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Group Finance Director
Thames Valley Housing
Rita joined Thames Valley Housing Association in April 2017 as Group Finance Director. She was previously Deputy CEO/Group FD at Newlon Housing Trust. TVHA has around 15,000 homes in London and the South-East with a very diverse portfolio of tenures.  TVHA is a large developer and has a strategic partnership with Galliford Try for the development of homes for sale. In 2012 TVHA launched Fizzy and brought in investment through ADIA to form a joint venture to build a private rented busi...more
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Head, Social Property Impact
Cheyne Capital
Business Development Director
Apex Airspace
Val has over 24 years experience in the UK residential development market, holding a range of Director level roles driving and delivering new business growth. His experience has ranged from procuring and delivering projects from £1m up to £120m, and developing business infrastructures to effectively deliver mixed tenure portfolios of up to 600  homes per annum. He joined Apex Airspace in January 2016 to deliver their unique offer to London freeholders, building a stron...more
Managing Director
Virtual Viewing
Stewart Bailey has been managing director of Virtual Viewing for the past 15 years. During this time Virtual Viewing has transformed from a web design agency into an international market-leading solutions provider specialising in the Construction and Residential sectors. Virtual Viewing is a pioneer in the development of technology for the Residential sector. The company’s very first creation, back in 1997, SeeMeCD was the precursor for the industry’s drive into Virtual Vie...more
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Chief Executive
Liv Group
Build to Rent Fund Manager
Legal & General Investment Management
Dan Batterton is Fund Manager for Build to Rent 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 investments in the Build to Rent sector and was pivotal in...more
Director of Housing, Residential Growth and Chief Executive
Manchester Place
Author, Planet Property
Former Housing advisor to the Prime Minister
Richard Blakeway is a former advisor to the Prime Minister on housing and regeneration.  He was previously Deputy Mayor of London for Housing, Land and Property for eight years, during which period the GLA delivered a record 100,000 affordable homes, launched the redevelopment of its land assets to build 50,000 homes and commercial space, and established the Housing Zone regeneration initiative. He chaired the Homes for London board and is a former trustee of the Chartered Institute o...more
Former Policy Chairman, City of London Corporation and Chairman,
Housing Finance Institute
Director of Residential Services
,CableCom Networking Ltd
Meri Braziel is Director of Residential Services at Cablecom and responsible for the company’s projects in the Build to Rent sector. With over 25 years in the global telecommunications and ICT industry, she has held several Managing Director and CEO roles of technology companies in the UK. From 2011-2015, Meri was CEO of Keycom plc, an internet service provider to public sector organisations, including higher education, military, and hospital accommodation. She is also a co-founder o...more
Meanwhile Space
In 2009 Eddie co-founded Meanwhile Space CIC with the ambition of creating a social enterprise that makes the most of otherwise underused space. The organisation now delivers projects with private and public landlords and actively seeks spaces for meanwhile use, for its own projects and other people’s, particularly those seeking to develop enterprising ideas. As a director of Meanwhile Space, Eddie oversees the management and evolution of the company, as well as completing delive...more
Chief Executive
Co-Founder & CEO
Land Insight
Jonny Britton is the Co-Founder and CEO of Land Insight. He​ has an MA Landscape Planning and Management and worked as ​a town planning consultant​ before moving into software development. He was voted a RICs future leader,​​is a black belt in judo​ and ​his dream is to watch Newcastle United win the Champions League. 
