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What is Sitematch?

Sitematch London is a property event which helps to create working relationships between public sector landowners and private sector developers and investors. Each participating London council (26 of which attended in 2017) is given a table, where senior officers of regeneration, economic development and planning can be found. They are joined by private sector developers for a series of 15-minute meetings, where discussions about possible future regeneration and development projects take place. Councils have 12 meetings and delegates have up to five, spread throughout the day. Once the meeting time is up, developers move onto the next council. It really is as simple as that.

Why should I attend?

If you’re a developer, no event is as beneficial as Sitematch. A rating of ‘excellent’ was given by 95% of our previous delegates. Executive director of regeneration and housing at Ealing Council, Pat Hayes, stated that Sitematch is a great opportunity for developers "to talk to the people in local authorities you need to talk to". He added: "You will often end up wasting valuable time talking to people lower in the organisation, who won’t give you the decision that you want. At Sitematch you get an immediate steer on whether a scheme is a good idea or a bad idea and how to take it forward. If you’re not at Sitematch you really are missing out."

The standout project from previous events is the new High Street Quarter project in Hounslow, a £210 million scheme to develop more than 500 new homes, as well as shops, restaurants and a cinema. "I think you can say this was our first big project to be promoted through Sitematch and resulted in us partnering with Barratt and Wilson Bowden," said director for regeneration, economic development and environment Brendon Walsh.

Sitematch has been sponsored by the likes of U+I, BNP Paribas and Willmott Dixon Knight Frank, who stated that "by supporting the event, we have been able to facilitate and participate in conversations between the private and public sector that we find enlightening and of value. This is the sort of event that we are proud to be associated with."

Attendees

Councils:

Ashford

Mark James, development partnership manager
Giles Holloway, building survey

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council

Kate Dean, project director Basing View and Commercial

Bexley

Huw Lewis, managing director, BexleyCo
Graham Ward Deputy Director for Services and Programmes

Brent

TBC

Bromley

Kevin Munnelly, head of town centre renewal
Michael Watkins, interim real estate principal client

Broxbourne

Cllr Paul Seeby, Cabinet Member for Housing, Environment and Community

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Chris Bolton, Programme Manager

Coastal West Sussex Partnership

Caroline Wood, director

Crawley

Lise Sorensen, economic development officer

Crossriver Partnership

Susannah Wilks, Director

Croydon

Opama Khan, inward investment
Pete Smith, head of development management

Ealing

Lucy Taylor, director of regeneration and planning
Henry Kennedy-Skipton, head of regeneration

Enfield

Jessie Lea, Head of Strategic Property Services
Mark Bradbury, Director Property and Economy

Essex County Council

Adam Thompson, senior development operations manager
Daniel Taylor, senior development operations manager

GLA

Justin Carr, Senior Manager Public Land
Kuheli Mookerjee, Senior Project Manager (Small Sites)

Gatwick Diamond Initiative

Rosemary French, executive director

Hampshire County Council

Philippa Lau Brown, Pipeline & Programme Manager

Harrow

TBC

Hastings

Andrew Palmer, Assistant Director – Housing & Built Environment

Havering

Jolly Choudhury, Business Development Officer

Hillingdon

Perry Scott, Deputy Director Infrastructure, Procurement, Waste Services & ICT

Hounslow

Marilyn Smith, head of development management

Isle of Wight Council

Reniera O'Donnell, Assistant Director of Regeneration

Islington

Cllr Diarmaid Ward, Executive member for housing and development
Cllr Martin Klute, Chair: Planning Committee

Kingston

Marc Cooper, Regeneration Officer
Mohammed Lais, Property Consultant

Lambeth

TBC

LocatED

Douglas Collins, Senior Acquisitions Manager

Mansfield

Cllr Barry Answer, Portfolio Holder for Housing

Medway

Richard Hicks, director of regeneration

Merton

Paul McGarry, head of future Merton
Tara Butler, deputy Future Merton manager
Cllr Martin Whelton, Cabinet Member for Regeneration

Mid Sussex County

Mark Healey, regeneration and economy programme manager

Ministry of Justice

Laura Birnhaum, Property Deputy Director
Saira Ahmed, Head of Acquisitions and Disposals
Faith Brewer, Disposal and Acquisition Manager

