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76 property leaders sign LandAid’s pledge calling for an end to youth homelessness

Sally Robinson | 26.04.16

76 influential property figures have signed a call to action pledging their support to LandAid’s new mission to end youth homelessness in the UK.  The pledge, drawn up by LandAid Chief Executive Paul Morrish and Chairman Liz Peace CBE, sets out the need to work together as an industry to raise youth homelessness up the agenda.

See the full pledge and list of signatories below or read the press coverage in Estates Gazette and CoStar

Well-known industry names including Guy Grainger of JLL, Bill Hughes of Legal and General and Harvey Soning of James Andrew International signed the manifesto, vowing to play their part in tackling youth homelessness by supporting LandAid.  Companies including CBRE, PwC, British Land, Savills, Land Securities and M&G were also represented on the list of signatories.

Paul Morrish, Chief Executive of LandAid, said:  “Youth homelessness is an avoidable and unnecessary tragedy. While we’re familiar with the great work that the charity sector does to help young people in difficulty, today the property world stands up and stands together as the first industry sector ever to take on the challenge to do what it can, over the next 10 years, to help end youth homelessness.

It is an unprecedented move by companies who make their living from real estate and from commercial competition, to work together for those who often wonder if they’ll ever have a place to call home. In coming together, and working through LandAid, the property industry is forming the first ever corporate movement for social change.

This call to action marks the determination of 76 industry leaders to make this movement a success, and change the lives of thousands of young people.”

LandAid's call to action

No young person should have to experience homelessness. That so many do, and that hundreds will sleep rough in cities and towns across the UK, is a major challenge for all of us.

We represent over 100 of the most influential businesses in the UK. Whether developers, constructors, or agents we are all leaders within the property industry. Between us we support much charitable activity, but what unites us is our support for LandAid, the property industry charity.

Today we write to show our support for LandAid’s new ambition – to work with its supporters across the property industry, with other funders and charities, and with government to help tackle and end the scourge of youth homelessness.

We recognise the complex range of issues that can lead to young people becoming homeless: family breakdown; lack of housing; substance misuse, mental health problems; and a history of care to name but a few.

But, through the work of LandAid, we are determined to support charities across the UK and to play our part in helping to prevent, protect and provide for those young people, and to promote their cause however we can.

We live in very challenging times. There are limits to what central and local government can and will do. Business has no easy panacea for social problems, but it can play a significant part in helping to support a society in which we all are safe, housed, employed and fulfilled.

We are committed to helping end youth homelessness, are excited that our charity, LandAid, is determined to play its part in realising that ambition over the coming years, and invite our peers across the industry to join our ranks.

Signed by

Adam Starr, Managing Director, Redevco UK

Adam Mursal, Director, TowerEight

Alan Dornford, Managing Director, Capita Real Estate

Alan Tripp, Managing Director, LaSalle Investment Management

Alex Jeffrey, Chief Executive, M&G Real Estate

Alex Price, Chief Executive, Palmer Capital

Alison Klarfeld, Head of Corporate Responsibility, Berwin Leighton Paisner

Alistair Elliott, Senior Partner & Group Chairman, Knight Frank

Andrew Hallett, Regional Managing Director Real Estate; London & SE England, Royal Bank of Scotland

Bill Hughes, Managing Director, Legal & General Property

Bob May, Planning Director, Head of Expert Witness and Director of CSR, Turley

Brian Bickell, Chief Executive, Shaftesbury

Bryan Pickup, Partner King and Wood Mallesons

Charles Begley, Executive Director, City & Westminster Property Associations

Charles Knight, Founder Partner, Mansford

Ciaran Bird, Chief Executive, CBRE

Craig McWilliam, Executive Director, Grosvenor

Craig Hughes, Partner, PwC

Damian Wild, Editor, Estates Gazette

Dave Butler, Director, Grainger

Dave Gibson, Director, Draught Associates

David Jennings, Chairman, Movers and Shakers

David Mann, Co-founder, Freehold

David Sleath, Chief Executive, SEGRO

David Taylor, Senior Consultant, Pinsent Masons

David Turner, Partner, DTRE

Digby Flower, Chairman of UK and Ireland, Cushman & Wakefield

Douglas McCormick, Chief Executive, Sweet Group

Duncan Lamb, Founder, Profile Property Marketing Network

Ed Cooke, Director of Policy, British Council of Shopping Centres

Elliott Sparsis, Founder, Sociable Surveyors

Euan Bremner, Partner, Burges Salmon

Ezra Nahome, Chief Executive, Lambert Smith Hampton

Fiona Alfred, Executive Director, Women in Property

Gabriel York, Director, Strategy, Lodha Group

Gerry Hughes, Chief Executive, Bilfinger GVA

Ghislaine Halpenny, Director of Communications, British Property Federation

Guy Grainger, UK Chief Executive, JLL

Guy Rudd, Managing Director, Blackstone Group

Harvey Soning, Chairman and Chief Executive, James Andrew International

Ian Hawksworth, Chief Executive, Capital & Counties

Jeremy Spratley, Managing Director, Spratley Studios

Jo Allen, Chief Executive, Frogmore

John Burns, Chief Executive, Derwent London

John Slade, UK Chief Executive, BNP Paribas Real Estate

John Woodman, Senior Partner, Malcolm Hollis

Johnny Clayton, Chair, Young Entrepreneurs in Property

Julian Stocks, Partner, Deloitte

Kent Gardner, Chief Executive, Evans Randall

Kevin Coughter, Private Client Director, Lot 11

Kevin Winstanley, Managing Director, ip-Xchange

Liz Hamson, Editor, Property Week

Lucy Close, Founding Director, Redwood Consulting

Mark Reynolds, Chief Executive, Mace

Mark Ridley, Chief Executive, Savills

Mark Walley, Managing Director, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

Martin Wright, Partner, Mayer Brown

Matthew Weiner, Chief Executive, U and I Group

Mike Biddle, Managing Director, Angermann Goddard and Loyd

Mike Slade, Chief Executive, Helical Bar

Neal Pickering, Development Director, SKANSKA

Nick Leslau, Chairman, Prestbury

Nigel Franklin, Joint Managing Director, Muse Developments

Paul Norman, Editor, CoStar

Rob Bower, Managing Partner, Montagu Evans

Robert Noel, Chief Executive, Land Securities

Rupert Parker, Propski

Sammy Kingston and Wale Sanusi, Founders, the Apprentice Network

Scott Tyler, Senior Partner, Allsop

Simon Heilpern, Investment Partner, Levy Real Estate

Simon Perkins, Managing Director, McKay Securities

Simon Prichard, Senior Partner, Gerald Eve

Simon Camamile, the Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors

Tim Roberts, Executive Director & Head of Offices, British Land

Toby Turner, Managing Director, Holtby Turner

Tony Horrell, Chief Executive, Colliers International