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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

Peter Vernon

Chief Executive

Grosvenor Britain & Ireland

Peter Vernon is the Chief Executive of Grosvenor Britain & Ireland (July 2008). He joined Grosvenor in 2005. In his role as Executive Director for Grosvenor’s London estate, Peter implemented a strategy of re-investment, through development and asset management with the aim of creating exceptional places for people to live and work in London. Since becoming Chief Executive, Peter has continued to follow this strategy which is complemented by a development programme outside the London estate, with a particular focus on high-end residential and mixed-use.

Before joining Grosvenor, Peter was a Partner with IBM Business Consulting Services and PwC Consulting where he jointly led the real estate and capital programme management team.

During his time with IBM and PwC, Peter played a lead role as an adviser to Land Securities Trillium on the design and execution of the DWP PRIME and BT property partnership transactions. He also led joint client and consulting teams advising on real estate strategy and financing, helping amongst others Goldman Sachs, Lloyds TSB, ABN Amro and John Lewis Partnership.

After graduating from Sheffield Hallam University with a BSc in Urban Land Economics, Peter worked briefly as a surveyor with Transpacific Realty in Vancouver, Canada before returning to the UK and taking up the position of Associate Partner with Montagu Evans, Chartered Surveyors in 1983 where he specialised in planning and development.

He is a member of the Royal & Sun Alliance London Regional Board, the Board of London First, the Board of the West End Partnership, the Board of Peabody and the BPF Policy Committee.

He is married with two children and lives in Blackheath, London.

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.

Peter Pereira Gray

Managing Director

Investment Division of the Wellcome Trust

Peter Pereira Gray is the Managing Director of the Investment Division of the Wellcome Trust, and works with a team managing the £14 billion multi asset global investment portfolio.. Previous roles held were Co head of the portfolio Management team and Head of Property Investment.

Prior to joining the Trust in January 2001, Peter worked for 12 years at Prudential Property Investment Managers, latterly as a Director of Property Fund Management and Deputy Life Fund Manager.

Peter is a past Chairman of the Investment Property Forum and was a past founding and advisory board member and member of the Management Board of INREV (the European Association for unlisted real estate vehicles). He is a member of both the Bank of England Commercial and Residential Property Forums, and a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Peter is also an Advisory Board member for Composition Capital Partners, with offices in Amsterdam and Hong Kong.

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.

Andrew Pratt

Director Residential Investment

Patrizia Immobilien AG

Andrew specialises in the UK residential investment market. He was appointed by Patrizia Immobilien AG to establish and expand the company’s in-house residential investment and asset management capabilities in the UK. He worked previously with CB Richard Ellis in their residential investment and funding department and with a variety of private property companies and fund managers operating in the residential markets. Formerly with Grainger plc as UK Residential Managing Director, he was principally responsible for acquisitions, identifying new areas for investment and the fund and asset management of the UK operations. Andrew was also a Fund Manager at Teesland plc, where he was instrumental in setting up and managing residential funds in the private rented, serviced apartment and student housing sectors. Prior to this Andrew was UK Group Chief Surveyor of the Bank of Ireland. He has non executive directorships with Ringley and easyProperty.

Chris Lacey

Executive Director - Residential Funding Solutions


Chris specialises in the financing and joint venture of development projects. He heads the Residential Capital Markets team at CBRE and sits on the board for CBRE’s Residential and Development businesses.

Chris’ significant experience in the investment and development markets has included portfolios, companies, single assets, complex site sales / acquisitions, sale contracts, joint venture and new fund agreements and negotiations on finance arrangements with institutions, property companies, private equity investors and banks. The team introduced the first institutional investor, Akelius to the UK investment market in 2011, and they have recently completed landmark deals including the £1.25bn APG/Delancey PRS joint venture and the £500m Notting Hill Housing Trust/Sellar Property Group joint venture at Canada Water.

Deborah McLaughlin

Chief Executive

Manchester Place

Deborah McLaughlin is chief executive of Manchester Place, a pioneering new partnership designed to speed housing delivery of all types across the city.

It brings together the dual ambition of both Manchester City Council and the HCA to provide opportunities for investment with development ready sites and access to a £300m Housing Fund to accelerate construction.

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, including major residential, retail, public realm and infrastructure projects. Notably, Richard led the development of the new £155 million campus for Central Saint Martins (University of the Arts London) in the Grade II listed Granary Complex.

