Local Authority Property and Estates 2023

Wednesday 19th April 2023

Etc. Venues, 11 Portland Street, Manchester, M1 3HU

Event Information

Wednesday 19th April 2023, 11 Portland Street, Manchester, M1 3HU

We are delighted to announce that in response to many requests, we will once again be staging the Local Authority Property conference this year to be held at 11 Portland St, Manchester on 20th October. This prestigious event, for many years a must attend feature of the public sector property professionals year, will see the return of current, expert, high profile and influential speakers from a diverse range of public and private sector organisations.

The relaxing of Covid restrictions will allow circa 100 local authority delegates to attend live and more online, each of who will do so completely free of charge, thus removing a significant cost barrier and facilitating a renewal or a creation of those vitally important networks with their peers and with a range of knowledgeable private sector advisors and practitioners.

A plenary session will start the day.  This session will feature senior, high profile property strategists and practitioners and will set the scene for the day exploring some of the key trends that will affect property and the public estate over the next decade.

Following the plenary the day will continue with a series of 30 minute work sessions and case studies.  These sessions will provide delegates the chance to dig deeper into different areas, themes, types of estate and explore how Local Authorities and the wider public sector can respond to challenges and opportunities.  Work sessions will be led by a mix of public and private sector presenters and will encourage interactivity.

Throughout the day there will also be chances to network with your peers within the exhibition area and sample the excellent catering that Etc venues provide.

Delegate places are free of charge for all property professionals employed within the UK public sector*.  Places will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis and must be booked in advance.  Don’t miss out on your place

*Terms & Conditions apply as detailed on booking

Conference Agenda

Wednesday 19th April 2023, 11 Portland Street, Manchester, M1 3HU

Chair’s welcome

Emerging Trends post-Covid – an inspiring and uplifting set of ideas and trends that public sector can capitalise on as you consider regeneration of your towns and cities

Delivering Regeneration, levelling up, and the lessons from the last 18 months – a view from the local government trenches

Building a movement through partnership: One Public Estate – The One Public Estate (OPE) programme is a partnership between the Office of Government Property in Cabinet Office, the Local Government Association and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. At its heart, OPE is about getting more from our collective assets. This session will highlight OPE’s impact to date and provide more detail about how to get involved.

Can the delivery of core public sector services become effective new anchors to urban regeneration projects, but also still deliver services effectively? – How should Local Authorities best play the fact that they are becoming key anchors in urban regeneration and how can service delivery be an effective form of anchor for a scheme? Discussing the key factors at play including the changing commercial market and the benefit of a service-led property review.

How local Authorities are leading on the new forms of town centre development required – A panel discussion outlining how some local authorities are achieving delivery.

Enabling new models of care through estate utilisation – Archus have been working with local authorities to identify how reviewing and understanding how their existing public estate is operating can enable greater collaboration between local public service delivery organisations which will deliver both estate and service efficiency savings. This session will provide case studies of working with a range of partners across local government, primary and community care, social care, employment and skills, blue light and central government to deliver a ‘locality study’ which provides an overview of how and where services are being delivered, identify the opportunities for strengthened partnerships between service partners and a recommended delivery road map to achieve these aspirations.

Local Government’s vital role in the shift towards achieving Net Zero Carbon: The cost and value of delivering practical solutions – Local Authorities have an important role in transitioning to Net Zero Carbon. This presentation will focus on a case study example of Hartopp Point and Lannoy Point, looking at the cost and value of delivering practical solutions to achieve Net Zero Carbon alongside wider sustainability aspirations. The proposed development of the site is part of a wider effort to build 1,500 new genuinely affordable homes in the borough. This is a key element in the Borough’s pioneering Industrial Strategy, to deliver as many genuinely affordable homes as possible in the next 10 years as we all strive to make Hammersmith & Fulham a fantastic place to live, work and socialise.