Acquisitions Director
Moda Living
Responsible for a pipeline GDV of £1.45 billion, Oscar Brooks is Acquisitions Director at Moda Living – one of the UK’s leading Build to Rent developer and operators. One of the company’s founding members, he has been a driving force behind the creation of the Moda brand. Taking an active role in all parts of the business, Oscar is heavily involved in everything from marketing and customer experience to operations, as well as heading up Moda’s prop tech strate...more
Book of the Future
Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG
Director, Residential Research
Lucian Cook is one of the country’s most authoritative housing market commentators, having been a director in Savills much-respected research team since 2007. As an industry figurehead he regularly presents on all aspects of the UK housing markets and frequently appears on radio and television. At Savills he leads a team of 25 highly respected researchers who include the likes of Jim Ward, Susan Emmett and Jacqui Daly.  Collectively they cover everything from social housing ...more
Head of Residential, Development
Lend Lease Europe
Richard is Lendlease’s Head of Residential for the Development business where he oversees a portfolio of projects both within London and UK regions with a pipeline growth of 5,000 apartments over the last 3 years. Prior to this, Richard was Delivery Director of the design and build contracts at the Athletes’ Village where his team were responsible for the delivery of circa £400 million of residential, education and health care sector projects across the London 2...more
Chief Executive Officer
CREFC Europe
Peter Cosmetatos is chief executive of the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council (CREFC) Europe, the trade association for the European commercial real estate lending and debt investing industry.  He has been part of the independent Real Estate Finance Group and authored its May 2014 report, “A Vision for Real Estate Finance in the UK”. That report makes recommendations aimed at protecting the stability of the UK financial system against the property cycle, whil...more
Group Chief Executive
Places For People
David Cowans is Group Chief Executive of Places for People, one of the largest property and leisure management and development companies in the UK.  Places for People is committed to working to provide aspirational homes and inspirational places and owns or manages 180,000 homes in all tenures across the UK.  David has thirty years’ experience of housing, urban regeneration, mixed tenure and mixed use development, property management and financial management, leading st...more
NEX Real Estate
NEX Real Estate is a property development company launched by Will Davies. The group is developing innovative, high-quality and affordable home solutions for the Millennial generation who are currently not well served by the property industry The NEX team is supported by leading figures from the real estate, finance and property branding industries; with in-depth experience of the London residential sector.
Head of Core Projects
Pocket Living
Osborne Clarke
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Co Founder
Nimbus Maps
Portfolio and Corporate Finance Executive
Founder and Chief Executive
Savannah de Savary graduated from the University of Oxford as an academic scholar in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History and subsequently undertook courses in real estate at New York University. She joined the US property development company Thor Equities in 2013, where she managed Manhattan and Brooklyn-based development projects. After growing frustrated with the technology gap hindering efficiency in the industry, Savannah founded Built-ID: a discovery platform that enables member...more
Chief Executive
Managing Director
Fizzy Living
Home Editor
BBC News
Mark joined his local paper after leaving school, inspired to become a journalist by playing Waddington's Scoop aged 13. He has won numerous awards for his reporting. Most recently, his writing won a Royal Statistical Society award for excellence and was a finalist in the online journalism awards in San Francisco. His ambition is to try to chronicle the story of changing Britain, and for Arsenal to win some silverware. Before becoming BBC News home editor in 2004, Mark was ...more
Chief Executive
The Housing & Finance Institute
Natalie Elphicke is Chief Executive of The Housing & Finance Institute (The HFi). The HFi was announced by the Chancellor in the March 2015 Budget following a recommendation in UK Government’s independent housing review, the Elphicke-House Report 2015. The Housing & Finance Institute was and launched by the Housing & Planning Minister in June 2015 and started operations in September 2015. The HFi builds skills and relationships to increase housing supply across all tenure...more
Group Director, Housing
Notting Hill Housing Group
Annemarie supports a large directorate to deliver housing services to 20,500 residents. Her directorate includes the delivery of general needs and supported housing, a Tenancy Support Network and business improvement. The Directorate is the largest in NHH with over 450 staff; most of these are customer facing teams working closely with residents in local neighbourhoods providing housing management or care and support services. Although demands are high on Annemarie and her staff everyo...more
