Enabling Housing Innovation for Inclusive Growth
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
We The Curious
One Millennium Square,
Enabling Housing Innovation for Inclusive Growth
£75.00 (inc. VAT)
The Bristol Housing Festival is excited to be hosting this conference to showcase the key learning points from industry experts to enable housing innovation in the UK for inclusive growth. We are delighted to hear from local and national representatives in the arena who are actively engaged in the challenge of enabling housing innovation.
We have a very limited number of discounted places available for local charities - please contact us to enquire about these spaces on firstname.lastname@example.org
Refreshments and lunch will be provided.
Nick Walkley Chief Executive, Homes England
Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol
Tim Bowles, West of England Mayor
Mark Farmer, Founding Director and CEO, Cast
Jez Sweetland, Project Director, Bristol Housing Festival
Jon Severs, City Design Manager, Bristol City Council
Zoe Metcalfe, Director, Arup
Frazer Osment, Director, LDA Design
Cllr Paul Smith, Bristol City Council
Nick Towe, Director, Metro Homes
Craig Liddell, Partnerships Director, Ilke Homes
Jonas Spangenberg, CEO, BoKlok
Mark has 30 years’ experience in construction and real estate and is a recognised international commentator on a variety of industry and policy related issues. Mark is a member of the Mayor of London’s Construction Skills Advisory Group, a board member for the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre, a co-chair of Constructing Excellence, a vice chair of the ULI UK Residential Council, a trustee of the MOBIE educational charity and is an honorary professor at The University of Salford’s School of Built Environment.
Mark authored the Farmer Review, an influential 2016 independent government review of the UK’s construction labour model entitled ‘Modernise or Die’. He is a member of the Construction Innovation Hub Industry Board, The Construction Leadership Council Advisory Group and chairs the MHCLG joint industry working group tasked with enabling greater use of Modern Methods of Construction in the residential sector.
Zoe is a Director at Ove Arup & Partners, an expert in urban resilience and the realisation of complex projects. She is passionate about the creation of inclusive and resilient communities. With a personal interest in in the role of meaningful data, artificial intelligence and machine learning in good design outcomes. Operating across a diverse geography there are common areas of focus, accelerated housing delivery, the role of modern methods of construction blended with existing methods. Reimaging the streetscape to create urban environments that are places for people, circular economy and thriving business.
Zoe has recently completed research to highlight the current data bias in urban regeneration and the opportunity a community led approach provides to counter bias.
Her Group responsibility is for the consulting business across South Central, West of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Zoe is a member of the West of England LEP Board with a focus on regional resilience.
Nick is Chief Executive of Homes England, having become Chief Executive of its predecessor body in March 2017.
He leads the work to create the new organisation, focused on disrupting the land and residential funding market to increase and accelerate the supply of new homes.
Nick has had a senior career in Local Government, including Chief Executive roles at two London Boroughs as well as a range of sector roles at national level. He was rated 4th most influential in the LGC 100 and is an Inside Housing IH50 influencer.
Marvin Rees has worked in diverse areas throughout his career. He was a freelance journalist and radio presenter at BBC Radio Bristol and Ujima Radio. He was the Communications and Events Manager at Black Development Agency (now Phoenix Social Enterprise), an agency devoted to empowering individuals and communities through opportunities to work abroad.
Marvin Rees was employed in the city of Bristol as the Programme Manager for race equality in mental health issues at NHS Bristol. His experiences in the United States included work as an outreach assistant at the Sojourners Community and as a Youth Co-ordinator at Tearfund.
On 5 May 2016, Rees was elected Mayor of Bristol.
Jez Sweetland is an experienced leader and has managed and initiated change and strategic development in a variety of settings and has worked across a wide range of key stakeholder relationships. He has led both corporate and charitable organisations and enjoyed the challenge of setting and achieving a mission (in partnership with others), affecting culture change and developing relationships.
He is resourceful, emotionally intelligent, entrepreneurial and has excellent organisational and communication skills. In previous job roles he acted as the CEO of Guildhall Chambers, a Barristers Chambers in Bristol, and CEO of a charitable national skills training organisation. His working career started in law where he qualified as a solicitor with Eversheds and then moved to Berwin Leighton Paisner in London where he spent nearly 4 years in their corporate finance department working on M&A transactions and a mix of private equity and public listings.
On leaving private legal practice he spent several years in broader management roles including setting up the operations of a new think tank before moving into his first CEO role.
Jez lives in Bristol, with his wife and 3 children (aged 12,8 and 8).
Tim was elected as the first Mayor for the West of England on May 4, 2017.
During his career, he has combined international business roles with public service in the West of England.
Born in East Africa, and raised in Somerset, before settling in Winterbourne, he has international experience working in business development, exports, sales and marketing. Having worked with small and medium-sized enterprises and global players, he is committed to supporting businesses of all sizes to achieve their full potential. His business background means he is passionate about the need to promote the West of England and its unique offering, including its global connections and a highly-skilled workforce, nationally and internationally.
Before his election as Mayor, Tim was part of South Gloucestershire Council’s leadership team, working across the organisation with particular focus on policy and resources. He was also a parish councillor, and chairman of Winterbourne Parish Council for many years.
He served 12 years as a governor of one of the largest secondary schools in the region, which led to his passionate belief that children should be encouraged to reach their full potential from a young age. He also sees lifelong skills development for all as essential to driving economic growth in the region.
On a personal level, Tim is committed to promoting the work of the Alzheimer’s Society and encouraging more people and organisations to sign up to become Dementia Friends. He is a very active member of his local community.
