Government Property 2017

Thursday 2nd February, QEII Centre, London SW1P 3EE

The Government Property 2017 conference, held in partnership with Cabinet Office’s Government Property Unit, is a unique opportunity for delegates to better understand the Government Estate Strategy and to get closer to the centre of government thinking on the future of publicly owned and managed land and property.

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The Government Property 2017 conference, held in partnership with the Cabinet Office’s Government Property Unit, is a unique opportunity for delegates to better understand the Government Estate Strategy and to get closer to the centre of government thinking on the future of publicly owned and managed land and property.

Ideally suited to the interests and responsibilities of all public sector property professionals, the key subject matter will examine the vision for the new look estate, which will kick start regeneration, encourage housebuilding, break down barriers to cross-sector working and deliver real financial benefit at local, regional and national levels.

Main themes which will be explored in the 2017 conference will be:

  • The public-private relationship: the government is the largest asset holder in the UK; what are the real barriers to both sectors working together to maximise value from these assets and how is this changing?
  • Workplaces for the future, featuring the Government Hubs initiative and changes to local government and NHS workspaces
  • Asset management: strategy and practice
  • GPU’s One Public Estate programme now works with over 150 Local Authorities to enable economic growth and service transformation. Together, partnerships who joined Phase 3 of the programme expect to deliver £56m savings in running costs, £138m revenue in capital receipts, 36,000 new jobs and 16,500 new homes over the next five years. How can you get involved in this ambitious programme?
  • The New Government Estate Strategy: implications for the wider public sector
Government Property 2017 will provide delegates with a unique opportunity to hear from and question expert speakers from across the public and private sectors, engage with solution providers and to build and renew networks with their peers. We look forward to welcoming friends old and new.

Conference Agenda

Thursday 2nd February, QEII Centre, London SW1P 3EE

09:30 – 11:00 Plenary Session

Conference Chair, Kate Allen, Political Correspondent, Financial Times

Ben Gummer
, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General

Sherin Aminossehe, Head of Government Property Unit and Government Property Profession

Ann Carter-Gray, SRO & Programme Director, Government Hubs Programme, Government Property Unit

Ian Playford, Interim CEO, Government Property Agency

Gerry Hughes, Chief Executive, GVA

Following a 30 minute refreshment break the day continues with a series of work sessions on subjects including, but not limited to:

11:30 – 12:10 Work sessions

1A Workplace – enhancing wellbeing and performance
Drawing on GVA’s experience and metrics, this session will explore the link between the workplace, staff wellbeing, their own performance and the performance of the organisation. Drawing on GVA’s Acuity experience and metrics it will help those faced with the often difficult task of preparing a business case for a high-performance office with people at the heart.

Chris Dumas, Director,GVA Acuity, GVA
Anna Scally, Senior Project Manager, GVA

1B Service first – the right approach to property
This session will look at how a service led property review provides the best starting point to rationalisation, helping to make informed and future-proofed decisions for public sector estates.

Alexandra Houghton, Partner, Carter Jonas
Steve Gell, Associate Partner, Carter Jonas

1C Delivering Social Value Impact in practice
This session will set out legislation framework key directives behind social impact delivery and explore best practice examples.

Krish Raichura, National Framework Manager – Consultancy Service, Scape Procure

Alison Symmers, Head, The Willmott Dixon Foundation

Darren Crocker, Gleeds Framework Manager, Perfect Circle
Huw Evans, Head of Social Impact, Kier Group


12:20 – 13:00 Work sessions

2A Effective delivery of portfolio efficiency
The recent economic climate and future political uncertainties are likely to increase the current pressure on public sector portfolio holders, and estates professionals, to deliver occupational property platforms which continue to provide for corporate needs, but at reduced cost.

This session explores how the private sector is responding to similar challenges and considers practices the public sector might benefit from exploring and embracing. It will look at some of the basics: data, analytics, management, strategy, and governance, and compare and contrast between public and private sector practices, drawing on real life examples to illustrate the benefits delivered.

Mark Currie, Head of Occupier Management, UK, Cushman & Wakefield
Philip McArthur, Head of London Public Sector Advisory, Cushman & Wakefield

2B Is Government at risk of paying above market price for its property?
Our speakers, who both have a wealth of experience across central and local government, from both a legal and practical perspective, will explore ways in which public sector occupiers can end up paying more for property than private sector occupiers and how the market can be distorted by the strength of the public sector covenant. They will also consider what practical steps can be taken to prevent public sector occupiers from being penalised for their strength of covenant.

Session Chair, Ramatu Banga, Head of Real Estate Public Sector Team, Fieldfisher

Lesley Webber OBE, Consultant, Fieldfisher

Roger Taylor, Interim Operations Director, Government Property Agency

2C An integrated model for property and energy: the management of demand and supply
Integrating property and energy management aligns the management of space with the demand and supply of energy. By better managing space and the ability to influence energy demand through maintenance strategies and analysing energy usage, we are able to guarantee savings in both property and energy budgets.

Robert Cunliffe, Sales & Marketing Director, ENGIE

Colin Macpherson, Business Development Director, ENGIE
James Spires, Strategy Director, ENGIE


13:00 – 13:45 Lunch and networking

13:45 – 14:25 Work sessions

3A One Public Estate
An update on the latest developments plus an insight into what the future may hold for this important and exciting cross sector programme.

Angela Harrowing, Programme Director, Asset Efficiency and One Public Estate, Government Property Unit
Brian Reynolds, One Public Estate Programme Director
Local Authority representative to be confirmed

3B Property’s part in aiding new ways of working
It is undeniable that the role of the workplace has changed. Technology advancements and a desire for more flexibility from employees requires organisations to respond or be left behind. Developers at International Quarter London, the capital’s new business district, will discuss in this session the role property plays in new ways of working. Using their global experience the speakers will share insight into how their buildings are designed to adapt to change, how they are working with tenants in the UK to create workplaces for the future and the key results they have already seen from embracing a new approach to design.

Kevin Chapman, Head of Offices, Development, Europe, Lendlease

3C New models of Public/Private Investment Partnerships to deliver housing, regeneration and growth

The UK has, for many decades, relied on a system whereby investors simply buy up “prime real estate” and loan capital to developers, the UK Government, and Housing Associations, whilst public bodies run OJEU procurements and “highest bidder” sales to land speculators, house-builders, and developers.  In many cases, this has resulted in short term development horizons; stalled schemes; adversarial relationships between public and private sector; a financial system awash with debt; and social infrastructure viewed as a cost, rather than an asset.

