What three words describe Workman?
Progressive, diverse, friendly.
What skills do you bring to Workman?
I am a good multitasker, and this is a very important skill in property management, where you are expected to juggle the needs of a range of different properties and people.
What has been your greatest contribution to Workman so far?
Having only started with the firm in August 2021, I have yet to make my greatest contribution. However, I can already see that there is a huge opportunity for me to learn a lot at Workman, especially in terms of ESG.
What change would you make to a single aspect of the wider property sector and why?
Diversity in the property industry can be improved, however, I have found that there is better diversity in Property Management than in the rest of the real estate sector. When you look at other specialisms within property, you do not find much diversity, especially when it comes to females or people of ethnicity in senior positions. We need to be asking why this is, and how the situation can be improved. How can these sectors attract more ethnic minorities, for example, and become more inclusive rather than exclusive?
What are your spare time pursuits and how do they feed into your role at Workman?
I try to do a lot of walking outside of work. Luckily for me, I get to do a lot of walking at work too, because most of my sites are within walking distance to my office in the City. I find walking is really good exercise – it also helps with stress relief to walk off tensions and be outside in the fresh air.
What is your favourite building worldwide, and why?
I have always admired the City of Petra in Jordan, which was carved out of the rocks. They are not only beautiful to look at, but the skill, labour and engineering involved to create these buildings – especially at a time without modern technology – is simply mind-boggling. Hopefully I will get a chance to visit one day.
What first led you into the property industry?
I was a real TV property geek when I was growing up. I did not miss one episode of Location, Location or anything that featured Sarah Beeny, who at the time hosted lots of property programmes. Grand Designs was also a firm favourite and remains so to this day. I think because of this, I have always naturally been interested in property. Strangely, I never thought I’d pursue a career in property, but I fell into it by chance when I had a part-time job at a letting agency during one summer holiday when I was at university. I would probably be a psychologist or therapist by now, if it weren’t for that first job in property.
Which book or podcast do you recommend?
I regularly listen to the podcast This is Money as it talks about topical financial matters of the week, and also gives tips on how to manage personal finances.