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RESI Conference 2017 :: 2017 Agenda
Welcome to the RESI Conference

Day 1 - Wednesday 13 September 2017


Editor’s Welcome and Drinks Reception

Special Guest Speaker

7pm Finish

Alex James

Day 2 - Thursday 14 September 2017


Welcome from RESI Chair and Host, Mark Easton, Home Editor, BBC News


Session 1: Brexit – A Market on the Brink?

With Brexit negotiations seriously underway – the question is, how can the Property industry get the government to help it through Brexit, austere times and fears of the unknown? 


Taking Stock in a Time of Uncertainty

  • The legacy of the credit crunch, 10 years on from Northern Rock
  • What Brexit means for emerging markets and the wider residential sector
  • How the industry is responding to the housing challenge
Lucian Cook, Head of UK Residential Research, Savills

In Conversation with…

Political keynote address

Under invitation: Alok Sharma MP, minister of state for housing and planning

Panel: A housing market that works for everyone?

As stated by Sajid Javid “we need to build a lot more homes if we are to achieve a country that works for everyone.” The question is, what does this look like for tenants, tenures and the industry. Is it possible to create a market that works for everyone?

Peter Freeman, Founder, Argent
Melanie Leech, Chief Executive, British Property Federation
David Cowans, Group Chief Executive, Places For People
Katrine Sporle, Ombudsman, The Property Ombudsman
Chaired by: Mark Easton, Home Editor, BBC News

Morning Break, Networking and Refreshments


Session 2: Grenfell, Politics and Planning 

How has The Grenfell Tower Fire impacted the residential sector and how do we ensure this never happens again in the UK? In light of the shock outcome of the general election, has the housing white paper been kicked into the long grass? Why is the planning system still not fit for purpose and why is there such a gulf between the number of planning consents and number of schemes being built out? This and myriad other pressing questions will be addressed in this session, mapping the way forward to get housebuilding fit for the 21st century. 


Panel: The Lessons from Grenfell Tower and the Future of Social Housing

As we wait for the outcomes of the police investigation and public enquiry, the human tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire has got the residential sector asking many questions and evaluating itself. In this session we delve deep into the issues the sector must now address, topics to be discussed include:

  • Residential Tower Blocks: architecture, design, materials and property management in the spotlight
  • Crunching the numbers: the true costs of upgrading Britain’s towers
  • Funding social housing development: ethical capitalism via social impact funds? 
Annemarie Fenlon, Group Director, Housing, Notting Hill Housing Group
Shamez Alibhai, Partner & Manager, Social Property Funds, Cheyne Capital
Peter Bill, Author, Planet Property
Angela McConville, Chief Executive, Westway Trust
Moderated by: Liz Hamson, Editor, Property Week

In Conversation with…

Keynote Address: London

James Murray, Deputy Mayor, Housing and Residential Development , Greater London Authority
Chaired by: Mark Easton, Home Editor, BBC News

Panel: Planning in Action!

  • How can the market’s frustrations with planning be addressed?
  • The greenbelt conundrum: how can we unlock more for residential development?
  • Infrastructure: The Key to 100,000 New Homes
  • Supurbia: increasing housing supply via densification of the suburbs·        
Paul Beardmore, Director of Housing, Residential Growth and Chief Executive, Manchester Place
Dr Riette Oosthuizen , Partner, Head of Planning, HTA Design
Harry Downes, Managing Director, Fizzy Living
Anna Sabine-Newlyn, Chief Executive, Meeting Place Communications
Chaired by: Mark Prisk MP , Former Minister of State Housing and Local Government 2012-2013

Keynote Address: The WeWork Way

David Reid, Director of Development, WeWork
Chaired by: Mark Easton, Home Editor, BBC News

Lunch and Networking


In Focus Sessions

The Seaside Town That They Forgot to Close Down… Time to look again at coastal communities

A change has been happening in many seaside towns and coastal villages. There are new property and development opportunities. In many of these areas, councils have taken a lead in land assembly and CPO of rundown properties, ready for building as well as allocating significant land for development. In this session, we showcase best practise and highlight the live development opportunities. 


Chris Starkie, Managing Director, New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership
Cllr Christopher Wells, Leader, Thanet District Council
Gary Josey, Director of Housing and Communities, Bournemouth Borough Council
Chris Sutton, Lead Director, Cardiff, JLL
Chaired by: Natalie Elphicke OBE, Chief Executive, The Housing & Finance Institute

In Focus Sessions

Re-inventing Renting: BTR at the front and centre of fixing our broken housing market

  • BTR Progress Report: regions vs cities – who will the occupiers be?
  • Who are the new BTR entrants and why have they come aboard?
  • Rent Control – yay or nay
  • BTR Operational Imperatives


Rita Akushie, Group Finance Director, Thames Valley Housing
Graham Bates, Chief Executive, Liv Group
Dan Batterton, Build to Rent Fund Manager, Legal & General Investment Management
Anil Khera, Founder, Chief Executive, Node
Guy Nixon, Chief Executive, Go Native
Chaired by: David Parsley, Contributing Editor , Property Week

In Focus Sessions

Regeneration that benefits the whole community

After a seven year hiatus, regeneration is back on the agenda and towns and cities across the UK have significant regeneration opportunities that combined could add billions of pounds to GDP, whilst also serving as a catalyst for much needed residential development. In this session, we drill down and examine the following:

  • What does the housing tenure mix look like in reality and what is the impact of BTR on regeneration? 
  • Meanwhile Housing: the start of regeneration and an affordable solution
  • Mixed-use schemes: a sense of place - communities, culture and identity
  • Wellness and Wellbeing: NHS Healthy New Towns - integrating health, housing and the built environment


Elliot Lipton, Managing Director, First Base
Daniel McDonnell, Strategy Programme Manager - Healthy New Towns, NHS England
Darren Rodwell, Leader, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
Eddie Bridgeman, Director, Meanwhile Space
Chaired by: Andrew Teacher , Founder, Blackstock Consulting

In Focus Sessions

Addressing the intergenerational housing crisis and work/life divide

Intergenerational inequality, the wealth gap, issues of housing supply and affordability, an aging population and a millennial demographic with new expectations are all well documented features of the UK’s current housing landscape. This session looks at tackling them as part of creating a housing market that works for everyone.

