ULI UK Residential Product Council Day 2020


2020-12-15T09:30:00 - 2020-12-15T11:30:00

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    Online This webinar will be hosted by Zoom. UNITED KINGDOM


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    Is there going to be a flight to the suburbs post COVID-19 or will city living step up? From a health, wellbeing and human behavioural perspective what will urbanites be looking for in city living or will suburban living be an alternative? How will residential investors and operators respond? Join this residential council session and hear from environmental psychiatrists, economists, wellbeing ambassadors in the first session then how investors, funders and providers are responding and the implications for operators managing these communities.

    This event has two sections. Your registration will cover both, but you are also welcome to attend just one of the two sections if you prefer:

    • 09:30am -10:30am | Session 1 - Behavioural context, and strategic viewpoint from psychiatrists, economists and wellbeing ambassadors
    • 10:30am - 11:30am | Session 2 - Real estate response from build to rent, co-living, & student operators & investors. 

    In addition to the more formal content, both sections will include informal discussion. These human connections are an important part of the agenda for the council. We will also ask for your ideas on content for future council meetings.

    Confirmed Panellists:
    Session 1 - Behavioural context, and strategic viewpoint from psychiatrists, economists and wellbeing ambassadors
    Dr Craig Knight, Founder and Director, Identity Realization Limited
    Camilla Bonnar, Project Manager, Mind in Haringey
    Paul King, Managing Director, Sustainability and Social Impact, Lendlease Europe
    Sandra Jones, Managing Director, Dataloft
    Dr Eleanor Ratcliffe, Lecturer in Environmental Psychology, University of Surrey
    Ben Channon, Head of Wellbeing, Assael Architecture
    Moderator: Michela Hancock, Managing Director, Greystar Europe 
    Session 2 - Real estate response from build to rent, co-living, & student operators & investors
    Matthew Lesniak, Co-Founder, Coliving Insights
    Rebekah Tobias, Head of Business Development, MARCOL
    Todd Marler, Senior Director, Multifamily Operations, Greystar Europe
    Richard Lustigman, Director – Living Capital Markets – Coliving, JLL
    Matthew Bennett, Head of Property Underwriting, Wells Fargo 
    Moderator: Simon Scott, Lead Director – Living Capital Markets, JLL 


    Matthew Lesniak

    Conscious Coliving

    Matt Lesniak is a co-founder and Head of Impact & Innovation at Conscious Coliving, an impact-driven spatial and experience design consultancy for coliving developers, operators and investors. Matt is also a founding member and current Head of Community of Co-Liv, a co-founder of Coliving Insights and has worked for The Collective on their Impact and Community Experience Teams.

    Richard Lustigman

    Director, JLL

    Richard heads up the Coliving team in JLL’s Capital Markets business, directing the business development and operations functions, working with investors, developers and entrepreneurs to fund, deliver and operate assets within this emerging and exciting sector. With over 18 years’ experience in corporate and start-up environments across international markets and within a diverse range of industries, Richard has seen a lot and done a lot and above all, understands the importance of building long term value.

    Ben Channon

    Associate & Mental Wellbeing Ambassador, Assael Architecture Limited

    Ben is an architect, author, TEDx speaker and mental wellbeing advocate, and is well known in the industry as a thought leader in designing for happiness and wellbeing. He is Head of Wellbeing at Assael Architecture, where he heads up the practice’s research into this area and advises all teams on how to design healthier buildings.

    Craig Knight

    Founder and Director, Identity Realization Limited

    Dr. Craig Knight is Founder and Director of Identity Realization Limited (IDR), a commercial organization based in Scotland with strong connections to blue chip industry. Dr Knight retains research links with global universities. Working with various organizations, this combination of commercial focus and scientific application has seen Craig help realize increases in well-being of up to 40%, productivity of up to 32% and effective intelligence of up to 19%. Craig has been at the forefront of Covid research projects. His commercial, post-doctoral research points to what people need to thrive when working from home, as well as what the new, post-pandemic workplace must provide. All key variables are tied to hard data, which show a 30% performance gap between organizations with happy and unhappy staff. Craig’s focus is on evidence- based leadership, management and employee retention. IDR apply organizational solutions, drawn from applied, tested science, that directly benefit a client business, its employees and the bottom line. Craig is a Chartered Psychologist and a Registered Occupational Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council. He has operated at Director and Managing Director levels across business leadership, design and consultancy sectors since the last century.

