ULI UK Annual Conference 2022


2022-07-05T09:00:00 - 2022-07-05T17:30:00

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    The National Gallery Trafalgar Square London WC2N 5DN UNITED KINGDOM


    Pricing Members Non-Members
    Private £490.00 £698.99
    Public/Academic/Nonprofit £240.00 £375.00
    Retired £240.00 N/A
    Student £50.00 £60.00
    Under Age 35 £240.00 £375.00
    ULI UK Annual Conference 2022

    Registration is now open for the ULI UK Annual Conference 2022! We are hosting the event in-person for the first time since 2019 and are delighted to be able to bring our UK membership back together again.

    Adopting the theme ESG 2030: The Future of Sustainable Real Estate, the full-day conference will be held at The National Gallery on Tuesday 5 July from 9:00am-4:30pm, followed by a drinks reception.

    Using a variety of session formats throughout the day, the programme will explore the topic of ESG holistically and what it means for the future of sustainability across our industry. We will focus on key areas such as governance and funding, social value and social implications, and how to align sustainable ambitions to achieve better environmental standards.

    We will also debate the history of ESG and how it has transformed over the years - and what this means in terms of current focus, trends, future ambitions, and expectations of stakeholders in both the public and private sectors.

    - Welcome and Introduction from ULI UK Chair Anette Simpson
    - Opening Keynote: The “E”, the “S”, and the “G”: the importance of all three in creating sustainable and resilient places
    • Lars Huber, CEO, European Region, Hines Europe
    - Fireside chat: The 3 pillars of ESG
    - The G: the black box of ESG: What are the key principles that can allow sector to effectively manage environmental and social risks/opportunities
    •  Mathieu Elshout, Head of Sustainability and Impact Investing, PATRIZIA AG
    •  Aleksandra (Sasha) Njagulj, Managing Director, Global Head of ESG, Real Estate at DWS
    • Vivienne King, Head of Real Estate Social Impact, The Good Economy
    - The E: greenwashing, KPIs, and how to actually make an impact: How the “E” can become a warped focus of ESG, and what we can do to rebalance the equation
    • Jeff Rupp, Director Public Affairs, INREV
    • John Davies, Head of Sustainability, Derwent London plc
    • Julie Townsend, Vice President, ESG Lead for Europe and Asia Pacific, PGIM
    • Melville Rodrigues, Melville Rodrigues Consulting, Head of Real Estate Advisory, Apex Group

    - The S: Community resilience and the importance of people in ESG: The importance of people and social value in projects, to create value for all, and what success really looks like
    • Daisy Froud, Community Engagement Strategist, Centre for London
    • Guy Battle, CEO, Social Value Portal  
    • Derek Wilson, Head of Sustainability, TFL
    - ULI Report: Impact Investing
     Lisette van Doorn, CEO, ULI Europe
    - Lunch - Networking
    - Show ESG The Money: Funding and capital challenges facing the realm of ESG
      • Bill Hughes, Global Head of Real Assets, LGIM
    • Robbie Epsom, EMEA Head of ESG, CBRE Investment Management
    - Green Tinted Glasses? Unpicking ESG from a public sector perspective

      • Peter Denton, CEO, Homes England
      • John McManus, Deputy Director, Regeneration Delivery Unit Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities
      • William Church, Executive Director, CBRE Investment Advisory
    - Putting Into Practice: exemplary international case studies of ESG
    • Cees van der Spek, Public Affairs & Global Corporate Relations Director, EDGE Technologies
    • Hala El Akl, Senior Director for ESG and Operations, Oxford Properties
    - Savills Earth 
     Marylis Ramos, Director, Savills Earth
    - A Look into the Future for ESG
    - Closing Remarks
    Yohance Harper, Associate Partner, Quadrant Estates & Chair, ULI UK Young Leaders
    - Drinks Reception 
    Further speakers to be announced.
    Please note that speakers and sessions are subject to change.

    If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch at jessica.sheridan@uli.org.
    If you or your company are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact jacqui.collins@uli.org

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    Mathieu Elshout

    Head of Sustainability and Impact Investing, PATRIZIA AG

    Mathieu Elshout is Head of Sustainability and Impact Investing at PATRIZIA. Previously he was Senior Investment Director at PGGM, where he was responsible for a portfolio of European private real estate investments as well as leading PGGM’s efforts on sustainability within Real Estate. Mathieu sat on PGGM’s Global Private Real Estate Investment Committee and served on many Funds’ Advisory and Supervisory Boards and Investment Committees. Before joining PGGM in 2008 he worked for 10 years in various positions at consulting engineering firm Grontmij (now Sweco). He served as Non-executive Director of GRESB and as Chair of the INREV Sustainability Committee and currently serves as the Co-Chair of the ULI Europe Sustainability Product Council and is member of the Advisory Board of the ULI Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance. Mathieu is an INSEAD certified director, earned a Master of Real Estate degree from the Amsterdam School of Real Estate (University of Amsterdam) and holds a Ba in Environmental Management (Van Hall Institute Groningen).


