43 debates, discussions and presentations were held in the Midlands UK Pavilion location C16.D, considering opportunities within the real estate cycle that ranged from connectivity to inclusive growth. Experts and senior figures from across the Midlands also explored the region’s key real estate sectors – including residential, office & mixed-use, life sciences, tech & creative, and manufacturing & logistics.

Tue 12 March

Derby: The UK Capital for Innovation

Time: 2:45 pm - 3:00 pm
  • John Forkin, Managing Director, Marketing Derby
  • Judith Lamie, Pro Vice-Chancellor, External Affairs, The University of Derby
Tue 12 March

Investment showcase: Life Sciences, Tech & Creative

Time: 3:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Speaker: Carl Potter, Managing Director Birmingham, Avison Young

Tue 12 March

Panel Discussion: Life Sciences, Tech & Creative

Time: 3:15 pm - 3:45 pm

Host: Carl Potter, Managing Director Birmingham, Avison Young

  • Rachel Dickie, Head of Urban Regeneration, Legal & General Capital
  • Monica Fogarty, CEO, Warwickshire County Council
  • Mark Lee, CEO, Calthorpe Estates
  • Will Wells, Head of Research Partnerships, University of Leicester
Tue 12 March

Investment Showcase: Manufacturing & Logistics

Time: 4:00 pm - 4:15 pm

Speaker: Nick Mullins, Executive Director, Lambert Smith Hampton

Tue 12 March

Panel Discussion: Manufacturing & Logistics

Time: 4:15 pm - 4:45 pm

Host: Kevin Mofid, Director Research, Savills

  • David Cockroft, Regional Director, Harworth Group
  • Daniel Gallagher, Joint Managing Director, Stoford
  • Andy Gutherson, Executive Director of Place, Lincolnshire County Council
  • Karen Smart, Managing Director, East Midlands Airport
Tue 12 March

Grantham Growth

Time: 4:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Speaker: Councillor Matthew Lee, Chair, InvestSK

Tue 12 March

Leicester and Leicestershire: Everyone Wants a Smart New Office in Leicester, UK

Time: 5:00 pm - 5:15 pm

Speaker: Matthew Wallace, Director of Estates and Building Services, Leicester City Council

Tue 12 March

Welcome Reception

Time: 5:30 pm
  • Sir John Peace, Chair, Midlands Engine
  • Andy Street CBE, Mayor of the West Midlands
  • Councillor Jon Collins, Leader, Nottingham City Council
Wed 13 March


Time: 10:15 am - 10:45 am

Host: Neil Rami, CEO, West Midlands Growth Company

  • Dean Banks, CEO, UK Construction Services, Balfour Beatty
  • James Danby, Head of Commercial Development, HS2 Phase One North
  • Elizabeth Fagan, Chair, D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership
  • Tony Pidgley CBE, Chair, Berkeley Group
  • Jane Richards, Director, Head of Building Structures UK, WSP
Wed 13 March

Investment Showcase: Residential

Time: 11:00 am - 11:15 am

Speaker: Will Jordan, Partner, Head of Birmingham Residential Development, Knight Frank

Wed 13 March

Housing: More Haste, Less Speed?

Time: 11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Host: Gareth Bradford, Director of Housing & Regeneration, WMCA

  • Martin Feakes, Director of Buildings, Ramboll
  • Sir Edward Lister, Chair, Homes England
  • Anthony McCourt, CEO and Founder, Court Collaboration
  • Rob Perrins, Chief Executive, Berkeley Group
  • Nick Worboys, Director of Development and Sales, Longhurst Group Limited
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