Welcoming Jo Davis as our new Chair

News / 18.04.2024

We are delighted to announce that Jo Davis - Principal, Managing Director of Place and UK Executive Chair at Avison Young - has been appointed as the new Chair of Real Estate Balance.

Jo has a property career spanning 30 years and will take over from Liz Peace, one of our seven founding members, when she steps down on 1 May.

With a background in town planning, Jo has worked on a number of complex developments, regeneration strategies and new communities, each involving skilled and sensitive negotiation and communication with a wide variety of stakeholders.

At Avison Young, Jo also has responsibility for the UK Women's Network, Gender Pay Gap and sits on the global board with responsibility for diversity, equality, inclusion and mentoring.

This appointment comes at a time of transition and growth for us and our more than 125 members.

Originally founded in 2015 to address gender imbalance at senior levels in the industry, we broadened our scope in 2020 to embrace broader objectives such as ethnicity and social mobility.

We have also expanded our reach and network outside London, hosting membership events in cities around the UK.

Through a range of campaigns, events and activities, and with a focus on leadership, best practice, opportunity and collaboration, we support our members to make progress in achieving a diverse and inclusive culture and so contribute to the enhanced performance of the sector as a whole.

Bristol-based Jo will lead our seven-strong Board.

Commenting on her appointment, she said:

“Liz has done amazing work as Chair of Real Estate Balance; it’s a premiership organisation, and it’s a huge privilege to take over from her as Chair. My job now is one of guardianship and growth, building on everything that has already been achieved.

“I started my real estate career in a team with a leadership structure that set me up for success.

“I was really lucky, and I want that to become the norm. I look forward to working alongside Real Estate Balance’s team to expand its reach and ensuring we remain relevant and agile to people at all stages of their career.”

Real Estate Balance Managing Director, Sue Brown, commented:

“Jo brings with her exceptional experience and has a genuine understanding, dedication and passion for the work we do at Real Estate Balance.

“I’m looking forward to working with her as we transition to the next phase for the organisation.”

Edward Ali McQuilton, Senior Partner of Real Estate at Granger Reis, which conducted the search pro bono, said:

“Real Estate Balance is at the heart of change within UK real estate and, alongside the whole team, Liz leaves an incredible legacy upon which to build.

“We're proud to provide continued support and, with the many areas of change still needed in the sector, the new Chair appointment was one of the most important pieces of work we have ever undertaken.

"We look forward to seeing Jo and the Board steward the organisation to continued success.”