The Agile Working London 2018

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After its successful inaugural event in London in 2017, The Agile Working Event returns for its second year.

Once again the event will bring together HR, Estates and Facilities business leaders from across both the public and private sector. Debating and providing insight on the future of work this event is aimed at those with responsibility for implementing smarter ways of working as more and more organisations consider an agile working approach.

A very comprehensive overview from different angles with some excellent speakers

Senior HR Partner, London School of Economics

This event explores the workplace of the future, whilst it continues to challenge and evolve workplace practise and new and existing policies when it comes to the way a business functions. Unlock critical results from case studies from across the UK and beyond from firms that have successfully implemented award winning smarter working strategies. People, Place, Culture and Technology are all key pillars for consideration and they’re covered in detail at The Agile Working Event

Inspirational speakers with evidence-based sessions from a wide array of industries.

HR Director, Rolls-Royce plc

New ways of working is now a boardroom discussion and The Agile Working Event includes a programme of influential speakers, debating panels, workshops and networking sessions where delegates can ask questions, exchange ideas and share experiences on a subject that has the potential to change the world of work, forever.

Richard Burton, Head of Innovation, EDF Energy
Richard Burton, Head of Innovation, EDF Energy

Richard has over 20 years experience within HR and business transformation in the energy and financial services industries.

Tom Westall,  Head of Hubs and Offices, Lego
Tom Westall, Head of Hubs and Offices, Lego

Tom leads Lego’s global facilities management strategy across the UK, Paris, Munich, USA, Singapore & Shanghai.

Mark Swales, Director of Estates and Facilities, Sheffield Hallam University
Mark Swales, Director of Estates and Facilities, Sheffield Hallam University

Mark has worked in senior roles since 1988 with a strong focus on development of commercial, residential & facilities management services.

Nicola Millard, Customer Insights & Futures, BT
Nicola Millard, Customer Insights & Futures, BT

Dr Nicola Millard heads up Customer Insight & Futures in BT’s Global Services Innovation Team.

Gareth Davies, Global Head of Health and Safety, Nokia
Gareth Davies, Global Head of Health and Safety, Nokia

Gareth leads the delivery of the Nokia health and safety strategy to meet the needs and demands of its customers and employees.

Claire Odgers, Regional Head of Property for Europe and Americas, Standard Chartered Bank
Claire Odgers, Regional Head of Property for Europe and Americas, Standard Chartered Bank

Claire has held many senior roles within Standard Chartered Bank, directing and leading on all aspects of facilities management function.

Yvonne Sonsino, Partner, Innovation Leader Europac, Mercer
Yvonne Sonsino, Partner, Innovation Leader Europac, Mercer

Yvonne has a proven global track record in senior HR roles, including in-house corporate roles in two continents.

Neil Usher, Former Workplace Director, Sky
Neil Usher, Former Workplace Director, Sky

Internationally experienced senior workplace, facilities and change management leader, skilled in all areas of the property lifecycle.

Event Agenda


08:15 – 09:00 Registration and Networking


09:00 – 09:10 Chair’s Welcome and Opening Remarks

Yvonne Sonsino, Partner, Mercer


09:10 – 09:40: Opening Keynote Address

Getting Agile Right – Tales from a Trailblazer


09.40  – 10:10: Leadership Panel

‘Agile’ Perspectives from the Boardroom

  • What does a convincing argument for agile working look like?
  • What role does the C-suite play in framing, shaping and implementing an agile business culture?
  • Overcoming internal barriers
  • Assessing the technologies that have the biggest impact on workspace
  • The bottom line – assessing the true commercial benefits of an agile environment

3 leading executives from some of the UK’s leading companies will take to the stage to discuss tactics and strategies for creating more agile work environments to foster innovation and  growth in an era of rapid change!   