Peter Freeman read history at Oxford before qualifying as a solicitor.  He and his brother, Michael, founded Argent in 1981.  In the first Property Week Awards Argent was Developer of the Year and the Freeman Brothers Property Personality of the Year. Argent is known for major, mixed-use schemes including Brindleyplace in Birmingham and King’s Cross. Peter is Chairman of Mayfield Market Towns and was shortlisted for the Wolfson Prize on garden cities. Peter has ...more
Head of UK Residential Research MA Hons ﴾Cantab)
Knight Frank
Gráinne tracks, analyses and forecasts trends across the UK property market, producing bespoke research with a particular focus on residential development. Recent examples of market‐leading publications produced include an investigation into new‐build housing supply across the country, an analysis of how those in the private rented sector would like to live with evidence from the largest survey of UK tenants ever conducted, and a market report on the retirement housing sector. G...more
Senior Structural Engineer
Sarah Halpin is a Senior Structural Engineer at Ramboll, specialising in offsite construction methods and cross laminated timber (CLT). With more than six years’ experience designing in CLT Sarah has played a pivotal role in numerous projects; including her current role as project engineer for Beechwood West, an offsite CLT modular solution for 250 homes in the Southeast.  Sarah is passionate about offsite construction techniques and how, when combined with a digital approach, t...more
Chief Executive
Dolphin Living
Managing Partner
Venn Partners
Director of Housing and Communities
Bournemouth Borough Council
Gary is the Director of Housing and Communities for Bournemouth Borough Council.  Gary started with the Council in 1977 as an apprentice carpenter and has worked his way through the organisation.  Gary is responsible for approximately 600 staff within various departments such as council housing, strategic housing and homelessness, corporate customer services, community regeneration and enforcement.  Gary is also the Director responsible for the Town’s award winning par...more
Founder, Chief Executive
Anil is Founder and CEO of Node, ( a global investment, development and management firm that creates boutique, design-led, community focused residences in key gateway cities, targeting media and tech processionals and entrepreneurs.  Anil is responsible for the overall management, investment activities and expansion of Node throughout the US, Canada, UK, and Europe. Anil has worked in real estate for 15 years in the US and Europe, including nearly 11 years at B...more
Assael Architecture
Félicie is passionate about design with her main areas of expertise lying in residentially-led urban regeneration. From leading numerous large-scale, mixed-use and masterplanning projects to thinking of the smallest details of urban living, she has developed an intimate understanding of what makes good spaces and communities work. Félicie is also one of Assael’s Build to Rent leaders, designing new homes specifically for rent across the UK; Assael has...more
Chief Executive
British Property Federation
Melanie joined the British Property Federation as Chief Executive in January 2015, following nine years as Director General of the Food and Drink Federation. Melanie began her working life as a Police Constable in the Metropolitan Police Service.  She joined the civil service (HM Customs) in 1988 and subsequently held senior roles in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the Office of the Rail Regulator and the Cabinet Office. Her role is to champion UK real esta...more
Managing Director
First Base
A leading voice in London's property industry, Elliot Lipton is the founder of urban development and investment company, First Base, which he set up in 2002. He has used his extensive experience to develop an innovative approach to the delivery of high quality, well designed, sustainable and value for money housing, which remains at the heart of First Base's business today. First Base has won a number of industry accolades, including a London Planning Award for its recently com...more
Former Head of the MI5
As Head of the Security Service, Eliza dealt with the wake of 9/11 and a growing threat from Al-Qaeda. She doubled the size of MI5 and transformed their old approach to staff. In her own account of driving change in turbulent times, the Reith Lecturer shows that leadership is not about command and control, but vision and strategy: “You must be honest about difficulties, but demonstrate your confidence in the future and in your people.
Chief Executive
Westway Trust
Angela joined Westway Trust in December 2013 as Chief Executive. The charity holds 23 acres of land under the Westway flyover in trust for the benefit of the local people, managing a vibrant mix of offices, shops, green spaces and community buildings in one of the most socially diverse parts of the UK. Angela is a Trustee at the London Transport Museum, which explores the story of London and its transport system, highlighting the powerful link between transport and the growth of modern...more
Strategy Programme Manager - Healthy New Towns
NHS England
Danny leads on engagement and spread for the Healthy New Towns programme, shaping the national level programme outputs to influence policy. He has a background and Masters in Public Health but also spent four years at the Royal College of Physicians in improving stroke services, both of which bring together the need to unite prevention and treatment in service design. Prior to NHS England, Danny worked for two years in Malawi, Southern Africa on various development programmes. 
