Workplace Trends: Environments for Wellness and Health

Wednesday 14th October 2015, 09:30 - 17:00
RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London W1B 1AD

Who’s Attending

Places are filling fast! Registered delegates receive a full live-listing of fellow delegates - this is a shortened list of those who'll be at Workplace Trends in person. More are attending as virtual delegates!

4 Work Director
Active Facilities Management Ltd Director
AECOM Director of Workplace Strategy
AECOM Strategy Consultant
Aecom Strategy Director
Ahrend Associate
Amos Beech  
Amos Beech  
ArchitecturePLB Associate
ARP Astrance Chef de projet Confort & Santé
ARP-Astrance Senior Consultant Health, Confort and Wellbeing
Arup Associates Wellbeing and Sustainability Specialist
Atdec Pty Ltd European Sales Director
Baker & McKenzie LLP Facilities Services Manager
Baker Stuart Ltd Client Services Manager
Baker Stuart Ltd Managing Director
Blackstock Communications Managing Director
Blue Box Director
Boss Design Group Product Specialist
Boss Design Group Showroom Manager
British Council Business Support Coordinator
British Council Head Business Support
British Council Regional Asset Manager
British Council, Global Estates Assistant Regional Asset Manager
Building User Design Solutions Ltd Director
Bupa Chief Wellbeing & Public Health Officer
Burtt-Jones & Brewer Partner
Burwell Deakins Architects Founding Director
Callison Associate Principal
Cambridge Architectural Research Director
CBRE Associate Director Workplace Consulting
CBRE Director of Workplace Consulting
CD&B Architect
CD&B Consultant Senior Workplace Efficiency
Change Continuum Managing Director
Chelsham Consulting Founder | Coach | Consultant
CIMA Workplace Performance Manager
CIPD Chief Executive
CIPD Research Adviser
Clean Change Company Director
COEL Office Furniture Business Development Manager
Concerto Partners LLP Director
Condeco Software Account Manager
Cundall Partner
Cusham & Wakefield LLP Head of Interior Design
Deloitte Workplace Change Manager
Deloitte LLP Head of Environment
Department of Energy and Climate Change Health and Safety Manager
Department of Energy and Climate Change Health and Safety Officer
Dstl Porton Down Facilities Management Services
European Patent Office Head of Facility Management The Hague
Facilities Management Editor
Faithful+Gould Director
Fidelity Investments Innovation Integrator
Fidelity Investments Vice President
Fletcher Priest Head of Interiors Ltd Director
FM World Editor
Foster and Partners Designer
Foster and Partners Workplace Consultant
Frank & Brown Director
Gensler Principal
Gensler Principal, Head of Consulting EMEA
Google Facilities Manager London
Greenlight Digital Front of House Manager
HB REAVIS Slovakia Concept Specialist
HB REAVIS Slovakia Concept Specialist
HB Reavis Slovakia HR Director
HB Reavis Slovakia Senior HR Business Partner
HB REAVIS Slovakia Strategy Analyst
Herman Miller Director, Insight Group - EMEA
Herman Miller Global Account Manager
Herman Miller Insight Program Manager
Herman Miller London Regional Sales Manager
Herman Miller Senior Ergonomist
Herman Miller Specifier Account Manager
Herman Miller Specifier Account Manager
Herman Miller UK Sales Director
Herman Miller Ltd Workplace Specialist
Hoare Lea Associate
Hoare Lea Partner
HOK Director of Interior Design
Holistic Senior Account Manager
IA Interior Architects Projects Manager
Independent Consultant
Interaction Associates Director
Interaction Associates Director
Interaction Associates Managing Director
IOR Group LTD Design Director
IOR Group LTD Managing Director
ITV plc Director of Facilities and Estates
ITV plc Head of Workplace Services North
ITV plc Head of Workplace Services South
JLL Director, Workplace strategy
JLL Member of UK Board
Johnson & Johnson Medical Workplace Experience Lead
Johnson and Johnson Director
Johnson Controls Senior Space Planner
Jones Lang LaSalle Workplace Consultant
Jones Lang LaSalle Limited Associate Director
Just Practising Director
Kinnarps AB Brand/Range/Desgin Mgr
Knoll International Ltd Major Account Manager
Land Securities Head of HR and Reward
Lend Lease Head of Offices
Lendlease Leasing Manager
LMG Business Development Director
London College of Communication Timetabling Manager
London Fire Brigade Principal Property Manager
London South Bank University Space Manager
LS Inc Director
MEM Events Event Manager
Michael Laird Architects Associate Architect
Michael Laird Architects Director
Mitie Head of Marketing Strategy
Morgan Lovell Associate Director, Workplace Consultancy
MovePlan Commercial Director
National Grid Head of Corporate Property
Network Rail Head of Facilities Management
Officeworks Managing Director
Oktra Design Director
Oktra Project Director
Orangebox Ltd Corporate Business Manager
Orangebox Ltd Corporate Sales Manager
Orbit Architects Workplace Director
Peabody Director Facilities and Safety
Peabody Head of Facilities
Penoyre & Prasad LLP  
Penoyre & Prasad LLP  
Pfizer Ltd Workplace Strategist
PM Devereux Director
PM Devereux Interior Designer
Pringle Brandon Perkins+Will Principal
Pringle Brandon Perkins+Will Strategic Workplace Consultant
Project Libero Coach, Listener, Facilitator
Queen Mary University of London Assistant Director Estates and Facilities Director
Rise Art Head of Corporate Services
Saint-Gobain Ecophon Concept Developer
Santa Raymond Consultants Principal
Scan&CTRL Global Sales Manager
Schroders HSE Manager
Skanska Project Manager
Sketch Studios Design Director
Sky Workplace Director
Spacelab Director
Spacestor General Manager
Spacestor Marketing
Speak for Yourself Director
Steelcase Applied Research
Steelcase BrandCom Manager
Terrapin Bright Green Director
Tetris UK Head of Design
The Bartlett - UCL & AMA Alexi Marmot Associates Professor / Director
The Furniture Practice Director
The Furniture Practice Director
The Wellcome Trust Head of Building Operations
The Wellcome Trust Head of Facilities Management
The Wellcome Trust Health, Safety and Environment Manager
The Wellcome Trust Project Director
Tishman Speyer Senior Director
tp bennett Director
tp bennett Workplace Consultant
TP Bennett LLP Project Director
TSK Group Workplace Consultant
Tsunami Axis Limited Business Unit Head
Tsunami Axis Limited Corporate Sales
UCL PhD researcher
UK Green Building Council Director of Policy and Communications
Unispace Business Development
Unispace Furniture Consultant
Unispace Global Ltd Senior Designer
University College London KTP Research Associate
University of Exeter Head of Space Management & Planning
University of Glasgow Head of Space Planning
University of Gloucestershire Course Leader Interior Design
University of Leicester Head of Space Management
University of St Andrews Space Planning Manager
University of Warwick Associate Professor 
University of Westminster Space Manager
UWE Head of Faculty Strategic Developments
What Goes Around Limited Director
Workplace Unlimited Director
YNNO (Utrecht, The Netherlands) Junior Consultant

