Profile of Speakers 2013
David Atkins, Chief executive, Hammerson
David Atkins has been Chief Executive of Hammerson since October 2009. A Chartered Surveyor, he joined the Company in 1998 from international property adviser DTZ. He became an Executive Director of Hammerson on 1 January 2007. He is Chairman of the European Public Real Estate Association (EPRA), Junior Vice President of the British Council of Shopping Centres, and a member of both the British Council of Shopping Centres Advisory Committee and the British Property Federation Policy Committee.
Melbourne Barrett, Executive Director of Housing and Regeneration, London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham Council
Mel is Executive Director of Housing and Regeneration at the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham with responsibility for a £1 billion property portfolio comprising 18,000 dwellings, together with taking forward major regeneration projects, including Earls Court which has an estimated gross development value of £7 billion.
Prior to joining Hammersmith & Fulham Mel was Oxford City Council’s Executive Director for City Regeneration. There he successfully delivered a new Core Strategy; secured blue chip joint venture development partners for both a major retail led redevelopment of Oxford’s West End, and an urban extension to the city at Barton comprising 1000 homes. Mel also successfully built and delivered the first new council homes in the city for over twenty five years. Mel is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and an alumnus of the City University Business School MBA Programme.
Giles Barrie, Managing Director, FTI Consulting
Giles Barrie joined FTI in February 2013 having been editor of Property Week since 2003. During his time at Property Week Giles led the brand to the Professional Publishers Association Weekly Magazine of the Year award in 2007 and 2009 and to the PPA Business Media Brand of the Year title in 2012. He also led propertyweek.com to the Association of Online Publishers’ Editorial Team of the Year title in 2010 and the Business Website of the Year title in 2012. Giles was named PPA Business Editor of the Year in 2009, and British Society of Magazine Editors Business Editor of the Year in 2012.
Before working for Property Week he was news editor and deputy editor of the title’s sister magazine Building. Prior to this he was news editor at the architects’ newspaper Building Design. Giles started as a reporter at Property Week’s forerunner Estates Times in 1989, having graduated in English & History from Leeds University. His main clients are British Land, Westfield, Hammerson, CBRE and AECOM, while the team he leads focus on SEGRO, Capital & Counties and LaSalle Investment Management among others.
Will Bax, Director - London Portfolio, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland
Will Bax MRICS, is responsible for the delivery of portfolio strategy and performance across Grosvenor’s London portfolio. He is also responsible for managing the Mayfair Estate.Will joined Grosvenor in 2004, initially working in the London development and investment teams respectively. In 2007 he moved to Grosvenor’s Fund Management business, where he was latterly responsible for asset and portfolio strategy across the European funds before returning to London in 2011.
Will sits on the New West End Companies Operations Board, is a member of the interim steering group for the Mayfair Neighbourhood Forum and is a member of various industry bodies.
Graham Barnes, Senior Director, Corporate Finance, CBRE
Graham Barnes is a Senior Director, Corporate Finance at CBRE, the leading global real estate advisor. In 2012, Graham established the Corporate Finance business within CBRE’s Real Estate Finance division having previously been the Investment Strategist for the Iceberg Alternative Real Estate Fund, a hedge fund focusing on the UK and European real estate sector, since its launch in 2007.
Graham joined CBRE in 2001 and, prior to Iceberg’s launch, led the Capital Strategies team and was part of the team that established a joint venture with GFI, the interdealer broker, to operate in the property derivatives market and the secondary market for unlisted real estate funds. Before joining CBRE, Graham held a number of positions at The United Bank of Kuwait, including Head of Structured Property Finance.
Dr Neil Blake, Head of UK and EMEA Research, CBRE
Neil Blake is Head of UK and EMEA Research at CBRE. An economist by background, with over 25 years’ experience in economic modelling and forecasting, Neil was previously Director of Economic Analysis at Oxford Economics and, prior to that, he was Director of Economics and Forecasting at Experian and Business Strategies. Throughout his career in economics consultancy, Neil increasingly focussed on the needs of the real estate sector and worked on a number of high profile projects including work for IPF and RICS and inputs into the Barker and Lyons Review.
Nick Boles MP, Planning Minister, Department for Communities and Local Government
Nick Boles was appointed Parliamentary under Secretary of State for Planning in September 2012. He was elected as the Conservative MP for Grantham and Stamford in May 2010. Nick went to school at Winchester College before going on to study politics, philosophy and economics at Magdalen College, Oxford. He went on to do a Masters in public policy at Harvard University in the US after winning a Kennedy Scholarship. Nick was elected to Westminster Council in 1998 and became Chairman of Housing. He was chairman of the Housing Committee from 1999 to 2001, before stepping down in 2002. In 2007, Nick was appointed as Head of David Cameron’s Implementation Team, which drew up the Conservative Party’s detailed plans for government. In November 2010, he was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to Nick Gibb MP, the Minister of State for Schools. Nick is also a political fellow at the Institute for Government and is the founder, and a former director, of Policy Exchange, a centre right policy research institute. Nick spent the first 10 years of his career in business. He worked as a merchant banker for a few years in Germany, Russia and Eastern Europe, helping state owned industries prepare for private ownership. He and a friend later formed a small group of companies supplying the DIY industry. Nick lives with his partner Shay Meshulam.
