I am hugely not a fan of the command window being dead center on the screen. It obstructs your view of the combat area and pulls you right out of the mood. There is a lot of empty space at the bottom (I am guessing that is to make room for 4 party members) but you could also use the sides of the screen (keeping the enemies/heroes offset a bit to make room) or a horizontal bar across the top of the status window.
I do, however, like the name of the active hero above the command window. That is something I haven't seen before.