Some 40 debates, discussions and presentations will be held in the Midlands UK Pavilion location C16.D, considering opportunities within the real estate cycle that range from connectivity to inclusive growth. Experts and senior figures from across the Midlands will also explore the region’s key real estate sectors – including residential, office & mixed use, life sciences, digital & creative, and manufacturing & logistics.

Wed 13 March

Birmingham’s Southern Gateway

Time: 12:30 pm - 12:45 pm
  • Richard Cowell, Assistant Director, Development, Birmingham City Council
  • Bek Seeley, Commercial Director, Lendlease
Wed 13 March

Making ‘Alternative’ Housing a Mainstream Solution

Time: 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Host: Ben Derbyshire, President, RIBA

  • Tim Johnson, Managing Director, City of Wolverhampton Council
  • Anthony McCourt, CEO and Founder, Court Collaboration
  • Stuart Pratt, Godwin Developments
  • Sophie White, Head of PRS and Complex Projects, Homes England
Wed 13 March

Nottingham: The Growth of Nottingham’s Southside

Time: 2:30 pm - 2:45 pm

Speaker: Councillor Jon Collins, Leader, Nottingham City Council

Wed 13 March

Leicester and Leicestershire: Space for Growth

Time: 3:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Speaker: Jon Bennett, Head of Strategic Property, Leicestershire County Council

Wed 13 March

Delivering Quality, Scale and Flexibility for End Occupiers

Time: 3:15 pm - 3:45 pm

Host: Andy Pyle, Head of Real Estate, KPMG

  • Rob Groves, Project Director, Paradise
  • Frank Horsley, Head of Economic Regeneration, Derbyshire County Council
  • Melanie Leech CBE, CEO, British Property Federation
  • Richard Moon, Director of Project Management & Property Services, Coventry City Council
Wed 13 March

Telford’s Ni-Park: Science, Innovation & Agri Technology

Time: 4:00 pm - 4:15 pm

Speaker: Katherine Kynaston, Assistant Director of Business, Development & Employment, Telford & Wrekin Council

Wed 13 March

Hereford Enterprise Zone – Skylon Park Investment Opportunities

Time: 4:15 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Mark Pearce, Managing Director, Skylon Park
  • David Harlow, Cabinet Member for Economy and Communications, Herefordshire Council
Wed 13 March

WMCA: Housing in the West Midlands

Time: 4:30 pm - 4:45 pm
  • Deborah Cadman OBE, CEO, West Midlands Combined Authority
  • Nick Walkley, CEO, Homes England
Wed 13 March

Regeneration through Sport

Time: 5:15 pm - 5:45 pm

Host: James Middling, Global Head of Sport & Events, Mott MacDonald

  • Professor Tracy Bhamra, Pro Vice Chancellor (Enterprise) and Professor of Sustainable Design, Loughborough University
  • Lucy Homer, General Manager Design & Technical, Managing Director, Scape Principal Works – Lendlease Europe
  • David Nuttall, Strategic Lead (European City of Sport, UK City of Culture and Commonwealth Games), Coventry City Council
  • Ioannis Vrentzos, CEO, Nottingham Forest FC
  • Councillor Ian Ward, Leader, Birmingham City Council
Thu 14 March

Achieving Good Growth for the Midlands

Time: 11:00 am - 11:30 am

Host: David Frost, Chair, Stoke and Staffordshire LEP

  • Andy Gutherson, Executive Director of Place, Lincolnshire County Council
  • Kate Hughes, Director Regional Strategy & partnerships, University of Warwick
  • Martin Smithurst, Chief Operating Officer, Engie UK
  • Rob Valentine, Director, Bruntwood
Thu 14 March

City Centres of the Future & Preparing for UK City of Culture

Time: 11:30 am - 11:45 am

Speaker: David Nuttall, Strategic Lead (European City of Sport, UK City of Culture and Commonwealth Games), Coventry City Council

Thu 14 March

Shropshire: Rooted in Heritage, Developing for the Future

Time: 11:45 am - 12:00 pm
  • Mark Barrow, Executive Director for Place, Shropshire County Council
  • Councillor Steve Charmley, Deputy Leader, Shropshire County Council
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