I am an internationally experienced senior property, workplace, facilities and change management leader, skilled in all areas of the property lifecycle.
I have successfully led property strategy, commercial development, acquisition and disposal, award-winning workplace design and delivery (including activity-based environments and remote working programmes), the management of office, technical and industrial facilities and complex change and transformation programmes in over thirty countries in a wide variety of industry sectors.
I am experienced in property consolidation programmes, merger and acquisition activities, large-scale facility management outsourcing and the creation of service cultures.
With the multiple award-winning Sky Central in London I completed the design and delivery of one of Europe’s largest, most progressive and amenity-rich agile workplaces, successfully transitioning 3,500 colleagues from traditional working environments.
I have an established personal blog (www.workessence.com), and have built broad-based property and people networks. I am a regular conference and academic speaker, and author of the book 'The Elemental Workplace' published by LID on 1 March 2018.
Chief Partnerships Officer
Feb 2019 – Present
Leading partnership and relationships strategy for the unique GoSpace AI dynamic workspace allocation application, empowering teams to ensure the right people are always working together in the right amount of space.
Deploying over 25 years’ senior-level experience managing diverse, large scale international occupier property portfolios to ensure that GoSpace liberates workplace leaders from archaic and inaccurate manual planning processes and puts them in charge of effectively and efficiently managing their space, reflecting the new reality of dynamic team environments.
Executive Consultant: Property, Workplace & Change
Jun 2017 – Present
Organisational consulting through the lens of the workplace. Advising clients across the globe on property and workplace strategy, workplace transformation, the creation of people-centred environments and leading change. Clients include organisations within the technology, airline, media, transportation and consumer goods industries, design and construction firms and major trade unions.
Training and knowledge development in property, workplace and change, with events held in Europe, the USA, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand.
Author of the book 'The Elemental Workplace', published by LID in March 2018 showing how to create a fantastic workplace in simple, practical and easy steps – as much a guide for new entrants to the industry or those interested in the potential of the workplace, and as a structured perspective for those more travelled in the field.
Aug 2013 – Jun 2017
Making Sky a fantastic place to work by leading a talented and committed multi-disciplinary professional team of workplace and technical designers, project and cost managers, change and communications specialists, to create leading-edge inspiring, agile and engaging workspace for over 33,000 people in high-energy, fast-paced creative, technological, broadcast and corporate environments, in both campus and CBD settings.
Successful projects included the incredible BCO 'Best of the Best' 2017 and Mixology Award-winning Sky Central, the Hub, the Believe in Better Building and Sky’s creative agency facility in Osterley, Sky@Leeds Dock technology centre of excellence (also a BCO Award winner), the creation of a purpose-built Agile Engineering centre, a renovation of Sky’s Studios building including a new Newsroom, the creation of a consolidated product development centre, new facilities in Brick Lane and Thomas More Square in London, a host of Contact Centre refresh and expansion schemes in Scotland and the north of England, offices in Brussels and Lisbon and the design of spaces in Munich and Milan.
General Manager (VP) - Group Property
Aug 2006 – Aug 2013
Establishment and leadership of a team responsible for the group’s global property portfolio including the delivery and management of creative, energised and flexible workplaces in all key metropolitan locations, and management of the change from existing environments to the new, Major projects completed in London, Paris, Salt Lake City, Johannesburg, Singapore and Brisbane, with projects underway in London (re-development), Montreal, Singapore and Perth.
Real Estate Director, EMEA
Sep 2002 – Aug 2006
Provision of strategic regional Real Estate services across a highly varied office, technical and industrial portfolio of over 530 locations in 33 countries. Delivery of leading-edge flexible workplaces in locations including Lausanne, Brussels, Prague, Budapest, Warsaw, Copenhagen, Helsinki and Kuopio.
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Business Development Director, EMEA
Oct 2000 – Sep 2002
Development of the client base and service offering for major blue-chip organisations in EMEA covering all aspects of the property life-cycle - strategy and transactions, workplace design and delivery, and facilities management - and their integrated delivery.
European Director of Service Operations
Jan 1997 – Oct 2000
Head of Property and Facilities for UK and European estate. Management of the London consolidation – six properties into one new state-of-the-art facility. Key part of management team for Time Warner consolidation projects in Paris and Amsterdam.
Head of Facilities
Apr 1994 – Dec 1996
Head of Facilities and Project Management for twelve record company office and distribution sites in London & South East, including responsibility the group's major state-of-the-art telecoms infrastructure.
1992 – 1994
Head of Facilities and Project Management for major music and film distribution and office complex.