Sir Michael Heller joined the Board of London & Associated Properties in 1971. He first qualified as a chartered accountant and then worked with his Father, post-qualifying, until 1970. In 1971, he invested in London & Associated Properties which is listed on the London Stock Exchange and became executive-Chairman in 1977. Prior to Sir Michael’s involvement, London & Associated invested in listed shares with a heavy weighting in mining companies. After he became executive-Chairman he changed the emphasis to real estate specialising in shopping centres. In addition, London & Associated owns 42% of Bisichi Mining, which mines coal in South Africa. Bisichi is also listed on the London Stock Exchange. Sir Michael was knighted in the 2013 New Year Honours List for Philanthropy.