The AHF is delighted to announce the appointment of Liz Peace CBE as its new Chair. Liz is a well-known figure in the property industry, having served as Chief Executive of the British Property Federation for thirteen years until her retirement at the end of 2014.
Welcoming her appointment, Liz said: “I am honoured and delighted to have been elected the new Chair of the Architectural Heritage Fund, a highly regarded charity that has achieved so much by helping people make the best use of their locally cherished heritage. The way in which the AHF recycles its funds is particularly important as we all strive to achieve greater impact with fewer resources.”
The AHF’s Chief Executive, Ian Morrison said: “I am thrilled by Liz’s appointment. The AHF is extremely fortunate to have someone with her experience, knowledge, contacts and persuasive abilities to lead our organisation in exciting new directions at a time of considerable change. I would also like to convey my thanks to the outgoing Chair, Merlin Waterson CBE, who has made an extraordinary contribution to the work of the AHF during his 16 years on the Council”.
During her time at the British Property Federation, Liz managed to change the Government’s perception of the commercial property industry, to establish it as a key voice in policy debate, to dissuade the Government from legislating on commercial leases, to win innumerable changes to planning and tax legislation and, working as part of a pan-industry alliance, to persuade the Government to introduce real estate investment trusts (REITs). Previously, Liz was a civil servant in the MOD, eventually becoming a key player in the team that created QinetiQ plc.
Liz is now embarking on a portfolio career with a range of non-executive, advisory and charity roles, including at Morgan Sindall plc, Redrow plc, Howarde de Walden Estates, Holtby Turner, Good Relations Property, Peabody, and the Churches Conservation Trust. She is the chairman of LandAid, the property industry’s principal charity and is also chairing the shadow board for the Curzon Urban Regeneration Company in Birmingham.