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FT Property Summit

Channelling Uncertainty into Opportunities for Growth

London |
Speakers include:
Sir Terry Farrell CBE

Sir Terry Farrell CBE


Mary  Portas

Mary Portas


James Seppala

James Seppala



Celebrating its 12th year, the FT Property Summit will bring together market leaders to discuss the major disruptions redefining the sector in a fast-changing economic and technological environment, and the opportunities for growth across both commercial and residential.

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Full Overview

The FT Property Summit, now in its 12th year, takes place at a time of significant change. Investors, occupiers, lenders and developers will debate the key trends shaping the commercial and residential markets in an economic and technological environment that is creating major challenges for the industry while also presenting opportunities for growth. 

From the political and economic uncertainty of Brexit, to the changes taking place in the retail and residential landscapes, as well as the ever-increasing demands of the consumer and the crucial need for more housing, experts will discuss the forces defining the market, and whether traditional business models are still relevant. Who is winning amid this disruption? And will the UK remain an attractive location for international investors?

Featuring keynotes from renowned thought leaders, expert panellists and interactive discussions with our senior audience, the FT Property Summit is a leading forum for debate on a rapidly changing industry that remains a key barometer for the overall economy.


Agenda - 7th Nov

  • 8:00am
    Registration and breakfast
  • 8:55am
    FT Chair's opening remarks

    Judith Evans, Property Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 9:00am
    Opening keynote - The economic outlook

    Martin Wolf CBE, Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times 

  • 9:30am
    Keynote address: Building London's future

    James Murray, Deputy Mayor of Housing and Residential Development

  • 9:55am
    How is the property sector faring in the political climate?

    This session will explore how the property sector is fairing amid continued political volatility and economic uncertainty.

    • With less than a year to go in the countdown to Brexit, the outlook for March 2019 remains unclear. To what extent has the property sector been affected by Brexit? Has the vote actually been a catalyst for growth?
    • Will migration controls post-Brexit hinder the property sector?
    • What effect are geopolitics having on the real estate sector in the UK?
    • What has the resurgence of populism in Europe taught us and what lessons can be learned?

    Catherine Cook, Partner, Real Estate, Clifford Chance
    Sir Stuart Lipton, Co-Founder, Lipton Rogers Developments
    James Seppala, Senior Managing Director; Real Estate ­– London, Blackstone
    Moderated by Judith Evans, Property Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 10:40am
    Beds and sheds, the future of London’s landscape?

    The growth of online retail has led to an insatiable demand for urban logistics units within our cities, but an acute housing crisis and limited space has meant that competition is fierce for development sites. This session will explore how these two sectors can work together moving forward to integrate industrial property into residential schemes
    Bridget Outtrim, Director, South East Industrial Team, Savills
    Interviewed by Claer Barrett, Editor of FT Money and Personal Finance Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:55am
  • 11:15am
    The flexible office space boom: The umbrella term for change?

    The rise of flexible office space groups across cities globally has been dramatic. The occupier now has more choice within the market as leases are shorter, driving landlords to work harder for their business.

    • With new entrants regularly joining the market, how are traditional landlords adapting to this change?
    • Despite the increase in flexible office space groups they only take up only a fraction of the market. Could it have the potential to dominate it in the future?
    • What is their true value and how do investors know this?

    Sherin Aminossehe, Head of Offices, Lendlease
    Andrew Hilston, Development Director and Head of Leasing, Battersea Power Station Development Company
    Charlie Green, Co-Chief Executive Officer, The Office Group
    Elaine Rossall, Head of UK Offices Research & Insight, Jones Lang LaSalle
    Joff Sharpe, Head of Operations & Storey, British Land 
    Moderated by Judith Evans, Property Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 12:05pm
    From uncertainty to predictability: Digitising the construction industry

    This session will explore the trends influencing construction businesses today, and will discuss how they are impacting businesses today. With $4bn VC funds invested into construction technology since 2009, and growing exponentially, this session will explore how businesses are applying technology to change the way they operate. What impact might this have on the property sector, and what opportunities might this present?
    James Austin, Industry Strategist, Autodesk
    Q&A moderated by Judith Evans, Property Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 12:20pm
    Diversity and inclusion in the real estate industry

    Increasing diversity and inclusion in the real estate sector is an important challenge -- one that many other businesses face – even though it is well known that diversity can drive better decision making and enhance employee performance.

    • Can the industry work to lend a voice to those under-represented, and what are businesses currently doing to increase diversity and inclusion?
    • What more is needed and what role is the government taking to support these efforts?

    Melanie Leech, Chief Executive, British Property Federation
    Daria Salusbury, President and Chief Executive Officer, Salusbury & Co New York
    Vivienne King, Chairman, Real Estate Balance
    Simon Prichard, Senior Partner, Gerald Eve
    Moderated by Claer Barrett, Editor of FT Money and Personal Finance Editor, Financial Times

  • 1:00pm

    An optional speed networking session will run from 1.25pm - 1.55pm. There will be an opportunity to sign up for this in advance.
    Moderated by Claer Barrett, Personal Finance Editor, Financial Times and Editor, FT Money

  • 2:00pm
    London's future landscape

    Sir Terry Farrell CBE, Principal, Farrells
    Interviewed by Edwin Heathcote, Architecture and Design Critic, Financial Times

  • 2:30pm
    Technology and Real Estate

    Technology has disrupted every industry and the property sector is no exception. New technologies bring many opportunities and avenues for growth including buying, selling, leasing and investing.

