Workspace Design Show


2021 Workspace Design Talks Agenda

4th November

10.20 – 10.45

Keynote Address

Linda Hausmanis, CEO, Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management

The Lynchpin Profession

10.55 – 11.45

Commercial Interior Designs to Inspire Creativity & Innovation

Chairperson: Mark Eltringham, Publisher, Workplace Insight & IN Magazine


Angela Bardino, Design Principal, Jacobs

Collin Burry, Design Principal, Gensler

Jack Pringle, Managing Director, Studio Pringle

11.50 – 12.35

Designing Environments to Improve Employee Wellbeing

Chairperson: Peter Brogan, Head of Research & Insight, IWFM


Alan Bainbridge, Head of Workplace & Corporate Real Estate, BBC

Sheela Shukla, Director, Design, BDP

Oliver Heath, Biophilic Design Ambassador for Interface, Oliver Heath Designs Ltd.

12.45 – 1.30

Developing & Implementing the Inclusive Design Guide & Inclusive Design Standards

Chairperson: Terry Gunnery, Director of Design, AECOM


Claire Ness, Inclusive Design Lead, HMRC

Stuart Horne, Deputy Director, Service, Design and User Experience, HMRC

Jonathan Eccles, Head of Workplace Design, Government Property Agency

1.40 – 2.15

Designing the Experience of the Future Workspace

Chairperson: Daniel Gava, Brand Strategy Advisor, Architecture & Design Industry


Natasha Bonugli, Founder and Creative Director,The Bon Collective

Erik Behrens, Creative Director, AECOM

2.25 – 3.10

Incorporating Flexibility into Workspace Design

Chairperson: Andrew Linwood, Head of Hospitality, Areen Design


Robert McLean, Head of Real Estate and Design, PwC

Andy Bradshaw, Director of Property and Workplace, DLA Piper

Emily Harding, Workplace Design and Culture Lead, Aviva

3.20 – 4.05

Co-creation: A Path to Business Results

Chairperson: Mick Jordan, Editor, Mix Interiors


Zoe Humphries, Regional Director, AECOM People & Place Advisory

Ed Hoban, Associate Director, Head of Workplace, The Furniture Practice

Maria Papadopoulou, Associate, Interior Designer, Perkins & Will

4.10 – 4.55

Designing Products for the Future Workspace

Chairperson: Joe Cilia, Technical Director, FIS


Yorgo Lykouria, Creative Director and Founder, Rainlight

David O’Coimin, Director, Nookpods

Ana Rita Martins, Senior Associate, Sustainability & Design, Woodalls Design

5.00 – 5.45

Impact of Office Design on Brand Identity

Chairperson: Mark Eltringham, Publisher, Workplace Insight & IN Magazine


Maz Mahmoudi, Director, 3equals1design

Ben Grave, Director, DThree Studio

Anna Chimes, Executive Creative Director, Landor & Fitch

5th November

09.45 – 10.20

Future of Work: Hybrid – A Passing Phase or Here to Stay?


Neil Usher, Chief Workplace and Change Strategist, GoSpace AI

Bertie Van Wyk, Workplace Specialist, MillerKnoll

10.25 – 11.10

Overcoming Obstacles to Sustainable Commercial Architecture

Chairperson: Isabelle Priest, Acting Managing Editor, RIBA Journal


Luke Tozer, Founder, Pitman Tozer Architects

Matthew Holloway, Principal, Grimshaw Architects

Richard Holland, Director, Holland Harvey Architects

11.15 – 12.00

Sustainability – Can we have it all?

Chairperson: Neil Usher, Chief Workplace and Change Strategist, GoSpace AI


Deepak Parmar, Design Director, MCM Architecture

Stephen Guy, Chief Integration Officer and Chief of Staff, McCann Group

May Fawzy, Founder, MF Design Studio


Data Driven Designs to Improve the Employee Experience

Chairperson: Tim Oldman CEO, Leesman


Gill Parker, CEO, BDG Architecture + Design

Caroline Pontifex, Director, Workplace Experience, KKS Savills

Cristiano Testi, Principal Director, tp bennett

1.00 – 1.30

Colour & Materials and the new normal – what now for the workplace?

Chairperson: Karen Haller, Founder, Karen Haller Behavioural Design Consultancy


Raluca Timbala, Founder, RIT Interior Design

Vidhi Sharma, Creative Director, Modus Workspace

1.40 – 2.25

Designing Better Co-Working Spaces

Chairperson: Hamish Kilburn, Editor, Hotel Designs


Dom Dugan, Creative Director, Oktra

Nasim Köerting, Head of Design, The Office Group

William Stokes, Co-Founder and CEO, Co-Space

2.30 – 3.20

The Impact of Sustainability Trends on Lighting Design

Chairperson: Sophie Parry, Technical Application Consultant, Zumtobel


Susan Lake, Design Director, SLLD

Lauren Lever, Founder, Minoux Lighting Design, LLD.

Paul Nulty, Founder Nulty Lighting

3.30 – 4.10

Products Shaping the Future Workspace

Chairperson: Daniel Gava, Brand Strategy Advisor, Architecture & Design Industry


Stephen Philips, Associate, Product Designer, Arup

Richard Benson, Creative Managing Director, Fjord, part of Accenture Interactive

About Workspace Design Talks

A must attend conference bringing you interactive panel discussions, uncovering the future for the UK’s workplace interiors market.

