National Leasehold Group Conference Speakers

National Leasehold Group Conference Speaker: Professor Nick Hopkins

Professor Nicholas Hopkins

Law Commissioner for Property, Family and Trust Law

Professor Nick Hopkins is Law Commissioner for Property, Family and Trust Law and will be leading work on the reform of several areas of residential leasehold announced in its 13th Programme of Law reform. Prior to appointment as Commissioner he researched and taught property law for over 20 years, and he holds a Chair in Law at Reading University.

National Leasehold Group Conference Speaker: Big Ian Donaghy

Big Ian Donaghy

Author, Innovator & Speaker

“Big” Ian Donaghy has a varied CV that includes roles as Bouncer, Special school teacher, Successful musician, Author, Innovator and Speaker. Now at just under 17 stone (the lowest since the days of Wham he claims) he sometimes misses the additional 12 stone he used to carry around, particularly on cold days.

Writer of the books DEAR DEMENTIA and THE MISSING PEACE, he has also developed initiatives such as “Xmas Presence” to combat loneliness in older people at Christmas. He also created “A Night to Remember” – the UKs largest musical event to raise awareness of Dementia. He has developed a free campaign #Dementiaisateamgame which has involved the likes of the Hairy Bikers, Barry Mcguigan & Frank Lampard

Ian won the Innovation in Dementia Care Award 2018 and is a previous Care trainer of the year.

National Leasehold Group Conference Speaker: Chris Baker

Chris Baker

Managing Director, McDowalls Surveyors

Chris has been the owner of McDowalls since 2011 having started his professional career as a property manager there in 1999. McDowalls specialises in residential lease extensions and freehold enfranchisement cases; residential private rented sector management; and, property licensing. Its clients include local housing associations, private clients, local authorities and corporate clients.

National Leasehold Group Conference Speaker: Andrew Bannister

Andrew Banister

Director, Earl Kendrick Building Surveyors

Andrew graduated in 2015 from Nottingham Trent University with an Honours Degree in Building Surveying, he subsequently qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 2018 and quickly moved through the ranks with his employers before joining Earl Kendrick.

Andrew started his career as a building surveyor within the residential leasehold sector and he has continued within this sector he has a passion for. Client care is at the forefront of Andrew’s business mind-set and he backs this up with his surveying skills that he continually trains to grow. Andrew has recently trained to become an APC assessor and is an APC counsellor helping the next generation of surveyors obtain chartership

National Leasehold Group Conference Speaker: Justin Bates

Justin Bates

Barrister, Landmark Chambers

Justin is a barrister at Landmark Chambers. He is the Deputy Editor of the Encyclopedia of Housing Law and the co-author of Leasehold Disputes, amongst various other publications. The legal directories say that there is”…no one better for service charge disputes…” and he is “widely recognised as one of the best of his generation.”

NLG Conference Speaker Marcus Canning

Marcus Canning

Head of Customer Experience, Homeownership at Stonewater

Marcus has over 15 years’ experience of working in the Leasehold sector and has managed teams responsible for Property Management, Sales and Marketing, Re-Sales and Service Charges during his career. Marcus is the Secretary and a Board Member of the National Leasehold Group and has previously chaired the National Leasehold Conference.

NLG Conference Speaker Jo Causon

Jo Causon

Chief Executive, The Institute of Customer Service

Jo joined The Institute as CEO in 2009. Over the last 10 years she has driven membership growth by 150 percent and established the UK Customer Satisfaction Index as the country’s barometer of consumer satisfaction, providing organisations with an indicator of the return on their service strategy investment.

Jo focuses on demonstrating the clear link between employee engagement, customer service strategies and organisational performance. Working across the public, private and voluntary sectors she provides strategic advice to Boardrooms to raise the standards of service provided by UK organisations, providing evidence of the connection between customer satisfaction and operational efficiency and profitability.

