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The PRS Forum 2017 "Living with Build to Rent"


  • Listen and learn; from Private and Public leaders in the PRS market

  • Network with the Industries key players and stakeholders; make new contacts and connections

  • Understand the challenges and opportunities in the PRS market


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 and public sector leaders and key stakeholders to debate and exchange ideas.

Following the success of the inaugural Forum in January 2015, the next Forum will take place on 25 February 2016.

“PRS Forum 2016 - The Debate: Build to Rent – At Scale or At Risk?

The Forum will consider:

  • If build to rent is on track to scale up or at risk of failing to grow?
  • Has a build to rent mass market now really started to form?
  • Is sufficient progress being made?
  • What role will politics play in making or scuppering the market?

Join us to get the inside track on:

  • What’s happening in the market?
  • Who the key players are
  • What models of development and investment are emerging?

As well as hearing from key policy makers and market players, delegates will also be able to engage with the Forum through a series of debates on central issues which will help shape build to rent policy in the UK.

PRS Forum 2016: The Debate Build to Rent – At Scale or At Risk? – This one-day conference theme will be centred around the challenges of bringing PRS in the UK up to scale

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  • Organisations and individuals looking at the emerging PRS marketplace, interested in understanding the market, identifying opportunities, making the right connections
  • Investors, Developers, Pension Funds, Banks, Housing Associations, Government & Local Authorities, Surveyors, Property Lawyers, Consultants and Contractors
  • Movers & Shakers and London First members

A one-day event that will deliver value on multiple levels:

  • Be informed; understand the challenges and opportunities in the PRS market
  • Listen and learn; from Private & Public leaders in PRS
  • Gain valuable insights into the market; latest thinking; best practice and emerging models
  • Network with the Industries key players and stakeholders; make new contacts and connections

Event Speakers

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.

Leigh Natasha Salter

Managing Director

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.

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.

Craig McWilliam

Executive Director, London Estate - Chief Executive, (designate January 2017)

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 will take 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.


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