Wednesday 4th February

Plenary Speakers

Rt Hon. Francis Maude MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General

Francis Maude is a British politician and is the incumbent Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General. As a member of parliament (MP) he represents the constituency of Horsham.

Born in 1953, he was educated at Abingdon School near Oxford and later attended Cambridge University where he studied history and law.

Following the Conservative Party landslide victory of 1983 Francis was elected to the North Warwickshire constituency serving from 1983-92. Between 1987-89 he served as the Minister for Corporate and Consumer Affairs.  In 1989, he became the Minister for Europe in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and later served as Financial Secretary to the Treasury between 1990 -1992.

In opposition Francis held a succession of prominent positions.  He was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport in June 1997, later, Shadow Chancellor from June 1998 until February 2000 and served as Shadow Foreign Secretary from February 2000 to September 2001.  From May 2005 to June 2007, Francis held the position of Chairman of the Conservative Party and in June 2007, he was appointed Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office and Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.

Away from Government and political life, private sector positions have included serving as a director at Salomon Brothers from 1992-93 and as Managing Director at Morgan Stanley 1993-97.

In May 2010, he was appointed Minister for Cabinet Office and Paymaster General within the Coalition Government and is responsible for delivering cross government efficiencies and savings and civil service reform.

Bruce Mann, Finance Director, Cabinet Office and; Executive Director, Government Property Unit

Bruce joined the Ministry of Defence in 1979. After early work in policy roles (especially nuclear issues), the Falklands and Gulf conflicts, a secondment to the Cabinet Office and Private Secretary to the MoD’s Permanent Secretary, he was appointed Director, Defence Policy in 1994, taking further forward the post-Cold War transition of defence policy and force structures. He then became Director, European Policy leading on NATO enlargement and developing work on EU defence policy and capabilities. After an assignment to the RAF component of the MoD’s logistics organisation, with responsibilities for finance and other corporate services, he was seconded to NATO for the Kosovo conflict, before returning to MoD to carry out both financial management and planning roles as successively Director, Resources and Plans and then Director General Financial Management. He was seconded to the Cabinet Office again in February 2004 to act as Secretary to Lord Butler’s Review of Intelligence on Weapons of Mass Destruction, before moving on to be Director of Civil Contingencies in the Cabinet Office, leading on work on the UK’s preparedness for and response to major emergencies.

Bruce, who is a member of CIPFA, became the Cabinet Office’s Finance Director in December 2009, and took on the role of Executive Director Government Property in 2012, responsible for ensuring the effective utilisation of the government’s land and property portfolio, and the release of surplus or under-used estate for more productive use.  In that role, he led the Strategic Land and Property review, the results of which were announced at Budget 2014.
Andy Ratcliffe, Head of Contract Management, Joint DfE and DCLG Property Asset Management Unit, GVA

Andy is the Head of Contract Management for Property Asset Management Unit – a shared service to both Department for Education (DfE) and Department for Communities and Local Government. He led the Estates team throughout the DfE Estates Rationalisation programme, which halved the number of buildings on the departmental estate and delivered savings in excess of c£15m per annum. Andy is delivering the expansion of the shared service to a number of other government departments, in line with GPU’s wider plan to cluster property teams across government.


Chris Ager, Director, Think iDEA

Chris is a Director at iDEA, an independent, multi-disciplined workplace and communications company. iDEA have been partnering with PAMU over the past two years supporting the delivery of workplace transformation projects and, continue to explore ways of pushing the boundaries of the GPU agenda. Our partnership with PAMU is at the sharp end, delivering real change to the physical estate of major central government departments. It is our joint role to challenge and ensure that central government is keeping pace with the latest workplace thinking and to explore opportunities for innovation through closer integration of technology, more intuitive use of our building resources and to find ways of enhancing our service delivery through increased collaboration and knowledge sharing. We are striving to create coherent and effective standards between all our sites and looking to the long-term future of a more shared government estate.


Work Session Speakers

Sherin Aminossehe, Head of Government Estate Strategy and Delivery, Government Property Unit, Cabinet Office and Head of Government Property Profession across Civil Service
Sherin Aminossehe is the Head of Government Estate Strategy & Delivery for the Government Property Unit and Head of the Property Asset Management Profession across the civil service. She is a Fellow of RICS and member of the RIBA.  In her previous life, as an architect, she was a Vice President at HOK,  leading large masterplanning, rationalisation and regeneration projects across the world from Jeddah to St. Petersburg to Bolton.

