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Our 2016 Smartworking Summit Series

Our 2016 Smartworking Summit programme went to new heights, with a new all-day venue and a 250-cabaret seating auditorium that hosted a capacity c-suite audience for all three events.

New for 2016 were six more intimate round table sessions during the afternoon of each Summit that offered a deeper dive into the business-critical topics of the day.

The 15th March Summit explored “stepping up to the workplace diversity challenge”.  With organisations increasingly saying they’ve stripped the labour market, that offices are in the wrong location and are not fit for purpose.  This Summit explored creating the right work space and culture for this challenge.  Debating these challenges were;

Simon Morys, Head of Government ‘Whitehall Campus’ transformation Tom Ball, CEO Near Desk Chris Hood, Managing Director Workplace Innovation CBRE
Michael Roper, Global Vice President FM, SAP Lucy Adams, former BBC HR Director Sarah Shields, Executive Director and General Manager, Dell

The 8th June Summit explored “creating today’s place for tomorrow’s talent”.  While organisations may roughly know how many employees they will have in twelve months’ time, there is no possible way of knowing what jobs they will be doing or how they will be working.  With productivity down by 17% over the last decade, this Summit explored dwindling productivity and how to reverse the trend.  Debating these challenges were;

Greg Searle MBE, Triple Olympic champion and Gold medal winner Simon Hay, CEO Dunnhumby Richard Bandell, CEO GRG
Cheryl Kennedy, Director of Digital Services, Barclaycard Josefin Holmberg, Director Business Transformation, Thomson Reuters Richard Copley, Head of Transformation, DWF llp
Johnny Dunford, Director of CRE, BNP Paribas        

The 5th October Summit explored “unlocking the full potential of women at work”.  Put simply, WE’RE RUNNING OUT OF WORKERS.  A joint study by the Department for Work & Pensions and the Office for National Statistics showed that the UK will have 13.5 million job vacancies over the next decade but only 7 million people will be leaving schools and universities during that same period.  This Summit explored how this stark talent shortfall can be addressed.  Debating the challenge were;

Caroline Waters OBE, Vice Chair Equalities & Human Rights Commission Caroline Rainbird, Managing Director Corporate Services, RBS Charlotte Hogg, Chief Operating Officer, Bank of England
Julie Brown, Director of Finance, Cafcass Andy Williams, CIO, Save the Children International Chris Kane, former CEO Commercial Projects and Head of Corporate Real Estate, BBC
Onno Willemse, Senior Director Global Business Philips Lucy Adams, former BBC HR Director