through to town planning, funding, construction, marketing, operation and exit. Prior to joining Grainger, Mike Keaveney was Development Director at Concord London Developments Ltd, where he led on the acquisition of the Moxon Street car park site in Marylebone, W1 from Westminster City Council and was instrumental in the joint venture with Brookfield to develop out the 50-storey residential tower and affordable housing blocks at Principle Place in London EC1. Mike’s early career was at Osprey PMI (part of Franklin + Andrews; now Mott MacDonald) where he was an Equity Partner and Board Director responsible for the London Office of Osprey PMI and its Commercial Development projects in the UK prior to moving to Ridgeford Developments Ltd and W1 Developments.
Director of Direct Development
A Registered Architect and member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, Chris joined Grainger in July 2011 following 6 years at a major international architectural practice in central London. Having worked on many high profile, complex schemes in the UK and Australia, Chris specialises in the planning and delivery of high value projects. Since joining Grainger, Chris has been involved in securing and delivering over 15 development schemes and is a member of Grainger’s Development and Health & Safety Boards.
The Fremantle Trust
Sara Livadeas has been appointed Chief Executive at The Fremantle Trust, a registered charity and not for profit organisation providing care and support services for older people and adults with a learning disability. She will take up her position on 23rd January 2019.
Sara has extensive experience working across social care, health and housing and has held executive roles in a large local authority and a national charity.
Sara started her career in health and social care with a range of posts in commissioning, operational management, strategy and service development. She is currently consulting, having previously been the Strategy Director for the Orders of St John Care Trust, leading on the care home development programme. Before that she was the Deputy Director, Adult Social Care with Oxfordshire County Council, leading on the commissioning of services for all age adults and children.
In addition to her executive roles she is a Trustee of The Disabilities Trust - a national charity providing services to people with brain injuries, learning disability and autism, where she chairs the Quality and Governance Committee. Sara has recently written a guide to successfully opening a new care home, sponsored by Care England.
Quality and Design Manager
Sharon is an architect with over 20 years’ experience in private practice. Most notably, she was an Associate Partner at Foster + Partners where she led large scale public and regeneration projects. She joined TfL Commercial Development in 2019 as a Quality and Design Manager, through the Public Practice initiative of embedding design expertise within the public sector. Her role has focused on the Build to Rent portfolio of projects through the CLL brand, where she has been instrumental in developing the design proposals, formulating the Design Briefs and defining the specification requirements. The aim to secure design quality and architectural ambition on all projects ensures that the Mayor of London’s Good Growth by Design principles are realised.
Head of Property Development (Build to Rent)
Before joining Transport for London in 2015, Ben worked at Deloitte Real Estate where he helped delivering the Olympic Legacy Scheme for LLDC. At TfL, he’s previously been responsible for over-station developments in Central London, including at Tottenham Court Road, Paddington, Bond Street and Liverpool Street. He became Head of Property Development (Build to Rent) in 2018, when TfL Commercial Development identified an opportunity to retain a long-term interest in its land and generate a sustainable revenue stream. Ben has successfully established TfL’s joint venture with Grainger, plc – Connected Living London – that is expected to deliver around 3,000 homes across six sites in London. He has been integral to drafting and signing the agreements with Grainger, plc and is a Director on the projects boards.
Senior Sector Lead, Alternative Residential
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.
Vice President European Transactions Group
Harrison Street Real Estate Capital
Ms. Thakrar focusses on establishing and managing joint venture relationships with operators and developers.
Ms. Thakrar brings 10 years of real estate experience and has been actively involved in the student housing and residential sectors over this period. Prior to joining Harrison Street, Ms. Thakrar was at Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB). During her time at CPPIB, she was involved in establishing JVs, underwriting new investments and managing CPPIB’s existing investments. Ms. Thakrar served on the Board of Directors for various JV companies and as a board observer for CPPIB’s student housing platform.
With over 25 years’ experience in the sector, Jon has worked across a range of operations, client-facing and business development roles. In his current role as Sales Director, he has overseen the take-on and management of a range of Multi and Single-family portfolios, for a wide range of landlords, from housebuilders to the new wave of residential investors.
Jon has a comprehensive understanding of the steps needed to assess new purchases, create marketing strategies for multiple new-build units, and set up management services, all based on his experience of managing diverse portfolios for a variety of clients and customers.
