What’s next for housing?

Challenged to bring sustainability to the forefront 

  • Five housing experts – all experts in their fields
  • A brand and business strategist who is on a mission to reconnect people and business with nature
  • Must view video content – transforming the future of housing

2020 Overview

Thakeham’s 2020 conference saw key industry issues discussed amongst almost 300 industry professionals. Robert Boughton, Thakeham’s CEO, set the bar high with Thakeham’s targets towards sustainability.

“Long-term sustainability is a key issue for Thakeham; it’s important to us and to our customers. We know many public and private sector organisations are aiming to be zero carbon by 2050; but we believe we can achieve the milestone far ahead of this.

“We want to show people it can be done. Our public declaration is a simple way to make sure our business is accountable to the communities we serve.

“Thakeham is promising to prioritise sustainability. We will strive to achieve conscientious and innovative home development for our clients and homebuyers. We are in a strong position to engage and influence the issues our industry and wider society is facing today.”

Knowledge, insight & expert opinions

We are delighted to share video content including the full conference, individual speaker presentations and downloadable PDF versions of the speakers presentation slides. Links below and in the speaker profiles.

If you have any questions, please email us at events@thakeham.com


Full Event Video

Conference Q&A

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2019 Conference



Charlie Collins

Head of Planning South East, Savills

Charlie Collins Speaker

Charlie specialises in strategic development, planning promotions and applications, green belt and CIL. His focus is on the housing sector. Charlie has been a planning consultant for thirteen years, following his early career in local government. He has been responsible for the Guildford/Sevenoaks planning team since August 2016, growing the team to fourteen professionals. Charlie was Savills Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) lead planner for three years, and now coordinates Thought Leadership for town planning at Savills.

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Lucian Cook

Director, Residential Research, Savills

Lucian Cook Speaker

Lucian Cook is one of the country’s most respected housing market commentators, having been a director in the Savills research team since 2007.

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Robert Colvile

Director of the CPS and Editor-in-Chief of CapX

Robert Colville Speaker

Robert Colvile is Director of the CPS and Editor-in-Chief of CapX. He was previously head of comment at the Daily and Sunday Telegraph and news director at BuzzFeed UK, as well as an editor, columnist and lead writer with the Telegraph.

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Robert Boughton

CEO, Thakeham Group

Robert Boughton Speaker

Robert Boughton is CEO of Thakeham Group, a forward thinking, privately owned developer and placemaker in the South East of England. The business has grown into a major construction and development company with an anticipated turnover of £125m for financial year 2020/2021.

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John Slaughter

Home Builders Federation

John Slaughter Speaker

John Slaughter has a general representational role at the Home Builders Federation (HBF) and is also responsible for a wide range of policy issues at both national and regional level.

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Jenny Andersson

CEO of We Activate The Future

Jenny Anderson Speaker

As CEO of We Activate The Future, she helps organisations develop strategies and narratives which incorporate planetary social and environmental purpose at the heart of business.

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