Speakers & Panelists in 2022 Include

Meet the Speakers

Rob Allaway

Rob Allaway

Managing Director, DevComms

Rob is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and has worked specifically in the planning and property area of communications for over 20 years. He has provided strategic advice on proposals across all sectors of property including large urban extensions, retail, sports stadia and large scale distribution.

Kathryn Andrew

Kathryn Andrew

Assistant Development Manager, MEPC

Kathryn is an Assistant Development Manager for MEPC working on projects at Milton Park in Oxfordshire.

Peter Angelopoulos

Peter Angelopoulos

Director, Investments, Cadillac Fairview

Peter Angelopoulos supports the execution of strategic investments in the UK and Europe for Cadillac Fairview. Peter joined Cadillac Fairview in 2015 and has been involved in transactions and the asset management of investments in the UK, Europe, Canada and Brazil.

He has also supported the development and execution of corporate strategy initiatives, including his relocation from Toronto to London in 2021 to help establish CF’s UK and Europe office. Prior to joining Cadillac Fairview, Peter was an Associate at TD Securities in Equity Research and supported coverage of the Canadian REIT sector and, prior to that, BDO Canada LLP, where he earned the Chartered Professional Accountant designation.

Peter is also a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds a Master of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Jonty Ashworth

Jonty Ashworth

Property Development Manager, Bicester Heritage

Jonty is the Property Development Manager at Bicester Heritage, the Centre of Excellence at the core of the historic motoring industry. Bicester Heritage has trailblazing plans to deliver the UK’s first 425 acre experiential resort to champion automotive motion of the past, present and future. His background is major project delivery and master planning, providing a diverse range of projects in motorsports, leisure and tourism. Project examples include: Zhejiang International Circuit, China; Royal Air Force Museum, London; BMW Park Lane , Born Electric showroom; Media City UK (BBC), Salford; BMW UK HQ and various Jaguar Land Rover projects.

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.

Hugh Blaza

Hugh Blaza

Hugh enjoyed a highly successful career as a commercial property lawyer, leading one of the major real estate firms in the country. Having graduated from University College Oxford and trained in the City, Hugh returned to Oxford in 1986 where he now works as a consultant to the property community. He believes that whilst there is much to admire in recent developments, the plans which are being forged to harness and accommodate the activity in the region will make the next few years the most exciting in the region for decades.

Ingo Braun

Ingo Braun

Design Director, NBBJ

Ingo Braun is an award-winning designer who has led the Life and Mind Building design for the University of Oxford. Ingo has over 20 years’ of extensive design experience delivering pioneering commercial science and research buildings across the UK, as well as designing a number of other complex facilities for the Universities of Cambridge, Queen Mary, Manchester and Southampton. He has a special interest in world-leading, user-driven buildings and his clear visual communication empowers clients and users in the design process.

The Life and Mind Building is the largest new building in the University of Oxford’s history and new home for the Departments of Experimental Psychology, Zoology and Plant Sciences. It includes state-of-the-art laboratory spaces as well as collaborative research spaces and new public realm.

Philip Campbell

Philip Campbell

Commercial Director for MEPC Milton Park

Philip joined MEPC in 2006 with nearly 30 years’ experience in commercial real estate. Philip works alongside the asset management team, developing relationships with potential clients and looking after large offices and laboratories at Milton Park. He is passionate about helping companies with their evolving accommodation needs and enjoys demystifying complex real estate issues to make office moving easier. Philip is an active figure within the local community and can often be seen jogging round Milton Park at lunchtimes.

Douglass Cuff

Douglass Cuff

Vice President UK Real Estate, IQHQ

Douglass Cuff is the Vice President of U.K. Real Estate for IQHQ, Inc. He has over 20 years’ experience working in life science real estate sector. Prior to IQHQ, Mr. Cuff had various roles at BioMed Realty during his 14-year tenure. Initially, he was responsible for overseeing the entire 1.0 million sf Life Science real estate portfolio in Cambridge, MA. Eventually, Mr. Cuff moved onto overseeing the completion and operation of ‘The Center for Life Science | Boston’; which is an 18 story, first-class research facility which houses the various research groups of Children’s Hospital Boston, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.  Mr. Cuff then relocated to Cambridge, UK in 2012 with the acquisition of Granta Park. He expanded the initial U.K. portfolio by negotiating 2 build-to-suits at Granta Park as well as closing a partnership with the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council at the Babraham Research Campus. Doug and his family have moved back to Cambridge to oversee IQHQ’s expansion into the UK as well as manage their acquisition on the Cambridge Science Park. Doug received a Master’s in Business Administration from Boston University and a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from Fordham University in New York City.

