Foster + Partners has welcomed the former chief executive of mining giant BP to a new position as non-executive director, the UK firm announced today.

Lord John Browne, who resigned from BP in May, will chair meetings held by the growing firm as it eyes international growth, and will have input into the direction of the company.

Foster + Partners chairman Lord Norman Foster says Browne was a key choice for the position with his ‘extraordinary and unequalled expertise in business’ and knowledge and passion for the arts.

Browne has been heralded with driving BP onto the global stage, despite troubles experienced with the company following oil spills and explosions at project sites in his last two years of tenure.

Browne says he has long admired the work of Foster + Partners, and the company’s business excellence.

“The investment by 3i in the business heralded a new and exciting chapter of growth and I m delighted to join the board at this pivotal moment for the company,” Browne says.

Private equity firm 3i purchased a minority stake in Foster + Partners in August this year.

By Penny Jones