Plenary speakers

Liz Peace

Liz Peace

Chair of Board, Government Property Agency

Liz was Chief Executive of the British Property Federation for 13 years until her retirement in 2014. She was awarded a CBE in 2008 for services to the property industry.

Liz now has a portfolio career with a range of non-executive, advisory and charity roles, at Howard de Walden Estates, RPS plc, RDI REIT plc, Holtby Turner, and the Churches Conservation Trust.

She is Chair of LandAid, the Architectural Heritage Fund and the Centre for London and President of the Property Litigation Association. She is a member of the Mayor of London’s Homes for Londoners Board and chairs the Government Property Agency.

In 2017 Liz was appointed Chairman of the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation, and in 2018 she took on the role of Chairman of the Shadow Sponsor Board for the Palace of Westminster Restoration and Renewal Programme.

Janet Young

Janet Young

Government Chief Property Officer, Cabinet Office

As the Government Chief Property Officer, Janet is the head of the property profession across government and drives the agenda for the property and estates function. She provides professional leadership to property professionals - building capacity and capability - across a truly diverse range of government departments and arm’s-length bodies.

Janet is a RICS qualified chartered surveyor with over 25 years’ professional experience. She joined the Cabinet Office from the British Council where she was Director of Global Estates. Prior to joining the British Council, Janet was Director of Estates at Ministry of Justice, and Head of Asset Management at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Janet also has experience working for local authorities and housing associations.

Jonathan Gibson

Jonathan Gibson

Director and Head of Sustainability, Avison Young

Jonathan is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and has worked in the property sector for 18 years. His experience spans corporate real estate strategic consulting, developing, managing and refurbishing buildings, often within large portfolios.

Eight years ago, Jonathan followed a career in sustainability consultancy, providing strategic advice to investors, banks, developers and occupiers of property. His main focus is working collaboratively with all stakeholders to lead the transition of the real estate sector to a zero carbon future and a more responsible investment and operating model.

He is a member of the British Property Federation (BPF) Sustainability Committee and a Steering Committee member for the UK Green Building Council (UK GBC) Cities Programme. Jonathan has been a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) since 2007.

Lara Newman MBE

Lara Newman MBE

Chief Executive, LocatED

Lara Newman is Chief Executive at LocatED, the government-owned property company, responsible for buying and developing sites for new free schools in England. Lara has over 20 years’ property experience and has operated at the heart of the free schools policy since its inception prior to the 2010 election. Previously a Board Director at Cleanslate Ltd, a development and property consulting company, Lara worked with many of the UK’s biggest landowners, agents and developers; prior to that, as Managing Director at Navigant Consulting, Lara specialised in property deals and complex capital investment projects for government education capital programmes.

Work session and Panel speakers

Paul Astbury

Paul Astbury

Partner, Head of Compulsory Purchase & Compensation, Carter Jonas

Paul is a specialist in compulsory purchase, dealing with the promotion of compulsory purchase schemes as well as the negotiation of compensation once powers have been obtained. He has worked with landowners for over 25 years, providing strategic advice and negotiating compensation on the best basis under the law.

Paul has been involved in major projects including Crossrail, the Docklands Light Railway and more recently, the Brent Cross Cricklewood regeneration. He has previously served as Chairman of the Compulsory Purchase Association and is currently serving as Honorary Secretary. He is a regular speaker on the subject and was co-author of the RICS Professional Statement covering compulsory purchase in 2017.

Polly Barnfield OBE

Polly Barnfield OBE

CEO and Founder, Maybe*
Ian Boggis

Ian Boggis

Head of Portfolio and Change Management EMEA, Global Technology Solutions, Cushman & Wakefield
Jonathan Bower

Jonathan Bower

Real Estate Partner, Womble Bond Dickinson
Jeremy Campbell

Jeremy Campbell

Director of Business Development, EMCOR UK

Jeremy is an award winning business leader who has enjoyed 25 years leading major complex customer accounts as a Senior Account Director, joining the EMCOR UK board in 2018.

With extensive market knowledge in strategic property, facilities and transformational management, Jeremy has helped clients including BAE SYSYTEMS, United Utilities and NATS to unlock value in their estate portfolios, creating wealth by optimising productivity and delivering innovative value-driven business solutions.