    • How is real estate benefitting from these new technologies and what are the drawbacks?
    • With technology comes data, a precious commodity. What measures are being put in place to ensure that this is secure and protected from cyber threats?
    • With many ‘proptechs’ entering the market, how are traditional companies competing?
    • What technologies should surveyors be engaging with?

    Panel framer: Matt Taylor, Partner and Head of UK Proptech, Clifford Chance
    Amanda Clack, Head of Strategic Consulting, CBRE
    Lee Wainwright, UK Chief Executive Officer, Purple Bricks
    Paul Smee, Executive Chair, Conveyancing Association
    Moderated by James Pickford, Deputy Editor of FT Money, Financial Times

  • 3:00pm
    Residential property: To rent or to buy?

    Housing across the country is a huge concern for the industry and government, but the key is how the two parties can work together to establish solutions that are mutually beneficial. Rises in residential property prices in central London are slowing but elsewhere help-to-buy and build-to-rent schemes are propping up the market.

    • What is the risk and reward profile for buy-to-let investors going forward?
    • Are government policies helping or hindering the residential market?
    • With property owners struggling to move, do we now need a ‘help-to-sell’ policy as well as ‘help-to-buy’?
    • Grenfell fallout: How will this affect building regulations and fire safety regulations?

    Austen Reid, Group Director of Development, Clarion Housing Group
    Marc Vlessing OBE, Chief Executive Officer, Pocket Living
    Neil Young, Chief Executive Officer, Get Living
    Steve Partridge, Director, Housing Consultancy, Savills
    Moderated by Judith Evans, Property Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 3:40pm
  • 4:00pm
    Are London and the UK generally still an attractive location for international investors?

    As capital controls take hold, several large Chinese companies have pulled out of property deals in Europe, sparking concern for future international investment in the industry. In addition, post-Brexit, more stringent rules on migration and visas could affect foreign investors’ decisions in the capital and regionally in the UK.

    • How do property agents and landlords deal with the risk of overseas investors using property to launder money?
    • Will the capital gains tax changes affect the appeal of London to investors overseas?
    • Some regional cities, such as Manchester and Birmingham, are now seeing more international investment. Will this continue post-Brexit?

    John Miu, Chief Operating Officer, ABP London
    Zach Vaughan, Managing Partner, Real Estate, Brookfield Asset Management
    Katherine O’Shea, Associate Director, Strategic Solutions, Coutts
    Moderated by  Patrick Jenkins, Financial Editor, Financial Times

  • 4:45pm
    Retail property: E-commerce vs the high street

    Retailers, under pressure from a myriad of sources, are controversially using CVAs (Company Voluntary Agreements) to hand back stores to landlords, or force through retail discounts. As their use becomes more widespread, what can investors do to protect their assets?

    • How can secondary locations reverse the cycle of decline as vacant shops proliferate?
    • How can business rates be more fairly applied to retailers whose businesses operate largely online?
    • Department stores: is this business model broken?

    David Atkins, Chief Executive Officer, Hammerson
    James Daunt, Managing Director, Waterstones
    Mary Portas, Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Portas
    Moderated by Claer Barrett, Editor of FT Money and Personal Finance Editor, Financial Times

  • 5:30pm
    Closing remarks

    Judith Evans, Property Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 5:35pm
    Networking drinks

Speakers (31)

Sir Terry Farrell CBE

Sir Terry Farrell CBE


Awarded the Royal Town Planning Institute’s Gold Medal in 2017,  Sir Terry Farrell CBE is considered to be one of the world’s most influential architects, planners and urban designers.

During 50 years in practice he has completed many award winning buildings and masterplans including Embankment Place and The Home Office Headquarters as well as millennium projects such as The Deep in Hull and Centre for Life in Newcastle. UK Masterplans include Greenwich Peninsula, Paddington Basin and Newcastle Quayside.

In East Asia, notable projects include Incheon airport in Seoul, Beijing Station and Guangzhou Station in China (the largest in the world). In Hong Kong he has designed the Peak Tower, Kowloon Station development and the British Consulate. Throughout his career, he has championed urban planning and helped shape government policy on key issues. As recognition of this, in 2013 he was voted the individual who made the Greatest Contribution to London’s Planning and Development over the last 10 years. In London, he is the Mayor’s Design Advisor and advises the Department for Transport on high speed rail. He is Design Champion for the Thames Gateway, Europe’s largest regeneration project and masterplanner for the transformation of Holborn and Earls Court.

Sir Terry is a prominent voice in British architecture and planning. In 2014, at invitation of Ed Vaizey, the Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, Terry and his firm commenced the Farrell Review of Architecture and the Built Environment, to offer expert guidance on the direction of British architecture.

Mary  Portas

Mary Portas

Founder and Chief Creative Officer

Mary Portas is Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Portas, a brand consultancy and creative agency. Known to the nation through her TV shows as Mary, Queen of Shops, Mary has made an indelible mark on British retail across her career. By aged 30 she was on the board of Harvey Nichols. Working as their Creative Director Mary transformed the luxury department store in London’s sexiest fashion destination. Mary has written columns for most national media on retail and consumerism, published three books, advised Government on the future of High Streets, launched her own fashion label as well as kickstarting the return of British manufacturing with her brand Kinky Knickers. Her proudest achievement to date is the creation of Mary’s Living and Giving shops for Save The Children. Currently the most profitable charity shops in the UK, she has opened 25 and counting and has raised over £13 million to date. Mary’s most recent book Work Like a Woman is about the empowerment of women in work culture.

