Carol Black Professor Dame Carol Black is Principal of Newnham College Cambridge, Expert Adviser on Health and Work to the Department…

Carol Black

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Professor Dame Carol Black is Principal of Newnham College Cambridge, Expert Adviser on Health and Work to the Department of Health England and to Public Health England, and Chairman of the Nuffield Trust for health policy. In November 2011 when National Director for Health and Work she completed an independent review for the UK Government of sickness absence in Britain.  The recommendations of this report are now being put in place, with, for example, a national Fit for Work Service.

Professor Black is a past-President of the Royal College of Physicians, of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, and of the British Lung Foundation. The Centre she established at the Royal Free Hospital in London is internationally renowned for research and treatment of connective tissue diseases such as scleroderma. She is a Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery, of the Work Foundation and of Uppingham School. In November 2013 she was named one of the 100 most powerful women in the UK in the BBC Woman’s Hour list.

Matthew Claudel

Matthew Claudel is a designer, researcher and writer. He studied architecture at Yale, where he received the highest award for the arts (Sudler Prize). He has continued to work on projects, startups and research in the fields of architecture, innovation science, technology and art. He has been published widely, writing and co-authoring several books, articles, and opinion editorial pieces. Matthew has co- taught at MIT and the Politecnico di Torino, lectured at Harvard Business School, and was featured in the BBC Future series.

He has presented widely as a critic, speaker and artist in residence. Matthew is currently working as a researcher at MIT’s Senseable City Lab and the MIT Lab for Innovation Science and Policy. He is also the Product Manager at location analytics technology company Beco.

Agustin Chevez

An Architect and researcher, Dr Agustin Chevez has dedicated his career to understanding the notion of work and uncovering environments that best support our working lives. He is driven to discover how work has shaped our civilization and given purpose to our very existence. Agustin’s interest in the relationship between people, space and technology saw him pursue a PhD on the evolution of workplace architecture as a consequence of technology development. His work has been presented at international forums and publications.

Agustin is a Senior Researcher at HASSELL and Adjunct Research Fellow at the Centre For Design Innovation, Swinburne University.

Derek Clements-Croome

contributorDerek Clements-Croome is Professor Emeritus at Reading University in the UK. He worked in the building design and contracting industry before entering university life. He founded a BSc in Building Environmental Engineering at Loughborough University in 1970 and an MSc in Intelligent Buildings at Reading University in 1996, covering design, management and operation. He also worked in architecture and building engineering at the University of Bath (1978-1988).

He now offers strategic advice to clients, designers and facilities managers on attaining and manag­ing healthy and sustainable environments in buildings of all types. He researches, writes and lectures on these issues for companies and wider audiences nationally and internationally, in China, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Poland and Finland particularly. Some of his books have been published in Chinese and Russian. He founded and edits Intelligent Buildings International, published by Taylor and Francis.

Derek’s research includes a three-year study on the effects of CO2 on children’s learning in primary schools. Now his work is directed at health, wellbeing and the impact of wearable technology in the workplace. He works closely with the British Council for Offices in applying the research. He has edited and written chapters in the 3rd Edition of the book Creating the Productive Workplace which will be published by Taylor and Francis in 2017.

Kate Cook


Kate Cook gives talks and workshops to business clients, empowering their staff to adopt healthier lifestyles. Fresh, creative and practical information is delivered in an interactive style that encourages involvement and engagement.

Kate is passionate about making nutritional change easy and effective. She is a highly experienced international speaker and her successful practice methods have secured extensive TV appearances, publishing deals, magazine features and commissions as an international keynote speaker.

As founder and director of the Harley Street clinic The Nutrition Coach, Kate has personally worked with more than 5,500 patients face to face.

Kursty Groves


Kursty Groves is a design and innovation consultant and workplace strategy advisor to industry on innovation, capability and environments. She is an author of I Wish I Worked There! and an internationally-recognised voice on topics surrounding work, people and change.

Carl Honoré

Carl Honoré is an award-winning writer, broadcaster and TED speaker. The Huffington Post described him as ‘the unofficial godfather of a growing cultural shift toward slowing down’.

After working with street children in Brazil, Carl covered Europe and South America for the Economist, Observer, Miami Herald, Houston Chronicle, Time, National Post and other publications. His first book, In Praise of Slow, examines our compulsion to hurry and chronicles a global trend toward putting on the brakes. The Financial Times said it is ‘to the Slow Movement what Das Kapital is to communism.’

His second book, Under Pressure, explores the good, the bad and the ugly of modern childrearing. Carl’s latest book, The Slow Fix, explores how to tackle complex problems in every walk of life, from health and relationships to business and politics, without falling for superficial, short-term quick fixes.

