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  • Why Workplace Futures

    Each year’s Workplace Futures programme is carefully designed to focus closely on current and emerging issues in FM, bringing together some of the best speakers available to shed light and share information. Too many industry events do little more than scratch the surface or offer little more than thinly veiled sales presentations. You’ll get neither from Workplace Futures.

  • Why you should attend

    Workplace Futures is unique. Unlike most events in this industry which simply come and go, this conference builds each year on the success of previous years. Consequently, we have a strong and loyal following, combined with new and fresh interest in each new programme – each of which is designed to deliver real insights and practical advice drawn from frontline experience as well as focused research.

  • Who should attend

    The day is designed specifically for people responsible for FM actions and decisions, whether they are involved in communicating, marketing, selling, procuring or developing services - and, of course, those on the ground implementing and delivering those services, too. Basically, anyone with a genuine interest in the industry and its future.

  • An outstanding track record

    Workplace Futures was launched in 2007. In the years since, more than 270 speakers have offered experience, insights and advice to well over 4300 delegates. The conference theme changes each year to reflect current issues and trends: in the past we’ve looked at the convergence of disciplines and services, the business imperatives of people and profit, the commoditisation challenge, strategic partnerships and innovation.

  • The pre-eminent FM event

    Workplace Futures provides a unique opportunity to identify – and help shape – the future of FM. This is an industry that plays a critical role in the success of virtually every private and public sector organisation. Join in the debate – make your mark on the business – get involved in this important event.

Speakers

Conference speakers for 2022 – please see the programme for full details.

Yetunde AbdulHead of Climate Action – UK Green Building Council

Sustainability and Green Building specialist with a track record of creating and maintaining inclusive, collaborative, engaged working environments winning over sceptical stakeholders and enabling successful deliver of pioneering initiatives, challenging projects, those taking there first steps in contributing to making a positive sustainability impact.

Yetunde AbdulHead of Climate Action – UK Green Building Council

Sustainability and Green Building specialist with a track record of creating and maintaining inclusive, collaborative, engaged working environments winning over sceptical stakeholders and enabling successful deliver of pioneering initiatives, challenging projects, those taking there first steps in contributing to making a positive sustainability impact.

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Claire Atkins MorrisDirector Corporate Responsibility, Sodexo UK & Ireland

Sodexo has committed to being carbon neutral by 2025 and reaching net zero by 2045, and Claire is making that happen. She is focused on setting realistic and achievable targets to decarbonise the business, and on delivering on social value commitments. Claire has an MSc in Environment Management and is a Chartered Environmentalist and an external assessor for the Institute of Environment Management & Assessment.

Claire Atkins MorrisDirector Corporate Responsibility, Sodexo UK & Ireland

Sodexo has committed to being carbon neutral by 2025 and reaching net zero by 2045, and Claire is making that happen. She is focused on setting realistic and achievable targets to decarbonise the business, and on delivering on social value commitments. Claire has an MSc in Environment Management and is a Chartered Environmentalist and an external assessor for the Institute of Environment Management & Assessment.

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Ian BakerHead of Workplace, EMCOR UK
Ian BakerHead of Workplace, EMCOR UK
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Guy Battle CEO, Social Value Portal

Guy set up the Social Value Portal in 2015 to provide an online solution for measuring, procuring and managing social value. He is also creator of the National Social Value Measurement Framework (the National TOMs), which has become the most widely used methodology for measuring and reporting social value in the public sector. Guy also chairs the ESG committee for the British Council for Offices, as well as the zero-emissions mobility solution Riversimple.

Guy Battle CEO, Social Value Portal

Guy set up the Social Value Portal in 2015 to provide an online solution for measuring, procuring and managing social value. He is also creator of the National Social Value Measurement Framework (the National TOMs), which has become the most widely used methodology for measuring and reporting social value in the public sector. Guy also chairs the ESG committee for the British Council for Offices, as well as the zero-emissions mobility solution Riversimple.