Ian Boll, Director, Infrastructure and Regeneration, Buckinghamshire County Council

John Bowman, Head of Planning and Environmental Law, Fieldfisher

Victoria Brambini, Head of National Frameworks, Scape Group
Joining the Scape team in early 2014, Victoria continues her commitment to the public sector after working in Local Government for over 18 years. As a Chartered Surveyor, Victoria has a successful track record in project leadership, strategic asset management and contract and performance management in a broad spectrum of built environment and public service teams, demonstrating skills in community engagement and organisational change alongside dynamic political interfacing.

Victoria brings to Scape a deep understanding of the drive for local economic sustainability, public sector efficiency and service transformation to meet the challenges of changing community needs and government policy. Her role at Scape will drive this agenda forward in the management of the national contracts.

Louise Brooke-Smith, Global President, RICS

Philip Callow, Head of Assets and Property, City of York Council

Tracey Carter, Assistant Director of Finance, Asset Management and Procurement, City of York Council

Ann Carter-Gray, Head of Government Estate Strategy and Delivery

Lord Carter of Coles, Chair of the Property Advisory Panel

Cecily Davis, Head of Construction, Fieldfisher

Simon Gawthorpe BSc MRICS, Managing Director, Urban Splash
Yorkshire boy and all round Price Charming. At Lister Mills Simon masterminded what everyone said was impossible, namely bringing sexy back to Bradford. Now he's in charge of spreading the Urban Splash idea to Sheffield and Leeds. Loves Bingo.

James Greenway, Head of Estates, Essex Police

James Grierson, Senior Director, Public Sector Advisory, DTZ
James Grierson is a senior director at DTZ. He has 25 years experience as a market leading property advisor. He provides strategic advice to major property occupiers in the central and local government and corporate sectors. He has particular expertise in estate strategy, asset management planning, performance improvement, out-sourcing and organisation reviews. A Chartered Surveyor, James is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. He has a Land Economy degree from Aberdeen University and a Masters degree in Business Administration (with distinction) from Bradford University.  James is Chairman of the RICS Public Sector Executive and, in 2011, was elected as an honorary fellow of ACES, The Association of Chief Estates Surveyors in the Public Sector. James is also a Council Member of Goldsmiths College.

Peter Hogg, Head of Government and Municipals Sector, EC Harris

Alexandra Houghton, Associate Partner, Carter Jonas

Mark Langdale, Partner, Lead for UK Central Government, EC Harris

Alex Lane, Executive Director Operations, Head of UK Buildings Team, Jacobs
Alex Lane leads Jacobs’ UK Buildings team.  The 500 strong team focuses on delivering whole life property services to clients in the UK and overseas, as part of Jacobs Global Buildings practice.  In the UK the team works with a number of public, private and international blue-chip sector clients, offering services from strategic advice, master planning, estate management, design, construction support, FM advice and project and programme management. The focus is on long term relationships, where Jacobs can bring to bear its broad experience and skill base to deliver clients long term value.

Alex is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer, who started his career as an Officer in the British Army.  Since 2007 Alex has worked in the property industry, predominantly involved in delivering projects for UK public sector clients in strategic and operational asset management.  It is this broad oversight of the whole property industry and asset life cycle that has helped shape Alex’s views on how to best focus on facing the challenges of the next 10 years.

Susanne Lorencin, Director, Workplace Strategy, DTZ
Susanne is Head of Workplace Strategy at DTZ and has over 25 years experience working with both the public sector and corporate clients in the development of workplace strategies, enabling organisations to use space more effectively in response to changing work processes, culture, brand values and technology solutions in alignment with business objectives.

She works closely with all levels of the organisation to drive change and demonstrate how a consistent approach in the workplace strategy and guidelines can drive cost savings across the portfolio whilst providing more innovative and sustainable working environments.

She has previously contributed to the BCO Workplace Guidelines  and has published articles on current trends in the Legal Sector.

