Workplace Trends: Designing for Inclusion

Wednesday 15th October 2014, 09:30 - 17:30
London 155 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 3YD

Who’s Attending

Who’s Attending

Registered delegates receive access to a live list of all delegates’ names, job titles and companies. If you are considering booking your place, you will be in good company - see below for a shortened list of those already booked to attend on 15 October 2014.

3G Office Presidente Grupo
A&Q Partnership Director
A&Q Partnership Senior Architect
Aberley Ltd Workplace Consultant
AECOM Director
AECOM Director of Workplace Strategy
AECOM Head of Offices EMEA
Agile Elephant Cofounder and CXO
Architects Journal Editorial Director
Arup Project Manager
Arup Associate - Foresight + Research + Innovation
Arup Associate
Arup Associate
Arup Associate Director
Aukett Swanke Managing Director - UK
AWA Director
BakerStuart Ltd Director
BakerStuart Ltd Space Planner
BakerStuart Ltd Client Services Manager
BBC CEO BBC Commercial Projects
Bene Business Development
Bisset Adams Director
Bond Bryan Architects Director
British Council - Global Estates Assistant Regional Asset Manager
Building User Design Solutions Ltd Director
Burtt-Jones & Brewer LLP Partner
Cahootify Relationship Development Director
Callison Europe Ltd Director
Callison Europe Ltd Associate
Cambridge Architectural Research Director
CCD Design & Ergonomics Ltd Business Development Consultant
Centre for Creative Collaboration Director
Charlotte Sweeney Associates Director
CIPD Research Adviser
ClearBox Consulting Ltd Director
Commerz Real AG Senior Technical Asset Manager
Commerz Real Southern Europe GmbH Senior Technical Asset Manager
Credit Suisse Global Head of Workplace
Derwent London Head of Development
Direct Line Group Head of Workplace Director
European Patent Office Project Engineer - Project New Main
Facilities Management Editor
Fletcher Priest Architects Head of Interiors Ltd Director
Flexible Boss Editor
Foster and Partners Designer - Workplace Strategy
Gensler Principal
Gensler Associate
Girdiefski Consulting Consultant
GVA Acuity Senior Project Manager
HASSELL Principal and Commercial & Workplace Sector Leader
HASSELL Associate
HASSELL Senior Associate
HASSELL Interior Designer
HASSELL Principal
Herman Miller Ergonomic Solutions
Herman Miller UK Sales Director
Herman Miller Insight Program Manager
Herman Miller Specifier Account Manager
Herman Miller Director - Insight Group - EMEA
HLW International Design Strategist
HLW International Associate Senior Designer
Hoare Lea Partner
Hodge Development ltd MD
HOK Senior Consultant
House of Commons Accommodation Manager
House of Commons Design and Workplace Planning Manager Subject
IDentity Consult Senior Workplace Strategist
ING MEDIA ltd Associate Director
Integral Build Project Lead - Interiors
Integrans Consulting Director
Interior Architects Managing Director - Workplace Strategies
JAMstudio Ltd Chartered Architect/Director
JLL Head of Workplace Strategy
JLL Director - Workplace Strategy
Just Practising Director
King's College London Space Planner
Kinnarps Brand - Range and Design Director
Kinnarps AB Design and Brand Manager
KKS Strategy Managing Partner
KKS Strategy LLP Strategic Space Planner
Kragelj Architects Managing Director and Chief Architect
Kragelj Architects Director Business Development
Leeds Metropolitan University Head of Space Planning
LMG Marketing
LOM architecture and design Partner
LOM architecture and design Partner
M&G Ltd Premises Manager
MCM Architecture Ltd Designer
MCS nv Business development manager
Morgan Lovell Head of Workplace Consultancy
Morgan Lovell Head of Innovation
MovePlan Commercial Director
NCC Property Development A/S Letting Manager
Newcastle University Estate Planner
Newcastle University Head of Improvements
Norman Disney & Young Associate / Interiors Section Manager
Oddbody Consulting Director
Office Productivity Network Director
Officeworks Marketing Manager
On Office Magazine Editor
onoffice Online Editor
Ove Arup & Partners International Ltd Associate Director - IT and Communications
Overbury Marketing Manager
Overbury Head of Marketing
Oxford Brookes University Associate Director - Capital Projects
Paul Morrell Consulting Director
Perfect Place Executive Vice President
Pfizer Workplace Strategist
Pfizer Workplace Strategist
Prudential - Corporate Property Strategic Planning Manager
Prudential plc Head of Strategy & Planning
PTHR Director
Ramidus Consulting Director
RBS Choice Head of Workplace
Recrion Director
rheform Managing Partner Director
Rider Levett Bucknall Associate
Royal College of Art Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design Senior Research Fellow
Saint-Gobain Ecophon Concept Developer
Saint-Gobain Ecophon Area Sales Manager
Severn Trent Water Limited Property Planning Manager
Si. Mobil Supply Chain Manager
Sky Head of Workplace Design
Sky Workplace Director
Speech Bubble EQ Director
Steelcase Senior Consultant
Steelcase Solutions Business Development Director
Steelcase Solutions Strategic Projects Director
Steelcase Solutions Strategic Projects Director
Syniverse Technologies Regional Facilities Manager EMEA
Telereal Trillium Workplace Strategy Director
The Chemistry Group Director
The Office Group CEO
The Smart Work Company Director
tp bennett Project Director
tp bennett Workplace Consultant
TSK Workplace Consultant
Tsunami Axis Head of A&D
Tuttle Founder & Social Artist
University of London deputy Director of Property & FM
University of London Director of Property & FM
University of Reading Research Engineer
University of South Wales Space Manager
University of the West of England Director of Masterplan
University of the West of England Doctoral Researcher & Tutor
UWE - Bristol Head of Faculty Strategic Developments
UWE - Bristol Senior Lecturer in Organisation Studies
Videobaby Media Director
What Goes Around Limited Director
Wirearchy Director
Wisework Ltd Director
Workplace Insight Editor
Workplace Insight Contributing Editor
Workplace Unlimited Director
Zimmer Space Design Owner

