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. During that time, she 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). She was awarded a CBE in 2008 for services to the property industry.
Previously, she was a civil servant in the MOD, eventually becoming a key player in the team that created QinetiQ plc.
Liz has now embarked on a portfolio career with a range of non-executive, advisory and charity roles, including at Howarde de Walden Estates, RPS plc, Holtby Turner, the Churches Conservation Trust, and the Architectural Heritage Fund of which she is chairman. She also chairs LandAid, the property industry’s principal charity and is President of the Property Litigation Association. At the beginning of 2016, Liz took on the role of chairing the Government Property Agency. In 2017 Liz was appointed Chairman of the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation.
At Centre for London, Liz is Chair of Trustees, and helps to ensure that we meet our charitable objectives.