10:10 – 10:40: The Secret Sauce of Successful Flexible Working – creating the physical environment, providing the tools, adapting your employment policies

  • Connecting people and creating connections between people – what’s the difference between the two?
  • The view of and the impact of flexible working and the changes in remote working on different generations
  • Approaching flexible and remote working that ensures that the wellbeing of your people is enhanced not eroded
  • How to figure out what will work for you

Gareth Davies, Head of Health, Safety & Environment, Nokia  


10:40 – 11:10: Networking Break


11.10 – 11.40: Case Study Session

Delivered by EG Solutions


11:40 – 12:10 Harnessing AI to Improve Workplace Efficiency

Speaker to be announced shortly


12.10-12.40: Pinpointing Cultural Commonalities to Promote Increased Workplace Collaboration

As much as we all need to respect the differences between cultures if companies focus on commonalities and what unites   groups of employees this will allow for increased collaboration and lead to heightened business performance!

Oliver Baxter, Insight. Programme Manager, HermannMiller 


12.40-13.45: Networking lunch


13.45-14.15: From the Horse’s Mouth: Creating an Award-Winning Agile Workplace

  • Sheffield Hallam University – a glimpse inside one of the most flexibly-designed workspaces in the world.
  • Paperless objectives and agile workspaces – achieving success, overcoming hurdles
  • How agility has led to increased talent attraction and retention
  • Does one size fit all – top tips

Mark Q Swales,  Director of Estates and Facilities – Facilities Directorate, Sheffield Hallam University 


14.15-14.45: Case Study Session


14.45-15.15: Connecting the Dots Between Workspace Design and Talent in the Millennial Today

Providing a variety of scenarios for a variegated range of work-related activities is an ambition of most progressive employers; however, are they effective? Is workplace design actually generating greater mobility and making employees more creative and productive?  Do you even know what your employees want? What does  a successful “agile” workspace look like in practise? Drawing on his experience working with BSkyB, Neil will draw upon a number of case study examples to demonstrate how a variety of different workplaces drive employee satisfaction and foster talent acquisition and retention.

Neil Usher, Former Workspace Director, BSkyB


15.15-15.45: Creating a Collaborative Workspace

  • The top 3 benefits of collaborative working
  • Facilitating a culture of collaboration – what does a collaborative workspace look like?

Claire Odgers, Regional Head of Facilities Management, Africa and Middle East, Standard Chartered Bank


15.45-16.15: Networking Break


Agile Workplace Challenge!

16.15 – 16.50: The Biggest Drivers for Agile Working Under the Spotlight – 4 different perspectives, 4 different speakers, no slides!  

In this highly entertaining and thought-provoking session, panelists will have 5 minutes to champion what they feel is the biggest driver for agile  working in the UK!   Can you convince your CEO that greater agility is an absolute imperative?

The audience will then have the opportunity to vote on the most compelling pitch!  The winner will get a prize!

Cost and Efficiency – Nicola Millard, Head of Customer Insight & Futures, BT

Changing Demographics and Workforce  –  Tom Westall,  Heads of Hubs and Offices, Lego

Technology and Creating Agile Teams –  Richard Burton, Head of Innovation, EDF Energy


16.50-17.00: Closing remarks from the chair



Please join us for canapés and drinks to close the conference. 


Agile Working Event Partners 2018


CommsTrader is the latest news & reviews platform for the Unified Communications industry.

e.g solutions

e.g solutions

eg solutions is a provider of enterprise workforce optimisation software, specialising in the back office.

Future of Work Insights

Future of Work Insights

Future of Work Insights provides global insight, intelligence and the latest trends around the future of the workplace

Herman Miller

Herman Miller

HR Tech Weekly

HR Tech Weekly

HR Tech Weekly publish and curate selective content about HR Tech, HR & Future of Work for the HR community globally.



Lifesize delivers award-winning conferencing technology that gives your organization the power to connect and collaborate effectively.



Mercer is a global consulting leader in talent, health, retirement and investments.

The Agile Organisation

The Agile Organisation

The Agile Organisation is a niche consultancy providing practical advice & support to clients focused on corporate agility & culture change



Videonations provide and install audio visual solutions and fully integrated high definition video conferencing systems.



Quidnunc is a specialist business development and communications consultancy

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15th March 2018
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America Square Conference Centre
No.1, America Square
London, EC3N 2LB United Kingdom