Chair, A2 Dominion & Investment Committee, Hearthstone Investments (Chair)
Alan Collett is a Chartered Surveyor with a lifetime’s experience in residential property. A Past President of RICS his current roles include being a board member and Chair at A2Dominion, non-executive director at M&G RPF LLP and a member of the Investment Committee for the home investor fund with Hearthstone Investments Ltd.
CEO, Jo Cowen Architects
Jo Cowen is CEO of Jo Cowen Architects and responsible for the management and strategic delivery of all of the practice’s BTR led regeneration and residential projects, working closely with investors, Local Authorities, Community and steering groups to provide key stakeholder management in pursuit of quality development that enhances the built environment.
Jo Cowen has personally led the practice’s build-to-rent division, providing thought leadership on the future of managed rental accommodation for the next generation. Through the Build-to-Rent Family Housing Platform, Jo has invested the practice’s energy in delivering the highest quality housing and streetscapes, focussing the practice’s commitment to social inclusion and placemaking. Jo possesses an unusual combination of skills for an architect; design, commercial viability and maximising site density in a sustainable, cohesive way. Jo currently works with a number of industry bodies dedicated to improving the procurement and design delivery within a broadening supply chain. With her concurrent knowledge of investment management, she can respond to the current trends within the residential market and real estate investment, best known for her ability to analyse and creatively visualise a site’s potential, as well advise on planning risk. This extends to originating development opportunities through the architectural practice, parcelling sites and drawing up proposals that are rational and investable.
‘As an architect and master planner, I take most pride in the value that good de-sign can add to people’s enjoyment of the places they live and work within and around. Good design aids cohesive social sustainability, pride and connection to place, promoting wellness and living sustainably. I have worked tirelessly to understand the nuances of commercial viability, to ensure that what we design is deliverable and provides key returns to investors whilst mutually allowing for the highest quality urban and rural environments. We as architects and master planners need to develop visions that can be stewarded, co-aligned with that of the investor, developer, operator and home owner/renter. Whilst overseeing all major master planning projects in the practice, I tend to focus on the strategic realisation of the larger regeneration and placemaking projects. We need to feel proud of the places we create for the future generations.’
Chief Executive, Legal & General Affordable Homes
Ben is Chief Executive of L&G Affordable Homes. L&G Affordable Homes is an institutionally backed affordable housing developer and operator operating across the country. It started operations in 2019 with a Business Plan to develop 3,000 affordable homes pa by 2023 alongside delivering sector-leading customer experience. The business is on track to deliver these objectives, alongside increasing its programme of developing low carbon homes.
Ben’s career has included roles in the private, not for profit, housebuilding and public sectors delivering large-scale housing and regeneration programmes and schemes. He has a passion for delivering great places and forming and growing high performing teams.
Partner, SAY Property Consulting
Debra has over 25 years’ experience in residential property and is recognised as one of the major contributors to the industry. Before starting SAY with Charles Seifert, Debra was Director of Asset and Property Management at Grainger plc for ten years. She was
responsible for building Grainger’s asset and property management expertise, as well as
being part of the leadership team.
Debra is an expert in residential property and asset management with a particular focus on Build to Rent, Place Making, Regeneration and industry innovation. Debra has a keen interest in the positive social impact that can be delivered through new development and recently founded Do Some Good, a platform to offer and receive pro bono and voluntary support between charities and the Real Estate Sector.
Debra has non-executive roles on the boards of Grove End Housing Limited, M&G Shared Ownership Fund, is an advisor to DeverellSmith Recruitment and served on the Board of Notting Hill Housing for nine years. She is a recognised spokesperson on behalf of the residential sector and is a member of Property Weeks Resi Senate.
Head of UK Residential and Living Research, JLL
Nick Whitten manages the day to day operations of the JLL Residential and Living Research team which covers the residential, student accommodation and later living sectors across EMEA and in the UK.
The team provides market briefing papers and thought leadership that supports the wider private sale residential, affordable housing, build-to-rent, student accommodation and later living advisory and agency businesses at JLL. Nick’s team engages directly with Government to provide policy advice and with JLL’s clients to provide transactional support and strategic consultancy advice.
Nick’s experience spans advisory for both public and private sector clients on residential development and investment opportunities. He acts as a JLL spokesperson for a wide range of housing market-related issues and is regularly cited in national and international media. He is also a regular speaker at property industry conferences.
Nick is also chair of the JLL Global Research Technology Hub which is exploring how technology is changing real estate.
Executive Director - Research, Zoopla
Jacqui Daly, Director of residential investment research and consultancy joined Savills in 2006. She delivers market facing investment consultancy to players active in the Student Housing, PRS, Build to Rent, and Retirement markets.