Matt Brittin, Vice President Operations, Google Europe
Matt leads Google’s business and operations in Northern and Central Europe, with teams in twelve countries helping people and organisations make the most of the web. Google’s products are enjoyed by millions of people and help millions of businesses succeed online. Businesses using the web well are growing four to eight times faster and exporting double compared with those not yet online. With products including Android, Chrome, Search, Maps and YouTube, as well as advertising and analytics products, Google aims to innovate and make using the web fun, simple and fast. Matt joined Google in 2007, initially leading UK Sales, becoming UK MD two years later and taking on his current role in 2011. Before Google he spent much of his career in media and marketing, with particular interests in strategy and business performance.
Matt is a non-executive director of Sainsbury’s and a trustee of charities The Media Trust and The Climate Group. Outside work he enjoys sitting down sports, he has cycled the length of Great Britain for charity, was an international dinghy sailor and rower in both the Boat Race and Rowing World Championships where he has won medals for Great Britain. He lives in London, near the Thames, with his wife, two sons and small dog.
John Burton OBE, Director of Development, Westfield
John Burton is Director of Development at Westfield and has most recently lead Westfield’s Stratford City project which represents the company’s single, biggest ever investment in a project at £1.75b. He is now leading the Croydon redevelopment joint venture between Westfield and Hammerson. Westfield Stratford City forms the gateway to the Olympic Park. It is the largest urban retail and leisure destination in Europe and will also have the capacity to deliver up to 250,000sqm of hotel, office and residential development. He has worked for Westfield for 18 years. Over the past 11 years he has lead development projects for the company throughout the UK. Before moving to the UK he was in charge of Westfield's development of an internet shopping mall and before that he worked on Westfield's potential entry into the Japanese shopping centre market. Prior to this he undertook several shopping centre redevelopments in the Australian market. He had previously worked in the business and property development of many of Australia's major airports and was involved with the establishment of Australia's Federal Airports Corporation.
In 2012 he was awarded an OBE for services to urban regeneration and the London Olympics. John holds a Bachelor of Arts (Accounting) and a Master of Business in Finance degrees.
Ciaran Carvalho, Head of Real Estate, Nabarro
Ciaran Carvalho is Head of Real Estate at Nabarro and deals with all aspects of commercial real estate, investment, joint ventures, finance and development. His clients include national and international investors and developers. He is on the Operations Board of the Investment Property Forum and a member of the Mixed Use and Offices Council of the Urban Land Institute. Ciaran is ranked a leading lawyer in real estate by Chambers UK and Legal 500.
Mark Clare, Group Chief Executive, Barratt Developments Plc
Mark Clare was appointed Group Chief Executive of Barratt Developments Plc, the UK’s largest housebuilder, in October 2006. The company is the only major housebuilder to be awarded a Five Star rating for quality for the fourth successive year. Previously Managing Director of Centrica's British Gas Residential Energy operation, Mark joined British Gas in 1994, becoming Centrica's Finance Director in 1997 and Managing Director of British Gas Residential Energy in 2002. He was a Non-Executive Director of BAA plc until its acquisition.
Mark is a member of the Government’s new Green Construction Board, and is a Trustee of the BRE Trust and the UK Green Building Council. He also sits on the CBI Construction Council. He chaired the Housing Workstream of the Government’s Task Force looking at environmental innovation in the construction industry. He was recently appointed to the RICS Housing Commission.
Paul Clark, Director of Investment & Asset Management, The Crown Estate
Paul has overall responsibility for the investment strategy across The Crown Estate’s UK based £8 billion portfolio which includes major Central London and regional retail assets within a portfolio covering the commercial, residential, rural, coastal and offshore energy sectors. Previously he was responsible for the Church Commissioners £1.7 billion property investment portfolio.
In addition to its own funds, The Crown Estate also manages West End joint ventures with Norges Bank Investment Management (Regent Street) and Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (mixed use development in St James’s). Significant current activity includes 318,000 sq ft of mixed use development under construction in the West End with planning consent for a further 458,000 sq ft. The Crown Estate is also very active outside London with over £1bn of prime regional retail within its portfolio and a significant investment committed to the development of the UK’s offshore energy sector.
Toby Courtauld, Chief Executive, Great Portland Estates
Toby Courtauld, 45, has been the Chief Executive of the FTSE 250 property company Great Portland Estates plc since 2002. He graduated from Cambridge University in 1991 and has spent all his professional life in commercial real estate. Amongst other industry roles, he sits on the boards of the British Property Federation, the Investment Property Forum and the New West End Company. He is also a non-executive director of the fine wine exchange, Live-ex. He lives in London and is married with three children.
