Conference Agenda

Government Property 2013, Thursday 7th February, RNCM Manchester

09:30 - 11:00 Panel Speakers: 
Chair - Professor Duane Passman, Director of 3Ts:Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

Stuart Ladds, Head of National Property Controls: Government Property Unit

Thomas Fleming DipSurv MRICS, Property Manager: ACCESS LLP and President: ACES

Anna Hutchings FRICS, Head of Client Development: DVS 

Colin Proctor, Director of Asset Management: Scottish Futures Trust

David Seath, Head of Central Services: Lothian and Borders Police

Richard Baker, Head of Estates Services: Welsh Government 

Scott Wilson, Head of Asset Management Unit: Strategic Investment Board, NI

Brian Ablett MRICS, CENV, MPWI, In-house Property Consultant: Leeds City Council

Jonathan Fearn, Head of Corporate Property: Carmarthenshire County Council, and Chair of Welsh Branch of ACES
In this interactive opening session the conference Chair will have a number of key questions which will be put to the panel, while the delegate audience will be invited to share their views and ask further questions.

The day continues with delegates attending work sessions at 11:30,  13:30 and 15:00
Work Sessions 11:30 - 12:30
A1 The challenges of cross sector co-location
The UK public sector has traditionally operated in silos with little, if any, common processes or objectives. Austerity has caused a change in behaviour, compelling many bodies to address the barriers to cross sector co-location, but what represents good practice in this area?

Clive Daniels, Head of Central Government Sector: DVS (District Valuer Services)
Chris Sharp, Director of Property Services: DVS

A2 Deliver your capital programme for less - lessons in reducing costs from across the public and private sectors

This session is designed to be interactive and informative, providing opportunities for delegates to learn from each other and from the experience of Turner & Townsend in reducing costs from capital programme delivery. The session will focus on three key themes for helping save money from capital spend:
  • Standardisation of design
  • Longer term planning
  • Supply chain management
Using case studies from other sectors including supermarkets, banks and utility companies the session will explore the challenges for addressing each theme, highlight best practice and demonstrate how savings can be delivered. The potential cashable benefits will be highlighted using benchmarking data from across the sectors that show how improved asset management will deliver in the public sector.  The question that delegates should leave the session with is not how to deliver capital savings, but when...

Jon Poore, Director: Turner & Townsend
Mark Tailby, Head of Local Government Property Consulting: Turner & Townsend
Peter Cummings, Global Retail Director: Turner & Townsend

A3 The disposal challenge - achieving the best returns in a tough market
This session will show how the right disposal strategies, which recognise current market circumstances, can help public sector organisations to gain capital receipts and drive regeneration. We will consider key constraints (procurement, resources, funding and governance) and how to overcome them to find the best solution for each specific disposal programme. By way of the examples we will demonstrate how the correct method of sale, innovative marketing and public private partnerships can help public sector to achieve their immediate objectives and drive long term value.

Stephen Armitage, Head of Public Sector Services: Lambert Smith Hampton
Peter Skelton, Director: Lambert Smith Hampton
Stephen Sorrell, Senior Partner for Real Estate: Eversheds LLP

Kuljeet Gill, Partner: Eversheds LLP
A4 The power of pilots: pushing boundaries, driving change
The public estate has an estimated five million square metres of office space across its estate, costing £1.8 billion per year to run. The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has recently stated that this figure could be cut by £800 million if appropriate steps were taken to reduce government holdings.

The challenge then, is this: how can public sector organisations consolidate their property portfolios while continuing to operate effectively and deliver maximum efficiency?

This session will present a case study of National Grid, an occupier who whilst in the regulated sector, serves a public good. The presentation will describe how new ways of working have allowed National Grid to rationalise and transform its portfolio in the UK. The presentation and discussion will look at how a data-driven , evidence based organisation, engaged new strategies, workplace design and workplace pilots as powerful change tools. The benefits from both a property and organisational perspective will be shared and there will be a summary of key lessons learnt for any organisaiton looking to drive efficiencies in its property portfolio while delivering benefits to its employees at the same time.

Hilary Jeffery, Associate Director, Strategy+, AECOM
Chair, John Hicks, Director, Head for Government & Public: AECOM

Work Sessions 13:30 - 14:30

B1 Alternative funding solutions for your estate

This session will focus on a suite of funding solutions that can be utilised to help unlock and deliver estate renewal and stalled estate development. The development landscape is currently dominated by an array of stalled development schemes or estate regeneration proposals that have stagnated due to a lack of funding solutions. Significant up-front remediation, demolition and infrastructure needs have resulted in schemes that are either innately unviable or undeliverable due to negative cashflow positions in the early years.

This session will use case studies and current innovations to highlight how Estates are being unlocked and begining to be delivered in the current market by drawing together a toolkit of funding solutions that can help address these issues.

Andy Pack, Director: GVA Financial Consulting
B2 Using technology to take a holistic view of the estate to drive down costs and improve performance
The speakers will focus on local and central government case studies to explore practical, transferable examples of how to save money, reduce risk and improve performance within the public sector property estate.

Terry Pitt MSc FRICS MIAM, Product Manager: Atrium Software
David Pike, Associate Director: IPD Occupiers
Angela Gibbins, Head of Global Estates: British Council

B3 Putting power in the recovery
Local Authorities face a tough decision: how can they maintain front line services in the face of heavy budget cuts? Energy represents an opportunity to develop revenue streams and attract funding to generate growth.

To take advantage of this opportunity we need to rethink our approach to energy. How can we become generators and suppliers of energy, not just consumers of it?

In this workshop we will demonstrate how this strategy delivers tangible benefits. We will be joined by Blue Sky Peterborough, the council owned micro utility that is aiming to revolutionise how the public sector approaches energy projects.

Kit Gillibrand, Associate: AECOM
John Harrison, Executive Director Strategic Resources: Peterborough City Council, Blue Sky Peterborough
Chair, John Hicks, Director, Head for Government & Public: AECOM

Work Sessions 15:00 - 16:00

C1 Driving efficiencies from operational property

Public sector bodies typically have a diverse property portfolio and spend a significant sum in its operation and maintenance. But the portfolio also brings opportunities to deliver revenue and capital receipts as well as providing a basis to support regeneration and growth. So how should your estate be shaped, balanced and maintained to maximise efficiency, long term flexibility and capital receipts and minimise running costs. This session will consider a number of approaches and tactics that can be brought together to achieve this balance, illustrated by real life examples and case studies.

David Mathieson, Managing Director: Mouchel Property & Assets

C2 Find me some Government space
The Government Property Unit (GPU) in the Cabinet Office have developed a web-portal for more efficient marketing of vacant and surplus space (buildings and land), which is open to developers, community groups and the general public. This work will help the government in its bid to rationalise its estate, to generate money for the Treasury to be spent on public services, as well as allow new businesses to grow, which will benefit local economies.

This web-portal would also effectively support another of the coalition government's top priorities - Free Schools, as new applications for opening a Free School will be expected to include a proposition on a suitable location. The web-portal displays vacant and surplus spaces
from e-PIMS which could either be sub-let or sold to the private sector.

The data currently released covers UK Government records held in England, Scotland and Wales. A future release will include details for Northern Ireland.

Come along to see the tool in action and the opportunities it brings...

Chris Statham, Head of Data Service and e-PIMS:
Government Property Unit, Cabinet Office
C3 Practicalities of making it work
Identifying and overcoming the barriers that arise whilst trying to introduce collaboration through property.

Carol Summers FRICS, Regional Director of Property: Capita Symonds

16:00 Conference closes

Please note agenda, speakers and timings are subject to change