Estate Optimisation not Rationalisation – COVID-19 has accelerated a need to re-align assets and operations with an organisation’s business strategy. Many organisations are looking for a leaner and more efficient estate to deliver efficiencies, productivity, carbon footprint reduction and cost savings. Join Pubic Sector Plc and RLB for discussion on the importance of establishing an estate optimisation strategy and practical considerations needed to deliver the programme of activity.

Accelerating town centre/shopping centre regeneration – This session will focus on the key instruments available to local authorities to reinvigorate local towns and cities through planning, urban design and commercial structures.  We will cover the recent changes to the planning legislation on the use classes order, urban design to revitalise centres and an overview of the development relationships that are at your disposal.

Manchester Central – to NW Nightingale – In March 2019 Manchester Central Convention Complex received a call that would change its usage from one of the country’s leading city centre exhibition and conference centres to become a 750 bed Covid 19 North West Nightingale hospital. In just thirteen days the grade II listed former train station was transformed into a fully functional operational COVID 19 hospital. Manchester Centrals Director of Facility Management will tell the story of the journey from Manchester Central to NW Nightingale.

Please note agenda will be updated regularly, speakers, subject matter and timings may be subject to change

Plenary Speakers

Wednesday 19th April 2023, 11 Portland Street, Manchester, M1 3HU

Conference Chair: Gillian Charlesworth, Chief Executive, BRE Group

As BRE Group’s Chief Executive, Gillian is responsible for the organisation’s strategy and performance. She works closely with BRE Trustees and the Group Board to define our purpose, vision and long-term goals.

Before joining BRE Group, Gillian was an Executive Director at RICS, where she held a number of roles covering assurance and enforcement of standards, global brand growth and thought leadership. She is passionate about the importance and potential of the built environment in creating sustainable, vibrant and productive life on the planet.

In her earlier career Gillian worked in the UK Civil service and with several professions and industries as a regulator and advocate. She promotes responsible leadership and one of her career highlights was being included in Women of the Future’s inaugural top 50 list of Kind Leaders in 2018.

Gill Boyle, Development Manager at Manchester City Council and Representative of The Association of Chief Estates Surveyors and Property Managers in the Public Sector (ACES)

Gill is a chartered surveyor and a chartered town planner and has worked extensively in planning and property for over 35 years in both public and private sectors.  Gill has particular expertise in town centre and housing development including use of CPO’s.  She is currently employed by Manchester City Council in the Development and Corporate Estates Department where she manages an investment portfolio and leads on commercial and housing development projects.  Prior to this she worked at regeneration company, New East Manchester and spent several years in consultancy including at DTZ Pieda.  Gill started her career in local authority planning departments before moving into the private sector with Peel Holdings then into economic development at Oldham Council.  Gill has been a member of ACES since 2014.  She was Chair of the North West Branch and a member of ACES Council during 2019-2020.

The principal objectives of ACES are to:

  • Promote good asset and estates management in the interests of community and public services
  • Promote ACES as the first call for public sector property advice and make representations to the government, associations and institutions
  • Meet and represent members’ interests and to disseminate information
  • Improve the image of the profession

Tim Heatley, Capital & Centric and Chair of Manchester Mayors Charity

Tim trained as a lawyer and left law behind to found social impact developer Capital&Centric, he started out renovating a derelict house in his home town of Salford and he now invests over £2m a week on regeneration projects with a positive social impact. Tim is founder of Regeneration Brainery, an academy aimed at broadening diversity and inclusivity in property, each year it mentors over 100 young adults throughout the UK. He is the Chair and a founding trustee of the Greater Manchester Mayors Charity which has raised £3m in the past two years alone. Last year he featured on BBC2’s ‘Manctopia’ documentary about the property boom and his work on homelessness.

Alexandra Houghton MRICS, Partner, Head of Public Sector, Carter Jonas

Alexandra is Carter Jonas’ Head of Public Sector with over 20 years’ experience working with organisations across central and local government in the management and maximisation of their estates. Alexandra provides strategic advice in relation to organisation’s operational and non-operational property and land assets, with a focus on estate strategy, HMT compliant Business Cases and Joint Venture procurement. Working with clients, she ensures that their estates respond to their business needs, both now and in the future.

