Back in June 2016, a week before the referendum vote we hosted an evening called The Brexit Effect. Economist Vicky Pryce enthralled the audience with her views on the subject.
After several glasses of wine, Katie Hirst our Head of Marketing and Rebecca Kent, Special Project Editor at the Estates Gazette agreed to work together and create an event. Several months later and the working title ‘Not Just Another Property Event’ was created, the name stuck and around this we built the foundation for the event focusing on challenging stereotypes, highlighting diversity and celebrating success.
Reed Smith also came on board as partners and contributors for the event.
The evening opened with a keynote speech by former England International Rugby player Maggie Alphonsi MBE on challenging stereotypes and overcoming adversity in a male dominated industry.
Followed by a panel discussion about challenging the Norm and being richer for it.The panellists were: Alison Nimmo, chief executive, the Crown Estate, Antonia Swinson, chief executive, Ethical Property Foundation, Richard Croft, chief executive, M7 Real Estate and Justin Carty, senior director, CBRE.
The discussion was co-chaired by Damian Wild, editor, EG and Savannah de Savary, chief executive, Built-ID.
A twist on Mr & Mrs closed the evening. Adam Higgins and Tim Heatley of Capital & Centric stepped up to see how well they know each other as partners. The pair took part in a wide-ranging questions about Capital & Centric’s development pipeline, the housing crisis, and how they first formed the business in the doldrums of 2011.
The evening concluded with networking in the U+I office space.