22nd October 2020 - Breakfast with Rachel Carrell, CEO of Koru Kids
Rachel gave us a fascinating talk about her career journey which eventually led her to start Koru Kids in response to the difficulties working parents face in arranging childcare in London. We also discussed the impact of the current pandemic on children's mental health, the differences between raising children in the UK and back in NZ and whether there really is a "kiwi way" to bring up your kids! Check it out the interview in our speaker video library.
KIP Speaker Video Library
We try to record most of our breakfast talks and webinars. If you are a paid KIP member, you can view any talks you missed via our speaker video library: https://www.kiwisinproperty.com/speaker-videos
Kiwi deal-flow club
As a natural extension of our Kiwi property network we have started a “deal flow club” for KIP members who work for active property investment companies including asset and investment management companies, family offices, banks, funds, etc. We are identifying member investment asset appetite, building a database and accessing the KIP network and beyond to identify suitable opportunities. Patrick Ryan of Sire Properties is working with KIP to develop the deal-flow club and we already have a couple of off market deals on the table. If you would like to get involved please get in touch with Bryce at [email protected] or Patrick at [email protected]
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Changed jobs or moved back to NZ?
Don't forget to update your details so we stay in touch! Paid KIP members are entitled to list their details in our online members directory - a great way to get your business and personal brand in front of fellow property kiwis. Lets face it, we would rather do business with fellow Kiwis if we can!
Our jobseekers page is actively in use. Please support any new arrivals with a (virtual) coffee and guidance whenever you can. We all remember what it was like being new to London and how good it was to grab a (virtual) flat white with another kiwi who could give us a steer in the right direction.
You can contact the following Kiwis seeking work by visiting our Jobseekers page or connecting through Linkedin:
Member Profile - Kate Bevin
Name - Kate Bevin
NZ hometown - Taupo
Company - The Office Group
Role - Senior Project Manager
What is your connection with the property sector?
I work for the British co-working company The Office Group in their Projects/Development team. Last year I opened three new buildings in central London – freehold property York House in Kings Cross, Scott House at Waterloo Station which is part of our joint-venture portfolio with Network Rail, and Orion House in the West End. I am currently in the design and early construction stages for three buildings opening in 2021/22 including TOG’s first new-build project, an incredible CLT structure building on Rivington Street in Shoreditch. Prior to TOG, I worked for the JLL Projects & Development team and Smart Buildings team both here and in New York.
How long have you been in the UK?
I arrived in August 2017 so just over 3 years.
What piece of advice would you give a fellow Kiwi new to London?
Join KIP! Honestly, it’s such a great network of people and I’ve always loved attending their events.
What makes you proud to be a Kiwi?
As tiring as COVID-related conversations have become, Jacinda’s handling of the pandemic has been a standout and has really put NZ on the map and in the headlines for all the right reasons.
How can other KIP members help you?
Our team is always looking for new building opportunities and consultant teams/suppliers to help us with our projects. Developers, agents, engineers, architects, cost managers, FF&E suppliers – please get in touch!
How can you help other KIP members?
Do you need somewhere to host meetings, workshops, or locations for team offsites? We have lots of beautiful spaces and I’m always happy to sweet-talk my friends in the Sales team for KIP members.
Kiwi fun facts
Favourite NZ Sporting Personality?
I’m going to be biased on this one and say my brother, Patrick Bevin, who is a professional cyclist and has just signed on with a new UCI team Israel Start-Up Nation to ride alongside Chris Froome next year.
Favourite NZ beach?
Our family farm is just outside of Kinloch Bay on Lake Taupo and I make sure to visit every time I am home.
NZ food you miss most?
To be honest, the London food scene is incredible and there isn’t much you can’t get here. But I do miss meat pies. Not the fancy kind, but the kind you pick up at the dairy or your local. There’s nothing quite like an over-the-counter Mrs Macs Chilli Beef & Cheese pie paired with a carton of Nippy’s chocolate milk.
Who would you most like to sit beside on your next trip back to NZ and why?
Cindy, of course! There’s nothing more empowering for young women than seeing a young woman excelling in a powerful position. What a legend.
Discounts for KIP members
Volcano Coffee are kindly offering discount code for KIP members – “KIAORA” will give the KIP community 25% off Volcano coffee online https://volcanocoffeeworks.com/
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