Conference Agenda

A packed agenda covering the key issues in ESG, Impact Investment, Sustainability & Social Value in Residential Markets

8.30am Pre Conference Networking Session Delegates arrive from 8:30am when an informal breakfast is provided, and a chance to network with other attendees, before the conference starts at 9:30am
9.30am Welcome and Introduction from the Chair
  • The rise of ESG in Society, the property industry & the residential property sectors - what does this all mean on practical level?

Speaker: Lawrence Bowles, Associate Director, KPMG Future Analytics (Chair)

9.40am How is the Residential property sector evolving to reduce it’s carbon footprint and confront other ESG priorities?
  • How do we find a balance between social value, reduced carbon, but still delivering returns to shareholders and investors?
  • Is there now significant desire for change and how can it be achieved?
  • What are the key dates and targets that the industry needs to meet in the coming years?
  • What is the impact of the residential sector on carbon emissions and what steps can be taken by participants to improve this on a strategic level?
  • Understanding the timeframes, and how political will, legislation and certifications, including those in the financial markets which fund the industry, are changing how we do things.
  • What do the E, S & G really mean to the Residential Development Industry and how can we evolve a system where it can really be measured.

Speaker: Alexandra Notay, Placemaking and Investment Director, PfP Capital

10.00am What does ESG mean to the general public, homeowners, and small scale landlords?
  • How are we preparing for changes to the way we live with heating, lighting and electric cars amongst other big changes?
  • How will the energy industry actually be able to provide what we need and how engaged are homeowners?
  • What are the realistic timeframes?

Speaker: Richard Donnell, Head of Research and Insights, Zoopla

10.20am How can those in the Residential Industry adapt to ensure they have the correct skillsets, supply chains and personnel moving forward to deal with Climate Change?
  • What should leading companies in the industry now be doing to mitigate future risk, make the most of the opportunity, and get the right processes in place to deliver what they need to?
  • Where is the most carbon wasted in construction and how can this be addressed?
  • What is embodied carbon and how should we approach it?
  • How can we measure embodied carbon and make reasonable decision about whether to demolish or refurbish?

Speaker: James Pargeter, Senior Adviser, Global Apartment Advisors

10.40am Questions for Alex, Richard & James
10.50am Coffee and Networking Break
11.20am Are Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) the solution to low carbon & zero carbon building?
  • How can the industry transition from traditional construction methods to MMC?
  • What is the effect of MMC on budget and timeframe when delivering a residential scheme?
  • What is holding MMC back and what systems and products are now available?
  • What technology is emerging and what is at the cutting edge of MMC innovation?

Speaker: Jamie Parr, Founder & Director Better Delivery

11.40am How can we retrofit residential buildings to reduce the carbon footprint?
  • What methods can be used?
  • What can we learn from other sectors?
  • How can we calculate when to refurbish, and when to demolish?
  • How important is embodied carbon when making this decision?

Speaker: Marion Baeli, Partner, PDP

12.00pm Questions for Jamie and Marion
12.05pm Delivering Low Carbon Homes – What is possible and what will be possible?
  • How can a zero carbon home really be achieved without offsetting anything?
  • What is the green premium for those buying such a home?
  • Should zero carbon homes offer a planning advantage?
  • How can the Residential Development Sector and subsectors approach new methods of delivery and evolve the product to suit modern lifestyles?
  • Is delivering low carbon homes now the main priority and what steps are being taken?
  • How can a developer best approach low carbon housing delivery?
  • What can we learn from other countries and other industries?
  • What methods of construction best suit zero carbon delivery and what timeframe is realistic for achieving this goal?

