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CBH 6 - Virtual Forum
1st February 2021
2.00pm to 5.00pm

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Leading & Delivering Estate Regeneration

As more and more councils are providing homes through a variety of means, these sessions provide an invaluable source of advice together with experience gained by other local authorities. They are an opportunity to network with other councils and discuss different ways that councils are supporting their housing delivery


Janice Morphett

University College London

Guest Keynote Speakers

We are excited to announce our sixth Councils Building Homes Forum will take place on the 1st of February and focus on leading and delivering estate regeneration. The event will consist of talks from esteemed guests who have worked in regeneration in local authorities, councils, development companies and who have managed large-scale public sector regeneration projects.


The forum will consist of talks from Lord Bob Kerslake, Jackie Sadek, Barbara Brownlee and Caroline Pillay followed by round table discussions with the speakers.

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Barbara Brownlee
Experience of Leading Estate Regeneration

Barbara Brownlee recently took on the role of managing director of Westminster’s wholly owned housing development company, Westminster Builds. The company has an ambitious plan to grow to 1000 homes over the next 5 years.She was previously the executive director of growth, planning and housing at Westminster council and has 20 years’ experience in the public and private housing sectors. Barbara's work has focused on financing, developing, regenerating and managing housing and social and economic regeneration; and she is also a board member of Network Homes, a G15 Housing Association.

Bob Kerslake
Delivering Estate Regeneration 

Lord Kerslake is Chair of Peabody, Chair of Be First (Barking and Dagenham Council’s regeneration company), Chair of the London Collective Investment Vehicle (London CIV), Chair of Sheffield Theatres, Chair of Sheffield Hallam University, Chair of the Centre for Public Scrutiny (CfPS), Chair of the New Economics Foundation and President of the Local Government Association (LGA). Lord Kerslake was recently appointed as new Chair of Stockport Mayoral Development Corporation (MDC) to help deliver transport and regeneration ambitions for the town.

Before joining the Civil Service Lord Kerslake received a knighthood for his services to local government, spending eight years serving the London Borough of Hounslow and then a further 11 years leading Sheffield Council.  In early 2015, he was made a life peer, taking the title Baron Kerslake, of Endcliffe in the City of Sheffield.

Jackie Sadek
Councils as Custodians of Place

Founder and Chief Operating Officer at UK regeneration, Jackie has over 30 years’ experience in property development, managing large-scale urban regeneration projects and public private sector partnerships. She previously held the position of Specialist Regeneration Adviser to Greg Clark, Minister for Cities and then Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. Jackie is an original member of the Grimsey Review team, looking at what should be done now in order to better prepare our High Streets and Town Centres for the 21st Century.

Caroline Pillay

Caroline has a wealth of experience in the delivery of urban regeneration projects, both as a consultant and client side. Her team provides development and project management services and a complete strategic, commercial and technical advisory service.


She has provided support to many local authorities inside and outside of London.  In her career, she has worked with councils and their development teams to bring forward affordable housing schemes. Following Richard Reynolds’ decision to step down in 2020, Caroline was appointed as the new Chair at Homes for Lambeth. She is also a board member of Social Sustainable Capital and of Women In Social Housing.  


Round Table Discussions

Round Table 1

Mark Pratten (Airey Miller)

Understanding the Draft Building and Fire Safety Bills

The issues raised by Dame Judith Hackitt following Grenfell has been articulated in two Safety Bills.  A third un-intended consequence came in the form of external wall surveys and the EWS 1 forms.


Mark will discuss the differences between the two bills and answer any questions from delegates in respect of their new developments or their obligations to make existing buildings safe and compliant.

Round Table 2

Jackie Sadek

How can Councils fix the Broken Housing System?

Jackie will discuss her investigations into how the public and private sector have attempted to boost housing supply, as addressed in her recent book Broken Homes. Britain’s Housing Crisis; and suggests how a set of reforms can provide homes for all. 


She will invite delegates to debate the issues and propose solutions for their own local authorities.

Round Table 3

Caroline Pillay

Experiences Delivering Estate Regeneration

Caroline and Barbra will invite their table to discuss issues affecting the planning and delivery of regen

projects. The intention is to knowledge share with peers as to how difficulties

can be managed, mitigated and eliminated between them. Their many years of

local authority development

can assist on large or

small projects alike.

Round Table 4

Peter Airey

Better Cost and Value for Money


Peter will discuss suggestions as to how local authorities can obtain best prices by risk management and operating greater control over design development.  Cost Consultant, Colin Nicolson, will also answer any questions from delegates as to how to improve viability.

CBH 6 - Virtual Forum
1st February 2021
2.00pm to 5.00pm

Why Councils Building Homes?

In response to client feedback and in the absence of any forums targeted solely at supporting local authorities to deliver their housing development programmes, Airey Miller has established Councils Building Homes (CBH).

CBH forums bring together speakers, experts and councils from across the country to share lessons, challenges and successes on how to overcome some of the common barriers to successful programme delivery.

The Story So Far...

Since 2018 we have hosted many CBH forums in London, welcoming senior development staff from over 50 councils across the country.  Our delegates have heard from speakers, experts and councils on topical issues, current regulations and research, including:

  • The keys to growth of development companies

  • Securing funding from the GLA and Homes England

  • Local authority programme governance

  • Tackling common barriers to delivery

  • ....and much more

Attracting keynote speakers with a proven record of driving our industry forward

CBH has provided a platform for leaders from the GLA, Royal Town Planning Institute, Bristol City Council, University, College London, LB Westminster, CAST (Mark Farmer) and many others.

Supporting You Beyond the Forum

As a follow up to the success of the CBH forums Airey Miller has been delivering tailored workshops both in person and virtually for local authority participants. These provide an opportunity you to explore in more depth any of the round table discussions, or the keynote speeches most relevant and beneficial to you.  


I found the event both highly informative but also inspiring in terms of achieving housing aspirations and different approaches to doing this. Thank you so much for organising and allowing me to attend.


Kate Lowman Devon County Council

Some of our Local Authority Clients

CBH 6 - Virtual Forum
1st February 2021
2.00pm to 5.00pm

I found the forum highly informative, supportive, creative and very worthwhile. The opportunity to discuss common issues with an experienced cohort public and private professionals was refreshing. I will certainly attend again in the future.

Terry Fuller

Homes England