Event Programme


All meet at 10.45am from 100 Longwater, Green Park Reading for return by 12.30pm. Car parking available and will tie in with the conference.



Walk Option 1 - TV Co-Working Tour

Tour of the key projects and opportunities across the region including the key towns of Reading, Maidenhead and Slough. This will also include a look-see of the best Co-Working Spaces to be recently completed in the Thames Valley. For example, a chance to see the newly opened Fora located at Thames Tower in Reading.

More details to follow on other locations. (Executive bus on a first come, first served basis)

Note all tours subject to demand and liable to change at short notice.

Walk Option 2 - Green Park Re-Imagined

Green Park Re-Imagined : Business Communities under Review

Note all tours subject to demand and liable to change at short notice.


The Green Park Conference Centre, 100 Longwater, Green Park, Reading RG2 6JP


Lunch and Networking opportunities

Opportunity to meet fellow delegates (we are expecting between 150-200 to attend) and an opportunity to visit the various exhibition stands which will be displaying the key projects and services unique to the Thames Valley property market.

Click here to see 2017 Delegate Brochure including a copy of Thames Tap which was produced for the event. 


Session One - Retail Therapy

Matthew Battle, Managing Director, UK Property Forums
Rory Carson, Vice President, Mapletree Investments

Key Note
Matthew Hopkinson, Director, Co-Founder +Director, Didobi

How is the Thames Valley reacting to the deep changes happening in the world of retail? What are the future trends we should be aware of and are we in the middle of a retail Armageddon or a period of huge opportunity? Thoughts on a postcard please.

Fiona Brownfoot – Director, Retail & Leisure, Hicks Baker

Kate Orwin, Head of Portfolio + Leasing, Hammerson plc


Session Two -Smart Cities

Joining up the dots – airport links, internet connectivity, robots, internet of things, AI and blockchain. Small words that are creating big changes across the smart cities transport agenda. What are the new developments and ideas that are coming on stream? How are communities changing as the demand fast-connectivity becomes the norm in the Thames Valley?

Peter Brett Assoicates to lead

Speakers + Panel
Fiona Carleto – Director, Future Heathrow
Andy Starnes – Head of City Development, CityFibre
Scott Witchalls – Partner, Land Development + Infrastructure & Transport, Peter Brett Associates

Daniel Gierhart – Customer Experience Manager, Crossrail/Elizabeth Line


Afternoon Break

Opportunity to see the TvPropFest exhibition space.


Session Three - The elemental Workplace: The changing workplace

The Elemental Workplace: The Changing Workplace
Business Park life has long been the USP for the Thames Valley property market. As occupier demand changes, how are business parks reacting to the need for sustainable travel, coworking space and flexible design? This session will explore how the traditional Thames Valley business park model is under threat from new developments and designs.

Key Note
Neil Usher – Executive Consultant: Property, Workplace & Change (formerly Workplace Director, Sky which was awarded Best of the Best by the BCO in 2017 for the HQ project located on the A4 in Isleworth)

Kevin Cook – Partner, Commercial Property Acquisition, Vail Williams

Rupert Batho – Commercial Director, Frasers Commercial
Enrico Sanna – Founder + Co Owner, Fora
Chris Early – Property Manager, Telefonica UK
+ Key Note Speaker


Session Four - A local industrial strategy: Thames Valley vision

How can productivity and earning power be boosted across the Thames Valley by public intervention through a Local Industrial Strategy.

Keynote & Chair
Tim Smith MBE-Chief Executive Officer, Thames Valley Berkshire LEP

Paul Lewis – Regional Director Thames Valley & Data Centres, Segro
Professor Kathy Pain – Professor of Real Estate Development, Director of Research, Department of Real Estate & Planning, Henley Business School
Dr Christine Doel – Director, SQW (Oxford Innovation)
Jim Reay – Global Head of R&D Infrastructure, Syngenta


Session Five - How to make a garden town grow

Using the case study of Manydown Basingstoke, this session will peer into the trials and tribulations of developing a new urban community of 3500 homes and how the project will be delivered. As part of this session, we will be encouraging debate from the audience on what they believe should be incorporated into the plans for a successful Garden Town. Stand up and be counted!