This session sets out a new paradigm where public and private sectors engage collaboratively around local ambition and vision, enabled by shared expertise and fully supported by long term, socially responsible investment.  Newcastle City Council and Legal & General deliver insight on the creation their new urban regeneration joint venture with Newcastle University: Newcastle Science Central.

Pete Gladwell, Head of Public Sector Partnerships, LGIM Real Assets
Rachel Dickie, Investment Manager, Legal & General Capital
Tom Warburton, Director of Investment and Development, Newcastle City Council


14:35 – 15:15 Work sessions

4A The Government Hubs Programme – workplaces for the future

An overview of how Government Hubs programme will deliver modern, innovative workplaces equipped for the future, and how it is working with partners to be at the forefront of the smart working revolution.

Ann Carter-Gray, SRO & Programme Director, Government Hubs Programme, Government Property Unit
Iain Patterson, Director for Common Technology Services, Government Digital Service
David Phillips, Head of Strategy, Policy and Workforce Planning for Government Hubs, Government Property Unit

4B Asset disposals and development – the current challenges

In the drive for further rationalisation across the estate, government needs to ensure that property disposals occur in a consistent way achieving best value and in addition, the developed schemes achieve wider government objectives.
We will explore the statutory & regulatory landscape in public asset disposals, and the challenges ahead for these governmental ambitions.

We will explore –

The impact of the Housing and Planning Act 2016 in supporting increased development activity, government housing targets, and land receipts from its own surplus estate.

The property disposals guidance which provides advice in respect of the sale of government assets, and discuss current policy guidance and technical processes.

Simon De Whalley, Head of Development Viability and Disposals, DVS
Jeffrey Solomon, Principal Development Surveyor and Sector Leader West Midlands, DVS

4C Estate optimisation – accelerating land release in the public sector The UK has a housing crisis and the public sector has been charged with accelerating the release of its land for housing.

The team from Deloitte Real Estate is working across the public and private sectors with Departments, organisations and businesses to accelerate land release for development.  The session includes case studies of working with both public and private sector landowners such as TfL and National Grid to deal with the challenges of land release for operational estates and the lessons learned from practical experience including estate strategy, property analysis, business planning and implementation.

The TfL Property Partnerships programme is often cited as a best practice model for accelerated land release.  The organisation and its estate is fundamentally operational and the costs of developing on operational land are often prohibitive.  The mindset of the organisation has changed and so has its structure – in order to resource and respond to business plan challenges and its remit for housing delivery.  This session will explore how this has been achieved and how this experience can benefit other public sector bodies.

Mathew Evans-Pollard, Partner, Development Consultancy, Deloitte Real Estate


15:15 – 15:45 Refreshments and networking

15:45 – 16:25 Work sessions

5A The New Property Model
An early opportunity to hear about the work of the new central body that the Government Property Unit is establishing.

Ian Playford, Interim CEO, Government Property Agency
Liz Peace, Shadow Chair, Government Property Agency

5B Public service provision – a social and not just a commercial contract
In 2015 Sodexo launched its UK Public Service Pledge, an ethical manifesto that identifies key public service areas and initiatives that we promise to commit to, measure and report on annually. These commitments highlight our conviction that a business involved in running public services signs a social as well as commercial contract and must commit to a public sector ethos.

During the session, Deborah and Mark will discuss the three principle themes behind the Pledge:

  • In the running of public services the private sector must be fully committed to consistent delivery of promises, outcomes and value for money
  • Private sector companies must demonstrate a real public sector ethos through the delivery of services
  • In order to demonstrate suitability for public service delivery, private companies must provide evidence of a genuine social conscience that does not start and stop within the confines of the public sector contract

Deborah Rowland, Director of Public Sector Affairs, Sodexo
Mark Baker, Managing Director, Sodexo Cyprus

5C The Government estate as a catalyst for creating tomorrow’s prosperous and connected places
How to identify and deliver opportunities across multiple locations to maximise revenue, margin and efficiency opportunities.

Chair: Richard McCarthy, Executive Director, Capita

– Keynote: Deborah Mclaughlin considers best practice in public estate delivery, referencing how public and private sectors can work together to best optimise the public estate.

Deborah McLaughlin, Head of Housing Delivery & Strategy, GL Hearn

Followed by a panel who will reference, in a two minute overview, best in class examples of delivery of the following:

-Housing delivery – Jules Bickers, Director of Housing Consultancy, Capita 
-Creating development opportunities to drive inward investment – Paul Clark, Director of Development, GL Hearn
-London delivery – Stewart Murray, Head of Development Group, GL Hearn
-Getting to a cohesive estate footprint strategy – Sameer Shrestha, Associate Director, Property & Workplace Consulting, Capita 

The session ends with questions from the audience facilitated by Richard McCarthy.

16:30 – 17:00 Expert panel debate and Q&A

Sherin Aminossehe, Head of Government Property Unit and Government Property Profession
Lord Carter of Coles
Clive Pane, Partner, Head of Real Estate and Development, Deloitte Real Estate
Tom Warburton, Director of Investment and Development, Newcastle City Council

17:00 – 17:45 Drinks reception

Speakers

Thursday 2nd February, QEII Centre, London SW1P 3EE

Plenary Speakers

kate Allen

Conference Chair, Kate Allen, Political Correspondent, Financial Times

Kate Allen is a political correspondent at the FT. She joined the paper in 2012 as a statistics journalist, covering global economic and financial data; she then spent two years as the FT’s property correspondent. Before joining the FT she was the editor of Social Housing magazine, which focuses on financial and business trends in Britain’s affordable housing sector.
Ben Gummer

Ben Gummer, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General

Ben Gummer was appointed Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General on 14 July 2016.

After studying History at Peterhouse, Cambridge University, Ben ran a small engineering firm before becoming managing director of a consultancy business.

He was elected Conservative MP for Ipswich in 2010 and has been PPS to Minister of State for International Development, PPS to Secretary of State for Education and was then appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Quality at Department of Health from May 2015 to July 2016.

He is the author of a book on the Black Death – The Scourging Angel. Ben is also an associate governor of Ravenswood Primary School, Patron of Home Start South Suffolk and a trustee of the Foundation Years Trust.

