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Daniel Peltz OBE

(Elected 2015)

Daniel Peltz is Chief Executive of London Freeholds Ltd, the specialist retail property investor, which he founded in 2002 following a career in property and asset management with companies including GUS Plc and The British Land Company Plc.

A trustee of many charitable organisations, including the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies at Oxford University, Childhood First, the City of London School Bursary Trust and the Artichoke Trust, Daniel is also treasurer of both the Anna Freud Centre and the Institute of Jewish Studies at UCL. He has been a panellist on the Education Panel of The Wolfson Foundation for many years. He is Governor of the Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology, and is an honorary Fellow of the Institute.  He is also a Fellow of King’s College London and a member of both the Campaign Board and the Estates Strategy Committee. He sits on the Finance and Estates Committees of the Marylebone Cricket Club.

In the 2016 New Year Honours list he was awarded an OBE for charitable and philanthropic services.

Daniel’s involvement at Birkbeck dates from when he gained an MA in Renaissance Studies in 2009. His experience at the College was an ‘exceptional’ one. He said at the Birkbeck Scholars Evening in July 2014 that he realised that ‘society had as much responsibility to educate its adults as it had its children’. He added that in giving working adults a chance to attain additional education in the evenings at the highest level, Birkbeck provided a unique service to the public.

He has shown a significant commitment to the College, not only in providing funds for the creation in 2013 of the Peltz Gallery, and the Peltz postgraduate scholarships, in the School of Arts, but also by being a member of the Estates Committee where he advises the governors on property matters.

Speaking of his time studying at Birkbeck, Daniel said: 'It was incredibly inspiring to study in the company of such committed people, and the quality of the teaching was exceptional. I got so much out of my time at Birkbeck and, wherever possible, I feel it’s important for alumni to give something back.'

He added: 'I am delighted to have been invited to become a Birkbeck Fellow and to continue to be part of the Birkbeck community.'