Leading a team of analysts she directs outputs on investment and occupier markets. She supports investors by developing their strategies, helping them define their investment criteria, performance assumptions, and exit strategies. She has been involved in study tours to the US and European multifamily markts and her work has been instrumental in helping US Multifamily investors enter the UK Build to Rent market. She also provides research on local markets to inform and support individual transactions, reporting on PRS market segmentation, target locations and market absorption rates.
Jacqui is Vice Chair of the British Property Federation’s Residential Policy Committee and is a member of the Urban Land Institutes' UK Residential Council, the Investment Property Forum (IPF), and the industry steering committee for MSCI's Residential Performance Measurement.
Prior to joining Savills, Jacqui worked at DTZ as a senior research analyst. She has a PhD in Real Estate Apprisal and worked as a researcher at the College of Estate Management. She is still activly involved in academia, undertaking the role of external exmainer at the University of Reading and providing guest lectures on real estate courses at Cambridge and Reading.
Lead Director - Living Capital Markets, JLL
Simon Scott leads the JLL Living Capital Markets Team Markets covering sectors including Build to Rent, Student Accommodation, Coliving, Retirement Living, Healthcare as well as the Living Funding team. Based in London, he has over 20 years’ experience across multiple transactional disciplines.
Simon spent 12 years working in the Residential Investment team at Savills where he was eventually appointed as the Head of Residential Investment. He has experience structuring affordable housing investment deals but most of his time was spent working with developers and investors in the student accommodation sector. Upon leaving Savills, Simon was appointed to the board of Watkin Jones as Investment Director, gaining considerable experience in the acquisition, structuring and subsequent disposal of investment opportunities both in student and residential investment. Simon was subsequently appointed as Chief Development Officer at CL Serviced Apartments, an Oaktree Capital Management backed platform. His responsibilities at CL Serviced Apartments included identifying suitable development opportunities and overseeing their planning and subsequent delivery. Under his leadership, eight development sites were secured, with further sites acquired through the corporate acquisition of the Service Apartment Company (SACO). Simon joined JLL in November 2015, and now leads the teams specialising in Student, Coliving, Multifamily and Healthcare with a particular focus on residential investment work.
Managing Director, Residential Investment, Invesco
Investment Director - Residential, Savills Investment Management
Eleanor is an investment director at Savills Investment Management, concentrating on growing their assets under management in the European Living sectors. Eleanor has recently focused on developing the UK platform through the purchase of BtR and development specialist Pitmore and the Affordable housing platform Simply Affordable Homes. On the back of these acquisitions, Savills IM have launched a UK BtR fund and are in the process of launching a UK Affordable housing fund.
Prior to joining Savills IM, Eleanor was a senior director in the Operational Capital Markets division at Savills UK specialising in residential investment and development funding. Eleanor was involved in the first UK BtR institutional forward funding deal in 2013 and subsequently worked with the majority of the investors and developers in the sector as it evolved. In addition, Eleanor assisted in the production of the RICS guidance note: Valuing residential property purpose built for renting in 2018. Eleanor graduated with a masters degree in Land Economy from Cambridge University and spent almost a decade working in the commercial property sector before joining Savills.
Capital Solutions Director, Long Harbour
Richard joined Long Harbour in May 2021 as Capital Solutions Director within the Multi-Family investment strategy. He is responsible for leading the Investment Management team, which includes oversight of all capital transactions (debt and equity) and the ongoing investment management activities across all standing assets.
Richard joined Long Harbour from Quintain, the Lone Star-backed property company and BTR operator. In his role as Group Treasurer, he was responsible for arranging over £1.4 bn of debt.
Richard’s career has involved roles in real estate lending, insolvency / work-out, real estate investment advisory and corporate finance advisory
CEO, Ilke Homes
Giles led the informal joint venture between Elliott and Keepmoat, in his role as Operating Partner at TDR Capital. That joint venture ultimately formed ilke Homes and Giles is now working to engineer the growth and development of ilke Homes.
Giles brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in building a £1bn business, having been Managing Director at Innocent Drinks from its start-up phase, through to it becoming Europe’s number one juice business. In his earlier career, Giles also gained extensive experience across manufacturing, engineering and wider supply chain with Ford Motor Company and Unilever.
Head of ESG, Special Projects & Legal, Moorfield
Sadie has been at Moorfield Group for 15 years and sits on the Board where she now overseas Special Projects and ESG among other operational areas. She has extensive investment and operational experience across the residential for rent sectors having been heavily involved in the development and implementation of Moorfield’s residential for rent strategy as well as overall responsibility for the Group’s ESG strategy and implementation.
