Following the successful launch of the BCO Mentoring Programme, BCO NextGen are delighted to announce the second of our ‘Meet the Mentors’ events, kindly hosted by Great Portland Estates.

Start Date / Time 03 Oct 2019 08:00
End Date / Time 03 Oct 2019 10:00
Venue Marketing Suite, Kent House, 14/17 Market Place, Fitzrovia, London, W1W 8AJ
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Region London and the South East
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Join us to have the opportunity to hear from industry experts who are keen to mentor you; find out who might be able to advise you on your needs; and swap details to meet up in the future. Please note that this is an informal networking event, with no structure for meetings dictated by the BCO. For more information on the mentors that will be in attendance, please click here. Breakfast will be provided – we look forward to seeing you there!

This event is only available to members of BCO.

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The Mentors


      Jon Allgood, Senior Asset Manager - London Offices, The Crown Estate

 Keith Ashcroft


Keith Ashcroft, Managing Director, 21Construction

As the Co-Founder and Managing Director of 21Construction, Keith contributes nearly four decades of valuable industry experience into the company. Keith started his career straight from school as an apprentice carpenter and joiner, and has progressed through operational management positions to board level and most recently to the co-founder of a successful London based Main-Contractor. Keith was elected to the BCO board of management in 2017. 

Keith’s progression from the grass routes of our industry has provided him with a wide range of experiences and enables him to view things from many perspectives. He has a real interest in mentoring and has been the driving force in setting up the 21Academy and future leaders group.  His open and honest approach to business coupled with great communication skills has allowed him to build many long-lasting relationships with building owners, end-users, consultants and supply chains. 

A great believer in the power of positive leadership, and a strong focus on company culture and the value of relationships, Keith provides visionary direction to ensure that, as the company grows, its values excel.



Clare Ashmore


Clare Ashmore, Main Board Director, Parkeray

I have held the position of Main Board Director for 13 of my 18 years at Parkeray with a background in Business Management and Marketing. I am a loyal and committed member of the BCO; with 8 years’ experience as an active BCO Board participant.

I champion forward thinking, progression, and something particularly important to me; focus on the younger generations. I wholeheartedly support Nextgen, mentoring schemes and schools/college roadshows encouraging fresh, innovative and diverse talent into our amazing industry. I am a good listener, trained in coaching and am looking forward to assisting with your career development.

Guy Bonser


Guy Bonser, Partner, Gleeds 

Guy has been a Cost Manager in the Central London Commercial market for over 30 years – nearly all of which at Gleeds. He has specialised in Refurbishment, Cat A Cat B and Directs contracts, but also has extensive experience of New Build offices, hotels and residential. 

Guy has been a member of the BCO for over 20 years and assisted with the production of the BCO 2009 Guidelines, plus Cat A Expert Witness. 

Projects range from the sublime to the ridiculous, some very small and some over 500,000ft, and currently he has just completed on Dunhill’s HQ and is working on Spotify’s London HQ and Global Music Hub amongst other Refurbishment projects.



Phil Breeden


Phil Breeden, Director, Mace Limited

Phil is a director of Mace Cost Consultancy where he is responsible for its’ London office. A current member of the BCO board of management, Chair of the London regional BCO awards and former member of the CoreNet UK Chapter’s board. 

Phil is a chartered quantity surveyor and has over 35 years of experience of working with investors, developers and end user occupiers, which gives him an excellent all-round perspective of the commercial office sector. Having started in the industry, straight from school as&nbsp; a trainee building services quantity surveyor, Phil’s career path saw him become a director of a major international consultancy business in his early 30s. He has a real interest in helping people develop their careers and fulfil their potential, he sits on the Mace Group apprenticeship steering group and has been shortlisted for this year’s BCO NextGen Inspirational Leader of the Year.


Frances Brown

    Frances Brown, Associate, Hoare Lea

Frances is a talented chartered building services engineer at Hoare Lea and a member of both the London BCO Awards Judging Panel and the BCO Board of management . With a background in mechanical engineering, she leads a team at Hoare Lea’s London office, working on a variety of high-profile projects specialising in workplace design. 

Frances has a passion for supporting the next generation, as a STEM ambassador promoting construction in schools and also as an IMechE mentor to upcoming building services engineers at Hoare Lea. She looks forward to getting to know the BCO’s NextGen members.



Mike Burton

Mike Burton, Director, Aecom               

With over 25 years’ experience in sustainable building services design, Mike has helped to deliver some of UKs most important new and refurbished offices as well as offices in Europe and the Middle East. These include the BBC’s iconic Broadcasting House; the White Collar Factory, the United Nations Geneva, and Schroders new headquarters, as well as speculative offices for developers including Derwent London, LandSec, U+I & Brookfield.

Mike is helping to create the next generation smart office spaces across the UK with British land in Canada Water, U+I in Birmingham, CORE in West End, and the City of London’s Fleet Street Estate.

