The Mentors

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. 

 Stephen Lewis


Stephen Lewis, Managing Director, HFD Property Group Ltd   

Over 25 years’ commercial property experience, predominately office led developments, in both the private and public sectors on both the client and consulting side in a range of roles from Property & Asset Management, Consultancy, Agency and Development. 

Projects include both Strathclyde Business Park (SBP) and Hamilton International Park (HIP), extending to over 2.7m sq.ft. Highlights include the EcoCampus (235,000sq.ft) at HIP - the UK’s first speculative Carbon Neutral Office, let in its entirety to University West of Scotland and CityPark1, a 215,000sq.ft office for Wood Group in Aberdeen.   

Glasgow City Centre development includes G1, the 130,000sq.ft redevelopment in George Square and Bothwell Exchange, an entire city block including 2 prime office developments extending to 155,000sq.ft, pre-let to Morgan Stanley and our current development – 177 Bothwell St, a  315,000sq.ft office, partially pre-let to Virgin Money.   

HFD’s current portfolio is home to over 340 businesses (predominately office occupiers ranging from 200 – 235,000sq.ft) with combined employment in excess of 18,000 staff.   

Stephen is a former Chair of the Judging Panel of the BCO Awards (Scotland), BCO Awards (UK) and is currently a member of the BCO Committee in Scotland.

 Angela Lowe

  Angela Lowe, Senior Director, CBRE

Angela is a Senior Director within the National Advisory & Transactions team at CBRE and she is based in Edinburgh. She leads the Occupier Advisory & Transactions team in Scotland. With 20 years experience, Angela in an expert in the office sector.  Her experience includes advising developers and investors on office development from initial design, property marketing and leasing/sale. On the occupier side, she has long standing client relationships and experience of providing strategic and transactional advice.       

The CBRE Women’s Network is market leading and Angela has previously been involved on the advisory board.


Hazel Pearson


Hazel Pearson, Director, Michael Laird Architects

Hazel is a former BCO NextGen Chair and was instrumental in the establishment of the BCO NextGen Committee in Scotland.

Hazel is a Director and Architect at Michael Laird Architects having joined the team in 2012. She started her career in the leisure and residential sectors, finally finding her home in the Workplace and Interiors team at MLA. She is proud to be part of the ever-growing MLA team as they continue to strengthen their culture and expertise and enjoys supporting the amazing talent in the practice.

As well as leading a wide variety of successful projects, she drives research and future thinking at MLA. She has a keen interest in workplace design and how it can encourage staff engagement and wellbeing, strengthen organisational culture and improve business performance.



Gary Scott, Operations Director West of Scotland, MPact Group

Gary has been a member of the BCO NextGen Scotland Committee since 2016.  During this time, he has played an active part in growing the membership and continually improving the quality of its offering. Gary’s aims for NextGen Scotland in 2020 is to reach out to the future generations, provide engaging events in great venues and increase active membership.

Gary is a Director at MPact Group, an Edinburgh Headquartered UK Fit Out Brand. There Gary heads the West of  Scotland business dealing with Office, Retail, Education and Public Sector projects.