Richard 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.

He is leading the development of Edition 2 of the ULI Build to Rent Best Practice Guide, with a Steering Group and Chapter Working Groups totaling some sixty professionals across all disciplines, all of whom are playing a leading role in the development of this emerging asset class.

Richard read Engineering at Cambridge and has a Masters in Property Law and Valuation. He is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Chair of the Residential Council at the Urban Land Institute and sits on King’s Cross Boards.

Scott Hammond

Managing Director

Essential Living

Scott is a founding shareholder in the company and has overall responsibility for the development, operations and leasing functions of the organisation.

Scott is a member of the management Investment Committee and takes a leading role in all acquisitions.

With over 15 years experience in the development industry, Scott is a qualified Town Planner (MRTPI) and holds a Masters in Town Planning (MPLAN) and MSc in Residential Development.

Ian Jones

UK General Manager


Ian is General Manager, Intel Technology UK. His responsibilities include managing Intel’s strategic relationship with UK government and industry in order to play an active role in creating a vibrant digital economy.

Ian is passionate about the capability of technology to improve the lives of citizens at home, work and play. He is a strong advocate for technology and new business models which transform citizen services, enable the cities of tomorrow and accelerate market growth. Ian is keen to progress the conversation around the complex challenges around deployment and delivery which face policy makers, employers and technology providers today.

Prior to his current role, Ian held senior positions at Intel including Northern Europe Enterprise director, European Reseller Operations director and European Technical Marketing director. Ian has a strong background in the electronics industry having worked in semiconductor process design and manufacturing prior to joining Intel.

Ian holds a BSc Honours degree, lives in Swindon with his wife and has two children currently studying at UK universities. He is a keen sports fan and enjoys running and cycling.

Richard Blakeway

Deputy Mayor for Housing, Land and Property

Greater London Authority

Richard is responsible for overseeing the Mayor’s statutory housing powers. This includes the Mayor’s statutory housing strategy, £3 billion of investment and around 600 hectares of land, including the regeneration of London’s Royal Docks, following the transfer of functions and assets from the London Homes and Communities Agency and the London Development Agency to the GLA. Richard previously worked in the House of Commons, including for the Conservative Party’s policy review, and in 2004 helped launch and edit the International Development Magazine circulated to over 100 countries. He advised the Government of Somaliland, in East Africa, on their election process ahead of the first ballot in the region for 40 years and subsequently worked as an election observer in the Ukraine during the country’s parliamentary elections following the Orange Revolution. Richard is a Young Ambassador for the Samaritans and Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts. He is a trustee of the Chartered Institute of Housing, and chairs the Homes for London board.

James McStay



James is a Director in Capita’s Management South Division experienced in all facets of the development process from master planning and brief development through design, procurement to construction and successful project delivery. With an MBA from one of Europe’s leading business schools, James has developed excellent business management skills and puts clients’ objectives at the top of his agenda. His involvement in the leadership of several high profile projects gives him a unique insight into developing management strategy, risk management, programming, resourcing, procurement and construction planning. Over the past three years, James has played a lead role in supporting one of the UK’s leading Build to Rent providers, and is leading the delivery of four major Build to Rent schemes in London. James was a member of the cost and procurement working group for the second edition of the ULI’s Build to Rent - A Best Practice Guide.

Derek Gorman

Managing Director of Market Rented Assets

Grainger plc

Derek joined Grainger in January 2015 as Managing Director of Market Rented Assets. In this role he will be spearheading Grainger’s continued drive into the Private Rented Sector. Prior to Grainger, Derek was Chief Executive of Get Living London, the residential owner and rental management company responsible for East Village, the former London 2012 Athletes Village. Derek has also worked for Ernst & Young’s real estate corporate finance business and in KPMG’s corporate finance business. Derek is a Chartered Surveyor and holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration.

Alan Collett

Residential Sector Consultant

M&G Real Estate

Alan Collett is Residential Sector Consultant at M&G Real Estate and a non executive Director of Hyde Housing Group. A long term proponent of institutional and corporate investment in market let housing Alan was formerly Senior Partner of Allsop LLP, and was President of the RICS in 2012/13.

