Events SPF Annual Conference 2024

SPF Annual Conference 2024

Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC), University of Strathclyde
99 George Street Glasgow G1 1RD

Date & Time:
24 Apr 2024
09:30 - 18:00

Event Type:

Flagship Event

Prices start from:

SPF Members £125.00
BPF Futures Members £100.00
Non-Member £150.00

* Prices exclude VAT
VAT will be added before payment

This event is open to Members and Non-Members.

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SPF Annual Conference 2024:

Creative Places for a New Economy

Our 2024 annual conference takes place this year at the University of Strathclyde’s Technology and Innovation Centre. The conference is themed Creative Places for  a New Economy and will highlight key issues facing the real estate sector and our public sector partners in Scotland in 2024. With our new colleagues, the UK PropTech Association, we will also address how new working methods are changing the way we work and the role of real estate in the transformation of our economy. 

Among key speakers already confirmed include the Minister for Housing, Paul McLennan MSP, the Minister for Zero Carbon Buildings, Active Travel and Tenants' Right, Patrick Harvie MSP, Scottish Labour's Daniel Johnson MSP, our SPF Chair, Maria Francké, British Property Federation CEO Melanie Leech; Landsec CEO Mark Allan, owner of Glasgow’s Buchanan Galleries and this year’s British Property Federation President; and Councillor John Alexander, Leader of Dundee City Council and chair of the Scottish Cities Alliance. 

The conference will hear from experts and key stakeholders covering a range of themes including the role of planning in delivering place-making for our new economy; the challenge of adapting our built environment to be net zero carbon emissions; the regeneration of our towns and cities and the need to attract investment to deliver more homes across all housing tenures. 


Panel Sessions:

  • How to create great places? 
  • Achieving a sustainable built environment 
  • Revitalising our towns and cities 
  • Attracting new investment for communities
  • Modern approach to Real Estate 

You can find the full programme here.


Organisations Attending include:

Conference Schedule

UKPA Members
If you are a UKPA member and would like to attend this event, please email for more information and special rates. 


Melanie Leech

CEO, British Property Federation

Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speakers

Patrick Harvie MSP

Minister for Zero Carbon Buildings, Active Travel and Tenants' Right

Panellist - achieving a sustainable built environment 

Paul McLennan MSP

Minister for Housing, Scottish Government

Panellist - Attracting New Investment for Communities

Daniel Johnson MSP

Scottish Labour MSP for Edinburgh Southern (Constituency) 2016 - present day and Scottish Labour’s spokesperson on the Economy, Business and Fair Work.

Mark Allan

BPF President & CEO, Landsec

Keynote Speaker

John Alexander

Leader, Dundee City Council

Panellist - Revitalising our Towns & Cities

Maria Francké

SPF Chair & Director, Maria Francké Planning

Keynote Speaker
Convener - How do we create great places?

Stuart Oag

SPF Vice-Chair & Finance Director, Drum Property Group

Convener - Revitalising our towns and cities

Closing Remarks

Panel 1 - Attracting New Investment for Communities

  • Convener: Gillian McLees, Director of Build to Rent for Rettie & Co and Chair for UKAA in Scotland 
  • Insights - Paul McLennan MSP, Housing Minister
  • Ed Crockett, Head of Residential Investment, Europa Capital 
  • James Blakey, Planning Director, Moda Living 
  • Chris Stewart, CEO, Chris Stewart Group 

Panel 2 - Achieving a sustainable built environment

  • Convenor: Alan Stark, Chair of SPF’s Sustainability and Building Design Committee 
  • Patrick Harvie, Minister for Zero Carbon Buildings, Active Travel and Tenants' Right 
  • David Steen, Senior Policy Advisor at UKGBC
  • Peter Kerr, Director at Atelier Ten
  • Mairi Murray, Head of Sustainability, BakerHicks

Panel 3 - Modern approach to Real Estate

  • Sammy Pahal, Director BPF and CEO of UK PropTech Association 
  • Emily Brodie, Associate, TFT and Vice Chair of BPF Futures  
  • Angus Lutton, Senior Surveyor, Buccleuch Property and BPF Futures Advisory Board Member
  • Iain Smith, Senior Associate Brodies and BPF Futures Advisory Board Member
  • Katherine Gunderson, CEO, Grand Bequest

Panel 4 - How to Create Great Places?


  • Convener: Maria Francké, SPF Chair & Director, Maria Francké Planning 
  • Craig McLaren, National Planning Improvement Champion
  • Daniel McKendry, Principal Landscape Architect, Architecture Design Scotland  
  • Sarah Shaw, Head of Planning at Glasgow City Council 
  • Jonathan Guthrie, Director Strategic Partnership, Robertson Group

Panel 5 - Revitalising our towns and cities

  • Convener: Stuart Oag, SPF Vice-Chair & Finance Director, Drum Property Group
  • Insights from John Alexander, Leader, Dundee City Council
  • Diarmaid Lawlor, Associate Director, Scottish Futures Trust
  • Jen Lawie, Senior Project Officer, City Development, Aberdeen City Council
  • Michelle Macleod, Centre Manager, Ocean Terminal

Watch out this space for more speaker updates in the due course.