Profile of Speakers
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 Senior Vice President of the British Council of Shopping Centres (BCSC), a Trustee of the BCSC Educational Trust, a member of both the BCSC Advisory Committee and the British Property Federation Policy Committee and a former Chairman of the European Public Real Estate Association (EPRA).
Peter Bill, Journalist, Evening Standard
Peter Bill is the author of Planet Property. A guide to the £400 billion UK market which charts the sector against the background of the biggest boom and bust in history. Peter is a surveyor-turned-journalist who edited Building magazine for six years then Estates Gazette for 11 years until 2009. He writes a weekly commercial property column for both the London Evening Standard and Estates Gazette.
Sir Steve Bullock, Mayor, London Borough of Lewisham
Steve Bullock was elected as the London Borough of Lewisham’s first directly elected Mayor in May 2002 and he is now in his third term of office. Immediately prior to becoming Mayor he was serving as Chair of University Hospital Lewisham NHS Trust.
Steve was first elected as a councillor in 1982 and served as Leader of Lewisham Council from 1988 to 1993. He is currently Chair of the Local Government Association's Human Resource Panel and London Councils’ executive member for Strategic Housing. He is a member of the Horniman Museum’s finance advisory committee.
Steve was born in Redcar, North Yorkshire, and now lives in Forest Hill with his wife, Kris. In his spare time he enjoys football and folk music. Mayor Bullock was knighted in 2007.
John’s career path began at Hillier Parker (now CBRE.) In 1973 he acquired his own estate agency and a decade later made the strategic move from agency to client side. Acquiring control of the Derwent Valley Light Railway Company (capitalised at £1.5m), he restructured the business, assembled a talented team of professionals and grew the company to its current position as the largest central London focussed REIT. The 2007 merger with London Merchant Securities saw the formation of Derwent London.
A former Chairman of the Westminster Property Association, he sits on the Strategic board of the New West End Company and is involved with various charitable organisations. John is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS).
Cllr Muhammed Butt, Leader, London Borough of Brent
Cllr. Butt is passionate about strengthening relations within Brent’s community, to make the diverse borough more resilient and fairer for all. He was first elected as Leader of the Council in May 2012, re-elected in May 2014 and, as Leader, he has prioritised creating jobs for local people, investing in affordable housing and protecting Brent’s most vulnerable residents. His most recent election campaign focussed on plans to build 300 affordable new homes in Brent.
Over the years, Cllr. Butt has owned several businesses in Brent and has previously worked for BT as an engineer and for the then Department for Health and Social Security in project management. Cllr. Butt entered politics after becoming involved in community campaigning and advocacy for residents in his local area.
Cllr. Butt has lived in Brent all his life. He is a father of three, and his wife is a Brent registered child-minder. Born in Central Middlesex Hospital and schooled in the borough, he has represented his home of ward Tokyngton since 2006.
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. As Chief Executive, Mark has focussed the organisation on quality and customer service, and the company is now acknowledged as the industry leader in this respect. Most recently the company has committed to the adoption of Building For Life 12 design principles throughout its future developments - the first housebuilder to do so.
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 from 2001 until it was taken over in 2006. Mark is a panel member of the Lyons Housing Review, an independent review being carried out by Sir Michael Lyons for Labour's Policy Review.
He is also a member of the Government’s Construction Leadership Council, is a Trustee of the BRE Trust and of the UK Green Building Council. He also sits on the CBI Construction Council. He joined the Board of United Utilities Group PLC in November 2013 as a Non-Executive Director.
Oliver Gardiner, Head of Development, London Portfolio, Land Securities
Oliver joined Land Securities in 2002. Over the last 12 years he has been responsible for delivering several of the Group’s major office, retail and residential schemes including Cardinal Place, Wilton Plaza, New Street Square and Park House. Current developments include 62 Buckingham Gate, New Ludgate, Kings Gate, the Zig Zag Building, Nova (the joint venture between Land Securities and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board) and 1 New Street Square.
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.
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.
Brandon Lewis MP, Minister of State for Housing and Planning, Department for Communities and Local Government
Brandon Lewis MP was appointed Minister of State for Housing and Planning at the Department for Communities and Local Government on 15 July 2014. He was elected as the Conservative MP for Great Yarmouth in May 2010. Mr Lewis has a BSc Economics and LLB Hons (Law) from the University of Buckingham. He also holds an LLM in commercial law from King’s College London. Brandon was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government from September 2012. Brandon is a qualified barrister and a company director. Before joining the government, Brandon was an active member of a number of All Party Parliamentary Groups, including those for enterprise zones and local growth as well as local government. He was co-chair of a group on coastal erosion and continues to work with colleagues who represent other coastal towns to highlight common issues in their constituencies. Brandon served on Brentwood Borough Council for more than 10 years, with 5 as Leader.
Sir Edward Lister, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Chief of Staff, Greater London Authority
Sir Edward Lister was appointed Chief of Staff and Deputy Mayor for Policy and Planning by the Mayor of London in May 2011. In this role he co-ordinates implementation of the Mayor’s priorities, strategy and policy work, and activities by the Mayoral Team. As the Mayor’s Chief of Staff he leads on GLA budgets and administration. In conjunction with the Head of Paid Service, he has direct responsibility for leading and overseeing operations in City Hall. Sir Edward advises the Mayor on strategic planning applications and has oversight of the London Plan and Community Infrastructure Levy.
He delivers the Mayor’s jobs and growth agenda in this area. Prior to coming to City Hall, Sir Edward served as leader of Wandsworth Council from 1992 to 2011. As the longest serving council leader in the country, he made Wandsworth the most successful value for money local authority in the country with the country's lowest council tax charge and top satisfaction ratings from its residents (Place Survey 2009).
