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Event programme

08:45 - 11:15

08:45: Registration and refreshments

09:20: Chair’s opening comments

Paul Cutbill, Head of Professional Development, Countrywide Surveying Services

09:30: Economic Update

  • Outlook for the residential property market
  • RICS Residential Property Market Survey
  • Key macro risks

Simon Rubinsohn, Chief Economist, RICS

10:00: CEO Forum

  • Biggest issues impacting the Residential sector
  • How to respond to the raft of government changes and legislation
  • Risk and opportunities with the housing markets
  • Housing supply shortage
  • Where are the next generation of house builders?

Chair - Peter Bolton King, Global Director of Professionalism and Ethics, RICS
Helen Gordon, Chief Executive, Grainger
Killian Hurley, Chief Executive, Mount Anvil
Dan Gandesha, Founder & CEO, Property Partner
Jeff Doble, CEO, Dexters

10:45: Networking refreshment break

11:15 – 12:45: Delegates choose between two parallel break-out sessions

11:15 - 12:45: Survey and valuation

11:15: New common housing defects

  • What are the new defects that are becoming common defects?
  • Retro fit, failed cavity wall installation and more
  • What should you be looking for and reporting in your survey?

Property Care Association

11:45: Valuing residential property purpose built for renting

  • What are the valuation considerations for build-to-rent assets?
  • Form of tenancy impact on valuation
  • Best practice valuation approach
  • Assessing market rent

Jason Hardman, Executive Director, CBRE Ltd

12:15: Valuation of non-traditional construction

  • What is the definition of non-traditional construction?
  • Factors you need to consider when valuing this type of construction

James Ginley, Technical Director, Legal & General Surveying Services


11:15 - 12:45: Agency and property management

11:15: Policy and case law roundup

  • Incoming legislation agents must be aware of
  • General Data Protection Regulation
  • MEES
  • Leasehold reform Bill 2017-2109

Sarah Conway, Partner, Maurice Turnor Gardner

12:00 Panel debate – The future of renting


  • The changing demands of renters
  • Proptech – how can ‘disruptors’ best assist estate agents and surveyors?
  • How can High Street agents compete with online/hybrid competitors?The changing face of renters

David Bond, Head of PRS & Build to Rent, LSL Property
Orla Shields, CEO & Co-Founder, GetRentr
Lesley Roberts, Partner - Build to Rent, Allsop
Daniel Jeczmien, Founder & COO, Flatfair

12:45 - 17:15

12:45: Networking lunch

13:45: PropTech

  • What technologies should surveyors be engaging with?
  • Using technology to capture site data: a change in work practice or a change in mindset?
  • The value of reusable electronic data
  • Cutting costs, not corners: how technology can deliver real time savings

Saurabh Saxena, Founder, Houzen

14:10: Retirement housing an emerging sector?

  • What is the current supply and demand for purpose-built housing for older people across the UK?
  • Understanding regional growth and market opportunities for this sector
  • Case studies and examples of quality developments

Anthony Oldfield, Director - Healthcare, Alternatives, JLL

14:40: Regulation of the residential sector

  • The future direction of regulation?
  • New proposals and how they could work?

15:10: Ensuring accuracy in floorplans

  • Update on new RICS standard on property measurement
  • What are the inherent risk in not getting floor plans measured professionally and accurately
  • How professionals can mitigate these risks

Matt McDermott, Programme Director, International Standards, Professional Standards, RICS
Alexander Aronsohn, Director Technical Standards, Professional Groups, RICS

15:25: Networking break

15:40: Innovative investment

  • Who is investing in the residential sector?
  • How to fund the delivery of new home?
  • Private landlords, companies and PRS?

Alex Greaves, Fund Manager, M&G Real Estate

16:00: What is the role of social housing?

  • The role and value of social housing
  • Rethinking the future of social housing

Professor Christine Whitehead, Professor Emeritus in Housing Economics, LSE

16:30: Panel Debate - Where next for Housing Associations and councils?

  • The role of the Housing Association in the Residential Development and Investment Market Moving Forward
  • New government policies and legislation: how are they impacting the sector?
  • How to ensure that Housing Associations are able to continue to deliver accommodation for the most vulnerable
  • How Developers can interact and engage with councils

Chair - Professor Christine Whitehead, Professor Emeritus in Housing Economics, LSE
Waqar Ahmed, Group Finance Director, L&Q
Katie Davies, Chief Executive, Notting Hill Genesis
Hakeem Osinaike, Operational Director of Housing, London Borough of Brent
Elly Shepherd, Head of Housing and Planning Policy, London Councils
Olivia Harris, Chief Executive, Dolphin Living

17:20: Chair’s closing remarks