    Anette Simpson

    Director of Development and Partnerships, Legal & General Affordable Homes (Operations) Limited

    Anette Simpson is responsible for leading and coordinating the direct delivery of Legal & General’s affordable housing schemes, overseeing all aspects of development to legal completion, as well as sales and marketing. She has significant experience in delivering complex large-scale mixed-use developments through the planning process, in partnership with others. Simpson has experience in delivering complex residential-led projects in partnership with the public sector. Simpson was formerly group planning director for Capital and Counties Properties PLC, and prior to that head of development at First Base. She is also a former chair of London First’s Mayoral Planning and Development Forum, which brings together the main property companies to discuss and raise issues affecting the property industry with the Mayor’s senior team. In a career spanning over 20 years, she has been in planning roles at Ballymore, St James Homes and EDAW, and completed a bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning & Management Studies at the University of Nottingham as well as a master’s degree in Urban Design at Oxford Brookes University. She is also a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and Academy of Urbanism.


    Daisy Froud

    Community Engagement Strategist, Centre for London

    Daisy Froud is a freelance strategist specialising in participatory design and 'community engagement’ - working primarily in the public sector and for communities themselves. She is a Mayoral Design Advocate (MDA) to the Mayor of London, a member of professional design review panels for Croydon and Barking & Dagenham, the Independent Chair of both LB Camden’s Euston Resident Advisory Group and LB Ealing’s Community Review Panel, and a lecturer at The Bartlett School of Architecture, where she teaches on the history and theory of spatial politics. With a background in environmental campaigning and community work, plus a degree in languages and an MA in Cultural Memory, from 2003 to 2014 Daisy was a founding director of architecture practice AOC, in which capacity she and the practice were shortlisted for The Architect’s Journal’s Emerging Woman Architect of the Year, The Design Museum’s Designs Of The Year, and Building Design’s Young Architect Of The Year awards.


    Peter Denton

    Chief Executive Officer, Homes England

    Peter Denton is the Chief Executive Officer of Homes England. Peter joined Homes England in August 2021. Prior to this, he was Group Finance Director and subsequently Chief Executive Officer of housing association The Hyde Group. He has worked in a broad range of strategic leadership roles, amassing 27 years of pan-European real estate experience. Before joining the housing sector, Peter spent his early career in investment banking and then moved to global real estate investment management firm Starwood Capital. During his investment career, Peter deployed over €25 billion of capital and had significant exposure to investors and fundraising on a global scale, working as a ‘bridge’ between the public, private and third sector. In addition, Peter has held senior EMEA real estate investment banking roles at BNP Paribas, Barclays, Deutsche Bank, Eurohypo and WestImmo. He is also a non-executive Real Estate Investment Committee member at global investment company Eurazeo and Council member and Chair of the Finance Committee at Marlborough College.


    Melville Rodrigues

    Partner, Melville Rodrigues Consulting LLP

    Melville has 25 years plus of experience as a London law firm partner. His practice has focused on the launch and operation of funds in the UK and elsewhere as well as advising on UK real estate investment, development and financing transactions. His clients have included UK and international pension funds and other institutional investors, real estate developers, borrowers and lenders, as well as fund administrators and other service providers to the real estate sector. He has maintained an active role in UK and European real estate industry organisations, representing them on legal, regulatory and tax matters. Current projects include (i) Melville being the chief architect and lead advocate of the PIF and (ii) projects to attract pension fund and other institutional capital for UK social impact real estate investments. Melville throughout his career has been - and continues to be - an enthusiastic supporter of industry thought-leadership as well as environmental, social and governance initiatives. He combines his consultancy services with honorary roles for several non-for-profit and other organisations.


    Guy Battle

    Social Value Portal

    Guy Battle is passionate about the contribution that business can make to improve our society. This has been one of the driving motivations behind Social Value Portal, which he set up in 2015 to provide an online solution for measuring, procuring, and managing social value. Guy is also the creator of the National Social Value Measurement Framework (The National TOMs) that have become the most widely used methodology for measuring and reporting social value in the public sector. Outside of his work with SVP, Guy chairs the ESG committee for the British Council for Offices, focusing on environmental sustainability within office developments, and also chairs Riversimple, a zero-emissions mobility solution that builds and operates a growing fleet of hydrogen-electric vehicles.


