Ahead of the Experience Makers Launch Event next week, we’re excited to announce our speakers for the evening:
Bronny Wilson, General Manager Operations, Equiem UK
Bronny is the General Manager of Operations for Equiem UK and has headed up Client Services and Onsite Staffing in Equiem’s Australian business for five years prior. Bronny is passionate about leveraging technology to enhance the customer experience and has a track record of helping landlords to execute a customer strategy and gain a deeper understanding of their occupier drivers, thereby driving retention and attraction. Before joining Equiem, Bronny came from a background in the commercial property industry, most recently with JLL, where she was focused on helping landlords to improve the occupier experience by implementing a customer experience strategy, incorporating all touchpoints from front desk customer service to internal marketing, soft services delivery, and tenant engagement initiatives.
Catherine Borowski, CEO and Creative Director, Produce UK
With over 18 years of experience in the event industry, Catherine is a practicing artist and placemaking specialist at PRODUCE UK. As CEO and creative lead of the PRODUCE UK independent and creative practice, Catherine leads the senior team working closely with developers Argent LLP to make King’s Cross an immersive and engaging public space. One of her passions and areas of expertise is experiential placemaking and PRODUCE UK have delivered more than 60 events for Argent LLP in this way over the last five years, from the recent FestiWell and PUNNX, to installations from Richard Wentworth and the Curious? festival of knowledge and learning.Catherine has built up a network of contacts spanning the creative, property and other industries as well as clients including London Festival of Architecture, Cartoon Network, London Design Festival, Hem, Vanity Fair, Nike, Adidas, Quintain, British Land and Jaguar Land Rover.
David Fraser, Founding Partner, Harrison:Fraser
Prior to forming Harrison:Fraser, a brand and design consultancy in 2003 with John Harrison, David started his career as the Director responsible for Entertainment and Retail at global brand consultancy, Fitch. He later became a Director at the property giant Heron International, playing a central role in the development of mixed-use assets from Sweden to Spain and Portugal. Following on from this, David became Managing Director of Brand Experience at the strategic brand agency Entertainment IG (subsequently WPP’s ‘Brand Union’ the biggest branding agency in the world).At Harrison:Fraser David works with clients from small independents to blue chip corporations including Disney, Quintain, Klepierre, Lend Lease, the GLA and Galeries Lafayette. Acknowledged as an expert in the field of Destination Branding, David also works with retailers, local and city authorities and developers around the world.
Danny Keir, Director of Business Development, Sound Diplomacy
With over 10 years music industry experience, Danny now heads business development for Sound Diplomacy. As global experts, Sound Diplomacy help governments and the private sector understand the value of music, and how to unlock its full potential. Using cutting edge research and data-driven methodology they develop strategies that deliver economic growth and social development by creating vibrant and sustainable music ecosystems. Sound Diplomacy is the strategic force behind the Mayor of London’s Night Time Commission initiative. They also advise governments in Cuba (on behalf of the United Nations), Brisbane, Vancouver, Cardiff, Armenia, Costa Rica and St Lucia; contributed to Katowice’s successful UNESCO City of Music bid; and have helped over 500 artists and companies break into new markets.
Neil Young, CEO, Get Living
Neil leads Get Living, the UK’s pioneer in the Build to Rent sector best known for its 1,500 rental homes at East Village, the former London 2012 Athletes’ Village. With an involvement in the company from the beginning of its journey, Neil combines his passion for delivering an amazing resident experience with a proven executive management track record and more than 15 years’ experience driving innovation in the property sector. Prior to his role at Get Living Neil worked at Highland Partners, British Airways and Thomson Holidays, as well as establishing Young Group in 2003, advising large scale private investors, corporates, institutional investors and housing associations looking to enter the PRS. A fervent supporter of raising professional standards in the residential property sector and a member of BPF’s Residential Board and being on the board of the UK Apartment Association (UKAA), Neil is regularly asked to share his views on the sector at industry events and conferences with the national press and broadcasters including BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5, The Financial Times, The Times and The Telegraph.
Claer Barrett, FT Money Editor at Financial Times (Chair)
A financial journalist for more than 15 years, Claer has spent half of her career at the FT Group, starting out as the property correspondent on Investors Chronicle before moving to the newspaper in 2011 as the retail correspondent – just as UK high streets started to crater. Claer Barrett is now the Personal Finance Editor of the Financial Times as well as editing the Money section in FT Weekend and presenting The Money Show, the FT’s popular weekly podcast. Claer regularly appears on BBC TV and radio, and is a financial expert on the BBC1 series Right on the Money. She has won more than 10 journalism awards including Headline Money’s financial commentator of the year in 2016 and 2017 in respect of her weekly Serious Money column.
We look forward to welcoming you on 2nd May at Sensorium, the world’s first fully immersive space for the arts, and to introducing you all to the future of the property industry.