Lesley Roberts is President of the UKAA and a Partner at Allsop specialising in build to rent. With 14+ years of UK PRS experience, her expertise incorporates all facets of large-scale residential portfolio performance including product suitability, design, lettings, management, operations and strategic asset management.
She has contributed to both the British Property Federation (BPF) and Urban Land Institute (ULI), having toured the US studying their multi-family model and heavily involved with the second edition of the ULI’s ‘Build to Rent Guide’. Lesley is Chair of Soho Housing Association, an active member of Women in Property and supporter of Real Estate Balance.
Legal & General Investment Management UK
Dan Batterton is Head of Build to Rent at LGIM Real Assets. Launching the strategy in 2016 the portfolio has already grown to £2bn and over 5,000 apartments in planning, development or operation.
Dan has over 20 years’ experience in the property sector and his exceptional understanding of portfolio strategy have been utilised to design L&G’s long-term acquisition, development and operational strategy for the new BTR sector. He leads the specialist BTR team at L&G that is aiming to deliver 1,500 new BTR homes per year.
Joining Legal & General in February 2007 as Business Development Manager, Dan’s responsibility was to create new fund ideas and identify investment strategy opportunities.
Previously Dan was an Associate Director at IPD Ltd where he was responsible for the UK portfolio analysis service to a collection of major institutions. He spent 9 years at IPD analysing drivers of historic fund performance and discussing strategies that will influence future returns.
Rebecca is the Managing Director of Long Harbour’s BtR / Multifamily business. Since joining Long Harbour in 2015 Rebecca has deployed over £300mn of equity and is responsible for all assets from deal origination, design, development, delivery and operations.
Rebecca has over 15 years’ experience in development and investment having worked in projects in Australia, UK, Ireland and UAE. Prior to joining Long Harbour, Rebecca spent eight years at Laing O’Rourke working in their property and investment team. Here she worked on their offsite housing solution, a number of PFI schemes and their residential and mixed use property portfolio
New Ground Living
Currently, a director with CBRE Capital Markets, Colleen Pentland Lally joined CBRE in 2007. As a member of the Capital Markets leadership team, Ms. Pentland Lally is responsible for both identifying and facilitating inbound and outbound global capital and exposing existing and potential cross-border investors to investment opportunities directly. With a deep understanding of the multifamily capital markets in the U.S. and across emerging multifamily markets around the world, Ms. Pentland Lally provides insights and expertise to investors and developers worldwide. In her previous role, Ms. Pentland Lally served as the director of operations for CBRE’s national multifamily practice, overseeing internal operations and client care for the multifamily platform across investment sales, debt & structured finance and agency lending.
Prior to joining CBRE, Ms. Pentland Lally worked as a real estate tax consultant and analyst in Miami, FL, specializing in commercial property tax abatement. Originally from the Greater Tampa Bay area, Colleen received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics from the University of Miami School of Business and her MBA in Global Management from the Boston College Carroll School of Management.
John was appointed to the Board of Landcom as Chairman in January 2012 and accepted the permanent role of Chief Executive Officer in May 2018, having acted in the role of Managing Director & CEO from 2017. From 2015 to 2017, John was the Managing Director & CEO of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Prior to this, he was CEO of the Financial Services Council from 2009 to 2015 and CEO of Manchester Unity from 2006 to 2008.
He is currently Chairman of Lifeline Australia and Furlough House Retirement Village. John is also the patron of Sailability Pittwater, Bilgola Surf Lifesaving Club, Avalon Beach Surf Lifesaving Club and Kookaburra Kids.
John’s previous non-executive directorships include Abacus Australian Mutuals (Chairman), BBI – The Australian Institute of Theological Education (Chairman), NIA Pty Limited, Sydney Ports Corporation, Australian Private Health Insurance Association and the Australian Friendly Societies Association.
From 1996 to 2005, John was the Member for Pittwater in the NSW Parliament. In 2002, he was elected Leader of the Opposition – the youngest person ever to lead a major political party in Australia.
In January 2014, John was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to the community through representational roles with social welfare organisations, particularly Lifeline, to the business and financial sectors and to the Parliament of New South Wales.
John holds a Masters of Public Affairs from the University of Sydney and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Simba Marekera is the Head of Investment Solutions at Brightlight Group. He works with and on behalf of institutional investors, government entities, non-profit organisations and social enterprises that are active in the impact investing capital markets. He helps clients access opportunities, build and manage impact portfolios and access impact capital across asset classes. Prior to that, he spent 6 years managing Christian Super’s alternatives, fixed income and Impact Investment portfolios where he helped to commit close $150 million to Impact Investments.
Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA)
Miranda Lie has over twelve years’ experience in banking across the real estate, infrastructure, industrials and emerging companies sectors. Miranda currently manages the Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s relationship with institutional real estate and infrastructure clients including listed and unlisted funds, developers, superannuation funds, high net worth individuals and offshore investors.
She works with clients across capital management and balance sheet optimisation, acquisition funding and refinancing strategies; overseeing the execution of a wide range of transactions including lending, project finance, debt capital markets, risk management, trade finance and cash management.
She is leading the bank’s strategy with regards to the financing and support of the Build to Rent sector.
Prior to joining the Commonwealth Bank of Australia in 2012, Miranda was part of the Real Estate Investment Banking team at Goldman Sachs, Australia. Miranda holds Masters of Commerce and Bachelor of Science (Honours, University Medal) degrees from the University of Sydney.
PfP Capital, UK
Alexandra Notay is Build to Rent fund director at PfP Capital, the fund and asset management arm of Places for People, tasked with raising a £550M fund to deliver 3,000 BTR homes across the UK. She is also an internationally recognised expert on build to rent, placemaking and sustainable urban development, with 15 years’ strategic advisory experience to public and private sector clients across four continents. In January 2019 Alex was selected as one of the 48 women shaping the future of UK real estate at the prestigious BISNOW Women Leaders event.
Alex is a published author and editor of over 30 books and reports on real estate including the renowned ULI UK Best Practice Guide on Build to Rent (2014, 2016). Alex is a vice-chair of ULI UK Residential Council and on the ULI UK Executive Committee, serves on the BPF Build to Rent Committee and is an Associate Member of CREFC Europe. She is also a non-executive director of Sound Diplomacy, SouthWest Board Member for LandAid and trustee of SunScreenIT Foundation.
Adam Hirst is a property industry specialist with extensive experience including residential development, passive investments, funds management and agency. Prior to joining Mirvac, Adam worked for AMP Capital across both their direct and listed real estate portfolios including the Global Listed Real Estate team, investing in real estate companies globally comprising many of the USA-listed multi-family REITs.
Adam is one of Australia’s foremost experts in Build-to-Rent (Multifamily rental) and has led the establishment of Mirvac’s Build-to-Rent business under the new LIV brand. He played a key role in Mirvac’s launch of the Australian Build-to-Rent Club (ABTRC) and in transforming Mirvac’s Pavilions project at Sydney Olympic Park into one of the first purpose-built Build-to-Rent assets in Australia.
Adam is responsible for upscaling Mirvac’s Build-to-Rent offering, with a target of creating a 5,000 unit pipeline over the next five years.
Adam believes that the Build-to-Rent asset class has huge potential for growth in Australia. With more people looking to rent than ever before, there is growing demand for high-quality, well maintained rental properties with secure tenures, and a sense of stability and ownership, as well as improved customer service. He believes that the proliferation of build-to-rent in Australia is likely to have positive and lasting impact on the mental, physical and financial wellbeing of a large and growing segment of the population, as a result of these significant social benefits.
Michael joined UBS Asset Management’s Real Estate business in 2017 focusing on asset management and acquisitions in Australia.
At UBS Michael is responsible for managing the $500 million investment in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Athletes Village that has become Australia’s first large-scale build-to-rent development.
Prior to joining UBS Asset Management, Michael was a Fund Manager at Lendlease, responsible for financing and management of three master-planned communities with a gross value of $650 million. He has experience across multiple property sectors and the full life-cycle of property funds and has been working in the industry for over 20 years.
Elke is a Senior Associate in the Sydney Tax practice at Ashurst and has over 10 years’ experience in advising on indirect tax matters, with a special focus on stamp duty, GST and land tax. She has extensive experience advising on a broad range of stamp duty and GST issues in respect of real estate and infrastructure, business and share sales, takeovers and foreign investment.
Elke has had experience acting for both public and private sector clients on major real estate investment matters such as build-to-rent projects (including assisting Mirvac with the establishment of its first build-to-rent fund), student accommodation, hotels, office buildings, infrastructure projects and renewable energy projects.
Steve is a Senior Associate in the Sydney Tax practice at Ashurst. Steve has over 10 years of tax advisory experience across Australia and New Zealand, with a focus on all income tax matters relating to real estate investments and real estate funds.
