Plenary Speakers

Sherin Aminossehe, Head of Government Estate Strategy and Delivery: Government Property Unit; Head of the Property Asset Management Profession across civil service

Sherin Aminossehe is the Head of Government Estate Strategy & Delivery for the Government Property Unit and Head of the Property Asset Management 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.


Stuart Ladds, Head of National Property Controls: Government Property Unit, Cabinet Office

Stuart Ladds is a career civil servants whose travels have taken him from the DWP, HMCS, MoJ, OGC, the Shareholder Executive in BIS and currently leads the Cabinet Office Efficiency Reform Group spending controls team delivering property savings. He has previously been the SRO for government’s property benchmarking service (the largest of its kind in the world), the SRO for the 2010 parliamentary report “The State of the Estate” and a past SRO for government’s residual estate.

He's a jointly Chartered Institute of Building/College of Estate Management certified Construction Project Sponsor and a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and has spent the last five years prior to his current appointment, leading the government relocation programme which arose from the Sir Michael Lyons report on the location of civil servants. He has been a part-time speaker on construction and change management issues for the National School for Government and was on the review group of the OGC/APM P3O product. He has extensive experience of consulting for overseas governments, including Japan, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Western Cape (SA) and South Korea. He is a regular contributor to the Parliamentary Report “The State of the Estate” 2008-13 and is currently an advisor to the Megaproject Research Group, School of the Built Environment, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.

Tom Bloxham MBE, Chairman and Co-founder: Urban Splash

Tom Bloxham MBE is chairman and founder of award winning regeneration company Urban Splash, which has received 327 awards to date for architecture, design and business success. The company is responsible for development projects across the country, including Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Leeds, Bradford, Sheffield, Bristol, Plymouth and Morecambe.

In 1999 Tom was awarded an MBE for Services to Architecture and Urban Regeneration.

Tom also upholds a number of other positions including: Chairman of Manchester International Festival; trustee of Tate and the Manchester United Foundation; and Chancellor of the University of Manchester.


Ben Middleton, Executive Manager, Asset Management:
Leeds City Council

Ben is a Chartered Surveyor, who has previously specialized in commercial agency, development and investment work and was a former partner in Knight Frank.  He has been with Leeds City Council for eight years and is the Executive Manager in the Council’s Asset Management Division with responsibility for running the Capital Receipts Programme.  Ben’s team deals with all of the Council’s property acquisitions and disposals, and he is the Council’s lead contact on the One Public Estate Pilot.

His current projects include:

Merrion House:  the re-gearing of the Council’s lease, which includes the refurbishment and construction of 170,000 sq ft of offices, to be the Council’s principle office base in the city, and where the Council will retain a 50% interest in the completed investment.  The agreement for lease has recently been completed and this project is due to complete December 2017.
Sovereign Square:  phase 1, the Council delivering a new contemporary greenspace on the site of the former Queen’s Hall, due to be completed June 2015, around which will be three commercial buildings, including  KPMG’s new 61,500 sq ft Leeds headquarters which is due to complete August 2014, ready for occupation summer 2015.  Terms have recently been agreed with Bruntwood to deliver circa 75,000 sq ft offices on the second phase, with a detailed planning application to be submitted shortly.  The third and final building plot is likely to be marketed early 2015.

Millgarth (West Yorkshire Police HQ):  The Council’s acquisition of this property in December 2013, will allow the construction of an 850 space multi story car park, immediately adjacent to the proposed John Lewis Dept store in the Victoria Gate shopping centre, currently due to open autumn 2016.

The Ice Rink, Elland Road:  The land transaction for the construction of a 1,000 seat bespoke ice rink, due to open spring 2015.

Asset Rationalisation Programme:  Ben is also closely involved in the Council’s Asset Rationalisation programme, seeking to maximise optimum efficiency for the occupation of buildings and seeking to share buildings with government partners to drive further savings wherever possible.



Work Session Speakers

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

Stephen Armitage, Director, Head of Public Sector Services: Lambert Smith Hampton

David Aspland Dip surv MRICS, Head of Commercial Agency: Carter Jonas
David is Head of Commercial Agency in the North of England and has a wealth of experience working in the Public Sector. He specialises in all aspects of Commercial Agency acting for Investors, landlords and tenants in mainly acquisitions and disposals as well as proving development advice across the sectors. David was involved in a number of high profile disposals and acquisitions for both institutional, occupational and local private clients.

