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

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