Nikki Gibson

Nikki Gibson

Head of Flexible Workplaces & Director, Ashdown Philips & Partners

Nikki Gibson started her career in property by running Milton Park Innovation Centre. Having celebrated many successes in this role, Nikki was given the opportunity to run multiple sites and broaden her knowledge in the world of flexible workspaces. Now Senior Associate Director and Head of Flexible Workspaces for niche commercial property management company, Ashdown Phillips & Partners; Nikki consults on designs and business plans to meet the demands of the market with a view to taking them through to mobilisation and ultimately management.

Amy Gilham

Amy Gilham

Economics Director, Turley

Amy Gilham is a Director of Economics in Turley’s London team and leads our High Tech and Innovation work nationally. Amy supports a range of industrial and other occupiers to demonstrate the economic and social impacts of their developments throughout the planning process.

Sarah Haywood

Sarah Haywood

Managing Director, Advanced Oxford

Sarah Haywood is Managing Director of Advanced Oxford, a not-for-profit group of senior leaders from Oxfordshire’s major knowledge-intensive businesses, working together to support the long-term development of the Oxford region as a dynamic and prosperous place to work and live.  Sarah is also an Executive Director with MedCity, the life sciences cluster organisation for London and the greater south east of England.  Sarah joined Advanced Oxford in July, 2019 and has been working with MedCity since its foundation and launch in 2014.  She is on the board of VentureFest Oxford, on the Advisory Group for DigitalHealth.London and is a member of the University of Oxford IDEA Programme Advisory Board. Sarah studied Biology at the University of Oxford and also has a Post-graduate Diploma in Management (Health) and an MA in Human Resources Management and Strategy.  Sarah was named on the Progress 1000 for 2019, The Evening Standard’s list of the most influential people in London, for her work with MedCity.

Steve Lang

Steve Lang

Director and Head of Office and Life Research, Savills

Steve joined Savills in January 2002 and has over 20 years of experience in life science and technology real estate research. His experience includes a wide variety of research consultancy projects often involving data collection and analysis – this has been for investors, developers, owners and occupiers. Day-to-day, he also supports the internal agency teams at Savills, on an international basis, for this sector. He publishes his research in collaboration with the Savills research teams in the key life science markets globally, which enhances critical knowledge and understanding of this sector.

Liz Leffman

Liz Leffman

Leader, Oxfordshire County Council

Liz Leffman is Leader of Oxfordshire County Council. She was first elected to the County Council in 2017 as the Liberal Democrat member for Charlbury and the Wychwoods, and leads an alliance between the Liberal Democrats, the Greens and Labour.

Liz started her career in advertising, working for J Walter Thompson and Saatchi and Saatchi. She then became marketing manager with the National Dairy Council. She later joined Courtaulds Textiles, where she ran a clothing factory manufacturing for Marks and Spencer, and became marketing director for their fabrics division. In the ‘90s she set up a business in Eastern Europe, finding factories for UK, European and US clothing retailers, and managing their production. Her company, Clothesource, still operates in Romania.

Liz has served as a trustee for a number of charities, including Citizens Advice West Oxfordshire, and Southill Solar, which has built a community solar farm outside Charlbury. She has also served on the board of Young Dementia UK Homes, which plans to build an assisted living facility in Charlbury.

Dr Jayne Manley

Dr Jayne Manley

CEO, Earth Trust

Dr Jayne Manley believes that future life on Earth requires people thriving and being intimately connected with the ecosystems that support us. She became CEO of Earth Trust in 2012, bringing with her a strong practical diverse background in whole ecosystem thinking, farming/land management, policy development, income generation, learning and engagement. Previously working in strategic roles for Plantlife International and English Nature, Jayne is currently Chair Oxfordshire Environment Board, member of the Oxfordshire Executive Officers Group of Future Oxfordshire Partnership, and past Chair of the OXLEP Environment and Sustainability Sub Committee. @jaynesvoice

Rory Maw

Rory Maw

CEO & Fellow of Magdalen College, The Oxford Science Park

Rory joined Magdalen College as Bursar in March 2014, having been a Partner and CFO of Bridges Ventures, a private equity firm specialising in social impact investment in high growth SMEs and real estate. Rory’s responsibility is to oversee The Oxford Science Park’s management and development as one of Magdalen College’s key property investments that is at the heart of its strategy to support discovery, innovation and entrepreneurship. Previously Rory was an investment banker at Schroders and Morgan Stanley, specialising in mergers and acquisitions for a range of international clients. Rory graduated in Economics from Trinity College, Cambridge.

