Destination Leeds Sub-Advisory Group

This group are working in collaboration to create a festival across the city of Leeds – bringing a vibrant, lively and welcoming atmosphere for all.

Allied London – Elizabeth Peckett, Head of Asset Management

Elizabeth joined Allied London in 2017 taking responsibility for asset strategy development across the company’s property portfolio, including Spinningfields and St. John’s in Manchester and Leeds Dock in Leeds.  She has also expanded Allied London’s TV and film production portfolio with a 200,000 sq ft acquisition in Leeds and has taken their flexible workspace brand, Department, to Savile Row in London.

Elizabeth has worked on diverse portfolios and projects during her career so far: as a Partner at Cushman & Wakefield she worked on the leasing strategies for Battersea Power Station, Edinburgh St. James and Apple.

CB Collier – Edward Taylor, Development Manager

Ed is a young and aspiring property professional who has recently stepped away from a 7 year professional rugby career, featuring for Bedford Blues and Worcester Warriors. During this time, Ed achieved a BSc at Loughborough University, an MSc in International Real Estate and Planning at UCL and has worked part-time for CB Collier Ltd, a national developer and land trader, for 3 years whilst training to be a Chartered Surveyor. Ed enjoyed the challenge of balancing professional sport with a property career, but has since moved into a full-time role at CB Collier as a Development Manager.

Avison Young – Aimee Byrnes, Director, Head of Marketing UK

Aimee Byrnes is the head of marketing for Avison Young UK. With over 15 years of experience in commercial real estate, she is a passionate proponent of the positive impact real estate can have. Bringing together experience working in infrastructure, architecture, construction and engineering this combined insight provides a truly holistic view across real estate realms. Applying this experience and expertise to shape and lead the implementation of purpose driven brand and marketing strategies which focus on creating value for people and communities.

Manchester City Council – David Houliston, Strategic Lead – Policy and Partnerships

David studied Geography at the University of Leicester and has worked in local government for 17 years in Cheshire and in Manchester. He worked on a range of physical, social and economic regeneration programmes, including project managing the high profile Ardwick City Region Pilot, which informed the subsequent Public Service Reform agenda in Manchester and Greater Manchester. Since 2013 he has worked within Manchester City Council’s City Policy team leading on economic, social, environmental and international policy work. More recently, he has led the development of the Our Manchester Industrial Strategy and Manchester City Council’s Climate Change Action Plan 2020-25.

Newcastle City Council & Invest Newcastle – Jen Hartley, Head of Economic Development & Invest Newcastle Director

Jen drives Newcastle’s ambition to attract new business, investment and jobs. As well as heading up a team of highly experienced managers, she is responsible for developing and delivering ambitious plans to support indigenous businesses to grow and ultimately to help deliver private-sector-led growth. The team also works to attract capital investment and run development campaigns for the city which includes leading the regional presence at MIPIM each year. Jen has more than 15 years’ trade and investment experience within both the public and private sector. These recently include leading on the city’s tech and digital strategy and working as Deputy Head and Trade Investment Director at Tech North, part of Tech City UK, working across the seven cities of Manchester, Newcastle, Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield, Sunderland and Hull.

As well as Jen’s role at Invest Newcastle, she Head up the Economic Development Unit at Newcastle City Council, leading the economic growth (and more recently economic recovery caused due to the Covid Pandemic) on behalf of the city.

Built Environment Networking – Keith Griffiths, Managing Director

A Chartered Quantity Surveyor by profession, and most recently was a Partner at Gleeds Chartered Cost and Project Managers for 11 years, Keith has a lot of experience and knowledge within the construction sector.

In 2011 Keith set up Built Environment Networking – the organisers behind UKREiiF – and has been working to deliver events both physically and virtually since. Running over 150 events annually the business has built up a reputation for delivering high-quality events focused on driving economic growth, enabling facilitation and new business conversations, and connecting new people together.

His experience of running events will be crucial to the Advisory Group to help inform the group on the operational side of the event.

Built Environment Networking – Louise Withy, UKREiiF Event Manager

Louise Withy is appointed UKREiiF Event Manager with responsibility for the event management planning of this new, innovative infrastructure and investment forum.  She was previously Head of Communications & Brand in the financial and retail sectors and has over 20 years’ experience of managing an extensive range of business events, with budgets ranging up to £1.5M, across the UK, Europe and Middle East.

Louise Withy