Our trustees

  • Liz Peace CBE


    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 to persuade the Government to introduce real estate investment trusts (REITs). 

    Previously, she was a civil servant in the MOD, eventually becoming a key player in the team that created QinetiQ plc.

    Liz has always been a strong supporter of LandAid and was instrumental in establishing the LandAid team within the BPF’s offices. She was awarded a CBE in the 2008 New Year Honours list for services to the property industry.

    Liz is now embarking on a range of non-executive, advisory and charity roles, principal amongst them being the Chairmanship of LandAid. 

  • Mike Slade, FRICS


    Mike Slade is Chairman of Helical, a UK-listed property development and investment company.

    Mike is married with three children. He is well known for his enthusiasm for yachting and launched the 'Leopard', a 100-foot swing-keel ocean racer, in June 2007, in which he won the Rolex Fastnet Race. He is an enthusiastic supporter of the many sports enjoyed by his family, and is heavily involved in raising funds for charity.

    Mike is also a Fellow of the College of Estate Management, Chairman of the Wellington College Campaign, a trustee of both Purley Park and Sherborne School Foundation and Vice Admiral of the Marie Rose Trust.

  • Suzanne Avery


    Suzanne has extensive experience at the forefront of the real estate and housing finance sector, most recently as Managing Director of  the London Real Estate Finance Group & Sustainability at RBS, where she built a business which was awarded some of the largest and most complex UK real estate debt and capital markets transactions. She is now engaged in a range of corporate initiatives in the UK and internationally.

    Passionate about helping people advance in the workplace, she is actively involved in promoting and embedding a diversity culture within industry.  She has held various board appointments at organisations such as Mercy Ships. Suzanne has been an enthusiastic supporter of LandAid for many years and joined the Board in May 2013.

    Holding an honours degree in Industrial Economics, she is also an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers as well as Insead Business School Banking Programme Alumni.

  • Robert Bould, FRICS

    Trustee and Vice Chairman

    Rob runs his own consultancy business and is the former Chief Executive Officer of Bilfinger GVA, Executive Vice President of Bilfinger Real Estate and Chairman of GVA Worldwide.

    He is currently a consultant to Bilfinger Real Estate as well as sitting on the investment committee for the Palmer Capital Income Fund. He has over 40 years’ experience advising on commercial property in the UK and in Europe. He has been a board member of Industrial Ownership Ltd, Property Fund Management plc, Teesland Advantage Property Income Trust and several other listed and non-listed entities.

    Rob is a past Chairman and life member of the Investment Property Forum and past Master of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors, the surveyors livery company.

    His hobbies are shooting and skiing, and he is actively involved in LandAid's work. 

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    Jenny Buck


    Jenny is a graduate of the University of Cambridge and has been in the real estate industry for 20 years. She has had a varied career that has included portfolio management, property banking and property fund of funds.

    She joined Tesco in October 2011 and as Head of Property at Tesco Pension Limited she has responsibility for the property and alternative portfolios of the company’s pension fund. 

    Jenny is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Cambridge University Land Society and the Investment Property Forum (IPF). She sits on a number of committees including the Association of Real Estate Fund’s (AREF) Investor Committee, IPD’s Global Property Indices Group. She also sits on LandAid's Grants Committee.

  • Alistair Elliott


    Alistair is Group Chairman and Senior Partner of Knight Frank, and based in the Group’s London Headquarters. Alistair began his career at Knight Frank in 1983 and for the first 20 years or so focused upon office agency and development before extending his role into other areas including hotels, healthcare and industrial property. From 2006 until 2013 Alistair was Head of the UK Commercial business at Knight Frank.

    Alistair has been an active member of LandAid over many years, initially on the committee that organised Party in the Park, then moving onto the Fundraising Committee. In January 2013 he became a Trustee.

  • David Erwin

    Trustee and Chair of Fundraising Committee

    David is the Founding Partner of Dunluce Property, having been the former CEO of the UK Capital Markets Team at Cushman & Wakefield.

    David is married to Liz with two grown up children and has a keen interest in all sports.  He is a life-long QPR supporter and an Irish rugby fanatic.  He has a keen interest in racing and breeding and is Chairman of the Property Race Day, one of LandAid’s major beneficiary events.  David is a member of the IPF, BCSC and The Worshipful Company of Feltmakers.

    He is both a trustee and Chairman of the Fundraising Committee of LandAid, with whom he has had a close involvement over the last ten years and holds a strong belief that the scale and scope of the property industry’s charity can be significantly developed.

