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A stellar list of business decision makers, architects and politicians will debate the future of Croydon at the borough’s leading summit in November.

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The sixth Develop Croydon Conference is an essential forum for stakeholders, investors and developers as the borough’s transformation continues to lead the way for London’s outer boroughs.

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This year’s conference is being titled Croydon – London’s future and will examine how Europe’s largest regeneration will create prosperity not just throughout the borough but for the capital as a whole.

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Speakers already confirmed for the event, taking place at Fairfield Halls on November 18, 2015 are:

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Bob Allies: Partner of architecture and urban planning practice Allies and Morrison whose Croydon portfolio includes the Westfield/Hammerson retail scheme and Croydon Old Town Masterplan.

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Will Alsop: Award-winning architect, and director of aLL design, famous for his modernist buildings. In 2007, unveiled a 20-year vision for Croydon with a 30-storey vertical Eden Project as its centrepiece.

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Simon Bridge: Visiting professor of entrepreneurship at the University of Ulster as well as an author and speaker at business and entrepreneurship conferences worldwide.

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Stuart Cade: Partner at internationally-renowned Rick Mather Architects, with 20 years of experience working in masterplanning and with expertise in contemporary buildings in historic settings.

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Nigel Dias: Co-founder of Croydon Tech City which champions tech skills, business and opportunities and has overseen one of the fastest growing tech hubs in the capital.

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Paul Finch: Editorial director of the Architects’ Journal, who was also chair of the Cabe board and deputy chair of the Design Council until stepping down as a trustee last year.

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Mike Herd: Executive director of Sussex Innovation Centre which is about to open an incubation hub for entrepreneurs, start-ups and innovative growing companies in No.1 Croydon.

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Michael Hill: Associate director at multi-award winning developer Countryside Properties, which is looking at investment opportunities within Croydon.

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John Leatherland: Led the urban design group at Farrells which developed frameworks for the Thames Gateway and Vauxhall Cross as well as the Croydon Alliance Whitgift masterplan in 2012.

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Sir Edward Lister: London’s Deputy Mayor for Planning and Policy who has vast local government experience having been leader of Wandsworth Council for 19 years.

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Jason Margrave: Development director at Stanhope plc which, along with Schroders, is behind the nine-acre Ruskin Square mixed used development which is taking shape at East Croydon.

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Lisa McCance: Former head of economic development at Croydon Council and currently programme director at Shared Intelligence as well as being a board trustee of Croydon Business Venture.

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Neil Meredith: Head of UK business space at Schroders plc, who in partnership with Stanhope are behind new homes and commercial space on the nine-acre site at Ruskin Square.

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Juliette Morgan: Head of property for Tech City UK as well as being the tech property specialist for commercial real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield.

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Councillor Tony Newman: In his second spell as leader of Croydon Council having led the Labour Group to victory last year on a manifesto of Ambitious for Croydon.

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Lucy Owen: Head of the south London team in housing and land at the Greater London Authority will discuss the effect of the assembly’s housing zone policy on Croydon.

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Hazel Rounding: A director at ShedKM in 2001 which won an architectural competiton to design a 46,000m2 office within Foster’s masterplan for Ruskin Square.

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Martin Skinner: Chief executive of Inspired Homes and Inspired Asset Management, the company which has transformed Green Dragon House into apartments.

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Roger Wade: Founder and chief executive of Boxpark which has begun work on creating its second pop-up mall using shipping containers on the Ruskin Square site next to East Croydon station.

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Steve Yewman: Development director of Westfield, part of the Croydon Partnership, which intends to embark on a £1billion redevelopment of the existing Whitgift Shopping Centre.

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Kevin Zuchowski-Morrison: Chief executive of Recherche Art Group, founder of the RISE Gallery in Croydon and the architect of plans to turn St George’s Walk in Croydon’s arts quarter.

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Delegates will not only be able to listen to the keynote speakers but also participate in a series of workshops and debates designed to drive the agenda with Croydon in the midst of Europe’s largest regeneration programme.

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Tickets are now on sale at an early bird rate of £354 including VAT, which is available on September 25. The full delegate rate is £420 including VAT. For more details and to book visit www.developcroydonconference.com

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The conference is led by Develop Croydon, a not-for-profit community interest company representing more than 50 businesses, partners, agencies and individuals whose aim is to promote Croydon as a location to invest, work and live.

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