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James BradleyChief Operating Officer at Churchill Group

James is COO at Churchill Group, one of the largest independently-owned soft service providers in the UK. James has a keen interest in digital technology and is excited about the future opportunity our sector has to positively affect social, economic and environment challenges.

James has extensive experience in the property and FM outsourcing sectors, having previously held senior operational roles, at a FTSE 250 Outsourcer.
James has a 1st class Civil Engineering Masters Degree from the University of Birmingham and is a voluntary co-chair for Emerging Workplace Leaders. In 2015 he won the PFM ‘Young Leader of the Year’ award.

James BradleyChief Operating Officer at Churchill Group

James is COO at Churchill Group, one of the largest independently-owned soft service providers in the UK. James has a keen interest in digital technology and is excited about the future opportunity our sector has to positively affect social, economic and environment challenges.

James has extensive experience in the property and FM outsourcing sectors, having previously held senior operational roles, at a FTSE 250 Outsourcer.
James has a 1st class Civil Engineering Masters Degree from the University of Birmingham and is a voluntary co-chair for Emerging Workplace Leaders. In 2015 he won the PFM ‘Young Leader of the Year’ award.

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Jeremy CampbellExecutive Director Marketing & Business Development, EMCOR UK
Jeremy CampbellExecutive Director Marketing & Business Development, EMCOR UK
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Reid CunninghamStrategic Development Director, BAM FM

Reid leads sustainability improvement activities for BAM FM, including low carbon and net zero projects throughout the UK. He also sits on the IWFM Sustainability Special Interest Group and is the author of IWFM's 'Energy Benchmarking' guidance note. Reid was also a member of the steering group for the new 'Environmental Good Practice in FM' published by CIRIA in 2021.

Reid CunninghamStrategic Development Director, BAM FM

Reid leads sustainability improvement activities for BAM FM, including low carbon and net zero projects throughout the UK. He also sits on the IWFM Sustainability Special Interest Group and is the author of IWFM's 'Energy Benchmarking' guidance note. Reid was also a member of the steering group for the new 'Environmental Good Practice in FM' published by CIRIA in 2021.

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Matt DracupPlan Zero Client Development Director, Technical Services Mitie

Matt is a professionally qualified Chartered Energy Engineer and Chartered Energy Manager with considerable technical and strategic experience in energy and carbon management across a variety of industrial, commercial and public sectors. He leads on the development of propositions and client net zero solutions at Mitie, supporting organisations in carbon assessments, setting ‘Plan Zero Pathway’ strategies and implementing carbon reduction projects.

Matt DracupPlan Zero Client Development Director, Technical Services Mitie

Matt is a professionally qualified Chartered Energy Engineer and Chartered Energy Manager with considerable technical and strategic experience in energy and carbon management across a variety of industrial, commercial and public sectors. He leads on the development of propositions and client net zero solutions at Mitie, supporting organisations in carbon assessments, setting ‘Plan Zero Pathway’ strategies and implementing carbon reduction projects.

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Georgia Elliott-SmithManaging Director, Element Four

Georgia is an Environmental Engineer with over 20 years’ experience as a sustainability professional in the property and construction industry. She is a WELL Building Standard Accredited Professional and Fitwel Ambassador, a Chartered Environmentalist, Member of the Institute of Environmental Management of Assessment, and a UNESCO Special Junior Envoy for Youth and the Environment.

Georgia Elliott-SmithManaging Director, Element Four

Georgia is an Environmental Engineer with over 20 years’ experience as a sustainability professional in the property and construction industry. She is a WELL Building Standard Accredited Professional and Fitwel Ambassador, a Chartered Environmentalist, Member of the Institute of Environmental Management of Assessment, and a UNESCO Special Junior Envoy for Youth and the Environment.

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Keith FinniganHead of FM, Crown Commercial Service

Keith leads the FM Category team at CCS, developing the strategies that support Commercial Agreements to enable public Sector buyers to engage the market efficiently and compliantly. He has been involved with the workplace and FM sector for over 25 years, transferring his knowledge and skills from the private sector to CCS seven years ago.

