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Charity Property Conference 2017

4 July 2017

The only forum in the charity sector specifically addressing the needs of those responsible for property management.

This year's programme has been carefully designed to create a platform for strategic review, as well as imparting practical tips and advice on how to unlock hidden value from your portfolio. Because we recognise that property carries with it unique challenges which affect various sizes and types of organisations differently, we have also incorporated a selection of targeted roundtable discussions allowing you to tailor the day to suit your specific requirements. The Charity Property conference continues to be the only forum in the charity sector designed specifically to address the needs of those responsible for property management. 

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04 July 2017

  • 8.45AM - 9.25AM
    Registration, refreshments and networking
    Registration, refreshments and networking
  • 9.25AM - 9.30AM
    Chair's welcome
    Gareth Jones, editor, Charity Finance
  • 9.30AM - 10.10AM
    Panel discussion: Post-Brexit property outlook

    Predictions for last June's referendum result largely indicated damaging consequences for the economy; while these remain inconclusive, many people still think Brexit poses a significant risk to charities' property portfolios. Our panel will discuss the continuing impact of Britain's decision to leave the EU, both positive and negative, on the sector.

    Chair: Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive, NCVO

    Panellists: Andrew O’Brien, head of policy and engagement, Charity Finance Group, Melanie Leech, chief executive, British Property Federation, and Alex Baily, portfolio director, Cazenove Charities

  • 10.10AM - 10.40AM
    Is now a good time to invest in property?

    With returns on conventional investments at historic lows, many charities are contemplating direct investment in property. This talk will consider whether this is the right decision for your organisation. It will detail the performance of property as an asset class over time, discuss the practical implications of property ownership, and give examples of best practice from the sector. 

    Jonathan Vanstone-Walker, director, TSP

  • 10.40AM - 11.10AM
    Case study: Meeting the sustainability agenda 

    This session will focus on sustainability in redevelopment and the associated benefits, not only for the environment but also your workforce. Julie will share UK-GBC’s London office refurb project: the lowest embodied carbon footprint ever recorded for an office refurbishment in the UK.

    Julie Hirigoyen, chief executive, UK Green Building Council 

  • 11.10AM - 11.30AM
    Networking and refreshment break
    Networking and refreshment break
  • 11.30AM - 12.00PM
    Getting the best value from your lease

    Looking at both the landlord and the tenant perspectives, this session will explore key issues around lease management. Drawing on real life examples, property experts from Farrer & Co will debate typical challenges around taking on, occupying under and exiting a lease. Considering investment security for landlords post-Brexit, as well as the implications of tenants’ changing property requirements, this session will equip both sides with the tools they need to maximise the value from lease negotiations.  

    Charles Anderson, partner, Barbara Webb, associate and Karen Phull, partner, Farrer & Co

  • 12.00PM - 12.30PM
    Case study: Unlocking the value of co-location

    In an environment of rising property values and maintenance costs, charities are being charged with doing more with less. Drawing on her practical experience, Jane Petit will share the strategy, as well as the key successes & challenges, behind office co-location; how to select your partners, how to implement this change in practice, and how office sharing can go beyond the financial contributions, to foster a truly reciprocal relationship. 

    Jane Petit, former hospice director, Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice 

  • 12.30PM - 1.00PM
    Innovation spotlight: chaired by Antonia Swinson, chief executive, Ethical Property Foundation

    "If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got". Our innovation spotlight will feature a handful of speed pitches; draw inspiration from our quick-fire speakers as they showcase how to approach property a little differently. 

    • "How the first not-for-profit members' club is tackling homelessness"
      Mary Whittaker, head of estates and facilities, House of St Barnabas
    • "Why your future workforce will expect flexible working "
      Oli Lewington, engagement director, Cystic Fibrosis Trust 
    • "Forging connections between charities and property experts for informed decision-making"
      Elizabeth Pearson, probono manager, LandAid
    • "Emerging property technology: set to change the face of the industry?"       
      Chlump Chatkupt, founder, 
  • 1.00PM - 2.00PM
    Lunch and networking break
  • 2.00PM - 2.30PM
    Guide Dogs case study: Dealing with disaster

    Crises are unpredictable and potentially devastating. Drawing on real-life experiences, Chris Austin will share the approach to business continuity planning at Guide Dogs, how this was implemented and how the organisation responded to a real life disaster only weeks later.