Sherin Aminossehe, Head of Government Property Unit and Government Property Profession

Sherin Aminossehe is current Head of the Government Property Unit (GPU), and Head of the Government Property Profession, a network of 2,000 members with responsibility for property-related activities across the Civil Service. Established in 2010 as part of the Cabinet Office, GPU has oversight over all government land and property, working across the Civil Service to create an effective and efficient government estate, disposing of surplus property in a way that maximises financial return, boosts growth and creates new homes.

As Chief Operating Officer of GPU, Sherin established the now national One Public Estate (OPE) initiative with the Local Government Association, bringing together local andcentral government assets for the first time. She is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and member of the Royal institute of British Architects (RIBA).

In her previous career as an architect, Sherin was a Vice President of the global design firm HOK, leading large master planning, rationalisation and regeneration projects across the world from Jeddah, to St. Petersburg, to Bolton.

Ann Carter Gray

Ann Carter-Gray, SRO & Programme Director, Government Hubs Programme, Government Property Unit

Ann is SRO & Programme Director for the Government Hubs Programme, which is the largest government estates transformation in a generation. It drives a radical reshaping of central government’s office estate, transitioning from about 800 buildings today to a future model of some 200 properties, including 22 strategically located hubs complemented by mini-hubs and touch down space.

Ann has worked for the Government Property Unit within the Cabinet Office since 2011, and between July 2013 and 2015 was responsible for its estate rationalisation activities, the One Public Estate programme with local authorities, and asset efficiency, working to generate £5bn in receipts by 2020.

She joined the civil service following a 17 year career in the private sector, including 13 years working for the Boots Group Plc in a variety of property and strategic asset management roles. Her career in the civil service started when she joined the Department of Trade & Industry in 2000 as a Regional Director for the Small Business Service, before working in various roles in Enterprise and small business covering policy, strategy & implementation.

Ann is a member of the RICS.

Ian Playford

Ian Playford, Interim CEO, Government Property Agency

Ian has 25 years of international Real Estate experience and has been qualified as a Chartered Surveyor since 1992.  He has recently held a portfolio of roles including Non-Executive Director for HM Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) and Real Estate Advisor for the Aspen Insurance Group.  He is also Board Advisor at Kingsbridge Estates Ltd.  His most recent executive role was as the new Group Property Director for Kingfisher and he has previously held senior executive roles at Parkridge Holdings, Aviva and Jones Lang La Salle. He has a wealth of experience in the field of corporate real estate and investment management.
Gerry Hughes

Gerry Hughes, Chief Executive, GVA

Gerry was named Chief Executive in February 2016. Prior to that, he was head of GVA’s Planning, Development and Regeneration Division, with 170 staff in the UK and Ireland. He has 27 years’ experience as a town planner in the private sector. Gerry’s specialism is advising on the planning and delivery of large mixed-use developments, regeneration and urban extension/new developments. Currently he is leading on projects across London, including Thamesmead, Clapham Junction and Haringey regeneration. He is an expert witness on town planning, property development and compulsory purchase matters.

Work Session Speakers

Mark Baker, Managing Director, Sodexo Cyprus

Ramatu Banga, Partner and Head of Real Estate Public Sector Team, Fieldfisher

Ramatu has over 20 years’ experience of working with public and private sector organisations on a wide range of property transactions.

Ramatu has worked with central government, local authorities, ndpb’s, community interest companies and royal charter bodies on the property aspects of transfer schemes; risk assessment; development; acquisitions; disposals (including clawback); leases; estate management matters; and the property aspects of facilities management agreements.

Recent work includes acquiring investment assets worth 20m; managing alterations and communications upgrades involving Licences to Alter and Wayleave Agreements across various public sector occupied properties; managing underlease renewals (uLPA’s) for a supplier of community health services; advising a Charity on leasing and managing a museum from a Local Authority; and the turn-key development and acquisition of an office building for a health sector client.

Ramatu leads our Firm’s Real Estate Public Sector Team.  Ramatu is also a member of Women In Property. 

Jules Bickers, Housing Consultancy Director, Capita

Jules leads the housing consultancy team focussing on affordable housing providers and developers across the UK. He is skilled in creating strategic partnerships with housing providers to promote and deliver new development, commercialise operations and share risk with Capita and other partners.

Jules joined Capita as Director of Housing in 2014 after seven years in consultancy. Jules is a former managing director of the Circle Housing Group and has over 20 years’ housing sector experience, with his scope covering large and small registered providers, local authorities, sub-regional groups, private developers and voluntary organisations. Jules leads Capita’s partnership working with registered providers.

Kevin Chapman, Head of Offices, Development, Europe, Lendlease

Kevin is the UK Head of Offices at Lendlease, where his role includes the delivery and promotion of the 4 million sq. ft. of new office space at International Quarter London in Stratford. His previous roles include UK Managing Director of Garbe Real Estate and UK Property Director for CLS Holdings Plc where Kevin was active in the conception of the Shard and London Bridge Place. Kevin also represented landlord and tenant clients at Nelson Bakewell where he led their City of London office. Kevin is a member of the RICS, holds a BSc degree in Estate Management from Oxford Brookes University and is an active member of the BCO and CORENET.

Paul Clark MRTPI, MRICS, Director of Development, GL Hearn

Paul Clark is a Director at GL Hearn, part of Capita Real Estate, and leads the Development Consultancy and Agency team. His team advises a wide range of land owners and institutions on the release and delivery of land for development. Current clients include local authorities, NHS Trusts, pension funds and charities. Paul also provides support to private investors and developers with site assembly strategies and regeneration.

In many instances Paul’s advice centres on how land owners may create the investment conditions that also help to meet broader social and corporate objectives. Examples include the creation of long-term income streams, placemaking and reducing operational liabilities. Some key clients include the London Borough of Barnet, Royal London and the Ministry of Justice.

Darren Crocker, Gleeds Framework Manager, Perfect Circle

Darren Crocker is a Director of both Perfect Circle and Gleeds and has provided procurement, project management, asset/facilities management and property advice to both the public and private sectors.  He thrives on helping clients achieve their objectives, combining expertise and innovation to transform aspirations into reality.  As a hands on leader, Darren drives project strategy, structuring, tactics, procurement strategies and asset management, and consistently supports clients in maximising the financial and social value achieved in their commercial transactions.