NHS Property Services

Dan Hoston, senior transaction manager

Newham

James Bolt, principal planner
John Deady, area programme manager

Norwich

Ellen Tilney, Economic Development Manager

One Public Estate

Angela Harrowing, Deputy Director Disposals

Portsmouth City Council

Tristan Samuels, Director of Regeneration

Redbridge

Sharon Strutt, strategic head of delivery

Richmond

Susan Shaw, business and enterprise manager

Sevenoaks District Council

Cllr Roddy Hogarth, Portfolio Holder for Economy & Community Development

Slough Borough Council

Simon Hall, economic growth and enterprise manager

Southend-on-Sea

Tim Rignall, capital programme manager

Southwark

TBC

Surrey County

John Farrer, Framework Manager, Orbis Procurement

Sutton

Daniel Doris, Regeneration Project Manager - Major Schemes

Thurrock

Stephen Taylor, strategic lead - economic development

Transport for London

Graham Kauders, senior development manager
David Wakeford, senior property development manager

Waltham Forest

Jonathan Martin, director, investment and delivery
Will Teasdale, head of strategic regeneration

Westminster

Dale Thomson, senior project manager
Setareh Neshati, head of development

2018 Private sector attendees:

Airey Miller

Ardmore

Barratt London

Be Living

Bellway Homes

Berkeley Group

Bouygues UK

CIT

Confian

Durkan

Epic Hostels

Fairview

Galliard Homes

Glenny

Guildmore

GVA

Hadley Property Group

HTA

Hyde Housing

Jerram Falkus

L&Q

Lowe Key

Mayfield Retirement Villages

MHA London

Mount Anvil

Newlon Housing Trust

Palladian

Pocket Living

Prologis

Rydon

SAV Group

Scape Group

Shurgard

Telford Homes

The Collective

Wilkinson Construction Consultants

Timetable

8.15am

Registration opens for all delegates

9.15am-9.30am

Opening speeches, Toby Fox, managing director, 3Fox International; Ric Blakeway, chair, Bexley; Ian Sutcliffe, group managing director, Countryside PropertiesCo

9.40am

Meeting One

10.00am

Meeting Two

10.20am

Meeting Three

10.40am

Meeting Four


11.00am


Break


11.20am


Meeting Five

11.40am

Meeting Six

12.00noon

Meeting Seven

12.20pm

Meeting Eight


12.40pm


Lunch


14.00pm


Meeting Nine

14.20pm

Meeting Ten

14.40pm

Meeting Eleven

15.00pm

Meeting Twelve


15.20pm-15.50pm


Council Leaders Panel including cllr Steve Curran, leader of the London Borough of Hounslow, Cllr Liz Green, leader of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, Cllr David Finch, leader of Essex County Council, and Rokshana Fiaz, mayor of the London Borough of Newham.


15.20-16.30pm


Drinks reception


16.30pm


End

How can I book?

Sitematch London is confirmed for the 7 February 2019. To attend the event, contact James Morales or Jake Westhead. The cost of attending is £899.

If you are interested in sponsoring the event, contact Paul Gussar.

The event is free for London's public sector landowners. If that is you, secure your place by contacting Natasha Pullan.

Briefing sessions

Topics for briefing sessions will be announced in due course.

09:45 - Public private partnerships: case study on the £1 billion joint venture between the London Borough of Havering and Wates

11.20 - The art of delivering growth, hosted by Inner Circle Consulting

14.00 - Urban futures: affordable living solutions for economic longevity, hosted by Knight Frank

Testimonials

"Sitematch gave us some excellent introductions to potential partners for the three big sites we own and we're bringing forward. I was particularly impressed with the level of PRS expertise we could pick up on through the day."

Paul Nichols
divisional director of planning, London Borough of Harrow

"It has been a great pleasure to see Sitematch evolve and it has become a real fixture on the development event calendar. Sitematch stands up against any event of this kind in the world."

Pat Hayes
executive director regeneration and housing, London Borough of Ealing

"The venue was superb and the speakers where excellent. Toby and his team at 3fox international helped me organise meetings and showed me around without any fuss. All I can say is that I thought the whole event was overwhelming at first with all the attendees, as I have never attended this type of event before. It’s like speed dating, but on a professional business level. It was a breath of fresh air to be able to talk straight and get to speak to the decision makes without having to jump through hoops."

Oliver Harper
managing director, Harper LUXE

"From a developer’s perspective the event was a fantastic opportunity to engage with Local Authorities from across London and the South-East. Bringing together such a large number of them in one place at the same time effectively condensed many months of hard work into just a few hours. I will definitely be attending the event next year and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to both private developers and local authorities."

Kenny Oke
development director, Strawberry Star Developments

"The market is extremely hot right now and competition is fierce. There are a few new entrants, for example registered providers. With huge cuts to their budgets from Whitehall they are under pressure to generate income from property, and we find ourselves bidding against them all the time. Sitematch is useful as we can meet the councils and find out in advance what opportunities they have."

Simon Guest
land director, Barratt London