Richard joins the charity at an exciting and pivotal period of growth. With big ambitions set for the next strategy due to launch in 2024, Richard brings a wealth of industry knowledge and key understanding of the benefits and social impact of housing and development.
Savills are a long-term Strategic Partner of LandAid, committing to considerable financial support through charity grants, and professional support through LandAid’s Pro Bono Programme, for over 14 years.
Richard originally joined Savills as a Graduate in 1989. His professional lifetime commitment has seen him qualify as a Chartered Surveyor, obtain a Master of Philosophy Degree and an MPhil in Land Economy at Cambridge University, and take on a multitude of senior roles within the business, starting as Director of Savills in 2000.
Since 2018 Richard has been the Managing Director of Savills UK. The UK business, of more than 8,000 people, provide services across every property sector – Commercial, Rural and Residential. He leads a resilient, professional and balanced business which has a clear strategy, with a focus on ESG, Diversity and Inclusion and the optimum use of tech.
In March 2023, Richard took part in the annual LandAid SleepOut. Richard, alongside over 1,300 other property professionals slept outside in the cold for one night to raise funds for youth homelessness projects across the UK. This event saw him become LandAid’s highest ever individual fundraiser, raising almost £19,000.
More recently, Richard has also become part of the LandAid Patrons Network – a collection of senior property leaders and LandAid alumni who are collectively using their knowledge and influence in the property and built environment industry to help support LandAid’s mission to end youth homelessness.
Read more about Richard’s role as a LandAid Patron and how small actions, even in a large organisation such as Savills, make a big difference – https://www.landaid.org/news-and-stories/patron-profile-richard-rees-savills/
I am a huge advocate of LandAid and its work towards ending youth homelessness. It is a privilege and also a responsibility to be joining the Board of LandAid Trustees. I look forward to contributing wherever I can and utilising the extensive Savills network of great people to support wherever appropriate.Richard Rees
We are delighted to welcome Richard to LandAid’s Board. Richard really is a LandAid supporter on every level and we are so glad that this has now also extended this to becoming part of the Board. I know that his experience and passion for our cause will make a fantastic contribution in our mission to end youth homelessness. Youth homelessness is rising, and as an industry we need to find innovative solutions to create the biggest impact in communities across the UK, and Richard’s appointment will further enable us to do this. Welcome to the Board!Paul Morrish, LandAid CEO