Michael Lowndes

Executive Director


Michael is a town planner. With 30 years experience of influencing development across London he is passionate about making our great city attractive, accessible and inclusive. He leads the Turley London office and sits on the Company Board. He is a non-executive director of Design for Homes and acts as a judge for the DCLG Housing Design Awards. @turleyplanning

Bob Crompton

Chief Executive Officer


Bob Crompton set up his present business in July 2010 with backing from Oaktree Capital Management Ltd (OCM), a global private investment firm. Bob has extensive experience of the housing market in the UK and in Europe, having previously held the position of CEO at Victoria Hall Ltd, and Managing Director St James Homes. In the past four years 360 Developments ( under the brand Knightsbridge Student Housing) has acquired over 15,000 student rooms, with a total value of well over £1billion, mainly through development. All of the dwellings developed are operated by a wholly owned operating company, which currently manages the schemes on behalf of 260 Developments. Bob’s current business plan is to double the size of the organisation in the next three years, by expanding more into the PRS - delivering and operating build to let schemes, the first of which will be operational in Edinburgh early next year, and will be branded separately from the Student Housing Company. The experience of designing, developing and operating residential buildings has given him a platform to move into PRS with a knowledge of the lifestyle and demands of “generation rent”. Bob is a qualified engineer and holds a Masters degree in Business Administration. He has a 30 year successful track record in the design, management and delivery of, residential, industrial and mixed use developments in the UK, Europe and Asia.

Dan Batterton

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.

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


SAY Property Consulting

Debra Yudolph has over twenty years’ experience in residential property with a focus on asset and property management. For nine years, she was Director of Asset and Property Management at Grainger plc. In 2010 she launched SAY Property Consulting with Charles Seifert, specifically established to provide advisory services relating to the management of residential and mixed use property to owners, developers and investors. Debra has non-executive roles on the boards of Notting Hill Housing, Grove End Housing Limited and Deverell Smith Recruitment and she is a recognised spokesperson on behalf of the private rented sector.

Sir Steve Bullock


London Borough of Lewisham

Mayor Sir Steve Bullock was elected to the London Councils’ executive in June 2010 and is executive member for housing and chair of the grants committee.

Mayor Steve Bullock was elected as the London Borough of Lewisham’s first directly elected Mayor in May 2002. Immediately prior to becoming Mayor he was serving as chair of University Hospital Lewisham NHS Trust.

Steve was first elected as a councillor in 1982 and served as leader of Lewisham council from 1988 to 1993. He is a former chair of the Association of London Authorities – a predecessor to London Councils – and the Local Government Management Board. He is currently chair of the Local Government Association’s Human Resource Panel.

Steve was born in Redcar, North Yorkshire and now lives in Forest Hill, South London. In his spare time he enjoys football and folk music. He currently serves as a trustee of the Horniman Museum. Mayor Bullock was knighted in 2007.

Eyal Malinger

Portfolio Manager, Countrywide Residential Investments

Asset Manager of the Vista UK Residential Real Estate Fund

Mr. Malinger heads Countrywide Residential Investments, the Asset Manager for the Vista UK Residential Real Estate Fund, and is Countrywide’s Corporate Development Director, overseeing Countrywide’s technology and growth investments. Prior to joining Countrywide, Mr. Malinger was Vice President with Oaktree Capital Management’s European Principal Opportunities fund where he led investments in the technology, retail, and real-estate sectors. Prior to that, Mr. Malinger was a consultant with McKinsey & Company and held R&D roles at a number of technology start-ups. Mr. Malinger holds an MBA from Harvard Business School with high distinction, and a B.A. degree in Computer Science magna cum laude from the Interdisciplinary Centre in Herzliya, Israel.

James Scott

Chief Operating Officer and Partner

The Collective

James Scott is COO and Partner at The Collective. He joined the business in 2012 and has responsibility for the development pipeline whilst working alongside Reza to devise and deliver the business strategy. James graduated from the University of Cambridge, Trinity College, with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. James has positioned himself as a thought leader in the market, forging his name as a developer with a unique understanding of how to deliver pioneering spaces that are better suited to the way the Millennial generation live and work today. Drawing on his passion for technology and the shared economy, James is determined to shake up the property industry, which is ripe for innovation. He has spoken at length about PRS as a service and the need for disruption in the property sector at events including MIPIM and RESI, as well as participating in research such as Osborne Clarke’s report on Alternative Assets. James has also published thought pieces in several publications such as Property Week and is regularly featured in the trade and national press.

