What three words describe Workman?
Nurturing, social and progressive. Since joining as a grad I have made so many friends and been able to achieve personal goals as surveyor as well as professional. The firm has adapted so well with the Property Industry in the last few years.
What has been your standout moment at Workman so far?
Passing my APC. I was lost for words when I got the email saying I had become a Chartered Surveyor. I wouldn’t have been able to do without the support of Workman and the external APC programme they put me on. This has given me the confidence to grow as a property manager knowing that I am a competent surveyor in the eyes of the RICS.
Tell us about a time you’ve put your skills to their best use on a Workman project?
I really enjoyed putting together the Workman Centre Managers Conference for the South West. It was great getting to meet other members of different centres and see how they run things at their schemes. It also gave us a chance to have interesting seminars on Anti-Terrors Lectures, which gave us valuable knowledge on how to act if there is something suspicious. These days are really valuable when understanding how other teams work and you will always come away having learnt something.
What change would you make to a single aspect of the wider property sector and why?
The office hours. I don’t think a rigid 9-5 works in today’s society anymore. What I really like is when Workman brought in the flexi-hour scheme. It means if I have plans and want to clock off slightly earlier, I can just start slightly earlier without any issues. Working from home has been a massive positive too and Workman continuing to allow me to WFH as well as in the office has had a massive positive impact on my life.
What are your spare time pursuits and how do they feed into your role at Workman?
Since the pandemic I’ve enjoyed going out on walks, especially more so since I got a dog! Going on daily walks with Ziggy helps me clear my mind and has helped me think differently if I have a particularly challenging issue at work.
What is your favourite building worldwide, and why?
St James Park! Where Exeter City, the best football team in the world, plays.
What first led you into the property industry?
I have always had family friends who have worked in the industry and they said it was the best thing they ever did. It really encouraged me that it was such a social business to work in and that’s what led me to study Real Estate at university. Ever since then I have never looked back.
What three dinner party guests would you choose and why?
Jurgen Klopp, Liam Gallagher and David Attenborough – all characters in their own way. I think Liam would have no end of stories of Oasis in the 90s, Jurgen would be there to provide laughter and advice I can pass on to the Grecians on how to win consistently, and finally David just so I can listen to him talk about random animals in his reassuring voice.