NHS Property 2023

‘Creating an estate fit for the future’

Wednesday 8th November 2023

One Great George Street, London SW1P 3AA

The date for NHS Property 2024 will be Wednesday 6th November and will again take place at One Great George Street in Westminster – more details coming soon…..


We are pleased to announce that the NHS Property conference is back for it’s 13th year again at the beautiful One Great George Street venue in Westminster (The Institute of Civil Engineers). The focus for this year will be ‘Creating an estate fit for the future‘. Circa 150 NHS property professionals will meet on the 8th November for a day of learning, discussions and networking featuring speakers from event partners NHS Property Services and Community Health Partnerships along with the wider public sector and expert service providers from the private sector.

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.

Conference Agenda

Wednesday 8th November 2023, One Great George Street, London SW1P 3AA

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

  • 08:30 – 09:30  Registration and Networking
  • 09:30  Unlocking value in the NHS estate through master-planning and collaboration
  • 11:00  Does the commercial sector really understand the NHS?  – We welcome Paul Holt from the RSK Group as a former NHS Director of Estates and Facilities to speak at this work session. Paul’s career in the NHS spans nearly 30 years, 12 of those as a Director within mental health services and acute district general and university teaching hospital environments. Having operated in the commercial sector since 2018, Paul has remained current in the challenges facing NHS leaders. Conscious that the worldwide financial legacy of Covid 19, and associated delays in clinical care, exacerbates the long-term deterioration of an ageing NHS estate. Add to that the reintroduction of government-led cost improvement programmes, the immediate fallout from the RACC failures and the delays associated with the new hospital programme, suggests the challenges for current NHS Estate Leaders continue to increase exponentially. In response, we will reflect on potential and relevant high level technical solutions, and expand to wider observations and feedback from multiple Client led engagements, inviting a debate on how the NHS might develop new service delivery business models. We conclude by explaining how we can connect the public and private sector leaders together, creating innovative solutions considerate of both public sector procurement and CDEL requirements.
  • 11:00  Accelerate estate digitalisation with cellular connectivity – Carolyn Botfield, Director of System Transformation and Infrastructure at NHS North East London, is a passionate advocate for how effective collaboration in the NHS achieves outcomes greater than the sum of the individual parts.
    In this fireside chat, Carolyn will be sharing the opportunities integrated care systems (ICSs) present for transforming service delivery through system collaboration. Not only do ICSs bring partnership organisations together, helping to break down silos and increase understanding between different parties, but they encourage a big picture view which can encourage innovation and new approaches to old challenges.
    Carolyn will speak to the importance of integrating digital infrastructure into estates planning and the benefits it brings when these two functions are not treated as disparate. She’ll also share best practice gleaned from many years of experience in NHS infrastructure and transformation.
    Joining Carolyn for this session will be Simon Frumkin, CEO at connectivity infrastructure-as-a-service provider Freshwave, and Ben Righton, Freshwave’s Director of Public Sector and NHS. Having brought cellular connectivity into both brand-new acute hospitals and brownfield sites first built in the 1950s, they will share knowledge about settings that are particularly difficult to connect and the impact of improving connectivity for everyone using those sites.
  • 11:40 Navigating Net Zero: Unlocking Carbon Savings with a Digital Estate – The convergence of technology, building management and environmental stewardship has opened new and innovative approaches to delivering net-zero in our buildings. In this session, Carter Jonas experts will examine how the development of a digital estate utilising digital twins, smart technologies, and automation, can offer new solutions to carbon and cost savings. As organisations grapple with the complexities of achieving net-zero carbon targets, we will discuss how a digitally optimized estate can help in the fight against climate change and deliver on your ESG priorities.
  • 11:40  The CDC – dreams and nightmares of procurement – A light (and sometimes heavy) look at the rise of the CDC in the NHS and an account of the bumpy road to procurement. Design and delivery and the ever present “lessons learnt” (or not) – from an architects perspective.
  • 12:20  Hiding in plain sight? Are the answers to England’s primary care reforms and funding model questions already answered in Scotland? – Back in 2010 the Scottish Government established 5 “Hubcos” – based on an updated version of the English LIFTco model and deployed in the context of NHS Scotland’s structure of health boards and health and social care partnerships. Over a decade later and the NHS in England is grappling with systemic changes following the establishment of Integrated Care Boards (ICBs) and a future policy direction moving away from GP owned/leased assets.
    In this session speakers from gbpartnerships and Hub West Scotland will:
    • Compare systems and see what parallels there are with England’s recently formed ICBs
    • Examine the occupational models along with the benefits and drawbacks – and see what lessons can be learned for NHS system (rather than GP) owned/leased assets
    • Explore the outcomes that models and infrastructure created has resulted in
    • Identify features that might find their way into a revised English PPP funding model for primary care.
    …all with a view to understanding what NHS colleagues in England can learn.
  • 13:40  Driving Space Utilisation and Maximising Efficiency at Solent NHS Trust – Join the Estates Site Operations Manager from Solent NHS Trust as he shares how the trust have been driving forward a connected NHS estate through the sharing of office space. Leading to improved collaboration across the Integrated Care Board (ICB), increased resource utilisation and providing staff with greater flexibility in terms of how and where they work.
    During this session we will be looking at how data has helped Solent NHS Trust make decisions about the future of their estate. By understanding building utilisation rates the Trust can make the informed decisions regarding resource management and reduce the need for additional buildings.
  • 14:10  Delivering Keyworker Housing – Homes for NHS staff is one of the most important issues facing the Healthcare service, particularly in supporting staff retention and recruitment drives, at a time when Trusts are facing a shortfall of staff and it looks set to worsen.
    Howard Williams, Partner at Montagu Evans was recently part of a Government taskforce that launched a white paper for an innovative model for the development of NHS Key Worker Homes and communities on the sites of NHS Trusts. Howard will lead the session which will explore this issue in more detail and share more on the discussions that led to the white paper, what the outcomes are and how we can bring these proposals into action.
  • 14:40  Population Health Management Driven Estate Strategy – a case study from NHSPS & NHS Sussex
  • 15:25  Transforming underutilised space into a new neighbourhood hub in York
  • 15:45  Estate optimisation – A conversation about how the NHS is working in partnership to enable service transformation through the development of estate optimisation tools – The session considers how working in partnership helps us to make best use of existing estate for the benefit of patients, clinicians and communities. Using examples, we will show how accurate, up to date data, expert strategic knowledge and collaboration can bring positive results – making the best of current estate to make budgets work harder, particularly in challenging financial times where capital is not always available.
  • 16:05  Closing panel debate and Q&A
  • 16:30  Drinks reception in Kendal’s Bar – kindly sponsored by Freshwave
  • 17:30 Conference Close

