Wednesday 13 October 2021
Conference: Hybrid Working – Hype or Here to Stay?
Hybrid / The Hallam Conference Centre, W1W 6JJ
9:30am – 5:30pm + Drinks Social
Conference: Hybrid Working – Hype or Here to Stay?


We very much hope to host our London conference as a physical event this October, with an online option available for those not able or wishing to join in person.

Watch this space for further updates or join our mailing list (link at bottom of page).

Very best wishes,

Maggie and the team at Workplace Trends

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Thursday 22 April 2021
Workplace Trends Research Summit 2021
Online #WTRS
9:00am – 5:30pm GMT + 1
Workplace Trends Research Summit 2021

The Workplace Trends Research Summit returned this Spring on 22 April 2021. The event showcased the best of the latest research into work and the workplace and how it can be applied for practical benefit. More than ever this year, the findings of such research are of paramount importance in strategic planning for work and the workplace.

If you missed the event, you can still purchase access to the recordings of sessions. Follow the Access Recordings button to the right and you’ll receive:

  • A link to watch recordings of all 11 sessions, including Q&As, totalling 4 hours of viewing time.
  • PDFs of presentations, plus links to relevant reports.
  • Synopses of all presentations.
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Our Research Summit is an event with a difference. It lies somewhere between a full research conference and our more glossy London October event. Presentations are selected from submitted abstracts of recent applied research projects. So the presentations will be data rich, but also very relevant to informing current and future thinking on work and the workplace.

Each year the event attracts around 200 delegates from the workplace community – workplace consultants, occupiers, designers, architects, researchers and suppliers.

Of course in 2021 it’s a little different, so the Summit will take place online on our Hopin platform, which best simulates both the presentation and social side of conferences as we used to know them.

  • Watch presentations on the main stage in real time.
  • Take part in Q&A with the speakers post-presentation
  • See who’s attending ahead of the summit and connect with them on socials.
  • Join chat rooms with your web cam and microphone, or just watch quietly til you’re ready to jump in 😉
  • Dive into the networking area for a workplace speed-dating experience!
  • Chat and comment during main sessions in the text-chat feature.
  • Explore our Expo Booths and chat with suppliers.
  • Watch as much or as little throughout the day as you wish, it’s easy to dip in and out.
  • Watch presentation recordings at your leisure after the event.
  • Receive PDFs of presentations slides and papers.
  • Join our LinkedIn Group exclusively for past and present Workplace Trends attendees.
  • Be part of the growing professional community of Workplace Trends Delegates!

With a virtual platform, we’re thrilled to be able to attract a world-wide audience. To date we have received registrations not only from our regular UK and European delegates, but also from as far afield as the US, Australia, South Africa, and EMEA regions. At time of writing registrations include teams and individuals from the following organisations:

(Registered delegates, don’t forget you can connect with fellow attendees ahead of the event via the Hopin App).

3edges – 3g Office – 4 Day Week – ABChange Consultancy – All In Good Time – Amnesty International – A&Q Partnership – AAID  Allen Architecture Interiors Design –  Amnesty International – Anglia Ruskin University – Apex Acoustics Ltd – Argenta Wellness – AWE – Baker Stuart – Bates Smart – Bettina Therese Interiors – BGIS – Bigger Than Reality – Blue Jelly – Camino Insight Ltd – Cass Business School – CBRE – Chris Webber – Christine Kohlert –  COADY Architects – Colebrook Bosson Saunders – Copenhagen Property and Procurement  – Copenhagen Property and Procurement (KEID) – Coulthard Barnes – Coworking Library – Coworking Norge (Norway) – Design With Science – Diana Winzer – DoorDash – EMCOR UK – EPR Architects – European Coworking Assembly – FABRIKKEN AS – Facebook – Facilitate Magazine – FCO Services – FiD – Fiona Bradley Consulting – Ltd – FMJ – Global Workplace Analytics – GoSpace AI – GXN Innovation – Hassell Studio – HB Reavis – Herman Miller – Historic England – Hodge Development – HOK – Hoof – Human Connections – – Il Prisma – Inclusive Cultures – Indoor Garden Design – iPWC – The Journal of Biophilic Design – Kingsley Symes Consulting  – Kate McLaren Design – Københavns Kommune – Knoll – Layer 9 – Leesman – lemay – Logovisual – LOM architecture and design Ltd – London Coworking Assembly – Loughborough University – Manchester Metropolitan University – Manchester Metropolitan University  – Martin Glover – Medtronic – Moodsonic – Nowy Styl – Novartis – NowyStyl – OOS – Osmond Ergonomics – Pacific Program Management – Perpetual Guardian – Queen Margaret University – Ramidus – raum rebellen GmbH – Red Cross – ReSearch Consultancy Kft – Resonate interiors – RICS – RMIT University – Rockfon – Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames – Safsal Nettina – Saint-Gobain Ecophon – Sheffield Hallam University – SIGNAL – SMMA – Solcrown – Space Sense – Sprinklr – Steelcase – Steelcase SA – Studio Cwtch – Studio LIST – Studio Pacific Architecture – Sunshine Interiors – Superlab – Surrey Police – TALENTADVALOREM – Talent Locker – Tarkett – The Changing Work Company – Tommy Wilén – TownSq – Transport for NSW (State Government – Australia) – TTSP – UKTV – University College London – The University of Melbourne – University of New South Wales – University of Southern Denmark – Velvet Platform – VIRIDIS – WeWork – Woodhouse Workspace – Work&Place – workessence – Workplace Insight – Workplace Scotland – Workplace Trends – Workplace Unlimited – Woudhuysen Ltd.

