|Richard Alden||Head of Commercial Property||National Grid|
|David Atkins||Chief Executive||Hammerson|
|Faraz Baber||Executive Director Policy||London First|
|Alastair Baird||Regional Managing Director||Barratt Developments Plc|
|Peter Bill||Journalist||Evening Standard|
|Richard Blakeway||Deputy Mayor for Housing||Greater London Authority|
|Hugh Bullock||Senior Partner and Head of Planning and Development||Gerald Eve LLP|
|Sir Steve Bullock||Mayor||London Borough of Lewisham|
|John Burns||Chief Executive Officer||Derwent London|
|Cllr Muhammed Butt||Leader||London Borough of Brent|
|Clive Castle||Director of Central London Offices||TIAA Henderson Real Estate|
|Mark Clare||Group Chief Executive||Barratt Developments Plc|
|Roger Fitton||Managing Partner||Winckworth Sherwood|
|Oliver Gardiner||Head of Development, London Portfolio||Land Securities|
|Cllr Ravi Govindia||Leader||London Borough of Wandsworth|
|Guy Grainger||UK Chief Executive||JLL|
|Ian Hawksworth||Chief Executive||Capital and Counties Properties PLC|
|Mark Henderson||Chairman||Gieves & Hawkes Plc|
|Nick Jopling||Executive Director||Grainger Plc|
|Cllr Claire Kober||Leader||London Borough of Haringey|
|Brandon Lewis MP||Minister of State for Housing and Planning||Department for Communities and Local Government|
|Sir Edward Lister||Deputy Mayor for Planning and Chief of Staff||Greater London Authority|
|Ben Page||Chief Executive||Ipsos MORI|
|Cllr Nicholas Paget-Brown||Leader||Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea|
|Michael Patrizio||Chief Executive Officer||Qatari Diar Development Company (UK)|
|Cllr Philippa Roe||Leader||Westminster City Council|
|Irvine Sellar||Chairman||Sellar Property Group|
|Barry Smith||Operational Director City Planning||Westminster City Council|
|Robert Tincknell||Managing Director||Battersea Power Station|
|Peter Vernon||Chief Executive - Britain & Ireland||Grosvenor|
|Sir Robin Wales||Mayor of Newham||London Borough of Newham|
|John Walker||Operational Director for Development Planning||Westminster City Council|
|Damian Wild||Editor||Estates Gazette|
Richard Alden, Head of Commercial Property, National Grid
In April 2013, Richard Alden was appointed Head of National Grid’s Commercial Property division, taking responsibility for management of National Grid’s surplus estate. Richard is responsible for a varied portfolio of around 500 former industrial sites, many of which were once at the heart of the industrial revolution but have become redundant as the gas industry has changed. This significant surplus brownfield land presents a huge opportunity which can now be realised to meet the housing and community needs of the 21st Century. To achieve this ambition, and bring National Grid’s sites back to beneficial use, Richard oversees dedicated Joint Venture, Portfolio Management and Land Regeneration divisions. He also leads the organisation's engagement on property issues with local and national Government and other third party organisations. Richard joined National Grid in April 2006 as Town Planning Manager before developing into the commercial property side of the business in July 2011. He holds a Town & Country Planning degree and diploma from University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and began his career as a Town Planning Consultant, becoming a Director at Firstplan in 2004. Richard currently lives in the Cotswolds with his wife Katrina and his two daughters Mali, 5 and Tia, 3. He enjoys playing tennis and song writing in his spare time.
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).
Faraz Baber, Executive Director Policy
Faraz Baber joined London First in May 2011 as Executive Director for Policy. He leads on all policy relating to property, planning and development. Faraz has a career history working on built environment policy in both the public and private sector. He was previously the Policy Director for London Councils where he was responsible for the strategic policy group and the built environment team (2009-2011), Policy Manager at Surrey County Council leading on the economy, environment and the housing portfolio (2007-2009). He also held the post of Director of Regeneration and Development at the British Property Federation (2004-2007) and previous to that was Director of Housing, Planning and Development at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (1997-2004).
