More than 400 people will attend OxPropFest Awards dinner on September 9 with almost 200 booked for a day of walks, talks and an exhibition.

And finer details for the day-long UKPropFest at Bicester Motion, our first major event since January 2020, have now been finalised.

Session one looks at the road to net zero with a talk by Richard Todd, regional office partner for Bidwells, followed by a panel discussion involving Harriet Waters, head of environmental sustainability for the  University of Oxford, Nigel Tipple, chief executive of OxLEP, Roland Bull, head of rural investment for Bidwells and Phil Parker, bursar at Brasenose College, Oxford.

Then Sarah Haywood, managing director of Advanced Oxford will speak about creating the Oxford innovation ecosystem before a panel discussion involving Tom Bridgman, executive director development for Oxford City Council, Anna Strongman, chief executive of the University of Oxford Development, Steve Burgess, chief executive of the Oxford Trust and William Donger, director of Thomas White Oxford, the developer of Oxford North.

After a break for lunch, the third session explores one of the fastest growing sectors in the property market – science.

Charlie Rowton-Lee, head of commercial agency (Oxford), for Savills will chair the session.

Speakers will be Steve Chatfield, special advisor – life sciences for Savills and Dr Babara Ghinelli, director – clusters and Harwell business development for UKRI-STFC.

The panel will consist of Alistair Lomax, director of the Arc Universities Group, Philip Campbell, commercial director of Milton Park and Dr Caroline Livingstone, head of campus development – UKAEA, Culham Science Centre.

The final session is on the green input to the Oxford to Cambridge Arc, chaired by Rob Allaway, managing director of Dev Comms.

Speakers and panellists include Andrew Taylor, director and head of planning for Countryside, Nick Hayes, partner & head of sustainability for Ridge, Bev Hindle, executive director for the Arc Leadership Group and Dr Jayne Manley, chief executive of the Earth Trust.

UK Property Forums managing director Matthew Battle said: “This line-up involves an excellent level of speakers and panellists so, for our first major event since January 2020, we expect to make a real impression.

“Delegates will get a chance to hear about the most important things going on in the county and meet the people involved.

“It is intended to be a very enjoyable way to get back into socialising and attending events.”

Between the first two sessions, and at lunchtime, there will be walks available; one around space facilities at Westcott Venture Park (now fully booked) and one around Bicester Motion.

Throughout the day, an exhibition will operate and there are plans to show off some of the classic cars which are worked on by tenants at Bicester Motion.

The black-tie awards event in the evening, at which Olympic Gold medallist rower Greg Searle will present the winners, will be launched by a drinks reception at 6.15pm.

Bicester Motion’s cavernous Hangar 113 will be the venue for the entire day.

A handful of places are left for the evening but tickets are available for the daytime.


Image shows members of the UK Property Forums team on a visit to Hangar 113.

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