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BCO NextGen Awards Celebrates Young Professionals in Commercial Property 

BCO NextGen Awards Celebrates Young Professionals in Commercial Property 
03 November 2023

The British Council for Offices NextGen Awards​ 2023 rewarded young professionals from AECOM, BGY, Cundall and Turner & Townsend.

Held at Quaglino's in St James’s on 1 November 2023, the ceremony acknowledged the commercial property sector's rising stars, graduates, diversity and inclusion champions and supportive employers. The British Council for Offices (BCO) NextGen Programme is an under-35s membership body with over 1,200 members who meet to exchange ideas and knowledge. The BCO NextGen Awards celebrates the members’ achievements.

The event also marked the appointment of Oliver Hall, Partner at Make Architects, as Chair of the BCO NextGen committee for London and the South East, who is taking over from Hannah Buxton, Associate Partner at RX London.

This year’s winners were selected amongst 109 nominations, the largest number that the BCO has received to date. 


The winners of the BCO NextGen Awards 2023 were:


  • NextGen Rising Star London & the South East – Kwamena Beecham, Architect at BGY
  • NextGen Rising Star Midlands & East Anglia – Simon Pope, Associate at Howells
  • NextGen Rising Star North – Amelia Walsh, Project Manager at Turner & Townsend
  • Highly commended: Jessica Spencer, Senior Architect at Cartwright Pickard
  • NextGen Rising Star Scotland – Robin Ellis, Architectural Designer at Graven
  • NextGen Rising Star South-West England & Wales – Ioana Price, Senior Structural Engineer at AECOM
  • Graduate of the Year – Jerryl Ong Jun Wey, Graduate Sustainability Consultant at Cundall
  • Inspirational Leader of the Year – Winner: Clare Ashmore, COO at Parkeray
  • Diversity & Inclusion Champion of the Year – Ayo Ambali, Architectural Assistant at WILL+Partners
  • Employer of the Year - AECOM


Richard Kauntze, Chief Executive of the BCO, said: “The talent and passion amongst our BCO NextGen community members is inspirational, and it is always a great joy to celebrate their achievements. In designing exceptional buildings, and devoting time and effort to sustainable and social value causes, this year’s winning cohort are shaping the future of the commercial property sector for the better.”

Despina Katsikakis, President of the BCO, added: “As an organisation the BCO takes pride in nurturing our growing NextGen community, supporting them in amplifying their careers and in driving the industry forward. The success of the BCO NextGen Awards is a testimony to the young talent in our industry and to those championing future leaders. It is fantastic to see so many of our members embracing these opportunities, and for all of us to come together to celebrate them.”

Picture: a photograph of the ceremony showing people mingling and chatting. Image Credit: Sira Studio

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 03 November 2023


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