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Place brings together Cumbria’s movers and shakers for an essential briefing on the county, including sessions delving into the £11 billion gross value added, the drive for housing and the booming tourism sector.

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Bee Cumbria development update you’ll hear from developers, economists and senior political figures from across the province, including Trudy Harrison, MP for CopelandAnd Cllr Jonathan Brook, the leader of Westmorland and Furness Council.

The half-day conference starts at 8am on June 20 at the Castle Green Hotel in Kendal, with content continuing until midday, when we break for a networking lunch after the event. The event is sponsored by Genesis Huizen, Whitbread, And Hydrock.

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This busy morning includes a series of engaging panel sessions with questions from the audience. Bee Placewe know how important it is to bring the real estate market together, so you can expect plenty of networking opportunities – including a pre-programme breakfast, session breaks and a post-programme lunch.

What you will take away from the conference

  • A clear understanding of what the priorities are for local authorities in Cumbria
  • Intel on the state of the property market in Cumbria
  • Insights into Cumbria’s economic future
  • An overview of the residential landscape in the province
  • Details about where the opportunities lie
  • New contacts for your company

Confirmed speakers

Trudy Harrison (x)

Trudy Harrison is the MP for Copeland. Harrison was elected MP for Copeland in 2017. Since then, she has held various positions in government, including Parliamentary Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Environment and Rural Affairs. .

Cllr Jonathan Brook (x)

Cllr Jonathan Brook is the leader of Westmorland & Furness Council. Westmorland & Furness Council covers the area previously controlled by the local authorities of Barrow-in-Furness, Eden and South Lakeland. Brook is also a board member of Cumbria Tourism, North West Employers, Borderlands Board and the Brilliant Barrow Board. Expect Brook to outline his council’s priorities and plans for the future.

Darren Crossley (x)

Darren Crossley is director of place, sustainable growth and transport at Cumberland Council. Crossley is at the forefront of Cumberland Council’s activities, helping to lead the £60m+ Town Deal projects, the £30m transformation of Carlisle and the £10m Workington Hall gateway project. As well as outlining Cumberland Council’s focus for the coming years, Crossley will discuss its ambitions to be a leading green economy.

Angela Jones (x)

Angela Jones is director of thriving places at Westmorland & Furness Council. Jones’ team is responsible for leading many of the exciting plans in local government, including the £200 million-plus transformation of Barrow. Jones will elaborate on the regeneration projects in Westmorland and Furness, and discuss how the public and private sectors can work together to create a better future for the county.

Jill Anderson (x)

Jill Anderson is a property acquisitions manager at Whitbread. Anderson is responsible for Premier Inn’s growth in Cumbria and the North of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. She will champion a joined-up approach to site acquisition and development and will provide an expert perspective on the current market for hotels in Cumbria and the long-term benefits of brand operators such as Premier Inn in the region.

Keith Ashcroft (x)

Keith Ashcroft is chairman of the Lake District Foundation. The Lake District Foundation is committed to supporting conservation, heritage and tourism projects that exemplify sustainable development. Ashcroft’s perspective on the importance of nature and conversation will be part of our discussion of the visitor economy.

Nicky Gordon

Nicky Gordon is the director of Genesis Homes. The Penrith-based housebuilder has the ambition to build 200 homes per year. Genesis recently secured planning permission for 190 homes across two sites in Carlisle and Seaton.

Gill Haigh (x)

Gill Haigh is the chief executive of Cumbria Tourism. Cumbria Tourism is the official voice of a sector worth more than £4 billion to the economy and representing around 4,500 member companies. Haigh will discuss the current state of Cumbria’s tourism sector, how it can improve and where the built environment fits into that picture.

Professor Julie Mennell (x)

Professor Julie Mennell is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cumbria. The University of Cumbria educates more than 14,000 students every year. The university also has ambitious growth plans, with work starting on a Barrow Island campus earlier this year – and plans already approved for a £77 million campus on the site of the historic Carlisle Citadels. Mennell will speak about where the education sector sits in Cumbria’s economic future.

Lauren Newby is director at EKOSGEN. Newby has more than 20 years of experience in economic development and regeneration. She specializes in economic strategy formulation, labor market research, strategic spatial planning and public policy research. No stranger to Cumbria, she helped draft the Barrow Town Investment Plan and the successful Leveling Up Fund bid.

Deanne Shallcross (x)

Deanne Shallcross is the CEO of Whitehaven Harbor Commissioners. As CEO of Whitehaven Harbor Commissioners, a non-profit organization, Shallcross oversees a dedicated, small team focused on managing and maintaining the town’s 400-year-old harbor and estate, The Rum Story visitor attraction and shop, several parking garages, multiple tenants and the construction of a new coastal activity center.

Martha Schilden (x)

Martha Shields is head of development at South Lakes Housing. The Kendal-based housing association manages more than 3,000 homes with the ambition to deliver a further 400 before the end of 2025. At the same time, the group hopes to invest at least £33 million in the existing housing stock. Shields will bring the affordable housing perspective to our discussion of Cumbria’s residential scene.

Marie Smallwood (x)

Marie Smallwood is head of advice for the North at Historic England. Smallwood leads a team that advises on proposals for change and designation of historic sites. Her passion is working together to develop high-quality and contextual interventions in the historic environment that shape the next phase of a place’s story. Smallwood will be able to discuss the relationship between tourism, heritage and real estate.

David Wright is country director at Gleeson Homes. Gleeson Homes aims to deliver 3,000 homes per year across the country. As country director, Wright manages two teams for Gleeson – one in Penrith and the other in St Helens. He works on stakeholder engagement in local government, purchasing land and obtaining building permits. He is also a councilor on the Egremont municipal council.

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