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Agile competition at Convention

08 October 2012

This year’s Workplace Week Convention, organised by Advanced Workplace Associates as part of Workplace Week, will challenge conventional thinking on organisations and the infrastructure that supports them. The theme is Competing with Agility.

The convention, supported by the Anywhere Working Consortium and hosted by Microsoft at its offices in Victoria, London on Thursday 8th November 2012, offers a great line-up of speakers who will try to answer some key questions facing business leaders and those that manage property and support services:

? Faced with the most challenging economic climate for over 60 years, how can organisations become lean, yet still meet their obligations to clients, employees and shareholders?
? Are cost cutting, downsizing and de-layering the only options or are there alternatives?
? How can organisations attract and retain the best talent in the market place?
? What is the role of HR/FM/Real Estate/IT/ Business Leaders in delivering agility

Convention speakers include Mary Ann King of Microsoft; Mark Wood, chairman of JLT Benefit Solutions; Alan Bainbridge from the BBC and Artin Hovesepian of HSBC Europe, along with Andrew Mawson and Karen Plum of Advanced Workplace Associates.

Mark Wood is one of the UK’s most successful financial figures, founder of Paternoster UK, previously chairman of AXA and Prudential and currently Chairman of JLT Benefits Solutions Ltd. Mark will be speaking on The future world of business and stuff…agility as an organisational capability.

Alan Bainbridge, Portfolio Director for the BBC estate outside London, will address Creative Agility as a way of life. He recently lead a major stakeholder exercise in delivering transformational workplaces in Salford. Alan is a passionate advocate of the role property can play when done properly, and is committed to using the best in British manufacturing and fabrication to support this.

Artin Hovesepian is the Head of Capital Projects and Workplace for HSBC Europe. He has led the creation and implementation of Global Workplace Standards for HSBC along with colleagues in Hong Kong. The challenge facing HSBC, like most corporates, is gaining peoples 'buy in' to alternative working styles which ultimately shape the fundamental approach and ethos of a firm. Artin’s presentation is entitled Agility driven from the top.

Delegates to the Workplace Week Convention will benefit from the experience of another financial services sector workplace expert. Tim Yendell is the Head of The Choice Programme, Design and Moves at RBS where he leads the company’s global cultural change programme for workplace and working pattern flexibility.

The 2012 Workplace Convention follows last year’s event held in Canary Wharf and is part of Workplace Week. To secure a place at the Workplace Convention visit 

Workplace Week 5th – 9th November is a week-long series of visits and events designed to showcase and celebrate innovation in work practices, processes, design and technology). All proceeds will go to the Children in Need Charity, with an ambitious target of £20,000 to be raised.

There are some fascinating workplace visits available this year, including PWC at More London Place near City Hall; Innocent Drinks at Fruit Towers, Ladbroke Grove; and The Guardian at King’s Place. But the visits aren’t confined to London. You can also visit Media City on Salford Quays, the new northern home for the BBC. All together there are nine visits currently available to be booked, with more to be announced soon.

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