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.
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.
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