Workplace Trends: The Changing Nature of WorkBook Now Wednesday 18 October 2017, 10:00 – 17:30, + drinks social
The British Library, London, NW1 2DB

Paige Hodsman windowPaige Hodsman, Saint-Gobain Ecophon

Paige Hodsman is the Concept Developer for Offices in the UK and Ireland for Saint-Gobain Ecophon. She has worked in the fields of design and construction for 20 years, specialising in office design, environmental management and acoustics. She is currently engage in research projects on the subjects of psychoacoustics and acoustic biophilia.

Paul Miller, Digital Workplace Group

Paul MillerPaul Miller is CEO and Founder of the Digital Workplace Group (DWG). His latest book, The Digital Renaissance of Work: Delivering digital workplaces fit for the future (co-authored with Elizabeth Marsh), was shortlisted for the CMI Management Book of the Year 2016 Award. Paul’s previous book, The Digital Workplace: How technology is liberating work, helped to popularize and explain the term “digital workplace”. Paul has given many inspirational talks on the digital future of work, for audiences at Microsoft, IKEA, Google, Accenture, Harvard Business Review, Cisco, European Commission, Adobe and Oxford University.
He was ranked one of the world’s Top 50 Social Employee Advocacy Leaders in 2015 and was a Judge and Mentor for the Duke of York’s Inspiring Digital Enterprise Awards. Paul hosted the pioneering internet radio show Digital Workplace Live for five years and is Executive Producer of the 24-hour global digital experience Digital Workplace 24. He also hosts industry podcast “Digital Workplace Impact”. Prior to founding DWG, Paul was Founder and CEO of communications company The Empowerment Group; Publisher and Editor of social and digital innovation magazine “Wave”; and, in pre-internet days, co-founder of the Ideas Café salon. He now lives in the Cotswolds in the UK.

Brhmie Balaram, The RSA


Brhmie is a Senior Researcher in the RSA’s Economy, Enterprise and Manufacturing team. She leads the RSA’s research on the sharing econo

my, including gig work. She was previously a researcher for the Independent Review of the Police Federation and for the influential RSA City Growth Commission. She has experience exploring issues of institutional reform, economic inequality and labour market disadvantage. Brhmie joined the RSA from the Institute of Public Policy Research and was formerly at The Work Foundation.

Neil Usher, workessence

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Neil Usher is a property and workplace professional, blogger at and regular speaker and tweeter. He has been in the property industry for 25 years, originally starting in FM, and latterly as Workplace Director at Sky, passing through the music, film, engineering and mining sectors on the way including seven years as global property head for Rio Tinto. He is committed to simplifying the profession through what he calls the #elementalworkplace, making it possible for everyone to enjoy working in a great environment.

Sally Augustin, Design with Science


Sally Augustin, PhD, is a practicing environmental/design 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, and physical experiences. Her clients include manufacturers, service providers, and design firms in North America, Europe, and Asia.

Sally’s work has been discussed in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Forbes, and Psychology Today. Sally is an invited contributor to the online version of the Harvard Business Review. As the editor of Research Design Connections, Sally has written widely on science-based design for a broad audience of people interested in the designed world.

Dr. Augustin, who is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, holds leadership positions in professional organizations such as the American Psychological Association and the Environmental Design Research Association. She is the author of Place Advantage: Applied Psychology for Interior Architecture (Wiley, 2009) and, with Cindy Coleman, The Designer’s Guide to Doing Research: Applying Knowledge to Inform Design (Wiley, 2012).

Christine Kohlert, RBSGROUP EU

Christine Kohlert

I love to improve working conditions for human beings, like to work with people on trends and visions and to do creative workshops were everybody is participating and involved. One of my outstanding talents is to visualize processes and results with special tools and methods, like the card technique “Programming” (problem seeking). I’m always open to new and interesting challenges, people and ideas………

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 19 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 individual and organisational performance and deliver maximum value.

Nigel specialises in strategic briefing and change management to help create workplaces that improve collaboration, enhance creativity, facilitate
concentration, meet psychological needs and respond to changing organisational structures. He has advised corporate businesses, public sector bodies and educational institutions in the UK and worked with corporates throughout EMEA.

Nigel is also an active researcher, speaker, lecturer and author. His current topics of interest include psychological needs, psychophysics,
productivity, personality factors, remote working, collaboration, creativity, wellbeing, biophilic design and post occupancy evaluation. In addition, Nigel founded the Workplace Change Organisation and is the programme advisor for the biannual Workplace Trends conferences.