Frazer Osment BA(Hons) MPhil CMLI is a Director and Owner of LDA Design leading the practice’s development and regeneration offer. Frazer is a talented and creative masterplanner and communicator with a particular strength in creating a consensus for change and building momentum behind delivery processes. He is a regular speaker on planning and design matters and is particularly interested in driving innovation in the design process to achieve outcomes that benefit people and the environment. He has a fresh and clear approach to problem solving and is prepared to challenge and disrupt conventional thinking.
Frazer has particular expertise in planning for and managing long term growth and has exceptional experience of aligning placemaking and delivery processes. He recently authored ‘Liveable Exeter’ which sets out a people-first vision for the city, highlighting the potential for a transformational housing delivery programme to renew infrastructure and meet community needs. Frazer initiated recent LDA Design ‘start ups’ in Bristol, Manchester and Cambridge and personally brought together the new Bristol team.
Richard Pendlebury MBE DL - Richard is the Chief Executive of the Anchor Society, a grant making charity serving older people in the greater Bristol region and chair of Bristol and Bath Regional Capital, a social investment Community Interest Company. Prior to this he established a number of charities including Changing Tunes, Emmaus Bristol and The Beacon Centre, Cardiff. Richard is an ordained minister in the Church of England.
Richard was awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours 2009. He was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for the County and City of Bristol in June 2010.
Paul Smith is the Cabinet Member for Housing at Bristol City Council. Paul has worked in the housing and social enterprise sectors for 30 years. Paul's responsibilities include the management and improvement of the council's 27,000 homes, tackling homelessness, private sector regulation and the development of affordable homes in the city.
He has led two national charities as Chief Executive and is currently the Interim Director of Placeshapers a national network of housing associations committed to community investment. Paul is also a board member of Connexus Housing Group and sits on the advisory panel to the housing ombudsman.
Jonas Spangenberg has been CEO of BoKlok since 2010 and has been one of the key persons of the company’s successful growth. Between 1999-2009 Jonas held a number of management positions within Skanska’s residential development stream, to mention Business Unit President of Skanska Residential Development Nordic.
Jonas has also worked at many well-known construction companies in Sweden such as Sweco and Riksbyggen, and has a an education as a Civil Engineer V (MsC).
Jon Severs has 20 years’ experience of planning, urban design and project management of developments in both the public and private sectors. He began in development control before focussing on urban design in private practice and then local government, where he brought experience of both specialisms to project management roles overseeing strategic developments. Jon was seconded to central government to support the formulation of policy around large-scale developments, before joining Bristol City Council as City Design Manager in 2019.
We provide hundreds of day-to-day services, from being a landlord, providing social care and running our museums, libraries and parks. We deliver a diverse range of services to support people who live and work in Bristol, and people who visit the city too.
We are committed to building a better Bristol – a city where everyone shares in its success. To achieve our vision we must ensure the social, economic and political inclusion of everyone, irrespective of age, gender, sexuality, disability, ethnicity, religion or socio-economic status.
We have an ambitious vision to build a better Bristol that includes everyone in the city’s success.
Homes England is the government’s housing accelerator; with the appetite, influence, expertise and resources to drive positive market change. A non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, our mission is to intervene in the market to ensure more homes are built in the areas of greatest need and improve affordability. Working in collaboration with partners spanning the public and private sectors, we are creating a more resilient and diverse housing market and making homes happen. Our experts include specialists in land, investment, finance and risk management and within the next few years, we will have invested over £27 billion across our programmes.
We offer expert support for priority locations, helping to create and deliver ambitious plans to get more homes built. We welcome partners who share our ambition to challenge traditional norms and build better homes faster, and events like Bristol Housing Festival give us an opportunity to connect with regional audiences, share key messages and engage in industry debate to build confidence in our agency among potential and existing partners.
The West of England is one of the UK’s most prosperous regions and we want to make it even better. The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) is made up of three of the councils in the region – Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire.
WECA also supports the Local Enterprise Partnership, which is business-led, and covers the four West of England councils, including North Somerset Council. Together, our aim is to deliver economic growth for the region and address some of our challenges, such as productivity and skills, housing and transport.
WECA is chaired by Tim Bowles (Conservative), the West of England Mayor, who was elected in May 2017. He and the Combined Authority have been given powers over spending, previously held by central government, on the region’s transport, housing, adult education and skills.
As a national law firm Bristol is our home. We advise the local business community across Bristol, and the wider area, and we know that provision of new homes and in particular sufficient affordable housing is one of the major issues facing the city today. We provide commercial advice to the largest social housing providers and developers across the country, from large complex joint venture schemes redeveloping swathes of brownfield land to cutting edge innovative building solutions, such as modular construction, which offer a high-quality and environmentally-sensitive solution. We are a major employer in the city, with over 230 colleagues based in our central Bristol office, and we are proud to support the Bristol Housing Festival. We look forward to helping Bristol City Council deliver its vision of being the home of exciting, new building concepts and innovative solutions to speed up the delivery of quality, affordable housing in the city.
Ashfords is a national law firm providing a range of legal, professional and regulatory services. We have a dedicated Housing, Communities and Regeneration team providing the full ranges of services to our clients. Our team is innovative and creative helping our clients meet their goals and objectives, whilst thinking about different ways of doing things. Bristol Housing Festival brings something new to the housing world. The Festival is looking to highlight alternative solutions which can help in the quest to solve the UK housing crisis. As a sponsor, this provides us with the genuine opportunity to play a part in the Festival. It demonstrates our commitment to the vision of speeding up the delivery of quality, affordable housing in Bristol and the UK.