Local Authority Property and Estates 2024

Wednesday 20th March 2024

ETC Venue, 11 Portland Street, Manchester


The Local Authority Property & Estates 2024 conference will be held at 11 Portland Street in Manchester on 20th March . This prestigious event, for many years a must attend feature of the public sector property professionals calendar, will see the return of current, expert, high profile and influential speakers from a diverse range of public and private sector organisations. We are delighted to welcome back Dave Sweeney as the Chair for this conference.  Dave received excellent feedback from delegates at the 2023 event as his enthusiasm and thought-provoking style creates a great environment for exciting discussions and networking.

This conference will allow circa 150 delegates from local authorities and the wider public sector to attend, each of whom will do so completely free of charge. Places are strictly limited so please ensure to book your place early to avoid disappointment.

Work sessions will be led by a mix of high-level public and private sector presenters and will encourage interactivity. Throughout the day there will be chances to network with your peers within the exhibition area. Food and refreshments are provided to all attendees.

Delegate places are free of charge for all property professionals employed within the UK public sector*.

*Terms & Conditions apply as detailed on booking

Conference Agenda

Wednesday 20th March 2024

ETC Venue, 11 Portland Street, Manchester

Subject matters to be covered include (but not limited to):

10:00 – 11:15 Plenary

Chair’s welcome

  • Dave Sweeney, Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership

Supporting local authorities with their estates, to help make better use of land and buildings to free up space for residential development

  • Angela Harrowing, One Public Estate, Cabinet Office

How the CCS Facilities Management and Workplace Services Framework can help Local Authorities

  • Keith Finnigan, Crown Commercial Service

The impact of ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) on property valuation? – Globally the built environment is responsible for almost 40% of global carbon emissions and in the UK 25% of emissions are directly attributable to the built environment. These stats demonstrate the sector’s vital role in addressing the climate crisis.  The latest RICS valuation standards (2021) strengthen the focus on capturing and reflecting environmental, social governance and sustainability features in valuation reports, however, to date there is no globally adopted approach to how a valuer should report ESG and sustainability in property valuation. The presentation will look at the growing importance of considering sustainability and ESG factors when valuing property.

  • Ellen Atkin, VOA

Strategic Asset Management through a net zero lens

  • Sara Cameron, ACES


11.45 – 12.15

Unlocking funding for all: a guide to Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme – This session will show how PSDS can be successfully delivered by breaking down the responsibilities of the clients, consultants, and contractors, underpinned by working together to achieve a shared goal of decarbonisation within the one-year funding deadline. It will also highlight the challenges of the application process and the critical path activities, such as DNO, planning consent and onsite limitations. Attendees will gain a comprehensive understanding of the PSDS process, from application to final commissioning, alongside a knowledge of the pitfalls and opportunities you will face.

  • Nazar Soofi, Eddisons

12.15 – 12.45

Working in partnership: a case study on local authority and private sector collaboration – In 2023, Amey seconded a member of staff into Bradford Council for eight months. The secondment was the first of its kind and has proved to be an excellent way to build relationships, connect and find commonalities which lead to exciting strands of work. Join this work session to understand how building collaborative relationships with private sector companies can drive innovation and efficiency.

  • Ian Warren, Business Director for Public Estates, Amey
  • Phil Hunter, Strategy Manager Employment and Skills, Bradford Council
  • David Aird, Director of Strategic Projects, Amey

13.45 – 14.15 

Inside local authority portfolios – With budget shortfalls at a critical level, many councils have started offloading their real estate assets, but is this the best strategy for plugging the gap? Including research from Carter Jonas.

  • Alexandra Houghton, Partner, Carter Jonas
  • Rad Radev, Associate Research Analyst, Carter Jonas

14.15 – 14.45

Strategies for brownfield regeneration in partnership with local authorities – This session will discuss how LCR works with local authorities to unlock brownfield land and spur regeneration. It will cover initial engagement with stakeholders to gain a deeper understanding of local demographics and their evolving needs, the importance of managing piecemeal ownership, freeing up resources and the need for a guiding mind to help local authorities create and deliver plans.

Local authorities play a major role in placemaking, and LCR can support them by providing the resources, skills and expertise to help make a vision that serves the community a reality. In her presentation, Alice will draw on case study examples such as the Stafford Station Gateway and Dock Branch masterplan, where working with local authorities has been instrumental to delivering a successful project.