Michèle Dix, Managing Director of Planning, Transport for London
Michèle Dix is the Managing Director of Planning at Transport for London (TfL). Michèle started her career at the Greater London Council (GLC) after completing her PhD in transport and land use planning and became a chartered civil engineer through the GLC’s transport planning graduate scheme. After 6 years of policy work, Michele joined Halcrow Fox in the private sector, where she became the Board Director of Urban Transport Planning. After 15 years working on a range of studies Michèle joined TfL as Director of Congestion Charging; implementing, running and expanding the scheme with co-Director Malcolm Murray-Clark. She was also responsible for developing the Low Emission Zone. Since, June 2007, Michele has been the Managing Director of Planning and leads TfL’s strategic thinking on the future transport needs of London, testing and challenging policies and providing clear direction on appropriate transport solutions for the future. Current studies include air quality, and growth health, accessibility/policies and major schemes such as the Northern Line Extension, Crossrail 2, New River Crossing and Tramslinks and leading on the TfL’s aviation work for the Mayor. She is responsible for the TfL’s work on ensuring that it is integrated within London.
Cllr Mike Fisher, Leader, London Borough of Croydon
Councillor Mike Fisher became Leader of Croydon Council in 2006. He has forged ahead with his passion for re-establishing London’s most populated borough as the top destination in the south, outside of central London, for retail, commercial and housing investment. He was delighted to begin this year by announcing with the Mayor of London that Croydon has secured Hammerson PLC and Westfield Shoppingtowns Ltd as an unique joint venture to redevelop the Whitgift and Centrale shopping centres. This £1bn development will be the centre piece of town centre’s regeneration. Mike and his team of officers have adopted plans to give confidence to developers and guide investors to development opportunities. Investment in areas like the civic and cultural quarter and the Old Town will complement the major retail and leisure development.
Furthermore, the impressive number of major commercial and housing developments already underway or now in pre-application discussion has caused excitement in the world of property and development – with more interest than ever being registered by investors at this year’s international real estate exhibition in Cannes – MIPIM. Under Mike’s leadership Croydon’s reputation has grown for being a borough with a smooth planning process and a ‘can do’ approach. The strong public and private sector ‘Develop Croydon’ partnership and the backing of the Mayor is helping Croydon realise its full potential.
Fiona Fletcher-Smith, Executive Director, Development and Environment, Greater London Authority
Fiona joined the GLA from the London Borough of Hackney where she spent over three years as the Corporate Director of Neighbourhoods and Regeneration. She was a key figure in a small team of senior officers leading the authority from an Audit Commission ranking of 1 star to 3 stars. Fiona's portfolio included a broad span of services from regeneration and planning, transport and public realm, waste and recycling, community safety, environmental health and trading standards to leading on all work associated with London 2012. Prior to working at the Borough of Hackney Fiona worked in a diverse range of voluntary and public sector roles including advising homeless people in Dublin, housing management, development and regeneration and strategy and policy development. Fiona is a graduate of the University of Northumbria and the London School of Economics where she gained an MSc in Housing.
Ben Giddens, Development Director, Quintain
Ben Giddens, Development Director at Quintain Estates and Development plc, is responsible for managing its 85 acre development programme in Wembley, which is already well underway and will include 5,500 new homes and London’s only Designer Outlet alongside Wembley Stadium. Ben joined Quintain in 2006 and recently led the successful outline planning & Section 106 negotiations for the next phase of development at the Wembley site, which will comprise 1.7million sq ft and deliver up to 1,300 more homes, 300,000 sq ft of retail, and student and hotel accommodation. Currently Ben is charged with the successful delivery and letting of the London Designer Outlet centre and the design, planning submission and subsequent sales launch of 470 homes at Wembley Park Gardens. Prior to joining Quintain Ben worked at Development Securities plc and is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
Cllr Ravi Govindia, Leader, London Borough of Wandsworth
Ravi Govindia is the leader of Wandsworth Council and has served the authority as a Conservative councillor since 1982. During his local government career Ravi has specialised in the fields of planning, housing, economic development and regeneration. He became council leader in 2011 following Sir Edward Lister’s move from Wandsworth to City Hall.
Ravi 's achievements include the redevelopment of Wandsworth's industrial riverside and he maintains a hands-on role in the transformation of Nine Elms on the South Bank. This regeneration programme is underpinned with a £1bn Government guarantee for the Northern Line Extension and includes sites earmarked for the new US and Dutch Embassies. It is on course to deliver 25,000 new jobs and more than 16,000 new homes. In 2012 Cllr Govindia launched a £100mn programme of work to regenerate two of Wandsworth’s most deprived areas. This ambitious and transformational project aims to improve the physical environment and raise the aspirations and life chances of people living in these parts of the borough.
Chris Grigg, Chief Executive, British Land
Chris Grigg joined British Land as Chief Executive in January 2009. He was Chief Executive of Barclays Commercial Bank until November 2008, having joined the bank in 2005 as Group Treasurer. Prior to Barclays, he held a broad range of leadership positions at Goldman Sachs, where his career spanned 20 years. He rose to partner of Goldman Sachs, working principally in its capital markets and derivatives business. Chris is a member of the Executive Board of the European Public Real Estate Association. In July 2012 he was appointed President of the British Property Federation.