He was honored with a Knight’s Bachelor in the Queen’s 2011 Birthday honors list.
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.
Cllr Nicholas Paget-Brown, Leader, Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
Councillor Nicholas Paget-Brown, Leader of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, was elected as Leader in May 2013.
First elected to the Council in 1986, Councillor Paget-Brown served as Chief Whip of the Conservative Group from 2000 to 2011 and was Deputy Leader until April 2011.
In 2001 he served as Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Regeneration and the Voluntary Sector, overseeing the introduction of Council-funded Police Community Support Officers and the creation of a model “Safer Surer” Board consisting of the Borough Commander, Council Chief Executive and other officers. When responsible for regeneration, he supported a range of capital investment projects in North Kensington, including Baseline Studios, and sought to maintain strong levels of employment support and training for local residents.
As Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport and Leisure he led the award-winning Exhibition Road streetscape refurbishment and the major renovation of Albert Bridge. He also launched the Council’s first ever Arts and Culture Policy and has been responsible for the ongoing renewal of the borough’s parks and gardens. In 2007 he launched the Royal Borough Environmental Project and supported the creation of over 300 Community Kitchen Gardens.
Away from the Council, Nicholas Paget-Brown worked for a small start-up company in the City which established the UK’s first online research service for financial institutions. This was acquired by Reuters in 1985 and he was appointed international marketing manager for a range of Reuters’ research products. In 1991 he set up Knight-Ridder Information’s London office.
Nick Searl, Partner, Argent (Property Development) Services LLP)
Having joined in January 2008, Nick is a Partner of Argent LLP. His main priority is leading the commercial teams at King’s Cross who deal with the definition, strategy, leasing and management of the office and retail components. He is also closely involved with the wider branding and promotion of King’s Cross. At a corporate level, Nick is involved in securing new development opportunities for Argent and is jointly responsible for marketing and promoting the business. Before joining Argent, Nick worked with Chelsfield and European Land at Paddington Basin where he delivered The Point and Waterside buildings for M&S and Orange respectively and was also the development manager for the 1.8 million sq ft Merchant Square development.
Irvine Sellar, Chairman, Sellar Property Group
One of the property industry's most established personalities Irvine Sellar has had a long, varied and successful career. From market trader to the UK’s second largest independent fashion retailer, to the developer of Western Europe’s tallest building. Mates by Irvine Sellar, which at its peak owned ninety stores around the country, was the UK’s first fashion chain to sell men’s and women’s clothing within the same store and helped spearhead “Swinging London” in the 1970’s.
Having sold Mates in 1981 he turned his attention to property setting up Ford Sellar Morris – by 1990 this was a successful stock-market listed company generating annual pre-tax profits of £25m. Sellar then went on to establish Sellar Property Group in the early 1990's, one of the UK’s leading privately owned strategic property companies, undertaking asset management, investment and development. The company has a current portfolio of £600m and a development pipeline in excess of £3bn.
Almost single-handedly Sellar guided the development of the company’s most iconic project, the London Bridge Quarter development, comprising Western Europe’s tallest building The Shard, and magnificent sister building The Place. Sellar led the project through the complex planning process as well as delivering investors and finance at a difficult time in global capital market. He spearheaded some of the UK property industry’s most successful strategic partnerships with world-leading architects and construction specialists, as well as establishing long term joint venture agreements with the State of Qatar. He went on to play an instrumental role in securing The Shard’s three restaurants, and the UK’s first Shangri-La Hotel which is now open.
In June 2013 Sellar announced the largest office leasing deal in London for the past seven years, the consolidation of News UK’s multiple sites into its new UK headquarters at 4280,000 sq ft building The Place at London Bridge Quarter, bringing The Times, Dow Jones, Wall Street Journal and Harper Collins under one roof for the first time. Since then a string of lettings have been secured in The Shard’s offices and tenants now cover a wide range of sectors including legal, energy, media, venture capital, health and investment banking. At the same time plans have been unveiled for the proposed development of LBQ’s third phase, a striking 27-storey residential building located between The Shard and The Place. Designed by Renzo Piano the development will provide 150 apartments and further improvements to the public realm around London Bridge Station.
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.
Peter Vernon, Chief Executive - Britain & Ireland, Grosvenor
Peter Vernon is the Chief Executive of Grosvenor Britain & Ireland (July 2008). He joined Grosvenor in 2005. In his role as Executive Director for Grosvenor’s London estate, Peter implemented a strategy of re-investment, through development and asset management with the aim of creating exceptional places for people to live and work in London. Since becoming Chief Executive, Peter has continued to follow this strategy which is complemented by a development programme outside the London estate, with a particular focus on high-end residential and mixed-use.
Before joining Grosvenor, Peter was a Partner with IBM Business Consulting Services and PwC Consulting where he jointly led the real estate and capital programme management team.
During his time with IBM and PwC, Peter played a lead role as an adviser to Land Securities Trillium on the design and execution of the DWP PRIME and BT property partnership transactions. He also led joint client and consulting teams advising on real estate strategy and financing, helping amongst others Goldman Sachs, Lloyds TSB, ABN Amro and John Lewis Partnership.
After graduating from Sheffield Hallam University with a BSc in Urban Land Economics, Peter worked briefly as a surveyor with Transpacific Realty in Vancouver, Canada before returning to the UK and taking up the position of Associate Partner with Montagu Evans, Chartered Surveyors in 1983 where he specialised in planning and development.
He is a member of the Royal & Sun Alliance London Regional Board, the Board of London First, the Cambridge Ahead Board and the Board of the West End Partnership. He is also a Commissioner for the Cities Growth Commission.
He is married with two children and lives in Blackheath, London.
Damian Wild, Editor, Estates Gazette
Damian has been editor of Estates Gazette since 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. He has 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.