Meet our Speakers & Panelists

Rob Allaway

Rob Allaway

Managing Director, Dev Comms

Rob is Managing Director of DevComms and has specialised in engagement and communications in property for more than 20 years. He has worked for landowners and developers on a wide range of complex planning applications and allocations including large urban extensions, retail, sports stadia, large-scale distribution and minerals and waste schemes.

His core work involves developing strategies for effective engagement, building relationships and working with local communities and their representatives to build trust and deliver successful development. Rob works across the South of England but is based in Buckinghamshire and is familiar with the local political landscape and the issues that tend to arise.

Phillipa Batting

Phillipa Batting

Managing Director, Buckinghamshire Business First

From leaving Ireland at the age of 17 to becoming Managing Director of Buckinghamshire Business First, Philippa has steadily worked towards a role that suits her down to the ground.  An accountant by profession, with more than 30 years’ experience of working within varied accounting environments in both the public and private sector, Philippa became Managing Director of Buckinghamshire Business First in April 2012. Under Philippa’s leadership, Buckinghamshire Business First has seen the business community it engages with grow to almost 11,000 organisations with almost 70% of the county’s private sector workforce employed within that community.  These businesses all benefit from support that facilitates growth in the local Buckinghamshire economy.

Matthew Battle

Matthew Battle

Managing Director, UK Property Forums (Joint Chair of the Judging Panel)

Matthew is the Founder and Managing Director of UK Property Forums. Established in 2004, UKPF enables conferences, events and networking opportunities across the Greater Thames Valley region including Oxford, Reading and Aylesbury. As part of the range of events which UKPF have created, he leads UK Prop Social, a networking club for 150+ members and also the Thames Valley offer at MIPIM UK and MIPIM Cannes, France. Having lived and studied in the Thames Valley, he is very informed about the region and passionate about the development of a group for all those involved in the Thames Valley property markets. 

Roz Bird

Roz Bird

Commercial Director, MEPC

A chartered surveyor and qualified marketer, Roz joined MEPC in 2007, becoming Estate Director at Granta Park in 2011. In 2014, following MEPC’s acquisition of 131 acres of development land around the Silverstone Circuit, Roz became Commercial Director of Silverstone Park and in 2015, a member of the MEPC Executive Committee. Roz is taking forward an ambitious plan for growth at Silverstone Park including: the development of a number of speculative industrial schemes, achievement of Enterprise Zone status, a new planning consent for 2.1m sq ft and the development of a growing number of high-tech networking events and a sports and social programme which both help to encourage a sense of community and opportunity on the park. In 2017 Roz was confirmed as one of Grant Thornton’s 100 “Faces of a Vibrant Economy” and in 2018 she was elected as Chair of the Silverstone Technology Cluster Board and also joined the board of the Niche Vehicle Network.

Charles Brocklehurst

Charles Brocklehurst

Major Projects & Estates Executive, Wycombe County Council

Charles is Wycombe District Council’s Head of Major Projects and Estates Executive, was Managing Director of ICE (Inner City Enterprises) and at the forefront of inner city regeneration in the 1980s and 1990s. Since leaving the company he has been running his own consultancy and development company, specialising in mixed-use developments.

Charles is married with four children, is an old boy of the Royal Grammar School in High Wycombe. His grandfather, George Brocklehurst, was mayor in the 1930s and laid the police station foundation stone.

Tim Burden

Tim Burden

Director - Planning, Turley

Tim is an experienced chartered town planner with wide-ranging involvement in housing, employment, student accommodation, care homes, leisure and retail developments over the past 15 years, on behalf of prominent house-builders, developers, public companies and landowners. His work has mainly been undertaken within the Thames Valley and surrounding area, where he is well versed in the opportunities that are presented. Tim also provides advice on planning policy at the national and regional levels. He has acted as Expert Witness in the High Court for a leading housebuilder, and regularly appears at appeal and at Examinations in Public for clients. Tim has a particular passion for community engagement and has extensive experience of working with a range of stakeholders, including local communities, statutory consultees and councils.

Michael Garvey

Michael Garvey

Managing Director, Chandler Garvey

Michael joined the firm in 2004 as a Director having previously been a Partner with Hicks Baker in Reading and prior to that a Director with Rogers Chapman in Bracknell. He is Chairman and Non-Executive Director of Buckinghamshire Business First, a Board Member of the Buckinghamshire (Thames Valley) Local Enterprise Partnership, A Director of Buckinghamshire Advantage, Joint Chair of the Connected Counties broadband delivery board and sits on various committees related to infrastructure in Buckinghamshire. Michael undertakes pro bono work for a number of charities is a regular contributor to the national and regional property press and a conference and business speaker, at venues including the Houses of Parliament and the European Parliament in Brussels.

Sarah Greenwood

Sarah Greenwood

Head of Strategic Growth, Homes England

Sarah has worked with Homes England for 13 years and is currently Head of Strategic Growth, responsible for coordinating the agency’s input into major projects in areas of high growth. She is the agency’s lead on OxCam and sits on the Arc’s Cross-Whitehall oversight board. An architect by profession, she has previously worked on significant housing development in both the public and private sector and has a keen interest in the role that housing can play in expediting economic growth.