    Paul King

    Managing Director, Sustainability and Social Impact, Lendlease

    Paul is Managing Director, Sustainability and Social Impact, Lendlease Europe. Previously he was the founding CEO of the UK Green Building Council, May 2007 – January 2015. Before that he worked for WWF-UK as Director of Campaigns, Campaign Director for WWF's One Million Sustainable Homes campaign and co-founder of One Planet Living. Paul is a member of the Board of Centre for London, the city’s only dedicated think tank. Paul was Chairman of the Zero Carbon Hub and a member of the Zero Carbon Homes 2016 Task Force. He was previously a member of the Green Construction Board and Chair of its Buildings Working Group. He was also a member of the Low Carbon Construction IGT, Sustainable Buildings Task Group, Code for Sustainable Homes Steering Group and the Egan Review of Skills for Sustainable Communities. On an international level, he was a member of the Board of the World Green Building Council and Chair of the WorldGBC Europe Network between 2007 and 2014.

    Todd Marler

    Senior Director of Operations, Greystar Europe Holdings Limited

    Todd Marler is Sr. Director of Operations for Greystar, where he oversees a portfolio of Multifamily communities ranging from pre-development to stabilized located in the UK and Ireland. His current role includes overseeing property operations, new business development, and leading a team of Regional Operations Managers that support both Greystar owned and third-party managed assets. Prior to moving to the UK Todd was with Greystar in the San Francisco region charged with operations oversight of 7,000 units including lese ups, value add renovations, and stabilized properties. Prior to joining Greystar, Todd was a Regional Vice President at Carmel Partners where he provided oversight of the Norther California market including 15 communities total of 4,300 units.

    Michela Hancock

    Managing Director of Development and Construction, Greystar

    Michela Hancock is Managing Director for Greystar Europe. She identifies new opportunities to support acquisitions, partnerships and joint ventures across student accommodation, build-to-rent and senior living. Michela is focused on growing Greystar’s third-party platform and strategic partnerships with country leaders in France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom. Michela joined Greystar in 2015 and most recently led the development and construction team for two years, as Managing Director for the UK. She was previously director of PRS at Grainger and is on a number of public and private advisory boards, including the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Build to Rent Joint Committee, the British Property Federation Build to Rent Sub Committee and the CREFC advisory board.

    Rebekah Tobias

    Head of Business Development, Marcol International Asset Management

    In her current role, Rebekah heads up Business Development at family office and investment firm, MARCOL, working closely with the co-founders and senior management to introduce new business growth opportunities and investor relationships across a diverse range of sectors in private equity and real estate. Prior to joining MARCOL, Rebekah worked as a Divisional Director in the investor relations team at pan European fund manager M7 Real Estate. Previously, she held various roles at CBRE in New York and London before moving to Cushman & Wakefield as a Partner in the London-based Cross Border Capital Markets team with primary responsibility for capital flows from North America into Europe. Rebekah has over 15 years of real estate experience, she also holds a BA in English from San Diego State University, during which time she completed a special study in English Literature at the University of Cambridge. Rebekah is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS).

    Simon Scott

    Head of Residential Investment, JLL

    Simon Scott leads the Living Capital Markets Team at JLL. Based in London, he has over 20 years experience across multiple transactional disciplines. Simon spent 12 years working in the Residential Investment team at Savills where he was eventually appointed as the Head of Residential Investment. He has experience structuring affordable housing investment deals but most of his time was spent working with developers and investors in the student accommodation sector. Upon leaving Savills, Simon was appointed to the board of Watkin Jones as Investment Director, gaining considerable experience in the acquisition, structuring and subsequent disposal of investment opportunities both in student and residential investment. Simon was subsequently appointed as Chief Development Officer at CL Serviced Apartments, an Oaktree Capital Management backed platform. His responsibilities at CL Serviced Apartments included identifying suitable development opportunities and overseeing their planning and subsequent delivery. Under his leadership, eight development sites were secured, with further sites acquired through the corporate acquisition of the Service Apartment Company (SACO). Simon joined JLL in November 2015, and now leads the teams specialising in Student, Coliving, Multifamily and Healthcare with a particular focus on residential investment work.

    Eleanor Ratcliffe

    Lecturer in Environmental Psychology, University of Surrey

    Eleanor is an expert on links between environment and wellbeing, and specifically how places and spaces can help us to be happier, less stressed, and more focused. She is interested in psychological experiences of nature, increasing engagement with tranquil spaces in cities, and in how we remember and become attached to important places in our lives.