DEVELOPING THE BUILD TO RENT SECTOR WITHIN THE UK
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The Build to Rent Forum London 2018

ONE-DAY CONFERENCE - THURSDAY 22ND FEBRUARY 2018

Speakers

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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Tim Reid

Group Director

Four Communications Group

Tim is a highly experienced PR, marketing and communications professional with wide-ranging experience of public relations and public affairs within property, construction and regeneration sectors.

His responsibilities at Four focus on providing integrated communications through PR, media planning and buying and brand/marketing counsel to property clients, as well as a focus on representing the business at a number of industry events.

Tim most recently worked at TTA Group, which then become Good Relations Property, rising from account manager to managing partner in less than five years, and also sat on the wider Good Relations Board. Prior to this he worked for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the London and Quadrant Group (Tower Homes Ltd) and has advised companies on the communications and brand front ranging from FTSE 100 companies through to small niche companies.

He also sits on the board of the Variety Club PROPS committee raising money for disadvantaged children across the UK.

Julia Moulder

Executive Director of Development

catalyst Housing Group

Julia Moulder has been central to Catalyst’s development success for over 20 years. She has led Catalyst’s change from being a provider of grant-funded housing to its current position as an effective multi-tenure housing developer, creating profit to cross-subsidise new sub-market homes. Julia has responsibility for the delivery of all of Catalyst’s new build and regeneration programmes. She established Catalyst by Design as a specialist private sale arm, and Catalyst as an experienced regenerator of neighbourhoods developing and delivering a range of complex projects with both local authority and private sector partners. Julia chairs the Development Directors Group of the G15.

Kurt Mueller

Director of Corporate Affairs

Grainger plc

Kurt is the Director of Corporate Affairs at Grainger plc, the UK’s largest listed residential landlord with approximately 9,000 rental homes.

Having joined Grainger in 2010 from the British Property Federation, Kurt oversees both communications and marketing for Grainger. Heavily involved in developing Grainger’s strategy, Kurt is central to driving forward Grainger’s strategic plans and delivering its £850m investment pipeline into new rental homes. In addition, Kurt is the Chairman of the British Property Federation’s Communications Committee.

Alison Thomas

Head of Housing Strategy, Partnerships and Affordable Housing

lONDON bOROUGH OF tOWER hAMLETS

Alison is the Head of Housing Strategy, Partnerships and Affordable Housing at the LB Tower Hamlets. She has just celebrated her anniversary of 30 years of working in local government in London. She started her career as an Environmental Health Officer at the London Borough of Ealing and then the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. Alison then spent 10 years at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea where she tackled some of the worst conditions in the PRS using a comprehensive range of enforcement action, grants and works in default. In 2002 Alison moved to LB Tower Hamlets as the Private Sector Housing Co-ordinator and was the author of the Borough’s first Private Housing Renewal Strategy. Over the last 14 years her role has widened to include the delivery of affordable housing, housing strategy and partnership work. The Borough has just launched its Housing Strategy 2016 to 2021 which acknowledges the rapid growth of the PRS in the Borough and dedicated a whole chapter to what is often the forgotten tenure. Some 40% of all homes in Tower hamlets are within the PRS and the Borough has the second highest number of Build to Rent units in the UK.

Richard Blakeway

Former Deputy Mayor for Housing, Land and Property

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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.

Nicholas Yeeles

Executive Director (Commercial, London)

A2 Dominion

Nicholas’ career encompasses over 20 years’ experience in the social housing sector, with an emphasis on business development. Prior to his current role at A2Dominion, Nicholas was Chief Executive of Cherwell Housing Trust, part of Dominion Housing Group. He has held various executive posts in management and development and has worked as a freelance consultant.

