Our Directors and Founders

Marcus Bowen

Marcus Bowen

Marcus is OJL’s Commercial Director, focusing on development of the firm’s products and services, and he is also publisher of the Occupiers Journal Newsletter.

With 29 years of experience on property occupier matters, Marcus has a career-long practice in helping organisations make their CRE and FM functions more effective. This experience has made him a big fan of the ‘Director of Work’ concept, integrating CRE, FM, HR and IT thinking to foster more productive styles of working. As a founder member of OJL, he is committed to promoting multi-disciplinary thinking in ‘workplace’ management.

Marcus has lived in Hong Kong since 2007, and was previously Head of Asia, Corporate Property for Prudential Corporation Asia, working from Seoul to Jakarta. Prior to working in Asia, Marcus was a Director of GVA, based in London. In this connection, Marcus and Paul Carder (see below) first met back in 1999 whilst working on the OPD Total Occupancy Cost benchmarking standard.

Marcus is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) since 1989. He holds a BSc (Hons) in Building Surveying, MBA in Construction and Real Estate (Reading/CEM) and RICS Diploma in Project Management. Marcus is a Lead Faculty for CoreNet’s Masters in Corporate Real Estate Learning Programme. An active supporter of IFMA, Marcus is a co-author of the IFMA Foundation book, Work on the Move: Driving Strategy and Change in Workplaces.

James Ware, PhD

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A former Harvard Business School professor, Jim Ware has focused his entire career on understanding what organizations must do to thrive in a rapidly changing world.

His business wisdom comes from deep academic knowledge and over thirty years of hands-on experience as a senior executive and a change leader driving corporate innovation. All that work in the trenches taught him how critical meetings are to organizational success and how rare it is for them to be productive, let alone popular.

Jim has co-authored several books about the digital economy and its implications for leadership and organizational performance. His most recent book is Making Meetings Matter: How Smart Leaders Orchestrate Powerful Conversations in the Digital Age.

Jim serves as Global Research Director for Occupiers Journal Ltd. He is also the founder and Executive Director of The Future of Work…unlimited, chief meeting design strategist at Making Meetings Matter, and a Partner with The FutureWork Forum.

Jim was a co-author and the lead editor for Cut It Out! Save for Today, Build for Tomorrow, published by the IFMA Foundation in 2009. He also authored the chapter on change management for the recently-completed book Work on the Move: Driving Strategy and Change in Workplaces, also from the IFMA Foundation (October 2011).

Corporate Agility (2007), which he co-authored with Charles Grantham and Cory Williamson, addresses the need for organizations to coordinate and integrate HR, IT, and CRE/facilities management to develop new business capabilities for competing in a flat, global economy. Corporate Agility was named one of the ten best business books of 2007.

He holds PhD, M.A., and B.Sc. degrees from Cornell University and an MBA (With Distinction) from the Harvard Business School. He lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area in northern California.

Paul Carder

Paul Carder

Paul is an active cofounder of OJL, the ‘Chief Networking Officer’, the Editor of Work & Place, and originator of the Occupiers Journal concept. He formed the many groups that carry our name on Linkedin; in fact, he built the global network primarily using Linkedin and via networking at conferences.

Paul now maintains an active network of over 25,000 professionals in CRE, FM and Workplace professions around the world.

Paul has specialised in comparative analysis between occupier organisations and their CRE & FM supply chains, drawing on almost twenty years experience in the corporate workplace and facilities management fields.

Prior to forming OJL, Paul worked with Advanced Workplace Associates in the UK to create and build the “Workplace Performance Innovation Network” (or ‘PIN’) for occupiers only. Prior to 2009, his experience  also included ‘in-house’ roles at Barclays Bank, as an International Director at IPD Occupiers, work with several global FM suppliers, and  consulting/advisory roles. His core experience spans client research, workplace strategy, performance management and supplier/contract management.

Paul has been an External Tutor for the College of Estate Management (UK) and University College, London. He has written many papers for FM journals, and spoken at conferences on corporate real estate, FM and performance management, around the world. He is married, with four children, and lives near Cambridge, UK. He also brews real ale of some repute, which he shares generously with his friends and neighbours.