What is your role at tlc?
Wow, what a rollercoaster it has been getting to learn all of the ropes of every role! We started with just six of us, so we each had to know everything at that time. Now, with 45 people and growing every year, things have changed and the team we have built is amazing.
My day-to-day revolves around heading up the Block Management department and problem-solving. I really enjoy helping people and trying to solve even the most complex of problems, whether they are building issues or inter-personal ones! I am also responsible for helping every member of the team set their goals and dreams – aiming to achieve things they never thought they could.
What is your background?
I grew up in Esher in Surrey. It was wonderful and our house backed onto the woodlands there. I never knew what I wanted to do but my parents spoke so many languages and we travelled a lot as a family, so I remember always wanting to be able to communicate with people wherever I went. So, no surprise – I majored in languages!
When trying to enter the working world, I went for my first recruitment interview to decide what I wanted to do and remember thinking there was no way I could commute on the tube or London transport – suddenly employment options were limited!
I found myself working for a reseller to the United Nations and US Army amongst other entities and this saw me travel out to the Park Royal (a 15-minute drive from Earls Court), the Middle East and Afghanistan – the most amazing country from which I have lots of stories from visits between 2003 and 2005.
I started my first property development and management company in 2006 and the rest, as they say, is history!
What do you enjoy most about running tlc?
The people – we have a phenomenal team and the privilege we share to help each other to be the very best versions of themselves whilst they are with us really excites me. It’s the most wonderfully rewarding part of the role.
What are your objectives for tlc over the next 12 months?
We have been building the teams in the Block Management department for the last year and this is something we’re looking to have completed soon. We’ll have set up all the operating procedures so that the teams are able to train themselves and new members together. It’s really exciting to see the progress we have made so far and the few stages left to go.
What do you enjoy doing outside of the office?
Nature – I love wildlife and greenery. My absolute heaven is being in Africa in the Bush. I feel so at home there; it mesmerises me and I feel completely at peace.
What is your favourite song?
Shut Up and Dance by Walk The Moon – it was my wedding song and we had an awesome surprise video as a present with all of our friends singing it. Such great memories!
What is one thing that might surprise people about you?
My first language was Slovenian and I recently renewed my Slovenian passport! My maternal grandmother spent a lot of time bringing me up and I used to go and live with her for a month every summer.
If you could be any animal, what would you be?
Polar bear – it’s been my nickname since my growth spurt aged 12. Frustratingly I haven’t grown much vertically since then!
What are three things on your bucket list?
See the Northern Lights (combined with a polar bear visit!)
Go to the Great Migration in Kenya/Tanzania
Drive a Bugatti Veyron (or Chiron, not fussy!)