Bob Crompton

Chief Executive Officer

Threesixty Developments

Bob Crompton set up Threesixty Developments (formerly known as Knightsbridge Student Housing Ltd) in July 2010 with backing from Oaktree Capital Management Ltd (OCM), a global private investment firm. In five years the company grew organically into a £1 billion business, mainly through development of new buildings. With over 17,000 units under control over the past 5 years, Bob has extensive knowledge of residential building development and operation. The UK Company, along with “The Student Housing Company” Operating platform and the brand was sold in October 2016 to GSA.

bob has extensive experience o the build to rent and student accommodation market in the UK and Europe, where he now spends most of his time. Bob is a qualified engineer and holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration. Previously he was CEO of Victoria Hall, and was a Managing Director at St James Homes. He has a successful track record in the design, management and delivery of industrial, residential and mixed use developments in the UK, Europe and Asia.

Johnny Caddick

Managing Director

Moda Living

Johnny has been behind some of Caddick Groups most high profile schemes including the development of Trinity Leeds, the 1m sq. ft. shopping centre in the heart of Leeds.

In 2009 Johnny established Caddick Groups urban residential team with the commencement of Vauxhall Sky Gardens London. In 2013, Johnny founded Moda Living which in 2015, together with Apache Capital, formed the first regional high amenity PRS platform in the UK. Moda has since secured a pipeline of over 5,000 units across the UK with a Gross Development Value in excess of £1.2bn. Moda’s first project, Angel Gardens in Manchester has started on site, due to open in 2019 with a GDV of £155m.

Ben Denton

Group Strategy and Business Development Director

Keepmoat

Ben joined Keepmoat as Group Strategy and Business Development Director in October 2015.

Ben leads the group’s growth strategy, including major projects, strategic partnerships and new business propositions across the group. Ben is a qualified surveyor, a Board Member at Thames Valley Housing Association and Chair of Westminster Community Homes.

Helen Gray

PRS Development Consultancy, Associate Director

CBRE

Helen is a Director at CBRE, with over ten years’ experience in residential research. Helen leads CBRE’s Placemaking thought leadership agenda, as well as the firm’s PRS Development Consultancy offer.

Helen has extensive experience and expertise in Placemaking research, and actively advises clients on what design and delivery mechanisms can evoke a positive sense of place and — critically — how this will impact on value over the life of the development. Her most recent paper, ‘Placemaking and Value’, was released by the RICS in February 2016. This studied the link between ‘good placemaking’ and residential values / sales rates on large urban extension schemes across the UK.

Research is also at the crux of our PRS Development Consultancy advice. In addition to an extensive analysis of the macro and micro-market dynamics, the unique research-led approach helps us understand the depth and character of demand in a local area to a far-reaching and robust degree. This steers our design advice and underpins our financial assumptions. The research elements, design advice and financial modelling exercises are all interwoven throughout the whole process. This enables us to create the optimal scheme, for the tenant, operator, and for the ultimate institutional investor.

John Lewis

Executive Director, Thamesmead

Peabody

John is an Executive Director at Peabody leading one of London’s largest regeneration programmes which will position Thamesmead as London’s New Town creating 20,000 new homes of all tenure types to help meet the Capital’s housing needs.

Previously he spent 6 years as CEO of Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation, a self-funded charitable organisation providing support services to maintain and enhance the world’s first garden city. John joined the Heritage Foundation from Milton Keynes Partnership, a subsidiary of the Homes and Communities Agency, where he was CEO responsible for the economic and housing growth of the new city.

John is a professional member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and has a Master of Arts in Urban Regeneration. He is a voluntary Board member of Wellingborough Homes Housing Association.

Stephanie Smith

Senior Account Executive

Yardi Systems Ltd

Stephanie Smith brings two decades of experience in property management, operations, and training to the UK market as the Senior Account Executive at Yardi Systems, Ltd., with a focus on residential and mixed use portfolios.

Prior to relocating in 2013, Stephanie was the National Director of Training and District Property Manager for CRRE, a division of CW Capital and Fortress, in the United States property market. During her tenure with the company, she held responsibility for national policy and procedure development and training in software systems, including Yardi Voyager, and peripheral software systems such as LRO and Yieldstar.

Ms. Smith has also developed successful teams and driven performance for respected establishments such as Alliance Residential, Greystar, and The Laramar Group, on behalf of clients such as, Colony Capital Realty Partners, JP Morgan and Heitman Capital, and has held various offices from Senior Property Director, Regional Manager, and Area Coordinator for OSHA (Occupational Safety) Compliance, where she lead teams in operations, acquisitions, and due diligence.

