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The National Development Summit

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Crowne Plaza Blackfriars

19 New Bridge St




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What is the event about?

The National Development Summit- is about bringing together the movers and shakers in this industry.This is the fifth Summit- it was originally conceived in 2016 and has evolved as being a staple event on the developer calendar.

Headline Sponsor: Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP

Main Sponsor: CrowdwithUs


Landlord Smart, Insurance-Desk Services, Property Investor News Magazine, Butler and Noble, Konnexsion

Who is this event for?

  • Developers
  • Planners
  • Financiers
  • Solicitors
  • Interior Designers
  • Investors
  • Architects

What will be covered at the 2019 National Development Summit

  • Planning
  • How some of the most experienced developers got started- site finding
  • Creative Funding
  • Building your team and taking it to the next level
  • Building Contracts

Are there sponsorship and exhibition opportunities available?

There are sponsorship/exhibtion opportunities. There are great opportunities for other property professionals including Architects, Interior Designers and Project Managers

Who are some of the key people presenting/Panellist/chair?

Thomas Knust, Director- Horstix Ltd

Thomas is a trained accountant and has spent a large proportion of his working life in the Corporate Finance sector. He started investing in property from 2006 and has built up a personal portfolio of seventeen properties. In addition to this Thomas has completed eight development projects and currently has five underway, with a total end value of £29 million, all due to complete within the next two years.

His key strengths are in raising finance and analysing projects.

Evan Maindonald

Evan has lived in the UK since 1992 and has been involved full time in property development and investment since 2002. Prior to 2002, Evan owned investment property in the UK and New Zealand and so posesses property experience spanning a period of over 20 years.

MELT Homes has been in property development since 2002. Since formation, we have undertaken projects with gross development value (GDV) in excess of £20m. We are dedicated to creating exceptional, individually designed, contemporary properties.

Previous projects include

  • The Lock Warehouse in Gloucester Docks, the conversion of a Grade II listed Victorian former grain warehouse into 26 apartment with 3,000 sq ft of commercial space on the ground floor
  • Lords Gate, the Construction of 11 new build houses on a green field site in Coleford , Gloucestershire
  • The Old Bakery, Bream, the construction of 3 new build houses

Ross Harper

Property Development

winner of the coveted PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT OF THE YEAR at the Property Investor Awards @BelmontWest is a B-listed church developments to whole tenement buildings in Glasgow and from green field sites and part finished developments my core skills have been harnessed to bring in deals where value can be added. I have leveraged my databases to source buildings, land and other opportunities and have acted as a broker in these transactions.

Nicole Bremner | East Eight & London Central Developments

With her first property development being her own home in 2010, Nicole is now working on over £130m+ GDV Most recently, she has embraced crowdfunding as a way to bring high-end property investment to the smaller investor.

What Panels will take place at the National Development Summit 2019?

Overcoming Challenges as a Developer

The Panel includes

Evan Maindonald

Rob Wilkinson

Rudi Ramdarshan

Rudi Ramdarshan

Rudi is a partner and Legal 500 recommended Lawyer of the west end firm Ronald Fletcher Baker, specialising in commercial and property litigation. Rudi is described as having ‘an instinctive feel for property law' and as a ‘formidable litigator’.

He has a decade of experience acting for developers, using his knowledge of planning and litigation to help his clients realise their vision in the quickest time possible. In recent times he has been involved in substantial mix commercial residential developments in Central London and places like Balham, Wimbledon, Fulham and New Malden.

Rob Wilkinson

Rob bought his first property in London in 2002 and in the years that followed continued to expand his portfolio, refurb and develop alongside his day job. Rob is a qualified Master Mariner and has worked on several of the worlds largest privately owned yachts for some of the worlds wealthiest and most influential people, including a senior member of the Saudi Royal Family and former richest man in the world. With over 10 years operational and project management experience Rob is used to running and working alongside large teams and has extensive experience in managing and budgeting multi-million pound projects. In 2014 Rob Co Founded Crowd with Us and now focusses on his business full time.

Who are some of the presenters?

