MIPIM 2019: UK Government Pavilion Programme


12 Mar 2019 to 14 Mar 201903/12/2019 09:00am 03/14/2019 07:00pm MIPIM 2019: UK Government Pavilion Programme Partnering with the Department for International Trade, we will be showcasing the strength of UK property to the global investment market at MIPIM Cannes. UK Government Pavilion MIPIM, Cannes Europe/London public

UK Government Pavilion MIPIM, Cannes

Partnering with the Department for International Trade, we will be showcasing the strength of UK property to the global investment market at MIPIM Cannes. Join us at the UK Government Pavilion for a three-day programme of talks, debates and panel sessions featuring leading figures from the private sector and senior government officials. 


09:00 – 10:30: Sponsored Breakfast - Driving the North's Ambitions - Backing Northern Powerhouse Rail

On the back of a new survey of businesses across the North, a discussion on the effects that those businesses foresee from Northern Powerhouse Rail and new wider transport infrastructure across the North of England, highlighting the opportunities and challenges for real estate and other investment and development as a result. 

Facilitated by Henri Murison of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership this senior level panel will include international perspectives and the link with growth from housing to aviation.

Speakers and Chair

  • Chair: Henri Murison, NPP
  • Anna Heaton: Partner, Addleshaw Goddard
  • Barry White: Chief Executive, Transport for the North
  • Charlie Cornish: Chief Executive, Manchester Airport Group
  • Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe: Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority
  • Jessica Bowles: Director of Strategy, Bruntwood 

11:00 – 11:45: Investing in the UK: The reality, opportunities and challenge

This session looks at the opportunities for and challenges facing investors in the UK and its built environment. 

The UK is a world leader in education, innovation and business, and the Government’s national, regional and local agendas are set to maintain and elevate this. Consequently, the opportunities for real estate investment are irrefutable – the real estate sector enables productivity, economic growth and social wellbeing through the physical fabric that it creates. 

Panelists will consider what is required by investors and key stakeholders, including politicians and the wider general public, to ensure the real estate sector continues to underpin government objectives for the UK’s future.  

Speakers and Chair

  • Chair: Mark Slaughter, DIT Director General for Investment
  • Helen Gordon, Chief Executive, Grainger
  • Mark Rose, Chief Executive Officer, Avison Young
  • Simon Murphy, CEO, BPSDC

11:45 – 12:45: Drop in surgery

Ministry of Housing Communities & Local Government and the Department for International Trade

13:00 – 13:45: Trowers & Hamlins sponsored lunchtime session

Showcasing 3 new reports:

  1. Town centre regeneration - The way people live, work, shop and use technology is rapidly evolving and the resulting need to better future proof our towns.
  2. Estate regeneration - The need to garner local support and harness the energy of communities in support of development has never been greater - but how can this be done?  
  3. Innovative investment in workplace - The changing dynamic in commercial space, driven by growth in co-working, serviced offices and agile working, means landlords are having to do more to attract tenants.

14:00 – 14:45: Technology and Innovation: Investors in technology

Real estate is at a time of tremendous challenge and opportunity. Every aspect of the sector is at the early stages of technology-driven disruption; changing how real estate is built, managed and occupied.

Digital transformation of the real estate sector will become imperative for the success of the UK economy, and leading in this space will become a key market differentiator on a global stage.

This session provides an opportunity to discuss the impact of these disruptions, the opportunities and challenges that arise and how market players are responding.

Speakers and Chair

  • Chair: Susan Freeman, Mishcon de Reya
  • Oli Farago, CEO, Coyote Software
  • Gabrielle MacMillan, CEO, Equiem
  • Aaron Block, CEO and Co-Founder, MetaProp
  • Sally Jones, Head of Strategy and Investment, British Land
  • Guy Grainger, EMEA CEO, JLL

15:00 – 15:45: Drop in surgery

Homes England and the Office of Government Property 

16:00 – 16:45: Sharing risk and reward

The public sector can rarely be the sole implementer of large urban regeneration projects.

Private investment is key to securing the necessary financial resources, while the viability of regeneration efforts relies largely on buy-in from the community and private sector. Urban regeneration takes time.