Robert Cunliffe, Sales & Marketing Director, ENGIE

Mark Currie, Head of Occupier Management, UK, Cushman & Wakefield

Mark has over twenty years’ client side experience, most recently he was Head of Property Management for Royal Bank of Scotland. A chartered surveyor, Mark was responsible at RBS for property and portfolio management; treasury and budgeting; portfolio metrics; rating; service charge and risk mitigation across c 2,000 properties covering 19m sq ft in the UK, Ireland and USA.

Rachel Dickie, Investment Manager, Legal & General Capital

Rachel Dickie works in the Direct Investments team at Legal & General Capital with a focus on urban regeneration.  L&G is involved in over £3bn (GDV) of regeneration projects in the UK, backing a portfolio of strategically important regeneration schemes that are fast transforming and reshaping Britain’s landscape, bringing jobs and housing back into the centre of cities and better utilising our existing infrastructure.  As well as the origination of new opportunities, Rachel is responsible for the investment management of existing projects including MediaCityUK, Cardiff’s Central Square, Thorpe Park in Leeds and Bracknell Town Centre.

Chris Dumas BSc CEng MICE, Director, GVA Acuity, GVA

Chris is a director of GVA Acuity which specialises in providing project and facilities management services to end-users. He graduated in civil engineering from Nottingham University in 1981, and gained his early construction and development experience with Taylor Woodrow both in the UK and overseas between 1981 and 1995. He moved to Bucknall Austin (subsequently Citex Group) in the mid 1990’s where led the 200-strong project-delivery company from 2000, prior to jointly-founding Acuity in 2002. Acuity was subsequently acquired by GVA in 2011. Chris leads GVA Acuity’s project management unit, which, through working with leading organisations such as Accenture, Legal & General, Investec and British Land has developed particular interest, experience and knowledge about workplace and its impact on office occupiers.

Huw Evans, Head of Social Impact, Kier Group

Holding over 25 years’ experience in the construction and education sectors Huw has worked at a number of private and public organisations focusing on future talent and skills development required to support organisational growth and growing a great business. Huw was recognised previously as the Construction Excellence achiever for the UK  He also currently provides advice to national government through a number of strategic partnerships and industry groups.

In 1997 Huw changed direction to pursue his passion and moved from construction into training and education. He worked in a number of Further Education providers before creating his own Construction Academy and growing it to one of the largest and most successful in Wales, specialising in Mechanical Engineering. For the last 10 years Huw has specialised in specific CR/Social Impact roles within large construction companies.

Joining Kier in 2013 as Head of Social impact, Huw has overall responsibility for the strategy and delivery or all community engagement, community investment, social impact and social value alongside wider issues of sustainable business impact.

Currently heading Kier’s approach to social impact and its delivery across the Scape Minor Works framework, Huw heads a dedicated national team of Social impact managers structured to deliver maximum social impact outcomes to the framework and the communities it works in across the UK. Within the last twelve months, the Scape Minor Works Framework has created over 120 employment opportunities in local communities across the UK.

Mathew Evans-Pollard, Partner, Development Consultancy, Deloitte Real Estate

Mathew Evans-Pollard leads the Deloitte Real Estate London Development team.  He specialises in Urban Regeneration, Portfolio and Estate strategy and Development in London and the UK.

Mathew’s client list is varied from Government Departments and Authorities to Universities and Healthcare Providers, Corporates, Banks, Developers and Investors.

Mathew is currently working with a number of public sector authorities on estate optimisation and portfolio strategy to enhance capital receipts and revenue streams and accelerate housing delivery.  He recently advised TfL on its Property Partnerships strategy from inception to implementation and continues to support the organisation to select development partners across its London estate.

Steve Gell, Associate Partner, Carter Jonas

Steve is an Associate Partner within Carter Jonas’ Consultancy and Strategy team. Steve has over 13 years of experience in the delivery of property and asset management on behalf of local authority clients with varied and complex portfolios. He recently delivered the strategic review of over 800 property assets to a county council to enable a future estates strategy to be established and progressed in light of the One Public Estate programme. Steve also provide specialist telecoms advice, together with exploring opportunities for divestment across boroughs.

Pete Gladwell, Head of Public Sector Partnerships, LGIM Real Assets

Pete Gladwell joined Legal & General in August 2007, with responsibility for the design and development of new funds and overseeing relationships with pension funds, investment consultants, and insurance clients.  In 2013, Pete was appointed Head of Public Sector Partnerships, to lead L&G’s direct investments into partnerships with RIO/UKTI, Registered Providers, Universities, NHS Trusts, Local Authorities, and central government.  These investments now total over £1.7bn.

Pete was formally a Senior Analyst in DTZ Research and enjoyed an erstwhile life as a youth worker for seven years in the Oxfordshire area.
Member of Oxford University, holding a post-graduate MA, as well as an initial degree in Computation, he also holds the Investment Management Certificate.

Pete is also a Trustee for the Young Foundation, which works to create a more equal and just society through social innovation.

Angela Harrowing, Programme Director, Asset Efficiency and One Public Estate, Government Property Unit

Angela joined the civil service in 2004. Angela has worked in a number of policy areas at the Department for Communities and Local Government, including housing, local growth, local government, planning and community rights. She has also spent time on secondment to KPMG, one of the ‘big 4’ auditors, as a management consultant. She has been working in GPU since October as Head of the Strategic Land and Property Review and the One Public Estate programme which supports collaboration across central and local government on asset and property management to improve services, deliver growth and achieve efficiencies.

Alexandra Houghton MRICS, Partner, Carter Jonas

Alexandra is a Partner with a long history of public sector property consultancy. She works within the Consultancy and Strategy team out of London, Oxford and Winchester, where she provides strategic advice to Local Authorities, Central Government bodies and third sector clients, focusing on the delivery of solutions to business needs through estate change. Alexandra undertakes option appraisals, financial modelling, estate strategies, property asset management plans and the preparation and delivery of HM Treasury Green Book compliance Business Cases for a range of clients, the majority of which are within the public sector. 