Murray Carr, Head of Estate and Asset Management: Stockport MBC

Alastair Johnson, Principal Surveyor: District Valuer Services

Paul Kelly, Partnership Director: Stockport Strategic Property Partnership/Carillion

David Mathieson, Managing Director: Mouchel Property & Assets

Phil May: Muse Developments

Adam Mirley, Director, Planning & Development: Lambert Smith Hampton

Scot Morrison, Partner: Pinsent Masons
Scot specialises in property based PPP, joint venture and partnership structures.  Scot advises both public and private sector clients across a variety of development and investment schemes and has advised on many of the leading examples involving public bodies.  This includes local authority examples at Newcastle, Gateshead, Aylesbury, Bournemouth, Watford, Slough, Swindon and Sunderland as well as the early Regional Development Agency models. Scot is a recognised Government advisor in this area advising on the HMT public sector JV guidance and HCA LABV and LHC guidance and procurement packs.

Neville Myers, Regional Lead, Yorkshire, Humber and the North East: Government Property Unit

Edward Saunders, Head of Occupier Strategy: AECOM

Andrew Savege, Head of Regeneration: Morgan Sindall Investments
Andrew has 25 years’ experience of property development, investment and project management.  He led the commercial negotiations for Morgan Sindall’s joint ventures with Bournemouth Borough Council and Slough Borough Council. He has an MSc in Construction Law from Kings College London; an MBA from Imperial College London; and is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Andrew Screen, Director and Head of: GVA Financial Consulting
Andrew has a background in Merchant Banking, Property Development and Financial Consultancy and specialises in joint ventures and structured finance in the UK and international markets. He has close relationships with the banks, private equity, opportunistic and sovereign wealth funds and sets up joint ventures between funders, developers and local authorities to fund housing and development/regeneration projects. He is currently advising HCA on its Build to Rent funding and continues to work on innovative funding mechanisms for residential property development and the Private Rented Sector.

Mark Steed, Director: FM Management Solutions
Mark has worked in the Property & Facilities Management industry for over 25 Years. During this time he has managed a broad range of property portfolios, FM operations, projects and contracts, including capital projects, property/estates strategies, total facilities management solutions, PFI contracts, building maintenance and professional services both as a client and provider.

As Operations Director at Kier, he played a lead role in setting up Kier Asset Partnership Services business and winning its first contracts. This business supported Sheffield and Chesterfield Councils move to bring a more innovative approach to public and private sector working particularly around asset strategy and property development and to substantially improve efficiency.      

Most recently Mark was employed by the City of Edinburgh Council to restructure and reinvigorate their in-house property and facilities management function. He also took a lead role in establishing a collaborative asset management group working across public services within the city with a particular focus on ‘Services, Investment & Divestment’, something that Mark believes is the future of public sector working in the face of financial redesign.

Ian Southall FRICS, Head of Central Government Team: Carter Jonas
Ian has worked within and for the Public Sector for over 18 years as a property consultant. He is most closely associated with Department for Work and Pensions and its successful delivery of over £350m pa savings from prioritised estate rationalisation through a series of dynamic estate strategies. Due to the scale of the DWP estate Ian has formed relationships across Central Government and with the wider Public Sector trying to find ways for its two parts to occupy shared space. In his time, Ian has worked on the Civil Estate Occupancy Agreement update to incorporate PFI and developed the DWP protocol for sharing space with the wider Public Sector. He has negotiated title splits between Departments and the Private Sector and supported Departments’ discussions with HM Treasury over accounting for savings and retention or allocation of capital receipts arising from property disposals or development. His work on Case Studies for (and against) National Property Controls inspired relocations gives him still further knowledge of the challenges Departments face in finding shared space with other public sector entities.

Brian Thompson, Property Lead: Babcock International Group
Brian is a surveyor and management consultant with experience in two of the big four accountancy practices together with Director and Partner level experience at Chesterton and Drivers Jonas. Currently Property Lead at Babcock International Group he is a specialist in public sector advisory with a track record in PFI/PPP, outsourcing, contract management, real estate strategy and workplace consulting.

Brian is also a regular contributor to professional journals and author of published research on workplace design and local asset-backed vehicles.

Neil Young, CEO: Young Group
A qualified accountant, Neil’s background is in global corporate finance, having worked in the UK and Far East for a number of large multi-nationals, including British Airways.

Neil established Young Group in 2003 with the overarching aim of delivering a level of service that the founding Directors were unable to find when seeking residential asset management advice and lettings and management services.  Through Young Group and the Young London agency business, Neil and his team have been shaping the Private Rented Sector (PRS) ever since.

A fervent supporter of raising professional standards in the residential property sector, Neil is regularly asked to share his views on the sector at industry events and conferences and with the national press and broadcasters, including Radio 4, Radio 5, The Financial Times, The Times and The Telegraph.

Neil’s focus in 2014 is to carry on shaping the PRS with an increased focus on operating for our clients.

Neil has been identified by senior members of RICS as an advocate for positive change in the PRS, thus invited to join RICS through the senior professional route – a selective and distinguished invitation.

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