Plenary Speakers

Mark Chivers

Government Chief Property Officer
Cabinet Office

Mark joined the Cabinet Office as Government Chief Property Officer in January 2022.

Mark is responsible for providing senior, strategic leadership for the whole cross-government property function. He works with a wide range of senior stakeholders within government and in the wider public sector promoting the intelligent use of property to deliver better public services at lower cost to the taxpayer.

Mark provides strategic leadership for the Government Property Function, and holds senior leaders accountable to the Government Functional Standard. He leads on major change programmes, supporting the delivery of better and more integrated public services, overseeing – among others – the Places for Growth programme and supporting the Levelling Up agenda.

Mark has 20 years’ experience at Board level in both the private and public sectors, most recently as Director of Estates Engineering and Energy at Boots UK, but has led teams across Property, Marketing, Procurement, Operations and Transformation in Walgreens Boots Alliance businesses.

Paul Mustow

Director, Property Delivery & Transformation
Cabinet Office

Paul Mustow is an experienced leader and proven engineering and management professional with extensive experience in project and programme delivery in both private sector consultancy and public sector client roles. He is skilled in and passionate about leading multi-disciplinary teams and partnerships across diverse organisations; delivering capital programmes focussed on construction, infrastructure and property; managing organisational change; and translating policy into strategic direction.

Paul joined the Office of Government Property in January 2023 and is the Director for Property Delivery and Transformation, overseeing a range of programmes and driving the transformation of the government estate.

Previously Paul was a Divisional Director at the DfE for 6 years, and was Programme Director for the multi-billion pound Free Schools capital programme. Prior to that Paul worked at the Environment Agency for 16 years which included various key roles including head of the Flood Forecasting Centre, and head of the National Capital Management Service.

Paul is a Chartered Civil Engineer, a Government major project reviewer and a graduate of the Major Projects Leadership Academy.

Lynda Rawsthorne

Government Head of Property Profession
Cabinet Office

Lynda Rawsthorne was appointed Government Head of Property Profession and Director, Property Capability, Sponsorship & Standards, in August 2023.

Lynda is head of the Government Property Profession, the community of property professionals across government. She provides professional leadership across a diverse range of government departments and arms-length bodies which deliver the government’s property ambitions.

Lynda has over 25 years’ professional experience across the property lifecycle including valuation, managing estates as well as delivering transformational and construction-based programmes. A Fellow of both the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Association of Project Management, Lynda is a graduate of the Major Project Leadership Academy at the University of Oxford.

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