Who are We?

Claudia Halabi – JLL, Head of Talent Acquisition – EWL Co-Chair

Who Claudia is…

Born and bred Londoner who comes from a large international and culturally diverse family who are scattered across the globe. Career Wise Claudia is a well-rounded Talent Leader with a record of accomplishment in attracting, growing and engaging talent at all levels from a variety of backgrounds. She has intensive experience and knowledge in the corporate real estate / workplace / facilities management sector and is a Serial connector and networker with a renowned professional reputation.

First involvement with EWL

As a EWL founder, Claudia is one of the original committee members / chairwoman of the former YMF. First getting involved in 2007 she was still very green in her career within the sector – she had been to a few events and found that that they were like ‘old boys club’ and felt out of place! She luckily stumbled across the YMF and was welcomed with open arms. It was modern and inclusive and represented FM in a positive way.

Why is she involved?

Claudia is committed to the movement since the early days and has played a critical and influential role in EWL’s evolution. She is super passionate about inspiring and empowering the next generation, putting talent at the forefront of our sector, connecting people together and opening doors for opportunity.

James Bradley – Churchill Group, Director – EWL Co-Chair

Who James is…

James started his career in the Workplace and FM sector in 2012 with a FTSE250 Facilities Management Company, after gaining a Masters degree in Civil Engineering. He joined Churchill Group as a director in 2017, where he is responsible for corporate development. James is excited about the future of the Workplace and FM sector and believes it will continue to gain momentum; contributing to the economy, environment and society. He is a voluntary co-chair to the Emerging Workplace Leaders, a collective with the unifying aim of creating a community and platform to enable emerging workplace leaders to connect and accelerate their personal & professional growth.

First involvement with EWL

James first got involved with the EWL (formally YMF) after being nominated for the Young Leader of the Year Award in 2014 – which he successfully went on to win. From there he has become more, and more involved in the EWL, and in 2019 he became the Co-Chair alongside Claudia,  

Why is he involved?

James is excited about the future of the Workplace and FM sector and believes it will continue to gain momentum; contributing to the economy, environment and society. His drive to volunteer as co-chair to the Emerging Workplace Leaders, stems from his believe in the value created by a community and platform to enable emerging workplace leaders to connect and accelerate their personal & professional growth – ultimately helping contribute to the future of the industry.

Phil Matis – Churchill Group, Regional Manager – EWL Committee Member

Who Phil is…

After starting in Facilities Management as an Audit and Training Manager for a large transport client, Phil progressed through the ranks until he eventually managed the London Portfolio for one of the biggest property developers in Europe. He has continued to progress and after moving back North, now holds a Senior Management position within a Top Track 250 company, The Churchill Group.

First involvement with EWL

He was first involved with the ‘then-known’ Young Managers Forum (YMF) after attending an event in 2016 and was lucky enough to be a shortlisted finalist for the Young Leader of the Year Award in 2017. Phil believes that going through this process changed the way in which he thinks; and says it has since had a significantly positive impact on his professional and personal life. It emphasised for him, the importance of the FM Sector and more notably, the people within this sector in shaping the future for all other industries; for the many years to come.

Why is he involved?

Now being a member of the committee for EWL, Phil’s aim is to ensure as many people as possible can be affected in the same way he was; as well as driving the need to inspire the next generation of FM professionals into our sector.

Esme Banks – Magenta Associates, Senior Account Manager – EWL Committee Member

Who Esme is…

Esme is a senior account manager at Magenta Associates, a communications agency specialising in FM and the built environment.

First involvement with EWL

Esme first became involved with the Young Leader’s Forum (now the Emerging Workplace Leaders) back in 2015, during the Young Leader of the Year Award process when she was helping a client to the finalist stage. Esme writes about and host events for the workplace and FM sector on a daily basis and over the past four years it’s become incredibly apparent that there is a certain demographic associated with the industry and often a stigma attached to it.

Why is she involved?

Esme wants to be part of the change that she believes is needed and is therefore incredibly excited to be part of the EWL’s leadership team.

Karen Farrell – Turner & Townsend, Facilities Manager – EWL Committee Member

Who Karen is…

Karen is a customer focused Facilities Manager who is passionate about transforming the perception of the industry by actively raising the profile of Facilities Management and promoting FM as a career of choice. As a relatively new comer to the industry, Karen first became interested in Facilities Management when she discovered the positive impact it could have on the culture, productivity and morale of an organisation and how facilities management could significantly improve organisational performance.

First involvement with EWL

Karen first became involved with EWL when she discovered a team of dedicated facilities professionals who were as passionate about the industry as she was. Their aim and vision to transform the industry aligned with her own personal goals and objectives and was the perfect fit!

Why is she involved?

Karen’s passion and enthusiasm for the industry has enabled her to get involved with the Emerging Workplace Leadership team where she aims to inspire and empower FM professionals through inspiration and innovation and lead the way for future generations.