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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.

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.

Russell Pedley

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.

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

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.

Mark Rogers

Group Chief Executive

Circle Housing

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.

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.

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.

Andrew Screen

Senior Director Residential Capital Markets


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Richard Meier


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.


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