Just like a ‘real’ conference, we have Exhibition Stands, or Expo Booths, where you can meet and quiz our exhibitors – currently our list includes Saint-Gobain Ecophon, EMCOR UK, Herman Miller, Workplace Unlimited, Workplace Insight, Work&Place, European Coworking Assembly, The Coworking Library, Leesman, The Journal of Biophilic Design, Indoor Garden Design, Logovisual, All In Good Time, McLeod AV.

Check the preview here:

Scroll down past our speaker headshots to see the details of all sessions. Click each line to expand and view more details on the speakers and their presentations. You can also download the running order as a PDF here: Workplace Trends Research Summit 2021 Agenda


  • Review Team
    • Fiona Duggan, FiD
    • Nigel Oseland, Workplace Unlimited

    Speaking sessions are filled with the highest ranked submissions from a call for abstracts (open now) of published research that will be blind peer-reviewed by our review team: Nigel Oseland (Workplace Unlimited) and Fiona Duggan (FiD).

    Submissions were blind-reviewed on the following criteria:

    • Original idea and content
    • Credible research methodology
    • Backed up by good evidence/data
    • Independent unbiased research
    • Interesting content
    • Non-commercial content
    • Relevance to Workplace Trends audience
    • Personal or company activity on social media
    • Speaker’s presentation experience and style
    • Fiona Duggan

      Fiona Duggan is founding director of FiD, a London-based consultancy set up in 2006. Using a combined background in architecture and organisational psychology, Fiona works at the place where users and buildings meet, seeking ways in which the design and use of space can support academic and/or organisational change. Over the past 33 years she has worked in teaching, research and consultancy roles across more than 200 organisations and institutions. She presents and writes about the relationship between users and space.

    • 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.

  • Presentations: Expand to follow the link for our full running order

    Between sessions we have breaks, networking, chat sessions and the opportunity to view the Expo Booths. For full details of these and all the timings check the Schedule at

  • 0900 Morning Chair's Welcome
    • Nigel Oseland, Workplace Unlimited
    • 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.

  • The 4 Day Week - A panacea for the 21st century workplace, fact or fantasy?
    • Andrew Barnes, Founder of Perpetual Guardian and Architect of 4 Day Week

    Research based evidence from recent studies: In this talk I shall set out the principles of the 4 Day Week model. Review the research and outcomes from the Perpetual Guardian experience, as well as results from other companies globally. I shall also use results from related studies to position the Perpetual Guardian experience in the context of other workplace studies.

    • Andrew Barnes
      Founder of Perpetual Guardian and Architect of 4 Day Week

      Entrepreneur Andrew Barnes is a digital-age innovator and the founder of 4 Day Week Global and the 4 Day Week Global Foundation, which together provide a community environment for companies, researchers/academics and interested parties to be able to connect and advance this idea as part of the future of work. Andrew is on the advisory boards of both the US and Ireland 4 Day Week campaigns and the board of the newly created Wellbeing Research Centre at Oxford University.

  • Togetherness and Place - Considerations in the Post-Pandemic Workplace: Learnings from the Australian lockdowns
    • Iva Durakovic, University of New South Wales
    • Laurie Aznavoorian, Bates Smart

    Pandemic-imposed lockdowns have heightened our awareness of the value of (work)Place, highlighting the crucial role it plays in establishing our sense of identity and belonging as workers. Working from home (WFH) during the pandemic has given us an appreciation of flexibility and inclusivity but there is emerging evidence showing how much workers actually missed the offices’ social and learning ecosystem. This presentation discusses (i) how the large scale WFH experience during the first wave of COVID-19 imposed lockdowns affected workers’ connection to, and the importance of, (work)Place, and (ii) how to harness insights towards creating spaces responsive to preferred workplace activities whilst permitting workers to choose the workstyle and pattern that suits their professional role and personal circumstances.

    Key findings from a 2-stage study of WFH experiences during the first and second wave of COVID-19 lockdowns in Australia are reported. Whilst employees felt technologically supported and productive WFH, aspects of connection, collaboration and sense of belonging have suffered with collaboration and togetherness emerging as main motivators for returning to the office. Comparative analysis captures the changing effects of WFH on wellbeing, productivity, and culture over time. The presentation proposes two lenses (togetherness and place), through which the future workplace should be considered by the commercial real estate industry and researchers alike.

    • Iva Durakovic
      University of New South Wales

      Iva Durakovic is an interior architect with over 10 years Industry experience working on a wide range of high-profile award winning workplace design projects. She holds a Bachelor of Interior Architecture Hons (Class 1) from the University of New South Wales where she is currently Associate Lecturer in the Interior Architecture program at the School of Built Environment. Her research focuses on the behavioural impacts of workplace design, both from perspectives of physical and experiential performance, with the aim to develop more effective measures of productivity factors, particularly within tertiary education workplace contexts.

    • Laurie Aznavoorian
      Bates Smart

      Laurie is the Leader of Strategy and Research at Bates Smart. She’s a thinker and provocateur with extensive experience in architecture, workplace design and strategy and has worked extensively across Australia, Asia, New Zealand, Europe and the United States. She has developed innovative approaches to buildings and workplaces that help organisations achieve their ambitions by aligning the workplace and building to a company’s business, brand and cultural objectives, and by laying a foundation to combat disruptive change. She’s a prolific writer and speaker covering topics relating to contemporary work styles, social trends, community attitudes, and the ever-changing global economic context in its relation to workplace.

  • There’s No Place Like Home… Or Is There?
    • Bertie van Wyk, Herman Miller Insight Group

    We examine the results from Herman Millers 17,000+ global home working survey, along with other key findings on the changing sentiment towards home and office work.