NLG Conference Speaker Sarah Chatfield

Sarah Chatfield

Director of Home Ownership, Anchor Hanover

Sarah has nearly 30 years of experience of working in housing. She has extensive knowledge of all aspects of home ownership and service charges in housing associations having undertaken roles in Circle, Hyde Housing and Metropolitan Thames Valley before joining Anchor Hanover. Sarah is also a Board Member of the National Leasehold Group and a Board Member for Penge Churches Housing Association.

Rob Corley

CEO, Credensa

Rob started tinkering with computer and programming before he was a teen and in 2001, aged 13, started a small business doing web development which would become Gigabyte Software.

Early software systems he built ranged from CRMs to contract management systems. It wasn’t until 2007 that he was introduced to the property industry. But for the last 13 years, Gigabyte Software has solely focussed on PropTech solutions.

During this period Rob also completed a BSc in Astrophysics from The University of Edinburgh in which he achieved a First-class honours.

National Leasehold Group Conference Speaker: Claire Cooper

Claire Cooper (née Power-Hynes)

Head of Home Ownership (Property Management), Optivo

Claire has 10 years’ experience working in affordable housing including a year spent working for a private sector registered provider. She is currently responsible for delivery of a specialist property management service to approximately 6,000 homeowners across London and the Midlands. Claire holds the MIRPM accreditation and is working towards MRICS accreditation.

Julian Davies

Group Managing Director, Earl Kendrick

Julian became a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 2004 working for seven years largely in the residential sector. In 2010 he founded Earl Kendrick to build a team of talented surveyors serving a wide variety of clients, across the country.

Over the years, Earl Kendrick’s geographical reach has expanded from London to Manchester, Bristol and Brighton and the group also has a designed based practice in the Cotswolds. Earl Kendrick now benefits from dedicated companies for leaseholder alterations, insurance claim and revaluations, party wall work and a digital surveying division which provides drone and video surveys.

NLG Conference Speaker Kevin Dunleavy

Kevin Dunleavy

Head of Homeowner Services, The Guinness Partnership

Kevin has over 10 years’ experience in the leasehold management sector. This includes expertise in managing shared-ownership homes in a wide-ranging portfolio of property types throughout London. Kevin has established a professional approach to delivering services to commercial customer groups, whilst generating profit for purposed.

Becca Fury

Homeowner Manager, RHP

Previously with A2 Dominion and Hastoe, Becca is a key member of the National Leasehold Group and sits on its Executive Board. She has been on the NLG Conference steering group for many years and chaired the event in 2018. Becca is well respected as an expert in all things Leasehold.

National Leasehold Group Conference Speaker: Emma Foxall

Emma Foxall

Deputy Ombudsman,  Housing Ombudsman Service

Emma’s background is legal having spent many years working in a legal aid practice. Following this she worked for a Local Authority in the Housing legal team and became interested in seeking a resolution to disputes that was fair to both sides, as opposed to advocating for rights.

She joined the Housing Ombudsman, initially as an Adjudicator, investigating complaints from residents. She is keen to promote learning from complaints and now leads the new Quality, Engagement and Development function at the Ombudsman. The team is increasing transparency into the work of the Ombudsman, promoting learning and engagement, and shining a light on areas where the sector could do better. She is committed to providing a fully proactive Ombudsman service, promoting sector improvements using learning from complaints. Emma is an accredited mediator.

Natasha Greenwood

Head of Commercial Operations, Sovereign

Natasha is a Senior Housing professional with over 25 years’ experience and wealth of strategic knowledge gained in housing associations and the private rental sector.

Natasha is responsible for a portfolio of 9000+ and the management of homeownership services, including Shared Ownership, Leasehold Freehold, Resales and Staircasing. Extensive experience in setting up new housing services and transforming services. NLA accredited and a former CIH Yorkshire and Humber regional panel member.

NLG Conference Speaker Anthony Hall

Anthony Hall

New Business Director, Censeo

Anthony has been working in financial services for 19 years and has spent the last 12 years at Censeo Financial specialising in affordable housing.

