Wednesday 18 October 2023
Workplace Trends 2023: Speakers
Cavendish Conference Centre, London & Online
10:00am – 4.30pm GMT+1, followed by Drinks Social
Workplace Trends 2023: Speakers


Meirion Anderson, Aberley (Morning Chair)

Meirion founded Aberley over 20 years ago and has developed and delivered innovative workplace solutions to a number of blue-chip clients; advised organisations on business and property strategy, assisted with marketing, facilitated business planning and consulted on project specific issues. Key to this has been the development of capturing, analysing and reporting on utilisation of organisations assets.

Mbali Chaise, iPWC and Coventry University (Afternoon Chair)

Mbali is a polymath with an unwavering passion for people, evident in every facet of her work. As a workplace consultant, change facilitator and coach, her expertise shines through, offering invaluable insights and guidance providing a unique perspective to drive transformational change. Her mission is to empower individuals to thrive in their work by creating dynamic and empowering environments while also prioritising leadership development and well-being in the workplace. Through her multifaceted approach, Mbali fosters growth, productivity, and a sense of fulfilment, helping individuals unleash their full potential and create remarkable work experiences.

Chris Kane, EverythingOmni

Chris Kane has worked in the Corporate Real Estate sector for over 30 years, having operated as the Vice President of International Corporate Real Estate for The Walt Disney Company, before acting as Head of Corporate Real Estate at the BBC, where he was responsible for the creation of MediaCityUK in Salford and oversaw the £1bn development of Broadcasting House, as well as the inception of White City innovation/creative quarter in West London.

Chris is a founding member and director of EverythingOmni, a global advisory, advocacy and thought leadership group, focused on workplace development and innovation. He currently serves as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Elstree Film & TV Studios and Ashford St. Peter’s NHS Trust.

Jennifer Bryan, ABChange Consultancy

Jennifer Bryan is Managing Director of Change and Leadership, a published author, and TEDx Speaker, who has worked with over 40 different organisations across multiple industries, sectors and the globe. She is also Vice President of the ACMP (Association of Change Management Professionals) UK Chapter.

She believes in helping people – in whatever capacity she can – by making sure people are thought of first, last and throughout change projects and programmes.

She has created a unique leading change framework, the ABChange Model, which is shared in the book, “Leading People in Change: A Practical Guide,” along with multiple case studies when it has been used. In the book, “Managing Change During Unprecedented Times” she co-wrote the chapter ‘Leading Change in an Unpredictable World’ with the world renownedJohn Higgins.  She has also been a regular writer for “Workplace Insight Magazine” and has been interviewed on multiple industry podcasts.

Nigel Oseland, Workplace Unlimited

Nigel is an environmental psychologist, workplace strategist, change manager, researcher, author and international speaker. Nigel works with his clients to redefine their workstyles and create cost-effective and space-efficient workplaces that enhance concentration, collaboration, creativity and business performance.

Where appropriate he helps design and implement sustainable agile working environments. Nigel’s approach to consulting is to apply his knowledge, obtained through both academic research and practical experience, to workplace strategy and design.

He is a firm believer in evidence based design and delivering unique workplaces that support the occupying business. As a psychologist he campaigns for workplaces that cater for all personality types.

Nigel’s latest book, “The Workplace Zoo: Humanising the Office” was published in autumn 2021. His next book, “A Practical Guide to Post-Occupancy Evaluation and Researching Building User Experience” is due to be published in September 2023.

Josh Artus, Centric Lab

Josh Artus is the Healthy Places & Urban Strategy Lead at Centric Lab, a neuroscience lab creating radical infrastructure for communal healing.

The Lab’s primary role is to use environmental data, neuroscientific research, and embedded justice and equity principles to work with place changers, policy writers, and community groups to advance quality of life and health. Josh has been working at the intersection of real estate x communities x placemaking since 2008.

Tree Hall, Charity IT Leaders

Tree Hall is an openly autistic CEO, passionate about supporting neurodiversity and inclusion in employment and increasing opportunities and accessibility for neurodivergent adults in the workplace.

Tree joined Charity IT Leaders in March 2019 as Business Manager, becoming the organisation’s first CEO in May 2020. Charity IT Leaders supports current and emerging charity technology leaders through networking, knowledge sharing and professional development, and helps charities to leverage the best outcomes from their technology and digital estate.

Perry Timms, PTHR

Perry Timms is the Founder & Chief Energy Officer of PTHR, with 30+ yrs of experience in people, learning, technology, organisation change & transformation. In 2021 he was named 2nd Most Influential HR Thinker by HR Magazine.

His personal mission is to see more people flourish through their work, and help shift organisations as a force for societal good (not just profit machines). PTHR’s mission is defined as “Better Business for a Better World”.

Ann Beavis, Crown Workspace

Specialising in sustainable development, Ann played a key role in setting up a sustainable services division for Crown Workspace that delivers socially and economically responsible services for the effective management and clearance of office furniture and IT equipment.  She now leads the Crown UK&I Group Responsible Business and Net Zero Plan.

Ann sits on the Business in the Community Circular Economy Task Force and contributed to their work on developing a road map for a more circular economy. She is also a member of the IWFM Sustainability Special Interest Group and led the association’s work on social value.

Sara Edwards, Government Property Agency

Sara Edwards is the GPAs Workplace Experience Change Manger. She has 16+ years experience in the Civil Service and has specialised in change management.

In her current role Sara gets to marry her passion of curiosity, people and change – helping Government departments understand why true workplace experience is about people and place in equal measure.

Ruth Smethurst, Government Property Agency

Ruth Smethurst is the GPA’s Customer Experience Lead for the North Region, and a Mum-of-one based in West Yorkshire.

She is a passionate advocate for developing regional communities that enhance public servants’ career prospects and job satisfaction.

Leah Jones, Government Property Agency

Leah Jones is the Head of Smarter Working and Customer Insight at the GPA. Leah has a long history in project delivery with a strong customer focus.

She is based in Cardiff and is a trained coach and mentor who is passionate about supporting and enabling others to succeed.

Diego Henriques, Anglo American De Beers

Diego Henriques is currently the Head of Corporate Real Estate and Facilities Management at Anglo American, having started there as General Manager in 2014. Prior to this he has also worked at Jefferies International and Unilever.

At Anglo American, Diego is responsible for shaping this function and related disciplines, providing strategic leadership and overall guidance. This includes governance, project definition and execution, formulation and deployment of operational excellence. He also ensures the business has fit-for-purpose physical infrastructure and related services, which enables work to be completed effectively.

Diego is always trying to transform unconventional ideas into mainstream practices, influencing and inspiring others to affect positive change. He is an energetic and ambitious individual with a solid work ethic, strong relationship building and strategic planning skills.

Emily Fiddes, MCM

Emily joined MCM in 2021 as a Senior Workplace Consultant, focusing on workplace strategy. She brings 4 years experience as a workplace designer to the role; having worked on projects across EMEA. Prior to establishing herself in the world of workplace design she studied and practiced Architecture; working as an Architectural Assistant in the residential, commercial and ecclesiastical sectors. Emily brings an enthusiasm for human-centric design into her work and is always endeavouring to strengthen her understanding of workplace through reading and exploring around the subject.

Emily is passionate about what she does and brings a contagious enthusiasm to her role. She is keen to ensure everyone she works with feels comfortable and enjoys the process; with a great belief that good relationships are key to a successful project. She is a stickler for detail, leaving no stone unturned and holds herself and others to high standards. She always endeavours to stay curious, seeing every new project and experience as an opportunity to learn and challenge what she already knows.

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