You are now the CoreNet Global UK Chapter President, so what are the key initiatives for the association going forward?
Wow, what a fun year to take over the CoreNet Presidency here in the UK! We have been immersed in uncharted times, due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This is not a ‘business as usual’ year. Sadly, CoreNet won’t be able to host the typical insightful events and enjoyable networking opportunities, so the entire board are having to all roll up our sleeves and plan relevant, virtual events. Working from home poses all sorts of challenges and lack of human interaction is definitely one of them. Being able to connect with other members and still feel part of the CoreNet community is a key focus for me. In the next two weeks we will be announcing the CoreNet Virtual Events Calendar.
What is the best bit about your day job with JLL?
I love the people I work with and, in my view, the real estate industry is so interesting and rewarding. My role is EMEA-wide, so I deal with lots of different cultures and that adds to the charm of coming to work each day.
The ‘war on talent’ is a major focus for our clients, so helping them find the best spaces and subsequently transforming their offices into wonderful locations, where employees can thrive and feel a sense of belonging, is a great journey to experience with a client.
Working across so many different countries means you have to help clients overcome a plethora of hurdles, including different ways of working, workplace guidelines and building regulations, to name a few – and helping clients navigate through these matters is what I most enjoy.