Investor appetite and developer interest needs to be matched with big thinking as Birmingham looks to build a legacy post-Commonwealth Games. The EG Cities Live series visited Britain’s second city in April, and got to hear about the exciting projects underway as we approach the global spectacle that will be watched by over 1 billion people.


Henrietta Brealey, chief executive, Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce

Henrietta is CEO of the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, she was appointed to the role in April 2021 after 5 years as the GBCC’s Director of Policy & Strategic Relationships. Awards include: Birmingham Live’s Brum 30 Under 30 (2019), University College Birmingham honorary fellowship for services to Birmingham (2021) Birmingham Business Live Young Business Person of the Year (2022).

Michael Davies, director, planning Birmingham, Savills

Michael joined Savills in 2011 and provides planning advice to a range of clients, including land owners, developers, investors and the public sector. He specialises in providing advice on residential and mixed use development projects, ranging from 100 dwellings in Shropshire to 6,000 dwellings in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham.

Paul Kitson, strategic director – place, prosperity & sustainabilityBirmingham City Council

Paul started his career in community led programmes with Groundwork and within Housing Associations before joining the pre-cursors to Homes England. At Homes England he delivered a number of major and multi-million pound projects, led all of the agency’s activity across the South East and concluded his career there as Executive Director for Markets, Partners and Places leading teams across the Country.

Samantha McClary, editor, EG

Samantha has almost 20 years experience in real estate and business journalism, covering a wide range of topics. Alongside making sure EG delivers the best, most helpful, most accurate and, of course, most interesting content to EG’s readership across all platforms – print, online and audio – she also plays a leading role in enabling and delivering a more diverse environment for the real estate community through EG’s REWIRE and tech initiatives.

Tim Flight, partner, Shoosmiths

Tim is a real estate partner in Shoosmiths office with over 15 years’ experience in advising on all aspects of commercial real estate for investors, developers, funders and end users. An expert in real estate finance issues, Tim works closely with the corporate, insolvency and restructuring teams at Shoosmiths, and has strong experience in the care home, student development and healthcare sectors. 

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