    Throughout the session Bertie will dispel the 7 myths of the post-crises workplace and explore the data showing the differing quality of WFH experiences. By the end of the session you will leave with a good grasp of what these learnings mean for you and your business, and what to expect from working policies in the future.

    • Bertie van Wyk
      Herman Miller Insight Group

      I am a critical thinking Workplace Specialist with a quick grasp of emerging trends and changing business processes. Through my understanding of humancentric design and workplace development, I can effectively equip organisations and individuals with the knowledge and skills to become more productive, healthy and connected in work.

  • Boredom and the Workplace: A tale from Covid and beyond
    • Katy Lawn, Baker Stuart
    • Toby Godman, Baker Stuart

    Data from YouGov which measured Britain’s mood weekly showed a huge spike in boredom during the first national lockdown, where a huge proportion of the population began working from home. Boredom levels have remained consistently higher than usual since this point. This paper uses qualitative data from our in-house Researcher and Wellbeing Consultant Katy Lawn’s recently completed doctoral thesis to explore what boredom at work can tell us about the employee experience and why a bit of boredom isn’t always a bad thing. This paper then uses quantitative data collected this year by Baker Stuart, presented by Senior Data Analyst Toby Godman, to demonstrate levels of workplace boredom as a predictor of various different outcomes at work. We argue that workplace boredom is a neglected frame of reference which can be used to reframe the office’s purpose in the future. We can also use it as a lens to understand some of the fundamental issues around wellbeing, attrition rates and productivity. This is a particular issue for the post-covid working world, where boredom and disengagement are likely to remain problematic for employees with working patterns leaning towards high levels of remote working.

    • Katy Lawn
      Baker Stuart

      Katy has been with Baker Stuart for three years as a researcher, using research to inform our latest service innovations. She has recently competed a doctorate, focussing her research on boredom in the workplace. She has a wider interest in evidence-based management, qualitative research and wellbeing and mental health. She is currently developing the wellbeing division of Baker Stuart, including the development of two wellbeing indexes which can be used to benchmark individuals’ wellbeing as well as the organisational approach to wellbeing. She has also developed and taught a day course on how to design and implement wellbeing programmes, and has experience of teaching in an academic context, as well as research dissemination via conferences, workshops and white papers.

    • Toby Godman
      Baker Stuart

      Toby is an integral part of the Workplace Consultancy team and is responsible for managing the gathering of data for Baker Stuart’s workplace analysis reports. Toby oversees the end-to-end survey and audit processes. His remit includes: data analysis, software and hardware setup, quality control and live data capture oversight, data consolidation and report generation. He has gained a vast amount of experience of leading client surveys and managing the process having worked on many projects for Baker Stuart throughout the UK.

  • Decision Making, Dark Rooms and Moomins
    • Sinead O'Toole, Sheffield Hallam University

    Covid-19 is the biggest crisis of our lifetimes.  Our world has been turned upside-down and irrevocably altered.  But it has also acted as a catalyst for change, and as anybody involved in workplace over the last decades will tell you, has opened the door to the kind of changes that we’ve banging on about for years.

    Before we get over excited, let’s not forget that the hard work is only beginning.  My work involves consulting and engaging with people on workplace, and I’ve found that without help to create a clear vision for workplace, people often default to making poor decisions based on assumptions and past experiences.  Given that our organisations are still in crisis mode, we run the risk of jumping headfirst into a poorly thought-out workplace solution that leaves too many people behind.

    I’m an introvert, and already I can see some of the thinking about workplace veering off into the fast lane of ‘super-collaborative-social-istic-experience-alidocious’ (apologies to Mary Poppins) without taking into account diverse needs.  I’d like to make the case for exploring these diverse needs, particularly introvert/extrovert differences and how these need to be taken into account in the design of our workplaces, as well as using our recent experiences to apply new empathy lenses to our workplace spectacles.

    • Sinead O'Toole
      Sheffield Hallam University

      Sinead spent 20 years in financial services, with a career that has included roles in project and change management. Sinead joined Sheffield Hallam University in 2011 as part of the Estates team, quickly becoming a central figure in the university's work on learning spaces. Having completed her MBA in 2016 with a dissertation topic of academic workspace, Sinead's motivation and passion has centered on changing work and learning places for the better, with a particular focus on people and engagement. Sinead was awarded the AUDE (Association of University Directors of Estates) “Emerging Talent” award in 2018 and is currently leading on Hallam’s thinking on workplace. Sinead is heavily involved in the work to reimagine and revitalise the university campus post-Covid, with an emphasis on creating human-centric, great places for everyone. Sinead has previously spoken at Workplace Trends (2018) and will be speaking at the AUDE “Coronacoaster” conference in April.

  • A Case Study in Designing for Neurodiversity in the Workplace
    • Adrian Burton, AWE
    • Paige Hodsman, Saint-Gobain Ecophon

    One in seven (14%) of the population have neurodiverse conditions and progressive organisations recognise that diversity of minds improves decision making and innovation.  This includes neurodiverse conditions include dyspraxia, dyslexia, attention deficit and autism, but as Jamie + Lion says “if you know one person with autism then you know one person with autism”.  This diverse group of individuals particularly struggle to work effectively in noisy environments and we need to understand why.

