Advisory Groups

To ensure we maximise the potential of the UKREiiF Forum we’ve set up an Advisory Group for our primary UKREiiF event and several Summit’s we’re holding in addition the UKREiiF.

The Advisory Groups will work alongside ourselves to create the most topical, effective, inclusive, engaging and green event possible.

UKREiiF Advisory Group

UKBCSD – Jason Longhurst, Chair

Jason, holding dual roles as Chair of the UK Business Council for Sustainable Development and UK Head of Sustainable Investments and Partnerships at Prologis, is a leading advocate for creating greener, smarter places through built environment interventions. With prior roles at Central Bedfordshire Council and Bradford Council, he’s been a staunch supporter of UKREiiF from the outset. As a board member, he’ll collaborate with the content team to ensure cutting-edge topics remain central to the event.

West Yorkshire Combined Authority – Ben Still, Managing Director

Leadership from West Yorkshire is pivotal for a successful event, given its role as the host region. Ben serves as the primary liaison to each of the five local authorities, ensuring the region capitalises on the impact of over 10,000 delegates arriving in areas like Leeds, Kirklees, and Bradford. The Combined Authority plays a significant role in crafting a world-class experience for UKREiiF participants. Ben’s inclusion in the advisory group will aid in coordinating aspects like city welcome and operations.

Thames Estuary Growth Board – Kate Willard OBE, Chair

Kate Willard OBE serves as the Thames Estuary Envoy. Appointed by the government and chairing the Thames Estuary Growth Board, she’s the driving force behind the Thames Estuary’s ambitious plans. Kate also holds a senior advisory position at Stobart Group and consults on a range of infrastructure and growth projects. With international experience in regeneration, she’s been instrumental in various transnational projects focusing on employment, social cohesion, and regional development.

Legal & General – Pete Gladwell, Group Social Impact & Investment Director

Pete is at the forefront of Legal and General’s social impact initiatives. With a keen focus on sustainable investments, he’s been instrumental in driving positive change within the industry. His expertise will be invaluable in shaping the UKREiiF event to reflect the latest trends and best practices in sustainable development.

Pete Gladwell UKREiiF

Manchester City Council – Joanne Roney OBE, Chief Executive

Joanne’s leadership at Manchester City Council has been pivotal in the city’s regeneration and growth. Her vast experience in urban development and her commitment to sustainable practices make her an essential member of the Advisory Group. Under her guidance, Manchester has become a beacon of innovation and sustainability.

All Party Parliamentary Group for Regeneration and Development – Gagan Mohindra MP, Chair and MP for South West Hertfordshire

Gagan Mohindra’s role as Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Regeneration and Development underscores his commitment to sustainable growth. Representing South West Hertfordshire, he brings a unique perspective to the Advisory Group, ensuring that the event resonates with policymakers and industry leaders alike.

Socius – Liam Ronan-Chlond, Head of Engagement and Social Value

Liam’s work at Socius revolves around engagement and creating tangible social value. His insights into community engagement and stakeholder management will be crucial in ensuring the UKREiiF event is both inclusive and impactful.

Lendlease – Bek Seeley, European Managing Director of Development

Bek’s leadership at Lendlease has seen numerous successful projects come to fruition across Europe. Her expertise in development, combined with a commitment to sustainability, will provide valuable insights into the planning and execution of the UKREiiF event.

Bek Seeley Lendlease

Invest Newcastle – Chair: Jen Hartley, Director

Jen Hartley’s role at Invest Newcastle is centred around promoting the city as a prime destination for investment. Her knowledge of the local landscape and her connections within the industry will be instrumental in shaping the event’s content and outreach.

Constructing Rainbows – Sharon Slinger, Director

Sharon’s work at Constructing Rainbows is a testament to her commitment to diversity and inclusion within the construction industry. Her insights will ensure that the UKREiiF event reflects the industry’s evolving landscape and the importance of inclusive practices.

Built Environment Networking – Keith Griffiths, Managing Director

A Chartered Quantity Surveyor by profession, and most recently was a Partner at Gleeds Chartered Cost and Project Managers for 11 years, Keith has a lot of experience and knowledge within the construction sector.

In 2011 Keith set up Built Environment Networking – the organisers behind UKREiiF – and has been working to deliver events both physically and virtually since. Running over 150 events annually the business has built up a reputation for delivering high-quality events focused on driving economic growth, enabling facilitation and new business conversations, and connecting new people together.

His experience of running events will be crucial to the Advisory Group to help inform the group on the operational side of the event.

West Midlands Growth Company – Neil Rami, Chief Executive

Neil’s role at the West Midlands Growth Company has been pivotal in driving growth and investment in the region. His expertise in regional development and his commitment to sustainable practices will provide a unique perspective to the Advisory Group, ensuring the event reflects the needs and aspirations of regions across the UK.

Leeds City Council – Angela Barnicle, Chief Officer for Asset Management and Regeneration

Angela’s work at Leeds City Council focuses on asset management and regeneration. Her deep understanding of urban development and her experience in managing city assets will be crucial in shaping the content and direction of the UKREiiF event.

JLL – Tom McWilliams, Head of North East & Regional Development

Tom’s leadership at JLL has seen the company’s growth and expansion in the North East and other regions. His insights into regional development and the property market will be invaluable in ensuring the UKREiiF event remains at the cutting edge of industry trends.