2019 Speakers include:
A former lawyer, David is the Labour MP for Tottenham. He served as Minister of State at the Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills during the last Labour Government. During this time, he established the Skills Funding Agency and the National Apprenticeship Service. He is a passionate campaigner for social justice and promotes the power of education to change lives.
Lord Willetts served as MP for Havant from 1992 to 2015 and as Minister for Universities and Science between 2010 and 2014. He has also worked at the Treasury and the No.10 Policy Unit. His book A University Education, examines the role of universities in the modern world.
Nick is a director of Gravis and co-lead manager of the GCP Student investment trust. He joined Gravis from Schroders where he worked for eight years, ultimately as head of alternatives for the real estate business. He previously worked with Cushman & Wakefield and JLL.
A solicitor for over twelve years working in London and Australia, Erin works with clients to source lending opportunities in the residential property sector for sale and rent, particularly student accommodation. She joined Investec in 2012.
Tim founded the consumer insights agency Red Brick in 2007 and has developed its specialism in higher education. His is the organisation behind the National Student Housing Survey and Global Student Living. His clients include over 100 universities and student accommodation providers internationally.
With nine years’ experience, David has comprehensive expertise in the UK’s student accommodation market. He works with both university and private sector clients, and liaises with local authorities to inform planning policy. He produces Cushman & Wakefield’s annual Student Accommodation Report.
Christian has worked as a portfolio manager of cross-sector pension funds with a total asset value of £3.5bn. Expert in alternative real estate investments and central London development, his career focus is on residential and hotel investment and development projects. Christian is a Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
Bobbi directs GSA’s pioneering student wellbeing strategy across its global portfolio. Through research, pilot projects and partnerships, she continues to demonstrate that student wellbeing can and must be a factor for consideration for both university and privately operated accommodation.
During a 20-year career in education Paddy has served as
Commercial Services Director for the University of the Arts and
led a £175m capital investment programme for Imperial College
London designed to transform the experience of the then 13,000
students at the College through the development of facilities and
services including new halls of residence, sport centres and catering
outlets. Today amongst other roles he is non-executive director
of Essex University Campus Services, chairs the Audit Committee
for the ANUK/Unipol Codes of Management and is a Trustee of
Cass and Claredale Halls of Residence Association. His 18 month
interim with Birmingham ends early 2020.
Before joining CRM in 2011, Stewart worked in advertising at Saatchi & Saatchi and McCann Erickson and in the hotel industry. He joined CRM as Marketing and Commercial Director, with responsibility for student insight, as well as client management, and became CEO in 2018.
Richard is a residential property fund and student accommodation director specialising in affordable housing. At Kexhill he is focused on the operation of the University Quarter, an innovative partnership venture that provides a secure eight-acre student living and retail environment adjoining a campus.
Since joining UPP in 2016 Andrew has closed five significant transactions and formed new partnerships with the Universities of Hull and Swansea. Passionate about improving the student experience, he is a lecturer at University College London and Chairman of Stevenage First, a partnership focused on the regeneration of Stevenage town centre.
Eri has been at the forefront of management, design and development of student residences for nearly 20 years. He has worked on some of Europe’s largest and most innovative schemes. Eri founded Collegiate nine years ago to focus on state-of-the-art residences and establishing a global platform.
Einita Suman oversees the University’s Student accommodation portfolio, early year provision consisting of three nurseries and multiple visitor gateways including a heritage museum. Originally from retail she moved into the Student Accommodation sector 8 yearS ago holding various roles from front line services to national university partnerships. She has worked for the University of Birmingham for 2 years.
With over twenty-five years’ experience in the higher education sector, Jon is responsible for business development, communications, public affairs and corporate social responsibility for UPP, a leading provider of on-campus residential and academic accommodation infrastructure. He has been on the Group Board for almost a decade.
Jo heads up CBRE’s student accommodation valuation and advisory team and has sixteen years’ experience in the sector. She is also active in the emerging co-living sector, including work with The Student Hotel and The Collective, student accommodation providers now moving into co-living.
With over 10 years’ experience in higher education and PBSA, Tom is responsible for strategic positioning, messaging and communications at Glide across the UK and Europe. He has overseen Glide’s transformation from a traditional ISP to one that provides pioneering Smart PropTech solutions for the next generation of sustainable, future-proof purpose built student accommodation.
Brian assumed the top role at Nido Student in 2017 and has over 14 years’ experience in the PBSA and private rental sectors. He has developed and manages over 50,000 beds globally, breaking into new markets, including Ireland and Spain, which have since become firmly established.
Stephen has been with the business since its inception in late 2013, seeing it grow from start-up to one of the UK’s leading providers of purpose-built student accommodation. He is responsible for overseeing investment and asset management activity, sourcing and execution of transactions, and securing new debt from lenders.
Samuel has many years’ experience advising real estate investors, developers and operators in student housing and other rented residential asset classes. Since 2007 his team of 50 researchers and analysts has provided secondary and primary research to its clients, making Bonard an independent data powerhouse for student housing and alternative resi.
With a background in data analytics and a passion for helping students make the best decisions, Paul has created an online review community that, in 2019 alone, helped over 1.2 million students. StudentCrowd also provides datasets to support the decision making of operators and property advisors.
An experienced entrepreneur and leader in the co-living, co-working and student accommodation sector, Frank is a partner and shareholder of the Netherlands-based Student Hotel and co-founder of the think tank The Class of 2020. He has worked across Europe and America, has an International MBA in marketing and an MA in urban planning.