Tim Haynes, Senior Managingt Director, Construction Solutions, Nabarro
Tim Haynes is a senior managing director in the FTI Consulting Forensic and Litigation practice and is based in London. Mr. Haynes is responsible for managing the day-to day operations of FTI Consulting Construction Solutions business in EMEA. Mr. Haynes has 24 years experience as a project manager, commercial and contractual adviser gained with major building contractors and contract consultancies.Mr. Haynes has considerable expertise in advising upon best practice procurement, vetting and drafting contract conditions, and in assessing a wide range of contractual claims. He is a specialist in commercial and contractual audits on major projects. This expertise has been gained in both the private and public sector of the construction industry, including oil, gas, rail and infrastructure.
He has extensive experience in analysis and resolution of commercial and contractual problems on major building, infrastructure, rail and petrochemical contracts in the UK, Europe and the Middle East.Mr. Haynes has been actively involved in several expert witness appointments on quantum and project management matters.
Cllr Sarah Hayward, Leader, London Borough of Camden
Sarah Hayward is Leader of Camden Council and a Labour councillor for King's Cross ward. As Leader, Sarah launched Camden’s Equality Taskforce, which recently produced its final report making recommendations about housing, employment and childcare as well as making Camden a ‘no wrong door borough’. Sarah also committed Camden to become one of the first London Living Wage boroughs. Sarah has vociferously challenged the Government on HS2 and more recently, changes to welfare. She has regularly been invited to give verbal evidence on these issues, and others, by Parliamentary Committees. As part of her role, Sarah is a member of a number of committees and bodies within Camden Council and beyond. These include the London Health Board and London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority.
Sarah got in to politics because she believes it's the best way to make a real difference to people's lives. Sarah initially worked in the private sector and then a successful career in central Government followed. Sarah's interests changed when a career break for travel led to a move to local government. As an officer at a London council, Sarah's eyes were opened to the massive impact councils have on people's day to day lives and the immense power they have to immeasurably improve people's lives. Since then, Sarah has been committed to local Government, working in two authorities and advising former Communities & Local Government Secretary John Denham. She was elected to Camden Council in 2010.
As Leader, Sarah aims to tackle inequality in Camden and is committed to finding and using every means at her disposal. She doesn't believe authorities simply need to be the conduit of cuts despite the massive financial challenges Camden faces. Outside politics Sarah lives in Kentish Town with her husband and is a massive fan of Arsenal, art galleries and good food. She believes London is the best city in the world and that Camden is the best borough in London.
Alan Holland, Business Unit Director, Greater London, Segro
Alan Holland is the Business Unit Director for SEGRO’s Greater London portfolio which is mainly concentrated upon the core West London markets of Heathrow and Park Royal. In total, the portfolio is home to over 500 customers in 80 locations with a market value in excess of £2bn. Alan is a Chartered Surveyor with over 16 years’ real estate experience across the commercial and business space sectors.
Mike Hussey, Chief Executive, Almacantar
Recognised as one of the key experts of the London market, Mike has secured a strong reputation through a series of landmark transactions. He is a firm believer in the application of real property skills to deliver lasting value. Before founding Almacantar, Mike spent seven years at Land Securities plc, the largest property company in the UK, where he was an Executive Board Director with responsibility for the London portfolio, valued between £3.3bn and £9.4bn. Whilst at Land Securities, Mike instigated the Capital Commitment programme that increased the profile of the business and initiated approximately 3 million sq.ft (280,000 sq.m) of development early in the cycle.
Mike increased Land Securities’ trading activity, churning the portfolio through the cycle and delivering significant outperformance. He is well regarded in the public capital markets and ran a team of over 200 people at Land Securities. Prior to Land Securities, Mike was responsible for all property transactions at the Canary Wharf Group, as head of Leasing and Marketing, where his team transacted 9.3m sq.ft (900,000 sq.m). Before that, Mike was the youngest salaried partner at Knight Frank, where he specialised in development, investment and large occupier consultancy in Central London. Mike started his career at Edward Erdman.
Maxwell James, Chief Executive, Quintain
Max joined Quintain in July 2011 and became Chief Executive of the Group in May 2012. He brings extensive experience in real estate banking and corporate finance to the Company. Before joining Quintain, Max was Chief Executive of Lowndes Partners, LLP, a specialist real estate investment bank, which he founded in 2006. Previously, he was Global Head of Real Estate at HSBC Investment Bank and a director of Lazard. Max is Chairman of the Urban Land Institute’s UK Regeneration Council.
Rt Hon Sadiq Khan MP, Shadow Minister
Sadiq Khan was elected Labour MP for Tooting in London in 2005 and re-elected in 2010, receiving more votes and a bigger share of the vote. He was appointed a government Minister in 2008, and has been appointed a Shadow Secretary of State while in opposition. In government he held posts in Communities and Local Government, and in Transport, where he was responsible for London. He is currently Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice (with responsibility for political and constitutional reform). In January 2013 he was also appointed as Shadow Minister for London. Before he was elected to Parliament, he was a leading human rights lawyer. He is a former Chair of the Fabian Society, one of the world’s oldest think tanks, former Chair of Liberty, a campaigning organisation that seeks to protect civil liberties and promote human rights and was Vice Chair of Legal Action Group (LAG) for several years. He was also a Councillor for 12 years in Wandsworth. He is married with 2 children.