Keith FinniganHead of FM, Crown Commercial Service

Keith leads the FM Category team at CCS, developing the strategies that support Commercial Agreements to enable public Sector buyers to engage the market efficiently and compliantly. He has been involved with the workplace and FM sector for over 25 years, transferring his knowledge and skills from the private sector to CCS seven years ago.

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Chris HaversProgramme Director – Sustainable Facilities Management Index

Chris joined Acclaro Advisory in January 2018 with 7 years of experience in the environmental services sector. His chief responsibility is to lead the strategic direction of the SFMI and build on the success of the project and expand its impact.

Chris HaversProgramme Director – Sustainable Facilities Management Index

Chris joined Acclaro Advisory in January 2018 with 7 years of experience in the environmental services sector. His chief responsibility is to lead the strategic direction of the SFMI and build on the success of the project and expand its impact.

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Lucy JeynesManaging Director, Larch Consulting

Lucy is a founding director of Larch Consulting, an award-winning advisory practice which specialises in FM and workplace. Her team work with a wide range of commercial, public and charity organisations in the UK and internationally. She is a judge of the Technology in FM Awards and a member of the RICS Strategic FM Advisory Group. Lucy has been voted a Pioneer of FM and one of the 20 Most Influential Women in FM.

Lucy JeynesManaging Director, Larch Consulting

Lucy is a founding director of Larch Consulting, an award-winning advisory practice which specialises in FM and workplace. Her team work with a wide range of commercial, public and charity organisations in the UK and internationally. She is a judge of the Technology in FM Awards and a member of the RICS Strategic FM Advisory Group. Lucy has been voted a Pioneer of FM and one of the 20 Most Influential Women in FM.

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Mike LynchClimate Solutions Lead, NatWest Group

Mike’s team works with colleagues, customers, suppliers and innovators to introduce solutions in support of NatWest’s 2025 Climate Positive goals.

Mike LynchClimate Solutions Lead, NatWest Group

Mike’s team works with colleagues, customers, suppliers and innovators to introduce solutions in support of NatWest’s 2025 Climate Positive goals.

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George LilleyManaging Director, Eric Wright FM

George brings 30 years of board-level experience within the defence, nuclear, industrial and commercial sectors to his role at Eric Wright, a group focused on delivering investment and positive outcomes in social value and sustainability more generally. He is passionate about growing business in a sustainable manner and has always championed employee engagement and customer advocacy as key ingredients in this objective.

George LilleyManaging Director, Eric Wright FM

George brings 30 years of board-level experience within the defence, nuclear, industrial and commercial sectors to his role at Eric Wright, a group focused on delivering investment and positive outcomes in social value and sustainability more generally. He is passionate about growing business in a sustainable manner and has always championed employee engagement and customer advocacy as key ingredients in this objective.

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Martin PickardManaging Director, FM Guru

Martin Pickard’s career in facilities began as a mailroom assistant in 1970, culminating in his more recent reputation as the FM Guru. For 50 years he has worked as facilities manager, service provider, trainer and consultant in operational, strategic and leadership roles. A habitual FM activist, he was involved in the creation of many of the building blocks of modern facilities management including the AFM, IFMA UK and the BIFM. In 2015 he received the BIFM (now IWFM) Lifetime Achievement Award followed in 2016 by the PFM Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award, both for his contribution to the facilities management industry. Martin has chaired the annual Workplace Futures conference for most of its 15-year run, receiving praise every year for his skills and insights, as well as his sense of humour. Now semi-retired, he is applying his talents to poetry and art, working with the Parkinson’s Art organisation and performing as The Shaken Word.

