Speakers

Stephanie Davies, Founder and CEO, Laughology

Stephanie Davies is Laughology’s founder and CEO and one of the UK’s leading voices in happiness and engagement in organisations. In the past 15 years, she has worked on innovative projects and events in the private and public sector.

Stephanie’s unique experience as a comedian and expertise in psychology and business makes her one of the most sought-after consultants internationally, and a popular speaker on the business and after-dinner circuit.

More recently she has pioneered thinking and behaviour programmes to promote diverse working practices and has addressed and advised several blue-chip organisations such as HSBC, RBS and DTZ on the subject. Her client list includes First Direct, the Department of Health, giffgaff, EE, and O2.

Martyn Evans, Creative Director, U+I

Martyn spent 17 years with Cathedral Group, now U+I, including six years on the board before leaving to become the Development Director at the 1,200-acre Dartington Hall Estate in Devon in 2016.

He returned to U+I in 2019 to deliver the creative strategy at the heart of our purpose-driven regeneration development portfolio. Martyn is Non Executive Chair of Croydon Council's development company, Brick by Brick, a Non Executive Director of the online community engagement platform, Commonplace, Deputy Chair of the London Festival of Architecture and founder of The Young Architects and Developers Alliance (YADA).

He has been a jury member of the AJ's Small Projects, The Architect of the Year, the NLA and the Estates Gazette Awards, writes a regular column in BDOnline and contributes to the Estates Gazette.

Belinda Fawcett, General Counsel and Director of Property & Estates, CTIL

Belinda joined Cornerstone in January 2015. Cornerstone is the UK’s leading mobile infrastructure services company, owning and managing over 20,000 physical sites which make up the mobile radio networks of our shareholders, Telefónica (O2) and Vodafone, amongst others. As General Counsel and Director of Property and Estates, Belinda has overall responsibility for all aspects of Legal, Property and Estates and Governance across the business.

At Cornerstone, Belinda has led the Legal and Property and Estates Team through the challenges of consolidating the Vodafone and O2 networks, driving new ways of working to encourage greater cooperation and alignment with the Property Industry which is seen as a major supplier to the business. She has been instrumental in the implementation of the new Electronic Communications Code across the telecommunications sector and sees this as critical pathway to delivering a strong and reliable network and a world class digital economy.

Susan Freeman, Partner, Mishcon de Reya

Susan is a real estate partner at law firm Mishcon de Reya. An experienced real estate lawyer, her in depth understanding of the property sector and business training as a Sloan Masters MSc (London Business School) graduate, combined with a wide circle of contacts is an effective combination.

She uses her commercial know how and connections to benefit clients and the firm. Susan's contacts help to make the firm’s programme of client seminars and events “must attend” networking opportunities. Susan has partnered with EG on the Collaborators Award and initiative since its inception 3 years ago.

She is on the Property Week advisory board and is an active member of a number of property-related organisations and is also on the Board of Advisors for Seaforth Land and Work.Life.

John Gravett, Head of Real Estate Management, Cluttons

John provides strategic advice to TMT portfolios and specialised advice in telecommunications strategy, network roll-out and estate management.

As a skilled international real estate manager, John has extensive experience in the development and implementation of real estate solutions at both local and international level.

Rasheed Hassan, Head of Cross Border Investment, Capital Markets, Savills

Rasheed has worked in the real estate capital markets for his entire career.

His focus is on linking Savills International network to help clients identify opportunities, provide the full spectrum of advisory services and market assets globally.  Rasheed works on projects globally from US through to Asia and across sectors.

Jason Hawthorne, Managing Director, Wagstaffs

Jason is the Managing Director of Wagstaffs, a leading multi-disciplinary design and communications consultancy. Wagstaffs provide results-orientated digital communication tools for companies working in the built environment.

Jason is one of the founding Directors of the pioneering interactive smart city platform, VU.CITY. A highly accurate and revolutionary tool which promises to transform the planning and communications process around proposed and new developments. Established in London and expanding to cities across the world. Combined with Wagstaffs work in Virtual reality and Augmented reality, Jason is helping to shape the transformation of planning and design through the latest digital tech.

Sarah Lloyd-Hughes, Founder, Ginger Public Speaking

Sarah is one of the UK’s leading public speaking experts, an award-winning coach, TEDx conference guest speaker, and author of the best-selling book 'How to be Brilliant at Public Speaking' (Pearson).

Sarah has trained thousands of clients to become confident, authentic and powerful communicators. Many have gone on to deliver speeches in Parliament, pick up prestigious awards, publish best-selling books and become influential game changers.

A champion for the voices and visibility of female leaders, Sarah’s passionate about creating positive change and inspiring future generations in the way we lead our organisations, industries and governing structures.

Tim Lowe, Managing Director, Lowe Guardian

Chief Executive and founder of leading property management company LOWE, Tim Lowe, 31, is an entrepreneur who is passionate about utilising vacant space to provide quality and affordable housing for today's 'generation rent.' Over the last three years, Tim has worked with developers, investors, funds and public services on numerous vacant sites to provide property owners with an efficient and secure service for their vacant properties. At the same time, this service provides London's keyworkers and creatives with affordable accommodation. With a background in property, Tim identified the opportunity to fix the stratospheric jumps in London’s rental prices with an affordable solution.

