The BTR Forum has been organised by Movers & Shakers 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 BTR 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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Jon has over a decade of experience working in fast-paced technology start-ups as well as consulting with some of the worlds largest brands (Pepsi, Barclays, Lloyds, Mattel) on key digital transformation projects.
He is now Director of Customer Experience at The Collective, leading a team of designers, techies and innovators to transform the lives of our members and think big about the future of living.
Red Door Ventures
Red Door Ventures is the London Borough of Newham’s Build to Rent Company formed in 2104. The initial target is to develop and manage over 6,000 PRS homes throughout greater London, providing an exceptional living experience for all residents. Kent joined the Board of Red Door in April 2016 as Finance Director and Company Secretary. From 1st January 2017 Kent was appointed Chief Executive to take the organisation forward and deliver its ambitious growth strategy. He has extensive experience in residential and commercial property development and private market rent sectors. Kent has also gained experience in the not for profit sector working for two separate housing associations. In his early career, he trained and qualified as an accountant whilst working for British Coal, before moving into the private sector. He initially worked as Finance Director for both Civil Engineering and Utility Contracting Companies, before joining the national housebuilder; Keepmoat plc.
Regional Director, Head of UK Residential
LaSalle Investment Management
Andrew Stanford is Head of UK Residential at LaSalle Investment Management, primarily responsible for the asset management of LaSalle’s c£400 million Build to Rent portfolio.
Andrew has over 25 years’ UK residential investment, asset management, property management and valuation experience. Much of this was gained whilst head of residential consultancy at Cluttons.
Before joining LaSalle in April 2015, he headed the UK Government’s Private Rented Sector taskforce.
He chairs the British Property Federation’s Build to Rent committee, is a member of the BPF’s residential committee and the UK Government’s Build to Rent joint committee
Head of Community Experience
Ed Thomas leads the community team and is responsible for designing and executing The Collective’s co-living experience. This means ensuring The Collective members have the best possible co-living experience, from the moment they move in to the moment they leave and beyond. He is passionate about the future of living and how where we live can influence our sense of belonging. This was first explored living and working in co-living 3 years ago, mainly in San Francisco, where he ran sales and community for a Y-Combinator backed co-living start-up. Previous to that, he worked at a digital agency working on digital marketing projects for consumer tech clients like Facebook and Amazon.
Honor was happily running a television production company in London, Munich and Sydney, when Octopus persuaded her to take a look at the retirement living business. Within weeks she had handed over the reins of the agency to each country MD and joined the Octopus team trying to make a success of their retirement living portfolio.
As many of those who work in this industry will attest, joining retirement living is like drinking the cool aid; you never go back. Honor is now Managing Director at Birchgrove, a Bridges Fund Management backed business dedicated to building assisted living developments within and around the M25. Crucially, Birchgrove believes that assisted living for rent can help those for whom the current models of tenure erect too many barriers to entry. We’ll know in two years’ time if they are right.
Prior to founding strategic marketing consultancy Conductor in 2014, Charlotte held senior positions in highly recognised real estate businesses and has been responsible for the marketing strategy and delivery of some of London’s most notable developments. Conductor’s view is that the interconnectivity of people and places and the rise of the “co-revolution” mean that developers could benefit from looking at their apartments and developments as a part of a much wider ecosystem. With so many catalytic partnerships and collaboration opportunities to be had, and as connectors of likeminded people, Charlotte and her team match clients with their optimal target audiences whilst ensuring the implementation of strategies which benefit the greater good. Outside of property, the Conductor team is currently developing a new technology application in the wellbeing sector and are working on a pro-bono project that will positively impact the way people live and work.
Head of Policy
Future of London
Jo is responsible for developing and leading Future of London’s major research programmes, on topics as diverse as the PRS, placemaking, Business Improvement Districts and climate change resilience.
Jo served as Director of Future of London from 2012-13, with responsibility for developing the organisation and managing the team. She joined Future of London in 2011 as Programme and Policy Lead, developing the Future London Leaders programme, which continues to nurture London’s most promising regeneration, housing and economic development practitioners.
Previously, Jo worked for the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE), providing client support for major capital programmes such as Building Schools for the Future and Arts Capital programmes. She has an MSc in Sustainable Urbanism from the Bartlett.
Helen Gordon is Chief Executive of Grainger plc the UK’s largest listed residential landlord.
Helen was appointed Chief Executive of Grainger in January 2016 from RBS where she had been Global Head of Real Estate Asset Management since October 2011. Prior to that Helen was Director of Legal and General Property, responsible for the Main Life Fund and c.8 smaller Funds, and Group Property Director of Railtrack and Managing Director of John Laing Developments.
Helen sits on the Board of Derwent London as a non-executive Director and is currently a Board Director of the European Public Real Estate Association and Junior Vice President of the British Property Federation. Helen has held a number of non-exec positions and Government appointments including the Board of Covent Garden Market Authority, Board of British Waterways, TfL Property Board and was a Trustee for The College of Estate Management for nine years.
