Mark Alker-Stone

Architect and Director, AWW

Mark heads up AWW’s Office Design and Interior Design sectors.

His work includes several major commercial development projects, each with a construction value in excess of £50 million. Clients include Investment Funds, Developers, Owner Occupiers and Tenants for both city centre and out of town locations. Mark’s commercial developments have a particular emphasis on solutions that offer flexibility and address sustainability at concept.

Mark was the Project Director for Imperial Tobacco HQ, the largest owner-occupied property constructed in Bristol in recent years. AWW provided complete architecture and interior design, supporting the client through a large workplace and location change.

Mark chairs the regional committee of the British Council for Offices.

Clare Ashmore

Director, Parkeray

I have held the position of Main Board Director for 12 years at Parkeray and am a loyal and committed member of the BCO; with six years’ experience as an active BCO Board participant.

I see the role as both an honour and a challenge to ensure quality debate and discussion is held on those matters that are important to the BCO members. 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.

Jason Balls

Director, EPR Architects

Jason Balls is a Main Board Director at EPR Architects with over 16 years’ experience as a Chartered Architect (RIBA) specialising in workplace developments. His goal is to further the development of our future office spaces and how we can adapt and respond to the ever changing workplace requirements.

He has been an active member of the British Council for Offices since 2010; firstly as a member of the NexGen Committee and then as Chair; fostering growth, debate and shaping the future of the BCO and workplace design. Jason currently sits on the BCO Board of Management.

Matthew Flood

Commercial Director, Landsec

Matt is Commercial Director for Landsec with responsibility for leading office leasing and residential sales across the London portfolio. Since joining Landsec in 2013, Matt has been focused on the transformation of Victoria through projects including 62 Buckingham Gate, The ZigZag Building and Nova, Victoria. Other roles include guiding Landsec’s strategy on the evolution of building design and customer experience.

Andy Heath

Partner, Cushman & Wakefield


Peter Kerr

Director, Atelier Ten

Peter has worked for almost twenty-five years leading a number of multi-disciplinary project teams on various projects from small scale fit-out to large multi-use international projects.

Peter enjoys getting heavily involved in the design concept and delivering on the promise of low energy, cost effective, aesthetic design with the need for delivering the design practically and on time. Peter has a particular interest in lighting, achieving flexible design both functionally and aesthetically, working closely with the client and architect to achieve the desired solution.

Peter’s experience has recently included introducing innovative circadian lighting into commercial office fit outs in Scotland in order to improve health and well-being.

Stuart Kotchie

Director, Harmsen Tilney Shane

Stuart is a company Director and brings valuable client-side experience, having been a Change Manager and Head of Corporate Property at the Environment Agency. His particular expertise is in shaping and leading strategic change initiatives, creating relevant change management activities to support organisational improvement and deliver business benefits. Stuart brings valued experience in financial options appraisal and whole life cost analysis to support leadership decision making.

Kavita Kumari

Principal Engineer, Cundall

Kavita is a Principal at Cundall and a WELL AP, belonging to the WELL Faculty programme. She led and delivered the first WELL certified building in Europe.

Kavita is also a Chartered Environmentalist and Chartered Engineer and has knowledge of both local and International green building standards; she is a RESET AP, a BRE Fellow, a Fitwel Ambassador, and a registered Low Carbon Consultant. She is part of the BRE Strategic Ecology Framework working group which dictates the Ecology criteria for BREEAM. Her extensive research into green & healthy materials, natural and human centric lighting, indoor air & water quality, occupant comfort, smart technology and biophilia has given her insight to understand health & wellbeing drivers and supports her sustainability advice enabling projects to commence with a solid foundation for successful delivery.

Benjamin Lesser

Development Manager,  Derwent London Plc

An Architect by background, Benjamin moved into development in 2004, after completing his MBA.

Having delivered large-scale projects such as Chiswick Park whilst at Stanhope, he moved to Derwent London in 2010. Since joining Derwent, Benjamin has been responsible for delivering a number of major office schemes such as the Buckley Building, Stephen Street, 40 Chancery Lane and the forward-thinking White Collar Factory.

