Big-name speakers to debate Croydon's future

Big-name speakers to debate Croydon

A stellar list of business decision makers, architects and politicians will debate the future of Croydon at the borough's leading summit in November.

The sixth Develop Croydon Conference is an essential forum for stakeholders, investors and developers as the borough's transformation continues to lead the way for London's outer boroughs.

This year's conference is being titled Croydon – London's future and will examine how Europe's largest regeneration will create prosperity not just throughout the borough but for the capital as a whole.

Speakers already confirmed for the event, taking place at Fairfield Halls on November 18, 2015 are:

Bob Allies: Partner of architecture and urban planning practice Allies and Morrison whose Croydon portfolio includes the Westfield/Hammerson retail scheme and Croydon Old Town Masterplan.

Will Alsop: Award-winning architect, and director of aLL design, famous for his modernist buildings. In 2007, unveiled a 20-year vision for Croydon with a 30-storey vertical Eden Project as its centrepiece.

Simon Bridge: Visiting professor of entrepreneurship at the University of Ulster as well as an author and speaker at business and entrepreneurship conferences worldwide.

Stuart Cade: Partner at internationally-renowned Rick Mather Architects, with 20 years of experience working in masterplanning and with expertise in contemporary buildings in historic settings.

Nigel Dias: Co-founder of Croydon Tech City which champions tech skills, business and opportunities and has overseen one of the fastest growing tech hubs in the capital.

Paul Finch: Editorial director of the Architects' Journal, who was also chair of the Cabe board and deputy chair of the Design Council until stepping down as a trustee last year.

Mike Herd: Executive director of Sussex Innovation Centre which is about to open an incubation hub for entrepreneurs, start-ups and innovative growing companies in No.1 Croydon.

Michael Hill: Associate director at multi-award winning developer Countryside Properties, which is looking at investment opportunities within Croydon.

John Leatherland: Led the urban design group at Farrells which developed frameworks for the Thames Gateway and Vauxhall Cross as well as the Croydon Alliance Whitgift masterplan in 2012.

Sir Edward Lister: London's Deputy Mayor for Planning and Policy who has vast local government experience having been leader of Wandsworth Council for 19 years.

Jason Margrave: Development director at Stanhope plc which, along with Schroders, is behind the nine-acre Ruskin Square mixed used development which is taking shape at East Croydon.

Lisa McCance: Former head of economic development at Croydon Council and currently programme director at Shared Intelligence as well as being a board trustee of Croydon Business Venture.

Neil Meredith: Head of UK business space at Schroders plc, who in partnership with Stanhope are behind new homes and commercial space on the nine-acre site at Ruskin Square.

Juliette Morgan: Head of property for Tech City UK as well as being the tech property specialist for commercial real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield.

Councillor Tony Newman: In his second spell as leader of Croydon Council having led the Labour Group to victory last year on a manifesto of Ambitious for Croydon.

Lucy Owen: Head of the south London team in housing and land at the Greater London Authority will discuss the effect of the assembly's housing zone policy on Croydon.

Hazel Rounding: A director at ShedKM in 2001 which won an architectural competiton to design a 46,000m2 office within Foster's masterplan for Ruskin Square.

Martin Skinner: Chief executive of Inspired Homes and Inspired Asset Management, the company which has transformed Green Dragon House into apartments.

Roger Wade: Founder and chief executive of Boxpark which has begun work on creating its second pop-up mall using shipping containers on the Ruskin Square site next to East Croydon station.

Steve Yewman: Development director of Westfield, part of the Croydon Partnership, which intends to embark on a £1billion redevelopment of the existing Whitgift Shopping Centre.

Kevin Zuchowski-Morrison: Chief executive of Recherche Art Group, founder of the RISE Gallery in Croydon and the architect of plans to turn St George's Walk in Croydon's arts quarter.

Delegates will not only be able to listen to the keynote speakers but also participate in a series of workshops and debates designed to drive the agenda with Croydon in the midst of Europe's largest regeneration programme.

Tickets are now on sale at an early bird rate of £354 including VAT, which is available on September 25. The full delegate rate is £420 including VAT. For more details and to book visit

The conference is led by Develop Croydon, a not-for-profit community interest company representing more than 50 businesses, partners, agencies and individuals whose aim is to promote Croydon as a location to invest, work and live.