Speakers and Chair

  • Chair: Jessica Bowles, Director of Strategy, Bruntwood
  • Angela Harrowing, Programme Director, Office of Government Property
  • Nick Walkley, Chief Executive, Homes England
  • Dave Smith, Managing Director, Sheffield City Region
  • Victoria Quinlain, Managing Director, Investment Management, Europe, Lendlease
  • Owen Michaelson, CEO, Harworth Group 

16:45 – 17:30: Transforming the public sector estate: Investing in better services and vibrant communities

Speakers and Chair

  • Chair: Ellen Vernon, Programme Director, One Public Estate, Local Government Association
  • Angela Harrowing, Programme Director - Disposals, Housing and Public Estate, Cabinet Office
  • Stephen Kinsella, Executive Director – Land, Homes England
  • Stewart Murray, Strategic Director Economic Growth, London Borough Waltham Forest
  • Roger Marsh, Chair, Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership and NP11
  • Richard Blakeway, Chair, BexleyCo

17:30 – 19:00: Office of Government Property Reception: Sponsored by U+I Group 

Please join us for an early evening reception hosted by the Government Chief Property Officer, Dr Janet Young, in partnership with U+I Group and supported by the British Property Federation. The event will provide a fantastic chance to network with senior officials from the Office of Government Property, Government Property Agency and wider UK property industry, learn about the major property programmes seeking to transform the public estate portfolio and explore opportunities for greater public and private sector collaboration. 

Welcome and Introduction by:

  • Dr Janet Young, Government Chief Property Officer, Cabinet Office 
  • Melanie Leech, CEO, British Property Federation 
  • Isabelle Hease, Head of Research and Analytics, Ellandi (BPF Futures member)
  • Simon Hesketh, Director of Regeneration, U+I Group


9:00 – 9:45: Breakfast session sponsored by RIBA

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), Local Government Association (LGA) and Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) announce the 2019 Future Places during a breakfast event.

The 2019 Future Places will then be part of the two-phase initiative unlocking placemaking potential in English local authorities by promoting and supporting quality in design, future thinking and knowledge sharing.

Speakers and Chair

  • Introduction speaker: Patricia Brown, Centre for London, Vice Chair of British Property Federation’s Development Committee
  • Ben Derbyshire, RIBA President 
  • John Acres, President of RTPI

10:00 – 10:45: Integrated UK: How London and the Regions have built a Global Financial Sector

London is and will remain a global hub for Financial and Professional Services (FPS).  Yet there are 2.2m jobs outside of the capital, across the UK, that support the sector. This reflects a sophisticated and dynamic ecosystem in the UK, with many head office functions in London supported by middle and back offices in regional hubs. 

This session will discuss and illustrate the importance of the regional cities to the FPS sector, collaboration not competition, highlighting the crucial role that cities play in supporting regional growth in the national interest. Cities collaborating have the potential to drive economic growth nationwide and to cement the UK’s position as the world’s leading global financial hub. 

London and other cities of the UK complement each other, London’s strong offer supports the FPS sector across the UK – while expertise in the regional cities supports London. 

Speakers and Chair

  • Chair: Catherine McGuiness, Regional Co-Optimism, City of London
  • Cllr Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council
  • Cllr Huw Thomas, Leader of Cardiff Council
  • Cllr Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council
  • John Dickie, Director of Strategy and Policy, London First

11:45 – 11:45: Metro Mayoral Panel session

This headlining panel provides an opportunity for the Metro Mayors to clearly set out the story for their area, and to discuss the ways in which the real estate sector can best support and provide for their local communities.

Speakers and Chair

  • Chair: Marian Sudbury DIT Director of UK Regions  
  • Andy Burnham, Metro Mayor, Greater Manchester Combined Authority
  • Andy Street, Metro Mayor, West Midlands Combined Authority
  • Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor, Liverpool City Region
  • Tim Bowles, Metro Mayor, West of England Combined Authority

12:00 – 12:45: Urban revolution: re-imagining the future

This session looks at the changing ways in which people are using our town and city centres – and the real estate industry and Government’s response to who or what is affecting this change, and real estate’s role in underpinning a successful future for the UK’s urban environments and the communities they serve. 

It provides a platform for each participant to share their vision for the future of our town and city centres, and to provide an overview for the developer / investor audience as to the opportunities presented. 

Speakers and Chair

  • Chair: Susan CaldwellDIT Director Business & Investor Relations 
  • Robert Noel, Chief Executive, Landsec
  • Simon Ridley, Director General, Decentralisation and Growth, MHCLG
  • Danielle Gillespie, General Manager North West, Homes England
  • Mark Robinson, Property Director & Co Founder, Ellandi 
  • Tom Bridges, Director, Cities Advisory, Arup

13:00 – 13:45 Manchester Airport: Fulfilling the potential of one of the UK’s greatest growth Corridors. 

The Northern Powerhouse has gained significant momentum with over £100bn of investment planned from Liverpool to Hull, with Manchester City region sitting at its heart.  

Post Brexit, improving productivity is the number one domestic priority and this corridor offers perhaps the greatest opportunity. 

Speakers and Chair

  • To be advised

14:00 – 14:45: Disrupting traditional models

The failure of traditional housing models to provide the new homes that the UK needs is encouraging innovation and disruption in a sector that has seen little productivity growth over the last 30 years. 

