FEATURED SPEAKERS
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plenary

Victoria Hills

Chief Executive
Royal Town Planning Institute
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Carolyn Williamson

CIPFA President and Deputy Chief Executive & Director of Corporate Resources, Hampshire County Council
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plenary

Emma Mackenzie

Director
NewRiver REIT (UK) Limited
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plenary

Lord Andrew Adonis

Former Transport Secretary and former Chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission

Victoria Hills

Chief Executive
Royal Town Planning Institute

Victoria joined the RTPI in April 2018 and utilises her 20 years’ experience and expertise in the fields of planning, transport and organisational leadership and development to drive forward the vision and strategic priorities for the 25,000 member strong RTPI. At a time when the profile of town planning and placemaking has never been higher, Victoria is looking forward to playing her part in making the case for investing in planning and planners, to deliver quality outcomes for future generations to come, and put planning centre stage.

 

Victoria is passionate about planning great ‘liveable’ places for people, with an unrivalled insight into London’s governance; having worked for all three Mayors of London. Prior to the RTPI, Victoria was Chief Executive Officer of the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation, where she established the UK’s second Mayoral development corporation. Prior to this she was Head of Transport for the Greater London Authority, and before that held a variety of roles in Transport Consultancy and Local Government. In 2017 Victoria was made a fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and in 2018 joined the Council of the National Infrastructure Planning Association. An experienced public speaker, Victoria recently judged the 2018 Construction News Awards, and is delighted to be a judge for the 2019 European Women in Construction and Engineering Awards.

Sessions :

Carolyn Williamson

CIPFA President and Deputy Chief Executive & Director of Corporate Resources, Hampshire County Council

Carolyn Williamson is Deputy Chief Executive & Director of Corporate Resources for Hampshire County Council and is responsible for the Corporate Services Shared Partnership arrangement covering the County Council, Hampshire Constabulary, Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service, Oxfordshire County Council, London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster City Council which encompasses Finance, HR and Transactional Services to the partners. This is a unique arrangement which operates across the Public Sector with joint governance arrangements and a cost sharing arrangement to underpin the partnership.

Carolyn is the Chief Financial Officer for Hampshire County Council and Hampshire Pension Fund. Carolyn is also responsible for Hampshire County Council’s IT Service and leads on the Digital Strategy implementation for the County Council.

Carolyn is CIPFA (Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy) qualified, since 1991. Carolyn is President of CIPFA for 2019/20 and has been a Member of CIPFA Council since 2013, having held Chairmanship roles on the Audit Committee and Student & Members Board, as well as attending CIPFA Council and Board.

Sessions :

Emma Mackenzie

Director
NewRiver REIT (UK) Limited

Emma is a Director of NewRiver REIT (UK) Ltd, sits on the Executive Committee, and is responsible for NewRiver’s Northern Portfolio which includes acquisition, asset management and development of 17 community shopping centres. Emma’s responsibilities also include oversight of NewRiver’s property management, rent collection and the Environmental, Social and Governance programme.

Emma is a qualified chartered surveyor with over 20 years’ experience in the retail property market.

In 2018 Emma was one of the eight members of the High Streets Expert Panel commissioned by the High Streets Minister Jake Berry MP and chaired by Sir John Timpson. The Panel was responsible for providing practical solutions to the Government to help support UK high streets and town centres. The three principle outcomes were; the instigation of the High Street Fund, a Town Centre Task Force and a number of short-term measures including rates relief. Emma also sits on the Commercial Committee of the British Property Federation.

Sessions :

Lord Andrew Adonis


Former Transport Secretary and former Chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission

Andrew Adonis is a senior Labour party politician, academic and journalist. He is a Labour member of the House of Lords and a visiting professor at King’s College London.

