The Innovation Savvy Business – 16th November – Agenda announced








We are looking forward to seeing you at the Property Directors Forum on Thursday, 16th November – please see the Agenda below.





















Event details:
Date: Thursday, 16th November
Time: 9.30am – 2pm
Location: The Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, Piccadilly W1J 0BA (nearest stations: Piccadilly Circus or Green Park)
For directions please click here.

Learn how Tesco, RBS and Unite ‘source and adopt’ innovation to build-in resilience for the unknowns of Brexit

Join us on Thursday 16th November, 9.30am-2pm at The Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington Place, Piccadilly for our 10th Property Directors Forum.

The Property Directors Forum


You will hear from our keynote speakers and panellists who will share their views to give practical ideas to attendees on: Brexit and its implications for occupiers, best practices, performance data and, innovation sources. You’re certain to leave with something that will add value to your organisation.

See the full speaker and panellists line up here.

You will also take part in our round table debates, giving you a great opportunity to meet and collaborate with your peers on a range of current trends and challenges faced by occupiers.

Registration for this event is free. Book your place early to avoid missing out – contact Gail on 020 7041 9991 or Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Panellist line-up announced for 16th November Property Directors Forum

We are delighted to announce our panel of experts for the upcoming forum on Thursday 16th November, 9.30-2pm at The Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington Place, Piccadilly.

Henry Majed, Director, Partnerships, Innovation Gateway  – Henry will present ‘Leading Innovation for Resilience – The Power of Many’.  His talk will lead into the group discussion with the following panellists:

*  Tim Golding, UK Property Director, Tesco Plc – Tim has over 35 years’ experience within a food and general merchandise business, including international retailing across 14 different countries.

 Jo Saunders, Innovation Project Manager, RBS – Over the past 22 years, Jo has gained extensive knowledge in the banking industry from Sustainability and Fraud Strategy to Business Performance and Customer Service delivery.

*  James Tiernan, Group Energy & Environment Manager, Unite Students – James is an energy and sustainability professional with experience of consultancy and in-house roles in the construction, real estate, and student accommodation sectors.

The panellists will be sharing their experience, best practice, performance data, and innovation sources to give useful and practical ideas to the attendees to add value to their organisations.

If you have a topical question for the panel please send through to Gail in advance.

You can register to attend the free forum by contacting Gail on 020 7041 9991 or send her an email at:

Innovation Gateway presenting at the 16th November Property Directors Forum

We are delighted to confirm that Henry Majed, Innovation Gateway is to present “Leading Innovation for Resilience – The Power of Many” at our forum on Thursday 16th November.

Innovation Gateway is an alliance of leading organisations who are working together to reduce the operational costs and environmental impact of their properties. Partners include Tesco, RBS, Unite, Heathrow Airport and Carillion. Together they share experience, best practice, performance data, and ‘source and adopt’ innovation. Several of the partners will be taking part in a panel discussion to share their experiences so you can gain useful and practical ideas to add value to your organisation.

RBS, Tesco and Unite are confirmed panellists and we will be sending more details shortly.

Book your place now for the 16th November forum by contacting Gail on 020 7041 9991 or send her an email at:


Save the Date! Next Property Directors Forum on Thursday 16th November 2017

We are delighted to announce the date for the next Property Directors Forum on Thursday 16th November 2017, 9.30am – 2.00pm at the Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, Piccadilly W1J 0BA.

Attendees will be able to hear George Bromfield, Investment Director at Brooks Macdonald deliver a follow-up to his November 2016 Forum talk ‘Financial markets post-Brexit and the implications for occupiers’.

Please contact Gail Wickes to reserve your place by ringing 020 7041 9991 or email


Avison Young releases technology white paper on distributed networks and artificial intelligence, and the impacts and opportunities for the real estate sector












Click here to download Avison Young’s latest White Paper entitled ‘Architecture of the Fourth Industrial Revolution – Distributed Networks and Artificial Intelligence’.

