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Our business

The Office Group (TOG) was founded in 2003 by co-founders and co-CEOs Charlie Green and Olly Olsen, fuelled by their desire to reinvent the office space market to improve the way people work. The first flexible workspace by TOG was located on City Road and opened to members in 2004. 

TOG creates beautiful flexible workspaces, always responding to and considerate of the architecture, location and context of each space. 

Today, TOG has nearly 20,000 members across the 40 office spaces currently in operation in London, Bristol and Leeds. In total, TOG has a portfolio consisting of 51 buildings covering 2.1 million sq. ft. of office space, the remainder of which will be delivered over the next 2 years.

In 2019, TOG opened six new buildings in London, two of which were fully pre-let, while 2020 will see a further six new buildings opening in London and Germany.  TOG is excited to have secured five prime properties across Berlin, Frankfurt and Hamburg, totalling 325,000 sq. ft., which will see the business go international for the first time.

The Blackstone Group, one of the largest real estate private equity firms in the world, acquired a majority stake in TOG in 2017.  This partnership has enabled TOG’s growth over the last few years and has given it the capacity and resource to expand internationally. Charlie and Olly remain shareholders and are active co-CEOs, present and involved in the business.

TOG is both an owner and operator of buildings with a substantial freehold asset base, reinforcing its position as one of the most innovative real estate businesses in Europe today. Its continued asset growth includes the acquisition of the Freehold of Chancery House in October 2019, the company’s largest asset deal to date.

Our brand

TOG’s ambition is to reimagine, shape and improve the way people work. Each TOG building is individual and distinctive by design, with its own character and building-led branding that offers a platform for its members and their businesses. TOG approaches each location differently, understanding that all businesses and its members will be different too. A strong geographical spread of flexible workspaces around London means TOG members can benefit from drop-in workspace across the capital, encouraging a more flexible way of working that helps to increase workforce mobility, variety and productivity.

Wellness is at the heart of TOG’s offering, starting with how it allocates space; always considering acoustics and aesthetics throughout the design process, as well as ensuring an abundance of natural light. Wellness also informs how TOG curates the balance of workspaces within each building, with a combination of quiet and collaborative spaces where members can work - from meeting rooms, break-out space and private focus booths - to escapes from the desk such as green roof terraces and balconies with views across the city, gyms, cafés and recharge rooms, all of which its members can benefit from as they wish.

From the moment members step through the door, they should feel the many personal touches inspired by the best of the hospitality industry that TOG has instilled throughout the business and its staff. TOG creates each space so that those within it can feel it is their own, and that it is right for their brand, their workforce and their business.

C-suite biographies

Charlie Green & Olly Olsen

Co-Founders & Co-CEOs

TOG is built around people and it’s the unique partnership between the two founders - Charlie and Olly - that sits at the heart of this. Both Olly and Charlie are third generation real estate professionals and grew up in the same North London neighbourhood, but it wasn’t until working for property investment business MWB that they really got to know each other. Londoners through-and-through, this shared outlook and experience of the capital’s creativity, diversity and innovation continues to define TOG as it grows internationally.

Charlie Green

Co-Founder & Co-CEO
A qualified chartered surveyor, Charlie’s real estate background makes him acutely aware of what makes for a great building and he brings this obse...
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Charlie Green

Co-Founder & Co-CEO

A qualified chartered surveyor, Charlie’s real estate background makes him acutely aware of what makes for a great building and he brings this obsession to every TOG project.   Charlie completed a degree in Estate Management at Oxford Brookes University and a graduate programme at Colliers International. Having focused on development, with particular exposure to the office sector, he was recruited by MWB Group Holdings, and aged 27, was appointed MD of one of its serviced office sub-divisions. 

Although there are few rigid separations between Olly and Charlie’s roles, Charlie tends to drive the growth of the business with a focus on acquisition and building design, while Olly oversees operations and customer relationships. Charlie has always been driven to transform the conventional office market, moving beyond the conventional approach of just collecting rent to creating beautiful spaces that respond to the rapid changes in workspace design and needs. Charlie’s passion for design and architecture, encompassing sustainability and wellbeing, underpins the TOG offer, creating flexible workspaces that respect the unique nature and character of each building.

“We have this incredible opportunity to address behaviour in the workplace that is constantly and rapidly changing. There’s a basic human need to want to have a better space to work within, so at our heart we’re completely people focused on both the team at TOG and the individuals working in our buildings. We’re committed to understanding and learning, and we have to be continually adapting and evolving. It’s fundamental to us to be different from our competition and stand out from the crowd. To do that, we have to design each building individually and it’s our deep understanding of real estate that will equip us to continue to drive changes in the office market.”

Olly Olsen

Co-Founder & Co-CEO
Growing up, Olly was particularly inspired by his grandfather and uncle, both from the world of real estate, and although he struggled with the inf...
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Olly Olsen

Co-Founder & Co-CEO

Growing up, Olly was particularly inspired by his grandfather and uncle, both from the world of real estate, and although he struggled with the inflexibility of school life and left without GCSEs he was always a natural entrepreneur.  Olly spent his formative years travelling the world and trying his hand at every new business venture he came across, giving him an affinity for the needs of TOG’s diverse member community. When he eventually joined the corporate world at MWB, where he first worked with Charlie, his refusal to accept black box thinking helped to transform the business, but also left him frustrated at the pace of change. Spotting the opportunity for a totally new direction for the serviced office sector Olly raised the initial investment for TOG, where he continues to challenge assumptions and embrace innovation in the operation of each new building and beyond. 

