Join London’s biggest gathering of built environment experts — Building London 2020
What to expect at the summit
Insights from the capital’s experts and decision-makers on the issues shaping the built environment sector following the general election and ahead of London’s Mayoral election
The inside track on how London’s developers see the challenges and opportunities facing the residential and commercial property sectors, including the impact of Brexit to future trends
Hear first-hand from Mayoral candidates on their vision for delivering the homes our capital needs with Shaun Bailey (Conservative), Sian Berry (Green Party), Siobhan Benita (Liberal Democrats) and Rory Stewart (Independent) already confirmed
Debate the key issues facing the sector from building trust between the public and private sectors, rent controls and whether it’s time to review London’s green belt
Rooftop networking with hundreds of senior private and public sector leaders in property development, housing and place making, with stunning views across Central London
Karen Alcock has worked in regeneration and planning for over fifteen years, living and breathing London politics for over two decades.
She has worked as a parliamentary researcher, a public affairs adviser at Transport for London, public affairs and communications consultant
as well as spending twelve years as a senior Councillor in Hackney including eight years in Cabinet and as Deputy Mayor.
At Hackney as Deputy Mayor, Karen worked on the first phases of Woodberry Down, one of the largest regeneration projects in London
as well as overseeing planning on thirteen sites across the Borough providing over 3000 homes.
Working with the senior leadership she is very proud to be part of the Borough’s journey which was recently voted the Most Improved Council in the last Twenty Years.
Karen has established political links across London with an in-depth understanding of the particular issues facing London boroughs. She provides political counsel, liaison and insight at local and GLA level.
She has spent the last four years as Managing Director of a large planning communications team where she worked directly with clients delivering some of the most innovative, complex and challenging sites in London.
Karen is also a member of the Development and New Business Committee at Notting Hill Housing Group.
CEO, Bosch Thermotechnology Ltd
Having studied Mechanical Engineering at University, Carl originally joined Worcester Bosch in 1984 as a Product Development Engineer. Having worked in Product Development for several years, he then moved in to more commercial orientated roles, first in Product Management and then Marketing Management.
Following national and international roles throughout the Sales, Marketing and Service organisation, Carl was appointed Managing Director in October 2011 and CEO in 2015 for the whole Bosch Thermotechnology operations in the UK and Ireland. This includes the residential business operating under Worcester Bosch and the Commercial Industrial business operating under the Bosch brand.
Carl is Chairman of the Construction Product Association (CPA) and a Board Member of the Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA).
Parliamentary Researcher for Siobhan McDonagh MP, House of Commons
Dan Ashcroft is the Parliamentary Researcher for Siobhain McDonagh (Labour MP for Mitcham and Morden). In Parliament, Dan and Siobhain campaign extensively on housing issues, including homelessness, temporary accommodation, and social housing. In recent years, they have led a cross-party campaign calling for a review of London’s Green Belt and the de-designation of scrappy plots of non-green land near to the capital’s train stations.
Shaun Bailey AM
Conservative Mayoral candidate
Shaun Bailey is a former Youth Worker and worked as a researcher for the Centre for Policy Studies before standing in the Hammersmith constituency as
Investment Director, Mount Anvil
Marcus joined Mount Anvil in 2016 and is
responsible for leading Mount Anvil’s land
and development team.
Marcus has nine years of experience working
on some of London’s largest and most complex
regeneration projects, including Earl’s Court,
Elephant & Castle, Southall Gas Works and the
Olympic Park. He has advised many of London’s
leading residential developers, including Berkeley
Group, Candy & Candy, Capco, Grosvenor, Lend
Lease and Legal & General on their most complex
planning and development issues.
Marcus previously worked as a Partner at
international law firm Pinsent Masons. For five years
he advised Mount Anvil on all its key developments
going through planning. Before that Marcus worked
at national law firms Eversheds and Addleshaw
Goddard, spending time on secondment at the
London Development Agency and the GLA.
Marcus holds double First class degrees in Law
(LLB) from City University and Classics (MSt)
from Oxford University.
