Our trustees

  • Robert Bould, FRICS


    Rob is former CEO of Bilfinger GVA, one of the largest international property agents and advisory firms and an Executive Vice President of Bilfinger Real Estate Gmbh. He now runs his own consultancy business with various senior advisory and NED roles including Palmer Capital Income Fund, IPSX Group Ltd, BHT Energy Ltd and is Chairman of the property data business Coyote Group.

    He is past chairman and life member of the Investment Property Forum and also Past Master Surveyor of the Surveyors Livery Company.

    Outside the office, Rob has a passion for motorbikes, likes skiing, eating and reading.


  • 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, formerly as Managing Director of  the London Real Estate Finance Group & Sustainability at RBS.  She is now engaged in a portfolio career and is Senior Advisor to Centrus,  a Church Commissioner, Non Executive Director of both LondonMetric Property Plc and RHP. 

    Passionate about helping people advance in the workplace, she is a cofounder of Real Estate Balance which is actively  promoting and embedding an inclusive culture within the property industry.   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.

  • 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 an Executive Director of CBRE, having been the former CEO of the UK Capital Markets Team at Cushman & Wakefield and Founding Partner of Dunluce Property.

    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 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”.

  • 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.

  • 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.  

  • Claire Milton


    Claire is a property lawyer and a longstanding partner in Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, an international law firm with offices across North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. She is recognised as a leading expert in her field in both Chambers and Legal 500 guides to the legal profession and has extensive experience in all aspects of property and property related issues.

    Claire’s early experience was in retail property which has remained a long standing interest. Her work has included advisory clients on redevelopment of the Dickens and Jones department store in Regent Street (now home to H&M and Aqua restaurant); redevelopment of the Angel building in Islington and 80 Charlotte Street; sale of the Old Spitalfields Market; and development of the Embassy Gardens estate next to the USA Embassy at Nine Elms. 

    Claire is also a committee member of REVO (the trade body for retail property), and a co-founder of a gender diversity initiative, Real Estate Balance (see www.realestatebalance.org) (with fellow Land Aid trustee Suzanne Avery) which is actively promoting and embedding an inclusive culture within the property industry. Claire is passionate about mentoring (and regularly mentors both within Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner and external mentees), family, hiking and craft beer.