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Douglas Blausten has over 40 years of experience in the commercial real estate sector as an independent adviser to major corporate clients and as an Executive and Non-Executive Director of publicly quoted real estate companies and public bodies. He has extensive experience of public speaking as a keynote speaker and panellist and has chaired many conferences and lectures.

He strongly believes that operational property assets of companies and businesses can be a major catalyst for change in workplace practices and the provider of added value for shareholders/stakeholders. The projects he has led and worked on over his professional career illustrate these outcomes.

As an innovator and strategist he has a strong track record, having for many years advised companies in the transport, power and energy, pharmaceuticals and environmental services sectors and across the manufacturing and distribution sectors.

For twelve years he was a General Commissioner of Taxes and for two and a half years was Vice Chairman of the £ 3.5 billion NHS Property Services Company and Chairman of its Assets and Investment Committee. He has been a Trustee and Director of the Mental Health Foundation until 2017 and also founded the policy discussion and thought leadership forum, The Cambridge Whitehall Group and subsequently chaired this for three years until September 2017. He is a member of the Cambridge Land Economy Advisory Board and in 2017 was appointed an Hon. Vice-President of the Cambridge University Land Society. He served as a Centre fellow of the Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research for six years. He is a director of and consultant to several property investment companies and to industrial and education businesses in the UK and Germany.


Expanding its service activities, Alstom invests in a new site in the North-West of England, UK Douglas Blausten led the Investment and Development team at Cyril Leonard in initiating and procuring this major transport infrastructure site in North West England. It will create a centre of excellence for rail transport in the North West and the site acquisition and selection process took 18 months.
Alstom Transport was granted planning permission by Halton Borough Council to acquire 30 acres of land, for the construction of a new Technology Centre at Widnes in the Liverpool area. It is part of Alstom’s ambition to make its operations in the UK more modern and efficient to support its growth in this market, particularly in the fast growing service activities. The ground-breaking took place in July and summer and construction will began in December 2016. This investment amounts to around €25 million. The Technology Centre intends to create up to 600 jobs for local people in the long term and, once open, offer 15,000 hours of training each year.
Alstom will build a world-class training facility at the site, the North West Transport Training Academy, which will open in autumn 2017. It will act as a UK centre for research and development, providing training in engineering, manufacturing, project management and other vital transport sector skills, upskilling the existing workforce as well as supporting apprentices and new graduates for the rail industry across the North West.
In the immediate future, Alstom will use the centre to carry out essential maintenance work. With over half of the UK rail fleet which has passed its half-life, the centre will provide the expertise needed for maintenance and modernisation of trains. The first project that Alstom will deliver at the rail technology centre is re-painting the Pendolino fleet of 56 Class 390 ‘tilting’ trains used by Virgin on the West Coast Main Line. The project is worth €28 million and will create 80 jobs by the time the technology centre is open in May 2017.
Social Mobility and Education issues in the UK during 2016 Douglas Blausten, as Chairman of the Cambridge Whitehall Group, chaired a programme of discussions on Social Mobility and Education issues in the UK. Sir Kevin Tebbit, KCB, CMG addressed a meeting on the increasing problems of social mobility in the UK. Sir Kevin’s initiative- a paper entitled ‘What has happened to Meritocracy and Social Mobility?‘ was followed by Lord Abedowale’s discussion on the London Poverty Report with the Group has led to the setting up of an Education Committee of the CWG. It will focus on a range of issues affecting social mobility. Professor Dominic Wyse , Professor of Early learning and Childhood Education at UCL gave a paper on Creavity and Education followed by Professor Becky Francis discussing the Evidence for and Against Ability Grouping. The Rt Hon David Laws led a discussion on Education Reform and future directions. Ben Judah will continue the programme in January 2017 leading a talk based on his book on London Poverty and Professor Francis will give the 7th Cambridge Whitehall Lecture on the ‘Role of Academies in UK Education Policy”.
In the meantime Douglas Blausten also announced that the CWG had agreed to make two grants in 2017 to Debatemate and to 2nd Chance, both charities which support young people in gaining confidence to meet the challenges of their potential and to help those who have missed opportunities to have another chance to gain qualifications.
December, 2016: The UK Economy – An End of the Year Review At a December meeting of the Cambridge Whitehall Group Douglas Blausten chaired a meeting with David Smith, Economics Editor, The Sunday Times on the UK economic prospects for 2016
December, 2016: Halcyon London International appointed Douglas Blausten as their property adviser on their major expansion development proposals for this International Baccalaureate education group
December, 2016: Professor Sir Ivor Crewe, The Master, University College Oxford. Subject – ‘Some of the neglected aspects of the politics of Brexit’
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