Charity Property Conference 2019

2 July 2019 Events London

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

Now celebrating its twelfth 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.

Download the full programme and booking form here


02 July 2019

  • 8.30AM - 9.00AM
    Registration, refreshments and networking
    Registration, refreshments and networking
  • 9.00AM - 9.10AM
    Chair's welcome
    Rob Preston, senior reporter, Civil Society Media
  • 9.10AM - 9.50AM
    Heading East: Cancer Research UK move to Stratford
    • The why: our motivations for moving and the opportunities Stratford offers us
    • The what: our new office – our design choices
    • The how: the opportunity for change that this move has created

    Martin Elmer, director of property, Cancer Research UK, Jacqui Hill, project lead, Cancer Research UK

  • 9.50AM - 10.30AM
    Commercial property market update
    • Reviewing recent trends in the commercial property market, with a particular focus on those issues affecting charities
    • Asking whether now is a good time to directly invest in property, either by purchasing or refurbishing

    Jonathan Vanstone-Walker, director, TSP

  • 10.30AM - 11.10AM
    A journey of expansion, avoiding development pitfalls – A case study with Chippenham Borough Lands Charity
    • Building successful teams: choosing the right project manager and gaining trustee buy-in
    • Project planning: time and budget management
    • Relationships: getting the buy in from locals and councillors
    • Media attention: how to deal with bad press
    • Economic climate: in a time of low returns on investments, should we build or buy?

    Phil Tansley, chief executive, Chippenham Borough Lands Charity

  • 11.10AM - 11.40AM
    Refreshment and networking break
    Refreshment and networking break
  • 11.40AM - 12.20PM
    Unlocking efficiency through data
    • How effective data management can mitigate risk
    • Creating efficiencies in working practice through improved data management
    • Achieving more accurate financial management through data management
    • Using data to inform business decisions

    Mark Sambridge, head of corporate services, Cluttons, Rob Stokes, partner – corporate services, Cluttons

  • 12.20PM - 1.00PM
    How buildings make or break charities: trends, challenges and opportunities in 2019

    Why buildings are as vital as people in delivering your charity’s social mission
    The top property questions trustees and chief executives need to ask
    Risk: what it really means for your charity when it comes to your premises
    What does your property future look like?
    Antonia Swinson, chief executive, Ethical Property Foundation

  • 1.00PM - 2.00PM
    Lunch and networking break
    Lunch and networking
  • 2.00PM - 2.40PM
    Building an inclusive space with beneficiaries’ needs at the core of design – A case study with Caudwell Children
    Seizing the opportunity to build a space around the culture Caudwell Children wishes to manifest
    • Promoting best commercial enterprise from the space
    • Facilitating flexibility in how workspaces are used – importance of collaborative working
    • Design that centres people with specialised physical and sensory requirements
    • Appropriate work spaces
    • Managing acoustic reverberations
    • Gaining input from feedback groups and service users
    Trudi Beswick, chief executive, Caudwell Children
  • 2.40PM - 3.20PM
    Running investment properties to the operational benefit of the organisation – A case study with Borough Market
    • Ensuring that use of investment properties has a positive impact on the running of the market
    • Selecting appropriate tenants for the integrity of the organisation
    • Ethical
    • Independent
    • Diverse
    • Managing investment properties for long-term security
    • Setting and achieving environmental objectives

    Steven Wall, asset manager, Borough Market

  • 3.20PM - 3.40PM
    Refreshment and networking break
    Refreshment and networking break
  • 3.40PM - 4.20PM
    Please Release Me, Let Me Go - a discussion on end of lease issues from a landlord and tenant perspective
    • An overview of the different ways a landlord and/or tenant can end a lease
    • Break clauses and the interpretation of break conditions including the obligation to give vacant possession
    • Dilapidations including how tenants can minimise their liability to pay dilapidations and the options available to landlords to ensure that tenants comply with their end of lease obligations
    Michelle Bendall, head of property litigation, VWV
    Katie Hickman, partner, VWV
  • 4.20PM - 4.50PM
    All of this belongs to you: building for the public
    • Inviting and enfranchising visitors
    • Co-designing and co-curating to put the user at the heart of the building    
    • Managing practical and legal issues to celebrate and creatively re-animate Heritage sites    
    • Future proofing the estate strategy: ensuring financial sustainability, environmental sustainability, and lasting public relevance

    Philippa Simpson, director of design, estate & Future Plan, V&A

  • 4.50PM - 5.00PM
    Chair's closing remarks
    Rob Preston, senior reporter, Civil Society Media
  • 5.00PM - 6.00PM
    Networking drinks reception
    Networking drinks reception


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For speaker queries contact Isabella Lewis 

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With thanks to our exhibitors







BMA House
Tavistock square 
Tel: 020 7222 8010 / 020 7874 7020
Fax: 020 7222 6883

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. 


Great ways to save!

  1. Be an early bird!
    Book your place by 17 May to save up to £130 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 £160 each, saving your charity 40% on the booking fee.
Ticket type Early bird
(booking made by 17 May)
Booking after 17 May

Small charity
(income <250k)

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


"The event was current and covered topical and relevant subjects with the opportunity to network with peers in other organisations"
Graham Ireland, RNLI

"An interesting and informative day"
Huw Thomas, Chippenham Borough Lands Charity

"Well organised and chaired. Comprehensive and broad approach"
Mark Sutton, British Red Cross

"A good place for large and small charities to meet and hear each other’s challenges and solutions"
Tom Crame, Amnesty International

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).

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