The UK’s build-to-rent market is growing significantly, with investment in 2021 reaching a record high of £5.2bn. In this webinar, EG’s guests will discuss the role the sector can play in providing high-quality, sustainable and flexible housing for tenants, while also alleviating the problems of the existing private rental sector.

Topics to be explored include:

  • What benchmarks exist for BTR development and operation and what is being done to ensure they meet sustainability standards?
  • What is the sector doing to ensure it plays its part in responding to the climate crisis? How can companies take control over the actions of the full supply chain?
  • The role of BTR in developing place and community as part of ESG-focused investments.


Paul Staley, managing director, Wise Living

Leading Wise Living’s pioneering work in the Private Rental Sector since 2017, Staley has worked on a number of major projects over his BTR career. Working closely with clients to deliver high-quality rental homes, he has helped secure more than £1bn of institutional investment into BTR schemes across the UK.

Nicola Beech, councillor, Bristol City Council

Beech was elected ward councillor for St George Central in 2016 and was appointed by mayor Marvin Rees to the cabinet in July 2017 to lead on spatial planning and city design. This sees her play a key role in delivering spatial planning in the city and the wider city region, and development of Bristol’s updated Local Plan. Beech also has responsibility for development management, flooding and the city’s flood strategy. She leads on the night time economy and set up the Bristol @ Night advisory panel in 2018.

Ailish Christian-West, director of real estate, Get Living

Christian-West is responsible for managing Get Living’s £2bn build-to-rent neighbourhood portfolio and current development pipeline of circa 6,000 homes. She works with investors and development partners to drive investment performance and help grow the Get Living UK portfolio to its target of 15,000 homes. She also leads Get Livings ESG agenda and supports industry collaboration on a broad range of issues. Christian-West has more than 20 years’ experience in UK real estate. Prior to Get Living, she was at Landsec for 12 years. She also spent 10 years in fund management, running core-plus and opportunistic funds including at La Salle Investment Management. 

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