Before COP26, sustainability was viewed as a nice-to-have with hardly any impact on financial goals or revenue. Now businesses are being held accountable for their organisation’s ESG impact. If ESG goals are embraced, they will act as a value driver and create opportunities for organisations and the sector.
Senior policy officer, Greater London Authority
Amanprit is an experienced international built environment researcher and strategist with more than 10 years’ experience. She has delivered independent strategic advice to governments, institutions and companies on a range of urban development and land-use challenges. She is currently at the Greater London Authority as a senior infrastructure policy officer to co-ordinate and plan the delivery of infrastructure across London. Previously, Amanprit was a senior manager at ULI and global research manager at the RICS. She was born deaf and discovered her strong deaf identity in her teens.
Director, Civic Engineers
Atkinson is the director of Civic Engineers’ London studio. He leads on civil and structural engineering projects ranging from the sustainable retrofit and extension to large-scale regeneration and public realm improvement schemes. Atkinson sits on the New London Architecture net zero expert panel, where he collaborates with leaders from the built environment and real estate practices in the UK to identify the priorities for London to achieve Net Zero, and the role that the built environment has to play in meeting this target. A strong advocate of sustainable design, he has helped with the implementation of Civic Engineers’ climate charter.
Deputy editor, EG
Burke joined EG as deputy editor in July 2019, before which he was property editor at Financial News, a Dow Jones publication. Earlier in his career, he wrote for and edited magazines covering capital markets and businesses across developed and emerging economies, including titles at The Economist Group and Thomson Reuters.
Chief executive, Twinview
Charlton is chief executive of Space Group, which comprises Space Architects, BIMTechnologies, bimstore, and, more recently, Twinview. All four businesses share a vision where the built environment positively impacts society using creativity, innovation, and technology. Charlton is a chartered architect with more than 25 years’ experience. He is passionate about improving project outcomes while addressing cultural issues across the sector. In recent years he has focused on operational aspects of buildings and how to reduce carbon and cost through data and machine learning. He has been a pathfinder in developing digital twins in the property sector. He is actively involved in research and development in this field, using his experience in design, construction, and operation.
Associate, head of sustainability, Morrow + Lorraine
Crombie is an associate and head of sustainability at London-based, retro-fit specialist, Morrow + Lorraine Architects. Her work focuses on establishing and implementing regenerative design principles and promoting nature-based solutions in the built environment. She is a certified Passivhaus designer and a co-ordinator of the ACAN Natural Materials working group.
Development director, General Projects
Cross is responsible for leading and delivering major projects at General Projects and providing creative direction to branding and design. He has nearly 15 years’ experience delivering commercial, cultural and residential schemes across London and the UK. Prior to joining General Projects, Cross led a number of strategic regeneration schemes, managing more than £500m of GDV and delivering projects in both the public and private sector.
Chief Executive, Uncommon
Uncommon is a freehold-owning flexible office operator. With five sites across London, valued at circa £350m, it has created working environments with an emphasis on its members’ wellbeing. Davies developed this ethos by launching the company’s new ESG strategy in 2022, which focuses on sustainable environments for its members, team and partners to thrive in. Driving positive change, Davies has created a unique company culture to ensure it attracts, recruits and sustains the best talent, future-proofing the continued success of Uncommon
Group social impact and investment director, Legal & General Capital
Gladwell joined Legal & General in 2007, launching a new generation of property funds focused on liability matching and defined contributions pension schemes, and L&G’s joint venture with PGGM, which total more than £5bn. In 2015, he moved to lead L&G’s investments with the public sector, including the cabinet office, local authorities, NHS, housing associations and universities – which now total more than £4.5bn. Gladwell holds an MA from Brasenose College, Oxford, in computation, the IMC, and is a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and honorary professor at UCL.
Divya Hariramani Herreo
Associate director, sustainable design & wellbeing, service line lead, Longevity Partners
Hariramani Herrero specialises in asset-level ESG strategy, focusing on a holistic implementation of net zero carbon, social and innovation initiatives during the design process. She developed Longevity Partners’ sustainable design and health and wellbeing service line in 2020, and now leads this service globally for Longevity partners as associate director.
