International Women’s Day series 2023 – Alicia Greene

What’s your favourite part of your job?

My favourite part of the role is how diverse it is. No two clients are the same. Each has different perspective on how the office can contribute to the success of their business.

What’s the most challenging aspect?

Clients unsure of how much office space they need. The shift in working models since the pandemic has made employers and firms cautious to invest in space.

We are in a new era of the working world and we have to move with it. There are ever changing demands in the flex space – so it’s about constantly adapting and evolving.

Are there any females that have inspired you in your career?

The women in my family who have built businesses from the ground up. Also, the female founders I’ve met who took the entrepreneurial leap to pursue their passions.

Why is the flex industry gaining so much momentum?

Flex is no longer just seen as the option for start-ups or small independent businesses. Instead of committing to a traditional long-term lease, we are now seeing more enterprises and established firms looking to lease for shorter periods. With the move to hybrid working and this idea of the ‘’third space’’, the flex market is growing rapidly.

What was your dream job when you were a child?

I wanted to be everything from an architect and interior designer to event planner.

What is the most important piece of advice you have been given?

Always pay it forward. It costs nothing to be nice. Always consider how you could help someone else.

What is the most important message you want to send out to young women thinking about their careers?

I would say get involved as much as you can. Get to know people through a mixture of industry specific conferences and wider events. It’s a great way to grow your network and open new doors.

Another piece of advice is to always follow up with a thank you note or coffee. Taking the time to go that extra mile is what will set you apart from the crowd.

What’s your favourite thing about working in Knight Frank?

The people and the warm welcome I’ve received since day one. The directors are always open and approachable and everyone is treated with the same level of respect.

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

IWD is an occasion to celebrate how much progress we’ve made. But it’s also an opportunity to ask challenging questions; How we can champion diversity in industries where women are underrepresented? How can we can leverage our careers and experiences to inspire the next generation of women?