Workplace Futures 2022 preview

Workplace Futures is a firm fixture on the FM events calendar and we’re doubly looking forward to this year’s conference that it is now back to the live-in person event that we know and love. 2022 Workplace Futures takes place on Tuesday 22nd February at One Great George Street, London, SW1.

This year’s theme is FM & Sustainability: the social, environmental, and commercial challenge. This is such a broad topic but so fundamental for any organisation, no matter how large or small, to act. Sustainability should aim to achieve the balance between economic, environmental, and social impacts through the effective management of resources while maximising organisational profitability. With a content rich agenda, and a coveted speaker line up, Workplace Futures will discuss how.

The speaker line up for this year includes a warm welcome from Martin Pickard, renowned industry expert and MD at FM Guru. This will be followed by sustainability challenges and opportunities from Yetunde Abdul, Head of Climate Action – UK Green Building Council and then Keith Finnigan, Head of FM – Crown Commercial Service will talk about implementing procurement policies to drive progress. Georgia Elliott-Smith, Managing Director – Element Four will discuss how FM can proactively tackle climate crisis.

Following these keynote sessions, the day will be split into three focus areas: Managing social value network, going greener, and the commercial opportunity.

Managing social value network

Definitions, strategies, tactics and outcomes, Guy Battle, CEO – Social Value Portal

Making the case for getting involved, George Lilley, Managing Director – Eric Wright FM

The social value and impact of diversity & inclusion in the workplace, Sophie Ransome, Head of HR & Kelly Dolphin, Head of Learning & Development – Atalian Servest

“D&I programmes should be primarily colleague led, with board level involvement to ensure actions are driven through to fruition. By empowering colleagues to have a significant influence on the corporate D&I agenda, organisations can ensure the policies align with the real needs of their workforce. Colleagues should be empowered and feel confident that their experiences and backgrounds are listened to, and they have a platform to champion change.”  

Sophie Ransome, Head of HR, Atalian Servest

Going Greener

Sustainability & FM: setting the scene, Chris Havers, Programme Director – Sustainable Facilities Management Index

Understanding net zero and FM’s role in the campaign, Mike Lynch, Climate Solutions Lead – NatWest Group

The measurement challenge: demonstrating success, Reid Cunningham, Strategic Development Director – BAM FM

The commercial opportunity

Doing the right thing is good business, James Stander, Managing Director – Sustainable Advantage

Good for business: decarbonising client estates, Matt Dracup, Plan Zero Client Development Director – Mitie

Appetite for Action – tackling food waste is not an option, it is an imperative, Claire Atkins Morris, Director Corporate Responsibility – Sodexo UK & Ireland

Collaborative working that works, Jeremy Campbell, Executive Director Marketing & Business Development – EMCOR UK

“True collaboration can help us with real people engagement and the sustainability agenda in its broadest context. I believe that by working closely together we can really hit those not just mission critical but life critical agenda targets. As an industry, we need to do this to attract more people to FM, to make a difference and to create a better world.”

Jeremy Campbell, executive director, EMCOR UK

The price of change – finding the money for action on sustainability, Kirti Rudra, Energy and Carbon Solutions Director – EQUANS

The importance of longer-term thinking, James Bradley, COO – Churchill Group

The Technology in FM Award winner will also be announced during the conference and the event will be summarised by Lucy Jeynes, Managing Director – Larch Consulting who will conclude with key call to actions.

Register for Workplace Futures 2022

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We’ll post a recap blog shortly after the event. To read that and our other industry event round-ups, check the sector news section of our blog.

Sabrina Stubbs