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RICS announces distinguished line up for its North East summit

The summit aims to highlight the role that property and construction needs to play in the region's economic recovery. The full day event will bring together a host of experts from politics, property, business and finance to provide a State of the Region report with a special focus on property.

Contributors will explain their aims and aspirations, provide up-to-date information on the latest developments in policy and practice, and debate the current issues vital to the North East.

‘The summit is open to all and will be of particular value to anyone passionate about the region and planning for the future. We have a fantastic line up of speakers who will undoubtedly provide a clear update on the latest thinking in the fields of politics, finance and business,’ said Jennifer Welch, RICS North Operations Director.

The event will be useful for anyone involved in property related jobs, according to Kevan Carrick, the summit's chairperson and senior partner at JK Property Consultants.

‘The RICS Summit is aimed at all professionals working in the land, property and construction sectors who wish to see the bigger picture. Whether you operate in the public sector, the private sector, the third sector or all three, the information packed day will provide much food for thought as you plan ahead and will help you to make informed decisions for the future course of your company or organisation,’ he explained.

The full line up of speakers are; Lord Shipley, Liberal Democrat Peer, Newcastle City Councillor and an adviser to Greg Clark the Cities Minister; Sir Ian Wrigglesworth, Deputy Chairman of the Independent Approval Panel, Regional Growth Fund; Chi Onwurah, Labour MP for Newcastle upon Tyne Central and Shadow Minister for Business, Innovation and Skills; Paul Woolston, chairman of the North Eastern Local Enterprise Partnership; Stephen Catchpole, managing director of Tees Valley Unlimited; Dermot Roddy, Science City Professor of Energy at Newcastle University; Simon Rubinsohn, RICS chief economist; Lucy Winskell, Vice Chancellor for Region, Engagement and Partnerships at Northumbria University; Hugh Morgan Williams, chairman of North East Access to Finance; Craig McNaughton, area director for Commercial Banking, North East and Cumbria at Lloyds TSB Commercial; John Early, founding partner, Genr8 Developments and former chairman of AMEC Developments and chairman of the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities Business Leadership Council; and Geoff Hunton, director of Merchant Place Developments who will be speaking about the Hitachi development in County Durham.