Speakers & Panelists Include

Chris Aylett

Chris Aylett

Chief Executive, Motorsport Industry Association

Chris has been Chief Executive of the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) since 1998 which has become the leading business network for this global industry, with nearly 350 companies in membership which transact over $6 billion of global business. Worldwide membership now includes F1, World Rally and US teams, major promoters, leading manufacturers, circuit operators, and service providers.

In 2000, he posed the question to the motorsport industry, asking ‘what future is there for motorsport in an energy-efficient world?’ This led to a UK Government-supported review by the MIA of this situation, which created a report entitled ‘Energy Efficient Motorsport (EEMS)’ and outlined the exceptional business opportunities which could be created. He has extensive international experience with both his business, and leading trade associations as Past President of the Sports Industries Federation, and has built up a widespread network of key industry contacts. Chris, a former Roosevelt Scholar, was a successful sportscar driver, team owner and race series promoter. He created his own multi-million pound international sporting goods distribution group, experience gained by creating, leading and selling a group of SME companies has proved invaluable.

Tanya Beckett

Tanya Beckett

BBC World News Correspondent

Tanya has worked in broadcasting and the media for over twenty years. She started out at the FT, then went to work for CNBC, Sky News, CNN and since 1998, the BBC. She has worked on a variety of programmes in both New York and London on BBWorldNews, the Newschannel, Radio 4 and BBC1 and BBC2 including Our World, Working Lunch, Today, World Business report, Newsnight and World Business Report. She also spent 3 years living in and reporting from New York. She also works with the World Bank, Chatham House and the Foreign Office in matters relating to trade and communication.

Tanya has a degree from Oxford University in Metallurgy and Materials Science and spent 5 years as an investment banker in Frankfurt and London. She speaks fluent German and good French.

Hugh Blaza

Hugh Blaza

Senior Partner, BrookStreet des Roches

Hugh is BrookStreet des Roches’ Senior Partner. He is an experienced commercial property lawyer. Having graduated from University College Oxford and trained in the City, Hugh returned to Oxford in 1986. He has worked in and around the city ever since. Hugh and his firm have represented a number of the major businesses and institutions in the area in their property affairs. They have recently been involved in a number of the large and exciting developments which are starting to take shape in Oxford. Hugh is a great advocate of the improvement and enhancement of the built environment and thinks there is much to admire in what has taken place in recent years. He nevertheless believes that this period promises to be one of the most exciting in the history of the city and of the region generally.  

Philip Campbell

Philip Campbell

Commercial Director for Milton Park, MEPC

Philip joined MEPC in 2006 with nearly 20 years’ experience in commercial real estate. Philip works alongside the asset management team, developing relationships with potential clients and looking after large offices and laboratories at Milton Park. He is passionate about helping businesses with their evolving accommodation needs and enjoys demystifying complex real estate issues to make office moving easier. Philip is an active figure within the local community and can often be seen jogging round Milton Park at lunchtimes.

William Cooper

William Cooper

Partner, Harwell Campus Management

William Cooper qualified as a chartered tax adviser with KPMG and subsequently as a corporate treasurer before spending many years at Land Securities, the UKs largest listed REIT/Developer.  William held several financing and investment roles and prior to leaving was the group’s Corporate Finance Director. William transacted over $19bn of acquisitions, disposals and financing.  Notable transactions include the $6bn acquisition of the Secondary Market Infrastructure Fund; the $800m acquisition of the X Leisure Retail Fund and creating a $500m Infrastructure Debt Fund. William has also advised family offices/high net-worth individuals on real estate and debt restructuring.

Dr Caroline Livingstone

Dr Caroline Livingstone

Head of Property, Culham Science Centre

Dr Caroline Livingstone.  Head of Property, UKAEA, Culham Science Centre.

Caroline is the Head of Property for UKAEA at Culham Science Centre which includes responsibility for management of the Commercial property at Culham Science Centre as well as the Culham Estate, its existing buildings and  the development of new buildings for both UKAEA and commercial property use.  Caroline’s role includes involvement in the development of the Harwell Campus as UKAEA are majority landowner and Harwell Joint Venture partner. Caroline was previously General Manager of Begbroke Science Park on behalf of the University of Oxford.  In her time there the site more than doubled in size and introduced a series of new business models for innovation, research collaboration and campus management. Caroline gained her PhD in Biotechnology from Sheffield University before working for UKAEA (then AEA Technology) at Harwell where she managed a variety of government research and export promotion programmes as well as the Marketing Department.

Naisha Polaine

Naisha Polaine

Deputy Director, Projects - Regeneration & Infrastructure

Naisha Polaine is a Deputy Director at The Department of International Trade and Head of the Projects Team for the Capital Investment Directorate. Her role networks across the UK identifying a pipeline of large-capital real estate schemes across all asset classes and infrastructure projects (energy, transport & regulated assets) suitable for international investment opportunities. This involves interfacing with private sector promoters and public sector bodies to ensure that the best of the UK offer is promoted overseas.

David Prout

David Prout

Pro Vice Chancellor Planning & Resources, University of Oxford

Dr David Prout took up the post of Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Planning and Resources) at Oxford University in September 2017. He has had a distinguished career in central and local government, most recently (2013-17) as Director General for the £50 billion High Speed 2 programme. Prior to that he was Director General for Local Government at the Department for Communities and Local Government, where he was responsible for all aspects of local government policy and funding, for the Fire Service, and for tackling extremism. He has also served as, among other roles, Executive Director for Housing, Planning and Regeneration at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (2007-2009); Director for Local Government Policy in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (2004-2007) and Private and Principal Private Secretary to the Deputy Prime Minister (1999-2004).

Nigel Tipple

Nigel Tipple

Chief Executive, OxLEP

Nigel joined Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP) in June 2013 and has made his mark with energetic and inspirational leadership. He spearheaded the bid for the Oxford and Oxfordshire City Deal, the EU Structural and Investment Fund and Strategic Economic Plan submissions and is assisting the county’s businesses into a period of exceptional growth. Oxfordshire is already a powerhouse of innovation and wealth creation and Nigel is focused on building upon the region’s unique strengths to deliver economic success through the commercialisation of innovation. Nigel has over 20 years’ experience in the formation, development, operation and management of Public/Private sector organisations.

Bhavash Vashi

Bhavash Vashi

Partner, National Development & Planning, Strutt & Parker

Bhavash has extensive experience of handling a wide range of complex planning projects and steering them through the planning process to often demanding deadlines. These include residential and mixed use schemes through to strategic site promotions, Local Plan inquiries, and regularly acting as expert witness at public inquiries and hearings.

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