Dame Kate Barker CBE
Dame Kate Barker CBE, Office for Budget Responsibility Oversight Board, Senior Visiting Fellow Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge.
Kate Barker read PPE at Oxford. She is presently a non-executive director of Electra Private Equity plc, Taylor Wimpey plc and the Yorkshire Building Society. She also chairs the trustees of the British Coal Staff Superannuation Fund. Previously, Kate Barker was a member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England from 2001 until May 2010. During this period, she also led two major policy reviews for Government, on housing supply and on land use planning. Before joining the MPC she was Chief Economic Adviser at the CBI. In 2011 she was appointed to the Office for Budget Responsibility’s Oversight Board.
Barker is a member of the advisory board for the Centre for Economic Policy at the LSE, and became Chair of the advisory board for the Centre for Business Research at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge in October 2012. She is a senior visiting fellow in the Department of Land Economy at Cambridge.
In 2014 she chaired a Commission on the Future of Health and Social Care in England for the King's Fund, and led a quality review of the National Accounts for the Office of National Statistics. She took over as Chair of the Society of Business Economists in 2013.
Douglas Blausten is a Consultant of Cyril Leonard. Their work covers Property Investment, Asset Management and large scale Project Management work across the UK. He is also a member of the Boards to both the Department of Land Economy and the Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research in the University of Cambridge.
Stuart Corbyn FRICS
Non-Executive Chairman, Qatari Diar Delancey Athletes Village Operation
Professor Sir Malcolm Grant CBE
Chairman NHS England
Spencer de Grey CBE RIBA
Head of Design, Foster + Partners
Spencer de Grey shares design responsibility for all Foster + Partners’ projects as joint Head of Design. He studied architecture at Cambridge University under Sir Leslie Martin. On graduating in 1969 he worked for the London Borough of Merton, being responsible for one of the first Middle schools in the country.
He joined Foster Associates in 1973, continuing his work in education on the Palmerston Special School. In 1979 he set up Foster Associates’ Hong Kong office to work on the Hongkong and Shanghai Bank. He returned to London in 1981, becoming the director in charge of Stansted Airport, which he saw through to completion in 1991. During this period, he also worked on the BBC Radio Centre and the Sackler Galleries at the Royal Academy of Arts, both in London. Since becoming a Partner in 1991, he has overseen a broad range of projects, including the Commerzbank Headquarters in Frankfurt, the Law Faculty at Cambridge University, the Great Court at the British Museum, The Sage Gateshead, HM Treasury in Whitehall, and nine City Academy schools in the UK. He has been responsible for a number of cultural projects in the USA, including the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Winspear Opera House in Dallas, the courtyard at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC and the reworking of the New York Public Library. Recent projects include masterplans for the West Kowloon Cultural District in Hong Kong and Slussen in Stockholm.
He is visiting Professor of Design at the University of Cambridge, Chairman of the Building Centre Trust, and architectural advisor to the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew. He also lectures widely. In 1997 he was made a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List and in 2008 was elected a Royal Academician.
Ian Henderson CBE
Non-Executive Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Non-Executive Director
Formerly Chief Executive of Land Securities Group PLC, Ian, a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, has been widely involved in property industry matters, including being a past President of the British Property Federation.
Roger Madelin CBE
Head of Canada Water, British Land
Roger joined Argent in 1987. He became a Director in 1989 and, for the ten years that followed, was responsible for delivering all of Argent’s developments, including Green Park and Thames Valley Park in Reading, Brindleyplace in Birmingham, and Piccadilly in Manchester and office buildings in the City of London.
He became CEO in 1997 after an innovative acquisition by British Telecom Pension Scheme and, due to the dramatic expansion of Argent’s business, his long-term colleague David Partridge joined him as Joint CEO in 2006. At the end of 2012 Argent restructured as a Limited Liability Partnership and Roger stepped back from new Argent business and concentrated on specific delivery aspects of King’s Cross including the design and delivery of 3 major buildings for the Aga Khan Development Network.
In January 2016, after 29 years, Roger formally left Argent and joined British Land as Head of Canada Water, a 46 acre development opportunity in Central London. He will maintain a consultancy role at King’s Cross with Argent in connection with the Aga Khan buildings.
Roger is an Honorary Fellow of RIBA, an Honorary Fellow of the College of Estate Management and was awarded a CBE for ‘services to sustainable development’ in the 2007 Honours List.
Non-Executive Director The Grosvenor Group
Jeremy Newsum, FRICS, was appointed to the Group Board in 1989. He has been Executive Trustee of the Grosvenor Estate since 1993 and has overall responsibility for the Grosvenor family’s business interests. He is Chairman of Grosvenor Group’s Remuneration Committee. He was Group Chief Executive from 1989–2008. He is a member of the Council of Imperial College, a member of Cambridge University's Syndicate for the West and North West Cambridge Estates, a Director of Grupo Lar and an Adviser to the AI Futtaim Group. He is Honorary Vice Chairman Cambridge Ahead. Past appointments include Chairman of the Urban Land Institute (2009–2011), President of the British Property Federation (2001-2002) and Director, TR Investment Property Trust (2000–2007).
Liz Peace CBE
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).
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 with a range of non-executive, advisory and charity roles, including at Morgan Sindall plc, Redrow plc, Howarde de Walden Estates, Holtby Turner, Arcadis, Peabody and the Churches Conservation Trust, and the Architectural Heritage Fund. She is the chairman of LandAid, the property industry’s principal charity. She is also chairing the shadow board for the Curzon Urban Regeneration Company in Birmingham and has recently been appointed to chair the embryonic organisation that is being set up under the Government’s New Property Model initiative to asset-manage departmental property portfolios.
Peter Pereira Gray is the Managing Director of the Investment Division of the Wellcome Trust, and works with a team managing the £14 billion multi asset global investment portfolio. Peter reports to the Chief Investment Officer and is a member of the Investment Committee. Previous roles held were Co head of the portfolio Management team and Head of Property Investment. Peter has a wide brief responsible for the oversight of the Investment Services, Support and Portfolio Management teams.
Prior to joining the Trust in January 2001, Peter worked for 12 years at Prudential Property Investment Managers, latterly as a Director of Property Fund Management and Deputy Life Fund Manager.
Peter is a past Chairman of the Investment Property Forum, the UK’s leading property investment professionals’ members association and was a past founding and advisory board member and member of the Management Board of INREV (the European Association for unlisted real estate vehicles). He is a member of both the Bank of England Commercial and Residential Property Forums, and a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Peter is also an Advisory Board member for Composition Capital Partners, with offices in Amsterdam and Hong Kong.
Outside work he is a Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an Advisory Board member and Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Continuing Professional Development.
Executive Trustee, Grosvenor Group
Mark Preston, FRICS, is the Executive Trustee of the Grosvenor Estate with overall responsibility for the Grosvenor family’s business interests. He also holds the position of Chief Executive of Grosvenor Group to which he was appointed in 2008.
Earlier in his career, and after joining Grosvenor in the UK in 1989, he was seconded to Hong Kong in 1995, returned to the UK to lead Grosvenor's Fund Management operations in 1997, spent four years in San Francisco from 2002, became Chief Executive of Grosvenor Britain & Ireland in 2006 and was appointed to the Group Board in 2006.
Mark is a Non-Executive Director for international property company Sonae Sierra SGPS. He is a Trustee of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and a Trustee of the Westminster Foundation.
He is a member of the (University of) Cambridge Land Economy Advisory Board and an Honorary Vice-President of the Cambridge University Land Society.