Executive Director, City and Westminister Property Association
Cllr Julian Bell
Leader, Ealing Council
Councillor Julian Bell was elected as chair of London Councils’ Transport and Environment Committee (TEC) on 17 July 2014.
He was elected to the London Borough of Ealing in 2002 and is now serving his fourth term. He became leader of the council in 2010. As leader, Cllr Bell’s priorities have been to promote safety in the borough, secure public services, secure jobs and homes, improve the local environment and deliver value for money.
After studying politics and economics at university, Cllr Bell began working for the Labour Party in 1994. He has run several election campaigns and now works for the MP for Ealing Southall, Virendra Sharma, in addition to his role as leader.
Cllr Bell is married and has four daughters. His eldest Angellica is a presenter on TV and radio. A passionate football fan, he is an ardent supporter of Sheffield United and England.
Liberal Democrat Mayoral candidate
Siobhan Benita is the Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London. Siobhan first stood as an independent candidate for Mayor of London in 2012, before joining the Liberal Democrats in 2016. Prior to entering politics, Siobhan worked in the Civil Service across a range of departments including Transport, Environment and Local Government. In 2013, Siobhan joined Warwick University as the Chief Strategy Officer of Warwick in London and Co-Director of the Warwick Policy Lab.
Siân Berry AM
Co-leader and Mayoral Candidate, Green Party
Sian Berry has lived in London since 1997 and has worked as a medical copywriter, PA, website manager, project manager for a digital start-up, author and transport campaigner before being elected to the London Assembly in 2016.
She has been a local councillor in the Highgate ward of Camden since 2014. She was one of the Green Party's Principal Speakers from 2006 to 2007, stood as candidate for London Mayor in 2008 and 2016 and is currently party Co-leader with Jonathan Bartley.
In 2003 Sian co-founded the Alliance against Urban 4×4s, was a driving force behind the Reheat Britain campaign that secured a boiler scrappage scheme in 2009 and worked for Campaign for Better Transport from 2011 to 2015. She is a patron of the British Humanist Association and is a trustee of her local nature reserve.
Andrew Boff AM
, GLA Conservatives
Paula has worked as a London town planning consultant for nearly 30 years and is a founding director of CarneySweeney Planning.
Paula is particularly involved in the development of large scale major regeneration schemes and managing large consultancy teams. She has significant experience working with private sector clients to establish effective working relationships with public sector authorities and key stakeholders to unlock constraints and secure successful planning permissions.
Paula is also passionate about diversity and gender equality and works to drive effective change within the real estate business as a legacy for the next generation.
Deputy Managing Director, EcoWorld London
Simon has been at the forefront of the emerging BtR sector for the past 8 years and has been instrumental in developing, funding and operating over 1,000 homes for rent in London. With 16 years prior experience working in social housing and estate regeneration, Simon has wide ranging experience of all aspects of residential development including design, planning and construction as well as understanding what makes developments good places to live.
EcoWorld London have two operating BtR developments under the ‘be:here’ brand and a further 2,000 new homes in the pipeline. Having housed over 1,000 renters since their first development launched in 2015 EWL have access to a wealth of information and knowledge about what renters want from their home and landlord in London.
Cllr Clare Coghill
Leader, London Borough of Waltham Forest and Executive Member for Business, Europe and Good Growth at London
Clare Coghill was elected to the London Borough of Waltham Forest in May 2010 to represent the High Street ward in Walthamstow with junior cabinet roles in Health and Town Centres. Clare was appointed as Cabinet Member for Children and Young People in May 2012, and in 2014, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth & High Streets leading a fresh approach to regeneration, planning and development. Clare was elected as Leader of the Council at the AGM of Full Council in May 2017 and re-elected Leader of the Council for a 4 year term in May 2018.
Commercial Director, Transport for London
Graeme is responsible for Transport for London’s portfolio of land across the capital. This includes setting up a self-financing property function with a development programme that will see an initial programme of 10,000 homes (half of which will be affordable) and over two million square feet of commercial space built on its land. TfL is also transforming its relationship with its 2,000 existing commercial tenants, including providing specialist support for the small business tenants across its estate.
