FM&Property Event, 19/20th Oct: Speakers (& Linkedin)

Thanks again to the team at Global Business Events for our invitation to another promising FM&Property Event , this time being at The Belfry, near Birmingham. For those attending (or considering attending – I believe there are 2 places left!)

I thought it would be useful to be able to read through the Speakers/Programme profiles on Linkedin (if you click on the name, below, in most cases you’ll get their Linkedin profile).

This event is another chance to meet face-2-face, in this increasingly online ‘digital’ world. Mark Dixon, the opening speaker (see below) wrote about this recently in an article titled “Why you must network face-to-face“. As he says, face-to-face contact helps to build trust, and continued:

You can start a relationship online very successfully but if you want your business to succeed, sooner or later you’ll need to meet the people you would like to turn into clients (or staff), and they will want to get together with you. So much of communication depends on facial reactions that meeting people is essential to gauging character.

Jason Awatar, the Events Director at GBE has had his team working hard again to bring 120+ ‘Heads of’ FM & Property together over the 2 days, 19-20th Oct’11. And around the same number of selected sponsors, who have a busy programme of meetings with occupiers (end-users) before they get to play golf on the afternoon of 20th. And what a great old “analogue” activity golf is!

Mark Dixon, CEO of Regus, is the opening keynote speaker on 19th, and is described as follows:

Chief executive and founder, Mark Dixon is one of Europe’s best-known entrepreneurs. Since founding Regus in Brussels, Belgium in 1989, he has achieved a formidable reputation for leadership and innovation. Prior to Regus he established businesses in the retail and wholesale food industry. Recipient of several awards for enterprise, Dixon has revolutionized the way business approaches its property needs with his vision of the future of work.

Mark has collaborated recently on a number of leading research publications with Unwired, such as VWork: Measuring the benefits of agility at work, and has been busy investing to “meet the soaring global demand for flexible workspace“.  

Barry Varcoe, Head of Global Corporate Real Estate & Facilities Management at Zurich Financial Services, is the second key speaker. Barry is responsible for all CRE and FM across 50 countries, “building on and developing the existing regional alignment to add value at the global portfolio level”. Previously, he was with RBS for around 7 years, finishing as Group Property Director. Barry is past-Chairman of CoreNet Global, and has been involved in their 2020 programme recently, as shown these YouTube clips.

Other speakers include:

Geoffrey Hibbert, Director of Workplace Strategy and Property at Nottingham City Council; taking about “painless physical, cultural and behavioural change” 

Richard Farmery, Senior FM with London’s Metropolitan Police (not on Linkedin), who will be presenting a case study on FM following the recent civil disturbances, in London and major UK cities.

Stuart Westerman, Director, Energy & Ancillary Services at Total Gas & Power Ltd, will talk about strategies to improve energy efficiency.

Wendy Cuthbert, Head of CRES UK at Barclays Bank, and Deborah Rowland, Head of FM for the Government Property Unit (part of the “Shareholder Executive”) will be talking about how we should manage a TFM supplier, and how this will change in the future.

Martin Smith, Head of Energy, Environment & Technical Services at the Royal Mail, will be talking about their “energy management journey”. Martin was also formerly Head of FM in the North region for Royal Mail, so is ideally placed to look at how energy management fits into the broader FM role.

Terry Tredget, Head of Catering Delivery & Development at G4S, will talk about coffee houses! A subject dear to my heart, that I blogged about here recently in “whats the costa this workplace“. Terry talks specifically about setting up a good coffee house ‘on site’.

Julian Lyon is Head of European RE for GE, and is well known for his work with the RICS, the Commercial Landlords Accreditation Scheme, and CoreNet Global. He has had very broad experience as a Chartered Surveyor, across Europe. His recently work is profiled here on the RICS Sustainability members register, where he answers a series of questions.

Alan Bainbridge, Portfolio Director for the BBC, will talk about “delivering the WOW factor with Property & FM”. By “WOW” he surely means ‘ways of working’, as Alan is directly responsible for leading the successful delivery of BBC North at MediaCityUK, Salford, and his role is also creating new working environments and new ways of working for the BBC, which will enable creativity, flexibility and functionality as the corporation moves into the future. Alan and other colleagues discussed this at WorkTech\’11 North earlier this year.

Leon van Leersum, was until recently Director Real Estate at Royal Philips Electronics in Utrecht, NL. He will be talking about the recipe for successful real estate outsourcing (and is now a consultant in that field).

Martin Bolton and Andrew Dean, both of the Co-operative Group, will discuss their “Good-2-Great Approach”.  

In the last session of Day 1, Iain Brodie, RICS FM Group Chair, talks about the RICS “White Book” (I gave up trying to find a good explanation on the RICS website, most of which os only open to members, so here is Building‘s view). Ian also convened a meeting at the RICS recently which I attended, with several others, which debated the obstacles ahead for professionalising FM, covered by this FMX article.

Simon Carter, Strategic Property Director for National Grid (UK & US) will talk about improving workplace efficiency and employee productivity. Simon has had a successful career in the electricity industry since 1975, in the UK, US and also having won a scholarship to study in Japan. He has been responsible for property strategy and change for the last few years.

Trevor Miles, a Senior Managing Consultant with IBM, will close the first day with a workshop on “how you can use leading technology to save you £millions”

Martin Read, Managing Editor of FMWorld, starts Day 2 by chairing a panel session with Ben Munn, Joint Global-Head for Workplace Strategy at CBRE, Linda Goodacre, Director of Estates at Morrisons, and Matthew Varley, Head of Property/Facilities at Experian. They look at the question of ‘what should the FM’s relationship be with the Boardroom?’ That old chestnut, eh? The answer generally depends on how important FM is to the organisation…

Ben continues into the 2nd session with a discussion around ‘what do we really want from the workplace?’ See Ben and Lenny Beaudoin on You Tube via WorkTechTV. (14min, Q&A live around the world…pretty good!)

Stephen Shallcroft, Head of Group Property and Facilities Management around the world at EC Harris LLP (the corporate ‘inside’, rather than the consulting services), will be talking about the benefits of applying Agile Working to an estates strategy. He has written about this in the RICS Commercial journal (RICS members only).

Sophia Brown, Global FM at Diageo, introduces a case study discussing “how to move the dial of facilities from a cost centre to a profit centre”. Sophia has had increasingly senior and international roles at Diageo over the last 8 years, and has applied her MBA skills in International Trade and International Relations to the world of FM.

Christopher Hedley, of IPD, chairs the closing session, joined again by Martin Read, Iain Brodie, and Billy Davidson, Global Property Director at Vodafone.

Then its off to the 1st tee, for those who like that sort of thing (haven’t got into golf yet myself; not sure I ever will..! But I believe there is clay shooting too…more like it 🙂 Hope to see some of you there, P

Paul Carder, Managing Director, Occupiers Journal Limited /

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