Back in 1996, if memory serves, about a nanosecond after graduating I was invited back to my old college to teach design. I was tasked with creating a module for my students covering any area not yet taught. Not easy on a well established course.
That was how I discovered space planning and foun my vocation. Not long after that happy day I targeted the field and was subsequently headhunted for my first role.
20 years later my experience has solidly developed into programme management of workplace design, communications and strategy workstreams over multiple projects. Examples at the bottom of the page.
I take my work seriously, by which I mean:
- We are one team, we deliver a single goal regardless of being an internal SME from different departments or external service providers.
- Collaborative problem solving is key, as is honesty, trust, integrity and creating an environment where mistakes can be raised and solutions figured out without blame.
- We make sure all the project boxes are ticked, and then figure out how we can innovate and go the extra mile along the way. This is how we installed a business’s first ever working fireplace in an office environment and how I ended up sewing 22 identical cushions to help make the budget work.
- We seek continuous improvement both during and within projects. If there’s a gap, fix it; if there’s an issue, solve it; if there’s an opportunity, figure out it it’s worth taking or not.
- And we absolutely must have fun. It sounds trite, though when the workload is heavy and pressure is on you need to be able to laugh. If you can’t laugh and enjoy your work you’re probably in the wrong job.
- Responsibility at separate times for 1.4M SqFt of workplace (UK); EMEA-wide portfolio covering 27+ offices
- Managing all design and communications workstreams on workplace projects, including migration to agile working.
- Development and governance of standards, guidelines and processes
- Introducing Agile working to a traditional business at an organisational level (2011)
- Moves management from the simple to the complex
- Strategising and subsequently delivering workplace scenarios to align with business direction/cost targets
- Facilitation, relationship building and negotiation between teams and individuals.