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Wellness, the Healthy Workplace and Active Design are the buzzwords of the moment.

The workplace has a significant impact on people’s health and well-being. Poor management of workplace health can lead to work-related ill health and to high levels of sickness absence. This gives real cause for concern, not least because of the costs involved, the impact on service delivery and the consequences for individual staff. Sickness absence is a key business issue, and it is a key indicator of how well an organisation is managed. 

0945: Health, Wellbeing & Productivity in Offices

John Alker, UK Green Building Council

This report from the World Green Building Council proposes a simple, high level framework for measuring organisational outcomes and relating those back to the physical features of buildings and employee perceptions. We're delighted to welcome John, one of the report's authors, to the stage to give an overview of the report and feedback on its uptake. 

John Alker Bio

John Alker, UK Green Building Council

John leads on programme strategy, policy, government relations, campaigns and communications, and led the development of UK-GBC's current three-year strategic plan. John regularly works in conjunction with WorldGBC and authored the high profile 2014 global report Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Offices: The next chapter for green building.

Prior to joining UK-GBC shortly after its launch in 2007, John led political communications on the EU Emissions Trading Scheme and sustainable homes campaign for the environmental charity WWF-UK, where he managed the famous trip to the Arctic with David Cameron. He has also previously worked as an MP's researcher and speech-writer in the House of Commons and in commercial public affairs.

1015: Employee Engagement and Wellbeing - A Future Perspective

Peter Cheese, CIPD

  • The wider context driving the focus on engagement and wellbeing
  • Perspectives on current practices and positioning of wellbeing and engagement across businesses
  • Trends for the future including importance of understanding outcomes and measures, utilising the science, connecting to strategy and corporate culture
Peter Cheese Bio

Peter Cheese, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

Peter Cheese joined the CIPD as chief executive in July 2012 and is leading a significant change agenda for the CIPD and for the future of the HR and Learning professions.

He had a long career at Accenture holding various leadership positions and culminating in a seven year spell as Global Managing Director leading the firm’s human capital and organisation consulting and services practice.

After leaving Accenture in 2009 and before joining the CIPD, Peter became Chairman of the Institute of Leadership and Management, was an Executive Fellow at London Business School, and continued with some consulting as well as teaching and writing.