Speakers: Kathryn Dapré, Head of Sustainability, Cala Homes,
Sue Riddlestone, CEO & Co Founder, Bioregional,
Jon Di-Stefano, CEO, Greencore Construction,
Ele George, Collaboration Hub Manager, Energiesprong,
Lawrence Bowles, Associate Director, KPMG Future Analytics (Chair)

12.40pm The Investor view on ESG in the Residential Sector and Subsectors
  • What actually is an impact investment?
  • What makes an investment have genuine social impact value.
  • What kind of Residential Investments work best and what sort of strategy and targets should be set?
  • How are investments in Build to Rent, Student Housing, Retirement Living and Affordable Housing viewed, when it comes to Social Impact?
  • What measures and processes do investors now have in place when considering investments and what are they looking for?
  • How can investors deliver an investment that has real, measurable social impact, and still achieves the required returns?
  • At what point are those investing money willing to compromise on lower returns, versus the social impact of the investment?

Speakers: Pete Gladwell, Group Social Impact & Investment Director, Legal & General,
Daljit Sandhu, Co-Founder and COO, Precede Capital Partners,
Ami Kotecha, Co Founder & Head of Venture Investments, Amro Partners,
Susan Cooney, Associate Director – Asset Management, M&G,
Lawrence Bowles, Associate Director, KPMG Future Analytics (Chair)

1.15pm Networking Lunch Session for Speakers & Attendees
2.15pm Operational Residential Real Estate Panel – ESG at the forefront of Management
  • How can an operation be more ethically and environmentally conscious?
  • Reducing operational carbon – how can this be achieved and what measures are we seeing?
  • How can operators take a more holistic approach to the mental and physical wellbeing of their residents?
  • What measures can be put in place to support residents in their working lives?
  • How can a strong social and activities programme improve the overall community?
  • How does a good approach to ESG futureproof the value of a brand, investment and lead to higher rates of customer retention?
  • What are the current examples of best practice?
  • Where does technology fit in and what positive lessons were learnt from the pandemic?
  • How can we get to net zero and what is the effect on the overall operational costs of the necessary measures?

Speakers: Anna Kear, CEO, Tonic Housing,
Olivia Harris, Chief Executive, Dolphin Living,
Richard Smith, Managing Director of Operations, Moda Living,
Daniel Smith, Managing Director, Student Housing Consultancy,
Lawrence Bowles, Associate Director, KPMG Future Analytics (Chair)

2.40pm Social Value made simple – how can a we incorporate real social value into the Residential Property sector?
  • Where are we, what is the current legislation and how can we have a real positive impact?

Speaker: Rob Wolfe, Founder & Managing Director, CHY Consultancy

2.55pm Social Value Panel
  • How can we create sustainable, socially conscious developments and communities that support healthy lifestyles and resident wellbeing?
  • What is the local authority view on this and how can we create modern urban footprints which suit ESG priorities?
  • How can we create schemes with wider societal benefits and what can be delivered?

Speakers: Kate Ives, Strategic Growth Director, Countryside Partnerships (Chair),
Joanna Dahlgren, Head of Social Value & SROI, London Borough of Waltham Forest,
Olaide Oboh, Director, Socius,
Niamh Waldron, ESG Director, Sigma Capital

3.30pm The Future of the Residential Development Industry – how can we modernise what we are about?
  • How can the sector evolve into a modern, diverse environment, which engages with communities and attracts the leading talent?
  • How can developers better engage with the communities around them when delivering a scheme and how can they demonstrate their social credentials, to make a real impact?
  • What are the key design elements of a scheme to maximise wellbeing and social impact?
  • How can we attract a more diverse and representative workforce which better reflects the wide range of customers?
  • How can we engage better with younger people and attract a wider range of skillsets and people into the industry as a whole?
  • How can we make the building industry more attractive and accessible to the general?
  • Will we ever be able to get a wider, more representative section of society to engage more with the planning sector and have a say about what is delivered around them?

Speakers: Anita Singh, Senior Project Manager, Mace,
Dominic Grace, Principle, Dominic Grace Advisory,
Clare Fielding, Managing Partner, Town Legal,
Sarah Rock, Partner, Boodle Hadfield,
Lawrence Bowles, Associate Director, KPMG Future Analytics (Chair)

4.05pm Closing remarks for the Chair
4.10pm Conference Close and Networking Drinks