Miles Webber began his career working for the Labour Party before joining Mercury Asset Management as Vice President for Communications. In 2001, following the acquisition of Mercury by Merrill Lynch, Miles became Director of Public Affairs for Merrill’s in EMEA. Responsible for the regulatory and political relations of the Bank, Miles was appointed to the European Union Expert Banking Group in 2003. In 2005 Miles joined GE, and spent a decade at the firm, taking various leadership roles, eventually becoming Head of External Affairs for GE across the UK. In 2015, Miles joined the Executive Committee of Landsec, as Group Corporate Affairs Director, responsible for investor, media, public and government relations, sustainability and communications. Miles retired from Landsec in 2019 and is a partner of Baytree Advisors, a corporate affairs advisory business.
With over 30 years in the property industry, Marcus Sperber has most recently spent 17 years at BlackRock as head of Global Real Estate, growing it from a UK focussed business into a Global Real Estate Investment Manager with $25bn of assets under management across public, private equity and debt. Marcus served on BlackRock’s European Executive, Global Operating Committee and Global Human Capital Committee. Prior to working at BlackRock (formerly Merrill Lynch Investment Managers) Marcus worked for several property related Companies, focussing on investment, development and regeneration. In 2020, Marcus established Northcroft Capital, a property investment and advisory business.
Chris Shaw is the CEO of Shaw Corporation, a firm of Chartered Surveyors, with over 35 years of direct experience in major property schemes and urban renewal projects in Central and Greater London and elsewhere in the UK and Europe. Chris has advised a number of London Boroughs, Housing Associations, Banks and Institutions as well as quoted and non-quoted property companies and major investors and has experience in major regeneration projects that include input with Central Government and the Greater London Authority. Chris is a former Chair of Camden Town Unlimited (CTU) one of the premier Business Improvement Districts in London, since its inception in 2007 until 2018, as well as the Camden Town charity.
Paul Abson has 35 years’ experience within the construction and property sectors. In 1995, he joined a small local construction company called Leadbitter, and after securing a joint equity position in the business, spent the next 16 years growing turnover from £12m to £440m. Paul led the sale of Leadbitter to Bouygues in 2011, following which, he was appointed to the board of their new UK entity and in 2012 he was appointed as Managing Director of Bouygues UK Residential Division. In 2016 Paul launched his own property development business, 376 Estates Ltd, which focusses on the development of private care homes and student accommodation. Paul also took up the role of Executive Chairman of Autograph Homes in early 2017, a Bristol based open market housing business.