ULI UK Annual Conference 2021 Summary
Who picks up the tab? Connecting finance to place
Nick Green (Partner, Squire Patton Boggs) has been appointed as the new chair of the ULI Midlands Executive Committee, coordinating the UK’s regional events and programmes in the Midlands and surrounding areas.
Nick commented: “It is a huge honour to have the opportunity to become the chair of the ULI Midlands Executive Committee (MEC) for the next two years. I look forward to working with ULI members locally, nationally, and internationally during this period.
“My background is that I am a real estate partner at the law firm Squire Patton Boggs (formerly Hammonds) for whom I have worked for the last 25 years. I specialize in corporate real estate and development with a particular focus on hotels and hospitality, retail, and film studios and media work.
“MEC, like other regional committees, pulls together a group of senior professionals from a range of backgrounds. We seek to work collaboratively to educate, promote knowledge sharing, encourage diversity, support and mentor future leaders, and help others to connect. The team is drawn together to include public and private sector members, experiences from residential and commercial occupiers and developers, and endeavours to combine under the ULI umbrella to better understand and influence the future development and interaction of the built environment, particularly in the Midlands region.”
Nick Green is a real estate partner in the Birmingham office of Squire Patton Boggs. Nick was the Birmingham office managing partner between 2010 and 2020, and the European real estate practice group leader between 2013 and 2016. His particular expertise covers development and corporate real estate with a focus on hotels and leisure, film studios and media work, and retail.
He acts for a number of significant international clients in relation to their acquisitions and disposals of real estate, joint ventures, investment transactions, whether purely asset or share agreements, and the asset management for clients with substantial leasehold portfolios. Nick played rugby for Headingley, Wakefield and Leeds and coached the mini and junior rugby at Bournville RFC for 12 years, and is now a member of Edgbaston Golf Club.
ULI UK would like to say a huge and sincere thank you to outgoing chair Adrian Bland (Head of Commercial Real Estate, Shakespeare Martineau) who has headed up the committee since its inception, and in Nick’s words has been “the heart and soul of the MEC for over ten years. Adrian is the architect of the growth and development of the regional organization during this period. Thank you for all your sterling efforts and achievements.”
Adrian added: “What I love about ULI is not just the knowhow and the global network but ULI’s genuine purpose, heart and soul. That’s exemplified by the outstanding UrbanPlan schools programme.
“The Midlands programme this year ranges across regional priorities such as Repurposing our Urban Environment, West Midlands National Park- Funding Green Ambitions, Life Science and Health Innovation, and Route to Carbon Zero – as well as a lively Emerging Trends event which is always popular. Our Young Leaders group continues to thrive.
“It has been a huge pleasure and privilege to help bring ULI to the Midlands. My thanks to all those stalwarts locally and at ULI UK who have given such brilliant support. I and delighted to be able to hand over the chair to someone as capable and personable as Nick Green.”