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, Chief Operating Officer, Parkeray Limited

Clare has held the position of Main Board Director for 14 of her 20 years at Parkeray. She has a background in Business Management and Marketing and has progressed within the business to a role of Project Sponsor and Chief Operating Officer.

She is a loyal and committed member of the BCO; with close to 9 years’ experience as an active BCO Board Member and the Chair of the BCO Mentoring Programme Committee.

She champions forward thinking, progression, and something particularly important to her; a focus on the younger generations. She wholeheartedly supports Nextgen, mentoring programmes and schools/college roadshows encouraging fresh, innovative and diverse talent into our amazing industry. She is a good listener, trained in coaching and is looking forward to assisting with her mentee’s career development.

Jason balls




Jason Balls, Main Board Director, EPR

Jason is a main board director with over 20 years of experience, specialising in workplace and residential developments. Jason’s focus for EPR is to continually drive an innovative approach to design through internal design reviews and achieving exemplar schemes that respond to both the individual context and the built environment. 

He is responsible for a number of significant projects, including the flagship headquarters building for Jacobs Engineering at Winnersh Triangle and 60 London Wall in the heart of the City of London. Jason is a BCO Board Member and Expert Assessor for the NLA Awards.


 Peter Barbalov

  Peter Barbalov, Partner, Farrells

Peter Barbalov is a partner at Farrells, London – an internationally recognised Architecture and Urban design practice with studios in London, Hong Kong, and Shanghai. The Farrells approach to design draws upon a 50-year heritage of leadership within the built environment industry.

Peter has worked with the practice since 1999, acting as one of Farrells’ longest standing partners with expertise in concept design and design development through to completion. His experience is wide ranging and includes buildings in the commercial, residential, retail, cultural and leisure sectors as well as urban design and interior design projects.

Peter is responsible for complex, mixed-use urban regeneration projects throughout London and in Asia. Peter’s personal commitment and strong vision ensure that projects achieve the highest standards of design excellence and delivery.

 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  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.


April Burns

  April Burns, Workplace Consultant, JLL

As a Workplace Consultant at JLL, I am currently leading the delivery of Workplace Change for the new Glasgow Barclays Campus.

I have worked in the commercial office sector for 15 years across the public and private sectors. My career started in design, then following the 2008 crash I transferred to move management and workplace strategy. I have a BSc in Industrial Product Design and a MSc in Construction Project Management. I am a geek at heart, and love data as well as the latest tech and apps to help us work smarter. 

I can empathise with the unique challenges (and opportunities!) of working in Scotland. The includes working in large busy corporate environments as well as occasionally being the only team member in Scotland and working remotely with teams across the globe. 

Ben Burton


Ben Burton, Business Development Professional

Ben Burton is a Business Development professional specialising in work winning and strategic relationships.

A member of the CIOB with a degree in Building Management and Technology, he has dedicated the last 19 years of his career to business development.

In addition to supporting numerous industry organisations such as the BCO Midlands committee, he also volunteers his expertise as a Non Executive Director on the Board of Solihull Community Housing. 


 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 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 the West End, and the City of London’s Fleet Street Estate including net zero, BREEAM Outstanding, Well Platinum  and designed for Performance buildings.

Mike is a co-author for the new RIBA book Next Generation Office Design, has contributed to the 2014, 2011 and 2019 BCO Guides:, a winning team member of BCO Office of the Future, and Mike has been nominated for an ACE Ambassadors award. Mike is a BCO National Judge, BCO Mentor and Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers.


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.


Chris Early


Chris Early, Estates & Development Manager for Telefónica UK

I look after projects, estates and space management of 28 offices, network switch sites, data centres and warehouses for Telefónica UK (O2). I also support UK based Group functions and joint ventures. It’s a varied remit which combines strategy and people, very different to my radio days, where I was managing up to 14,000 sites. I’ve been with the company in a range of different roles since 2001.



May Fawzy

  May Fawzy, Interior Architecture Director, MF DesignStudio, Director, British Institute of Interior Design

Bringing value, innovation and creative thinking are the main design pillars for May. As the founder and Interior Architecture Director of MF DesignStudio, May focuses on creating office environments that are flex­ible, collaborative, innovative, creative, sustainable and inspiring for the individuals and the community.

