Liz Peace has more than 35 years' experience in government and the property sector. She spent her early career in the Ministry of Defence, eventually becoming a key player in the team that created QinetiQ plc. She subsequently served as Chief Executive of the British Property Federation (BPF) for thirteen years where she regards her key achievement as being the introduction of Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITS). She was awarded a CBE in 2008 for services to the property industry.
Having retired from the BPF at the end of 2014, Liz now has a portfolio career with a range of public sector, commercial and charity roles. She is a non-executive director at Howard de Walden Estates and RPS Group plc and also at the Connected Places Catapult; she chairs the Centre for London and Real Estate Balance, the property industry’s leading diversity group and is a trustee at the Churches Conservation Trust and Whiteley Village Trust; and in the public sector she is Chairman of the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC), the Shadow Sponsor Board for the Palace of Westminster Restoration and Renewal Programme and the recently formed University of Cambridge Property Board.
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 is a Chartered Accountant (ICAEW) and also Director of a number of commercial companies. He mentors at the School for Social Entrepreneurs and the University of Manchester.
Myra has forty years’ experience in property and development, involved in both public and private sector regeneration. She is a Chartered Town Planner currently working as a partner in a town planning consultancy. Myra was previously Head of Planning for National Grid Property and worked at Olympia & York and London Docklands Development Corporation.
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 supports the heritage building trust sector in a voluntary capacity as a member 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 Governor of her former school, Manchester High School for Girls, where she chairs the Estates Committee.
David Hunter is a professional Non-executive Director and Strategic Adviser focused principally on UK and International real estate. He is currently Chairman of three UK REITs. David is an Honorary Professor of Real Estate at Heriot-Watt University and is Honorary Swedish Consul to Glasgow.
Suzanne is a Director at Message Consulting Limited, a marketing and communications consultancy. Previously Director of PwC’s Global Thought Leadership programme where she led the firm’s research, marketing and insights generation activities, Suzanne brings experience advising on brand positioning, thought leadership and social media marketing.
Ade Alao leads on major real estate capital projects for DWP. He previously worked for the British Council and in local government with considerable expertise in project delivery, regeneration, housing and local economic development. He is on the board of Incommunities and previously held Non-Executive Director appointments as Chair of Northwards Housing and Vice-Chair of Salix Homes - both major housing associations in Greater Manchester.
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. 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 the Irish Architectural Archive, and is Publications Editor for the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society.
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. She was Director of the Glasgow Building’s Preservation Trust in the 80’s and continued to work on capital delivery projects in local government for the next 15 years, including three years as Deputy Director of the Glasgow 1999 Festival Company. Eleanor was also the Managing Director of Clydebank Re-built, one of six Scottish urban regeneration companies.
Graham is Chief Executive of Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation, a place-based foundation that is the custodian of Letchworth Garden City, the world’s first Garden City. Prior to joining the Foundation, Graham was Chief Executive of Toynbee Hall an anti-poverty charity based in the East End. Graham’s career combines leadership roles in the voluntary sector, local and national Government including as Chief Executive of MLA London, the strategic regional development agency for museums, libraries and archives and Director of London Libraries Development Agency, the strategic regional development agency for public libraries.
James was principal of a Central London commercial and mixed-use property development and investment business, The Property Merchant Group, he undertook a wide range of projects in Central London, of which the £50 million refurbishment and reconfiguration of Sir Edwin Lutyens’s One Finsbury Circus was a particular highlight. In a voluntary capacity, he is a Vice-President of the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust and a former director of Theatre Delicatessen, an important meanwhile occupier of major buildings, supporting over 11,000 artists.
Neal is an architectural historian and Head of School at the London School of Architecture, based in Hackney, East London. He is passionate about equality, diversity and inclusion in the built environment. He has published on architectural culture in early twentieth Britain and is also a trustee of the Twentieth Century (C20) Society
Carole-Anne is the AHF trustee for Wales. She is the Chief Executive of the Design Commission for Wales, the national champion for good design in the built environment. She has significant experience in founding and running charities and not for profit companies as well as holding board and trustee positions with significant governance, fiduciary and financial responsibilities. She is also founding chair of Gregynog Trust which owns and operates an important mid-Wales estate at Gregynog.
Greg is currently the CEO of Heritage Lincolnshire, an organisation AHF has worked with on a number of projects across the county. Greg’s background is in funding, having worked for the National Lottery Heritage Fund for nearly six years, before going on to manage the £20m Derby Enterprise Growth Fund. Following this, Greg had a successful career as an independent consultant, during which time he has raised funding towards and successfully managed a range of heritage and community-led projects.