Mental health isn’t an easy subject to put out there, but an important one… I was out jogging on Friday evening, and I was reflecting on the fact that each of us have varied responsibilities in life…
Workplace Consultant and MD
Ivan is the managing director and co-founder of AW Spaces. Ivan came out of college in 1998 where he studied cabinet making and did an apprenticeship for a year with a specialist builder before joining Action Press, the family’s traditional printing business where he gained further practical experience on the shop floor until he joined his brother Barry in Action Office in 2000, selling office furniture in London and the home counties. Ivan became managing director in 2004 and oversaw year on year growth through the 2000s culminating in the purchase of three competitors in 2012 – Lime Projects, Ashvale Business Interiors and Swift Office Supplies. Heading up the newly rebranded Action Workspace Ivan led the company to its record year in 2019 which showed a £6M turnover with solid profitability. In April 2020 Ivan set up AW Spaces as a new division of Action Workspace with Caleb which focuses on sustainable, user focussed workspace design and fitout with an emphasis on the environment, people and wellbeing.
Ivan leads the company as managing director and reports to the board of directors. He oversees the finance, operations and HR management within AW Spaces whilst spending time creatively planning business changes, future expansion and diversification. Ivan continues to lead major projects as a workplace consultant with a focus on technical projects requiring advanced coordination such as industrial fitouts, laboratories, education consultancy work and blue chip workplace projects. He has a particular interest in cost coordination, project delivery and quality workmanship with a keen eye for detail gained from his cabinetry making and joinery background.
Ivan regularly runs workplace thought leadership webinars and seminars and has worked with Brighton University to help students studying interior design become business ready.
He lives in Horsham, West Sussex, with his wife and 3 children and can be found running, cycling and hiking across the South Downs, and indeed around the UK, with his teenage boys.