Translated into more than 30 languages, his books have landed on bestseller lists in many countries. On top of writing, broadcasting and researching the benefits of deceleration, Carl rushes (slowly, of course) around the world to deliver speeches

Oliver Marlow


Oliver Marlow is an author and designer with expertise in space, co-design and collaboration. He is a pioneer of the coworking movement and the creative director of Studio Tilt, a co-design practice enabling space to create experience, community and identity.

Peter J Miscovich


With more than 25 years of experience, Peter J Miscovich is an executive management consultant at JLL who develops real estate strategies and innovative workplace solutions for global organisations. His  client engagements involve the integration of business strategies, performance improvement, real estate strategies and workplace transformation solutions for Fortune 500 companies across multiple industry sectors.

Miscovich is recognised as a global thought leader by Accenture, The Brookings Institute, Ceres, CityAge, Columbia University, CoreNet Global, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The Conference Board, The Partnership for New York City, The Urban Age Institute, The Urban Land Institute, The Woodrow Wilson Center, The World Economic Forum and WORKTECH. He holds board positions with numerous leading organisations focused upon large-scale complex systems transformation including the Accenture Technology Vision Advisory Board and the Ceres President’s Council Board of Advisors.

Previously, Peter Miscovich was a partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) Global Advisory practice and Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy and Operations practice focused upon workplace transformation. He holds civil engineering degrees from the University of Arizona and attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Executive Leadership Development and Transformational Change programs.

Kelly Robinson

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Originally from the United States, Kelly Robinson designed the global headquarters for Airbnb, Couchsurfing, and most recently SoundCloud in Berlin. With a deep understanding of the importance of space and its impact on how we work, live, feel and relate, Kelly draws on the ancient practices of yoga and feng shui to create an ideal balance and a buzzing vibe in these unconventional and progressive workplaces.

Nikil Saval


Nikil Saval is a Philadelphia-based writer. He is an editor for n+1 and was previously an editorial assistant for two publishing companies. He is represented by the literary agent Edward Orloff at McCormick & Williams.

His first book, Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace, was published in 2014, and is a history of the workplace, chiefly focusing on the long-term rise of the office from its roots in nineteenth century ‘counting houses’ to contemporary ‘cubicles’ where 60 per cent of Americans work, along with an analysis of how such workplaces could be improved in the future.

David Firth


David Firth is a consultant, author, change management expert, conference speaker and executive coach in progressive organizational development. For 25 years he has helped global clients – and those nearer to his home in Loveland, Colorado – institute profound practices for engagement, enrollment and workforce participation.

David brings people back to being the source of change – rather than its victims or objects – by unleashing the entrepreneurial spirit of creativity and ownership. This, he suggests, is not a top-down or even bottom-up shift, but an inside-out one. You find out more about his work at and

Despina Katsikakis


Despina Katsikakis is an industry leader with an international reputation for thought leadership and innovation, on the impact of the workplace, on people and business performance. She serves as an independent adviser to corporate occupiers, real estate developers and investment funds.

A former Chairman of international consultancy DEGW, Despina has more than 30 years’ experience working with corporate occupiers at board level. With clients including Accenture, BBC, BP, Cisco, Deutsche Bank, GSK, Google, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, Siemens and Unilever, she has developed ground-breaking initiatives and has an extensive track record of successfully implemented global workplace programs that have delivered significant improvements to people and business performance.

She leverages her understanding of corporate occupiers and future trends to advise cities, commercial real estate developers, investment funds and their design teams on how to differentiate and future-proof award-winning schemes around the world.

Despina is passionate that the built environment should be developed with a clear purpose and focus on the impact it has on people, society and the environment. She was recently appointed to the advisory board of Delos™, the pioneer of Wellness Real Estate™.

Peter Smit


Peter Smit is the founder of Collabogence, a firm dedicated to helping organisations measure and understand how well they collaborate and develop and implement strategies to get better. The firm’s use of analytics on activity log data to map ‘collaboration clusters’ and networks in pre- and post move environments is unique and thought leading.

Philip Vanhoutte


Leveraging a varied career in the ITC industry, Philip Vanhoutte champions the adoption of smarter working: a holistic, human centred work design practice that inspires and unifies space, technology and people management.

Groomed at Accenture and Wang Labs as an energetic office automation consultant in the 1980s and surfing the waves of the laptop revolution at Dell in the 90s, Philip never used a desktop computer, forging the way for work via all things mobile.

As VP Global Marketing at Sony-Ericsson he launched the first smartphone with Bluetooth headset; and as Senior VP and MD of Europe & Africa for Plantronics, his love for personal technology and wearables matured into a passion for smarter working. Over the past decade he has researched and implemented radical new changes globally to support the growing trend in agile working.

He is the co-author of The Smarter Working Manifesto, a definitive guide on how to build the best workplace for the 21st century, Chairman of the Leesman Advisory Board and recently received a lifetime achievement award from the UK Contact Centre Association.