Agenda may be subject to change and will be updated regularly

Plenary Speakers

NHS Property 2023 – Wednesday 8th November 2023, One Great George Street, London SW1P 3AA

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.

James Page

Regional Partnership Director – South West

NHS Property Services

James (MRICS) has over 20 years of experience in the real estate industry, spanning healthcare, local authority, private practice and educational settings. In 2016 he joined NHS Property Services (NHSPS) and has been supporting the service-led requirements of healthcare systems in his strategic property role.

Working within consultancy for ten years, James supported a range of NHS, local authority and government departments, developing disposal and investment strategies together with landlord and tenant support.

At NHSPS James has supported healthcare economies with estates initiatives, the progression of major NHSPS projects and estate strategies, moving most recently into a regional partnership role. In his current role as Regional Partnership Director for the South West, James works with Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships and Integrated Care Systems across the region to deliver key estate requirements that support clinical strategies and actively working with NHSPS teams across all functions of the organisation to deliver estate transformation.

Simon Waters

Regional Director South

Community Health Partnerships

Simon is an experienced professional currently serving as the Southern Regional Director for Community Health Partnerships (CHP). In this capacity, he plays a vital role in overseeing regional strategic engagement and stakeholder management across various healthcare economies. Simon also serves as a director on ten specialised health and social care Public Private Partnerships, responsible for managing a substantial £350 million regional investment portfolio, comprising 33 facilities in primary care, community, and mental health sectors.

With a career spanning more than 25 years, Simon’s background is rooted in construction management. He has honed his expertise in the design, construction, financing, and operation of estates infrastructure, with a particular focus on healthcare. Beyond his operational responsibilities, Simon is dedicated to advancing CHP’s national Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, contributing to policy development and positioning CHP as a champion of community wealth, social value, sustainability, and staff well-being. Simon combines strategic acumen, construction proficiency, and a deep commitment to social responsibility in his influential healthcare leadership role.

Warren Percival

Healthcare Director


Warren is the Healthcare Director at RSK Group, developing and enacting strategy and group business development across their footprint and recently securing RSK a prominent position on both the SBS and NOE-CPC Frameworks. As an advocate for all things sustainability, a Chartered Environmentalist and Fellow of IEMA, Warren has also led a team publishing a major sustainability guidance note (freely available) for Non-Exec Directors in the NHS, which continues to gain traction across the UK, helping to tackle some of the major sustainability challenges Trusts face. Amongst the many challenges and opportunities he works across (from engineering and sustainability) Warren is also looking at how public health and environmental law can be enhanced (he is currently the Chair of the UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA)).

