Committees

If you'd like to get involved with the work of any of our committees, we also have set up committee associates, so that people can have an involvement with committees that interest them. Find out more about becoming a committee associate.

Committees are supported by members of our team.

Download a full list of all BPF committees and members.

Commercial Committee

Currently working on: Reform of the Landlord and Tenant Act; the RICS Service Charge Code review; considering how technology is changing the way real estate operates.
Chair: Tim Cooper, Landsec
Secretariat: Raja Hanna

Construction Committee

Currently working on: Prompt payment and payment practices; ensuring that requirements in the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 are proportionate; working on a guide to BIM for construction clients.
Chair: Allan Atkinson, M&G Real Estate
Secretariat: Will Bushby

Development Committee

Currently working on: Best practice in public/private partnerships; considering opportunities to improve procurement once the UK leaves the EU; beginning a campaign showcasing the role of real estate in creating great places.
Chair: Will Colthorpe, Argent
Secretariat: Raja Hanna

Finance Committee

Currently working on: Issues affecting the supply of debt and equity capital to real estate, including BEPS, the new lease accounting standard, and industry/market developments.
Chair: Nick Edwards, Moorfield Group
Secretariat: Ion Fletcher, Rachel Kelly

Healthcare Committee

Currently working on: Operation Phoenix; emphasising the importance of 3PD; raising awareness of the need for residential care homes; event fees in retirement communities.
Chair: Andrew Darke, Assura Group
Secretariat: Rachel Campbell

Industrial Committee

Currently working on: Ensuring revised planning policy includes more detail on employment land reviews; leading campaign to tackle fly-tipping on industrial premises; contributing to the revision of the London Plan.
Chair: Gareth Osborn, SEGRO
Secretariat: Rachel Campbell

Insolvency Committee

Currently working on: Creating a CVA best practice document; working with the Joint Insolvency Committee on a potential new CVA SIP; working with the Pre-Pack Pool to help it meet its agenda; Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery.
Chair: John Cook, Capital & Regional
Secretariat: Raja Hanna

Insurance Committee

Currently working on: Cyber insurance in real estate; best practice around insurance provisions for landlords and tenants.
Chair: Robert McNally, iREDD
Secretariat: Raja Hanna

Planning Committee

Currently working on: Planning provisions in the Housing White Paper; the CIL review.
Chair: Adrian Penfold, British Land
Secretariat: Will Bushby

Policy Committee

Currently working on: Real estate response to the EU referendum; reviewing the proposed Industrial Strategy; other key issues such as finance and tax reform and residential policy.
Chair: Robert Noel, Landsec
Secretariat: Stephanie Pollitt

Regulatory Committee

Currently working on: Regulatory reporting regimes; comparing approaches to financial regulation; introduction of a register of overseas property owners in the UK.
Secretariat: Ion Fletcher, Rachel Kelly

Residential Board

Currently working on: The Housing White Paper; longer tenancies and the banning of letting agents fees; reducing the impact of the 3% SDLT surcharge for build to rent.
Chair: Duncan Salvesen, Dorrington
Secretariat: Ian Fletcher, Stephanie Pollitt

Residential Management Committee

Currently working on: Leasehold issues in the Housing White Paper; negotiating a review of the consultation process to conduct major works on leasehold blocks.
Chair: John Dyer, Savills
Secretariat: Ian Fletcher, Stephanie Pollitt

Student Accommodation Committee

Currently working on: Considering the place of international students in light of immigration reform and Brexit; promoting the importance of purpose-built student accommodation; mental health issues in the sector.

Chair: David Tymms, iQ Student Accommodation 
Secretariat: Raja Hanna

Sustainability Committee

Currently working on: DECC Policy Simplification Review; a guide on post-occupancy evaluation for buildings built without a specific occupier in mind; the introduction of Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards for non-domestic properties; revised versions of EU Directives concerning the energy performance of buildings, energy efficiency and renewable energy.
Chair: Sarah Cary, British Land
Secretariat: Rachel Campbell

Tax Committee

Currently working on: BEPS proposals to restrict tax relief on interest costs; substantial shareholding exemption; proposals to reform the system of corporation tax loss relief.
Chair: Jeremy Moore, Grosvenor
Secretariat: Ion Fletcher, Rachel Kelly

VAT Committee

Currently working on: Engaging with the Office for TAX Simplification’s call for evidence; seeking clarity on HMRC’s approach to real estate VAT issues; the impact of Brexit on VAT in the UK.
Chair: Colin Smith, M&G Real Estate
Secretariat: Ion Fletcher, Rachel Kelly

Build to Rent Sub-Committee

Currently working on: Responding to the DCLG consultation on planning and affordable housing for build to rent; promoting the benefits of build to rent to local authorities; reducing the impact of the 3% SDLT surcharge for build to rent.
Chair: Andrew Stanford, LaSalle Investment Management
Secretariat: Ian Fletcher, Stephanie Pollitt

Communications Committee

Currently working on: Supporting BPF engagement on Brexit, the Industrial Strategy, and creating great places; supporting proactive engagement with other stakeholders.
Chair: Kurt Mueller, Grainger
Secretariat: Communications team

Regional forums

Secretariat: Rachel Campbell

We have established forums of members and local developers in key city regions across England and Wales, and hold quarterly meetings and seminars in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle.

Discussions focus on the perspective from individual regions on current BPF initiatives, the state of the market and barriers to development in each area, and how the public and private sectors can work together to attract investment.