Stephanie and her teams have won multiple performance awards through her career, and led several successful marketing campaigns, including the development of client relations for local business and exclusive housing programs for sports teams such as the Denver Broncos, Colorado Rapids, and the Avalanche.

Angus Dodd

Chief Executive

Quintain

Angus Dodd was appointed Chief Executive of Quintain in June 2016. Quintain is the London developer behind the transformation of Wembley Park in north west London. Quintain have completed more than 2 million sq ft of mixed use development at Wembley Park and by the end of 2017 will have 3,000 homes under construction on this site and outline consent for the delivery of a further 3,000. Prior to Quintain, he was Senior Managing Director, Co-Head European Real Estate Investments, Lone Star Europe Acquisitions LLP, an affiliate of the General Partner of Lone Star Funds. Lone Star acquired Quintain in September 2015. Mr. Dodd joined Lone Star in March 2009. Prior to joining Lone Star, Mr. Dodd served as Managing Director at JER Partners for 5 years. He previously worked at Parkes & Company and Invesco Real Estate (which acquired Parkes & Company in 2001), BZW and Jones Lang Wootton. Mr. Dodd has an MA in Land Economy from Queens’ College, Cambridge.

Killian Hurley

Chief Executive

Mount Anvil

Killian is the co-founder and majority shareholder of Mount Anvil. He is a multi-disciplined professional and has worked in the London property market since 1988.

Passion, hard work and a very demanding approach focused on the development of people are key aspects of Killian’s business style. These attributes have enabled the development of an exceptional team providing the platform for controlled profitable growth of the business in an entrepreneurial fashion.

He has particular experience in the collaborative delivery of joint venture solutions to complex property transactions and of ensuring risks are identified and priced appropriately.

Under Killian’s leadership, Mount Anvil has seen over ten-fold growth, from a turnover of £24m in 2004, to record profit of £25m in 2015, against turnover of £252m. Mount Anvil has been named in the Sunday Times 100 Best Small Companies to Work For in each of the last ten years. The business is set to deliver profit in excess of £200m over the next five years.

Killian received his Commerce degree from University College Cork and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse in 1983.

Killian has most recently been invited to joined the Munster Rugby Commercial Board which provides strategic guidance, advice and support to the club’s existing Branch Committee structures and management.

James Saunders

Chief Operating Officer

Quintain

James was appointed to the Board on 1 January 2017. A barrister by training, James joined Quintain in 2008 from The Cloud Networks, Europe’s largest wi-fi operator, where he was Chief Marketing Officer. Previously he held senior marketing roles at Coca-Cola and Vodafone. James is responsible for operating Wembley Park and the place making, stakeholder and marketing strategies behind it.

Lukman Ahmed

PRS and Commercial Director

L&Q

Lukman joined L&Q in 2001 and has over 16 years of experience in the Housing sector. He has held positions in Customer Service, Housing Management, Regeneration and Private Rented Sector.

Lukman was the lead on a £141million regeneration scheme in Hackney, heading a team to deliver 761 new homes and an award winning mixed tenure scheme. This flagship scheme involved working in partnership with all stakeholders to deliver much needed regeneration to a deprived area.

Presently Lukman heads up L&Q’s PRS, Intermediate Market Rent and Commercial Operations, where he is leading on the delivery of an ambitious programme to creating one of the largest PRS portfolios in London and the South East.

John Anderson

Executive Director

Kier Living

With over 30 years of property development and housebuilding experience, John joined Kier, the international Residential, Property, Construction and Services Group in October 2010.
John is Executive Director of Kier Residential, the UK wide house building division of the Kier Group of companies. John was previously CEO of Princegate Estates Plc, Group Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Woodrow (Now Taylor Wimpey) and MD of Taywood Lifestyle Homes.

