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'INVESTING IN THE FUTURE' - People | Place | Economy

Tuesday 17th September 2019 - The Vox Conference Centre, Resorts World, Birmingham

  • Listen & Learn from Public and Private Sector Leaders

  • Network with the key players & stakeholders involved in the West Midlands economy

  • Be informed; understand the scale and extent of the opportunities in the West Midlands

  • Understand the challenges of achieving the West Midlands Growth strategy

WHAT IS THE WEST MIDLANDS FORUM FOR GROWTH?

“INVESTING IN THE FUTURE”

People | Place | Economy

Building on the past 3 years [see feedback] the theme for 2019 is ‘Investing in the future’ - People | Place | Economy

The day is centered on Investment and private and public Sector collaboration.

The morning session will be on ‘Inward Investment’ and economic growth. We will be looking at how the region can capitalise on its progress; showcasing the £10bn West Midlands Investment Portfolio and exploring how public and private sectors can collaborate to drive future growth. We will be featuring new technology and the ‘West Midlands Industrial Strategy’ - its part in driving economic growth.

The afternoon session will concentrate on people, places and communities. How can growth be inclusive and deliver positive social outcomes? With 215,000 new homes to deliver by 2031, housing will clearly feature strongly. We will be looking at how good design can deliver better, living stronger communities and enhance lives. We will also consider housing delivery and what part Modern Methods of Construction and Modular can play in generating quality homes on scale.

The conference will be an exciting mix of keynotes, panel sessions, presentations and breakout sessions; designed to explore the growth opportunities, to showcase major game-changing projects, innovation and technology; enterprise; housing and inward investment across the West Midlands.

There will be plenty of opportunities to get involved. We will be using ‘sli.do’ software to enable polling and questions from the audience and for you to have your say!

“INVESTING IN THE FUTURE”

People | Place | Economy

Building on the past 3 years [see feedback] the theme for 2019 is ‘Investing in the future’ - People | Place | Economy

The day centered on Investment and private and public sector collaboration.

The morning session will be on ‘Inward Investment’ and economic growth. We will be looking at how the region can capitalise on its progress; showcasing the £10bn West Midlands Investment portfolio and exploring how public and private sectors can collaborate to drive future growth. We will be featuring new technology and the ‘West Midlands Industrial Strategy’ - its part in driving economic growth.

The afternoon session will concentrate on people places and communities. How can growth be inclusive and deliver positive social outcomes? With 215,000 new homes to deliver by 2031, housing will clearly feature strongly. We will be looking at how good design can deliver better, living stronger communities and enhance lives. We will also consider housing delivery and what part Morden Methods of Construction and Modular can play in generating quality homes on scale.

The conference will be an exciting mix of keynotes, panel sessions, presentations and breakout sessions; designed to explore the growth opportunities, to showcase major game-changing projects, innovation and technology; enterprise; housing and inward investment across the West Midlands.

There will be plenty of opportunities to get involved. We will be using ‘sli.do’ software to enable polling and questions from the audience and for you to have your say!

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  • Organisations and individuals involved in or interested in the developing West Midlands / Midlands economy
  • Private Sector: Investors, Funds, Banks, Developers, Housebuilders, Housing Associations, Property Lawyers, Property Surveyors, Advisors, Consultants and Contractors
  • Public Sector: Government, Local Authorities, Constituent Authorities, Non Constituent Authorities, LEPs. Public Bodies and Associations

A one-day event that will deliver on multiple levels:

  • Be informed; understand the scale and extent of the opportunities in the West Midlands
  • Listen and learn; from Public (Central and Regional Government) and Private Sector Leaders
  • Gain valuable insights into the vision and ambitions of the West Midlands Combined Authority
  • Network with the key players and stakeholders in the West Midlands / Midlands economy
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Event Speakers

Deborah Cadman OBE

Chief Executive

West Midlands Combined Authority

Deborah became Chief Executive of the West Midlands Combined Authority in September 2017, following a long and distinguished career in public service.

