Regional Partners

This page includes brief bios and photos of each of our regional partners:

Niklaus Arn (Switzerland)

Robert Harris, PhD (UK & Ireland)

Douglas Langmead (Middle East)

Martin Leitch (Australia)

Linda Van de Sande (The Netherlands)

Rudd van Deventer (Southern Africa)

Francisco Vázquez (Spain, Portugal, Latin America)

You can also find links for the LinkedIn profiles of all OJL directors and partners on this page.


Niklaus Arn (Switzerland)

Nick ArnNick has a 15-year internationally-renowned track record in corporate real estate consultancy and implementation on new ways of working for many Fortune 500 companies of all industry sectors in EMEA.

With an American background he was raised and educated in Switzerland, holding a Master Degree in architecture from the Federal Polytechnic Institute ETH in Zurich.

He is founder, partner and Managing Director of RBSgroup in Switzerland and lives in the countryside outside of Zurich, with a full backpack of experience and fluent in five languages.

Nick´s fascination for the ever changing workplace and the development of supporting infrastructure models for the future has driven him ever since. His focus lies on the driving change of the nature of work and how it will dictate real estate portfolio strategies for the next generation of workers.

Nick is married and enjoys watching his four kids grow up – witnessing their adoption of new technologies and habits of productive collaboration to get a glimpse of what the key topics of real estate summits in ten years will be.

He is an active member of CoreNet Global, the Swiss Institute of Architects (sia) and IFMA.


Robert Harris, PhD (UK & Ireland)

Harris 125xRob is principal of Ramidus Consulting Limited, a business that he founded in 2003 to provide specialist built environment research and advice.  Rob has nearly 30 years experience that has involved projects throughout the property process, including design and development, ownership and investment and occupation.

Rob’s research work is broadly-based, and he has a particular interest is in market demand research where he has completed numerous innovative projects.  He works closely with investors, developers, advisors and policy makers, providing insights to property market dynamics, socio-economic trends, the changing needs of occupiers and benchmarking.

Rob advises private and public sector occupiers on their workplace strategies.  He has a wealth of experience in briefing and preparing business cases, and in helping clients align their operational agendas with more efficient and more effective occupation.

Before setting up Ramidus, Rob worked for Interior Services Group, where he was Operations Director Consulting; and before that he worked at Stanhope Properties, Hillier Parker (now CBRE), Debenham Tewson & Chinnocks (now DTZ) and DEGW.

Rob has served on the boards of CoreNet UK and the Federation of Corporate Real Estate, and is currently a Founder Council member of the Workplace Consulting Organisation.  Rob publishes and talks widely on real estate markets and occupier trends.

Douglas Langmead (Middle East)

Douglas LangmeadDouglas Langmead is an Australian architect and management consultant with more than 33 years experience in the Middle East.  Doug has worked in the forefront of architecture and property management around the Gulf with a $2B portfolio of built projects across all the GCC states.  After running his own company for 12 years in Bahrain, he has relocated to Dubai as CEO of Aptitude Management Consultants.

Douglas has the ability to assess, understand, and direct the commercial, environmental,  and operational requirements that drive  property development.  Over the past 5 years he has developed an integrated and sustainable approach to the property development cycle, utilising building information modelling to present complex information in readily understandable visual simulations.

A graduate in architecture from the University of NSW, Australia, and holding a Diploma in Building Surveying, Douglas is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects and a candidate for membership of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.   He is also a member of the Construction Standards Institute, the Emirates Green Building Council, and the Middle East Facility Managers Association.


Martin Leitch (Australia/New Zealand)

martinleitch125xMartin Leitch is a successful Facilities Management (FM) professional with significant experience in delivering a wide range of consultancy and education services. He is the CEO of fmedge facility management training (fmedge), a training organisation accredited to deliver nationally recognised qualifications within the Australian Qualifications Framework.

Prior to migrating to Australia in 2004, Martin delivered a range of strategic FM consultancy services to public and private sector organisations in the UK.

Using this experience, Martin developed the learning materials for Australia’s first facilities management diploma program. This was enhanced through the involvement of local Subject Matter Experts who continue to support the delivery of the program to ensure that it delivers current best practice.

