Roddy Houston MA (Cantab.) MRICS
Chairman, Commercial Property Forum
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Roddy is currently a Deputy Director in the nascent Government Property Agency, leading a team developing the Whitehall Campus and delivering new "Hub" buildings across London, South East and Eastern England. The Government Property Agency is a new entity being developed out of the Government Property Unit within Cabinet Office, and 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 has just been acquired as flexible space for about 1,500 FTEs; development of the Stratford Campus, which is currently projected to house some 12,000 staff; and refinement of the Whitehall Campus Strategy for the Civil Estate in central London.
He previously led a team of senior professionals developing the estate strategy for a 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.
Programme Director Neighbourhoods, Camden Council
Sophie heads up the commercial property team at Camden Council, with responsibility for Camden’s portfolio of commercial units across the borough. Prior to joining Camden, she headed up the property team at Lambeth Council, before which she worked for 13 years in the private sector at both Knight Frank LLP (salaried partner) and BNPP Paribas (associate director). She embarked on a career as a chartered surveyor having seen surveyors in action at English Partnerships’ Royal Docks office, where she worked as a marketing assistant in the late 1990s. Having completed her MA in Property Valuation and Law at City University (now CASS), she joined Weatherall Green and Smith as a graduate trainee in 2001, qualifying two years later.
Sophie graduated from Newnham College with a degree in Geography in 1996. She continues to support the regeneration of the Royal Docks as a Trustee for the West Silvertown Foundation.
Associate Director, Savills
Capita Real Estate and Infrastructure - Property Strategy
Dominic works for Capita as a senior property strategist in the Defence Infrastructure Organisation focusing on the Ministry of Defence's property portfolio in London and the South East. He is currently working on a number of initiatives for real estate rationalisation and disposals. Previously he was at Real Estate Fund Manager Palmer Capital and began his career as a real estate management consultant with IBM Global Services. He was also a British Army Officer for 9 years.
Dominic graduated from Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge in 2001 with a degree in Social & Political Sciences and in 2002 gained an M.Phil in Real Estate Finance, also from Cambridge. In 2012 he attended New College, University of Oxford, where he gained an MBA with distinction.
Dan Nicholson was until May 2021 responsible for leading Tishman Speyer’s business in the United Kingdom, including acquisitions, sales, development and asset management activities. Prior to joining Tishman Speyer in 2011, Dan worked in private equity investing in UK operating businesses and real estate. He also led the main investment portfolio at Quintain Estates & Development Plc and was a Chartered Surveyor with Lambert Smith Hampton. He has an MA in Classics from the University of Cambridge and an MA in Property Valuation and Law from Cass Business School.
Associate, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP
Georgina is an associate in the Real Estate and Construction Sector at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, specialising in resolving property related disputes in both the commercial and residential spheres. Her clients include landed estates, institutional investors, charities and individuals
In respect of commercial disputes, she has experience in insolvency, dilapidations, consents and business tenancy renewals and also advises on issues arising out of the Electronic Communications Code. Georgina advises on other real property issues and has acted for clients in Court and tribunal proceedings relating to easements and trespass, as well as claims for misrepresentation in pre-contract enquiries.
Georgina graduated from Fitzwilliam College in 2006 with an undergraduate degree in law and after spending a year abroad at the University of Regensburg, Germany. After graduating she spent another year at Fitzwilliam and obtained a Master of Laws (LLM).
Director, J Safra Group
Josh Singer is a Director at J. Safra Group, the investment office of the privately owned Safra Group. Josh manages the UK real estate investments, notably the iconic 30 St Mary Axe (aka The Gherkin), acquired in November 2014. Josh’s previous roles were at GE Capital, the US conglomerate, and Legal & General where he has been responsible for the asset management and development of commercial property across the UK.
Principal H.I.G Capital
Anila Thompson serves as a Principal at H.I.G. Capital. She is responsible for capital raising and investor relations activities in Europe across the Firm’s real estate and infrastructure funds. Prior to joining H.I.G., Anila worked in JLL’s Capital Markets group, focused on real estate fundraising. Prior to JLL she worked on fundraising and business development at Venn Partners and Threadneedle Investments. Anila started her career as a lawyer in corporate finance in the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. She has a MBA from INSEAD and a Masters Degree in law from Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University.
Commercial Property Partner, Maples Teesdale
Roger is a commercial property partner at real estate law firm Maples Teesdale. He specialises in investment sales and purchases and has wide experience of portfolio acquisitions and disposals. He also acts for a number of large developers and landowners on urban redevelopment projects and fundings. Clients of Maples include Standard Life, Rockspring Fund Managers and F and C Reit. Recently the firm has also been involved advising the US Government on the relocation of its London embassy hq from Grosvenor square to Battersea.
Roger is also a committee member of The British Property Federation (Commercial Property Committee) and a founder member of The Commercial Real Estate Legal Association.
Director, Pentlow Properties
Married to Jill, with two grown up daughters, Andrew lives in Fen Ditton, Cambridge.
A former partner of Richard Ellis, specialising in property investment and funding, he was President of CULS in 2006-2007. Since 2009, he has been a Manager of The Cambridge University Estate Management Development Fund.
In addition to property investment and consultancy, Andrew is an active Angel Investor in early stage companies and a member of Cambridge Capital Group.