  • First Time Customers vs Last Time Customers: what do tenants want and how is the market responding to the rapid demographic shift?
  • Viva la Révolution: Co-Living and Co-Working at the heart of flexibility and millennial expectations
  • Modern Methods of Construction: using the latest off-site construction techniques to provide attractive and affordable homes as quickly as possible.
  • Intergenerational living: new models and lessons from abroad


Olivia Harris, Chief Executive, Dolphin Living
Val Bagnall, Business Development Director, Apex Airspace
Sarah Davies, Head of Core Projects, Pocket Living
William Davies, Founder, NEX Real Estate
Chaired by: Nick Wright, Head of Business Development, Real Estate, KPMG UK

In Focus Sessions

RESI proptech – in association with Osborne Clarke

How can we use proptech across the industry to educate, engage and deliver results? 


A report published by Said Business School in May claimed that 2017 would be the tipping point for proptech. The sector has already built significant momentum over the last few years, but that pace is anticipated to grow at an even greater rate of knots in the coming years as we enter the ‘proptech 3.0’ period. This session will explore the businesses and technologies that are poised to irrevocably change the real estate sector and look at how the industry can harness proptech and use it to their advantage.


Savannah De Savary, Founder and Chief Executive, Built-ID
James Morris-Manuel, EMEA Sales Director, Matterport
Simon Davis, Co Founder, Nimbus Maps
Frederick Bristol, Chief Executive, Brickowner
Chaired by: Conrad Davies, Partner, Osborne Clarke
Luke Townsend, Founder & CEO , Zorin Finance

In Focus Sessions

Stamp Duty – where now? 

The reforms to stamp duty introduced by former chancellor George Osborne are not working, for example in Q1 we have already seen residential transactions above £500,000 slump 14% and this slowdown has made the outlook for developers increasingly uncertain, as highlighted by Bruce Ritchien Chief Executive Officer at Residential Land “The direct effect of these taxes on the volume of turnover, the social mobility and the removal of the benefits of PPR relief for anyone with a home worth more than £925k are plain for all to see.” In this session we debate the issues, crunch the numbers and offer more palatable adjustments that can create the conditions for growth, give the industry certainty to invest and restore fluidity to the market.

Bruce Ritchie, Chief Executive, Residential Land
Celia Sawyer, Interior Designer and TV personality, Four Rooms Ch4
Chaired by: Richard Blakeway, Former Housing advisor to the Prime Minister
Ben Southwood, Head of Research, Adam Smith Institute
Grainne Gilmore , Partner, Head of UK Residential Research , Knight Frank

Afternoon Break and Refreshments

Session 3: Modern methods of disruption and construction


Modern Methods of Funding

An evaluation of contemporary approaches to developing funding.

What are the lessons to be learned?

Lesley Chen Davison, Portfolio and Corporate Finance Executive, Delancey
Matthew Clark, Director, Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG
Paul House, Managing Partner, Venn Partners
Sir Mark Boleat, Former Policy Chairman, City of London Corporation and Chairman,, Housing Finance Institute
Chaired by: Peter Cosmetatos, Chief Executive Officer, CREFC Europe

RESI Future Gazing Talk: Modern Methods of Construction

“Almost every other industry has seen radical innovation brought about by digital technology advancements and yet we continue to build houses the same way that the Victorians did. Just as the car industry was automated, so the UK’s traditional house building sector now needs to step up.” - Nigel Wilson, CEO of Legal & General

In this Ted-Style Talk, we take a look inside Legal & General’s modular factory to see just how this amazing technology works and its benefits as well as Legal & General’s aspirations for Modular construction. 

Rosie Toogood, Chief Executive, Legal & General Homes Modular

Chairs Closing Remarks and Conference end

Day 3 - Friday 15 September 2017


Welcome from RESI Chair and Host, Mark Easton BBC Home Editor


Keynote Address:


Morning Break, Networking and Refreshments


Panel: The Future Distrupters

What’s your vison for the residential property sector of the future? In this session we have a frank discussion about the next steps in driving the sector forward.

  • Diversity of skills: what skills are we lacking and how do we plug the gap?
  • Creating a diverse property sector: how do we remove the barriers to entry and are we casting our recruiting net wide enough?
Angus Dodd, CEO, Quintain
Lana Shaylor, Business Development Director, Shaylor Group
Richard Cook, Head of Residential, Development, Lend Lease Europe
Félicie Krikler, Director, Assael Architects
Chaired by: Sandi Rhys Jones OBE, RhysJones Consultants and Women in Property

RESI Future Gazing Talk

Keynote Address: Modern Methods of Disruption  

Tom Cheesewright, Futurist, Book of the Future

Lunch, Networking and Conference End

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