Public Sector Investment Strategy Conference - Glasgow

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Event summary

Never has investment in property by local authorities been more active. With new versions of both the CIPFA Prudential Code and Treasury Management Code published in December 2017 and the latest central government consultations on investment policy, now is the right time to look at what the future holds for local authority property investment strategy and planning.

Further dates and locations are detailed below and the programme schedule can be downloaded for details and timings.


13 September 2018
Starts: 09:15
Ends: 16:30


Grant Thornton Glasgow
110 Queen Street
G1 3BX
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Standard price

£150.00 excl VAT

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About this event

This event will shine a light on the critical changes that are taking place in the markets and the regulatory control of local authorities’ property investment activities. In addition, it will explore how you might need to adapt your thinking, processes and planning to take advantage of the opportunities presented and to avoid the pitfalls that exist.

The day is designed to provide a forum where key property and finance decision makers from local authorities and other public and private can come together to consider, debate, learn and exchange knowledge on the subject of property investment strategy and its impact on operational decision making.

It will provide insightful and informative analysis of the markets in which the public sector invests, delivered by leading personalities within the UK property investment industry as well as CIPFA’s own technical and policy experts.

Finally, the day ends with a grassroots case study from a local authority who has approached the problems, challenges and opportunities presented by the market to come up with its own approach.

Who should attend

Those involved in the delivery of property investment activity and strategy within local authorities and other public sector organisations.

Benefits of attending

Benefits of attending include receiving:

  • industry-leading updates and insights from market sector specialists in the performance and dynamics of commercial property investment in the UK
  • an increased understanding of the technical rules and policies that govern property investment activity by local authorities and other public sector organisations
  • a clear review of the legal considerations to be dealt with when seeking to invest in commercial property markets
  • an opportunity to hear first-hand the experiences of a local authority that has successfully undertaken property investment activity
  • an opportunity to network with like-minded public sector delegates and subject matter experts from within the UK real estate sector.


  • Accounting
  • / Alternative service delivery
  • / Asset management
  • / Capital finance
  • / Commercialisation
  • / Efficiency
  • / Financial management
  • / Financial reporting
  • / Governance
  • / IFRS
  • / Leadership
  • / Local government
  • / Medium term planning
  • / Performance improvement and policy
  • / Professional development
  • / Property
  • / Risk management
  • / Treasury management
  • / Value for money

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Speaker - Don Peebles, Head of CIPFA Policy & Technical UK & International

Don Peebles

Don is a qualified accountant and leads CIPFA’s policy and technical work from the Institute’s Scottish HQ in Edinburgh.

Don’s background is local authority finance, having trained initially at a Scottish local authority. He also worked for Audit Scotland prior to joining CIPFA in 2002 as Policy and Technical Officer, becoming Policy and Technical Manager in 2004 before becoming Head of CIPFA Scotland in November 2013. E:, T: 0131 221 8640.

Speaker - James Gulliford, Joint Head of UK Investment, Savills

James Gulliford

James jointly heads up the National Investment team at Savills and sits on the Group Executive Committee. He started his career at Savills in 1997 after leaving Cambridge University and returned to Savills in 2012, having spent five years at CBRE where he was the firm's youngest executive director. His principal focus has been the retail investment market where he has operated for over 20 years. He runs the UK's number one ranked retail investment team by turnover.

Speaker - Mat Oakley, Head of Savills European Commercial Research

Mat Oakley

Mat's primary areas of expertise relate to office, retail and leisure real estate, and he regularly advises investors and developers on opportunities and risks across all of these markets. Mat has been researching, analysing and occasionally correctly forecasting the commercial property market since the late 1980’s. He also sits on the board of the British Council for Offices.

Speaker - Gareth Davies, Technical Manager, CIPFA

Gareth Davies

Having gained 17 years of experience working in Scottish local government, Gareth joined CIPFA in 2008. His role in CIPFA’s Edinburgh office includes supporting members and associated organisations with technical advice and guidance; provision of Scottish Finance Advisory Network events and support to subscribing organisations; secretariat services to LASAAC relating to Scottish local government accounting requirements; participation in the NHS Technical Accounting Group; delivery of public and in-house training events; and additional consultancy and project work as required.

