Public Sector Proptech24

Thursday 8th February – QEII Centre, Westminster, London

Proptech24 is the only event dedicated to this key area for the whole of the public sector and its property, facilities management, property technology professionals and anyone involved in estate planning or affected by planned changes to the workplace.

The adoption of property technology is having an ever-increasing influence on the public sector estate and in this, our second Proptech conference we will once again bring senior public sector professionals together to engage with their peers, discuss, network and gather the latest information on the challenges and benefits, technologies, case studies and best practice around the property technology landscape

We are delighted to be supported at the event once again by senior figures from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and RICS.

Conference Agenda

Thursday 8th February 2024, QEII Centre, London SW1P 3EE

1000 – 1100 Plenary Session

Chair, Jonathan Mills, Partner, Real Estate, Osborne Clarke

Charlotte Spencer, Director, Leasehold, Land & Planning Systems, Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC)
The use of PropTech across policy areas in DLUHC where we are delivering against government ambitions and there is a role for PropTech to help achieve our ambitions.

Andrew Knight, Global Data and Technology Lead, RICS
Data and technology across the built environment: barriers and drivers, risk and opportunities, and the fourth wave of AI

David Lister, Managing Director, IAConnects
Why would I need a yet another “specialist” to address my digital transformation challenges?
This presentation looks firstly to explore who and what may be required in a typical Digital Transformation project. To then outline the complexities while defusing the fears typically instilled by our own Industry. And finally, to offer up some insights learned through experience. The presentation will lean heavily on real world successes and failures experienced to date and how we learn from them.


1100 – 1130 Refreshments and networking

1130 – 1200 Utilising digital mapping for site planning and engagement
As the government’s housing delivery body, Homes England are keen to utilise various cutting edge technologies to aid with the government’s ambitious housing delivery plans. Jack Curran will be discussing how he and his colleagues at the Agency have been utilising digital mapping tools for planning, engagement and site marketing. Mapping technology has come a long way in recent years, and Jack will be detailing some case studies the team have been working on and how the use of this technology (specifically 3D mapping) has helped communicate site plans clearly and concisely. The session will include examples of various technologies Homes England have been using, covering the pros, cons and lessons learnt.

Jack Curran, Senior Manager – Geospatial, Homes England

1210 – 1240 Integrated Workplace Management Systems

Enrique Vallano MRICS, Senior Contracts Manager

1240 – 1340 Refreshments and networking

1340 – 1410 Occupancy monitoring
This session will explore new technologies such as GovPass and monitoring technology, and how they link into smaller, better and smarter buildings as part of overall strategy.

Allan Gardner, Head of Technology, Government Property Agency

1415 – 1450 Panel debate and Q&A

Moderator: Bridget Wilkins, Head of Digital Citizen Engagement, DLUHC

Adrian Walker, T-Services Manager, City of Bradford Council

Mick Dunn, Project lead for the DLUHC 3D Project to support planning engagement, Nottingham City Council

Helen Owens, Engagement Specialist, Southampton City Council

1450 – 1520 Refreshments and networking, conference ends

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

Plenary Speakers

Thursday 8th February, QEII Centre, London SW1P 3EE

Conference Chair: Jonathan Mills

Partner – Real Estate

Osborne Clarke

Jonathan is a real estate partner at Osborne Clarke, an international law firm, and has over 10 years experience advising clients across various sectors, both public and private, on a variety of property related matters.

He has a specific focus on the digitalisation of real estate – from the perspective of both technology and real estate companies. Jonathan also leads Osborne Clarke’s UK focus on Smart Cites.

Jonathan is a lead legal partner for the UK PropTech Association, and mentors for the REACH UK incubator programme

Andrew Knight

Global Data and Technology Lead


Andrew has been with RICS for over twelve years, and prior to his role in leading the data and tech thought leadership and data standards function, managed RICS’ relationship with the finance and investment community working with debt and equity participants, their advisors in law and accountancy, and regulators. Andrew has also enjoyed a long career in IT starting out running programs on mainframes using punched cards, and then working through the eras of mini-computers, personal computers, and the internet – and now the world of artificial intelligence, cloud computing, the Internet of Things (IoT) and blockchain. In his current role, Andrew is responsible for data and tech thought leadership and content development, and the adoption of the RICS Data Standard (RDS) that supports valuation, property measurement, life-cycle costing, building performance, brokerage, and due diligence.