    Derek Wilson

    Head of Sustainability, Transport For London

    Derek Wilson is Head of Sustainability at Transport for London Commercial Development, where he leads Transport for London’s efforts around economic development, environmental stewardship, and social impact across its 5,700 acre property estate. A chartered surveyor and transport-oriented development specialist with degrees in land economics and sustainable urban development, Derek has been responsible for the creation of the TfL Sustainable Development Framework and the zero carbon pathway it has enabled for a property development portfolio of more than £10 Bn. Derek currently sits on ULI Europe's Urban Regeneration Council. He additionally serves as a Trustee of the UK Green Building Council, as Chair of the Green Finance Institute’s Green Rental Agreements Committee, and as an expert advisor to New London Architecture on the issue of net zero carbon.


    Julie Townsend

    Vice President, ESG Lead for Europe and Asia Pacific, PGIM Financial Limited

    Julie Townsend is a vice president and ESG lead for Europe and Asia Pacific at PGIM Real Estate. Based in London, Julie oversees PGIM Real Estate’s ESG strategy and implementation across these regions, with responsibility for building upon our ambitious global environmental, social and governance program. She is a member of the European Executive Council. Julie has over 20 years-experience within the sustainability sector, the last 15 of which have been spent working in commercial real estate. Julie joins PGIM Real Estate after spending fifteen years at CBRE, latterly as head of environmental consultancy and a board member for CBRE UK Advisory. Julie was responsible for leading all aspects of environmental sustainability advisory services and across all aspects of the property life-cycle, tackling key issues such as climate change mitigation and adaption, net zero alignment and wellbeing. Julie was also responsible for building capacity around Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) issues across the service lines/geographies of the UK business and was executive sponsor for the implementation of an ESG strategy into CBRE UK & Ireland Advisory. Julie has a master’s degree in pollution and environmental control, from the University of Manchester. Julie is an active member of the UK Green Building Council (UK GBC), AREF and ULI as well as an associate within the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA).


    Vivienne King

    Head of Real Estate Social Impact, The Good Economy

    Vivienne leads on commercial real estate at The Good Economy. An accomplished business leader with over 30 years senior experience in the real estate industry, Vivienne has held CEO, Directorships, Board chair and Board member roles in complex, values-driven real estate businesses with significant reputations. She is focussed on supporting clients achieve financial performance integrated with positive social outcomes which benefit people and planet. Vivienne has a deep understanding of the real estate market as an investor, consultant and lobbyist. She is a creative forward thinker, leading the Crown Estate in the vanguard of ESG for 10 years. This has included development of ground-breaking measurement tools, “Total Contribution’ at the Crown and ‘Social Value Framework’ at Revo. She has also studied the topic at Cambridge Univetsity, Institute for Sustainability Leadership.


    Cees van der Spek


    Cees joined OVG Real Estate (today EDGE) 15 years ago to be the head of the Sustainability Center. His first project was the first LEED Platinum TNT HQ and the first sustainable lab/office/factory, the Danone Innovation Center, both initiated by his team. The well-known office building The Edge in Amsterdam was the best example of smart and sustainable development and became a blueprint of the future of working and according to BREEAM, the most sustainable office building in the world. Today Cees is one of leaders of EDGE, and is also involved in EDGE Next, a tech scale-up of EDGE. With EDGE buildings in Berlin, Hamburg, Amsterdam, London and the US, this seems to be the answer of a new wave in the global real estate market with full focus on health, sustainability and technology within the built environment especially the workplace of the future. Cees is founder of the Archiprix International, boardmember of the Benelux Chapter of Corenet Global, member of the Dutch Green Building Council, Co-Chair of the Innovation in Real Estate Council of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), Board member of Green Business Club Zuidas. Moreover, Cees is active in the Future of Construction group of WorldEconomic Forum (WEF). He gave lectures at the Technical University in Delft, University of London, European Union, University of Brussels and many Proptech, Real Estate and Sustainability events in Europe and US.