    Chris Austin, head of property services & Karen James, head of health & safety, Guide Dogs

  • 2.30PM - 3.10PM
    Panel discussion: Charity retail..what's in store? 

    The 2016 Charity Shops Survey paints a picture of contrasting fortune. With profits down year-on year, a drop in both volunteer hours & rag prices and rising costs of staff and rent, the findings indicate worrying times ahead; and yet, the number of charity shops continue to rise. Our panel will reflect on the recent trends, and will look ahead to the future role of charity on the high street.

    Chair: David Ainsworth, group online editor, Civil Society Media

    Panellists: Robin Osterley, chief executive, Charity Retail Association, Roy Clark, director of retail & trading, Barnardo’s, Alison Bainbridge, founder, Raindrops on Roses and Jenny Langley, head of retail, Tenovus Cancer Care

  • 3.10PM - 3.30PM
    Networking and refreshment break
    Networking and refreshment break
  • 3.30PM - 4.25PM
    Roundtable discussions: Property strategy (hosted by sponsors and sector experts)

    Conversation 1: Identify and mitigating portfolio risk 
    Conversation 2: Maintenance and efficiency
    Conversation 3: Future-proofing your workforce 
    Conversation 4: The strategic planning process
    Conversation 5: Running effective capital projects 

  • 4.25PM - 4.55PM
    Inside the royal palaces - the challenges of running a unique property portfolio

    With a combined history totalling more than 2500 years, Historic Royal Palaces protect & conserve some of the most prestigious palaces ever built. Adrian Phillips will share the rigorous upkeep programme required for such an estate, and will reflect on some of the challenges in running & maintaining this truly unique property portfolio.   

    Adrian Phillips, surveyor of the fabric, Historic Royal Palaces

  • 4.55PM - 5.00PM
    Chair's closing remarks
    Gareth Jones, editor, Charity Finance
  • 5.00PM - 6.00PM
    Networking drinks reception
    A chance to unwind and discuss the day's insight


Christina Davies

The Conservation Volunteers

Interesting selection of speakers - discussion groups and panel discussion stimulating

Brigadier Robin Bacon

ABF The Soldier’s Charity

The charity property conference is an excellent forum to keep me up to date with property issues and the sector and to pick up useful tips from the delegates

Rachel Barrett

The Churches Conservation Trust

Interesting, wide-ranging programme, with opportunities to mix and meet with a wide range of sector professionals

Graham Ireland


A great opportunity to network, hear and see best practice and discover alternative ways to achieve

Gail Pussard

Age Concern Hampshire

Interesting and stimulating - vital conference if your charity has property

Sean Bridge

Friends of the Earth

I enjoyed the charity property conference, great venue, facilities and speakers

Susan Kernachan


Interesting case studies and good opportunities for getting to know charity colleagues



For sponsorship and exhibition queries contact Yvette Micallef

For speaker queries contact Jenni Cahill

For registration queries contact Chloe Vezey

For media partnerships and marketing queries contact Kirsty Brown

Sponsors & exhibitors

With thanks to our conference sponsors
Farrer & Co Logo 2017


TSP 2017


With thanks to our conference exhibitors
Charity Bank 2016


GLH 2017


TSP 2017


With thanks to our conference supporters
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Great ways to save!

  1. Be an early bird!
    Book your place by 19 May to save up to £100 off the ticket price.
  2. Attend with your team!
    Ensure your whole team benefits from a great day's learning. With the Charity Team Ticket you can send up to four people for less than £150 each, saving your charity 40% on the booking fee.
Ticket type Early bird
(booking made by 19 May)
Booking after 19 May

Small charity
(income <250k)

Charity delegate £259 £309 £199
Charity Team Ticket £639 £769
Non-charity delegate £749 £799  



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Please note that speakers and topics were confirmed at the time of publishing, however, circumstances beyond the control of the organisers may necessitate substitutions, alterations or cancellations of the speakers and/or topics. As such Civil Society Media Ltd reserves the right to alter or modify the advertised speakers and/or topics if necessary. Any substitutions or alterations will be updated on our web page as soon as possible.

Substitution and cancellation policy: On receipt of your booking form, your place is confirmed. Delegate substitutions are allowed. Refunds on cancellations will only be issued (less a 15% administration charge) up to and including 14 days prior to the event. Refunds will not be issued after this date. Confirmation of cancellations MUST be in writing and sent or faxed to Civil Society Media at 15 Prescott Place, London, SW4 6BS 020 7819 1200 (fax: 020 7819 1210).

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