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SPEAKERS



Gavin Barwell

Gavin Barwell

Minister of State for Housing & Planning & Minister for London
Department for Communities & Local Government


Gavin Barwell was appointed Minister of State for Housing, Planning and Minister for London at the Department for Communities and Local Government on 17 July 2016. He was elected Conservative MP for Croydon Central in May 2010.

Gavin previously served as Government Whip, Comptroller of HM Household from May 2015 until July 2016, Lord Commissioner, Whip from July 2014 until May 2015 and as Assistant Whip from October 2013 until July 2014.

Gavin was Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, from 2012 to 2013 and PPS to the Minister of State for Decentralisation and Planning Policy, Greg Clark, from 2011 to 2012.





Lord Neuberger

Lord Neuberger MP

President of The Supreme Court, The Right Hon the Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury

Lord Neuberger was appointed President of the Supreme Court in 2012, the second person to hold that office since 2009 when the Court replaced the Appellate Committee of the House of Lords. He previously held the post of Master of the Rolls from 1 October 2009.

Born on 10 January 1948, Lord Neuberger was educated at Westminster School, later studied Chemistry at Christ Church, Oxford. After graduating he worked at the merchant bank, N M Rothschild & Sons from 1970-1973 until he entered Lincoln's Inn and was called to the Bar in 1974.

Lord Neuberger was made a Queen's Counsel (QC) in 1987 and became a Bencher for Lincoln's Inn in 1993. His first judicial appointment was as a Recorder from 1990 until 1996 when he was appointed a High Court judge in the Chancery Division and was then the Supervisory Chancery Judge for the Midland, Wales and Chester and Western Circuits 2000 - 2004.

Since 1999 Lord Neuberger has been Chairman of the Advisory Committee on the Spoliation of Art (in the Holocaust). Between 2000 to 2011 he was governor of the University of Arts London and from 2013 to 2014 Chairman of the Schizophrenia Trust. In 2014 he became a patron of MHUK.

In January 2004 he was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal. He also led an investigation for the Bar Council into widening access to the barrister profession. In 2007 he was made a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary and created a life peer as Baron Neuberger of Abbotsbury in the County of Dorset.




Sir Peter Bottomley

Sir Peter Bottomley MP

Co-Chair All Party Parliamentary Group on leasehold and commonhold reform

Peter was born in 1944. He was educated at a mixed comprehensive school in Washington DC, Westminster School and Trinity College, Cambridge. He is married with one son and two daughters.

He has been Chairman of the Church of England Children's Society and a trustee of Christian Aid. He founded Family Forum. He has been a member of the Child Poverty Action Group. His special interests include family policy and foreign relations.

He contested West Woolwich in the general elections of February and October 1974. He won the seat in June 1975 when it was re—named Eltham. This was the first by-election win under Margaret Thatcher's leadership.

He has served as Secretary of the Conservative Parliamentary Committee on Health and Social Services (1977-1979) and Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1979 to 81).

In September 1984, Peter was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Northern Ireland Office where his responsibilities included agriculture and the environment.

In the 1997 general election, Peter was elected Member of Parliament for Worthing West, West Sussex.

In June 1997, Peter was appointed to serve on the Select Committee on Standards and Privileges. In 2011 Peter was knighted for Public Service. His wife, Virginia, is a former Member of Parliament for South West Surrey.

Sir Peter has been campaigning for leasehold justice and reform inside and outside Parliament since 2012, chairing meetings at Westminster on leasehold and leasehold issues, after a landmark legal case in his constituency brought what he describes as "legal torture" to his attention.





Paula Higgins

Paula Higgins

Homeowners Alliance

Paula founded the HomeOwners Alliance in 2012. She provides the leadership and strategic vision driving the organisation forward. Paula is also a respected commentator and advocate for homeowners and is regularly quoted in the media.




Katrine Sporle

Katrine Sporle

The Property Ombudsman

Katrine Sporle CBE took up her current post as The Property Ombudsman on 1st November 2015. Previously, Katrine Sporle was Chief Executive of the Planning Inspectorate for England and Wales (2003-2011), which involved being responsible for all aspects of the Government Executive Agency, 1000 members of staff and a £60m budget.

Prior to that, Katrine was Chief Executive of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council for eight years. She provided inspirational leadership to develop the potential of the Borough as a whole, gaining a reputation for economic, cultural and social success.





Jeff Platt

Jeff Platt

IRPM

Jeff is Managing Director of Section20 Ltd; leasehold consultants to both the public and private sectors. Jeff has been heavily involved in developing professional qualifications, examinations and training within the long leasehold sector. He is the lead author of the Property Management Chapter of the RICS UK Residential Property Standards ('the blue book') and the RICS Guidance: Managing mixed use developments. Jeff is also a Member of the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber).