After gaining a degree in politics, she began her career in 1984 with the London Borough of Newham, before moving to Birmingham City Council where she worked on major regeneration projects and gained a master’s degree in economics. Moving to Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council in 1996 as Head of Policy, Deborah gained a second master’s in management, before taking up a two-year secondment with the Department of Environment Transport and the Regions as Local Government Advisor to the Ministerial Team. In 2003, after being appointed the Audit Commission’s Best Value Service Lead Inspector for the London region, she became Chief Executive at St Edmundsbury Borough Council, before becoming Chief Executive of the East of England Development Agency. Deborah was Chief Executive of Suffolk County Council from 2011 to 2017 and has also been interim Chief Executive of Waveney District Council, Babergh District Council and Mid-Suffolk District Council.

She is a trustee of the Joseph Rowntree Trust and Joseph Rowntree Housing Foundation and as a dedicated and passionate female advocate at the forefront of the public sector, Deborah recently won the First Women Award for Public Service. Deborah is listed in Local Government Chronicle’s ‘100 Most Influential in the Sector’. Deborah was awarded an OBE in 2006 for services to local government.

Andy Street CBE

Mayor

West Midlands

Andy Street was elected as the first Mayor of the West Midlands on May 4 2017. The primary function of the role is to chair the West Midlands Combined Authority and brings with it significant powers over transport, housing, skills and jobs.

Before becoming Mayor, Andy combined a career with John Lewis, Britain’s most successful workers’ co-operative, with a host of high-profile economic development roles, working with local and national government.

He was the Chair of the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership between 2011 and 2016, helping to build the relationships that have underpinned the economic growth of the region. Additionally, he has been lead non-executive director for the Department for Communities and Local Government as well as a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group.

In June 2015, Andy was awarded the CBE for services to the national economy. He was named the ‘Most Admired Leader’ of the year by business magazine, Management Today in 2014. He received the ‘President’s award’ from the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce in for his work in the region.

David Jennings

Chairman

Movers & Shakers

Managing Director - Business Vantage Ltd
Chairman - Movers & Shakers Property Networking Forum

David started his career in Construction and Property. In 1990 he jointly founded and was a Joint Managing Director of the Salisbury Consulting Group; he sold his interest in 1995. In 1996 he formed Business Vantage, a business and research consultancy which specialises in property and construction and advises major UK plc’s.

David is the Founder Director and Chairman of Movers & Shakers formed in 1996 the UK’s most successful and popular networking forum.

He is also a Founder Director and shareholder of Stonemartin plc, an AIM listed serviced office business; founded in 1999.

David is Founder Director and shareholder of ResourceFull Ltd formerly Nice4Work Ltd.

Dr Colin Clinton

Consultant Investment Advisor

West Midlands Growth Company

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Leigh Natasha Salter

Managing Director

Movers & Shakers

Leigh Natasha Salter is Managing Director of Movers & Shakers, having formerly been the Business and Events Director. Leigh has been responsible for developing the brand over the last 12 years and was responsible for the launch of the Movers & Shakers UK Regional events programme. Previously she worked in marketing, communications and research, and also ran the Windsor & Maidenhead Borough’s Business to Community Partnership, facilitating CSR for businesses. She qualified at Oxford University with a BA Honours in Human Sciences, and a scholarship, and is also a member of the BPF, WPA and UK-GBC.

Martin Reeves

Chief Executive

Coventry City Council

Martin has been Chief Executive of Coventry City Council since April 2009. He had previously been with Bedfordshire County Council for three and a half years as Assistant Chief Executive and Chief Executive.

Martin was previously Head of Performance Improvement at Westminster City Council. He was also Programme Director for WorkSmart the City Council’s flagship transformation programme. Martin spent much of his early career as a lecturer and researcher, and has a PhD in applied economics. He was the President of SOLACE in 2013 and now leads their Digital Leadership Network. He is also the Local Government Association (LGA) National Procurement Champion.

In 2015, Martin was invited onto the independent taskforce, which produced the new 5 year national cancer strategy. He co-chairs the national systems leadership board and chairs the national cross system board for sustainable health & social care (taking over from Jonathan Porritt).

He is also a member of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Advisory Board. In November 2015 Martin was included in the top 20 of the Local Government Chronicle’s list of the 100 most influential people in local government.

