John Forrester takes over Presidency of the British Council for Offices

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John Forrester takes over Presidency of the British Council for Offices

05 Jul 2016

Cushman & Wakefield EMEA Chief Executive takes over from David Partridge with a focus on embracing disruption in the commercial property sector.

The British Council for Offices (BCO) today formally welcomes John Forrester as its new President.

Forrester – EMEA Chief Executive at Cushman & Wakefield – formally takes over the position from David Partridge, Managing Partner of Argent, at the BCO’s Annual General Meeting in London on Monday 4th July.

As Chairman of the BCO Annual Conference held in Amsterdam earlier this year, John set out the vision for his Presidential year, inviting delegates to embrace disruption in the property sector.

 He comments:

“The BCO membership earned its seat at the top table of office design, development and delivery; but do we as a body or as individuals innovate? That question will be kept at the forefront during my year as President, a role I feel very privileged to take.

 “Just because something has always been done a certain way, doesn’t mean it is either right or that it has to continue to be done that way. By embracing disruption we can become more productive, creative and dynamic – and that’s why now, more than ever before, it is time to challenge ourselves and to recalibrate to ensure we continue to be at the forefront of innovation in the design and delivery of our buildings.”

Richard Kauntze, Chief Executive of the BCO, comments:

“I express my thanks to the outgoing President, David Partridge, for doing an excellent job of shining a light on the power of technology and data to shape our future cities and workplaces.

 “We are now delighted to welcome John Forrester as our new President. At the BCO’s Annual Conference in Amsterdam this year, John set the scene for a Presidential year which will embrace change, calling on the industry to reassess the way we work, the workplaces we create, and the way we expect people to use them. I look forward to working closely with John over what looks certain to be an unpredictable year.”

As EMEA Chief Executive at Cushman & Wakefield, John specialises in the development, design and leasing of large commercial projects together with strategic advice to major corporate occupiers. John has extensive knowledge of global real estate markets and strategies and is a trusted advisor to a number of substantial leading global organisations and property investors.  

 John’s appointment to BCO President will see Ken Shuttleworth, Founding Director of Make Architects, become BCO Senior-Vice President. Katrina Kostic Samen, Managing Partner of KKS Strategy LLP, will become Junior-Vice President.

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About the BCO

The British Council for Offices (BCO) is the UK’s leading member organisation representing the interests of all those who occupy, design, build, own or manage offices in the UK. Since inception in 1990, the BCO has provided thought leadership and best practice in all issues related to the creation and use of office space – through to its research, awards, conference and events programmes.


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