This paper examines how sea changes in distributed-network systems and artificial intelligence are affecting investment and operational real estate decision-making today.

Written by Amy Erixon, Avison Young Principal and Managing Director, Investments, the paper intends to help investors and service providers gain a better understanding of the impact of technology innovations.

Kind Regards

The Property Directors Forum Team

Current sustainability drivers and initiatives for Occupiers – Survey Results & Infographic

Dear Property Directors,

Please see the results of the Survey completed by the attendees of the June 2017 Property Directors Forum and the group’s membership.

The Survey and Report uncovers some interesting issues in sustainability:

  • Sustainability work is being carried out but budget issues may be driving a decline in activity
  • The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) is an issue that may catch out some organisations. The Government needs to act.
  • Technology has a big role to play in turning inefficient buildings into sustainable buildings
  • Sustainability pays through cost reductions
  • Lack of employee training and involvement may be a problem in waiting
  • Are we heading for an unsustainable building problem?

You can download the results in a pdf Infographic format here.

Or to download the full Survey Report please click here.



Kind Regards,

The Property Directors Forum Team


PS: Save the date – our 10th Anniversary Event will take place on 16th November 2017 at the Royal Society of Chemistry George Bromfield of Brooks MacDonald will be back to provide an overview of the state of the market and the economy.

Please contact Gail Wickes if you think a colleague or peer contact of yours would be interested in joining the Property Directors Forum and attending our next event.

Occupiers need to prepare for ‘business unusual’ – Executive Summary of the discussions – 8th June 2017

Dear Property Directors Forum Members

We are delighted that so many of you were able to attended our Property Directors Forum on 8th June and debate on the Current drivers and initiatives in sustainability.

As promised, we have created a short Executive Summary of the discussions and presentations for you to download. Just click on the links below:

Download full Executive Summary


The Forum’s main conclusions are as follow:

  • Occupiers should work together with peers and share best practice, to minimise uncertainty and prepare for ‘business unusual’ that the increasing drive for sustainability is bringing to the built environment.
  • Occupiers need more long-term thinking, better cost justification, more clarity on legislation, universal language and approach to measuring the effectiveness of sustainability, as well as use of technology and its benefits, to ensure appropriate planning can be carried out.
  • Occupiers may need to bring in external advisors to help them put sustainability on the corporate strategy agenda.
  • Health, wellbeing and productivity of employees is still high on the Agenda and will become even more important with the arrival of younger generations that require greater flexibility and collaboration.


We would like to thank you again for your lively contribution on the day.

Kind Regards
The Property Directors Forum Team

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The Property Directors Forum

Agenda Announced – Property Directors Forum, 8th June

Thursday, 8th June 2017

Current drivers and initiatives in sustainability

09.30  Registration, Networking & Coffee

10.00  Welcome & Introduction to the Property Directors Forum –
Jason Sibthorpe, Principal & Managing Director, Avison Young

10.10  Presentation by Alastair Mant, Head of Industry Engagement, UK Green Building Council
“Social & environmental sustainable building trends and the impact on occupiers”

10.40  Presentation by Flora Mégret, Real Estate Director EMEA, Schneider Electric
“New build and retro-fit challenges”

11.00  Jason Sibthorpe to introduce other panel members

Richard Jackson, Head of Sustainability, UCL
“Challenges with legacy portfolio”

Martin Rymer, Director Building Consultancy, Avison Young
“Practicalities and ROI of sustainability implementation”

11.10 Panel Discussion

11.40 Round Table Debates

12.20  Round Table Presentations

12.50  Summary – Jason Sibthorpe

13.00  Networking & Lunch


Event details:

Date: Thursday 8th June
Time: 9.30am – 2pm
Location: The Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BA.
Nearest Underground Stations: Piccadilly Circus or Green Park. For directions please click here.
Lunch and other refreshments will be provided.

We look forward to seeing you next week for another lively and information event.


The Property Directors Forum Team