Over the years, Anthony has helped thousands of people get onto the property ladder using his knowledge of the Shared Ownership mortgage market. With his experience of affordable housing and mortgages, Anthony is often called upon by lenders and housing associations to provide advice on new products and processes.

Working alongside the team at Censeo, Anthony is dedicated to improving the customer journey for Shared Ownership purchasers and is always looking at innovative ways to help the sector.

Alanna Henderson

Coaching Psychologist at Productive Living

Alanna is a Chartered Psychologist, a coaching psychologist, and a Registered Member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). She is an experienced coach, facilitator and trainer who is passionate and dedicated in working with people to promote and help facilitate wellbeing, learning, people development and constructive change in their lives.

She has conducted research on the coaching relationship, and more recently on video-mediated coaching. Alanna regularly presents at national and international conferences, and has multiple publications on coaching topics including five book chapters.

NLG Conference Speaker Rupi Hunjan

Rupi Hunjan

Managing Director, Censeo Financial

Rupi has over 28 years of experience in financial services. Back in 2008 he founded Censeo Financial, a company that has grown into an award-winning, retail financial services company based in london. From its inception, Censeo has been a wholly customer-centric business and Rupi has continually looked at ways both to simplify and improve the customer journey.

Not only that ,but he has worked tirelessly to champion shared ownership as the bona fide Fourth Tenure here in the UK. As well as developing long term relationships with key Housing Associations, he has lobbied the leading banks and building societies into offering the products for first time buyers.

Michael Hill

Associate, TPAS

Michael joined Tpas in February 2019 as Business Development Manager. Michael has worked within Resident Involvement since 2000 for Local Authorities and Housing Associations and as a Tpas Associate since 2017. A Qualification in Adult Education enables him to deliver training sessions to staff and involved customers. Michael takes his down to earth and transparent approach as the foundation for building strong relationships. With a variety of skills honed from working in all areas of Housing, Michael is an effective communicator with a passion for co-regulatory engagement.

National Leasehold Group Conference Speaker: Yezdan Izzet

Yezdan Izzet

Partner, Head of Real Estate Disputes Bolt Burdon

Yezdan specialises in resolving complex property disputes including disrepair, rent and service charge arrears, breaches of lease, forfeiture, rooftop development; breach of contract; management disputes and possession claims. Yez is a popular trainer for the NLG who uses her extensive knowledge and experience to lead engaging and informative sessions.

Ken James

Head of Leasehold, A2Dominion Grou

Ken brings over 10 years’ experience of leasehold property and service charge management in the social housing sector. He currently serves as the Head of Leasehold for A2Dominion Group with a portfolio of over 7,000 leasehold properties. Ken is both an active member of the National Leasehold Group and the National Leasehold Conference Steering Group. Ken holds both MIRPM and AssocRICS accreditations.

NLG Conference Speaker Jonathan Layzell​

Jonathan Layzell

Executive Director – Stonewater

Jonathan has worked in the affordable housing sector for more than 15 years, operating at Executive level since 2016, and has an extensive background in developing and delivering new homes with a particular personal interest in rural housing and the long term sustainability of rural communities. Jonathan is also interested in how Registered Providers can use investment in new homes to support the growth of the SME sector as well as the wider economy.

National Leasehold Group Conference Speaker: Dr Shaun Lundy

Dr Shaun Lundy

Director of Strategy & Innovation, Tetra Consulting

Shaun is a Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner and Chartered Building Engineer with over 25 years of experience. Shaun leads a team of advisors and surveyors providing risk management services across the property management sector. In addition to his day job Shaun is a visiting Scholar at the University of Greenwich, a member of ARMA and IRPM health and safety committees, a member of the HSE Myth Buster Challenge Panel, and a Member of the Policy and Standards Committee at the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health. Shaun’s research interests include leadership, education and competence in health, safety and fire practice

National Leasehold Group Conference Speaker: Steve Michaux

Steve Michaux

Director of Residential Services, A2Dominion

Steve has worked in Social Housing for 30 years and has been dealing with leasehold issues since the early 90s. He is currently Director of Neighbourhoods for A2Dominion Group with a portfolio of over 7000 leasehold properties. Steve is the chair of the National Housing Association Leasehold Forum and has taken an active role in promoting leasehold management as a professional specialism within housing associations.

