ACES National Conference 2022


The ACES flagship event of the year returned to a live event in 2022 with the usual line up of excellent speakers and great networking opportunities for ACES members and others working in or for the public sector at exceptional value for money.

Theme: 2050: Path to Sustainable Communities

Venue: Holiday Inn, Sutton

Dates: Thursday 15th September and Friday 16th September 2022.



In September ACES will gather in Sutton at the Holiday Inn to hear how to navigate the Path to Sustainable Communities. We are all adapting to an evolving landscape in a post pandemic, but recession threatened environment. One constant theme is demanding the attention of all of us – sustainability. Specifically, ensuring what we do supports sustainable communities.

At this years’ conference, hosted by Sutton ACES branch, Ronan Leyden from Bioregional will explain what we mean by a sustainable community and then other speakers will examine the elements that make that definition come to life. Helen Stubbs, our next president will talk about levelling up in the north east and what’s happening in Darlington. We will hear from the Government about how they are moving departments to our regions and outer London plus our industry experts like Carter Jonas, Lambert Smith Hampton and Avison Young will showcase their work and lead discussions on themes such as the 15-minute neighbourhood, biodiversity, regeneration of the high street, levelling up, active travel as well as updates on valuation, the law and trends in the market place.

The 2022 conference is open to everyone who works within the public sector. It will run across the 15 and 16 September at the Holiday Inn, Sutton and there will be many opportunities for open discussion, networking and accruing CPD on a wide range of topics, from regeneration, housing development, net zero and retrofit to the future of the profession.

More details of the agenda and speaker biographies will be mailed to members and prospective delegates shortly. For more information email or or or phone 07853 262255. Please email for any questions about the programme.




  • Introduction from Chris Rhodes, ACES National President.
  • Welcome to Sutton: Helen Bailey, Chief Executive, Sutton Council.
  • How to create a sustainable community: Ronan Leyden of the environmental consultancy, Bioregional, will set up the context for the ACES Conference by defining what is meant by a sustainable community covering the socio-economic needs as well as technical and environmental factors.
  • Q&A with Ronan Leyden, hosted by Chris Rhodes.
  • Morning coffee
  • Where will we work? Jane Taylor and Murray Quinney of the Government Property Agency, Alice Stacey of DLUHC and Avison Young will be explaining the Government plan to move key departments out of central London and the opportunities and implications for communities and the high street in the towns affected by the relocations of UK Government departments.
  • Q&A with the speakers.
  • How can we deliver the renaissance of our towns, high streets and shopping centres? Steve Norris, national head, planning, regeneration & infrastructure for Lambert Smith Hampton will discuss the challenges facing our towns, shopping centres and high streets, and the opportunities to fund and deliver their renaissance.
  • Q&A hosted by Steve Norris with Mark Robinson of Ellandi, Ojay McDonald of the ATCM, Chris Rhodes and Murray Quinney of the GPA.
  • Lunch and networking
  • What is a 15-minute neighbourhood? Katja Stille from the planning and urban design consultancy, Tibbalds, will examine the idea that everything a community needs can be accessed within a fifteen-minute walk, bike ride (including for those with a disability) or use of public transport can underpin a sustainable community.
  • Connecting our communities. Phil Jones, founder and lead consultant of the transport consultancy Phil Jones Associates will expand on Katja’s message and drill down into some of the detail of how we can connect communities in a dynamic, healthy and active manner to improve all our lives and enhance our environment.
  • Working with biodiversity: Sara Cameron of Babergh Mid-Suffolk and Mark Russell of Carter Jonas will be addressing biodiversity and the implications of The Environment Act for local authorities and other stakeholders in the built environment.
  • Q&A hosted by Mark Russell with Katja Stille, Phil Jones and Sara Cameron.
  • Afternoon refreshments
  • The future of the ACES profession: in a panel discussion led by the FACES team Zaman Sheikh of Babergh Mid-Suffolk, Sarah Hayford of Land Collective, Pooja Agrawal, Public Practice and Ros Goode of Avison Young will discuss how to make surveying more attractive as a career, the importance of diversity and inclusivity and ask: where are we headed?
  • How was it for you? Nicola Mathers, chief executive of Future of London, will chair a discussion between Alexandra Houghton of Carter Jonas, Katja Stille, Tibbalds, Chris Rhodes and Helen Stubbs about the key issues highlighted during day one of the conference.
  • Look North: Wrap up from the 2023 President – thanking everyone, comment on sustainable communities, levelling up – the context in the north and UK – handover from south to north of ACES and focus on health for next year.


ACES Dinner, Nonsuch Mansion. Dress Code Lounge Suit



  • Welcome and introduction from the ACES president.
  • Housing – Richard Gawthorpe, Norse, will discuss the vision, journey to date, over-arching Net Zero Carbon [in-use] principles, the business case and intended outcomes for the Brentwood with Ian Winslet, Strategic Director and Paulette McAllister, Programme Lead: Strategic Housing Development Programme for Brentwood Borough Council.
  • Social Value is the answer – so what is the question? Olivia Jackson, associate and asset strategy lead at HLM Architects, will explore how a social value-led approach can create a community which is both equipped for sustainability and capable of sustaining climate-conscious choices in the long term.
  • Biodiversity – Sara Cameron of Babergh Mid-Suffolk and Alexandra Houghton of Carter Jonas will drill down into some of the details of how biodiversity has to be part of policymaking to enable sustainable communities.
  • Need support? We’ve got you – Juliet Smithson, Lionheart, outlines the support the charity offers to RICS members and their families, bridging troubled waters.
  • Morning Coffee
  • Property valuation in a net zero carbon world, Chris Brain, Chris Brain Associates, will dust off his ‘crystal ball,’ exploring some possible future practical implications for property valuers operating in a net zero carbon world.
  • The legal perspective, Antony Phillips, Fieldfisher, will update ACES on the legal issues facing the sector and profession
  • Harnessing the International Operations Building Standard, Paul Bagust, Head of Property Standards, RICS, explains how IBOS captures and analyses data, placing the user experience of the building at the heart of decision making
  • Q&A hosted by [to be confirmed] looking back over day one and day two with Daniella Barrow of Norse, Alexandra Houghton, Carter Jonas, Paul Bagust, RICS and Helen Stubbs.


Lunch and networking

Delegate Rates (Conference only – not including hotel room)

ACES Members book before 15th July to secure the early bird rates:

Delegate Wed Supper (ACES only) Sutton 2022 Day 1 Sutton 2022 Day 2 Thurs Dinner (Lounge Suit)
Early Bird (ACES Member only) £40 £140 £35 £75
Standard (ACES Member only) £40 £160 £60 £75
Non ACES public sector £180 £65 £75
Commercial £200 £70 £75
Social Programme £40 £100 £75

Hotel Accommodation

For the Conference this year we have reserved bedrooms at the Holiday Inn Hotel (the venue) at a very competitive price of £99 per night including breakfast and we are asking delegates to book their required accommodation direct with the hotel. Hotel contact details are:

Holiday Inn Sutton
Gibson Road, Sutton, SM1 2RF
Tel: + 44 (0) 208 234 1102




There are some cheaper accommodation options available in Sutton but we expect most delegates will wish to be located on site. Further information on alternative accommodation below:

Premier Inn – currently for the 15th September £64

IBIS – currently for the 15th September £50.40

Adagio Apart Hotel – currently for the 15th September £85/00

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