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 Fiera Capital, 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 OBE, FRICS


    Mike Slade is former 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.

  • Gillian Bowen


    Gillian Bowen JP, MBA, MA is the Chief Executive Officer at City YMCA, London. She has been in the youth field for over 20 years, has experience of working in the private sector and has held previous Chief Executive Officer positions in the Charity Sector.  Gillian is currently leading the completion of a £20m housing development for homeless young people in London – the first of its kind to be built in the last two decades. Gillian is an Adult and Youth Court Magistrate for the Central London Bench and holds the position of Deputy Youth Panel Chair for the London region. She is also a very proud dual-national – of UK and Grenada!

  • 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.

  • Andy Gulliford


    Andy Gulliford has been at SEGRO since 2004. He was appointed Chief Operating Officer in November 2011 with responsibility for the Group’s operational property teams both in the UK and Continental Europe. He has held roles within the company to include Managing Director, Continental Europe; Director of Corporate Acquisitions and Business Development Director.

    Prior to joining SEGRO, Andy spent 19 years at Jones Lang LaSalle, where he was European Director for the Company’s industrial and logistics business.

    Andy has been a keen supporter of LandAid for many years. Most recently, Andy braved the ‘Beast from the East’ by taking part in LandAid’s very first SleepOut helping to smash SEGRO’s, and LandAid’s, fundraising target. He has also taken part in the LandAid 10K runs and is often leading the fundraising charge at SEGRO – in particular on LandAid Day. Andy joined the charity as a member of the Fundraising Committee in 2014 and became a Trustee in late 2017.

  • Dan Hughes


    Dan is founder of ‘Alpha Property Insight’ and ‘LIQUID Real Estate Innovation’ which help the property sector to understand, embrace and benefit from new ways of thinking and technology.

    Dan spent his career working across the built environment and has held senior roles in some of the world's leading data organisations such as Ordnance Survey, IPD (part of MSCI) and was Director of Data and information products for RICS where he also led the organisations ‘PropTech’ activity. Dan has been an active advocate for digital transformation across the built environment.

    ​Dan is on the BPF Technology and Innovation Working Group, the steering committee for MIPIM PropTech, on the RICS data handling professional statement working group and is founder of the not-for-profit ‘Real Estate Data Foundation’, helping the sector benefit from data.

  • Susan Hickey

    Board Member

    Susan has a portfolio combining executive and non-executive work.

    She has over 25 years of leadership in senior finance roles and is an experienced non-executive director. 

    A qualified chartered accountant (CAANZ fellow, ICAEW), she has a broad range of experience in accountancy and commerce, including banking and mortgage finance markets, long term residential property ownership, investment and risk management. For the 10 years to February 2020 Susan was CFO at Peabody Trust.

    She now combines a part time executive role at Igloo Regeneration with several non-executive roles. 


  • 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.

  • Scott Parsons

    Scott Parsons


    Scott is Chief Operating Officer UK for Unibail Rodamco Westfield and leads their UK business, including the two flagship destinations at Westfield London and Westfield Stratford, and major mixed-use developments in Croydon, Stratford and White City.

    Previously, Scott spent thirteen years at Land Securities plc, most recently as Managing Director of their £6.3 billion Retail business, and was a director of the plc board and the executive sponsor for their Diversity Campaign. Previous roles include three years as Managing Partner of Brookfield Asset Management, where he led their European business and more than 10 years at GE Capital Real Estate, latterly as Head of Business Development.

    Scott has served as a Strategic Board member of the New West End Company and as Vice President of the City Property Association. He is also on the Council and the Property Committee of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, after retiring from active duty on the Thames Lifeboat Crew.

  • 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.

  • Anna Stewart


    Anna joined BNP Paribas in 2016, spending just over three years in its Real Estate business before joining the Corporate & Institutional bank as a Communications Manager in 2019.

    Her professional expertise spans internal, external and leadership communications, as well as events and employee engagement. Anna is passionate about social justice and diversity & inclusion, and is committed to supporting the advancement of BNP Paribas’ CSR and D&I activities, and employee networks.

    Anna joined LandAid’s Ambassador programme in 2016, and went on to be appointed London Lead Ambassador before becoming a Trustee in 2021. She is enthusiastic about helping the next generation of industry professionals unite behind LandAid’s mission to end youth homelessness.

    In her spare time, Anna is a renowned salsa dancer in the UK and performs at Latin festivals and congresses across the UK and Europe