BPF beefs up lobbying team

14 Jun 2010

Policy area: Town centre & Retail

The British Property Federation has today welcomed Patrick Clift as its new public affairs manager.

Clift joins from Estates Gazette, the country's oldest property trade magazine, where he worked for three years as a senior reporter covering policy and politics across the commercial and residential sectors. 

He replaces Kurt Mueller who has joined residential landlord and developer Grainger as PR manager. 

Clift will oversee the BPF's parliamentary relations across issues ranging from tax and planning through to regulation and reputation. With extensive contacts drawn from his time with Estates Gazette, he will also further strengthen the BPF's media offering, ensuring the continued high profile of the federation, working closely with press spokesman Andrew Teacher. 

Mueller's role at Grainger will take in press and government relations, working across Grainger's various divisions in the UK and Germany. 

He leaves the BPF after more than two-and-half years overseeing the All Party Urban Development Group and an award-winning campaign against empty rates, using the online www.emptyrates.com resource. 

Liz Peace, chief executive of the BPF, said: "Our ability to fully represent our members' interests depends on the quality of our communications with politicians and the media. Given how he has reported on policy for the last three years, we could not have possibly have found someone more involved and aware of the industry's key issues than Patrick and I am delighted that we have been able to strengthen our team with such an exciting new hire." 

Patrick Clift said: "It is a tremendously exciting time to be joining the British Property Federation, and I am looking forward to working closely with the new government to help achieve its aims and those of our members." 

Kurt Mueller, said: "As market leaders in the residential landlord market, there are many opportunities for Grainger and with the huge promise to extend our position, I'm delighted to be part of company with the ability to make a real difference to the future British housing market."