Lisa Lafave

Senior Portfolio Manager, Real Estate

Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan

Lisa Lafave is Senior Portfolio Manager, Real Estate at the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) and Vice-President of HOOPP Realty Inc. In this capacity, she and her colleagues are responsible for acquisitions, dispositions and portfolio management of direct real estate investments with a market value in excess of $10 billion. The portfolio comprises office, industrial and retail properties in all major Canadian markets.

As of 2007, HOOPP began foreign investments in property markets across the globe as well. Lisa oversees 15 different external real estate management firms to meet the pension plan target returns and has successfully delivered superior investment returns over all IPD benchmarks.

Lisa has also spearheaded and implemented HOOPP’s Environmental Management Policy and established the portfolio carbon baseline in 2008. As a speaker at many “green” investment conferences, she illustrates how fiduciary responsibility can be compatible with sustainability objectives.

Deirdra Armsby

Director of Regeneration and Planning

London Borough of Newham

Starting at Wimpey Homes HQ, I moved on to a five year stint at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in development management, see my work in the Glass Gallery at the V&A Museum.

Next was the London Borough of Hackney working in development management and policy at the start of regenerating Shoreditch. At Newham, I now Lead and direct the whole Planning service, Strategic Transport, Building Control, and Physical Regeneration with an unsurpassed range of work. Exciting projects are everywhere from Canning Town Regeneration (12,000 homes), the prospect of new river Crossings at Silvertown and Gallions, job creating developments in the Royal Docks (25,000 plus), London’s only Enterprise Zone to town centre improvements and RIBA award winning small housing projects.

Andrew Telfer

Deputy Chief Executive

Willmott Residential

Andrew Telfer is deputy chief executive of Willmott Residential, which brings together the residential skills of Prime Place, Be:here and Willmott Partnership Homes.

Willmott Residential was borne of Willmott Dixon to undertake new and larger developments, providing the required scale, differentiation and diversity to grow in a competitive housing market.
Background

Andrew has been pivotal in growing our development capability for the past decade and was a key player in securing large schemes like the Brentford FC regeneration and Aberfeldy Village.

He began his career at Tarmac Construction following his graduation from Imperial College and held senior positions at Spirent plc and Ernst & Young along with roles in UK Government. He joined Willmott Dixon as Director of Corporate Development and then became CFO of the Group’s support services business during its period of listing on the London Stock Exchange.

Spearheading the Group’s expansion as a residential developer, Andrew was a key player in the growth of Be:here as a large built to rent developer alongide Prime Place which develops homes for sale. Under Andrew, Be:here and Prime Place build up a development pipeline of 5,000 homes, with many large schemes combining both tenures. He also oversaw the development of Be:here as a consumer focused brand that is helping to redfine the build to rent market.

David Jennings

Chairman

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.

Karen Alcock

Managing Director

Four Communications plc

Karen Alcock is Managing Director of Four Public Affairs, one of the largest property and regeneration communication teams in London.

Karen has over fifteen years’ experience of complex stakeholder engagement projects and is widely recognised as one of the most experienced and best-known local government public affairs consultants advising on housing, planning and property.

She was a Member of Hackney Council from 2002 to 2014 and was Deputy Mayor of Hackney for five years working with Jules Pipe and the senior leadership team to transform it from one of the most poorly performing councils to being awarded by the Local Government Chronicle as the “Best Council of the past 20 Years”.

She had lead responsibility for strategic housing, residential development and commercial property. In this role, she oversaw one of London’s largest regeneration schemes at Woodberry Down, and consent of nearly 3,000 new homes as one of the largest council house building programmes in the UK.

Before joining Four, she managed the government relations team for London Underground and also worked as the parliamentary assistant to the former Member of Parliament for Harlow, Bill Rammell. She is also a member of the Development and New Business Committee for Notting Hill Housing Group.

During fifteen years at Four Communications, Karen has advised numerous clients on planning and stakeholder-relation programmes including Barratt London, Transport for London, Catalyst Housing, Circle Anglia, Peabody, CIT, Grainger and London Square.

