Breakout Stream 1: Can we develop a digital BTR performance benchmark?

Presentation followed by Q&A with Simon Scott, Joe Darkins, JLL and Lesley Roberts, Allsop 


Simon Scott, JLL – Simon Scott leads the JLL Living Capital Markets Team Markets covering sectors including Build to Rent, Student Accommodation, Coliving, Retirement Living, Healthcare as well as the Living Funding team. Based in London, he has over 20 years’ experience across multiple transactional disciplines. Simon spent 12 years working in the Residential Investment team at Savills where he was eventually appointed as the Head of Residential Investment. He has experience structuring affordable housing investment deals but most of his time was spent working with developers and investors in the student accommodation sector. Upon leaving Savills, Simon was appointed to the board of Watkin Jones as Investment Director, gaining considerable experience in the acquisition, structuring and subsequent disposal of investment opportunities both in student and residential investment. Simon was subsequently appointed as Chief Development Officer at CL Serviced Apartments, an Oaktree Capital Management backed platform. His responsibilities at CL Serviced Apartments included identifying suitable development opportunities and overseeing their planning and subsequent delivery. Under his leadership, eight development sites were secured, with further sites acquired through the corporate acquisition of the Service Apartment Company (SACO). Simon joined JLL in November 2015, and now leads the teams specialising in Student, Coliving, Multifamily and Healthcare with a particular focus on residential investment work.

Lesley Roberts, Allsop – Lesley is a Partner at Allsop specialising in build to rent. She is a well-known specialist in the residential investment market and has been heavily involved in the evolution of build to rent in the UK over the last few years. Prior to joining Allsop, Lesley was a Director at Pinnacle Group, spearheading PRS services for large scale residential landlords and investors, and has a decade of experience working with developers, housing associations and institutional investors in acquiring, building and efficiently operating large scale PRS portfolios. With 14+ years of UK PRS experience, her expertise incorporates all facets of large-scale residential portfolio performance including product suitability, design, lettings, management, operations and strategic asset management. She has contributed to thought leadership through both the British Property Federation (BPF) and Urban Land Institute (ULI), having toured the US studying their multi-family model and heavily involved with the second edition of the ULI’s ‘Build to Rent Guide’, and more recently appointed as the President of the UKAA – the specialist industry body for build to rent. Lesley started her career in the hotel industry running five-star operations. Prior to working in the UK property market, Lesley worked in mining, shipping and heavy industry sectors specialising in stakeholder relations, media and community engagement in Australia. Lesley is Chair of Soho Housing Association, an active member of Women in Property and supporter of Real Estate Balance.

Joe Darkins, JLL