Wednesday 3rd February 2016, QEII Centre, London SW1P 3EE

The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General

Matt Hancock was appointed Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General on 11 May 2015. He was elected Conservative MP for West Suffolk on 6 May 2010.

Matt John David Hancock was educated at Farndon County Primary School, West Cheshire College and The King’s School, Chester. He gained a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Exeter College, University of Oxford, and a Masters Degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge.

After becoming an MP for West Suffolk, Matt was elected to the Public Accounts Committee, which scrutinises and questions the way that government departments spend taxpayers’ money, and the Committee on Standards and Privileges that adjudicates on MPs’ conduct.

In September 2012 Matt was asked to become Minister for Skills in the Department for Business and Department for Education. In September 2013 he was promoted to become Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise, and served as Minister of State for Business, Enterprise and Energy from July 2014 to May 2015.

Matt’s first job was with his family computer software business. Later, he worked as an economist at the Bank of England and in 2005 moved to work for the then Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne.

He stepped down from his role with George Osborne in February 2010 after being selected for the West Suffolk constituency in the 2010 general election.

One of Matt’s passions is his support for horse racing, not least because the sport’s global headquarters are in Newmarket in West Suffolk. In July 2012 Matt rode in a race at Newmarket, and despite odds of 25/1 he won the race, raising thousands for charity in the process.

In September 2011, he co-authored his first book ‘Masters of Nothing’ with Nadhim Zahawi MP. The book looks at the human behaviour that caused the crash and the changes we need to make to ensure that it doesn’t happen again.

Matt is married to Martha, and has 3 young children. He is a keen cricketer and former secretary of the Lords and Commons Cricket Club. In 2005, Matt set out on foot to play the northernmost game of cricket on record at the north pole. He didn’t make it to the pole, succumbing to frostbite on the Arctic Ocean, but he did succeed in playing the most northerly recorded game of cricket. He retains all of his fingers.

Sherin Aminossehe, Chief Operating Officer and Head of Government Property Profession, Government Property Unit, Cabinet Office

Sherin Aminossehe is the Chief Operating Officer and Head of the Government  Property Profession across the civil service. She is a Fellow of RICS and member of the RIBA.  In her previous life, as an architect, she was a Vice President at HOK, leading large masterplanning, rationalisation and regeneration projects across the world from Jeddah to St. Petersburg to Bolton.

Lord Carter of Coles

Patrick has pursued a successful career in business and in public service.                                                          

Patrick was educated at Brentwood School and, after receiving a degree in Economics from Durham University, Patrick joined an investment bank. What followed is a career creating, developing and selling businesses. He founded Westminster Health Care in 1985 which he built into a leading provider of care to both the private and public sectors in the UK.  Westminster Health Care was sold in 1999. Today, Patrick is an active private investor and director of companies in the
fields of healthcare, information technology and insurance. He was made a Life Peer in 2004.

He was chair of Sport England from 2002 to 2006, board member of the London 2012 Olympic bid, Chair of the Home Office Audit Committee, a
Member of HM Treasury's Productivity Panel and a non-executive member of the Prisons Board.   He is a Director of The Shareholder Executive (SHEX) and a member of the Efficiency and Reform Board.

Patrick has also chaired a number of challenging Government reviews including Criminal Records Bureau, Offender Management, the Procurement of Legal Aid, Commonwealth Games 2002, The English National Stadium (Wembley), National Athletics, Public Diplomacy and Pathology Services.

Patrick is currently Chair of the NHS Co-operation and Competition Panel, part of Monitor.

Gerry Hughes, Senior Director, International Head of Property Development Consultancy & UK Head of Planning, Development and Regeneration, Bilfinger GVA

His area of specialism is in providing advice on planning urban regeneration, economic development and spatial planning, with a focus on scheme delivery and ‘place-making’. He has extensive experience of coordinating major multi-disciplinary teams on large scale development and regeneration projects to either obtain planning permission or to enable the formation of policy across the UK and Ireland, most notably Manchester, Liverpool, Limerick, Chester, Leeds, Sheffield, Hull, Stoke, Belfast, Lisburn and Newcastle, and many parts of London.

He has specific expertise in scheme delivery including Joint Ventures/LABVs etc and in different funding mechanisms – TIF, JESSICA etc. He has extensive experience as an expert witness at planning and CPO inquiries. He is based in London he has worked across the UK and Ireland. He is also responsible for the setting up and management of the firm’s Irish office in Dublin.

