Orega strengthens senior team with appointment of chief operating officer

Lynsey O’Keefe

Privately owned serviced office provider Orega is strengthening its senior team with the appointment of Lynsey O’Keefe to the newly created role of chief operating officer.

O’Keefe, 39, has a track record for delivering double-digit net growth and was previously managing director of Compass Group’s support services division. She joins Orega as it continues to expand its portfolio of managed offices in city centre locations across the UK and Europe.

Lynsey will be based at Orega’s headquarters in the City of London, working alongside joint owners Paul Finch and Zachary Douglas to drive the company’s growth.

Douglas said: “Orega is now an 18-year-old business and we wanted to bring in someone with a proven track record and ability of growing a successful business in a corporate environment to take us to the next level. Lynsey has a great pedigree as a leader, and bringing her on board is a positive step in the journey to deliver our growth plans through providing best-in-class customer experience.”

O’Keefe said: “Having spent 20 years in the corporate world working with companies like DHL and GE, it’s a refreshing change to join an ambitious SME with a wealth of talent. Serviced offices is a fast-paced industry, and Orega has the platform and agility to achieve its ambitious growth aspirations. Everyone’s already doing a great job – there are no crises to solve, which means I can immediately focus on getting us working smarter, faster and better.

“My key abilities are in directing and shaping a business by unlocking aspiration in a very logical way to turn it into reality. Orega is operating in a growing marketplace with a brilliant product, and my goal is now to finetune the business to make sure we stay ahead.

“I’ll be ‘conducting the orchestra’ so we work in the most efficient, customer-focused and best-employer way. The priority is to make sure that everything we do is purposefully connected to the company’s objectives.”

Originally from Northumberland, O’Keefe comes from an accountancy background and fast-tracked her career early, achieving her professional qualifications by the age of 21. She now lives in Sussex and spends her spare time with her husband and four-year-old daughter, getting outdoors and entertaining.