Workspace Providers Board
Workspaces such as Incubators, Accelerators, Co-working spaces, Artists’ Studios, and Maker spaces, play an important role in the continued success of London. These workspaces have shared facilities, flexible terms, and curate users such as entrepreneurs, creatives and small businesses. This allows businesses and professionals to share space, facilities, and/or specialist equipment at more affordable rates.
The Workspace Providers Board (WPB) is an advisory body to the GLA. Members represent the views of workspace providers as a sector and act as a conduit between the wider sector and the GLA.
Sara Turnbull is Development Director of Bootstrap Company, a social enterprise providing managed workspace, regeneration and a diverse range of enterprise and cultural events. Sara recently set up WorkWILD to provide advice on workspace.
Michael Owens is the Commercial Director of Bow Arts Trust, a leading artists’ studio provider. He is a chartered planner and adviser in economic development and urban regeneration. He was formerly Executive of Leaside Regeneration Company and Head of Development Policy at the London Development Agency.
John Spindler / Alison Partridge are from Capital Enterprise. John is an ex-entrepreneur, who uses his experience as an Angel investor in tech start-ups and an advisor on public boards and advisory groups. Alison leads on Partnerships and Projects. Capital Enterprise is a not-for-profit membership organisation for those who nurture, advise, mentor, accommodate and invest in entrepreneurship in London. A large proportion of its members run accelerators, incubators and co-working spaces.
Jacob Loftus is an investor and developer of over 1,000,000sqft of innovative and creative office buildings that have been designed to attract the next generation of London businesses. These developments have attracted large clusters of small creative and tech start-ups alongside some of London’s more established pioneering businesses.
Alice Fung is director of 00, and has expertise across urban design and regeneration, development strategy and start up enterprise, specialising in coworking workspaces and institutions, micro SME sector development, and social/impact investment projects. She has been involved in setting up Impact HUB Westminster and Brixton.
Nick Hartwright is the founder and director of The Mill Co. Project, a thriving social enterprise that provides high quality, mixed-use affordable workspace and co-working space for artists, designers and creative SMEs in London. Nick is currently working with varied leading property developers in the capital, and the GLA, on a number of large-scale flagship schemes that will incorporate affordable work and live space.
Nicole Herbert Wood has run Second Floor Studios & Arts, London’s largest single site studio project, managing 410 studios with 470 artist and makers, as well as a specialist sculpture workshop, print studio, gallery and café. She is leading on the development of 80+ studios as part of a mixed-use development in Deptford with 315 homes, due to complete in 2018.
James Byrne is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for founding businesses that have a tangible environmental benefit. Over the past 5 years he has developed Sustainable Ventures to be one of the UK's most successful incubators of early stage sustainable businesses.
Charles Armstrong is a social entrepreneur looking to empower London’s creative & entrepreneurial community through workspaces, housing & business support. He has developed 8 workspaces in London since 2009 including Tech City’s first coworking facility, the Trampery.
Jeannette Pritchard has spent the past 20 years strategically advising brands on growth and social purpose. Along the way, she developed Ugli, a business campus that converted a disused, unattractive 120,000 sqft office park, creating affordable office space for businesses to grow, collaborate and thrive. She currently advises businesses to be more charitable, and charities to be more business-like.
Andrea Kolokasi has worked for workspace providers in a range of roles. Beginning her career at Regus PLC in 2000; the world’s largest provider of workplace solutions, before moving to Workspace Group in 2003. Having acquired extensive experience in managing sites across Workspace PLC’s portfolio, she helped launch Club Workspace in 2012. She has been head of Business Development at Workspace PLC since 2015.
Simon Pitkeathley has been CEO of the multi-award winning Camden Town BID, Camden Town Unlimited, since 2007. He is also co-chair of Cross River Partnership and sits on the LEAP, and Labour High Streets Advisory Group. Earlier roles included working for the Prime Minister in 2001 and 2005, Executive Director of the British Bankers' Association between 1999 and 2003 and consultancy work for various clients including JP Morgan, Citigroup and IPPR between 2003 and 2007.