Wednesday 7th September 2022
Etc. Venues, 11 Portland Street, Manchester, M1 3HU
Mark Chivers, Government Chief Property Officer, Cabinet Office
Mark is responsible for providing senior, strategic leadership for the whole cross-government property function. He works with a wide range of senior stakeholders within government and in the wider public sector promoting the intelligent use of property to deliver better public services at lower cost to the taxpayer.
Mark provides strategic leadership for the Government Property Function, and holds senior leaders accountable to the Government Functional Standard. He leads on major change programmes, supporting the delivery of better and more integrated public services, overseeing – among others – the Places for Growth programme and supporting the Levelling Up agenda.
Janet Young, Government Head of the Property Profession, Cabinet Office
Janet is head of the Government Property Profession, the community of property professionals across government. She provides professional leadership across a diverse range of government departments and arms-length bodies which deliver the government’s property ambitions.
Janet is responsible for the Government Estate Strategy and the Government Property Functional Standard. The strategy sets out the government’s plans for a public sector estate for public benefit, ensuring it enables the best possible public services, is efficient and sustainable and supports the government’s levelling up ambitions. The Functional Standard sets expectations for how government property is acquired, managed and disposed of.
Eamonn Boylan, Chief Executive, Greater Manchester Combined Authority
Eamonn Boylan was appointed Chief Executive of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority in January 2017. Prior to that he was Chief Executive of Stockport MBC from 2011. While at Stockport Eamonn led the Council’s £1 billion programme of investment in infrastructure and town centre regeneration.
As the Chief Executive of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Eamonn chairs the Greater Manchester Wider Leadership Team and has responsibility for Policy & Strategy and a wide range of Greater Manchester services including Fire and Rescue, Waste, Transport, Economic Development and Planning. He also is jointly accountable for the Greater Manchester Strategic Plan for the transformation of Health and Social Care.
Alex Chisholm, Chief Operating Officer for the Civil Service and Permanent Secretary (Cabinet Office)
Alex Chisholm became Chief Operating Officer for the Civil Service and Permanent Secretary for the Cabinet Office in April 2020. Prior to that he was the Permanent Secretary to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
The Chief Operating Officer for the Civil Service leads the efficiency programme, working with permanent secretaries across government to put in place reforms.
The Permanent Secretary is the head of the department, responsible for the leadership and governance of the Cabinet Office. The Permanent Secretary is also the Cabinet Office’s Accounting Officer, responsible for the financial propriety of the department.
Colin Casse, Director of Estates and Locations, HM Revenue & Customs
Colin joined the civil service just over 3 years ago as Director Locations Programme with the responsibility for delivering the first phase of the Government Hubs programme. This programme has now successfully delivered 12 no. of the new hubs along with some other specialist sites. In his extended role now as Director Estates, he is still responsible for the leadership and final completion of this large-scale change programme whilst also ensuring the new offices are integrated into the HMRC estate providing great experience for all government departments occupying space whilst continuing to work with GPA in ensuring an integrated and seamless working experience with the phase 2 hubs that are now under construction.
Previously Colin has worked within the Private Sector for Siemens and BT, delivering projects and programmes of varying scale including the role out of the ‘flexible office’ for Siemens and construction of the Crystal in London.
Lucy Carraz, Government Sector Lead for Building and Places, AECOM
As Government Sector Lead for AECOM’s Building and Places business Lucy has a strong focus and passion for the positive social and environmental outcomes which are created through the multi disciplinary projects AECOM deliver for central and local government clients. A key element of this is embedding sustainable development, community opportunities, resilience, governance and social value across AECOM’s projects and working with clients and industry partners to drive innovation in these areas. Lucy sits on the global Equity, Diversity and Inclusion committee for the AECOM Buildings & Places business to ensure the project teams represent the diversity of AECOM’s projects and the communities they serve.
Vicky Cave, Deputy Director, Infrastructure Strategy and Capital Funding, Department of Health and Social Care
Vicky is Deputy Director: Infrastructure Strategy and Capital Funding at the Department of Health and Social Care. It is a broad role encompassing strategic estates (including policy for NHS net zero carbon), capital strategy and the monitoring and reporting of capital expenditure and related outcomes.
Previously, Vicky has undertaken a range of policy, governance and leadership roles in the department, and prior to that in NHS and wider public sector.Vicky contributes to infrastructure investment and decisions which directly support the care people receive from the NHS, the facilities in which they receive it, and the wider infrastructure which supports health and care priorities.
Amanda Hurford, Deputy Director, Land and Infrastructure, Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities
Amanda is responsible for a number of government programmes that are designed to help solve the housing crisis by investing in infrastructure and land to unlock sites, making them available for the private sector to develop. Amanda leads work with Homes England and other delivery partners to deploy funding in towns and cities across the country. Existing interventions total c£8bn and will unlock land for around 670k homes across over 500 projects. The programmes support levelling up goals by removing blight, and delivering local amenities and transport links as well as homes, helping to regenerate local communities and restore pride in place.
Craig Varian, Director of Estates, Department for Work and Pensions
Craig Varian is Director of Estates for the DWP. The DWP’s Estate is made up of around 1000 buildings and spends c.£1bn p.a in running, maintaining and delivering property related activities. Over the 5 years it will go through significant changes both through its supply chain re-procurements and through the rationalisation of its office estate. Before his current role he was Deputy Director within DWP Estate responsible for all aspects of Estates Policy and Compliance. As well as being Head of Property Profession for the DWP he is also the cross-Government Chair of the FM Taskforce. A cross-Government group designed to champion and improve Facilities Management in Government property.
Previous to his time with the DWP he had a varied property career within compliance, property and construction working for construction companies, housing associations and regulators and has sat on a number of UK Construction Technical Committees.
