UKAA BTR Conference headline theme and keynote speaker announced

UKAA announces its headline theme and keynote speaker at this year’s Annual Build to Rent Conference & Industry Awards.

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The UKAA’s Annual Build to Rent Conference & Awards 2022 takes place on 15 November in London. This year’s headline theme is the Pursuit of Excellence, which supports the Association’s efforts to drive up standards and showcase best practice across all parts of the Build to Rent sector. Examples of the many forms of excellence will be highlighted during the one-day event, with a focus on equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI).

The conference continues the UKAA’s work around EDI, following on from the market Snapshot on diversity undertaken earlier in 2022 in partnership with Swift Bunny. The survey has become a benchmark of diversity and inclusion in the sector, and the Annual Conference will look at ways in which that work can be taken forward. The sector and the customers it serves are not a homogenous group but a diverse range of individuals to be recognised, listened to, understood and celebrated.

In addition to the headline theme, a wide range of pertinent and important topics will be covered in a series of engaging sessions and expert workshops.

“The Annual Build to Rent Conference & Industry Awards is a key date in UK Build to Rent sector’s calendar. It provides the opportunity for us to look back and celebrate excellence in the sector, as well as to look forward at the key themes that all those involved in Build to Rent will be focusing on over the next year and more. The conference will also provide a not-to-be-missed opportunity for networking and building unity, with the goal of enhancing the work that we deliver and its positive impact for investors, developers, operators, supplies and customers alike.”

Brendan Geraghty, CEO, UKAA

Keynote speaker announced

Nero Ughwujabo has been announced as the Keynote speaker at this year’s conference. Nero is the Senior Strategy Adviser – Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for the Prince’s Trust and Prince’s Trust Group. He has previously been a Special Adviser to Prime Minister Theresa May – the first person of African descent to hold this position. His portfolio was Social Justice, Young People and Opportunity; but extended to external relations and stakeholder engagement, with a focus on engaging civil society and Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

Nero’s experience includes leading the Prime Minister’s special project – the Race Disparity Audit – a global first-of-its-kind audit of all public services. The unprecedented release of government data described experiences and outcomes of people of all ethnicities across public services. Many of the lessons learned can be translated into practical steps for effecting real change within the Build to Rent industry.

At the conference, Nero will focus on why there is increasing attention on equality, diversity and inclusion (ED&I) globally, along with the business, legal and moral case for focussed action. He will discuss how investment funds are looking at ED&I and how consumers – Build to Rent customers – are using the power of social media to influence investment decisions.

Nero has worked closely with national and international stakeholders and leaders, including former US President Barack Obama and the Obama Foundation. He was a guest speaker at Obama’s MBK Rising event in the US and has spoken on the issue of diversity and inclusion at the European Union, the US Congress and at the Congressional Black Caucus US.

His experience includes many years of working on regeneration matters across local government, national government and on the international stage. He was a leading member of Croydon’s Chief Executive’s group, which was responsible for regeneration in the London borough. When he left government, Ughwujabo consulted on the international programme, Future Cities, developing urban regeneration guidelines for emerging economies.

“We are delighted that Nero will be sharing his expertise with delegates at this year’s UKAA Annual Build to Rent Conference and Industry Awards. Nero will be leading a field of talented speakers and panelists who will be exploring examples of excellence within the Build to Rent sector. His extensive national and international experience, which spans local and national government and largescale urban regeneration work, will be invaluable in considering the importance of ED&I within the Build to Rent sector.”

Brendan Geraghty, CEO, UKAA

The UKAA Annual Build to Rent Conference is open to UKAA members and non-members. Headline sponsors include Real Page, Yardi and the NHBC. The must-attend conference will be followed by dinner and networking drinks, along with industry awards including the UKAA BTR Awards and HomeViews Awards to recognise excellence in the sector.

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