Speakers & Panelists in 2020 Include

Meet the Speakers

Matthew Battle

Matthew Battle

Managing Director, UK Property Forums

Matthew is the Founder and Managing Director of UK Property Forums. Established in 2004, UKPF enables conferences, events and networking opportunities across the Greater Thames Valley region including Oxford, Reading and Aylesbury. As part of the range of events which UKPF have created, he leads UK Prop Social, a networking club for 150+ members and also the Thames Valley offer at MIPIM UK and MIPIM Cannes, France. Having lived and studied in the Thames Valley, he is very informed about the region and passionate about the development of a group for all those involved in the Thames Valley property markets. 

Sue Foxley

Sue Foxley

Research Director, Bidwells

Sue is Research Director at Bidwells, having previously headed UK Research at JLL and Cluttons, and held positions with St Quintin, the Department of the Environment and the Center for Urban Policy Research in the US.

She holds an MSc in Property Investment & Finance from Cass Business School, an MS in Planning and Urban Policy from Rutgers University in the United States and a BSc in Rural Environment Studies from Wye College. She leads a dynamic programme of research at Bidwells, particularly focused on the real estate implications of the science and technology sectors across the Oxford – Cambridge Arc, working with academics and sector specific experts.

Rob Hall

Rob Hall

Deputy Managing Director, Hill

With 30 years in the industry and a Chartered Surveyor, Rob leads on securing the Hill’s pipeline of new development projects. Overseeing the land and strategic land divisions and specialising in joint ventures and collaborative partnerships he is passionate about alignment of interests and ensuring that all parties are satisfied with a projects outcome.

He has been an instrumental member of Hill’s senior management team since he joined the company 15 years ago. A recognition of the unfilled space in Hill’s aspiration to become the ‘housebuilding partner of choice’ has led to a score of successful joint ventures with many of the leading Registered Providers and the University of Cambridge and Marshalls among others.  

Doug Higgins

Doug Higgins

Project Director, First Base

Doug joined First Base in 2018 and is focussed on new business, helping to secure the Soapworks opportunity in Bristol, which is a 400,000 sq ft mixed use project currently being brought forward, as well as pursuing a number of other opportunities across the regional cities. Previously he spent 8 years working at London & Aberdeen Group, where he headed up a number of major mixed-use projects.  Among these was a regeneration project in Maidenhead Town Centre, known as The Landing, where Doug secured outline consent for 368,000 sq ft of offices, 225 flats and 50,000 sq ft of retail, assembled the site, managing the acquisition of 84 interests and agreed a CPO Indemnity Agreement with the Council. In parallel with this project, Doug led a design team to work up a Stage 2 design for the Council for a 500,000 sq ft multi-storey car park and retail scheme, which is to be delivered by the Council.

He also led the design, planning, delivery and sales of a new, mixed-use development in St James’s, London with 5 prime apartments and offices. Before joining London & Aberdeen he was at DTZ’s headquarter office in London (now Cushman & Wakefield), where he qualified as a Chartered Surveyor and gained experience across a range of different departments.

Agne Milukaite

Agne Milukaite

Founder, cycle.land

Agne Milukaite is the founder of www.cycle.land. The peer-to-peer bicycle sharing platform cycle.land aims to revolutionize the journeys that are 5 miles or less. Prior to launching this venture, Agne worked for a Canadian home robotics company in Berkeley, California. She received her MSc in Migration Studies at University of Oxford and as a social scientist by training and an entrepreneur by making is passionate and excited about the discussion on sharing economy and solving travel problems in cities like Cambridge and Oxford.

Naisha Polaine

Naisha Polaine

Senior Advisor, Department of International Trade

Naisha is a Senior Advisor to the Department of International Trade working across the UK to identify large-capital opportunities ready for international investment and works with international developers to deliver their ambitions in the UK. A property professional, she networks across Whitehall, private sector and public sector bodies to ensure that the best of the UK offer is promoted overseas. Naisha has also recently taken up an appointment as a Non-Executive Director for Hill Group – an Award-winning housebuilder with a turnover in excess of £500 million. Naisha is also a former Board Member for Cambridge University delivering the City’s 3000 home urban extension at North-West Cambridge.

Ian Vickers, MBA

Ian Vickers, MBA

Managing Director Home Counties, Wates

Passionate about delivering well for our customers, Ian has spent the last 20 years working across the Home Counties and East Anglia. He has lead the region to ensure we build lasting relationships and leave a positive legacy for every community we work within.

In a career spanning 40 years Ian has been involved in several prestigious projects in both the public and private sectors, working with blue chip customers across a range of industries including Science / Research, Pharmaceutical, Commercial / Offices and Education / University.

Ian has also been involved with the Whitehall and Industry Group (an initiative designed to share best practice and faster understanding between the public and private sectors) and has served as a member of the Construction Research and Innovation Strategic Panel (CRISP).

Gareth Wilson

Gareth Wilson

Partner, Barton Willmore

Gareth is a Planning Partner at Barton Willmore and head of the Cambridge Office, specialising in the planning of a wide range of major development projects. Gareth has comprehensive experience of local plan promotion and assembling planning strategies for major projects for residential and mixed use developments. He has a wealth of experience of stakeholder engagement to facilitate new developments, along with strong project management expertise in the delivery of major projects to programme and budget. 

Kate Wyatt

Kate Wyatt

Business Development Manager, Northern Home Counties, Wates

Kate’s career has taken her to a variety of roles for both contractors and consultants including bidding and proposals, project management, business development and business management. She has experience on both sides of the Atlantic, delivering project controls management and project management on multimillion-dollar gas infrastructure schemes in the United States. On moving back to the UK Kate re-joined Wates, where she originally started her career in construction as a trainee site manager.

Kate is passionate about relationships and knowledge sharing across the industry and has previously been involved in organising a cross-discipline leadership competition for young professionals in the construction industry.

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