Following its Annual General Meeting (AGM) last week, the British Council of Shopping Centres (BCSC) has made a number of additions to its Executive Board and Advisory Panel.
The BCSC represents all formats of retail property and prides itself on having some of the most influential voices across the industry as part of its organisation.
Paul Sargent, Managing Director at commercial property company Multi Development UK, is the latest to join the Executive Board of the organisation, after being elected at the AGM.
Other appointments include Suzi Clay of Land Securities and Richard Coppell of Lend Lease, who join BCSC’s Advisory Panel as owners & developers, and Cathering Lambert of Jones Lang LaSalle and Peter Courtney of Lunson Mitchenall who join as consultants.
Rochelle Burgess, General Manager of St James and Multrees Walk in Edinburgh, will join the centre manager team of the panel and John Mitchell, Head of Shopping Centre Management at King Sturge, has been named as one of its asset managers.
Michael Green, Chief Executive at BCSC, said: “Our Advisory Panel brings together some of the leading lights of our industry and its tireless efforts enable us, as an organisation, to drive the sector forward.”
Along with the property professionals joining BCSC, Ray Morgan, CEO of Woking Borough Council, Chris Huxtable of HSBC and Helen Rainsford, Head of Acquisitions South at Morrisons, have been co-opted to the Advisory Panel by the Executive Board.
At the BCSC’s Shopping Centre Management Conference last month, the group’s President and Managing Director for Retail Richard Akers argued that all areas of the retail industry must work together to help property to compete with the growing online retail sector and overcome current economic difficulties.
Green added: “We pride ourselves on being a broad church working for the whole retail property industry, and are therefore delighted to welcome nine new members this year who all bring vital skills and experience from both the private and public sectors; as developers, asset and centre managers and consultants.”
“It its sometimes remarked upon that property as an industry is male dominated, so we’re especially pleased to see Catherine, Helen, Rochelle and Suzi bringing their invaluable expertise to the panel.”