18th January 2010, The British Library, London
More biographies coming very soon.
Willen van den Berg
Having reduced desk occupancy by a 1/3, discover how this leading municipality in the Nederlands timed the physical, virtual and mental changes to coincide with the integration of two buildings that has created an exciting flexible and move towards a paperless work environment.
Mark has over 20 years of experience in the property industry enjoying roles in a variety of disciplines including design, project management and portfolio/estate management. In recent years he has held leading consultancy roles on numerous projects within both the private and public sectors, supporting and managing large client organisations through complex property portfolio strategies and transformational activities.
Mark joined the Strategic Property and Workplace Projects team at Capita Symonds in June 2007. Prior to joining Capita, he worked for BBC Workplace as Workplace Partner for the English, Welsh and Northern Ireland property portfolios.
Mark has a BSc Honours degree in Building from Nottingham Trent University.
Paul Clark is currently the UK&I General Manager for Plantronics. Paul joined Plantronics in 1994, setting up and leading their EMEA Marketing Operation for more than 10 years. No stranger to remote people management, Paul recruited and managed a team of professionals spread across 7 countries in the days before IP telephony, webinars and ubiquitous connectivity.
Paul is a champion for new ways of working within Plantronics, and is a founding member of the Plantronics smarter working management team. Paul has worked closely with WorkwiseUK, a not-for-profit organisation that promotes the benefits of smarter working practices within the UK.
Prior to Plantronics Paul held various technical and commercial positions, including 5 years in the high technology semiconductor industry.
Bridget heads the High Performing Property Strategy and Implementation team in the Government Estates Transformation division in OGC raising standards in strategic property asset management across central civil government. She manages the High Performing Property programme. Offices are a significant proportion of central government’s estate and Bridget’s work has been influential in changing the way offices are used by government. She was a co-author of Working without Walls –insights into the transforming government workplace (2004) and Working beyond Walls – the government workplace as an agent for change (2008). Bridget is now responsible for delivering the annual report on the efficiency and sustainability of the civil estate required by The Climate Change Act 2008.
A Chartered Surveyor, she started her career with the Valuation Office Agency.
She is a leading member of international networks The Workplace Network (TWN), the Worldwide Workplace Web (W4) and the European Public Real Estate Network (PuRENet).
Stephen has been Chief Executive of Birmingham City Council since May 2006, following a period from July 2005 when he had the role of Interim Chief Executive. He has led the Council’s ambitious Business Transformation programme, aiming to deliver high quality customer focused services, improved efficiency and productivity and increased job satisfaction. He sees cultural change within the organisation as critical to underpin successful change in process and technology.
Stephen began his career in the public sector in 1979 working as an economist for Coventry City Council. Since then he has occupied a variety of posts including Deputy Secretary of the Association of London Authorities, Head of Finance and Property Services at London Borough of Islington, a year’s secondment at DETR where he was responsible for Business Rates and Council Tax policy, and Director of Finance at London Borough of Brent. Stephen joined Birmingham City Council in February 2004 as Strategic Director of Resources.
Stephen has a BA Honours Degree in Economics from Cambridge University and is also a qualified CIPFA accountant although he always introduces himself as an “economist with an accountancy qualification!”
I am a corporate coach and strategy consultant, and founding partner of Lovework Coaching which facilitates the people change required to support the strategic objectives of our clients.
Currently I’m leading the roll-out of Brave New Work - a Lovework coaching programme to help Leaders and Teams adapt comfortably and quickly to working and collaborating in a virtual world.
Previously, I’ve worked on workplace strategy and change projects with clients such as Unilever, BP, BT and ABN AMRO, and carried out research into the engagement and productivity of people in the workplace for clients including the BBC, Microsoft, Herman Miller, Vitra and Plantronics. From this experience I’ve seen that by coaching people as they adopt new ways of working, it can stop being a battle and instead be a catalyst for great leaps forward in personal and organisational growth.
Philip is an author, commentator and consultant specialising in the impact of emerging technology on the world of work and the workplace.
He has worked with organisations such as Ernst & Young, Eversheds, McKinsey & Co, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Royal Bank of Scotland on future workplace concepts based on emerging technologies.
Philip has spoken at conferences around the world including the Wall Street Journal Europe CEO Forum on Converging Technologies and Corenet’s Global Summits in Beijing, Sydney, Orlando and Melbourne.
In 1994 he founded Cordless Group and wrote and published The Cordless Office Report. He has written three books on the future of cities, work and workplace: The Creative Office, The 21st Century Office and Space to Work (all co-authored with Jeremy Myerson) and has contributed to a number of other books including the Corporate Fool and the Responsible Workplace.
Philip is the Managing Director responsible for DEGW’s operations in the UK.
With an architectural and design background, he works with both Corporate and Public Sector organisations, advising them on how improved working environments can lead to enhanced business performance.
Prior to his current role, Philip spent over 10 years driving the growth of DEGW’s businesses across mainland Europe. He was instrumental in establishing and running DEGW’s new offices in Germany and the Netherlands in particular, and later on had responsibility of managing DEGW’s European businesses. Whilst undertaking this role he spearheaded DEGW’s approach to Client Account Management and serviced a number of pan-European key client relationships including Philips, ResMed, Swisscom, Roche, Vodafone and more recently, Rolls Royce. His work with Corporate sector clients and knowledge of local markets in Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Scandinavia has given him a highly valuable insight into the implementation of global workplace strategies on a pan- European basis.
Philip is a regular conference speaker on a wide range of workplace issues at key industry events in the UK and Europe. He is also an active member of CoreNet, the BCO, FCRE, the Workplace Consulting Organisation (WCO) and the ULI.
Currently the Head of People and Change at SA Water Corporation, Peter has held a number of senior national Human Resource, People and Change roles in the private sector in blue chip Australian and international companies. Peter’s experience now spans both the public and private sector within consumer goods and the utility industries over more than 28 years.
At SA Water Peter has been accountable for developing an ex public department into an Employer of Choice. He is accountable for Strategic Workforce Planning, Performance Management, Human Resources, Organisational Development and Culture, Occupational Health and Safety, Security and Emergency Management, as well as organisation wide Accommodation strategy. This latter initiative includes the co-location of approximately 940 staff from 3 locations into a purpose built 6 Green Star ESD building in the Adelaide CBD, including a large research and commercial analytical laboratory, in November 2008 as a fundamental component of SA Water's cultura change agenda.