Chris Lees is a workplace strategist and entrepreneur who combines behavioural analysis and big data to establish what it takes to provide highly productive and extremely efficient workplaces.
His innovative, creative and - where necessary - mathematically robust approach uses next-generation techniques to understand occupancy, availability and behaviour in and around office buildings.
These techniques enable evidence-based business engagement, impact talent acquisition and retention, offer significant cost-reduction opportunities, and lead to faster and safer decision making.
Experienced Consultant and Programme/Project Manager
To use a football analogy, if I were asked to name my ultimate starting eleven there would be no doubt in my mind that Chris would be my striker. Chris only ever moves in one direction and that's forwards. He leads, he inspires and if necessary he'll roll his sleeves up; bringing positive energy to any initiative he is involved in. I had the great pleasure of working closely with Chris for 10+ exciting and challenging years, and marvelled at his ability to engage with all levels of stakeholder to foster exceptionally strong partnerships built on trust, understanding, integrity and commitment.
Entrepreneur and Advisor
I've had the pleasure of working with Chris for over a year now in my capacity as the interface between his company and mine. His knowledge of technology and its implementation is outstanding as is his experience in delivering high value to customers. Nowhere is this is more evident than in the respect his clients and peers have for him.
The ability to think on his feet and come up with well thought out solutions that address the business problem at large and which ensure every little detail has been addressed is probably one of his biggest strengths and something I hope to learn from.
Independent PR and Marketing Consultant
Chris brings enormous energy and vision to any discussion. He is extremely well respected by his peers and has made innovation a key component of his professional make up. His ability to provide clients with both strategic and technical insight is key to his continued success. Due in part to his leadership, Calvis has grown from strength to strength and is now established as one of the UK's most respected IT and management consultancies for the professional services sector.
Senior Director Business Development at EPAM Systems
Chris is a true professional who believes passionately in what he does and never compromises his standards and values. More importantly he really cares about his customers, staff and business partners. He aims for excellence and success follows.
Chief Operating Officer, Global Corporate Services, DTZ
Chris is an outstanding and experienced business focussed IT Consultant with an exceptional reputation for delivery, particularly within the property industry. Chris's insight, creativity and commitment are invaluable on any project and he's an absolute pleasure to work with.
It's rare you come across a consultant that you can recommend without reservation but Chris is one of them!
European IT Director & Partner, Cushman & Wakefield
I have known Chris for the past 5 years through the Property IT Directors forum. Over this period he has worked with me on a number of IT/Real Estate assignments covering both specific business line requirements and technology led initiatives across the firm.
Chris has an encyclopedic knowledge of real estate and related systems and technologies. He has an authoritative and well reasoned view on project and programme management and is persuasive and even evangelistic in his approach. Plus he is easy to work with.
CEO, Tribe Consulting Group
Chris provided some key strategic planning and leadership while I was the CIO of Mapeley. His expertise and experience was indispensable.
CEO, AgilQuest Corporation
Chris possesses a rare combination of exceptional talent in both strategic vision and operational execution. I describe Chris with the following terms: extraordinary intellect, precise communicator, contagious enthusiasm, rigorous work ethic, strong moral compass, team player, continuous innovator, and a process oriented mindset. It is my pleasure to count him as a friend and colleague.
Managing Director, PEX Software
Chris manages to balance a 'feet on the ground' practical approach to solution design and implementation with an imaginative and progressive vision for what our industry can achieve as a whole.
He is a great contributor and his work in the US, with PISCES and with groups such as the Society of Computers & Law helps us to identify, address and deal with the issues faced within our businesses.
CIO, Silverstein Properties
I first met Chris, too many years ago to remember, through the real estate’s industry's data standard initiatives while associated with the Data Consortium, NCREIF, NAREIM and NMHC. He bought a direct, honest approach as ambassador from PISCES, the data standards care-taker in Europe.
Over the years I have had the pleasure of working with Chris on developing data standards as well as co-presenting at many industry conferences in an effort educate on the relevance and importance of such standards. He had an in depth understanding of real estate, processes and technology in addition to keen business acumen. It is many of these traits that can be directly attributed to his broad acceptance and trust by the CIO’s of our industry.
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