This month, we shone a spotlight on our dynamic facilities manager, as he takes a break from overseeing the seamless operations of our commercial properties at Towngate Plc. In his interview, Jake answers
some quickfire questions that offer a glimpse into his hobbies outside of work, remarkable professional achievements, and perspective on the ever-evolving commercial property sector.
The best part of my position at Towngate is how reactive the role of a facilities manager can be — especially with a portfolio as large as ours. Each day comes with a new challenge — whether it be overseeing a new build project, alleviating a tenant’s concerns, or fielding general enquiries with longstanding clients.
One of my highlights would be helping to upgrade our Haigh Park Road estate — creating a new road, refurbishing existing units, and ensuring the site complies with all the relevant health and safety requirements — which I believe contributed to the site now being fully occupied.
While working in Tenerife, I performed as Robbie Williams in a stage production.
I manage and coach my eldest daughter’s under 13s football team, as well as cheer on my youngest daughter at her dance classes. As a family, we like to stay active at the weekend, so we would normally go swimming, and if the weather allows, take the paddleboards to North Yorkshire for a day on the water.
It would have to be Julia Ford, our marketing manager, who helps us all in so many ways and always goes above and beyond. She also deserves a second award for putting up with her teammates talking about Leeds United in the office on a regular basis!
I would make sure we keep up with our already brilliant staff social events. It’s great to be able to spend time together outside of work and get to know each other on a more personal level.
Overseeing the facilities management of our portfolio — this can range from a pothole repair to a whole new roof, and everything in between.
You only get one chance to make a good first impression…..