Benjamin has been a Board Member of the BCO since 2011, endeavouring to challenge some of the industry norms through innovation and collaborative thinking.

Andy McBain

Lead, Office Design and Strategy at RBS

Andy joined RBS in 2004 to mobilise staff into the new HQ building at Gogarburn. He has held a number of roles in the bank’s property team including Innovation Manager, Manager of UK Move Management and is currently leading the Workplace Design & Strategy team.

The Workplace Design team is tasked with the management and development of creative and innovative workplace design solutions aligned to the operational and cultural requirements of RBS. Previous to RBS Andy work in manufacturing for c20 years across central Scotland.

Andy is a member of the BCO Scotland Chapter and was instrumental in establishing and supporting BCO NextGen in Scotland.

Juliette Morgan

Head of Campus, British Land

Juliette has worked in property for 15 years. She has specialised in the technology and biotech sectors, working internationally to deploy co-working spaces, pop-up investment suites and sensored social spaces, and was a founder member of Tech City UK for the UK government.

Juliette joined British Land in 2017 to lead the strategic asset management of Regent’s Place, one of British Land’s three lifestyle campuses in London. Most recently, Juliette was the London lead for Cushman & Wakefield’s Global Technology Practice where she led the development of PiLabs – Europe’s first Proptech accelerator.

David Phillips

Head of Strategy, Policy and Workforce Planning for Government Hubs, Shadow Government Property Agency

David joined the civil service in 1992 working in a variety of roles.

He currently leads on the strategy for government hubs which will save £2.24bn over 10 years. His work also includes the creation and maintenance of a comprehensive suite of cross-government policies, specifications and standards for hubs; the design and implementation of a programme to implement smart working consistently across government departments; and until recently was chair of the Canary Wharf project board which was set up to acquire and refurbish 50,000m2 of office space for the first, major cross-government hub in the programme.

Andrew Reynolds 

Managing Director WRBC Development UK Limited

Andrew is Managing Director of WRBC Development UK Limited, the London property arm of quoted US insurance firm W. R. Berkley Corporation, and is leading the team developing 52 Lime Street in the City of London.

The building, a 35 storey office tower of 386,000 sq. ft., will be the new European HQ of WRBC and is due for completion in Q2 2018.  Prior to his role at WRBC, Andrew has worked for over 35 years in the UK commercial real estate industry since graduating from Reading University.

Andrew is a member of the BCO Management Board and Chairman of the City Architecture Forum.

Gillian Stewart

Director, Michael Laird Architects

Gillian has over 30 years experience working in interiors and specifically workplace across most business sectors. She is a firm believer that buildings and interiors should be designed around people, and as designers we should engage with a variety of people throughout the design process. This way we will achieve beautiful and meaningful buildings which delight, inspire and endure.

Gillian is a Director of MLA, after working for a number of other practices, most notably BDG architecture + design, haa design and DEGW. Gillian is also a BCO member and has been on the committee leading and pushing research within the industry.


John Shepherd & David Kilgour

Directors, Whiteburn

John and David have a wealth of experience between them across the sectors in the property industry.

John is a chartered civil engineer, with over 35 years’ experience in construction, development and asset management. He is also a former chair of the Scottish regional judging panel of the BCO, is currently on the BCO’s Scottish Committee, and is a member of the SPF. David has been a director of Whiteburn for over 5 years and is responsible for the identification and successful realisation of Whiteburn’s commercial projects. David sits on the SPF’s Planning & Development Committee, and is Chairman of the charity So Precious.

Andrew Tyler

Partner, Knight Frank LLP

Peter Wynne Rees CBE

Professor of Places & City Planning, UCL Faculty of the Built Environment

As City Planning Officer for the City of London, Peter led the planning and regeneration of this world business and financial centre from 1985 to 2014.  He lectures internationally; advises developers and cities around the world on urban planning and design; and makes frequent media appearances on these topics. Peter was the subject of a BBC profile on “The Culture Show” and was included in the “Debrett’s 500” list of the most inspiring and influential people in Britain today. Numerous awards have recognised his achievements and, in 2015, he was appointed a CBE “for services to architecture and town planning”.