James Seppala

James Seppala

Senior Managing Director

James Seppala is a Senior Managing Director in the Real Estate Group and the Head of Real Estate Europe, based in London. Since joining Blackstone in 2011, Mr Seppala has been involved in a number of Blackstone’s investments across Europe, including Logicor, OfficeFirst, Sponda, the Banco Popular REO & Loan Portfolio, and Multi Corporation.

Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr Seppala was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs & Co, where he spent 10 years focused on equity and debt investment opportunities in Europe and the United States on behalf of Goldman Sachs’s real estate private equity group.

M. Seppala graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 2001. M. Seppala currently serves as chairman of D. Carnegie & Co. (publ.) and as a board member of Sponda and The Office Group.

Sherin Aminossehe

Sherin Aminossehe

Head of Offices

Sherin is Head of Offices at Lendlease, taking the helm of some of the company’s largest regeneration projects including Euston station, Elephant Park, Silvertown and the International Quarter London in Stratford. In her previous role Sherin held the dual role of Chief Executive Officer at the Government Property Unit, Cabinet Office and Head of Property Profession for the Civil Service, delivering £3.6bn in capital receipts and saving over £1bn in running costs.

An architect and masterplanner by trade, Sherin has worked on some large scale and complex projects across countries such as Saudia Arabia, where she swam in floods, Dubai, China, India and Russia, where she had the unenviable task of introducing design codes for the first time in St Petersburg in front of a hostile audience of thirty Russian architects.

David  Atkins

David Atkins

Chief Executive Officer

David Atkins has been Chief Executive of Hammerson since 2009. A Chartered Surveyor, he joined the Company in 1998 from international property adviser DTZ (now Cushman & Wakefield). He became an Executive Director of Hammerson in January 2007. He is a Non-Executive Director of Whitbread Group Plc, a past President of Revo (formerly BCSC), a Director and Trustee of the Reading Real Estate Foundation, a member of the British Property Federation Policy Committee and former Chairman of the European Public Real Estate Association (EPRA).

Hammerson is a owner, manager and developer of retail destinations in Europe. Our portfolio of high-quality retail property has a value of around £10.6 billion and includes 22 prime shopping centres, 15 convenient retail parks and investments in 20 premium outlet villages, through our partnership with Value Retail and the VIA Outlets joint venture. Key investments include Bullring, Birmingham; Bicester Village, Oxfordshire; Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin and Les Terrasses du Port, Marseille.

James Austin

James Austin

Industry Strategist

James Austin is an Industry Strategist at Autodesk, responsible for the construction industry segment in EMEA.  Working as part of the Construction Business Unit, he is part of the team guiding the development of the next generation of cloud based tools to help construction professionals realise their business goals.

James originally studied and qualified as an architect from the University of Newcastle, working for BDP in the UK and overseas in Australia and New Zealand before settling in Newcastle as a Senior Architect for _space Architecture.  There he led the practice’s implementation of BIM technologies, and went on to form Bimstore and BIM.Technologies within _space Group, before joining Autodesk in 2012.  After several years working with some of Autodesks largest customers as a Customer Success Manager, James joined the product team as a Product Manager, working with development teams on shaping the tools behind the construction of some of the most exciting projects in the world.  Now, as construction industry strategist, James is central to the Construction Business Unit, shaping how Autodesk meets the needs of its customers in a critical industry sector.

Amanda  Clack

Amanda Clack

Head of Strategic Advisory

Amanda is Head of Strategic Advisory at CBRE and is Managing Director for Advisory across EMEA, supporting clients create value through strategic real estate and innovative technologies. She is a Member of the UK Board and EMEA Occupier Board. 

She is also the Immediate Past President for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) becoming the longest serving in 123 years.

For over 10 years Amanda was a Partner in two of the Big Four; most recently EY LLP, where she was the Head of Infrastructure (Advisory) and, PwC LLP where she led the consulting business across the South East of England with mid-market FTSE250 companies. She has over 30 years extensive board-level experience gained on strategic assignments in both the private sector.

Amanda is a Fellow of the RICS, the Association of Project Management, the Institute of Consulting and the Royal Society of Arts. She is a Certified Management Consultant and Companion of the Institute of Management.

In addition, Amanda is listed in Who’s Who, was also named by the ICAEW as a Mover and Shaker of 2015 in the ICAEW’s Global Finance 50, as well as City A.M.‘s Power 100 Women list 2016, PropTech Top 100 Global Influencers 2017, finalist in the Estates Gazette Tech Award 2018 and has won numerous other. 

Catherine Cook

Catherine Cook

Partner, Real Estate
Clifford Chance

Catherine Cook is a Partner in Clifford Chance's UK Real Estate team. She has significant experience in commercial and corporate real estate matters advising both domestic and international clients having worked both in the UK and the Middle East. Her work includes direct and indirect investments, joint ventures, portfolio sales and acquisitions, re-structuring transactions, sale and leasebacks, new HQ lettings for corporate occupiers and developments.

Catherine's client base includes both large global occupiers and investors who invest worldwide. She is conversant with the challenges that real estate investors and occupiers face. As someone who finds solutions to these challenges and as a regular speaker at the FT Property Summit Catherine will bring an interesting and informed perspective to the panel discussing how property is faring in the political climate.

James Daunt

James Daunt

Managing Director

James Daunt was appointed managing director of Waterstones, the UK’s largest chain of specialist bookshops, in July 2011. Waterstones has 292 bookshops, including Foyles, Hatchards, Hodges Figgis and branches in Ireland, Brussels and Amsterdam. James founded his own independent bookshop, Daunt Books, in London in 1990, of which he remains the owner. Daunt Books now has 9 bookshops.

