T: 01763 837216 or 07970 735607
Dominic graduated from Gonville and Caius College with a degree in Land Economy in 1978. He trained and qualified as a chartered surveyor with Weatherall Green & Smith and subsequently practiced with both King & Company and Jones Lang Wootton. He jointly founded Kingfisher Property Finance in 1988, an intermediary advising clients on all aspects of finance for UK commercial property which he successfully ran until 2007. He rejoined King Sturge in 2007 which was then merged with JLL in 2011. He resigned from JLL in 2014 and currently holds two non-executive positions with Howard Property Group in Cambridge and with the Ashtenne Industrial Fund. He is a course leader on the IPF Advanced Education Programme and a volunteer in the UrbanPlan UK pilot visiting schools. He is also a consultant with Marick Capital.
Immediate Past President
John Symes-Thompson has had over 35 years of experience in the commercial property investment markets, including 11 years at ING Real Estate in a fund management role, 8 years in his own boutique investment agency and 13 years at CBRE. He joined CBRE in October 2005 as a Senior Director in the Capital Markets Division, but moved over to the Investment Valuation team in 2008.
He was the lead valuer in CBRE for Standard Life Investments, M&G Property, UBS Global Asset Management, BAE Systems Pension Trustees, Santander Pension Trustees and Lothian Pension Fund.
He has a specialist knowledge and interest in sustainability issues and was a member of the RICS Sustainability Working Group. John retired from CBRE in July 2018 and has since been travelling in Africa.
Consultant, Ian Marcus Consultants
T: +44 20 7074 4961
Ian graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1981 with a degree in Land Economy.
Ian was in the banking industry for over 32 years having previously worked for Bank of America, UBS, NatWest and Bankers Trust/Deutsche, always focusing on the real estate industry. Ian joined Credit Suisse First Boston in 1999 to establish the Real Estate Group, and became Managing Director and Chairman of the European Real Estate Investment Banking.
Ian is a Trustee of the Prince's Foundation, a Crown Estate Commissioner, a member of Redevco’s Advisory Board, the Senior Independent Director for Secure Income REIT and a Non Executive Director for Town Centre Securities Plc. He was appointed as a Senior Consultant to Eastdil Secured and Wells Fargo Securities in 2013. He is also a Senior Advisor to the two new Businesses, Work Life and Elysian Residences.
He is past President of the British Property Federation, past Chairman of the Investment Property Forum and for 10 years chaired the Bank of England Commercial Property Forum.
He is Chairman of the European Advisory Board for Wharton Business School’s Real Estate faculty, a member of the University of Cambridge Department of Land Economy Advisory Group, an Eminent Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, and a member of the Chartered Surveyors Livery
Chairman, L&Q Housing Association
Non-Executive Director, British Land
Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Wigmore Hall
After University I qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PW (now PwC) and then worked in the management consultancy division for four years before becoming the Finance Director of Peachey Property Corp. plc in 1978. I was appointed Chief Executive of Savills plc from 1991 until 2008; during that time Savills revenues grew from £24m to £650m and a loss of £2m was turned into a profit of £86m. Following retirement from Savills I took on a number of Non-Executive directorships. In November 2011 I joined RBS as Head of Property in the Global Restructuring Group. I continue as a NED of British Land and Chairman of L&Q Housing Association, as well as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Wigmore Hall.
T: 07525 661225
Chief Surveyor, City of London
T: 020 7332 1502
Erik has been active in the real estate industry for over 30 years since graduating from Gonville & Caius College in 1982 with a Land Economy degree. Most recently, he was Partner, Head of Development at Europa Capital LLP, responsible for both developments and Environmental & Sustainability matters. He embarked on his professional career as a graduate surveyor at Weatherall Green & Smith (now evolved into BNP Paribas Real Estate). In subsequent spells as a director of the principal development subsidiaries of City/Imry Merchant Developers PLC and then at Development Securities PLC (now U+I plc), he had responsibilities for a number of large scale commercial developments in the UK, broadening to the European stage when he moved in 2001 to work with Europa Capital. Erik is a Member of the RICS. He is also a member of ULI and active in the ULI European Sustainability Council. Erik holds a Master’s degree in Land Economy from Cambridge University.