Managing Director, Strategy, Canary Wharf Group
Howard has been Strategic Advisor at Canary Wharf Group since 2004 where his responsibilities include government and community relations. He is a board member of East End Community Foundation, The Legacy Trust UK, Legacy List, the CityUK Public Affairs Committee, THESIS trust, Bishops Chaplain in Docklands Steering Committee, Careers Academies UK. He is the Chair of the Business Advisory Board for the Royal Docks Business School. He has been a Parliamentary Candidate and Council candidate for the Labour Party. He is the author of a paper on funding infrastructure through property taxation, published by Respublica in 2012.
Director of Strategy & Policy, London First
John Dickie is Director of Strategy and Policy at London First, responsible for the business membership organisation’s public policy development and its member management team. A former Deputy Leader of Camden Council in London, John was a member of the current Mayor of London’s London Finance Commission, the previous Mayor’s Infrastructure Delivery Board and is a member of the King’s College Commission on London.
His previous senior roles include Head of Corporate Affairs at the BBC, Regulatory Affairs Director at the European Competitive Telecommunications Association and Managing Director of consultancy Prima Europe, later GPC London, where he provided political and policy advice to major international businesses. John started his career at Swiss Bank Corporation International and has degrees from Oxford University and the London Business School.
Director of Strategy and Policy, London First
John Dickie is Director of Strategy and Policy at London First, responsible for the business membership organisations public policy development and its member management team. A former Deputy Leader of Camden Council in London, John was a member of the current Mayor of Londons London Finance Commission, the previous Mayors Infrastructure Delivery Board and is a member of the Kings College Commission on London. His previous senior roles include Head of Corporate Affairs at the BBC, Regulatory Affairs Director at the European Competitive Telecommunications Association and Managing Director of consultancy Prima Europe, later GPC London, where he provided political and policy advice to major international businesses. John started his career at Swiss Bank Corporation International and has degrees from Oxford University and the London Business School.
Chief Executive, Network Homes
Helen Evans has worked for the Network Housing Group since 2010 and became the Chief Executive in September 2011. Since then the Group (now known as Network Homes) has established itself as a top developing housing association and transformed its operating model and performance.
Prior to joining Network, Helen worked in Local Authority Housing starting out in the London Borough of Southwark as an Estates Officer and via roles in various London Borough’s becoming Chief Executive of the Brent Arms’ Length Management Organisation Brent Housing Partnership.
She is currently the Chair of the G15 group of London’s largest housing associations becoming the first woman Chair of this group in June this year. She also Chairs the Board of Trustees of the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust and is a Trustee of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
Chief Operating Officer, Segro
Andy Gulliford has been at SEGRO since 2004. He was appointed Chief Operating Officer in November 2011 with responsibility for the Group’s operational property teams both in the UK and Continental Europe. Andy’s role is to oversee the maximisation of total property return from the portfolio and is accountable for the Group’s relationship management of its 1,200 customers, leasing and asset management activities as well as the Group’s development programme.
Andy was previously Managing Director, Continental Europe for two years. Prior to this he was Director of Corporate Acquisitions, a role in which he was responsible for major transactions in the UK. He went on to become Business Development Director, responsible for identifying opportunities for SEGRO in new markets and developing new customer relationships.
Prior to joining SEGRO, Andy spent 19 years at JLL, where he was European Director for the Company’s industrial and logistics business.
Emily is a part of Grosvenor’s sustainability leadership team. She has helped the business commit to a net waste and net zero carbon target by 2030 and developed a suite of supporting sustainability tools, including a new Supply Chain Charter and Sustainable Development Framework. Emily chairs Grosvenor’s international sustainability knowledge-sharing network. In 2016, she was voted by industry peers onto the Board of the Better Buildings Partnership. In 2019, she was profiled as one of 49 women in the UK who is shaping the Future of Real Estate. Outside of Grosvenor, Emily is a Trustee with the National Park City Foundation and a mentor with Heart of the City, a responsible business network.