With over 17 years experience in commercial workplace interiors and as a director of the British Institute of Interior Design, May mentors young designers and introduces them to the world of commercial interior de­sign . She also assesses new members to ensure the professional quality of new joining members meets the BIID’s rigorous standards and code of conduct. May specialises in workplace design and is particularly passion­ate about Activity based working.


    Carl Giles, BCO NextGen London Committee Chair, Partner, Alinea Consulting

 Adrian Griffith


Adrian Griffith, Principal, Avison Young

Adrian is a Principal within Office Agency at Avison Young, Birmingham specialising in Office Acquisitions, Disposals and Consultancy across the Midlands since 2002.  He acts for landlord clients, such as BlackRock, Columbia Threadneedle, Topland Group and IM Properties in the disposal of many of the largest out of town office schemes in the Midlands, and advises occupier clients including National Grid, Cadent Gas and Orbit Group.

His involvement in the BCO started as a founding member of the BCO Next Gen Committee in the Midlands, followed by a term as a BCO judge for the Midlands and East Anglia, and is now a Midlands Chapter committee member.


 Lee Jones

  Lee Jones, Partner, Quantem Consulting LLP

Lee has 25 years’ experience in the property industry, having worked in London, New York and Birmingham across a range of different types and sizes of business’ (local authority, main contractor and PM/QS). His delivery experience covers a wide range of complex and major projects across a range of property sectors.

He has been based in the Midlands for the last 16 years and involved with the BCO for over 12 years. During this time he has undertaken different roles such as Midlands Chair, awards judge and membership committee. He also helped establish the BfB (Business for Birmingham) networking event and charity focused group, which was founded 14 years ago.











Katrina Kostic Samen, BCO Immediate Past President, Director, Head of Workplace Strategy & Design, KKS Savills

Katrina has a total commitment and absolute passion for diversity in the workplace, promoting our NextGen, and focusing on the best interests of the occupier and their business.Her experience over three decades of commercial development and workplace design enables Katrina to provide expertise across all aspects of architecture and interior design projects. She challenges boundaries and perceptions, connects ‘inside-out’ design philosophies, and combines strategy and design to maximise real estate potential for both occupiers and developers.

As the British Council for Offices (BCO) President for 2018-2019, Katrina chaired the 2018 BCO Annual Conference in Berlin, “Building Communities for Occupiers”, which was a ground-breaking shift for the industry.

Since 2004, Katrina has built a practice which is a recognised leader in workplace strategy and interior architecture, reflected in many achievements and awards over the last 15 years. KKS recently joined the Savills group of companies to become KKS Savills, and Katrina is Head of Workplace | Strategy & Design, connecting all disciplines to set Savills apart with KKS’s unique advisory service lines to create a centre of excellence.


 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.




Kavita Kumari, Associate, Cundall

I pride myself on being at the forefront of sustainability, specifically wellbeing and the integration of innovative principles in the built environment. At Cundall, I am an Associate in the health, wellbeing and sustainability team. As well as leading on the sustainable development offering for Cundall, I am first and foremost a building services engineer, providing sustainable design solutions for a range of local and international commercial developments for diverse clients. I strive to make significant contributions and positive impacts in the areas of sustainability, health and wellbeing and innovation within the corporate offices and co-working spaces through my technical involvement on projects and by sharing my experiences to advance the future of the industry. I believe these are essential qualities in influencing and encouraging others to enter the engineering profession. I am driven and passionate about all things which bring communities to life and actively involved in numerous industry advisory panels and a big supporter of STEM through various volunteering roles.

 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.


Danny Parmar



Danny Parmar, BCO Midlands Chapter Chair, Business Development Manager, Overbury

I have been working with Overbury and the wider group for around 37 years and my role is very much at the front end of the business in bringing the business into the company. I have done this through holding one to one meetings with work providers, networking and entertaining contacts. It is a skill that does come somewhat naturally but also through learning from others. Business development is very important whoever you work for and whatever you do, as an individual it gives you added value.