Gareth’s objective is to help his fellow finance practitioners address the practical challenges they face in meeting their professional responsibilities.
E:, T: 0131 221 8644, M: 0782 694 7719.

Speaker - Howard Meaney MRICS, Head of Real Estate UK


Howard Meaney is the Head of Real Estate UK (RE-UK), a business which forms part of Real Estate & Private Markets within UBS Asset Management (UBS-AM). Howard is also the senior portfolio manager for UBS Triton Property Fund (UBS Triton).

He was appointed head of RE-UK in April 2013. In this role, Howard manages the team responsible for the portfolio management of the flagship UK real estate fund, UBS Triton, as well as other funds and mandates for the UK-based real estate business

Howard originally joined UBS-AM in September 2012 as portfolio manager for UBS Triton, a position he retains alongside his Head of RE-UK responsibilities. As portfolio manager, Howard is responsible for the strategic management of UBS Triton, investment selection and asset management. Howard also manages UBS Triton‘s asset management team. Howard is a member of the RE-UK Investment Committee.

Howard has more than 30 years’ experience in the UK real estate industry, including employment with LV= Asset Management (2007–2011) as head of property investments, where he managed five UK funds with AUM of approximately £750m. Prior to this, Howard held roles with Cushman & Wakefield (1998–2007), Legal & General (1990–1998), Hillier Parker (1986–1990) and British Rail Property Board (1980–1986).

Speaker - Guy Clifton, Head of Local Government Advisory, Grant Thornton

Guy Clifton

Guy is a member of Grant Thornton's public sector assurance practice and is head of Local Government Advisory. He is also a member of Grant Thornton's national Local Government Board. A CIPFA-qualified accountant, Guy joined Grant Thornton in 2007 where he has held a number of senior assurance and advisory roles, including national lead for Grant Thornton's Value for Money work.

Before joining Grant Thornton, he was a managing consultant within RSM Robson Rhodes public sector advisory practice for five years. Prior to this, he spent 12 years in local government holding a number of operational roles, including Head of Finance of a London borough. His focus over the past decade has been local government improvement and he is currently supporting clients in relation to finance, governance, and collaboration solutions. Guy has spoken at many regional and national events and has had numerous articles published.

He is also the author of Grant Thornton's three national reports on the financial health of local government: 'Surviving the Storm' (December 2011), 'Towards a Tipping Point?' (December 2012) and 'Tipping Point 2016? – Challenging the Current' (December 2013).

Speaker - Paul Dossett, Partner and Head of Local Government, Grant Thornton UK LLP

Paul Dossett

Paul is Grant Thornton UK's Head of Local Government and is a regular commentator in sector related media.

He has 30 years' experience working with local authorities and other public sector bodies, working for the Audit Commission, Grant Thornton, and other firms. Paul also leads Grant Thornton's South East Centre of Excellence, which includes a team of 100 specialist local government and NHS auditors, delivering external audit and services to over 120 clients. Paul has worked with the full range of local authorities including counties, London boroughs, unitaries, and districts. He is the engagement partner for a number of local authorities including Westminster, Southwark, Royal Borough of Greenwich, Bournemouth and Poole Councils and is the independent audit partner for Birmingham City Council.

Paul is a CIPFA qualified accountant and leads Grant Thornton's relationship with SOLACE and CIPFA, which includes national programmes of workshops on sector related topics.

Speaker - Darina Kerr, Partner, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP

Darina Kerr

Darina specialises in all aspects of commercial property transactions - including development, acquisitions, disposals and asset management. She has a particular interest in helping clients (from both public and private sectors) maximise the effectiveness of their property portfolios through collaboration and partnering initiatives. She advises a wide range of clients, including Landsec, University of Glasgow, Scottish Enterprise and Clyde Gateway Regeneration. In addition to her client work, Darina is regularly sought after to provide media commentary on issues relevant to the commercial property industry. She is also a committee member of REVO (Scotland). REVO is an organisation (active in both public and private sectors) which supports the people and businesses involved in the diverse world of retail property and place-making to thrive and prosper.