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OPDC Board

The OPDC Board was appointed in March 2015. The Board comprises industry and community leaders, bringing skills and backgrounds in the following:

  • business
  • transport
  • local government
  • regeneration
  • finance
  • marketing
  • education

Board meetings

Meetings of the Board are open to the public, with the exception of when there is confidential or commercially sensitive information that may need to be discussed.

Find out more about the OPDC Board, including papers and watching webcasts.


Board members

Liz Peace CBE (Chair) (Register of Interest)

OPDC – Chairman, Liz Peace CBE
Liz Peace ran the British Property Federation for 13 years until her retirement in 2014. During that time, she managed to change the Government’s perception of the commercial property industry, to establish it as a key contributor to policy debate, to win innumerable changes to planning and tax legislation and, as part of a pan-industry alliance, to secure the introduction of Real Estate Investment Trusts.

Liz now has a portfolio/advisory career in the field of property, politics and the built environment. This includes non-executive or advisory roles at Redrow plc, Howard de Walden Estates and Holtby Turner. She is chairing the Government Property Agency and is also a member of the Mayor of London’s Homes for Londoners’ Board. 

Liz is involved with a number of charities; she is Chairman of LandAid, the property industry's charity, of the Architectural Heritage Fund and of the Centre for London. She is also a trustee at the Churches Conservation Trust and President of the Property Litigation Association.
Before the BPF, Liz spent 27 years as a civil servant in the Ministry of Defence (MOD) working on an exciting range of projects from nuclear safety to defence finance, public inquiries and land acquisitions. In 1985 Liz pioneered the principle of part-time working for women in the MOD.

William Hill (Register of Interest)

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William Hill is an experienced property investment specialist with over 30 years in the industry, including 22 years as Head of Property at Schroders plc, a large global investment management house. He formed his own consultancy company in November 2013 and is regarded as an investment expert within the industry. He is frequently quoted in the national and specialist trade press for his views.


Natalie Campbell, Director of Insight and Innovation, The Royal Foundation (Register of Interest to follow)

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As well as an award-winning businesswoman and HarperCollins author Natalie is a Director at The Royal Foundation. Prior to this she co-founded global social innovation agency, A Very Good Company. As a non-executive director, she chaired the Nominet Trust and is on the board of the Big Lottery Fund and LEAP, the Mayor’s London economic strategy board.


William McKee, CEO, Accessible Retail (Register of Interest)

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As well as his role at Accessible Retail Will McKee’s appointments include Chair of a property, finance and asset management company, Chair of the Mayor of London and London First’s Industry and Logistics Sounding Board and Chair of the University of Southampton Business School’s Advisory Board. In 2002 Will was appointed CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to the property industry and in 2016 Southampton University awarded him an honorary Doctorate of Letters.

Jules Pipe CBE (Register of Interest)

Jules Pipe
Jules Pipe is working on key priorities for the Mayor of London, including: revision of the London Plan, major regeneration and infrastructure projects and building a skills system that properly addresses the needs of young people and the economy. Jules has unrivalled knowledge of London government, becoming the first directly elected mayor of Hackney in 2002 and serving as Chair of London Councils from 2010 until he joined the Mayor’s team in 2016.  

Shevaughn Rieck, Partner at Farrells LLP (Register of Interest to follow)

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Shevaughn’s development experience and construction knowledge supports her in overseeing all technical, delivery and operational aspects for the Farrells LLP London office. Shevaughn is passionately committed to driving projects from scheme design through to completion. She has led contracts on the Chelsea Waterfront scheme and is currently leading the compliance monitoring role on Lyons Place.

Michael Simms, Director, Acton Community Forum (Register of Interest to follow)

Michael’s role at the Acton Community Forum is to provide sound leadership, direction and management at an organisational level as well as developing innovative community practices which supports improved lives and services for all. He is also an associate consultant supporting organisations to develop best practice in Community Engagement.


Helen Ward, Professor of Public Health, Imperial College London (Register of Interest to follow)

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Helen Ward trained as a doctor and has worked as a clinician for 30 years in North West London. She is now a leader in public health, research and teaching and is Director of Education at the School of Public Health at Imperial, she also leads the Imperial Patient Experience Research Centre. Helen looks forward to engaging with local communities to put health and wellbeing at the heart of the development.


Victoria Quinlan, Managing Director, Investment Management, Lendlease (Register of Interest)


Victoria Quinlan is currently the Managing Director - Investment Management for Lendlease, a global property and infrastructure company listed on the Australian stock exchange with operations in Australia, Asia, America and Europe, and a global development pipeline of c £30bn. Victoria has extensive experience in Property Development and is a well-known figure in the London planning sector.


Rahul Gokhale, Commercial Director, Allpex (Register of Interest)

Rahul Gokhale runs Allpex, a Park-Royal based plumbing products distributor. His previous career was in management consulting where he focused on strategy and business operations projects for large corporations. He holds a double degree in Manufacturing Engineering & Commerce from the University of Birmingham and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He is also a member of the Brent Business Board and a governor of the Haberdashers’ Aske’s Schools, Elstree.

Cllr Julian Bell, Leader of Ealing Council (Register of Interest)

Under Julian’s leadership, Ealing has built its reputation as a high-performing and innovative council. Recognising the importance of local economic issues, Julian’s cabinet portfolio includes regeneration. He also represents the borough on other organisations such as the West London Alliance, the Local Strategic Partnership, London Councils Executive and the Transport and Environment Committee. Elected as an Ealing councillor in 2002, he is now serving his fourth term of office.  

Cllr Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council (Register of Interest)

Muhammed is passionate about strengthening relations within Brent’s communities, to make the diverse borough more resilient and equipped for the future. First elected as Leader of the Council in May 2012, Cllr Butt has prioritised creating jobs for local people, protecting vulnerable residents and supporting economic regeneration. He is also part of the West London Alliance.

Cllr Stephen Cowan, Leader of Hammersmith and Fulham Council (Register of Interest)

Bio to follow.

Representatives from the Greater London Authority, Transport for London, and the London Boroughs of Brent, Ealing and Hammersmith & Fulham are observers to the Board.