Lunch with BLP
Our Thought Leadership Regional Lunches are hosted by our CEO, Kim Vernau, and other senior representatives from BLP. They are limited to a small number of selected guests, enabling us to assemble a key group of industry peers each of whom enjoy unrestricted opportunities to participate in the interactive discussions and put questions to renowned guest speakers.
This presents our guests with an opportunity to network with other senior executives who are also charged with formulating corporate strategies, creating innovative products and services and facing the challenges of business transformation in a digital age, whilst contending with complex and ever expanding regulations.
Guests hear ideas in the making and feel the pulse of our industry. We hope to enable them to enrich their own thinking by hearing how others perceive the business, shape their competitive advantage and plan for uncertain futures. These events are held over lunch, in exquisite surroundings and an atmosphere charged with creativity to deliver mutual benefit.
Manchester, 19 April 2018
Hotel Gotham | Guest Speaker: Rosie Toogood
"Factory manufactured homes set to modernise the housing industry"
Guest speaker Rosie Toogood, CEO of Legal & General Modular Homes, outlines how precision engineered factory manufactured homes, delivered on a large scale, will disrupt the UK housing industry.
Rosie passionately believes that the UK housing crisis can only find resolution if the industry transforms a wide range of its approaches, not least in the fundamental area of construction. Whilst such views are widely reflected across the industry, Rosie is in a unique position to deliver a truly valuable perspective from both a strategic panorama and hands-on practical expertise.
Legal & General Modular Homes will be releasing 3,000 factory-made homes a year. Rosie will outline the organisation’s strategy to invest in societal and economic improvements, creating not just new homes but new jobs; directly addressing the skills crisis within housing.
This is an opportunity to hear from an accomplished engineering management professional about the approach and processes that drive true off-site manufacture, in an industry where many believe it is sufficient to simply transfer what was done onsite into a factory and repeat the same processes. Design for manufacture must be re-evaluated if houses are to be produced at scale. Without disruption, suggests Rosie, the market will continue its downward path into stagnation. This will be a ‘wake-up call’ of a session and a highly informative look at the future of housing construction.
As CEO of Legal & General Modular Homes, Rosie is in the frontline of a housing revolution, leading the organisation’s modular business, and driving its engineering and production capabilities. Rosie was previously Business Development Director for Rolls Royce’s Civil Aerospace business and, prior to that, Executive VP of the Compressors organisation, leading over 2,500 employees across operations in US, UK, Germany and Singapore.
This is an invitation only event. For further information please contact James.Churchill@blpinsurance.com
London, 8 February 2018
Berry Bros. & Rudd | Guest Speaker: Alex Notay
"What does successful collaboration look like in the construction sector?
Guest speaker Alex Notay discusses collaboration in the housing market from the perspective of creating effective community outcomes.
Alex has worked across the real estate sector with experience encompassing international organisations and private/public partnerships, and has seen the positive impact of collaboration that arises when siloed approaches are discarded in favour of enriched outcomes.
Her exposure to a wide variety of operating strategies within the housing market gives Alex a panoramic view not only of the effective ingredients to a true joint venture in the sector, but how the focus on collaboration is sharpened when organisations put people first.
In this session Alex will look at how the significant changes that have affected the working environment of the housing market – from modular construction to the Big Data challenge and opportunity, through to the growth in significance and influence on operations of the customer experience – indicate a requirement for evolved approaches to organisations working together.
Collaboration is strongly implicit in the growing tendency to reward building development contracts to consortia, in varying compositions of developers, Housing Associations and private companies. Alex will look at how effective communities are a mix of people, incomes, backgrounds, skills, and demographics, requiring a holistic approach in housing projects. In a future-gazing session, exploring routes to enriched community outcomes, Alex will be looking at what collaboration could achieve, and how visions of the future might well align across organisations; to the benefit of all.
Alex is Director of Product and Service Innovation at Places for People, one of the UK’s largest development, regeneration and management companies. She has also served for four years as UK Policy Director for the Urban Land Institute, and is a published author and editor of over 30 books and reports on real estate, including the renowned ULI UK Best Practice Guide on Build to Rent (2014 and 2016).
This is an invitation only event. For further information please contact Samantha.email@example.com
Birmingham, 23 November 2017
BANK Restaurant | Guest Speaker: Andrew Stanford
"Have we mastered build-to-rent yet?
In April 2013 the Coalition Government signalled the importance of the role of the private rented sector (PRS) in the UK’s housing market with the launch of the PRS taskforce, with a view to stimulating the supply of and investment in purpose built rental development (build-to-rent).
Kim Vernau, CEO, BLP Insurance, highlights the key points raised at an interactive discussion organised for industry peers on the evolution of the build-to-rent sector. Guest speaker Andrew Stanford, head of Residential at LaSalle Investment Management, reflected on his two year tenure heading up the PRS Taskforce and posed the question as to whether as an industry and country we have mastered build-to-rent yet, presenting his views on land supply, notions of how to attract global investment and the economic and political climate affecting the sector.
