Tech Network

Covid-19 has seen the world monumentally shift towards a digital-first outlook. This has far reaching consequences and has also made technology more and more important.

Our Tech Network brings together tech professionals from across the real estate industry to help LandAid and the wider charity sector solve digital road blocks and find innovative solutions to problems, as well as raise vital funds and awareness for our mission.

The network will be spearheaded by a Steering Group, Chaired by LandAid Trustee Dan Hughes, and containing a range of leaders and change-makers from across the sector. 

Our Tech Network Members: 

 

  • Dan Hughes

    Chair

    Dan is founder of ‘Alpha Property Insight’ and ‘LIQUID Real Estate Innovation’ which help the property sector to understand, embrace and benefit from new ways of thinking and technology.

    Dan spent his career working across the built environment and has held senior roles in some of the world's leading data organisations such as Ordnance Survey, IPD (part of MSCI) and was Director of Data and information products for RICS where he also led the organisations ‘PropTech’ activity. Dan has been an active advocate for digital transformation across the built environment.

    ​Dan is on the BPF Technology and Innovation Working Group, the steering committee for MIPIM PropTech, on the RICS data handling professional statement working group and is founder of the not-for-profit ‘Real Estate Data Foundation’, helping the sector benefit from data.

  • Jonathan Avery

    Tech Network Member

    Jonathan joined Legal & General in 2012.  As Head of Technology and Change he is responsible for transforming the Real Assets operating model. Jonathan takes the needs of the business and its investors to formulate an operating environment that will constantly improve and support business processes, often requiring the deployment new technologies into the business.

    Jonathan is currently an active member of the British Property Federation Innovation Council, Building Owners Group for the Centre for Digitally Built Britain, WiredScore Smart Building Advisory Group and is a member of the Real Estate Investment Management Technology Roundtable, a group which seeks to advance technology strategies and innovation across the peer group within the UK.

    Jonathan graduated from the University of Huddersfield in 2003 and holds a (MSc) in Management Science and a Diploma in Business Analysis.

  • Oli Farago

    Tech Network Member

    Oli is the CEO and co-founder of Coyote Software.

    He has played a fundamental role in scoping and developing Coyote since 2009, through to present day, where he leads a growing team of 35+ between offices in London and New York.

    Prior to Coyote, Oli was a founding partner and CTO of M7 Real Estate - one of Europe’s fastest growing Fund and Asset Managers, and it was here where the concept of Coyote was born.

    Ever since then, Oli has been at the forefront of commercial property technology – long before the term “PropTech” was coined.

  • Jamie Holmes

    Tech Network Member

    Jamie is the CEO of VU.CITY, the business passionate about making the best possible cities for all.  Jamie has been in the company since October 2017 and is still loving every minute of it. 

    A previous Chairman of the charity HemiHelp and a current trustee of Contact, Jamie knows the difference that well run charities can make to their beneficiaries and is very excited about supporting LandAid.

  • Emily Laverick

    Tech Network Member

    Emily joined the innovative Proptech company Built-ID in 2018 as Account Manager from campaign management and marketing roles in Europe and the Middle East.

    She is part of the team that launched the Give My View software tool which has enabled over 400,000 people to engage in community consultations and recently founded the Built ID Learning Programme, with the aim of promoting diversity and inclusivity in the Real Estate and Tech Industries.

    As Marketing Director at Built-ID, she led all strategic and creative marketing activities, running both own brand campaigns and those for clients that include the largest property and renewable energy companies across the UK and Europe.

    She has recently been appointed as Built-ID Head of Leisure and Social Impact and looks forward to leading projects on stakeholder engagement and community fund allocation across the sectors.

  • Carly Morris

    Tech Network Member

    Carly is the Head of Geovation, leading a community of over 1500 start-ups, corporate innovators, developers and investors who all understand the power of location and property data.

    Geovation is an Ordnance Survey and HMLR initiative, running industry-leading accelerator programmes for start-ups in proptech as well as start-ups using all types of location data.

    Carly has previous leadership experience in aviation as well as banking and finance industries, and was recently named as a Tech Women 100 winner. 

  • Sammy Pahal

    Tech Network Member

    Sammy Pahal is the Managing Director of the UK PropTech Association, a not-for-profit organisation set up to drive digital transformation of the UK property industry and help create a conducive environment for innovation. 

    Sammy previously worked for Ordnance Survey, Great Britain's National Mapping Agency, and has a background in Psychology. 

    She joined UKPA when it was first set up in 2017 and has taken it through it's evolution including a re-launch in 2019, which led to the association growing from 50 members to now over 850 members, from across PropTech and real estate.

  • Jess Williamson

    Tech Network Member

    Jess joined the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government in early 2019, taking on the newly created role of PropTech Strategist.  

    With innovation taking place across the industry, Jess is focused on engaging and supporting emerging technology companies that are helping the housing market become more efficient, transparent, and productive.

    She previously spent 10 years in startup and investment roles, launching startup accelerators with Techstars across 5 continents and serving as Global Program Director for the Barclays Accelerator powered by Techstars.

    Jess enjoys working on industry innovation with many different stakeholders and the chance to make a positive impact.

     

  • Catherine Russell

    Tech Network Member

    Catherine has been at Vodafone UK for 9 years and as Head of Sustainable Business, is responsible for helping the company to live its purpose, to connect for a better future.  Focussing on closing the digital divide, Catherine and her team have led programmes helping to connect over 750,000 people during the pandemic.  In June 2021, Vodafone announced a pledge to connect a further 1 million digitally excluded people, through initiatives driven by Catherine and her team. 

    Passionate about the force for good that big corporates can be, while also doing business responsibly and caring for our wonderful planet, Catherine is also a huge supporter of collaboration, and is delighted to join the Tech Network Steering Group. 

  • Naqash Tahir

    Tech Network Member

    Naqash Tahir is Director at PGIM Real Estate, Head of Systems for Europe, Project Manager for the Asia region and co-chair of the European Innovation council.

    He is based in London and is responsible for technology strategy, digital transformation, innovation and PropTech for continental Europe, as well as overseeing various projects in Asia. Previously, he served as the team lead for European systems, while managing projects and overseeing fund analysis. Naqash is a PropTech advisor and mentor, representing and speaking at technology events around Europe.

    Naqash is also the founder and chairman for ReimTech, which is a forum for the Real Estate Investment Management Technology peers across Europe.