He began his career as an academic at Oxford University, before becoming a journalist at the Financial Times and then The Observer. He was later appointed as Head of the Number 10 Policy Unit by Prime Minister Tony Blair and in 2005 was made a life peer and became Minister for Schools, forging Teach First, academies and the London Challenge. In 2008 he became Minister then Secretary of State for Transport, pioneering HS2 and Crossrail. He was founding chair of the independent National Infrastructure Commission until he resigned to fight Brexit. He has authored several books such as “Education, Education, Education: Reforming England’s schools” “5 Days in May: The Coalition and Beyond”, and most recently “Saving Britain: How We Must Change to Prosper in Europe” with Will Hutton.

Sessions :

Filter Speakers

plenary

Lord Andrew Adonis

Former Transport Secretary and former Chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission
plenary

Stephen Aldridge

Director for Analysis and Data
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
workshop

Judith Barnes

Partner, Commercial and Infrastructure
Bevan Brittan
plenary

James Brokenshire MP

Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government
workshop

Rachel Campbell

Head of Regeneration, Cities and Local Growth Unit
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
workshop

Adam Cunnington

Managing Director
Public Sector Partnerships Plc
workshop

Lisa Harris

Director of Place Strategy
Cheshire West and Chester Council
plenary

Victoria Hills

Chief Executive
Royal Town Planning Institute
plenary

Emma Mackenzie

Director
NewRiver REIT (UK) Limited
workshop

Tom Pike

Strategic Director
Stevenage Borough Council
workshop

Richard Roe

Corporate Director of Place
Trafford Council
workshop

Mark Wells

Director, Origination Manager, Real Estate Long Income
Aviva Investors
plenary

Carolyn Williamson

CIPFA President and Deputy Chief Executive & Director of Corporate Resources, Hampshire County Council

Lord Andrew Adonis


Former Transport Secretary and former Chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission

Andrew Adonis is a senior Labour party politician, academic and journalist. He is a Labour member of the House of Lords and a visiting professor at King’s College London.

He began his career as an academic at Oxford University, before becoming a journalist at the Financial Times and then The Observer. He was later appointed as Head of the Number 10 Policy Unit by Prime Minister Tony Blair and in 2005 was made a life peer and became Minister for Schools, forging Teach First, academies and the London Challenge. In 2008 he became Minister then Secretary of State for Transport, pioneering HS2 and Crossrail. He was founding chair of the independent National Infrastructure Commission until he resigned to fight Brexit. He has authored several books such as “Education, Education, Education: Reforming England’s schools” “5 Days in May: The Coalition and Beyond”, and most recently “Saving Britain: How We Must Change to Prosper in Europe” with Will Hutton.


Sessions :

Stephen Aldridge

Director for Analysis and Data
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

Stephen is Director for Analysis and Data at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. A government economist by background, he was previously Chief Economist and then Director of the Strategy Unit in the Cabinet Office. He has also worked in the Department of Trade and Industry; the Department of the Environment, Transport & the Regions; the Cabinet Secretariats; and Her Majesty’s Treasury. He is a Continuing Policy Fellow at the Centre for Science and Policy at Cambridge and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.


Sessions :

Judith Barnes

Partner, Commercial and Infrastructure
Bevan Brittan

Judith is a Partner at Bevan Brittan LLP and a leading individual in Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 for both Local Government and Public and Administrative Law. She advises on vires and governance including decision-making, constitutional issues; conduct and ethics; and options appraisals and structuring for major projects and regeneration schemes. She regularly advises on commercialism both within Councils, through income generation and investment; and through alternative delivery mechanisms including setting up and managing Teckal and Trading companies, charities and social enterprises; and Trusts.

 

Judith has direct experience within local government as Borough Secretary & Solicitor and Monitoring Officer for Greenwich Council. Prior to this she was Head of Legal Services for Lewisham Council and she provides strategic advice and consultancy support, at the highest levels, requiring political awareness and sensitivity.

 

Chambers & Partners 2018 notes:

“Seasoned public sector lawyer Judith Barnes is experienced in advising local authorities on a range of matters, including regeneration and governance. A client notes: ‘I have always found Judith to be approachable, client-focused and knowledgeable, with a good understanding of the challenges faced by local government. My experience working with her has been excellent.'”


