Meet the team: Charlie Mitchell

We’re very fortunate to work with some amazing people here at Scale Space. As such, we’ve decided to do a ‘Meet the team’ series where you can find out a little bit more about the people behind the brand…

First up, our Managing Director Charlie Mitchell!

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  1. What’s your background (in a nutshell)?

Well, I worked for 20 years in the Oil and Gas industry, mainly with Shell, and have spent most of this time living outside the UK – including stints in Australia, The Netherlands, Trinidad, Brazil, Russia, Brunei, and Nigeria. My various roles were all engineering-based; I mainly specialised in project management, overseeing the construction of large-scale oil and gas plant developments. One of my last projects was actually a modern office building, which included a data-centre. This has stood me in good stead for Scale Space.

2. What does your role entail?

Being the MD of Scale Space is a truly 360-degree role. I am responsible for getting Scale Space off the ground, contracting out the design – making sure it fits all our requirements –  and finding contractors for the construction process, which I’ve since directed via our team of professional advisors. I’ve also had to keep my finger on the pulse of the operations side of things, marketing and leasing out the space. Lastly, I need to generally make sure that Scale Space hits its targets and turns out as successfully as we all believe it will.

So my role is basically a little bit of everything!

3. What’s the best part of your job?

Getting out on site and seeing the buildings take shape. It’s a long journey from an architect’s initial vision to the buildings successfully being completed –  given my engineering background, I love overseeing this entire process. However, the diverse nature of my current role also means that I’m constantly developing new skills, which has been a lot of fun.

4. What are the values that drive you?

Honesty, integrity, respect for others, thoughtful design – I’ve always tried to abide by these principles.

5. In your spare time, what do you get up to?

I love renovating houses and seeing aproject through from start to finish (so yes, in a way I do take my work home with me!). I also enjoy road cycling: it gives me a bit of time to clear my head of work, catch up with friends, explore new places, have a few ‘quiet’ post ride drinks, and it’s obviously great exercise.

6. What’s your favourite quote?

“You get what you inspect, not what you expect” Anonymous

This has been a guiding principle of mine throughout my career, helping to keep me focussed on the details that are often overlooked or misunderstood. It’s easy to believe that just because you’ve signed a contract and agreed to pay someone to do ‘something’ for you, they understand exactly what you want and will deliver it exactly as you expect. In practice, this is rarely the case, and I have found that it is always extremely valuable to visit the works regularly to ensure that things are heading in the right direction.

7. What are your top 3 books that you’d recommend?

This keeps changing over time. Recent books I would recommend are:

Lab Rats - Dan Lyons

Bad Blood - John Carreyrou

In order to live - Yeonmi Park

8. Tell us a fun fact about yourself

I once played the part of a bridesmaid in Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘Ruddigore’. Fortunately, this was so long ago that smartphones and social media didn’t exist.


Charlie Braithwaite