Sir Edward Lister has been appointed as a consultant to CBRE, the world’s leading global real estate advisor. Sir Edward was most recently the Mayor of London’s Chief of Staff and Deputy Mayor for Policy and Planning.

In his new role, Sir Edward will work with CBRE’s One London team in advising its clients on public sector engagement specifically relating to planning and development of the inner and outer London boroughs. This will include working alongside CBRE experts and local authority partners to realise the potential of public sector assets to the benefit of all parties.

Sir Edward’s appointment further strengthens CBRE’s client-focused, ‘One London’ strategy to concentrate knowledge and expertise on all market sectors and geographies across all 33 Boroughs. Sir Edward will enhance CBRE’s expertise by strengthening the firm’s access to both local and national government specifically around public sector assets and identification of development opportunities across the inner and outer London boroughs.

Sir Edward was former Mayor of London Boris Johnson’s Chief of Staff as well as the Deputy Mayor for Policy and Planning. In this latter role, he strengthened the relationship between the GLA and Boroughs as well as improving ties with the private sector. During his tenure he helped facilitate a record level of inward investment into the capital.

Sir Edward Lister commented: “London has established itself as a global city with much of this due to the way policy has prioritised the creation of places that people want to live and work in. However, local authorities still face challenging budgetary restrictions and I look forward to working with CBRE’s experts in funding and development which will allow me to continue to assist the capital’s growth agenda while realising the potential of public sector assets, thereby creating beneficial economic and social change.”

Prior to his term in City Hall, Sir Edward served as leader of Wandsworth Council from 1992 to 2011. As the longest serving council leader in the country, he made Wandsworth the most successful value-for-money local authority in the country with the country’s lowest council tax charge and top satisfaction ratings from its residents (Place Survey 2009).

Sir Edward was formerly Deputy Chairman of the Old Oak & Park Royal Mayoral Development Corporation and following a pre-appointment hearing in June 2016, the Communities and Local Government (CLG) committee has endorsed Sir Edward for the post of Chairman of the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA).

Adam Hetherington, Managing Director of CBRE Central London

We are delighted that Sir Edward will be bringing his unrivalled planning, policy and government experience to benefit our clients who are increasingly operating across all 33 London Boroughs. Though we are in an uncertain period, London is very much still open for business. Notwithstanding the EU referendum outcome, the fundamental qualities of our capital city have not changed overnight, and it is home to an incredible blend of innovation and enterprise, attracting a talent pool unmatched around the world.

For our clients, navigating the many nuances and complexities of local authority priorities and the impacts of new transport and infrastructure projects requires the very best advice and this means Sir Edward will be an exceptional addition to our team and further enhance our capability to better serve our clients.

Adam Hetherington, Managing Director of CBRE Central London