Neil Rami

Chief Executive

West Midlands Growth Company

Neil oversees the West Midlands Growth Company (WMGC), formerly Marketing Birmingham, which was established in April 2017 to create new jobs, expand existing businesses and attract new investment and visitors to the region, aligned to the ambitions set out in the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) Strategic Economic Plan.

Under Neil’s leadership of Marketing Birmingham, the city secured the highest number of foreign direct investment projects on record, attracting significant new investments from companies such as HSBC, Deutsche Bank, Jaguar Land Rover and ASOS. The city’s visitor economy has also grown significantly in recent years, with Birmingham enjoying the largest growth in international visitors of any UK city outside London and the tourism sector now contributing £6.5 billion to the local economy, a 22% increase (£1.16bn) since 2013.

Previously, Neil held similar roles in Liverpool and Newcastle upon Tyne. He is a member of the British Tourism Industry Group; Chair of the Midlands Trade and Investment Group and is a former Governor and Board Member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Neil is also a Board member of Creative England

Sarah Middleton

Chief Executive

Black Country Consortium Ltd

Sarah is the Chief Executive of Black Country Consortium Limited (BCC) since its incorporation in 2006. Sarah joined the Consortium Partnership in October 1999 and has been central in developing the Black Country Sub-Regional partnership and its 30 year vision including the Economic Strategy and Spatial Strategy, establishing joint approaches on Planning, Investment, Economic Intelligence and the Black Country Education and Skills Strategy. She has also supported the West Midlands Combined Authority on the development of the Combined Authority Strategic Economic Plan. Sarah qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG and previous roles include Deputy Chief Executive for East Mercia Chamber of Commerce (including responsibilities as General Manager for Business Link Walsall) and Chief Executive of Walsall City Challenge.

Nicola Hewitt

Commercial Director

West Midlands Growth Company

Nicola leads the West Midlands Growth Company’s inward investment programme, as well the commercial division of the organisation, overseeing the services in place for supporting investors that are locating or expanding in the region. Nicola manages highly targeted campaigns that focus on the West Midlands’ sectors of strength and key overseas markets. Nicola was previously Director of Marketing and Communications consultancy View from the Hill, following on from international marketing roles at Hoople, Brintons and Codemasters.

Robin Dobson

Director, Retail Development

Hammerson

Having trained as a Civil Engineer and then Chartered Surveyor, Robin leads the development team and is responsible for bringing forward future regeneration schemes together with retail/asset extensions. Completed projects include The Oracle, Reading; Bullring, Birmingham; Highcross, Leicester; Cabot Circus, Bristol; Union Square, Aberdeen; Victoria Gate, Leeds and Watermark, Southampton.

He also worked with Hammerson France to deliver Terrasses du Port, a €450m retail led redevelopment of the Marseille docks which opened in 2014.

Robin also has responsibility for bringing forward pipeline Joint Venture development projects in Croydon and Brent Cross in London.

Robin sits on the CR Board and Investment Committee at Hammerson and is a member of the BPF and FRICS.

Carl Potter

Regional Senior Director

Avison Young

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Dr Julie Nugent

Director of Productivity & Skills

West Midlands Combined Authority

Dr Julie Nugent has extensive experience in the productivity and skills sector having held a range of senior roles across government and the further education sector. She has particular expertise in financing further education and has led on developing new funding systems for the Skills Funding Agency and the Learning and Skills Council. Julie has worked in the Black Country and in Birmingham which has provided her with a keen understanding of the importance of skills in improving economic competitiveness and people’s life chances.
Most recently Julie led on the West Midlands negotiations with Government securing the first Skills Deal in the country with additional investment of £100 million to develop the regions skills.

Mark Farmer

Founding Director & CEO

Cast Consultancy

Mark has nearly 30 years of experience in the construction and real estate sectors and has become a recognised commentator and thought leader on a variety of issues. He has been at the forefront of emerging UK residential market segments such as Build to Rent and Later Living. He is also playing a leading role in the progressive modernisation of the construction industry. Mark is a member of the RICS, Vice Chairman of the ULI UK Residential Council, a member of the BPF Build to Rent sub-committee and co-chairman of Constructing Excellence. Mark authored the October 2016 UK Government Review of the Construction Labour Market Model entitled ‘Modernise or Die’.