Jeremy’s passion for excellence has seen him lead pioneering change projects enabling smart working, sustainability, digital operations, well-being and creativity. His operational leadership covers advanced production facilities, complex manufacturing, campus locations, R&D, corporate and live airfields.

Jeremy is a pioneer of collaborative working; working on BSi’s Technical Committee and leading EMCOR UK to be one the first companies worldwide to achieve ISO 44001: Collaborative Business Relationships. Jeremy also sits on the board of the Institute of Collaborative Working (ICW).

Rachel Campbell

Rachel Campbell

Head of Regeneration, Cities and Local Growth Unit, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Gillian Charlesworth

Gillian Charlesworth

Director of Regulatory and Corporate Affairs, RICS

Gillian Charlesworth is Executive Director at RICS, responsible for the organisation’s global affairs, communications and stakeholder relations. She is currently leading a programme under the RICS Futures banner to consider the major trends and developments which will have an impact on the surveying profession. RICS’ aim is to equip Chartered Surveyors for a future of disruption and change where data and technology advances provide a new context for the profession. Gillian is a diversity champion at RICS and is working with a group of award winning younger women in the sector to encourage the built environment and property leaders of the future.

Jane Clay

Jane Clay

Principal, Gensler
Katherine Douglas

Katherine Douglas

Partner, Womble Bond Dickinson

Katherine specialises in commercial property with particular expertise in relation to acquisitions, disposals and regeneration and development work. She has broad experience in drafting and negotiating development agreements, building leases, occupational leases and other ancillary documentation.

She is also experienced in acting for both landlords and corporate occupier tenants in drafting and negotiating conditional agreements for lease, leases and other ancillary documentation required for all landlord and tenant relations.

James Dunnett

James Dunnett

IT Director, EMCOR UK

James is a highly experienced IT Director with over 25 years of experience working in professional services, construction, facilities management, oil and gas, and Fortune 500 corporate sectors.

James has spearheaded the technology revolution at EMCOR UK by leading the development of innovative IT solutions and new product development.

He proactively applies market leading capabilities in information technology, data science and IoT to achieve goals set by customers for their property estate, buildings and workplaces.

He leads a team of experts who have developed predictive artificial intelligence (AI) models, machine learning tools and agile data science capabilities; all of which are designed to extract value for public sector customers by enabling them access to actionable insight.

His mission to maximise value from huge amounts of data has led to solutions that bring complex data to life that support future investment, maintenance, property strategy and risk management decisions for public sector organisations.

Steve Faber

Steve Faber

Managing Director, Herts Living, Hertfordshire County Council

Steve is a Chartered Surveyor who has specialised in UK commercial and residential real estate for 23 years. He has held a number of positions including Head of UK Asset Management at an Institutional Investor where he was responsible for UK asset management of a £3bn portfolio of assets.

Herts Living has been set up to satisfy a number of strategic objectives held by its shareholder, Hertfordshire County Council, to deliver significant numbers of high quality residential, community and ancillary buildings within Hertfordshire.

Richard Graham

Richard Graham

Strategic Lead: A Great Place to Work, Office of Government Property, Cabinet Office
Alan Harris

Alan Harris

Partner and Head of Town Centre Team, Montagu Evans

Alan Harris is a partner and head of Montagu Evans’ Town Centre team, a diverse and experienced team responsible for bringing stakeholders together to agree a vision and plan for a town or city and to put in place a collaborative approach to leadership and delivery of change. With over 20 years’ experience and focus on transformation regeneration projects involving local authority and private sector partnerships, Alan finds deliverable solutions to reposition town centres and make them fit for future challenges.

His open, honest, relationship driven approach means he’s well adapted to progress complex agreements with local authorities, owners, developers, occupiers and key stakeholders seeking to deliver a vision for their town or city centre.

Angela Harrowing

Angela Harrowing

Deputy Director, Asset Efficiency and Public Estate, Cabinet Office
Jon Himoff

Jon Himoff

Managing Director at UnWork Labs, UnWork

Matthew Hopkinson

Matthew Hopkinson

Director and Co-Founder, Didobi
Alexandra Houghton

Alexandra Houghton

Partner, Head of Consultancy & Strategy, Carter Jonas

Alexandra is a Partner at Carter Jonas with a long history of public sector property consultancy. She runs the Public Sector Consultancy team, where she provides strategic advice to both public and private sector clients, focusing on the delivery of solutions to business needs through estate change. Alexandra undertakes option appraisals, financial modelling, estate strategies, property asset management plans and the preparation and delivery of HM Treasury Green Book compliance Business Cases for a range of clients. She recently worked with Hertfordshire County Council to procure their JV Partner that has resulted in the setting up of ‘Herts Living’.