    • Adrian Burton

      Adrian is a Chartered Architect and Estate Masterplanner at AWE. My passion is to create or enable better working environments where “each individual can perform at their best”. We need to start a Workplace Trend to address head-on the known problem of noise in offices, rather than doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    • Paige Hodsman
      Saint-Gobain Ecophon

      With 20 plus years of experience in office design and related fields, I have spent the last 8 years focused on office acoustics. Much of my time is spent raising awareness of the psychological and physiological effects of sound on worker health, well-being and performance in office environments. I have aided the facilitation of an industry-wide prioritisation of the latest research, regulations and best practice for effective workplace and acoustic design. Along with Dr. Nigel Oseland, developed the psychoacoustic approach profiling tool which helps organisations solve office noise distraction issues. Specialties and core competencies include: Designing, developing and implementing effective strategies to solve workplace and acoustic-related issues. Psychology, Office Design, Sensory Design, Environmental Management, Acoustics. Education and Qualifications: MSc Psych (2022), PGDip., Env Management, PGCert. Integrated Safety, Health and Env Mgmt., PGCert. Enterprise and Env., B.A. Interior Design. AAB, Bus. Admin. Sensory Intelligence®, Licensed Practitioner.

  • 1400 Afternoon Chair's Welcome Back
    • Bernie Mitchell, CMO at Velvet Platform
    • Bernie Mitchell
      CMO at Velvet Platform

      Cofounder of London Coworking Assembly, Bernie J Mitchell is well known for his special interest in teaching coworking spaces how to create thriving business communities through podcasting, seminars, events, skills, and workshops. Throughout his career, his efforts have been directed by his constant need to have a deeper understanding of how people share space, work, and learn together. Apart from being a coworking champion, Bernie is also a podcaster on the Coworking Values Podcast, an initiative of the European Coworking Assembly, a platform in which he gets to speak with the many role players in the coworking industry from all over the world. Through this podcast, Bernie and the other agents of change get to educate, to inform and to engage people on the ins and outs of the coworking industry and how it can be improved for the betterment of both coworking space providers and users. To add to Bernie’s passion for developing the future of work, he serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Velvet Platform, a payment collaboration platform, as well as the Chief Marketing Officer for PayPugs, delivering digital banking solutions. In the spirit of serving and teaching, Bernie is a trustee for the enterprise training programme, UrbanMBA. The programme is designed to reach, train, and assist young adults who are not trained in education and to also re-train and re-educate potential entrepreneurs into the way of business. At the heart of this enterprise and all involved in it, lies the desire to enable young adults to believe in a future tailored by them for themselves.

  • Neurodiverse Communities' Experiences with Soundscapes
    • Sally Augustin, Design With Science, University of California, Berkeley
    • Evan Benway, Moodsonic
    • Fran Board, Moodsonic

    The soundscape of the office is a top complaint as well as a massively untapped design opportunity. Neuroscience consistently links particular soundscapes to specific cognitive and emotional outcomes among the general population. This study focuses on the differential sonic experiences of people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and is the first study in a longer-term exploration of the variation in response to workplace soundscapes.

    • Sally Augustin
      Design With Science, University of California, Berkeley

      Sally Augustin, PhD, MBA, is a practicing environmental psychologist and a principal at Design With Science. She has extensive experience integrating science-based insights to develop recommendations for the design of places, objects, and services that support desired cognitive, emotional, physical, and financial outcomes/experiences. Sally, who is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, is also the editor of Research Design Connections, a monthly newsletter with daily blog, that reports and synthesizes the findings of recent and classic research in neuroscience, cognitive science, and other social sciences that are useful to designers, all in everyday language. She is the author of several books and her work has been discussed in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street and The Guardian.

    • Evan Benway

      Evan is the Managing Director of Moodsonic and the global leader in biophilic soundscape design for workplaces. Previously, Evan worked for Poly, where he was Director of Product for their groundbreaking soundscape technology. His work as an inventor has resulted in over a dozen patents, and his contributions to soundscape research have been published in numerous journals. As Moodsonic has grown from a small startup to a business servicing top companies in the Americas, Australia, East Asia and Europe, the diversity of sensitivity to sonic stimuli has become a growing priority. Evan is an inventor with over a dozen patents, a scholar whose articles have been published in journals such as Frontiers in Psychology, and a jazz drummer. He lives with his wife and daughter in the beautiful Austrian alps.

    • Fran Board

      Fran leads Moodsonic’s research efforts, funneling the results of research into the design of workplace soundscapes. Her background combines music, design, and research, with recently published scholarly work including studies of crossmodal perception, and the complex interactions of sight, sound and aesthetic appreciation. Her present research focus is on broadening our understanding of how diverse sensory sensitivities affect the impact of typical office soundscapes as well as biophilic alternatives.

  • Now, Next and Beyond: what an office needs to deliver in 2021 and beyond
    • Peggie Rothe, Leesman

    A decade after first measuring workplace experience, Leesman began measuring employee experiences in home working environments. A year on from the onset of the COVID 19 pandemic and we hold the two largest global datasets of their kind – 817,000+ office-based responses and 160,000+ home working responses.

    The data indicates that if you’re going to utilise office space in 2021, you must create an exceptional experience for your employees, or accept that they will choose their homes over coming to the workplace. But what does exceptional experience look like?

    Do you really know what purpose your office serves and what motivates employees to go there? Join Leesman’s Chief Insights and Research Officer, Dr Peggie Rothe, as she reveals the latest trends in the data and uncovers the crucial factors organisations need to consider for future workplace strategies.

    • Peggie Rothe

      Dr Peggie Rothe is Chief Insights & Research Officer at Leesman, where her role includes leading the research undertaken on the world’s largest independent workplace experience database and helping organisations understand the link between people and place. Before joining Leesman in 2014, she was as a researcher at Aalto University (Finland) with a focus on CRE and workplace management. She published her findings in several peer-reviewed academic journals and earned her doctorate in 2015. Prior to this, she worked as management consultant and real estate advisor.

  • How To Structure the Workplace After COVID
    • Daniel Davis, Hassell

    One of the big questions facing companies coming out of the pandemic is simply: where will people work? There are many possible answers. Perhaps people will work at home, or in offices, or some hybrid scenario.