Kevin McCloud

TV Presenter and HAB Founder & Brand Ambassador

HAB Housing

Kevin McCloud a property journalist, designer and television presenter.
In 2007 Kevin founded HAB which stands for ‘Happiness Architecture and Beauty’ with the purpose to challenge the way identikit volume housing was built in the UK.
The houses and places built by HAB are to respect the local context, biodiversity, landscape and the community. Kevin’s mission for HAB is to make homes that lift the spirits, that are a pleasure to live in, and are a joy to behold.
In 2014 Kevin was appointed an MBE in the new year honours for services to sustainable design and energy saving property refurbishment.

Ashley Kensington

Managing Director

St Joseph

Ashley was appointed Managing Director of St Joseph in May 2019. St Joseph is Berkeley Group’s newest division and with an aim of developing residentially led mixed use developments in the West Midlands. Ashley joined the Berkeley Group in 2000 and has held various posts in St James, Berkeley Commercial and St William. Ashley’s previous roles with the Group have been focused on property acquisition and securing planning permission on sites acquired in London and the Southeast.

Gavin Windbanks

Deputy Director

Department for International Trade

Prior to joining the Department for International Trade, Gavin worked in the financial services sector for more than 15 years, with 11 years at Macquarie Group including in his final role as the Chief of Staff to the CEO EMEA. Gavin is currently director for Capital Investment at he Department for International Trade.

Bek Seeley

Chief Operating Officer, UK Development

Lendlease

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Superintendent Sean Russell

Mental Health Commission Director

WMCA

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Louise Wyman

Design Lead

WMCA

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Waheed Nazir

Corporate Director for Economy

Birmingham City Council

As Corporate Director Economy, Birmingham City Council, Waheed has worked for the authority in various roles for 20 years.

Waheed provides strategic leadership and direction across a wide portfolio, including the Council’s property portfolio, planning, regeneration, housing development, transportation and connectivity, highways and infrastructure, skills and employment, business development and inward investment.

Waheed led the major transformation of the city centre through the Big City Plan, bringing forward key projects including Birmingham Smithfield, Snowhill, Paradise and New Street redevelopment. He oversees £2.5bn public sector investment through the Enterprise Zone and HS2 Curzon masterplan.

Alongside leading Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust, one of the city’s largest housebuilders, Waheed led the Council to set up a series of commercial vehicles including InReach, the Council’s vehicle for building new homes across the city, and the development of an investment vehicle for commercial property to help deliver growth.

Waheed is a non-executive Director of Birmingham Airport Holdings Limited.

Waheed is a columnist for Estates Gazette, and a visiting Professor at Birmingham City University, he mentors a number of graduates demonstrating commitment to support the development of future professionals in the field.

Waheed was awarded an honorary Doctorate by Aston University in July 2017.

Ben Denton

Managing Director

Legal & General Affordable Homes

Ben Denton is Managing Director of L&G Affordable Homes. L&G Affordable Homes’ set up in 2018 with an ambitious business plan to develop 3,000 affordable homes pa by 2022 alongside building a best in class customer services experience. L&G are investing patient, long-term capital in order to grow the capacity of the affordable housing sector and in so doing, deliver societally important outcomes. L&G Affordable Homes sits alongside L&G’s other housing businesses including BTR, Modular, Cala and Inspired Villages Group. Prior to L&G, Ben held a number of positions in the public and private sectors, delivering residential led development and regeneration.

Ian MacLeod

Assistant Director Planning

Birmingham City Council

Ian MacLeod has worked for Birmingham City Council for over 15 years. He led the preparation of the Birmingham Development Plan which sets the strategic planning policy for the City over the next 15 years and will deliver over 51,000 new homes, over 700,000 sq m of office development and over 300 hectares of industrial land. This included leading work on the Green Belt review and associated evidence base which has resulted in the allocations of 6,000 homes at the Langley Sustainable Urban Extension and 71 hectares at the Peddimore employment site.

He led the procurement process for the Peddimore scheme which led to the appointment of IM Properties for the first phase of the development which has delivered a successful outcome for the City both of terms of the Capital receipt and social value outcomes. He also leads work on a number of key regeneration schemes including the Commonwealth Games Athletes Village and the wider regeneration of Perry Barr, the Advanced Manufacturing Hub in Aston which has to date delivered over 1200 jobs and £50million of private sector investment and emerging the Masterplans for the NEC and the life science campus in Selly Oak.

