Workplace Trends: Towards a New Era of Work and Workplace
Tuesday 15 October 2019, 09:30 – 17:30 + Drinks Social, London

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Our flagship conference returns to London this Autumn.

Around 200 workplace professionals regularly meet at this event – many travelling long distances to join!

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We’re excited this year to bring you some of the most thoughtful, inspirational, and relevant speakers for the workplace of today and upcoming future. Plus we are planning a post lunch interactive workshop session for delegates to actively take part in the day’s proceedings.

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With thanks to our conference sponsors

Ecophon Saint-Gobain A SOUND EFFET ON PEOPLE

Workplace Unlimited

& our Media Partners

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Sessions Include

Successful business transformation strategies and employee engagement
Nerys Mutlow, Head of Future Workplace Services, Fujitsu

Organisations that have undergone a workplace transformation at the same time as pursuing their strategic goals are proven to be more successful in both. Technology enables successful transformations in the workplace, but what are the business drivers that are forcing the change and what will happen when millennials run the boardroom? Understanding core needs is the catalyst for business transformation – But what are the key factors at play?

Nerys Mutlow is Head of Future Workplace Services at Fujitsu and leads the Consulting & Professional Services service line within DTS EMEIA. She was appointed as a Fujitsu Fellow in 2018 working with other Fellows and distinguished engineers to further drive technical excellence within Fujitsu and beyond, to their partners and customers. Nerys combines her wealth of technical expertise with her commercial acumen to help guide Fujitsu’s customers through their digital transformation journeys.

The Biophilic Office – Putting People First
Ed Suttie, BRE


The Biophilic Office is a long-term research and demonstration project from BRE and Oliver Heath Design. As it moves into the next phase, conference delegates will be among the first to hear the early results.

The project refurbished an entire floor of an existing office building at BRE, using a variety of biophilic design methods to assess the value that Nature-inspired design brings to the wellbeing and productivity of office workers. The project spans two and a half years: in year one, current working conditions (indoor environment and occupants) were monitored and the office was then refurbished and the occupants returned to the office. During the final year the project focusses on analysing the impact the biophilic design strategies had on the workers.

Ed Suttie

Ed Suttie leads the Biophilic Office Project at BRE. He is passionate about material sustainability, health and wellbeing in the built environment, people, forestry, rural supply chains and the polar regions. In April 2016 he ski-trekked to the North Pole raising £60,000 for some amazing charities!

Workplace – Powered by Human Experience
Marie Puybaraud, JLL Corporate Solutions

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A place of work is more than just a property. It is an evolving eco system that help people, organizations, systems and processes fit together. Work is where we form a lot of our relationships and it’s the foundation of our social interactions. A sense of belonging within the workplace is what connects us to our work as well as to our colleagues.

We found 15 elements aligned against three key priorities, Engagement, Empowerment and Fulfilment, that are vital for creating a workplace experience to enable humans to thrive. A lot of these elements naturally focus on building features, but not all. There are other workplace factors such as human leadership, healthy collisions, fun, rituals, financial wellness, corporate philanthropy, learning, choice, which all contribute to creating a place of work. This session will take you through a discovery path to explore the human experience model we co-created with 40 clients, nourished by a survey of 7000 employees.

Marie Puybaraud is a Corporate Real Estate and workplace expert. As Global Head of Research for JLL Corporate Solutions, she has a significant track record producing CRE research on innovation and facilities management, and how this impacts the future world of real estate. She frequently collaborates with JLL clients, to drive research and innovation, presents at major global summits and writes for the international press.

Managing change and the importance of core values in property and business
Neil Rebeugeot, Property Portfolio Consulting Lead, ARUP and
Rebecca Goldberg, Associate, ARUP

The Corporate Tribe: Re-humanizing the Workplace and Surviving the Digital Transition
Kilian Keller, Electrolux

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A digital-era rediscovery of anthropologic basic requirements

  • The clash of the digital revolution and human condition: What your next generation employees will be like.
  • Collaboration: What you as an employer will have to do to have any future.
  • Tribe, Clan, Ritual: How to apply archaic templates at work as an antidote to digitization collateral damage – In work behaviour, IT, Space.

Unprecedented change comes with unprecedented risks. After the digital revolution, re-humanizing the workplace should be a major component of any enterprise strategy, not only for success, but for survival. The solutions, the ambitions, will have to aim higher than just a bit of Activity Based Working.

Kilian Keller started his deep dive in 2005 after life offered him a wake-up call that were were on a road to nowhere, and that it was a good idea to change direction.

Kilian Keller, 55, father of two, stands for worksphere evolution– a holistic view on leadership, IT, space. His ways rely on a diverse work life as architect, project manager, factory worker, kitchen help, strategy consultant, portfolio manager, mediator, artist, and a few more. He originates from Germany, with a second education by Native American teachers and work experience in 26 countries.