Head of Insights IMMO
Anna is a Head of Insights at IMMO, a leading European property technology platform creating environmentally responsible residential portfolios at speed and scale.
Anna is passionate about using technology to unlock socially and environmentally responsible real estate opportunities so that investors can make profits, with positive impacts.
She has published two Amazon Best Sellers, ‘Strategic Property Investing’ and ‘Building a Legacy’. Her third book, ‘Sustainable Residential Investing’ is now available at stores including Waterstones, WH Smiths and Amazon.
Previously, she developed the strategy and built the seed portfolio for a HNWI-backed fund targeting a £100m+ housing portfolio, was involved with c. £2bn+ transactions as a Strategist at Deloitte and studied real estate at Cambridge.
Anna chairs the Cambridge University Land Society’s Residential Forum. She was named one of Management Today’s ‘35 Women Under 35’ and Bisnow’s ‘Women Leading Real Estate’.
She has given a TedX talk on Sustainable Property Investing, hosts a leading property podcast and is regularly featured in leading publications including the Financial Times, Forbes and the BBC.
Fund Manager & Head of Residential, M&G UK & Europe
Alex is an M&G RE Exec board member and head of UK and continental European Residential. With active strategies with over £3.7bn of assets across UK Living, UK affordable Housing and EU Living. He is on the board of St Edwards homes, a JV between Prudential and Berkeley Homes, Greencore homes, a carbon negative housebuilder and is chair of the BPF residential committee.
Director - Residential Management, Savills
Nigel has 25 unbroken years in the Private Rented Sector, having worked directly in the following disciplines: Residential Lettings, Serviced Apartments, Property Management, Block & Service Charge Management, Mixed-use Management, Portfolio Management, Client Accounting, and PBSA. At Savills he is head of Residential Management. He currently operates and manages several portfolios of Build-to-Rent, PRS, and Single Family rental assets totalling over 6,900 live units.
Nearly half of his time is spent actually operating and managing, with a similar amount of time spent advising clients on the design, mobilisation, staffing, launch, lease-up, and optimisation of residential rental assets. He is currently advising on over 2,500 units which are in the development pipeline. He also advises clients on creating their own in-house management teams, and on acquisitions and disposals. The remainder of his time is spent evangelising about how good design and good management is at the heart of every optimised PRS asset. He is a member of ARLA, IRPM, UKAA, The Lettings Industry Council, and sits on the IRPM/UKAA Build-to-Rent Education Working Group.
Chief Executive, Locus
With over a decade of experience town and
city centres, Paul leads the strategic
direction of Ipswich's BID and DMO.
He is available to comment on a wide range of topics
Local retail and business economies.
High Street's and regeneration of town centres.
Business Improvement Districts (BIDs).
Destination Management Organisations (DMOs).
The impact of Coronavirus on town centres and
Local community issues relating to Ipswich,
Suffolk and the East.
CEO of Ipswich Central since 2007.
CEO of All About Ipswich from
Set up of Central Management
Solutions (CMS) in 2011
British BIDs joined the CMS group
In 2018 acquired by Savills Plc.
Director, Head of Place-Shaping at
Savills from April 2018 to Dec 2020.
Chair the Tyneside Group - a
Newcastle based property
development and lettings group
specialising in student
Marion is an award-winning architect with a portfolio of work that involves re-imagining and refurbishing sites for new uses and also creating new places. Passionate and authoritative on low energy design and issues surrounding net zero carbon, she is author of ‘Residential Retrofits, 20 case studies’. Marion is a long standing member of the NLA Net Zero panel and a board member of the Passivhaus Trust.
Managing Director, HUB
Damien is Managing Director of HUB Residential, and has been in this role for five years. He qualified as an architect, and uses this training to bring a combination of agile thinking, problem solving skills, design eye, technical accuracy and efficient delivery to his role.
Damien’s interest now is in exploring more efficient ways of delivering BTR housing to cities across the UK, helping to revitalise city centres, and using lower carbon construction techniques while improving the performance of buildings for the end user.
Chief Investment Officer, Watkin Jones
Alex Pease is Chief Investment Officer at Watkin Jones Group and is responsible for the Group’s investment strategy, acquisitions, disposals, structuring of transactions and joint ventures. He joined Watkin Jones Group in 2010, having previously worked within the Savills Residential Investment Team and has over 15 years’ experience working in the PBSA and BtR investment sector.
Alex is a member of the Executive Board and helped to successfully float the Group in March 2016 on the AIM Market. Alex works closely with a wide range of institutional clients to include M&G, AIG, L&G, KKR, Round Hill Capital, DWS, Arlington and Brookfield.