Workplace Trends: wellbeing & performance (London UK, 25/26th Oct)

by Paul Carder on October 1, 2012

If you are in the UK or Western Europe in late October, this event is now a fixture in workplace managers’ diaries; the main conference is on 25th Oct, with an optional informal dinner later. There are also optional visits on 26th Oct. Quick link for booking: here (use our code OJ2012 to receive 10% discount for the Conference on 25th Oct.)

Our friends Nigel Oseland (in the ‘Chair’) and Maggie Procopi of Merlin Events (or MEM), have assembled a great line-up of speakers, once again this year for this one-day conference (plus optional dinner and tours* the following day).

I recommend Workplace Trends to you all: designed by the ever-thoughtful Dr Nigel Oseland, and driven by professional events producer Maggie, this is a finely tuned event, now in its 10th year! Maggie says, “Every presentation has an ample allocated time-slot with time for questions built in – we don’t do discussion or speculation panels – excepting the now traditional and entertaining post lunch debate between Paul Morrell and this year, Neil Usher.”

Title: “Workplace Trends: Wellbeing and Performance”
Date/Time: Thursday 25 October 2012, 9am – 5.30pm, followed by drinks (*tours on 26th Oct)
Location: One Bishop’s Square, London, E1 6AD (the Auditorium of Allen&Overy, a global law firm)

Speakers include:

Nic Marks, of the Centre for Well-Being at NEF, which “researches policies, measurement tools and every day actions that help us increase well-being”.  You can watch him here on TED.com
Mark Duddridge, from Ginsters, the bakers famous for those roadside snacks! (confused? well-being? you’ll just have to wait and see what he has to say!)
Jane Abraham, a Healthy Workplace Advisor, with European Centre for the Environment and Human Health, part of the Exeter University Medical School, in Devon UK. Jane advises the Centre’s research team on current Government policy, good practice and research around the world on work and health, and how to translate the evidence into local business needs.
Marie Puybaraud PhD, joins from Paris, where she is Director of Global Workplace Innovation at Johnson Controls GWS, a global researcher who probably needs little introduction!
Catherine Gall, Research Director at Steelcase since 2004, and co-author (with Beatriz Arantes) of the interesting book “OFFICE CODE : Building Connections Between Cultures and Workplace Design” (2009).

The afternoon will be chaired by my good friend Philip Tidd of Gensler, where he is now Head of Consulting for EMEA region. He is also one of the contributors to the blog GenslerOnWork, and you can follow Phil on twitter where he often posts useful links to articles and information that he has spotted (he spends a lot of time in airports!)

Paul Morrell, a former Senior Partner with DLE, and now UK Government Chief Construction Adviser, a very experienced professional, whom you can preview here on the RICS Media Centre – “Influencing Policy”
Neil Usher, General Manager – Group Property at Rio Tinto. That’s his day-job! But you may know him better as “Blogger, Tweeter, Lyricist, Workplace-writer, Provocateur” (and “Dad” as he says!); He is on twitter as @workessence and his thoughtful blog of the same name.
Pawel Wargocki, from Technical University of Denmark, who is also President of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ). Pawel is an expert in the relationship between indoor air quality and human performance.
Louis Lhoest, Partner, International Business at Veldhoen + Company, a company well-known for their process, Activity-Based Working (ABW), and projects such as Macquarie Bank in Sydney.
Ian Humphray, Workplace Manager at Severn Trent Water, who is “managing a major culture change programme ensuring people are prepared and engaged in the workplace changes that are impacting on them”.
Doug Shaw, of What Goes Around Limited, and columnist for HR Zone, a leading online resource for HR professionals, and has been published in several magazines.

Conference Dinner, Thursday 25 October, 7.30pm – 11pm: For those ‘in town’ on the Thursday night the organisers have arranged an informal evening meal at The George, just a few minutes walk from the conference venue.

*Optional Office Tours, Friday 26 October:
– PricewaterhouseCoopers, 7 More London, 10:00am-11:30am
– Lend Lease, Regents Place, 1pm-2pm
– Unison HQ, 130 Euston Road, 2.30pm-3.30pm

Book now! (use our code OJ2012 to receive 10% discount for the Conference on 25th Oct.)

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