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