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Previous Speakers

Spencer McGawley

Spencer has extensive experience in strategic and project focussed assessment and appraisal, along with international commercial experience.


He has authored environmental reports on diverse projects such as the London Congestion Charge, regional planning strategies, urban regeneration projects, and road infrastructure schemes. He has also worked on construction projects in the Balkans and the middle East.


A Chartered Environmentalist, Spencer is an Associate at CampbellReith with particular responsibility for the Environmental Management disciplines.

Adam Fisher - Campbell Reith

Adam is a Chartered Engineering Geologist with 20 years relevant experience in both the geotechnical and geo-environmental fields. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Bristol and has taught ‘Geology for Engineers’ courses to undergraduate Civil Engineers.


He has worked on a wide range of schemes, from urban regeneration projects in the west country to ground risk management services on large mining projects in Western Australia. He has a keen interest in novel solutions that result in significant cost savings for the client and is experienced in both designing these solutions and promoting their use to statutory authorities.


Adam leads the geotechnical team across Surrey and Bristol offices.

Simon Boots - CampbellReith

Simon and has over 25 years’ experience in the design and supervision of infrastructure projects from small housing estates through to major masterplanning projects.  He has worked on schemes across the UK and is currently leading development of a new hospital programme in Ghana.


Simon is extensively involved in the development of Sustainable Drainage (SuDs) and Flood Risk Assessments, and has produced a number of schemes that have been adopted by statutory authorities as “exemplar schemes”.


With regards to infrastructure delivery, Simon is fully conversant with procurement through Section 106 and 278 and estate road negotiations including Section 38 and Section 104.  


He is Partner in charge of Civil Engineering and is responsible for teams in London, Surrey, Bristol and Manchester.

James Clark - Greater London Authority

James Clark manages the Housing Policy team in the Greater London Authority's Housing & Land Directorate. James has extensive experience in local and regional government as well as the private sector.  He has led high profile initiatives which include affordable housing delivery, social housing reform, council housing finance, and regulation of the private rented sector. James’ team is also responsible for the Mayor of London's statutory London Housing Strategy.

James Pargeter - Greystar Europe Holdings

James joined Greystar in London in January 2016 as Projects Director within the Development and Construction team.  He originally qualified as a Structural Engineer, and has worked in housing delivery for nearly 20 years, most recently as Head of the Residential Projects team at Deloitte Real Estate for 12 years.  He is a regular commentator on residential issues, and has contributed to the ULI’s latest ‘Build to Rent: Best Practice Guide’.  He currently represents Greystar on the British Property Federation’s ‘Build to Rent’ committee. 


Previous roles have included membership of the HCA’s Design & Sustainability Advisory Group and the RICS Housing Commission in 2013, and he was Chair of the BPF’s Residential Conference in 2014.  Over recent years James has appeared in press and broadcast media, and has been an active contributor to debate on housing issues on social media – he was listed in the Top 50 #ukhousing Digital #PowerPlayers2014.

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Simon Child – Director – Child Graddon Lewis

Simon has over 25 years’ experience in the commercial, residential, education, and leisure sectors, both in the UK and overseas and is also responsible for finance at CGL.


As a founding director of CGL, authors of the office to residential report Departments to Apartments, his expansive range of work includes schemes for development companies, private estates, public bodies and local authorities. These include projects for FIAT, Threadneedle, South Kensington Estates, TfL, Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, and London Borough of Hackney. He firmly believes in the value that forward-looking design and construction can bring to a project, whilst carrying out works respecting the context of the best examples from our heritage.


Most recently, Simon has also enjoyed working for charitable organisations including St Anne’s and St John the Baptist Church and mentoring for the Social Mobility Foundation.


For the past 2 years he has been selected to sit on the London Borough of Newham Design Panel, assessing planning applications for major developments.

Russ Edwards – Design Director – Pocket Living

Qualified architect with over 15 years’ experience in award winning architectural practice. Immediately prior to joining Pocket, Russ spent 8 years with de Rijke Marsh Morgan (dRMM) as lead for the residential sector, participating on projects including Battersea Power Station Regeneration (Phase 1), East Village (formerly the Athletes’ Village for the 2013 Olympics), The Elephant & Castle Regeneration (Phase 1) and Kings Cross Central.


His role at Pocket as Design Director includes ultimate responsibility for the design quality of all Pocket homes. This also includes the selection, commissioning and briefing of the consultant team across all of Pocket’s projects, as well as hands-on input throughout the design development process.

Russ has been a visiting studio tutor at the University of Portsmouth, and is a member of the ARB and RIBA.


Pocket Living is an award winning London developer helping singles and couples on low to moderate incomes to fully own a home of their own.


Pocket is not a charity or a housing association but a private company working closely with local councils and their public and private sector JV partners to optimise urban sites. Building compact, stylish homes that are sold at a minimum of 20% less than the market rate to eligible buyers.

Melissa Madjitey – Associate Housing Division - Savills

Melissa Madjitey works within the housing consultancy team. She has a research and strategy background with a particular interest in Leasehold and Intermediate housing.  