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?

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:

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.

Charlotte Sweeney Bio

Charlotte Sweeney

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. Charlotte is a Non Executive Director at the Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust. She conducted an independent review on the Voluntary Code for Executive Search firms in relation to getting more women onto boards for the Secretary of State Dr Vince Cable, which is now referred to as "The Sweeney Report".

She is Vice-Chair of the Dept of Business, Innovation and Skills external Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Panel and is leading the Lord Mayor of the City of London's Diversity Programme "The Power of Diversity" on behalf of Fiona Woolf CBE. Charlotte holds a number of NED roles in companies and charities including the City HR Association and Carers UK and, in 2014, became a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants. Over the years Charlotte has won many awards, including from Harvard, for her work in the Diversity and Inclusion field. Charlotte writes for a number of professional publications globally as well as presenting and chairing at international conferences.

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 Maslin Bio

Steve Maslin, Building User Design

Steve is a Chartered Architect, Director of Building User Design and Research Fellow at the Schumacher Institute for Sustainable Systems. He is also a member of the National Register of Access Consultants, Building Research Establishment Global Standing Panel of Experts, several British Standards Institute committees and leads efforts towards Design for the Mind guidance. He comes to this subject with significant experience of diversity, including his own personal experience and whilst working within social services. His work includes both review of existing premises and design advice for new learning environments - emphasising the importance of systems thinking when clients develop project briefs. He believes that “enabling” learning environments - informed by stakeholder engagement - leads to greater wellbeing, effectiveness and increased social sustainability.  

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.

Richard Baldwin Bio

Richard Baldwin, Derwent London

Richard, a chartered quantity surveyor by background, joined Derwent London in 2011 to take up the Head of Development role. He has over 30 years' experience in the central London office market and is responsible for the successful delivery of our refurbishment and development projects.

Relaxations: family, Chelsea football club, cricket, cycling and the arts

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 TimmsFull 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. Click on the speaker's name above to learn more about them.

Neil Usher Bio

Neil Usher, Sky

Neil is Workplace Director at Sky.

He is experienced property professional working in the sparsely populated area at the intersection of workplace, HR and social business. Neil has successfully designed, delivered and managed workplaces in over thirty countries in a variety of industry sectors.

Neil has an established personal blog (workessence), - he says becuuse "I am interested in what I do and want to talk about it and learn from others. I conceived the #workplaceblogs Twitter hashtag as a place to find great thinking, brought pecha kucha to the UK property industry, and may just be the UK’s only workplace poet".