NLG Conference Speaker Saleh Mirza

Saleh Mirza

Head of Building Projects – A2Dominion

Saleh is currently Head of Building Projects for A2Dominion where he is responsible for the Group’s cladding replacement and external wall remediation programme. Having been with A2D for over 15 years he has assumed a variety of posts, from housing management, estate services to now being in their property services division. As part of his current role, he and his team actively engage with leaseholder on all things building safety, lending, sales, EWS1

James Paul

Director, Earl Kendrick Associates

James Paul MRICS is a chartered building surveyor with experience in the commercial, residential, education and health sectors. He has particular expertise in insurance and reinstatement cost assessments. In 2019 he set up EK Reinstatement Cost Assessment™ Ltd with Julian Davies. This is our dedicated service line devoted entirely to insurance valuations, and calculating Declared Values for buildings insurance purposes. James heads this up as his primary focus at Earl Kendrick with a country-wide national focus.

National Leasehold Group Conference Speaker: Giles Peaker

Giles Peaker

Partner, Anthony Gold Solicitors

Giles Peaker is a partner in the Housing and Public Law department at Anthony Gold Solicitors, and the editor of the well known ‘Nearly Legal’ Housing Law and comment blog. Named the 2018 Housing Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year, Giles Peaker is one of the most prominent property and housing disputes solicitors in the UK, with cases at all levels up to the Supreme Court.

NLG Conference Speaker Nick Rich

Nick Rich

Director, Eight Asset Management

Nick has worked in the residential property sector for over 10 years and is the co-founder of The Proper Awards and Leasehold Social and a director at Eight Asset Management 

In previous roles in block management, Nick has headed up teams managing thousands of units and overseen PropTech projects with over £1mil investment.

Nick is a former winner of the Young Property Manager of the Year award, a former winner of the RICS Young Surveyor of the Year and has been named as one of the most Influential people in Property Management.

NLG Conference Speaker Danny Sherman

Danny Sherman

Director, Liquid Recruitment

Danny started his career in recruitment in the Royal Armoured Core Recruitment Team as part of the Household Cavalry Regiment before leaving the Armed Forces. He then spent two years as a Specialist Construction Recruiter servicing Main Contractors and Residential Developers in London and Home Counties.

With almost 10 year’s service at Liquid Danny is a Director/Partner of the Business with sole responsibility for a number of key accounts.

NLG Conference Speaker Paul Sherman

Paul Sherman

Director, Liquid Recruitment

Having started his career in recruitment at the beginning of the century, Paul has over 20 year’s experience in recruiting at all levels and in a variety of sectors.

After starting his journey with Brook Street, he was then asked to help a Public Sector agency heading up their Social Housing Department. Five years later and with 8 direct reports, Paul decided that Social Housing Recruitment could be vastly improved.

In 2007, Paul founded Liquid Recruitment and has worked with over 150 social housing clients with a particular concentration on those within Leasehold & Homeownership.

Working alongside his brother, Danny, Paul’s main role is to continue to personally work with his key clients, using experience in recruitment, connections within Social Housing and passion for the sector to deliver the talent that enables his clients to create quality homes and great communities.

National Leasehold Group Conference Speaker: James Shand

James Shand

Managing Director, TriPartum

James has over 40 years’ experience in the IT industry. He has previously created strategic consulting businesses supporting the digital document industry with clients such as VW Financial Services, Severn Trent Water, FirstAssist, Jersey Post, Canon Europe, British Telecom, Kern (UK) and edotech (Barclays Bank). In 2000 he joined the edotech MBO team and secured such clients as British Telecom, MBNA Bank Europe, Legal & General, ING along with Barclays Bank. James has been an active member of various industry associations, including President of Xplor International. He gives regular thought-leadership talks and presentations at leading industry events.