Steve has advised a number of public and private sector clients in respect of both Australian and outbound investments in build-to-rent projects, student accommodation, hotels and office buildings. Steve has also assisted clients with stapled structures in respect of ATO risk reviews and audits.
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Global Apartment Advisors
Ian has 27 years of dedicated real estate and capital markets experience, comprising senior management positions in REIT and Real Estate Funds, operational management and investment banking roles – in AUS, Hong Kong and USA.
Ian is currently the co-principal of GAA-Australia with David Woodward. The business is establishing itself as an advisory, ECM capability and funds management platform, specialising in BTR in Australia.
In a non-for-profit capacity, Ian is a member of the Mission Australia Housing Committee, with focus on expanding their social and affordable housing assets under management.
Prior to establishing GAA-Australia, Ian was the former Chair of GFM Investment Management and retained advisor to secure co-invest partner and raise circa $425m equity capital to establish the HOME Fund for BTR.
Ian was previously in Hong Kong as the CEO and Executive Director of The LINK REIT.
National Affordable Housing Consortium
Mike has 34 years’ experience in senior executive roles in social and affordable housing including direct housing provision, policy development and legal advisory services in the UK and Australia from 1996. Mike was the Founder and is now the Managing Director of the National Affordable Housing Consortium, one of Australia’s leaders in the provision of affordable housing, with 3,520 dwellings delivered and $1.3 billion (AUD) in private investment attracted.
Mike is a Director of BuyAssist Australia, a NAHC subsidiary, which provides Shared Equity Home Ownership in Victoria and Queensland, and Affordable Rentals Victoria, a JV SPV with CEHL, which is purchasing a $43m new-build portfolio for tenanting under the Victorian Social Housing Growth Fund.
Dejan is one of the founders of MicroNest, a Build-to-Rent specialist firm focusing on Australia with initial focus on the Co-Living sub-sector. He has over 20 years of experience in finance, property and funds management.
Dejan was CIO of Fortius Funds Management with c$1.2bn AUM where he was overseeing investment, strategy and research teams covering all sectors of real estate including office, retail, industrial and residential.
Previously, Dejan was Head of the MSCI’s Real Estate sales team for APAC. He was in charge of teams covering Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines.
Dejan was also a lecturer at Macquarie University in International Financial Management (Corporate Finance), and he regularly presents at property industry events in APAC such as MIPIM, PCA, MSCI,HotelsWorld, REIT etc.
He holds a Master of Intn’l Business (with Merit) from Macquarie University and a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sarajevo.
Finally, he also has a strong experience in the Hospitality Industry via many of his own business ventures in Europe.
Luke has over 30+ years of real estate advisory experience within the Australian and Asian market place specializing in assisting companies with their capital requirements including sourcing capital partners for complex property development projects. Since early 2018 Luke and his team have sourced over AUD$700m in construction funding for construction financing throughout Australia.
Over the past four years Luke has specialised in the Multi-family Housing sector in Australia working with local and state governments, developers, investors, fund managers and operators to establish the asset class in Australia.
Relevant BTR Experience
UBS – Luke assisted UBS and Grocon to run a selection process to source a Property manager for the first BtR project in Australia, the 1300 apartment commonwealth games village on the Gold Coast.
Victorian Government – Luke and his team worked closely with the Victorian Government to undertake financial modelling and procurement options analysis to develop a BTR strategy in Victoria. This process also required building a financial model and undertake market soundings with investors, financiers and developers.
Melbourne Developer – Luke provided acquisition advice for an Australian developer investigating their first acquisition of a BtR site in Australia. Our advice was required for presentation to their IC.
Melbourne Developer – Luke is currently leading an engagement to assess the potential market rental premium and subsequent end valuation of a 450 BtR project in Melbourne. The advice is required for Investment Committee sign of to commence construction.
Melbourne Developer – Luke led the team to undertake a full market rental assessment and design review for 370 BtR project in Melbourne. Our advice included a design review of the scheme, articulation of additional income and the potential rental premium that could be achieved. We were also required to qualify the demand for the project and identify the potential cohorts.
EY Tax Structuring – The EY Tax teams have provided significant tax structuring advice for overseas investors looking to invest into the BTR sector in Australia
Multiplex – Luke led a BtR market study to the UK for Multiplex with the goal of understanding design and construction aspects for purpose built BtR developments in the UK
Queensland Government – Luke worked with the EY team engaged to provide a comprehensive report to the QLD State Government on BtR. The project involved identifying six potential sites suitable for a BTR development, developing a financial model, quantifying potential returns and discussion on the procurement model.