Charlie Green

Charlie Green

CO-Chief Executive Officer
The Office Group

Charlie Green is Co-CEO of The Office Group (TOG), which he founded in 2003 with Co-CEO Olly Olsen. He is responsible for the growth and real estate side of the business, identifying and acquiring new buildings and leading the construction and delivery of the schemes, working closely with architects and driving the design of the space. He and Olly Olsen continue to work closely together to ensure that the design, both form and function, remains paramount to the success of each building. The culture, direction and strategy of the business is very much driven by the combination of Mr Green and Mr Olsen and their shared vision for TOG, the product and it’s ambitions to change the way we are all working.

In 2003, Mr Green and Mr Olsen had a shared vision to challenge the traditional serviced office market with a design led offering that addressed the changes that were being seen in how people were working. He started his career in commercial agency, qualifying as a Chartered Surveyor at Colliers International, on the graduate rotation programme. He then left to join property company MWB Group Plc, working on their serviced office subsidiary.

Andrew  Hilston

Andrew Hilston

Head of Leasing
Battersea Power Station Development Company

Andrew Hilston is a Chartered Surveyor and Chartered Town Planner with over 16 years of client side development and leasing experience at Land Securities, Hammerson and Brookfield working across office, retail and residential market sectors.

Andrew is now responsible for all leasing at BPS and in 2016 ran the successful WORK pre-letting campaign for 500,000 square foot of office space within the Power Station, which culminated with the successful signing of Apple for its new London Campus.

Vivienne  King

Vivienne King

Chair, Real Estate Balance;
CEO, Soho Housing Association

Vivienne is chair of Real Estate Balance, a non-profit membership organisation working to improve the gender balance at senior levels in the property sector. Real Estate Balance believes the best way to achieve change is by working with CEOs, senior leadership and middle managers to build more inclusive and diverse organisations, and with upcoming talent to empower talented women to become industry leaders. In addition to her work with Real Estate Balance, Vivienne is CEO of Soho Housing Association having joined in 2016 from The Crown Estate, where she had been 6 years on its executive board.

Melanie Leech

Melanie Leech

Chief Executive
British Property Federation

Melanie Leech joined the British Property Federation as Chief Executive in January 2015, following nine years as Director General of the Food and Drink Federation. Her role is to champion UK real estate and to promote a long-term, sustainable partnership between governments and the sector to deliver a high quality built environment, and to create wealth.

She previously held roles in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the Office of the Rail Regulator and the Cabinet Office having joined the civil service (HM Customs) in 1988. She began her working life as a Police Constable in the Metropolitan Police Service. 

Ms Leech is Chair of the CBI Trade Association Council and a Fellow of the RSA.  In 2015 she was awarded a CBE for services to the food and drink industry. 

Sir Stuart Lipton

Sir Stuart Lipton

Lipton Rogers Developments

Sir Stuart Lipton have been a commercial developer since the late 1960’s responsible for over 30 million sq ft of development. Typical projects are large and complex involving major infrastructure changes, complicated engineering solutions and high rise buildings.  Projects include Broadgate; Stockley Park, Heathrow; Chiswick Park, HM Treasury, Central St Giles and currently 22 Bishopsgate at 62 storey tower in the City of London. 

Sir Stuart was Chief Executive of Stanhope Plc from 1983 – 2006; Deputy Chairman of Chelsfield Partners LLP 2006-2014;.  And is now a Partner in Lipton Rogers Developments LLP.

Sir Stuart was the founding Chairman of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment and a member of the Royal Fine Art Commission.  He has been involved with or a Board member of the National Theatre, The Royal Opera House, The Tate Modern, Glyndebourne and other arts organisations.  Sir Stuart was Chairman of the City Finance Commission in 2011, Chairman of the independent review of Tottenham after the riots in 2011, a member of London Finance Commission in 2012 and a member of the Thames Estuary Growth Commission in 2017/18.

Lipton has an interest in Cities and their behaviour, social change and spatial arrangements and has a commitment to provide more housing at all levels of affordability.

James Murray

James Murray

Deputy Mayor, Housing and Residential Development

James Murray joined the Mayor's Office in 2016 as Deputy Mayor for Housing and Residential Development, coming from Islington Council, where he held the position of Executive Member for Housing & Development for six years.

During James’s time in Islington, the borough was one of the top building local authorities in the country. He oversaw the introduction of planning policies to raise the proportion of affordable homes in new developments, including a new standard for viability assessments.

In the Mayor’s Office, James is focussing on bringing together a broad alliance – including councils, housing associations, developers and businesses – to support plans to build more new and affordable homes in London. He is advising the Mayor on planning policy, particularly helping to develop and implement new approaches to housing. He is overseeing work at City Hall to improve the private rented sector and tackle homelessness and rough sleeping, in line with the Mayor’s priorities.

James advised the current Mayor during his selection and election campaigns. Before taking a position on Islington Council’s executive, he worked in Parliament and for a management consultancy. He has lived his whole life in London, and currently lives near King's Cross.

John  Miu

John Miu

Chief Operating Officer

John Miu is the Chief Operating Officer at ABP in London, with the brief to transform Royal Albert Dock into London’s next business district. Construction has already begun on the first phase of this £1.7 Billion development with completion planned for the first quarter of 2019 and with 70 per cent of the first office buildings already sold to international investors.

