Liz became CEO of the British Property Federation in 2002, following a long and varied career in the MOD. During her time at the helm, the BPF has managed to change legislation 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 REITs. Liz believes that there remains more work to be done to improve further the property industry’s standing with politicians, media and the public at large and to ensure that Government policy does not damage its fragile and gradual recovery. Liz was awarded the CBE in the 2008 New Year Honours list for services to the property industry.
Peter is responsible for formulating and articulating industry views on finance, tax and regulatory matters. These range from the promotion of Tax Increment Finance and REITs to exploring the implications of the property debt overhang and trying to protect the industry from sometimes poorly designed European financial regulation. Before joining the BPF in 2008 he worked as a tax lawyer in the City with a particular focus on property finance. Prior to converting to law, Peter read Russian and Italian at Magdalen College, Oxford and received a Masters in Soviet Studies from the University of London. Peter is also BPF Company Secretary.
Michael’s work with the British Property Federation is focused on regeneration and development issues and he also holds the role of Secretary to the Property Industry Alliance, a grouping of leading property industry bodies that are seeking to work more closely across a range of issues. For many years, as Director of Public Affairs at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, he was responsible for overseeing RICS’s work in government relations, research and economics. Michael has also undertaken consultancy work for a wide range of companies and organisations in the property sphere.
David has led the BPF’s Scottish arm (the Scottish Property Federation) since it was established in early 2007. David has overall responsibility for the SPF’s relationships with the Scottish Parliament, the Scottish Government and other public authorities in Scotland. This role involves identifying and representing Scottish property industry interests in a range of disciplines including planning, building standards & sustainability, taxation, finance, commercial property law & markets, residential investment & management, and property related renewable energy interests.
In addition David has overall responsibility for SPF membership and events across Scotland, as well as managing the small SPF team and office in Edinburgh.