Regenerate North Hampshire and West Surrey Conference

Our 6th Regenerate North Hampshire and South West Surrey Conference will be an opportunity for potential investors and developers to find out first hand about the opportunities on offer.

The Conference is all about building upon the success of previous years which annually have attracted over hundreds of investors and developers.

Business South is working closely with both the public and private sector to attract more stakeholders into the area and to showcase our current offer. This year’s Conference will feature high calibre speakers from the property industry and will champion the scale of development opportunities in the North of our Region.

Our Regenerate North Hampshire and South West Surrey Action Group is a private sector initiative benefiting from industry expertise and knowledge to drive investment in the region. The group promotes development sites at a national and international level to stimulate inward investment and showcase the quality of business and investment opportunities available in this part of the UK.

The Business South’s brand is synonymous with regeneration and to learn more about our past endeavours please take a moment to view the below short videos from recent conferences and promotion of the Central South Region at MIPIM 2022, that we will be attending in March 2023.

Sponsorship and partnership opportunities for both MIPIM 2023 and this conference are available and please contact for further details.

Date: 2nd March 2023
Time: 08:30 – 13:30
Venue: Village Hotel, Farnborough

Champion Ticket: £70.00 Plus VAT
Non Champion Ticket: £150.00 Plus VAT (Payable by credit card at the time of the booking)
Investors and Developers are free of charge, please email to book your place.


Cllr Robert Humby, Hampshire County Council

A Hampshire man through and through, Rob’s career began as an engineering apprentice which instilled a life-long fascination for innovation and building things. This led him to set-up his own small engineering firm and to this day he loves nothing better than to get his hands dirty and work on a car or other fabrication project.

Rob spent many years as a Winchester councillor, holding a variety of roles including Deputy Leader and Leader of the Council. Since 2013, Rob has represented Bishop’s Waltham Division at Hampshire County Council where is was Cabinet Member for Economy, Transport and Environment until May 2022. He became Deputy Leader of Hampshire County Council in May 2019 and was elected as Leader of Hampshire County Council in May 2022.

Rob draws on decades of experience in business to champion the needs of Hampshire’s economy and push for the adoption of new technologies and innovative solutions to local transport and environmental problems. He believes strongly in the mantra that local government must ‘join up the dots’ when approaching a new challenge and ensure that every avenue is pursued when a solution is being devised.


Cllr Roz Chadd, Hampshire County Council

Roz is a mum, wife and a Rushmoor resident and was elected as a County Councillor for Farnborough North in 2009. In May 2022 she was elected as Deputy Leader for Hampshire County Council.

She was an Executive Lead Member for Children’s Services until December 2022, which is one of the largest portfolios at Hampshire County Council. In January 2023, she became Executive Member for Hampshire 2050 and Corporate Services.

Roz enjoys learning through the wider roles that she has had. She wants to listen and learn and support others to make Hampshire the best place to live.


Catriona Riddell, Director – Catriona Riddell & Associates Ltd

Catriona is an independent consultant providing professional support on a wide range of spatial planning issues but focuses on local plans, providing critical friend support, and strategic planning, working with local authorities and their partners to develop different approaches to cross boundary matters, including helping them to establish new governance structures.

Previous roles include Head of Strategic Planning at Surrey County Council where she was responsible for the Surrey Structure Plan, and Director of Planning at the South East England Regional Assembly where she was responsible for the Regional Spatial Strategy (The South East Plan).

Catriona’s other current professional roles at a national level include:
Deputy Chair of the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA)
Spatial Planning Specialist for the Planning Officers’ Society (POS)
Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) England Policy Panel

In 2022 Catriona was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Oxford Brookes University for her services to Planning, was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Town Planning Institute and was included in The Planner’s list of top 50 Women of Influence in Planning.

She is a regular columnist for both Planning Magazine and the TCPA’s Journal and speaker at conferences.

Catriona is also a Visiting Fellow at Thinktank Localis and guest lecturer at both Oxford Brookes University and Kent University.


