Wednesday 5 October 2016
Prime resi specialist to chair influential Property and Construction Committee
Mark Collins Chairman of Residential at CBRE, has been named as the new chairman of London Chamber of Commerce and Industry's (LCCI) Property and Construction Committee.
The committee acts as an advisory panel, influencing LCCI policy as the organisation puts forward views and lobbies to the Mayor and National Government for the best interests of businesses.
The role is very important in how the LCCI shapes its views on the best ways to tackle the housing crisis, the industry's skills shortage and London's infrastructure.
Mr. Collins who has a specific focus on the central London market is a vocal expert in several important areas, including advocating the benefits of building private sector housing to rent as a means of getting people into homes quickly and agreed that Build to Rent schemes have been a catalyst for regeneration across London. He has been a big supporter of SMEs who have a key role, alongside larger developers.
After 34 years in property, he has a reputation as a leading figure in London residential, with a wealth of experience and contacts
Prior to joining CBRE, he was Managing Director at Harrod's Estates property business, focusing on the top end of the London Residential market.
Mr. Collins said: "This committee addresses the most pressing issue in London today and it is an honour to chair it. Affordability in the housing market is a very real concern to many Londoners who see becoming a homeowner a diminishing reality.
"Over the last decade the population has increased by a million, yet we have only built around 200,000 new homes. The new mayor will need to find some innovative ways to bring forward housing supply in a way his predecessor couldn't and we hope to be able to help him towards a solution."
Mr. Collins officially took up the role on 5th Oct.
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NOTES TO EDITOR:
1. London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) is the capital's largest and most representative business organisation, with members ranging in size from multi-national companies to SMEs and sole traders.
2. Mark Collins is available for further comment and interview