  • Alice Clerkin, LCR

15.15 – 15.45

Transforming the Public Estate – Exploring the Challenges and Solutions – In a climate of reduced funding, how do we find efficiencies but still address the need to regenerate communities, digitise, achieve net zero, travel sustainably and deliver a circular economy? By realising total value and maximising benefits to the community, public sector organisations can achieve resilience, and find safe, regenerative solutions through the effective management of their assets and resources.

  • Andrew Bannister, Head of Business Development, SCAPE Group
  • Chris Clarke, Director of Performance and Improvement, SCAPE Group
  • Jo Ellis, Operations Director, Mace
  • David Hutt, Partnership Director, Perfect Circle

15.45 – 16.15

The future of the estates profession in public sector – one year on – A panel of recently qualified ACES members working in the public sector will discuss their route to the profession, along with the challenges, techniques, technologies, and real-life experiences that were used to manage the new world of hybrid working in the public sector. We will discuss the change in attitude towards working, the workspace supply, and the ever-changing demand from staff and management.

  • George Bissett, Graduate Planner, Enabl
  • Josef Eckert, Asst. Quantity Surveyor, Defence Infrastructure Organisation (MoD)
  • Persephone Gallanis, Development Surveyor, Manchester City Council
  • Robbie Metcalfe, Estates Surveyor, Lancashire County Council
  • Facilitated by: Sara Cameron, President, ACES

16.15 – 16.25

Chair’s wrap-up and closing remarks

16.25 – Conference Close

Agenda may be subject to change and will be updated regularly

Speakers and Panel members

Wednesday 20th March 2024

ETC Venue, 11 Portland Street, Manchester

Conference Chair: Dave Sweeney

Executive Director of Partnerships

Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership

Dave is a multi-award-winning commissioner with 21 years’ experience working in NHS and Local Authority transformation and various levels of change management. He is passionate about mental wellbeing, social movement and harnessing the power of communities. In December 2016 Dave picked up an NHS Leadership Award for ‘Service Development and Innovation’. He graduated from and is part of the alumni from the Yale Global Leadership program on behalf of Cheshire and Merseyside.

In 2017 Dave left his Chief Officer role at NHS Halton CCG to help build the vision/design the implementation for Cheshire and Merseyside STP, a challenging role that covered 12 CCGs and 9 places. He designed the 10 point plan that was adopted across all places to support successful place integrated implementation. Dave spent 3 years working as Public Sector Director for Renover, ensuring the connectivity to ensure optimisation of NHS estate.

Dave is now a Director in the newly established NHS Cheshire and Merseyside and leads on Sustainability and a wide range of system aspects including the Green plan and implementing place and scale opportunities to meet the net zero targets. In summer of 2022 Dave was honoured to be named as the new Chair for Liverpool and Sefton Health Partnership Board.

David Aird

Director Strategic Projects


With over 17 years of experience at Amey, David has a strong background in working in the public and private sector in operational and account management roles. David’s recent focus has been driving strategic initiatives within the Complex Facilities business unit. Leveraging his expertise in building management, project planning, and energy management, David has played a pivotal role in delivering projects alongside Amey’s consulting team. He has enhanced analytical and advisory capabilities within facilities management contracts, working to help organisations decarbonise their estate and reach their net zero goals. As the corporate SER Senior Executive with the Complex Facilities, David champions collaboration, boasting certified, award-winning relationships in ISO44001.

David will be joining Amey and Bradford Councils work session to highlight how, through collaborative working, Amey can support local authorities in their journey towards achieving net-zero emissions and a greener and more sustainable future.

Ellen Atkin

Head of Local Government

DVS, Valuation Office Agency

Ellen is a Chartered Surveyor with over 13 years’ cross sector experience, currently working as Head of Local and Devolved Government within HMRC’s District Valuer Services (DVS). The DVS is the specialist property arm of the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) providing independent, impartial, valuation and professional property advice across the public sector.

During her career she has worked for local authorities, in the private sector and held a variety of positions at the VOA including Senior Surveyor, Team Leader and Unit Head where she has gained invaluable knowledge and experience. She has worked on several high-profile development schemes across the north which has expanded her technical expertise in valuation, development, and regeneration work.

In her current role, Ellen is am keen to develop the VOA’s skills in sustainability in the natural and built environment. To support this aim, last year she returned to university to study a master’s degree in this area.

Beyond her professional endeavours, she is committed to fostering collaboration and excellence within the industry and have recently been appointed a member of the RICS Yorkshire and Humber Regional Board and ACES Valuation Liaison Officer to engage in shaping the future of the surveying profession.