Cllr Claire Kober, Leader, London Borough of Haringey
Claire Kober was elected as a Haringey Councillor in May 2006 and became Leader of the Council in December 2008. She also serves as Deputy Chair of London Councils, a role she has held since 2010. She is committed to regenerating Haringey and improving the housing stock across the borough. Claire’s professional career has been spent in the voluntary sector working for a number of national charities, and she was formerly Head of Policy and Campaigns for Family Action.
Bas Kundu, Managing Director, European Tax Services, FTI Consulting
Bas Kundu is a Managing Director within FTI Consulting’s European Tax Services group based in London. Mr Kundu has extensive expertise both in structuring real estate and infrastructure funds and associated management vehicles in a direct tax, personal tax and VAT efficient manner, and in M&A transactions involving the acquisition of direct and indirect real estate , for a wide variety of clients. He has in depth experience in leading teams handling complex real estate tax issues. Mr Kundu uses his in depth of knowledge of due diligence and structuring of RE and infrastructure investments to ensure that subsequent acquisition and disposal transactions, and any refinancings are undertaken in a manner which maximizes post tax returns. Prior to joining FTI consulting, Mr Kundu was an International RE & Funds Tax partner at PwC, whom he joined in 2006.He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the UK Chartered Institute of Taxation.
Michael Lowndes, Executive Director, Turley Associates
Mike has over 25 years of experience working on complex planning and masterplanning proposals throughout the UK. He specialises in the advocacy of design led schemes and works at the interface of planning, urban design, heritage and community engagement. He specialises in the advocacy of design-led schemes and works at the interface of planning, urban design, heritage and community engagement He sits on the Company Board and is a judge for the DCLG Housing Design Awards programme. He provides expert evidence and has lectured widely on technical and professional matters.
David Lunts, Executive Director for 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 new 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.
Rosemarie MacQueen, Strategic Director Built Environment, Westminster City Council
Rosemarie MacQueen is Strategic Director Built Environment at Westminster City Council in London. Her first degree was sociology and subsequently she qualified in urban and regional planning, architecture, building conservation and management. She has worked in the private sector and a number of local authorities.
Her portfolio includes mediating between the needs of the global city, the economic heartland of UK PLC and a residential population for whom Westminster is their home town. She is responsible for the vision of the future City, leading on planning, licensing, environment, transportation and development policy, economic development and regeneration; urban design and conservation; public realm improvement as well as development and highway management, planning, enforcement and building control.
Harvey McGrath, Co-Chair, London Enterprise Panel
Harvey is Co-chair of the Mayor of London's Enterprise Panel, and Chairman of Governors of Birkbeck College, University of London. He is the former Chairman of Prudential
plc, Man Group
plc, and the London Development Agency.
Prior to taking on the Chair of the London Development Agency he was Chairman of London First, the capital’s influential business campaign group, a director of Gateway to London, the inward investment agency for the Thames Gateway and Chairman of the East London Business Alliance, a partnership of substantial businesses engaged in the social and economic regeneration of East London.
Harvey is also Chairman of Heart of the City, which helps companies develop Corporate Social Responsibility through learning from one another; Chairman of the Prince’s Teaching Institute, which promotes subject based professional development for teachers; and a trustee of a number of other charities including New Philanthropy Capital, a research based charity which gives advice and guidance to donors and charities; the Royal Anniversary Trust which operates the Queen's Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education; Children and Families Across Borders (CFAB), which protects the rights and welfare of children and vulnerable adults across borders; icould, an online careers resource; and the Mayor’s Fund for London.
Will McKee, Chairman, Outer London Commission/Tilfen Land
William McKee is Chairman of property company Tilfen Land and Chair of the Mayor of London’s Outer London Commission. Until 2011, he was Chairman of the Advisory Committee of Surrey University School of Management and is now a member of the Faculty Advisory Board of Southampton University Business School. From 1993 until 2002, William was Director General of the British Property Federation and Chairman of the European Property Federation from 1996 until 2002. From 1999-2002, he was Chairman of the CBI Trade Association Council and a member of the CBI President’s committee. He has been a member of numerous Government review bodies. He was Chief Executive of the London Borough of Merton 1981-92. For 10 years he was visiting lecturer in town planning and transport planning at Imperial College London and between 2001-2004 visiting Fellow in Property at Reading University. He has written widely in books, journals and newspapers and appeared on television and radio. William McKee received the CBE in the 2002 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to the property industry.
Bill Moore CBE, Chief Executive Officer, The Portman Estate
Bill took over the job of CEO for the Portman Estate in December 2011. Bill’s previous career had been in the Army in which he attained the rank of Major General, serving in his last position as the Master General of the Ordnance on the Army Board. He operated in Northern Ireland, the Falkland’s Campaign in 1982, Belize, Sierra Leone and Iraq; he has also served with the United Nations. He UK commands were 7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery and 19 Mechanised Brigade. In 2001 he led the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces in their fight against the rebels; he also commanded a combination of Royal Navy warships and Army troops - sent back into Sierra Leone in 2003 to protect UK interests there; 19 Mechanised Brigade in Iraq in 2003; and he was the Deputy Commanding General for the 145,000 strong Corps in Iraq in 2009, working for the US.
