21 - 23 November, 2017 | Auckland New Zealand

Conference Day One: Tuesday, 21st November 2017

8:30 am - 9:00 am Coffee and Registration

9:00 am - 9:10 am Conference Opening – Remarks From the Chairperson

9:10 am - 9:40 am SKYPE SESSION: International Keynote: How Has Google Designed an Ecosystem That Balances Flexibility, Choice and Presence?

Jeremy Neuner - Real Estate and Workplace Services, Google
With the world making a move to mobility and freelancing, Google has established that their workplace ethos better aligns with presence. With Gmail being invented over lunch by a couple of guys scribbling idea, it is no wonder that Google want to keep up an environment where everyone attends work and one that fosters interaction. Jeremy was also CEO and founder of ‘NextSpace’ one of the first co-working spaces to get any scale at all – and this where he now helps lead a team that creates great workplace solutions for nearly 30,000 Googlers.

In this session Jeremy will discuss:
  • Building strong communities by creating great teams and imagining collaborative environments where they can thrive
  • What choices can we give employees whilst still preserving the ecosystem that works for the organisation
  • What does work mean these days and what are the implications of working from anywhere

Jeremy Neuner

Real Estate and Workplace Services

Reinvent - the action or process through which a thing is changed so dramatically that it becomes something entirely new. Our work environment or physical space has a profound impact on the way we think, feel and work together. So what happens when an organisation uses one of the most powerful catalysts available to galvanise people toward a common goal? Which aspects of our work environments matter most?

In this interactive session, come and help explore these questions, and more, using insights gathered from The Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet’s experimentation with Activity Based Working.

Pat Sowry

Assistant Secretary, Business Services Branch
The Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet (Australia)


Megan Divett

People and Workplace
Puzzle Partners (Australia)

10:20 am - 10:40 am Speed Networking

10:40 am - 11:10 am Morning Tea

11:10 am - 11:50 am Exploring Change Through a Behavioural Lens to Increase Transformation Program Success

Michael Field - GM of Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing, Waitemata District Health Board
If you don’t focus on change, no matter how exceptional a program you implement, it will fail.
Humans are strange and varied and it is impossible to treat them with a cookie cutter approach when it comes to change management. In this session, Michael will draw on his experience to explore human psychology and the interlink it has with the workplace.

  • Understanding communication as a fundamental means of influencing behaviour
  • Delving into how people work and how this knowledge can translate into how a project can work
  • Expanding on leadership capabilities to encompass emotional intelligence

Michael Field

GM of Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing
Waitemata District Health Board

11:50 am - 12:30 pm CASE STUDY: Using Space, Culture and Technology to Create the Optimal Employee Experience for 48 Hours

Lauren Trethowan - Head of Enterprise Culture, Talent, Australia Post
The Grapevine is a unique employee experience at Australia Post in which participants have the opportunity to participate in a two-way conversation with colleagues from all levels of the company, share stories, and discuss what it will take to achieve Australia Post’s strategy. The Grapevine brings together three components of employee experience: culture, technology and space in a ‘lab’ environment, for groups of 100 employees to experiment living their shared values ‘perfectly’ for 48 hours.

  • Considering all variables in the end to end experience not limited to language, space and location, lighting, food, color, process and technology
  • Applying learnings from The Grapevine to a broader flexible working rollout in 2017/18 at Australia Post
  • The ability of space to influence connections, conversations and collaboration and how to translate a Grapevine type experience to over 4000 people

Lauren Trethowan

Head of Enterprise Culture, Talent
Australia Post

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch Break

1:30 am - 2:10 am CHAMPAGNE ROUNDTABLE

This is your chance to make your conference experience truly interactive and collaborative. Each roundtable will be facilitated by an expert practitioner in the space. Select the one that interests you most or that you are finding the most challenges in and in your group you can pick apart these challenges and explore solutions to them. And as an added bonus, we will be bringing drinks in to make it all the more bubbly and kickoff an evening of networking!

A - Space Utilisation
B - Conference Room Scheduling and AV
C - Digital Workplace and Flexible Work
D - Space Drives Culture

2:10 pm - 2:50 pm PANEL DISCUSSION: How will Co Working Revolutionize Work and Impact Corporate Workplace Strategy?

Anita Potgieter - Manager of Global Facilities and Workplace Strategy, Fonterra
Henry Lee - Facilities and Property Manager, AGL Energy
There are currently upwards of 40 co-working and collaborative workspaces in New Zealand, including incubators & accelerators. Co-working spaces benefit an increasingly mobile workforce, create diverse communities of workers and integrate exciting designs and technologies that allow for an exciting new work experience. In this session you will hear from experts in this space who will discuss how you can leverage – and integrate – co-working sensibilities in your organisation.

  • How co-working spaces provide an environment that is responsive to the professional needs and stylistic preferences of todays mobile workplaces
  • Will increasing flexible working arrangements and mobile styles of working mean that some organizations will share their "core space" with other like minded organizations?
  • Will coworking spaces eventually replace workplaces for smaller organizations due to their cost and space utilization benefits
  • How the corporate workspace is changing and the potential for larger companies to put their people in co-working spaces to allow them to leverage off agile and innovative thinkers

Anita Potgieter

Manager of Global Facilities and Workplace Strategy


Henry Lee

Facilities and Property Manager
AGL Energy

2:50 pm - 3:20 pm Afternoon Tea

3:20 pm - 4:00 pm CASE STUDY: Managing a Workplace Change and Engagement in a Period of Rapid Organisational Growth

Siobhán Hanley - Director of Potential, The New Work Practice

Siobhán Hanley

Director of Potential
The New Work Practice

4:00 pm - 4:10 pm Conference Closing – Remarks from the Conference Chairperson

4:10 pm - 4:10 pm Networking Drinks