Tom is a Director and head of the residential sector within the Buildings team at Ramboll, a large international engineering consultancy with 13,000 employees worldwide and 1,300 in the UK.
Ramboll has detailed and long-standing expertise of offsite construction techniques, namely cross-laminated timber (CLT), modular steel and precast concrete. Project examples include Dalston Works (the world’s largest CLT building, which completed in 2017), Beechwood (Swan Housing modular CLT homes currently under construction in Essex) and Merano Residences (Albert Embankment tower for St James).
Founded in Denmark over 70 years ago, Ramboll brings rich Scandinavian knowledge off offsite techniques. In parts of the region over 90% of the buildings are constructed utilising precast concrete / timber.
Ramboll is also delivering design of several large-scale build-to-rent schemes across the UK, including King’s Cross, Wembley, Newham, Birmingham, Manchester, Barking and Tottenham Hale Wharf, plus testing the “offsite readiness” of developments for a number of developers.
Executive Director of Regeneration and Housing
London Borough of Ealing
Lucy Taylor has over 20 years’ experience of regeneration, planning and development working in London local authorities and previously with the London Development Agency. Lucy has delivered multi-million pound programmes to regenerate town centres, transport and infrastructure projects, redevelopment of council housing and buildings and enabled new development and economic growth by using council powers of planning and compulsory purchase.
At Ealing Council, Lucy manages a busy department working on planning applications, housing development, regeneration, transport and development projects and initiatives to support local people find jobs. The team is involved in shaping the different town centres in Ealing, attracting new retail, leisure and cultural uses and making Ealing a more vibrant and buzzing place to be. A significant part of Lucy’s time is spent working with developers, landowners and other stakeholders who are critical in place making. Lucy is also a Director of Broadway Living, Ealing Council’s housing development company.
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.
Strategic finance & Investment Director
Catherine Webster joined Quintain in 2016 as Strategic Finance and Investment Director, assuming a lead role in not only financing the business but also existing and new investment initiatives. Prior to Quintain, she was a Director at Hudson Advisors where she managed both the financing of and strategic/portfolio sales for Lone Star’s pan-European portfolio. She has over 20 years of real estate and finance experience and has held several senior roles at TIAA, launching its European lending business and overseeing financing of TIAA’s existing European portfolio, LAMCO LLC, asset managing and restructuring its largest European CRE assets, and at Lehman Brothers Global Real Estate where she originated over $5 billion of senior/ mezzanine debt and equity on a pan-European basis. Miss Webster graduated from Reading University and has an MBA from INSEAD.
TIPI - Quintain
Michael moved to the UK in October 2015 as Quintain’s Head of PRS, a new role within a brand new business which launched in December 2015. Michael is charged with running the new operating business called Tipi, as well as guiding the design of future residential blocks working with the wider development team at Quintain and Wembley Park.
Michael comes to Quintain with over 10 years of ‘multifamily’ or PRS experience in the US. He previously managed over 4,000 units for TIAA-CREF and before that over 2,000 units of specialty value-add product in New York City for institutional investors. Both portfolios gave Michael exposure to all aspects of investment and asset management, new build, full refurbishment, operational management up to and including dispositions.
Olivia Harris was appointed as Chief Executive of Dolphin Living in April 2017. Previously, Olivia was Finance Director at Dolphin, providing financial and commercial oversight on a wide range of property and related projects, including debt and fund raising. Olivia is a Chartered Accountant and has worked for more than 15 years in the property industry.
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).
General Manager, Infrastructure & Complex Projects
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Head of Infrastructure, PRS and Complex Projects
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’.
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.
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.
Graham Bates is the Founder and CEO of LIV Group which is the UK’s ‘go-to’ Management Operator and Consultancy for the Build-to-Rent sector. Graham was instrumental in developing the LIV brand and making it the first to design a fully integrated management platform with a customer service and technology led approach for PRS developments. LIV Consult provides specialist sector consultancy including design expertise and operating cost analysis as well as detailed Life Cycle modelling. Clients include M&G Real Estate, Moda Living, PLATFORM_,Lendlease and AIG as well as other major developers and UK institutional investors.
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.
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.
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.
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 Jackson MRICS
Apache Capital Partners
Richard Jackson is the co-founder partner of Apache Capital Partners and has over 16 years’ experience in property development and investment management. Richard is a qualified Chartered Surveyor and began his career at Cushman & Wakefield where he specialised in syndicate funding. Richard’s focus was initially in the UK, predominantly in financing and structuring pre-let developments on behalf of occupiers and investors, before leading the expansion for a retained client into Europe. Richard has worked with John Dunkerley for 14 years primarily on two funds in the UK and Europe. Richard established Apache Capital in 2008 with John and now manages in excess of £1.4bn of assets including secured development pipeline. Richard is responsible for the UK office, strategic development, transactional and asset management of our social infrastructure and build to rent development, investment and operational platforms. Richard is a member of the IPF Residential Special Interest Group (SIG) Committee.
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.
Founder and CEO
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.