EVENT | Don't forget the Occupier: Making smart buildings work for everyone


Industry Insights


Freddie Pritchard-Smith


January 8, 2024

EVENT | Don't forget the Occupier: Making smart buildings work for everyone

Are we risking applying the wrong tech to buildings without truly understanding all stakeholder's needs?

All too often the conversation around creating Smart Buildings is dominated by landlords and tech providers while the voice of the occupiers and operators can go unheard.

We want to change that.

Over the last month, Trustek and JPES Partners have conducted a series of discussion groups with each real estate stakeholder group - landlords, occupiers, tech providers and operators - with the aim of challenging the current rhetoric around smart buildings.

On the 19th April we are bring these voices together for an industry defining public panel discussion.

One expert from each stakeholder group will bring their perspective and help us establish the key processes which need to be addressed if we are to successfully create smart buildings which can evolve and deliver value to all.

Event Details

Date: Wednesday 19th April

Timings: 4pm followed by drinks and nibbles from 6-7pm

Location: The Chapel at Aviation House 125 Kingsway London WC2B 6NH

Book your seat: Tickets for the 19th April panel event can be purchased here.

The Panel and pre-panel experts

The public panel on 19th April is formed of one person from each stakeholder group and will be facilitated by Duncan Lamb.

We are grateful to all if the below experts who have taken part in the pre-event discussion groups and have helped us shape the event on the 19th April.

The Panel

Adam Forster

Development Manager, REDEVCO

Adam is a Development Manager with over 13 years of experience in commercial and residential properties. His personal interest lies in smart and sustainable buildings, with a focus on zero-carbon strategies and renewable energy. Throughout his career, he has worked on both refurbishments and ground-up new builds.

Adam is currently working on exciting projects involving Build to Rent, Retail repurposing, and office developments. As a firm believer in the potential of prop tech in the sustainable building industry, he is dedicated to exploring innovative solutions that reduce environmental impact and add value to both owner and occupier alike.

Adrian Dack

Head of Property Management, SHW

Adrian Dack is Head of Property Management at SHW and is based in the London office.  He is responsible for the Commercial and Residential Management teams across SHW's network of offices.  

Adrian has a wealth of experience gained from working for a National retailer and subsequently International and National property consultants.   This has provided him with experience from both the occupational and investor perspective where he has run teams across all property sectors from Shopping Centres to Residential. Clients range from Institutional Funds, Property Companies, Corporates, Charities, Local Authorities to High Net Worth Individuals.

Alex Bak

Co-Founder, LIGHT-FI

Alex is experienced in sensor driven building automation, Internet of Things (IoT) technology, and air quality monitoring. With past experience in Management Consulting focusing on behavioural change management and corporate innovation, his mission is to accelerate the adoption of energy efficiency measures and drastically reduce carbon emissions. Alex is experienced in client relations, building automation, data science and IoT hardware design. Alex graduated from University of Oxford with a degree in Physics and has a PhD in Quantum Metamaterials from Imperial College.

Amanda Irwin

Director of Workplace Consultancy, DEVONO

Amanda is the Director of Workplace Strategy at DeVono, a tenant-only commercial real estate agency based in London. She’s passionate about identifying client’s opportunities for change, both to their physical space, as well as their culture and their approach to sustainability.  Through looking at ‘work’ through the lenses of people, culture, workstyle, design and technology, she’s able to produce a strategy that considers all aspects and puts businesses on the path to their next step. In the new world where hybrid working is the norm, she’s at the forefront of guiding businesses to release a hold on traditional office design, and reimagine their new world of work.

Helen Cave-Penney

Head of Growth, Europe, EVORA GLOBAL

Helen has 20 years of sales, account management and business growth experience across pharmaceuticals, banking and predominantly (15 years) corporate real estate. Her expertise lies in setting up and rolling out sales processes and growth strategies as well as direct sales both small to enterprise level agreements. With 10 years in Real Estate advisory companies, she has over the last 5 years moved to real estate technology businesses. Helen's most recent experience is around ESG consulting and data management.

