Property and Regeneration Lunch 2018

Date: Friday 23rd November 2018
Time: 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Location: Manchester Central , Petersfield, Manchester, M2 3GX
Cost: £38 + VAT (members) / £48 + VAT (non-members)
Key Events
Regeneration and Property

Join us on the 23rd November for the pro-manchester property and regeneration lunch. Over 250 delegates are expected to attend this important event in the Manchester calendar.

With two panels of experts debating the hottest themes, this is sure to be a fascinating event. Held at Manchester Central, guests will enjoy a formal 2 course lunch as well as having plenty of time for networking during our drinks reception.

Panel 1 - Placemaking in Greater Manchester

As commercial and residential developments continue at an ever growing pace in Greater Manchester, our panel will look at how to ensure the public realm and green spaces are protected. They will also comment on housing as a driver for placemaking, the changing nature of town and city centres, the loss of large retailers and increase in food & beverage outlets.

Panel 2 - Commercial Real Estate in Greater Manchester

Commercial real estate has been a real driver of growth in the construction sector both nationally and in Greater Manchester. Our panel of real estate and financial experts will review the trends affecting development and investment in Greater Manchester in 2018. They will also look ahead to what we can expect to see next year and in the run up to Brexit.

The panels will be hosted by Heather Gray, Business Development Manager, Bruntwood.

About the Speakers:

Heather Gray Global Sales Director - Clockwise

Heather is Director of Sales for Clockwise, a rapidly growing Flexi Office space provider with sites across the UK and Europe. She has advised at 10 Downing Street on how to better support female entrepreneurs and in 2016 was named a Rising Star in the Manchester Young Talent Awards for her work building partnerships to better support fast growth businesses in the Manchester Business community. In 2018, she was named on the Northern Power Women Future List, and in 2019 was awarded “Female Networker of the Year” at the City of Manchester Business Awards and “Employee of the Year” in 2021.

Heather is co-chair of pro-manchester’s Property and Regeneration committee.

Chris Oglesby CEO - Bruntwood

Chris grew up in Manchester, studied at LSE and City University, London and worked briefly in the City before returning north in 1991 to work for the company his father founded in 1976. He was appointed CEO in 1999 and has overseen the growth of the business to one that owns over £1bn of commercial property across the city regions of Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham and Leeds with a further £1bn development pipeline across all four cities.

Chris is the majority shareholder of Bruntwood, which was founded on a belief that its success comes from the success of its colleagues, customers and the communities in which it operates. This commitment to creating thriving cities has led to Chris playing an active role in many public and private sector partnerships including CityCo, MIF, Manchester Oxford Road Corridor, the Business Leadership Council and Manchester Climate Change Forum.

Jon Sawyer Director of Housing and Residential Growth - Manchester City Council

Jon Sawyer is the new Director of Housing and Residential Growth at Manchester City Council. He joined from responsible developer Igloo.

He is passionate about the role that housing can play alongside other ingredients in creating great places.

Suzanne Benson Head of Manchester Office - Trowers & Hamlins

Suzanne is the head of Trowers & Hamlins’ Manchester office and leads the north west Real Estate practice. She specialises in the development of home ownership products working with Homes England in relation to its grant funded sale products, including the shared ownership lease and most recently the £19 billion Help to Buy programme.

Suzanne also sits on the MHCLG joint advisory committee set up to promote the development of the Build to Rent sector. On a wider basis, Suzanne advises clients on large scale property projects, including public private partnerships and regeneration schemes, Suzanne is also the partner in charge of our Residential Sales team in Manchester. Suzanne is named as a Leading Individual in both Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500. She is also an editorial panel member for ThinkHouse a web based resource to promote knowledge sharing in the housing industry as well as being a business representative on MCC’s Our Manchester Forum.

Chris Baguley Commercial Director - Together

Chris has worked within the financial sector for over two decades, previously working for a major commercial bank and building society. Having joined Together in 2006, Chris has been instrumental in the creation of new products and has raised the profile of the business by promoting speed of service and quality of client care.

Helen White Managing Director - Affinity Living

Helen is responsible for leading the build-to-rent team at Select Property Group. Alongside the development and operational team, her main focus is to ensure the delivery of a great product that has the resident, exceptional service and community at its core. An advocate of the importance of engaging with the wider neighbourhood, Helen places great emphasis on open and inclusive atmospheres which encourage residents and the wider public to help shape the life of the spaces.

In her previous role as Brand Director at Select Property Group, she was instrumental in aligning market opportunities with the creation of customer brands, including Select’s award-winning Vita Student. Helen instilled a commitment to customer experience throughout the entire development and management cycle of the brand, and after being heavily involved in the conception of Affinity Living, she is currently implementing the same experience-led approach to the PRS market.

Helen previously owned her own PR & Communications consultancy, where she delivered strategic growth strategies for international technology companies.

Andrew Coles Senior Asset Manager - Aviva Investors

Andrew is a retail and leisure focused Senior Asset Manager at Aviva Investors. He is responsible for all of Aviva Investor’s retail assets within their growing ownership in Greater Manchester; with properties including The Corn Exchange.

Andrew is also a Member of the British Property Federation Insolvency committee therefore in the forefront of the response to the changing retail landscape.

Aviva Investors is a global asset manager with circa £350 billion under management.

Steve Gillingham Partner - Rider Levett Bucknall

Steve is one of RLB’s Senior Management team leading on its UK National Commissions and Central Government and Local Authorities divisions.  He has used his experience and expertise in both the North West region and nationwide to drive campaigns to support public sector initiatives, regenerate schools, housing, civic and transport infrastructure.

Qualified as a chartered quantity surveyor, and with over 30years worth of experience, his passion is showing how investment within the built environment of a region can make a societal, environmental and holistic impact adding real social value and economic growth.  He has been a director of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, which acted as a catalyst for some of the recent dialogue about levelling up and he is personally invested in a number of charitable enterprises which work to bring people together across boundaries and engage collaboratively to improve outcomes for all.

Interested In The Event?

If you’re interested in attending, you can book online here.