  • Lynette Lackey, BA (Hons), FCA

    Trustee and Chair of Finance & Audit Committee

    Lynette Lackey is a chartered accountant with over 20 years’ experience in real estate finance, corporate reporting and financial management. Lynette is a Director of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a Non Executive Director of Places for People Group and a past Chairman and member of the National Advisory Board for Women in Property.

    Lynette spent ten years as a partner with one of the large accountancy firms where she specialised in international real estate transactions before joining the Greenside Real Estate Solutions team, working with financial institutions to resolve their problem property portfolios. She is also a partner in one5two LLP, a trouble shooting and venture capital advisory business.

    “Everyone deserves a chance in life. I have been so lucky in life and the property industry has given me many great opportunities. Together I believe we can now make a real difference to the lives of others less fortunate”.

  • Craig McWilliam FRICS


    Craig was appointed a Board member on joining Grosvenor in 2010. In 2013 he took over as Executive Director responsible for all investment and development on the 300 acre London Estate having previously managed UK development activities outside Mayfair and Belgravia. In January 2017, Craig became CEO of Grosvenor Britain & Ireland

    Prior to joining Grosvenor he was a Managing Director at Fortress Investment Group with responsibility for real estate in the company’s European private equity business. Formerly he worked at Rodamco, UBS and Chesterton. Craig holds a degree in Land Economy from the University of Cambridge.

  • Mark Reynolds


    Mark is Chief Executive of Mace. He joined the company in 1996 and was appointed deputy chief executive in December 2009. 

    In 2006, Mark was part of the CLM delivery partner consortium team that secured the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics role. He fulfilled the position of deputy programme director responsible for delivering the £8.1bn programme for the Olympic Delivery Authority.

    Mark gained his early experience in the commercial sector on the Broadgate and Ludgate development projects in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and then moved on to projects with BAA. Mark was the director responsible for Terminal 5 and the BAA framework from 1996-2006.

  • Tim Roberts

    Trustee and Chair of Grants Committee

    Tim Roberts joined British Land in 1997, was appointed to the Executive Committee in August 2005 and elected as an executive director in July 2006. 

    At British Land he was appointed Joint Head of Asset Management in 2002 with responsibilities including investment sales and purchases. He has responsibility for the office sector of the company’s portfolio. 

    Before joining British Land he was a partner at Drivers Jonas, in the Investment Agency team.

  • David Taylor


    David is a Senior Consultant in the Real Estate Group of Pinsent Masons, the international law firm. 

    Previously David has led Real Estate teams at Berwin Leighton and DLA Piper. He has advised leading investors and developers in the UK real estate market and internationally. Widely regarded as one of the leading real estate lawyers of his generation with some 37 years of experience, David is a regular commentator and writer within the industry.

    Prior to his involvement with LandAid he has been involved in a number of other charitable activities including the foundation and delivery of the Museum in Docklands - the largest and most important museum to be established in the 20th century in the UK. He has particular interest in the delivery of pro bono advice to the charitable sector from the property industry. 

  • Scott Parsons

    Scott Parsons


    Scott Parsons is Managing Director, Retail Portfolio, for Land Securities and responsible for their £6.4 billion portfolio of shopping centres, retail warehouses and leisure properties throughout the UK. Prior to his current role, Scott was Head of Property for Land Securities’ London Business.

    His previous roles include 3 years as Managing Partner for Brookfield Asset Management, more than ten years at GE Capital Real Estate as Head of Business Development, and 3 years as Business Development Director at Land Securities.

    Scott completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Western Ontario and his postgraduate studies at the London School of Economics & Political Science. He holds both British and Canadian citizenship and is married with four children. In his free time, Scott volunteers for the RNLI as a member of the Thames crew, and also sits on their Property Committee.

  • Melanie Leech

    Melanie Leech CBE


    Melanie joined the British Property Federation as Chief Executive in January 2015, following nine years as Director General of the Food and Drink Federation.

    Melanie began her working life as a Police Constable in the Metropolitan Police Service. She joined the civil service (HM Customs) in 1988 and subsequently held senior roles in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the Office of the Rail Regulator and the Cabinet Office. Her role is to champion UK real estate and to promote a long-term, sustainable partnership between governments and the sector to deliver a high quality built environment, and to create wealth.  

    Melanie is a Fellow of the RSA. In 2015, she was awarded a CBE for services to the food and drink industry.