1 July 2020 12pm – 1pm Webinar Online


Join us and a variety of expert guests for our new regular webinar series, 'Navigating turbulent times', where we delve into today’s greatest challenges, tackle your questions and concerns, and help our profession navigate through these stormy waters.

‘Navigating turbulent times’ episode 12: ‘The remote working experiment: workplace and FM’s ’

Register your place now for ‘Navigating turbulent times’ episode 12 when our expert guests look at the ‘remote working experiment’ during COVID-19 and discuss the exciting opportunity it presents for our profession to embrace flexible working needs into workplace strategy.

The coronavirus pandemic turned many traditional working set-ups and home lives on their heads after workplace and FM professionals led the relocation to people’s new workspaces: their homes.

Now that social distancing restrictions are loosening, it’s once again up to our profession to enable organisations to move back into the office; however, we now have the chance to stretch beyond corporate workplaces and fully embrace flexible working needs, creating and enabling workplace strategies that incorporate both remote and onsite working.

In these changing times when nations are seeking to ‘build back better’, our profession can lead the way for a new way of working. Register your place now to find out more.

You can submit your questions live during the webinar or email us ahead of time via: policy@iwfm.org.uk

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If we cannot get to a question during the webinar, we will aim to answer as many as we can after the fact.



Rachel Edwards

Senior strategist workplace futures development, Lendlease

Rachel is a strategist in the Workplace Futures team at Lendlease. She is all about ‘people’. Passionate about building sustainable communities, with a focus on how the design and experience of places can enrich the lifestyle of people and culture of organisations. Her 11 years of experience in workplace strategy include working in-house for a large corporate pioneering activity-based working, evidence-based consulting within design firms and now, focusing on the development of communities for people to live, work and play. One of Rachel’s most recent activities is in The Loneliness Lab, a social impact project aimed at designing out loneliness in our cities through the physical design of places and spaces.

Ian Ellison

co-founder and director, 3edges

Ian co-founded 3edges to help people think differently about the organisational value of workplace. With twenty years’ experience spanning workplace and facilities management practice and education, Ian has developed a reputation as an engaging facilitator and provocative speaker. He is passionate about the power of workplace to enable better business outcomes. Ian is co-founder and host of the Workplace Matters podcast and was also a key contributor to the Stoddart Review. Particularly interested in change leadership and workplace challenges within organisations, Ian has been involved in a range of commissions to help facilitate organisational performance improvement. Ian has published journal articles, papers and book chapters on a range of FM and workplace topics.

Alison English

Deputy CEO, Leesman

Allison joined Leesman in 2018 as client services director with a clear desire to involve herself in impactful work which would help improve the employee experience. With an educational background in visual communications and professional experience in process improvement, systems implementation and client engagement, she has helped drive innovation and strategic client collaboration with Leesman’s broad and diverse client base.

Having started her career in the US, honing project and account management skills, Allison progressed into working on-site at a key client, then leading a team for a new key client and later managing an ERP implementation, which brought her to Asia in 2013. She relocated to Hong Kong as the account director for the company’s largest global client and then transitioned to a broader role in Singapore. Upon moving to London in early 2017, Allison was tasked with expanding the UK presence of her previous employer and establishing an office in London before joining Leesman.

After spending time in dozens of offices around the Americas, APAC and EMEA, Allison’s exposure to various workplace settings and cultures results in a unique perspective of the workplace and how people interact with it. Client collaboration and developing strong partnerships have been central throughout Allison’s career which has now seen her appointed as Leesman’s deputy CEO in March 2020.

Andrew Mawson

Founder, Advanced Workplace Associates (AWA)

Andrew Mawson is the leader of global workplace consultancy Advanced Workplace Associates (AWA) and founder of Workplace Week. From a general management career in the IT industry, his unrelenting curiosity for the transition to new models of work led him to the founding of AWA in 1992. Since then, he has worked with some of the world’s leading organisations on their journey to explore and implement new forms of working and workplace.

Mark Preece

Head of Communications, Ricoh UK
Mark Preece is the Head of Communication Services at Ricoh UK, which provides comprehensive AV and UC solutions for UK, European and Global companies. Mark has been in the AV/UC industry for over 10 years and has been involved in various global projects across a variety of sectors and industries. More recently he has been deeply involved in the creation of remote working and workplace strategies for Ricoh’s customers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.