20 September 2022

Stuart Harris to host panel at the Completely Retail Marketplace & REVO Conference

On the 27th September, Stuart Harris will join Completely Retail Marketplace & REVO at Old Billingsgate Market hosting a fantastic panel who will discuss sustainable regeneration.

Joined by John Lewis’s Katherine Russell, Emily Jones Director at Urban Splash, Huw Mowbray from City and County Council Swansea and L&G’s Mike Coplowe, Stuart will ask the panel for their views on Public and Private collaboration that ensures long-term sustainable regeneration in our towns and cities.


The panel will explore:

  • Public Private Partnerships – How to make them work to create sustainable mixed use town centres that serve the whole community?
  • What is a catalyst project and examples of success.
  • How much do LA’s need to do before the Private Sector will get involved?
  • Procurement – do LA’s take too long deliberating?
  • The importance of funding options such as the Levelling up Fund and Shared Prosperity Fund etc to assist in making a scheme viable and how this helps contribute to deliver long term sustainable town centres?
  • How do LA’s attract long term investment from the private sector?
  • What’s the right mix of uses – culture, homes, workplaces, sport, leisure, entertainment, open space, education, transport?
  • How important is creating a vision and a masterplan for the whole town or city?
  • How important is a diverse residential offer?
  • Repositioning of properties and opportunities to add value e.g. JLP BTR proposition or M&S AM strategy?
  • How much is sustainability driven by policy vs an actual desire to be truly sustainable?
  • How important is research and stakeholder engagement? How do you engage the whole community?
  • Any key examples where truly sustainable communities have been created?

More about the panellists:

Katherine Russell, Group Head of Real Estate,  John Lewis Partnership

Katherine graduated from Reading University with a degree in Land Management and spent her initial years at Fuller Peiser, Atisreal & BNP Paribas.

She then moved into the world of retail property, at John Lewis as Property Manager followed by Asset Management and moving into the Head of John Lewis Property in 2016. She subsequently became Group Head of Real Estate for the John Lewis Partnership, responsible for the strategic delivery of all Real Estate activity (commercial, capital, compliance and sustainability) in both John Lewis and Waitrose across all asset classes.

More recently Katherine has taken on the role to lead the Partnerships latest venture into the Build to Rent sector, with a significant ambition to develop and operate 10,000 homes over the next 10 years, with a strong emphasis on community, sustainability and place making. Katherine has also been a Trustee and Director of a non profit organisation, setting the strategic direction and overseeing operational delivery.

Emily Jones, Director, Urban Splash

As commercial director, Emily Jones is responsible for helping Urban Splash make great places; curating neighbourhoods filled with interesting businesses and people. Emily leads a team of colleagues working across the country to grow and manage a portfolio of 1.5m sq ft of workspace, leisure space, and retail space. She is committed to growing and developing her team, nurturing a flexible working culture, and giving her colleagues opportunities to work across the portfolio.

In her time at Urban Splash, Emily has secured significant deals, including letting 97% of space at Fort Dunlop in Birmingham ahead of Urban Splash’s completion of the building in 2006. She has nurtured an entirely new neighbourhood at Royal William yard where she has led deals with independents and multi-nationals on 200,000 sq ft of space – creating a new commercial landscape for this waterfront community. A champion for flexible lease terms and supporting businesses big and small, Emily is working closely with the breadth of the Urban Splash tenant portfolio as occupiers re-establish their physical presence in a new era of hybrid working.

Huw Mowbray, BSc MRICS, Property Development Manager, City & County of Swansea 

Huw is a Chartered Surveyor and regeneration practitioner with over 20 years’ experience of delivering major projects in both the public and private sectors. Huw’s current role is leading the regeneration team for the City and County of Swansea where he has lead on developing Swansea’s Regeneration Strategy and the delivery of significant projects including the new Copr Bae Arena in Swansea, the Liberty Stadium and the recent appointment of Urban Splash. Huw is a champion for Swansea and it’s regeneration and is working to create an attractive place for people to live, work and invest.

Mike Coplowe, Senior Development Manager, L&G 

Mike plays a lead role in L&G’s public sector partnerships and joint ventures. Within this Mike’s focus is on the structuring and delivery of new developments, covering a range of new assets from educational to industrial. He currently oversees L&G’s investments in Sunderland and the University of Oxford.