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Tuesday June 9 2020


Welcome and Introduction from Liz Hamson, Editor, Property Week and Julie Hirigoyen, Chief Executive, UKGBC


PechaKucha - This is a storytelling format which shows 20 slides for 20 seconds of commentary each. This segment will discuss the challenges of designing net zero carbon office buildings, presented by Peter Fisher. Peter is currently responsible for 25 Lavington, a net zero carbon workplace development in Southwark.

Speaker: Peter Fisher, Director, Bennetts Associates


Poll and Q&A


A 10-minute TED-talk style - How can we deepen the impact of ESG? Basil Demeroutis, Managing Partner of FORE Partnership, argues that we need a change in mindset and a new language of sustainability to truly reflect what matters.

Speaker: Basil Demeroutis, Managing Partner, FORE Partnership


Poll and Q&A


An expert “Question Time'' style panel discussion covering the topic: ‘What’s next for Net-Zero carbon?’ Plus ‘What are the challenges and opportunities?

Speakers include:

  • Lorna Walker, Cofounder - Chief Operating Officer and Head of ESG, Modomo
  • Claudine Blamey, Head of Sustainability and Digital Strategy, Argent
  • Omega Poole, Partner, Mishcon de Reya
  • Sophie Chick, Director, World Research, Savills

Chaired by: Liz Hamson, Editor, Property Week 


Poll and Q&A




Liz Hamson | Property Week

Liz Hamson re-joined leading B2B property title, Property Week, as editor in July 2014. Since then, Liz has rebuilt and restructured the Property Week team following its acquisition by Metropolis and move to Croydon. She has also overhauled the magazine’s print and online content: moving Residential to the front of the magazine; introducing International and Private Investor & Auctions pages; redesigning the News, Analysis and Markets sections; and launching the Finance Daily and Residential email newsletters, among other innovations. She joined Property Week from The Grocer, where she was for 11 years. Prior to that, she was at Property Week for four and a half years. Liz is state school educated and read English Literature at Cambridge University.

Julie Hirigoyen | UK Green Building Council

Julie joined UKGBC as CEO in 2015, and has since been credited with transforming its strategy into a more member-focused, holistic sustainability agenda with a strong focus on impact measurement. At the helm of a fantastic team, Julie and UKGBC have some important achievements to celebrate – including galvanizing industry support for a net zero carbon legislative target in 2019, and influencing government policy at both national and local levels on a range of impact areas including net zero carbon, biodiversity net gain, climate resilience, and waste and resources strategy amongst others.

Julie is a Commissioner on the London Sustainable Development Commission. She also Chairs the Igloo Footprint Advisory Board, and sits on both the Green Construction Board and Grimshaw’s Stewardship Group. In December 2019, she was named one of three best persons of the decade by Property Week.

Julie was previously UK Head of Sustainability and an International Director at JLL, having come into JLL as a result of an acquisition. At JLL, Julie oversaw further development of cutting-edge sustainability services to property investors and occupiers across the UK and EMEA.

Peter Fisher | Bennetts Associates

Peter has been a driving force behind many pioneering sustainable projects in the office. Having studied both architecture and environmental design he is fascinated by architecture that straddles the two disciplines.

Key projects have included the remodelling of Hampshire County Council’s HQ, the Dogs Trust rehoming centre, the London Borough of Camden’s civic building and a Student Services Centre for the University of Cambridge.

He is currently responsible for 25 Lavington, a net zero carbon workplace development in Southwark. Peter has taught, lectured and written widely on the subject of architecture and sustainability, is a Design Fellow at the Department of Architecture in Cambridge and sits on the RIBA’s Sustainable Futures Group.