Group Property Director, Unite Students
Nick heads up the Groups property business and is responsible for all aspects of Unite’s real estate activities including property development, asset management and investment. He joined Unite in 2017 and has held a number of senior roles within the business. Nick sits on the Group’s Executive Committee and is also a member of the BPF Student Accommodation Committee.
Director, HGH Consulting
Roger Hepher is a highly experienced planning and development consultant. Over more than 30 years, he has been a partner of Grimley J R Eve (now Avison Young), founder of Hepher Dixon, a Board member of Savills UK and Head of Savills’ Planning Division. In 2016, he co-founded Hepher Grincell (now hgh Consulting), a team of high calibre commercial planners and surveyors offering a client-focused consultancy service from a base in the West End. Formerly a member of the Coalition Government’s Planning Sounding Board, and a Red Tape Challenge Champion under Nick Boles, Roger is closely involved with the latest developments in planning legislation and policy. He has been at the forefront of a number of major regeneration schemes, including the Arsenal regeneration scheme, Barking town centre and Old Oak Common. He is a Fellow of the RICS, a Member of the RTPI, a Fellow of the RSA and an Academician of the Academy of Urbanism.
London City Executive and UK Cities Director, Partner, , Arcadis
Director, Chief Economist, Arup
I lead Arup’s city economics team. Based in London I advise clients on how to best deliver regeneration and transport projects to meet their economic, financial and wider strategic aims.
My background includes over twenty five years of policy, government and consultancy experience. Much of this has been gained from working on London transport and infrastructure projects which included working at the Confederation of British Industry, Greater London Authority, KPMG and the Civil Aviation Authority.
I am a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, a member of the Design South East review panel and a columnist for City AM. I was an advisor to the Mayor of London’s Infrastructure Delivery Board.
Development Manager, Barratt London
Having graduated with a Masters in International Business and Strategic Management, Shane spent a number of years working in the Banking and Asset Management Sector before joining Barratt London nearly 5 years ago. Shane’s current role as a Development Manager for Barratt London is focused on front end delivery of residential led schemes throughout London.
International Director, JLL
Katie Kopec is one of the foremost development advisors in the industry having achieved a wide range of complex developments for a range of clients across the world. Katie’s work involves advising on land use options and disposal and acquisition of sites for corporate landowners, developers and public authorities. With experience of over 35 years, she has been involved with a number of large scale inner city urban regeneration schemes across the UK, with a particular focus on London and regional cities like Manchester and Internationally in Dubai, Jeddah, Hong Kong, Beijing and numerous Continental European Cities including Hafen City in Hamburg.
Katie was also seconded in to London & Partners, the official promotional arm for London, where she advised the Mayor of London on regeneration and development opportunities across London to encourage inward investment. Due to this role Katie worked closely with Department for International Trade both in the UK and with consulate offices across the world and International Investors particularly from EMEA and Asia.
Alice Lester MBE
Operational Director Regeneration, Growth and Employment, London Borough of Brent
Alice Lester MBE is Operational Director for Regeneration, Growth and Employment at Brent Council, having previously been Brent’s Head of Planning. Before joining Brent she was the head of the Planning Advisory Service, a grant funded programme within the Local Government Association, where she worked on a variety of projects to support ongoing improvement in delivering planning services across the country, and in implementing the government’s planning agenda. Alice had previously worked in Development Management at Westminster, Camden and Islington Councils. Alice has been a Trustee of the TCPA, an external examiner for post graduate planning courses, and is a LGA Planning Peer. Alice was awarded an MBE in the 2016 New Year’s Honours for services to Planning, and in previous years has been named as one of the Women of Influence in Planning.
Labour and Co-operative MP , Ealing North
Before becoming the Labour and Co-operative MP for Ealing North, James Murray was the Deputy Mayor for Housing at City Hall.
As Deputy Mayor he oversaw the Mayor’s £4.8 billion affordable homes programme, including ‘Building Council Homes for Londoners’ – the first-ever City Hall initiative dedicated to building new council homes.
