Priya Kharbanda

Senior Surveyor, Cushman & Wakefield

Looking forward, the biggest changes to Cushman & Wakfield in the post Covid era will be .... that our offices will increasingly be seen as collaborative space, to reinforce culture, bring people and ideas together, rather than just space to clock in and out of. More flexibility. Other salient issues have also come to the fore and impacted our organisation, particularly sustainability. We've pledged to reach net zero emissions across our value chain by 2050. I've been selected to join the 2050 Scotland Young Leaders Development Programme on climate change to learn more about this issue. It is fantastic that we have COP26 in our city.

The future vision for Cushman & Wakfield in Glasgow is .... continuing to attract the best clients, the best talent, interesting projects, whilst promoting an inclusive culture and sustainable practices, to make an impact.

The three best things about working in Glasgow are .... the three Ps: the people, parks and the projects the city attracts. Lots of big named businesses are choosing to locate or relocate to Glasgow.

My favourite part of Glasgow is .... the west end, with an abundance of coffee shops, situated next to leafy residential areas, in close proximity to wonderful green parks and a stone's throw away from the city centre, with an array of great shops and eateries. Buchanan Street is one of the busiest, most desirable retail streets in the UK. Yet, it is the city's slogan, 'People Make Glasgow', that best sums it up for me.

The most satisfying thing about my job is .... helping businesses achieve their strategic business objectives through real estate. I have saved clients millions in their property liabilities. Hearing the feedback from clients once I have secured a deal is great.

Property is a great career choice because .... the industry is multi-faceted and there are several different departments and sectors to get into and much to learn about. Property is a dominant force in our society.

On the biggest challenge I have faced in my career to date .... we've all faced varying degrees of challenges but what I've learned is to not see challenges but only opportunities.

The businessperson I most admire is .... my parents (I couldn't choose one over the other!) for their work ethic, strength and kindness. I admire businesspeople who are innovative, think outside the box and choose to lead with kindness and compassion.

Outside of work, I am passionate about .... charity work, raising awareness about worthy causes, and writing and illustrating. Through my Harriot McDougall children's books series I have partnered with Glasgow Children's Hospital Charity and Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity, London. I've raised thousands for NHS children's hospitals and donated hundreds of books. I will soon be launching my new children's book entitled "Harriot McDougall: My Little Book of Happy Thoughts' promoting a positive mindset and good mental wellbeing, as well as continuing to write my teenage fantasy fiction novel.

My approach to achieving work life balance is .... With the 24-hour work culture, social media and always feeling on the go I realise that it is simply important to take time out to do something that you can immerse yourself in and forget about work, be that spending time with family/friends or time to chillax. I'm part of our Inspire Work Life Balance group and with National Work Life week approaching I'll be thinking up ideas to encourage this amongst colleagues. I'd previously organised chair massages, which went down well!

First ever job? In a café

Favourite boxset? FRIENDS, I just wish there were new episodes.

Favourite band? I like a range of music depending on what I'm doing, Maroon 5 to name one band, recently lots of Ed Sheeran for illustrating and Chopin for work emails!

Sunshine or snow? Sunshine. Although sunshine on a snowy day is beautiful.

And, finally, what three words best sum you up? Versatile. Creative. Driven.

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