    In this presentation, we will present new research looking at which models Australian companies adopt as they emerge from the pandemic. In many ways, Australia is the perfect place to study this recovery. They are six to twelve months ahead of places like the UK because they controlled the outbreak through social distancing rather than waiting for the vaccine.

    We outline the five workplace models that most firms in Australia are considering. Drawing on survey data and interviews with experts, we explore the pros and cons of each model.

    The main takeaway is that we’re moving from having a single dominant workplace model to having a plurality of models. This shift presents a challenge to business leaders. Before the pandemic, companies could reliably open offices in central business districts and not think twice about it. With many models emerging, companies need to look at the relative strengths and weaknesses of each workplace model and evaluate them against their own strategy, culture, purpose, employees, and work style.

    • Daniel Davis

      Based out of New York, Daniel is a senior researcher at Hassell focusing on the relationship between people, space, and design technology. Prior to joining Hassell, Daniel was the Director of Research at WeWork, and a research assistant for Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Família. He originally studied architecture in New Zealand and later did a PhD in architecture at RMIT University in Australia. Daniel is a regular columnist for Architect Magazine and his research has appeared in a variety of publications including Wired, Fast Company, and the Harvard Business Review.

  • What if everyone could walk to work?
    • Gareth Jones, TownSq
    If hybrid working models become the long-term trend then our communities, environment and town centres all stand to gain.
    In this white paper, Gareth and the TownSq team explore how new workspaces can serve communities, landlords and local authorities alike, to enable citizens to live a more engaged and fulfilling life.
    TownSq are a B Corp with community workspaces across the UK. Through their spaces and programmes, they have worked with thousands of freelancers and startups from Wrexham to Bognor Regis, Barnstaple to Bicester.
    • Gareth Jones

      Gareth experienced the pain and joy of founding and leading one of the UK’s largest communities of entrepreneurs. Driven by systems change, Gareth is passionate about improving the way entrepreneurs and their employees work. He aims to make a difference through a variety of posts: director of the UK Coworking Assembly; member of the Prime Minister’s Small Business, Scale ups and Entrepreneurs Business Council; board member of a number of fast-growing tech companies; management team of Cardiff University Clwstwr; director of Cardiff Start; and Great British Entrepreneur Award judge. He is also an UnLtd Future Pioneer, was one of the Maserati 100 in 2019, and was named in the Next 30 by the Institute of Welsh Affairs as one of the 30 people who will make a positive impact on the future. When he isn’t working, Gareth enjoys teaching his son about his favourite music, walking in the countryside, and expanding his mind through travel and books

  • The Business Case for Remote Work for Employers, Employees, the Environment, and Society
    • Kate Lister, Global Workplace Analytics

    GWA’s latest report offers a research-based approach to quantifying the impact of remote work. The report describes how each category of costs/savings is estimated, the assumptions behind the estimate, the research behind the assumptions, and gives examples of organizations that have measured results in their organization.

    The report offers hard data that will help organizations with the tough decisions employers are making right now about their future workplace strategies.

    • Kate Lister
      Global Workplace Analytics

      Kate is president of Global Workplace Analytics (GWA), a research and consulting firm that helps employers understand and prepare for the future of work. Her expertise is focused on workplace, workforce, technology, and other trends that are changing the who, what, when, where, and how of work. She has been helping public and private sector employers implement and optimize hybrid-remote work strategies for over 15 years. Working with some of the world's most respected product and service providers, GWA helps make the 'people, planet, and profit' business case for workplace change and collaborates to publish a wide range of original and secondary research.

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Having been established in the world of workplace since 2003, at Workplace Trends we have been fortunate enough to be associated and work with a number of excellent workplace professionals. As a result we frequently receive enquiries from people wishing to locate a consultant.

We’re therefore pleased to introduce our Workplace Trends Register of Consultants which is a searchable listing of professionals whose core service offering is workplace consulting.

Use the drop down menu below to search by location, which includes an option to include global services. You may also search by any keywords of your choice.

NB Information on listings has been supplied by the consultants themselves and has not necessarily been verified by us.

If you would like to get in touch with any consultants please either contact them via their social media links, or drop a line to them c/o

For the purposes of this listing we define Workplace Consulting as involving:

  • Using a range of techniques, including engagement with the business and end user, to gather data that will determine an organisation’s requirements for their current or future working environments;
  • Collating and analysing the evidence gathered to inform the development of a more efficient and effective working environment which supports the organisational objectives;
  • Recommending a change in the working environment which may be a strategic or tactical solution that affects a single building or property portfolio;
  • Offering solutions that include implementing flexible (new ways of) working, consolidation and property rationalisation, relocation, and more efficient use of space.
  • A range of services are typically offered by workplace consultants including: workplace strategy, space planning, design briefing, space requirements and space budgets, space and property portfolio analysis and benchmarking, post occupancy evaluation (POE), benefits realisation and cost-benefit analysis, change management, and related research.

Traditionally workplace consultants are born out of a range of disciplines, including design, architecture, surveying, psychology, HR, facilities management or business management, rather than, for example, being associated with a specific degree. Therefore to be included in this register, consultants possess:

  • A degree level qualification and at least 3 years practical experience of workplace consulting, or
  • At least 5 years practical experience of workplace consulting, and
  • Their main role and services are inline with the above definition of workplace consulting.

