Thames Valley

The Future of Heathrow




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How will the Thames Valley re-act to the Davies Commission decision on the preferred location of London’s ‘hub’ airport?  Will this be a trigger for major occupiers to doubt the regions future success? What are the strategically important towns of Reading, Bracknell and Slough doing to attract new growth and investment following recent announcements of new office, retail and industrial schemes. Are these just growing pains experienced by all global ‘super regions’ or a time of structural change?  Come and find out at this major conference to be held on 12th September at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire.

TVPF gears up for 2013 with the announcement that Heathrow Airport Holdings (BAA), Stanhope, SEGRO, Development Securities and others, have signed up as Major Sponsors and contributors for the Conference on September 12th. We will once again be creating a content rich event which will reflect the key issues driving the Thames Valley region. Other Partners include; Estates Gazette and the Thames Valley Berkshire LEP as well as Sponsors; Rickerbys, ISG Plc, Peter Brett Associates and Barton Willmore. Exhibitors include; Brook Street des Roches, Bracknell Regeneration Partnership, Estates Gazette, Kier Construction, Field Seymour Parkes, Trilogie CRE, Chapman Consulting, Alexander Devine Children’s Hospital, Slough Borough Council and Thames Valley Berkshire LEP.


Session One

09:20 – 10:30

The Future of Heathrow: Probably the biggest story in the Thames Valley, ever.

How will the Thames Valley re-act to the Davies Commission decision on the preferred location of London’s ‘hub’ airport? Will this be a trigger for major Corporate Occupiers to doubt the regions future success? And what are the key decision makers in the region doing to ensure that the Thames Valley remains a success in an increasingly competitive environment?

Damian Wild, Editor, Estates Gazette & Estates Gazette Interactive


Tim Smith MBE, Director, Thames Valley Berkshire LEP
Gareth Osborn, Business Unit Director – Thames Valley, SEGRO
Ruth Bagley, Chief Executive, Slough Borough Council (update also on WRAtH)
Albert de Beer, Director of Facilities EMEA, Blackberry

10:30 – 11:00

Tea & Coffee Break

View Exhibitors’ Space in the Parade Ring Restaurant, Network and see the Racecourse

Session Two

11:00 – 11:50

Reading Re-Born

After many false starts Sackville Developments Reading Limited (JV between Stanhope PLC and Benson Elliot) has announced plans for the re-development of the Reading Central Business District. How will this mixed-use scheme affect Reading and the wider South East region and is this a chance to re-position the capital of the Thames Valley?


Jeremy Bates, Executive Director, Savills


Robert Maxwell, Partner, Allies + Morrison Architects
Philip Irons, Partner, Benson Elliot


Jason Margrave, Executive Director, Stanhope PLC
Paul Newman, Project Sponsor – Reading Station, Network Rail
Introduction to the Reading Development & Investment Review 2013 Fiona Brownfoot, Director, Hicks Baker (Editor of the Reading Development & Investment Review 2013)

Session Three

11:50 – 12:40

Slough in Vogue

The opening of Crossrail, plans for the WRAtH connections to Heathrow and the continued £multi million investment on the Heart of Slough initiative, is forcing a change to the ingrained perceptions of Slough. Ironically Slough could soon have some of the best communications in the Thames Valley into Heathrow, London and by default the Rest of the world. Is it not time to re-evaluate the town’s position and image?


Julian Barwick, Director, Development Securities


Ruth Bagley, Chief Executive, Slough Borough Council


Chris Early, Estates Manager – Property, Telefonica UK
Lynda Shillaw, Director of Real Estate, SWIP
Colin Smith, Head of Over Sites Team, Crossrail

12:30 – 13:00

Conference Morning Sum Up and Feedback

Conference Morning Sum Up and Feedback from the Conference Floor
Ginny Gibson, Deputy Dean, Henley Business School – University of Reading and Matthew Battle, Chair, TVPF

Introduction to the Thames Valley Property Awards 2014 from Matthew Battle, Chair, UK Property Forums and John Burbage, Business Magazine.

Hot Lunch Served View Exhibitors’ Space

Session Four

14:00 – 14:45

Regenerating Bracknell

Bracknell is actually changing – yes it is true! Legal & General and Schroders have unveiled their plans for the regeneration of the town centre. What will be the economic impact for Bracknell and the wider Thames Valley development picture?