Colin MacPherson, Business Development Director, ENGIE

Philip McArthur, Head of London Public Sector Advisory, Cushman & Wakefield

Philip has over 25 years’ experience of working with public and private sector clients including Central Government Departments, Arm’s Length Bodies and Agencies, Local and Regional Government bodies, Police Authorities and Health Trusts.  A general practice surveyor by background, Philip has extensive experience of providing strategic advice to clients on the holding, use and deployment of commercial property assets undertaking feasibility studies, options appraisals, estates and services delivery strategies, business cases and property asset management planning exercises as well as delivering solutions for them.

Richard McCarthy CBE FCIH FRICS, Executive Director, Capita

Richard is the Senior Director – Strategic Services in Capita plc. He provides leadership, support and insight to the Capita Group on engagement and future business activity with Central Government and in the development of Capita’s major property based propositions and strategy. He also sits on the Board of Capita Real Estate.

Richard joined Capita Real Estate & Infrastructure in February 2012 where until February 2014 he headed up the Central Government & Housing Division. A significant part of Richard’s time in this role was spent on securing Capita’s selection as the Strategic Business Partner to run the Defence Infrastructure Organisation. Once Preferred Bidder status was secured, he went on to close the contract and take over as the Chief Executive for the opening period in order to get the contract fully operational, the staff fully integrated and the early work commenced on the strategic asset management plan (known as the Footprint Strategy) and the Infrastructure Implementation Plan. 

Prior to joining Capita, Richard was the Director General, Neighbourhoods at the Department for Communities and Local Government. At DCLG he was the Department’s lead official for housing, planning (including the development and implementation of the national infrastructure planning regime) regeneration, local economies, climate change, building standards and the European Regional Development Fund. He was also responsible the Planning Inspectorate and for creation and sponsorship of the Homes and Communities Agency.

Before joining the DCLG in October 2003, Richard was the Chief Executive of the Peabody Trust. Prior to this he was the Chief Executive of the Horizon Housing Group and Operations Director at Hyde Housing Association, both major Registered (housing) Providers. He was the Chair of the National Housing Federation from 2000 – 2003.

He received a CBE in the 2009 New Years Honours for his services to housing and planning.

Deborah McLaughlin, Head of Housing Delivery & Strategy, GL Hearn

Deborah is a highly regarded and leading professional in the arena of housing strategy and delivery. She has a proven track record of accelerating growth and leads Capita’s national approach to Housing Strategy and Delivery. She also head up GL Hearn’s Manchester office.

Before joining Capita this Autumn, Deborah was at the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), where she was executive director for the North West and responsible for supporting local authorities and partners meet their economic growth and regeneration priorities.

Deborah was instrumental in the delivery of many successful investment schemes, including a substantial affordable housing programme, the rebirth of Ancoats in Manchester, working with partners to deliver the Preston and Lancashire City Deal and the rapid expansion of the Omega site near Warrington. During her time at HCA, Deborah was seconded to Manchester City Council as Chief Executive of Manchester Place to successfully establish a ground-breaking partnership between Manchester City Council and the HCA to accelerate residential delivery.

Capita Real Estate and Infrastructure has a strong reputation in the housing sector and Deborah’s experience and expertise will help create stronger collaborations and partnerships to achieve increased housing delivery across the UK.

Stewart Murray, Head of Development Group, GL Hearn

Clive Pane, Partner, Head of Real Estate and Development, Deloitte Real Estate

Clive Pane is a Partner at Deloitte Real Estate and leads the firms Planning and Development practice in the UK. He specialises in the London Development market where he leads a Group of teams comprising over 100 Planners, Compulsory Purchase specialists, Development Consultants and Agents.

The practice he leads is instructed on over 60 million sq ft of development in the Capital.  Key areas of focus include Olympic Legacy Stratford, The Royal Docks, The South Bank, Nine Elms and TfL & Crossrail over station development projects throughout central London.

Clive focuses on advising clients on land and buildings with development potential in London and across the UK. Clients include Government Departments, GLA, HCA, LLDC, TfL, Crossrail, Network Rail, National Grid Property, Grosvenor, Barratts, The Berkeley Group, BP and Shell. 

Iain Patterson, Director of Common Technology Services, Government Digital Service

Iain is now Director of Common Technology Services at the Government Digital Service and is responsible for working with government departments to provide the right technology that helps the public sector deliver great services. Technology that meets user needs makes cross-government collaboration easier and costs less. Technology that will help civil servants to work more flexibly and efficiently.

Iain was seconded to DVLA in 2013 where he was Chief Technology Officer, leading their digital transformation. This included making the Tax Disc Digital and successfully exiting a 12 year outsourced IT contract bringing both the responsibility and capability for managing the IT back in house.

Other career highlights:

– over 20 years of Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Transformation experience.
– led many other IT Transformations including the Post Office, driving all IT – aspects to separate the Post Office and Royal Mail.
– CIO at London 2012 for CLM and the Olympic Delivery Authority
– CIO at Aero Inventory plc
– Head of Business Systems at British Gas Retail/Centrica PLC

Liz Peace, Shadow Chair, Government Property Agency

Liz is a well-known figure in the property industry, having served as chief executive of the British Property Federation for thirteen years until her retirement at the end of 2014. During that time, she managed to change the Government’s perception of the commercial property industry, to establish it as a key voice in policy debate, to dissuade the Government from legislating on commercial leases, to win innumerable changes to planning and tax legislation and, working as part of a pan-industry alliance, to persuade the Government to introduce real estate investment trusts (REITs).

Previously, she was a civil servant in the MOD, eventually becoming a key player in the team that created QinetiQ plc.

Liz is now embarking on a portfolio career with a range of non-executive, advisory and charity roles, including at Morgan Sindall plc, Redrow plc, Howard de Walden Estates, Holtby Turner,  Arcadis, Peabody and the Churches Conservation Trust, and the Architectural Heritage Fund. She is the chairman of LandAid, the property industry’s principal charity. She is also chairing the shadow board for the Curzon Urban Regeneration Company in Birmingham and has recently been appointed  to chair the organisation that is being set up under the Government’s New Property Model initiative to asset-manage departmental property portfolios.

