Agile Working Event Programme 2017

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Event Agenda

08:00 – 08:50

Registration and Networking


08:50 – 09:00

Welcome and opening remarks from the chair- Peter Thomson, Managing Director, Wisework


09:00 – 09:20

Keynote – Fiona Cannon OBE, Group Director, Inclusion and Diversity, Lloyds Banking Group


09:20 – 10.10: Leadership Panel

Question time – your chance to ask organisations that have successfully implemented and campaigned for agile working, how they did it and what pitfalls to avoid

  • Help me to convince the board that we should implement agile working
  • How do I successfully measure the success of agile working?
  • What barriers to change might I face internally and how do I overcome them?
  • Explain how I can promote the investment for the long term, and not be seen as a cost for the short term

Lesley Giles, Director, The Work Foundation, Lancaster University

Sebastien Bonicel, Head of Analysis & Agile Delivery, EON

John Eary, Director, The Agile Orgnisation

Michael Ramlakhan, MD, Timeless Tech


10.10 – 10.40

Agile Working and Technology Trends

An overview on what Polycom see as being the key trends in technology and how this will continue to shape the evolving world of work. This session will also look at how unified communication has been successfully implemented across a broad range of industries and the key outcomes for business.

Tim Stone, VP Marketing EMEA, Polycom


10.40 – 10.55

Flexible working – a systematic and objective methodology to achieve competitive advantage

This session will focus in on the results of a recent survey which explores designing an organisational philosophy for flexible working.

Mercer will answer questions such as: Does it provide a commercially competitive advantage? How easy is it to accommodate the need to ramp up or down resources according to changes in workflow? How far are organisations intending to use more temporary / contingent workers in the future?

Mercer will demonstrate a systematic solution to achieving a consistent approach to flexibility in the workplace that minimises the risk that flexibility dissolves into chaos

Yvonne Sonsino, Innovation Leader, Mercer


10:55 – 11:25 Networking Break


11:25 – 11:45

Delivering a Global Agile Working Programme

  • The significant benefits of Agile Working for global firms
  • The EY Agile Working Programme 
  • The six behaviours key to implementing Agile Working  
  • The future of Agile Working

Karin Lutz, Global Strategy & Analysis, Lead Partner – Global Markets, EY


11.45 – 12.05

The Collaboration Conundrum

Technologies have untethered us, but collaboration requires us to come together, create purpose and trust each other. Distance can reduce trust and cohesion, but giving an increasingly diverse workforce choices as to how they work increases individual wellbeing and productivity.
What do we need to think about to solve the collaboration conundrum? Do leaders have to become perfect party hosts? How do we balance the challenges between “we” and “me”?  Is our inner caveman holding us back?

Dr Nicola J. Millard, Head of Customer Insight & Futures, BT Global Services Innovation Team


12.05 – 12.25

Making the business case for agile working and getting buy-in from the board

Your guide to ensuring the best possible take up internally by key stakeholders

Nick Whitely, Managing Director, hfx


12:25 – 12.50

Case Study – EON, moving towards an agile workforce.

Sebastien Bonicel, Principle Business Analyst, PAREXEL and former Agile Coach, EON


12.50 – 13.50  Networking lunch


13.50 – 14.20

Creating a work-life balance

  • Research on what flexible working delivers for organisations
  • Supporting employers in creating workplaces which encourage work-life balance for everyone
  • Solutions for maternity / paternity leave

Sarah Jackson OBE, CEO, Working Families


14.20 – 14.35

Agile Working: Getting it Right from a Legal Perspective

– Legal framework for dealing with agile working requests

– Practical tips for dealing with agile working requests

Jane Wheeler, Partner, Hine Legal

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14.35 – 14.55

The Shift – How to build a proactive, measurable & modern employee health strategy

During this session, Suzy will share how leading organisations are building a comprehensive and proactive health strategy with measurable outcomes for mental and physical health, and, why this is approach can create a massive uplift in employee health and employee engagement.

Suzy Levy, Managing Director, The Red Plate and Non-Exec Director, The Home Office


14.55 – 15.15

Agile Working and Fundamental Human Needs

In this session we share Herman Miller’s point of view and ongoing discoveries about Human Dynamics + Work – all grounded in research and first-hand experiences.
We explore our fundamental human needs – purpose, belonging, achievement, autonomy, status, and security – and ask ourselves how are these defined? What is their priority?
What are their implications for Agile Working, Technology and Tools, and places?

Mark Catchlove, Director Knowledge and Insight Group, Herman Miller 


15.15 – 15.45  Networking Break


15.45 – 16.05

Keynote Presentation – Punks in Suits: The Future of Leadership in a Bossless World

Leadership “agent provocateur”, author and speaker, Blaire Palmer, asks whether big business is facing its biggest crisis yet – the end of the Industrial Age – and what kinds of leaders we will need if our most established companies are to survive the upheaval.

Blaire Palmer, CEO, That People Thing


Workplaces that move people to do more

Your business deserves to make more money. Find out how Spectrum Workplace has helped industry giants like Amazon, start-ups and everything in-between become more productive and profitable by focusing on the three pillars of agile working – management, technology and workspace design.

Joshua Fidler, General Manager, Spectrum Workplace


16:25 – 16.30

Chair’s closing remarks


16.30 – 18.00

Networking Drinks Reception