Legal & General Capital (LGC) has appointed John Alker, former UKGBC director of policy, as its new head of sustainability
Joining the business on 9 August, this senior appointment demonstrates LGC’s commitment to protecting the planet by driving tangible and meaningful change across the diverse sectors it operates in – from its net zero carbon housing commitment to its levelling up agenda, transforming towns and cities across the UK.
At UKGBC Alker is director of policy & places, having joined shortly after its launch in 2007 and leading its well-respected policy and advocacy at both national and local level, working with the construction and property sector on a suite of successful programmes and projects, covering topics such as net zero carbon, social value, health & wellbeing and regeneration & placemaking.
John Alker has also served as a board director for the World Green Building Council.
Prior to joining UKGBC, he worked on sustainable homes and carbon trading for the environmental charity WWF-UK, has worked as a researcher in the House of Commons, and in commercial public affairs. He is on the Board of the Quality of Life Foundation.
In this new role, Alker will act as the strategic sustainability lead within LGC, challenging the business to continue to set ambitious sustainability commitments, and bringing his expertise to drive their delivery.
A decade of action
Kerrigan Procter, CEO, Legal & General Capital, said: “We are delighted to welcome John to the business.
“His experience in working collaboratively across the construction and real estate industry to drive real improvement in environmental outcomes is exactly in line with our continued drive to deliver the societal benefits of quality, affordable housing for all and regenerated towns and cities.
“John’s expertise makes him well placed to maximise the advantages within our housing and urban regeneration businesses in order to deliver on our ambitions for improved social and environmental outcomes.
“John will play a crucial role in ensuring that our sustainability commitments are delivered as well looking at further ways that our platform can help to transform climate change. We have a real opportunity to use LGC’s diverse sources of capital to build back better and seek out new transformative sustainable investments.”
John Alker said: “I feel privileged to have been able to work with hundreds of progressive businesses from across the real estate and construction sector over many years at UKGBC.
“One that has always stood out as particularly influential, innovative and purpose-driven is Legal & General.
“I am delighted to be joining the great team at LGC, to support the sustainability ambitions of the business in this critical decade of action.
“We face a series of related challenges from global to local, both environmental and societal. The places where we live and work and the communities we create are at the heart of this challenge.
“That is why the scale and scope of LGC’s diverse interests in our built environment provide such an exciting opportunity – to deliver positive impact and create value in the round.”