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Chris Webber

Personal Summary

Chris Webber is a Fellow of the RICS, with a background in commercial property stretching back over thirty years, in Industrial, Retail and Office estates. With these years in “client side” experience, Chris has developed an approach as a Workplace Consultant with a focus on what occupiers actually require from their property as opposed to a simple consideration on the theoretical rental or capital value of the estate.

As a result of this experience, Chris moved from property management in to consultancy, becoming a Business Director with BT Workstyle (British Telecommunications), where he managed internal and external clients through Flexible / Agile Working and workplace change initiatives, including developing a business case from not only the cost-saving but also the productivity perspective.

For the last six years he has worked as an independent consultant, often with like-minded individuals where larger clients require a project team to deliver new working practices, and continued to help develop thinking in this fascinating area of workplace development. His strong interest in technology as one of the tools delivering change, coupled with workplace design and business need, ensures that his focus remains on bringing an integrated approach to the projects with which he is involved.

Chris has worked with a wide range of clients in developing accommodation strategies, Agile Working and office change. He helps occupiers refine their workplace to create effective working environments that enhance property and business performance as well as staff satisfaction. He has published articles on the Benefits of Agile Working and regularly runs events and courses on Developing the Agile Working Business Case. Through this work, he has developed a leading reputation and hands-on practical knowledge for delivering sustainable agile working into large organisations.

Recent Key Achievements in Agile Working

Commercial Solicitors – Carrying out an analysis of the potential for Agile Working as part of an engagement with The Agile Organisation, developing a range of workplace options and generating a Space Budget to enable a decision for the spatial requirements for an office relocation opportunity to be made.

Finance Sector - Dealt with the requirements of a financial institution in response to a constant shift in team allocations, numbers and growth in personnel numbers. The recommended solution was based around team spaces in contrast to individual allocated desks.

Mott MacDonald – Developing an agile working solution for the Aviation consultancy division. This included shared space working, work place protocols and better use of proposed technology investments to support collaboration and effective space use.

Pharmaceutical Company – Management of agile working programme with four “work styles”, reusing existing space with no change whilst altering the deployment of existing technologies to increase site capacity by up to 30%

Police Force – Managing the build for a business case and subsequent workplace strategy required in support of a move to a new HQ building with colleagues from The Agile Organisation. Previously a similar piece of work had been carried out with another Force, which enabled a reduction in overall space requirements and more effective use of support staff following on from the creation and acceptance of a business case for Agile Working.

Chris Webber

Contact:
chrisjwebber@yahoo.com