Liz Peace CBE Chairman
During her time as Chief Executive 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, 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.
Roy Hodson Chair Of Audit And Risk Committee
Roy Hodson joined the Board in April 2016. He brings considerable financial expertise to the Board having been a partner at PwC for 26 years, including serving clients in the property, construction and financial services sectors. Roy was a member of the Supervisory Board at PwC, chaired the Audit & Risk Committee and was a non-executive director on the UK Deals Executive. He is a Chartered Accountant (ICAEW). Roy is also a mentor to social entrepreneurs involved in start-ups and scale-ups at The School for Social Entrepreneurs in London.
Myra Barnes is a Chartered Town Planner currently working as a Partner in a small town planning consultancy. Additionally, Myra is an Independent Member of the Assets Committee for Genesis Housing Association and a Beanstalk Volunteer working with primary school children needing help with progressing their reading. Myra previously was Head of Planning for National Grid Property where she worked on major regeneration schemes and worked to enhance the value of former gasworks sites all over Britain seeking to bring them back into beneficial use. Prior to this Myra worked as Development Manager for Olympia & York producing the masterplan, design guidelines and planning for the development of Canary Wharf, Heron Quays and Port East. Before this Myra worked as Assistant to the Chief Executive at the London Docklands Development Corporation working on many of the key Docklands developments. Her earlier career was as a planning officer at London Borough of Southwark and Surrey County Council.
Sue Brown had an early career in local government, after which she joined the London Docklands Development Corporation, where she was Executive Assistant to its first Chief Executive Reg Ward.
Following a thirty year career in real estate communications, she joined London First as Executive Director of Planning and Development in August 2016. At London First, Sue leads on policy events and initiatives, managing the business interests of property and development stakeholders, as well as working with the Mayor’s office and local government on matters affecting the industry. At London First, Sue Brown is directing the recently established London Urban Transformation Commission.
Sue co-founded REWIRE in 2015, a cross-industry network that works to strengthen the role of women in the property industry.
Kate heads Creative Heritage Consultants Ltd, a multi-disciplinary practice that offers a range of advisory services to those with responsibilities for listed and historic buildings, especially redundant structures and those ‘at risk’. She gained particular experience in creative reuse as the Director of Heritage Works BPT, a post she held for over ten years, during which time the Trust delivered a number of major regeneration projects, including the nationally significant shell repair of Murrays’ Mills in Ancoats, Manchester. She continues her activities in the heritage building trust sector as Chair of the Heritage Trust Network in the Midlands. Kate is a registered architect and a membership assessor for the Institute of Historic Building Conservation. She is a mentor, monitor and expert adviser to the Heritage Lottery Fund, and previously served on the Heritage Lottery Fund NW regional committee.
John Duggan DL
John Duggan is an experienced businessman with over 35 years in real estate and retail in the UK, the US, Asia and continental Europe. He is currently Chairman of Baytree Logistics Properties, in partnership with AXA IM Real Assets and Chair of Milton Keynes Development Partnership. He was Chairman and previously Chief Executive of Gazeley for twenty years, a leading international developer of distribution space, a wholly owned subsidiary of ASDA/Wal*Mart, and Property Director and member of the management board of ASDA. Prior to joining Gazeley he was in the house-building sector for with Barratts and Hunting Gate. He has held a number of other Non Executive appointments on the boards of AIM listed companies.
His previous not for profit appointments include being Chair of Milton Keynes Parks Trust for twenty years, a board member of the China US Centre for sustainability, a member of the Investment Committee of the Bridges Ventures Sustainability Fund and, until recently an adviser to Actis (previously the Common Wealth Development Fund) on logistics development in Africa.
David Hunter Chair of Credit Panel
David Hunter is a professional Non-executive Director and Strategic Adviser focused principally on UK and International real estate. He is currently either Chairman or Non-executive Director of various companies, listed and unlisted, overseeing investments in the UK, India, and South Africa. His role as Chairman of a leading UK based real estate debt fund manager allows him to bring experience directly relevant to the activities of the AHF. David qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1978 and his background is as a fund manager, most significantly from 2001 till 2004 as Managing Director of Aberdeen Asset Management’s £6.5bn UK and International property fund business. He was President of the British Property Federation in 2004. He is Honorary Swedish Consul to Glasgow, is an Honorary Professor of Real Estate at Heriot-Watt University and is on the Board of Dundee Design Ltd which is creating the iconic V&A Museum in Dundee. David divides his time between Glasgow and London.
