DIRECTORS

Andrew Sapio - Consultant

Claire PIickersgill - Project Manager

David Allen - Project Manager

ANDREW SAPIO - CONSULTANT

Andrew is a passionate character. From an architectural background, his passion for the workplace drove him to conceive Workplace Designs in 1997.

 

Specialising in the technical side of design, Andrew’s approach allows design solutions to be robust and practical, while retaining excellent aesthetic characteristics. Having worked with large blue chip organisations such as Xerox and Sony, Andrew developed a strong relationship with the Microsoft Corporation.

 

WHAT ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT PERSONALLY?

Italy! I try to find as much time as possible to visit the land of my forefathers and enjoy the beautiful country, the people, the football, the wine and most importantly ……. the food!

 

DESCRIBE THE MOST IMPRESSIVE SIGHT YOU HAVE EVER SEEN

That’s a tough one: The Pyramids were impressive, especially the King’s Chamber in the Pyramid of Khufu. However, the Sistine Chapel has without doubt the most phenomenal piece of artwork one could wish to experience and the Chapel itself is filled with such an amazingly spiritual presence.

 

LASTING IMPRESSION SOMEONE HAS LEFT ON ME

In 2011 my daughter was ill and to help lift her spirits and to provide a positive feeling within our circle of family and friends she raised £42k for the TCT charity. I cannot think of our ‘Shave-A-Thon’ event without feeling like the proudest Dad in the world – truly amazing!

 

CLAIRE PICKERSGILL - PROJECT MANAGER

Claire leads the Project Management side of the business. She prides herself on understanding the bigger business picture and client strategy as well as the finite detail of project works and installations. Pulling the team together she drives the coordination of skills and works packages; combined with her knowledge of building contracts, statutory consents and obligations and the contractor’s role, as well as her status as an RICS Chartered Surveyor, her service offering extends beyond pure Project Management and Contract Administration.

 

WHAT WOULD BE YOUR ALTERNATIVE CAREER?

I would be doing something creative. I’m not sure it would be enough to make me a living but I love crafting. I used to work in a haberdashery when I was at school, which is where it all started, so perhaps I would run a small business selling all the crafting materials that are so hard to find nowadays.

 

DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT WEEKEND

It would be in the countryside, probably camping and climbing a big hill just to get to the top. Dinner would be cooked on a BBQ, followed by a game of cards over some beers or wine, lit by tealights and the inevitable mosquito coil!

 

LIFELONG AMBITION

I would love to write a book. I have no idea what it would be about or when I will find the time to do it, but it’s definitely in the back of my head somewhere.

 

DAVID ALLEN - PROJECT MANAGER

David specialises in the softer skills of project management, providing strong project governance within complex organisations with multiple stakeholders. His MBA in Construction and Real Estate, aligned with professional chartered status as a project manager, provides sound business acumen when managing strategy development and projects within real estate environments.

 

More recently he has been involved in workplace strategy for Microsoft UK acting as their client representative on large refurbishment schemes.

 

WHERE CAN WE FIND YOU WHEN YOU’RE NOT WORKING?

I completed a self-build barn conversion near the Brecon Beacons six years ago and from that point in time I have been addicted to the mad sporting events held in the nearby Welsh town of Llanwrtyd Wells – The World Bog Snorkelling Championships, Man versus Horse Marathon and the Real Ale Wobble.

 

DAYDREAM YOU WISH WOULD COME TRUE

I would love to climb Everest but going to base camp is probable more realistic.

 

LASTING IMPRESSION SOMEONE HAS LEFT ON ME

I listened to a Bear Grylls talk after he became the youngest British man to climb Everest. His humble, unassuming account of his achievements and reliance on strong leadership, teamwork and a little luck to achieve his goals were valuable life lessons.

 

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