Mr Miu joined ABP in 2011 and was appointed as personal executive to the global chairman and coordinated the company’s London project from concept through the rigorous OJEU European procurement process and successfully led the process in London for ABP to acquire the Royal Albert Dock site in 2013. He was appointed COO and drove the company’s activities and built the team responsible for delivering planning approval, funding and the start of construction. He is now responsible for ensuring delivery of the project in the years ahead. He works extensively across the UK, Europe and Asia.  

Katherine O’Shea

Katherine O’Shea

Associate Director, Strategic Solutions

Katherine is an Associate Director in the Strategic Solutions team at Coutts. Our connections enable us to identify innovative and attractive opportunities for our clients who have increasingly diverse needs. We draw on the extensive experience of our in-house specialists to facilitate introductions to a carefully selected network of third party providers. The team specifically focuses on private equity, corporate finance and residential real estate.

Katherine joined Coutts in 2010 and has been a part of the real estate team since its launch in early 2013.  Katherine works with clients who are looking to buy or invest in residential property and manages the Coutts panel of residential buying agents.

Katherine has an MSc in Real Estate, an MSc in International Business and Finance and a first class honours Degree in Business Studies. Katherine also holds an Investment Advice Diploma. Originally from Co. Cork in Ireland, Katherine has lived in London for 9 years.  In her spare time, Katherine likes to travel and spend time with family in Ireland.

Bridget Outtrim

Bridget Outtrim

Director, South East Industrial Team

Bridget is a Director in Savills’ industrial and Logistics team with a focus on urban logistics in London and the South East. She advises occupiers, developers, funds and property companies on their exposure to the industrial property market. She leads the Savills working group on industrial intensification and mixed use which seeks solutions for the problems facing urban logistics in the capital through working with other sectors including residential. Bridget has been instrumental in guiding the GLA on its industrial intensification strategy, forging close relationships with residential colleagues and is a thought leader on the co-existence of logistics and other users.  Prior to working in the industrial sector she has a background in airport property. She is an active member of the Industrial Agents Society (IAS).

Steve Partridge

Steve Partridge

Director, Housing Consultancy

Steve is a senior leader and highly regarded national expert in housing finance with over 25 years’ experience in public and private sectors in business planning, investment appraisal, financing and the development of new homes.

Steve specialises in working to bring investors and housing providers together to introduce new and innovative ways to bring private finance at scale into the development of affordable housing.

Simon Prichard

Simon Prichard

Senior Partner
Gerald Eve

Simon was appointed to the Gerald Eve Executive Board in 2007 as Strategy Partner and was appointed Senior Partner in 2015.

For most of his career he worked in the City, initially with Cable & Wireless Plc and more recently with Wright Oliphant a subsidiary of Hambros Bank. He is a Chartered Surveyor and has provided Real Estate advice to major corporates including JP Morgan, Carnival Plc, DMGT and Whitbread, as well as major landowners including the Grosvenor Estate, Land Securities and Standard Life.

He sits on the academic board of the University College of Estate Management and is a prominent figure within the property industry. He also Chairs Gerald Eve’s Diversity Committee and the Senior Partners, CEO Real Estate Forum where gender balance and in particular improving social mobility within the real estate sector, are high on his agenda.

Austen Reid

Austen Reid

Group Director of Development
Clarion Housing Group

Austen is Group Director of Development at Clarion Housing Group, which comprises the country’s largest housing association, and is a member of the executive Board. Clarion is planning to invest £13 billion in new housing over the next 10 years with a particular focus on new settlements. Austen’s professional real estate experience includes several senior positions at large housing associations as well as  a period with Savills.

Elaine Rossall

Elaine Rossall

Head of UK Offices Research & Insight
Jones Lang LaSalle

Elaine Rossall heads the UK office research team, which provides advice to clients on recent trends and the outlook for UK commercial property, with a particular focus on the office market. The team produces regular reports on the Central London market, the West London and Thames Valley markets and the major regional centres. In addition to this, the team produces regular thematic reports on topical issues impacting on office market performance and the outlook for the office market.

Elaine also chairs the research committee for the British Council of Offices, where she has responsibility for providing a strategic overview of the BCO's research agenda.

Elaine has more than 20 years’ experience in property research, covering macro to micro trends and regional to city level geographies. She has provided strategic advice on office real estate for a mix of developers, investors, landlords and occupiers. She regularly presents on the outlook for the London and wider UK property market to external clients and broader industry bodies.

Elaine joined JLL in September 2018 from Cushman & Wakefield, where she headed up the offices research team. While in this role she co-authored a number of reports most recently including Co-working 2018: the flexible workplace evolves, Movers & shakers: the changing shape of London’s office market, The future of corporate headquarters: Is London’s dominance waning? (on behalf of the BCO) and Tech X the City-assessing and accelerating the impact of the tech sector on the square mile (on behalf of City Corporation/CPA).

She is a qualified general practice surveyor.

Daria Salusbury

Daria Salusbury

President and CEO
Salusbury & Co

Daria P. Salusbury is the President and CEO of Salusbury & Co. She advises leading developers and architects on real estate development, branding, design, construction and marketing in order to bring their financial ambitions to market effectively in the world’s most challenging markets. Ms Salusbury has a more than 30+year track record of success, creating over $12 billion in luxury developments, including residential, commercial, and mixed-use real estate. She has worked as both a developer and broker in major cities across the U.S., including New York City, Boston, Chicago, and Los Angeles. 