Philip Nell

Fund Director

Hermes Investment Management

Philip is a fund director within the Hermes Real Estate Team, and is responsible for both New Strategic Partnerships and Residential (the Vista Fund). Philip joined Hermes in July 2015, having spent 16 years at Aviva Investors being latterly responsible for their Authorised Real Estate Funds across Europe, and previously undertaking a number of key fund management roles including three of the firms sector-focused funds (shopping centres, retail warehousing and regional offices), segregated funds for corporate and local authority pension fund clients, a balanced shareholder fund and the industrial/distribution assets within the Life Fund. Prior to Aviva Investors, Philip was an investment advisor at Jones Lang LaSalle and a leasing agent with Lambert Smith Hampton.

Philip is a member of the Real Estate Executive at Hermes and its investment committee. He is responsible for the firm’s focus on residential investment solutions for institutional clients (the Vista Fund) and building new strategic partnerships with third party clients.

Philip is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and holds a BSc (Hons) in Estate Management from Oxford Brookes University. He is a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of the Investment Property Forum (having been on it’s Academic Faculty and leading one of the modules of its Investment Education Programme), and a member of the Regulations Committee of the Association of Real Estate Funds.

Nick Edwards

Operations Director

The Collective

Nick joined The Collective as Operations Director in August 2015, prior to this he was responsible for the London region at CRM Students.

Since joining The Collective Nick has been responsible for overseeing the management of a portfolio of 8 sites and the mobilisation, launch and sales of the largest co-living building in the world – The Collective Old Oak.

To date, The Collective Old Oak is running at 100% occupancy with an on-site team of circa 24 members of staff, The Collective are now focussing on delivering further schemes in Acton, Canary Wharf and Stratford.

Alex Notay

Director of Product and 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.

Pat Hayes

Executive Director of Regeneration and Housing

London Borough of Ealing

Pat has been Executive Director of Regeneration & Housing with Ealing Council for the last eight years during which time the borough has become one of the most successful in London at attracting in new developments and transforming its public housing stock. Pat has been responsible for bringing forward the Dickens Yard development with the Berkeley Group, South Acton Estate with Countryside Properties and is now engaged in the delivery of Ealing Film Works with St George and the evolution of the Council into a housing developer in its own right.
Before joining Ealing, Pat worked for Transport for London as Director of Borough Partnerships and prior to that, spent four years at Lewisham Council as Executive Director for Regeneration and Environment. Pat has also worked for five other boroughs during a twenty five year career in local government.

Ken Jones

Director of Housing

London Borough of Waltham Forest

Ken Jones has worked in Housing for 36 years. Starting in estate management with LB Barking & Dagenham, later moving to manage the homelessness, housing advice and rehousing services before becoming Director of Housing Strategy at Barking & Dagenham. He moved to LB Waltham Forest in 2014 and has been appointed to the role of Director of Housing & Growth, which includes leading on affordable housing delivery and ensuring that the links are made with the Council’s regeneration agenda. Ken recently led the transition of Waltham Forest’s Housing services from its ALMO back into the Council.

Richard Meier

Partner

Argent (Property Development) Services LLP

Since joining Argent in 2003, Richard has worked primarily on the King’s Cross development, where he has been responsible for coordinating and delivering some £600 million of development. Notably, Richard led the development of the £155 million campus for Central Saint Martins (University of the Arts London) in the Grade II listed Granary Complex, alongside residential and public realm.

Richard has a keen interest in residential and led the development of Edition 2 of the ULI Build to Rent Best Practice Guide, which was successfully launched in March this year.

He has responsibility for public realm and masterplanning and is presently focusing on the Brent Cross South development. At a corporate level, he is responsible for development management, securing new opportunities and resourcing.

Richard read Engineering at Cambridge and has a Masters in Property Law and Valuation. He is a Member of the RICS, Chair of the Residential Council at the ULI and sits on King’s Cross Boards.

Liz Peace CBE

Chairman, Company Director

Trustee and Strategic Adviser

Liz is a well-known figure in the property industry, having served as Chief Executive of the British Property Federation for thirteen years until her retirement at the end of 2014. During that time, she managed to change the Government’s perception of the commercial property industry, to establish it as a key voice in policy debate, to dissuade the Government from legislating on commercial leases, to win innumerable changes to planning and tax legislation and, working as part of a pan-industry alliance, to persuade the Government to introduce real estate investment trusts (REITs).