Susan Swaffer

Head of Relationship Management South

NHS Property Services

Susan has over 20 years’ experience managing complex property portfolios in both public and private sectors. As Regional Partnership Director at NHSPS she works with NHS organisations in the South East of England to deliver transformational projects for the NHS estate.

Susan works with Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) in the South East region to better understand their clinical strategies and estate needs. She provides the right support to ensure delivery of key projects.

In previous roles Susan managed a varied portfolio as a Senior Property Manager at Kent County Council, and more recently at a niche consultancy specialising in supporting educational establishments to develop sites via enabling schemes.

Susan has a BSc Hons in Urban Estate Management, is a Member of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS) and is a Better Business Case (5 case model) Practitioner.

Session speakers and panel members

Carolyn Botfield

Director of System Transformation and Infrastructure

NHS North East London

Carolyn is a senior leader in the NHS with 19 years’ experience in delivering strategic transformation programmes, beginning her career in the private sector serving public sector clients and then moving into the public sector in 2016. During the pandemic she led on a range of front line programmes including PPE deployment hub, oxygen coordination and was Programme Director for the North East London vaccination programme. Her current role for the North East London Integrated Care Board is Director of System Improvement and Infrastructure and leads on delivery of all improvement and change programmes across the system, including digital and estates transformation.

Karina Dare

Primary Care Estate Strategy Lead

NHS Property Services

Karina has 15+ years’ experience in primary and community estate management and development including strategy for and delivery of office, general practice and community hospital schemes.

Matt Etherington

Matrix Booking

Simon Frumkin



Simon has more than 20 years’ experience working in leadership positions at UK mobile operators including EE, Orange and T-Mobile. Most recently, he was managing director of EE’s Emergency Services Network Division, delivering a new critical communications network to 300,000 frontline first responders. He also served as Non-Executive Chairman at Mobile Broadband Network Ltd (MBNL), a network joint venture between EE and Three.

Laura Garnham

Strategic Portfolio Manager

Community Health Partnerships

As a Strategic Development Lead at Community Health Partnerships in the Strategic Business Development team, with over 12 years’ experience in the health sector, a masters in Planning Buildings for Health and a Better Business Cases practitioner, Laura works with commissioners and providers to deliver strategic analysis, programmes and long-term planning that focuses on identifying strategic estate solutions to support the efficient delivery of healthcare services.

Laura has focused her time over the past few years on the delivery of NHS England’s National Primary Care Data Gathering Programme, with an emphasis on development of national data analysis and planning tools hosted via the SHAPE platform, and an interlinked national PCN Strategy Planning Toolkit that enables Primary Care Networks to integrate clinical and estates planning in an evidence-based approach to support wider system planning.

John Harness FIHEEM

Estates Advisor to Lincolnshire ICS and (Formerly) NHS England Midlands Region 

John is the Estates Advisor to Lincolnshire Integrated Care Board and (formerly) NHS England Midlands Region, committed to delivering excellence in estate and facilities management within the healthcare sector. With a proven ability to lead teams, implement strategic plans, and ensure compliance, he has contributed to the efficient operation and enhancement of healthcare facilities within the Midlands.

Fouzia Harrington

Programme Director (West Sussex Strategy)

NHS Sussex

Fouzia leads neighbourhood focused programmes, bringing a health population driven approach to service development and planning.  Her current focus is an innovative whole system approach to tackling health inequalities and improving health outcomes for Crawley. The Programme is tailoring a range of services to meet the needs of the population with a particular focus on those most disadvantaged communities. This is being underpinned by a neighbourhood approach to estate planning to enable the services to deliver new models of care.

She has worked in the NHS for almost 30 years, extensively in strategic planning across a range of organisations.

Paul Holt

Associate Director

CS2 an RSK Group

Paul’s career in the NHS spans nearly 30 years, 12 of those as a Director within mental health services and acute district general and university teaching hospital environments. Having operated in the commercial sector since 2018, Paul has remained current in the challenges facing NHS leaders.

Nikki Hopkins

Business Delivery Programme Director

Community Health Partnerships

With over 20 years’ experience in the health and social care property sectors, Nikki understands how to make change happen by working with clients and partners to realise their estates vision, transforming places and unlocking potential. In the past Nikki’s led on several new-build development projects including an award winning £24m integrated primary and community health care facility, in my hometown of Coventry.

Having worked in the sector creating innovative high-quality estate, Nikki will now be leading a national strategic planning programme to fully understand the capacity and capability of our infrastructure to deliver the health care services of the future. This is seen as the start of an exciting national strategic health planning journey, the likes of which have never been tackled on this scale before.