Increasing the accessibility to shared knowledge within the built environment continues to be Martin’s primary focus. In this respect, his role as the Occupiers Journal partner in Australasia not only meets this objective, but also takes it a step further by building knowledge. Through building and sharing knowledge, Martin believes that facilities management will achieve the level of maturity necessary to become recognised as a valuable and valued profession.

Martin is a Fellow of the British Institute of Facilities Management and a member of the Facility Management Association of Australia


Linda Van de  Sande (Netherlands)

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Linda is Occupiers Journal’s partner in the Netherlands. She is a psychologist and researcher focused on bridging the social and the built environment. She has an interest in making FM and CRE more attuned to the needs of its users. “The environment shapes people and people shape their environment.”

Before starting as an independent consultant, Linda worked for an international architectural consultancy firm, helping organisations to develop and implement strategic workplace design (“New ways of working/ ‘Het Nieuwe Werken”), taking an integrated approach to workplace design by combining real estate, human resources, information technology and change management.

She was involved in projects in China, India, the Philippines, New Zealand, and Australia, including many corporate facilities, as well as a university, government buildings, a children’s’ hospital, and an airport.
Linda also worked as an advisor with a City Council in Melbourne, where she researched the implications of economic and demographic developments on urban planning. She also gained experience with new tools for public relations and community engagement.

Linda started her professional career in marketing. Her extensive experience in research and her analytical perspective allow her to identify issues quickly.

Linda holds a M.Sc. in Psychology; she also studied urban planning and social geography at the University of Amsterdam. She is currently conducting workplace research, and working on a residence for people with neurological disorders, as well as a multifunctional medical facility.


 

Rudd van Deventer (South Africa)

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Rudd was trained as an Architect; he started his own practice shortly after professional registration, working mostly on private houses and Industrial buildings.

Early in his career he was hired to work as Group Architect for Barclays National Bank, now First National Bank.  As the portfolio grew, Rudd retained responsibility for the Architecture, Branch Corporate Image, Strategic Facilities, and Space Planning. It was in this capacity that he started to focus on ensuring that there was a connection between the project outcomes and the user requirements. The improvement in productivity achieved with the Branch of the Future project for Cresta was such that it changed the face of branch design in South Africa.

This foundation in the Bank has provided Rudd’s focus over the years in trying to bring tenants and end users into the design process and elevating Facilities Management from passive receivers to active participants and partners in the design process.

On leaving FNB in 1996 Rudd established SpaceWorx, a strategic facility planning consultancy that he has run since then. Major strategic projects and developments include: KPMG’s Head office ‘the Crescent’; Momentum Life’s Head Office in Centurion; Fleming Martin, later JP Morgan’s building in Illovo; the De Beers Head Office ‘Cornerstone’; and  the DTI Campus in Pretoria.

Rudd has lectured and trained on numerous occasions for professional bodies. His strengths are in the integration of services with the building fit-out and in developing packages for high-churn environments that reduce cost and time overheads for clients.

Rudd is a long-term member and supporter of the South African Facilities Management Association and the Green Building Council of South Africa.  Rudd is a Green Star (SA) Accredited Professional for New Buildings and Existing Buildings Performance and was part of the Technical Working Group for the Green Star (SA) existing Buildings Performance and Interiors tools.


 

Francisco Vázquez (Spain, Portugal, Latin America)

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Francisco is an international workplace consultant and architect. He is president of 3G Office Consultancy Group, a company specialized in facility management, workplace strategies, work-life balance policies, business needs analysis, corporate architecture and interior design, engineering, and corporate project management. 3G Office is based in Spain, Portugal, and Latin America, and it operates in EMEA and Latam regions.

Francisco is particularly specialized in Workplace Solutions and Facility Management consultancy and Corporate Architecture and Space Planning, areas in which he has managed projects for many large companies, with the main focus on flexible working and flexible office models.

He is a member of CoreNet, BIFM, and IFMA Spain, where he was the president for more than four years; and he is a common teacher in many courses of the most prestigious schools in Madrid as well as a speaker in international congresses and forums related to FM and workplace solutions.

A graduate in Architecture, Francisco holds masters degrees in Technology applied to intelligent buildings and in  Project Management. He also passed the top Executive Program for Managing Direction (PDG) in the IESE Business School at University of Navarra.