21st September 2021

Liverpool City Council Chief Executive, Tony Reeves and Liverpool city Region Combined Authority Chief Executive, Katherine Fairclough, will join UK city leaders at the London Real Estate Forum 2021, to highlight city region’s real estate resilience and ambitious growth plans.

London Real Estate Forum. 29-30 September 2021

As city leaders, investors and developers look to drive sustainable post‑pandemic growth and recovery, there is renewed energy to tackle major global issues head-on and Liverpool is front and centre when it comes to this critically important UK agenda.

London Real Estate Forum (LREF) organisers believe 2021 presents an exciting moment for UK cities to reboot, re-examine and re-strategise. This year LREF have chosen the theme of Resilient Cities, to focus on how we can work together as an industry to enable social, environmental, and economic sustainability, post-pandemic.

This year’s programme covers everything from the state of the market to the importance of social value, clean tech, transport, green finance and more. Delegates will have access to 30 sessions over three stages, 4 receptions with networking opportunities throughout.

30 SEPTEMBER. 15.15.

Whilst further Liverpool related sessions and speakers are being finalised, we are very happy to announce that Tony Reeves, Chief Executive of Liverpool City Council will lead a discussion around UK city centre growth strategy.

The session will examine what the future of city centres, post-pandemic may look like, highlighting and exploring the policies that should be put in place today to guarantee the best sustainable and economic outcomes for the UK city centres of tomorrow. 

Speaking at last year’s London Real Estate Forum event, Tony Reeves, said:

“The key thing is playing to our strengths and not trying to reinvent ourselves. We have major global strengths in health and life sciences and digital technology and when you couple this with the things we’ve learned through the pandemic, such as the smart testing pilot that we trialled, on behalf of the rest of the UK, we think this will ultimately translate into economic opportunity, going forward.”

Read more about Liverpool’s presence at LREF 2020 and watch footage of the ‘Liverpool Levelling-Up Post-Covid’ event, featuring Tony Reeves HERE.

Tony will be joined by:

30 SEPTEMBER. 14.00

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority CEO, Katherine Fairclough will also lead a discussion around polycentric cities; defined as urban areas that contains multiple urban agglomerations not connected by continuous development.

This session will examine how the physical shape of our UK cities, and the relationship between interconnected town centres, drives the city’s economy. How will polycentricity support city resilience and prosperity? How will new working and commuting patterns impact the role of outer economic hubs? What does this mean for city-wide planning and investment strategies?

Katherine will be joined by:

London Real Estate Forum takes place at London’s Barbican centre from the 29 – 30 September 2021.

Read more about London Read Estate Forum 2021 and register HERE.


Tony Reeves, Chief Executive of Liverpool City Council.

Prior to becoming Chief Executive of Liverpool City Council, Tony Reeves was Chief Executive of Bradford Council from September 2006 to November 2014 and prior to that Deputy Chief Executive of Wakefield City Council from March 2003 to September 2006.

In 2014 Tony joined Deloitte as Local Government Advisory Partner supporting local Government in areas of strategy and policy, transformation, reorganisation, health and social care integration, regeneration, economic development and housing.

In October 2017, Tony, via Deliotte, was engaged to work with Liverpool City Council providing strategic support and advice to the Mayor and Management Team which included supporting the implementation of the Mayor’s Inclusive Growth Plan, development and implementation of a transformation programme for the Council, performance and programme management systems and the development and implementation of directorate delivery/ business plans.

In July 2018, Liverpool City Council appointed Tony as Chief Executive and his key task is driving delivery of the Inclusive Growth Plan and major programmes of public sector reform, working with partners across public and voluntary sectors and local communities.


Katherine Fairclough, Chief Executive, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Katherine joined the Combined Authority from Cumbria County Council, where she had been Chief Executive since 2017. She was previously Deputy Chief Executive at Warrington Borough Council.

Her role involves responsibility for all functions of the Combined Authority, including Transport, Environment, Investment and Business Growth, Housing and Homelessness, Employment and Skills, Culture, Fairness and Inclusion.

This event has been organised by the Liverpool Place Partnership. Read more about the Partnership HERE.