What three words describe Workman?
Professional, dynamic, social.
What has been your standout moment at Workman so far?
Becoming a qualified chartered surveyor is my standout moment at Workman. I also enjoy the challenge of taking on new properties and clients, particularly where assets have been poorly managed in the past and we can bring them up to standard where all stakeholders are happy.
A particular highlight was having the best rent collection stats across the company on a pension fund portfolio.
Thinking about property management, can you tell us a bit about what that means to you, and also to the business?
Property management is a balancing act between all stakeholders, from the client, to occupiers, to the accounts and credit control team – a property manager is responsible for getting involved in all aspects of this and knowing everything.
Tell us about a time you’ve put your skills to their best use at Workman?
I’ve been fortunate to learn property management across a spectrum of property classes ranging from managing Grade A business parks and offices within Oxford and London, to managing tertiary industrial estates in the South Wales Valleys. I honestly don’t think there’s many situations I haven’t dealt with.
What change would you make to a single aspect of the wider property sector and why?
It would be great to see more diversity across the sector, progress is being made. However, a lot more still needs to be done.
What first led you into the property industry?
My uncle gave me a book to read about property investing when I was young. From then on, my interest grew. I quickly realised you could study real estate within university. I haven’t looked back since.
What are your spare time pursuits and how do they feed into your role at Workman?
I have a passion for aviation, and in another life I’d be pilot. I really enjoy hopping on a plane and exploring new countries. I recently went to Barbados for a wedding, and in the picture shown here, I am in one of the highest deserts in the world, the Katpana Desert in the Himalayas. Having a break from work is vital as it reinvigorates us to continue with the high level of service we provide at Workman.
What is your favourite building worldwide, and why?
The Burj Khalifa – mainly due to the sheer size. It has 163 floors, features 1.85 million square feet of residential space and over 300,000 square feet of prime office space. That is in addition to the area occupied by the Armani Hotel Dubai and the Armani Residences…Where would you even begin to manage a property like that?
What book do you recommend?
My favourite book has to be Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts. A novel of high adventure, great storytelling, and moral purpose, based on an extraordinary true story of eight years in the Bombay underworld.