Larissa Pearce

Associate Director, Development Set Up (DSU), SAVILLS

Larissa is a Property Consultant, Surveyor and Chartered Construction Manager with over 6 years experience in real estate & construction. She has worked in the multidisciplinary sectors of higher education, education, residential, retail and commercial offices.

Her current role as Associate Director, Development Set Up (DSU) provides the link between the built asset and occupation. From early planning stages Larissa reviews drawings and plans, provides advice on future management strategies to create capex set up budgets, service charge budgets, tendering and procurement of the management team. Her team are involved in everything from new commercial offices, mixed use developments with old and new buildings to the repurposing of existing buildings.

Matthew Jones

Investment & Development Manager, THE ARCH COMPANY

Investment and Development Manager at The Arch Company - leading on the refurbishment, development and regeneration of multiple sites across London, turning under-utilised land and railway arches into functioning and thriving locations. Previous experience in the flexible workspace market, managing the expansion of a UK-wide serviced-office and industrial operator through freehold acquisitions and refurbishments. Background in Office Investment Sales, Acquisitions and Valuation.

Neil Salt


20+ years in high growth, emerging technology has created an obsession for Neil in creative marketing & business development. Neil loves working alongside great teams and founders to create change & drive revenue. He has co-founded, run, and driven businesses/brands in the built environment, allowing him the opportunity to extend his core marketing and creative skills to encompass wider organisational competence. Both a seasoned marketer and an early adopter, Neil's passion lies in managing the collision of creativity, business and technology to create high growth GTM strategies for emerging, disruptive businesses. As a builder, not a farmer, he enjoys rolling up his sleeves to get s#%t done, drive innovation into the marketplace, being the customers advocate and creating stakeholder value.

Rachel Kerwin

Head of Property and Projects, EVERSHEDS SUTHERLAND

Rachel is the Head of Property and Projects at Eversheds Sutherland, one of the world's largest law firms. Rachel leads real estate strategy, delivering award winning environments and leveraging change. Her team deliver strategic projects and BAU service excellence in estate management.

A history graduate, Rachel fell into real estate by accident, when a six week temp job in NHS Estates became a two-year role supporting a major strategic estate programme. She has since worked for a private developer and manufacturing company. Rachel holds a Master's Degree in Commercial Property Management, is a Prince2 and MSP Practitioner, and is a Chair of Eversheds Sutherland's Gender Network.

Simon Banks


Simon has 20 years of Investment Management experience, with a proven track record of delivering performance across a range of asset classes, predominantly within central London offices, regional office and industrial sectors.

Following 13 years at Aberdeen Asset Management, Simon headed the UK business at RE Capital for 3 years, building the team from 5 to 13 employees and through numerous acquisitions, established a market leading Central London office platform.  He is directly responsible for running RE Capital's two UK flagship development projects in Clerkenwell and Victoria, with a combined GDV of approximately £225m.

Solène Quintart

Senior Business Developer, MYR.AI

For the last 6 years Solene has launched concepts abroad while considering local habits and population. She was previously at CIC London as head of the International Department, and is now at Myr.ai ras Senior Business Developer reporting directly to the CEO.
Solene has supported 100s of companies to develop their business activity aborad and identify their best areas, sectors and selling strategies. She maintains strong existing client relationships, and a finger on the pulse of industry trends, and understands the continual need to report successes and areas of improvement - redefining operational KPIs and goals where necessary.

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Freddie Pritchard-Smith


Freddie Pritchard-Smith

Freddie has a foundation in commercial real estate having worked for over 10 years with some of the most prestigious landlords in the Central London office market such as LaSalle Investments, Shaftesbury and Blackstone. Back in 2018 he pivoted his career to build and launch a tenant engagement mobile app and smart building platform call Savvy. Savvy deployed in 15 numerous buildings across the country and is used by thousands each day as well landlords like Derwent London and Clearbell. Freddie’s background in both real estate and technology enables him to understand the nuances in both commercial and technology development processes. It also drives his passion for seeing underutilised proptech succeed and ensure that any technology provides an enjoyable experience for customers

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