National Inclusion Week: Faces of Broadgate

Faces of Broadgate

Inclusivity is a huge part of working at Broadgate and with over 500 people in our team, we aim to ensure everyone feels valued and included. As part of National Inclusion Week, we wanted to highlight a few members of the team who you may have seen (or not seen) who's efforts make Broadgate the great place it is to be; both on the ground and behind the scenes.  In our feature 'Faces of Broadgate', we discussed their roles, their lives and their experiences of inclusion at Broadgate.

 

Marvin Beharie - Wilson James, Security Services

1. What is your job title at Broadgate, and what are you responsible for? My name is Marvin Beharie, and I am a front of house security guard at the newly refurbished building, 135 Bishopsgate.  I am responsible for not only keeping security awareness for the building but also for giving exceptional customer service.  

2. How long have you worked at Broadgate? Almost 10 months now. 

3. What's your favourite thing about working at Broadgate? My favourite part is meeting new people and putting a smile on everyone’s face. 

4. What does inclusion mean to you? Inclusion, to me, is extremely important for the workplace. It is the key to making work a happy and safe place. The way I see it is that we are at work for more time than we are at home, and the people we work with can make a difference. To help combat stress and anxiety, we need to make sure that everyone is happy. 

5. What are your hobbies? Although work is a huge part of my life, I always make time for my favourite hobbies such as going to the gym, watching football and travelling when I can.   

6. How many languages can you speak? My first language is English, I have always lived in England. However, I can speak basic French and I am currently learning Spanish. This helps me talk to more people, especially helpful when working at Broadgate. 

7. How do Broadgate and Wilson James work together to make the site an inclusive environment to work in? Broadgate and Wilson James work hand in hand with each other when it comes to this, the diversity is brilliant. I learn knowledge every week about different cultures and people just by working here. It is truly a great place to work, and I stand tall for my company. 

8. What’s your signature dish? I love to cook , coming from a Jamaican background, I have learnt to cook my signature dish BBQ or jerk chicken with roast potatoes. I learnt this from my biggest inspiration in life, and that’s my mother.  

9. What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? The best advice I have been given is ‘fail to prepare and prepare to fail’ and of course ‘you only live once’. 

 

Charlie Maher - ABM, Facility Engineering Services

  1. What is your job title at Broadgate, and what are you responsible for? Service delivery manager, Estate (Broadgate) and Rest Of City properties.  

  2. How long have you worked at Broadgate? 8 years 

  3. What's your favourite thing about working at Broadgate? The location and the variety of people you work alongside daily. 

  4. What does inclusion mean to you? Being part of a team and feeling welcome.  

  5. Where did you work before you came to Broadgate? Barclays Tower at Canary Wharf  

  6. What are your hobbies? Football, cycling, golf, socialising with friends and family. Oh and holidays.  

  7. Do you have any unusual skills or qualifications?  I completed the London Marathon in 2013.  

  8. What’s your signature dish? Something simple but effective, Steak and chips. Medium rare all the way.  

  9. Who is your biggest inspiration? My nan, she had time for anyone and was always so welcoming.  

 

 

Chantel Alleyne - Rapport, Front of House Services

  1. What is your job title at Broadgate, and what are you responsible for? I’m a front of house coordinator and I am responsible for meeting and greeting guests and occupiers  to our building, providing passes for entry to required floors, looking after reception health and safety documents, answering incoming calls, responding to email requests, organising small team social gatherings, housekeeping of the reception area and more. 

  2. What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? Carpe diem! 'Seize the day'. Tomorrow is promised to no one. 

  3. Who is your biggest inspiration? My parents. They have always taught me the importance of treating people equally regardless of who they are, the job they do and how much or little money they may have. Underneath it all we are all the same. 

  4. How do Broadgate and Rapport work together to make the site an inclusive environment to work in? The Broadgate GEM (Going the Extra Mile) awards are an amazing way of making us feel included. Recognising our contributions and being awarded and thanked for it is amazing. There are always  events and activities we can take part in and the summer and winter socials are a great way of getting to know each other out of work.  