    Bill Hughes

    Global Head of Real Assets, Legal & General Investment Management

    Bill joined Legal & General in 2007 and is responsible for transforming its UK property fund management business into a global-reaching real assets platform. Operating in both the direct investment and lending markets, today it actively invests and manages £39bn AUM providing capabilities in real estate, infrastructure and corporate debt. Bill previously held positions at RREEF, the Real Estate Fund Management business of Deutsche Bank and Schroder Property Investment Management. Bill is currently a trustee of the UKGBC and Chair of the Property Industry Alliance (PIA), bringing together the UK’s leading property bodies to give them a stronger collective voice on issues such as policy, research and best practice. Bill was a Commissioner for the Lyons Review, is a Past Chairman of the Association of Real Estate Funds (AREF) and a Past President of the British Property Federation (BPF) Summary: Head of Real Assets for LGIM for 14 years; Appointed UKGBC UK Built Environment Climate Ambassador in April 2021; UKGBC Trustee for 8 years; Chair of Property Industry Alliance (PIA) for 6 years; Appointed to the Government’s Urban Centre Recovery Taskforce in 2020; Commissioner for the Lyons Housing Review; Past Chair of the Green Property Alliance, past President of the British Property Federation (BPF), past Chairman of the Association of Real Estate Funds (AREF).


    Robbie Epsom

    EMEA Head of ESG, CBRE Investment Management Netherlands

    Robbie Epsom is the EMEA Head of ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) and is part of the ESG team lead by Helen Gurfel, Global Head of Sustainability & Innovation. He is responsible for the EMEA implementation of CBRE Investment Management’s Sustainability Vision, which continues the form’s commitment to be a leader in ESG. Working closely with ESG team and the wider CBRE Investment Management team his priority is the continued integration and harmonisation of ESG practices throughout the business. He also leads the corporate sustainability reporting workstream. Robbie joined the sustainability industry in 2009 and has experience in Sustainability and ESG Advisory Consulting. He is a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) and Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability (FICRS). Robbie joined CBRE Investment Management in January 2021 and is based in London. Prior to this Robbie worked as a consultant and supported a wide range of blue-chip companies and major infrastructure projects, as they navigated the fast-moving sustainable revolution, drawing on his background in process engineering to help them measure, communicate and mange their ESG risks. He is specialist in areas such as Corporate Sustainability Strategy & Reporting, Sustainability Materiality Assessments, ESG & Sustainable Finance, Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Management, United Nations Sustainable development Goals (UN SDGs), Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Environmental Products Declarations (EPDs), Resource/Energy Efficiency and Circular Economy. Robbie has a MEng (Hons) degree in Chemical Engineering along with a Diploma in Industrial Studies from Loughborough University and is a Board Director fir the Institute of Corporate responsibility & Sustainability (ICRS).


    Jeff Rupp

    Director of Public Affairs, INREV

    Jeff Rupp is the Director of Public Affairs at INREV based in Brussels, where he heads INREV’s Public Affairs office. In that role, he leads INREV’s efforts to track and shape the development of EU and UK regulatory and tax initiatives that could impact non-listed real estate investment. A lawyer, prior to joining INREV he worked in the Netherlands, the US, Turkey, Italy and Germany on a range of issues related to real estate investment funds and legislative and regulatory development.


    Lisette van Doorn

    Chief Executive Officer, Europe, Urban Land Institute

    As chief executive of ULI Europe, Lisette van Doorn is responsible for the development of the Institute’s activities across the region, including its renowned pan-European conferences and over 250 local meetings and events across 14 countries. She is responsible for working with ULI’s staff both locally and globally to deliver more high profile content and reports; coordinating Advisory Services panels and Urban Plan; and expanding the Institute’s thought leadership across Europe. Van Doorn joined ULI in January 2015 from LIRE, her own consultancy business, which advises international institutional real estate investors and fund managers on strategy, organisational optimisation and portfolio structuring. Prior to this, van Doorn was country manager for CBRE Global Investors where she managed a €1.6bn portfolio of assets in Italy and fund manager of two shopping centre funds (€ 1.3 billion) with assets in Spain, Portugal and Italy. Before joining CBRE Global Investors, van Doorn was founding chief executive for INREV, the European association for Investors in Non-Listed Real Estate Vehicles for four and a half years. Van Doorn started her career at ING Investment Management, where she held account manager and assistant controller positions before being made managing director of research & strategy for ING Real Estate Investment Management Europe.


    Marylis Ramos

    Savills Earth

    Marylis is a Director of Savills Earth, working closely with over 100 sustainability specialists from across the company in order to provide clients with holistic, end-to-end ESG advisory services. Joining Savills with a background in architecture, environmental design and sustainability consultancy, she brings expertise across a number of areas, including energy, sustainability, health and well-being and social value strategies. As a Director of Sustainability at PRP, she was actively involved in a number of high-profile projects, including technical and leadership roles on Chobham Manor in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the High Path Regeneration Masterplan in Merton, and most recently, the Clapham Park Masterplan. She is also a highly skilled research lead, and her projects and publications include Zero Carbon Compendium for the Zero Carbon Hub, The Business Case for Green Buildings for the World Green Building Council, the Optimising Thermal Efficiency in Existing Housing research project for the Energy Technologies Institute. She was also one of the chairs for the UKGBC’s Health and Wellbeing in Homes report, and has a keen interest in placemaking, healthy buildings and the generation of social value through the built environment.