Stuart Scott- Why Branding is key as a Developer

Stuart is a property developer, serial entrepreneur and speaker. He spent his early career in brand and marketing agencies. He then went one to build and sell a number of successful businesses including a marketing agency and a product design company. He has designed products for some of the world's biggest brands and now applies the same process to the property world. Using these methodologies he has built a multi million pound portfolio across co-living, hotels, single lets and commercial. Stuart is on a mission to create unique spaces that set new standards for urban living. He is a regular on the public speaking circuit where he educates people on design, disruption and innovation within the property sector. Find out how Stuart uses brand, marketing and product design to build a tribe of customers for both rental properties and investment.

About Our Co-Host Piotr Rusinek

Piotr is a London-based property investor and the founder and director of Synergy Property Partners. His background is in helping clients acquire properties and for the last few years his main area of expertise have been property auctions. In 2017, he helped his clients sell and acquire over £3,000,000 worth of properties in auctions.

Piotr was also one of the Top 5 performers on Simon Zutshi's Property Mastermind in 2016.

When will details of the January 2019 Agenda and Speakers be published?

On an ongoing basis Speakers and the Agenda will be announced.

Do note the event ticket price will increase as we get closer to the event.


A very informative event with a lot of experts on show. Great technical and interesting information on recent developments and an in depth insights into the stories of established developers investors and property professionals.

Mahfuz Rahman, Associate Solicitor at Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP

Brendan’s one day events are always great to attend, one of the staple events locked into my calender. The calibre of professionals in the room second to none, Brendan seems to get the biggest names in the industry to show in support, which makes for fantastic networking with the movers and shakers

Theo Bailey, Property Entreprenuer

An excellent one day event with a good mix of interesting presentations and insightful panel discussions – all at a surprisingly low cost.

Ruban Selvanayagam, Property Investor and Blogger

This event will be recorded- video and film

Are there sponsorship and exhibition opportunities available?

Yes- Contact brendan@thenationaldevelopmentsummit.co.uk for Sponsorship and Exhibition opportunities.




Piotr Rusinek, Synergy Property Partners


Gauging the State of the Market

  • Regional variations throughout the UK
  • Getting ready for Brexit
  • Is uncertainty already priced in?

Richard Bowser, Editor of Property Investor News Magazine


Panel session: How to Overcome the Challenges and Risk of Development


Rudi Ramdarshan – Partner Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP
Rob Wilkinson – Co founder Crowd with Us

Evan Maindonald- Melt Homes

Chaired by Bindar Dosanjh, Director of Smart Core Wealth


Networking Break


Magazine Sponsor Presentation: Improving ROI with Short Term Lets

Speaker: Andy Bargery, Director, Butler & Noble


Brendan J Quinn, Founder of The National Development Summit


Case Study: Delivering Profitable Developments - from Crowdfund to Completion

  • Raising finance from the ‘Crowd’
  • Working through the planning maze
  • Delivering a successful build on site
  • Achieving a successful exit

Speaker: Evan Maindonald,founder and CEO of Melt Homes


Case study: Using Brand to Differentiate a Product at Co-Living Spaces

  • Key elements of a strong brand
  • Moving beyond the logo to create a branded living experience
  • Making marketing communications count
  • What’s in store for the future of Co-living Spaces

Speaker: Stuart Scott, Director, Co-living Spaces


Lunch Break


Welcome back from Piotr Rusinek


Getting Creative with Property Transactions

  • Using conditional offers in property transactions & developments
  • How to approach option agreements
  • When to instruct your legal advisors
  • Managing risk in a challenge

Mafuz Rahman, Partner at Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP


Case Study from Ross Harper- Invited

Property Buyer, Auction House Scotland, CEO The Next Step Foundation, GPA Estate Agents, Belmont West Apartments


Networking Break


Hear from Head of Investments at CrowdwithUs- Due Diligence


Panel session- Navigating the Build to Rent Phenomenon

Risks and opportunities of long term hold strategies

Understanding the financial models and margins

How do you compete with pension funds

Finding sites that work for PRS

Panellists include:

Thomas Knust

Martin Skinner (invited)

Charles Rose (invited)


Finding out about future events including National Development Summit 2020


Case Study: Developer Interview with Thomas Knust, Horstix

  • Key milestones in the creation of a multi-million pound business
  • Major challenges and how they were overcome
  • Key lessons for new developers


Meeting comes to a formal close- Networking at the Bar afterwards

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19 New Bridge St




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