James Wilson

James Wilson

JLL

James is a prominent leasehold enfranchisement valuation expert. He is a regular contributor to RICS publications and co-authored the leading title "Leasehold Enfranchisement Explained", which is an essential companion for all professionals involved in this complex area of work.

Following his earlier career in the Army, James qualified as a chartered surveyor in 1992 and joined W.A. Ellis in 1995, where he now leads the valuation department. He sits on the Leasehold Reform Working Group on behalf of the RICS.





Tony Essien

Tony Essien

CEO – LEASE

Anthony is the Chief Executive of the Leasehold Advisory Service (LEASE), an accredited mediator and qualified as a Barrister in the early 1990s. Before becoming Chief Executive of LEASE in 2007 he was Principal Legal Advisor. He has been involved in residential leasehold for almost 20 years and is a regular speaker addressing leasehold matters in both the private and public sector.




Justin Bates

Justin Bates

Arden Chambers

Justin's practice covers all aspects of housing, property and local government law. he is the Deputy General Editor of the Encyclopedia of Housing Law and is the author or co-author of a number of other books and annotated statutes. In 2015 he gave evidence to the Welsh Assembly on the Renting Homes (Wales) Bill.

He is particularly familiar with the work of the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal/First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) and has appeared in a number of reported Lands Tribunal/Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) and Court of Appeal cases concerning leasehold disputes, including most of the major Right to Manage cases. He is able to accept Direct Access instructions.





Ellodie Gibbons

Ellodie Gibbons

Tanfield Chambers

Ellodie was called in 1999 and started life at the Bar as a commercial chancery pupil. Having moved to Tanfield to undertake a commercial second-six pupillage, Ellodie began taking on residential landlord and tenant work, principally for large social landlords and local authorities.

Ellodie has since developed a specialist property practice, for which she is recommended in both Chambers UK and the Legal 500. Her principal areas of practice are all aspects of commercial and residential leases (both short and long) with a particular emphasis on service and administration charge disputes, leasehold enfranchisement, right to manage and rights of first refusal. Ellodie is a contributor to the first, second and third editions of 'Service Charges and Management' (Sweet & Maxwell) and co-author of 'Leasehold Enfranchisement Explained' (RICS Publishing).





Nicholas Kissen

Nicholas Kissen

Senior Legal Advisor, Leasehold Advisory Service, LEASE

Nicholas Kissen is a solicitor at LEASE with nearly thirty years' experience both in private practice and the public sector. Nicholas is a regular speaker at property professional events and in addition delivers classroom and bespoke training as well as webinars on a regular basis. Nicholas has sat on a number of outside bodies including those reviewing codes of management practice.




Anthony Radevsky

Anthony Radevsky

Falcon Chambers

Tony Radevsky's real property practice includes residential and commercial landlord and tenant, restrictive covenants and property related professional negligence. His main specialism is leasehold enfranchisement (including the right of first refusal), and he is the co-author of the leading textbooks. He has appeared in many of the leading cases from the Supreme Court to Tribunals.




Kevin Dunleavy

Kevin Dunleavy

Head of Homeowner Services, The Guinness Partnership

Kevin has over 10 years' experience in the leasehold management sector. This includes expertise in managing shared-ownership homes in a wide ranging portfolio of property types throughout London. Kevin has established a professional approach to delivering services to commercial customer groups, whilst generating profit for purpose.




Charlie Coombs

Charlie Coombs BSc (Hons) MRICS

Gerald Eve

I have worked in the residential sector in central London since 1999. I was employed at W A Ellis for over six years, initially as a house sales negotiator. After becoming a Chartered Surveyor I became involved principally in leasehold reform matters, after which I move to Douglas and Gordon for five years, two of which I was the manager of the valuation department. In 2011 I joined Gerald Eve as a Partner of the residential team and I continue to specialise in advising on statutory and capital valuations of central London residential properties.




Michael Voges

Michael Voges

Executive Director – ARCO

As Executive Director, Michael is in charge of overseeing the delivery of ARCO's strategy on a day-to-day basis. Michael has worked with ARCO since its formation in 2012 and successfully led Cordis Bright's work on providing the ARCO Secretariat until July 2013, and was appointed as ARCO's first Executive Director in August 2013.

Michael was a public sector consultant for 6 years, having previously worked as a journalist. He holds a BA in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge University, and an MSc in Comparative Social Policy from Oxford University.





Jane Everton

Jane Everton

Deputy Director, Better Rented and Leasehold Sector, DCLG

Jane is Deputy Director of the Better Rented and Leasehold Division in the Department for Communities and Local Government, responsible for national policy on the social and private rented sectors and for residential leasehold. She has held previous senior roles in government on planning, community cohesion and faith, and in supported housing and homelessness. Outside the civil service, her professional and voluntary work has included roles in local government, housing associations , housing charities and being a school governor. She was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2015 for services to Planning.




