Melissa Marsden: An Interior Designer Focussed on Workplace Design & The Bottom Line

This young achiever from Queenslander, who works from Fortitude Valley with a team called the Marsden Collective, helps corporations and businesses in so many ways, from designing workplaces to advising on employee health and management.

As the Managing Director of the Marsden Collective, she works with her all female (except for Blake the cute pooch and “social coordinator”) core design team to develop and implement a range of results for the Collective’s commercial clients. Her extensive experience is not only in workplace design and strategic business consulting, but also in airline lounges, hospitality and multi-residential projects.

On her LinkedIn page she says throughout her career she has “developed a unique range of skill sets through a diverse range of business facets including design, organising, planning, client relationships establishment and management, workplace analyst, creative thinker, marketer and manager, all whilst ensuring the ultimate in client satisfaction.

“I am experienced in a wide range of commercial sectors including, commercial workplace, airline lounges, resorts, hotels, conference facilities, multi residential, and retail,” she says.

Marsden recently spoke at a Soft Tissue Symposium, which ‘aims to integrate forward thinking holistic concepts that advance the practice of health, wellness, safety, and rehabilitation, within a continuum of personal wellness strategies, integrative medicine approach, exercise science, and an introduction to proactive, predictive, human-centred design concepts’.

Organisers introduced her as a ‘rare find’ in the business world of today. She was described as a talented interior designer with more than 15 years of high profile projects in her portfolio and a highly astute business woman with a keen focus on ensuring a return on investment (ROI) for her clients. With a keen interest in educating and instilling the values of a healthy workplace to her clients, Marsden develops the potential that this has not only for their employees but also for their business.

Marsden has worked with clients ranging from mining giant Ausenco through to the Australian Council for the Arts, Brisbane Airport Corporation and iSeek Communications.

“We love working with progressive clients!,” she enthuses on her Facebook page. “ We had the pleasure of joining our client as they took their employees on a journey of what it would be like working in their new office environment, relocating from the northern suburbs to the inner city fringe. The adventure started with a train ride to the new office where they were treated to an array of the local food offerings as we unveiled the design for the first time. Presenting to the whole team in what will be their new office was a great opportunity for everyone to visualise what will soon be, to ask questions and fully engage with the process.”

The Marsden Collective was shortlisted in the 2015 Australian Interior Design Awards for the offices of Buildsafe, about which Marsden says: “Adopting the industrial nature of our client’s business was obvious. As a safety scaffolding manufacturer, supplier and installer their bold colour palette and product componentry offered us the perfect platform from which to leverage an environment that encapsulates their brand.”

In 2011, Marsden was a Nokia Business Innovation Award Finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards Queensland. The successful development and implementation of Smith Madden’s Workplace Transition Study earned her the honour of being selected as one of Queensland’s three finalists for Business Innovation in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards 2011.

The organisers said Marsden was recognised as one of Queensland’s young achievers as one of nine finalists in the Marie Claire Young Business Women of the Year awards. This accolade was awarded in recognition of her obvious dedication and commitment in excelling throughout her career and the achievements that have been realised through this.

In 2010 she was voted the Young Manager of the Year, Brisbane, by the Australian Institute of Management. Organisers said Marsden’s achievements as a young business woman and the success that she has achieved in her career was formally recognised by AIM at the annual Management Excellence Awards.
Her specialities include strategic workplace design for organisations of all sizes, creating environments that are responsive to businesses strategic visions and business goals.

“The result, a highly efficient, productive and profitable workplace materialising your corporate values to your people and your clients.”

 

 

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