Q&A: UKAA Annual BTR Conference & Awards 2023

In preparation for the upcoming event, UKAA provides insight and an in-depth look into this year’s UKAA Annual Build to Rent Conference & Awards.

UKAA CEO Brendan Geraghty discusses the proceedings and further details ahead of this year's UKAA Annual Build to Rent Conference & Awards 2023 | BTR News
UKAA CEO Brendan Geraghty discusses the proceedings and further details ahead of this year's UKAA Annual Build to Rent Conference & Awards 2023.

The Build to Rent sector is once more gearing up to come together at its premier event, the UKAA Annual Build to Rent Conference & Awards. The place to hear exclusive content and shape the futures of the urban and suburban Build to Rent, UKAA’s CEO Brendan Geraghty shares insights into the 2023 event; letting delegates know what they can expect from this year’s bumper conference.

When and where will this year’s conference take place?

The 2023 UKAA Annual Build to Rent Conference & Awards will take place on 2 November and will run from 9am to 8pm. The event, open to UKAA members and non-members alike, begins with the must-attend conference, followed by networking drinks and a lively awards celebration. We are holding the conference at Etc Venues, 133 Houndsditch, Liverpool St, London EC3A 7BX.

What is the focus of the UKAA Annual Build to Rent Conference this year?

The UKAA conference is not about talking, it’s about action. It’s where leaders meet to discuss the sector and help set the UKAA’s agenda for the year ahead. All our sessions will identify action points that we can take forward, centred around our headline theme – ‘BTR: The Transformative Value of Investing in Homes and Communities.’

This important theme builds on the established investment case for Build to Rent and recognises that successful Build to Rent investment requires the creation of both asset and social value.  We will be looking at the investment and socialbenefits offered by in the Build to Rent sector and show these two elements are part of an integrated investment and operational package.

The four key strands within this are: strengthening the commitment to quality; the value of the customer and community; increasing investment; and setting policy and standards.

What can delegates expect on the day?

We have an exciting agenda, with six keynote sessions and 16 further discussion panels by sector leaders and knowledge-sharing breakout events. Every panel leader will produce action points for the evolution of the sector.  

There will be plenty of networking opportunities so that delegates can build the connections and joint understanding that are so essential to the growth of Build to Rent. Exhibitors from across the sector will also be present at the Annual Build to Rent Conference to enable better Build to Rent business.

Who are the keynote speakers?

There will be an excellent range of leaders speaking at this year’s event. We are delighted that Tim Galloway, Director of the newly formed Building Safety Regulator, will be joining us to speak about building safety. We also have Adam Challis, Head of UK Research & Strategy at JLL as our first keynote speaker as well as Iain Murray, Senior Director – Build to Rent Consultancy (Europe) for Cortland Consult, James Saunders, CEO of Quintain, Rachel Hanniquet-Brooking, Group Operations Director at Apo, Tom France, Head of UK Investment at Roundhill Capital, and Tracey Hartley, Chief Operating Officer at Cortland.

Joining these esteemed speakers will be David Woodward, CEO of Global Apartment Advisors, Simon Scott, Director, JLL, Janne Aas-Jakobsen, Founder & CEO of AI specialists, Consigli AS, Jason Hardman, Executive Director, CBRE, Ashley Perry, Investment Director, Apache Capital, Harry Swales, Director and Head of Residential, Dorrington and Brian Daugherty of RealFoundations. 

Sessions will include the role of Build to Rent as the new anchor tenant in regeneration, an update on the UKAA’s research into whole life costing, a report on the education and skills needed by the expanding Build to Rent workforce and thoughts on how flexible renting is transforming the rental sector. The Conference will also feature sessions including:

  • Social value – what is really being delivered? 
  • Driving & delivering Single Family Rental
  • Managing risk throughout the product life cycle
  • Net Operating Income
  • The future relationship between investors, developers & contractors 
  • Views from overseas – focus on USA and Australia

In addition to this high-quality knowledge sharing, we will also be launching the new Build to Rent Code of Practice.

What is the Build to Rent Code of Practice, which is being launched at the conference?

The Code of Practice is all about defining the culture and conduct of the Build to Rent sector, through our professional standards, customer service and fair treatment that Build to Rent customers can expect as standard. The document will be crucial to the Build to Rent sector’s positioning with central government, local government and customers over the coming years – particularly when it comes to local planning decisions.

We’ve built the Code of Practice around environmental, social and governance principles to ensure a fundamental commitment to the ESG agenda and counter the risk of greenwashing and social-washing. At the Annual Build to Rent Conference, we will be launching the draft principles to be embedded in the Code, for members to share their feedback before we deliver the finalised Code in January 2024. This has been a key piece of work for the UKAA and we are excited to be able to support and embed positive behaviours across the Build to Rent sector with this new Code. 

What is the awards element of the event all about?

After the Conference, we will be holding an awards ceremony to honour those who have made an exceptional contribution to the Build to Rent sector. This year, we will be presenting five awards, recognising both individual efforts and outstanding teamworking. This will include two UKAA People Awards – Lifetime Achievement Award and Rising Star Award – and three Whole Life Costing Awards – Development Phase Whole Life Costing Award, Supply Chain Whole Life Costing Award and Operational Phase Whole Life Costing Award. 

The awards are aligned to our UKAA manifesto and overarching objectives. The manifesto is the first step of UKAA embarking upon a clear strategy for growth and delivery, driving forward leadership within the industry. It aligns with the direction of travel of the UK Build to Rent sector, delivering innovation hand-in-hand with professionally managed, customer-centric services that combine economic, environmental and social value. The awards link into this by honouring people and teams whose excellence, drive and commitment to quality are leading to exciting outcomes and inspiring those around them.

Are there sponsorship and exhibition opportunities at the 2023 conference?

Absolutely. We have several excellent sponsors and exhibitors lined up, all focused on our key themes and the trinity of investment value, customer value and social value. Our sponsors and exhibitors benefit from raising awareness of their brands, while our delegates benefit from networking with those aligned with our high-quality knowledge agenda. It’s an arrangement that has worked very well at our past events, so we look forward to welcoming our excellence-focused sponsors and exhibitors at the 2023 Annual Build to Rent Conference. 

Where can people who want to attend obtain tickets?

The UKAA Annual Build to Rent Conference is open to both members and non-members of UKAA. Full details are available on the UKAA website – and there’s a link on the site for booking tickets.