Faraz is a dual qualified chartered surveyor (FRICS) and chartered town planner (MRTPI). He is a Freeman of the City of London, a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors and Fellow of the RSA. He is a Government Advisor on planning and sits on DCLG’s National Planning Sounding Board. He was appointed as a Visiting Professor at The Bartlett School of Planning at UCL in May 2014 and is a serving member of the RICS P&D Professional Group and the RICS Planning Policy Panel.
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.
Hugh Bullock is the Senior Partner and Head of Planning and Development at Gerald Eve LLP. He has advised on development continuously for over 25 years representing major property owners, investors, developers and public bodies including on large scale, high profile or complex development and regeneration projects. He is engaged in continuous dialogue with Government, the GLA and local planning authorities on matters of evolving policy, practice and procedure, as well as on specific projects. Hugh is Chairman of the London First Planning and Development Advisory Forum and the Town Planning Adviser to the Westminster Property Association and contributes to a number of organisations including Confederation of British Industry, British Property Federation and the Major Developers’ Group. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).
Sir Steve Bullock, Mayor, London Borough of Lewisham
Guy Grainger, UK Chief Executive, JLL
Guy is Chief Executive of the UK business at JLL specialising in real estate services and investment management across the office, retail, residential and industrial sectors. With over 2,000 employees based in 24 offices throughout the UK, JLL provide National property expertise on all aspects of commercial and residential property. Guy joined JLL in September 2008 following the merger with Churston Heard and sits on the UK and EMEA Board. Guy has over 20 years’ experience in Retail, before being appointed as UK CEO in January 2013. He has advised on company Purchases including the acquisition of House of Fraser by Highland Consortium in 2007 and O2’s acquisition of The Link in 2006. Guy sits on the Policy Committee of British Property Federation, the Retail Steering Committee of London First and the Board of British BID’s Association (Business Improvement Districts). Guy is an established commentator on the UK property sector and has regular contact with both print and broadcast journalists, recently appearing on BBC and ITV News.
Mark Henderson is Chairman of Gieves & Hawkes, the iconic British tailoring company which he lead as CEO from 1996 to 2009 and the Chairman and co-founder of The New Craftsmen which was launched in 2012 with the first of two pop-up shops in Mayfair and now has a permanent site at 34 North Row. The New Craftsmen represents the very best emerging talent in craftsmanship and aims to build an international presence. Mark is also a director of Walpole British Luxury, sits on the Council of The Royal Warrant Holders Association and is a trustee of QEST. He is a mentor on the London Business School’s Entrepreneurship Summer School and chairs the Walpole/LBS joint programme. Prior to this he was head of marketing at Alfred Dunhill. He has spent much of his working life in Asia – particularly in China and Japan.
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 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.
Cllr Philippa Roe, Leader, Westminster City Council
Philippa Roe was elected to Westminster City Council in 2006 and was appointed Cabinet Member for Strategic Finance in 2011 following three years as Cabinet Member for Housing. In March 2012, she was elected Leader of the Council. Before formally entering politics, she advised the Conservative Party over many years, including sitting on the Private Finance Panel and heading the Treasury Team on the James Committee. She founded, built up and sold two businesses, was the CEO of a subsidiary of a public quoted company and a Director at Citigroup.
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.
Barry Smith, Operational Director City Planning, Westminster City Council
Barry has been at Westminster City Council since 1989. Barry is currently Operational Director of the City Planning Delivery Unit; a 50 strong policy and project group – covering spatial planning, environmental policy and strategy, strategic transport and infrastructure and public realm projects. Barry is Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Chartered Management Institute.
John Walker is a member of the RTPI and the Planning Officers Society. He has worked at Westminster for over 30 years and is the Operational Director for Development Planning which oversees all development planning, building control, highways planning and tree work. Westminster lies in the heart of London and with three-quarters of the City situated within Conservation Areas and over 12,000 listed buildings it is the busiest planning authority in the UK. The pressure for development is intense with over 12,000 applications handled every year.
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.