Charity Property Conference 2021

18 March 2021 London

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

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

Now celebrating its thirteenth 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 balances technical sessions and practical charity case studies with tailored roundtable discussions and plenty of networking opportunities.

Download the programme here. 


18 March 2021

  • 8.30AM - 9.10AM
    Registration, coffee & networking
  • 9.10AM - 9.15AM
    Chair’s welcome: Tristan Blythe, editor, Charity Finance
  • 9.15AM - 9.55AM
    Opening keynote: The challenges (and opportunities) of managing an extensive, diverse and historic property portfolio
    This session will discuss the challenges of managing land as a charitable endowment, including compliance with the Charities Act in terms of the purchase, disposal and management of charity property. It will also discuss the importance of thinking and planning long term so a strategy can be developed to build the endowment and allow the Trust to meet the needs of both current and future beneficiaries.

    Tim Cathcart, chief estates officer, Rochester Bridge Trust
  • 9.55AM - 10.35AM
    Property market outlook
    This session will provide a general overview on the commercial property market, with an eye on considerations for charities.It will also examine recent trends in property development and investment.

    Jonathan Vanstone-Walker, director, TSP
  • 10.35AM - 11.15AM
    Case study: The Hill Sports and Community Facility, Banbury, Oxon
    This session will look at the importance of location at the heart of the beneficiary community, and the strength of partnership working in order to make a centre financially viable long-term while delivering the maximum breadth and depth of activities. It will also raise questions about the perceived necessity of individual charities owning their own property, and
    the importance of keeping long-term strategy in mind while responding to unexpected needs and opportunities.

    Nick Moore, director, 13C Consulting Ltd
  • 11.15AM - 11.40AM
    Networking and refreshment break
  • 11.40AM - 12.20PM
    Legal moves: relocation, relocation, relocation
    This session will consider some of the various legal issues a charity could face when relocating their head office, including:

    • leaving their existing premises, considering the ways of terminating a lease and issues to consider;
    • agreeing a new lease; and
    • getting the new premises ready for occupation including whether a licence for alterations is required.

    Jess Booz, Michelle Bendall and Katie Hickman, partners, VWV
  • 12.20PM - 1.00PM
    A family home for Family Action
    A comprehensive case study on successfully setting up a permanent home, the session will cover the rationale, process, governance, logistics and cultural considerations Family Action addressed in the move into its new head office, including how it assessed the finance options available.

    Anja Bailey, director of development and external affairs, and Ricardo Gomes da Silva, general counsel and director of systems, Family Action
  • 1.00PM - 2.00PM
  • 2.00PM - 2.45PM
    Round table discussions
    A chance to debate and share your experiences with your peers. Topics include:

    • Developing a property strategy
    • Disaster recovery planning
    • Sustainable buildings

    Hosted by speakers and sponsors
  • 2.45PM - 3.15PM
    Moving history forward: redeveloping a community-based resource
    Since 2016, Toynbee Hall has undertaken a significant redevelopment of its site in the east end of London, where it has been based since 1884. Although much has changed over that time, it has always regarded its buildings and sense of place as a valuable resource for the local area. This session will outline the work across three main elements; creating purpose-built spaces for advice and well-being services; redeveloping local gardens as an accessible community space; and conserving the original Toynbee Hall.

    Ben Campion, commercial and business manager, Toynbee Hall
  • 3.15PM - 3.40PM
    Networking and refreshment break
  • 3.40PM - 4.20PM
    Exciting times at YHA
    The last ten years have seen the charity move from loss-making to profitability and recognised as the No.1 youth hostel network worldwide. 2020 is YHA’s 90th anniversary and the year in which the charity will be launching its new ten-year strategy. It is planning continued significant investment in brand new hostels as well as in existing stock following successful investment of £2.5m in YHA Bath in 2018. This session will outline how YHA has planned and delivered a strategy for its network, and offer tips for other organisations seeking to do similar.

    Jake Chalmers, head of property, YHA
  • 4.20PM - 5.00PM
    Closing keynote: Staring at a room full of elephants! The here and now of climate change for the National Trust
    The National Trust is charting its way from the here and now of climate change and is researching, planning and implementing a strategy for its portfolio of property towards the 2050 climate horizon. What are we seeing today and what is the charity laying in place to be a resilient, well-adapted organisation given the range of futures that climate change is
    posing? What is the Monday morning challenge?

    Keith Jones, national specialist climate change, National Trust
  • 5.00PM - 5.05PM
    Chair’s closing remarks
  • 5.05PM - 6.00PM
    Networking drinks







Networking drinks sponsor:



With thanks to our exhibitors








For sponsorship and exhibition queries contact Yvette Micallef

For registration queries contact Carys Pugh

For media partnerships and marketing queries contact Kirsty Brown


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 5 February to save up to £50 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 5 February)
Booking after 5 February

Small charity
(income <250k)

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


A very comprehensive review of a wide range of property matters - a thought provoking day! Clare Lake, The Harpur Trust

Superb and excellent speakers. Anon

A varied and relevant programme of topics and speakers. Great venue and well organised. Tom Crane, Amnesty International

Overall a good event, intersting and organised well. All staff were friendly and professional. Gary Frankland, Independent Age

A very intersting and informative day. Paula Blellock, Leonard Cheshire Disability

An interesting mix of presenters, who gave a useful snapshot of the current property challenges for charities. Anna Pangbourne, Fashion & Textile Children's Trust

Good agenda, useful day and a rounded experience. Michael Baine, The Ernest Cook

Well balanced, practical set of talks about relevant topics. Easy to network. Mark Wright, KeyRing Networks

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).

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. Read our policy here.