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Forthcoming Meetings

Thursday 16th February 2023


Neil Sinclair

Neil is a Non-Executive Director, serial entrepreneur and successful investor with extensive experience primarily in Real Estate & listed companies. This includes:



Chief Executive Officer, Palace Capital plc


Executive Chairman, Mission Capital plc


Co-Founder & Joint Chief Executive Officer, Sinclair Goldsmith Holdings plc



Non-Executive Director, Chestertons

Non-Executive Director, Humberts Ltd

Consultant, Arcadis UK

Non-Executive Director, Tops Estates plc

Chairman, London Active Management Ltd

Non-Executive Chairman, Baker Lorenz



Variety the Children’s Charity

Active participation in the strategy and operational activities of the charity.  Served as Trustee from 1984 - 1993, 1996 - 2000 and from 2011 - date.


Chief Barker (Chairman & Chief Executive)

Chairman & Founder of Variety Property Awards ‘the PROPS’

Thursday 23rd March 2023

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David Pearl

CEO Pearl & Coutts

David has been involved in property for over 50 years and owns a large portfolio of commercial and residential properties, with a strong preference for central London.

He is very ‘hands-on’ and has a large in-house team to manage most aspects of the business.

For over three decades they have built their practice upon reputation and results and have expanded the partnership and their team.

He has a passion for history and food.

Tuesday 25th April 2023


Colin Horton

Hortons Valuers

Colin is a top 10 business podcaster with over 10 years experience in Leasehold Enfranchisement.


He is a Multi Award-Winning valuer and Experienced expert witness. ‍


He has handled over 4000 cases and is a published writer with regular editorial pieces in industry press.

Thursday 18th May 2023


David Ereira

Ereira Mendoza & Co

A man who sees things in pictures is how David describes himself… acknowledging the importance of his creative vision in crafting a full-service consultancy with bespoke principles as Ereira Mendoza & Co is branded.

EM & Co was one of the first focused boutique investment agencies set up in 1990 with founding partner Daniel Mendoza.

For almost three decades they have built their practice upon reputation and results and have expanded the partnership and their team. They are well known for their straight talking advice to both institutional, and private investor clients within the commercial investment market. They present themselves as an investment agency – active nationwide and throughout Western Europe and Israel.

Developing investment opportunities, asset managing, and driving the company’s growth is David’s remit. His voracious multi-tasking makes him a natural networker, a skill that keeps his clients at the forefront of the market, and adds to the charisma and character of one of property’s great polymaths.

Communally David is a great advocate of seeking lay talent and actively mentors a small group of young professionals and assists them on their career path both professionally and communally. David is also Life President of Norwood (a national children's social services and learning disabled charity) and was also the founder of Young Norwood, underscoring his ability to seek and grow young talent in the work place. David currently holds other Trustee positions and advises on property and strategic matters to various private and public property companies. David is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and a Freeman of the City of London.

Tuesday 20th June 2023

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Melanie Leech CBE

Chief Executive

British Property Federation

Melanie joined the British Property Federation as Chief Executive in January 2015 having previously spent nine years as Director General of the Food and Drink Federation. 


Melanie began her working life as a Police Constable in the Metropolitan Police Service and subsequently held a number of senior roles in the civil service. Her role is to champion a diverse, successful and sustainable UK real estate sector recognised for the positive economic and social benefits it delivers to communities across the country.


Melanie is a Trustee of the property industry charity LandAid and a member of the Council of the University of Essex. She was awarded a CBE in 2015 for services to the food and drink industry.

Thursday 20th July 2023

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Phil Brown

Blue Badge Guide & Taxi Driver

We are going on a walk!

This meeting will be breakfast, a short talk by Phil and then a guided walk around St John's Wood.

Phil Brown was born in Stepney in the East End of London in the mid 1950s. He was brought into a traditional family in humble surroundings. In his formative years Phil attended the Oxford and St George’s youth club. Leaving secondary school at the age of 14 with no formal qualifications. His working life started as an apprentice jeweller in Hatton Garden. After a few years Phil became a market trader selling ladies fashion. At the age of 22 he took his first examination, the Knowledge of London. He is still active in the cab trade.

Phil passion for London history played a huge role in his later life. Studying at the City University and the Guildhall in the City of London. He enrolled onto
tourist guide courses, which he qualified in 2001. Since Phil has been leading bespoke walking tours across the capital. He also lectures on social history, incorporating immigration, poverty and education. Phil has appeared on BBC television and radio and is also a published article writer. In 2007 Phil began making short films documentaries based on the capital’s rich heritage. He was extremely surprised when his first film ‘The Golden Highway’ was selected as best film in this category. Phil has recently been commissioned to write a London book, it is titled ‘East End Chronicles

Tuesday 12th September 2023


Lucian Cook

Savills Plc

Lucian Cook is the Head of Residential Researchat Savills. He leads a team of 35 researchers, who cover everything from social housing to the prime markets of central London and development land to residential Investment.


He has been at Savills since 1993 and a director of the research team since 2007. He is one of the most quoted commentators on the UK housing market.

Thursday 19th October 2023


Robin Howeson


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.


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

Coventry Technical College – ONC Construction

Thursday 14th December 2023




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