Previously, she was a civil servant in the MOD, eventually becoming a key player in the team that created QinetiQ plc.

Liz is now embarking on a portfolio career with a range of non-executive, advisory and charity roles, including at Morgan Sindall plc, Redrow plc, Howard de Walden Estates, Holtby Turner, Arcadis, Peabody and the Churches Conservation Trust, and the Architectural Heritage Fund. She is the chairman of LandAid, the property industry’s principal charity. She is also chairing the shadow board for the Curzon Urban Regeneration Company in Birmingham and has recently been appointed to chair the embryonic organisation that is being set up under the Government’s New Property Model initiative to asset-manage departmental property portfolios.

Andy Belton

Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Notting Hill Housing (NHH)

Andy is a member of the Executive Board and a director of the Group Board at Notting Hill Housing - one of London’s leading housing organisations.

Andy has worked at Notting Hill for 14 years. Before that he spend 25 years in the IT industry, most latterly working in the Netherlands running European shared services for a large US IT company.

As COO, Andy has executive responsibility for NHH’s commercial business. These include Shared-Ownership and Private Sales, Leasehold, Folio London (market rent), Home options (temporary housing), Commercial Properties and asset Management. Collectively these account for around 60% of the Group’s £400m turnover and contribute around £100m in annual surpluses.

Mike Kiely

Chair of Board

Planning Officers Society

Mike is a chartered town planner with over 40 years’ experience in local government, most of that in London and nearly 14 years at senior officer level. He is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, formerly president of the Planning Officers Society and now chair of its Board. Mike works closely with government and across the sector to shape planning in England.

During his local government career he successfully delivered major redevelopment and regeneration projects, including the largest housing delivery programme of any council whilst at Tower Hamlets (nearly 4,000 homes per year) and at Croydon the largest outer London Growth agenda (over 7,000 homes in the town centre along with the UK’s largest retail centre redevelopment). His work has been recognised in a series of national awards as exemplars of best practice, including Croydon’s planning service being cited in the Farrell Review (May 2014) “s a case study for what can be achieved and what the conditions are for the proactive planning”. In 2014 Croydon won Planning Authority for the Year at mipimUK and Planning Policy Team of the Year at the Planning Awards.

In 2015 he set up his consultancy, Mike Kiely planning + regeneration, to specialise in assisting local authorities to perform better and be more effective.

Andrew Screen

Senior Director Residential Capital Markets

CBRE

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.

Pete Gladwell

Head of Public Sector Partnerships

Legal & General Investment Management, Real Assets

Pete Gladwell joined Legal & General Property in August 2007, with responsibility for the design and development of new funds and overseeing relationships with pension funds, investment consultants, and insurance clients. In 2013, Pete was appointed Head of Public Sector Partnerships, to lead L&G’s direct investments into partnerships with Registered Providers, Universities, NHS Trusts, Local Authorities, and central government. These investments now total over £1.4bn.

Pete was formally a Senior Analyst in DTZ Research and enjoyed an erstwhile life as a youth worker for seven years in the Oxfordshire area.

Member of Oxford University, holding a post-graduate MA, as well as an initial degree in Computation. He also holds the Investment Management Certificate.

Pete is also a Trustee for a charity that runs community initiatives in his local area of Harlesden, London, including a debt advice centre.

James Murray

Deputy Mayor for Housing and Residential Investment

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.

Simon Harding-Roots

Executive Director

Grosvenor Britain & Ireland

Simon Harding-Roots joined Grosvenor in March 2015 and was appointed to the Grosvenor Britain & Ireland Board in April 2015. He is responsible for leading Grosvenor’s major projects in London. Simon joined from Imperial College London where he was Chief Operations Officer and a member of the College Board, which has responsibility for the vision and overall strategy of the College.

Simon has significant experience in the real estate sector leading portfolios of complex projects, and working across development, investment, private equity, and corporate real estate. He has gained valuable experience in the UK, Asia and Middle East having worked for Treasury Holdings Group in the UK and China, Majid Al Futtaim, a leading Dubai based property development company and Arcapita, a private equity investor based in Bahrain.

