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Opportunity London heads to UKREiiF

Tuesday 10 May 2022

UKREiiF is a 3-day event taking place in Leeds on 17th-19th May that will bring together the public sector – with every core UK city and region involved – alongside Government, investors, funders, developers, housebuilders and more.

Opportunity London will be hosting a stand at the event as well as a full programme of events that showcases the creative and innovative approaches happening across London.

London continues to be one of the most attractive places in the world to invest, and is uniquely placed to support international capital seeking well-governed and long-term environmental, social and commercial returns in a post-Covid, post-Carbon world.

London Councils and the Mayor of London have developed an Economic Recovery Framework for London, working closely with London boroughs and Sub-Regional Partnerships. The framework has been endorsed by the London Recovery Board, which includes business and community leaders.

Visit the stand at UKREiiF to explore more about the framework as well as economic development strategies and investment opportunities borough by borough. The stand will also showcase examples of the best development currently being brought forward, and signpost to the individuals and companies leading this change.

The London Programme at UKREiiF

Culture – putting creativity and inclusion at the heart of new development 
Bury Theatre, Tuesday 17th May 12:15-13:15 
Culture has played a historic role in the recovery of cities, inclusive placemaking, and the attraction of talent. With contributions from leading figures behind landmark and grassroots cultural projects, including British Land and the Greater London Authority, this session will explore how cultural infrastructure is driving successful development and placemaking across London – connecting existing and new communities, attracting talent, occupiers and visitors.
Benjamin O’Connor, Director, NLA
Anna Devlet, Head of Social Sustainability, British Land
Joseph Henry, Capital Development Manager (Culture and Creative Industries), Greater London Authority
Sherry Dobbin, Managing and Cultural Director, FutureCity

London Plenary: Levelling Up London – Designing and delivering a healthier, equal, greener capital city 
Main stage, Tuesday 17th May 16:15-17:15
Accounting for a quarter of the UK’s economic output, London remains a global powerhouse and centre for international collaboration and talent.
This session sees some of London’s eminent voices share their insight into the capital’s wider role in driving national regeneration ambitions, and what’s needed to improve the lives of every person that lives within it.
Benjamin O’Connor, Director, NLA
Georgia Gould, Chair, London Councils
Geeta Nanda, Chair, G15
Indy Johar, Executive Director Dark Matter Labs
Rajesh Agrawal, Deputy Mayor for Business, Greater London Authority

Opportunity London Drinks Reception
The Scarbrough Hotel, Tuesday 17th May, 18:00-20:00

Opportunity London invite you to join us for evening drinks in Leeds with Cllr Georgia Gould, Chair of London Councils and Cllr Darren Rodwell, Leader of Barking and Dagenham among others.

The Scarbrough Hotel,
Bishopsgate Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5DY

RSVP to Danielle Bowes at

Welcome to the community - designing and delivering inclusive cities
Cinema Theatre, Wednesday 18th May 09:15-10:15  
How can we connect with talented people from all backgrounds to understand the communities we’re working with?
Hear from industry leaders committed to co-designing the buildings, public spaces and social infrastructure for a more inclusive city.
Sara Waller, Co-Strategic Director Sustainable Growth and Opportunity, London Borough of Lambeth
Abi Gbago, Strategic Director Inclusive Growth, London Borough of Barking & Dagenham
Teri Okoro, Mayors Design Associate, TOCA Architects
Louise Ioannou, Head of Leasing, HB Reavis

Future London – what talent wants
Wellington Suite, Wednesday 18th May 16:00-17:00 
Highlighting pioneering examples from across London, this panel brings together leading practitioners who understand what talent are looking for when deciding where to live and work.
With contributions from renowned developer Argent-Related, next generation architects NOOMA Studios, Europe’s largest clean tech workspace entrepreneurs Sustainable Ventures, along with talent developer and think tank Future of London, delegates will hear how integrating sustainability and wellbeing creates the living and workspaces that appeals to talent.
Nicola Mathers, Head of Networks, Future of London
Morwenna Hall, Partner, Argent
Ramsey Yassa, Architect and Founding Director, NOOMA
James Byrne, Partner, Sustainable Workspaces

Opportunity London: Housing our talent 
Cinema Theatre, Thursday 19th May 10:45-11:45
Affordable housing is increasingly both an economic and social justice issue, at the forefront of the minds of people and business. What can be done to enable our talented communities to live affordably in the city? Delegates will hear from sector leaders across public and private sector house builders exploring one of the grand challenges affecting cities today.
Emily Wilson, Head of Partnerships, NLA
Rickardo Hyatt, Executive Director of Housing and Land, Greater London Authority
Rizwan Khan, Head of Investment and Partnerships, Sage
Lisa Ravenscroft, Chief Marketing Officer, Mount Anvil

Don’t miss other opportunities to join the London conversation across UKREiiF:
  • Jules Pipe, Deputy Mayor, Planning, Regeneration and Skills, Greater London Authority speaking on the “Leaving no place behind” session at 11:30 on Tuesday 17th May.
  • Kate Willard OBE, Chair, Thames Estuary Growth Board on “Building Net Zero UK” panel at 13:15 on Tuesday 17th May
  • “Investment Opportunity Showcase: SC1 London’s Life Science District” at 11:00 Wednesday 18th May
  • David Lunts, Chief Executive Officer, Old Oak & Park Royal Development Corporation on “Connecting People to Opportunity” at 11:45 Wednesday 18th May
  • Sara Kelly, Digital Connectivity Lead, Greater London Authority in the “Closing the Digital Divide” session at 12:45 on Wednesday 18th May
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