If you are a workplace consultant and would like more information on how to be listed, first check our criteria (see above) then email us at

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Thomas Fundneider

theLivingCore – Knowledge and Innovation Architects

Thomas Fundneider is the founder and CEO of knowledge and innovation architects theLivingCore, specializing in the areas of strategy, innovation and transformation. Having his background in landscape architecture, his focus for many years has been on establishing an innovative and entrepreneurial culture and mindset in organizations. He co-developed leading-edge innovation methods and practical frameworks, such […]


Belén Torrents

3g Smart Group 

With a degree in Architecture, Belén is an expert in design and project management, with more than 15 years of experience, most of which she has led her own architecture studio developing projects of all types: residential, investment residential and urban development. In 2013 he created a new line of retail-specific business with a strong […]


Michal Matlon


Michal is an architecture psychologist with more than 10 years of multidisciplinary experience in technology, media and marketing. He helps to create places of flourishing and meaningful work, from offices to urban quarters. He is a passionate public speaker and writer, talking about the importance of building humane environments based on scientific knowledge. In the […]


Mbali Chaise

iPWC Ltd

As a recognised expert in her field of workplace strategy and organisational behaviour change, Mbali is a passionate and skilled workplace consultant. She has experience in implementing successful workplace change initiatives through the medium of strategic spatial design & behavioural change; thanks to her background as an interior designer and her innate understanding in the […]


Rebeca Herrera

3g office

Rebeca con gran experiencia en el área de Arquitectura y Gestión de  proyectos, tiene más de 20  años de en el mundo del Diseño e Interiorismo. Ha sido responsable de dirigir equipos de trabajo en Proyectos de uso comercial, corporativos , Gubernamentales y de consumo masivo principalmente en Costa Rica pero con algunos ejemplos en […]


Angela Mullarkey


Angela is Strategy Operations Lead at Unispace. With extensive experience in helping companies through business change, to create their vision for the future of work in the physical and digital workplace, enhancing employee engagement and curating the user experience built on relevant market knowledge. Main area of focus is in client engagement, briefing and consultation […]


Colin Stuart

Baker Stuart

Colin is the founder of workplace consultancy Baker Stuart and has been delivering award winning office environments for the last 20 years.  Colin specialised in workplace design and transformation early in his career and became increasingly aware of the impact of good design and organisation’s culture, wellbeing and bottom line.  An acknowledged expert in his […]


Pablo Rodríguez

3g office

Professional with +15 years of experience in direction and strategic management of architectural projects. Provision of consultancy services, work environments and corporate real estate. He focuses on getting to know the client and their internal processes in order to better adapt to their ways of working. Pablo has led and developed several real estate projects […]


Caroline Pontifex

KKS Savills

Caroline advises major organisations on transformative workplace strategies that bring together people, space and technology. Caroline has led the Strategic Consulting team at KKS Savills for over 17 years, joining the firm as a founding member. Since then she has established a reputation as a leading practitioner in occupier and workplace strategy, regularly speaking at […]


Thomas Brain

3g office

Thomas has +20 years of international experience in residential, industrial, corporate and workplace architecture projects, addressing infrastructure management from the position of Facility Manager, also developing innovation projects. He is a professor of architecture and business school mentor. He has accompanied major clients, BUPA, Santander, Itaú, Citi, Security, Red Salud UC, IntegraMédica, LAN, UDD. Expertise: […]


Jorge Afonseca

3g office

Jorge is a Senior Architect from Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias and has a specialization in building construction and rehabilitation from Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa. As General Manager of 3g office Portugal, he will be responsible for client satisfaction and compliance with 3g office standards being personally involved in the project. As […]


Esther Roelofs


Esther Roelofs. Founding Partner at WorkWire, a workplace consulting and design agency. As a workplace strategist and psychologist, Esther lives at the intersection of business objectives and workplace design. For 20 years, Esther has helped clients reshape their workplace decision-making process by defining the strategic business objectives that can be enabled through innovative design solutions. […]


Christopher Allen

MONTROC Consulting Ltd

Christopher founded MONTROC Consulting in 2018. MONTROC Consulting is a Workplace Consultancy. Its purpose is to help people to #liveworkbetter. MONTROC specialises in co-creating hybrid, blended, remote and disparate working strategies, then facilitating Workplace Change Management programmes to embed and grow change. MONTROC also guides the design of workplaces from offices to co-work to home. At […]


Diego Lievano

3g office

Diego has +15 years of experience in architecture and interior design projects globally, he has contributed in the design and management of several projects in the corporate, retail and residential sectors in Latin America, Europe, Asia and Oceania. His extensive experience has given him the necessary tools to identify and understand the needs of diverse […]


Deborah Wilder


I head up workplace research and strategy for leading strategic workplace design and build specialist, Interaction. I trained as a research health psychologist, specialising in preventative health and behavioural change. After a few years in academia, slightly frustrated by the slow pace and spurred on by my love of interior design, I pivoted to workplace […]


Clare Danahay

Be Inspired Design

Clare has over 20 years’ experience in Commercial Interiors and founded Be Inspired Design in 2010 to specialise in office design & workplace consultancy.  Be Inspired Design support clients to improve their business efficiency through the considered & strategic planning of the workplace environment. Our blend of workplace consultancy and interior design allows us to […]


Javier Rafel

3g office

Javier has +18 years of international experience in corporate architecture, workplace and retail projects. He has developed projects from conception, execution and turnkey delivery for clients such as Nestlé Dominicana, AES Dominicana, Gerdau Metaldom, Philip Morris, BM Cargo, UASD, INTEC, Cemex Dominicana, ARS Simag, etc. Expertise: Services: Transformation + innovation, Real Estate, Workplace consultancy, Design […]


Vimal Raghwani

Smarter Workplace

Vimal is the Founder and Managing Director of Smarter Workplace. He is a specialist workplace consultant with a core strength in workplace change management, having already acquired a wealth of practical experience in commercial strategic design, specialising in the corporate financial sector and commercial workplace design. Working alongside architects, developers and end occupiers, to establish […]


