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CML New Year networking reception


25 February 2016

Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Venue: Walker Morris, Leeds
Price: £55 +VAT members
£99 +VAT associates
£129 +VAT non-members
CML New Year networking reception

About this event

Join the CML for an evening of industry discussion and connect with industry peers at our New Year networking reception. Attendees will be treated to a keynote speech from housing expert Paul Beardmore, followed by a delicious mix of refreshments.


Award winning local sourced sausages, buttered mash, red onion & thyme gravy

Smoked Haddock Kedgeree

Courgette, pepper & sweet potato tagine, Morrocan spiced cous cous

Baked cheesecake




Soft drinks – still & sparkling water, orange juice, elderflower presse, cranberry juice

Wine – White – Sauvignon Blanc, Red – Merlot

Beers – Peroni, Black Sheep and Modello

Tea and coffee will also be available 

Organisations who attended the recption included:

  • Addleshaw Goddard
  • Callcredit Ltd
  • Capita Mortgage Services
  • Countrywide
  • Coventry Building Society
  • Fleet Mortgages
  • HML
  • Leeds Building Society
  • Lightfoots LLP
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • National Australia Group (Europe) Ltd
  • Shoosmiths
  • Skipton Building Society
  • Virgin Money
  • Yorkshire Building Society

Running Order

1815 - 1830


Welcome drinks

1830 - 1900


Keynote speech
Paul Beardmore, Director of Housing, Manchester City Council

  • What does the new ‘northern powerhouse’ structure mean for housing?
  • How do the new devolved powers work?
  • What have been the successes, challenges & learning points?
  • How can this model be applied elsewhere effectively?

1900 - 2100


Networking - a free-flow of refreshments will be provided 

Keynote speaker

Paul Beardmore

Director of Housing, Manchester City Council

Paul has worked extensively in private sector housing renewal with a brief period in housing management before settling into housing strategy and policy in 1998.  He enjoyed a short secondment to the Housing Corporation in 1999, and has headed up a strategic housing service since 2003. 

 In 2009 he took up the post of Director of Housing at Manchester City Council.  In the 6 years he has been with the City council, he has overseen two successful bids for Local Authority Newbuild funding, development and implementation of a new forward thinking City Wide Allocations scheme called Manchester Move, the successful transfer of all of the remaining Council Housing stock including the implementation of 3 housing PFI contracts.  Paul has led on the development of Manchester’s ambitious residential growth strategy and has had the determination to see through the implementation of new models of investment utilising MCC owned land and investment funding from Greater Manchester Pension Fund.  He is currently working on expanding the investment into phase 2 and ultimately into a Greater Manchester programme. 

 In this time he has also increasingly worked on behalf of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority as a housing specialist.  Paul is keen to develop further the strategic importance of housing as a key component of economic growth and public sector reform for the region through the greater devolution of powers and resources outlined in the Chancellors recent announcements.  


 Walker Morris

Walker Morris is a law firm, uniquely recognised for its strong multi-disciplinary teamwork and straightforward advice. Our aim is to ensure that we are regarded as a distinctive law firm, valued by our clients and consistently delivering excellent results. We provide comprehensive legal services for lender clients, ranging from corporate scale advice for large lenders to bespoke rehabilitation strategies for individual borrowers. Our focus is on adding value to our clients businesses. Through employing experienced, specialist staff who understand the lending industry we are able to deliver value and excellence in a practical commercial way to all types of financial institutions, from large high street banks to small niche lenders.








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12 King Street

Nearest overground station:

Leeds Station (2 minutes walk)


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