In the first year of this new programme, more council homes got underway in London than in any time for the last 30 years. With national policies continuing to push more people onto the streets, he also oversaw the doubling of City Hall’s rough sleeping budget and major extensions to severe weather shelters across the capital.
Before joining City Hall, James held the position of Executive Member for Housing and Development at Islington Council for six years. Whilst there, he led the fight across London against the Conservatives’ plans to raise ‘affordable rents’ to near-market level, and he introduced a new approach requiring developers to be transparent about the viability of their projects.
James grew up in Ealing with his mum who was a Labour Councillor in Cleveland from 2014-18.
Jules Pipe CBE
Deputy Mayor, Planning, Regeneration and Skills, Greater London Authority
Jules Pipe is working on key priorities for the Mayor, including: revision of the London Plan, major regeneration projects across the capital, ensuring London’s infrastructure needs are delivered to benefit all Londoners, and building a skills system that properly addresses the needs of young people and the economy. Jules has unrivalled knowledge of London government, becoming the first directly elected mayor of Hackney in 2002 and serving as Chair of London Councils from 2010 until he joined the Mayor’s team in 2016.
Head of Design, Barratt London
Attzaz is currently Head of Design having spent the last 12 years at Barratt London (formerly an architect) with 20 years of experience in residential, mixed use, hotels and office developments.
Chief Executive Officer, Peabody
Brendan is Chief Executive of Peabody, a housing association owning and managing 67,000 homes in London and the South East. Peabody is a landlord, property developer (building over 2,500 homes per annum), care provider, investor in communities. Peabody is building a new town at Thamesmead in south east London, over 1,000 homes on the old Holloway Prison site and many other large sites in London. Brendan was recently listed by the Evening Standard as one of the top 10 influencers in Property as part of the Progress 1000 and is a regular commentator in the press and on TV on housing and welfare issues.
Brendan has worked in housing all of his professional life and sees housing associations as a great model for delivering a social purpose. He sees his role as the guardian of the values and the vision of the organisation whilst delivering excellent homes and services at prices people can afford. Brendan is a campaigner for the needs of ordinary Londoners and the importance of diversity in the city.
Brendan graduated from Leeds in 1982 with a degree in Architectural Engineering.
Chief Operating Officer, UK Development, Lendlease
Bek is the Chief Operating Officer for Lendlease’s UK Development Business. She has worked in a range of environments including outsourcing and public services, engineering and construction, before her role at Lendlease. In undertaking both commercial and wider business roles, Bek has a strong track record in delivering cultural change and business growth.
In her role at Lendlease Bek is responsible for the operations and overall growth of the Lendlease Development business, including New Business opportunities. Her previous experience in regeneration, change and partnership working enable her to build on the strong foundations that Lendlease has to further grow and innovate the Lendlease business.
The Rt Hon Rory Stewart
Independent Mayoral candidate
Like many Londoners, I wasn’t born in this city. But I moved here with my parents when I was one. And I live now in the house I lived in forty-five years ago. I have lived much of my life in London – the greatest city on earth – because of the people and the opportunities that it offers.
After a brief period as an infantry officer in the Black Watch before University, I moved back to London to join the Foreign Office. I then served overseas in Jakarta, as British representative to Montenegro in the wake of the Kosovo crisis, and as the coalition Deputy-Governor of two provinces in the Marsh Arab region of Southern Iraq following the Iraq intervention of 2003. On leave from the Foreign Service I walked for 21 months crossing Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nepal, staying in 500 village houses on the journey.
From 2005 to 2008 I was the Chair and Chief Executive of the Turquoise Mountain Foundation based in Kabul, which I built from one to three hundred employees, working to restore a section of the old city, establish a clinic, primary school, and Arts Institute, and bring Afghan crafts to international markets.
In 2008 I was appointed as the Ryan Family Professor of the Practice of Human Rights and Director of the Carr Centre of Human Rights at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
I have been in Parliament since 2010, and was lucky enough to hold a number of ministerial positions, including Secretary of State for International Development. In this position, I put addressing the climate catastrophe at the heart of the department's work. Before that, I was the Minister for Prisons and I drove through practical changes - with a particular focus on London prisons - which led to historic reductions in levels of violence and drugs.