Jim Meredith

MEREDITH Strategy + Design

Everything about work has changed. Now everything about the workplace should, too. Profound shifts in ways of working activated by the pandemic are still unfolding. Interim and hybrid forms of the workplace will be inadequate to address the surprising new forms of organization, processes of work, composition of teams, development and application of talent, geographies […]


Diana Winzer

Strategy consultants & coaches for organizations in the new work process. Diana Winzer and her team capture the DNA of your corporate culture. Together, we work out development goals and define the requirements for your new working environment – culturally and spatially. The result: a well-founded briefing for your office planner. As a partner at […]


Nicola Gillen

Cushman and Wakefield

Nicola specialises in the relationship between design, people, behaviour & the built environment. An architect and author, Nicola is recognised within the industry as a leading authority on workplace strategy, design and behaviour change management. Based in London, Nicola draws from 25 years’ experience delivering workplace strategy and innovation internationally. She is lead author for […]


Monica Parker

HATCH Analytics

Monica has been an author, speaker, designer, CEO, activist, investigator, clown, opera singer and, most recently, founder of HATCH, a human analytics and change consultancy that specialises in the future of work. Her specialism of more than a decade has been navigating and communicating organisational change. She has been quoted for a number of publications […]


Arnold Craig Levin


Arnold Levin is a Regional Strategy Practice Area Leader with Gensler. With over 45 years’ experience in design strategy, organizational design, feasibility planning, workplace design, and design research, he has worked with a wide range of clients globally. This diverse range covers government and private sector organizations including GSA (US Department of Commerce, US Parks […]


Oliver Baxter

Herman Miller

Oliver works within the Herman Miller Insight Group as a brand evangelist. Through the commissioning, overseeing and presenting of Insights into the latest thinking in workplace design and associated issues he is able elevate the expertise of his audience and aid in creating better and more functional workplaces. Oliver has a Masters in Psychology which […]


Bertie van Wyk

Herman Miller

I am a critical thinking Workplace Specialist with a quick grasp of emerging trends and changing business processes. Through my understanding of humancentric design and workplace development, I can effectively equip organisations and individuals with the knowledge and skills to become more productive, healthy and connected in work. Expertise: Work in all sectors including Finance, […]


Fiona Duggan


Fiona is founding director of FiD, a London-based consultancy set up in 2006 to work with organisations and institutions undergoing change. With qualifications covering architecture, psychology, teaching and business, Fiona works at the place where users and buildings meet, seeking ways in which the design and use of space can support change. Over the past […]


Ian Baker


Workplace leader focused on the transformation of workplaces, through their design and management, to improve employee experience, increase organisational performance and create a better world at work.. Understanding how the Workplace influences your organisations productivity, performance and employees contribution is an essential component for any forward thinking organisation. The Workplace is much more than “just […]


Bridget Workman

The Changing Work Company

I founded and lead The Changing Work Company which offers tailored training programmes and consultancy focussed at the intersection of hybrid ‘smart’ working and change management. Our aim is to smooth transition and help clients change work for the better – for the organisation and its people. For more than 20 years I have been […]


Rob Harris


Rob works with private and public sector occupiers, helping to prepare premises and workplace strategies. He has a wealth of experience – over 30 years – and he offers practical advice, based on practical experience. Specifically, Rob’s skills lie in briefing, business casing, defining needs, option appraisal and workstyle strategies. Rob works with clients to […]


Sam Sahni


Sam is a global leader in Enterprise Strategy and Corporate Real Estate. He is an experienced C-Suite advisor in the realm of Workplace Consultancy, Portfolio Strategy and Change Management. He’s a dynamic leader and thinker with the ability to build businesses, develop bespoke solutions and take accountability for complex projects. Sam lives in London however […]


John Symes

Kingsley Symes Consulting Ltd.

A Chartered Building Surveyor by profession, over the last 30 years John has focused on the design and delivery of workplaces for commercial organisations in a variety of sectors including Media, Insurance, Finance, Telecoms, Professional Services, Publishing, Education, Defence and Mining. John brings his particular blend of professionalism, design flair and management to high profile […]


Jody Parra

3g Smart Group 

Industrial Designer, Master in Product Engineering and specialist in Design and Innovation Management.  More than 10 years of experience in the design, management, facilitation and development of innovation projects of different scale and complexity, for organizations in the private, public and social sectors. He leads innovation projects and develops sensemaking processes in Transformation projects. As […]


Javier Mosquera

3g office

Javier Mosquera has more than 25 years of international experience in corporate architecture and workplace projects throughout the full cycle of professional services. He has led space change processes and projects for organisations such as Google, Banco Santander Río, SAP, Firmenich, Accenture, ENEL, Everis, H&M, Pfizer, Sony, ABN AMRO Bank, AmEx, NH Hoteles, British Land, […]


Luis Arce

3g office

Luis Arce is an expert in Architectural Design and Project Management, with more than 20 years of experience in Architecture and Interior Design. He has been responsible for the design and refurbishment of numerous cultural, commercial and workspace buildings in Spain and since joining 3g in Peru has been involved in the development and management […]


Carlos Aguirre

3g Smart Group 

Director 3g Smart Group : Graduated in Pharmacy from the U.A.H.  He began his professional life in the pharmaceutical sector, closely linked from the beginning to marketing and sales, where he became an international product manager at AstraZeneca.  In 2003, together with two other partners, he founded Todoentrada, a promotional marketing company related to leisure, […]