Basil Demeroutis | FORE Partnership

Basil is the Managing Partner of FORE Partnership, a purpose-driven real estate private investment office active across western Europe. FORE transforms buildings through active, hands on asset management that focuses on low carbon strategies, social impact, place making and design. Prior to founding FORE, Basil was a partner at Capricorn Investment Group, the family office of Jeff Skoll (eBay), overseeing the firm’s European business, the real estate strategy globally, and serving on the firm’s investment committee. Previously he was a Managing Partner at real estate private equity firm, Jargonnant Partners, and spent 13 years in investment banking working for ING Barings, Bear Stearns and Bankers Trust (Deutsche Bank). Basil received a BSc in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Cornell University.

Lorna Walker | Modomo

Lorna is Cofounder - Chief Operating Officer and Head of ESG at Modomo. Modomo is an innovative affordable housing specialist, tackling the housing crisis with thriving meanwhile communities on underused sites across Europe, using modular construction.

Lorna cares deeply about social justice, diversity and transforming the sustainability of our built environment. Lorna is a trustee of the UK Green Building Council with a particular interest in innovation, technology and the next generation of the industry. She continues to work towards a more diverse industry and is the founder of Peer 20, a cross-industry organisation that aims to connect, encourage and inspire the next generation of young professionals as well as use their skills to help make the world a better place.

Lorna previously spent 12 years at CBRE playing a critical role in many high profile property transactions in both the UK and Europe as part of teams including Development Capital, Capital Markets, and Real Estate Finance.

A keen triathlete, Lorna's favourite place in London is the Ladies Pond on Hampstead Heath!

Claudine Blamey | Argent

Claudine Blamey is the Head of Sustainability and Digital Strategy for Argent. She is responsible for the vision and delivery of sustainability and digital strategies for the business to ensure the development of resilient, sustainable and connected places, towns and cities. This includes maximising digital experiences and placemaking, and the development of smart operational technologies and systems that will enhance environmental, economic and social value. Claudine has over 25 years corporate experience leading sustainability and change in FTSE 100 real estate and retail companies, including EasyJet, Sainsbury’s and The Crown Estate.

Omega Poole | Mishcon de Reya

Omega is a Partner in the Real Estate department at Mishcon de Reya, specialising in real estate finance. Alongside traditional legal advice, she offers debt advisory services, providing an integrated, holistic service throughout real estate transactions from debt sourcing to completion. Omega co-leads the department's ESG and sustainability initiatives, working closely with Mishcon's purpose-oriented business Mishcon Purpose.

Sophie Chick | Savills

Sophie Chick is the head of department for Savills World Research team. Working across all property sectors, she delivers market leading research on global real estate markets and the international forces that shape them. In 2016, she moved to Sydney for two years, where she set up a residential research department for Savills. This role was followed by a period at Mirvac, an Australian owner and developer, which saw her working closely with the capital transaction team to best understand risks and opportunities for potential purchases and sales. Sophie began her career at Savills in 2010 in the UK residential research team.


Sophie Chick, Director | Savills

Why is The Climate Crisis Challenge important to Savills?

Julie Hirigoyen, CEO | UK Green Building Council

Why is The Climate Crisis Challenge important to UKGBC?

Claudine Blamey, Head of Sustainability and Digital Strategy | Argent

Why is The Climate Crisis Challenge important to Argent?

Omega Poole, Partner | Mishcon de Reya

Why is The Climate Crisis Challenge important to Mishcon de Reya?


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Most browsers offer you ways to control or block cookies should you wish to. These browser controls will usually be found in the “options” or “preferences” menu in your toolbar. The “help” portion of the toolbar on most browsers will tell you how to stop or manage cookies. Note that should all cookies be rejected we are unable to match site content appropriate to the preferences given to us by previous visits and you will not be able to fully utilise all of the web site features. For further information on cookies visit aboutcookies.org or the Information Commissioner’s webpage on cookies ico.org.uk/for-the-public/online/cookies/

3. Legal basis for processing data

Different legal bases are used which depend upon the purpose for processing your data.

