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Manchester Major Development Plans 2017

September 25 @ 1530hrs - 1900hrs

Manchester Major Development Plans 2017 | Event




Manchester and the North West seems to have a never ending conveyor belt of development and investment opportunities. Placemaking remains very high on the agenda for all parties and the private and public sector partnerships are working well together.

So when we come back from the summer break and we take stock of the political situation and find out where we are with regards to Brexit;  the heart of the Northern Powerhouse will be very much open for business.

Our panel for this event brings a truly local and international feel to proceedings.

Paul Candelent the Project Director for ‘Our Town Hall’ refurbishment will provide an update on the £300m project and outline the procurement opportunities that will be available over the next 12 months.

Sir Eddie Lister has had nearly 12 months in charge of the HCA and is already making an impact across the UK. We will hear from him what the HCA has in store for Manchester.

Matt Crompton of Muse and Richard Upton of U&I both have significant capital in the Manchester marketplace and strategically are committed to the regeneration of Manchester.

Azeemeh Zaheer of Naissance Capital Real Estate will discuss capital inflows from the Middle East, Public vs Private placements into commercial property, regeneration and deal structuring.

So we trust that you will enjoy the summer break and come back in September ready for business!


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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 – aBode




Come to dinner and join:

  • Azeemeh Zaheer – Naissance Capital Real Estate
  • Others to be confirmed



Paul Candelent, Project Director; Manchester City Council




Matt Crompton, Managing Director; Muse

Matt is joint managing director of Muse, the national regeneration and development specialist. With circa 30 projects across the country (from Scotland to the South West) Muse’s development pipeline extends beyond 15 years with an end value over £2 billion. The Company’s 20m sq. ft portfolio is evenly spread across residential, office, retail/leisure and industrial sectors.

He is also on the Board of English Cities Fund (ECf), a £100 million pound mixed-use regeneration vehicle owned by Muse, Legal & General and the Homes & Communities Agency.

North West examples include:

Cheadle Royal

South Rings, Preston

Ashton Moss

St Paul’s Square, Liverpool

New Bailey & Chapel Street, Salford

Lingley Mere

Bridge Street, Warrington

Victoria Station

Talbot Gateway

Chester Central

Grand Central, Stockport


Richard Upton, Deputy Chief Executive; U+I




Sir Eddie Lister, Chairman; Homes & Communities Agency

Sir Edward Lister is Chairman of the Homes and Communities Agency and a Non Executive Director at the Foreign Office.

Sir Edward Lister has a considerable background in facilitating large-scale urban regeneration schemes and coordinating major public & private sector partnerships. He joins the FCO from local government.

Previous roles include:

Chief of Staff to the Mayor of London
Deputy Mayor for Policy and Planning at City Hall and Leader of Wandsworth Council.
Chairman of the Old Oak Common Development Corporation
Chairman of London and Partners the agency responsible for inward investment to London and tourism

His current roles include:

Chairman of the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA)
Director at Covent Garden Market Authority
Governor at the Museum of London


Azeemeh Zaheer, Managing Director; Naissance Capital Real Estate

Ms. Azeemeh Zaheer is Chief Executive of Naissance Capital Real Estate Ltd. Naissance’s key business includes, originating, structuring, and executing commercial real estate investment and development strategies across the UK and United States on behalf of Private Banks and Family Offices.

Prior to founding Naissance Capital Real Estate Ltd, Azeemeh worked for Gatehouse Bank as Vice President & Head of IR for over six years.  In this capacity she was responsible for deal syndication, institution partnerships and global distribution.  Her role included working with real estate origination, asset management and investment structuring across various asset classes.

Ms. Zaheer’s experience also includes her appointment as Vice Consul, Head of Energy and US Oil & Gas Sector for the British Consulate General in Houston in November 2006. In this role, she was responsible for inward investment and trade between the US and the UK in oil & gas and energy financial services. She was awarded the 2009 Global Individual Excellence Award from Lord Davis, UK Trade & Investment Minister.

Ms. Zaheer has previously worked in banking, for over 7 years, as a licensed specialist in business lending, annuity investments, as well as, private banking for both Bank of America and Washington Mutual (Chase).

Ms. Zaheer completed the Real Estate Finance Executive Certification Programme at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in June 2017, as well as, the Real Estate Management Programme at Harvard Business School in 2015 and an received an Islamic Finance Qualification in 2010.

Azeemeh has led an outstanding Women Empowerment Initiative, which assist women in the Middle East seeking to develop their knowledge of investment opportunities, and in particular, discover Real Estate from an investment perspective. Azeemeh was awarded 2013 AML’s Women of Influence: Next Generation of Women to Watch. Ms. Zaheer spoke on the 2013 World Economic Islamic Forum in London about women in Islamic Finance. Azeemeh held specialised training session in London November 2014 for a number of Forbes 100 Most Influential Arab Women and spoke at the 2015 Ted-x in Houston on Islamic Finance.

Previous nonprofit work in the US include; founding member and officer of Women of Water, a non-profit organization supporting women entering the environmental engineering & sciences industry, in addition to being the founding president for a youth UNICEF group.  Azeemeh was a member the Houston District Export Council, a steering committee member of Houston Technology Centre, and a board member for Healthcare for the Homeless.



Manchester Major Development Plans 2017 | Details


September 25
1530hrs - 1900hrs
£65 - £1500


Manchester Hall (previously Freemasons Hall)


Event Ticket - Manchester Major Development Plans 2017£65.00Manchester Major Development Plans 2017; 1530-1900hrs; 25 September 2017; Manchester Hall (formerly Freemasons Hall)

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Programme Sponsorship - Manchester Major Development Plans 2017£500.00

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