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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
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
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Director of Housing, Residential Growth and Chief Executive
Manchester Place
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Journalist and Author
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
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Former Policy Chairman, Sir Mark Boleat, Former Policy Chairman, City of London Corporation
and Chairman, Housing Finance Institute
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Meanwhile Space
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Chief Executive
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Book of the Future
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
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.
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Head of Core Projects
Pocket Living
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Portfolio and Corporate Finance Executive
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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
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Chief Executive
BBC Home Editor
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
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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
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Group Director, Housing
Notting Hill Housing Group
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
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
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
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Chief Executive
Westway Trust
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. 
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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
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
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
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
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Minister of State for Housing and Planning
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Business Development Director
Shaylor Group
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
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Blackstock Consulting
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Head of Business Development, Real Estate

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