Non-traditional models of delivery, be they led by housing associations, institutions, public-private partnerships or businesses from outside the property industry, are emerging in response. 

This session provides an opportunity to assess the role of design and innovation in helping to overcome some of the causes of the housing crisis.   

Speakers and Chair

  • Chair: Sir Edward Lister
  • Tim Heatley, Founder, Capital & Centric
  • Olivia Harris, CEO, Dolphin Living
  • Bill Hughes, Head of Real Assets, Legal and General Investment Management
  • Fiona Scott, Director, Gort Scott

15:00 – 15:45: Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland: Opportunities and potential for growth

The Launch of the Capital Investment Portfolio for Wales, followed by a panel session focusing on the UK Nations.  

Speakers and Chair

  • Chair: David Melhuish, Director, Scottish Property Federation
  • Peter Gladwell, Head of Public Sector Partnerships, Legal & General
  • Rob Holt, Board Director for Strategic Services, Robertson Group
  • Cathy Reynolds, Director of City Regeneration & Development at Belfast City Council

15:45 – 16:30: The Oxford & Cambridge Arc. Prosperity and Economic Growth

There is a transformational opportunity for economic and housing growth in the Oxford-Cambridge Arc. 

With the right interventions and investment, transformational growth can be unlocked to amplify the Arc’s position as a world-leading place for high-value growth, innovation, sustainability, quality-design places and thriving communities. 

The ambition to build up to 1 million homes by 2050 will require a step change in housing delivery, including engagement on how this can be accommodated through vibrant new and expanded settlements. 

This session provides an opportunity to discuss a long-term programme where an integrated approach for growth, involving infrastructure, housing, economy and environment is the only way to deliver the transformational ambition for the Arc.

Speakers and Chair

  • Chair Nigel Tipple, OxLep
  • Simon Ridley, Director General, MHCLG
  • Philip Barnes, UK Land and Planning Director, Barratt Homes
  • Naisha Polaine, Deputy Director of Projects, DIT
  • Emma Fletcher, Managing Director, SmithsonHill

16:45 – 17:30: Housing: not just the usual suspects

This session looks at how we are going to meet the Government’s target of 300,000 new homes per annum, and to ensure that the UK’s housing market can meet the needs of today’s communities.

Whether young or old, it is imperative that we examine other options for building communities. It’s no longer enough to simply build for sale – we need every housing sector firing on all cylinders to undo the damage caused by the UK’s acute housing shortage. What are these other housing sectors and how can they potentially contribute to the solution, and to what extent are they supported by both the public and private sectors? 

Panelists will explore the opportunities for and challenges facing both the public and private sectors in driving momentum behind other housing sectors.

Speakers and Chair

  • Chair: Melanie Leech CEO - British Property Federation
  • Sophie White, General Manager Infrastructure and Complex Projects, Homes England 
  • Jeremy Pocklington, Director General of Housing, MHCLG 
  • Angus Dodd, CEO, Quintain
  • Justin Shee, CEO and Founder, The Kohab
  • Peter Andrew, Deputy Chairman, Home Builders Federation

17:30 – 19:00: Homes England drinks reception sponsored by Avison Young and BPF

Please join us at the UK Government Pavilion for an early evening reception, promoting the investment potential of the UK housing market and showcasing housing innovation. The event will also provide a great networking opportunity with the Homes England leadership team.

Launch of the Homes in England Portfolio of investment opportunities across the whole of England

Speakers and Chair

Welcome and introduction by:

  • Susan Caldwell, Director, Business & Investor Relations, DIT
  • Gavin Winbanks, Deputy Director, Capital Investment, DIT
  • Sir Edward Lister, Chair of Homes England,
  • Nick Walkley, CEO of Homes England.


08:30-9:45: Northern Powerhouse Breakfast Session

Local Enterprise Partnerships within the Northern Powerhouse promote their investment and development opportunities.

  • 08:30 – 09:00 Breakfast session opens.
  • 09:00 – 09:40 Panel Session
  • 09:40 – 09:50 Questions & Answers

Speakers and Chair

  • Chair: Henri Murison, Director, NPP 
  • Asif Hamid, Chair of Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership.
  • Roger Marsh, Chairman Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership.
  • Nigel Knowles, International Advisor, Sheffield City Region 
  • Pat Ritchie, Chief Executive, Newcastle City Council.
  • Christine Gaskell CBE, Chair, Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership.
  • David Taylor, Chair, Lancashire Local Enterprise Partnership.
  • Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council

10:00 – 10:45: Health, wellbeing and happiness: The search for the holy grail

In order to be truly sustainable, both buildings and businesses ought to support and help people live better, healthier and more productive lives. If the built environment sector is to contribute to such success, a healthy, happy workforce needs healthy, happy spaces in which to spend their time - and the support to be available when life takes unexpected turns.