Offices and workplaces in the UK are undergoing huge change, and our speakers will provide challenging and wide-ranging perspectives on the future of workspaces. Hear from architects, interior designers, end-user occupiers and workplace strategy experts about the latest issues and current trends that are shaping our employees’ workplace experience.

The Design Talks Lounge is hosted by international furniture specialist, The Furniture Practice. Designed with flexibility and comfort in mind, the Lounge will showcase some of the world’s most inspirational furniture brands, creating a relaxing meeting space between panel discussions.

Participating Brands

2023 Speakers

Kate Smith,
Executive Director at CBRE

Anita Glenn,
Head of Workplace Design at AstraZeneca

Collin Burry,
Design Principal at Gensler

Toni Riddiford,
Head of Office & Workplace at Stride Treglown

Nick Gaskell,
Partner, Workplace Sector Lead at Hawkins\Brown

Dr. Vanessa Champion,
Partner, Editor and Founder at Journal of Biophilic Design

Steve Brewer,
Founding Partner at Burtt-Jones & Brewer

Mbali Chase,
Associate Director at iPWC

Lee Polisano,
Founding Partner & President at PLP Architecture

Dom Dugan,
Creative Director at Oktra

Dr. Vanessa Brady OBE,
Founder & CEO at The Society of British and International Interior Design (SBID)

Ed Hoban,
Associate Director – Head of Workplace at The Furniture Practice

Tulin Kori,
Associate Partner at Foster & Partners

Cristiano Testi,
Principal Director at tp bennett

Faye Robinson MSC MSLL,
Founder at Treacle Studio

Hamish Kilburn,
Editor at Hotel Designs

Georgia Elliott-Smith,
Managing Director at Element 4 and UN Special Junior Envoy for Youth and the Environment

Jack Pringle,
Founder & Director at Studio Pringle

Kael Gillam,
Principal Lighting Designer at Hoare Lea

Lewis Barker MCR,
Director of Workplace & Real Estate EMEA, ServiceNow

Natalie Smith,
Principal at Perkins&Will

May Fawzy,
Founder, MF Design Studio

Mick Jordan,
Editor at Works

Michelle Harwood,
EMEA Real Estate Director at Norton Rose Fulbright LLP,

Neil Usher,
Chief Workplace & Change Strategist, GoSpace AI

Nasim Köerting,
Head of Design, The Office Group (TOG)

Daniel Gava,
Brand Strategy Advisor, Architecture & Design Industry


Scott Rominger,
Creative Director at WeWork


Suzy Wright,
Senior Manager at UK Office Estate Strategy, BT

Tim Oldman,
Founder & CEO at Leesman

Andrew Tuck,
Head of Property / Workplace Services at Nationwide Building Society

Naomi Sakomoto,
Senior Associate at Gensler

Michael Dowds MRICS,
Head of Workplace Design Standards at Department for Work & Pensions

Grant Kanik,
Partner at Foster + Partners

Tina Norden,
Partner at Conran & Partners

Christos Passas,
Director at Zaha Hadid Architects

Bernie Mitchell,
Coworking Advocate, Blogger & Podcaster

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“What the workplace sector needs right now is expertise to come together to explore and experiment on our future places. The Workspace Design Show Talk’s offered just that – providing an environment where all parts of the design supply chain put their heads together to question the possibilities we have, as we all navigate the next normal. It was fantastic to be a part of a panel of experts who will help shape this future.”

Matthew Holloway

Principal, Grimshaw Architects
“Given the 18 months we have been through the Workspace Design Show was pure joy – to be able to meet designers, manufacturers and suppliers in person again for real connection, conversations and collaboration. The calibre of talks and panellists was exceptionally high, discussing real and relevant topics and I was honoured to chair a session. I’m looking forward to the next show in February 2023.”

Karen Haller

Founder, Karen Haller Behavioural Design Consultancy
“The show had a real buzz about it which was exciting to see. It was good to see all the products on display – perhaps as we get back to working in new ways, we will see more variety of furniture settings.”

Sheela Shukla

Director, Design, BDP

“It was a genuine pleasure to take part, and the feedback has been tremendous. On the day the organsiation was super, and I really enjoyed doing both my sessions. There seemed to be a real joy at being ‘back in the room’.”

Neil Usher

Chief Workplace and Change Strategist, GoSpace AI
“The Workspace Design Show was just the tonic that our community needed after the isolation and worry of the pandemic – like-minded people in the same place, catching up to see, touch, hear and speak about design!”

Cristiano Testi

Principal Director, tp bennett
“Deciding to exhibit at the Workspace Design Show was great for the AllSfär team. After such a long time of not seeing people face to face it was an ideal opportunity for us to meet highly relevant contacts and showcase our latest products and colour range. The show was a huge success for us, delivering new leads and quality enquiries. We’re already planning our stand for the next show in 2023!”

Chris Michaeloudis

Head of Marketing, AllSfär
“As the Official Talks Partner, it was great to be part of the first WDS, we felt it was a huge success! I thought the talks were all really interesting and something unique in the UK market.”

Ed Hoban

Associate Director, Head of Workplace, The Furniture Practice