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The Peter Wilson Lecture: Dan Labbad, The Crown Estate

This year’s Peter Wilson Lecture was given by Dan Labbad, Chief Executive of The Crown Estate on Thursday 18th March, 6pm. Following his talk, Dan was in conversation with the Master, Baroness Morgan of Huyton, Dr Emma Lees (Fitzwilliam Peter Wilson EG Fellow in Land Economy, and Ian Marcus OBE (Fitz, 1977), President of the Cambridge University Land Society.

Dan’s talk reflected on the remarkable shift in the importance of sustainability since he studied Engineering in the 80s, the need to think ambitiously about environmental responsibility and the importance of UK PLC in driving change. As well as a significant real estate portfolio, The Crown Estate also plays a major role in the UK’s world-leading offshore wind sector. Earlier this year, it announced a further six proposed new offshore wind projects with the potential to deliver enough electricity for seven million homes and representing a major boost for the UK’s green economy and net zero ambitions.

Dan Labbad was appointed to Chief Executive of The Crown Estate in December 2019 and is an Executive Member of the Board. He was previously at Lendlease, where he was Chief Executive Officer of Europe from 2009. Between August 2014 and July 2018, Dan held the dual roles of Chief Executive Officer, International Operations and Europe, where he was responsible for overseeing the disciplined expansion of Lendlease’s Europe, Americas and Asia regions. Dan has a long-standing commitment to regeneration, sustainability and digital and technical education. 

Dr Emma Lees has been a Fellow at Fitzwilliam since 2014.  Emma’s research interests are centred around property and environmental law, although this inevitably touches on other areas, such as equity and trusts, public law, and European law. Emma teaches constitutional law, land law, and landlord and tenant law, as well as supervising environmental law dissertations.

Ian Marcus OBE, graduated from Fitzwilliam in 1981 with a degree in Land Economy. Ian was in the banking industry for over 32 years having previously worked for Bank of America, UBS, NatWest and Bankers Trust/Deutsche, always focusing on the real estate industry. He is President of the Cambridge University Land Society. Ian is a former Crown Estate Commissioner, a past President of the British Property Federation, past Chairman of the Investment Property Forum, a Fellow of the RICS and for 10 years chaired the Bank of England Commercial Property Forum.

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