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.

Wed 13 March

City of Wolverhampton: A Residential Game-changer

Time: 12:15 pm - 12:30 pm
  • Richard Lawrence, Director of Regeneration, City of Wolverhampton Council
  • Anthony McCourt, CEO and Founder, Court Collaboration
Wed 13 March

Birmingham’s Southern Gateway

Time: 12:30 pm - 12:45 pm
  • Councillor Ian Ward, Leader, Birmingham City Council
  • 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
  • James Mulcare, Land Director, 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 Birmingham
  • 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
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 of Regional Strategy & Partnerships, University of Warwick
  • Chris Langdon, Development and Investment Director, ENGIE
  • 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

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