Corinne Pringle, Director, TP Bennett

Corinne joined the interiors division of tp bennett, as a Director in 2014. Having been in the business for 35 years has extensive experience in working with Corporate Clients.

She has a keen interest and expertise in analysing changing corporate culture and using the design process to drive through appropriate change. She also has extensive experience working alongside clients through the building selection and due diligence process, ensuring a thorough interrogation of the base building offer in order to maximise the client’s aspirations and expectations.

Corinne is a member of the British Council for Offices and sat on the judging panel for The British Council of Offices Corporate Awards for four years.

Connie Robson Velaetis


Connie Robson Velaetis, Principal Sales & Marketing Manager, Willmott Dixon Interiors

I work at Willmott Dixon Interiors as Principal Sales & Marketing Manager and as Strategic Sector Lead for the Commercial Sector within the Willmott Dixon Group. I have worked in Construction in London and Melbourne for 13 years and understand the current workplace trends and demands.

I believe it’s important to be a teacher, whilst continuously learning in life. Supporting our Next Gens to be the best of who they can be today will ensure they are best placed to be amicable leaders for tomorrow.

Being a female in Construction, I am a big advocate for promoting EDI in the workplace and our industry and led WDI’s first London Pride march. I practice a healthy work-life balance and value mine and my colleagues wellbeing in the workplace. I actively support many of our management trainees with their career progressions by helping them make new business relationships via B2Bs, providing networking skills and coaching them to think outside the box.

Work doesn’t always have to be serious. Work is meant to be fun and enjoyable. This is how I approach my work/life and what I aspire to promote for all my peers and colleagues in the industry.

Gareth Sinnamon

  Gareth Sinnamon, Partner, Stace LLP

From a young age, I have had a keen interest in buildings and always been fascinated by large modern structures.  I therefore consider myself fortunate to have realised those early aspirations in project managing the successful delivery of many complex property developments for a variety of amazing clients.

Today I am a senior Partner at Stace LLP and responsible for the day to day management of our Project Management team.  Although reaching such ‘dizzy heights’ was achieved through commitment and hard work, I recognise that I was given an ‘opportunity’ to succeed with the support of colleagues at Stace and the wider industry.

As a result, I am passionate in supporting those starting out in our industry, so they too have ‘opportunity’. 

This has been demonstrated through my leadership in our graduate recruitment and training programme, being directly responsible for the success of nearly 30 chartered surveyors in achieving their APC, sitting on the Examination Board for BSc Project Management for Construction at The Bartlett, UCL and with the Construction Youth Trust and CITB, I was responsible for the Stace NextGen Index, which sought to understand the perception of the construction industry amongst 16-18 year olds across the UK.

Finally, I believe our industry is incredibly dynamic, energetic and fun to be involved in.  With strides being made in inclusivity and innovation, I believe our industry can continue to thrive by attracting and developing the best young talent.

Martin Smith





Martin Smith, Associate Director, Buro Four

Martin is an Associate Director at Buro Four and is a project manager with a track record in central London office development that has seen him work with leading real estate owners and developers.

He is Sector Lead of Commercial Offices and Diversity & Inclusion at Buro Four, together with being appointed Co-Chair of Building Equality in London in 2019.

Martin is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, after graduating into the last financial crisis with a Building Surveying degree from Kingston University in London. He is passionate about people, design and sustainability.


Simon Tann


Simon Tann, Partner, Levy Real Estate

Simon is an Equity Partner and Head of Office Leasing and Development at Levy Real Estate, an 80 year old niche West End specialist. Simon has been a Partner at the firm for 10 years, and has 30 years’ experience in the Central London office market, Previously, Simon headed West End Leasing at CBRE, where he spent 10 years, after spells at Chesterton and DTZ (now Cushman & Wakefield). 

Simon has worked from start to finish on a number of London’s flagship office and mixed use developments, including the initial 550,000 sq ft at Land Securities’ Cardinal Place, 23 Savile Row, and 77 Grosvenor Street, and continues to work with The Crown Estate both on Regent Street and in St.James’s. This development consultancy and Leasing work is complemented by additional projects for occupiers, enabling Simon to provide up to the minute and rounded advice to either party. 

