IWG appoints Jonathan Kearins to lead network growth


IWG, the world’s largest flexible workspace provider, announced the appointment of Jonathan Kearins as Network Development Director for IWG’s operations across Australia and New Zealand.

As Network Development Director, Jonathan Kearins will be responsible for leading and delivering the network growth of IWG locations in Australia and New Zealand. This includes communicating the growth in the flexible work market, strengthening IWG’s pipeline of growth opportunities for each of IWG’s flexible workspace brands, and developing new locations throughout the region.

The appointment comes as IWG focuses on accelerating growth in Australia and New Zealand through its new franchise model and by unlocking growth in regional cities and suburban areas. IWG is currently working actively with franchise partners to capitalise on the growing demand in the flexible workspace industry outside of core CBDs, as the adoption of flexible working culture accelerates in Australia and people move to work closer from home.

IWG currently operates in 96 locations in Australia and New Zealand, having added new milestone locations to its portfolio in 2020 with the opening of Spaces Riparian Plaza in Brisbane, Spaces 60 Martin Place in Sydney and Spaces Two Melbourne Quarter. Last year, the company also inked its first franchise deal in Australia, in partnership with the Adams Group – one of the most successful franchise operations in Australia. The deal will see IWG expand throughout Northern Queensland, adding 10 centres under the Regus brand.

Mr Kearins has held a variety of key business development leadership roles with several global property and flexible workspace providers including Aqualand, Colliers and WeWork. More recently, Mr Kearins was General Manager and Special Projects leader at Aqualand Flexible Workplace where he developed the strategy for the group’s flexible workplace product.

Country Head for IWG in Australia, Damien Sheehan said Mr Kearins’ appointment reflected the growing demand for flexible workplaces across Australia and New Zealand.

“We are delighted to welcome Jonathan to the IWG team, as IWG continues to expand our footprint into regional and rural areas to meet the increasing demand for flexible and coworking spaces here,” he said. “As a veteran in the property industry, Jonathan comes with a wealth of expertise, passion and long-standing relationships within the landlord, occupier and broker communities. This appointment strengthens our commitment to growth in Australia and New Zealand and will continue to put IWG in a strong position to succeed in the region,” he said.