Harriet Addison, Cushman & Wakefield
This week we are truly excited to introduce you to our newest inspiring individual Harriet Addison, a Senior Consultant in Strategic Consulting at Cushman & Wakefield. As well as her work within the property industry, Harriet is also an active member of Cushman & Wakefield’s Mental Health & Physical Wellbeing Inspire programme. With it being Mental Health Awareness Week, we thought it would be great to hear more from Harriet about her entrance into the property industry, her role in supporting mental health awareness and her ongoing support for fantastic charities such as Mind and Lionheart, the charity for RICS professionals. We hope you enjoy reading this as much as we do!
Could you begin by describing how you entered the property industry and your journey to the current position you hold within Cushman & Wakefield?
After graduating from University with a Geography degree, I joined London Executive Offices (LEO), a five-star serviced office provider with approximately 850,000 sq. ft. across London. As a sales executive, I met with C-level executives to discuss their requirement for serviced office space and identify and negotiate a suitable option. I progressed to manage a four-person sales team responsible for increasing the revenue and occupancy of the City portfolio.
Three years later, I moved to CBRE as a senior surveyor within the Data Centre Solutions team. I advised corporate clients on IT strategy and global data centre acquisitions across EMEA, Latin America and Asia Pacific.
My current role at Cushman & Wakefield within the EMEA Strategic Consulting team focuses on shaping the future of our client’s real estate portfolios, solving complex challenges at the fusion of business and real estate. I am also a member of Cushman & Wakefield’s Mental Health & Physical Wellbeing Inspire programme. Inspire is an EMEA-based diversity and inclusion programme which aims to create an all-encompassing workplace where staff can truly be themselves.
Why is Mental Health Awareness Week important to you?
In any one year, 1 in 6 workers are likely to be suffering from a mental health condition. Over the last year that has included me. It could also include your line manager, peer, head of team or CEO.
Over the last few years, mental health has risen on the corporate agenda. Mental Health Awareness Week provides a platform to illustrate the significant progress Cushman & Wakefield have made in raising awareness of mental health, promoting support for colleagues and moving towards a collaborative culture which encourages us to value each other as individuals.
What advice would you give to a young person starting their career in the industry?
Your career may not follow a simple linear progression line and that may be a positive for you. If you do something slightly different from your peer, that experience and knowledge can be an advantage. Think of your career as a series of building blocks, each role / experience forming a solid foundation to the next step.
If you’re doing something you’re passionate about and interested in, you’re 80% of the way there. Invest time to really find out what truly interests you, rather than following what you think you should do to be successful. This passion will drive your success and make the 9 to 5 enjoyable!