08 August 2019 | Prithvi Pandya
Paul Patenall has been elected as the president of British Council for Offices.
Patenall has taken over from Katrina Kostic Samen, who has completed her 12 months in the role.
Kostic Samen said: "I am proud of what we have achieved since launching my vision at the Berlin Conference in 2018. However, we must not stand still. Diversity is an issue that can't just be considered for twelve months; it demands continued thought and action. I look forward to Paul's presidency, his focus on wellness is an exciting and important one."
As a founding member of U+I, Patenall has been a projects director since 2015. He has been a BCO member for more than 25 years and sits on the management executive and board of management.
He became chairman of the membership committee in 2014 and, prior to being president, was junior vice president in 2017 and senior vice president in 2018.
His appointment will see Robin Brodie Cooper become senior vice president.
Patenall's focus will be on the positive impact the industry can have on wellness.
Patenall said: "As an industry, our designs can encourage greater wellness for workplace occupiers. To achieve this, we should pursue more innovative design that puts people first, rather than rely on traditional or outmoded concepts.
"Wellness, of course, is about more than just design. We must take mental health seriously, which is why I am so proud of the BCO's fundraising for MIND. We should also consider how we can aid work and life balance."