For 25 years, Ms Salusbury’s role was as Senior Vice President 25 years for The Related Companies where she was in charge of the firm’s vast luxury rental portfolio which consisted of more than 10,000 residences nationwide. Prior to founding her firm, she guided the design and development of the company’s largest luxury residential developments, managed the company's leasing team and assembled all marketing teams. She was integral in the successful launch and lease-up of some of Related’s most ambitious projects to date, including MiMA, 456 Washington Street and Abington House. Under her leadership, Related’s developments saw some of the highest rental rates and prices per square footage in the nation.

Ms Salusbury has been featured in The New York Times, Crain’s New York Business, Forbes, The New York Observer and The Real Deal among other publications. She serves on the Real Estate Advisory Board of her alma mater, Temple University, is a member of REBNY where she serves on the arbitration board and CREW NY where she heads the sponsorship committee. 

Joff Sharpe

Joff Sharpe

Head of Operations & Storey
British Land

Joff is an “intrapreneur” having founded start-up companies Storey Spaces Ltd., British Land’s flexible workplace provider, and previously, a recruitment website within News Corp. As Chairman, he recently sold part of Broadgate Estates Ltd., to Savills Plc. He previously held NED roles in PE-backed companies in Poland and Scandinavia and currently sits on the Board of Inventure LLP, a New York executive search company. In the course of his career he has held Group HR Director roles in British Land Plc., European Directories, Grohe GmbH and Trinty Mirror Plc. giving him a distinctly people-centric view of the ‘space-as-a-service’ phenomenon. His early career was spent in the British Army, which included a stint in the Special Forces. He is the author of Who Dares Wins in Business and a freelance contributor to various publications including Newsweek, Huffington Post and the MBA section of Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post.

Paul  Smee

Paul Smee

Non-Executive Chair
Conveyancing Association

Paul Smee is currently non-executive chair of the Conveyancing Association and of the Peer to Peer Finance Association. He is a Board member of the Social Housing Regulator. Until August 2017, he was Director General of the Council of Mortgage Lenders until its merger into UK Finance. He has also run the UK Payments Council (APACS) and the Association of Independent Financial Advisors.

Matt Taylor

Matt Taylor

Partner and Head of UK Proptech
Clifford Chance

Matt Taylor is a Partner in Clifford Chance's UK Real Estate team and Head of UK Proptech. He has a particular interest in the use of Proptech to enhance real estate transactions.  He is a member of the Clifford Chance's cross-practice Tech group and a regular speaker at Proptech events.

Matt is a member of Concrete's Advisory Board and a founding member of the UK Proptech Association.

In addition to his work in developing ideas and promoting discussion in Proptech arena, Matt advises on a wide range of commercial real estate transactions and specialises in corporate real estate matters.  These include real estate joint ventures and acquisitions and disposals through corporate vehicles. He also advises on large-scale occupier transactions and has significant experience of restructurings, management arrangements for real estate investments and other investment work.

Matt's client base includes institutional investors, funds (including sovereign wealth funds and fund managers), private equity houses, joint venture parties, property companies, corporate occupiers and financiers.

Zach Vaughan

Zach Vaughan

Managing Partner
Brookfield Asset Management

Zach Vaughan is a Managing Partner in Brookfield’s Real Estate Group, responsible for Brookfield’s European real estate investments.  In this role, he oversees all of Brookfield’s real estate activities, including investments, portfolio management and new fund formation in the region.

Mr Vaughan joined Brookfield in 2012. Since joining, he has been involved in several M&A transactions including Thayer Lodging, CenterParcs, Gazeley, Student Roost, MPG Office Trust, Associated Estates and Interhotels. Mr. Vaughan is a director of Canary Wharf Group, CenterParcs, Student Roost and SACO. Before to relocating to London he was based in the United States and oversaw Brookfield’s North American multifamily investments and its operating company, Fairfield Residential.  Prior to joining Brookfield, Mr. Vaughan worked at Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) and Reichmann International as Director of Acquisitions.
Mr Vaughan received a bachelor’s degree (Honours Economics) from The University of Western Ontario.

Marc Vlessing OBE

Marc Vlessing OBE

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Pocket Living

Marc is Co-founder and CEO of Pocket Living, London’s first private developer that focuses on delivering intermediate affordable housing for the starter market. Pocket Living’s award-winning Pocket housing requires no grant, is secured as affordable in perpetuity and sold outright to people on low to moderate incomes. The company has delivered over 550 homes over the past decade.

In 2017 Pocket announced a landmark finance agreement with Mayor of London, Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) worth £148.5m. The funding will see Pocket start on over 1000 homes by 2021.

Marc Vlessing has had a broad career working in the City as well as the property and media sectors as a CEO, Chairman, NED and consultant.

He started his career as a corporate financier with County NatWest. In 1991, he set up Media Finance, a management consultancy business. In 1997, Marc became Chief Executive of Crescent Entertainment - the West End’s largest group of theatres and cinemas - and in 2000 he became Chief Executive of First Call International.

Lee  Wainwright

Lee Wainwright

UK Chief Executive Officer
Purple Bricks

Lee Wainwright joined Purplebricks in March 2017 as Operations Director before being promoted to COO and then UK CEO. A trainee estate agent direct from school, Mr Wainwright had a 26 year career at Countrywide, where he was responsible for brands like Bairstow Eves, Dixon’s Estate Agents, Abbott’s and RA Bennett’s & Partners. Latterly he was Managing Director for the London region.

