BECG launches BECGconversation podcast series to prepare the sector for the post Covid-19 recovery

In these unprecedented times, when our usual opportunities to network and exchange ideas are limited, it is important to keep the conversations going that debate the key issues and share the knowledge that drive success. To respond to this challenge BECG has launched the BECGconversation podcast series to bring together experts from across the built environment sectors to discuss the issues of the day and share core lessons learned as we focus on the recovery to come.

The inaugural BECGconversation podcast launches today, in partnership with the British Property Federation, and discusses the ‘The impact of Covid-19 on the UK Property sector, and how we promote a rapid recovery’. Our expert speakers are Melanie Leech CBE, Chief Executive of the British Property Federation; Amelia Bright, Director of Development & Placemaking, Grosvenor; and Emily Williams, Associate Director, Residential Research, Savills. Chaired by BECG MD Andrew Howard the podcast reflects on where the property and development sector finds itself today, the highlights and lowlights of our collective response, the effectiveness of Government support to date, and what the future might hold.

This will be followed by a series of BECGconversation podcast episodes covering a diverse range of topics across property, infrastructure, energy & utilities, transport, waste and recycling, environment, and healthcare. As a key part of the economy, and therefore the UK’s post Covid recovery, the built environment needs to prepare itself to exit the crisis in good shape, and ready to resume its contribution to the economy and society. Future BECGconversation topics will reflect this central aim, and will feature experts covering; planning system response, sustainable growth, clean energy, crisis recovery, affordable housing outlook and more.

Stephen Pomeroy, Chief Executive of BECG, commenting on the launch of BECGconversation said:

At BECG we pride ourselves on creating forums, research and thought leadership that spark great conversation and increase understanding of the value of the built environment to society, communities and individuals. While we are in this unusual period of lockdown it was a natural step to add to our thought-leadership output with BECGconversation as the place to discuss the topics that really matter. I hope you find them useful, thought provoking and inspiring as you work your way through Covid-19, and plan for the recovery.

The BECGconversation podcasts are available to download here and will be highlighted on Twitter where you can engage using the hashtag #BECGconversation.

If you would like to take part in the podcast or want help managing or launching your own podcast, then please get in touch on 020 3697 7630 or email Julius Duncan.


Our expert speakers

Melanie Leech CBE, Chief Executive of the British Property Federation

Melanie joined the British Property Federation as Chief Executive in January 2015. Her role is to represent and support a diverse, successful and sustainable real estate industry. She is also a Trustee of the property industry charity LandAid. Prior to joining the BPF, Melanie spent nine years as Director General of the Food and Drink Federation. She began her working life as a Police Constable in the Metropolitan Police Service.  She joined the civil service (HM Customs and Excise) in 1988 and subsequently held senior roles in a number of departments including the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the Office of the Rail Regulator and the Cabinet Office. She was awarded the CBE in 2015 for services to the food and drink industry.


Amelia Bright, Director of Development & Placemaking, Grosvenor

Amelia is responsible for the long-term strategy of the London Estate, which includes Placemaking and Marketing activity as well as managing the large development projects in Mayfair and Belgravia from design to delivery. She joined Grosvenor Britain & Ireland in 2007 and has held various asset management, investment and development roles in both Grosvenor Britain & Ireland and Grosvenor Americas. Her experience has included the delivery of NEO Bankside in London, 288 Pacific in San Francisco and most recently the leadership of the Capital Transactions team for the London Estate.Amelia is a Non-Executive Director of Realty, Grosvenor Group’s insurance company. She holds a degree in Natural Sciences from Durham University and a Masters in Real Estate Appraisal from Reading University and is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.


Emily Williams, Associate Director, Residential Research, Savills

Emily is an Associate Director in the Residential Research team in Savills. She joined the department in 2012 to create Savills’ unique national database of development sites, and now manages the department’s development and planning thought leadership program, primarily focusing on strategic land, the housing development pipeline and planning policy. Recent publications have covered topics including the role of retail in driving residential values, the priorities of new build home buyers and the potential of the revised NPPF to deliver enough homes to meet housing need.