Esme Banks Marr

Development Director

Esme is development director for both Unwork and the WORKTECH Academy. She joined the company in 2019, after working as a communications professional for five years in PR and marketing for the built environment sector. She has experience looking after clients in the workplace, facilities management, corporate real estate and hospitality industries. Esme holds a BA degree in English Language and Media and an MA in Cultural and Critical Theory. Esme has organised events around the globe, ran PR campaigns and messaging workshops, researched and written white papers, reports, award entries and editorial focussing on workplace wellbeing, engagement and effectiveness, fit out and design and learning and development practices. Esme has also been a freelance journalist for trade titles and interior design publications such as Mix Interiors and FX and is on the committee for the Emerging Workplace Leaders network. A collective group of professionals in London who offer a platform that enables the workplace leaders of tomorrow to connect and accelerate their personal and professional growth.


What are 3 words to describe UnWork?

Creative, flexible and pragmatic

What drew you to UnWork originally? And how has UnWork changed since?

The team is what drew me to Unwork, they’re an incredibly intelligent and passionate group of workplace professionals. The breadth of work and global footprint of the company is also amazing to be a part of. It’s what still draws me to Unwork and gets me excited.

Favourite Building?

The Mart – Chicago. So big it once had its own zip code (and home to NeoCon)!

The Merchandise Mart, Chicago

The Merchandise Mart, Chicago

Most inspiring place you’ve been to?

Agra. A crazy place that is like nowhere I’ve ever been. The juxtaposition between the shockingly loud and busy streets compared to the serene Taj Mahal which is just around the corner is overwhelming.

Favourite Quote?

“I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.” – Thomas Edison

Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us. OR tell us three things that most people don’t know about you…

I play golf, I don’t watch television and I’m not a fan of roast dinners.