Peter is a member of the Advisory Board of the Open University Business School, a member of the Board at BPP University, and a member of the Council of City&Guilds. He has authored numerous articles, speaks on many platforms, and has authored a book on globalisation and the trends in organisations and people management called ‘The Talent-Powered Organisation’. He holds an honorary doctorate from Kingston University, is a Fellow of the CIPD and a Fellow of AHRI, the Australian HR Institute, a Companion of the Institute of Leadership and Management, and a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute. He was voted the most influential thinker in HR in the UK by HRM Magazine in 2013.


1115: Biophilic Design for Well-Being in the Workplace

Bill Browning, Terrapin Bright Green

Biophilic design can reduce stress, enhance creativity and clarity of thought, improve our well-being and expedite healing; as the world population continues to urbanize, these qualities are ever more important. We're delighted and very excited that Bill has so kindly agreed to travel from the US and take part in our conference. 

Bill Browning Bio

Bill Browning, Terrapin Bright Green

Bill Browning is one of the green building and real estate industry’s foremost thinkers and strategists, and an advocate for sustainable design solutions at all levels of business, government, and civil society. His expertise has been sought out by organizations as diverse as Fortune 500 companies, leading universities, non-profit organizations, the U.S. military, and foreign governments.

1200: A New Approach To Resolving Office Noise

Nigel Oseland, Workplace Unlimited

Noise is one of the main causes of dissatisfaction in the office and the biggest challenge for interior designers. Noise can lead to stress, poor wellbeing, reduced performance and absenteeism. It is a psychophysical problem but the psychological element is often ignored. The latest results from a new global survey will be revealed along with a new approach to resolving noise issues.

Nigel Oseland Bio

Nigel Oseland, Workplace Unlimited

Nigel is a workplace strategist, change manager, environmental psychologist and author with 10 years research and 15 years consulting experience. He helps occupiers redefine their workstyle to create space-efficient and cost-effective workplaces that enhance business performance.

Nigel specialises in strategic briefing and alternative working; he creates workplaces that improve collaboration, enhance creativity, respond to new organisational structures, and deliver maximum value. Through his career at DEGW, AMA Alexi Marmot Associates, Swanke Hayden Connell Architects and Johnson Controls, Nigel has worked with many corporate and public sector organisations developing their workplace strategies, standards and processes.

Read more on Nigel at

1330: Chairman's Welcome Back

Neil Usher, Sky

Neil's Welcome Back to the afternoon session, followed by - 

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

1330: Workstock Pecha Kucha

In addition to chairing the afternoon session, Neil Usher will head a fast-paced Pecha Kucha session on our conference theme

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. 

- Be present online - Anke Holst: Part mum, part maker, part German. Professionally she helps organisations, and people, work differently with social technology. Just don't ask her if her name rhymes with hanky (it does)

- Flow - Dawn Eubanks: Associate Professor of Behavioural Science and Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Warwick Business School, studies leadership, creativity and innovation.

- The where of wellness - Wendy Sullivan: Co-author of ‘Clean Language: Revealing Metaphors and Opening Minds’, runs Clean Change Company and works as a facilitator, consultant, coach and trainer. 

- Why meditation isn't just for tree huggers - Doug Shaw: Wandering minstrel, fearful adventurer, artist and collaborator forever lashed to the wheel of mixed feelings, simultaneously happy and sad.

- Space and time - Jon Bartlett: Experienced facilitator and coach who lives and works with a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder. Previously he led front line teams in organisations with high intensity operations and an abundance of stressors.

- The power of taking time to think and talk well together - Dave Goddin: Leadership Development and Organisational Change consultant with a passion for people focussed change.

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

1445: Getting beyond the online survey

Simon Carter, National Grid, and Hilary Jeffery, AECOM

Objectively measuring the impact of workplace change on business performance & wellbeing: We're delighted that partners in research the National Grid and AECOM will be presenting the findings of ground breaking research on the link between productivity and the workplace.

Hilary Jeffery Bio

Hilary Jeffery, AECOM

Director, Workplace Strategy at AECOM.

  Simon Carter Bio

Simon Carter, National Grid

Simon is Head of Corporate Property at National Grid. Read more about Simon on his LinkedIn page

1545: A Glimpse into Google's Workplace Principles

Frans van Eersel, Facilities Manager, London, Google

  • Happy 
  • Healthy
  • High-Performing
Frans van Eersel Bio

Frans van Eersel, Google

Frans van Eersel started his career in the international hotel industry. After working in London and Paris, he decided to continue his career in Real Estate. The combination of hospitality and real estate is what drew him to the study International Facility Management and Real Estate in Breda.

Alongside his work as a real estate project manager in The Nederlands, he has obtained his Masters degree (Organisation of Cultural diversity) from the University of Tilburg and North West University (South Africa) in 2010.