Mike Harries, Senior Partnerships Manager for One Public Estate, Local Government Association

Mike Harries is the North West Regional Programme Manager for One Public Estate, an award winning programme that supports public sector collaboration on property projects. Mike has spent most of his career in the public sector, working as CEO, COO and Exec Director for Place. He has also worked in the private sector as a consultant advising and supporting public bodies with property asset strategies and delivery. Mike has led organisational transformation programmes, making the most of collaborative working, especially where property, people and technology come together to have real impact for the benefit of residents.

Session Speakers

Wednesday 20th October, 11 Portland Street, Manchester, M1 3HU

Jason Brownlee, Partner, RLB

Jason is a Partner at RLB and heads the Asset Optimisation team across RLB’s North West and Northern Ireland offices. He has over twenty years’ experience, providing specialist property consultancy services to the Government, Education, Healthcare, Custodial, and Commercial sectors.  He is an expert in Asset Management and Estate Optimisation and has developed significant acumen in delivering projects through his extensive whole-project experience. His experience and expertise are focused on strategic business case preparation, portfolio assessment, design and space planning, financial management, project delivery and building disposal and acquisition.

Jason leads teams with passion and enthusiasm with a clear focus on project success. He is a firm believer that a partnering approach ensures universal co-operation, collaborative working and a successful project outcome.

Neill Campbell, Partner, BPTW

Neill Campbell is a partner at award-winning architectural practice BPTW. A specialist in residential design and consultation, he has overseen the design and delivery of numerous successful new build residential-led schemes and masterplanning projects, as well as leading large-scale estate regeneration and mixed-use developments. Neill oversees the majority of BPTW’s work in the local authority housebuilding sector and is currently working with many councils to bring forward their housing development programmes with an emphasis on delivering truly sustainable development and keeping people at the heart of the decision-making . As part of this work, Neill regularly presents to clients and industry bodies on key themes and topics pertinent to Local Authority housing delivery.

Annabel Clark, Associate Director, Faithful & Gould

Annabel is an Associate Director, leading on sustainability for F+G. She is currently working alongside London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham to deliver an environmentally, economic and socially sustainable scheme for Hartopp Point and Lannoy Point. An experienced sustainability professional, Annabel is a Chartered Environmentalist and Member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment. Annabel is working with multiple local authorities, central government and the private sector to optimise their development and existing asset management strategies to achieve sustainable outcomes.

Peter Cook, Head of Development, London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham

Peter is Head of Development at LBHF, leading and managing the Council’s new development programme and pipeline of opportunities, the growing in-house development team, and, commissioning of required ‘integrated’ multi-disciplinary development professionals, consultants, suppliers and contractors – to implement the Assets and Growth Strategy. His objective is to deliver complex regeneration and development schemes across the borough, either directly, or, with partners – to provide much needed new housing supply, new community assets (including schools and community facilities etc.), yield new income streams (both capital and revenue) to the Council, whilst engaging and managing stakeholder and community relationships – to achieve social value and be a force for good in the wider community.
Peter has spent over 25 years working in the construction industry acquiring widespread knowledge and experience in both the strategic and operational planning, coordination, administration and delivery of various sized and complexity of projects, from inception through to completion – including ensuring realisation of desired business outcomes and values, and, returns on investment are achieved.

Paul Ellis MRICS, Partner, Head of Town Centres & Urban Change, Carter Jonas

Paul has over 25 years’ experience in the property market with a focus on supporting local authorities in the creation of strategic Public/Private Partnerships for significant development projects either within, or adjoining UK towns and city centres. He works with his clients from inception, through development and assisting these partnerships in their subsequent delivery.