Sir Edward Lister, Deputy Mayor of London; Mayor's Chief of Staff; Deputy Mayor, Policy and Planning

Sir Edward Lister was appointed Chief of Staff and Deputy Mayor for Policy and Planning by the Mayor of London in May 2011. In this role he co-ordinates implementation of the Mayor’s priorities, strategy and policy work, and activities by the Mayoral Team. As the Mayor’s Chief of Staff he leads on GLA budgets and administration. In conjunction with the Head of Paid Service, he has direct responsibility for leading and overseeing operations in City Hall.

Sir Edward advises the Mayor on strategic planning applications and has oversight of the London Plan and Community Infrastructure Levy. He delivers the Mayor’s jobs and growth agenda in this area.

Prior to coming to City Hall, Sir Edward served as leader of Wandsworth Council from 1992 to 2011. As the longest serving council leader in the country, he made Wandsworth the most successful value for money local authority in the country with the country's lowest council tax charge and top satisfaction ratings from its residents (Place Survey 2009).

Sir Edward is a Director and Chairman of London & Partners the London inward investment and trade agency.  He is also Deputy Chairman of the Old Oak and Park Royal Mayoral Development Corporation.

He was honoured with a Knight’s Bachelor in the Queen’s 2011 Birthday honours list.

Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive, Local Government Association

Mark Lloyd became Chief Executive of the Local Government Association in November 2015.  He brought to the LGA ten years’ experience as a Council Chief Executive (Cambridgeshire County Council from 2008 and Durham County Council from 2005).

Bruce Mann, Executive Director, Government Property Unit, Cabinet Office

Bruce became the Executive Director of the Cabinet Office's Government Property Unit in 2012, responsible for ensuring the effective utilisation of the government’s land and property portfolio, and the release of surplus or under-used estate for more productive use.  In this role, he has led the Strategic Land and Property review, identifying up to £6bn of central government assets that could be released by 2020, and is overseeing the development and implementation of a new commercially-driven approach to land and property asset management across the central government estate, as announced in Budget 2015.

Bruce joined the Ministry of Defence in 1979. He worked in policy roles including nuclear, the Falklands and Gulf conflicts, and Private Secretary to the MoD’s Permanent Secretary. He was appointed Director for Defence Policy in 1994, then Director for European Policy, leading on NATO enlargement and developing work on EU defence policy and capabilities. He later took up the post of Director General for Financial Management. He was seconded to the Cabinet Office in February 2004 to act as Secretary to Lord Butler’s Review of Intelligence on Weapons of Mass Destruction, before moving on to be Director of Civil Contingencies in the Cabinet Office, leading on work on the UK’s preparedness for and response to major emergencies. In 2009 he became Finance Director of the Cabinet Office, stepping down from this role in 2015 to focus solely on the property agenda.

Liz Peace, former CEO, British Property Federation and GPU's new Central Body Shadow Chair

Liz Peace ran the British Property Federation for 13 years until her retirement in December 2014. During that time she managed to change the Government’s perception of the commercial property industry, to establish it as a key contributor to policy debate, to dissuade the Government from legislating on commercial leases, to win innumerable changes to planning and tax legislation and, as part of a pan industry alliance, to secure the introduction of Real Estate Investment Trusts.

She has now embarked on a portfolio/advisory career in the field of property, politics and the built environment. This currently includes non-executive or advisory roles at Morgan Sindall plc, Redrow plc, Howard de Walden Estates, Good Relations Property, Holtby Turner and Arcadis. She is also chairing the Shadow Board of the new Curzon Regeneration Company in Birmingham.

Liz is involved with a number of charities, chairing the Architectural Heritage Fund and the property industry's charity, LandAid. She is also a trustee at the Churches Conservation Trust and a Governor at Peabody.
Before the BPF, Liz spent 27 years as a civil servant in the Ministry of Defence working on an exciting range of projects from nuclear safety, to defence finance, public inquiries and land acquisitions. For the latter 10 years she helped set up and then move towards privatisation the defence research establishments which became QinetiQ plc. In1985 Liz pioneered the principle of part-time working for women in the MOD.

Damian Wild, Editor, Estates Gazette

Damian Wild became editor of Estates Gazette in September 2009. Before joining, he was group editor in chief of Incisive Media’s business and finance titles, including Accountancy Age and Financial Director, as well as a number of related websites. Prior to that, he spent five years as editor of Accountancy Age. During his time with the group, the titles won several awards for their innovative use of online media.

Damian had previously written for a number of newspapers, magazines and online publications in the UK and Hong Kong including CNN’s financial news website in London. He also worked on the South China Morning Post’s business desk during the handover to China in 1997.


Work Session Speakers

Tom Allen, Regional Business Manager, Scape Group
Tom is a Chartered Architect by profession and has spent more than 30 years in the construction industry, latterly as a partner of a 400 strong national multi-disciplinary design and consultancy practice, doubling it in size and profitability over ten years.

