UKPA Debate

The Big Question: Should PropTechs provide greater support to property companies to help with implementation, Or should property companies be better prepared?

29th March 2023

17:00 - 20:00


Billions of investment in PropTech, advancements in technology such as AI, and gaining popularity in ideas such as the Metaverse, Vs. challenging market conditions, resistance to change and barriers to adoption. What is the market sentiment? How is PropTech shaping the future of the industry? What is blocking effective technology adoption? Our debate series will tackle the big questions head on.

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Digital transformation is challenging and requires evaluation of people and business processes, change management and integrations between different solutions/systems.


Should PropTechs provide greater support to property companies to help with implementation, Or should property companies be better prepared?

Hear from our debaters who will be giving their perspectives on this question, and have your say…

Team 1:“PropTechs should provide greater support for implementation of technology”

Helen Cave-Penny –Head of Growth at Evora Global

Helen’s professional journey spans over 15 years in the corporate real estate sector, with roles at CBRE and BNP Paribas Real Estate. She transitioned to proptech 3.5 years ago, working with Coyote Software and now driving sales and growth best practices for EVORA Global’s ESG data management platform. Her dual experience allows her to empathize with the difficulties of adopting as well as selling and implementing technology within the real estate industry.  

Andre Bothma- Growth Principal EMEA at JLL Spark

Andre joined JLL Spark in May 2020 as a growth principal supporting the EMEA region. Andre was previously Head of Technology for JLL’s engineering business in EMEA, where his team successfully created a global product that digitised the facilities management service model. Andre brings over 20 years of experience in corporate real estate, where he managed large teams in operational and technology roles that oversaw a portfolio of blue-chip clients across multiple sectors. In 2014, Andre co-founded a high-performance technology business specialising in intelligent building optimisation using energy-efficient products, analytical platforms, and IoT devices throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

Jonathan Avery- Head of Technology and Data at LGIM

Jonathan joined LGIM over 10 years ago as the Business Analyst and has been the Head of Technology and Data for the real assets side of the business for 5 years. Jonathan is leading the design and strategy of the business’s target operating model including managing processes and technology change whilst building partnerships with providers to realise the new model. Jonathan has been in the real estate sector for over 20 years with previous experience at Savills. Jonathan specialises in  Target Operating Models, Business Architecture, Business Relationship Management, Authoring Business Cases, Functional Specifications, Data Architecture, Relationship Diagrams, Master Data Definition, Requirements Gathering, Stakeholder Interviews, User Experience / Journeys, Use Cases, Gap Analysis, As is – To Be, Screen Mock-ups and Wireframes.

Team 2: “Property companies should be better prepared”

Anna Moore – Partner at McKinsey & Company

Anna co-leads the firm’s Sustainability Strategy practice in Europe. She also leads the Basic Materials and Construction practice in the UK and Ireland combining deep experience in strategy, sustainability, and capital markets with knowledge of the basic materials, energy, engineering, and construction sectors. Her areas of expertise include: growth strategy, investment strategy, sustainability strategy, capital markets positioning, activist investor response, and ESG investing. 

Fam Ahamed – Head of Sales, UK & Europe at Workero 

Fam has worked in the Property Industry for nearly 15 years. He started his journey with The Daily Mail Group Trust and worked within the residential PropTech space. He worked as a Consultant at Kerfuffle advising both Agencies and PropTech suppliers. Fam has recently joined Workero, a workplace management software as Head Of Sales in UK&Europe and looking to make a big impact here in the commercial world.

Guy Windsor-Lewis – CEO & Co founder at Locale Group

Guy founded Locale in 2005, a pioneering occupier experience platform. With a digital footprint of over 80m sqft of commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate across the UK, Locale has combined its in-depth understanding of the property industry with state-of-the-art technology redefining the way real estate asset is managed, the way in which real estate engages with its occupiers in a bid to create a cohesive community, and the way in which assets communicate with stakeholders.

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