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.

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 Council
  • Councillor Steve Charmley, Deputy Leader, Shropshire Council
Thu 14 March

Estates Gazette Panel: Digital Connectivity

Time: 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Host: Damian Wild, Editor, Estates Gazette

  • Louise Brooke-Smith, Partner, UK Head of Development & Strategic Planning, Arcadis
  • Mark Martin CMLI, Chair, Worcester LEP Business Board
  • Rupert Parker, Director, Head of Futureproofing, Avison Young
  • Ian Tipton, Regional Director, Birmingham and Midlands, Stride Treglown
Thu 14 March

Great People and Places to Work – What’s Driving Investment and Development in Warwickshire?

Time: 12:30 pm - 12:45 pm

Speaker: Mark Ryder, Strategic Director for Communities (Acting), Warwickshire County Council

Thu 14 March

Invest Dudley: The Time is Now

Time: 2:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Speaker: Councillor Judy Foster, Deputy Leader, Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Thu 14 March

Global Cities of the Future

Time: 2:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Speaker: John Batten, Head of Global Cities, Arcadis

Thu 14 March

Future Cities: Smart, Stylish, Sustainable and Resilient

Time: 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Host: Dav Bansal, Director, Glenn Howells Architects

  • John Batten, Head of Global Cities, Arcadis
  • Lucy Blasdale, Head of Accelerated Delivery, Midlands, Homes England
  • Councillor Ian Courts, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Managed Growth, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Anthony Gahan, Chairman, IPSX Group
  • David Tomback, Development Economics Director, Historic England
Thu 14 March

Performance through Partnership

Time: 4:15 pm - 4:45 pm

Host: Adam Dent, Managing Director, Advent Communications

  • Kate Hughes, Director of Regional Strategy & Partnerships, University of Warwick
  • Anthony McCourt, CEO and Founder, Court Collaboration
  • Sarah Perry, Managing Partner, Wright Hassall Solicitors
  • Les Ratcliffe, Chairman, CW Champions
  • Martin Yardley, Deputy Chief Executive, Coventry City Council
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