BPF announces new Presidential team

David Sleath, the chief executive of Segro plc, will today become the President of the British Property Federation (BPF).

Sleath will succeed Hermes Real Estate’s Chris Taylor, who will stand down at the BPF’s annual Summer Reception, held this evening at the Royal Horseguards Hotel.

The BPF has appointed Rob Noel, chief executive of Land Securities, as its new Junior Vice President.

Noel will take over the Junior Vice President position from Oxford Properties’ Paul Brundage, who is now the BPF’s Vice President.

Melanie Leech, chief executive of the British Property Federation, commented:

“I am delighted to announce these changes to the BPF Presidential Team.

“With seismic changes to the UK political world having recently taken place and no doubt much more to come, the Presidential team will be a vital resource and support to the BPF executive team over the coming months. In the midst of political upheaval, it is more important than ever to advocate to government the significance of our industry and the role it plays in supporting its objectives.

“With many years experience in the property industry and having overseen the development of several large-scale regenerations schemes and some of the most well-known buildings in London, Rob will be a hugely valuable addition to the team.”

David Sleath added:

“I am delighted and honoured to become BPF President today. The political landscape has changed dramatically in recent weeks, and it is now more important than ever that the industry speaks with one voice to effectively work with the government on the key issues facing our sector and the UK economy.

“The real estate industry is a significant contributor to the UK economy and at a time of such political and economic uncertainty it is imperative that the government acts quickly to restore business and investor confidence. We require strong and decisive political leadership, robust fiscal policy and a stable economic backdrop to deliver the infrastructure, homes and jobs this country needs to compete globally.

“Together with the executive team, I will continue to position the BPF as the leading voice of the industry with the government and other key stakeholders to benefit our membership and the communities in which we collectively operate.”

Rob Noel said:

“In light of the significant economic and political uncertainty that we are facing, the role of the BPF to provide a united voice for the real estate industry becomes more critical than ever. I am delighted to become Junior Vice President, and I look forward to working alongside David Sleath and Paul Brundage over the coming year.”