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About Chris Kane

Instigator, Integrator and Interpreter, ex head of Corporate Real Estate at BBC Workplace, and now living a portfolio life. Interested in 21st Century workplaces & place making.

Chris is a Founder of Six Ideas (a unique collective that brings together people interested in creating the future of work, learning and life), whilst he has also served as a non Executive Director of a number of different organisations;- the board of NHS Property Services Ltd, Network Homes and  Reach2 Academy Trust. 

Currently, he serves as non Executive Chair of Osborne+Co.

Chris is London-based and focuses on the Workplace, Corporate Real Estate and change. Over the last 20 years he has been trusted to guide enterprises through challenging transformation journeys, ultimately delivering significant business value by harnessing Smart Value thinking and the benefits of new ways of working.  He has a wealth of experience in managing Corporate Real Estate, Facility Management and major construction projects having worked at the BBC, the Walt Disney Company and JLL.  He holds an MBA from Henley Business School, A BSc from Trinity College Dublin and a Diploma in Project Management.

Chris joined the BBC in January 2004 as Head of Corporate Real Estate where he was responsible for the development, financing and implementation of the BBC’s property strategy and for managing the team that provides the right workplace for the most creative organisation in the world.

The BBC’s real estate portfolio comprised about 500 properties and 616,000 square metres of space across the UK. It is now 40% smaller.

The organisation undertook major property projects at MediaCityUK in north-west England where the BBC is anchor tenant (30,000 sq m) at the major new media community at Salford Quays, and central London at Broadcasting House (80,000 sq m), which will be the new home for all BBC Journalism, Vision and Audio and Music operations.

Throughout 2005/2006 Chris Kane oversaw the restructuring of the BBC’s £2.5b property partnership with Land Securities Trillium, and the re-procurement of the organisation’s facilities and construction management operations.

Since 2012 his principle area of focus was leading BBC Commercial Projects, with the specific purpose of maximising the value of the Television Centre disposal.  The aim for this group was to ensure that Television Centre emerges as a high quality mixed used Creative destination complex which is financially successful, provides a new home for BBC Worldwide, a new audience facing base for the Studios business and respects the BBC’s legacy.

Prior to joining the BBC, he was Vice-President of International Corporate Real Estate for the Walt Disney Company where he managed Disney’s international portfolio.

Before moving to Disney, Chris Kane was a Partner in Jones Lang Wootton where he was integral in launching a new service for clients, Corporate Real Estate Services.