Hello. I’m Lorna. I’m a practice manager working with architects. I get involved with all aspects of running an architect’s practice: business management, finance, HR, marketing and communications, as well as all the other less exciting-sounding stuff (making tea, tidying up and ordering stationery). I also lecture at Birmingham School of Architecture on the subject of financial management for their Part 3 course every autumn.
I started working with architects in 1999 and for a while I was a freelancer working with small business to help them operate more efficiently and cost effectively. Back then, I dabbled in consultancy in the fashionable subject of social media, I tinkered with some pretty fancy networking groups and I flirted with event management.
That was then and this is now. Right now life means looking after toddlers, running a house, working a couple of days a week at BPN Architects – the place that taught me (almost) everything I know – and occasionally attempting to play some musical instruments whilst singing.
Life seems pretty balanced. I just wish the kids would stop making us ill (how many colds or stomach bugs does a toddler need?!).