Conference Agenda

Tuesday 4th February 2014, Royal Armouries, Leeds LS10 1LT

09:30 Welcome and introduction:

Stuart Ladds, Head of National Property Controls: Government Property Unit, Cabinet Office
09:40 Plenary session
  • Sherin Aminossehe, Head of Government Estate Strategy and Delivery: Government Property Unit; Head of the Property Asset Management Profession across the civil service
  • Ben Middleton, Executive Manager, Asset Management: Leeds City Council
  • Tom Bloxham MBE, Chairman and Co-founder: Urban Splash
10:40 Open forum and questions from the floor

11:00 Refreshments and networking

11:30 - 12:30 Work sessions A (delegates select one)

A1 Joined up thinking
Alistair Johnson will  talk about the Size of the Prize; do your plans deliver the results needed? He will refer to current initiatives that DVS are working on , contributing to One Public estate to support modernisation, growth and value for your Authority.

Alastair Johnson, Principal Surveyor: District Valuer Services

A2 The changing face of housing delivery and town centre development
The last two years have seen a significant diversification in housing tenures and delivery models. Changes have ranged from the introduction of affordable rent to the emergence of the Private Rented Sector initiatives and from the autonomy brought about by changes to the Housing Revenue Account to the emergence of self-delivery and partnership approaches to mixed tenure housing development.  As a result there are a variety of approaches and tools available to government in the ongoing battle to improve housing delivery across the country.  

This agenda is closely allied to the approach taken to the town centres across the UK.  Trying to address fragmented ownerships and bring forward non-residential development alongside this housing agenda has been helped and hindered by changes in policy ranging from the localisation of business rates to permitted conversion of office to residential uses.

This session will focus on a number of these changes and how they can be brought together to deliver change.  Topics addressed will include

•    Private Rented Sector
•    Affordable Housing tenures
•    Leaseback mechanisms
•    Investment fund approaches
•    Large scale regeneration
•    Real Estate Investment Trust’s
•    Head-lease and Ground rent mechanisms and
•    Funding and delivery mechanisms

Andrew Screen, Director and Head of Financial Consulting: GVA 
Neil Young, CEO: Young Group

A3 Different delivery models to make the most of the value in your property
With public sector bodies continuing to face significant financial pressures to cut costs, to drive revenue and to deliver strategic objectives, there has been renewed interest in innovative approaches to the management and operation of property portfolios.  These include public private joint ventures, shared ownership vehicles, outsourcing and asset divestment / disposal.

In this session we will explore the benefits and challenges of some of the more recent options used to manage and develop estates and look at how these may be developed in future. In particular we will discuss how operationally focussed organisations may use these types of innovative partnerships to reduce revenue spend and deliver strategic objectives without losing out on market driven upsides or operational control.

David Mathieson, Managing Director: Mouchel Property & Assets
Paul Aldridge, Director, Operational Asset Management: Mouchel Property & Assets

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch and networking

13:30 - 14:30 Work sessions B (delegates select one)

B1 Co-location: challenges and benefits
This session will seek to develop the themes announced in Sherin Aminossehe’s (Head of One Public Estate Programme for GPU) Plenary presentation using information and data from the Leeds Pilot and the wider Yorkshire and Humber Region.

Ian Southall and David Aspland will be the two presenters with Ian drawing on his long experience in the Public Sector focusing on the challenges public bodies face in reaching this consolidated, homogenous public estate. He will highlight changes announced recently to address the known issues and reduce, if not remove, previous blockers to the much needed progress. David Aspland will add detail with an overview of the Leeds market and opportunities lying therein, specific examples of the successes of the Leeds Pilot as well as revealing identified opportunities from the wider Yorkshire and Humber Region. Between them the speakers will aim to translate the theory into practice with specific data and case studies.

Ian Southall, Partner, Head of Central Government Team: Carter Jonas
David Aspland, Partner, Head of Commercial Agency:
Carter Jonas

B2 Building technology and enhanced public realm
With local and central government concerned about town centre vitality, and keen both to consolidate the public sector estate and drive regeneration, it is vital to understand how old, poor specification buildings can be brought back into economic use, and how this can be combined with the enhancement of the public realm to transform run-down and neglected town-centre locations into busy, viable and attractive destinations once again.

In  this session we will explore the options available.

Edward Saunders, Head of Occupier Strategy: AECOM

B3 Getting the most from your property assets
The public and private sector are now connected in various ways; driving the use of different partnerships, joint ventures and investment structures.  This session addresses:
•    when partnerships are appropriate; their evolution and lessons learnt;
•    recent case studies; and
•    an overview of the market place whereby partners are procured

Scot Morrison, Partner: Pinsent Masons
Andrew Savege, Head of Regeneration:
Morgan Sindall Investments

14:30 Refreshments and networking

15:00 Work sessions C (delegates select one)

C1 Public and Private Sector working in partnership to drive community regeneration
This workshop will consider the opportunities / emerging models that are being developed to regenerate local communities and the barriers that exist in creating and delivering the these new ideas. As part of the workshop the leveraging of the public sector estate, the impact of a one public sector estate and the availability of private sector funding to drive community based solutions will be discussed in order to drive new jobs, training opportunities and local supply chain engagement.

Paul Kelly, Director: Stockport Strategic Property Partnership/Carillion
Murray Carr, Head of Estate and Asset Management, Stockport MBC

C2 One Public Estate - in practice
One Public Estate (OPE) is the latest in a series of initiatives aimed at delivering collaborative asset management across the public sector.  It can be interpreted in many ways and entail the sharing of data at one extreme through to the creation of complex joint venture structures at the other end of the spectrum.

The speakers will share their perspectives on collaborative asset management from the perspectives of client and advisor.  They will also provide tips on making it work, and guidance on the pitfalls to avoid.

Brian Thompson, Property Lead: Babcock
Mark Steed, Director: FM Management Solutions

C3 Effective development partnership

Unlocking development opportunities nationally.

Stephen Armitage, Director, Head of Public Services: Lambert Smith Hampton
Richard Platt, Head of Public Sector: Lambert Smith Hampton
Phil Mayall: Muse Developments
Rob Pearson, Head of Area, Sheffield City Region and the Humber: Homes & Communities Agency

16:05 Rounding-up of day and Q&A with expert panel

16:30 Conference close

Please note that agenda, speakers and timings may change