Andrew Bannister

Head of Business Development


Andrew joined SCAPE in 2015 after twenty years in construction consultancy, four years in the European motor industry and a spell in the NHS. His role is to proactively support clients in achieving value for money across their capital programme, whilst also helping them to deliver with efficiency, speed and the best community outcomes possible.

Andrew is an expert on multidisciplinary multi-sector projects having worked extensively for clients in Education, Health, Defence and Local Government, as well as many clients in Residential, Commercial and Industrial property. He is also a Chartered Environmentalist and an expert in Sustainable Construction.

He is a speaker and writer on sustainability issues, a runner and cyclist, and a published author.

George Bissett

Graduate Planner


Sara Cameron


ACES (Association of Chief Estates Surveyors and Property Managers in the Public Sector)

Sara Cameron is president of ACES (Association old Chief Estate Surveyors and Property Managers in the Public Sector) for 2023/24.

With over 20 years experience in asset management in both the private and public sectors, she is a Fellow if the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a Chartered Manager and an Associate member of the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Managers. She has a strong track record of strategic, commercial, operational and board level experience as well as a passion for mentoring, training and development, especially encouraging the next generation into choosing a career in the built environment and public sector.

Chris Clarke

Director of Performance and Improvement


Chris joined SCAPE in 2015, with over 15 years’ of diverse experience working in Local Government, including leadership of organisational change and service improvement as well as capital programme and energy efficiency delivery in the built environment sector.

As Director of Performance and Improvement, Chris is responsible for environmental and social value policy and performance measurement, as well as providing strategic input into the improvement of SCAPE’s service offering and the development of new products. He is also responsible for our group Risk Management strategy, infrastructure and systems.

Chris is a steering group member for the Construction Leadership Council’s Carbon Reduction Code, and co-convenor of the sustainability group at the National Association of Construction Frameworks. Chris holds an MSc in Public Leadership and Management and is the proud father of two children.

Alice Clerkin

Business Manager, Property & Partnerships


Alice Clerkin is business manager for partnerships and property at LCR, supporting local authorities and Network Rail unlock new placemaking and mixed-use regeneration opportunities across the country.

Positioned as a central management point within LCR’s regional structure, Alice specialises in stakeholder management, negotiation, strategic planning and project delivery. Prior to joining LCR, Alice was strategy manager and COO business partner at Nuffield Health, the UK’s leading not-for-profit healthcare charity.

Josef Eckert

Asst. Quantity Surveyor

Defence Infrastructure Organisation (MoD)

Jo Ellis

Operations Director


Having worked in the NHS and Local Government in both operational and strategic roles for 20 years, Jo now advises clients on strategic place shaping and organisational development. She has worked on several infrastructure and property projects including One Public Estate and with clients across Local Government, Health, Nuclear, Energy and Defence

Jo is passionate about ensuring solutions to asset optimisation are centred on population need and integrated service provision and are transformational in delivery and sustainability.

Jo is Founder of Women at Mace, our gender equality employee resource group that has 1500 members and allies across the globe.  She is also Deputy Chair of a CQC rated ‘outstanding’ children’s hospice.

Keith Finnigan

Head of FM

Crown Commercial Service

Keith is an Associate Commercial Specialist for the Cabinet Office and Head of FM for CCS he leads a dedicated team to develop and deliver commercial agreements that aligns to Government policy and helps to support buyers in the FM Market.

Keith has been with CCS for 10 years, having previously worked in the private sector and has led some key project activity to deliver valuable, significant benefits and savings to public sector buyers, which has helped to support the development of new products and services.

Focussed upon delivering best value for customers Keith leads the team to ensure that customer needs are understood and that Government policy, risk and a strategic approach is considered when developing buying opportunities for FM and associated services.  Keith and the team work with customers and suppliers across all sectors and other stakeholders to understand the supply market demands and constraints and to develop category strategies that can be shared and used in collaboration with others to develop their own strategic approach.

Persephone Gallanis

Development Surveyor

Manchester City Council

Angela Harrowing

Programme Director, Property Programmes

Cabinet Office

Angela is passionate about developing excellent Government policy which transforms places and public services. She has worked in the Office of Government Property for 10 years where she leads on Property Programmes. The Facilities Management and Better Buildings programme aims to improve the condition and safety of the Government estate and how it is managed. The Disposals programme supports Government Departments to strategically manage their estate and dispose of at least £500m land and property each year in 2022 – 2025. The pioneering One Public Estate programme supports collaboration across central and local government on asset and property management to improve services, deliver growth and achieve efficiencies. Angela joined the civil service in 2004 and is a Chartered Surveyor. She has worked on a number of policy areas including housing, local growth, local government, planning and community rights.