Senior Associate, Taylor Wessing
Tel +44 (0)20 7300 4828
Mobile +44 (0)7912064566
Lauren is a Senior Associate in the Real Estate Department at Taylor Wessing LLP whose practice covers all aspects of general commercial real estate, including investment acquisitions and disposals within the retail, industrial, and high-end office sectors, related financing and structuring issues, development, and forward funding agreements. Lauren and the wider Real Estate team at Taylor Wessing LLP frequently advise international clients who are investing in London and the regions.
Lauren graduated from Queens' College, University of Cambridge in 2006 with a degree in Law
Honorary Press Secretary
Group Director - Property, Howard Group
M: 01223 310 367
Werner is ‘Group Director – Property’ at the Howard Group with overall responsibility to the Board for the Group’s property activities. Werner gained extensive industry experience at strategic and operational level during his time with Grosvenor, holding various positions in the CEO’s office. He was also instrumental in the formation of a real estate private equity business for Grosvenor with a global investment mandate. More recently, he was COO at Co-Mission, a non-profit organisation supporting a network of church communities across London, where he took a lead role in property matters as well as shaping its strategic direction.
Werner graduated from Wolfson College, Cambridge University with a PhD and MPhil in Real Estate Finance, and also holds a BSc in International Business from Warwick Business School.
Hon Careers Officer
Director, Deloitte LLP
T: +44 (0) 20 7303 3997
Louise is a Director at Deloitte Real Estate, specialising in development consultancy and agency. She read Geography as an undergraduate at Girton College, before completing a part-time MSc in Real Estate Investment at Cass Business School. She qualified as a Chartered Surveyor and has since spent 10 enjoyable years working on major development projects in the UK and internationally.
As careers officer of the Land Society, she is passionate about promoting opportunities within the industry to current students at the university. Her role includes leading the organisation of the annual property careers fair, an event which has doubled in size over the last few years.
Honorary Member for the Regions
Founding Partner - ADAPT Properties
T: 07855 834 497
James is a founding partner of ADAPT Real Estate, a regional asset and development management practice based in Bristol. ADAPT work with private clients, institutional funds and overseas investors to source and deliver value-add and opportunistic opportunities across the UK in commercial, residential, student and mixed use sectors.
James graduated from Robinson College, University of Cambridge in 1998 with a first degree in Land Economy and completed a MPhil in Land Economy at Robinson College in 1999.
Honorary Membership Secretary
Paul Clark leads the Development team at GL Hearn, part of the FTSE 100 Capita Group. With a broad background in Planning and Development, Paul and his team provide development agency and consultancy services to both the public and private sectors.
T: 44 (0)7557 748550
Director at Martha Grekos Legal Consultancy Limited and Barrister at Hardwicke Chambers
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
Martha is a Director at Martha Grekos Legal Consultancy Limited and a Barrister at Hardwicke Chambers. She specialises in Planning Law and Policy. She helps clients realise their goals in gaining planning permission for large complex urban regeneration projects and strategic residential developments and major infrastructure projects, mainly transport and energy. She is listed as one of the top three planning lawyers in the UK (Planning, 2016), has been voted by Property Week “40 Under 40” as one of the rising stars and most influential people in the property industry aged under 40 (2017) and is ranked as one of the most influential women in planning (Planner, 2018). She is also ranked in Chambers UK 2019 as an “up and coming” planning lawyer in London and recommended in Legal 500 2018. She is published widely. Martha graduated from Newnham College, University of Cambridge, with a Masters in Law. She also taught planning law at the Land Economy at the University of Cambridge.