Ian Mason, Head of UK Property Fund Management, Schroders


Victor Nicholls, Assistant Chief Executive, Bracknell Forest Council
Neil Crawford, Retail Manager, Legal & General
Dr Steven Musson, Lecturer in Political and Economic Geography, School of Geography and Environmental Science University of Reading

Session Five

14:45 – 15:30

Made in The Thames Valley

Arrivals and Pop-Up Exhibition Opens
The Thames Valley is experiencing a strategic change in its property fabric. Known as one of the best global locations for offices but increasingly being supplemented by a growth in data centres, industrial and residential lettings. Are we about to enter a structural change in the Thames Valley or is this just a reflection of the dynamic characteristics, which make up your average Euro Super Region?


Robert Lynch, Partner, Harrison Clark Rickerbys


Kim Morris, Director, Barton Willmore
Scott Witchalls, Partner, Peter Brett Associates


Paul Lewis, Regional Director – Industrial, SEGRO


Conference Sum-up

Tea & Coffee and Networking
Conference & Exhibition Close

Thames Valley Session


Arrivals and Pop-Up Exhibition Opens

Arrivals and Pop-Up Exhibition Opens
Tea/Coffee Served with Croissants/Pastries

09:00 – 09:05

Conference Introduction

Conference Introduction

Matthew Battle, Chairman, UK Property Forums

Introduction from The Bionic Group – Thames Valley Film

09:05 – 09:20

Conference Key Note

The Thames Valley: Home of the Hub Airport?
Clare Harbord, Corporate Affairs Director, Heathrow Airport Holdings


Ruth Bagley

Chief Executive, Slough Borough Council

Ruth Bagley has been the Chief Executive of Slough Borough Council since June 2007. Ruth brought to her role experience in community …Read more

Julian Barwick

Director, Development Securities

Julian Barwick, a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, has been a Director of Development Securities plc since May 1998. Prior to working with Development …Read more

Neil Crawford

Neil Crawford, Retail Manager Legal & General

Neil joined Legal & General in October 2012 to work on the redevelopment of Bracknell Town Centre. Prior to joining Legal & General he … Read more

David Gillham

Director of Research and Enterprise, University of Reading

David’s role involves supporting the University to build on its reputation for excellence in research and its fast growing portfolio of business and enterprise  …Read more

Clare Harbord

Corporate Affairs Director, Heathrow Airport Ltd

Clare Harbord joined Heathrow from the Ministry of Justice in July 2011 as Director, Corporate Affairs. Previously she has held senior communications …Read more

Robert Lynch

Partner, Harrison Clark Rickerbys

Robert is a Partner with Harrison Clark Rickerbys and heads up their Thames Valley office. He specialises in property investment, corporate real estate, land development and …Read more

Ian Mason

Head of UK Property Fund Management, Schroders

Responsible for forming the strategy and fund management of the Fund. Joined Schroders in April 2008 after a long career at BlackRock, where …Read more

Robert Maxwell

Partner, Allies and Morrison

Robert Maxwell joined the practice in 1988 and was appointed partner in 2001. He has been responsible for delivering a number of masterplans, mixed-use and commercial …Read more

Kim Morris MRTPI

Planning Director, Barton Willmore

Kim joined Barton Willmore in May 2001 and has developed a wide range of experience on residential, mixed use and commercial projects on behalf of housebuilders …Read more

Paul Newman

Sponsor, Network Rail

Paul is a Chartered Civil Engineer with over 25 years experience in rail and civil engineering industries, with a particular focus on heavy rail projects and integrated transport solutions …Read more

Victor Nicholls

Assistant Chief Executive, Bracknell Forest Council

Victor is Assistant Chief Executive at Bracknell Forest Council, one of the six unitary authorities in Berkshire. Victor heads up the Chief Executive’s …Read more

Gareth Osborn

Business Unit Director Thames Valley, Segro

Gareth Osborn joined SEGRO in 1988. Initially involved in a multi let industrial portfolio and then moved to the company’s Retail team in 1991 and became …Read more

Colin Smith

Head of Over Sites Team, Crossrail

As Crossrail’s Head of Over site Development, Colin is responsible for creating value from development opportunities above new Crossrail railway works on …Read more

Tim Smith MBE

Business Director at Thames Valley Berkshire LEP

Tim is the first, full time Business Director at Thames Valley Berkshire LEP, having started there in October …Read more

Damian Wild

Editor, Estates Gazette

Damian Wild became editor of Estates Gazette in September 2009. Before joining, he was group editor in chief of Incisive Media’s business and …Read more

Scott Witchalls

Partner, Peter Brett Associates

Scott leads the management and delivery of area wide transport strategies and major land development projects both in the UK and overseas …Read more


TVPF Conference In-House Journalist

Sarah is an independent marketing and communications advisor who acts as Communications Director of UK Property Forums. She has more than 20 years’ …Read more

Matthew Battle

Chair, UK Property Forums

Matthew joined Bovis in the UK in 1982 and worked on various projects business development across the UK until 1993, when he joined PMI …Read more


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