The British Council of Shopping Centres has appointed John Coyne as chief executive, replacing Michael Green, who left in October 2014 after 11 years to join charity Retail Trust as development director.
Coyne is currently the interim managing director of Improving Health, a federation of 20 GP practices in London. He was previously commercial director for Action for Children and managing director of the Association of Plumbing, Heating and Mechanical Contractors.
He will start his new role on June 1.
Meanwhile vice president Suzi Clay has resigned to have a baby and has been replaced with immediate effect by junior vice president Mark Bourgeois, who is executive director of shopping centre owner Capital & Regional
Clay will continue in her role as portfolio director for landlord Land Securities.
Giulia Bunting, planning director of property consultancy GL Hearn, will step up to the role of junior vice president of BCSC.
BCSC president David Atkins said: “John brings a wealth of commercial and political experience gained across the public, private and charity sectors.
“His experience of representative bodies combined with his clear skills in driving strategic vision, innovation and demonstrable commercial nous, make John a fantastic candidate to lead BCSC and drive our membership organisation forward meeting the challenges our industry faces.
“We are sad that Suzi is standing down from her role as vice president but wish her, and her growing family, our very best. I would like to personally thank her for her many contributions to BCSC and to me as president.”
Coyne added: “My focus will be to engage with the membership on what colleagues need from their industry body, and to promote to external stakeholders the valuable economic and social contribution of BCSC members to retail places across the UK.”