Strutt & Parker’s head of industrial agency Ben Wiley has taken over as chairman of the Industrial Agents Society (IAS).

Wiley was announced as the successor to JLL’s Tim Clement at the society’s inaugural conference at Twickenham stadium last week.

More than 450 IAS members attended the event, which boasted a stellar line-up of speakers that included Lord Digby Jones, former John Lewis managing director Andrew Street, Paralympic gold medallist Marc Woods and BBC presenter Andrew Marr, who discussed the global political landscape.

The event, which coincided with the society’s 40th anniversary, focused on the ever-changing industrial and logistics market, with sessions on technological advances, changing demographics and what a post-Brexit landscape would look like.

The rise of automation and the need for local authorities to make better provision for industrial and logistics space were also among the themes discussed at the conference.