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Leicester Development Plans 2017

Thursday, 14th September 2017 @ 1530hrs - 1900hrs

Leicester Development Plans 2017 | Event





Since devolution became the buzz word in the UK regions local councils have been far more proactive in terms of securing inward investment, government funding and setting out a development plan for the City.  Leicester is now ideally poised to take advantage of the momentum that the Midlands Engine has created and is becoming a key area for business.

Andrew Smith, Director – Planning, Transport & Economic Development at Leicester City Council will provide an overview of the Council’s strategy and update us the on current development activity and plans.

Helen Donnellan, the Head of Inward Investment, will also highlight the target areas of growth and explain how her team is attracting investment into Leicester.

Brita Sread is the new Director of Estates & Campus Services at The University of Leicester who will provide an update on where the University is up to with their development programme and how they are attracting and retaining talent.

Chris Miller is the Director of Developments at Midland Heart whose historic hosiery factory scheme in Leicester is very much the talk of the town and we will hear from Chris about this scheme and future developments at Midland Heart.

Kier Property are prolific developers in the UK at the present time and Mark Garrity will be on hand to advise which schemes they are working on and what else is in their sights.


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Event Format

  • 1530 – 1600; Registration
  • 1600 – 1645; Networking with Wine, Beer and Soft Drinks
  • 1645 – 1815; Speaker Presentations
  • 1815 – 1900; Networking with Hot Food, Wine, Beer and Soft Drinks
  • 1930 – 2200; After Event Speakers Dinner (VIP TICKET HOLDERS ONLY)

VIP Tickets

We have an exciting new opportunity for you – buy a VIP ticket to this event and come to dinner straight after the event with the speakers who have accepted an invitation, see below.

Great food, good wine and excellent conversation.

VIP Ticket Privileges

  • FREE attendance at the after-event Speakers Dinner
  • Reserved seating in the front two rows at the event
  • Guaranteed tickets even at sold-out events
  • Up to 20 x VIP tickets available at each event
  • VIP Name Badges

Dinner Venue – Chutney Ivy



Come to dinner and join:

  • Mark Garrity – Kier Property
  • Other attendees to be confirmed



Andrew Smith, Director, Planning, Transport & Economic Development; Leicester City Council




Helen Donnellan, Inward Investment Director; Invest in Leicester

Helen Donnellan is Inward Investment Director at Leicester City Council. She joined the council in January 2014, and is directly responsible for promoting the city to potential investors looking to relocate from outside Leicester, and for helping existing businesses in Leicester who are looking to expand.

Helen previously worked in Cambridgeshire where she was responsible for Inward Investment for the area’s Local Enterprise Partnership and its Enterprise Zone – Alconbury Enterprise Campus, a 150 hectare site.

Helen has a background in marketing and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Before joining the public sector, Helen worked for Dow Jones as Head of Marketing and Communications across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.


Chris Miller, Director of Development; Midland Heart

Chris is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and has worked in the Affordable Housing sector for 30 years, starting his career at Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council in the housing team before a conscious move to a Midlands based Housing Association to pursue his ambition of being involved in housing development.

He has spent the last 20 years developing thousands of new affordable homes, working on major regeneration projects in the Birmingham area and 10 years heading up a development and sales team in London for Viridian Housing, where he was involved in some of the Capital’s landmark projects including Battersea Nine Elms and the Royal Arsenal Riverside in Greenwich.

He has recently returned to working in the Midlands as Director of Development at Midland Heart, a large regional based Housing Association managing some 33,000 homes.  Chris is also the Vice Chair of St.Basils, a small Birmingham based Housing Association that houses and supports young homeless people between the ages of 16 and 25.


Brita Sread, Director of Estates & Campus Services, University of Leicester

Brita leads the newly formed Division of Estates and Campus Services on the redevelopment of on-campus facilities and the University’s plan to develop Space Park Leicester at Abbey Fields.

Brita is a highly accomplished senior property professional with over 25 years of experience gained in a diverse range of sectors including charities, corporate real estate and public sector owner occupiers.

Brita joins the University of Leicester from BUPA where she was Property Director and prior to this role held senior positions with Rolls-Royce as Director of Strategy and Planning and with the Metropolitan Police.


Mark Garrity, Senior Development Manager; Kier Property

Mark started his career in private practice at Gooch Webster in London before transferring to Birmingham, where he also worked for King Sturge and LSH in retail agency. Mark made the move into the out of town retail and trade and industrial sectors to work as a UK wide acquisition manager for Travis Perkins for 8 years.  Mark joined Kier Property in April 2015 and is responsible for securing development and asset management opportunities in the East and West Midlands.


Leicester Development Plans 2017 | Details


Thursday, 14th September 2017
1530hrs - 1900hrs
£65 - £2500


The City Rooms, Leicester


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Event Ticket - Leicester Development Plans 2017£65.00Leicester Development Plans 2017; 1530-1900hrs; 14 September 2017; The City Rooms, Leicester

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