Bill was awarded the QCVS in 2001 for his efforts in Sierra Leone, the Czech Cross of Merit and was also appointed CBE for work in Iraq in 2003, and in 2009 received the US Legion of Merit for service again in Iraq. He canoed from Devizes to Westminster in 2008 raising £173,000 for wounded soldiers and also cycled from London to Paris in 2011 on behalf of the Royal British Legion. He enjoys most outdoor pursuits including cricket, mountain marathons, skiing, walking and trying to outwit the dog. He has a degree in Politics and History and is a Chartered Manager.
Stewart Murray, Assistant Director of Planning, Greater London Authority
Stewart Murray leads the London Plan team and the Planning Decisions Unit for the Mayor of London. Prior to this, he was at the London Borough of Redbridge. While at Redbridge he managed the introduction of the council’s Community Infrastructure Levy, one of the first to be implemented in the UK. Before that he was Director of Planning, Housing and Regeneration at the London Borough of Barnet. He also worked for the City of London, and in the planning team at the GLA.
Robert Noel, Group Chief Executive, Land Securities
Robert Noel, age 48, was educated at Marlborough College and Reading University. From 1992 to 2002, he was a Director of Nelson Bakewell Ltd, the property services group. He joined Great Portland Estates plc, the FTSE 250 REIT, in June 2002 as part of a new management team, and was appointed to the Board in August 2002. He joined Land Securities Group PLC in January 2010 as Managing Director of its London business, and was appointed Group Chief Executive from 1 April 2012. Robert is a a Trustee and Director of LandAid, the property industry charity, and on the policy committee of the British Property Federation. He is a Past Chairman of the Westminster Property Association and formerly a Director of The New West End Company, the central London business improvement district. Robert is married, with three children and lives in central London.
Steven Norris, Chairman, Soho Estates
Steve has a Master’s degree in Law from Oxford University and was a Conservative Member of Parliament from 1983 to 1997. He was a Parliamentary Private Secretary in the Department of Environment, The Department of Trade and Industry and the Home Office. From 1992 to 1996 he was Minister for Transport in London and is a former Vice-Chairman of the Party. He was his party's candidate for Mayor of London in 2000 and 2004 outperforming the national party on both occasions and becoming one of London's best known public figures in the process.
Steve Norris is Chairman of Soho Estates Ltd, Virtus Data Centres Ltd and the regeneration specialist Obsidian FG. He is an advisor to Ardmore Construction Ltd, Cola Hotels Ltd, Dragados SA, Expedia Inc and Cubic Transportation Inc. He is a regular contributor to Property Week. Steve is Chair of the National Infrastructure Planning Association, a Companion of the Institution of Civil Engineers and an Honorary Fellow of the Association of Project Managers.
David Partridge, Managing Partner, Argent
David joined Argent in 1990 and was appointed Joint Chief Executive in September 2006 and managing partner of the new Argent LLP, in December 2013. He has overall responsibility for structuring and establishing financial and management programmes for all Argent business. David oversees the masterplanning, building design, financing and legal aspects for all projects – including King’s Cross, Piccadilly and St Peter’s Square in Manchester and Paradise Circus in Birmingham. After a degree in architecture at Cambridge, he became a founding partner of Gebler Tooth Partridge Architects.
He is a Commissioner on the West End Commission, and Chairman of the King’s Cross Business Partnership Ltd and formerly a Non-Executive Director of the Manchester Airports Group. David is also a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and has also sat on a number of RIBA practice committees.
Liz Peace CBE, Chief Executive Office, British Property Federation
Liz became CEO of the British Property Federation in 2002, following a long and varied career in the MOD. During her time at the helm, the BPF has managed to change legislation 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 REITs. Liz believes that there remains more work to be done to improve further the property industry’s standing with politicians, media and the public at large and to ensure that Government policy does not damage its fragile and gradual recovery. Liz was awarded the CBE in the 2008 New Year Honours list for services to the property industry.
Lohan Presencer, Chief Executive Officer, Ministry of Sound
Ministry of Sound is the biggest dance music brand in the world. Since the opening of its iconic London nightclub in 1991, the business has expanded to comprise one of the world’s largest independent music companies with sales of over 50 million albums, a live events business staging over a thousand parties a year across the globe, and multiple media properties including online radio, TV and social channels reaching weekly audiences running to tens of millions.
Chief Executive Lohan Presencer joined Ministry of Sound in 1999, originally to run its recorded music business, having previously held a senior marketing role at Warner Music UK. He has been CEO since 2008.
Recently Ministry of Sound has been involved in a high profile campaign to protect the long term future of its nightclub which faces serious threats to its license resulting from residential property development on adjacent sites in Elephant and Castle. Ministry of Sound attracts over 300,000 visitors a year to its South London club.