More recently he has focused on consultancy, offering specialist strategic, mediation and best practice advice to both the public and private sectors. He has extensive experience of Military, Education, Healthcare and Commercial projects as Architect, Project Manager and Lead Consultant, using Traditional, Design & Build, PFI, PPP and other procurement methods.

Tom has travelled extensively and worked in China, Vietnam and The Falkland Islands. He has lectured at the RIBA in best practice further education design and taught at De Montfort University School of Architecture, having studied there and at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Tom also has a Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy, applying it to business coaching and performance skills development. His role at Scape is as a Regional Business Manager focusing particularly on client care and framework partner support.

Ramatu Banga, Partner, Fieldfisher

Andrew Bannister, Regional Business Team Leader, Scape Group
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 manage and develop the national network of Regional Business Managers who support Scape framework clients and partners to provide the best possible outcomes for both.

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.

Adam Birchall, Strategic Property Manager, Cornwall Council
Adam is the Strategic Property Manager for Cornwall Council working in an integrated team alongside planning, transport and environment colleagues.  The focus of the team is working with members, stakeholders and government to secure investment and growth for Cornwall through infrastructure, planning and place shaping.  Adam’s main objectives are to ensure the Council’s property assets are used effectively in the best interests of Cornwall.  Adam and his team are managing the work on the One Public Estate programme in Cornwall, under the leadership of Julie Fielding who is one of the senior officers of Devon and Cornwall Police.  Adam and Julie place a particular emphasis on this cross organisational model for the programme which they feel is vital in ensuring all of the public assets in Cornwall are used in the most appropriate way for integrated service delivery to meet the needs of their communities.

Ann Carter-Gray, Director of the Hubs Programme, Government Property Unit, Cabinet Office
Ann joined the Department of Trade & Industry in 2000 as a Regional Director for the Small Business Service. She then worked in various roles in Enterprise and small business covering policy, strategy & implementation.

In 2011 Ann joined the Government Property Unit as Regional Programme Manager and in July 2013 was appointed as Head of Regional Strategy, responsible for the Estate rationalisation activities, the One Public Estate programme with local authorities and the Strategic Land and Property Review, working to generate £6bn in receipts by 2020. She has recently become Programme Director for the emerging cross Government Hubs Programme.

This follows a 17 year career in the private sector — spending the 13 years between 1987 and 2000 working for the Boots Group Plc in a variety of property and strategic asset management roles. Ann is a Member of the RICS.

Ann is married to Nick, a farmer in Nottinghamshire. In her ‘spare’ time she enjoys walking with the family's dogs, gardening & cooking.

Cecily Davis, Partner, Fieldfisher
Cecily is a highly experienced engineering, procurement and construction lawyer. She has been involved in some truly fascinating projects, both in the UK and overseas.  Many of the transactions on which she has worked have been headline grabbing but she also enjoys working on projects which will never make the news but which make a vital difference to people's lives – better transport, better sanitation, faster communication or improved educational facilities.

In relation to her work with the public sector, Cecily advised the Ministry of Defence on what was then the largest single accommodation BFI project, Allenby Connaught.  She advised London Underground on the part privatisation and a number of local authorities on major refurbishment projects to meet the decent Homes Standard.

She has a real interest in the advantages of collaborative contracting and is currently advising on a major alliance contract in the infrastructure sector.  She advised Land Sec Trillium on a number of projects aimed at managing the consolidation of the estates of bodies such as the BBC and of British Telecom.  

She is particularly proud to have worked as part of the panel of the ODAs external advisors on London 2012 and led on the negotiation and drafting of the construction arrangements for the delivery of the Velodrome Project and associated infrastructure.  

Cecily speaks and writes frequently on matters of interest to the Construction Industry.  She holds an MSc in Construction Law from Kings College London and is praised by clients for being "efficient, commercial, a tough negotiator and understanding how major construction projects work".

Liz Gill, Programme Director for the New Property Model, Government Property Unit, Cabinet Office

Angela Harrowing, Programme Director of the One Public Estate Programme and Asset Efficiency, Government Property Unit, Cabinet Office
Angela joined the civil service in 2004. She has worked in a number of policy areas at the Department for Communities and Local Government, including housing, local growth, local government, planning and community rights. She has also spent time on secondment to KPMG, one of the ‘big 4’ auditors, as a management consultant. Angela has been working in GPU since October as Head of the Strategic Land and Property Review and the One Public Estate programme which supports collaboration across central and local government on asset and property management to improve services, deliver growth and achieve efficiencies.