Mike is co-author for the new RIBA book Next Generation Office Design, has contributed to the 2014 &amp; 2019 BCO Guides, a winning team member of BCO Office of the Future, and has been nominated for an ACE Ambassadors award. Mike is a BCO Mentor and Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers.

 Paul Burrows


Paul Burrows, Senior Associate, Hoare Lea 

Paul has over 13 years experience in the construction industry. He has worked internationally as both a building services engineer and project manager delivering  over 2m sq ft of workplace. Whilst Paul has strong cross sector experience including retail and education, Paul is presently a Senior Associate at Hoare Lea where he leads multi-discipline teams delivering commercial workplace.    

Paul sat on the committee of Young Entrepreneurs in Property (YEP) for 2 years and started his involvement with BCO though BCO NextGen. 


Racheal Cadey, Founder & Principal, Edge GB

Racheal Cadey is the founder and design principal of award-winning practice Edge Architecture and Design. An interior architect by training, and an integrator of brand and architecture, she drives connected design expertise across the practice to improve brand perception and business performance. Edge delivers return on design investment for clients across all sectors. As the design principal of The Crown Estate’s award winning headquarters and the first Platinum WELL Building standard certified project in Europe, she firmly believes a Wellness strategy is central in an effective workplace.


Peter Cummings





    Peter Cummings, Partner, Turner & Townsend

Peter Cummings is a Partner at Turner & Townsend, having joined the company in 2001. His current role is leading the Commercial Occupier team in London supporting end user clients to successfully deliver their projects and programmes.    

Previously Peter led the UK Business Generation function working across all three segments of Real Estate, Infrastructure and Natural Resources, developing and implementing the strategic plans to drive business growth and develop client relationships.  Prior to that Peter was head of Cost Management in London with accountability for managing all aspects of the Cost Management business.   

Peter has been involved in formulating and delivering cost, commercial and programme management services on a number of major projects and programmes in Asia, Australia, Europe and the US.  


Jon Eaglesham


Jon Eaglesham, Managing Director, Barr Gazetas 

Jon is the Managing Director of Barr Gazetas. He joined in 2003 as an Architectural Assistant and became Managing Director in 2016. He is involved with projects at every level and contributes to all internal design reviews. He manages the growth and development of the practice and leads many of their most significant projects for clients including Savills IM, Helical, Pollen Estate, The Crown Estate and Grosvenor.   

Jon is head of the retrofit discipline and enjoys unlocking potential within complex city centre projects. He has a passion for sustainability that is reflected across the practice. Among other things, this has resulted in projects investigating better, cleaner models for transport infrastructure.   

Jon has been a judge for the BCO Awards since 2018 and in 2019 was elected to the BCO Board of Management.


Helen Garthwaite 2

    Helen Garthwaite, Partner, Wedlake Bell

Helen is a partner at the City law firm Wedlake Bell and acts for all sectors of the construction and development industry advising corporations and institutions owning, investing in, financing and procuring development and infrastructure projects in the residential, office, retail and industrial sectors with experience of public and privately funded schemes. She leads the Senior Living sector group.

She has leading expertise in construction finance and sustainable construction having led the acclaimed industry reports Hitting the Green Wall (2009) and Behind the Green Façade (2010). 

Helen is co-founder of the Tomorrow’s City, Today’s Challenge initiative and a member of the Board of Management of the British Council for Offices; recently chairing the London launch of the new BCO Guide 2019 where she lead the legal team contributing and previously the BCO Research  Reports ' The Productive Office ' 2018 and “Wearables in the Workplace” October 2016.She is a member of the BCO international committee.

She is a member of Women In Property.

Ken Giannini


Ken Giannini RIBA, Director, MCM

Ken is a qualified architect, having studied at Virginia Tech. After graduation he moved to London where he has worked for most of his professional career with several of the best design practices in the UK. Ken started as a retail designer with Fitch & Co and then founded his own practice Giannini & Rogers before moving into office design. He has held Director roles at BDG, DEGW, Scott Brownrigg and MCM. Ken is a Board Director at MCM, responsible for developing and growing the practice. He is actively involved with the design direction of selected projects in the UK and internationally.

Ken is an Architect and industry leader in the field of workplace design and strategy. He is a well-known expert and speaker on subjects related to the future of working and work environments and is the author of the workplace and urban design philosophy he has coined as “In between spaces” and “The Community and Workplace Parallel.” He is an award-winning designer; his projects for Arthur J Gallagher and Quintiles have won a BCO Award for Fit Out of Workplace. His clients are both UK and international, occupiers and developers, and include Google, Condé Nast International, ITV, Hyperion, Quilter, NIO, National Gallery, Nationwide, CISCO, Bain & Co, British Gas, BP, BA, Baker McKenzie, Capital One and Thomson Reuters.



