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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 is organised by Movers & Shakers and London First, with support from 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 its success in January 2015 and February 2016, the PRS Forum has established itself as a powerful platform for Built to Rent.

The next PRS Forum will take place on Wednesday 22nd February 2017:

“PRS Forum 2017 - Living with Build to Rent”

The Forum will consider:

  • What progress has been made in previous 12 months, what is being built?
  • How has the market evolved, what models are emerging, are we on the right track?
  • What part will Housing Associations and House Builders play in the growing market?
  • How will the London Borough’s develop their policies, to support and regulate Build to Rent?
  • What part can Build to Rent play in housing stock and estates renewal?
  • How important is the ‘Brand’, how will Build to Rent providers differentiate their products, add value and meet customer expectations?

Join us at the PRS Forum 2017 to get the inside track on:

  • What’s happening in this rapidly developing market place?
  • Who are the key players, what types of organisations are in the mix?
  • What stock is being developed, what models are merging?

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.

Following its success in January 2015 and February 2016, the PRS Forum has established itself as a powerful platform for Built to Rent.The next PRS Forum will take place on Wednesday 22nd February 2017:

“PRS Forum 2017 - Living with Build to Rent”

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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 and 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.

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.

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.

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.

Helen Evans

Chief Executive

Network Homes

Helen joined Network in 2010 as Director of London Operations and became Chief Executive in September 2011. Since then Network has established itself as a top ten developing housing association and transformed its operating model and performance.

She was previously Chief Executive of Brent Housing Partnership and Assistant Director of Housing at Brent Council, with responsibility for housing management. She began her housing career at Southwark Council.

John Knevett

Group Commercial Officer and Deputy Chief Executive


John has worked in the housing sector for over 30 years, in addition to his extensive experience as a structural and civil engineer. He was previously CEO of A2 Housing Group and is currently Group Commercial Officer and Deputy Chief Executive of A2Dominion.

Jennet Siebrits

Head of Residential Research


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.

Alastair Carmichael

Head of Real Estate Finance and PRS Lead

GVA Real Estate Finance, Bilfinger GVA


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