Francesca Kavanagh

Head of Management Services

Hub West Scotland

Francesca joined gbpartnerships in 2023 to deliver management services to the Hub West Scotland Project Co’s. Over the course of fifteen years, Francesca has been involved in over eighty PPP and DBFM facilities across Scotland in both healthcare and education sectors. Francesca’s expertise in Facilities Management and contract management have orchestrated successful working relationships with a range of partners whilst optimizing operational efficiency.

Richard Lavine

Architect and Director

HDS Architects

Richard Lavine qualified way back in 1986 and has worked extensively in southern Africa and the Indian ocean rim before relocating to the UK in 2000 where he was a senior director of Nightingale Associates.  Richard set up HDS Architects (primarily a Health Care practice) 12 years ago.

James Lloyd

Group Finance Director

gbPartnerships Group

James is the gbpartnerships Group Finance Director and has detailed knowledge of the industry and the complex contractual requirements involved with LIFT schemes – having been involved in LIFT for the last 10 years. James is a Board Director on 3 LIFT companies in England and 1 HUB Group in Scotland. gbpartnerships group is the largest Management Services Provider in the LIFT sector in England, and recently extended its reach into Scotland to deliver management services to the Hub West Scotland Project Cos.

Jon Murphy

Primary Care Estates, Commercial Directorate

NHS England

Jon is the National Head of Strategy – Primary and Community Care Estates and works in the national Primary Care Estates team within the Estates Strategy directorate in NHS England focused on planning, developing national capital & policy strategies and supporting systems with regard to the Primary Care Estate translating the intentions of the Long Term Plan direction of travel and the role of in-community care in relation to Integrated Care Systems.

Simon Nigh

Partner, Head of Geospatial

Carter Jonas

Simon is a Partner and Head of Geospatial at Carter Jonas and has over 25 years of experience in providing geospatial solutions across a wide range of property sectors. Simon leads a team of 20 surveyors, analysts, and spatial data engineers delivering location intelligence solutions using a range of sophisticated tools in support of this work. The team acts for many clients with often extensive and complex property portfolios and with those operating at a national level including Homes England, National Highways, HS2 and National Grid.

Professor Duane Passman

Experienced NHS Programme and Project Director

Duane, originally an Astrophysicist, has worked on major investment programmes and projects in the NHS for over 35 years utilising public funding and PFI.  He has worked on some of the largest projects in the NHS, being directly involved in well over £2 billion of investment to date and has now established his own company providing advice, guidance and support across the capital investment lifecycle.

Duane is a Fellow of IHEEM and a member of the Conference and Exhibition Committee, the Strategic Estates Management Advisory Group (and two working groups) and is Co-Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Working Group.

Duane is a graduate of the Cabinet Office’s Major Project Leadership Academy programme and has been a Gateway Reviewer for High-Risk major programmes and projects since 2003.   He is also an accredited Business Case Practitioner.

Ben Righton

Head of Public Sector and NHS


Ben is the Director of Public Sector and NHS at connectivity infrastructure-as-a-service provider Freshwave. He leads the public sector team as they partner with public sector organisations across the UK, from acute NHS hospitals to central government, to deliver assured connectivity that empowers their digital transformation programmes. Ben has consulted into a wide variety of departments across the public sector for many years and has worked on an assortment of large-scale digital transformations. He’s an enthusiastic proponent of the positive impact technology can have in the public sector and on its ways of working.

Philippa Robinson

Regional Director – London

Community Health Partnerships

Tom Roundell Greene

Partner, Head of Sustainability

Carter Jonas

Tom is a Partner and Head of Sustainability at Carter Jonas. Tom leads Carter Jonas’ ESG strategy, developing a programme that aligns with the firm’s long-term aims, as well as driving external engagement and initiatives with clients. Tom brings nearly two decades of dedicated sustainability and ESG experience at national and international levels for public and private sector organisations.  He has specific expertise on climate change adaptation and mitigation including the development and delivery of net zero targets and operational sustainability strategies, ESG reporting and disclosure.

Steve Scutchings

Estates Site Operations Manger

Solent NHS Trust

Howard Williams

Partner – Healthcare and NHS Assets

Montagu Evans

Howard has over 18 years of experience working with NHS clients and assisting them with rationalisation programs of surplus land and buildings. His work on housing schemes, care homes, senior living developments and key worker housing has given him an understanding of the key value drivers in these sectors.

Often taking projects through from cradle to completion for NHS clients, Howard has a unique and unrivalled in-depth experience of the NHS; understanding their needs for delivering the best value in accordance with the NHS estate code.

