Walkley is principal and UK president at global real estate advisory firm Avison Young. Prior to joining Avison Young in 2021, he led Homes England, the UK government’s land, development and housing investment body, where he was responsible for the delivery of major development programmes, national affordable housing projects and government-backed investment initiatives. Walkley has served as chief executive of two London local authorities, with a focus on building high-performing teams during periods of adversity and austerity. As a seasoned leader, he is passionate about fostering strong organisational culture driven by clear values and targets. In all his roles, Walkley has championed the power of urban regeneration and public-private partnership to improve peoples’ everyday lives.  An advocate for the dynamism and vitality of cities, Walkley is a firm believer that the best way to get to know a city is through is through its restaurants, bars and live music venues.