ULI Europe Digital Programme: A New City Centre – The changing role of retail, offices and the department store


2021-06-09T12:30:00 - 2021-06-09T13:30:00

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    Webinar Summary

    In this webinar, our panel of industry experts will predict how the impact of the global pandemic will change our city centres.

    Webinar Series
    This is the third webinar in the 2021 series looking at "Reshape: Evolving Real Estate Formats To Meet Consumer Needs"

    The 2021 ULI Europe Digital Programme Series: Rebuild, Reshape and Rethink

    Join one of our webinars on the central theme of "Rebuild, Reshape and Rethink: Preparing for a new built world". We will explore each of these concepts through webinars grouped into series, including:
    • Rebuild: Creating liveable and resilient cities
    • Reshape: Evolving real estate formats to meet consumer needs
    • Rethink: Innovation, finance and new solutions for real estate



    James Saunders

    Chief Executive Officer, Quintain Services Ltd

    James has been CEO at Quintain since October 2019. He was previously Chief Operating Officer and has been a main board director since 2017. During his 13 years at Quintain, James has led the repositioning of Wembley Park from an events destination to an exciting new residential neighbourhood for London. He leads the strategic direction for the overall development and place making that has led to dramatic reconsideration of the area, the creation of the UK’s largest BTR estate and the transformation of the retail and entertainment opportunities Prior to joining Quintain, James was Chief Marketing Officer at The Cloud Networks and Brand Director at Coca-Cola Great Britain. He holds a Sloan Masters from London Business School, a Law Degree from Cambridge University and is a barrister-at-law.


    Rebeca Guzman Vidal

    Group Head of Retail Strategy, Chelsfield Mews Services Limited

    Rebeca Guzman Vidal is the group head of retail at international investor, asset manager and developer Chelsfield, where she works on retail strategy across a global portfolio that spans gateway cities including London, Paris, New York and Hong Kong. Chelsfield is currently redeveloping a third of the 3.5 acre Knightsbridge Estate, a mixed-use, retail-led portfolio in London, on behalf of owner The Olayan Group. Rebeca is heavily involved in bringing new retailers to the development and leveraging relationships that cross over into the Paris and New York portfolios. More recently, she has also focused on refining the long term retail strategy of the portfolio to ensure its resilience as the world prepares for a global recovery. In Paris, Rebeca is working on projects on Avenue Montaigne that will significantly change the retail landscape of the Triangle d’Or whereas in New York she is working closely with the team in delivering a best-in-class amenities and retail strategy for the redevelopment of 550 Madison Ave., a Philip Johnson-designed tower that has been completely re-imagined by the ownership team including delivering the largest public green space in the Plaza District in recent decades. Prior to joining Chelsfield, Rebeca worked at CBRE where she was part of the London retail advisory team working for some of London’s major landlords including Grosvenor, The Crown Estate, Cadogan Estate and Great Portland Estates. She specialised in luxury assets and worked on a number of high-profile placemaking schemes including Regent Street, Sloane Street and Mount Street. She started her career in the Barcelona office and subsequently moved to London and later Hong Kong. Throughout her experience, Rebeca grew more enamoured with global retail and regularly visiting key “gateway cities” to check out the latest store and restaurant openings. In her free time, Rebeca typically enjoys travelling and is a real foodie, so will travel for food, a neat combination. Since the Covid crisis started she has been living in London and turned her attention to starting a “positive talk only” retail podcast with two co-hosts who also work in retail real estate ironically called “Retail is Dead” as well as cooking new recipes and religiously working out both at home and where permitted in gyms too as a fervent supported of local gym group Third Space.