Since I started work in Cambridge, I’ve been an accountant, a sailing instructor, a freight forwarder, a project manager, a software salesman and a small business advisor and business coach. Almost all of my work has been in and around Cambridge, apart from a brief spell in Cornwall. I’ve worked in a variety of different offices, but also in cafes, hotel foyers and a small office by myself at home - and that’s why I’m one of the founders of CambridgeSpace! I passionately believe that we all benefit from collaboration and interaction - step forward co-working!
I moved to Cambridge 30 years ago to join the Business Start up group at Arthur Young helping young businesses raise finance. They included such companies as Napp Pharmaceuticals in the early days of the science park. I have worked in Europe and in India as a management consultant in Business Transformation and Technology Outsourcing. I am passionate about creative leadership, the power of diverse teams and accelerating serendipity. Hence a founder of CambridgeSpace.
I'm a team coach and facilitator, co-founder of CambridgeSpace, Trustee of ActionAid UK and founder of creative leadership company, Curve where we help the world’s most ambitious organisations transform to take advantage of the opportunities offered by digital technology. I love helping people develop creative leadership skills and enjoy building and mentoring brilliant teams to produce new ideas and solve problems – and this is exactly what I see happening in CambridgeSapce.
After a few years living and working abroad, I settled in Cambridge and started my own graphic design business. I work with a variety of clients on print and digital projects. I joined the cambridgespace team when they started in October 2016, I designed the cambridgespace logo and website, design marketing materials and help with the general operation of cambridgespace. I love running my own business, and being able to work, interact and collaborate with other creative people in a shared space makes working as a freelancer much more enjoyable.
I’m a Social Media Consultant and all I want is to help small local businesses to navigate through the sometimes confusing world of digital marketing. I help small businesses, startups and social enterprises to grow by using social media for brand awareness, online networking, and community building. I’m also running a monthly Cambridge Social Media Meetup at CambridgeSpace for freelancers and small business owners to meet like-minded people and learn more about social media.
Gerry WestwoodSpace Wizard
I am a marketing specialist, focusing on enhancing how clients understand the impact of creating a great customer experience for their customers journeys. I started as a biochemist, then a brewer, followed by time with a lip-smacking, gut wrenching global soft drinks manufacturer, before setting up a marketing agency and becoming a marketing consultant, most recently for high-tech Cambridge companies. Cambridge really is great place to be in right now, and Cambridge Space is set to fulfill an increasingly important role in helping nascent ideas turn into viable business entities.
Damian specialises in engagement workshops and analysing behavioural data to recommend design, cultural and technology solutions that make people and space more productive. He also has developed change & communication programmes to help people make difficult transitions. His main passion is in delivering positive culture shift and happier, healthier places to be. He has a varied background starting off in restaurants in Cambridge, before moving to London and spending 8 years living and working in Singapore & Hong Kong. In his spare time, he mentors challenged teenagers at local schools, is dad to a daughter and energetic twin boys and enjoys wine tasting and has recently taken up tennis.
As an Accredited PR Practitioner with more than 20 years experience leading creative engagement in high profile organisations in London and elsewhere, I’ve recently become a freelance consultant. I value being able to make a social difference by helping small businesses and specialist professionals to engage with their audiences through branding, PR, digital marketing and interactive content. I also love Cambridge, cafes and connecting with people, so working with Cambridge Space hits the spot for me.