Alexandra Houghton


Carter Jonas

David Hutt

Partnership Director

Perfect Circle

David is the Partnership Director for Perfect Circle, working with the partners and supply chain to drive optimisation of our frameworks with clients that value what we do.

David delivers collaborative advice and support services to public organisations, working with clients to develop an agile approach to services that focus on local ambitions, adding value with teams that are specific and fit for purpose.

Perfect Circle has the influence, scalability and expertise to make a significant and positive contribution, shaping the built environment and exerting a positive influence on the issues affecting the public sector and wider society.

David has wide experience of local authority regeneration, retrofit and strategic asset management and he loves working within the private and public sectors delivering valuable partnership-based approaches.

Phil Hunter
Strategy Manager Employment and Skills
Bradford Council

Dr Phillip Hunter – Phil Hunter is the Strategy Manager Employment and Skills at City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council and an Honorary Visiting Fellow at the School of Management, University of Bradford.  He is an experienced strategy, system and programme leader working at the interface of system transformation, policy development and implementation across education, health, economic development, and workforce development.  Over 19 years’ experience of system leadership in education, skills, and economic development, transforming systems, improving outcomes, and influencing across the public, private and third sectors.  His policy expertise covers city economies, urban governance, strategic planning, labour market economics, sustainable development, employment and skills, and education.  He has participated in multiple local, regional, and national advisory boards guiding future education, employment and skills strategies and policy formulation including the West Yorkshire Local Skills Improvement Plan Strategic Board, West Yorkshire Area Based Review of Further Education Board, Yorkshire Universities Graduate Labour Market Taskforce, Key Cities Education and Skills Network, and Local Government Association Employment and Skills Panel.  He is also Governor at Shipley College and Chair of the Curriculum and Quality Committee and former Trustee and Director of University Academy Keighley.

Robbie Metcalfe

Estates Surveyor

Lancashire County Council

Rad Radev
Associate Research Analyst
Carter Jonas

Rad is an Associate Researcher at Carter Jonas, specialising in commercial real estate research. He is responsible for analysing trends across the UK markets, with a strong focus on offices, life sciences, industrial, and technology.  Rad holds an MSc in Real Estate Investment & Finance from Henley Business School, University of Reading and is a Junior Vice Chair of the Society of Property Researchers.

Nazar Soofi B.Eng (Hons) BSc MCIOB

Head of Sustainability and Decarbonisation


With an extensive background in successfully delivering high-profile, fast-track mega projects over the last 25 years, Nazar Soofi has transitioned his vast experience and versatile skillsets to champion the ambitious Net Zero goals of the UK.

Nazar has a remarkable track record, having delivered over £50 million in Salix PSDS-funded projects for Leeds City Council since 2021. He helped to transform over 80 sites, moving them from fossil fuels to renewable resources. This contribution will influence sustainable practices for years.

A thought leader in the field, Nazar has been a keynote speaker for Salix roadshows, sharing his insights and knowledge. Additionally, he has facilitated workshops guiding public sector bodies in Salix PSDS-funded projects.

At Eddisons, Nazar leverages his skills beyond Leeds. Collaborating with public and private sector organisations, he is dedicated to steering widespread decarbonisation efforts, contributing to the realisation of sustainable and environmentally conscious practices on a larger scale.

Ian Warren

Business Director for Public Estates


Ian Warren, Business Director for Public Estates at Amey, is an executive leader with a breath of experience across multiple sectors, including Facilities Services, Education, Defence, Manufacturing, Health, Telecommunications and Waste Management.

Having previously worked as a HR director, Ian recognises the importance of the team that sits behind the service you deliver. Since joining Amey, Ian has focused on building a collaborative, skilled workforce that understands the issues that matter most to its clients.

Ian also puts a strong focus on innovation and transformation, ensuring Amey is best placed to work with local authorities on solutions that can adapt to the changing demands of the end user.

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Event Timetable

Wednesday 20th March 2024

ETC Venue, 11 Portland Street, Manchester

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

10:00 – 11:15  Plenary session

11:15 – 11:45 Refreshments and networking

11:45 – 12:45  Sessions

12:45 – 13:45 Lunch and networking

13:45 – 14:45  Sessions

14:45 – 15:10 Refreshments and networking

15:10 – 16:10  Sessions

16:10 – 16:25 Chair’s closing remarks

16:30 – Conference Close

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

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