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Our 2014 Smartworking Summit Series

Now in their second decade, our tri-annual Smartworking Summits have grown to be an outstanding success and a must-attend diary fixture for all concerned with the changing nature of work.

Throughout 2014, we hosted over 500 executives from forward-looking organisations at our 37th, 38th and 39th Summits.  Each of the attendees heard compelling experiences from nineteen ‘unplugged’ prestigious leaders in a PowerPoint-free environment, with each of leaders sharing their own personal journeys commonly from different starting points and almost invariably towards different destinations.

Without exception, every attendee of our unique Summits benefitted from being amongst “leaders learning from leaders”.



Paul Preston, former Chairman, Unilever.  
Paul believes that you can get spectacular results from people & teams. However it doesn’t happen by chance.


Greg Searle MBE, Triple Olympic medal winner.  
Gold, Barcelona ’92 – Bronze, Atlanta ’96 – Bronze, London 2012. Talking about elite business performance.


Caroline Waters, OBE.  
34 years at BT, 10 years as Director, Deputy Chair of  Human Rights Commission.


Dr. Nicola Millard, BT’s experience futurologist.  
Nicola combines paychology with trend analysis to anticipate what might be around the corner.


Jason Gissings, Co-Founder, Ocado.
Providing insights into creating a new business and new workplace.


Chris Mellor, Chairman NHS Peterborough Regional Steering Group.  
Chairman Milton Keynes, NHS Foundation Trust.


Shane Mitchell, Head of Cisco’s connected Urban Development.
Creating innovation for large metropolitan areas.

James Rule, CIO People & Organisation ThomsonReuters.
Considering the shift from transactional to transformative data.

Ann Pickering, Group HR Director, Telefonia O2.
Discussing changing workplace.


Jane Harley, Head of Talent & Acquistion, Alvarez & Marsal.
Jane shares her 20-year experiences of securing the ‘right’ skills in a global market.


Carrie Barber, Head of Strategic Workforce Planning, Jaguar Land Rover.
Talking about JLR’s amazing transformation & their ‘Working Smarter’ programme.


Malcom Whitehouse CBE, CIO RSA Insurance.
Former Director of the Government Universal Credit programme.


Billy Davidson, Group Property Director, Vodafone.
Billy discusses his decade of managing 4,500 buildings at a £750m/year


Seamus O’Loughlan, Vice President Global Real Estate, American Express.
Considering the construct of office space & whether it’s fit-for-purpose.


Simon Carter, Group Property Director, National Grid
Discussing ‘smart workspace’ across 1,100 properties.


Chris Kane, Head of BBC Workplace.
With 616,000 sq m space, Chris discusses creating the right workplace for the world’s most creative organisation.


Barry Flack, BT Openreach HR Director.
Reflecting on >20 years leadership responding to diverse, constantly changing cultures.


Dave Coplin, Chief Envisioning Officer, Microsoft.  
Discussing why work isn’t working.


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