The National Development Summit


January 19


09:00 am - 05:00 pm

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Brendan Quinn Events

Website: Organizer's Website

Crowne Plaza Blackfriars

19 New Bridge St, Blackfriars, London, EC4V 6DB

London, GB, EC4V 6DB

What is the event about?

The National Development Summit- is about bringing together the movers and shakers in this industry.This is the fifth Summit- it was originally conceived in 2016 and has evolved as being a staple event on the developer calendar.

What will be covered at the National Development Summit?

  • Panel Session: How to Overcome the Challenges and Risk of Development-

including Panellists- Paul Higgs, Ravi Sharma of Respublica and Val Bagnall of Apex Airspace

  • Panel Session: Navigating Build to Rent Phenomenon

  • Interview with Justin Carr, Senior Manager (Public Land) at GLA

Plus much more

  • Property Finance Trends in 2019

  • Delivering Profitable Developments – from Crowdfund to Completion- Evan Maindonald

  • Hear from Award Winning Developers- Case Studies- Ross Harper and Stuart Scott

  • Getting Creative with Property Transactions- Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP

  • Due Diligence by CrowdwithUs

  • Gauging the State of the Market- Richard Bowser, Editor of Property Investor News Magazine


Who are some of the key people presenting/panellists

Justin Carr- Senior Manager (Public Land) at GLA

Paul Higgs– Millbank Group- 30+ Years of being involved in Planning

Ross Harper- Development of the Year- Belmont West Apartments- at the Property Investor Awards

Ravi Sharma– Founder of Respublica

Stuart Scott- Double Award Winner- at the Property Investor Awards

How many registered?



  • Developers

  • Planners

  • Financiers

  • Solicitors

  • Interior Designers

  • Investors

  • Architects

Would you like to find out more about the Panellists/Speakers?

Justin Carr, Senior Manager (Public Land) at GLA

Justin has over 20 years experience of planning in London.  Initially he worked at Croydon Council in their local Plan team where he was responsible for formulating the Councils Greenbelt and Downland policy. 


Justin has worked at the GLA for 10 +years and has been responsible for managing the Mayor’s responses to general conformity of local plans to  the London Plan and for the last 6 years has managed the strategic planning referrals to the GLA


Thomas Knust, Director- Horstix Ltd

Thomas is a trained accountant and has spent a large proportion of his working life in the Corporate Finance sector. He started investing in property from 2006 and has built up a personal portfolio of seventeen properties. In addition to this Thomas has completed eight development projects and currently has five underway, with a total end value of £29 million, all due to complete within the next two years.

His key strengths are in raising finance and analysing projects.

Evan Maindonald

Evan has lived in the UK since 1992 and has been involved full time in property development and investment since 2002. Prior to 2002, Evan owned investment property in the UK and New Zealand and so posesses property experience spanning a period of over 20 years.


MELT Homes has been in property development since 2002. Since formation, we have undertaken projects with gross development value (GDV) in excess of £20m. We are dedicated to creating exceptional, individually designed, contemporary properties.


Previous projects include

  • The Lock Warehouse in Gloucester Docks, the conversion of a Grade II listed Victorian former grain warehouse into 26 apartment with 3,000 sq ft of commercial space on the ground floor

  • Lords Gate, the Construction of 11 new build houses on a green field site in Coleford , Gloucestershire

  • The Old Bakery, Bream, the construction of 3 new build houses

Paul Higgs

Paul Higgs is a Chartered planning and development surveyor, land specialist & developer with 30+ years’ experience in the sector, a soon to be published author and a successful entrepreneur (still, after coming-back from a severe RBS kicking in 2008!). Throughout his career Paul Higgs has purchased, gained planning permission for and built over 6,000 residential units and 2.5M sq/ft of commercial space. 14 years ago Paul Higgs formed what is now a multi-million pound property development company, Millbank Group, and in 2013 won The Evening Standard New Homes Award for ‘Best Apartment’.

Paul Higgs also lectures in advanced development valuations at South Bank University.


Ravi Sharma, Founder of Respublica

Respublica is revolutionising the living environment and experience for urban communities. We create soulful and inspiring neighbourhood destinations to live, create, connect and thrive. Homes to rent and share, hotels, leisure, and workspace all activated by awesome events and hospitality that makes you smile.

Ross Harper

Property Development winner of the coveted PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT OF THE YEAR at the Property Investor Awards – 2018

Belmont West is a B-listed church developments to whole tenement buildings in Glasgow and from green field sites and part finished developments my core skills have been harnessed to bring in deals where value can be added.

Val Bagnall, MD of Apex Airspace Developments

Val has worked as a senior executive with 24 years in the residential development market, across the South and London areas, and has worked for a range of affordable and private sector players. Val is also a Non-Executive Director of an Affordable Housing provider in Windsor.

Rudi Ramdarshan

Rudi is a partner and Legal 500 recommended Lawyer of the west end firm Ronald Fletcher Baker, specialising in commercial and property litigation. Rudi is described as having ‘an instinctive feel for property law’ and as a ‘formidable litigator’.

He has a decade of experience acting for developers, using his knowledge of planning and litigation to help his clients realise their vision in the quickest time possible. In recent times he has been involved in substantial mix commercial residential developments in Central London and places like Balham, Wimbledon, Fulham and New Malden. 


