Tell us about yourself – what do you like to do? Where do you live? What has your career path looked like?
I currently live in a small village outside of Bedfordshire, around 2 hours outside of London. I moved to Bedfordshire around 5 years ago with my husband Danny and our dog Millie. My career has certainly not been straightforward, I didn’t start out with the intention of working within corporate housing. I actually started my career as a medical secretary in a hospital, then moved into fashion buying, self admittedly I fell into corporate housing. I fell into the corporate housing industry, by sourcing temporary housing just for the United Kingdom, which opened up my eyes to what the industry was becoming, and that work transitioned into a very appealing and exciting career I could have for myself.
What brought you to the corporate housing space?
When I first started working in corporate housing, it was initially a temporary role, which ended up lasting two years. From there I moved into global mobility and became a relocation consultant. It was then that I considered diving into global mobility further and realized my passion for the industry as a whole. I spent 5 years working as a relocation consultant, and then joined Oasis and went back to what I first knew, which was corporate housing. The growth I have seen and experienced while working at Oasis has been incredible, it’s really kept me on my toes and allowed me to grow both personally and professionally.
How have you seen corporate housing change in your career and how do you see it changing in the future?
Technology is one thing that has changed the industry drastically, we are getting to a point where technology is at the forefront of everything we do. The demand for technology is so much greater than it was previously. We are consistently looking to innovate and stay on top of what is happening within the industry. At Oasis, we have been building our own platforms to work smarter and create a better experience for our clients. The other changes I have seen are within cleaning, security, and health and safety measures. I don’t think the health and safety requirements will ever go back to what they were before COVID-19, these changes are here to stay, which is why it’s so important for us and our clients to make sure that they are safe and comfortable with their temporary housing experience. The other thing that these changes have allowed us to do is humanize the experience for our customers and be the friendly face for an otherwise very stressful situation.
Tell us what corporate housing means to you and the impact you see it have on the economy, people and places?
Personally, I believe corporate housing should always be a “home away from home” experience and you should feel as safe and secure as you would in your own home. Corporate housing has evolved so much that now different places are adapting a culturally unique ambiance that travelers seek out versus everything being the exact same anywhere you are in the world. Our client’s comfort is something that we have to create and get right in the very beginning. I think the industry as a whole is underrated as to how it impacts the economy because it’s mainly built off a B2B model and it generates a huge amount of revenue for both local, and national economies. This year alone has opened up a lot of corporate company’s eyes to what is possible through corporate housing, especially with the changes that have been made due to COVID-19. As there is now an increased level of flexibility needed, I foresee it impacting families and local places in a positive and functional way.
What is one fun fact about yourself?
I trained as a dancer for 15 years before entering the work world!