    Hala El Akl

    Senior Director for ESG and Operations, Oxford Properties Group

    Hala El Akl is Oxford’s Senior Director of ESG and Operations. In this role, Hala oversees Oxford’s global ESG program, working collaboratively across functions such as Asset Management, Operations, Development, Finance and Investment Risk to create a holistic ESG strategy. Prior to Oxford, she was a Director at PLP Architecture and Founding Director of PLP Labs. As an architect and urbanist, she-led team to deliver highly sustainable and innovative commercial, life-science, residential, retail and mixed-use projects across the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. At PLP Labs, she explored new ideas for future cities, with a focus on environmental and social sustainability. She is a Global Governing Trustee of the Urban Land Institute and sits on the Cambridge University Land Economy board. She received her MSc in Urban Policy from the London School of Economics, a Masters in Territorial and Urban Strategies from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences-Po), and both a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Social Sciences from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon.


    Sasha Njagulj

    Managing Director, Global Head of ESG, Real Estate, DWS

    Aleksandra (Sasha) Njagulj is the Managing Director, Global Head of ESG (environmental, social, and governance), Real Estate at DWS group. She is responsible for ESG integration across global real estate portfolios. Sasha is an accomplished ESG expert with over 20 years of practical experience in architectural design, design management and the sustainable built environment. In her previous role with CBRE Global Investors, she was Global Head of ESG with overall responsibility for developing and communicating global sustainability priorities and strategies across all business lines. Prior to this, Sasha was head of the Sustainability, R&D and Innovation department at Bouygues U.K. Throughout her career, Sasha has built a reputation both professionally and personally for championing the cause of responsible real estate investment. She received the UK-based edie 2020 Sustainability Leaders Award for Investor of the Year for an ESG programme she designed and delivered for CBRE. In addition, Sasha was awarded the global 2020 GRESB/BREEAM Individual Leadership Award, recognising strong leadership and commitment in the field of sustainable development. In 2021, she won the global Future Proof Real Estate Woman award as a leader in applying digitalisation, technology, open innovation and sustainability to create a better built environment. A qualified architect, Sasha holds a Master's degree in Architectural Design from the University of Belgrade; a Master's degree in Sustainability Leadership from the University of Cambridge. She chairs the GRESB Foundation Real Estate Standards Committee and leads IIGCC Adaptation and Resilience Working Group and in Investor Practices Advisory Group, co-chairs the INREV ESG Committee, is a BRE Academy fellow, and sits on ULI ESG Council and IIGCC Investor Practices Advisory Group.


    Yohance Harper

    Associate Partner, Quadrant Estates

    Yohance is an Associate Partner at Quadrant where he specialises in Central London asset and development management. Yohance previously studied and worked in architecture on commercial projects in the UK and luxury residential abroad before joining CBRE in 2014. He spent a year in investment valuations before joining CBRE’s Capital Advisors. There he was a non-discretionary advisor working debt and equity investment strategies focusing on development. This included fund structuring, investment management, strategic development management, asset repositioning and development finance. Outside of his professional role, Yohance is an honorary lecturer at UCL’s Bartlett School of Planning and a visiting research fellow in the economics department of Goldsmiths University. He also holds academic and committee roles at The ULI, RICS and UCEM and has been featured or recognised by awards from The BCO, BPF, RICS and Dezeen.


    John Davies

    Head of Sustainability, Derwent London Plc

    John Davies is Head of Sustainability at Derwent London and on the Executive Committee. He is responsible for leading the company wide sustainability and responsibility agendas. John is a recognised sustainability expert in the commercial property sector and has been instrumental in creating a number of industry leading sustainability programmes and strategies. Prior to joining Derwent London John was Head of Sustainability at Davis Langdon LLP where was responsible for developing and delivering its range of sustainability services. Topics of expertise: Real estate ESG strategy, climate risk, net zero carbon by 2030, prioritising reducing carbon emissions, long-term approach, responsible business, collaborative solutions.


    Lars Huber

    CEO, European Region, Hines Europe Ltd

    Mr. Huber serves as CEO for Hines' European Region and is a member of the firm's Executive Committee. He is responsible for all development activity, acquisitions and operations in the region with Hines presence in 13 countries. He joined Hines in 1996, and in his prior roles, Huber oversaw equity capital raising for Hines in Europe and Asia, served as fund manager in the European Investment Management team, and worked on development and acquisitions as development officer in Germany. Huber graduated from the European Business School in Frankfurt.