Gareth Johns

Gareth Johns

Group CTO, PTS Consulting
Andy Layton

Andy Layton

Director and Head of Legal Solutions Centre, Womble Bond Dickinson
Ian Meaden

Ian Meaden

Operations Director, EMCOR UK

Ian is an award winning director with over 25 years of experience working in facilities management for large public and private sector organisations. Ian currently works at senior executive level with customers whose property estates are highly complex and regulated with multiple stakeholders.

Ian manages a diverse team over 1000 direct employees and significant specialist supply chain partners to deliver total facilities management services and solutions for customers including; AWE, Dstl, PHE, Three and the DCMC, with services being delivered in wide ranging facilities, from general office locations through to high containment research facilities.

With a focus on collaborative working and the principles and processes of Key Account Management, Ians commitment to continuous improvement creates value to customers by delivering growth, improving sustainability and maintaining safe and compliant estates.

Peter Murray

Peter Murray

Chair, New London Architecture
Mike Parsons

Mike Parsons

Director General, Government Property and Chief Operating Officer at the Cabinet Office.

Mike previously held the role Director General, Capabilities and Resources at the
Home Office.

Joining the Home Office in February 2013, Mike led the review of management structures which resulted in the consolidation of corporate functions within the department.

He has extensive experience in local government in Hertfordshire County Council as Director of Resources and Performance where he led the council’s ambitious transformation programme, and as Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Resources at Cambridgeshire County Council.

Mike studied Natural Sciences and Computer Science at Christ’s College, Cambridge University, before qualifying as an accountant (CIPFA). He has held a number of executive and non-executive positions in the wider public and charitable sector.

Rupert Parker

Rupert Parker

Director, Head of Futureproofing, Avison Young

Rupert started GVA’s Futureproofing team in May 2017 to focus on the intersection of real estate and technology. During his four years working as a leasing agent in London and at City Fringe he recognised that, due to advancements in consumer electronics driving the ‘ondemand’ economy, expectations of building users were not being met by the real estate they inhabited.

He combines his technical background in structural engineering with an understanding of tenant trends and emerging technologies to advise building owners and users on cultivating user experience and streamlining the operation through the integration and enablement of technology. Rupert acts as ‘Innovation Partner’ to clients, working to understand client drivers and identify pain-points prior to helping identify opportunities for innovation.

Professor Duane Passman

Professor Duane Passman

Director of 3Ts, Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

Duane, originally an Astrophysicist, has worked on major investment programmes and projects in the NHS for almost 30 years utilising public funding and PFI. He has worked on some of the largest projects in the NHS, being directly involved in well over £1 billion of investment to date. He has also spent some time as a management consultant in the private sector.

He was also involved in the development of the NHS Capital Investment Manual which was published in 1994, with particular input into the section dealing with operational commissioning.

Duane’s projects include the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, various developments at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London, the redevelopment of Chapel Allerton Hospital in Leeds, the Jubilee Wing at Leeds General Infirmary, the award-winning £238m Queen’s Hospital in Romford and the redevelopment of the North Middlesex Hospital.

Duane was also Head of Capital Investment for the NHS in London from 2001 to 2007 and provided advice, guidance and support to all elements of the NHS capital investment portfolio across the capital. The Unit was confirmed by the Office of Government Commerce as a Centre of Excellence in Programme and Project Management.

Following this, he spent some time at Community Health Partnerships, a company formed by the Department of Health to manage investment in the LIFT Programme.

He joined Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust in August 2008 as the Programme Director for the development of teaching, trauma and tertiary services (“3Ts”) which will result in a £485m redevelopment. The development received final Full Business Case approval in December 2015 and work on site is now well underway.

He was also a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Engineering, Science and the Built Environment at London South Bank University and lectured on the Medical Architecture Research Unit’s Masters course in health facility planning.

