Message From Your New President – Ben Johnson

2016 was a year of continuing development and change for the UK Chapter and I take over its Presidency with a great foundation to continue to build on this work, and ensure that the UK Chapter remains at the forefront of all Global Chapters for CoreNet and delivers our vision to grow and develop our occupier community through continuous learning and sharing.

For 2017, a clear plan for future succession is in place both at an Executive Board and Operating Committee level. In line with this I am delighted to announce the following changes to the Executive Board:

  • James Crisp, International Partner, Global Occupier Services at Cushman & Wakefield, has been appointed as President Elect, and will succeed my Presidency in January 2018
  • James Rawdon-Mogg, Associate Director, EMEA Corporate Solutions at Colliers has succeeded Will Colthorpe from Argent as the Young Leader President, and joins the Executive Board
  • Christina Sigliano, Director, EMEA Corporate Solutions at JLL, and Sam Pickering at Source8, have also both joined the Executive Board

Having James Crisp, James Rawdon-Mogg, Christina and Sam in place early in my Presidency allows us, and the collective Executive Board and Operating Committees, to work together to deliver great benefit to our membership and ensure a robust succession plan as we move forward.

Also, importantly, the strength in our Young Leader membership for the UK Chapter continues to grow, with over 120 Young Leaders now members. Their passionate involvement at all levels, including the Operating Committees and Executive Board, recognises the growing value and importance that this future generation of CRE leaders has on CoreNet and the UK Chapter.

We held our first successful event of the year last week - Predictions & Resolutions – with high profile guest speakers from across the industry. We look forward to, One Big Day on 8 March exploring resilience in a world of change alongside many other events and activities currently being planned for the year.

2017’s key objectives we be:

  • Membership – continuing to engage with and support our members, at all levels of their career. We are keen to work with new, existing and past members to ensure that the UK Chapter delivers value and benefit
  • Succession Planning – we have made great progress this last year with the restructuring activities, and we want to ensure all members, especially those not actively or previously engaged with Operating Committees or the Executive Board are fully aware of how to get more involved with the UK Chapter and help us deliver benefit to the membership
  • Communications – we plan to review the current communications we send to ensure they are effective, timely and engaging for our membership
  • Mentoring – we will continue to build on the work done and promote the benefits and objectives of the mentoring program to all members to enable continued engagement. This is a valuable membership benefit for all members at all stages of their career

I look forward to another successful year for the UK Chapter and seeing you all at one of our many events scheduled for the year ahead.

Ben Johnson
President of the UK Chapter

Seasons Greetings

With the year drawing to a close, I wanted to thank you for your continued support in the UK Chapter; it would not be the success it is without the time and effort dedicated by our members, the Board and Operating Committee. I’ve enjoyed my year as President and it’s been great to get to know so many people and witness the enthusiasm toward the Chapter.

The restructuring of the Chapter organisation, with the establishment of an Executive Board focussing on policy setting and strategic decision making and an Operating Committee comprising sector and member focussed committees has allowed the Chapter to provide a more focussed approach on the needs and specific interest of our various members. I believe this is a major factor in the significant increase in attendance at events throughout the year.

Here are some of the highlights of 2016:

  • The One Big Day event in March saw the highest ever attendance. We took 250 delegates on a journey in to the future. Guest speakers explored what work, life and play will look like in 2040 with a programme that challenged the needs of the wide range of organisations involved in CoreNet.
  • Networking events included an architectural walking tour with Peter Murray, canal boat trip, a drinks reception to welcome new members and of course our Christmas Party.
  • Learning events covered topics from; Facilities Management Transformation; Rugby to Real Estate leadership skills; The Voice of the CEO post Brexit and the US election; coworking; wellbeing and CoRE Fundamental overview of the CRE industry. Click here for the full list.
  • The launch of the Co-Working white paper looking at its impact on the CRE world by the Workplace committee which has received great interest from the CRE community and will appear in the Leader journal early next year.
  • The launch of a mentoring programme to provide members at every age and career level confidential, one on one support from a team of voluntary mentors, to help them achieve their career objectives.
  • Partnering with Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice raising £6,000 to date. Greater involvement from the Young Leaders at operating committee and board level and membership numbers have increased to 120.
  • And finally, the appointment of a dedicated PR and event management team to help support the Chapter.

Looking forward to 2017 it is set to be another exciting year starting with the Predictions & Resolutions breakfast on the 11 January and One Big Day which will be held on the 8 March exploring resilience in a world of change. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and look forward to your continued support next year.

Kind regards
Philip Cohen

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From the business centre of the 1980's to the co-working space of the 21st century, the flexible office sector has grown exponentially.  London is leading the way internationally with nearly 1,000 flexible working locations across the city.  This is a rise of more than 10% since 2010.... to read more of the article by James Maddock, President of the CoreNet Global UK Chapter and international director at DTZ click here.

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