Howard is an RICS Registered Valuer and has previously authored Estate Strategies as well as inputting into the outline and full business cases supporting the disposal of NHS land and buildings.

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Event Timetable

NHS Property 2023 – Wednesday 8th November 2023, One Great George Street, London SW1P 3AA

08:30 – 09:30 Registration, refreshments and networking

09:3010:45 Plenary and Q&A

Unlocking value in the NHS estate through master-planning and collaboration

10:45 – 11:15 Refreshments and networking

11:10 – 11:40 – Choose to attend one of 2 breakout sessions:

1A – Accelerate estate digitalisation with cellular connectivity

1B – Does the commercial sector really understand the NHS?

11:45 – 12:15 – Choose to attend one of 2 breakout sessions:

2A – Navigating Net Zero: Unlocking Carbon Savings with a Digital Estate

2B – The CDC – dreams and nightmares of procurement

12:20 – 12:50 – Presentation

3 – Hiding in plain sight?  Are the answers to England’s primary care reforms and funding model questions already answered in Scotland?

12:50 – 13:40 Lunch and networking

13:40 – 15:10 – Presentations

4 – Driving Space Utilisation and Maximising Efficiency at Solent NHS Trust

5 – Delivering Keyworker Housing

6 – Population Health Management Driven Estate Strategy

15:10 – 15:30 Refreshments and networking

15:25 – 16:05 – Presentations
7 – Transforming underutilised space into a new neighbourhood hub in York

8- Estate optimisation – A conversation about how the NHS is working in partnership to enable service transformation through the development of estate optimisation tools

16.05 – 16.30 Panel debate, Q&A and Chair’s closing remarks

16:30 Drinks Reception (to be confirmed)

17:30 Conference Close

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

Venue, Travel & Hotels – One Great George Street

NHS Property 2023 – Wednesday 8th November 2023, Westminster, London SW1P 3AA

Venue Information

Set in a magnificent Grade II listed, four-domed, Edwardian building the conference centre is very close to the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and St James’s Park.

One Great George Street

Venue Tel: 020 7665 2323

E-mail: info@onegreatgeorgestreet.com

Website: http://www.onegreatgeorgestreet.com/

How to Reach Us

By London Underground
Both Westminster (Exit 6) on the District, Circle and Jubilee lines, and St James’s Park on the District and Circle lines, are just 5 minutes walk away. For more information, visit the Transport for London website.

Walking Directions from Westminster Tube (exit 6)
When you arrive at the top of the stairs you will be on Whitehall. Turn around (as if you were to walk back down the stairs) you are now facing Parliament Square. Walk around to the right onto Great George Street until you come to two sets of traffic lights. Cross over both and continue walking straight down Great George Street for about 1 minute. One Great George Street is the last building on the corner of Great George Street and Storey’s Gate. The building is also the home of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Disabled Parking
The nearest Blue Badge disabled parking bay is located on Matthew Parker Street (drive down Storey’s Gate to the west of the venue and take the second right). Alternatively, a little further away, there are bays on Old Queen Street and Queen Anne’s Gate. These Blue Badge bays offer free parking for up to 4 hours between 08.30 and 18.30 Mon-Fri and unlimited parking at any other time. Please see Westminster Council‘s website for further information.

By River
A River Bus Service runs every 20 minutes during peak time from Embankment to Woolwich Arsenal; the nearest pier to us is the London Eye.

By Car
The nearest car parks provided by Q-Park are located in Abingdon Street and on the south side of Trafalgar Square. Limited meter parking is also available in and around adjacent streets.

By Bicycle
The nearest TFL bike hire docking station is 0.4miles away on Abby Orchard Street. Click on the Cycle for Hire website and type in our post code SW1P 3AA. If your bike folds our cloak room can hold approximately 5 bikes at one time.

By Rail
London’s mainline stations at Waterloo, Victoria and Charing Cross are minutes away by foot or by Underground. For further information visit the National Rail website.

By Bus
Numerous bus routes pass within a 1-2 minute walk of One Great George Street. Bus routes stopping near Parliament Square include: 3, 11, 12, 24, 53, 87, 88, 148, 159, 211 and 453. For further information visit the Transport for London website.

GPS co-ordinates
Main entrance – 51 30.0822 N and 0 07.7500 W and Princes Mews – 51 30.0420 N and 0 07.7185 W

Congestion Charge
One Great George Street lies within the charging area. For more information, including charges, visit the Transport for London website.


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Contact Us

Delegate Enquiries (Including Bookings)

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Exhibition & Sponsorship Enquiries

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