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Day 1November 30, 2021
8:30 am - 9:10 am
Registration, Breakfast and Networking
9:10 am - 9:20 am
Chair’s Opening Remarks


Chris Moriarty
Workplace Commentator
9:20 am - 9:55 am
In Conversation Keynote Session: Transforming the Public Estate for a Greener and Smarter Future
  • Reflections on the last 18 months and looking ahead at how recovery plans are going and what shape the public estate will be like
  • Transforming the government estate to meet net zero and sustainability targets, and contributing to the UK’s net zero 2050 target
  • Using technology to make better decisions, construct better projects, and achieve better outcomes
  • How are estates teams driving modernisation, supporting more sustainable places and highlighting the environmental improvements across the Civil Service.
  • Fulfilling our mission to continue to create great places to work for civil servants to enable them to deliver excellent public services


Dr Janet Young
Government Chief Property Officer
Office for Government Property
Steven Boyd
Chief Executive Officer
Government Property Agency
9:55 am - 10:30 am
Panel Discussion: Building Back Better and Greener – Decarbonising the £500bn Public Estate

While the built environment is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and environmental impact, that also means there is huge potential for the changes we make to be a force for good – building back better and greener.

With the government being clear that tackling climate change is a top priority this panel will discuss and debate how the UK public estate will play a significant role in the country’s journey towards net zero and enhancing the sustainability of our built environment.

Areas for discussion:

  • Retrofitting and decarbonising existing buildings.
  • Meeting net zero and balancing that with the overall asset management strategy
  • The importance of the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme to drive down emissions from public buildings such as schools, hospitals and council buildings.
  • Modern Energy Partners programme with Energy Systems Catapult – establishing new pathways to retrofitting and decarbonising parts of the public estate, making it easier for others to adopt similar measures.
  • How do we adopt sustainable construction principles and to design, build and buy properties which are sustainable, durable and easy to maintain.
  • Discuss what support and products are around aimed at supporting retrofit and new build activities to help drive progress to net zero across the public estate.


Julie Hirigoyen
Chief Executive Officer
UK Green Building Council
Katherine Wright
Deputy Director, Public Sector and Local Energy
Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
Rachel Toresen-Owuor
Programme Director - Re:fit
Local Partnerships
10:30 am - 10:50 am
The Dawn of the Digital Workplace

Key take-aways:

• Assessing how the pandemic has accelerated the need for workplaces to adopt a digital layer
• What are the opportunities and challenges of the digital workplace?
• Explaining how hardware and software is only the start; first we need to design experiences
• Exploring the skills and the mindset that is required to make it a reality


Andrew Schafer
Senior Vice President and Managing Director, International
10:50 am - 11:20 am
Morning Break, Networking & Exhibition
11:20 am - 11:40 am
Gold Sponsor Session from Public Sector Plc
11:45 am - 12:05 pm
Case Study | Rethinking the Workplace: Creating Accessible and Inclusive Environments
  • Transforming buildings into collaborative work environments designed for any organisation to flourish in
  • The road to “Inclusive Environments Recognition” by the Construction Industry Council (CIC) – Creating accessible and inclusive environments.
  • Using new technology to manage the entire estate, optimise the use of space and reduce costs
  • Incorporating technology into all offices in order to increase collaboration, motivation and create a great place to work
  • Using Smart internet of things (IoT)-based technology for systems to interact with each other.


Stuart Horne
HMRC Deputy Director Estate & Location Programme, Service Design & User Experience
11:45 am - 12:05 pm
Unlocking Surplus Land for Housing and Regeneration Through the One Public Estate Programme?
  • How can the Land Release Fund best support local authorities to release land at pace for housebuilding purposes?
  • What should local government do as place-leaders to shape housing opportunities in their area?
  • And how should central government departments consider their estate needs to best support local renewal, with an eye to place and market dynamics?
11:45 am - 12:05 pm
Procuring Sustainable Solutions That Support Your Journey to Carbon Net Zero

Procuring sustainable technologies estate management that drive transformation and support you reaching Carbon Net Zero – CCS procurement frameworks have long been providing a trusted and value for money purchasing platform used extensively throughout the public sector. In this session we will explore how access to sustainable technology and estate management providers can help organisations deliver on their zero carbon commitments.