Juliette Morgan

Head of Property

Tech City

Juliette has worked at the interface of property and technology industries for the last 15 years. She has advised investors, developers, owners, occupiers and governments on positioning property for tech companies, developing clusters and ‘innovation ecosystems’.

She started her career on Cambridge Science Park, and opened what we now know as a co-working space, as well as attracting internationally significant tenants to the park. Thereafter, she worked in New York and Toronto, developing social spaces in large developments, using technology for the building to ‘know who is inside’ and ensuring food grown on site.

On returning to the UK, Juliette spent time learning to be a winemaker, before being recommended to the British government to lead the cluster development and property strategy for Tech City, where she worked with Hackney Council to develop the Tech City showcase during the Olympic games. Following that, she continued as an advisor to No.10, GLA, Tech City, property developers and investors to promote property to be used by tech companies in the burgeoning ‘Tech City’.

She since joined Cushman & Wakefield where she led the development of PiLabs – Europe’s first Proptech accelerator, and is in Cushman’s global technology team leading the London practice. She continues to advise investors and developers on property strategy for tech, and recently finished her second secondment with Tech City UK.

She is passionate about technological trends affecting property and focuses on the future of the industry. She sits on smart cities and early stage company advisory boards. She is a regular speaker and writes for the Estates Gazette.

Juliette lives in east London, with husband, four year old son and dog, and can occasionally be found winemaking or attending circus school.

Cllr James Murray

Executive Member for Housing and Development

Islington Council

Councillor James Murray is the Executive Member for Housing and Development in the London Borough of Islington – a role he has held since 2010, having first been elected in 2006. In his current role, he has led to make Islington a borough with one of the largest home-building programmes nationwide including a new generation of council housing. He was the only councillor in the country to be named in ‘24 Housing’ magazine’s Top 50 poll last year.

As the member in charge of housing, he made Islington the first local authority to reject the government’s ‘Affordable Rent’ programme and develop its alternative plan to deliver homes for social rent. The policies he has developed and championed, such as introducing planning conditions to prevent ‘buy-to-leave’ investors and taking action against tiny ‘shoebox flats’, have received wide attention. He has overseen large-scale change to the council’s housing services, having brought in-house almost a thousand staff including those of a private repairs contractor.

Richard Green


Venn Partners

Richard was part of the founding team at Venn Partners, a credit investment manager focused on direct lending opportunities, and his responsibilities include the delivery of the PRS Housing Debt Guarantee Scheme that Venn manage for the Department of Communities and Local Government.

Formerly in the securitisation groups at JP Morgan and Fitch Ratings, he has over 18 years experience in the asset finance and credit markets having worked on a spectrum of commercial and residential real estate and consumer financings. Richard holds a master’s in finance and a degree in law.

Paul Winstanley


Allsop LLP

Paul is an experienced analyst who specialises in residential investment appraisal and valuation. He has particular expertise in large scale portfolio investment valuations, Build to Rent consultancy, residential fund valuations and the ground rent market

Nick Jopling

Executive Director of Property

Grainger plc

Nick joined Grainger plc in September 2010 as Executive Property Director from CB Richard Ellis where he was Executive Director and Head of Residential. Nick’s responsibility covers Grainger’s UK residential portfolio and development division. Nick has broad experience in the residential property sector in the UK and abroad, including investment, development and the private rented sector, where his particular interest lies. Nick was also the founder chairman of the Urban Land Institute’s UK Residential Product Council and sat on the London Mayor’s Housing Task Force as well as the Montague review.

Andrew Stanford

Head of Private Rented Sector Taskforce

Department of Communities and Local Government

Andrew Stanford is UK Residential Fund Manager at LaSalle Investment Management responsible for developing and implementing LaSalle’s UK residential strategy, focusing initially on build to rent.

Before joining LaSalle in April 2015, he headed the Government’s Private Rented Sector taskforce.

Andrew is a non-executive Director of Orbit Group and chairs the British Property Federation’s Build to Rent Committee.

Mark Davis

Build-to-Rent Champion

Department of Communities and Local Government

Mark Davis is the build-to-rent champion within DCLG. Taking over from the PRS Taskforce, Mark’s role is to promote the development of build-to-rent as a new housing sector, as well as policy oversight of DCLG funding and guarantee programmes for the sector. Mark has worked in DCLG for 12 years, after a previous career in infrastructure finance in the City.