Over the last couple of years Frans has worked as a Google Facilities Manager in the Benelux and Poland. He’s currently based in London to foster a Googley work environment that's collaborative, friendly and fun. A fast-paced environment with the highest standards of excellence.

1615: Psychological Wellbeing in the Workplace

Fiona Adshead, Bupa, and Philip Tidd, Gensler

Hot off the press, Fiona and Philip will be reporting on the findings and conclusions of recent research into this lesser talked about aspect of wellbeing in the workplace. 

Fiona Adshead Bio

Fiona Adshead, Bupa

Fiona is Bupa’s Chief Wellbeing and Public Health. She is responsible for leading work on prevention, behaviour change, workplace health, partnerships, and catalysing Bupa wide action on improving the health of the world by creating pathways to make people healthier in a commercially sustainable and globally recognised way. 

Before joining Bupa, Fiona was Director of Chronic Disease and Health Promotion at the World Health Organization, with five years’ experience as Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Director General in the UK Government, responsible for health improvement and health inequalities. This included responsibility for inequalities, tobacco control, obesity, diet, physical activity, behaviour change and social marketing in relationship to health behaviours. Fiona has also worked as a Director at PwC in their health and sustainability teams.

She is a high profile public health leader with a track record of reframing thinking and developing innovative policy and programmes at the heart of government and business.  She has extensive experience of working with the World Bank, European Commission and other international agencies. She has worked with business leaders including BiTC, WEF and WBCSD on public health and sustainability issues.

Fiona is currently an international adviser to the Royal College of Physicians, a visiting Professor at UCL, Brunel, Exeter, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is a Senior Associate at Cambridge University’s Sustainability Leadership Programme, where she teaches regularly. Fiona is also a trustee of the UK Health Forum and the London Sustainability Exchange.

  Philip Tidd Bio

Philip Tidd, Gensler

With more than 20 years of experience in workplace consultancy, real estate advising, and design and urban strategy, Philip has worked with global organizations across mainland Europe to implement workplace programs attuned to the region’s many cultural and legislative variations. As a Consulting Practice Area Leader in Gensler’s London office, where he focuses on global clients and the EMEA region, Philip has also advised numerous European public-sector organizations on how enhanced work environments can lead to improved performance. Through his conference participation, articles and blogs, Philip regularly addresses how the rapidly changing nature of work impacts people, buildings and cities. An active member of CoreNet Global, The British Council of Offices and the Urban Land Institute, Philip serves as an Adjunct Professor of the Master of Workplace Design course at the IE School of Architecture in Madrid/London. He is an Architecture Graduate of the Royal College of Art in London.

Live Tweeting the Conference

Su Butcher, Just Practising

We're delighted that Su Butcher will again be live tweeting the day's proceedings. Join in, before, during and after, using #wtrends. 

Su Butcher Bio

Su Butcher, Just Practising

Su Butcher trained in Architecture at the University of Liverpool and worked in affordable housing before becoming an academic and teacher of architecture students. She then managed three successful architects practices in London and the South East; culminating in five years with Barefoot & Gilles.
Su’s online networking began in 2004 and she has developed a reputation as the go-to person for people who want to work with architects online. She has been writing and speaking about social media in construction since 2009.
In 2011 her blog about architects JustPractising won the first Be2camp Award for Best AEC Social Media Blog, and in 2012 the ArchitectMap iPhone app (developed with Mark Schumann) won the Woobius/Building Centre Built Environment App of the year in the ‘Best Useful Tool or Guide’ category.
Su now spends her time consulting on social media strategy, talking to product manufacturers about how to sell to architects, and teaching anyone who wants to know how to use Linkedin, Twitter and Blogging to support their clients and get more business. 

Event App

All delegates will have access to our new Workplace Trends Event App. With programme, delegate and venue details this app also facilitates social networking at the event and more!

Exemplar Office Visits

We're delighted to be arranging again our optional office visits for the day after the conference, Thursday 15 October. Visits include Greenlight Digital, BBC Broadcasting Hub, and Brand Union. Further details can be found on this link.  


Registration is open now at the rate of £345 + VAT. Optional office tours on 15 October can be added to your registration at a cost of £150 + VAT. Click the Book Now button below to go to our new and easy registration system. 

Virtual Tickets

For the first time this year we're delighted to offer delegates the opportunity to take part in the conference from their office or home desk! Images from the conference main screen will be live-streamed along with the speakers' audio feed, and virtual delegates can join in the discussion via the online conference portal. And even if you miss or can't remain for the whole day, the entire proceedings will be recorded and available to you after the event. Virtual tickets are £250 + VAT per login. To reserve your spot please register via the Book Now button below.