Senior Representative
Crown Commercial Service
12:10 pm - 12:55 pm
Thought Leadership Sessions
12:10 pm - 12:55 pm
Asset Management vs Managing Assets – A KBR Approach on How to Assess, Design, Build, and Operate an Asset Strategy

In this seminar KBR will discuss and provide guidance on how to manage your estates and supply chain sustainably and cost effectively, as well as provide a live demonstration of their analytics platform showing how you can use data effectively to support strategic and tactical decision making.

Discussion points:

  • Discuss the benefits of an holistic view of how your estate portfolio is performing?
  • How can you reduce everything from maintenance costs and energy consumption at no risk to your business?
  • Data as an Asset”; using data to support strategic and tactical decision making
  • The need to interrogate your management information to enable smarter decisions making
  • Managing your supply chain sustainably and cost effectively?


Colin Kenton
Programme Director, Government Solutions, EMEA
Rob Neal
Digital Solutions Specialist
12:55 pm - 1:45 pm
Lunch and Networking
1:45 pm - 2:10 pm
Thought Leadership Sessions
2:15 pm - 2:55 pm
Panel Discussion: Government Property Procurement, Disposals and Estate Rationalisation

In this session delegates will hear from leaders across various government departments about future approaches to procuring work, disposing of sites and modernising existing estate.


Craig Varian
Director of Estates People, Capability and Place
Department for Work and Pensions
Lara Newman
Chief Executive
Phil Shepley
VP and General Manager - Northern Europe
Iron Mountain
Christopher King
Principal Strategic Asset Manager
NHS Property Services
2:15 pm - 2:55 pm
Panel Discussion: Smarter Working in Modern Civil Service
  • Discussing and debate how the role of the office has changed as a result of Covid-19 and the impact on the future of the office
  • Outlining how employers can support their employees to return to the office safely
  • Assessing how estates and facilities can be adapted to support these new ways of working
  • Evaluating how employers can rethink design and space strategies to facilitate the mixed team of the future
  • How do we run our offices post COVID-19? The use of occupancy management
  • Using data and technology to ensure your workplace and office is designed and fit for the return to the office


Bridget Workman
Author, Working Beyond Walls and Director & Founder
The Changing Work Company
Kate Guthrie
Deputy Director Workplace Experience and Smarter Working Programme Director
Government Property Agency
Mark Pemberton
Business Change Manager NHSPS Smarter Working Programme
NHS Property Services
Chris Moriarty
Workplace Commentator
2:55 pm - 3:25 pm
Afternoon Networking Break & Exhibition
3:25 pm - 3:45 pm
Afternoon Keynote Address: Delivering Sustainable Places Through Good Design and Good Place Making
  • The National Model Design Codes – Shaping England’s three-dimensional character and appearance and influence the way towns and cities will look like.
  • How good design and good place making contribute to a sustainable future and contribute to zero carbon agenda
  • Moving towards buildings that are renewable
  • Work collaboratively to the shift towards zero carbon in the construction industry.


Joanna Averley
Chief Planner
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
3:45 pm - 4:25 pm
Closing Local Authority Panel Discussion: Approaches to Low-Energy Housing and Retrofitting – How Can We Ensure We Deliver Innovative-Fit Properties for a Net Carbon Future?

In this discussion we will discuss:

  • The innovative approaches to low-energy housing and retrofitting from the experience of different local authorities.
  • Design approaches to develop a low carbon housing
  • Practical learning and successful case studies from across the UK.
  • The role of innovation and delivering innovation- fit properties
  • Learn from local examples of successful innovations from across the UK
  • How can we collaborate in achieving better outcomes together?


Dr David Glew
Head of Energy Efficiency
Leeds Sustainability Institute (LSI)
David Pierpoint
Chief Executive
The Retrofit Academy Centre of Excellence
Michael O’Doherty
Project Director
Local Partnerships
Sarah Fletcher
Programme Manager - Energy
Greater London Authority
4:30 pm
Close of Conference