Will Attlee, Associate Director – Development, LocatED
Will is Associate Director of Development at LocatED leads the Estate Efficiency team, providing development expertise to the DfE, Local Authorities, trusts, and other responsible bodies. Will has over a decade of property and development experience, delivering complex mixed-use schemes on behalf of public and private sector clients. Will holds an MSc in Real Estate from the University of Reading and is a qualified Chartered Surveyor.
Steven Boyd MBE, Chief Executive, Government Property Agency
As Chief Executive, Steven leads the Government Property Agency (GPA) in transforming the way the Government’s office and logistics property portfolios are managed.
A Yorkshireman who originally qualified as an engineer, Steven is a collaborator, innovator and leader of change. Prior to the GPA, Steven was HMRC’s Estates Director delivering 13 major office buildings, planning the successful drawdown of a nationwide PFI, and shrinking the size of the estate by two thirds.
Steven also served in the British Army including leading its in-house engineering design and project management consultancy, and as its Director of Infrastructure.
Ravi Chand CBE, Director, Places for Growth and Beyond Programme, Cabinet Office
Paul Cox, Programme Managr Property Directorate, Ministry of Justice
Eboni Day, Adam McKie, Matthew Clemmetsen and Sam Ward, Fast Stream Graduates, Civil Service
Eboni, Matthew, Adam, and Sam have spent the past year working on major projects across the Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office, the Defence Infrastructure Organisation, and others.
At the Fast Stream session, they will share their reflections on the programme, how they feel about taking the next step on their journey and explain their roles in some of the vital programmes they’ve played a role in.
Join this session to learn more about the Property Fast Stream and how valuable it could be for your department.
Josh Dunn, Senior Manager, Government and Infrastructure, EY
Josh specialises in built environment and property transformation, having worked with some 40+ government organisations over the past 10+ years. Josh leads EY’s sustainability work across local government with a focus on carbon baselining, sustainability strategy, business case development and climate action planning.
Isla Hay, Partner, Real Estate, EY
Isla is an Associate Partner in EY’s Government and Infrastructure team, focussing on real estate. Isla joined EY 22 years ago from a global facilities management provider and during her time at EY has moved to major on the built environment – both owned and occupied, working with listed and privately owned real estate companies. A key focus for her in this market is addressing the built environment and the actions required to achieve Net Zero.
Katherine-Louise Jones, Service, Design and User Experience – Innovation Manager, HM Revenue and Customs
Karl Limbert, Director of Strategy and External Relations, EQUANS UK & Ireland
Karl began his career in an intelligence role before taking up senior positions in both central and local government. During the 2010’s Karl successfully led several large public private partnership programmes in the regeneration, education, and energy sectors, before being appointed as Director of Property for the Royal London Borough of Kingston Upon Thames. Karl joined ENGIE in 2017 as Commercial Development Director before being promoted into his current role as Director of Strategy for EQUANS UK & Ireland in 2019. He is a graduate of the University of Cambridge Masters’ Programme in Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment, an Academician at the Academy of Urbanism, and a Fellow of the University of Cambridge Centre for Science and Policy. Outside of work, Karl enjoys trail running, gravel biking, and snowboarding.
George McNamara, Transformation Lead – Future Uses of Workspaces, UK Health Security Agency
George led the transition and establishment of UKHSA’s corporate services and estate. During his time at UKHSA he has reduced estate costs and delivered estate improvements to reflect the changing ways of working to enhance the performance of UKHSA. Prior to working at UKHSA George has held senior strategy and policy roles in leading national and international charities, such as at the British Red Cross, Alzheimer’s Society and Action for Children; as well as in a number of central government departments and Downing St.
Kieron Murphy, Chief Customer Officer, Matrix Booking
Kieron has worked at Matrix for 9 years and looks after over 100 UK and Irish central and local government organisations on the public sector hubs network. As part of the Hybrid and Hubs series, Kieron is speaking to public sector customers about their experiences and lessons learned during the dramatic workplace changes in recent years.
Lara Newman, Chief Executive, LocatED
Lara has over 25 years’ experience in property and development. Having worked with many of the UK’s biggest landowners, agents and developers, Lara has held a number of strategic leadership and board positions.
Her experience of property deals and complex capital investment projects for government education capital programmes underpinned her determination to bring commercial insight and rigour the DfE’s free schools development programme.
Deborah Walker, Head of Business Development for Financial and Business Services and Lead on Places for Growth projects, MIDAS
Deborah Walker is Head of Business Development for Financial and Business Services and Lead on Places for Growth projects at MIDAS, Manchester’s inward Investment agency. She is responsible for securing new inward investment into Greater Manchester and supporting businesses/Government Departments post investment.
Originally working for the Hong Kong and Shanghai bank specialising in Trade Finance, Deborah Walker has spent more than 30 years in Manchester working for some of the UK’s largest institutions. Latterly Deborah spent eight years working alongside corporate businesses as part of a role within Manchester Metropolitan University where she developed numerous commercial programmes, launched the UK’s first post graduate programme in Law Firm Management and the largest legal apprenticeship pilot.
For the last two years at MIDAS, Deborah has been working alongside the Cabinet Office Places for Growth teams and a variety of Government departments to ensure the successful delivery of PfG relocation projects.
08:30 – 09:30 Registration, refreshments and networking breakfast
09:30 – 11:00 Plenary session
11:00 – 11:30 Refreshments and networking
11:30 – 12:00 Sessions
12:10 – 12:40 Sessions
12:40 – 13:40 Lunch and networking
13:40 – 14:10 Sessions
14:20 – 14:50 Sessions
14:50 – 15:20 Refreshments and networking
15:20 – 15:50 Sessions
1600 – 17:00 Panel debate and Chair’s closing remarks
17:30 – Conference Close
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