Sheffield, previously one of the UK’s industrial powerhouses, is now known for its art and culture. Even though the city is still lined with world-leading steel factories, it has been recognised as a city to settle, with emerging tech companies moving in and setting up base.  

As it emerges from the pandemic, it has found new opportunities in the way people want to live and work, driving growth by welcoming new industries into the city. From inside the offices of growing organisations, to walking around the latest developments of the Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, join us on this journey where we ask: what is the Future of Sheffield? 

Join EG to hear from key industry leaders, real estate developers and occupiers as we find out what’s in store for the Future of Sheffield.


Mark Jackson, development director, Scarborough Group International

Jackson is a senior member of the SGI leadership team, having worked for the group for nearly 18 years. Based in London, he initially joined in 1995 under the Teesland banner, working within the property development team. In 2002 he joined one of SGI’s development partners, Gladedale Group, eventually becoming managing director of its mixed-use division. He then rejoined SGI in January 2010 following its acquisition of a number of new assets and expansion of its property development business across the UK. In his role as development director, he leads the masterplan vision and delivery of a number of SGI’s development projects, including three of its four flagship Northern Powerhouse schemes: Thorpe Park Leeds, Sheffield Digital Campus and Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park.

Kate Josephs, chief executive, Sheffield City Council

Josephs joined Sheffield City Council in January 2021, having spent 20 years in national government in the UK and US. She joins Sheffield from a six-month tour of duty as director general in the cabinet office’s Covid-19 task force. Her career as a senior leader in the UK civil service has included positions in HM Treasury, the prime minister’s delivery unit, and the Department for Education. At the DfE, Josephs held roles with responsibility for national strategy, operations and oversight across the academies programme. She was also responsible for the creation of a new centre of excellence for schools, academies and post-16 funding, with oversight of £63bn in annual funding. Prior to joining the DfE, Josephs spent 2.5 years in Washington, working for the US federal government during the Obama administration, including as executive director of the White House Performance Improvement Council, working across US government agencies – on priorities from veterans’ affairs to STEM education – with a mission to advance and expand the practice of performance analytics and improvement. She grew up in Doncaster and lives in Sheffield with her husband and two children.

Kellie Hatton, partner, Shoosmiths

Hatton is a real estate partner in Shoosmiths’ Sheffield team and has more than 18 years’ experience. She specialises in large development projects, acting for both private and public sector clients, and has considerable experience acting on site assembly, funding, construction and disposal of a broad range of assets, including residential, industrial and mixed-use schemes.

Tom Hall, partner, Shoosmiths

Hall leads Shoosmiths’ Sheffield real estate team and is national head of strategic land. He has broad expertise in all areas of real estate across England and Wales, with particular focus on the high-value, large-scale greenfield and strategic land projects, residential development and housebuilding. He has acted for a number of the UK’s leading land promoters, helping to deliver thousands of new houses and create numerous communities across the UK.

Lisa Pilkington, journalist and broadcaster, BBC

An experienced business journalist, editor and broadcaster, Pilkington has more than 20 years’ experience writing, commissioning, editing and broadcasting on a wide range of personable, topical and inspiring commercial property-related print and online content for national, trade and consumer media, including various editorial positions at EG. A BBC radio presenter, Pilkington is also the founder of Pilkington Media Consultants. Formed in September 2017, the specialist property editorial consultancy focuses on multimedia journalism, editing and copywriting in all market sectors.

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