Michael Rooney, Chief Operating Officer, London First
Michael Rooney joined London First in 2002 as commercial director. He was appointed chief operating officer in 2004 and is responsible for member management, commercial development and company support services. Previously he was chairman and chief executive of Langdon’s Foods Plc. He has had a wide experience of the dairy industry having worked during the 80s and 90s in senior management positions for Dairy Crest Foods Plc and most recently as Household Director responsible for the doorstep delivery business. His early career was spent in marketing and advertising, working with leading advertising agencies including CDP and Inter Public as an account manager.
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 building the business 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. Qualified at Oxford University with a BA Honours in Human Sciences, and a scholarship. Also, a member of the BPF and UK-GBC
James Saunders, Chief Operating Officer, Quintain
James Saunders is Chief Operating Officer of Quintain. He is directly responsible for Quintain’s Wembley operating businesses, estate management, IT, marketing and HR across the Group. James has a background in brand marketing, sponsorship and business development, having worked at Coca-Cola and Vodafone in international marketing and partnership roles. He was also MD of WSM, a leading London sports marketing agency. James came to Quintain in 2008 from The Cloud Networks, Europe’s largest Wi-Fi operator, where he was Chief Marketing Officer.
Hugh Seaborn, Chief Executive, The Cadogan Estate
Hugh Seaborn joined Cadogan Estate as Chief Executive from Christmas 2008. Prior to this he was Chief Executive and Agent to the Trustees of The Portman Estate where he worked for 9 years. During this time he repositioned Portman as an active and committed landlord and investor. Before heading up Portman, Hugh spent 9 years with CB Richard Ellis, latterly as Director and Head of Investment Management where amongst other things, he was responsible for investment portfolios on behalf of a variety of clients including institutions and property companies. Hugh is a Chartered Surveyor, past Chairman of the Westminster Property Association, a member of the Council of the Duchy of Lancaster and a Non Executive Director of TR Property Investment Trust plc. He was previously a Member of the London Board of Royal and Sun Alliance – an advisory group.
Anette Simpson, Director of Planning & Development, Earls Court Village, Capco
Anette had worked in the development industry for over 10 years prior to joining Capco in 2010 to lead the Earls Court planning team. She has a breadth of experience in managing large, complex residential-led regeneration projects through the planning and development process. With a particular interest in design and in delivering sustainable developments, Anette is leading the development of Earls Court Village, the first phase of the Earls Court Masterplan.
John Slade, UK Chief Executive Officer, BNP Paribas Real Estate
John Slade joined BNP Paribas Real Estate as UK chief executive officer in June 2012 with the aim of expanding the UK business and to become a market leader, particularly in investment. In his first year in this role, he has already recruited over 50 key people. John also sits on the international advisory board of BNP Paribas Real Estate and works closely with the CEOs of France and Germany to spearhead the international investment strategy of the Group. During his career, John himself has transacted in excess of £10 billion worth of property having run his own company, Accrue Capital. Prior to this he was joint chairman of capital markets and managing director of international investment at DTZ and executive head of CBRE’s City business.
John’s strong personal track record of deals includes a €300 million joint venture between Scottish Widows and Teachers of New York for three major London buildings, one now redeveloped and occupied by BNP Paribas at 5 Aldermanbury Square; substantial purchases for Asian and German clients including Goldman Sachs HQ in Fleet Street and the Lloyds Building, and leading European transactions involving portfolios in Germany and France (of more than €3 billion between 2005 and 2007). He also advised on landmark buildings including Stadttor in Dusseldorf and White Square in Moscow.
Jon Sleeman, Director - Research, Jones Lang LaSalle
Jon Sleeman is a Director in Jones Lang LaSalle’s Research team, where he is Head of UK and EMEA Logistics & Industrial Research. In this role he is responsible for undertaking research to support client decision-making across a wide range of real estate markets and different types of logistics and industrial properties. Inevitably, this means tracking trends which drive changes in logistics operations and property requirements. Jon has an MSc in Logistics & Supply Chain Management from the Cranfield School of Management and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK).
Duncan Swinhoe, Principal/ Managing Director, Gensler
Duncan is the Managing Director of
Gensler’s London office. An architect with some 15 years experience, Duncan’s career has seen him concentrate on large-scale developments in the UK, Europe and the Gulf region. With a particular focus and
specialism in office building design and the changing nature of the workplace, Duncan is responsible for establishing the conceptual direction of projects and leading the multidisciplinary team through delivery.
Duncan is an active member of the BCO and the ULI and speaks regularly on issues relating to design and urbanism.
Robert Tincknell, Chief Executive Officer, Battersea Power Station Development Company
Robert Tincknell is Chief Executive Officer of Battersea Power Station Development Company. Rob has direct responsibility for one of the highest profile real estate projects in the World, the redevelopment of the iconic Battersea Power Station in London and the 40 acres that surround it. Under his leadership, proposals for the site's future are now finally becoming a reality following the recent purchase of the Site by a consortium of Malaysian investors including S P Setia, Sime Darby and EPF. Construction commences later in 2013 and will transform the Power Station area into a stunning 8.1m sq ft mixed-use development,
Rob began his career at The Berkeley Group plc and then took over responsibility for the 33 acre Gunwharf Quay’s development in Portsmouth, delivering a scheme that is now internationally recognised and has won numerous awards, including the coveted BURA Crystal Award for ‘Best of the Best’. In 2002 Rob moved to Dublin to join the main board of one of Ireland largest developers, Treasury Holdings. Following his appointment as Group Deputy Managing Director, Rob spearheaded the company's expansion into new markets, including Russia, and China. In 2006 he moved to Shanghai to establish and manage a new real estate investment business.