Charles Rowton-Lee

Charles Rowton-Lee

Head of Commercial Agency, Savills

Charles has worked for Savills since 2015.  He is highly experienced with a proven track record with experience of client relationship management, the acquisition and disposal of all forms of commercial property, commercial development consultancy and investor advice.  Charles’ focus is to provide high quality commercial driven advice to both occupiers, commercial developers and investors.  He is passionate about providing clear, succinct and expert advice. 

He has experience of providing a diverse range of advice to many high profile office, industrial/logistics and scientific and technology schemes throughout Oxford, the Thames Valley and Midland regions, both in town centres and out of town office/science parks, and industrial/logistics estates. His expertise also includes capital markets in most commercial sectors as well as the South and Midlands for clients acquiring and disposing of assets. Charles’ clients include major property companies, developers, Institutional and opportunity funds, scientific and technology companies, as well corporate occupiers.

Greg Searle

Greg Searle

Olympic Rower

Greg Searle is an Olympic Gold Medal winner who has worked as a coach with organisations for 20 years to help improve their performance.  Having won gold in Barcelona 1992, he returned to win Bronze in London 2012.  He worked for Lane4 for 20 years and now supports organisations from the corporate and public sector including the NHS, charities, and sports such as the FA and the R&A.

Greg delivers interactive leadership development with the emphasis on the people in the virtual room.  He challenges thinking and behaviour by encouraging the audience to take responsibility and ultimately action to drive their own, and their teams’ performance.  He is comfortable on the large stage, working virtually, or with smaller teams and individuals.  He is an accredited coach with the EMCC. (European Mentoring and Coaching Council).

Since the pandemic Greg has been delivering engaging interactive sessions for groups from 5 to 500 people.  He is a regular contributor on the MBA programme at the SAID Business School and has delivered for numerous corporate clients.

He has also been busy as an Honorary Patron for the charity Access Sport and retains a keen interest in rowing as a Steward of Henley Royal Regatta and as a commentator for the Governing Body of World Rowing (FISA).

Adam Smith

Adam Smith

Development Director, Stanhope

Adam is currently leading the Oxford North development in Stanhope’s capacity as Development Manager and in joint venture partnership with Cadillac Fairview and Thomas White Oxford. He has a broad experience of designing and delivering mixed use and masterplan developments. Since joining Stanhope in 2014 he led the delivery of the first phase of Stanhope and Schroders Ruskin Square masterplan in Croydon including a major new office building for HMRC and significant infrastructure including a large area of new public realm. More recently he managed the design, stakeholder negotiation and planning process for New Zealand House on behalf of the Crown Estate.

Adam is a RIBA Chartered Architect, and prior to joining Stanhope practised at Arup Associates working on a wide range of projects including sports and media, masterplans, office and residential developments. He is an active member of the British Council for Offices and sits on the ESG Committee and has been a frequent collaborator within UKGBC. Adam has frequently acted as a technical tutor, industry speaker and visiting critic including at BCO events and the Bartlett School of Architecture and London School of Architecture.

Anna Strongman

Anna Strongman

CEO, Oxford University Development

Anna Strongman is CEO of Oxford University Development (OUD), a joint venture between Oxford University and Legal & General set up to build Innovation Districts and subsidised accommodation for graduate students and the university workforce.

Anna was previously Managing Partner of Argent LLP in London, where she spent 12 years executing a range of asset, development, and business planning projects. Highlights included leading the Asset Management of King’s Cross, developing Coal Drops Yard, and setting up a BTR portfolio with JV partners Related.  Anna was instrumental in building the business from 40 people to a team of 200 over a ten-year period and led the corporate side of the business as Managing Partner.

Before joining Argent, Anna worked in the planning and economic development team of Arup, worked for DTZ in Scotland, and lived for 18 months in Japan, where she studied Japanese and conducted research at the Japan Productivity Centre as a Daiwa Scholar.

Nigel Tipple

Nigel Tipple

Chief Executive, OxLEP

Nigel joined Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP) in June 2013 and has made his mark with energetic and inspirational leadership. He spearheaded the bid for the Oxford and Oxfordshire City Deal, the EU Structural and Investment Fund and Strategic Economic Plan submissions and is assisting the county’s businesses into a period of exceptional growth. Oxfordshire is already a powerhouse of innovation and wealth creation and Nigel is focused on building upon the region’s unique strengths to deliver economic success through the commercialisation of innovation. Nigel has over 20 years’ experience in the formation, development, operation and management of Public/Private sector organisations.