      Fiona Goddard, Director, Aecom

Mark Kowal


Mark Kowal RIBA, Partner, Sheppard Robson

Mark is a senior partner and leads the office sector at Sheppard Robson. His expertise – which spans workplace, retail and mixed-use developments – includes in-depth knowledge of the planning complexities common to working with Conservation Areas and with Listed Buildings. Mark’s 25 years of experience within the office sector has covered all aspects of workplace design, including speculative and headquarters buildings both across the new-build and refurbishment solutions.    

Mark has recently completed the first phase of The Future Works development in Slough and a large office scheme at 245 Hammersmith Road, London. He was also responsible for the Siemens Headquarters in Abu Dhabi, which was the first building in the region to achieve LEED Platinum accreditation.   

Mark is currently Junior Vice President of the BCO and will chair the 2021 Conference prior to becoming president later that year. He sits on the BCO Executive Board and Board of Management, is chairman of the BCO Membership committee, and a national judge for the BCO Awards.



Benjamin Lesser


Benjamin Lesser, Associate, Development, Derwent London

A qualified architect by background, Benjamin is an Associate in Development at Derwent London, one of London’s most innovative office regenerators, where he has been responsible for delivering a number of major office schemes such as the forward-thinking White Collar Factory. He is currently working on schemes such as Soho Place, an oversite development at Tottenham Ct Rd Crossrail Station.

He joined Derwent in 2010. Benjamin started his career at Sheppard Robson Architects. Following an MBA at the College of Estate Management, he moved to Stanhope as Development Manager delivering Chiswick Park amongst other key schemes.

Since 2011, Benjamin has been a Board member of the BCO Board of Management, always keen to challenge some of the accepted norms in the property industry. He was co-editor of the recently launched BCO Guide to Specification 2019.  

Michelle Marwood


Michelle Marwood, Senior Vice President and Head of Global Corporate Services for EMEA & India, Blackstone 

Michelle Marwood is Senior Vice President and Head of Global Corporate Services for EMEA & India. Ms. Marwood oversees all aspects of GCS for the region, focusing predominately on the built environment; including commercial corporate real estate transactions , design, construction, facilities, together with other soft services. Before joining Blackstone, Ms. Marwood was the Global Head of Corporate Services for Two Sigma Investments, based in New York City. 

Prior to Two Sigma, Ms. Marwood held senior global positions within the Corporate Services and Workplace spheres for Bloomberg, Kirkland & Ellis, LLP and Morgan Stanley. Ms. Marwood has a bachelor of laws with honors from the University of Wales, College of Cardiff. Ms. Marwood is a Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and a member of the Board of Management of the British Council of Offices.


 James Pellatt

    James Pellatt, Director of Workplace and Innovation, Great Portland Estates

James is Director of Workplace and Innovation at Great Portland Estates plc. Since January 2018 his role is challenge the content and design of our workplaces in order to ensure that they stay ahead of occupier needs.  His role is to pick the best pieces of innovation and technology, together with workplace trends to create workspace that allows users to thrive.

Prior to this role, James was Head of Projects responsible for the delivery of GPE’s extensive development pipeline between 2011 and 2017 delivering such iconic schemes as Rathbone Square, 240 Blackfriars, and 160 Old St amongst others.

Before GPE, James qualified as a Building Surveyor and worked for Watts & Partners, EC Harris, before moving into development with More London Development & Tishman Speyer.

Caroline KKS


Caroline Pontifex, Director of Workplace Experience, KKS Savills

Caroline Pontifex is director of workplace experience at KKS Savills and leads their occupier and workplace strategy team. Advising occupiers using workplace as a vehicle for change, and developers ensuring real estate solutions are able to respond to change, her work analysing emerging occupier and workplace trends, and developing standards and space planning principles has led to the studio winning prestigious awards.


 Catherine Tilley

Catherine Tilley, Associate Director, Savills

Catherine has worked in the Central London office market since 2013. She has provided leasing advice to a wide variety of major landlords, investors and tenants in Central London. Her key clients include Shaftesbury, Aberdeen Standard and Blackstone. 

Catherine has a degree in Classics from the University of Bristol and a degree in Real Estate from London South Bank University. She was previously an Associate Director at Colliers International.


Andrew Tyler


Andrew Tyler, Head of London Office Development, Knight Frank 

Andrew joined Knight Frank in 1997, having previously been at British Gas for 7 years, and has since worked in London development.  Andrew specialises in providing development and value-add advice primarily in the London markets with the benefit of considerable experience in all aspects of the development life cycle in addition to investment agency, funding and corporate representation. Andrew is also providing International Consultancy for several large-scale redevelopment projects in Sydney (10m sq.ft.), Brisbane (4m sq.ft.), and Dublin (1.5m sq.ft.).