EMEA Sales Director
James Morris-Manuel is presently EMEA Director at Matterport. A Silicon Valley immersive media technology company that delivers an end-to-end system for creating, modifying, distributing, and navigating immersive 3D and virtual reality (VR) versions of real-world spaces. To date, over 500,000 properties have been captured, generating more than 150 million “visits” across 80 countries. In 2009 James co-founded 360 virtual tour company Virtual Walkthrough, directing the compa...more
Deputy Mayor, Housing and Residential Development
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 ...more
Head of Europe, Executive Vice President, Real Estate
Patrick Nelson is Executive Vice President of Real Estate at WeWork.  He currently heads WeWork’s European real estate expansion. He holds a MBA from Columbia University and is originally from London.  WeWork is now the fastest growing tenant in the world.  WeWork provides entrepreneurs and small-medium businesses with beautiful, amenities-filled, amazingly designed workspace, as well as personalised support, business services, benefits, infrastructure, and the fle...more
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Chief Executive
Go Native
Partner, Head of Planning
HTA Design
Dr Riëtte Oosthuizen is Urban Planning Partner at HTA Design LLP, an award winning design practice specialising in residential and mixed use development of all scales. She has 22 years of experience as an urban planning consultant in South Africa and the UK with interests in planning with communities, tackling social exclusion and pursuing research on better quality places and innovative ways of solving the housing crisis. Riëtte leads on HTA Design's...more
Contributing Editor
Property Week
Former Minister of State for Housing and Local Government 2012-2013
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RhysJones Consultants and Women in Property
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Chief Executive
Residential Land
London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
Chief Executive
Meeting Place Communications
With a background in political campaigns and the voluntary sector, Anna has worked for MPC across England in a diverse range of sectors. She is particularly interested in the challenges presented by large scale residential development, and has worked on major strategic schemes for a range of clients including Standard Life, the University of Reading, McLaren Property and Mayfield Market Towns.  As Chief Executive, Anna oversees MPC’s major schemes, as well as supporting...more
Interior Designer and TV personality
Four Rooms Ch4
Celia Sawyer is an International high end Interior Designer and TV personality.  After seeing many job losses in the trades due to lack of work on offer,  older people unable to downsize their properties and less overseas investment she requested the help of a friend who is a senior partner at PwC, to calculate the loss of stamp duty to the government on residential properties of over the £1.5 million threshold. Celia has met and has the support of Jacob Rees-Mogg Conservat...more
minister of state for housing and planning
Business Development Director
Shaylor Group
Neil Singer has worked in the property industry for over 25 years.  He set up Singer Vielle, a niche investment agency, over 20 years ago which in more recent years has adopted a highly technologically-driven approach to the marketing of property.    More recently he has developed the clicktopurchase® platform which uniquely provides the facility for a legally binding exchange of contracts to be conducted online as part of the sales process.  He is currently in...more
The Property Ombudsman
Katrine Sporle CBE took up her current post as The Property Ombudsman on 1 November 2015. Previously, Katrine was Chief Executive of the Planning Inspectorate for England and Wales (2003 – 2011), which involved being responsible for all aspects of the Government Executive Agency, 1000 members of staff and a £60m budget. Katrine was Executive Director and Chapter Clerk at Salisbury Cathedral (2011 – 2015) where she reviewed the Cathedral Master Plan and led a succe...more
Managing Director
New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership
As Managing Director of NALEP, Chris Starkie is responsible for the day to day running and development of the Local Enterprise Partnership. He was also the co-author of New Anglia’s successful submission to Government to run the LEP. Prior to launching NALEP, Chris was business editor of the Eastern Daily Press, and was Chief Executive of Shaping Norfolk’s Future, the economic development partnership responsible for leading campaigns for the dualling of the A11 and improve...more
Lead Director, Cardiff
Chris Sutton is Lead Director of JLL, Cardiff, is well respected and works with a large number of Welsh councils and the Welsh Government, and he also advises on some of the most exciting and well-known commercial property developments and projects in Cardiff and across Wales. He is also Vice Chair of CBI Wales and Chair of the Central Cardiff Enterprise Zone. In addition, he was the Chair of CBI Wales in 2014/15, a Member of the Welsh Government's 'Independent Advisory Group on Pl...more
Blackstock Consulting
Chief Executive
Legal & General Homes Modular
Founder & CEO
Zorin Finance
Luke’s career began working for several media giants, including: Clear Channel, Dow Jones, GWR and latterly AOL-Time Warner. Having received numerous industry accolades, Luke went on to establish and back a number of tech related start-ups whilst simultaneously developing prime real estate in London. His frustration with the service he received from banks during this time led him to create Zorin Finance. Luke has personally funded over 100 real estate loans and equity investments and...more
Thanet District Council
Chris Wells has been a District and County Councillor in Thanet since 2003. He has held Cabinet posts at both County and District level during that time, and been a consistent driver of Selective Licensing schemes to tackle rogue landlord behaviour. Thanet District Council was recently awarded Housing Business Ready status for their work in housing renewal, as featured in the HFi’s Turning the Tide report, and has a number of new housing projects to hear about. At the LGA Con...more
Head of Business Development, Real Estate

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