Richard Todd

Richard Todd

Head of Oxford Office, Bidwells

Richard joined Bidwells as partner in 2015 and became head of Bidwells’ Oxford office in 2019 where he now leads a 60+ multi-disciplined team. As the spearhead of Bidwells’ growth in Oxford, Richard dedicates much of his time to supporting the region’s market place, with a focus on the Education and Science and Technology sectors thriving across the Oxford-Cambridge Arc. Clients include the University and Colleges, Oxford Science Innovations (OSI) and Harwell.

Bidwells recognises the Oxford-Cambridge Arc’s potential to transform the UK economy. The firm has long understood that the Arc’s leading businesses and institutions are not driven simply by a chase for economic growth but by an academic push to combat the universal challenges threatening our planet and humankind. Richard’s understanding of the region and knowledge of its markets is pivotal to the firm’s ability to unlock value on behalf of its clients in Oxfordshire.

Pete Wilder

Pete Wilder

Property Director, Oxford Sciences Enterprises

Pete joined Oxford Science Enterprises as the Head of Property in July 2019. Prior to this, he was a Partner at Bidwells, a property consultancy with a focus on the science and technology sector. Pete was previously a Director at Jones Lang LaSalle, where he advised Deutsche Bank, GSK and Sony. He also worked with corporate clients for BNP Paribas Real Estate, Man Group, Barclays Capital and Bloomberg. Pete is responsible for managing our growing property portfolio and for providing strategic property advice to our enterprises. He also leads the Diversity & Inclusion team.

Adam Workman

Adam Workman

Head of Investments & New Ventures, Oxford University Innovation

Adam has over 15 years’ experience in the venture capital sector. He joined Oxford University Innovation in October 2016 as Head of New Venture Support & Funding. His responsibilities include liaising with early stage investors through the Oxford Angel Network, investing in new technologies through Oxford University Innovation’s Proof of Concept funds and advising on the Parkwalk Oxford Innovation Fund I, II and III. Prior to OUI Adam was a Partner in the cleantech focused venture capital fund manager 350 Investment Partners. He formerly worked with the Carbon Trust, 3i and Shell Exploration. He has an MA in Natural Sciences and a Postgraduate diploma in Computer Science from Cambridge University.

Meet the Judges

Jonty Ashworth

Jonty Ashworth

Property Development Manager, Bicester Heritage

Jonty is the Property Development Manager at Bicester Heritage, the Centre of Excellence at the core of the historic motoring industry. Bicester Heritage has trailblazing plans to deliver the UK’s first 425 acre experiential resort to champion automotive motion of the past, present and future. His background is major project delivery and master planning, providing a diverse range of projects in motorsports, leisure and tourism. Project examples include: Zhejiang International Circuit, China; Royal Air Force Museum, London; BMW Park Lane , Born Electric showroom; Media City UK (BBC), Salford; BMW UK HQ and various Jaguar Land Rover projects.

Matthew Battle

Matthew Battle

Managing Director, UK Property Forums (Joint Chair of the Judging Panel)

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. 

Hugh Blaza

Hugh Blaza

Hugh enjoyed a highly successful career as a commercial property lawyer, leading one of the major real estate firms in the country. Having graduated from University College Oxford and trained in the City, Hugh returned to Oxford in 1986 where he now works as a consultant to the property community. He believes that whilst there is much to admire in recent developments, the plans which are being forged to harness and accommodate the activity in the region will make the next few years the most exciting in the region for decades.

James Dipple

James Dipple

Chief Executive, MEPC

James is a chartered surveyor and has over 35 years’ experience in commercial property. He joined MEPC in 2008 as a main Board Director and Managing Director for Milton Park and Silverstone Park before being promoted to CEO in 2014. In a previous role he led Milton Park’s modernisation between 1997 and 2001, and was instrumental in developing a number of well-known business parks in the UK whilst a commercial partner at Strutt and Parker. James has a keen interest in architecture and the built environment. He is a mentor for students studying Land Management at University of Reading where he gained his degree. In his spare time James enjoys sailing and cycling.

Kathryn Gundry

Kathryn Gundry

West Waddy Archadia

Kathryn is a Project Architect at West Waddy Archadia. She joined WWA in 2017 and passed her Part III in 2018 to qualify as an Architect leading projects through RIBA stages 0-7. Kathryn specialises in accessibility and inclusion. She is leading WWA’s practice-based research programme, working closely with several councils and universities. She is currently working on several housing projects on garage sites for a local housing association, disabled facilities grants, as well as a large care homes and social housing projects in West London.