Simon has been an active Conference attendee, and has recently re joined the BCO after a spell way. 


Geoff Taylor

  Geoff Taylor, Project Director, Almacantar

Geoff is a degree qualified chartered civil engineer (FICE) who, after working in design and construction for nearly 10 years, migrated into property development where he has spent the last 35 years. In 1996 Geoff attended, survived and graduated the assault course that is Harvard Business School. Currently Project Director at Almacantar, Geoff likes to look at the whole complex picture surrounding a property development project and assemble a team to tackle the issues in a methodical and logical manner. Geoff has contributed to the editing of the last two issues of BCO ‘Guide to Specification’ and is a regular attendee at BCO events.

With buildings becoming ever more complex to meet the demands of occupiers and the requirements of legislation the cost of delivering a Grade A asset rises inexorably and Geoff believes it is vital to manage the factors of production as efficiently as possible to optimise returns whilst serving to improve the environment. It is a responsibility to pass one’s knowledge and experience to the next generation as they move to take over the baton.



Mark Terndrup, Director, Waterman Group

Mark Terndrup is a Board Director of the Building Services operation at Waterman Group. An accomplished team leader and Chartered Engineer with 28 years’ experience as a Building Services Consultant, Mark takes a lead role in many of the company’s multidisciplinary projects, including the multi-award winning commercial tower Angel Court in London Architect Journal’s Tall building of the Year 2017.

He has built an extensive portfolio throughout his career, most recently featuring Fen Court, The Avenue, Jersey International Finance Centre, 8 Moorgate, The Clarges Estate and 6 Bevis Marks.

Mark actively promotes sustainable design as part of a holistic approach to building design. He maintains an active, ‘hands on’ strategic role, with specialisms in the financial and commercial fit-out, refurbishment and new build sectors, as well as large scale mixed use schemes.

Paul Thomas

  Paul Thomas, Director, WSP

I have over 35 years’ experience in Building Services Engineering in consultancy practices, involved with the design and specification of MEP systems across a range of sectors not just including commercial offices, but also health, retail, industrial & logistics, retail and residential.

I have been mentoring engineers within WSP for over 10 years and would like to offer support to individuals outside the company, potentially within organisations not necessarily associated with engineering.

Over my career clients and projects in the Office sector include PWC (most of their offices across the UK and Europe), HSBC (Arena Birmingham), and Network Rail (Waterloo Station and Baskerville House). Just being involved with projects, interaction with clients, fellow professionals and contractors has allowed me to understand the holistic intricacies of design and construction.

 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.).


Vince Ugarow

  Vince Ugarow, Design Director, Hilson Moran

Vince is a Design Director at Hilson Moran, responsible for leading design teams on high-profile UK and international real estate projects; for investors, developers and occupiers.

Vince has extensive experience in sustainable building services design, focusing on the health & wellbeing of occupants, the carbon agenda and the protection of the wider environment. He has a particular interest in designing the next generation of commercial offices, which will disrupt today’s market.

A qualified Chartered Engineer, he has presented at many conferences and student lectures in the UK, US, Eastern Europe and Scandinavia, sharing his wealth of knowledge and experience gained through 28 years of working in the industry.


Gary Wingrove

  Gary Wingrove, Global Real Estate Capital Projects Director, Boston Consulting Group (BCG)

Gary has over 40 years experiences in the construction industry starting life as an indentured QS with a major civil engineering and building company and gained his experience and qualifications through on the job training and day release. After 20 years working for various contractors, including fit-out and high end retail, he changed sides and for the past 20+ years has worked for large corporates delivering capital project, small works and FM, initially for Morgan Stanley, then UBS and more latterly Projects and infrastructure Director at BT. He is currently delivery BCG’s new London strategy.

Driven by his background Gary is a huge supporter of attracting and developing talent in our industry whether it be straight from school or post grad.  

Gary was the President of the BCO in 2012 and was Chairman of the 2011 BCO Conference held in Geneva, he was also a Trustee of the BRE. He is a Fellow of the RICS, a Freeman of the City of London and member of the Worshipful Company of Plumbers. He is a regular speaker at industry events, has contributed to numerous industry publications and a regular judge on the EG annual awards.