PEOPLE

PARTNERS

Together, our people bring expertise in the four disciplines that underpin business strategy: the physical workplace, the people, digital technology and facilities management.

CHRIS KANE

Chris is an intelligent, strategic thinker with an innate ability to extract clarity from highly complex, cluttered and controversial situations. His strong grasp of how the property industry works, and his ability to assess what organisations need, are informed by almost three decades’ experience as a workplace professional including senior roles at the BBC (11 years as head of BBC Workplace, its most senior real estate role) and The Walt Disney Company (over six years as vice-president of corporate real estate, also its most senior real estate role) after nearly 13 years at Jones Lang Wootton (becoming a partner and shaping a new business service). He has a masters degree in corporate real estate from CoreNet Global; an MBA from Henley Management College; a diploma in project management from the College of Estate Management; a BSc Honours in surveying from Trinity College, Dublin; and a diploma in environmental economics from Dublin Institute of Technology.

Chris has operated as client and supplier and has in-depth experience of the private and public sectors in the UK and abroad. His career highlights include:

  • successfully leading the transformation of the BBC estate, reducing its footprint by 40 per cent, resulting in a net reduction in annual occupancy costs of £67m and, from a wider business perspective, achieving the strategic goal of opening up the BBC to its audiences
  • helping shape the masterplan vision for Media City UK at Salford, a high profile example of place-making and regeneration
  • rationalising the BBC West London campus by the smart value sale of Television Centre, generating receipts in excess of £200m and cost avoidance of £400m
  • established international corporate real estate team for Walt Disney and helped shape the commercial elements of Disneyland Paris
  • maintained a sense of perspective through non-executive roles outside his business role, developing additional expertise in corporate governance and strategic direction at Network Homes and NHS Property Services.

CAROLINE WATERS

Caroline is a highly accomplished senior executive with 13 years’ experience at board level in European executive and non-executive roles. She has an unrivalled grasp of the political and social issues facing employers. She was director of people and policy at BT Group for nearly five years and is currently vice chair of the Equality & Human Rights Commission; vice president of Carers UK; is on the board of Project Fortis; is a board member of Whole Education and of Roffey Park Institute; and runs her own strategic HR consultancy. She is a leading voice, across industry and government, for progressive employment, inclusion and equal opportunities and was voted one of top 10 most influential HR directors of the decade by HR Magazine in 2015. She helps people anticipate, plan for and manage change including career transition, enabling them to develop skills key to managing successful career changes and equipping them to connect with real opportunities in a new field or sector including becoming an non executive director, creating a portfolio career or setting up their own business.

EUAN SEMPLE

Euan helps organisations, and more importantly the people in them, understand social media, social business, and the social web's potential at work. He focuses on helping them improve knowledge management, culture change, leadership, communication, intranets, internal communications and public relations. He does this through consulting, coaching and workshops. He also writes and speaks on the effect of social computing on society and organisational life. He has worked with major international organisations including The World Health Organisation, The World Bank, NATO, UN, Volvo, AIG Insurance, The BBC, Bell Pottinger Public Relations, Nokia, NYK Shipping, Mars Foods, The Open University, KPMG, E&Y, PWC, Grant Thornton and BP.

ASSOCIATES

DILYS FOSTER

Dilys has a background in engineering and facilities management and during her career she has worked for the MOD, the European Space Agency, Serco, the BBC and most recently for Rolls-Royce. She has advised on workplace strategy for over 10 years, helping organisations drive business improvement through building better workplaces and workplace cultures.

She aims to work with ambitious leaders who want to drive radical changes in culture and behaviour to make their organisations better. She has a track record of success engagement with communities at all levels, gaining trust and enthusiasm for change.

Dilys has worked closely with Chris Kane at the BBC supporting his re-structuring of the workplace function as well as developing and implementing the BBC’s property and workplace strategy. Dilys demonstrates the following key attributes; extrovert communicator, strategic mindset, strong programme management.