Alastair Carmichael

Head of Real Estate Finance and PRS Lead

GVA Real Estate Finance, Bilfinger GVA

Alastair Carmichael is a real estate finance professional who focuses on the appraisal, structuring, funding and implementation of PRS schemes nationally. Alastair is presently working with a number of developers, investors and government departments to help them establish their PRS platform. In addition to Alastair’s PRS work his background in banking across Europe gives him access to a range of funders and investors, thus he is well placed to arrange finance for any real estate project.

Jonathan Di-Stefano

Chief Executive

Telford Homes Plc

Jon Di-Stefano joined Telford Homes Plc as Financial Director in October 2002. Prior to this he had one year with Mothercare following five years with Arthur Andersen. Jon built up a strong finance function over a number of years and played a significant role in establishing relationships with the Group’s banking partners and institutional investors. Jon became Chief Executive on 1 July 2011 and since his appointment he has overseen significant profit growth and increasing shareholder value. Supported by the rest of the Board he is responsible for the Group’s strategic direction including setting the land buying strategy, its area of focus, the approach to risk management and all other long term business planning.

Craig McWilliam

Chief Executive

Grosvenor Britain and Ireland

Craig McWilliam FRICS was appointed to the Britain & Ireland Board on joining Grosvenor in 2010. In 2013 he took over as Executive Director responsible for all investment and development on the 300 acre London Estate having previously managed UK development activities outside Mayfair and Belgravia. Prior to joining Grosvenor he was a Managing Director at Fortress Investment Group with responsibility for real estate in the company’s European private equity business. Formerly he worked at Rodamco, UBS and Chesterton. In January 2017 he took up the post of Chief Executive, Grosvenor Britain and Ireland. Craig holds a degree in Land Economy from the University of Cambridge. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, a Trustee of LandAid and a Director of the New West End Company.

Reza Merchant

Founder and CEO

The Collective

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.

Mary-Anne Bowring

Managing Director, Professional Services Division

The Ringley Group

Mary-Anne Bowring is the founding director of Ringley Group, a multi-award winning property consultancy based in Camden Town London. Over the last ten years Mary-Anne has grown the Ringley Group to manage circa 10,000 properties, provide valuation and building engineering services to 12 banks, private investors and funds and established a legal practice to assist with upholding leasehold covenants as well as niche work in the leasehold enfranchisement field. She sits on various industry panels and has led Ringley to win a number of awards including a ‘national training award’, the Property Week RESI Award and The Times Property Awards. She has a detailed understanding of clients’ property assets in use and future potential. As an Engineer, Chartered Surveyor and qualified Property Manager Mary-Anne has a good grasp of leasehold issues. Her work has included advocacy and expert witness work presenting in cases on Service Charge reasonableness, recoverability and valuation matters.

John Dickie

Director of Strategy and Policy

London First

John Dickie is Director of Strategy and Policy at London First, where he is responsible for all of the business membership organisation’s policy work. He was previously the Head of Corporate Affairs at the BBC (2003-8); Regulatory Affairs Director of the European Competitive Telecommunications
Association (2000-2003); and has over ten years’ experience in public policy consultancy, initially with Prima (1989-1998) and then GPC (1998-2000), providing political and policy advice to major international businesses. John has degrees from Oxford University and the London Business School.
He is a former Deputy Leader of Camden Council in London.

Robert Gordon Clark

Executive Chairman

London Communications Agency

Robert founded London Communications Agency together with Jonny Popper and leads on a number of clients such as Almacantar, Benson Elliot, Brockton, Film London, Grosvenor, Kings Cross, LCR, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, Mace, Market Tech and St George plc. Robert has an all-round corporate communications background which began in commercial marketing in the 1980s and broadened out into public affairs, media relations and issues management in the 1990s. He now has 25 years’ experience working on the London agenda. For the 2015 general election he was ITV London and LBC’s external political commentator.