David Phillips, Head of Strategy, Policy & Workforce Planning for Government Hubs, Government Property Unit

David joined the civil service in 1992 as an immigration officer at Heathrow airport. At the Home Office he worked in intelligence setting  up multinational agreements with foreign governments and airlines to tackle people smuggling; led successful communications campaigns around the new Points Based System, the biggest change in managing migration in a generation; and worked with the chief executive to improve the co-ordination of communications across all Home Office businesses. He subsequently led the Civil Service North West programme during which he worked with colleagues from the then OGC to develop the first place-based estates strategies realising multi-million pound savings. He currently leads on the strategy for government hubs which will save £2.24bn over 10 years. His work includes the development of cross-government policies, specifications and standards for hubs as well as the design and implementation of a programme to implement smart working consistently across government departments. He chairs the Canary Wharf project board to acquire and refurbish 50,000m2 of  office space for the first, major cross-government hub in the programme.

Krish Raichura, National Framework Manager – Consultancy Services, Scape Procure

Krish is a procurement professional who joined Scape in August 2015, after 10 years of working on central government infrastructure projects. He has extensive experience of delivering major projects and managing frameworks. His current role at Scape involves the management of the National Built Environment Consultancy Services framework. Krish strongly believes in Scape’s ethos of collaborative working and is passionate about developing positive working relationships with both clients and suppliers.

Outside work Krish enjoys sporty activities and travelling. He spent a year studying in Hong Kong and lived in Tanzania.

Brian Reynolds, One Public Estate Programme Director

Brian Reynolds has been responsible for running the One Public Estate programme on behalf of the Cabinet Office and the Local Government Association since 2013. This is a pan-public sector asset rationalisation programme, recently expanded nationally in the Chancellor’s 2015 Autumn Statement, aimed at freeing up public sector land to help deliver more integrated public services, and land for housing and jobs. Prior to this he was responsible for the LGA’s productivity work on behalf of the local government sector since 2011.

Previously, Brian was Deputy Chief Executive at L B Barnet for 10 years, where he set up and ran that Authority’s regeneration programme. Together with the huge £4.2bn mixed use redevelopment at Brent Cross/Cricklewood, it remains one of the largest local authority led regeneration programmes anywhere in the country. He was also responsible for Environment, Planning, and Housing, and with some 30 years local authority experience, remains an expert in the housing and regeneration fields.

Deborah Rowland, Director of Public Sector Affairs, Sodexo

Deborah Rowland is director of public sector affairs, responsible for the company’s relationship within the UK and Ireland public sector.

Around half of Sodexo’s UK and Ireland business focuses on serving the public sector at both central and local government level, delivering services that increase employee engagement, wellbeing, and productivity in the public sector to help support government to deliver on its promised outcomes while reducing costs.

Deborah also chairs Sodexo’s public sector board and works closely with Sodexo’s global justice services team to develop its strategy.

Deborah joined Sodexo from the Ministry of Justice where she was responsible for facilities management for the Justice, Home Office and Crown Prosecution Services estates.  She previously worked for the Cabinet Office where she was responsible for delivering the FM strategy for £3.2bn spend per annum across the entire central government estate and aligning construction and facilities operations through the development of the government soft landings policy. Deborah is a fellow of RICS and is a member of its FM Board.

Anna Scally, Senior Project Manager, GVA

Sameer Shrestha, Associate Director, Property & Workplace Consulting, Capita

Sameer is a senior executive with a track record of delivering high value property strategic advice and workplace management services to British Airways, Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), States of Jersey, Barnet Council, BBC, Network Rail, Oxfordshire County Council and Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust.

As part of Capita’s 10 year contract that started in 2013 with London Borough of Barnet to deliver range of services for the Council including corporate programmes, customer services, estates, finance, human resources and payroll, information systems, procurement, revenues and benefits, Sameer ran ‘Agile Working Programme’ for the Council’s c2000 employees to understand staff activity to develop space budget for fit for purpose office buildings in Barnet.

Sameer was part of the successful bid team in Capita for being selected Strategic Business Partner (SBP) by Ministry of Defence to run DIO from Sep 2014 for the contract duration of 10 years.  He is currently running a series of rationalisation programme for DIO to optimise their estates and deliver significant savings on their on-going property operating costs.  His recent work led to the optimisation of MOD’s Strategic Headquarter (Main Building) in Whitehall to release two of the eight floors of this building by December 2016 for rent paying two Central Government Departments.  This optimisation of the MOD’s Main Building highlights the benefit that can be driven by the Government Hubs initiative.

Jeffrey Solomon, Principal Development Surveyor and Sector Leader West Midlands, DVS

Jeffrey leads a team specialising in delivering independent financial development appraisals, providing professional valuation and development advice to a number of public sector clients throughout the West Midlands region. He advises on S106 contributions, acquisition and disposals, asset management, and advised on the HCA public sector surplus land transfer program.

Prior to joining the Valuation Office Agency Jeffrey has previously worked in the private sector, providing advice to both public sector and private clients and has a vast knowledge and experience of valuation, planning and development schemes.

He has recently returned from secondment within the Government Property Unit, delivering advice in relation to the Housing and Planning Act 2016, updating current GPU guidance regarding the disposal of surplus property, as well as other property and land matters.

James Spires, Strategy Director, ENGIE

Alison Symmers, Head, The Willmott Dixon Foundation

Alison has been Head of the Willmott Dixon Foundation since it was established in 2011 and is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the community investment and social value work.  Under Alison’s leadership, in 2012 Willmott Dixon was one of the first companies to set and achieve an impact target – to ‘enhance the life chances of 3,000 young people by end 2015’ – a target that has now been extended to reach a total of 10,000 young people by 2020.

Alison’s background was in HR, where she worked across the public, private and voluntary sectors. She has extensive experience in developing and implementing initiatives which encourage behaviour change.

Alison works closely with industry organisations, charities and academics to develop thinking on social value and seek ways of increasing the added value that businesses can bring to society.  Her approach is to work with local stakeholders to understand their unique needs and tailor appropriate community investment programmes, maximising the social value the company adds for individuals and communities.

Roger Taylor, Interim Operations Director, Government Property Agency

Roger is Interim Operations Director  for GPU’s new central body seconded from his role as Director of Property Asset Management at UKSBS, from where he provides functional leadership for all Property matters across the BEIS Group.

Roger has established his team over the last three years bringing the BIS (now BEIS) corporate estate functions together in one business operation as part of a major estate change programme.

Roger has an MBA and is a Chartered Surveyor with many years’ experience across both Public and Private sectors. He has twice been nominated for the prestigious Corenet Global “Corporate Real Estate Executive of the Year” award, winning in 2009 and runner up in 2014.

