Get up close and personal with the pathfinders that are leading the debate about the future of offices.
With Derwent since its inception, Paul became CEO in 2019 and has been responsible for some of the company’s biggest projects, including London headquarters for Burberry and Expedia. He is a director of the Sadler’s Wells Foundation, Vice Chairman of the Westminster Property Association and a member of the British Council for Offices.
This year Cressida has concluded British Land’s five-year sustainability programme and been involved in the development of the FTSE100’s new forward strategy, which aims to see the list’s entire portfolio become net zero carbon by 2030. Before joining BL in 2017, she led corporate affairs for Quintain Estates and Developments.
With thirty years’ experience and involvement in flagship schemes, Alan has a wide understanding of the property market and its supply chain. He has led delivery of the BBC’s award-winning MediaCityUK in Salford and the new BBC Wales HQ in Cardiff – major change programmes with property, people and facilities at their heart.
Helen is responsible for asset management, leasing and performance at Argent’s landmark King’s Cross development. There she has secured some of London’s largest commercial office deals of the last decade, including Google, Deepmind, Facebook, Sony Music, Nike and Universal Music. She has a strong interest in workspace design and innovation, especially around wellbeing and sustainability.
Tim began his career in transport design and moved quickly to workspace. While advising global organisations on workplace strategy, he’s developed new models, tools and theories that, in 2010, led to the founding of Leesman, provider of the first independent pre and post-occupancy tool. His attention is currently focused on the shift to dispersed workforces and homeworking.
Since 2004, Katrina has built a leading practice in workplace strategy and interior architecture that is now part of the Savills group. She has won multiple awards for innovation and inspirational leadership and is a past president of the British Council for Offices.
Arjun has twenty years’ experience in user-centred workplace design. At Zaha Hadid he has run over twenty office and workplace projects worldwide. As head of workplace consulting at Foster & Partners, he led US projects including Hearst Tower, 425 Park Avenue, Apple HQ and the Comcast Innovation and Technology Centre.
Dan leads the BNP Paribas’s tenant representation team with a focus on the London office market. He has advised the likes of the Government Property Agency, Transport for London, Bloomberg, News UK and EBRD on major London office projects over 10 years. He is a Board member of British Council for Offices.
Karen’s workspace experience extends from the UK to Europe. She is currently leading the design of the City of London’s tallest tower, now nearing completion. Her built work includes 4 Cannon Street and Qatar Airways’ new Mayfair-based HQ. She lectures widely on European architectural practice and the influence of technology on design.
Responsible for all investment activities at Hines, he has recently been involved in projects in London and Birmingham and serves as Project Officer for the company in Europe.
Melanie joined Allied London in 2015 taking responsibility for operational and asset strategy development across the company’s active property portfolio, most particularly the St John’s / Enterprise City development in Manchester. After initiating the revival of the old Granada Studios TV assets as a commercial proposition in late 2015, Melanie established industry links with media/TV client-base and has developed the operating model for studio and workspace, delivering major lettings and studio hires over the past five years. With 20 years experience, Melanie has worked on diverse portfolios and projects during her career so far: from Barclays Capital, managing locations of high commercial value and operational importance across UK and EMEA, to heritage properties and town centre management for a local authority, and UK-wide regional management for global managing agent CBRE.
A leader in the hospitality sector with 30 years’ experience, Dexter founded his architecture and design practice in 1992. Now one of the UK’s top 100 architectural practices, its recent projects include a new co-working brand in Kenya, initiatives to transform hotel lobbies and prestigious hotel builds in London.
As an investor, entrepreneur and tech enthusiast, Arnie is dedicated to investing in companies that disrupt the built environment. He previously led the corporate venture arm of CapCo (FTSE 250) and was a senior executive at Bloomsbury AI ($30m+ exit to Facebook), The Collective ($400m in debt and equity financing) and Rocket Internet's HelloFresh ($2.5bn IPO).
Entrepreneur and venture capital investor Faisal founded Pi labs in 2015. His company is now one of the world’s most active investors in prop-tech start-ups with a portfolio of over 50 companies. He is also the founder of Spire Ventures, a personal investment business focused on traditional property companies.
Jeremy is on a mission is to educate, connect and inspire industry with the benefits of new realities technologies. He has supported the VR and AR initiatives of the World Economic Forum and sits on the advisory board of ImmerseUK, agovernment supported network for businesses, research and education organisations involved in immersive technologies.
An enterprise SaaS marketing leader, Meyer helps accelerate growth, boost marketing capabilities, and scale the business. He is responsible for developing the essensys brand, communications strategy and increasing customer demand across all markets. Meyer brings with him a wealth of experience leading the marketing functions of industry-focused software businesses, most recently as marketing leader at Fourth, as well as the global tech research and advisory firm Gartner.
Calum is a best-selling author on artificial intelligence, focused on how it impacts the way individuals, societies and economies work. His writing is informed by a thirty-year career in journalism and business, during which time he has been a marketer, strategy consultant and CEO. Having studied philosophy at Oxford, he believes science fiction to be philosophy in fancy dress.
Justin is a co-working and flexible workspace visionary with more than 17 years’ experience in
building and implementing software solutions to make office spaces operationally more
efficient. He has recently joined Yardi to develop its co-working business in the UK and Europe.
Before that Justin founded Hubcreate, a business centre software provider later acquired by
Julia is the Founder and CEO of
Streets Consulting, the business development, marketing
and communications consultancy working with clients –
from early-stage startups to some of the world’s largest
organisations. She has enjoyed a 25+ year career in
financial services and previously held senior executive
positions at the stock exchange group NYSE Euronext
and the international brokerage firm, Instinet.
An award-winning journalist with forty years’ experience, Clive edited AV Magazine for ten years before taking up is current role. He has also written for national press on both sides of the Atlantic and launched the first business TV channel for the IT and telco industry – The Computer Channel.