National Leasehold Group Conference Speaker: Adrian Shaw

Adrian Shaw

Head of Service Charges, Clarion Housing Group

Adrian has worked in social housing since the early 1980’s and became involved in low cost home ownership in the late 1990’s. He joined Centra Living (a part of Circle Housing Group) in February 2012 and was responsible for the management of 13,500 leasehold and intermediate housing properties, for the nine Group partners.

Following the formation of Clarion Housing Group in December 2016, he was appointed Head of Service Charges. He is an active member of the National Leasehold Group. He is also a member of the CIOH, RICS and IRPM. He is also a board member of Southwark’s newly formed Homeowners Agency.

Stuart Shield

Area Manager – UK, Learning Curve

Recently named one of the most Influential people in Property Management, Stuart has worked in the property industry for over 20 years and is the Property & Housing Area Manager UK at Learning Curve.

Stuart has owned and run his own Estate & Lettings agencies and Property Management companies, as well as working for large corporates and smaller independent companies at a senior level. This gives Stuart a unique insight into the industry and some of the problems, requirements and issues around knowledge and training.

National Leasehold Group Conference Speaker: Alan Wake

Alan Wake

CEO National Leasehold Group

Alan specialises in Leasehold Training and Consultancy within the Public Sector. He is Co-Founder and Chief Executive of the National Leasehold Group, a large networking group for Leasehold professionals in Housing Associations. Alan is involved in a number of cross sector initiatives with the aim of improving standards and education in property management. A Fellow of the Institute of Residential Property Management and a regular speaker at conferences.

National Leasehold Group Conference Speaker: Alison Wallace

Dr Alison Wallace

Research Fellow, Centre for Housing Policy, University of York

Alison has 20 years’ experience of housing research with expertise in sustainable homeownership and affordability. Prior to joining academia she was a social housing practitioner in London. She has written several reports on aspects of shared ownership relating to people’s ability to move or staircase, housing association and shared owner experiences of managing shared ownership property, and shared ownership markets outside of London.

Alison will draw on recent work for the NLG on shared ownership housing markets to discuss the MHCLG proposed changes to shared ownership and leasehold reform.

Tim Willcocks

Executive Director of Development, RHP

Tim is a Chartered Planning and Development surveyor with over 25 years’ experience in the property world, including sales and marketing, development, consultancy and housing policy. He joined the affordable housing sector in 2007, leading successful sales and development teams, and has also worked as Policy and Strategy Manager at the Homes and Communities Agency. Tim joined RHP in 2017 and heads an ambitious development programme and sales team, also leading on innovation across the business.

Jamie Willsdon

Group Director, Future Group Limited

Jamie is the founder of Future, a group of facilities-based companies providing specialised services to the block management sector. Jamie is passionate about client relations and is currently spearheading a new campaign to end unnecessary service contracts in our industry.

In 2018 Jamie launched Future Fuel Solutions, a specialised division to deliver simple, affordable electric vehicle charging solutions for the leasehold sector.

Chris Yandell

Leasehold Income & Compliance Manager, Network Homes

Chris is currently the Leasehold Income and Compliance Manager at Network Homes. He has worked in Leasehold and Home Ownership for 14 years within both local authorities and housing associations specialising in Right to Buy, Section 20 Compliance and Income Collection. Chris is an active member of the National Leasehold Group and the Chair for the London Branch of the NLG.

NLG Conference Speaker Cassandra Zanelli

Cassandra Zanelli


An acknowledged leader in her field, Cassandra is recognised principally for her expertise in the First-Tier tribunal. Cassandra is a well-respected speaker, invited to address key national and regional conferences. She also has the privilege of judging the ARMA Ace awards and is passionate about sharing knowledge and driving up standards in the property management industry.

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