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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


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

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