Brundage takes on BPF presidency

Oxford Properties' Paul Brundage takes on the mantle from SEGRO's David Sleath as Grainger's Helen Gordon becomes Junior Vice-President

The British Property Federation has a new President in the form of Oxford Properties’ Paul Brundage.

Paul Brundage (Photo: Oxford Properties)

Former VP Brundage officially succeeded SEGRO CEO David Sleath at the BPF’s summer do last night, held at Canada House and hosted by the Canadian High Commissioner in recognition of his appointment as the first Canadian President of the organisation.

Before joining Oxford, the real estate investment arm of Canadian pension giant OMERS, he worked with OMERS Realty Corporation, Borealis Real Estate Management, Prudential and PricewaterhouseCoopers, in asset and portfolio management, leasing, acquisitions, dispositions, investment and development roles.

Grainger Chief Exec Helen Gordon has been named as the BPF’s new Junior Vice-President and takes over from Landsec Chief Executive Robert Noel, who becomes Vice-President.

Melanie Leech, Chief Executive, British Property Federation: “Although Paul now holds dual nationality, his appointment as the first non-British President of the BPF is truly a significant landmark. Equally, Helen’s appointment as the BPF’s new Junior Vice-President is also a milestone – as only the second woman ever to join the BPF’s Presidential team. These appointments, with Robert completing the team, demonstrate the BPF’s commitment to ensure a diverse range of views are helping to lead and shape our work.

“Helen’s experience and current role at the helm of the UK’s largest listed residential landlord will bring a hugely valuable perspective to the Presidential Team. Particularly, as Brexit unfolds and the BPF continues to engage with the Government on vital issues including real estate’s role in driving productivity and economic growth for the UK as well as tackling the legacy of chronic under-supply of housing.”

Paul Brundage, Executive Vice-President and Senior Managing Director, Europe, at Oxford Properties: “I am privileged to take on the role of BPF President today. At this critical time for the UK it is vital that the BPF is seen as the leading voice of the real estate industry, setting out clearly how it contributes to overall economic growth.

“I truly believe that our success – whether as individuals, companies, industries or nations – depends on diversity of thought with people, genders, languages, cultures, geographies, asset classes and ownerships of all different types essential for a peaceful and sustainable future.

“Together with the executive team, I look forward to proactively working for the benefit of the membership, key stakeholders and the wider community.”

Helen Gordon, Chief Executive, Grainger: “I am honoured to become the BPF‘s new Junior Vice-President during such a critical period for the property industry including Brexit and the property industry’s role in building economic resilience. The BPF will be an important contributor to these debates and I am pleased to be working with Paul Brundage and Robert Noel over the coming year to ensure that the voice of property is heard and we can make a positive impact.”