National Developer – Luke led the team to review a national developers BTR model which was used to source institutional investors for their first BTR project in Australia.
PBSA Operator – Luke led the EY Team providing advice to a Student Accommodation operator to investigate the possibility of changing their business model to a specialist BTR property manager.
NSW Government – Luke is working with LAHC on the transaction of their Redfern BtR project in Sydney. This role requires EY to lead the transaction including the EOI and RFP, review the financials and work with potential respondents to ensure they are fully across the BtR opportunity and corresponding financials. This opportunity comprises a circa 500 BtR project to include up to 30% social and affordable housing.
Sydney Developer – Luke is leading the EY team to provide financial feasibility and modelling advice on a potential BtR project in Sydney. EY are also reviewing their model and providing advice on taxation structures and impacts on the performance of the project.
Ernst & Young
Alan Frost is Head of Residential at 151 Property with responsibility for the establishment and development of its BTR business. 151 Property is a portfolio company owned by funds advised or managed by Blackstone, the world’s largest private owner of commercial real estate.
Alan’s role is to develop the acquisition, development and operational strategy for BTR investment in Australia and New Zealand, drawing on the vast global experience that Blackstone and its portfolio companies have in this asset class.
Alan has over 30 years’ experience in the property and banking sector and has held senior positions at Lend Lease in Australia, Asia and the USA and at Babcock and Brown in Australia.
New Ground Living
A genial, exceptionally talented architect with a wealth of experience across multiple typologies in urban and suburban contexts, James plays a pivotal role in the early stages of new projects, where his knack for getting to the heart of a problem quickly yields a site’s conceptual design possibilities.
Confronted with projects that are often either highly innovative or highly complex—and frequently, both— James thrives on the many and varied challenges that come his way. Indeed, it could be said he is actually most comfortable with projects that defy convention; and most satisfied professionally when ideas of what could be, become built form reality.
Mark is a co-founder of Qualitas and leads the firm’s Investment Team as its Global Head of Real Estate. The team is responsible for deal origination, execution and analysis, and asset management. Mark has been active in real estate private equity and banking for 16 years and has invested in excess of $10 billion of transactional value, across asset classes including residential, commercial, industrial logistics, multifamily housing and retirement living in Australia, New Zealand, United States, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Prior to Qualitas, Mark was a member of the Babcock & Brown Real Estate Group where his focus was on investments in Australian developments and specialised asset operating platforms. His other experience includes working at ANZ as part of the Property & Construction Finance team including debt raisings for REITs and project financing for residential and office developers.
Global Apartment Advisors (UK)
David has 25 years of multifamily / BTR experience in senior positions with some of the largest listed and private companies in the world including Security Capital Group, Archstone, Fortress, and most recently, Brookfield as their Global Head of Multifamily. GAA brings best practices from the BTR sector to clients including investors, developers, lenders, architects, service providers and others looking to expand into the BTR sector. GAA currently works with clients in the UK and throughout Europe, the U.S. and Latin America, Asia and Australia. GAA is positioned at the ‘crossroads’ of the BTR expansion globally and works with clients to identify and leverage untapped value in their BTR schemes.
Simon James is an energy executive who works with Property Developers and Property Owners to create and operate better utility solutions. Simon believes that WINconnect managed Community Energy Networks are a future proof platform that deliver tangible benefits to all stakeholders, underpinned by outstanding customer service that makes dealing with utilities simpler for consumers.
Simon has a diverse range of experience in Australia as well as working with property and asset owners in the Asian and North American markets. Simon is a past President of the Energy Efficiency Council as well as working in senior leadership roles with Ecosave and Honeywell.
As the Managing Director of StarRez with 25 years’ experience in delivering residential housing management solutions, Adele brings a strong accounting and finance background combined with hands on experience of property management and software technology. Adele is passionately involved in all aspects of the business including new business development, software design, customer support, professional services, quality assurance, finances and their exceptional teams in Melbourne Australia, Denver Colorado, and Brighton in the United Kingdom.
StarRez empowers residential staff to deliver exceptional service and experiences. With over 700 customers worldwide, StarRez offers a comprehensive residential housing and community management solution in Australia, the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Europe, New Zealand, Asia and the Middle East. With over 3 million residents from more than 100 countries using StarRez each year, the StarRez solution is uniquely equipped to help you transform the traditional landlord and tenant relationship into a trusted partnership.