Martin Wolf CBE

Martin Wolf CBE

Chief Economics Commentator
Financial Times

Martin Wolf is Associate Editor and Chief Economics Commentator at the Financial Times. He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in 2000 “for services to financial journalism”. He was a member of the UK government’s Independent Commission on Banking between June 2010 and September 2011. Mr Wolf is an honorary fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford University, Corpus Christi College, Oxford University and King’s College, London. He is also an honorary professor at the University of Nottingham. In 2014, he was made a University Global Fellow of Columbia University, and a Senior Fellow in Global Economic Policy at its School of International Public Affairs. He is a member of the International Media Council of the World Economic Forum.

Mr Wolf has been included in Foreign Policy’s list of the Top 100 Global Thinkers. In 2019, he received the Gerald Loeb Lifetime Achievement Award for distinguished business and financial journalism. He has also won the Wincott Foundation senior prize for excellence in financial journalism, the RTZ David Watt memorial prize, the Journalism Prize of the Fundacio Catalunya Oberta (Open Catalonia Foundation), Commentator of the Year at the Business Journalist of the Year Awards, the “Ludwig-Erhard Preis für Wirtschaftspublizistik” (“Ludwig Erhard Prize for economic commentary”), and “Commentariat of the Year” at the Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards. The Society of American Business Editors and Writers recognised Mr Wolf in its Best in Business Journalism competition. He has also won the Ischia International Journalism Prize and the Overseas Press Club of America’s prize for “best commentary on international news in any medium”.

His most recent publications are Fixing Global Finance (Washington D.C: Johns Hopkins University Press, and London: Yale University Press, 2008 and 2010) and The Shifts and The Shocks: What we’ve learned – and have still to learn – from the financial crisis (London and New York: Allen Lane, 2014). Mr Wolf was educated at Oxford University. He has honorary doctorates from Kingston University, Macquarie University, the London School of Economics, Warwick University and KU Leuven.

Neil Young

Neil Young

Chief Executive Officer
Get Living

Neil leads Get Living, the UK’s pioneer in the build to rent sector and best known for its 1,500 rental homes at East Village, the former London 2012 Athletes’ Village. Involved from the start of Get Living’s journey, Neil combines a passion for delivering an amazing resident experience, with a proven executive management track record and more than 15 years’ experience driving innovation in the property sector.

Prior to Get Living, Neil established Young Group in 2003, advising large scale private investors, corporates, institutional investors and housing associations looking to enter the PRS.

Neil is a member of BPF’s Residential Board and is on the board of the UK Apartment Association (UKAA).


FT Chair & Moderators (5)

 Judith  Evans

Judith Evans

Property Correspondent
Financial Times

Judith Evans covers commercial and residential property for the Financial Times in London. She has previously covered investments at the FT and worked in Hong Kong, London and the Maldives for the newswires Agence France-Presse and Reuters.

Claer Barrett

Claer Barrett

Personal Finance Editor, Financial Times
Editor, FT Money

Claer Barrett is the Financial Times' Personal Finance Editor as well as the editor of FT Money. She has worked for the FT group for over a decade, joining the Investors Chronicle magazine as the financial crisis took hold, specialising in property and buy-to-let investment. She became the FT's retail correspondent in 2011, then served as deputy UK news editor before being appointed to her current role. Her weekly Serious Money column won the Headline Money commentator of the year award in 2016 and 2017. A frequent contributor to TV and radio debates on personal finance and investing, she is an expert on the BBC1 series Right on the Money.

Patrick Jenkins

Patrick Jenkins

Deputy Editor
Financial Times

Patrick Jenkins is Deputy Editor at the Financial Times.  He was formerly Financial Editor and Assistant Editor at the Financial Times since 2014. In that role, he shaped the FT’s overall financial coverage, with a focus on financial services and investment, working closely with the editors of Markets, Lex, FT Money, FTfm and the financial services team, contributing to leader writing and comment, while continuing to write for the Inside Finance column.

Previously, Mr Jenkins was Banking Editor from 2009 until 2014, leading the 10-strong global financial services reporting team. Prior to this he was Companies Editor, and before that Editor of International Company News. Prior to taking up this post, Mr Jenkins spent four years in Germany as Frankfurt Correspondent for the FT. He joined the FT Group in 1996 editing the newsletter FT world insurance report, before becoming a UK companies reporter in 2000.

James Pickford

James Pickford

Deputy Editor, FT Money
Financial Times

James Pickford is deputy editor of FT Money and writes about property for the newspaper’s Personal Finance section, including buy-to-let, mortgages and the rental market. He is a regular contributor to the section’s Serious Money column. James’s previous roles at the FT include London and Southeast Correspondent, UK News deputy editor, and editor of Business Life, the FT’s daily management section.

Edwin Heathcote

Edwin Heathcote

Architecture and Design Critic
Financial Times

Edwin Heathcote is the FT's Architecture and Design Critic.  He is an architect and designer and the author of around a dozen books including, most recently, The Meaning of Home.  He writes a monthly column for GQ Magazine and is a regular contributor for magazines including Icon, Apollo and l'Architecture d'Aujord Hui.  He is currently establishing an online archive of design writing.  


