David Partridge takes over presidency of the British Council for Offices

The British Council for Offices (BCO) today formally welcomes David Partridge as its new President. David, Managing Partner, Argent, takes over the position from Colette O’Shea, Managing Director of Land Securities London Portfolio, at the BCO’s Annual General Meeting in London.

As Chairman of the BCO Annual Conference held in Chicago earlier this year, which took delegates to the birthplace of the modern office, David set out the vision for his Presidential year:

“It has been 25 years since the British Council for Offices was formed, and the changes we’ve seen in the office market over that period are profound. Looking back over those 25 years, and looking forward for the next 25, it is increasingly the case that technology is now embedded in every facet of our lives, opening up new possibilities – built on a wealth of data – to understand better how we live and work.

“We’ve only begun to scratch the surface in applying that understanding to the design and servicing of our cities and our workplaces, something I want to address in my role as President of the BCO. My vision is to guide the industry to realise the considerable opportunity that Big Data can open up for the people that shape our built environment: the planners; architects; developers; engineers; and occupiers.

“As the birthplace of the modern office, and a city that has used data to inform its urban planning for over a century, Chicago provided us with an iconic setting to look at the past, present and future of our cities at the Annual Conference in May. To continue to lead the world in designing, building and operating the very best workplaces, we need to better understand and reflect the needs of the workforce and learn from the past in order to shape a stronger future. In doing that, the UK can stay ahead of the pack and grasp the opportunity, and the time to do that is now.”

Richard Kauntze, Chief Executive of the BCO, commented:

“I express my thanks to the outgoing president, Colette O’Shea, for doing an excellent job of progressing the industry’s understanding of the need to put the occupier centre stage in order to encourage happiness, wellness, innovation and success.

“We are now delighted to welcome David into the role, with a focus on embracing new opportunities in order for our industry to set new standards on the global stage. Having delivered an inspiring transatlantic conference that proved a fitting marker of the BCO’s 25th year, David set the context for his Presidential year to be a very forward-looking one, with much food for thought on how technology can inform more intelligent futures for our workplaces and cities.”

As Managing Partner at Argent, David has overall responsibility for all Argent business, including structuring and establishing financial and management programmes. He oversees the sourcing, masterplanning, building design, financing and legal aspects for all projects.

David sits on the Policy Committee of the British Property Federation and on the Advisory Board for the UKTI’s Regeneration Investment Organisation (RIO). Having read architecture at Cambridge, David is also member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and has served on a number of RIBA practice committees.

His appointment to BCO President will see John Forrester, Chief Executive, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Region, DTZ become BCO Senior-Vice President. Celebrated architect Ken Shuttleworth, Founder of Make Architects, will become Junior-Vice President, supported by the Honorary Treasurer, Robin Brodie-Cooper, who is also Partner at Gleeds International Management and Construction Consultants.