Marie-Laure Huke, Head of Property Functional Leadership Programme, Government Property Unit, Cabinet Office

Alastair M Johnson BSc (Hons) MRICS, RICS Registered Valuer and Head of Strategic Asset Management, DVS - Property Services arm of the Valuation Office Agency
Alastair has worked in the property industry for over twenty eight years. He regularly advises public bodies overseeing a network of national clients and has extensive experience of valuation work including acquisitions, disposals, and asset valuations in addition to providing strategic property advice across the public sector. He has worked with the Government Property Unit on initiatives such as Space for Growth, Strategic Land and Property Review and the New Property Model and more recently supported Cornwall Council in conjunction with the Local Government Association and the Cabinet Office in progressing the One Public Estate programme.

Nick Jones, Director, Turner & Townsend

Ben Kaner, Head of Digital Strategy, North Tyneside Council
Ben is in a jointly-appointed post by North Tyneside Council and ENGIE as Head of Digital Strategy for their partnership – a key role in delivering the organisation’s Creating a Brighter Future commitments.  
Ben’s role is to establish a path that transforms the way that the council gathers, handles and presents information (enabled by the supporting ICT), such that the partnership can co-ordinate and optimise the joint service around the needs of the citizens and businesses of North Tyneside.  
Ben has worked with a wide range of local government and health sector clients – mostly in the UK, but including others in the US, Europe, Turkey, Middle-East and Far East.  His professional background is as an enterprise architect/CTO, driving innovation, engineering and information governance on large programmes.

Dan Ladbury, Head of Capital Delivery Service, Sheffield City Council

Jamie MacDonald, Head of Property Services, Staffordshire County Council
Jamie MacDonald is Head of Property for Staffordshire County Council and also a Director of Penda Property Partnership, a joint venture company set up between Kier, the council and the Police and Crime Commissioner. Jamie joined the council in 2008 and together with his team has been responsible for transforming the way that property is managed establishing a corporate landlord approach and mapping the public estate.

Jamie also established strong links across the county with other public sector partners, which has created a collaborative approach delivering co-location efficiencies and regeneration opportunities. Jamie was instrumental in formulating the vision for the Penda Property Partnership, with the focus on outcomes, and being one of key players in the council team through the competitive dialogue process to contract close.

Simon Morys, Head of Whitehall Campus, Government Property Unit, Cabinet Office

Paul Nash, Director, Programme Management Lead, Turner & Townsend

Alan Newton, Head of Strategy Development Property & Assets, Kier Group
Alan is Head of Strategy Development, Property and Assets within Kier with responsibility for property strategy consultancy and related project and programme management. Alan joined Kier in 2006 and now works with public sector organisations to develop and deliver effective portfolio transformation programmes that best support front-line service delivery and recognise commercial opportunities. Alan was instrumental in developing Staffordshire County Council’s strategic property plan which was the precursor to the creation of the Penda Partnership joint venture between Kier, the county council and the Police and Crime Commissioner.

Javid Patel BSc (Hons) MRICS, Associate Director, Public Sector Advisory, UK Consulting, Cushman & Wakefield
Javid has 20 years’ experience of estate advisory and strategic consulting for the public, private and community sectors. He has helped organisations review estates and facilities capabilities, identified and implemented a whole host of initiatives which has involved internal improvements and outsourced solutions. He has also completed comprehensive audits of estates and facilities under PFI contracts and of public sector organisations on behalf of a range of regulatory bodies.

Antony Phillips, Partner, Head of Real Estate, Fieldfisher
Antony is a leading expert on contentious property issues. He is one of the most high-profile property litigators in the UK and is recognised as a leader in this field.  His work includes landlord and tenant related disputes, development issues, secured lending claims and property insolvency.

Antony is a past Chairman of the Property Litigation Association. He is also a Past Chairman of the Dilapidations Forum of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and has sat on the RICS Boundaries and Party Walls Working Party. He is an Associate of the Institute of Arbitrators and a trained CEDR representative in Mediations.

Antony lectures and writes widely on contentious property issues, including dilapidations (for which he is a leader in the industry).  He has written articles in a wide range of publications, including Estates Gazette, Property Week and The Times property and legal sections. Antony is one the best-known and most well respected real estate litigators in the market.

David Phillips, Head of Strategy and Policy Development, Government Property Unit, Cabinet Office
David has worked over a number of years in a variety of roles in the Home Office before joining Government Property Unit in 2011. He was involved initially as the regional lead for the NW, subsequently expanded to include Wales, the Midlands and SW where his focus was on working with departments to drive efficiencies by optimising cross-government use of the estate. As head of policy and strategy for government hubs, he is leading the research and development of policy on establishing government office hubs across the UK. The hub buildings will be occupied by multiple central government departments and potentially the wider public sector. The overall aim is to provide accommodation which supports civil service modernisation and, through consolidation and better buildings, brings about increased efficiency savings.