Roddy Houston MA (Cantab.) MRICS
Mobile: 07899 904 673
Roddy Houston is currently a Deputy Director in the Government Property Agency, leading a team refining the Whitehall Campus Strategy and delivering new "Government Hub" buildings in London. The Government Property Agency is a new Executive Agency of Cabinet Office, having been developed out of the Government Property Unit (now Office of Government Property) - it will ultimately be responsible for all of the Civil Estate nationally. "Flagship" major projects under Roddy's remit include: the £60M refurbishment of 10 South Colonnade in Canary Wharf, which will house some 6,000 civil servants from the summer of 2018; Windsor House in Victoria, which was acquired in 2018 as flexible space for about 1,500 FTEs; development of the Stratford Campus, which is currently projected to house some 12,000 staff; and implementation of the Whitehall Campus Strategy to transform the Civil Estate in central London. This portfolio comprises c 70 properties with a total area of c 400,000 sq m ( / 4.3M sq ft ), an Estimated Rental Value of c £250M+ and an estimated total value of c £6.5Bn.
He previously led a team of senior professionals developing the estate strategy for a major national portfolio of some 3,000 properties with an estimated value of c £10Bn+. This follows 11 years as a director at Telereal Trillium (formerly Land Securities Trillium), accountable for all the estate strategy, asset and estate management deliverables under a 25-year outsourcing contract with one of Trillium's major UK-wide clients.
Before joining Trillium in 2003, Roddy was a lead management consultant in KPMG's Property & Programmes Consulting group, which he joined in 1998. Prior to that, he was a property asset manager in Coopers & Lybrand's Business Recovery & Insolvency division for 6 years, having started his articles at Knight Frank & Rutley. He served as an Army officer with the Royal Green Jackets, after reading Economics at Cambridge.
Roddy was President of the Cambridge University Land Society from 2012-2014, and continues to chair its Commercial Property Forum. He is a founder member of the Cambridge Land Economy Advisory Board, and also sits on the Peterhouse Society Committee.
Co-Founder of Amro Real Estate Partners and Managing Director of AmroLiving
Ami graduated from the London School of Economics with a degree in Economics in 1989 and went on to obtain her post graduate degree, an M. Phil. in Economic Development, from Wolfson College, Cambridge in 1990. She also holds an RICS post graduate Diploma in Property Investment
Ami started her career in investment banking at Lehman Brothers, New York and went on to join The LEK International Partnership as a strategy consultant. In the early nineties, Ami launched her first start-up in Kenya in the consumer goods industry sector and after a successful exit moved on to founding and building businesses in the real estate sector in East Africa, UK and Europe.
In 2010, Ami co-founded Amro Real Estate Partners - a property investment and development firm based in Central London that specialises in the purpose-built student accommodation and Build to Rent (BtR) sectors. In her role as Managing Director of AmroLiving, the group’s BtR operations platform, Ami is currently responsible for the delivery, leasing and management of c.1,500 rental BtR apartments with a GDV of c.£700m. Ami is a strong proponent of an end- user focussed approach to leasing and asset management, and as Head of Innovation at Amro, she combines her experience in asset management with her insights into technology-enabled solutions to drive a customer-focussed, hospitality-led operations strategy.
Ami is a member of the ULI Residential Council and the ULI Technology Forum. Given her interest in “proptech” and entrepreneurship, she plays an active role as a mentor on several technology start up incubator programmes and female entrepreneurship support initiatives. One of her stated aims is to promote gender equity and social diversity in the real estate sector in the UK.
Architect - CallisonRTKL
T: 020 7306 0404
James Lai is an Associate Director at CallisonRTKL, he is a LEED Certified Architect and has been involved in designing large scale Mixed use projects in Europe, Middle East and Asia. He has taught Architecture and guest critics at various Architectural schools. He sits on the RIBA Membership Eligibility Assessment Panel and RIBA Validation Board monitoring Architecture Schools in UK and Overseas.
He is a member of Cambridge University Land Society committee, the Vice Chair of Hong Kong Society and a Local Authority School Governor.
T: 0353 1 601 6042
Colm Lauder is a real estate analyist with Goodbody. Prior to this he was with MSCI Real Estate – IPD responsible for UK and Ireland market consultancy and leads investment analysis for the UK, with a focus on London, and Irish markets. He graduated from Cambridge in 2011 with an MPhil in Real Estate Finance from the Department of Land Economy.
