Liz Peace confirmed as new chair of Real Estate Balance


We are delighted to announce the appointment of Liz Peace CBE as our new Chair.

Liz will oversee the strategic direction of Real Estate Balance, chairing a management committee comprising men and women leaders from across real estate, working together to secure a future in which women represent half the industry’s senior positions.

Liz is replacing Vivienne King, who is standing down at the end of March after four years in the post. Vivienne will continue as a member of Real Estate Balance’s management committee. At the same time, Liz will be joined by Sue Brown, who is replacing Kaela Fenn-Smith as Managing Director.

Vivienne King, outgoing Real Estate Balance chair, said:

“I’m delighted to announce Liz Peace as my successor. As a founder member, Liz was instrumental in establishing the organisation and she has been a driving force behind our campaign for a better-balanced real estate sector. With Liz as chair and Sue as MD, we’re in a fantastic position to support real change in our industry.

It’s been a privilege to chair Real Estate Balance over a period of extraordinary growth. I see this as testament to the commitment of our industry to shake off its traditional image and publicly adopt equality as a given. I also see it as evidence of the credibility of the Real Estate Balance core business purpose in supporting leaders to achieve that commitment. Membership of Real Estate Balance is recognised as more than enabling our members to do better business – it enables them to contribute to a movement transforming our industry’s reputation in the public mind”.

Liz Peace, incoming Real Estate Balance chair, said:

“Real Estate Balance is an incredible organisation with an important mission and I’m proud to be its new Chair. It has been hugely rewarding to see Real Estate Balance mature under Vivienne’s tenure and I want to take this opportunity on behalf of Real Estate Balance and the wider industry, to thank Vivienne for her commitment to the role during this time. With continued industry support, the dedication of our volunteers, and a dynamic new MD, I believe Real Estate Balance has an exciting future”.

Liz has more than 35 years’ experience in Government and the property sector. For thirteen years until 2015 she was Chief Executive of the British Property Federation and now has a portfolio career including NED roles with both public and private companies, the chairmanship of a number of public sector bodies and trustee/chairmanships at a range of charities and not for profit organisations. Liz is a founder member of Real Estate Balance.