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In 2016 our Keynote Speakers were:

Gavin Barwell MP
Minister of State for Housing and Planning and Minister for London

Jules Pipe
Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration & Skills   
Greater London Authority

Tony Lloyd 
Greater Manchester Mayor and Police and Crime Commissioner

Tony Pidgley 
The Berkeley Group

Ken Livingstone
The First Mayor of London 
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Gavin Barwell MP, Minister of State for Housing and Planning and Minister for London

Gavin Barwell was appointed Minister of State for Housing, Planning and Minister for London at the Department for Communities and Local Government on 17 July 2016. He was elected Conservative MP for Croydon Central in May 2010.

Political career

Gavin previously served as Government Whip, Comptroller of HM Household from May 2015 until July 2016, Lord Commissioner, Whip from July 2014 until May 2015 and as Assistant Whip from October 2013 until July 2014.
Gavin was Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, from 2012 to 2013 and PPS to the Minister of State for Decentralisation and Planning Policy, Greg Clark, from 2011 to 2012.

Gavin has been a member of the following Select Committees:
Science and Technology 2010 to 2012
Draft House of Lords Reform Bill (Joint Committee) 2011 to 2012
Minister of State for Housing and Planning

The minister is responsible for:
housing supply policy
home ownership policy
planning policy
planning casework oversight
Homes and Communities Agency sponsorship
estates regeneration
Thames Gateway
building regulations
private rented sector regulation
Neighbourhood Planning and Infrastructure Bill

Tony Lloyd, Greater Manchester Mayor and Police and Crime Commissioner

Tony was born in Stretford in 1950 and attended local schools in Stretford and Old Trafford before studying Mathematics at the University of Nottingham and Business Administration at Manchester Business School. He taught at Salford University in the Department of Business and in 1979 Tony was elected to Trafford Council where he served until 1984, and was sometime Deputy Leader of the Labour Group.
Tony was elected to Parliament in 1983 for the Stretford constituency and following significant boundary changes in 1997, represented Manchester Central until he stood down on 22 October 2012 to contest the Police and Crime Commissioner election.

In June 2015, Tony was appointed interim Mayor of Greater Manchester.

During his years in Parliament, he was:
• Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (1997-1999)
• Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party (2006 – 2012).
• Chair of the Trade Union Group of Labour MPs (2002- 2012)

He also held the following positions in Opposition:
• Shadow Minister, Foreign Affairs (1995 – 1997)
• Shadow Minister, Environment (1994 – 1995)
• Shadow Minister, Education (1992 – 1994)
• Shadow Minister, Employment (1988 – 1992)
• Shadow Minister, Transport (1987 – 1988)
• Opposition Whip (1986 – 1987).
• Member of the Parliamentary Home Affairs Select Committee

Tony led the British Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe where he was Vice-President. He was a member of the Legal Affairs’ Committee’s sub-committee which appointed Judges to the European Court of Human Rights. (The Council of Europe was established at the end of WW2 to set standards on human rights, parliamentary democracy and the rule of law, and has been especially important for countries in Europe emerging from totalitarian systems of government.) Tony was also the leader of the British Delegation to the Western European Union.

He also led the British Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe. The OSCE has member States from Europe, Central Asia and North America. It deals with a wide-range of security related issues. Tony took part in various election monitoring team and led the monitoring team which oversaw and condemned the fraudulent Presidential election in Belarus in 2006.
He has been Chair of many Parliamentary Groups like Friends of Colombia.

He was a visiting Parliamentary Fellow of St Anthony’s College, Oxford in 2005 and 2006.

Tony has four adult children, is a keen football fan. He runs (slowly) and enjoys walking, especially in our beautiful woodlands. He is a member of Amnesty International, the National Trust, the Woodland Trust, the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, the Co-op Party, the Labour Party, the GMB and Unite. He still has an ambition to keep bees.

Tony Pidgley, Chairman, The Berkeley Group

He left school at 15 to form his own company in haulage and plant hire. At 19, he sold his business to Crest Homes and became a Building Director reporting to their Managing Director, Jim Farrer. In 1975, Tony and Jim left to form Berkeley Homes. The company enjoyed considerable growth over the following 10 years. It floated on the Unlisted Securities Market in 1984, and then gained a full listing in 1985 as the Berkeley Group plc.
Tony has gained a national reputation for his pioneering approach to building homes and creating successful places. His judgement of the markets, willingness to put his personal capital at risk, and his drive and commercial flair have made Berkeley one of Britain's best residential developers.

Ken Livingstone,  The First Mayor of London 

Ken Livingstone served for eight years as the first Mayor of London before defeat to a resurgent Tory party in the irrepressible shape of Boris Johnson. A hard-fought contest to regain his place in City Hall four years later ended again in disappointment.

Inexorably linked to London politics, Ken started his career at Lambeth Council. He soon rose through local government ranks to become Leader of the GLC, acquiring considerable notoriety for his left-wing activism on the way, before the institution was abolished by Margaret Thatcher. He then served as MP for Brent East.

A thorn in the side of both Labour and Conservatives over the years, when Ken failed to secure Labour’s nomination in the first mayoral election, he stood as an independent candidate and trounced both Frank Dobson and Steve Norris. He was eventually welcomed back into the Labour fold, and went on to fight and win a second four-year term. During his tenure Ken most notably helped London win the right to host the Olympic Games and introduced the congestion charge. After his second, narrow defeat by Boris, Ken announced his intention to retire from the political frontline.

Frequently controversial but rarely boring, Ken has starred on Have I Got News For You on six occasions, and made a guest appearance on a Blur album. He was once a restaurant critic for the London Evening Standard, and is the proud author of If Voting Changed Anything, They’d Abolish It. Since leaving the London Assembly Ken has written his memoirs and is an occasional host on LBC forming an unlikely partnership with former Conservative cabinet minister David Mellor. He’s also maintained links with the many charities, pressure groups and local organisations he has supported for many years. 

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