Sessions :

James Brokenshire MP

Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government

James was appointed Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government in April 2018. In this role, James has responsibility for ensuring people throughout the country have access to affordable and high quality housing, growing local economies, building integrated communities and supporting effective local government.

Photography credit: Chris McAndrew


Sessions :

Rachel Campbell

Head of Regeneration, Cities and Local Growth Unit
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

Rachel Campbell is Head of Regeneration at the Cities and Local Growth Unit, which sits between the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Her team leads on high streets and town centres, commercial property, coastal regeneration, and parking policy. Before joining the Department Rachel covered development and regional policy at the British Property Federation, a trade body for real estate investment.


Sessions :

Adam Cunnington

Managing Director
Public Sector Partnerships Plc

Adam Cunnington has been Managing Director of Public Sector Plc since 2011.

Prior to joining Public Sector Plc Adam spent nine years at Land Securities as Development Director heading up the 17 million sq ft Ebbsfleet Valley development in the Thames Gateway. PSP currently has twenty one partnerships with council across the country and is engaged in a broad range of property based projects to create value for its council partners in innovative and exciting ways; delivering regeneration, capital receipts and revenue benefits.

Having been involved since the early days of Public Sector Plc, Adam has been fortunate enough to build upon knowledge accumulated over his career and bring this to our unique way of doing business.

Adam’s vision is to be the best possible partner to our colleagues in the public sector. Unlike traditional outsourcing, our mission is to bring the skills, resources and funding that we possess to augment the capabilities of our partners.


Sessions :

Lisa Harris

Director of Place Strategy
Cheshire West and Chester Council

Lisa has worked in Local Government since 1992, her most recent position was the Assistant Executive Director Regeneration and Housing at Knowsley Borough Council.  Previous experience included spells within Neighbourhood Management and in the Registered Social Housing sector.

A member of the Council’s Senior Management Team, Lisa had responsibility for a broad range of services including: Highways and Transportation, the Local Planning Authority, Strategic Housing functions, the Boroughs town’s centres and delivery of the Borough’s economic growth strategy.

Lisa has put in place a framework of policies and strategies including a Local Plan that included green belt release, a growth based Housing Strategy, an Economic Regeneration Strategy, that has secured over £45m of external funding, a Transport Plan, and a portfolio of master plans for each of the borough’s town centres and Sustainable urban extensions.

Lisa’s also had corporate responsibility for a wide range of Regeneration programmes including; delivery of Halsnead Garden Village, a £200m regeneration of Kirkby Town centre, a Townscape Heritage Initiative for Prescot incorporating a Shakespeare Theatre, a Public services Co-location project, delivery of the largest Community Energy Saving programme in the Country, a £50m Investment into the Knowsley Business Park as well as a 1500 unit Housing Market Renewal Programme.


Sessions :

Victoria Hills

Chief Executive
Royal Town Planning Institute

Victoria joined the RTPI in April 2018 and utilises her 20 years’ experience and expertise in the fields of planning, transport and organisational leadership and development to drive forward the vision and strategic priorities for the 25,000 member strong RTPI. At a time when the profile of town planning and placemaking has never been higher, Victoria is looking forward to playing her part in making the case for investing in planning and planners, to deliver quality outcomes for future generations to come, and put planning centre stage.

 

Victoria is passionate about planning great ‘liveable’ places for people, with an unrivalled insight into London’s governance; having worked for all three Mayors of London. Prior to the RTPI, Victoria was Chief Executive Officer of the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation, where she established the UK’s second Mayoral development corporation. Prior to this she was Head of Transport for the Greater London Authority, and before that held a variety of roles in Transport Consultancy and Local Government. In 2017 Victoria was made a fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and in 2018 joined the Council of the National Infrastructure Planning Association. An experienced public speaker, Victoria recently judged the 2018 Construction News Awards, and is delighted to be a judge for the 2019 European Women in Construction and Engineering Awards.


