BIFM London Region Annual Conference 2017

15th March 2017 (8:30AM - 5:30PM)

Location Wellcome Trust, Gibbs Building, 215 Euston Rd, London NW1 2BE
Contact Cathy Hayward
Tel 07971 400332
Details The BIFM London Region conference is the region’s key educational event bringing together a range of thought-provoking speakers to challenge and inform delegates. This year’s theme – wellbeing – will see speakers from England Rugby, Active, Restaurant Associates and others discuss how to bring wellbeing into the workplace through training and development, design, food and management. Performance guru Jamil Qureshi will talk about how to use psychology to improve your performance at work and the day will be chaired by tennis star and television presenter Andrew Castle.

Join your fellow London FMs and take home advice and ideas that you can implement in your organisations the following day.

Date: Wednesday 15 March 2017, 8.30-5.30pm

Location: Wellcome Trust, Gibbs Building, 215 Euston Rd, London NW1 2BE

8.30am Registration and refreshments

9am Welcome, Jason Cousins, chairman, BIFM London Region and welcome from tennis star and TV personality Andrew Castle

Welcome from Steven Roots, the new chairman of the BIFM

Welcome, Principle Cleaning (sponsor)

9.30am Paddy McMaster, senior learning and development partner at England Rugby (RFU) will talk about how the Rugby Football Union supports and develops its people, particularly around the area of wellbeing, and what facilities professionals can learn from the organisation’s world class approach.

10.15am Whitney Austin Gray, Senior VP, Delos will talk about The WELL Building Standard, the first protocol of its kind to focus exclusively on human health and wellness in the built environment. WELL identifies specific conditions, that when holistically integrated into building architecture and design, can enhance the health and wellbeing of occupants. Whitney will share emerging innovations and evidence-based research about how we can design buildings specifically to support the health and wellness of the people who live, work and learn in them. Topics will include an introduction to the WELL Building Standard, costs and benefits, early examples of WELL buildings, and performance-based metrics for health and wellness in the built environment.

11am Coffee break

11.30am Designing and managing workplaces for wellbeing
Employers have the potential to influence the wellbeing of their staff. There is no 'one size fits all' but where employers are able to raise wellbeing in their workforce, they are also likely to see improvements in the performance of their workplace. A workplace designed to help us initiate social interactions, work in a variety of flexible and productive ways and that takes into consideration factors such as personal space and privacy, as well as collaboration, helps us feel better. … And when we feel better, we work better. Adrian Powell, Director of the office interiors, fit out and refurbishment specialist Active and Mark Conway, head of workplace environments and furniture for Active, will explore the factors that aid in creating a full human experience at work – from being clear on what is expected of staff to designing a space employees can be proud of.

12.15pm Restaurant Associates will talk about how to use food to kickstart a wellbeing programme in the workplace.

1pm Lunch break

1.45pm What the body wants: a full range of movement.
Lillian Antonio from Herman Miller will examine the impact of sedentary office behaviours, and the effects it is having on our bodies and the importance of the full range of movement to maintain healthy and productive staff. We are all aware of the aches the pains but what is actually going on inside our bodies? She will not only cover musculoskeletal problems but also the biochemical processes which are affected.

2.45pm Using technology to support employee engagement, health and wellbeing. Andy Reynolds, founder of Revitalised, will examine how employers can drive engagement to support employees and their families to develop healthy habits that benefit them, their employer and society as a whole – and the increasing importance of digital technology in this process.

3.30pm Performance guru Jamil Qureshi, who has worked with the European Ryder Cup team, Premier League football sides, the LA Lakers and the New York Knicks, will talk about performance-enhancing techniques to help every FM be the best they can be.

4.15pm Closing address, Andrew Castle

4.30pm Drinks and networking

5.30pm Event close

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Many thanks to our main sponsors: Principle Cleaning, Mayflower Washroom Solutions and BPR Group and our exhibitors: Custom Security Systems, Optimum Group Services (OGS), Julius Rutherfoord, PRS, Guardian Water Treatment and Environmental Compliance and Services. If you'd like to discuss an exhibitor space, contact Cathy Hayward on

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