Adryan Bell, CBRE
Adryan Bell

Adryan is a Director in CBRE’s workplace strategy and change consulting business and is a well-known speaker and author on workplace topics. A former Director at DEGW, as well as Government adviser on work innovation, Adryan has been consulting in this field for over 25 years – and has the grey hairs to prove it. Recent clients include Deutsche Bank, UBS, Gartner, SSE, ASOS, Prudential and Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Rob Harris, Ramidus Consulting,

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Rob is principal of Ramidus Consulting Limited. He has over 30 years’ experience within the property sector, specialising in workplace strategy and research. Prior to setting up Ramidus, Rob worked for Interior Services Group, Stanhope Properties, Hillier Parker (now CBRE) and DEGW. Rob established Ramidus Consulting in 2003 as a specialist built environment advisory and research business.

Rob advises private and public sector organisations on how to align operational and occupational objectives and to make the most efficient and most effective use of their accommodation. Much of Rob’s work involves helping senior management teams identify and develop strategies for organisational change through real estate and facilities planning.

As well as his advisory work, Rob undertakes a great deal of research on behalf of advisors, developers, government, investors and policy makers. His research often seeks to understand occupier issues, market trends, economic development and policy planning.

Ben Munn, The Instant Group


Ben is widely recognised as one of the leaders in flexible workspace. Ben leads the Solution Development group, focused on building strategies and propositions for customers to drive flexibility and agility into their businesses. He has spent his career advising companies on how their workspace can support the achievement of their business goals. In his role with Instant, Ben is responsible for developing the market proposition, market engagement, and advising how the Instant Group’s extensive market data is leveraged for the benefits of clients.

Tony Grimes, Investec Bank

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Transitioning to an Agile Working environment is a journey of highs and lows. There are many elements that need to be considered, evaluated and new behaviours to introduce. Carrying out a pilot to evaluate these is essential to minimise risks and to support the change process. Investec Banks experience will be shared by the speakers to help those considering this change.

Farrol Goldblatt, tp bennett 


Farrol heads up the workplace strategy team at tp bennett and has a special interest in how the workplace can help shape behaviours, reinforce values and create great places to work. He is currently researching the impact of AI on the workplace.

Jane Miller, GSK

Jane Miller

Jane Miller earned a BSc in Biomedical Science with Pharmacology from King’s College London. Inspired by an industrial placement year at Novartis in Basel, Jane has worked at GSK for 19 years in various roles. From researching orphan G-protein coupled receptors, to searching for automation solutions to make discovery biology more efficient. She moved into a scientific operations role after 10 years in the lab, and gained her lean sigma green belt. Three years ago Jane started working in the Worldwide Real Estate and Facilities department at GSK, as a Workplace Design and Change Manager, helping GSK provide world class facilities for its R&D scientists.

Nathan Morgan, Gensler


With 14 years of considerable design expertise in the life sciences and tall buildings sectors, Nathan partners with clients from a project’s inception through to its completion and post occupancy to ensure a people-centric approach, working with end-users and clients to create inspiring and valuable buildings and spaces. He has a particular interest in balance and quality, and brings a rigorous approach to design and construction – always appropriate to the project’s location and designed from the inside out – to create the right mix of spaces in response to the needs of the people who live, work and play there.

A former leader of Gensler’s Life Sciences practice area, Nathan’s interior design work is centred on health and wellbeing with a flexibility that ensures the spaces he designs enable users to work effectively and achieve the best results.

Philip Tidd, Gensler

A Gensler Principal, Philip has over 20 years of experience in workplace consultancy, real estate advisory and design and urban strategy services. His career includes over 18 years working across mainland Europe helping global organisations implement workplace programs attuned to the region’s many cultural and legislative variations. He has also advised numerous European public sector organizations on ways in which enhanced work environments can lead to improved performance.

Philip’s passion for understanding how the rapidly changing nature of work impacts people and the buildings and cities they work in, is continuously explored through his regular conference speaking, articles and blogs. He is an active member of CoreNet, The British Council of Offices (BCO) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI).

An Architecture Graduate of the Royal College of Art in London, Philip is also an adjunct professor on the faculty of the Master of Workplace Design course at the IE School of Architecture in Madrid/London.

Bertie van Wyk, Herman Miller

Bertie_bw_2Bertie started with Herman Miller in 2006 after completing 2 degrees in International Business & Marketing and his holistic approach to business has helped develop multiple departments. His unique blend of skills and ability to analyse and communicate business improvements make him the ideal wellbeing advocate.

Through his deep understanding of humancentric design and workplace wellbeing, Bertie effectively equips organisations with the knowledge and skills to become more productive, healthy and connected. Bertie’s lust for life is clearly visible in his engaging presentation & communication style, and through this he is able not only to expand client thinking, but to transform it.


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