Former BCO president Nick Ridley is set to become Grosvenor Estates’ new London head of offices.

The Duke of Westminster’s property company is courting Ridley, who was president of the British Council of Offices between 2008 and 2009, for the role.

Should he accept the job, it would mark a return to the industry for Ridley after a four-year hiatus.

It is understood he would focus on leasing at Grosvenor, helping secure tenants and strong rents across the London portfolio.

Ridley has more than 30 years’ experience in the real estate sector, having worked as a director at CBRE and Colliers International and as a partner at Cushman & Wakefield for 17 years.

In 2001 he worked on the relocation of Marks & Spencer to its 240,000 sq ft headquarters at Waterside House in Paddington, west London.

And in 2005 he persuaded venture capitalist 3i to leave Waterloo after 32 years and take 61,000 sq ft at Land Securities’ Cardinal Place in Victoria.

Grosvenor declined to comment.