Grosvenor Professor of Real Estate Finance, University of Cambridge - Head of Department of Land Economy.
Colin is Grosvenor Professor of Real Estate Finance in the Department of Land Economy, and also Head of Department. He has over thirty years’ experience in real estate research, education and consultancy, specialising in commercial real estate investment and global city office markets. He has over one hundred publications in those areas, and has advised national government, sovereign wealth funds, professional associations and private firms on real estate matters.
Noel G H Manns
T: 020 7881 6844
Noel is Co-Founder and a former Principal of the pan European real estate fund manager, Europa Capital LLP. He was a member of its Investment Committee from 1998 with overall responsibility for acquisitions by the Europa Funds in Northern, Southern and South Eastern Europe and for asset management of the investments acquired, until 2016.
From 1981 to 1998 Noel was at Richard Ellis, (now CBRE) as a Partner from 1986, and latterly as a shareholding Director of one of its principal subsidiaries which provided venture capital for real estate transactions and created and managed property funds.
During 1993-2000 he was a non-executive Director of a Bank of England subsidiary managing a distressed real estate loan portfolio which comprised over 250 assets.
Noel attended Pembroke College (1977-1981); is an alumnus of the London Business School, a former member of the Board of INREV and current Chairman of the INREV Fund Managers Council; a member of Strategy Board of The Investment Property Forum and a Fellow of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
He also volunteers as an advisor to The Diocese of London on property matters; as a Trustee of the Henry Smith Charity; as a Liveryman of The Company of Chartered Surveyors; as a committee member of the Cambridge University Land Society (Chairing its Finance Forum) and the Cambridge Land Economy Advisory Board (CLEAB) and is a Trustee of a number of other charities.
Rod McAllister is an architect, product designer and film maker. He was a founding partner of King McAllister (now ShedKM) then a partner and design director of Sheppard Robson. During his career, he led numerous award-winning projects including London Business School and the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital in Johannesburg. Rod has also been a lecturer at the University of Liverpool, visiting professor at La Sapienza University, Rome and external examiner at the University of Nottingham. He is a trustee of the Higher Education Design Quality Forum and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is currently working with Fred Pilbrow, a fellow committee member of CULS APEC Forum.
Associate Solititor, Ashurst LLP
Mobile: 07818 576 049
Sophie is an associate solicitor at Ashurst LLP advising on all aspects of real estate law including sale and leasebacks, disposals, acquisitions and general estate management. Sophie acts for a variety of investment and development clients and provides real estate support on corporate transactions. Sophie's recent experience includes setting up and training an asset management unit to service her clients' high volume asset management work.
Sophie read Classics at New Hall College Cambridge from 2004 - 2007 and has been an active member of the SSG committee since 2012 working primarily as Careers Officer for key annual CULS events such as the Careers in Property Fair at the Guildhall in Cambridge and the SSG Halloween Wine Tasting event in London!
Associate, Rural Consultancy, Knight Frank LLP
Mobile: 07770 013 150
James worked in estate management and consultancy for Bidwells LLP based in St Albans acting for a number of
significant private, institutional and corporate estates and agricultural investment portfolios.
He joined Knight Frank in 2015 to focus on providing management and consultancy advice to landowners and
investors in East Anglia and the Home Counties.
The role sees James advising a wide range of clients with day to day and strategic management of their assets.
He has an in‐depth knowledge of land ownership on the 'urban fringe' and this has led to advising landowners in
connection with land they hold for the prospect of future development.
James has also assisted clients with strategic estate planning.
Architect, The Boisot Waters Cohen Partnership
T: 0207 828 6555
Brian Waters, MA DipArch DipTP RIBA MRTPI ppACA FRSA Co-Chair of the APEC Forum, is a chartered architect and town planner. Principal of BWCP he is also chairman of the London Planning & Development Forum, has chaired the National Planning Forum 2013-2017 is President of the Association of Consultant Architects, a former vice-president of the RIBA and past master of the Architects’ livery company. With Paul Finch and Lee Mallett he co-publishes and is executive editor of Planning in London magazine. See bwcp.co.uk and planninginlondon.com