Experts come together for North East property summit

PETER Hansford, the Government's new chief construction adviser, will join a first-class line-up of experts at a special North East property summit.

PETER Hansford, the Government's new chief construction adviser, will join a first-class line-up of experts at a special North East property summit.

A team of 16 global and local experts will meet on Friday 25 January to discuss how we can drive economic investment and development in the region.

Summit chair David Furniss, senior director and head of office at BNP Paribas Real Estate, Newcastle, said: “We already had an exciting line-up of excellent speakers, and now that Peter Hansford has confirmed, the event will be all the more special.

“It’s not every day that we have such a superb mix of industry leaders, both at a regional and national level, all under one roof in the North East.

“All our speakers are highly respected in the industry, so this is the perfect opportunity to come and find out more about the work they are doing and how we can work together to drive future development, growth and regeneration in the region.”

Peter Hansford is a former president of the Institution of Civil Engineers and executive director of the Nichols Group. He took up his role with government in December after beating a tough line-up of 17 senior professional applicants.

With over 30 years’ experience in the creation, development and execution of major property projects across the UK and oversees, Hansford is also an infrastructure specialist, having previously been the executive director infrastructure at the Strategic Rail Authority.

He was also a member of the Infrastructure UK Steering Group, which helped a government-led investigation identify ways of reducing the cost of delivering major infrastructure projects in UK. Hansford will speak about this wealth of experience and how it will help him drive the government’s construction agenda forward.

He said: “I’m looking forward to meeting with the North East’s property professionals and sharing the challenge of working with industry to drive economic investment and development in the region, whilst progressing the transition to a low carbon economy.”

Taking place at the Centre for Life in Newcastle on Friday, January 25, the full-day RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) Summit will also allow guests to gain a real practical insight into the region’s property and construction goals from leading speakers within both the public and private sectors.

These include Edward Twiddy, chief executive of the North East LEP, James Ramsbotham, chief executive of the North East Chamber of Commerce, Johnny Dunford, RICS global commercial director, and Sean Tompkins, RICS chief executive officer, who heads up the 150,000 member worldwide organisation.

RICS chief economist Simon Rubinsohn will also speak on the day, as will analyst Guy Sheppard of Prupim, one of the world’s leading real estate management funds, Robin Worthington, former group property director at Cadbury plc, and Stuart Ladds, head of national property controls, Government Property Unit.

Delegates will hear from some of the region’s top property experts about projects such as Quorum Business Park and DurhamGate, which are succeeding in the face of huge economic challenges.

Guests will also receive an update on the work of the region’s two local enterprise partnerships and an exclusive preview of the current North East Economic Review will be led by Lord Adonis.

The thorny issues of planning and funding will be picked up by speakers Neil Robson, partner and head of property and planning at Ward Hadaway, Philip Barnes of top planning consultancy NLP, Paul Woods, director of finance and resources and head of finance at Newcastle City Council, and Craig McNaughton, of Lloyds TSB Commercial.

Booking is available online at or through RICS booking office 020 7695 1600.


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