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London calling: Past, Present and Future

The past, present and future of London was the subject of the second Honor Chapman memorial lecture, delivered by Alison Nimmo CBE, Chief Executive of The Crown Estate

​The annual JLL sponsored Honor Chapman memorial lecture on "Cities and Society" celebrated its second year last night at Hughes Hall, Cambridge University.

The lecture pays homage to Honor Chapman CBE, Partner and International director at JLL, who died suddenly in 2009.  The lecture delivered by Alison Nimmo, Chief Executive of The Crown Estate, focused on London and the influence of its past in shaping the present and future of the city.

Honor was an early founder of the field of property research and designed ground-breaking methods to properly analyse and interpret the performance of markets and cities for the first time.  She applied this expertise to London in the 1980's bringing into sharp focus the issues that were threatening London's position as a world city, and identifying the competition it was facing from cities around the world.  To address these challenges she became a founder of the London First Centre, and was its first CEO, before going on to lead other ventures such as Future London, as well as the London Development Agency, where she was Vice Chair. She also became The Crown Estate's first ever female board member in 1997.

The lecture series was created when three leading London real estate figures, Rosemary Feenan from JLL, Andrew Gould, former JLL UK CEO  and now Chairman of the UK Green Building Council and Benson Elliot's Marc Mogull, came together to form a lasting tribute to Honor Chapman.

Alison's speech paid tribute to Honor Chapman's enduring legacy as well as touching on the importance of place making and the responsibility of the current generation to protect, preserve and progress London's status as a top tier global city.

Alison Nimmo, Chief Executive of The Crown Estate commented: "The making and shaping of London is the story of inspirational individuals like Honor Chapman and this lecture series is a fitting tribute to someone who was a constant champion of the City."

 "We're lucky enough to be living through another golden age of opportunity and development in the history of our capital. Of course London's not without its problems but I believe that there is enough collective ambition and belief to secure its position as a leading global city for the next generation.  

"The desire to leave London as a greater city than the one she inherited guided Honor Chapman in her work, and it is this spirit that should guide all of us who live and work here to play out part as stewards of its future."  

Rosemary Feenan, Head of Global Research at JLL, added: "Honor Chapman's contribution to the understanding of London was a crucial factor in the success of the city today. She was one of the first women to become recognised as a business leader of the highest calibre in the sector. A lecture series examining the role of cities is a perfect tribute to her and will hopefully inspire a new generation of women to get involved in property and research."