Sally Keeble

Sally Keeble

Independent Regulator - ARMA

Sally took up the role as ARMA Independent Regulator in November 2016. Sally is a former government minister and has enjoyed a varied and highly successful career in senior positions, including council leader of the London Borough of Southwark and most recently held a senior role in international development.




Dr Nigel Glen

Dr Nigel Glen

Chief Executive Officer, ARMA

Nigel started his career as a zoologist before spending ten years overseas in downstream oil marketing – buying, building and running petrol stations. He then spent four years at the International Petroleum Exchange (where Brent futures are traded) running their market data, training, publications and press departments. Nigel then worked for a Fintech company, Caplin, ending up as their CEO in New York – from where he joined the investment bank JP Morgan for four years.

In 2009, he founded Managed Living Partnerships (MLP), along with Richard Kozak. By late 2015 it managed over 40 blocks and 1,400 units, with a team of three accountants and five staff in property management and new business. During 2015, Nigel became active on the ARMA Council and its Finance Committee. Having sold MLP in January 2016 he resigned from Council and joined ARMA in April 2016 as its (part time) CEO.





Peter Beckett

Peter Beckett

Beckett and Kay

Peter is a landlord and tenant specialist with over 40 years experience of professional property work, as well as specialist valuation work and business management. He has direct experience and understanding of property development and investment with a particular emphasis on valuation in dilapidations and leasehold enfranchisement. He is a Fellow of the RICS.




Philip Rainey QC

Philip Rainey QC

Tanfield Chambers

Philip took Silk in 2010, he is the Head of Tanfield Chambers and specialises in property and commercial litigation. In addition to mainstream real property and landlord & tenant work, Philip has a particular expertise in leasehold enfranchisement (Barrister of the Year, Enfranchisement Awards (ERMAs) 2009 and 2016), Right to Manage and service charges. Philip's work is both advisory and advocacy in the courts and tribunals, including in the Lords in Aggio and Sportelli and the Supreme Court in Daejan v Benson, Menelaou v Bank of Cyprus and Kumarasamy v Edwards. With colleagues at Tanfield he is a co-author of "Service Charges and Management" (4th edition due 2017). Philip has a keen, apolitical interest in the reform of landlord & tenant law; he has presented papers to the All Party Parliamentary Group on leasehold reform and assisted the Law Commission on the "event fees" project.




Iam White

Ian White

The Law Society

Ian White is an experienced property lawyer having spent many years as Head of Property and later Managing Partner of a large Midlands law firm. He is Chair of the Law Society's Property Section a large representative grouping. He is on the Editorial Board of the Conveyancing Handbook which is the leading text in the field. Previously he was an editor of the leading text on commercial leases. He is a regular contributor to legal publications and speaks at law conferences around the country.




James Discoll

James Driscoll

Property Chamber

Professor James Driscoll is a solicitor, an author, and a Judge (part-time) on the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber). For 20 years he was a consultant solicitor with Trowers & Hamlins specialising in housing law. A prolific author of books and articles, he is the Consultant Editor to the Butterworths Residential Landlord and Tenant Handbook, to Halsbury's Laws (volume 56, 'Housing') and volumes 62 to 64 'Landlord and Tenant, and several other books and loose-leaf works.

James is a consultant editor to the Landlord and Tenant Reports and he regularly contributes articles to the Estates Gazette, the New Law Journal and other publications. He is also a well-known speaker at conferences on housing and property law and he has held several academic positions in England and the USA.

James is also an ADR accredited mediator.





Charlotte Gilchrist

Charlotte Gilchrist

Berkeley Homes North East London

Charlotte Gilchrist, Head of Operations for Berkeley Homes North East London, started her career in construction and property development whilst studying for her BSc in Project Management at Leeds Beckett University. By the time she graduated in 2007 she'd worked her way up to assistant Project Manager for PC Harrington's, a leading concreting firm at the time. She then went on to join the award winning St James Securities, a Leeds based property developer as a Project Manager delivering residential and commercial schemes across Yorkshire.

As the development markets changed throughout 2008 – 2010, Charlotte adapted and developed expertise and skills in asset and PRS management which led her to a brief stint at Eddisons Residential before securing her position at Berkeley Homes, bringing her to London and to the role she occupies today.

Throughout her career she has worked with many different clients and acted as both Freeholder and Manager as well as the developer and contractor.

Within Berkeley Homes North East London, Charlotte's team manages all aspects of Freehold management and helps design spaces and places where people, of all tenures, aspire to live now and in the future.






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