The PRS Forum has been organised by Movers & Shakers and London First and is supported by the Mayor of London. This is an authoritative one-day event that brings together Private & Public Sector Leaders, and key stakeholders in the emerging PRS Sector to: debate, exchange ideas, and consider what more can be done to support the growth in "build to rent" developments.
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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.
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.
Senior Director Residential Capital Markets
Andrew has over 25 years experience in property finance; he started his career as a quantity surveyor before moving into merchant banking, property development and structured finance and he specialises in creating joint ventures and arranging funding from the UK and international markets. He has close relationships with the banks, private equity, opportunistic and sovereign wealth funds, and secures funding for developers and local authorities/government to fund real estate development and residential projects.
Andrew is currently arranging funding for Private Residential Sector (PRS) development and is advising developers on forward purchase, forward funding and Platform/JV finance. He specialises in structuring and negotiating property transactions including determining the financial viability, funding required, capital stack, returns to investors, IRR and NPV of transactions. He has experience in setting up and funding new residential companies, portfolios, mixed use and funding complex regeneration projects. Andrew speaks regularly at conferences, twitter and linkedin.
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.
Leigh Natasha Salter
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.
Partner and Head of Planning
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.
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.
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.
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.