Charity Property Conference 2018

3 July 2018 London

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

Now celebrating its eleventh year, the event has been carefully designed to provide a platform for strategic review, and to ensure charities are unlocking the potential from their property portfolios and keeping abreast of economic developments, changes in legislation, evolving working practices and developments in technology. 

The programme will balance technical sessions and practical charity case studies with tailored roundtable discussions and plenty of networking opportunities. 

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03 July 2018

  • 8.45AM - 9.15AM
    Registration, refreshments & networking
    Registration, refreshments & networking
  • 9.15AM - 9.20AM
    Chair's welcome
    Gareth Jones, editor, Charity Finance
  • 9.20AM - 9.50AM
    Emerging trends in real estate: investment, development, technology, and Brexit
    The Urban Land Institute and PwC recently published their 15th annual Emerging Trends research, based on views from over 800 property experts across Europe.  In this insightful opening session, Lisette van Doorn will delve into these findings to assess the impact of technology on property, pinpoint the key desirables for tenants and landlords, and reveal some surprising indicators determining the hottest development and investment locations in a post-Brexit Europe.

    Lisette van Doorn, chief executive, Urban Land Institute Europe
  • 9.50AM - 10.20AM
    Property market outlook - To 2020 and beyond
    Jonathan Vanstone-Walker offers his expert insights on the latest trends affecting the property market in London and elsewhere, and explores how these might play out in the months and years ahead.

    Jonathan Vanstone-Walker, director, TSP
  • 10.20AM - 10.50AM
    ActionAid case study: Unlocking hidden value from your property assets
    When a five-year rent review on a 15-year lease yielded a 58 per cent rent hike, ActionAid knew it had to find new, flexible ways of working that would improve efficiency and free up space for subletting.  By introducing a new desk/room-booking system, new IT hardware, drastically reducing storage space and refurbishing the premises, the NGO was able to become a landlord, subletting 3,700 sqft and realising combined savings and income of more than £300,000 a year.

    Will Bowen, facilities and security manager / regional security advisor Europe, Middle East and Americas, ActionAid
  • 10.50AM - 11.10AM
    Networking and refreshment break
    Networking and refreshment break
  • 11.10AM - 11.40AM
    Effective disposal of property assets – identifying and addressing red flags
    Selling land or buildings to realise funds may seem like a straightforward option, but it can be paved with costly pitfalls. In this session, property lawyers Nick and Richard will look at key considerations relevant to the sale and development of property assets including getting your property ready for disposal, compliance with charity law and the protection of trustees. Drawing on real-life examples, they will also cover title impediments, ancient covenants and restrictions, impact of utilities and third party rights.

    Nick Finlayson-Brown and Richard Noble, partners, Mills & Reeve
  • 11.40AM - 12.10PM
    Challenges and opportunities in managing estates 
    Estate management presents numerous challenges but also opportunities for leasehold and freehold property. Our session will look at occupancy trends and the importance of good property data, together with some technical pre-emptive steps which can be taken to help safeguard your position for a lease event.    

    Paul Chilton and Philip Booth, partners, Cluttons 
  • 12.10PM - 12.40PM
    Sense case study: Re-imagining service delivery with a £15m multi-use facility
    With social care funding in crisis, Sense needed to innovate to devise flexible new solutions for local authority commissioners and generate new income streams. Encouraged by the success of TouchBase Glasgow, developed by Sense Scotland, the charity used a £2.1m grant from the Regional Growth Fund and other fundraising to buy 2.2 acres from Birmingham City Council and build a 4,000sqm community centre.  As well as providing various care services, the centre boasts a cafe, meeting rooms, a performing arts space and a charity hub, already rented out to three other local charities.

    Kris Murali, director of finance and resources, Sense
  • 12.40PM - 1.40PM
    Lunch and networking 
  • 1.40PM - 2.40PM
    Committing to workforce diversity: Creating beneficiary-friendly buildings
    All employers have a duty to make their workplaces accessible to people with disabilities, but there is a special obligation on charities that support disabled people. In this session, three charities will present their recent office moves, showcasing the latest disability-friendly technologies and highest standards of workplace accessibility. 
    - As part of their purchase of a new head office in Highbury, Action on Hearing Loss installed state-of-the-art acoustics to increase sound quality for people with hearing loss, and use the building to demonstrate the technologies to visitors. 
    - Livability had the opportunity to sell its national office. Moving to a new leased building in North Greenwich, the charity used the opportunity to create a more inclusive environment, on the new, wheelchair-accessible Jubilee Line - briefing the fit-out company to make it as accessible as possible. 
    - When the leases on Arthritis Research UK's two London offices were approaching their end, the charity consulted staff about their ideal work environment and concluded they had to move. Just over a year later they - and their merger partner Arthritis Care - moved into bright new open-plan premises that are specifically designed to support employee health and wellbeing, particularly musculoskeletal health. 