Melissa joined Savills in October 2011 as a Research Analyst. She has undertaken asset and social modelling for a range of Registered Providers. She currently manages stock swaps and disposals, working for a range of regional and national providers of social housing.


Prior to Savills, Melissa worked as a Research and Development manager at L&Q Housing Trust. This involved social research, market analysis and developing innovative housing solutions for a range of customer groups. She advised L&Q internally on key strategic operations such as stock transfer, asset management and mergers and acquisitions.

Melissa has nine years’ experience in social housing working for a range of public bodies. As a graduate she joined English Partnerships (now part of the Homes and Communities Agency.) and worked with EP on a number of large scale housing led regeneration projects.


Recent Projects: Project managing disposal of a £10m tenanted London portfolio; Supporting private developers and Charities become Registered Providers; Advising clients on the social economic sustainability of their assets; Undertaking social and housing needs analysis to inform product development; Project managing an award winning flexible tenure product; GIS mapping.

Greg Penoyre – Senior Partner – Penoyre & Prasad

As co-founder of the practice with Sunand Prasad in 1988, Greg has played a central role in the design, procurement and delivery of the practice’s 300 plus projects across commercial and public sectors. He provides stratefic leadership within the practice, bringing a wealth of experience to the design direction, day-to-day management and future strategy


Key completed buildings include: The Ludwig Guttman Centre for Health and Well Being, Stratford; The UCL Academy and Swiss Cottage Special School, Swiss Cottage; The new Templeman Library, University of Kent at Canterbury. He is currently involved in a number of major residential, health and education projects.


As a respected figure in the profession he has advised clients and industry bodies on procurement and design quality. He has acted as Design Champion on a number of education bids and is an active participant in design review and awards judging.

Dave Richards – Associate – Conisbee

A structural engineer with extensive experience across many sectors in the UK, Eastern Europe, Russia and North Africa, Dave’s recent London work includes Tune Hotels at Liverpool Street and Paddington, a luxury residential redevelopment at Connaught Place and numerous residential schemes including Gun Wharf, Axe Street and the 20-storey Wayland House.


Since 2007 Dave and his team have worked on all of our overseas projects in Ukraine, Albania, Latvia and Belarus. In Albania the Tirana East Gate mall was designed through to construction for the local seismic conditions, meanwhile in Ukraine, projects include the 600,000m2 Gorkogo mixed-use development and the 160,000m2 Lukhyanovka shopping centre.


Dave joined Conisbee in 2005 from Yolles where he had worked on a number of significant projects including a 31-storey office development at Canary Wharf, London, the £1000 million redevelopment of St Bartholomew’s and the Royal London Hospital, and an extension to the Sheraton Heliopolis Hotel in Cairo.

Jane Richards – Director, Property & Development – WSP

Jane is a director within the WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff’s structural engineering business, which has significant high-rise experience in the UK and globally, including buildings such as the hard and The Freedom Tower in New York.


Her career includes many residential developments such as Merchant Square at Paddington Basin, Shard Place at London Bridge and Aykon Tower in Nine Elms. These typically include high-rise towers and deep basements and draw on the latest analysis software and 3d design tools as well as techniques such as top-down basement construction to achieve design efficiency and shorten programmes. Jane has also developed and implemented volumetric modular design for high-rise buildings and her paper capturing this research and development was published in 2010.

Robert Sprunt – Executive Chairman – Sprunt Architects

Robert Sprunt is the Executive Chairman of Sprunt, architects and urban designers who specialize in urban regeneration.


Before founding Sprunt in 1988, Robert was Director of Development for the London Borough of Brent where he was responsible for the Authority's architectural, planning, engineering, valuation and economic development services.


Since founding Sprunt, Robert has delivered some of the most high profile and complex urban regeneration projects in London as well as combining Education and Health as part of community regeneration

Nick Whitten – Associate Director, UK Research – JLL Residential

Nick spent 13 years working as a journalist, seven of which were in the property industry. He joined JLL in August 2014 from property journal Estates Gazette where he developed a well-known industry profile as News Editor.


While at Estates Gazette he won multiple awards for an investigation into the cost of Empty Property Rates on the public purse. This research formed part of a body of work that prompted the government to amend EPR legislation.


Nick is Associate Director of the residential research team at JLL in which his focus is on building its growing consultancy practice and public profile.


Tim Young – Partner – John Rowan & Partners

Tim joined John Rowan and Partners as a fresh faced 23 year old back in 1988. During his time he has performed many functions within the business contributing massively to our growth and success. Tim provides strategic direction on marketing and innovation, heads up the Information Systems team and supports the Residential Development and Regeneration team using his expert knowledge gained over the years.


He has extensive experience and understanding of contractual matters, as well as dispute avoidance. His knowledge and experience across a variety of industry sectors, and knowledge of Development and appraisals, brings a breadth of understanding and transferable skills to his clients.


His business awareness and management skills have been fundamental in the growth John Rowan and Partners. Tim excels at developing staff and teams to achieve their full potential, as evidenced by the growth of the team on the East Village, from 8 to 50 surveyors over a 2 months period.

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