"Use social technologies to extend my network to areas beyond property and the workplace in order to see what I do from different perspectives. I value creativity, openness, and the courage to experiment and change."

Read Neil's blog at
Follow Neil on Twitter at @workessence

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.

Paul Finch Bio

Paul Finch

Paul Finch is programme director of the World Architecture Festival; he is deputy chairman of the UK Design Council and chairman of Design Council Cabe (Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment; and editorial director of the Architectural Review and Architects' Journal.

Born London in 1949 he took a history degree at Selwyn College, Cambridge, before going into journalism. He was deputy editor of Estates Times (now Property Week), 1976-1983; editor of Building Design, 1983-94; editor of the Architects' Journal, 1994-1999, and editor of The Architectural Review 2005-2009.

He was a commissioner at CABE, and deputy chair, 1999-2007, and chair, 2009-2011. He chaired the Olympic Design Review panel from 2006-2010. He has been joint editor of Planning in London since 1992.

He received an honorary FRIBA in 1994; an honorary doctorate from the University of Westminster, 2004; and an honorary fellowship from University College London, 2006. He is an honorary fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland; an honorary member of the Royal Society of Architects in Wales; and an honorary member of the British Council for Offices. He was awarded an OBE for services to architecture in 2002.

  Paul Morrell Bio

Paul Morrell

Paul Morrell was appointed as the Government's first Chief Construction Adviser in November 2009 with a brief to champion a more coordinated approach to affordable, sustainable construction.  He is a chartered quantity surveyor and was formerly senior partner of international construction consultants Davis Langdon (now part of Aecom), where he had worked since graduating from university until retiring in 2007. 

He has extensive experience of major construction projects in both the public and private sectors, with a particular specialisation in commercial development, value management and procurement strategy and practice.
He is a Fellow of the RICS and of the ICE, and an Honorary Fellow of both the RIBA and the Association for Project Management. He served as a Commissioner on CABE from 2000 to 2008, including a term as Deputy Chairman; and was awarded an OBE for services to architecture and the built environment in the 2009 New Year Honours list. 

In Government, Paul chaired the Government Construction Board, responsible for the development of a new cross-Government construction strategy (which included strategies for the introduction of Building Information Modelling and Soft Landings), targeting a reduction of 20% in the cost of public sector construction without loss of value. He also served on the Board of the Cabinet Office Major Projects Authority; and led the BIS Innovation and Growth Team study into low carbon construction.

He now practises as an independent consultant, and is a Visiting Professor at Nottingham Trent University.


THINK! Life is too short to spend in dull spaces

Lee Penson, Penson

This covers life at work in general with many many photos of what PENSON has done & is working on for people like JayZ, Beyonce, Jaguar Landrover. 

Lee Penson Bio

Lee Penson, Penson

Lee founded & continues to ring fence globally renowned Architecture, Interior Design & Structural Design studio "PENSON". With the likes of Jay-Z, Sky TV and Google as regular clients and an enviable collection of very special HQ projects under his belt, Lee is one of the world’s leading architect-cum-interior designers in the sphere of offices, with high-profile projects globally.

Life in Lee’s eyes is far too short and this drives his desire that all things “office” should enhance the quality of life to, from, at and out of the office for everyone. His own life away from work involves tinkering with (and occasionally playing) his collection of custom electric guitars and what he describes as “boisterous” ocean yachting.

See more about Penson at

Si. Mobil Case Study

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

Client and Architect take us through the case study of their Si. Mobil project in Slovenia detailing the planning, management and execution of the project, which involved people management as well as design & construction.

Alenka Kragelj Eržen Bio

Alenka Kragelj Eržen, 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.

Francisco Vazquez Medem Bio

Francisco Vazquez Medem, 3GOffice

I believe in flexible working for a better work-life balance.

I am an international workplace consultant and architect with expertise in facility management, workplace strategies, work-life balance policies, business needs analysis, corporate architecture & interior design, engineering, and corporate project management. Speaker on workplace innovations and business issues.

As a President of 3g office Consultancy Group, I lead a group of high qualified professionals working in the EMEA and LATAM regions, with offices in Spain, Portugal , Brazil, Panama, Peru, Colombia and Chile. 

Specialties: Workplace Consulting, Facility Management Consultancy, Corporate architecture & Space planning. 

Francisco blogs at

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.