Roger’s particular area of expertise is delivery of major change programmes involving asset management strategy.

Tom Warburton, Director of Investment and Development, Newcastle City Council

Tom Warburton is the Director of Investment & Development at Newcastle City Council.  In this role he manages the City Council’s Capital Programme and manages their planning & housing functions.  Newcastle has an ambitious economic growth and housing growth programmes and aims to significantly accelerate delivery over future years.  Tom joined Newcastle from the Homes and Communities Agency where he worked for four years delivering complex property projects in Lancashire and Cumbria.  Prior to that he worked for 10 years at the North East’s Regional Development Agency based in Newcastle.

Lesley Webber OBE, Consultant, Fieldfisher

Lesley is one of the leading experts in solving property disputes across public and private sectors, from rent reviews of headquarters buildings in London (BEIS, DfT, Ofgem, Nike, Lloyds of London among many others) to planning and development, including innovative agreements for London’s Shard and Bond Street’s flagship Belstaff store.

A member of the Government’s Property Advisory Group from 1997-2003, she has been instrumental  in business tenancy and planning reforms and was awarded an OBE in 2002 and made an Honorary member of RICS in 2007, both for services to property.  She is part of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyor’s training team for arbitrators and has been a visiting speaker for DCLG.

In her spare time she was for 10 years an Epping Forest District Councillor and Council leader in 2011/12.

Simon De Whalley, Head of Development Viability and Disposals, DVS

Simon has 20 years private and public sector property experience with a particular emphasis on development and disposal consultancy.
As Head of Development Viability and Disposals, Simon leads a national team of 30 development and disposals consultants dealing with some of the largest development and regeneration schemes in the country.

During his career, Simon has had responsibility for acting for a number of London Boroughs in assessing the financial viability of residential led schemes to establish the amount of Affordable Housing and S.106 contributions that could be provided. Recently this has included PRS developments. He is currently assessing several sizeable schemes on the South Coast.
Simon has acted for Central Government in the review of the ageing prison estate and provides strategic advice to the Education Funding Agency in relation to potential sites for Free Schools.

Exhibitors and Supporters

Title Sponsors

Sponsor Bilfinger

General Sponsors

Sponsor Canary Wharf Group
Sponsor Capita
Sponsor Carter Jonas
Sponsor Cushman
Sponsor Deloitte Real Estate
Sponsor Faithful Gould
Sponsor Grant Thornton
Sponsor International Quater
Sponsor Knight Frank
Sponsor Legal & General
Sponsor Scape Procure
Sponsor Telereal Trillium

Hotels

Venue Information

You can plan your tube journey and buy travel cards online using the Transport for London website.

Westminster Station (0.1 miles)
Lines: Circle, District, Jubilee
Exit the station via Exit 6 through the underground tunnel towards Parliament Square. You will come to street level on Whitehall. Turn left into Parliament Square, cross the road ahead of you then turn right into Broad Sanctuary. The QEII Centre is on your right, directly opposite Westminster Abbey. (This is a step-free station.)

St James Park Station (0.1 miles)
Lines: Circle, District
Take the Broadway exit from the tube station and walk straight down Tothill Street. At the end of this street turn left and you will see the QEII Centre directly in front of you. (This is NOT a step-free station.)

Victoria Station (0.7 miles)
Lines: Circle, District, Victoria
Exit from the front of the station, turn right and walk down Victoria Street. At the end of Victoria Street is Broad Sanctuary, the QEII Centre is on the left, opposite Westminster Abbey. (This is NOT a step-free station.)
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Getting here by bicycle
There are many cycle routes across Greater London. To plan the best route for you to get to The QEII Centre visit the Transport for London cycle website.
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Getting here by bus
Buses 11,24,53,77a and 88 all stop at Parliament Square. The QEII Centre is just to the west of the square, directly opposite Westminster Abbey. To plan your bus route, use the Transport for Londonjourney planner.
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Getting Here By Train
To plan your train journey to London you can use National Rail Enquiries.

There are three mainline rail stations within a mile of the QEII Centre. These are Charing Cross, Victoria and Waterloo. To plan your travel from the other mainline terminals in central London (St Pancras International, King’s Cross, Paddington, Liverpool Street, London Bridge) use the Transport for London journey planner.

Walking from Charing Cross (0.7 miles)
Exit the front of Charing Cross Station and turn left towards Trafalgar Square. Turn left down Whitehall and continue until Parliament Square. Follow Parliament Square around to the right and turn right onto Broad Sanctuary. The QEII Centre is on your right directly opposite Westminster Abbey.

Walking from Victoria (0.7 miles)
Exit the front of Victoria Station, walk across the bus stand area and turn right onto Victoria Street. Continue along Victoria Street until you reach Westminster Abbey. The QEII Centre is on your left, directly opposite the Abbey.

Walking from Waterloo (1 mile)
Exit the station onto York Road. Turn left and walk to the roundabout with County Hall Hotel on your right. Cross York Road and take Westminster Bridge Road on your right. Cross the bridge to Parliament Square and follow Parliament Square around to the right. Turn right onto Broad Sanctuary. The QEII Centre is on your right directly opposite Westminster Abbey.

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Getting Here By Air

It will take you 45 minutes to an hour to reach The QEII Centre on public transport from any of London’s airports.

Travelling from Heathrow Airport
Approximate journey time: 1 hour
Take the tube to Green Park on the Piccadilly Line. Change to the Jubilee Line and stop at Westminster.
Alternatively take the Heathrow Express to Paddington, and then take the Circle Line tube to Westminster.

Travelling from Gatwick Airport
Approximate journey time: 45 minutes
Take the Gatwick Express to Victoria Railway Station. The QEII Centre is a 15-minute walk from Victoria via Victoria Street.

Travelling from Stansted Airport
Approximate journey time: 1 hour
Take the Stansted Express to Liverpool Street and then take the Circle Line tube to Westminster tube station.

Travelling from London City Airport
Approximate journey time: 45 minutes
Take the Jubilee Line from the airport to Westminster tube station.

Travelling from Luton Airport
Approximate journey time: 48 minutes
Take one of the special connecting buses from the airport to Luton rail station. Take one of the frequent trains to Kings Cross, and from here take the Circle Line tube to Westminster.
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Getting Here By Road

Please be advised that it is quicker and easier to travel to The QEII Centre using public transport and that we are within the congestion charging zone.