Richard Harrington

Richard Harrington

Chief Executive, Buckinghamshire Thames Valley LEP

Richard has lead responsibility for a business led Local Enterprise Partnership at the Entrepreneurial Heart of Britain – with an economic output worth over £16 billion – including the development and implementation of a Bucks plan to align public and private sector investment and secure and invest European and UK Government funding to build the conditions for sustainable economic growth across Buckinghamshire and by collaborating with neighboring areas. He is currently leading the delivery of one of only three trailblazer Regional Industrial Strategies, overseeing impressive growth across the strategically important Aylesbury Vale Enterprise Zone, which includes the Aylesbury Woodlands mixed use development, securing funding to invest in incubation and innovation centres, development of a Skills Strategy for Buckinghamshire, and supporting Growth Hub activity to grow local business and attract inward investment. 

Andy Jansons

Andy Jansons

Managing Director, Jansons Property

Andy has been in property since 1983, working for various surveying practices before forming a commercial agency, Jansons and Partners, in the ’90s. After selling out to Colliers CRE, Andy formed Jansons Property in 2003 as a joint venture development company with the William Pears Group.Andy has a formidable reputation from years of experience and brings his tenacity, initiative and drive to getting positive results.

 

Eman Martin-Vignerte

Eman Martin-Vignerte

Head of Political Affairs and Government Relations, Bosch UK

Eman was born in Qatar and studied Electrical Engineering at Paderborn University in Germany and also Medical Equipment Engineering at the University of Ulm in Germany. She joined Bosch in 1999 as an SW engineer to work on the common rail diesel engine, where she developed the SW and HWQ for the Electronic Diesel (EDC) during the first 4 years of her employment. In 2004, she moved to the automotive division responsible for Hyundai customer services to become a team leader for the change management activities. Three years later she took on responsibility for Healthcare Telemedicine in the UK. From 2013, she was appointed Head of Political Affairs and Government Relations at Bosch.

David Michaels

David Michaels

Real Estate and Development Consultant, Blaser Mills

David has over 37 years’ experience as an expert in commercial and residential property transactions for UK and off-shore companies across many sectors.  His work includes property finance, commercial and residential development projects, building construction, landlord and tenant issues, remortgages, planning, licensing, housing associations and selling/buying companies whose only major asset is real estate.  He is also renowned as a specialist in acting for dental practices.

He is known for working to tight time constraints and works well under pressure.  He has a no-nonsense and straightforward approach to the work in hand, combined with a friendly and amiable personality.

Martin Reilly

Martin Reilly

Operations Director, Kier

 Martin has over 30 years of experience within the construction industry. A strong & decisive leader with a commercial background and passionate about the projects Kier undertake, delighting his clients and treating each member of the team and project stakeholders fairly and reasonably throughout the process.

Martin hasoverall responsibility for the works carried out from the Kier Thames Valley office at Maple Cross, and proud to have board level responsibility for Health Safety and Environmental issues for the regional business unit as a whole.

Kier has three offices within the Thames Valley region, Reading, Guildford and Maple Cross working across all sectors with a range of project values from £200k up to £60m.

Sir Anthony Seldon

Sir Anthony Seldon

Vice Chancellor, The University of Buckingham

Sir Anthony Seldon is one of Britain’s leading contemporary historians, educationalists, commentators and political authors. He was a transformative head for 20 years, first of Brighton College and then Wellington College. He is author or editor of over 35 books on contemporary history, including the inside books on the last four Prime Ministers, was the co-founder and first director of the Institute for Contemporary British History, is co-founder of Action for Happiness, honorary historical adviser to 10 Downing Street, UK Special Representative for Saudi Education, a member of the Government’s First World War Culture Committee, was chair of the Comment Awards, is a director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, the President of IPEN, (International Positive Education Network), Chair of the National Archives Trust, is patron or on the board of several charities, founder of the Via Sacra Western Front Walk, and was executive producer of the film Journey’s End. He appeared on the Desert Island Discs in 2016. For the last fifteen years he has given all his money from writing and lecturing to charity. He has three children; his wife of 34 years, Joanna, died of cancer in December 2016.

Mark Shaw

Mark Shaw

Deputy Leader, Buckinghamshire County Council

Mark Shaw is the Deputy Leader of the Buckinghamshire County Council. Conservative in flavour, Mark works closely with the Leader of the Council Martin Tett, on a range of issues affecting the county including transport (Chair of the Local Transport Body), Cambridge-Oxford Corridor and the amalgamation of the county into an Unitary Authority.

Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith

Corporate Affairs Director, Pinewood Studios Group

Andrew joined Pinewood Studios in June 2008 as Corporate Affairs Director. Prior to this, Andrew was Managing Partner of The Policy Partnership. He is also a non-Executive Director of Bucks Business First and Chairman of the Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership.

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