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.

Brandon Lewis MP

Minister of State for Housing and Planning

Department for Communities and Local Government

Brandon Lewis was appointed Minister of State for Housing and Planning at the Department for Communities and Local Government on 15 July 2014. He was elected Conservative MP for Great Yarmouth in 2010.

Brandon has a BSc Economics and LLB Hons (Law) from the University of Buckingham. He also holds an LLM in commercial law from King’s College London.

Brandon was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government from September 2012.

Brandon is a qualified barrister and a company director. Before joining the government, Brandon was an active member of a number of All Party Parliamentary Groups, including those for enterprise zones and local growth as well as local government. He was co-chair of a group on coastal erosion and continues to work with colleagues who represent other coastal towns to highlight common issues in their constituencies.

Brandon served on Brentwood Borough Council for more than 10 years, with 5 as leader.

The minister is responsible for:
housing (including Ebbsfleet)
planning policy
neighbourhood planning
lead minister on the Housing Bill
planning casework

Colin O’Reilly

Regional Sales Director – UK & Ireland


Colin has been involved in the International Property software industry for over 25 years. His experience includes programming, implementation consulting, project management and the last 15 years in Sales. Colin has worked extensively in the Residential and Commercial Property markets in the UK, Continental Europe and USA providing Property Management and Accounting and Investment software. He has worked with organisations including Network Rail, Tesco Property, Post Office Property Holdings, Ministry of Defence, Grosvenor Estates, Aviva and M&G. Colin is passionate about providing clients with the best possible solution; in his opinion, software should be a driver in providing new revenue opportunities, controlling costs, streamlining processes and managing risk.

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.

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.

Katherine Rodgers

Director of Development, Urban Neighbourhoods

Grosvenor Britain & Ireland

Katherine Rodgers leads the day-to-day development management of Grosvenor’s 12 acre development in the heart of Bermondsey. This is expected to include homes for private rent, affordable housing, a new secondary school, high quality open spaces and improved connections to the Tube station and local businesses.

Katherine joined Grosvenor in 2006. Her previous responsibilities here have included corporate strategic planning as Head of Strategy and Business Planning and investment management on the London Estate.

Katherine sits on the Board of the Blue Bermondsey Business Improvement District, the Bermondsey Community Kitchen and various industry bodies. Katherine graduated from University College London (UCL) with a BSc in Geography and from the University of Reading with an MSc in Real Estate Appraisal. She is a member of the RICS.

James Craven


Bilfinger GVA

Waheed Nazir

Director of Planning and Regeneration

Birmingham City Countil

Waheed Nazir is Director of Planning and Regeneration, and Chief Planning Officer at Birmingham City Council. He has been in this role since 2010, although has worked for the local authority since 1999, with previous roles including Director of Regeneration, Assistant Director for Development Planning, as well as CEO of SRB6.

Waheed is responsible for providing strategic leadership, vision and direction across a wide portfolio, including planning, regeneration, economic development and housing. He has been instrumental in shaping a new approach to transformational change across Birmingham, overseeing the Big City Plan, a 20 year vision to encourage and support the continued transformation of a world class city centre; the Birmingham Development Plan, the statutory framework which will guide decisions on development and regeneration in Birmingham up to 2031, and the Birmingham Curzon HS2 Masterplan, which sets out the Council’s aspirations for the new HS2 terminus station and the wider regeneration potential of what will be one of the biggest urban regeneration schemes in the UK.

Waheed also has a number of advisory roles at a regional and national level. On a regional level, Waheed is the lead advisor on behalf of the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, leading on the Enterprise Zone, advising on planning and working with private sector investment funds to maximise opportunities for the region in delivering economic growth. At a national level, Waheed is a member of the HS2 Growth and Regeneration Taskforce, whose remit it is to drive forward a growth focused approach to transport investment in the UK to maximise opportunities from HS2. Waheed also chairs the HS2 Local Places Group which brings together key station leads from across the country to establish some station led growth propositions to realise longer term benefits from HS2.

Waheed is also involved in a range of work with government around the development of policy initiatives, and sat on the national Land Auction Task Force in an advisory capacity on planning, housing and the growth agenda, to contribute to Government policy around enabling greater housing delivery across the UK.

Waheed is married with two children and enjoys boxing and cycling in his spare time.

