BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Flexible Workspace Australia Board of Directors
Meet our Board of Directors. Each Director brings vast experience and is highly respected within the flexible workspace industry. Together they share our core values and are committed to our vision.
Kate Dezarnaulds founded WorkLife in 2017 to create for herself the coworking community she so desperately needed to balance her consulting work, with her local tree-changing life in Berry NSW. Since then WorkLife has grown to a community of 70 members across three South Coast sites- Berry, Coledale and Picton. Kate’s background is as a consultant, connector and advocate who has worked with cultural organisations, not-for-profits and social ventures to increase the financial value of culture.She has previously been a Board Director for Underbelly Arts, The National Trust of Australia, Art Month Sydney and the South Coast Tourism Board. She was also the Head of Partnerships for TEDxSydney for 7 years.
Letitia Hope is an Strategy and Experience Specialist, passionate about innovating workplace experiences across assets, she strives to create workplaces that connect people and encourages them to thrive, consistently driving ISPT as the workplace partner of choice. With a Masters in Positive Psychology from Melbourne University, post graduate qualifications in Change Management and qualifications in Marketing and Sociology, Letitia believes in driving successful partnerships to build connected communities that inspire.
Letitia is highly experienced in launching dynamic marketing campaigns that endeavour to increase beneficial partnership ecosystems. With strong industry networks, engaging advocacy approaches and natural skills for managing stakeholder relationships, to achieve positive impacts for people, places and planet. She is an accomplished thought leader and experienced spokesperson, having been invited to speak at industry events and participate in expert panels.
An advocate for diversity, Letitia is dedicated to implementing workplace strategies that add value to all people’s lives, their progression and their wellbeing through analysing new research and understanding future trends.
Kate Hasbani is an individual (Affiliate) member of FWA.
She is currently Head of Legal – Pacific for WeWork.
Kate entered the flexible workspace industry in 2019 to challenge the status quo in commercial office real estate, and was instrumental to the execution of her employer’s real estate growth mandate in Australia. As the business and market conditions evolved, Kate pivoted to drive sales execution, COVID-19 response strategy, and real estate portfolio optimisation from 2020 onwards from both a commercial and legal perspective.
Kate plays many roles in the industry – advisor, strategist, risk assessor, mentor and sometimes confidante. She is passionate about ensuring the flexible workspace sector delivers the best, and most progressive, workplace experience – both for its members and employees.
Kate has received external recognition for her execution, with The Legal 500 recognising her achievements in 2019 and 2022.
FWA Board note: Kate has joined FWA as a Supporter Member. Her capacity and representation may change when WeWork is able to rejoin the association as a Workspace Member.
James is the Director of Alidade Australia, supporting Alidade’s growth within APAC. Alidade fundamentally believes that the future of Corporate Real Estate exists in an environment where flexibility is central to both supply and demand. James’ career experience ranges from technology in professional sports & infrastructure consulting to international office developments for NBCUniversal and workplace strategy for WeWork in New York.
Having seen the impact the flex industry can have, Alidade started to service Occupiers, Owners & Operators, navigating the implications of hybrid and flexible work. At its core Alidade is a data analytics company, simulating occupancy and using economic principles of real estate to find optimal solutions based on changing work patterns.
Brad Krauskopf is the founder and CEO of Hub Australia which has grown to become Australia’s largest privately held coworking operator. Targeting the premium end of the market, Hub is known for its high levels of customer service, quality fit outs and a hospitality-inspired offering that helps customers grow their businesses by attracting and retaining the best talent. Hub is a Bcorp, recognised as an employer of choice in the Great Places to Work rankings and all of its workspaces are certified carbon neutral. Brad is also the founding Co-chair of Flexible Workspace Australia, the peak-industry body for flexible and coworking space in Australia.
Clive Dale is Australia’s leading independent advisor on flexible workspace and business-centric property amenity.
He is a futurist, with a particular focus on the development of workplace solutions that create significant competitive advantage for developers, landlords, occupiers and flexible workspace operators.
He has driven property solutions for customers and clients for more than twenty years, and his delivery experience and thought leadership spans commercial, industrial and retail sectors for owners, tenants, governments and not-for-profits.
He and his business partner/wife share a house with a wild rabbit, three mostly grown-up kids and a string of house guests.
Tony Melhem has extensive business, franchise and government experience and is the founder of Coworking Hub in Ryde, which is a flexible shared office and creative space for individuals and teams. Tony has been passionate about creating a community of likeminded people with a focus on personal growth and wellbeing.
He is also founder of Coco Cubano which is a franchised a hospitality group. Since 2018 Tony has been serving on the Young Presidents Organisation (YPO) Executive Committee (ExCo) Sydney Pacific Chapter. Currently Tony is also serving as the ‘Learning Officer’ on the ExCo.
Prior to running his businesses, Tony worked in senior state and local government management positions for the New South Wales (NSW) State Government as the Media & Communications Manager and Spokesperson for both the NSW Ministry of Transport and State Transit Authority of New South Wales.
Tony holds a Masters of Management post graduate degree and a Bachelor of Communications double major graduate degree in Media Studies and Public Relations.