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I write in response to some misleading statements in your report on the changeover of the BDP chairman ( ajplus 20.06.06).

The chairman and chief executive of BDP are elected appointments for a term of office, with a biennial election for each appointment which takes place in December. After four successful years I am standing down from the post of BDP's chairman.

Movements between leadership positions are a common feature of BDP's collegiate structure - as avid readers of our annual review and website will know. This mobility is part of the reason for our success. My move did not come as a surprise to BDP staff, since the announcement was made over seven weeks ago, when it was posted on BDP's intranet on 8 May.

During my term of office BDP's turnover has grown from £55 million to £81 million, a growth of 47 per cent. BDP has strengthened its position at the top of the AJ 100, a position it has held for six consecutive years, and increased its lead during the last twelve months. BDP is now the largest practice in Europe and the fourth largest in the world.

However, size is not everything and I was particularly pleased with the AJ100 quote last year (AJ 15.05.05): 'BDP's consistent position at the top of the AJ100 is not a sign that BDP is a nakedly ambitious firm, wringing every penny from every job taken on. It is more a reection of the fact that BDP is, in the large part, a damn good practice.' I have stepped down as the BDP chairman, a nonexecutive role, and will be taking on the executive role of chairman of BDP South, which consists of London, Bristol and Southampton.

I am looking forward to the challenge of leading a fantastic group of creative people in BDP South and getting closer to projects in my new leadership role.

Nicholas J Terry, chairman, BDP

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