"I am SRO & Programme Director for the Government Hubs Programme - this is the largest government estates transformation in a generation. It drives a radical reshaping of central government’s office estate, transitioning from about 800 buildings today to a future model of some 200 properties, including 22 strategically located hubs complemented by mini-hubs and touch down space.
I have worked for the Government Property Unit within the Cabinet Office since 2011, and between July 2013 and 2015 I was responsible for our: Estate rationalisation activities; the One Public Estate programme with local authorities; and asset efficiency, working to generate £5bn in receipts by 2020.
My career in the civil service started when I joined the Department of Trade & Industry in 2000 as a Regional Director for the Small Business Service. I then worked in various roles in Enterprise and small business covering policy, strategy & implementation.
My civil service roles follow a 17 year career in the private sector — spending the 13 years between 1987 and 2000 working for the Boots Group Plc in a variety of property and strategic asset management roles.
I am a Member of the RICS."
Kursty Groves is a design and innovation consultant and workplace strategy advisor to industry on innovation, capability and environments. She is a professor at IE university, Madrid, teaching a module on the Masters of Design for Work, Retail and Learning Environments. Kursty is the author of two books: I Wish I Worked There! andSpaces for Innovation and a speaker at international events on topics surrounding work, people and change.
VP Central Government & Police
Jason Hall is VP Central Government & Police in BT Global Services. He is responsible for all aspects of BT’s business across all Central Departments, Agencies and ALBs, developing and shaping BT’s portfolio of services in these areas to deliver value and innovation to our customers.
Jason leads on some of the largest and most complex networking and IT contracts in the world that deliver many of the UK’s most vital Public Services.
Prior to this role Jason lead BT’s Justice and Home Affairs Sector, and he was also the lead on BT’s Public Sector Network Strategy.
Before joining BT, Jason had a successful career in the public sector leading IT transformation programme teams in the NHS, HMRC and Home Office. Early in his career he held a variety of finance roles in Oracle, ICL and Olivetti. In addition to his executive roles Jason was a Non-Executive Director in the NHS for 6 years.
Jason’s experience combined with his wealth of knowledge enables him to positively contribute to the opportunities and possibilities for public sector transformation.
Jason has an MBA from the Henley Business School, and a Master’s Degree from Cranfield University and is a quailed ACCA accountant
Sophy Hough is a widely recognised expert in Home and Flexible Working. Within BT, Sophy owned BT’s own Homeworking programme, along with BT’s flexible estate, and was responsible for turning a low key initiative into a major element of BT’s corporate strategy. BT now has around 10,000 contracted home based workers with a further 63, 000 who are working flexibly.
Sophy’s expertise encompasses not only the technology required for remote working but, more importantly, the social, organisational, procedural and business aspects of creating a successful flexible working programme.
Sophy now focuses this expertise externally as part of BT Workstyle’s offering and has successfully introduced large scale home and mobile working into organisations as diverse as Accenture and MoD. By taking an holistic approach and employing tools and techniques developed through BT’s own programme, Sophy has shown that home & mobile working can successfully be deployed right across a range of market sectors from government through industrial, pharmachem and distribution to finance and professional services.
Simon had a varied career in the UK civil service spanning 8 different government departments, including the Prime Minister's Office in 10 Downing Street, HM Treasury and the Department for Health.
He held Board-level positions in the Cabinet Office and the Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills. For 4 years he worked in the Private Office of the then Prime Minister Tony Blair. In the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit Simon led a major government review of the voluntary sector which led to improvements in charity law and regulation culminating in the Charity Act 2006 and to the introduction of Community Interest Companies.
Simon has also worked as Director of Government Affairs for Tesco and as an independent public affairs consultant, specialising in health and social care issues such as improving delivery of preventative health services in the community.
Simon became an independent consultant in January 2015, working in a number of fields, including health and social care, modern ways of working for private and public sector organisations, and in various public sector facing policy delivery challenges.
With more than 20 years of experience in workplace consultancy, real estate advising, and design and urban strategy, Philip has worked with global organisations across mainland Europe to implement workplace programs attuned to the region’s many cultural and legislative variations. Philip has also advised numerous European public-sector organisations on how enhanced work environments can lead to improved performance.
Through his conference participation, articles and blogs, Philip regularly addresses how the rapidly changing nature of work impacts people, buildings and cities. An active member of CoreNet Global, The British Council of Offices and the Urban Land Institute, Philip serves as an Adjunct Professor of the Master of Workplace Design course at the IE School of Architecture in Madrid/London.
Helen is a partner and Head of the Corporate Real Estate group at Eversheds LLP an international law firm with over 4000 staff in 55 offices across 47 countries.
Eversheds was one of the first law firms to take all their people into a wholly open plan environment and continues to innovate in the way their work place can evolve to suit a truly global law firm.
Helen is leading lawyer in the property industry and is Legal 500 recommended with particular expertise in advising both public and private sector organisations on their real estate strategy. Helen advised the International Baccalaureate on their global hubs programme and is leading the Eversheds team delivering the Government Property Unit Hubs programme, transforming the Government estate for the future. The Corporate Real Estate group under Helen’s leadership works closely with Corenet Global and Helen is a regular speaker at industry thought leadership events on the changing workplace and the future needs of corporate real estate.