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 Great Portland Estates, 33 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London W1G 0PW
National No
Region London and the South East
Available to Non Members No
Members Price FREE


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

 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.


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.


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    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.


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.  


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.