Michael Coughlin, Executive Director – Surrey County Council

Michael joined Surrey County Council as an Executive Director in April 2018, having previously been Chief Executive at Reading Unitary and Crawley Borough councils and an Executive Director at the national Local Government Association. Michael also spent three and half years in the private sector as a Managing Director (UK) and Global HR Director for a B2B bathroom company.

During his career, he has worked at local, regional, national and international levels in the public and private sectors to lead and drive transformational change, improve services and outcomes for residents and financial performance. He has served as a School Governor, Chair of Dorking Tennis and Squash Club, a volunteer with Age UK and a mentor.

Outside of Surrey CC, Michael is co-Chair of the Trustees of Participatory City Foundation, a charitable body delivering and developing community participatory eco-systems.


Ed Hampson, Residential Researcher – Savills

Ed is a residential researcher at Savills, with six years’ experience of analysing and understanding the housing market.

His areas of focus are the interactions between the wider economy and the housing market, new-build development consultancy, and predicting future market trends.


Natascha McIntyre Hall, Head of Regeneration – Gleeds

Natascha is Head of Regeneration at Gleeds, having previously held strategic development roles at Westminster and Portsmouth Councils. She is a regular speaker as The Mindful Regenerist and was recently named in National Federation of Builders’ Top 100 Most Influential Women in Construction.

Natascha focuses on tailoring questions around ethos, values, and community to create genuinely purposeful places. Often described as a futurist, Natascha is always interested in what comes next and likes to be involved in discussions about the art of the possible.


Ian Metcalf, Managing Director – Critical Outcomes

Ian has been working with UK Ministry of Defence, US Department of Defence and other government departments in the UK, US, France, Germany and others for 25 years.

During his career, he has been a Senior Civil Servant within UK MOD and held senior positions in Serco, BAE SYSTEMS, MBDA and Alenia-Marconi Systems in the UK, US, Italy and France. He holds an MA in Mathematics from Oxford and is a Fellow of the Industry and Parliament Trust in the UK.

Ian represented Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, Northern Virginia, in the UK for 7 years until the end of 2022, and assisted numerous growing companies in the Defense and Aerospace markets make their first steps in the US. He is passionate about developing links between Northern Virginia and the Hampshire / Surrey area.


David Craddock, Founder – VerdeGo Group

David has been in property development and investment for over 35 years and has travelled extensively across Europe researching and utilising different forms of offsite manufacturing systems. He was a founder and Technical & Business Development Director for EBS Elk, which became part of the largest producer of offsite manufactured buildings in Europe. During his time there he built over 1000 units including large school buildings, student accommodation, blocks of flats and housing developments it was during this time that he became a founder member of The Passiv Haus Trust.

He has been nominated/finalists in numerous awards with for example the Royal Institute of Town Planners, Sunday Times Awards, and Housing Design Awards. He has had many articles in Industry Magazines talking about his approach to MMC and Sustainable House Building. He sits on a number of housing industry panels for example the Future Homes Hub advising on New Building Specifications for 2025, Whole Life Carbon Emissions, Low Energy Houses along with Water Neutrality and Biodiversity. He is a member of the CLC subgroup on Housing producing a guide for new developers who want to enter the market.

In 2021 he won Best Sustainable Development in the UK in both the British Homes and What House Awards in 2021, where he also won a Silver Award for Best Small House builder.

In 2019 he set up his own 10,000 sq.ft manufacturing facility producing timber frame buildings for his own developments and also for third party clients. The company is now moving to larger 25,000 ft factory where they will be able to produce 600 homes a year.


Sue Littlemore, Joint Managing Director – Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership

Sue is Joint Managing Director at EnterpriseM3 Local Enterprise Partnership.

Sue has extensive experience as an economic strategist and influencer bringing together powerful stakeholders to enable business success. Having led many activities in support of business enterprise and innovation, Sue is an enthusiastic champion for the strengths and competitive advantages of our region. Sue is driven by the conviction that our part of the UK is a powerhouse of innovation and enterprise, with a concentration of businesses who are strong investors in R & D and led by people with brilliant ideas for new market opportunities.

Sue has a background in broadcast journalism and enjoyed many successful years as a BBC Correspondent on national TV & radio.

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