After six years overseas Rob returned to the UK in 2008 to direct the Battersea scheme and under his leadership, the team re-masterplanned the project and successfully obtained the largest planning consent ever granted in Central London.
David Twohig, Development Director, Battersea Power Station
As Development Director for Battersea Power Station Development Company, David is currently responsible for commercial property at Battersea Power Station. His responsibilities include maintaining the overall project concept, placemaking strategy and design development. Since moving to London at the outset of 2008, David managed the Development Department up to the positive resolution of the Power Station planning consent. Prior to London David was development director for the largest western-managed, China based development company. David has also worked on development projects in Ireland, Russia and mainland Europe over the past decade.
Baroness Jo Valentine, Chief Executive, London First
Baroness Valentine joined London First in 1997 as Managing Director, becoming Chief Executive in 2003. Her role centres on representing to national and local government the most pressing issues affecting London’s leading businesses. Prior to London First, Jo Valentine worked in corporate finance and planning at Barings and BOC Group. She established and ran ‘The Blackburn Partnership’ a public-private regeneration partnership in 1988 and the Central London Partnership (CLP) in 1995. She was a National Lottery Commissioner from 2000 to 2005. She became a Crossbench Peer in October 2005 and contributes frequently to debates, mainly on economic and competitiveness issues. She sits on the House of Lords Committee which provides prelegislative scrutiny of European infrastructure proposals. Baroness Valentine is a Non-Executive Director of Peabody, and an Honorary Fellow of St Hugh’s College Oxford.
Damian Wild, Editor, Estates Gazette
Damian Wild became editor of Estates Gazette in September 2009. Before joining, he was group editor in chief of Incisive Media’s business and finance titles, including Accountancy Age and Financial Director, as well as a number of related websites. Prior to that, he spent five years as editor of Accountancy Age. During his time with the group, the titles won several awards for their innovative use of online media.
Damian had previously written for a number of newspapers, magazines and online publications in the UK and Hong Kong including CNN's financial news website in London. He also worked on the South China Morning Post’s business desk during the handover to China in 1997.
Paul Williams, Director, Asset Management, Derwent London
Paul Williams heads the Asset Management team at Derwent London and has overall responsibility for lease management and lettings, together with the delivery of Derwent’s substantial projects. Recent schemes include Burberry’s additional headquarters in Page Street, Victoria, the redevelopment of The Angel Building which included a substantial pre-letting to Cancer Research and letting to Expedia. Paul has also been leading on the Crossrail site at No: 1 Oxford Street.
Paul has been with Derwent since its inception and has been part of the core team to develop Derwent’s distinct brand of buildings. Paul is Chairman of the Paddington Waterside Partnership and a member of the British Council for Offices. He is also on the Working Group of the British Property Federation.
Hideto Yamada, Managing Director, Mitsui Fudosan
Hideto has been with the Mitsui Fudosan for more than 30 years and is highly experienced in all areas of real estate including acquisitions, consultancy and corporate management. He became Managing Director of Mitsui Fudosan UK in April 2008, following six years as Managing Director of TID Pte Ltd (a joint-venture company that was established with Mitsui Fudosan and the Hong Leong Group) in Singapore and four years as Senior Vice President of Mitsui Fudosan America, Inc. in New York. He also serves as a non-executive board member of Stanhope plc.
Hideto graduated with a BA in International Economics from Yokohama National University and is a CPA, certified in the state of Illinois, USA. He is also a member of CLEAB, the Cambridge Land Economy Advisory Board (University of Cambridge) and a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
Zen Yaworsky, Programme Director, The Supply Chain Academy, formerly Supply Chain Director, Uniserve Group
Zen Yaworsky joined the Uniserve Group in 2010 where he set up The Supply Chain Academy, an organisation providing capability development and consulting and advisory services to senior leadership teams in major UK manufacturing and retailing organisations. Its work is bottom line focussed and aims to develop sustainable broadly scoped capabilities at board and executive levels that align and optimise business performance. The Academy also undertakes research on behalf of some of its clients covering a variety of aspects of the supply chain. Latterly, the Academy has seen an emerging interest in supply chain capability and understanding coming from the banking, insurance and property sectors.
Prior to the Academy Zen was Head of Supply Chain Operations at Marks and Spencer PLC. During the course of his 26 year career there he worked on all aspects of the supply chain. After nine years in retail operations he worked in international business development setting up new retail operations in Turkey, The Middle East and Central and Eastern Europe. He carried out strategic reviews of sourcing and sourcing risk, travelling to all of M&S’s sourcing locations from Mongolia to Mauritius. In his final years with M&S Zen headed a major change programme enabling direct purchasing of goods from manufacturers overseas.