Richard Keen Chair Of Grants Committee
Richard Keen is a consultant specialising in working with local communities in developing heritage as an aid to economic and cultural regeneration. He has over forty years experience working in Welsh heritage including employment with the National Museum of Wales and the National Trust with direct responsibility for the care and conservation of historic buildings & landscapes and the implementation and management of medium and large scale projects. He has served on the Ancient Monuments Board for Wales, the Historic Buildings Advisory Council (Chairman from May 2004 to July 2010), Heritage Lottery Fund Committee for Wales. He is currently the Chair for Wales of the Heritage Trust Network (Association of Preservation Trusts); Trustee of the Welsh Georgian Trust; Director of the Commodum Trust;Trustee of the Land Phil Global Trust and the Pembrey Mountain Trust.
Suzanne Snowden is a consultant specialising in brand, communications and digital marketing. She brings experience in delivering complex marketing, research and content development programmes. She is passionate about using technology to raise awareness around preserving historic buildings. Prior to her current role she worked as a strategy consultant as well as holding leadership roles in business development, marketing and client service teams. Most recently, as Global Director of Thought Leadership at PwC, Suzanne led the firm’s Global content-marketing activities including directing the research and campaign programme behind PwC’s Annual Global CEO Survey launched each year during the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.
Ade Alao is Head of Investment and Development at Tameside Council and joined the Board in April 2018. He brings considerable expertise from having held senior roles in local government for over 20 years in regeneration, investment, development, housing, economic growth, and capital project delivery. His previous Non-Executive Director appointments include serving as Chair of Northwards Housing and Vice Chair of Salix Homes - both major housing associations in Greater Manchester. Ade was project lead for the redevelopment of Ashton Old Baths, the first completed Heritage Enterprise project in England, now a successful innovation centre for emerging businesses in the digital, media and creative sectors.
Karen Latimer OBE MA DLIS FCLIP hon RSUA
Karen Latimer had an early career as a library building consultant before working in university libraries specialising in architecture and planning and then moving into library management. In parallel with her professional career she has over 35 years’ experience in the architectural heritage sector in Northern Ireland and is currently on the Board of Hearth Historic Buildings Trust (previously Hearth Housing Association and Revolving Fund which she chaired 2000-2015) and is Publications Editor for the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society. She also served on the Historic Buildings Council for Northern Ireland, The Irish Landmark Trust and the Royal Society of Ulster Architects Practice Services Scheme. Karen is a member of the UK Designing Libraries Advisory Board and the LIBER European Research Libraries Architecture Forum as well as various other bodies. Karen is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, an honorary member of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects and was awarded an OBE in 2007 for services to architectural heritage.
Eleanor Mcallister OBE FRIAS FRSA
Eleanor McAllister is both an economist and a town planner and has worked for over 25 years in the west of Scotland using both these disciplines in developing and implementing regeneration projects.
Some of the projects with which she has been involved have been focussed on preserving the built heritage, like the restoration of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s former Glasgow Herald Building to form the Lighthouse, the national centre for Architecture, Design and the City. Others have involved the reuse of existing school and community buildings to house training and employment centres in the areas of social inclusion like the Gorbals and Easterhouse.
She was Director of the Glasgow Building’s Preservation Trust in the 80’s and continued the capital works activity in Local Government for the next 15 years including three years as Depute Director of the Glasgow 1999 Festival Company which delivered the programme of events for Glasgow as the UK City of Architecture and Design.
From June 2002 to March 2012, Eleanor was the Managing Director of Clydebank re-built, one of six Scottish urban regeneration companies. She was responsible for the masterplanning and development of 450 acres of brownfield and industrial riverside and the existing commercial areas in Clydebank’s Town centre. This involved capital spend of over £70m in the ten year period allocated to upgrading the public realm, recycling industrial sites to house business premises and the new FE campus and the restoration of the iconic ‘A’ listed Titan Crane which dominates the Clyde riverside.
More recent projects have included the role as Project Sponsor of the Reid Building, the new design school for the Glasgow School of Art which sits opposite the A listed Mackintosh School.
Eleanor’s voluntary commitments have included being a Governor on the Board of the Glasgow School of Art until her retirement in December 2017. Her role was to chair the Estates Committee which was charged with the task of restoring the Mackintosh building after the traumatic fire in 2014 as well as overseeing the expansion of the campus. In recent years, she has been a Committee member and temporary Chair of the Heritage Lottery in Scotland, a member of Historic Scotland’s Advisory Committee and Vice Chair of the Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT). She is currently a director of Workshop & Artists Studio Provision Scotland (WASPS) and a member of the Strategic Historic Environment Forum for Scotland (SHEF).