Video: Have we mastered build-to-rent yet?
Marlow, 9 November 2017
Danesfield House Hotel | Guest Speaker: Liz Peace CBE
"Is urban regeneration worth the effort?"
The UK’s housing crisis continues to plague policy makers, with ongoing discussions around different solutions to meet the challenge of shortages in housing supply. Regeneration offers the government and broader housing sector the opportunity to address this fundamental issue, while also reviving parts of the UK by driving growth, creating new jobs, and redistributing the population to address overcrowding.
Kim Vernau, CEO at BLP Insurance, highlights the key points raised at an interactive discussion organised for industry peers on whether regeneration can really work in practice to alleviate pressure on the housing market. Guest speaker Liz Peace, CBE and Chair of the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation, provided valuable insight on the merits of urban regeneration versus starting from scratch elsewhere, also highlighting the complex range of public policy issues now on the agenda around housing and infrastructure funding.
Video: Is urban regeneration worth the effort?
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London, 18 May 2017
The Zetter | Guest Speaker: Richard Saxon CBE
"Construction in crisis: is off-site manufacturing the answer?"
The London housing market is feeling the brunt of skilled labour shortages in the construction industry, in the absence of a much needed government push towards research, development, and training. In comparison to other countries such as Japan, the UK is lagging far behind.
Kim Vernau, CEO, BLP Insurance, highlights the key points raised at an interactive discussion organised for industry peers on offsite construction as the solution to an industry in crisis. Guest speaker and Non-Executive Director, Richard Saxon, provided a reality check into how skills and innovation gaps in the UK are limiting progress and why a top-to-bottom shake up is required if there is going to be any sign of a recovery.
Manchester, 30 March 2017
King Street Townhouse | Guest Speaker: Paul Beardmore
"The value of modular construction in revitalising the housing market"
Housing in Manchester is experiencing a significant turnaround, with an overall rise in residential developments demonstrating a new confidence in the market. Despite this growth, there is still significant undersupply to meet demand, presenting a major opportunity for investors and developers to embrace alternative methods of construction and new partnerships to bring forward development.
Kim Vernau, CEO, BLP Insurance highlights the key points raised at an interactive discussion organised for industry peers on the value of modular construction in revitalising the housing market. Guest speaker, Paul Beardmore, director of housing at Manchester City Council, provided an engaging insight into the council’s approach to residential growth in the city, and the essential need for collaboration and shared vision between the development and construction industry and key policy makers.
Cambridge, 23 February 2017
King's College | Guest Speaker: Dr Jennifer Schooling
"The role of sensors and data in informing sustainable design, construction, and management decisions within the built environment"
Ageing and inadequate infrastructure, which fails to meet our society’s changing demographics and lifestyle needs presents an increasing challenge for the future of our UK cities.
Kim Vernau, CEO, BLP Insurance highlights the key points raised at an interactive discussion organised for industry peers on the role of sensors and data in informing sustainable design and management decisions within the built environment. Guest speaker Jennifer Schooling, director of the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction at the University Cambridge, provided an engaging insight into the world of engineering and advances being made to harness information more effectively in infrastructure projects.
Bath, 19 January 2017
Lucknam Park | Guest Speaker: Charles Secrett
"The drivers for sustainability in construction and the urban environment"
At a local, national and global level business as usual simply isn’t working when it comes to construction and the urban environment, and the cost of inaction is becoming increasingly clear.
Kim Vernau, CEO, BLP Insurance highlights the key points raised at an interactive discussion organised for industry peers on the drivers for sustainability in construction and the urban environment. Guest speaker Charles Secrett, co-founder of The Robertsbridge Group, led the thought provoking debate on the essential roles and responsibilities for insurers, construction professionals and city planners to help accelerate a sustainable and prosperous future.
Birmingham, 10 November 2016
BANK Restaurant | Guest Speaker: Mark Farmer
"The burning platform for construction"
The UK construction industry faces irreversible decline over the next decade unless industry leaders, market participants and the government take fundamental steps right now to change how the industry works.
Kim Vernau, CEO, BLP Insurance highlighted these key points at an interactive discussion organised for industry peers on the uncertain future of the UK construction industry, due to its growing skills shortage. Guest speaker Mark Farmer, CEO of Cast Consultancy, led a call to action, discussing the need for the adoption of more pre-manufacture led construction, with a greater use of automation, leading to a changing skills mix for the future which embraces digital engineering.
London, 27 September 2016
The Zetter | Guest Speaker: Paul Fletcher
"The fourth industrial revolution and the built environment"
The evolving nature of how people live is creating a much needed catalyst for change in the built environment industries.
Kim Vernau, CEO, BLP Insurance highlights the key points raised at an interactive discussion on “Building as a Service” organised for industry peers. Guest speaker Paul Fletcher led the thought provoking session, providing the context for change and posing the question of just how smart do we need to be to meet the needs of an agile society. If Smart Buildings are dependent on the internet of things are those ‘things’ good enough and are the buildings we create any better? Indeed, how is combining them ‘smart’?