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.