Conference: Doing More with Less


Doing More With Less conferenceOur June 23rd conference focused on sustainable revenue at local level.

For un-edited presentation slides, follow the links at the bottom of this web page.

Full conference summary coming soon! 

Our June 23rd conference was an energising day of strategy, skills and connections with Tony Travers, David Lunts, Geeta Nanda, Jo Negrini, Cllr Darren Rodwell, commentator Adam Fineberg, BID chief executives Ros Morgan and Nadia Broccardo, Countryside Properties CFO Rebecca Worthington and Bilfinger GVA Senior Directors Jerry Freeman on JVs and David Jones on rates revaluation, plus many more expert speakers and over 150 cross-sector decision-makers.

London’s public sector faces increasingly complex challenges in funding the delivery of housing, transport, regeneration and broader services. To help respond, this year’s conference, ‘Doing More with Less‘, focused on generating – and safeguarding – sustainable revenue and long-term value at local level.

The event responded to policy and market shifts with panels and debates on changing culture; a PM keynote from Tony Travers on devolution impacts; plus break-out sessions on business rates reform; best use of assets; commercial partnerships; council-owned companies; cost-benefit of selling or sharing services; and the financing potential of PRS housing.

The overall theme was how public sector entities can think and act more commercially while hewing to their civic/social missions. Are there smarter ways to do things? Can the skills drain be stemmed? Is it time for more cross-sector or cross-boundary partnerships? How will rates reform affect local funding priorities?

The event kicked off with an update on City Hall direction from GLA Housing & Land Executive Director David Lunts and a snapshot of current challenges and responses from FoL Director Lisa Taylor, who provided an update on our 2013 Doing More with Less report.

There was Q&A and networking throughout the day, along with Referendum bulletins from Robert Gordon Clark, co-founder of election experts London Communications Agency.

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Countryside Properties and Bilfinger GVA, this full-day event was free of charge.

The full programme is above; speakers below:

  • Paul Augarde, Head of Creativity & Innovation, Poplar HARCA
  • Mark Baigent, Housing & Regeneration Consultant, Mark Baigent Consulting Ltd.
  • Andrew Billany, Managing Director, Homes for Haringey
  • Nadia Broccardo, Chief Executive, Team London Bridge Business Improvement District
  • Adam Fineberg, Strategic Advisor, Growth Coalitions Ltd.
  • Helen Fisher, Tottenham Programme Director, LB Haringey
  • Rachel Fisher, Head of Policy, National Housing Federation
  • Jerry Freeman, Senior Director, Bilfinger GVA
  • Jenna Goldberg, Director, London Communications Agency
  • Robert Gordon Clark, Executive Chairman, London Communications Agency
  • Catherine Hand, Partner, Trowers & Hamlins
  • David Harley, Group Manager, Economic Development, LB Barking & Dagenham
  • Pat Hayes, Executive Director, Housing & Regeneration, LB Ealing
  • Paul Honeyben, Strategic Lead – Finance, Performance & Procurement, London Councils
  • David Jones, Senior Director, Bilfinger GVA
  • Simon Latham, Executive Head of Housing & Regeneration, LB Sutton
  • David Lunts, Executive Director, Housing & Land, Greater London Authority
  • Seema Manchanda, Director, Smart Urban Limited
  • Stephen McDonald, Director of Place, Re
  • Louise McGough, Analyst, Centre for Cities
  • Martin Mitchell, Group Finance Manager, Greater London Authority
  • Russell Moffatt, Operational Manager, Private Housing & Environmental Health, LB Newham
  • Ros Morgan, Chief Executive, Kingstonfirst Business Improvement District
  • Geeta Nanda, Chief Executive, Thames Valley Housing
  • Jo Negrini, Acting Chief Executive, LB Croydon
  • Alex Notay, UK Policy Director & Independent Strategy Advisor, Urban Land Institute
  • Vanessa Pilla, Leadership Council Member, Project for Public Spaces
  • Cllr Darren Rodwell, Leader of Barking & Dagenham Council
  • Paul Ryder, Managing Director, Planned Maintenance & FM, Lampton 360
  • Lisa Taylor, Director, Future of London
  • Martin Teodorczyk, Senior Property Development Manager, Transport for London
  • Tom Titherington, Executive Director, Business Development & Market Intelligence, Catalyst
  • Tony Travers, Professor, LSE London and Chair, London Finance Commission
  • Lucinda Turner, Acting Director of Borough Planning, Transport for London
  • Davinia Venton, Associate Director (Land and New Business), Countryside Properties
  • John Wacher, Chair, London Borough Viability Group
  • Finn Williams, Area Manager – Regeneration, Greater London Authority
  • Jo Wilson, Head of Policy, Future of London
  • Rebecca Worthington, Group Chief Financial Officer, Countryside Properties


  • Thursday, June 23rd
  • 9:00 – 5:00, light breakfast and followed by networking drinks
  • Hilton Tower Bridge, 5 More London Place, Tooley Street SE1


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