The Progress 1000: London's most influential people 2018 - Placemakers: Build and design


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Colette O’Shea

Managing Director, London Portfolio at Landsec

Boasting a career that spans more than 20 years, Colette moved to Landsec in 2003. She’s responsible for overseeing Landsec’s staggering £7.8 billion London Portfolio, from offices to retail to residential properties. It is the UK’s biggest property developer. The £2 billion transformation of Victoria turned it into a world-class 10-acre city quarter. Earlier this year, in January, Colette was appointed to the board as a director.

Jo Negrini

Croydon’s chief executive

Became the first female chief executive of Croydon council in 2016, tasked with running a £5.25 billion regeneration programme.

Jasminder Singh

Chairman and CEO of Edwardian Group

Founded in 1977, his group, including The May Fair Hotel and Radisson Blu Edwardian, has grown into a portfolio of 12 luxury hotels. Its state-of-the art hotel in Leicester Square, The Londoner, opens in 2020.

Alison Nimmo

CEO of Crown Estate

After eight years on the Crown Estate overseeing urban regeneration, she is due to pass on the baton to her successor and step down in December 2019.

Chris Grigg

CEO of British Land

With more than 30 years’ experience in the real estate and financial industries, Chris has been on the board of British Land since 2009.

Peter Murray

Chairman of New London Architecture

Peter Murray (New London Architecture)
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Peter is the founding father of one of the capital’s most significant events in the cultural calendar, the London Festival of Architecture. This year the festival hosted 500 events across the city. The New London Architecture is the centre of debate and discussion on the ever-changing face of London. Its revealing reports make headlines internationally.

Jace Tyrell

CEO New West End Company

Responsible for the much-needed overhaul of the capital’s West End with the aim to make it one of the world’s top shopping destinations.

Ian Kennedy

Head of marketing, Rightmove

Ian joined the UK’s number one property portal in 2014 after a career promoting Scotch whisky worldwide.

Bob Weston

Chairman of Weston Homes

Committed to improving the quality of new-build homes, he founded his property empire 30 years ago.

Jim Eyre

Founding director of WilkinsonEyre

Awarded an OBE for his services for architecture, he hehe is one of the few architects to be awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering President’s Medal.

Roger Madelin

Head of Canada Water development

Spearheading the 53-acre masterplan looking to transform Canada Water into a new urban centre.

Stuart Lipton

Founder of Stanhope

Responsible for over 20 million sq ft of development in London, including Broadgate, Stockley Park and Chiswick Park.

John and Fawn James

Soho Estates, managing director and director

Run the £200 million redevelopment of the biggest privately-owned property empire in Soho, originally built up by Fawn's grandfather, porn baron Paul Raymond.

John Burns

CEO of Derwent London

A powerhouse of central London's property investment scene, specialising in commercial letting.

Melanie Leech

CEO of British Property Federation

A vigorous champion of Build to Rent as a way to tackle the housing crisis.

Peter Hendy

Chairman, Network Rail

Overseeing the ambitious target to build 12,000 new London homes on Network Rail land by 2020 - as well as updating the capital's Tube and rail links.

Peter Vernon

Group executive director, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland

Manages the Duke of Westminster's £2.6 billion property company, transforming Mayfair and Belgravia.

Rob Noel

Chief executive, Landsec

Heads up the company that is arguably most responsible for London's changing skyline, with the Walkie Talkie and One New Change among skyscrapers in its portfolio.

Rob Perrins

CEO of Berkeley Group

Talented former chartered accountant who has risen through the ranks to become one of Britain's top house-building barons.

Sammy Lee

Founder and vice- chairman, Knight Dragon

Global property developer and one half of the entrepreneurial duo behind the transformation of London's supersized new district at Greenwich Peninsula.

Sean Mulryan

Chairman and chief executive, Ballymore

Serious placemaker heading up one of London's most active property developers with forward sales of £2.6 billion.

Andrew Hynard

CEO of the Howard de Walden Estate

Property industry veteran and "custodian" of the Marylebone estate's £3.9 billion property portfolio in central London.

Tony Pidgley

Chairman, Berkeley Group

Risk-taking property pioneer and former Barnardo's boy who left school at 15 to become one of the most dominant forces in London's housing industry.

Brian Bickell

CEO of Shaftesbury

The former Hackney Downs grammar boy and chief of Shaftesbury since 2011 oversees the company that owns 14.5 acres of the West End.

Terry Morgan

Chairman, HS2

Terry Morgan (Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Sir Terry - who led the £15.4 billion Crossrail link since 2009 - may be an engineer by training, but he’s had to call on his fire-fighting skills lately after a nine-month delay to the project. He admitted it was “not easy to find yourself in a position like this” when the news emerged in August, but Morgan’s still the go-to man for running major projects: he has just taken over as chairman of HS2. major projects: he also took just taken over as chairmanship of the of HS2 scheme in July. He was knighted in 2016 for services to infrastructure, skills and employment.

Jasminder Singh

Chairman and CEO of Edwardian Group

Founded in 1977, his group, including The May Fair Hotel and Radisson Blu Edwardian, has grown into a portfolio of 12 luxury hotels. Its state-of-the art hotel in Leicester Square, The Londoner, opens in 2020.

David Partridge

Managing partner, Argent

Former Cambridge architecture graduate Partridge oversees everything from master-planning to design in projects which have included the transformation of King's Cross.

Harry Handelsman

Founder and CEO, Manhattan Loft Corporation

Canadian Handelsman spots cool areas while still lukewarm: “Change an area and raise the ante.” Manhattan Loft Gardens, a 42-storey residential tower with sky gardens, is due for completion in Stratford later this year.

Ian Hawksworth

CEO of Capco

A sensitive developer concerned about appropriate design and people’s daily experience, Hawksworth must create a new part of London on its 77 acres in Earls Court.

Janice Morley

Editor, Homes & Property

Described by George Osborne as "the most influential property journalist in London", Janice Morley has spent more than 22 years at the helm of the Evening Standard's leading property supplement.

Tass Mavrogordato

CEO, Bee Midtown

Having worked in Midtown for more than 10 years, Tass is driven to improve the area for everyone to make sure Midtown is a vibrant and exciting place for workers and visitors.

Tamsie Thomson

Director, London Festival of Architecture

Thomson is not just helping to shape London’s skyline but its society too, campaigning for design and property companies to acknowledge discriminatory behaviour.