This commitment to action - not talk - guided me through my nine years as MP for Penrith and The Border. In this role, I most enjoyed the opportunity to effect real change on the ground and - from introducing broadband, to saving the local college and cinema - am very proud of all that we accomplished.
I am now running as an Independent to be Mayor of London and look forward to meeting you over the course of my walks.
Director of Asset Management, Marks and Spencer
Andrew Turton is Director of Asset Management at Marks & Spencer. Andrew has been at M&S for a year with roles including value maximisation from M&S’s real estate portfolio; an overview of the Estate Management functions; implementing the new store, and closure, programs and lease liability management.
Andrew formerly worked at Catalyst Capital; managing Joint Ventures with Blackstone and ADIA (Abu Dhabi Investment Authority) to undertake Development and Asset Management services; and previously Delancey; as asset manager to the Metro Shopping Fund; a Joint Venture with Land Securities PLC.
Andrew is a Chartered Surveyor; a member of the Investment Property Forum and Revo.
Paula is Arup’s Regional Property business leader and leads one of the Building Engineering Groups in London. She specialises in the design of buildings across a range of project genres, including commercial and residential, for both private and public clients.
A structural engineer by background, Paula now works across all aspects of building design, with a particular focus on social value, sustainable and inclusive design. Key projects include 52 Lime Street, Ebury Bridge Estate and Kings Cross.
Chief Executive, London First
Jasmine is Chief Executive of London First, convening business leaders to keep the UKs capital city globally competitive and working for the whole country. She is a non-executive director of BT Group and of Standard Chartered Bank, where she chairs the Brand, Values and Conduct Committee. From 2005 to 2015, Jasmine was CEO of Save the Children UK and then she brought together all 30 members of the federation to create Save the Children International, aligning 25,000 staff in 120 countries behind a single mission, strategy and campaigning voice, growing the global budget to over 2 billion USD. Jasmines experience in the non-profit sector began in 1999 when she worked in West Africa with Oxfam.
Head of Design Solutions (Cities and Places), Jacobs
David Whitehead has worked at Jacobs since 2004 and is Head of Solutions for Cities and Places. With increasingly complex problems to address the best solutions no longer come from traditional delivery models. David’s role is to help develop the right way to solving the challenges; working cross-disciplines, using new skills, tools and approaches to deliver the best outcomes.
Having trained as an architect David worked in Local Government delivering capital programmes before moving to Jacobs where he has worked on a major UK and international programmes as well as complex projects like the Redevelopment of Blackfriars Station. One of the most complex projects completed in recent years, the new station has helped improve accessibility, provided smooth passenger connections all whilst keeping the passengers moving through the construction programme.
David was responsible for introducing BIM to the project delivery process in 2007 and has piloted the use of new technologies in delivery and operation of buildings to support the design, construction and in-use stages of projects.
Richard de Cani
Global Planning Leader, Arup
Richard leads the Global Planning business for Arup. As a qualified town planner and transport planner, he brings over 26 years’ experience of all aspects of planning, particularly those relating to the management and development of transport and infrastructure in cities and urban areas. This is drawn from his experience in the UK and from overseas. Prior to Arup, he spent over 15 years’ working in a variety of different roles at Transport for London with his most recent as Managing Director of Planning, reporting to the Commissioner of Transport for TfL. Richard brings together a unique combination of senior client side experience from one of the world’s leading transport authorities with direct experience of leading many of the new transport and planning initiatives in London over the past decade.
Keynote: Looking back and forward
How has the London property market performed over the past four years and what does the next four have in store? And has the impact of Brexit now been fully priced into transactions or is there more to come?
Panel: How I see the future
How do London’s leading developers and infrastructure providers view the challenges and opportunities in the capital?
Are they investing and building or waiting for the political and economic environment to change?
Panel: Housing Partnerships
Why has collaboration between the public and private sector to deliver new homes become so contentious? And how can a new era of joint ventures be established?