SAN Series 57 - Commercialising your Property Service - Bury St Edmunds

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Event summary

Faced with ever-widening funding gaps, ‘commercialism’ is a word that has become commonplace in the public sector, with many organisations adopting commercial strategies. But what does it really mean in the context of property asset management?


05 June 2019
Starts: 10:00
Ends: 15:30


Ravenwood Hall Hotel
Bury St. Edmunds
IP30 9JA
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Standard price

£375.00 excl VAT

Network Member Price

£250.00 excl VAT

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About this event

For many, ‘commercialism’ is simply about bringing in new or increased income, often through trading or charging for non-statutory services. There is far more to being ‘commercial’ than that, and alongside improving and generating new income streams should we think about ‘commercialism’ in terms of being more ‘commercial’ about everything that we do?

In that context being ‘commercial’ is about taking a more business-like approach to managing the property estate and to the way the property estate is managed in order to minimise costs. 

With the use of case studies this event will explore how a more commercial approach can be adopted in all that you do and the efficiencies and other wider benefits it can bring. 

Our aim is to equip you with all of the tools you need to take a more commercial approach to managing your property estate and property service.


  • Asset management
  • / Efficiency
  • / Financial management
  • / Leadership
  • / Local government
  • / Performance improvement and policy
  • / Professional development
  • / Property
  • / Transformation
  • / Value for money

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Speaker - Chris Brain, Associate, CIPFA Property

Chris Brain

Chris Brain is an FRICS qualified surveyor and a CIPFA Property Associate. Chris delivers training for CIPFA’s Strategic Assets Network, Property Training Network and Highway Asset Management Network, as well as advising on asset management and asset valuation issues throughout the UK and undertaking a range of related consultancy and in house training.

Speaker - David Bentley, Head of Asset Management, CIPFA

David Bentley

David is a professionally qualified quantity surveyor with over 35 years’ experience in the public and private sectors. He has been with CIPFA since 1998 and in this time has become known as one of the leading UK experts on property and asset management within the public sector.

Speaker - Jane Lowrie MRICS

Jane Lowrie

Jane is a chartered surveyor with over 35 years’ experience in the property industry. For the past fifteen years, she has focused on the development and implementation of strategic asset management within the public sector. Jane worked for CIPFA as a Property Advisor for over seven years and is now working as a CIPFA Associate delivering professional training and consultancy work to help improve the efficiency and effectiveness in the way public sector land and buildings are managed. During 2017/18, she worked for the ESFA providing technical advice on the Capital Efficiency and Capability Programme, in particular in the development of the Good Estate Management for Schools guidance.

Speaker - Tim Reade, Head of Property Advisory Services

Tim Reade

Tim joined CIPFA in October 2017 from Savills where he specialized in property and asset management. He is a professionally qualified chartered surveyor and leads the Property Advisory Team delivering network activity and consultancy to multiple public sector clients.