  5. How many languages can you speak? Just English but I would love to be fluent in French and Spanish. 

  6. What are your hobbies? I love singing, travelling, and I have also recently started practicing doing nail extensions and shellac. 

  7. Where did you work before you came to Broadgate? What other jobs/careers have you had? I have had quite a few varied roles. My last role was an office assistant for an online fashion company. I was a temporary executive assistant for the property manager in the head office at an international restaurant. I was also safeguarding coordinator for the Salvation Army. Just a few of my favourite roles. 

  8. What does inclusion mean to you? Inclusion means feeling like one of the team, feeling like you belong and that you're not just another number but that by you being here makes a difference. 

  9. What's your favourite thing about working at Broadgate? I love the people! Our Rapport Front of House team and Broadgate colleagues are some of the nicest people I have worked alongside. I like that there is a family feel and we all look after each other. 

  10. How long have you worked at Broadgate? 1 year and 7 months 

 

Ruslanas Manzura - Principle Cleaning Services

1. What is your job title at Broadgate, and what are you responsible for? I’m an estate window cleaner for a lot of different areas of Broadgate estate. I also assist with the Zoono treatments which we have implemented to keep everyone safe during the pandemic.  

2. What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice. 

3. Who is your biggest inspiration? Bruce Willis, he's a great actor. 

4. What’s your signature dish? Barbeque burgers! 

5. How many languages can you speak? Four - Polish, Lithuanian, English and Russian. 

6. Have you always lived in the UK? If not, where else have you lived? No, I have also lived in Lithuania. 

7. Do you have any unusual skills or qualifications? I am very good at and enjoy fixing mechanical things and learning how they operate. 

8. What are your hobbies? I like to barbeque on a Sunday, whatever the weather! 

9. Where did you work before you came to Broadgate? What other jobs/careers have you had? I worked at a bus garage at Victoria Station and I also worked as a train cleaner. 

10. What does inclusion mean to you? Working together in a team. 

11. What's your favourite thing about working at Broadgate? The family atmosphere of working with my teams. 

12. How long have you worked at Broadgate? 11 Years (Since 2009). 

 

Dawit Osorio - Bywaters, Recycling and Waste Management

  1. What is your job title at Broadgate, and what are you responsible for? Recycling operative managing all waste at Broadgate, I ensure as high a recycling percentage as possible.  

  2. How long have you worked at Broadgate?  2 years. 

  3. What's your favourite thing about working at Broadgate? How we work as a team, it’s a great group of people and I feel very comfortable with the team.  

  4. What does inclusion mean to you? We are part of something, like a broader team. 

  5. Where did you work before you came to Broadgate? What other jobs/careers have you had? I was a delivery driver and I’ve been a journalist in Colombia since 2001, I’ve also worked in TV and radio and I’m currently studying International business and management.  

  6. What are your hobbies? Cycling, football, tennis, reading the newspapers to stay informed. 

  7. Have you always lived in the UK? If not, where else have you lived? Columbian born, lived in Barcelona for 13 years I’ve been in London for 7 years now.  

  8. How many languages can you speak? Spanish, English and Catalan (Unofficial language in Europe). 

  9. How do Broadgate and Bywaters work together to make the site an inclusive environment to work in? The summer and Christmas parties help us to mingle with our colleagues. Last year we cycled London to Brighton with the window cleaning team. We also have interactive meetings.  

  10. What’s your signature dish? Paella. 

  11. Who is your biggest inspiration? Gabriel Garcia Marquez, he’s a Columbian author of the book “100 Years of Solitude”. He won a Nobel Prize for this book, and he started off as a journalist.  

  12. What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? My father always said, ‘we never give up’.

 

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If you are a local charity, social enterprise, community group or a business based at Broadgate we would love to hear more about the work that you're doing to promote diversity and inclusion and discuss possible opportunities for engagement and collaboration. If this is of interest, please contact our Community Manager, Nicola.roberts@broadgate.co.uk 

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