Be in Good Company

Senior delegates from companies in attendance in 2017 included:

  • Brunswick Group
  • Derwent London
  • CBRE
  • Battersea Power Station Development Company
  • Credit Suisse
  • Workspace Group
  • Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Standard Life Investments
  • McGuire Woods
  • Knight Frank
  • British Land
  • Aberdeen Standard Investments
  • Amundi Asset Management
  • Blackrock
  • Generali
  • BNP Paribas
  • British Land
  • Brookfield
  • CoStar
  • Great Portland Estates
  • Hammerson
  • Hermes Investment
  • Highgate Estates
  • HOK
  • IWG
  • John Lewis Partnership
  • L&Q
  • LGIM
  • Mitsubishi Estate
  • Network Rail
  • Orion Capital
  • The Crown Estate
  • Westfield

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"Clients state the firm is "the best in what they are doing," praising the team's approach: "They are easy to communicate with, they find solutions when in deadlocks and are fast to respond."- Chambers & Partners Europe 2018, Real Estate Europe-wide

Our international Real Estate Group acts for the industry's leading players advising on the full range of real estate-related transactions and is a leading specialist in real estate investment, banking and private equity transactions. With local and cross-border expertise we focus on high-end transactions, notably in corporate real estate, real estate finance, real estate M&A, large-scale development and regeneration, construction, hotels and high-value leasing, environment, planning and litigation.

Our integrated network of leading individuals has the commitment, resources and know-how to get deals done wherever they are including in times of uncertainty. We are considered to be the powerhouse for creative, market-leading ideas achieving better results for our clients.  Consistently ranked by peers and clients alike as the No. 1 for real estate related matters we were once again ranked as the standalone top tier firm in Chambers Europe 2018: Europe-wide Real Estate with clients and industry sources describing Clifford Chance as "incredibly capable due to their broad resources and depth of expertise."

Lead Sponsor (2)

Global knowledge. Local expertise. World class advice.

Savills is one of the world’s leading multi-sector property advisors. We take an innovative approach to real estate, with a strong client focus, commitment to our people, and unrivalled market insight and expertise. We will provide you with the highest quality advice and competitive advantage to help you make well informed, insightful decisions. Commercial, Residential or Rural, local, national or global, we have more than 160 years of history to help with your future.

Established in 1855, Savills is a global real estate services provider with an international network of more than 35,000 professionals across over 600 offices and associates throughout UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and the Americas.

Associate Sponsor (2)

Clarion Housing Group formed in 2016, following the merger between two of the country’s largest housing associations, Affinity Sutton and Circle Housing Group. With over 125,000 homes it uses its strength and scale to create opportunities that change peoples’ lives.

Clarion is also one of the biggest housebuilders in the country and is set to build 50,000 high quality homes of all tenures during the next ten years, as it remains committed to helping to tackle the housing shortage. Two thirds of these will be affordable homes and it continues to prioritise those in housing need.

In addition to new homes, Clarion transforms existing communities through sustained regeneration, helping people to access employment and training opportunities and giving young people a better start in life.

Salusbury & Co. is a premiere real estate development advisory firm based in New York. Founded by Daria P. Salusbury, the firm provides branding, marketing, and design services to transform properties into buildings that shape the world’s skylines. The Salusbury & Co. team works with its partners during all phases of development to efficiently and effectively bring real estate to market in the world’s most challenging platforms. 

With a more than 30-year track record of success, they have brought $15 billion in luxury developments to market, including residential, commercial, and mixed-use real estate. The Salusbury & Co. team has worked with leading developers in major global sectors, including New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Paris, London, and Tokyo. 

Supporting Partners (3)

Established in 1999, and headquartered in the Netherlands, Europe Real Estate offers an extensive overview of real estate developments throughout Europe. With the latest property news, events and valuations, reports and feature articles from the commercial property market. 

Europe Real Estate, part of the REP group of companies, is a multinational, independent commercial real estate media and marketing company with a pan-European scope and an international orientation.

Founded in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1955, the National Association of Women in Construction is one of the world's longest running organisations for women working in construction. Run entirely by volunteers, NAWIC UK and Ireland is a diverse Not-For-Profit Association with a presence in seven separate regions.

We are committed to encouraging individuals to pursue, establish and sustain successful careers in the Construction Industry through encouraging opportunities to access inside knowledge, share best practice, develop personal and professional skills and to grow professional networks.

We aim to promote the positives in the Construction Industry as a whole and to highlight the fantastic work carried out by professionals working within. Our members which, include both those working directly in the industry and those providing services to it share the team spirit which is characteristic of our industry.

Our key targets are : A shift of focus from gender to ability. Levelling the playing field across the industry. Ending of stereotypes.

To achieve this, our work focuses on: Supporting the development of members. Inspiring the young to look at the industry as a valid source for a future career. Reaching out to the entirety of our peers in order to deliver a real difference.

Great strides towards gender balance have been made in recent years but, even so, women still represent only 15% of the property and construction industry workforce. For over thirty years Women in Property has been working with businesses and other industry organisations to help redress this balance. 

Our organisation creates opportunities, expands knowledge and inspires change for women working in the property and construction industry.  Our network links members to fellow professionals across sectors and across the UK.  We are multi-disciplinary, encouraging an exchange of ideas and sharing of expertise, often through our extensive schedule of best practice workshops, site visits, keynote talks and social events, over 400 events each year.

We believe that success and its rewards should be founded on merit and expertise, rather than gender.  We actively seek an industry that is balanced, diverse and inclusive, so we nurture girls aspiring to a career in the built environment sector, as well as supporting women in ‘mid-career’ and at board level, many making the most of our acclaimed Mentoring programme.

Women in Property is proud of our commitment to encourage girls and young women to consider a career in property and construction.  They are our future professionals and it is they who will help correct the imbalance and improve diversity in the industry.

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