SARA WILKINS, HEAD OF WORKPLACE INTERIORS EMEA, CALLISONRTKL
Inspirational and making it easy – these are two attributes that spring to mind when I think of one particular stand out coworker of mine. Michael Colburn is a tech design guru who I have the pleasure of coworking with on a regular basis. Not only does he know his stuff, but he can translate the detail and intricacies of smart building technologies into human experiences and commercial value. He gets my mind whirling and introduces me to new ideas from his world of expertise. Together we create innovative ideas, predict the future and share our knowledge – it’s exciting, new and fresh, a healthy creative yoga for the mind, oh and it’s a lot of fun!
MBALI CHAISE, SENIOR WORKPLACE CONSULTANT, MCM
I had the pleasure and privilege of working closely with Sho Itoh on numerous interior design and workplace strategy projects. He first was a stranger, then became a mentor and now is a friend. The unexpected growth of this relationship is the result of his poised demeanour, sense of humour and nurturing approach to the workplace and fellow colleagues. Always professional, even when telling me off; he repeatedly made time for me whenever I needed guidance, advice or was in need of a good old rant.
DERECK DZIVA, LEAD MANAGER, MBIFM
My favourite coworker is Dave Parkes, who’s our internal communications manager. As the workplace lead, a significant part of my job revolves around effectively communicating to staff. Dave makes this very easy for me because we are able to bounce ideas before I hit the send button. Most importantly, Dave uses his employee engagement skills to full effect and he helps to give our workplace an element of fun.
GURVINDER KHURANA, DIRECTOR & CO-FOUNDER, ALIGN
I’ve worked with Nigel Tresise for 17 years, run a company together for 13 and have been married to him for 16. He’s a born teacher who’s given me more support than anyone I’ve ever worked with, especially in our earliest days when he mentored me on technical knowledge, adding greatly to my design-and-build, and then consultancy experience. These days, thanks to him, I hold my own right across the board!
RACHEL BASHA-FRANKLIN, DIRECTOR, BASHA-FRANKLIN
Favourite coworker?! That would be like choosing a favourite child. We love working with the two companies we share our space with, branding agency, Proud Creative and architecture practice, Catterall Franklin. As designers, we tend to hang out with people we are culturally aligned with. We like the visual quality of our environment to be just right, music choices aligned, and social events complementary. The stars are aligned with our current coworkers and this has made life great.
ZOE MOSS, DIVISIONAL DIRECTOR, CHARLES EDWARD
Coworking for me is an everyday occurrence, not so much a perspective on the style of office but on your own style as a colleague. My favourite coworker has to be our Lead Estimator, Resty Musisi. She is quiet and unassuming, then pops her head above her PC to contribute moments of professional brilliance and, frankly, outbursts of hilarity – something every coworking and high output environment should thrive upon and something I am proud to say exists at Charles Edward Ltd!