Charlotte Spencer,

Director, Leasehold, Land & Planning Systems

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC)

Charlotte (in a jobshare alongside Caroline Crowther) is the Director for Leasehold, Land & Planning Systems in the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, and since July 2023 the Senior Responsible Owner for the Digital Planning Programme. Charlotte and Caroline joined the Department in 2020 as Director for Private Rented Sector and Leasehold. Having begun her career at, Charlotte joined the Civil Service in 2005 and has led a wide range of policy and delivery work during this time, including in MoJ, DWP, the Department of Health, Defra, Cabinet Office and on legislation.  Charlotte’s role includes sponsorship of the Planning Inspectorate and His Majesty’s Land Registry.

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David Lister,

Managing Director


With a career spanning over three decades, I have consistently championed a people-first philosophy in the tech industry. As the Managing Director of IAconnects Technology Ltd, my mission is to lead our talented team to optimise business operations but also foster sustainable growth. With a strong background in Electrical Engineering, I have risen to become a respected authority in Digital Change and IoT.

My belief is simple: technology, when applied with insight and care, can be truly transformative. I embrace the challenge of guiding businesses through the intricacies of Digital Transformation, ensuring that each innovative step is commercially viable and efficiency-driven. At IAconnects, our focus goes beyond integrating systems; we bring together people and technology to create seamless, intelligent environments that anticipate needs and surpass expectations.

In every project, I leverage my multifaceted expertise to deliver tailored, forward-thinking strategies that pave the way for a smarter, more connected future. I appreciate the power of truth and the value it brings to every conversation. I strongly believe it’s vital to be upfront about the realities of digital transformation and IoT. It’s not always an easy journey, and challenges are part of the process.

Session and Panel Speakers

Thursday 8th February, QEII Centre, London SW1P 3EE

Jack Curran

Senior Visualisation Specialist – Geospatial

Homes England

Jack has over 12 years 3D visualisation experience in the private sector after graduating a Computer Games Design course. Initially starting out creating 3D assets for interior design, he moved in to streamlining workflows via automation before ultimately leading and growing a team of over 16 talented artists. The field of gaming technology (specifically “real-time” 3D visualisation) has now fed into multiple other fields, and when Homes England were looking for ways that could utilise the 3D mapping capabilities of their in-house Geospatial team, Jack was able to harness his experience and blend it with the world of GIS. Now with over 3 years’ experience as a Senior Manager in the Geospatial team, Jack has been exploring the use of this technology and championing it throughout the agency.

Mick Dunn

Project Lead for the DLUHC 3D project to support planning engagement

Notingham City Council

Mick Dunn is a business development specialist and has worked in the field of information management for over thirty years across the private, academic and public sectors. Having established and managed geospatial services and wider information management practices (FOI, GDPR, RM) within a number of organisational settings, he has developed a broad knowledge of difference customers and business domains from across planning, transport, environment and energy.

A passionate problem solver, he is always looks for new opportunities to exploit location-based information to drive business improvements and improve customer services. Mick is currently the project lead, supporting a major project to increase engagement and understanding of the value of 3D and GIS to users of the planning system.

Allan Gardner

Head of Technology 

Government Property Agency

Allan Gardner is Head of Technology at the Government Property Agency (the GPA) which manages nearly 1m sq. m of the government’s property portfolio, providing strategic planning and workplace services to departments including design, property technology and workplace experience.

In addition the GPA is delivering the Government Hubs Programme, creating modern, shared workspaces where civil service teams can collaborate and work productively. By creating fantastic places to work that bring government teams closer to the communities they serve, the GPA is enabling the civil service to make the best possible impact.

Al oversees the design and implementation of the GPA’s property technology products such as GovWifi, GovPass, GovPrint and audio visual and room booking systems, as well as occupancy monitoring tools across the government estate. He’ll be presenting on some of the challenges around occupancy data.

In the short amount of spare time he has, he’s also an avid rock climber and long-distance cyclist.

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Helen Owens

Engagement Specialist

Southampton City Council

Enrique Vallano MRICS

Senior Contracts, Planned Preventative Maintenance Manager

Enrique monitors the process from RIBA stage 5 – Construction onwards, and manages from hand over, setting up contracts with contractors managing performance, setting up KPI/SLA, T&C, Specifications, Standards of maintenance, issuing of PPM work orders, monitoring of performance of contractors, staff, buildings, assets and services. Currently managing 13 contracts with a total committed expenditure of £74m and owning a budget of £7.5m pa.

Enrique was instrumental in the configuration and implementation of IWMS, and the development of dashboards in Power BI to report outcomes, measure performance and progress.

