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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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Peter Bill
Leading Property Journalist

​​Peter is a surveyor-turned-journalist who edited Building magazine for six years in the Nineties then edited Estates Gazette for 11 years, until 2009. Peter spent the prior 20 years working in construction, including a decade with housebuilder George Wimpey.

 

For seven years Peter wrote a weekly ‘On Property’ page for the Evening Standard. Today he writes a regular column for Property Week. Peter is the author of Planet Property. His latest book, Broken Homes; Britain’s Housing Crisis; Faults Factoids and Fixes is co-written with regeneration expert, Jackie Sadek.

Thursday 20th June 2024

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Nick Leslau
Chairman & CEO Prestbury Investments

Nick Leslau, 64, has been Chairman and Chief Executive of Prestbury group of companies, which has invested in and managed over £10bn of property assets, since he founded it in January 1998. 

 

Nick is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and was co-founder and Chief Executive of Burford Holdings Plc for 13 years until 1997 having created a £1bn net worth company and delivered 1,300% NAV per share growth over a ten year period as a quoted company. 

 

He sat on the board of Max Property Group PLC, which was floated in 2009 and sold to Blackstone for £650m in July 2014.

 

He and his management team floated Secure Income REIT PLC and recently merged the Company with LXI REIT PLC and now London Metric properties PLC creating a business with £6bn of gross assets, where he continues to be one of the largest shareholders and a Non-Executive Director.

 

He has been a director of many quoted and unquoted companies, professional bodies and charity and educational boards has sat on the Bank of England Property Forum for many years and is a director and shareholder of Saracens Rugby Club.

Tuesday 16th July 2024

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Daniel Daggers
CEO DDRE Global and Netflix Star!

Daniel Daggers has dedicated the past 26 years to becoming a trailblazer in the prime and super prime real estate markets worldwide. Born and bred in London, Daniel's journey into the world of luxury real estate began with aspirations of a professional football career.


Despite leaving school at 17 to pursue this dream, an unfortunate injury led him to shift gears, though his passion for the sport remains evident through his support for Arsenal FC and his active participation in amateur games and charitable events.


Transitioning into the real estate sector, Daniel embarked on his career with Vickers and Company in 1997 an independent company in west London. Over a decade with the firm, he cultivated a deep understanding of the importance of client relationships and personal brand development. In 2007, Daniel joined Knight Frank, where his talent and dedication propelled him from associate to Partner and Head of the Private Office and US Ambassador in record time. Despite his success, Daniel decided to forge his own path, leading to the establishment of DDRE Global in March 2020.

DDRE Global quickly emerged as a powerhouse in the high-end real estate market, guided by Daniel's unparalleled expertise, network, and digital savvy. The firm's ethos revolves around genuine personal connections and a commitment to providing the ultimate property experience for Ultra High Net Worth Individuals (UHNWI). With a focus on quality, integrity, and innovation, DDRE leverages cutting-edge digital tools and insights to connect exclusive properties with discerning buyers, delivering tailor-made solutions that meet the demands of the 21st century.
Daniel's visionary approach earned him the nickname "Mr. Super Prime" in the industry, reflecting his specialization in properties exceeding £10 million. His reputation as a forward-thinking property adviser is second to none, with a track record of high-value transactions not only in London but also across the globe.


To this day, Daniel Daggers is highly regarded as a global leader in personal branding who pioneered the use of social media in the real estate industry to market the most exclusive properties globally.
His ability to navigate high-pressure situations and make decisive decisions on behalf of his clients has earned him the trust of some of the world's most prominent business leaders, celebrities, and VIP clients. Throughout his career, Daniel has orchestrated numerous key transactions over nine figures, though the majority of his success stories remain behind closed doors due to privacy and confidentiality.


As Daniel continues to lead DDRE Global to new heights, his unwavering commitment to excellence and innovation remains at the forefront. With a focus on leveraging emerging technologies and fostering genuine connections, Daniel Daggers is poised to shape the future of luxury real estate for years to come.

Thursday 12th September 2024

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Mark Shipman
MD Michael Elliott

With over 35 years of experience, Mark is widely regarded as one of London’s leading real estate investment advisors.

 

As a founding partner of Michael Elliott, Mark has successfully advised on the acquisition and disposal of over £20 billion of UK commercial real estate.

Mark has been involved with numerous high-profile transactions including some of Central London’s best-known buildings such as the Millennium Dome, Centre Point, the Burlington Arcade, Earls Court & Olympia, Queensberry House, 60 Sloane Avenue and 1 Strand.

Other transactions have included strategic loan workouts for the likes of Nippon Credit Bank, Swedbank and Westpac and the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Mark is a senior partner of Metrus, our sister management company helping to grow the portfolio from £300 million in 2001 to more than £5 billion today.

He is a generous philanthropist and board member of Rays Of Sunshine – a UK charity that brightens the lives of seriously ill young people and their families across the UK by granting wishes and providing ongoing support within hospitals.

Tuesday 15th October 2024

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Stephanie Hyde
CEO UK & CEO EMEA Markets at JLL

Stephanie joined the global real estate consultancy firm in 2021 to lead the UK business following over 25 years in professional services. Stephanie’s role expanded to incorporate the leadership of JLL’s EMEA Markets Advisory business across EMEA as CEO. 

Stephanie is responsible for driving strategy and results for JLL’s leasing advisory and property management businesses as well as delivering a connected, approach for clients across the UK and EMEA region. JLL’s Markets Advisory business provides critical solutions for clients in a fast-evolving world where real estate decisions are at the forefront of so many discussions. 

In the UK Stephanie has ensured that JLL has the best comprehensive end-to-end offering. Its clients are supported, understanding the opportunities that are available to them now and in the future, with a particular focus on sustainability, technology and business transformation. She is also a strong advocate for employee wellbeing and has pushed forward a number of policies aimed at creating a positive and supportive work environment.   

Under her leadership, the UK business renewed its commitment to its sustainability strategy and goals, with the expansion of its sustainability team and services alongside the introduction of a new sustainability framework. She is continuing this work across the EMEA region and passionately   believes that to achieve net zero carbon commitments, businesses must move beyond words, from strategy to implementation to deliver measurable actions. 

Thursday 21st November 2024

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Raja Adil
CEO The Adil Group

The Adil Group was originally formed by Raja Adil’s father, Mohammed Adil, in 1969 when Mohammed became the first Asian Wimpy Franchisee. The business started from humble beginnings with 1 restaurant and has grown substantially over the years.

Raja Adil, a member of the Breakfast Club, has been working in the family business from a young age and joined the business full time after qualifying as a Lawyer from a leading City Law firm. Raja has been the driving force in diversifying the Adil Groups restaurant and property businesses within their existing area of expertise. Raja has won numerous awards for his business acumen and entrepreneurial spirit.

The Adil Group own and operate a number of leading brands including KFC, Burger King, Costa Coffee, Taco Bell, Anytime Fitness and Chaiiwala.

 

In addition, the Group have substantial residential and commercial property interests together with their own branded Hotels which trade under Maitrise Hotels Ltd.

The Adil Group trade from over 180 locations throughout the UK from as far as Chatham in Kent to Glasgow in Scotland. The Group employ in excess of 5,500 people and are one of the UK’s fastest growing companies. The Adil Group have ambitious plans for future growth.

The Adil Group currently own a large nationwide commercial and residential portfolio, including Shops and Leisure and Retail Parks. Being long-term holders of property, Raja looks to invest where he can add value by either carrying out additional development, better estate management or re-gear opportunities.

Tuesday 10th December 2024

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