Workplace Design Show Unveils Talks Programme 2024

19th January 2024

UK)- Workspace Design Show, taking place 27-28 February 2024, Business Design Centre, London, has announced more than 120 speakers covering four key elements of discourse during its talks programme.

The Workspace Design Talks programme, which will take place in the Design Talks Lounge, designed by global design and architecture firm Gensler, will feature sessions from leading industry professionals over the event’s two days.

Speakers include Helen Berresford, Head of ID:SR, Sheppard Robson; Alan Bainbridge, Director of BBC Workplace; Naomi Sakamoto, Principal, Gensler; Matt Jackson, CEO, BDG architecture + design and Grant Kanik, Partner, Foster + Partners. The latter will be speaking as part of a panel entitled “Insights and perspectives on the convergent future of workplace” which also features panelists Yasmin Al-Ani Spence, Director, WilkinsonEyre and Nicola Gillen, EMEA Lead, Total Workplace, Cushman and Wakefield, chaired by workplace design journalist and author Helen Parton.

During the talks programme, arc editor Matt Waring will moderate a panel titled “The new aesthetic of repair and re-use: Why we need a mindset shift”, with lighting experts Ruth Kelly Waskett (Hoare Lea), Kristina Allison (AtkinsRealis UK), Dan Lister (Arup), and Simon Fisher (F Mark).

Returning for both days of the show is the FIS Conference, an in-person gathering for the non-profit representative body of the finishes and interiors sector in the UK. Sessions will provide a platform for the latest industry thinking, supporting the organisation’s aims of improving safety, minimising risk, enhancing productivity, and driving innovation in the sector. The conference will include professional insight from the likes of Chris Webb, Head of Sustainability, tp bennett; Helen Gawor, Group Director of Strategy & Innovation, ISG; Vidhi Sharma, Creative Director, Modus Workspace and Ana Rita Martins, Sustainability Lead, MCM.

Sustainability Works returns for 2024 and is held on 27 February, bringing together a selection of key figures behind the workplace market’s leading sustainable initiatives and projects. Curated by Mick Jordan, Editor of Works magazine confirmed speakers include Golnaz Ighany, Sustainability Director, BDP; Gurvinder Khurana, Director, M Moser; Pernille Bonser, CEO, Resonate Interiors and Mario Viera, Head of Sustainability, Scott Brownrigg.

The Occupiers Forum, held on 28 February, is the complete “The View from HQ”. Located in the Insights Lounge, it will provide unique insights into what employers are doing to create an engaging workplace experience. The Forum’s speakers include Steve Wright, Director of Workplace Design & Change Management, GSK; Sarah Murdoch, Corporate Real Estate Director, Visa; Sue Glew, Programme Director, The Better Workplace Programme, BT and Kate Smith, Executive Director, Occupier Consulting UK, CBRE.

Both the Sustainability Works session and the Occupiers Forum will be held in the Insights Lounge, designed by BDP.

Registration information and the full talks programme can be found on the Workspace Design Show website.