He was a Visiting Professor in the School of the Built Environment at the University of Salford between 2005 and 2013 and was reappointed in between 2014 and 2016 teaching on undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

He has published and presented widely on healthcare planning and capital investment in the UK and internationally. His particular interests are leadership of major programmes, innovation in service design, procurement, design and construction and ways in which the NHS can contribute to wider sustainable development.

Duane is a graduate of the Cabinet Office’s Major Project Leadership Academy programme and has been a Gateway Reviewer for High Risk major programmes and projects since 2003. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estates Management and serves on the Institute’s Conference Organising Committee. He is also an external member on the Assurance Board of Public Health England’s Science Hub development programme.

Jon Pinkerton

Jon Pinkerton

Partner, Development, Carter Jonas

Jon has 30 years’ experience working initially in local government and then in consultancy. He leads the Carter Jonas London development team, providing strategic development advice, feasibility and viability studies, acquisition, disposal and marketing advice and advice on structuring and procuring development partnerships.

Recent projects include advising the GLA on the development of Beam Park, Dagenham for c 3,000 homes, RB Windsor & Maidenhead on a development partnership with Countryside to deliver 1,200 homes in Maidenhead and Medway Council/Homes England on the development of 1,500 homes at Rochester Riverside.

Lynda Rawsthorne

Lynda Rawsthorne

Director of Project Delivery, Estates Directorate, Ministry of Justice

As Director of Project Delivery in the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) Estates .Lynda works predominantly on the Prison Estates Transformation Programme focusing on creating up to 10,000 new places. Prior to this she was Programme Director of the £4.4bn Priority School Building Programme and in various roles at the Valuation Office Agency.

Lynda is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and member of the Association of Project Managers with over 20 years’ professional experience. She has also undertaken the Cabinet Office’s Major Projects Leadership Academy and is a Gateway Reviewer.

Hazel Rounding

Hazel Rounding

Managing Director, shedkm
Martin Sellar

Martin Sellar

Programmes Director, Government Property Agency
Natasha Stern

Natasha Stern

Partner, McKinsey & Company
Terry Stocks

Terry Stocks

UK Head of Public Sector, Faithful+Gould

Terry is a Chartered Structural and Civil Engineer with over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry. Terry has worked in both the public and private sector managing large organisations and delivering projects across a wide social infrastructure asset class – schools, universities, prisons, courts, administrative estates etc. Terry is an industry acknowledged champion for change.

Terry was the Deputy Director Estates for the Ministry of Justice with responsibility for the delivery of all estates related projects across the whole asset lifecycle – strategic planning, capital delivery, operations and end of life. Terry led the UK Governments first BIM projects and is the current UK Digital Built Britain Delivery Director for BIM Level.

Terry is now a Director with SNC Lavalin - Faithful+Gould and is their UK Head of Public Sector and Director for BIM. Terry is the current chair of the Government BIM Working Group which is attended by Government Departments, large UK infrastructure providers and Local Government Representatives. Terry has chaired the UK Cabinet Office New Forms of Construction Procurement Group, developing and implementing collaborative procurement models across UK Government departments.

Mark Talbot

Mark Talbot

Partner, Head of Telecommunications, Carter Jonas

Mark is a Partner and Head of Telecommunications at Carter Jonas with over 20 years’ experience of strategic acquisition, development and management of telecommunications infrastructure assets. His expertise includes translating complex business needs into clear property strategies, delivering acquisitions and technology convergence projects as well as commercial and legal due diligence associated with M&A activities. Mark has also been responsible for the delivery of major national infrastructure programmes in broadcast and mobile areas and the initial deployments of distributed antenna systems within indoor and urban environments. Prior to working for Carter Jonas, he held a number of senior management positions within at Arqiva, latterly as Head of Estates and Property.

Mark is also Chair of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Telecommunications Forum Board, which liaises with government ministers, advisors, civil servants and regulators - helping to shape policy and legislation to deliver telecommunications infrastructure fit for the future as well as providing professional guidance to the real estate industry.

Helen Thompson

Helen Thompson

BIM Manager, HM Revenue and Customs
Ellen Vernon

Ellen Vernon

Programme Director, One Public Estate, Office of Government Property
Karen Whelan

Karen Whelan

Chief Executive, Surrey Heath Borough Council
Casey Whitehorn

Casey Whitehorn

Project Manager, Womble Bond Dickinson

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