UK Property Forums and DevComms have teamed up to formally launch the Leadership Lunch initiative across UKPF’s network in the Thames Valley, East of England and West London.

Leadership Lunches focus on one local authority at a time and are an opportunity to bring together a leading politician and members of the development industry to discuss to debate key topics or themes in a round table format.

The inaugural Leadership Lunch with Reading Borough Council took place at the end of 2021 with deputy leader Cllr Tony Page and Cllr David Stevens, the then Mayor of Reading, discussing the council’s bid for City Status.

The event brought together property professionals from Reading and the wider area to talk about the importance of the bid and what it could mean for the town.

The next Leadership Lunch is in early March and will bring together Cllr Steve Curran, leader of Hounslow Council, and a number of leading West London property professionals.

Matthew Battle, managing director of UK Property Forums, said: “As Covid-19 restrictions are reduced, the need for live events which encourages a conversation are increasingly at the forefront of people’s minds. Building on our past experiences and established networks, we think that the Leadership Lunches could be a vehicle to encourage debate.”

Maria Allaway, director of DevComms, said: “It is great to be bringing forward a new initiative in partnership with UK Property Forums and enabling a dialogue between local authorities and the development industry. The feedback has been great so far and we are looking forward to many more Leadership Lunches in the future.”

Invitations are issued appropriate to the authority chosen. However enquiries are welcome at

Further Leadership Lunches are planned in Slough and Newbury.

Image shows guests at the inaugural Leadership Lunch, held at Haslams Estate Agent in Reading.

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