Car Parking
The Q-Park Westminster car park is located just a short distance from The QEII Centre in Great College Street, SW1P 3RX. For more information about the car park please visit their website: www.q-park.co.uk.

Event Timetable

Thursday 2nd February 2017, QEII Centre, London SW1P 3EE

08:30 – 09:30 Registration and refreshments

09:30 – 11:00 Plenary session

11:00 – 11:30 Refreshments and networking

11:30 – 12:10 Choice of work sessions

12:20 – 13:00 Choice of work sessions

13:00 – 13:45 Lunch

13:45 – 14:25 Choice of work sessions

14:35 – 15:15 Choice of work sessions

15:15 – 15:45 Refreshments and networking

15:45 – 16:25 Choice of work sessions

16:30 – 17:00 Panel debate, Q&A and Chair’s closing remarks

17:00 – 17:45 Drinks reception

Venue & Travel

QEII Centre, London

Broad Sanctuary Westminster London SW1P 3EE

Tel: 020 7798 4000
Fax:
E-mail: 
Website: http://www.qeiicentre.london/

QEIICC

QEII Centre is the largest dedicated conference and exhibition space in central London. The venue offers world class facilities for high profile conferences, conventions, exhibitions and corporate events with capacity of up to 2,500 – hosting over 400 national and international events a year.

Situated in the shadow of Big Ben and Westminster Abbey, the Centre is served by outstanding transport links providing easy access to everything London has to offer and is within an hour’s transfer from five international airports.

Travel


Getting here by tube

You can plan your tube journey and buy travel cards online using the Transport for London website.

Westminster Station (0.1 miles)
Lines: Circle, District, Jubilee
Exit the station via Exit 6 through the underground tunnel towards Parliament Square. You will come to street level on Whitehall. Turn left into Parliament Square, cross the road ahead of you then turn right into Broad Sanctuary. The QEII Centre is on your right, directly opposite Westminster Abbey. (This is a step-free station.)

St James Park Station (0.1 miles)
Lines: Circle, District
Take the Broadway exit from the tube station and walk straight down Tothill Street. At the end of this street turn left and you will see the QEII Centre directly in front of you. (This is NOT a step-free station.)

Victoria Station (0.7 miles)
Lines: Circle, District, Victoria
Exit from the front of the station, turn right and walk down Victoria Street. At the end of Victoria Street is Broad Sanctuary, the QEII Centre is on the left, opposite Westminster Abbey. (This is NOT a step-free station.)


Getting here by bicycle
There are many cycle routes across Greater London. To plan the best route for you to get to The QEII Centre visit the Transport for London cycle website.


Getting here by bus
Buses 11,24,53,77a and 88 all stop at Parliament Square. The QEII Centre is just to the west of the square, directly opposite Westminster Abbey. To plan your bus route, use the Transport for London journey planner.


Getting Here By Train
To plan your train journey to London you can use National Rail Enquiries.

There are three mainline rail stations within a mile of the QEII Centre. These are Charing Cross, Victoria and Waterloo. To plan your travel from the other mainline terminals in central London (St Pancras International, King’s Cross, Paddington, Liverpool Street, London Bridge) use the Transport for London journey planner.

Walking from Charing Cross (0.7 miles)
Exit the front of Charing Cross Station and turn left towards Trafalgar Square. Turn left down Whitehall and continue until Parliament Square. Follow Parliament Square around to the right and turn right onto Broad Sanctuary. The QEII Centre is on your right directly opposite Westminster Abbey.

Walking from Victoria (0.7 miles)
Exit the front of Victoria Station, walk across the bus stand area and turn right onto Victoria Street. Continue along Victoria Street until you reach Westminster Abbey. The QEII Centre is on your left, directly opposite the Abbey.

Walking from Waterloo (1 mile)
Exit the station onto York Road. Turn left and walk to the roundabout with County Hall Hotel on your right. Cross York Road and take Westminster Bridge Road on your right. Cross the bridge to Parliament Square and follow Parliament Square around to the right. Turn right onto Broad Sanctuary. The QEII Centre is on your right directly opposite Westminster Abbey.


Getting Here By Air

It will take you 45 minutes to an hour to reach The QEII Centre on public transport from any of London’s airports.

Travelling from Heathrow Airport
Approximate journey time: 1 hour
Take the tube to Green Park on the Piccadilly Line. Change to the Jubilee Line and stop at Westminster.
Alternatively take the Heathrow Express to Paddington, and then take the Circle Line tube to Westminster.

Travelling from Gatwick Airport
Approximate journey time: 45 minutes
Take the Gatwick Express to Victoria Railway Station. The QEII Centre is a 15-minute walk from Victoria via Victoria Street.

Travelling from Stansted Airport
Approximate journey time: 1 hour
Take the Stansted Express to Liverpool Street and then take the Circle Line tube to Westminster tube station.

Travelling from London City Airport
Approximate journey time: 45 minutes
Take the Jubilee Line from the airport to Westminster tube station.

Travelling from Luton Airport
Approximate journey time: 48 minutes
Take one of the special connecting buses from the airport to Luton rail station. Take one of the frequent trains to Kings Cross, and from here take the Circle Line tube to Westminster.


Getting Here By Road

Please be advised that it is quicker and easier to travel to The QEII Centre using public transport and that we are within the congestion charging zone.

Car Parking
The Q-Park Westminster car park is located just a short distance from The QEII Centre in Great College Street, SW1P 3RX. For more information about the car park please visit their website: www.q-park.co.uk.

Contact Us

Delegate Enquiries (Including Bookings)

Georgia Richardson
– 0161 482 7853
grichardson@publicsectorconnect.org

Exhibition & Sponsorship Enquiries

Graham Rosen
– 0161 482 7858
grosen@publicsectorconnect.org

Steve Mallinson
– 0161 482 7857
smallinson@publicsectorconnect.org

Conference Logistics & Presentation Enquiries

Charis Rosen
– 0161 482 7855
crosen@publicsectorconnect.org

Print Enquiries

Charis Rosen
– 0161 482 7855
crosen@publicsectorconnect.org

Accounts

Georgia Richardson
– 0161 482 7853
grichardson@publicsectorconnect.org

Address

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Lockside Mill
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