Taking smart buildings to the next level

Thursday 19th October 12:15 - 13:00

Management Theatre

With increasing use of technologies, such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, smart buildings, continue to become more sophisticated and more responsive to building occupants and managers. In this round-table discussion, we will be exploring some of the recent trends within the sector and what this means for participants within the commercial real estate sector.

Key questions that will be addressed in this session include:

What have we learned so far?
What challenges do we need to overcome?
Who is doing this well and why?
Keys to success?


Andrew Knight

Global Lead, Data and Tech


Andrew has been with RICS for over twelve years, and prior to his role in leading the data and tech thought leadership and data standards function, managed RICS’ relationship with the finance and investment community working with debt and equity participants, their advisors in law and accountancy, and regulators. Andrew has also enjoyed a long career in IT starting out running programs on mainframes using punched cards, and then working through the eras of mini-computers, personal computers, and the internet - and now the world of artificial intelligence, cloud computing, the Internet of Things (IoT) and blockchain. In his current role, Andrew is responsible for data and tech thought leadership and content development, and the adoption of the RICS Data Standard (RDS) that supports valuation, property measurement, life-cycle costing, building performance, brokerage, and due diligence.

Ashley Bateup



A technology and innovation leader with over 30 years of experience across industry.

He is passionate about bringing value to the lives of others through innovation and technology.

Ashley excels in cultivating relationships with key stakeholders and his ambition is to transform the NHS by bringing his own brand and that of Mymesh to offer a technology experience that will benefit all building users.

He now leads Mymesh across the UK and is closely linked to the NHS with a strategy underway with Guys & St. Thomas' hospital.

His passion is to shape the future of healthcare by using IoT technology with Mymesh as the core infrastructure and driver behind the transformation.

Ged Tyrrell


Tyrrell Building Technologies

A thought leader in the Industry, Ged has over 35 years of industry pedigree shaping Tyrrell Building Technologies Group (TBT) into a market leader in Smart Building Products, Services and Technology. Ged sits as CEO, heading up a board of dedicated and knowledgable divisional leaders.

Tyrrell Systems, formed in 1997 is focussed entirely on integration, remote monitoring and controls engineering and now positioned at the heart of of Smart Buildings as a premier MSI.

Tyrrell Products followed in 2012, creating, supplying their own drivers, apps, IoT and Smart Building products to over 40 partners throughout EMEA and beyond.

Simaxx Analytics was acquired in 2020 to extract value from environmental and building data for analytics in the pursuit of energy saving, operational efficiency, occupant well-being and compliance reporting. Simaxx is the brains behind TBT's next generation data analytics capabilities, enabling its clients to meet increasingly complex sustainability requirements.

Halo/Smart-IoT is the latest addition to the group, offering a rapidly deployable, low cost range of IoT energy saving and monitoring products, which integrate seamlessly into the Analytics and Reporting platform. Halo/Smart-IoT pairs IoT devices with Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning allowing the development of tools capable of collecting vast amounts of data to create actionable intelligence in real time.

TBT operates across the entire technology food chain from consultancy, design and products through to analytics and reporting.

Loki Cheeseman

Senior Workplace Project Director


Loki specialises in move and change management, with a strong focus on people. In her role as Senior Workplace Project Director for MovePlan, she works closely with the senior executive teams of some of the world's largest financial and professional services companies, supporting them in maximising the human potential within their workspaces.

Loki holds qualifications in Prosci Change Management and AgilePM, and is a PRINCE2 practitioner. She has been with MovePlan, the global expert in specialist change management and relocation services, for over six years.

Sandeep Arora


TLA Smart Cities / The UK Launchpad

Chartered Accountant, Banking Executive and now CEO of the fast-growing UK Launchpad and Chair of Tech London Advocates Smart Cities. Sandeep Arora is a leading player in the innovation scene in the UK, advising and building go to market strategies for smart city tech companies looking to build their UK presence

Trevor Miles

UK Area Manager R8 Technologies / Business Development Manager, Chess UK

R8 Technologies / Chess UK

Trevor is a Proptech evangelist. In his role as Business Development Manager for Chess UK, he promotes the benefits of wireless mesh technologies as a platform for adaptive and highly secure smart buildings. As the UK Area Manager for R8 Technologies, he enables owners and occupiers of large commercial buildings to achieve ESG goals, energy savings cost savings and improved occupier comfort.
Trevor previously worked in management consulting as the Smarter Buildings Consulting lead for IBM in the UK. Prior to this, he was a real estate and facilities management consultant at PwC. He has conducted client assignments in the UK, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal, Scandinavia, Canada and the Middle East. He also served as a Proptech coach for the start-up: Urbest.io
Trevor has spoken regularly at conferences and a served as a member of the RICS Management Consultancy Executive Board where he has led projects on change management and shared services. He co-edited the corporate real estate technology chapter of “The Essential Guide to Corporate Real Estate” (sponsored by CoreNetGlobal / The Global Association of Corporate Real Estate) and has had several articles published in property journals.

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