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REACT News | Housing with impact: The ‘value’ in social value

November 17, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Join Jessica Middleton-Pugh, React News residential correspondent, and a panel of leading industry insiders, as we explore the billions of pounds being invested in the sector as investors seek reliable returns that prioritise social impact.

The discussion will cover topics including:

  • Investment trends and growth in social impact housing (who’s looking, why now)
  • The role of private capital and the real estate sector in supporting councils and housing associations to get best property and social value
  • Social impact housing and its role in wider area regeneration, for example key worker homes and supporting the wider housing market
  • The emerging ‘value’ of social value; how and what returns social value investments bring, why this is getting more important, growth in making these aspects more tangible in valuing and investing in property


Andy Rothery

Andy Rothery

Co Head Affordable Housing - QSix

Andy joined QSix in July 2019 and is Co-Head of Affordable Housing. He is jointly responsible for developing the firm’s offering in this area. Prior to joining QSix he spent 27 years at Deloitte and Arthur Andersen, 16 as a Partner. Andy was appointed founding UK Head of Deloitte Real Estate, EMEA Real Estate Industry Leader and Global Chair of Real Estate. He also advised a variety of clients in both the public, private and third sectors on strategy, capital markets and finance transactions on residential assets. Also Chair of Governors of the Leathersellers’ Federation of Schools and trustee of two local community charities. Andy is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (FCA) and holds an MA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University.

Lisette van Doorn

Lisette van Doorn

Europe CEO - ULI

As chief executive of ULI Europe, Lisette van Doorn is  responsible for the development of the Institute’s activities across the region, including its renowned pan-European conferences and over 250 local meetings and events across 14 countries. She is also responsible for the ULI Charitable Trust, which raises money to advance ULI’s mission and philanthropic activities across Europe. Van Doorn joined ULI from LIRE, her own consultancy business, which advises international institutional real estate investors and fund managers on strategy, organisational optimisation and portfolio structuring. Prior to this, van Doorn was country manager for CBRE Global Investors where she managed a €1.6bn portfolio of assets in Italy and fund manager of two shopping centre funds (€ 1.3 billion) with assets in Spain, Portugal and Italy. Before joining CBRE Global Investors, van Doorn was founding chief executive for INREV, the European association for Investors in Non-Listed Real Estate Vehicles for four and a half years.

Kevin Etchells

Kevin Etchells

Senior Investment Manager - Greater Manchester Pension Fund

Kevin is a Senior Investment Manager at Greater Manchester Pension Fund and manages the fund’s real estate allocation. The fund is the largest Local Authority Pension Fund in the UK and currently has c. £2 bn of real estate assets under management. The fund has a long track record in investing in impact led strategies, in particularly through a local regeneration fund which invests across North West England. Kevin has worked at GMPF since 2018 where prior to this he worked for 6 years at APAM, a UK Investment Management firm.

Robin Hubbard

Robin Hubbard

Head of Real Estate Capital – Schroders Real Estate

Schroder Real Estate is the c.£16bn AUM property investment management business within Schroders, the UK’s largest listed investment manager with over £0.5 trillion under management. Robin manages the teams responsible for the development, launch and distribution of new investment strategies.  For many years Schroder Real Estate has been incorporating ESG into all of its policies and investments, but over the last two years it has been increasingly focused on impact investing and achieving social value. In particular, it has launched real estate strategies focused on the social supported housing and retirement living sectors in the UK which aim to deliver measurable social value for residents, their families, their neighbourhoods, the NHS and, ultimately, the taxpayer.  Robin joined Schroders in 2018 from InfraRed Capital Partners, a leader in PPP infrastructure investment. He has 30 years’ experience in raising capital across the globe the last 15 of which have been related to real estate and infrastructure investments. He holds a Masters in Finance from London Business School.

Paul Bell

Paul Bell

Cabinet Member for Housing & Planning - London Borough of Lewisham

Paul Bell has been a councillor for over ten years. Before joining the cabinet, he served as a board director at Lewisham Homes – Lewisham Council’s ALMO, and chair of planning. He is passionate about council housing – as a child, he was homeless. If Sheffield City Council had not helped and provided a home for him and his family, they would have been street homeless. Paul believes that housing along with health, education and employment is vital to enable social mobility and eradicate poverty. As Cabinet Member for Housing and Planning, his responsibilities include housing need, homelessness, planning, regeneration, landlord licensing, private rented sector regulation and the gypsy and traveller community. Paul is also leading on the delivery of 1,000 new social homes and the procurement of properties to house people in temporary accommodation. In his spare time, he advocates for veganism and the rights of people living with disabilities.


November 17, 2020
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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Jessica Middleton-Pugh – React News residential and retail correspondent