Lester Bennett joined council in 2018. He is currently President of the BIID.
Lester set up in private practice in 1983 employing up to 7 designers and support personnel, working primarily on high- end private residential and residential development projects but also within the commercial, retail and industrial sectors. In addition to many private residential clients, the client base for the practice included national and international companies such as Mobil, Alliance and Leicester, Celador Television Production Co., Morgan (fashion), Elstree Film Studios, Taylor Walker Breweries and many property development companies. Work was undertaken in the UK, Europe and the Middle East.
In 2000 Lester joined the newly formed Westcity Wates Property Development Ltd as Director of Design, and later became Design Director of Westcity Developers Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Westcity PLC, leaving in 2009. During this period he was responsible for the design and quality of the company’s prestigious developments, two of which were considered to be London’s most iconic, prime residential schemes of their time. The total GDV of the schemes delivered in this period was in excess of £770 million.
In 2009 Lester and partners of KSR Architects set up Folio Design LLP as a sister company to KSR Architects specialising in interior design for high end private residential projects and developments in the UK, Europe and Russia. Lester left Folio at the end of 2015 to work from home as an independent consultant for long term clients and continues to consult for KSR.
Lester is Director of Lester Bennett Design Consultancy.