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New Appointments in Facilities Management – April 2022

New Appointments in Facilities Management – April 2022
27 April 2022

Read all about the latest new appointments in the world of FM, commercial real estate and the built environment, including appointments at The British Council for Offices and The Building Research Establishment.



Picture: a graphic showing headshots of Mark Kowal, Emma Blaney and Eloise Francis


Mark Kowal Becomes President of the British Council for Offices (BCO)


Mark Kowal, Partner at Sheppard Robson, has been elected as President of the British Council for Offices (BCO) with immediate effect.

Mark has more than 25 years of experience across all aspects of office design, including speculative and headquarters buildings, covering both new-build and refurbishment solutions. Mark’s recent projects include 245 Hammersmith Road, a £115m flexible office and retail development that creates a prominent architectural addition to a sequence of new public spaces in the Hammersmith’s Business Improvement District Building, and the Siemens Middle East Headquarters in Abu Dhabi. Within the BCO, he has held the role of Senior Vice President and has been part of the judging panel for the BCO National Awards.

Kowal succeeds Robin Brodie Cooper, Equity Partner and Director at Gleeds.

Mark Kowal said of his appointment: “The past two years have enabled us to pause and reset our ambitions for the office. With UK businesses facing a range of challenges, from the environmental to the diverse and evolving needs of the modern workforce, I know our membership will help their tenants not only overcome such challenges, but thrive as a result. As we look to the future, the entire sector has an important role to play in providing buildings and work environments that are better for workers and for our planet.

“The BCO membership and other thought leaders are positioned to help shape what is to come, enabling us all to unite and to innovate in an increasingly agile environment. This is our time to use our expertise, to be open-minded, to be innovative. Our time is now.

“I am certain that the BCO will remain a guiding light, leading the sector through a period of great disruption and change. I am proud to be taking over the Presidency and thank Robin for his diligent and valuable work during a very challenging period.”


Cluttons Appoints Head of Residential Management


Emma Blaney has joined Cluttons as a partner to head up residential management, including the lettings, block, and portfolio teams

Emma has over 10 years of experience in the residential sector, building and leading teams in companies with significant operating scale and complexity. Prior to Cluttons, Emma was associate director for Warwick Estates where she supported the business across all areas of people, process, and technology. Emma has worked for a range of stakeholders including developers (Berkeley Homes), investors (Aviva Investors), and service partners. This varied experience provides Emma with a unique insight into the residential sector and supporting clients in both protecting and maximising their residential assets through proactive management, with a clear focus on customer service excellence


The Building Research Establishment Welcomes Eloise Francis as Director of Innovation


The Building Research Establishment (BRE) has announced the appointment of Eloise Francis as its new Director of Innovation. In her new role, Eloise will be responsible for driving innovation, research,  and technical excellence at BRE.

Eloise joins BRE with extensive experience in leading change in diverse technical teams across engineering, real estate, property management, and construction projects. Alongside her considerable profile within the industry, Eloise has played a key role leading the construction and property sector in its approach to health, safety and wellbeing, and more recently, enterprise risk and sustainability. Eloise also brings extensive board experience to her new role at BRE having sat on a number of key industry forums and previously held roles at Capita, Mace, Royal Mail, and Legal & General.

Speaking about her appointment, Eloise commented: “I am incredibly excited to be joining BRE and to be contributing to the important work the organisation is leading on, particularly when it comes to decarbonising and improving the safety of the built environment.  I am looking forward to playing a leading role in demonstrating how BRE can contribute to what is a crucial time for many areas of construction and the built environment.”


Head of FM and Senior Facilities Manager Appointments


Other recent appointments include Tarniah Thompson as Head of FM & Sustainability at Stiles Harold Williams Partnership and Tracey Bell as Senior Facilities Manager at Space Solutions

Picture: a graphic showing a person holding a laptop, with an image of a Resume/CV next to them. Image Credit: PX Fuel

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 27 April 2022


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