|David Atkins||Chief Executive||Hammerson|
|Giles Barrie||Managing Director||FTI Consulting|
|Will Bax||Director - London Portfolio||Grosvenor Britain & Ireland|
|Neil Blake||Head of UK and EMEA Research||CBRE|
|Richard Blakeway||Deputy Mayor for Housing, Land and Property||Greater London Authority|
|Nick Boles MP||Planning Minister||Department for Communities and Local Government|
|Matt Brittin||Vice President Operations||Google Europe|
|John Burton||Director of Development||Westfield|
|Mark Clare||Group Chief Executive||Barratt Developments Plc|
|Paul Clark||Director of Investment & Asset Management||The Crown Estate|
|Toby Courtauld||Chief Executive||Great Portland Estates|
|Michèle Dix||Managing Director, Planning||Transport for London|
|Cllr Mike Fisher||Leader||London Borough of Croydon|
|Fiona Fletcher-Smith||Executive Director of Development and Environment||Greater London Authority|
|Cllr Ravi Govindia||Leader||London Borough of Wandsworth|
|Chris Grigg||Chief Executive||British Land|
|Cllr Sarah Hayward||Leader||London Borough of Camden|
|Mike Hussey||Chief Executive||Almacantar|
|Sir George Iacobescu CBE||Chief Executive||Canary Wharf Group|
|Maxwell James||Chief Executive||Quintain|
|David Jennings||Chairman||Movers & Shakers|
|Cllr Claire Kober||Leader||London Borough of Haringey|
|Rosemarie MacQueen||Strategic Director for Built Environment||Westminster City Council|
|Bill Moore CBE||Chief Executive Officer||The Portman Estate|
|Robert Noel||Group Chief Executive||Land Securities|
|Steven Norris||Chairman||Soho Estates|
|Ben Page||Managing Director||IPSOS Mori|
|David Partridge||Managing Partner||Argent|
|Lohan Presencer||Chief Executive Officer||Ministry of Sound|
|Brian Robertson||Chief Executive||HSBC Bank plc|
|Hugh Seaborn||Chief Executive||The Cadogan Estate|
|John Slade||UK Chief Executive Officer||BNP Paribas Real Estate|
|Duncan Swinhoe||Principal/ Managing Director||Gensler|
|Robert Tincknell||Chief Executive Officer||Battersea Power Station|
|Baroness Jo Valentine||Chief Executive||London First|
|Damian Wild||Editor||Estates Gazette|
|Paul Williams||Director, Asset Management||Derwent London|
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Councillor Sarah Hayward is the Leader of the London Borough Camden and a Labour Councillor for Kings Cross Ward. As well as her Cabinet and Ward Councillor duties, Councillor Hayward also sits on the London wide Health and Improvement Board, the Borough’s Shadow Health & Wellbeing Board, the Royal Parks Board and the Camden Partnership for Educational Excellence.
Sir George is the Chairman and Chief Executive of Canary Wharf Group, a London-based property development company. Born in Romania, George trained as a Civil and Structural engineer, graduated from the University of Bucharest and then emigrated to Canada and settled in Toronto, where he initially worked for the Olympia and York company as an engineer and later as V ice P resident for development and construction at the World Financial Center in New York, and the Olympia Center and the Neiman Marcus Buildings in Chicago. As part of Olympia and York George joined the Canary Wharf Group in 1988. He was awarded a CBE in June 2003 and became a Trustee of the British Museum in 2007. Appointed by the Secretary of State to the Defence Reform Unit in charge with the reorganisation of the MOD. He was named a Knight Bachelor for services to charity, community and the financial services industry in the New Year Honours List 2012.
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.
David started in his career in Construction and Property and held senior roles and directorships in a number major companies in the UK. In 1990 David jointly founded and was Joint Managing Director of the Salisbury Consulting Group, a marketing, communications and recruitment business; he sold his interest in 1995. In 1996 he founded Business Vantage a business and research consultancy which specialises in property and construction and advises major UK plc’s. In 1996 he also founded Movers & Shakers the UK’s most successful and popular property networking forum.
David was a founder Director and shareholder of Stonemartin plc an AIM listed serviced office business; founded in 1999 and floated on in 2001. In 2006 he founded Nice4Work Ltd, a specialist property management business, focused on office buildings
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ben Page is Chief Executive of Ipsos MORI and sits on the Global Ipsos Management Council. He joined MORI in 1987 after graduating from Oxford University in 1986, and was one of the leaders of its first management buyout in 2000. A frequent writer and speaker on leadership and performance management, he has directed hundreds of surveys examining service delivery, customer care and communications.
Ben has served on a wide range of independent commissions and reviews and is currently a member of the advisory boards of the Kings Fund, Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR), and the Social Market Foundation (SMF). Named one of the "100 most influential people in the public sector" by the Guardian, and one of the 50 "most influential" by both Local Government Chronicle and the Health Service Journal, he is a winner of a British Market Research Association (BMRA) award and a 2005 Market Research Society (MRS) medal. He is absolutely committed to ensuring survey research makes a difference for decision makers.
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.
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.
Brian Robertson is Chief Executive of HSBC Bank plc, having served as Chief Risk Officer for the HSBC Group from September 2007 to December 2010. Brian (58) was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, and educated at Cambridge University where he took an MA degree in geography. He took his ACIB in Hong Kong where he finished in the top three. He joined HSBC in 1975 and, after a number of postings in the Middle East and Hong Kong, in 1991 he transferred to Buffalo, New York State, where he became Chief Credit Officer, HSBC Bank USA, followed by a move to Toronto, Canada, as Chief Operating Officer of HSBC Bank Canada. In 1997 he returned to the UK as General Manager Northern Division for HSBC Bank plc and then served in Hong Kong from 2000 as Assistant General Manager and Head of Corporate and Institutional Banking.
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 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.