About South Kensington Estates
SKE Ltd (SKE) was formed in 1997 to manage and develop South Kensington Estates, a historic estate located in South Kensington and Brompton which is owned by a private family trust. Through investment in the residential, retail, restaurant and office properties the Estate is developing an area of London celebrated for its importance in architecture, culture and history. The Estate comprises Thurloe Street, Thurloe Place and the lower part of both Cromwell Place and Exhibition Road. In 2003 the portfolio was extended considerably through the acquisition of the Knightsbridge Estate, four blocks of mixed use properties at the western end of Brompton Road. The Estate maintains a long-term view which enables it to focus on enduring value and resilience. The reputation of the Estate and local area are of the utmost importance. Fortunate to be based at the heart of the Estate SKE provides a hands-on service. It also actively develops positive relationships with the many local stakeholder groups including residents, businesses, and cultural institutions. At SKE you will enjoy working within a professional, inclusive and progressive environment. There is a small team of c26 who all represent the company’s values; Integrity, Enterprise and Excellence. There is a strong commitment to corporate social responsibility and employee wellbeing. It is important to not only do the right things but to ensure they are achieved in the right way. The SKE team are encouraged to network, explore, share and constructively critique to enhance efficiency and effectiveness and drive progress. Leadership at SKE is collaborative and supportive. It is essential to work ‘with’ people and recognise their individuality when evaluating how to motivate each person towards the vision; ‘To deliver a unique property asset management service’.
South Kensington Estates's Status
Small Business (10-49 employees) London Status: Recruiting
- Small, but perfectly formed
- Love what we do
- Working smart
Daisy Chain Says
“'A lovely place to work'”
Donna Lythaby, Chartered MCIPD's Experience
I have been the HR Manager at SKE since 2008, with over twenty years’ experience as a HR generalist. My particular area of interest is employee wellbeing and engagement; creating a healthy, high performing culture where people feel respected, included and considered. I am married with two young children. I am a keen runner who enjoys taking part in marathons and ultra events.
1. What were, or are, the biggest challenges you faced going back into the work place having had children?
Giving your best to your family and your employer/career...finding the right balance.
2. How did your career change after having children?
I became more driven to study and achieve in order to be a good role model to my children.
3. How do you balance your career with your family?
I reduced my weekly working pattern down to four days which has really helped.
4. How has working for South Kensington Estates enhanced your family/ work life balance?
SKE are very understanding and flexible towards the challenges faced by working parents. We enjoy a professional, friendly, diverse, inclusive working environment where everyone feels respected and valued regardless of their working pattern and/or personal situation.
5. If you could give your ‘pre-children’ self, one piece of advice about being a working mother, what would it be?
Continue to achieve your full potential and be the best you can be to inspire your children. Love what you do and help them discover what they enjoy so that they also go on to view the world of work as enjoyable and rewarding.
6. What is it about this industry that appeals to you?
I have always enjoyed working within the built environment, particularly from a historical and architectural perspective. At SKE, it is rewarding to be part of such heritage and in creating a 'destination' where my children and future grandchildren will be able to visit and enjoy. I feel proud to work for a company who looks after their employees and works in partnership with tenants/customers and various local stakeholders.