Scott Hammond

Managing Director

Essential Living

Scott is a founding shareholder of Essential Living and is Managing Director, responsible for the development and leasing functions of the organisation. With over 15 years’ experience in the development industry, Scott holds a masters in Town Planning and also holds an MSc in Residential Development. Essential Living is a developer and operator of private rental homes in the UK. They are committed to creating positive, vibrant developments that set the standard for the private rental sector and integrate the core values of responsibility, inclusivity and commitment. The mission is to establish Essential Living as the pre-eminent trusted brand for tenants and communities. Founded by a team with unrivalled experience in the London residential sector, they are backed by long-term institutional capital. As the sector’s first fully integrated and funded development company, the strategy is to deliver 5,000 units of private rental stock over the next decade.

Jennet Siebrits

Head of Residential Research

CBRE

Jennet has been Head of Residential Research at CBRE since June 2005. She is an experienced housing market economist having held positions at the Council of Mortgage Lenders and Nationwide Building Society.

She oversees all analysis, research and publications. In addition, she has extensive experience of consultancy for clients in a wide range of areas including demand and supply studies, cost benefit analysis and economic impact studies.

Karen Cooksley

Partner and Head of Planning

Winckworth Sherwood

Karen is a leading member of Winckworth Sherwood’s multi-disciplinary Private Rented Sector group. She heads the Firm’s highly regarded specialist planning team, advising clients on the full spectrum of planning and environmental issues they face, including devising strategies for obtaining planning permissions and other consents, viability, environmental impact assessment, s106 agreements and CIL, compulsory purchase and highways matters. She has particular expertise in relation to mixed use developments, tall buildings, urban extensions, waterside schemes and the optimisation of consents to increase financial value for clients. She works for leading developers, private rented sector operator and management companies, national housebuilders, registered providers, local authorities and funders. The majority of her projects are in London – she is currently working on several tall building projects, advising on the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station and other major schemes in the Vauxhall opportunity area and securing office to residential conversions under permitted development rights. She and her team also work across the country – they have recently obtained permission for the £5.5 billion Liverpool Waters scheme and are advising on new settlements in Cambridgeshire, Devon and Kent.

Michela Hancock

UK Multifamily Development Director

Greystar

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.

James Duncan

Corporate and Funds Partner

Winckworth Sherwood

James is a corporate and funds partner at Winckworth Sherwood. He advises institutional and high net worth promoters and investors on structure and finance for property investment and development. He is an expert in the structure of FCA regulated fund-managers, broker-dealers and their investment entities. James has vast experience of setting up JVs, IPOs and capital raisings as well as LP and LLP financing vehicles. With the tax team he provides a full service for domestic and foreign investors in all UK property tenures. James also works closely with the Social Housing Finance team at Winckworth Sherwood to develop alternative finance models for registered providers implementing their diversification programme. Clients include registered providers such as Genesis and Circle Anglia and investors M&G Investments, Aviva Investors and Europa Capital.

Debra Yudolph

Partner

SAY Property Consulting

Debra has over 25 years’ experience in residential property is an expert in residential property and asset management with a particular focus on the private rented sector. SAY is an advisory business specifically established to provide residential, commercial and mixed use management consultancy services to developers, investors and property owners, helping to create better places to live, work and visit. SAY offer a diverse range of services such as estate and block management development consultancy, private rented sector advice, professional and advisory work, bid support and business development. Before starting SAY with Charles Seifert, Debra was at Grainger plc for ten years as Director of Asset and Property Management. Debra is Deputy Chair of Notting Hill Housing and chair of their development committee. She also has non-executive roles on the boards of Grove End Housing Limited and Deverell Smith Recruitment.

Russell Pedley

Director, shareholder & co-founder

Assael

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.

David Lunts

Executive Director, Housing and Land

Greater London Authority

David Lunts is the Executive Director for Housing and Land at the GLA where he leads the Mayor’s housing, land and development functions. He was previously the Executive Director for London at the Homes and Communities Agency and before that was the GLA Executive Director with responsibility for planning, regeneration, housing and environmental policy. His earlier career included a leading role in housing and regeneration in Manchester during the 1980s and early 90s and a three year spell as director of Urban Policy for John Prescott at the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.

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