Bill founded ‘ZEDfactory’ in 1999 to focus on low carbon development,and completed the UK’s first zero fossil energy development in 2001. He has held visiting professorships at several academic institutions, won a Lafarge Holcim Gold Award in 2018 and was awarded an OBE in 2010 for services to sustainable housing design.
Working within Brookfield’s European Real Estate Investments Group, Jeannie manages the company’s portfolio of global opportunistic real estate funds. She has worked across North America and Europe and re-located to London in 2014. She has also been Chief Financial Officer of Student Roost, the UK’s third largest student accommodation platform.
Ryan has represented many of the world’s largest institutional, public and private real estate companies and closed approximately $8.2 billion in real estate transactions. He was named to the NKF Chairman's Circle in recognition of performance as a top producing broker.
Gea had pioneered co-living for students and the elderly in Humanitas-Deventer’s long term care facilities in the Netherlands. She has degrees in both health science and business administration, and is a registered nurse.
Billy has over ten years’ experience with ASK4, providing award-winning internet services for multi-tenanted accommodation across Europe. He is responsible for the company’s strategic growth ambitions in the PBSA and co-living sectors.
Nick has 20 years’ experience working with high energy users in the property sector. Helping property clients maximise their benefits from utilities, he is used to interpreting business goals and objectives to design tailored packages that include technology deployment, energy provision and strong client services.
Since founding Vita in 2004 Mark has pursued his goal to create the world’s first customer-aligned property investment platform and to position Vita as a market leader. His pioneering approach has seen Vita pursue new opportunities and change the nature of investment markets.
A chartered surveyor, Michael has spent two years with DWS investing in a range of sectors including PBSA, residential, logistics, London offices and hotels. He previously worked as an Investment Director at Patrizia, covering European commercial markets.
Guy Montague-Jones is Deputy Editor of Property Week. He first
joined the magazine as Finance Editor in 2014 and previously
spent three years working at The Grocer, a weekly magazine
covering the food retail market.
Over 15 years Nick has worked on numerous on and off campus developments for university and private sector clients, where his deep knowledge of multi-generational living has fuelled innovation. He is a Residential Council Member of the Urban Land Institute, Executive Leader of the Sheffield Property association, and an Ambassador for the Ministry of Building Innovation and Education.
Rebecca has 11 years’ experience in student accommodation. She won the British Youth and Travel Education Rising Star Award in 2017 and the Class of 2020’s Outstanding Mental Health Wellbeing Initiative in 2019. She is Champion for the Strategic Development of Online Engagement for the ACHO-I Global Initiative.
With 30 years’ experience, Allan sits on the Board of ANUK and advises the Mayor of London on student accommodation in the capital. He is a founding member of London’s Affordable Student Accommodation Network (LASAN) and a vocal proponent of affordability, pastoral care and community.
Rachel joined the Institute in 2018 and has written widely about higher education policy, including the financial stability of universities and the wellbeing of staff. She previously held a variety of roles at the Higher Education Statistics Agency over a five-year period.
Roland manages the University of London’s private housing unit and set up its not-for-profit letting agency, Student Homes. He has also led the University’s input to the London Plan and is currently involved in plans to acquire a further 2,5000 bed spaces by 2022.
Before joining Host in 2018, Kevin held the same position at Unite Students, leading its University Partnership Team. He previously managed and led commercial activity across UK development sites for Sergo. He was part of the team that saw Host named Best Private Halls Provider at the National Student Housing Awards 2019.
build-to-rent and student accommodation sectors as well as
City offices and the North West.
Robin has almost 30 years’ experience in raising debt and equity capital in both public and private markets from institutional investors across the world. Prior to joining Schroder Real Estate in 2018, he spent six years at InfraRed Capital Partners. He was previously engaged in similar activities at CBRE Capital Advisors, Probitas Partners and Rothschild.
Heading Irwin Mitchell’s housing, student accommodation and PRS business, Andrew
specialises in taking complex development and regeneration projects from acquisition right through to exit, often involving joint ventures and forward funding agreements. He has broad commercial property experience and has driven a number of major investment portfolio acquisitions and disposals.
Rosie works with staff, trustees, student advisors, clinicians, professionals and cross-sector partners to develop the charity’s direction, strategy and future opportunities. Rosie is undertaking a Churchill Fellowship to explore preventative approaches to student mental health, and was awarded an OBE in 2019 for services to Mental Health in Higher Education.
John has operational experience across numerous real estate categories including student accommodation. He joined Nido Student in 2019 from Grainger, the UK’s largest listed residential landlord. He previously spent ten years building a 26,000 bed platform for Liberty Living.
Overseeing the voluntary landlord accreditation scheme for Manchester and Salford University, Cooper works closely with the City Council, the universities, students and landlords to ensure provision of safe, quality student accommodation in the private sector. He has established and leads the UK Town and Gown Association to encourage community cohesion in UK cities.
With Greystar since 2015, Madisa has led student accommodation refurbishment and regeneration projects and worked on modular construction projects from inception to completion. She studied Housing Professional Studies in Sheffield and worked in housing in Sheffield and London before moving into construction.
Coupled with a background in engineering and site management, Gerry has an in-depth knowledge of modular construction. He has overall responsibility for the modular element of Tide and Vision’s portfolio, including the record-breaking Scape Wembley scheme, formerly Europe’s Tallest Modular Building, and Chapter Highbury II, delivered within a 9-month time-frame
Elected to Birmingham’s Guild of Students this summer, Millie is already involved in initiatives to ensure a safe, enjoyable living experience for students in purpose built accommodation in Selly Oak and beyond. A recent graduate of the University herself, she’s passionate about student health, wellbeing and happiness, and has an insder’s view of student expectations.