Francisco Vázquez

3g Smart Group

Francisco Vázquez is the founder and president of 3g Smart Group, a group of companies specialised in facilitating cultural transformation through the redesign of space. Qualified architect and consultant with more than 20 years of experience in the design and transformation of companies. Curiosity has been his way of living and doing business. In 2006, […]


Jason Turner


Jason is an Associate Principal at Perkins&Will with over 27 years’ experience of leading teams in designing, managing and delivering complex, sustainable and high quality corporate interiors projects in the UK and Internationally. He has developed a specialism in Workplace Strategy and is a member of the Corenet Workplace Committee. Prior to joining Perkins and […]


Chris Webber


Qualified as a chartered surveyor, Chris has led flexible working projects and solutions for over 20 years, initially within the BT estate and then using the experience gained for external clients, including Local and Central Government, plus organisations in the Commercial, Financial, and Legal Services sectors. He has a strong interest in making property effective […]


Mark Catchlove

Herman Miller

Mark leads Herman Millers Insight Group which is responsible for sharing the latest thinking in workplace design and related issues. He has been at Herman Miller for over 20 years  and over that time has become a respected contributor to the workplace community. He has delivered more than 600 seminars around the world. Mark has […]


Nigel Oseland

Workplace Unlimited

Dr Nigel Oseland is a workplace strategist, change manager, environmental psychologist, researcher, international speaker and published author with 11 years research and 22 years consulting experience. He draws on his psychology background and his own research to advise occupiers on how to redefine their workstyles and rethink their workplace to create working environments that enhance […]


Jane Clay


As a Strategy Director at Gensler, Jane regularly advises clients on best practice workplace design, approaching each project with a detailed understanding of the impact of design strategy on the human experience and business performance. Jane works closely with design teams to ensure integration of strategic thinking and to ensure seamless translation of a clients […]


Christine Kohlert

Christine Kohlert

For more than 30 years she has researched and worked in the field of working and learning spaces of the future, in particular with the interaction of space and organization. Her main focus is on the user involvement in the development process, the visualization of change processes, and spatial analysis. She is also a professor […]


Neil Usher

GoSpace AI

With almost 30 years in the industry as a real estate, workplace and change leader, Neil has delivered innovative environments for organisations in a variety of sectors, all over the world including Warner Bros., Honeywell, Rio Tinto and Sky. He hasn’t just talked about it – he has been there and done it. He is now […]


Sally Augustin

Design With Science

Sally Augustin, PhD, MBA, is a practicing environmental psychologist and a principal at Design With Science. She has extensive experience integrating science-based insights to develop recommendations for the design of places, objects, and services that support desired cognitive, emotional, physical, and financial outcomes/experiences. Her clients include design firms, manufacturers, service providers, trade organizations, and others, […]


Paul Allsopp

The Agile Organisation

Senior Consultant working with Private, Public and Third Sector organisations developing and implementing agile and hybrid ways of working, workplace strategy and culture change – solving problems, changing mindsets and creating improvement opportunities in workplace, people performance and business outcomes. Considerable practical experience in people engagement, workplace & culture change project delivery. Skilled in developing […]

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A selection of our favourite books, many of them authored by our Workplace Trends friends and speakers. We hope you enjoy them!

Beyond the Workplace Zoo: Humanising the Office
Nigel Oseland
Beyond the Workplace Zoo offers high-level pragmatic guidance on office design that meets basic human needs, drawing on the fields of psychology anthropology, sociology and zoology. As an environmental psychologist, Dr Oseland takes an evidence-based and human-centric approach to workplace design, resulting in workplaces that enhance wellbeing and performance thus enabling the occupants to thrive rather than simply survive. Read more…

Leading People in Change: A Practical Guide
Jennifer Bryan

The 4 Day Week: How the Flexible Work Revolution Can Increase Productivity, Profitability and Well-being, and Create a Sustainable Future
Andrew Barnes

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop
Susan Cain

A World Without Work: Technology, Automation and How We Should Respond
Daniel Susskind

Creating Emotionally Intelligent Workspaces: A Design Guide
Edward Finch and Guillermo Aranda-Mena

Space for Creative Thinking: Design Principles for Work and Learning Environments
Christine Kohlert and Scott Cooper

Elemental Change: Making Stuff Happen When Nothing Stands Still
Neil Usher

Where is My Office?: Reimagining the Workplace for the 21st Century
Chris Kane

Building Revolutions: Applying the Circular Economy to the Built Environment
Dave Cheshire

The Human Workplace: People-Centred Organizational
Andy Swann

The Elemental Workplace: How to create a fantastic workplace for everyone: The 12 Elements for Creating a Fantastic Workplace for Everyone
Neil Usher

Nature Inside: A biophilic design guide
 William D. Browning and Catherine O. Ryan

Your Second Phase : Reclaiming work and relationships during and after Menopause
Kate Usher

The Energized Workplace: Designing Organizations where People Flourish
Perry Timms

Future Office: Next-generation workplace design
Nicola Gillen

Biomimicry in Architecture
Michael Pawlyn

Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men
Caroline Criado Perez

Inclusive Leadership: The Definitive Guide to Developing and Executing an Impactful Diversity and Inclusion Strategy
Charlotte Sweeney

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Based in the UK, Workplace Trends, along with our international partners, we run ground-breaking events for workplace professionals who want to be at the forefront of work and workplace new thinking. We examine up-coming trends and best practice which enable people and their places of work to be happy, healthy and productive.

Delegates typically include a mix of around 200 workplace consultants, occupiers and managers, designers, architects and suppliers. We find around a third of delegates are very regular attendees, another third attend every so often, and the final third are newcomers who we hope will decide to stay with us. Our delegates tend to be knowledgeable, can be challenging, but are very friendly!

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