Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

The Third Annual ‘Boom or Bust’ Property Discussion

June 16, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm



Insights from four top property experts on the future of the UK housing market

After the success of our two previous annual property events, the Economic Research Council is hosting a third discussion on the residential property market to address what has changed since last year, what to expect in the coming years, and what “Black Swan” event might disrupt those expectations.  The event is being kindly supported by Cobalt Recruitment.

Our panel at this year’s event represent four different aspects of the property market, each giving a different perspective: a researcher (Lucian Cook, Savills), an investor (Paul McFadyen, Regis Group), a buying agent (Charlie Ellingworth, Property Vision), and a selling agent (Peter Rollings, Marsh & Parsons). Chairing the event this year will be James Wyatt (Parthenia), who has plenty of experience both in the property market and at our annual property discussions (he has spoken at the past two events).

You can submit a question to the panel in advance by clicking here.

Tickets cost £15, but if you don’t currently own a property you are eligible for a special discount ticket costing just £5. To book tickets, please click here.

Event Format

6.30pm: Every guest will receive one free drink, which can be enjoyed in the garden of the Royal Geographical Society (if the weather is good!)  There will also be a cash bar available.

7pm: The event will start in the main theatre of the RGS, beginning with an introduction from the chair.

7.10pm: Each of the four experts will give a short 10 minute presentation on their thoughts about the state of the UK residential property market, what they think is likely to happen in the short-term, and what might disrupt their predictions.

8pm: Questions will be presented to the four speakers by the chairman and the audience, with the aim of discussing some of the issues around the residential property market.  Audience members are encouraged to submit their own questions to the panel in advance – you can submit a question to the panel to be answered on the evening by clicking here.

8.30pm: The event will end with a brief summing up from the chair.  After the event, the bar will remain open for a short time if you wish to stay and discuss the event.

Tickets: ERC Members

Economic Research Council members get free entry to all ERC events.  If you are a member, please click here to reserve your place.

If you are not a member, but are interested in joining, please click here for more information.

Tickets: Non-Members

If you are not a member, you can purchase a ticket for this event by clicking here.  Regular Tickets cost £15.  £5 tickets are available for non-property owners.  Last minute tickets will be available during the week leading up to the event for £20.


The Research Perspective

Lucian Cook is Head of UK Residential Research at Savills. He is one of the UK’s leading and most quoted commentators on the UK housing market. He edits The Residential Property Focus and has written extensively on the prime housing markets, proposals for the reform of the taxation of high value property, the demand for private rented housing and opportunities for institutional investment in the residential sector. He joined the research department in 2007 and is jointly responsible for formulating and presenting Savills views on the residential property and development land markets to a range of clients and journalists.

The Investment Perspective

Paul McFadyen is the Managing Director of Regis Group Plc, a leading residential property company that holds one of the largest residential Ground Rent and Private Rented portfolios in the United Kingdom. After studying at the University of East London for a degree in Land Management Paul served as a Detective Constable with Essex Police specialising in targeting serious and organised crime. Paul joined Regis Group in 2005 and has progressed rapidly through the company. He has worked within and subsequently headed the Private Rented and Acquisition and Sales departments before being appointed Managing Director in April 2013.

The Selling Perspective

Peter Rollings is the Chief Executive of Marsh & Parsons. Described by The Negotiator Magazine as being a strong contender for Britain’s most successful estate agent, Peter was one of the key players in the expansion of Foxtons throughout the eighties and nineties. He left in 2005 to purchase long-established central London agents Marsh & Parsons. He went on to buy south west London agency Vanstons and now runs a successful network of 22 offices in central, south and south west London with a focus on sales, lettings, property management, new homes and investments. With his in-depth knowledge of the London residential market he has become a regular media commentator on the residential property market.

The Buying Perspective

Charlie Ellingworth is a founder of Property Vision, the market-leading buying agent. He is a director and trustee of the Cadogan Estate and director of a number of other property companies. His novel, Silent Night, was longlisted for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel. He writes regularly for the FT and other magazines and has just completed a play on the forger Van Meegeren.



 The ERC’s Third Annual “Boom or Bust” Property Discussion is kindly supported by: 


June 16, 2015
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Event Categories:
, ,


Economics Research Council
0203 793 7159


Royal Geographical Society
1 Kensington Gore
London , SW7 2AR
+ Google Map

Do you have an event you’d like included in the PrimeResi Calendar? Email the details to: editor@primeresi.com

PrimeResi Cookies Policy

Our website uses cookies to improve your experience. By continuing to use this site, you are essentially agreeing to this. Please visit our Terms & Conditions page for more information about cookies and how we use them.