Rob Wilkinson

Rob bought his first property in London in 2002 and in the years that followed continued to expand his portfolio, refurb and develop alongside his day job. Rob is a qualified Master Mariner and has worked on several of the worlds largest privately owned yachts for some of the worlds wealthiest and most influential people, including a senior member of the Saudi Royal Family and former richest man in the world. With over 10 years operational and project management experience Rob is used to running and working alongside large teams and has extensive experience in managing and budgeting multi-million pound projects. In 2014 Rob Co Founded Crowd with Us and now focusses on his business full time.


Stuart Scott

Stuart is a property developer, serial entrepreneur and speaker. He spent his early career in brand and marketing agencies. He then went one to build and sell a number of successful businesses including a marketing agency and a product design company. He has designed products for some of the world’s biggest brands and now applies the same process to the property world. Using these methodologies he has built a multi million pound portfolio across co-living, hotels, single lets and commercial. Stuart is on a mission to create unique spaces that set new standards for urban living. He is a regular on the public speaking circuit where he educates people on design, disruption and innovation within the property sector. Find out how Stuart uses brand, marketing and product design to build a tribe of customers for both rental properties and investment.



About Our Co-Host Piotr Rusinek

Piotr is a London-based property investor and the founder and director of Synergy Property Partners. His background is in helping clients acquire properties and for the last few years his main area of expertise have been property auctions. In 2017, he helped his clients sell and acquire over £3,000,000 worth of properties in auctions.

Piotr was also one of the Top 5 performers on Simon Zutshi’s Property Mastermind in 2016.



A very informative event with a lot of experts on show. Great technical and interesting information on recent developments and an in depth insights into the stories of established developers investors and property professionals.

Mahfuz Rahman, Associate Solicitor at Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP

Brendan’s one day events are always great to attend, one of the staple events locked into my calender. The calibre of professionals in the room second to none, Brendan seems to get the biggest names in the industry to show in support, which makes for fantastic networking with the movers and shakers

Theo Bailey, Property Entreprenuer

An excellent one day event with a good mix of interesting presentations and insightful panel discussions – all at a surprisingly low cost.

Ruban Selvanayagam, Property Investor and Blogger


This event will be recorded- video and film

Headline Sponsor: Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP

Main Sponsor: CrowdwithUs

Drink Sponsor: Frostons Surveyors 


Landlord Smart,

Insurance-Desk Services,

Millbank Group (Land, Homes, Partnerships & Development Partners)

Property Investor News Magazine,

Butler and Noble,



 Are there sponsorship and exhibition opportunities available?

Yes- Contact for Sponsorship and Exhibition opportunities.




Piotr Rusinek, Synergy Property Partners


Overview by Richard Bowser


Gauging the State of the Market

  • Regional variations throughout the UK

  • Getting ready for Brexit

  • Is uncertainty already priced in?

Richard Bowser, Editor of Property Investor News Magazine


Panel session: How to Overcome the Challenges and Risk of Development



Paul Higgs- CEO of Millbank Group

Ravi Sharma- Founder of Respublica

Val Bagnall, MD of Apex Airspace Developments

Rudi Ramdarshan – Partner Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP
Rob Wilkinson – Co founder Crowd with Us

Chaired by Bindar Dosanjh, Director of Smart Core Wealth


Networking Break


Magazine Sponsor Presentation: Improving ROI with Short Term Lets

Speaker: Andy Bargery, Director, Butler & Noble


Case Study: Delivering Profitable Developments – from Crowdfund to Completion

  • Raising finance from the ‘Crowd’

  • Working through the planning maze

  • Delivering a successful build on site

  • Achieving a successful exit

Speaker: Evan Maindonald,founder and CEO of Melt Homes


Case study: Using Brand to Differentiate a Product at Co-Living Spaces

  • Key elements of a strong brand

  • Moving beyond the logo to create a branded living experience

  • Making marketing communications count

  • What’s in store for the future of Co-living Spaces

Speaker: Stuart Scott, Director, Co-living Spaces


Lunch Break



Welcome back from Piotr Rusinek


Getting Creative with Property Transactions

  • Using conditional offers in property transactions & developments

  • How to approach option agreements

  • When to instruct your legal advisors

  • Managing risk in a challenge

Mafuz Rahman, Partner at Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP


Case Study from Ross Harper- Invited

Property Buyer, Auction House Scotland, CEO The Next Step Foundation, GPA Estate Agents, Belmont West Apartments



Networking Break


Hear from Head of Investments at CrowdwithUs- Due Diligence


Panel session- Navigating the Build to Rent Phenomenon

Risks and opportunities of long term hold strategies

Understanding the financial models and margins

How do you compete with pension funds

Finding sites that work for PRS


Panellists include:

Thomas Knust, Director of Horstix

Manish Kataria, Founder of Invest Like A Pro

Charles Rose, Founder of City Planning

Peter Hibbert. Director at Affordable Housing Solutions

Chaired by Evan Maindonald of Melt Homes


Finding out about future events including National Development Summit 2020


Case Study: Developer Interview with Thomas Knust, Horstix

  • Key milestones in the creation of a multi-million pound business

  • Major challenges and how they were overcome

  • Key lessons for new developers


Overview and Strategies for 2019 with Richard Bowser


Meeting comes to a formal close and retire to the bar