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Tony Pidgley

Tony Pidgley CBE, 1947-2020

Tony Pidgley CBE, Berkeley Group's founder and Chairman, sadly died on June 26, 2020.

Tony left school at 15 to form his own company in haulage and plant hire. At 19, he sold his business to Crest Homes and became a Building Director, before leaving to form Berkeley in 1976. Under his leadership the business grew to become a FTSE 100 company that builds thousands of homes each year.

At Berkeley, Tony led some of the country's most challenging and celebrated regeneration programmes, including the reinvention of the Royal Arsenal munitions site in Woolwich, and the revival of Hackney's Woodberry Down estate. He was passionate about placemaking and working in partnership with local people to create welcoming communities where people of all ages and backgrounds enjoy a great quality of life.

Tony advised successive Governments on regeneration, placemaking, housing and developing public land. He was a member of Lord Heseltine's Estate Regeneration Advisory Panel, the Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission and the Mayor's Outer London Commission. He was the longest serving President in the history of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry and was awarded a CBE in 2013 for "services to the housing sector and the community".

Chief Executive Rob Perrins and Interim Chairman Glyn Barker have led tributes to Tony's legacy.

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