Speakers and Chair

  • Chair: Amy Casterton, Chief of Staff, Homes England
  • Howard Morgan, Founder and Managing Director, Real Service
  • Andy Martin, UK CEO, BNP Paribas
  • Karen Cook, Founding Partner, PLP Architecture
  • Serge Merone, Investment Manager, Perth and Kinross Council
  • Mary Finnegan, Director of European Transactions, WeWork

11:00 – 11:45: Tech: Reimaging global real estate management

Rapid technology advances are now transforming leasing, purchase and sale transactions in commercial real estate. 

Data management is driving and unlocking change in asset management whilst allowing real time decisions to be made over future real estate investment strategies for assets.

The UK continues to lead with innovative financial solutions to drive investment and in the development of new technologies that further drives asset management returns.

Speakers and Chair

  • Chair: Emily Wright, Head of special projects and Tech editor, EG
  • Iva Kleinova, Senior User Experience Specialist - Market Research, HB Reavis
  • Dan Hughes, CEO, Liquid REI
  • Angelica Donati, CEO, Donati Immobiliare Group
  • Alan Ramsay, Chief Executive, IPSX

12:00 – 12:45: OGP: The benefits to the regions and nations when Government moves beyond Whitehall

The Civil Service is changing how and where it works. The Places for Growth Programme aims to move thousands of roles by 2030 away from London and into the regions and nations of the UK. This may well present opportunities for the redevelopment of prime sites and will also create the need for large office buildings, close to transport infrastructure, in regional cities to form Government Hubs. It will also help to boost regional growth by placing roles in cities which have the right skills to enable both places and organisations to flourish.

This panel will discuss how the Government’s plans to relocate public sector roles to provide a more flexible and smarter working workforce will benefit our cities, the public and the Civil Service.

Speakers and Chair

  • Chair: Dr Janet Young, Government Chief Property Officer, Cabinet Office
  • Simon de Whalley, Property Advisor - Places for Growth, Cabinet Office
  • Alan Whitelaw, Client Solutions Director, Government Property Agency 
  • Patricia Brown, Director, Central 
  • Chris Cheap, Principal and Managing Director - UK Regions
  • Pete Gladwell, Head of Public Sector Partnerships, L&G

13:00 – 13:45: Innovation and Creativity 

Engage Works our Digital and Innovation sponsors showcase their products and capabilities.

14:00 – 14:45: Real Estate and the Future Economy

Technological change is reshaping consumer choices in ways that will see people work, live, shop and relax in radically different ways, with significant implications for our relationship with the built environment.

This session provides an opportunity to discuss these shifts, and how the real estate sector can adopt to the changing needs of its customers, who increasingly demand flexibility, service, experience and convenience in everything they use.

Speakers and Chair

  • Chair:  Andy Pilsworth, Business Unit Director, National Logistics SEGRO
  • Jane Bond, Office of Government Property
  • Anna Strongman, Head of Assets, Argent 
  • Nick Preston, Fund Manager, Tritax EuroBox
  • Victoria Merton, Director of Corporate Affairs, Peel Group
  • Sally Jones, Head of Strategy and Investment, British Land 

15:00 – 15:45: Transport hubs and the Real Estate opportunity

This session looks at the relationship between transport infrastructure and place-based growth. 

It ensures the UK has a skilled, innovative, geographically-balanced economy, we must have a cocktail of fundamentals including innovation, people, a healthy business environment, and great places. And to connect all of these, we will require infrastructure suitable for an agile, digital age.

The UK is currently undertaking the biggest investment in rail since Victorian times. With Crossrail across London and HS2 – directly linking London, Birmingham, the East Midlands, Leeds and Manchester – real estate investment is being supported by new transport infrastructure.

Speakers and Chair

  • Chair: Gavin Winbanks​, Deputy Director Capital Investment (DIT)
  • Gareth Bradford, Director of Housing and Regeneration, WMCA
  • Simon de Whalley, Property Adviser, Office of Government Property
  • Bek Seeley, Commercial Director, Lendlease
  • Cllr Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council
  • Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol

16:00 – 16:45: Building for tomorrow, today

While housing makes the headlines, we must consider all other aspects of town development as well: jobs, education, heritage, culture. In addition, it’s important that we don’t just apply today’s understanding and methodologies.

Speakers and Chair

  • Chair: Liz Peace, OPDC
  • Nick Walkley, CEO, Homes England
  • Jeremy Pocklington, Director General, MHCLG
  • Ellen Vernon, Programme Director, One Public Estate
  • Pat Ritchie, Chief Executive, Newcastle City Council
  • Claudia Kenyatta, Director of Regional Delivery, Historic England

16.45 – 17:30: Drop in session 

Department for International Trade. Capital Investment project opportunities. 

17:30 – 19:00: Reception