  • · When data is provided when purchasing a product or service under a contract with you we process your data under contract necessity with the data being needed to fulfil the contract.
  • · When you sign up for a newsletter, an event or magazine subscription we process your data under consent
  • · Any additional processing i.e. sharing data with third parties, marketing to you on behalf of third parties is done through either consent or legitimate interest (you are provided with useful information by us in exchange for supplying your information (including personal data) and the relationship between us is balanced in your favour. You have the choice to opt out of processing under this basis).
  • · When you pay us, or we pay you, we only keep data as long as it is necessary to comply with the law.

4. Use of personal data

We will only use personal information for the purpose it was collected. Should we ever wish to use it for another purpose we will contact you first asking you for your consent. We primarily use data to communicate with you, deliver the service you have requested, or services that might interest you (subject to your right to opt out with the details on how to do this found on each business website), to renew a subscription, improve our service, to verify your identity when taking payment or to meet legal, regulatory and compliance requirements.

Profiling – from time to time we may use some elements of the data you supply to target the messages we send you. For example, we may use your location to send you information about an event which is happening in the same country, or we may use your company type or job title to send you a relevant news story. We do not use this information to make automated decisions.

5. How long do we keep your data for?

Data is not kept any longer than is required for the purposes of the processing or to comply with the law. As we collect data for many different purposes there is not a single retention period for all data. We instead carefully assess the length of time to retain data according to the processing purpose and to comply with our legal obligations. When data is no longer required for the purposes of the processing it is securely removed from our systems.

6. Security & Confidentiality

Metropolis takes commercially reasonable physical, technical and administrative measures to protect personal information from theft, misuse or accidental destruction and to keep it confidential. We aim to protect personal information but cannot provide a 100% guarantee of security. All employees and data processors (third parties who process data on our behalf) who access your data are obliged to keep the information confidential and secure and not to use it for any other purpose other than that they are contracted to carry out for us.

7. Transfer of data to third parties

We may use third party providers e.g. for web site hosting, web maintenance, email alerting, subscription fulfilment and taking payment. We share information with these third party to provide these services. We collect broad statistical anonymised information on an aggregate basis, which doesn’t identify you personally, which we may provide to third parties to sell advertising. This allows us to provide content free of charge. We will also share data with public or regulatory authorities where required by law or to enforce our terms of service. We take reasonable commercial steps to ensure that your data is kept secure and confidential by any third party, is deleted when not needed for the purpose it was given, that their data privacy policies protect your data and that they only process your data on our instruction. We do not sell or rent your personal data, although we may transfer, sell or assign your data outside of our group to a third party if we merged, sold or reorganised all, of part, of the group. Your data will be processed fairly, lawfully and securely in the UK and will only be transferred outside of the European Union when there is protection in place for your rights and when the data will be kept secure.

8. Withdrawal of consent

When you have provided consent, if you should wish to withdraw that consent, you can let us know by sending an email (details provided on the business website) or by emailing dataprivacy@metropolis.co.uk including the email address and brand associated with your account and we will remove your data from our systems.

9. Restriction of liability

Our websites link to other websites. Metropolis is not responsible for the privacy policies of those websites nor does it have or accept any liability for their content.

10. Legal information and how to contact us

You have the right to see, erase and correct data we hold, the right to restrict the processing we do, and the right to object to it and to have your data transferred to a third party. If you wish to do any of these things or have any questions about how we use your data, or wish to make a complaint about any privacy issues, please contact the Group Data Privacy Lead – Richard Hutchinson at richard.hutchinson@metropolis.co.uk or write to him at :

Richard Hutchinson,
Group Data Privacy Lead,
Metropolis International Group Limited,
7th Floor,
Vantage London,
Great West Road,
London TW8 9AG

Requests will be dealt with and responded to within a reasonable period, and no longer than 30 days. If you are not satisfied with the way your request was handled you have the right to lodge a complaint with the supervisory authority – details of which are given below:

Information Commissioner’s Office


Telephone: +44 303 123 1113

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