Corporate News

Mark Williams appointed Junior Vice President of BCSC

British Council of Shopping Centres (BCSC) has announced their new executive team at their Annual Dinner and Gold Awards.

Mark Bourgeois, Executive Director of Capital & Regional Plc, has been installed President of the British Council of Shopping Centres (BCSC) at the BCSC Annual Dinner and Gold Awards.

He takes over from David Atkins, Chief Executive of Hammerson Plc, and will be supported by Giulia Bunting, Planning Director and Main Board Director at GL Hearn – part of Capita Real Estate – who has stepped up to BCSC Vice President.

BCSC also announces it has appointed Mark Williams, Director of The Hark Group Ltd, as BCSC Junior Vice President.

The new President, Vice President and Junior Vice President sit on BCSC's Executive Board, and join Chief Executive John Coyne in setting the direction for the organisation.

Mark Bourgeois qualified as a Chartered Surveyor with Donaldsons, where he became partner in charge of the company's London Shopping Centre Management team. He joined Capital & Regional in 1998, has been responsible for managing its shopping centre business since 2009 and was appointed to the company's Board in 2013.

Mark Bourgeois said: "David provided strong leadership in steering a strategic review that identified some significant changes for BCSC. I'm now looking forward to working with Giulia, Mark and the rest of the board in supporting John and his excellent team in implementing those changes, as BCSC evolves to take centre stage in the dynamic retail property industry."

Prior to joining GL Hearn as Planning Director January 2011, Giulia was Head of Planning in Drivers Jonas' London office and held senior roles in local government. Giulia is one of the UK's leading planning consultants with 35 years' experience of influencing and delivering some of the country's largest urban regeneration projects, including Liverpool One, Grand Arcade, Cambridge and Cabot Circus, Bristol.

Before joining The Hark Group, Mark Williams was Chairman of DTZ's EMEA Retail Capital Markets Group, where he had worked for over 25 years. He also chaired the Government's Distressed Retail Property Taskforce, set up following the Portas review and sits on the Property Industry Alliance debt committee.

Mark Williams said: "Through my previous roles on BCSC committees and panels I have seen first-hand the important work delivered by the organisation, as well as its role in drawing our diverse industry together to celebrate success and share knowledge. I look forward to helping guide BCSC's direction and the widening of its membership, at a time when retail and leisure are playing a critical role in successful town centre regeneration and mixed-use development."




2 December 2015