Enrique previously worked at the National Trust. LB of Hounslow, various private sector organisations and worked on the the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Adrian Walker M.Sc. FRGS CGeog (GIS)

T-Services Manager

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Adrian has been employed within a Local Authority since 1985, gaining knowledge and experience of the opportunities, issues and problems associated with Local Authority projects. He began his first formal training in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in 1996, culminating in a successful MSc. in GIS in 2008 and he became a Chartered Geographer in 2010.

There have been multiple highlights in Adrian’s career, however he’s currently most proud of his role in the European Interreg SCORE (Smart Cities + Open Data Re-use) project where he had the opportunity to collaborate and ultimately become true partners with the University of Bradford to create an open source, copyright free LOD 3 3D model of Bradford city centre for anyone to use for any purpose. Adrian is also proud of the fact that he, in conjunction with a team member rebuilt the Corporate GIS Spatial Platform, including a successful web-environment for Bradford Council, which is the 4th largest Metropolitan District in England.

Bridget Wilkins

Head of Digital Citizen Engagement

Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities (DLUHC)

As Head of Digital Citizen Engagement at DLUHC, Bridget’s passion lies in using digital technology to foster diversity and inclusion across communities and drive the acceleration of proptech across the development and planning industry. Her current focus is to lead on delivering the PropTech Engagement Fund which has supported a level record of investment into the local government sector, currently working with over 45 local authorities and sharing emerging best practice across the market.

Bridget has more than 14 years of international real estate experience and is an expert in the global PropTech (property technology) sector through her previous role on the CBRE UK Innovation Board and as a founding member of the Urban Land Institute UK Tech Forum. She was previously Director of Community Engagement at Built-ID, where she was responsible for scaling the award winning proptech platform Give My View which supported the delivery of more than 35,000 homes across the UK.

Bridget is a proud advocate for developing the next generation of real estate professionals across London, with a focus on skills evolution into the digital age through her role as Co-founder of Peer20 social impact network, Startup Mentor on the REACH UK Tech Programme and previously Steering Committee Member of the City Property Association Next Gen Committee. As an industry champion for the adoption of proptech and innovation to support urban environments, Bridget was recognised as Global Finalist for the Tech Futureproof Woman Awards (2021) and Global Woman in Proptech Awards (2019).

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Event Timetable

Thursday 8th February 2024, QEII Centre, London SW1P 3EE

09:00 – 09:45 Registration, refreshments and networking

10:0011:00 Plenary and Q&A

Senior professionals from DLUHC, Government Property Agency, RICS and UK PropTech Association

11:00 – 11:30 Refreshments and networking

11:30 – 12:40 Presentations 

12:40 – 13:40 Lunch and networking

13:40 – 14:10 Presentations

14:15 – 14:50 – Panel debate and Q&A, chaired by DLUHC

A panel of public sector speakers discuss digital citizen engagement, barriers, successes and innovative approaches
14:50 – 15:20 Refreshments and networking, conference close

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

Venue, Travel & Hotels

QEII Centre

Westminster, London SW1P 3EE

Venue Information

Uniquely situated in the shadow of Big Ben, opposite Westminster Abbey and close to Parliament Square, QEII Centre is surrounded by excellent transport links in and out of the capital.

Venue Tel: 020 7798 4000

Email: via venue website


How to Reach Us

QEII Centre
Broad Sanctuary

Transport options, directions and how to find the QEII Centre using What3words can be found on the venue website.

Nearest Tube Stations
St. James’s Park – 4 mins walk
Westminster – 5 mins walk
Victoria Station – 14 mins walk

Nearest Main Line Rail Stations
Charing Cross – 12 mins walk
Victoria – 14 mins walk
Waterloo – 18 mins walk

Car Parking
There are several car parks within walking distance of the Centre but parking spaces are limited.

Van and Car parking is available at the Q-Park Westminster, which is a 7-minute walk from the Centre.

Disabled Parking
Blue badge holders are permitted to park on the QEII Centre forecourt free of charge. Parking in this location is subject to availability so please call ahead on +44 20 7798 4000 to enquire.

Disabled passengers arriving by taxis or alternative vehicles may disembark on the forecourt.

Congestion Charge and ULEZ
QEII Centre lies within the charging area. For more information, including charges, visit the Transport for London website.

There are many hotels near the venue to suit a range of budgets.

Contact Us

Delegate Enquiries (Including Bookings)

Georgia Richardson – Conference Manager
– 0161 482 7853

Exhibition & Sponsorship Enquiries

Gary Pollard – Head of Events
– 0161 482 7856

Conference Logistics & Presentation & Print Enquiries

Charis Rosen – Conference Manager
– 0161 482 7855


– 0161 482 7853


Public Sector Connect Ltd
Lockside Mill
St Martins Road

(please note this is the organisers business address – NOT the venue for the event)