Kate Brown, Group Sustainability Director at Grosvenor, has been appointed as Chair of the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) European Sustainability Council. Kate takes over from Michael Spies, Senior Managing Director at Tishman Speyer.
The ULI’s European Sustainability Council’s brings together a range of disciplines from investors, occupiers and developers to public officials, academics, engineers and architects from across Europe to debate and explore best practices in sustainable real estate.
The council examines a wide range of issues from investigating environmental performance, productivity and health in individual buildings, through to the longer terms planning considerations of European cities such as health, social cohesion and climate resilience, to ensure they are both successful and sustainable.
Kate set up the UK Sustainability Council in 2013 and has chaired it ever since. Jon Lovell, Director of Real Estate at Deloitte, will take on the chairmanship of the Council as Kate takes on her new role. Kate will remain part of the committee.
Commenting on the appointment, Kate said: “I’m delighted to be taking on the chairmanship of the ULI’s European Sustainability Council. A lot of good work has already been done under Michael and I hope to build on that to develop a programme and agenda that reflects a truly European approach on issues such as density, retrofitting, sustainable communities and climate resilience. They are already areas that I am considering in my role at Grosvenor and I look forward to working with the committee to build on them and encourage implementation across sectors in Europe.”
Kate is also a member of the US based ULI Sustainable Development Council.
Grosvenor has been involved in the ULI for many years. Most notably, Jeremy Newsum, Executive Trustee of the Grosvenor Estate, was Chairman of the ULI from 2009 – 2011. Jeremy remains a Global Trustee of the ULI. Mark Preston, CEO, Grosvenor Group is a Trustee of the ULI and Chairman of the ULI Centre for Sustainability Advisory Board
Additional positions currently held in the ULI by Grosvenor staff include:
Andrew Bibby, CEO, Grosvenor Americas – ULI US Commercial & Retail Development Council
Steve O’Connell, Vice President - Development, Grosvenor Americas – ULI US Urban Development and Mixed-Use Council
James Raynor, CEO, Grosvenor Fund Management – ULI Retail & Entertainment Council
Giles Wintle, Regional Director – Europe, Grosvenor Fund Management – ULI France Council
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Notes to Editors
Grosvenor is a privately-owned property group, active in some of the world’s most dynamic cities. We create high-quality places for people to enjoy and which use resources sustainably.
Grosvenor believes that there is an opportunity for cities to grow in ways that are socially, economically and environmentally resilient in the face of global challenges. Grosvenor’s long-term success in responding to these challenges depends on an imaginative approach to designing individual buildings, our large-scale placemaking activity, and the expertise of our staff. We strive to bring new ideas to the creation of sustainable cities for future generations, while encouraging other city stakeholders to play their part.
We aim to grow our understanding and knowledge of cities and the challenges and opportunities facing them, and by doing so to evolve our ‘Living cities’ philosophy. Our legacy will be the measure of our success as city stewards and creators of long-term value.
Today we have 17 offices in 11 countries and assets in 16 countries. We have regional investment & development businesses in Britain & Ireland, the Americas and Asia Pacific. Our international fund management business operates across all these markets and also Continental Europe. We also have indirect investments, managed centrally. As at 31 December 2014, the Group had total assets under management of £11.4bn. Unusually for a private company, Grosvenor publishes a detailed reporting suite - Annual Review, Financial Statements, Environment Data and index of sustainability reporting under the GRI initiative - available at: www.grosvenor.com