“We’re on a mission to reimagine and reshape how businesses operate: this will never be finished, and you’ll never see us rolling out some old tried-and-tested formula. Workplaces are not just functional, they’re emotional too - they obviously transform business, but they can also transform the way you feel about your life. That’s the power of what we do and seeing that happen every day - with our team, members, friends and family - is what drives me forwards”

Sarah Gillett

Chief People Officer
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Sarah Gillett

Chief People Officer

A veteran of the retail industry, Sarah has built her career on creating company cultures that foster better connections between people. Training with Habitat at a time when the brand flew the flag for British design internationally, she saw first-hand what it takes to build a creative and collaborative environment, working in all areas from the shop floor to overseeing global HR. After a decade with the company, Sarah joined the corporate powerhouse that was Arcadia Group in 2006, where she focused on translating the international business into a local culture that could fit with retailers as diverse as Wallis and BHS. Sarah joined the TOG team in 2018 and has since introduced The TOG Way cultural principles to help enshrine the company’s core values and has created a new talent mapping structure across the business.

“TOG is all about people, which makes my role hugely exciting and challenging. We’re leading the charge in workplace transformation and I see company culture as one of the best ways to power this shift. Leaders once saw culture as a fluffy nice-to-have, but it’s now understood to be the silent engine that gives modern businesses the edge. As TOG grows internationally, I want to bottle up what makes it special and translate this into new markets”

Matt Green

Chief Finance Officer
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Matt Green

Chief Finance Officer

Having been with TOG for a decade, Matt is the longest serving member of the executive team.  He has helped the company grow from 30 people and seven buildings to 400 people and over 50 buildings today. Matt started his career at Deloitte where he qualified as a chartered accountant and worked with a range of businesses, large and small, across all sectors. After this experience of Big Four accountancy, Matt moved to the Cayman Islands where he worked for the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce as a Manager in Fund Services providing trading analysis for a global macro hedge fund.  Returning to the UK in 2009, he joined Travelex founder Sir Lloyd Dorfman’s family office and began working with TOG when Dorfman bought a stake in the company. Since joining TOG full time, Matt has worked with Charlie and Olly on all aspects of the business including the joint venture with Network Rail, landmark developments such as Kings Cross.

“For me, good business is about doing the right thing and doing what you say you’re going to do. Our reputation is everything at TOG and this needs to come across in every aspect of our work, from dealing with investors to working with planners and looking after members. I’m proud that we’ve built an open, innovative and agile business that leads the industry - we do things differently and we do things better”

Dylan Murray

Chief Operations Officer
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Dylan Murray

Chief Operations Officer

Hospitality is one of the most exacting and people-focused industries in the world, and Dylan brings over two decades of experience in the sector to his work at TOG. Having trained at London’s Landmark Hotel before joining number One Aldwych (Campbell Grey Hotels) as part of the opening team, Dylan took the entrepreneurial leap himself, launching his own restaurant and pub chain. Taking this first-hand experience of running a business to the global members club Soho House & Co, Dylan was Director of Operations for five years, overseeing a period of rapid growth and diversification. Setting up his own consultancy in 2018, Dylan worked with brands including The Ministry, Arcade Food Theatre, The Greenwich Peninsula and TOG, soon joining the team full-time. He has since taken on a root to branch transformation in food and beverage, including a partnership with Caravan coffee, and is now focused on all things operational whilst looking to enhance member experience through exceptional service standards.

“Everything we do at TOG needs to be about empowering change and growth for our members - no detail is too small to ensure this happens. What really motivates me in my work is that moment of walking into a space in full swing and just feeling that positive energy - so many different things have to come together to make that alchemy happen. I want to create that energy for both our members and team to experience, making our buildings spaces where everyone is empowered to do their best work”

Toby Ogden

Chief Commercial Officer
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Toby Ogden

Chief Commercial Officer

Having spent 13-years rising through the ranks of global real estate consultancy Cushman & Wakefield and qualifying as a Chartered Surveyor, Toby is a true property world insider. At Cushman & Wakefield, Toby took on an advisory role across Europe and Asia, before leading a team of 170 people that specialised in the London market. Here, Toby spearheaded landmark projects such as tech giant Apple’s move to Battersea Power Station and Facebook’s major new Kings Cross campus. Toby’s exposure to these trailblazing businesses has given him unique insights and knowledge of the future office - flexible spaces built around people and not corporate hierarchy. Joining TOG in 2019 in the newly created role of Chief Commercial Officer, Toby bridges the growth and sales teams to drive the company’s expansion.

“The last decade has seen a rapid advancement of groundbreaking new technology and this has changed the way we live and work. My role is to help TOG deliver the workspaces that will make businesses and their people thrive”

Tony Perks

Chief Technology Officer
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Tony Perks

Chief Technology Officer

Few serving Chief Technology Officers can claim to have played a formative role in the early days of Apple – Tony is one of them. Joining the company in 1982 while in his early twenties, Tony served in key positions across Europe, becoming IT manager for the UK before joining a team of three to launch Apple Australia ‘from an empty warehouse’. Taking this invaluable experience, Tony took senior management roles at a couple of other large tech firms (one of which merged with IBM) before launching his own consulting career. This allowed him to work across a range of industries for the next 22 years, applying his expertise to sectors from retail to finance, with clients ranging from BHS to Liverpool Football Club. It’s this sector agnostic approach that defines Tony’s attitude to tech, where solutions are led by the human needs of the business rather than industry dogma.

“A lot of tech types seem intent on mystifying their work, protecting their position as masters of the ‘dark arts’. My approach is the total opposite. I aim to simplify technology so that it’s truly in support of the people who make companies work – and that goes from boardroom to front desk. It’s my firm belief that technology is a service to the business, not vice versa, and I create tech teams that collaborate with all stakeholders to ensure the tail doesn't wag the dog”.

 

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