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British Council for Offices names new Cambridge Chairman

The British Council for Offices (BCO) has announced the appointment of a new regional chairman in Cambridge.

Succeeding Danny Parmar, as the Chairman of the BCO’s East Anglia sub-chapter, commercial real estate consultant Mike Ayton replaces the outgoing Danny who now becomes the chair of the Midlands and East Anglia region.

Outgoing chair Danny Parmar said: “I’m thrilled to be handing over responsibility for this region to Mike. He is a highly experienced property professional with a deep knowledge and understanding of the evolving requirements of occupiers in Cambridge. As someone who has played an integral role in establishing the BCO’s presence in the area, he is extremely well placed to lead the sub-chapter into a new phase as we seek to promote the benefits of BCO membership and expose our industry-leading research and best practice knowledge to a growing audience.”

Mike is a chartered surveyor and member of RICS, as well as the owner and director at niche commercial property agency, Juniper Real Estate.

With more than 30 years’ experience in the office, high-tech and R&D sectors, Mike is also one of the founding members of the East Anglia committee, having previously been a Senior Director of CBRE.

In his new role, Mike will lead the BCO in the region focusing on promoting industry best practice through its awards schemes and technical tour hosting; as well as championing topical research, and engaging new & existing members to help promote the creation of a better office environment for occupiers.

Commenting on his appointment, Mike said: “It’s a huge honour to be appointed as the new Chairman of the BCO East Anglia sub-chapter. I’d like to pay tribute to Danny Parmar for the work he has done in establishing the BCO’s presence in Cambridge and the wider region. I’ve been part of the sub-chapter from the outset, and it’s been very pleasing to see the growing support and momentum that we have gathered in that time.

“Cambridge is an exciting place to live and work and one of the most active regional office centres, with a mature lab and R&D market and a world-renowned university. Through BCO membership, property professionals can gain access to industry-leading research and tours of world-leading facilities that aren’t available commercially or to the public. As this work is funded entirely through membership fees, I’m looking forward to working with my committee colleagues to bring the BCO’s work to a wider audience.”

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