Chris Early, Estates and Development Manager for Telefónica UK, joins Bold Founder, Caleb Parker, to talk about the future of work and how he expects commercial real estate to evolve in the coming years.
Chris believes on average we’re all going to need less space post-Covid.
He says he expects lease terms to shrink and permit more flexibility, and asks "how efficient is it for a company to provide all the amenities to their team, when they can choose a building where those services are already provided and shared by all customers of that building?"
In this episode you're going to hear how Telefónica is leaning into the future with flexible working, Chris’s view on Space-as-a-Service and why he believes BRAND MATTERS to enterprise customers to ensure a consistent experience for their teams.
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About Chris Early
Chris Early is Estates and Development manager for Telefónica UK, who owns O2, one of the largest telecommunications networks in the United Kingdom.
He oversees the entire building life cycle, from acquisition to disposal, as well as office design and fit-out, space management and facilities management. His leadership helps the team deliver an efficient office and technical estate which is designed to meet the needs of a fast-changing business.
Chris came into corporate real estate through an unconventional route. In 2001 he started out as a contractor, managing cell site acquisition in Central London. He then moved from build and implementation roles, through the setup of Cornerstone (the network share with Vodafone) and eventually into his role today in Property. He has a master’s degree in commercial property law.
Chris has a particular interest in new ways of working, as a tool to improve the world of work more widely, and he’s focused on helping his team deliver for their customers.