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Forthcoming Meetings

Thursday 19th October 2023

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Robin Howeson

Savills

Robin is head of Savills' auctions department and has over sixteen years experience dealing with the auctioning of multiple asset classes across a wide range of values. His expertise lies in all asset classes and his clients include:

  • Grainger Plc

  • Tesco Plc

  • Fortune Green Capital

  • British Land

  • Canals and River Trust

  • London and Quadrant

  • Poplar Harca

  • Wandsworth Council

  • Westminster City Council

Tuesday 21st November 2023

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Derek Barker

Consultant at Ryder Architects

Derek is an internationally experienced London based architect consultant, specialising in the shopping places strategy, masterplanning, design, renovation and repurposing. He was Managing Director at leading architects and designers, Haskoll, and successfully led the company over 30 years to international success and global recognition, including a large office in Beijing working across China, and then its integration into Ryder Architecture in 2022.

In addition to leading Haskoll, his role included consulting on the expansion, renovation and repurposing of significant award winning shopping centers across the globe including projects in Argentina, Austria, Belgium, China, Columbia, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Iceland, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, The Netherlands, Turkey. He has provided consultancy for over 40 new build and refurbishment projects

His skills and knowledge have been extensively utilised on award jury panels: ICSC Global Viva Awards Chiar, ICSC European Awards Jury Chair, member of the Belgian, Luxembourg, Turkish and Swedish award juries. The skills needed to participate in these juries have been used to great effect with clients by providing peer reviews on proposed developments.

Derek is an acclaimed speaker at international conferences - reviewing global trends in retail and shopping places.

Current activities include:

Consultant – Ryder Architecture

Senior Advisor – McArthur Specialists, Dubai

Partner – Centre Development Partners, Sweden

Trustee, Revo Education Trust
Enforcer, European Shopping Places Education Trust.
Co-Chair of the urbanOvation ‘Future Places group’.
Former ICSC Global VIVA Awards Jury, ICSC European Awards Chair, and juror on Swedish, Turkish and Belgium and Luxembourg awards juries.

Education:

Brighton Polytechnic - BA(Hons) Dip Arch ARCUK, Architecture and Design

Coventry Technical College – ONC Construction

Thursday 14th December 2023

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Anthony Lorenz

The Lorenz Consultancy

Anthony Lorenz is one of the best-known names in the London property market. He started Baker Lorenz in 1972 specialising in Agency and Professional work such as Rent Reviews, Lease Renewals and Lease Restructuring. In 2001, his company Baker Lorenz was sold to Hercules PLC, who then merged Baker Lorenz with Dunlop Heywood to become Dunlop Heywood Lorenz, which, in turn, was subsequently purchased by another public company. In 2007 he formed The Lorenz Consultancy.

Thursday 18th January 2024

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Susan Freeman

Mishcon de Reya

Susan is a real estate partner at London law firm Mishcon de Reya. An experienced real estate lawyer, her in-depth understanding of the property market, the emerging world of tech and her business training as a Sloan Masters  MSc (London Business School) graduate, combined with a wide circle of contacts is an effective combination. She is also the business development Partner for her department and uses her commercial know how and connections to benefit clients and the firm. Susan's contacts help to make the firm’s programme of client seminars and events “must attend” networking opportunities.

 

In 2021, Susan received an honorary doctorate from the University College of Estate Management (UCEM), in recognition of contribution to the built environment.

 

She is ranked in Bisnow's 51 Most influential Women in UK real estate list 2018 as "the woman who knows everyone". She is also listed in Property Week's Women's Power List, which describes her as "a world-class networker" with "a contact book full of CEOs", and ranked in Newington's Women of Influence List 2020, which celebrates women in planning, property and the built environment. Legal 500 described her as "immensely well-connected", while Estates Gazette comments that she is the "consummate hostess and business networker."

 

In the tech sector, Susan is ranked 40 in the Tyto Tech Top 500 List 2018 and also one of the Top 10 Most Influential Online Commercial Real Estate People in 2018 by Duke Long, the "most quoted man in commercial real estate". Susan is a member of the Mishcon Technology Group, which runs MDR LAB - an incubator programme for tech start-ups in the legal space.  She has also mentored for Pi Labs accelerator programme for proptech start-ups since it launched and is a regular speaker on the #proptech circuit.

 

Susan is also on the Board of Advisors of real estate investment company Seaforth Land and of flexible working company Work.Life and on the board of Central District Alliance the midtown Business Improvement District.

 

She is also an active member of a number of property-related organisations, including Vice Chair of the British Property Federation's Technology and Innovation Group. Susan is a member of the new ULI Europe Technology and Real Estate Product Council and chaired the FUTURE: Proptech Advisory Group which brings together key influencers in real estate and proptech. She is on the board of Central District Alliance, the Holborn and surrounding area's Business Improvement District and chairs its Property Group.

 

Susan undertakes regular speaking and panel engagements and hosts a regular Propertyshe podcast interviewing an eclectic mix of property influencers who define and make a difference to the real estate industry and built environment. The podcast series is recognised on Incube's list of top commercial property and PropTech podcasts. She writes for Property Week on property industry issues and is active on twitter as @Propertyshe.

Tuesday 20th February 2024

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Faisal Butt

Managing Partner Pi Labs

Faisal is the Managing Partner and Founder of Pi Labs, a London-based venture capital firm backing companies that are transforming our relationship with the built world, and its impact on communities, business and the environment. 

 

Faisal founded Pi Labs in 2015, after leading the first round of investments in Hubble and Trussle as an individual investor. Today, Pi Labs has invested in 80+ companies spread across the UK, Europe, North America and Middle East, all with the potential to impact the future of cities globally - how we live, work, build and more. In 2022, Pi Labs raised a $90 million fund, securing capital from global blue-chip institutional investors, to target companies with innovative technology addressing sustainability, the future of work, robotics, the metaverse, industrial tech, construction and smart cities.

 

Faisal is also the founder of Spire Ventures, a personal investment vehicle with a focus on investment in traditional property services companies, including residential property specialist POD Management, construction and real estate executive search Beaumont Bailey, and 90 North, a real estate investment manager which has managed $2bn of real estate assets across Europe and the USA.

Tuesday 19th March 2024

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Rob Perrins

CEO Berkeley Group

Rob joined Berkeley Group in 1994. He has been a Main Board member since 2001 and Chief Executive since 2009. Under his management, Berkeley has increasingly focused on transforming large-scale brownfield sites, which are beyond the scope of conventional homebuilders.

 

Rob has worked extensively in property development throughout his career, deliveing projects ranging from single houses to mixed-use neighbourhoods with more than 10,000 homes. Rob champions Berkeley’s operating culture and values, which are based on customer focus, individual design, exceptional placemaking and a commitment to delivery for all stakeholders.

 

Rob has been Chair of Trustees of the Berkeley Foundation since its launch in 2011. This independent charity works in close partnership with the Berkeley Group to maximise its positive social impacts. He is a Governor of Marlborough College.

Thursday 18th April 2024

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Michael Freeman
Founder of Argent Plc

BUILDING FROM SCRATCH - how Argent, started in my living room, ended up developing King’s Cross.

 

Michael Freeman co-founded Argent group with his brother Peter in 1981. Argent’s mixed use regeneration projects include the 8 million sq ft, 69 acre King’s Cross Central development, carried out in partnership between (currently) Argent King’s Cross Limited Partnership, BT Pension Scheme and Australian State Superannuation Scheme.

Tuesday 14th May 2024

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Nick Leslau
Chairman & CEO Prestbury Investments

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