Workplace Trends: Designing for Inclusion

Wednesday 15 October 2014, 9:30am - 5:30pm.
London 155 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 3YD

The theme of this year's October conference is Inclusive Design and Management. It's increasingly accepted that a more diverse workforce brings clear business benefits that go beyond legislative compliance. But how can we engage with, and design for, all employees, and create a welcoming, productive workplace for everyone?

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Our programme

Neil Usher (@Workessence and Workplace Director at Sky) and Nigel Oseland (Workplace Unlimited) will co-chair the day. Our programme includes presentations from:

Charlotte Sweeney Bio    Neil Usher Bio    Nigel Oseland Bio

Keynote Presentation

Charlotte Sweeney, Vice-Chair of the Dept of Business, Innovation and Skills external Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Panel

Charlotte has specialised in large-scale change programmes with a focus on diversity, inclusion, engagement and wellbeing for over 15 years. She is seen as a thought leader in her field and works with companies and executives from the private, public and third sectors to drive leadership and cultural change. Charlotte worked for Blue Chip companies in the Financial Services sector for 25 years (Barclays, Barclays Capital, HBOS and Nomura International) before creating her own consultancy.

Designing for Mind and Body

Steve Maslin, Building User Design

How might environments prevent diverse people from doing good work? Steve takes a frank look at what a workplace’s physical and sensory environment could be saying about their brand by exploring employee/customer journeys. Does your workplace rely too much on trendy concepts that sound good but are in reality deterministic and disabling?

Steve will highlight the significance of how our minds differ - when it comes to processing sensory inputs - and how this could tell us something about how we might create environments that enable diverse people to do good work.

Steve is a Chartered Architect and Research Fellow at the Schumacher Institute for Sustainable Systems. He is also a member of the National Register of Access Consultants, BRE's Global Standing Panel of Experts, as well as serving on several British Standards Institute (BSI) committees.

Meeting the Occupier's Needs

Richard Baldwin, Head of Development, Derwent London

Critical to the success of Derwent London has been the ability to meet occupiers needs. A vacancy rate of 1% on available space and successful pre-letting of various schemes in development, is testament to delivering space which meets the occupiers needs.

Occupiers' needs have typically centred around location, rent and rates. Other factors, such as volume, branding, flexible occupation, amenity, health and sustainability are becoming increasingly important.

Three Derwent London projects, Tea, Buckley and White Collar Factory, are reviewed to illustrate how Derwent London have evolved to meet changing occupiers needs in the past, present and future.

Workstock Pecha Kucha Session

Neil Usher will head a fast-paced Pecha Kucha session on our conference theme with guests:

Brian Condon, Lloyd Davis, Jon Husband, Gareth Jones, Richard Martin, Anne Marie McEwan, Janet Parkinson, Euan Semple, Andy Swann, Doug Shaw and Perry Timms. Full details here.

PechaKucha or Pecha Kucha is a presentation style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each (six minutes and 40 seconds in total). The format, which keeps presentations concise and fast-paced, delivers maximum information in a measured time-frame (don't worry, we are recording all sessions for delegates' playback later!).

After Lunch Debate: "Does one size fit all or should we embrace individuality?"

Paul Morrell and Paul Finch

As is now famously traditional at Workplace Trends conferences, our two distinguished guests will lead the debate with their lively and entertaining introductions.

Case Study

Lee Penson, Penson

We're delighted that Lee will be joining our speaker line-up to take us through his recent experiences including his work with Google on their London SuperHQ.

Si. Mobil Case Study

Alenka Sevcnikar, Si. Mobil with Alenka Kragelj Eržen, Director and Principal Architect, Kragelj Architects

Alenka Kragelj Eržen has conducted in-depth research and studies on how buildings affect the environment, their occupants, and the efficiency of business organizations. She is the author of more than thirty articles in the fields of architecture and interior design expert and frequent guest programs and thematic discussions. Kragelj Architects have recently completed a large project with Si. Mobil in Slovenia and will be making a joint presentation with their client o take us through this fascinating case study.

Challenges in implementing Agile Working in Latin countries

Francisco Vazquez Medem, Presidente 3GOffice

Francisco will take us through some fascinating projects including Deloitte, Repsol, Kelloggs, and covering counties as diverse as Peru, Trinidad & Tobago, Lisbon and Madrid.

Our first date – people meet place, place meets people

Chris Kane and David D'Souza

Chris and David will talk about the emerging 'Beyond the Workplace Conversation' and the benefits of FM, Property, Workplace design and HR working together to shape the workplaces and practices of the future. They will offer an insight into the journey so far and the preconceptions they each had about the other's profession.

The day will close with a round-up by Nigel Oseland, our afternoon chair and programme director, and our drinks reception where delegates can continue the discussion, catch up with friends and colleagues, as well as make new connections.


Registration £295 + VAT per person.

Group rates: If booking more than one person at a time, all registrations after the first person will automatically benefit from a 20% discount.

Last year's conference was a sell-out so please book early to take advantage of these special rates.

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