Martin PickardManaging Director, FM Guru

Martin Pickard’s career in facilities began as a mailroom assistant in 1970, culminating in his more recent reputation as the FM Guru. For 50 years he has worked as facilities manager, service provider, trainer and consultant in operational, strategic and leadership roles. A habitual FM activist, he was involved in the creation of many of the building blocks of modern facilities management including the AFM, IFMA UK and the BIFM. In 2015 he received the BIFM (now IWFM) Lifetime Achievement Award followed in 2016 by the PFM Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award, both for his contribution to the facilities management industry. Martin has chaired the annual Workplace Futures conference for most of its 15-year run, receiving praise every year for his skills and insights, as well as his sense of humour. Now semi-retired, he is applying his talents to poetry and art, working with the Parkinson’s Art organisation and performing as The Shaken Word.

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James StanderManaging Director, Sustainable Advantage

James Stander trained as an ACA before moving into M&A where he spent five years advising FMs on strategy and supporting a number of transactions. More recently, seeing the importance of sustainability within bids and the lack of support for companies, he set up Sustainable Advantage. Today the business supports over 350 clients and 15,000 locations on utility procurement and management, as well as ESG.

James StanderManaging Director, Sustainable Advantage

James Stander trained as an ACA before moving into M&A where he spent five years advising FMs on strategy and supporting a number of transactions. More recently, seeing the importance of sustainability within bids and the lack of support for companies, he set up Sustainable Advantage. Today the business supports over 350 clients and 15,000 locations on utility procurement and management, as well as ESG.

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Testimonials

See what other people are saying about us.

Fiona Perrin
Fiona PerrinChair, Independent Builders Merchants Group

“Workplace Futures is one of the only ‘must-attend’ events in the FM calendar because it is unafraid to position industry disruptors alongside thought-provoking leaders – and then demand that the audience joins in to debate the issues. The networking is superb, too.”

Simon Jacobs
Simon JacobsCMO EMEA, SoftBank Robotics

“The Workplace Futures conference consistently challenges the thinking in our industry and provides the platform for consideration of best-practice concepts. Never afraid to be contentious and challenge the status quo, this is achieved not for the sake of it but to really move things forwards.”

Lucy Jeynes
Lucy JeynesManaging Director, Larch Consulting

“The Workplace Futures conference is an anchor event in my calendar. For me, it’s the thinking person’s FM event – it doesn’t have to cater for a broad church of junior members with “FM For Dummies” sessions, but is pitched at a level which engages and challenges the senior figures in the sector, as is evidenced by its delegate-list of decision-makers (this makes for some of the most interesting and useful networking).

The conference programmers clearly have their fingers on the pulse, working hard each year to identify the issues of the day and the important trends. The presenters are high-quality and their content is challenging, plus the snappy slots mean that no one gets to drone on for too long.

On-trend topics with skilled, engaging presenters and a high-level audience lead to great interaction and dialogue. This is a don’t-miss day.”

Mark Rogers
Mark RogersSales & Marketing Director, Corps Security

"Workplace Futures is one of the few events I make every year because it focuses on the core of performance and leadership, coupled with great insight. The one-time move to online will be sustainable, I’m sure – I’ll be there for the content - but I can’t wait for the face-to-face conference to resume. I have been a supporter of i-FM.net and this conference from the very early days as the best source of industry insight."

Nick O’DonnellDirector of Estates & Facilities, King's College London

"Workplace Futures is one of the few events I make every year because it focuses on the core of performance and leadership, coupled with great insight. The one-time move to online will be sustainable, I’m sure – I’ll be there for the content - but I can’t wait for the face-to-face conference to resume. I have been a supporter of i-FM.net and this conference from the very early days as the best source of industry insight."

Rory Murphy
Rory MurphyCommercial Director, VINCI Facilities

"Workplace Futures remains the most relevant and challenging FM conference of the year, a conference that is not afraid to tackle the key issues of the day head on. Workplace Futures combines high quality content with a desire to engage and stimulate audience participation and debate. As a past panellist, presenter and attendee, Workplace Futures always offers great content, significant opportunities to network and is delivered in a relaxed, engaging but highly professional way."