Prof. Jackie Dunne

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Access & Lifelong Learning)

University of Wolverhampton

Jackie is Deputy Vice- Chancellor (Regional Engagement) at the University of Wolverhampton, having previously worked at Leicester and Coventry University. At national level, Jackie has been active in the field of lifelong learning and part-time higher education and was Honorary Secretary of the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning (UALL). She has been involved in a number of national initiatives in part–time higher education and lifelong learning. She was a Board member of the Universities Vocational Awards Council (UVAC) between 2008 and 2010. Her research interests include higher education and lifelong learning policy and practice, distance and online learning, and has written and published in these areas. She is Chair of the Universities UK Latin America Network and a Trustee of the Children’s University. Jackie is also a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has held a number of regional roles in the East Midlands and been active in the local economic development and skills arena. Currently, Chair of the Black Country LEP Employment and Skills Board, Advisory member of the Black Country LEP Board and involved West Midlands Combined Authority groups.

Joe Reeves

Executive Director of Strategy and Growth

Midland Heart

Joe Reeves is the Executive Director of Strategy and Growth for Midland Heart, a leading Midlands based housing association with over 33,000 homes in management. As Director of Strategy and Growth, Joe is responsible for Midland Heart’s housing new build and acquisition programme which is projected to deliver in excess of 3,300 homes over the next five years. Joe joined Midland Heart following a period of 16 years at PwC in the Corporate Finance Infrastructure and Government team. As a Director at PwC, Joe acted as lead commercial advisor on major housing and other social infrastructure public private partnership projects across the UK with a combined capital value of £1.5bn.

Tim Johnson

Managing Director

City of Wolverhampton Council

Tim is Managing Director of the City of Wolverhampton Council having been appointed to the role in July 2018. Prior to this, he was the council’s Deputy Managing Director and Strategic Director of Place.

In the five years he has worked at the City of Wolverhampton Council, Tim has played a major part in the transformation of the city and the council. This was nationally recognised in June 2017 when the City of Wolverhampton Council won a record four awards at the prestigious MJ Local Government Achievement Awards 2017 including Local Authority of the Year, Most Improved Council and Senior Leadership Team of the Year.

Tim has over 20 years’ experience in local government working for Liverpool City Council, London Borough of Hillingdon, Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council and Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council before joining the City of Wolverhampton Council in May 2013.

Matthew Rhodes

Chair

Energy Capital West Midlands

Matthew Rhodes is Chair of Energy Capital West Midlands. Energy Capital is a public-private partnership responsible to the Mayor of the West Midlands for delivering the West Midlands Regional Energy Strategy.

Matthew’s career spans energy, manufacturing and management consultancy. From 2003 to 2017 he founded and led an engineering and building physics consultancy specialising in low carbon innovation, developing and delivering collaborative projects at the leading edge of the energy system transition, particularly in housing and community contexts. He’s a Board member of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership and the Sustainable Housing Action Partnership.

Matthew trained in engineering, economics and management at Oxford University. He’s a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and an Honorary Research Fellow in Energy Policy at Exeter University.

Amy Harhoff

Director of Regeneration & Growth

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Amy joined Sandwell as Director of Regeneration and Growth in 2018. Since joining Sandwell Amy has been focused in transforming services, ensuring the strategic position of the borough, delivering inclusive economies and community wealth building. Prior to joining The West Midlands, Amy led the Corporate Affairs Directorate for Transport for Greater Manchester supporting 10 Metropolitan Authorities and the Mayor of Greater Manchester. Amy was part of the senior team who established Transport for the North (the first statutory sub-national transport body in England) and led key policy and delivery activity including the Northern Power House Independent Economic Review and subsequent work to develop the statutory Transport Plan. Amy was also part of the senior team who developed the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority model and initial Mayoral Devolution Deal in 2015, she led key works including the infrastructure investment plan, growth deal and multiportfolio infrastructure investment fund. Amy is proud to have worked on place agendas across England and passionately believes in the potential of areas to exceed their trajectory delivering inclusive economic growth for business and communities.

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