Partner, Charles Russell Speechlys
Imbrailo acts on the acquisition, disposal, development and asset management of commercial property. She works across the office, retail, mixed-use and life sciences sectors, including complex preletting agreements and commercial development sites. She also advises landowners on strategic land development sites. Imbrailo is admitted to practise in England and Wales. She acted for BioMed Realty on the preletting of BioMed@Babraham, a landmark 100,000 sq foot laboratory and office development at the Babraham Research Campus and advised on development and asset management at Granta Park, Cambridge, one of the UK’s top life science campuses. She advises the Howard de Walden Estate on a broad range of matters, including commercial acquisitions and disposals, retail, office and medical lettings, re-gears and leasehold enfranchisement. Imbrailo also acts for the Church Commissioners for England on strategic land development at sites across the country.
Development & sustainability director, Gallagher
Lion is a director and head of sustainable real estate at Gallagher, a global insurance brokerage. Alongside advising property owners on their insurance programme design and placement, Lion works with clients and insurers to unlock solutions to safely decarbonise their estate through effective risk transfer. Lion also sits on the board of the Structural Timber Association, where he advises industry, government and the insurance market on the adoption of mass timber.
Head of ESG, Colliers International
Mercer is the head of ESG (UK & EMEA) at Colliers International. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the non-domestic property sector and has specialised in building optimisation throughout his career. He holds degrees in building services engineering and business and has worked across both government and the private sector. Prior to joining Colliers, Mercer was head of energy at JLL, and director of energy services at CBRE. At Colliers, he is responsible for technical and commercial leadership across a broad range of ESG services that are designed to deliver positive environmental change while enhancing the long term value of real estate assets. Advice ranges from creating tangible ESG/NZC strategies and implementation plans at portfolio and asset-level, through to practical help optimising BMS and improving data quality.
Head of ESG and sustainability, Lambert Smith Hampton
Montella is responsible for the design and delivery of sustainability and ESG policies and services at Lambert Smith Hampton, both internally and on behalf of clients. His role involves challenging the business to set and meet environmental and social targets, such as a pledge to achieve net zero carbon status by 2030. Prior to joining LSH, Montella was head of EMEA sustainability at WeWork, and has also held senior roles in sustainability consultancy at leading architecture practices, including HLM, Sheppard Robson and Auckett Swanke. He is a respected author in the field of sustainability and has presented at the ULI’s European Sustainability Council.
Leader, Newport City Council
Mudd is the leader of Newport City Council and portfolio holder for strategic finance and economic growth. She is deputy chair of the cross-border Western Gateway economic partnership. She is also a member of the Cardiff Capital Region Cabinet and CCR portfolio holder for learning, skills and talent. Mudd is also a member of the Key Cities Executive board.
With more than 20 years’ experience in higher education and research, Mudd has a background in housing and regeneration. She was formerly head of the Department of Social Policy at Cardiff Metropolitan University having previously led the Department of Applied Community Sciences and Public Protection and is a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy. A fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing and former chair of CIH Cymru, she is also an Independent member of the Regulatory Board for Housing (Wales) and the former board chair of Newport City Homes.
Mudd is also deputy presiding officer of the Welsh Local Government Association. A director of Data Cymru, Mudd is also the WLGA spokesperson for digital and innovation. She currently represents the Gwent local authorities on the WLGA Safer Communities Board and is also the WLGA spokesperson for equalities.
Climate change programme lead, Better Buildings Partnership
Smith is the climate change lead at the Better Buildings Partnership, a collaboration of commercial property owners working to improve the sustainability of commercial buildings in the UK. He oversees the BBP’s work programme on the topics of net zero carbon, climate resilience, sustainable lending and ESG skills development. He also oversees the BBP’s ESG training course for real estate professionals and the BBP Climate Commitment. Smith previously led the Aim for Zero real estate team at UK sustainability consultancy Verco, following roles at development charity the Converging World and wind power consultancy DNV-GL.
Innovation director, Hollis
Willcock is a responsible for surveying innovation and is focused on using drones, data and technology to solve problems and improve efficiencies for clients. He also heads up Hollis’ dedicated innovation team, which seeks to drive new and innovative ways to grow the business sustainably, enhance the client’s experience and improve productivity.
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