Sarah Haywood

Sarah Haywood

Managing Director, Advanced Oxford

Sarah Haywood is the managing director for Advanced Oxford. This not-for-profit company is a membership group which brings together companies, institutions and organisations which all have a focus on innovation and knowledge-related business, and are based in Oxfordshire. Both the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University are also members. Advanced Oxford is therefore an academic science network which provides a united voice for the innovation business community on issues that impact the development of Oxfordshire.  Advanced Oxford wants to ensure that Oxfordshire is a great place for companies to start, scale up and grow within the region, and feel they can continue to work here.

Dr Caroline Livingstone

Dr Caroline Livingstone

Head of Property, Culham Science Centre

Caroline is the Head of Property for UKAEA at Culham Science Centre which includes responsibility for management of the Commercial property at Culham Science Centre as well as the Culham Estate, its existing buildings and  the development of new buildings for both UKAEA and commercial property use.  Caroline’s role includes involvement in the development of the Harwell Campus as UKAEA are majority landowner and Harwell Joint Venture partner. Caroline was previously General Manager of Begbroke Science Park on behalf of the University of Oxford.  In her time there the site more than doubled in size and introduced a series of new business models for innovation, research collaboration and campus management. Caroline gained her PhD in Biotechnology from Sheffield University before working for UKAEA (then AEA Technology) at Harwell where she managed a variety of government research and export promotion programmes as well as the Marketing Department.

Dr Jayne Manley

Dr Jayne Manley

CEO, Earth Trust

Dr Jayne Manley believes that future life on Earth requires people thriving and being intimately connected with the ecosystems that support us. She became CEO of Earth Trust in 2012, bringing with her a strong practical diverse background in whole ecosystem thinking, farming/land management, policy development, income generation, learning and engagement. Previously working in strategic roles for Plantlife International and English Nature, Jayne is currently Chair Oxfordshire Environment Board, member of the Oxfordshire Executive Officers Group of Future Oxfordshire Partnership, and past Chair of the OXLEP Environment and Sustainability Sub Committee. @jaynesvoice

Jayne Norris

Jayne Norris

Director, Edgars

Jayne began her professional planning career working for the PSI (Power Station Impact) team at Oxford Brookes whilst a post graduate planning student. This was followed by twenty years in local government at South Oxfordshire District Council and West Oxfordshire District Council. In 2007 Jayne joined Edgar as a Director. Her experience spans 24 years across the spectrum of planning work, including Development Control, Local Plans, Enforcement, Heritage Proposals, Appeals and Environmental Impact Assessment, in both local government and private practice. Jayne was elected as a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute in 1989, having completed an MSc in Urban Planning from Oxford Brookes University.

Hannah Smart

Hannah Smart

Director & Owner, Edge Urban Design

Winner of the Oxford Property Festival Young Person of the Year for 2018, Hannah is a leader in her field and promotes high-quality development and regeneration through her comprehensive and inspiring design process. Hannah recently featured in the BBC 2 documentary “The Newbuilds are Coming”, which followed a housing development through the Planning System; observing the extensive design process and detailed consideration that takes place behind the scenes of the development industry. She has been involved with masterplans and visions for NW Bicester Eco Town and successfully designed and delivered mixed-use masterplans of between 1 and 20,000 units in the South East, predominantly in Oxfordshire. A rising star of the future. 

Nigel Tipple

Nigel Tipple

Chief Executive, OxLEP

Nigel joined Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP) in June 2013 and has made his mark with energetic and inspirational leadership. He spearheaded the bid for the Oxford and Oxfordshire City Deal, the EU Structural and Investment Fund and Strategic Economic Plan submissions and is assisting the county’s businesses into a period of exceptional growth. Oxfordshire is already a powerhouse of innovation and wealth creation and Nigel is focused on building upon the region’s unique strengths to deliver economic success through the commercialisation of innovation. Nigel has over 20 years’ experience in the formation, development, operation and management of Public/Private sector organisations.

 

Richard Venables

Richard Venables

Director, VSL & Partners

Richard was educated at St Edward’s, Oxford and Exeter University where he gained a geography degree. He commenced his surveying career in 1989 at Gerald Eve in London. He joined James Offen and Partners and in 2002 jointly started VSL. Richard has considerable experience in office, industrial, retail, development and investment agency work. Richard dedicates considerable time and energy to economic and cultural development in Oxfordshire. He is a board member of Experience Oxfordshire and Active Oxfordshire, a member of the Ashmolean corporate circle, a member of the Oxford City Council Economic Growth Steering Group and Chair of Reciprocate.  Richard was appointed Deputy Lieutenant for Oxfordshire in 2017 and High Sheriff of Oxfordshire in 2018/19. Outside work he is a hockey fanatic playing at Oxford Hawks Hockey Club and an enthusiastic park runner.

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