    Peter Robson, executive director of corporate resources, Action on Hearing Loss; Liz Walker, former deputy CEO, Livability and now finance & corporate services director, the Children's Society; Cherry White, project officer, performance and planning, Arthritis Research UK
  • 2.40PM - 3.10PM
    Thames Hospice case study: Futureproofing services with a state-of-the-art new build
    The 17-bed Thames Hospice inpatient unit and day hospice currently occupies a 1.25 acre site in Windsor, but modelling of future demand suggests that 34 beds will be needed by 2035. What do you do when your current site is already at capacity, you’ve been forced to base extra services there as well, and external professional advice means you can’t move away from the current site ?  How do you come to be opening a brand new, state-of-the-art hospice by a lake on an 8.4 acre site in 2020?

    Martin Jervis, chair, Thames Hospice
  • 3.10PM - 3.30PM
    Networking and refreshment break
    Networking and refreshment break
  • 3.30PM - 3.50PM
    From the horse’s mouth: The Law Commission’s proposed reforms to the regime governing charity land
    Disposals of land by charities are currently governed by rules dating back to 1992, usually requiring trustees to obtain advice from a surveyor, which can be unnecessary and expensive.  A new draft Bill from the Law Commission proposes a number of reforms to streamline and simplify this process, aimed at reducing costs for charities and removing uncertainty for buyers. 

    Professor Nick Hopkins, Law Commissioner for property, family and trust law, the Law Commission
  • 3.50PM - 4.30PM
    Roundtable discussions: Planning and executing your property strategy

    Conversation 1: Supporting employee and health and wellbeing through office spaces
    Conversation 2: Considerations for a head office move
    Conversation 3: Case study: your property - optimising returns and avoiding bear traps
    Conversation 4: Minimising risks in your portfolio
    Conversation 5: Effective governance for capital projects
    Conversation 6: Smarter working through better use of space

  • 4.30PM - 4.55PM
    Closing keynote: Linking past and future - the challenges of preserving England's heritage for future generations
    With 412 properties to look after, ranging from Kenwood House and Dover Castle to Hadrian's Wall and Stonehenge, English Heritage faces a unique challenge.  Recently spun off from government as a charity and with its state funding tapering to zero by 2022, it must find new ways of ensuring the long-term sustainability of the historic estate for now and future generations. 

    Rob Woodside, estates director, English Heritage
  • 4.55PM - 5.00PM
    Chair's closing remarks
    Gareth Jones, editor, Charity Finance
  • 5.00PM - 6.00PM
    Networking drinks reception
    Networking drinks reception


You can access all the presentations via the link below. 

Download the presentations here

You will need the password to access the files. You can find the password in your delegate pack. If you have any issues accessing the files email [email protected] or call 020 7819 1200.


A great conference with a current relevant agenda with the opportunity to share best property practice with other charity colleagues
Graham Ireland, RNLI


"Very interesting points picked up. Will take back for discussion"
Kay Birleson, TACT Adoption

 Great variety of presentations. That have generated some interesting ideas and conversations
Stephen Moseley, Samaritans

Diverse conference bringing together a vastly experienced network of charity property professionals
Mitch Neave, Bootstrap

Well run and relevant
Ian Pennington, Scope

Very worthwhile day
Paul McManus, Great North Air Ambulance;

Well organised and very valuable to the participants
Richard Farmery, Methodist Church

A mostly interesting day with some applicable content and a chance to share experiences with colleagues

Very informative, well organised.
James Laing, Council of Lutheran Churches

​​​​​​​Valuable annual event for property professionals in the third sector.
Alison Kearey, Harpur Trust;

Excellent event. The best conference so far.
Charlotte Kurilecz, The Fostering Network

Some very interesting sessions. Very informative
Rose Spencer, Providence Row;

Very interesting and informative. Good varied selection of speakers
Louisa Sharpless, East Anglian Air Ambulance

Very interesting day
Huw Thomas, Chippenham Borough Lands Charity

Well organised with topical subjects, good presentations and interesting Q&A
Bob Rabagliati, Hospital of the Holy & Undivided Trinity

Good balance of inputs from talks, panels, questions, group discussions etc.
Jim Foxall, Malvernian Society

Always interesting!
Anna Phillips, Foot Anstey;

​​​​​​​A good mix of knowledge and content from speakers, made the flow interesting.
Nicholas Reynolds, The Whitely Homes Trust

Very informative with wide range of session topics
Graeme Holmes , Blue Triangle (Glasgow) Housing Association


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For speaker queries contact Tania Mason 

For registration queries contact Carys Pugh

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Sponsors & exhibitors

Sponsored by: 



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Great ways to save!

  1. Be an early bird!
    Book your place by 18 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.
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BMA House is a spectacular grade II listed building which was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, and has been the home to the British Medical Association since 1925. 

Terms & Conditions

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).