13:40 – 14:20 delegates will choose to attend one of a selection of sessions, more details to follow soon
3A The future of work and how this will reshape the workplace
The notion of work has undergone a process of perpetual change as a consequence of innovations in technology, efficiency, and communication that continually challenge the way we consider and define our work environment and practices. The very future of work is itself being shaped by powerful forces: What changes could be in store for the workplace, the workforce, and the nature of work itself? What do we need to do to prepare for them, and how can the public and private sector work together to harness these changes for the benefit of our organisations and employees? This session will explore these questions, as well as discuss the Government’s own Smarter Working programme as Departments embrace this transition to new ways of working.
Martin Sellar, Programmes Director, Government Property Agency (Chair)
Richard Graham, Strategic Lead: A Great Place to Work, Office of Government Property
Natasha Stern, Partner, McKinsey & Company
Jane Clay, Principal, Gensler
Jon Himoff, Managing Director, Unwork Labs, Unwork
3B The future of Town Centres/High Streets
Town Centres and their High Street’s purpose have been evolving for decades as shopping habits have changed. However, the change currently occurring is perhaps the most fundamental for generations. The vitality and vibrancy of our town centres is however much more than sales strength of some retailers, but about the ability for a community to have ownership of the strategy, for housing and employment growth to be supported, for each location to develop its own USP’s and for it to be less about shops and more about place. The Public Sector have numerous roles in the delivery of this agenda and without collaboration, leadership and the implementation of a plan then the evolution may well come forward in a way that impacts on the sustainability of a town for many decades to come.
In this panel session, Alan Harris will be discussing collaboration between the community, public and private sectors. How place making, event management and the curation of places are a fundamental component to any plan and that leadership must come from local government who can be clear on the vision of the location, through their understanding of what their community needs.
The Future High Streets fund will also be discussed and the aims for infrastructure investment, land assembly, circulation around and through the town, housing delivery and the part technology has to play.
Alan Harris, Head of Public Sector, Montagu Evans
Matthew Hopkinson, Director and Co-Founder, Didobi
Polly Barnfield OBE, CEO and Founder, Maybe*
Rachel Campbell, Head of Regeneration, Cities and Local Growth Unit, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government