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 and are now on site for two schemes in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and an award-winning project in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. More recently, Assael, led by Russell, has just submitted a design to the London Borough of Newham for Pontoon Dock on land owned by the GLA. These projects are all purpose-designed for the Private Rented Sector.

Dominic Martin

Operations and Strategy

Westrock Ltd

Dominic has recently joined Westrock Ltd, a 30 year old private property investment and development company. His role is to provide strategic oversight to its PRS pipeline and operational platform. The business ventured into the PRS market last year and currently has over 1,000 units under development with a further 1,500 units in the pipeline, to specifically provide purpose ‘built for rent’ stock which is customer-focused. He previously was a member of the Government’s PRS Taskforce, to help the industry kickstart a bigger ‘institutional grade’ investment asset class. The role covered all aspects of the market from design through to management, working with investors and banks, land owners, Local Authorities and consultants. He is a member of the RICS and has over 10 years’ experience, specialising in residential investment at CBRE. In particular he initially lead the inward investment into the UK of the Swedish residential investment company Akelius and worked closely with the Aviva Investors in 2010 sourcing multiple sites for development investment funding. He is also a member of the IPF Special Interest Group, a member of the ULI and contributor to the ‘B2R’ best practice guide. He co-authored a research report into the viability of PRS across England and most recently co authored the ‘Residential Investment Reference Guide’.

Jennet Sierbrits

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.

David Swan

Head of Real Estate Investment


David Swan joined Gatehouse as Head of Real Estate Investment in January 2015. Before this he was the founder and owner of Bridgeport Real Estate, a pan-European real estate consultancy. Mr Swan also spent four years as Managing Director of WW Advisors, a Kuwaiti- owned advisory business and was a Director at Arcapita Bank, a leading Shariah-compliant investment firm. During his time at Arcapita, he completed transactions in excess of US$2 billion in the logistics, residential, elderly living and self-storage sectors. From 1997 until 2003, Mr Swan worked at Tishman Speyer Properties, the New York-based international property investor and developer.

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.

Andrew Armstrong

Head of Corporate Real Estate, EMEA


Andy was appointed Head of Real Estate Commercial Banking with effect from 1 September 2007 to develop a specialist Real Estate Finance operation within Corporate and Commercial Banking in the UK. In 2013. Andy became Head of Real Estate for UK and Europe. In late 2015 Andy was responsible for UK, Europe and Middle East. Andy has been in the employ of HSBC for 38 years. His career has spanned a variety of roles within HSBC including Corporate Banking and Retail Banking together with a number of divisional and head office roles. Andy had direct Real Estate Finance experience from 1987 to 1996 and his recent roles have included Divisional Credit & Risk Controller, Area Director, Head of Retail, National Head of Real Estate, Commercial and Corporate Banking, Head of Real Estate Europe, Commercial and Corporate Banking and Head of Real Estate UK, Europe and Middle East.

Duncan Trench

Head of Delivery


Duncan joined Development securities in 2001. Appointed as Head of delivery in 2007 he had responsibility for procuring and managing the design and construction of over a million square feet of commercial mixed use development.

In 2014 development securities merged with their mixed use specialist partner the cathedral group and formed the u and I group. The group have a cap value of £300m and are focused on ambitious growth and large mixed use schemes. With over £1bn of projects on site or being procured and planning permissions for over 10000 residential units and over a millions square feet of commercial development the future is exciting. Duncan’s role is to work on major schemes, new business and to launch and grow a £1 BN Prs platform.

Nick Hayes

Development Director

Unite Students

Nick joined Unite Students in 2007 and has held a number of senior roles within the business. Nick sets the strategic direction of all aspects of property development on behalf of Unite Group and it’s co-investment vehicles and sits on the Group Property Board and the GIC Joint Venture Board.

Will Innes

Vice President, Real Estate Investment

Gatehouse Bank

Will joined Gatehouse in January 2014 and has focused on the origination and structuring of real estate transactions, most notably the Bank’s PRS joint ventures with Sigma Capital.

Prior to this Will worked with Waypoint Capital, where he focused on building out their international private equity real estate platform. He has 10 years’ experience working in real estate investment, both on the principal and advisory side, having spent a portion of his career in Abu Dhabi. Will is also
a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, having started his career at King Sturge in 2005. Will has a BA (Hons) Geography from the University of Leeds and an MBA from the University of Oxford.


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