London, 2019


Sound Development brings together the top minds from the private and public sectors. Leading experts from the music industry, to those in development, city planning and urban regeneration.

PETER CORNFORTH, Retail & Post-Retail, Benson Elliot

A private equity investor, re-purposing mixed use urban assets and operations, facilitating change in the built environment and user experience. Directing an active portfolio of c.£300m, across retail, residential, hospitality, co-working and creative sectors. He studied at the renowned Faculty of Urban & Regional Studies at the University Of Reading, holds a degree in Urban Land Management and is a professional member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. He has represented the real estate industry as an expert contributor to the Mayor of London’s Night Time Economy commission. His approach to integrating the wider music ecosystem into urban regeneration has been quoted as best practice in the Mayor’s rescue plan for London’s grassroots music venues. A particular passion for social justice has seen him hold senior non-executive positions in a national learning disability charity, a social housing company and a community mental health provider.


Kate Jones, Programme Director, Busk in London

Part of the Found in Music team, Kate is Programme Director for Busk in London. Based in London, she works across the scheme with a particular focus on building relationships with private and public landowners, the creation of bespoke busking and performance schemes and leads on Busk in London’s talent development work.

A highly experienced and creative event producer and project director working across broadcast, corporate and public sectors, Kate was Account Director and Head of Event Production for Kallaway Ltd a specialist arts, education and regeneration sponsorship consultancy. She moved to BBC Wales to take up the newly created role of Music Projects Manager, where she was responsible for the creation and event production of large scale, public facing music tv and radio programmes, events and competitions.

Returning to London as a freelance Producer & amp; Consultant, Kate joined the Mayor of London’s Culture Team to develop an annual festival showcasing the diverse range of London’s talented young musicians. As part of this festival, she created Gigs, the Mayor of London’s annual busking competition - now in its 11 th year - which was the catalyst for the wider reaching Busk in London programme.


Lohan Presencer, CHAIRMAN, Ministry of Sound

An engineering graduate with a background in strategic marketing, Lohan joined Ministry of Sound in 1999 to run their recorded music operations. Over the last 20 years, ultimately as CEO and now Chairman of the Group, Ministry of Sound grew to become the largest independent record company in the world with over 70 million album sales and 21 UK No.1 records. Following the sale of the label to Sony Music Entertainment in 2016, Ministry of Sound launched a private members club and shared workspace for the creative industries in a 50,000 sqft warehouse in south London. The Ministry is the first of many new collaborative creative centres planned across the globe. Ministry of Sound also continues to operate its eponymous nightclub in south London, a global events business and a fitness studio, as well as managing a roster of talented songwriters through its music publishing company.



Dr Julia Jones is Chief Executive of Found in Music, a UK based advisory and experiential firm that helps clients in the private and public sector leverage music to achieve economic and health targets. Found in Music clients have included Olympic squads, the Mayor of London, Gibson Guitars, the NHS and a range of consumer brands. Julia’s PhD research examined music taste and ageing and demonstrated how the embedded emotional connections with music from youth can be harnessed by cities, regions and brands to drive customer engagement and public health benefits. She acts as Secretariat of the Music in Society inquiry conducted at the House of Lords and sits on the Education Task Force of the UK’s All Party Parliamentary Group for Artificial Intelligence. She has recently delivered a music strategy for the UK’s first dementia village and is the author of ’The Music Diet’ a music and heath book available in 2019.


Dr Andrew Harris is an Associate Professor in Geography and Urban Studies at University College London, where he convenes the interdisciplinary Urban Studies MSc. His research develops critical perspectives on the role of art, creativity and culture in recent processes of urban restructuring, and on three-dimensional geographies of contemporary cities. He is Co-Director of the UCL Urban Laboratory.


Pippa Gueterbock, Regeneration Manager, Borough of Haringey

Pippa Gueterbock is an urban designer and regeneration expert who has worked in both the public and private sector in high profile renewal projects in London.

She has a considerable breadth of experience in the field of locally distinctive, design-led urban renewal, playing a leading role in successfully delivering public realm, architecture, urban and participatory design projects in challenging urban areas over the past 15 years.


Philippe Castaing, Independent Spatial Adviser, Pop Brixton / Peckham Levels / Clarnico Quay

Philippe Castaing, creative mind behind Pop Brixton & Peckham Levels, is an Independent Spatial Adviser helping landowners, developers and public authorities integrating the development of their assets into the social and economic needs of their immediate surroundings.

Philippe works on identifying and engaging suitable users, tenants and organisations for their spaces. This is done from a business perspective, balancing financial returns with social objectives.

Philippe also sources opportunities for quality operators seeking to work with progressive landlords