Sessions :

Emma Mackenzie

Director
NewRiver REIT (UK) Limited

Emma is a Director of NewRiver REIT (UK) Ltd, sits on the Executive Committee, and is responsible for NewRiver’s Northern Portfolio which includes acquisition, asset management and development of 17 community shopping centres. Emma’s responsibilities also include oversight of NewRiver’s property management, rent collection and the Environmental, Social and Governance programme.

Emma is a qualified chartered surveyor with over 20 years’ experience in the retail property market.

In 2018 Emma was one of the eight members of the High Streets Expert Panel commissioned by the High Streets Minister Jake Berry MP and chaired by Sir John Timpson. The Panel was responsible for providing practical solutions to the Government to help support UK high streets and town centres. The three principle outcomes were; the instigation of the High Street Fund, a Town Centre Task Force and a number of short-term measures including rates relief. Emma also sits on the Commercial Committee of the British Property Federation.


Sessions :

Tom Pike

Strategic Director
Stevenage Borough Council

Tom is Strategic Director at Stevenage Borough Council, working on exciting regeneration, growth, housing and development plans for the town.  Stevenage has exciting plans in place to revitalise the town, including a partnership with Aviva and Reef Estates to regenerate a key part of the town centre, and a partnership with Mace to bring forward a major redevelopment of the town centre.   Prior to working for Stevenage, Tom spent nine years in a variety of roles for the London Borough of Barnet – from libraries, to school builds and capital programmes, working on key strategic contracts and overseeing a large portfolio of transformation projects.  He has a PhD in business studies and a keen interest in public service transformation and our role in supporting the success of great towns and cities


Sessions :

Richard Roe

Corporate Director of Place
Trafford Council

Richard is a dynamic member of the Corporate Leadership Team within Trafford Council, with strategic lead responsibility for economic growth, housing, planning, highways, transport, regulatory services and the One Trafford Partnership.

He works towards the delivery of sustainable economic and housing growth, vibrant town centres and accessible green spaces, and leads on the Council’s investment and development portfolio. Over the past eight years while working with Trafford Council, Richard has demonstrated a strong approach in developing the borough and meeting the Council’s ambitions for sustainable growth and being an economic powerhouse within Greater Manchester.

 


Sessions :

Mark Wells

Director, Origination Manager, Real Estate Long Income
Aviva Investors

Mark is responsible for sourcing and creating investment opportunities for Aviva Investors’ long income real estate funds, particularly Lime and REaLM, with a focus on Central Government, Local authorities, the NHS and Universities.

Prior to joining Aviva Investors, Mark worked at BDO where he was a lead commercial, accounting and financial advisor on high value development projects. He has considerable experience in accommodation, leisure, renewable energy, waste, health, education, and housing projects both private and social.

Mark holds a BA (Hons) in Economics from University of East Anglia, and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.


Sessions :

Carolyn Williamson

CIPFA President and Deputy Chief Executive & Director of Corporate Resources, Hampshire County Council

Carolyn Williamson is Deputy Chief Executive & Director of Corporate Resources for Hampshire County Council and is responsible for the Corporate Services Shared Partnership arrangement covering the County Council, Hampshire Constabulary, Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service, Oxfordshire County Council, London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster City Council which encompasses Finance, HR and Transactional Services to the partners. This is a unique arrangement which operates across the Public Sector with joint governance arrangements and a cost sharing arrangement to underpin the partnership.

Carolyn is the Chief Financial Officer for Hampshire County Council and Hampshire Pension Fund. Carolyn is also responsible for Hampshire County Council’s IT Service and leads on the Digital Strategy implementation for the County Council.

Carolyn is CIPFA (Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy) qualified, since 1991. Carolyn is President of CIPFA for 2019/20 and has been a Member of CIPFA Council since 2013, having held Chairmanship roles on the Audit Committee and Student & Members Board, as well as attending CIPFA Council and Board.


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