Leena Gillespie, Commercial Director, Public Sector plc

Leena has worked in property and financial services for over 20 years, working with partners across the private and public sectors to maximise value of assets. With significant experience in distressed assets and how portfolios can be regeared to create new income or capital receipts, Leena is now working with Councils across the UK to support estates rationalisation and optimisation strategies as a result of covid and the changing needs of society couple with evolving priorities of local authorities.

Andy Kelly, Director of Facilities, Manchester Central Convention Complex

With over 25 years of knowledge and experience from working in facility management Andy has worked in both the public and private sector. He has worked both client side, working for major blue-chip organisations and for several of the leading FM service providers. Andy has directly managed and delivered FM services to a diverse portfolio of buildings across all sectors of the Facility Management arena. including production facilities, large industrial sites, medical diagnostic buildings, laboratories and corporate office buildings and more recently at the iconic venue of Manchester Central Convention Complex formally known as the GMEX, where as Director of Facilities, Andy is responsible for the strategic planning and delivery of all aspects of the facilities management function within the workplace.

Huw Mowbray, Development and Physical Regeneration Strategic Manager, Swansea Council

Huw is a Chartered Surveyor and regeneration practitioner with over 20 years experience of delivering major projects in both the public and private sectors. Huw’s current role is as Property Development Manager for the City and County of Swansea where he has lead on the Cities Regeneration Strategy and the delivery of significant projects including the new Arena in Swansea the Liberty Stadium, Salubrious Place, Meridian Quay (29 storey tower). Huw is a champion for Swansea and is looking through regeneration to ensure Swansea is a place where people want to live, work and invest.

Javid Patel, Director and Head of Public Sector, Eddisons

Javid has worked in the real estate industry for 25 years and he has worked on numerous retail, leisure and mixed use projects. He has considerable experience in addressing development viability, site assembly and cyclical changes in the property industry. He spent time in the 1990s working on cinema complexes such as in Bradford, Redditch etc. He also has spent a life time in advising on major town centre retail schemes and was involved in the procurement of Genr8 which subsequently led to the major 200,000 sq ft retail & leisure, development. He has also worked on projects such as the Leeds Arena. Many projects have had longevity and his insight into the sector means he can provide best in class advice on accelerating development.

More recently Javid has been involved in public and private sector vehicles to bring forward long term transformative changes to brownfield and town centre sites. He also offers advice in infrastructure projects requiring tax increment financing to promote major capital investment projects. Javid likes to work alongside public and private sector partners and problem solve difficult development sites and respond to cyclical change to the market. Examples include advising clients on student accommodation and PSR up and down the country.

Liam Sayers, Principal Consultant, Archus

Liam leads on healthcare business cases and project management for Archus in the London and South East Region, and is their UK Local Government lead.  His role is the writing and delivery of business cases for NHS E and Local Government Clients.

Exhibitors and Supporters

Sponsor Carter Jonas

Event Timetable

Wednesday 19th April 2023, 11 Portland Street, Manchester, M1 3HU

09:30 – 10:00 Registration & Networking breakfast – continental breakfast provided

10:00 – 11:15 Plenary session

11:15 – 11:40 Refreshments and networking

11:40 – 12:10 Work Session 1 –

12:10 – 12:40 Work Session 2 –

12:40 – 13:30 Lunch and networking

13:30 – 14:00 Work Session 3

14:00 – 14:30 Work Session 4 –

14:30 – 14:50 Refreshments and networking

14:50 – 15:20 Work Session 5 –

15:20 – 15:50 Work Session 6 –

15:50 – 16:00 Chair’s closing remarks

16:00 – Conference Close

Please note times, agenda and speakers may be subject to change

Venue, Travel & Hotels

Etc. Venues, 11 Portland Street, Manchester

11 Portland Street, Manchester, M1 3HU

Contact Us

Delegate Enquiries (Including Bookings)

Georgia Richardson – Conference Manager
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Exhibition & Sponsorship Enquiries

Sharon Quinn – Head of Business Development
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Graham Rosen – Director
– 0161 482 7850

Conference Logistics & Presentation & Print Enquiries

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