Alexi Marmot, Professor of Facility and Environment Management and Head of the Bartlett School of Graduate Studies

Nicholas Morgan, Co-founder, PLACEmaking, Advisor to British Council of Offices
Nicholas Morgan and Alison White are co-founders of PLACEmaking. Formed in 2009, PLACEmaking over the last 6 years has built a strong client base including central and local government, police authorities and NHS clients, as well as continuing to work in the education field and private sector. They have developed new approaches and an entirely new toolkit of methods and blueprint templates building on the knowledge and experience gained whilst directors of the former international consultancy firm DEGW.

Alan Newton, Director of Property Strategy, Mouchel

Antony Phillips, Head of Real Estate and Head of Dispute Resolution, Fieldfisher

Jon Pike, Vice President, Jacobs
Jon Pike is the Vice President within Jacobs UK with responsibility for Built Environment. He leads a team of engineers, consultants and project managers working primarily on development, property and transport related solutions in the urban environment. The team delivers a full range of services from strategy, through planning, delivery and operations support, delivering solutions in the UK and overseas. There is a focus on both public and private sector clients where long term relationships can be created and maintained based on an expectation of service, trust and partnership.

Jon is a Chartered Civil Engineer with significant experience in the delivery of multi-project capital programmes. He began his career as a graduate working in the utility sector, eventually joining SKM as the Area Manager for Operations across Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Here he was responsible for growing and leading a regional multi-disciplinary business across a broad range of sectors including buildings, transport and utilities, before joining Jacobs through the recent acquisition of SKM. He has a reputation for leading integrated teams across multiple organisations and delivering solutions which achieve mutual success by taking a broader view of business drivers.

Brian Reynolds, Director for One Public Estate, Local Government Association

Andrew Savege, Head of Regeneration, Morgan Sindall Investments
Andrew has over 25 years’ experience of property development, investment and project management.  He leads the commercial negotiations for Morgan Sindall Investments’ property joint ventures including those signed with Bournemouth Borough Council and Slough Borough Council. He is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Ian Southall, Partner, Head of Public Sector Consultancy, Carter Jonas

Jess Stevens, Associate, GVA
Jess is an Associate in GVA’s Sustainability Consultancy Team. Her work involves advising clients and colleagues on sustainability issues across the property lifecycle.  Prior to this, Jess worked at IPD (Investment Property Databank) as Senior Associate and Head of Sustainability, where she was responsible for IPD’s global sustainability products and services. She established a role as IPD’s key global spokesperson and knowledge base for sustainability, particularly in terms of how sustainability impacts investment performance, and played a critical role in the implementation and development of IPD’s Eco Portfolio-Analysis-Service (EcoPAS).  

Previously, Jess also worked at the Public Investment Corporation Real Estate Asset Managers (PIC REAM) in South Africa as a Real Estate Asset Manager, where she managed a portfolio of retail shopping centres located in underserviced township areas in South Africa. In addition, she developed a Responsible Property Investment (RPI) Policy Statement for PIC REAM and was responsible for the ESG (environmental, social and governance) strategy group.

Martin Tiffin, Programme Leader - Town Centre Vision, Bournemouth Borough Council
Martin has 35 years experience of working in and with the construction, development and projects industry. Martin worked for John Laing Construction between 1980 and 1991 as a Chartered Civil Engineer.  During his time at John Laing, Martin worked predominantly in construction management on various building and civil engineering projects both in the UK and internationally working on some of the major construction projects undertaken in the 1980’s.  He is one of only five people dual-qualified as a Chartered Civil Engineer and Solicitor.  He spent the early part of his legal career at Norton Rose where he gained experience in PFI and Project Finance. He has been involved with public private partnerships since 1995. Martin has worked on twelve PFI transactions including advising on the introduction of the New South Wales and Victoria governments’ PFI/PPP programmes. Martin has been recognised in Chambers legal directory as a leader in his field for non contentious construction and projects work. For the past six years Martin has been heading up Bournemouth Council’s ambitious £400 million town centre regeneration project.

Alison White, co-founder, PLACEmaking and co-author of 'Working Beyond Walls'
Alison White and Nicholas Morgan are co-founders of PLACEmaking. Formed in 2009, PLACEmaking over the last 6 years has built a strong client base including central and local government, police authorities and NHS clients, as well as continuing to work in the education field and private sector. They have developed new approaches and an entirely new toolkit of methods and blueprint templates building on the knowledge and experience gained whilst directors of the former international consultancy firm DEGW.

David Whitehead, Head of Architecture, Jacobs

Please note speakers, agenda and timings may be subject to change