Managing Director Netherlands Investment
Mark is a Managing Director and leads the Greystar business in the Netherlands. He is responsible for the company’s continued expansion across the country as part of the European management team and oversees all Dutch investment, development and operational activities. Mark has over 20 years of experience in the European real estate industry. Prior to joining Greystar in 2016, he was an equity partner at real estate consultancy Fakton where he headed the property development practice and was involved in several large-scale projects in key Dutch cities. He was previously development director at independent real estate developer Blauwhoed overseeing office developments. Mark regularly speaks about residential real estate at various national and international conferences and has authored or contributed to several publications and textbooks on real estate. He received his master’s degree in real estate and housing from the Technical University of Delft in 2000 and his MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management in 2010.
Head of Membership and Operations
As Head of Membership and Operations Lex is responsible for the day-to-day management and recruitment of all ARCO members / partners, for operational efficiency at ARCO and for the delivery of the ARCO events program. Lex’s professional background is diverse ranging from the Army to Expedition film making and bid management / Business Development. Lex first worked in the retirement sector via construction, before moving onto 5 years working for a sector specific construction and development firm. Latterly he spent a year with a specialist retirement living sales enablement platform from the USA before joining ARCO. He has a BA (hons) in Politics.
Director Town Centre & Consumer Brands
Andrea is director of town centres and consumer brands at Bruntwood Works. She leads a dynamic team of creative thinkers, curating places to help shape original and interesting communities and cultivating long-term relationships with customers. Future-facing, she is passionate about disrupting the high street, sustainability and regenerating places.
With over 22 years in the industry, Andrea provides strategic, specialist asset management and leasing experience, to evolving places, town centres and consumer brands.
Head of Strategy & Enterprise
James has over 20 years of experience within the residential sector, with a focus on purpose-designed rent and Build to Rent (BTR) since 2012. He is a recognised advocate for the sector with extensive delivery experience across the tenure spectrum, and understands the range of priorities for investors, owners, residents, local communities and policymakers in delivering successful long-term rental led developments.
Before joining GAA, James was a Senior Director at Greystar, where he led engagement with UK central and local government with key project stakeholders, and as BTR policy was emerging. Before that, he was a Partner at Deloitte Real Estate for over 12 years leading their Residential Projects team.
James sits on the Government’s BTR Joint Committee (MHCLG), the BPF’s BTR Committee, UKAA’s Policy Committee, New London Architecture’s (NLA) Expert Housing Panel and the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) UK Residential Council. He is a regular speaker and commentator on BTR, wider housing issues and modular construction, and contributed to the ULI’s ‘Build to Rent: Best Practice Guide’.
Ben Page is Chief Executive of Ipsos MORI. He joined MORI in 1987 after graduating from Oxford University in 1986, and was one of the leaders of its first management buyout in 2000. A frequent writer and speaker on trends, leadership and performance management, he has directed thousands of surveys examining consumer trends and citizen behaviour. From 1987-1992 Ben worked in our private sector business on corporate reputation and consumer research, working for companies like Shell, BAE Systems, Sky TV and IBM. Since 1992 he has worked closely with both Conservative and Labour ministers and senior policy makers across government, leading on work for Downing Street, the Cabinet Office, the Home Office and the Department of Health, as well as a wide range of local authorities and NHS Trusts. He became Chief Executive of Ipsos in the UK and Ireland in 2009. Ben is a Visiting Professor at Kings College London, and a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. He sits on the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) at UKRI. He serves on advisory groups at the Kings Fund, and the Social Market Foundation (SMF), and is a Trustee at the Centre for London and at the Centre for Ageing Better, as well as a patron of Create Streets. He recently served as a commissioner on the Resolution Foundation’s Intergenerational Commission. He is a Council member of the CBI for London. Ben was named one of GQ’s 100 Most Connected Men of 2015. He regularly appears on national TV and radio programmes.
London Planning Associate Director
Freya is a Planning Associate Director at Turley with a decade of experience working in private consultancy for major and strategic projects in London and the wider South East. Her expertise is primarily focused within large scale, high density, residential and mixed-use developments, including for ‘alternative’ residential sectors such as co-living and purpose built student accommodation.. Turley is a multi-disciplinary and national planning consultancy practice of over 35 years. Urban and high density living is a major sector for the company across the UK, including its London, Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh locations. Turley is often having to provide advice and complex strategies to its clients that have to navigate through the evolving planning policy landscape and increasing ‘blurred lines’ between the various residential products in the market.