Gary Pickard, Director, Fieldfisher
Gary has over 15 years of transactional real estate experience over a wide range of sectors. His work focuses on the needs of owners and occupiers with a large number of clients coming from the public sector. His practice includes advising on: the granting and taking of leases; the acquisition and disposal of vacant and occupied properties (including implementing overage/clawback regimes to obtain best value for sellers); and the numerous issues which arise during ongoing landlord and tenant relationships.

Jon Pinkerton, Development Consultancy Director, GL Hearn
Jon is head of GL Hearn’s Public Sector Development Consultancy team. He specialises in providing development consultancy and strategic property advice to mainly public sector clients including local authorities, regeneration agencies and other public bodies. Jon has over 25 years’ experience and has advised on a wide range of projects including town centre developments, housing regeneration schemes, masterplans, option feasibility studies and estates strategies.

Currently Jon is advising the GLA on the development of Beam Park, Dagenham which is one of the largest public sector owned brownfield development sites in London, Medway Council and the HCA on the development of Rochester Riverside in Medway, Kent one of the largest regeneration opportunities in the Thames Gateway and Leicester City Council on the regeneration of Leicester Waterside, a development of regional significance. Prior to joining GL Hearn in 2011, Jon worked at Knight Frank, DTZ/Donaldsons and the London boroughs of Hounslow and Lewisham.

Brian Reynolds, Programme Director of One Public Estate, Local Government Association

Gordon Sheret, Managing Director - Cities and Communities Division, ENGIE
Gordon leads a dynamic and enthusiastic team in ENGIE, delivering a wide range of support services and energy solutions to local government, universities and emergency services.  

Some of the long term relationships ENGIE have formed include energy and support services within the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, an innovative 10 year business process and IT partnership with North Tyneside Council and our award winning strategic partnership with North East Lincolnshire.  
Gordon is passionate about creating relationships that focus on the environment, citizen engagement and delivering social value to the communities ENGIE serves. He very much shares ENGIE’s vision about creating more sustainable services alongside low carbon, decentralised energy solution within the UK.

Pete Slater, Operations Director, Asset Management/Corporate Estates, Kier Group
Pete joined Kier in 2012 and is now Operations Director, Asset Management.  He has more than 20 years working experience in a range of senior public and private sector roles and specialises in bringing together delivery teams and working in a collaborative partnership setting.

In his current role, Pete is responsible for the leadership, development and management of Kier’s Asset Management business, the Penda Property Partnership - a joint venture with Staffordshire County Council and the Police and Crime Commissioner as well as a number of other key partnerships and contracts. Pete has a broad in-depth knowledge of public sector management and in gaining resources to deliver asset management led programmes having previously worked for Sheffield City Council as Head of Business Planning.

Ian Southall, Partner, Carter Jonas
Ian is the Head of Carter Jonas’ Consultancy and Strategy team, working with a number of Central and Local Government organisations on a regional and national basis. Having worked both within and for the Public Sector for 25 years, Ian has established long term relationships with these organisations, and acts as a key adviser on accommodation strategy and relocation providing estates strategy, options appraisals, asset management and strategic property consultancy.

Ian’s pragmatic approach is applied to support organisations from strategy to implementation helping maximise their property assets and fulfil wider requirements in their occupied estate.

Mark Thompson, Workplace Programme Director, Bristol City Council

Denise Trollope, Senior Director, Bilfinger GVA

Graeme Tulley, Planning, Development and Regeneration Director, GL Hearn
Graeme has 30 years’ experience in Planning, Development and Regeneration.  He joined GL Hearn as Director in 2010 and heads up its regeneration team.
Graeme is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, the British Council of Shopping Centres and the British Property Federation’s regeneration and planning committees.  

At GL Hearn Graeme specialises in the delivery of major town centre and mixed use regeneration projects; he is one of the UK’s leading advisors to private and public sectors. An experienced speaker who has sat on panel discussions at MIPIM and BCSC.

Alison White, Co-founder, PLACEmaking
Alison is a co-founder of PLACEmaking. Alison has focused on building PLACEmaking’s strong client base in central government, local government, justice and the NHS: exploring partnership working opportunities, delivering financial and service delivery benefits for the public sector and expanding our work in the education field and the private sector.

Alison co-authored ‘Working Beyond Walls’.

Paul Worland, Director of Business Development, EMCOR UK

Please note speakers, agenda and timings may be subject to change