Michael Knott – Director, Barton Willmore

Andrew Reynolds – Project Director (Manydown) Basingstoke & Deane

Simon Sweetinburgh – Regional Manager, South Central-West Capital Projects, Department for International Trade
Tom Walker – Deputy Chief Executive and Executive Director of Strategy Homes England


The TvPropFest drinks reception

Opportunity to network, see the exhibition and listen to some music. Delegates and attendees are invited to meet their hosts and start to get ready for an entertaining evening. Dress is informal, and conversation positively encouraged as the Thames Valley glitterati assemble for an evening to remember.

Music – Mojo Hand Guitars



TVPropFest Awards & Music

Delegates and attendees are invited to meet their hosts and start to get ready for an entertaining evening. Dress is informal business casual and conversation positively encouraged as the Thames Valley glitterati assemble for an evening to remember.

Voting opens on Sli-do


Keynote Speaker: Tanya Beckett

Brexit : Anecdotes from the frontline.

Tanya has worked in broadcasting and the media for over twenty years. She started out at the FT, then went to work for CNBC, Sky News, CNN and since 1998, the BBC. She has worked on a variety of programmes in both New York and London on BBWorldNews, the Newschannel, Radio 4 and BBC1 and BBC2 including Our World, Working Lunch, Today, World Business report, Newsnight and World Business Report. She also spent 3 years living in and reporting from New York. She also works with the World Bank, Chatham House and the Foreign Office in matters relating to trade and communication.

Tanya has a degree from Oxford University in Metallurgy and Materials Science and spent 5 years as an investment banker in Frankfurt and London. She speaks fluent German and good French.

Music – Mojo Hand Guitars


The Tanya Beckett Interview: Sally Swift, Director, TAR (Theatre & Arts Reading)

The Tanya Beckett Interview: Sally Swift, Director, TAR (Theatre & Arts Reading)

Sally is the former Head of Communications at Reading Borough Council and local resident of Reading. She is passionate about the town and the need to create a cultural quarter within Reading which will generate continued growth in the arts & theatre sector.

Sponsored by: HCR Law


Music and Reading Between the Lines

Mojo Hand

First spotted in Reading’s Broad Street, Mojo Hand will play a couple of sessions and are a ‘premium-grade raw acoustic blues band from the Delta to Chicago and beyond’. A recent review from Blues Matters went as follows, ‘This is as down-home as it gets. Taking the classic blues and making it their own. They play like a dream….Mojo Hand are a worthy blues cause’.

Reading Between the Lines Theatre company


Voting on Sli-do closes


TVPropFest18 Awards

TvPropFest Awards 

Tomorrows leader – Identification of an employee aged 35 and under who has been involved in making the team or company a success. Submissions need to show a clear connection between the success of the team and the individual nominated. Some evidence of being involved in a successful new initiative or project would be helpful.  

Sponsored by: Morgan Lovell

TV Best Networker – Vote on who you believe are the best networkers operating across the Thames Valley and who has shown the ability to join the dots, generating business development opportunities for their companies and creating long term relations of value.

Sponsored by: Barton Willmore

TvProp Leader Board (The Blue-Ribbon Event) – Vote on who you believe are the top property leaders across the Thames Valley as measured by the level of influence they have, activity in the market place and ability to provide leadership of his business over the past 12 months. Who will get onto the TvProp Leader Board?

Sponsored by: Morgan Sindall Group


Two music sessions will be played during the evening to celebrate TvPropFest. More details on this to be published but will complement the evening and provide a suitable backdrop for the celebrations of who will be TV Prop Leader of the Year.

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