Workplace Nudging: How to make it easy and fun to use our work environment the way it is intended
Esther Roelofs and Simone Leenders, WorkWire

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The introduction of new workplace concepts, like Activity Based Working (ABW), is often accompanied by many “thou-shalt-nots”, as a traditional motivation method to promote behavioural change. Although rules and guidelines are necessary to communicate desired behavioural changes, they also often lead to resistance.

WorkWire developed a new methodology called Workplace Nudging, that addresses behavioral challenges and psychological resistance to change in the workplace and is aimed at giving employees a gentle “push” in the right direction.

The concept of Workplace Nudging is directed at influencing human behaviour, but does not force a particular choice. It has a positive nature, as it focusses on offering attractive alternatives for current behaviour habits.

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The design of a workplace nudge is based on two aspects: 1) the motivation to show specific behaviour and 2) the ease with which new behaviour can be implemented. And it will always answer the key question: how can we make it easier and more fun for employees to change the way they work?

Esther Roelofs, Managing Partner at WorkWire: As a workplace strategist and psychologist, Esther lives at the intersection of business objectives and workplace design. For more than 15 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. She has learned that great places to work are always focused on the people who work there. Esther is co-creator of Workplace Nudging, a change methodology that addresses behavioral challenges and psychological resistance to change in the workplace.

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Simone Leenders, Managing Partner at WorkWire: Together with her clients, Simone creates smart workplace concepts that contribute to strategic organizational goals. She believes that culture and behavioural aspects play a crucial role in successful workplaces. No matter how well a work environment is engineered and designed, if the organisation does not fully utilize its potential, it does not add the value as intended. Simone is co-creator of Workplace Nudging and change management techniques that focus on employee engagement and ownership to ensure that new ways of working are more easily adopted.

The Campus of the Future
Sam Sahni and Dean Rikanovic, Unispace


Woodside HQ in Perth, Australia is the smartest workplace in the world, where humanity meets technology to enhance capability and creativity. A smart campus with advanced technological capabilities, Woodside HQ enables a connected, dynamic and energised experience. At 680,000 sqft, the 4 buildings of this campus are leading standards of sustainability and wellbeing all while introducing Artificial Intelligence capabilities to assist the community. Designed as a destination workplace, this campus of the future is a connected ecosystem that enables flow, collaboration and spurs innovation.

Sam Sahni  is Unispace’s Regional Principal, Strategy (Europe) based in the London studio. Highly experienced within the consulting and construction industry, Sam’s knowledge comes from exposure to a variety of sectors including Finance, FMCG, Real Estate and Engineering. He’s a dynamic leader and thinker, with the ability to build business, develop client bases and take accountability for complex projects. Sam has also authored a number of organisational white papers and presented at industry conferences.

Dean Rikanovic: With highly developed conceptual design skills and 15 years professional experience, Dean is an innovative designer with a passion for high-end design. He has practiced across Australia and internationally, working on a number of award-winning projects. Currently based in Perth, Dean has also worked on some of Australia‚ largest workplaces, including ANZ Centre Docklands.

Designing out loneliness in the workplace

Does a workplace bring people together? Or does it push people apart? Loneliness at work is a growing problem, and although advances in technology make it easier than ever before to be connected to others, in reality people are feeling increasingly isolated from their peers.

Connecting in the Workplace’ is a new research study looking at the problem of loneliness in the workplace. For a short time you can take part in the research here, and we’re delighted that Lendlease will be presenting the project findings and recommendations at our conference.

Mental health and productivity in work culture. How to tackle both at once
Madeleine Evans, Levell


Mental health is high on the agenda of corporates and start-ups, thanks in part to the work of major charities, like MIND, and the government’s 2017 Stevenson Farmer Review report, Thriving at Work. At the same time, companies and people are struggling with productivity increases, and making operational and organisational changes to address this. These two issues are being treated separately by people and companies. Why?

Madeleine will highlight insights from the academic research on burnout, which help us understand the intersection of mental health and productivity for people and companies. We will look at simple frameworks for how to think about the main drivers, and the levers you can pull as leaders or consultants of organisations – across personal behaviour, work and resource allocation, and the environment and culture at work.

Madeleine Evans is the founder and chief executive officer of Levell, a start-up with the mission to eliminate burnout, by putting well-being right along side performance, ‘on the priority list’, for people and companies. She has a background in digital and work transformation, loves design, and having started this company, is proud to also have a PhD-level knowledge of academic research on burnout and well-being at work!

Our conference moderators for the day
Paige Hodsman, Ecophon, and Mark Catchlove, Herman Miller

Drinks Social

As with all our events, everyone is welcomed to an informal drinks social immediately after the conference close. Here the discussion continues, and you can catch up with old friends and make new connections.

Conference Registration

Early Bird: £295 + VAT (1 delegate) and £545 + VAT (2 delegates) 

Standard Rate (not yet open): £345 + VAT (1 delegate) and £635 + VAT (2 delegates)

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Your registration fee includes:

  • All daytime catering: welcome tea/coffee/pastries, lunch, usual break-time refreshments.
  • The Drinks Social
  • Electronic copies of handouts where available, plus
  • Videos of presentations filmed on the day.