Alexandra Notay, Build to Rent fund director, PfP Capital

Alexandra Notay is Build to Rent fund director at PfP Capital, the fund and asset management arm of Places for People, tasked with raising a £550M fund to deliver 3,000 BTR homes across the UK. She is also an internationally recognised expert on build to rent, placemaking and sustainable urban development, with 15 years’ strategic advisory experience to public and private sector clients across four continents. In January 2019 Alex was selected as one of the 48 women shaping the future of UK real estate at the prestigious BISNOW Women Leaders event.

Alex is a published author and editor of over 30 books and reports on real estate including the renowned ULI UK Best Practice Guide on Build to Rent (2014, 2016). Alex is a vice-chair of ULI UK Residential Council and on the ULI UK Executive Committee, serves on the BPF Build to Rent Committee and is an Associate Member of CREFC Europe. She is also a non-executive director of Sound Diplomacy, SouthWest Board Member for LandAid and trustee of SunScreenIT Foundation.

Philip Pearce, Executive Director, City Agency & Investment, Savills

Philip Pearce is joint head of Savills City Agency & Investment Team. His primary areas of expertise relate to advising clients in the disposal and acquisition of leasehold property in the City of London. In addition to advising on the disposal of many of the City of London’s significant developments, including the recent pre-letting of 580K sq ft to Deutsche Bank for Landsec, Philip has also advised on many of the larger acquisition transactions in the City of London, in particular for US and UK law firms, and is a recognised expert in this field. Philip has been at Savills since 1988 and sits on the Commercial Executive Board.

Thomasin Renshaw, Director of Development, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland

Thomasin Renshaw leads the day-to-day development activity for Grosvenor’s major 2-acre mixed-use scheme in Mayfair. The South Molton Triangle is primarily retail, F&B and offices and is bounded by Davies Street, Brook Street and South Molton Street.

Thomasin is also a Trustee of the Westway Trust, where she is a member of the Board, Property & Place and Audit Committees. The Westway Trust is the custodian of 23 acres of land and buildings under the Westway for the benefit of the local North Kensington community.

Thomasin joined Grosvenor in November 2015. From 2010-15, she worked for Muse Developments where she led a number of large, complex, mixed-use urban regeneration projects in London and the Thames Valley. This included the RIBA Award-winning refurbishment of the Town Hall and new Civic Office (and associated residential development) in Brixton in partnership with London Borough of Lambeth. Prior to that, she worked for London & Regional where projects included 55 Baker Street and Greenwich Wharf.

Thomasin graduated from UCL with a BSc in Astrophysics and the University of Reading with an MSc in Surveying. She is a member of RICS (Planning and Development).

Martyn Saunders, Director, Avison Young

Martyn leads Avison Young’s regeneration projects across London and the South East. His insightful, commercially-oriented advice has helped to deliver some of the UK's highest profile - and complex - development projects.

Martyn's keen awareness of the key issues facing regeneration delivery is woven into his advice. That includes a detailed understanding of workspace delivery, infrastructure-led growth, placemaking, and the trends shaping the future of town centres across the UK.

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Monique Sutherland, Partner - UK Head of Development, DLA Piper

Monique Sutherland is an experienced commercial property lawyer.

Her particular focus is regeneration, acting for public and private sectors particularly where there is an emphasis on brownfield land including structuring delivery via a corporate or contractual joint venture.

Monique also advises organisations in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

Michael Watson, Head of Property Litigation, Shulmans

Michael leads the Shulmans Real Estate Litigation team and specialises in the management of risks associated with owning and occupying commercial property. He and his team, provide advice to property owners throughout the country which includes specialist areas of work such as dilapidations, issues relating to the installation of electronic communications apparatus on commercial property and conduct of Tribunal proceedings initiated by telecommunications operators against property owners. A significant part of their work involves the provision of strategic advice to investors and developers regarding the removal of electronic communications apparatus from development sites. He regularly presents CPD training to RICS members and is a member of Revo and BCO.

Melanie Williams, Partner, DWF

Mel has over ten years' experience of working on the investment and funding of real estate development projects and property tax driven transactions, in particular within the hospitality sector.

Melanie has a particular expertise in the acquisition of hotels, development and refurbishment projects and real estate finance in addition to handling asset management work for investors, developers and banks as well as dealing with landlord and tenant matters.

She sits on the Board of Directors of the Colmore Business District 'BID', which is a Business Improvement District within Birmingham City Centre, comprising key members of the business community working collectively to invest in projects and services to improve the business environment.

She is ranked as an expert in the real estate market in Chambers & Partners (2014), particularly noted for my specialism in securing investment and funding for development schemes, as well as offering advice on landlord and tenant work, and asset management.

Paul Williams, Chief Executive Officer, Derwent London

Paul Williams is the CEO and has overall responsibility for leadership of the Group and its overall strategy. He is a chartered surveyor who joined the Group in 1987.

Paul has been with Derwent since its inception and has been part of the core team to develop Derwent’s distinctive brand of buildings.  Paul’s previous responsibility was for leasing, management and lettings and delivery of Derwent London’s projects including Burberry’s headquarters in Victoria, Expedia’s headquarters in Angel Building EC1 and the delivery of Brunel Building, Paddington W2, 80 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia W1 and Soho Place, W1.

Paul is Director in charge of Sustainability, Health & Safety and also sits on the Responsible Business Committee.

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