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Perceptions of property - does our industry undersell itself?

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  • UserLiz Peace CBE, former Chief Executive of the British Property Federation
  • ClockWednesday 18 February 2015, 16:00-17:00
  • HouseMill Lane Lecture Room 1.

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I will be looking back on my thirteen years of political lobbying for the industry and examining how perceptions of our industry have changed amongst the political class and the media; how far the industry has improved (or not) in the way it sells itself to these stakeholders and also the wider community; and the threats and opportunities posed by an increasingly litigious and protesting public and a possibly less courageous set of both national and local politicians.


Liz is a well-known figure in the property industry, having served as Chief Executive of the British Property Federation for thirteen years until her retirement at the end of 2014. During that time, she managed to change the Government’s perception of the commercial property industry, to establish it as a key voice in policy debate, to dissuade the Government from legislating on commercial leases, to win innumerable changes to planning and tax legislation and, working as part of a pan-industry alliance, to persuade the Government to introduce real estate investment trusts (REITs). She was awarded a CBE in the 2008 New Year Honours list for services to the property industry.

Previously, she was a civil servant in the MOD , eventually becoming a key player in the team that created QinetiQ plc.

Liz is now embarking on a portfolio career, including chairmanship of the property industry’s charity, LandAid and of the property media company, Good Relations Property. She is a non-executive director at Morgan Sindall plc, Redrow plc, Howard de Walden Estates and Turley planning consultancy and a Trustee at Peabody, the Churches Conservation Trust and the Architectural Heritage Fund.

This talk is part of the Land Economy Departmental Seminar Series series.

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