Navigating turbulent times

The 2010’s decade, will be looked back on as among the most turbulent in the modern age. Politically, economically, socially and technologically, times and trends are changing at a quickening rate.  

There is a sense that this rapid change is the new norm; traditional lines are blurred as once distinct spheres overlap and integrate. As professionals we must sharpen our resilience and be leaders of change within our organisations.  

A number of the so-called megatrends impacting society have a direct and demonstrable impact on the activities we workplace and facilities managers do every day. So how do we respond to these challenges? 

The IWFM 2020 National Conference will explore these themes with leading thinkers from diverse backgrounds. These are people whose work is directly addressing today’s challenges; they can provide us with the insights and inspiration not only to survive in turbulent times, but to thrive as our emerging discipline steps up to the plate.

Our 2020 conference platform will open on Monday 21 September when you will have access to set up your profile, explore what's on offer and plan your week.

We’ve adapted our original programme to run across the week and will be providing commentary, interaction, and networking opportunities from Monday through Thursday, giving you more time to network and engage with our mega subject matter in the run up to the full megatrends programme, live on 25 September.

Don't worry, if you can't make one of the sessions, they will remain accessible throughout the week so you can catch up at a time that suits you.

Click on the sessions below to find out more.


9.30am - 10.30am
10.30am - 11.30am
Keynote speaker
  • Mid-morning session
  • Premium Suite
  • Speaker: Nigel Risner
10.30am - 12.00pm
Rebellious Acts of Positive Change
  • Mid-morning session
  • Premium Suite
  • Speaker: Sam Conniff
10.30am - 11.30am
A Vuca World
  • Mid-morning session
  • Premium Suite
  • Speaker: Timandra Harkness
9.30am - 10.30am
Mega Trend 1 - Climate Change
  • Morning session
  • Premium Suite
  • Speaker: Pen Hadow
11.00am - 12.00pm
Mega Trend 2 - Wellbeing
  • Mid-morning session
  • Premium Suite
  • Speaker: Marjorie Wallace
1.30pm - 2.30pm
Mega Trend 3 - Technology
  • Afternoon session
  • Premium Suite
3.00pm - 4.00pm
Mega Trend 4 - The Future of Work
  • Mid-afternoon session
  • Premium Suite
  • Speaker: Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive, RSA