OAS Conference 2018

8 hours CPD

The British Museum

Great Russell Street London WC1B 3DG

Wednesday 10th October 2018

The Inaugural OAS Conference

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  • Breakfast snacks
  • Tea & coffee
  • Mid morning & afternoon snacks
  • Lunch and a post conference drinks and canape reception

“The office market is evolving at a rapid pace. Adapting the workplace to meet occupier demand is critical but challenging in a turbulent economic and tech hungry era so our aim at the inaugural OAS conference is to bring together key agents, investors, occupiers and developers to discuss and examine the trends that will have implications on the office sector and also produce future opportunities. Thank you for your support and I hope you all have a fantastic day at this iconic venue.”

Matt Willcock, Chairman, Office Agents Society

OAS Conference Supporters


David Rowan


As former editor in chief of the technology and trends magazine Wired for almost a decade, David has a unique insight into digital businesses, gadgets, new developments and the culture taking shape around them. He has also chaired the G8 Innovation Summit, enjoyed rare access to Chinese mobile manufacturers Xiaomi, and tracked the progress of the world’s smartest companies. In presentations David explains how tech-led disruption is impacting on everything from manufacturing to motoring to services – and what incumbent companies can do to protect themselves.

Rt Hon Lord (Andrew) Adonis PC

Chair, National Infrastructure Commission

Andrew Adonis was a key architect of Tony Blair's public service reforms in education, health, local government, policing and transport. As Labour Secretary of State for Transport, Andrew prepared the plan for the HS2 rail line which was adopted Conservative/Lib-Dem Government. One of the most ardent modernisers, he became the Prime Minister’s principal advisor on domestic policy and is widely respected by all parts of the political spectrum for his understanding of policy, implementation and strategy. Andrew’s experience and knowledge of both policy and infrastructure saw him appointed Chair of the newly created National Infrastructure Commission. The Commission’s role is to make long-term decisions on infrastructure projects in the UK with a view to what is necessary for the economy, what is required to realise it, and its effects.


Nick Robinson

Key Note Speaker

Nick is a well-respected and familiar face and voice on television and radio with over 30 years’ experience in reporting and broadcasting. He joined the flagship Radio 4 ‘Today’ programme as a presenter in November 2015, after a decade as the BBC’s Political Editor covering Prime Ministers Blair, Brown and Cameron. Nick’s Twitter feed is followed by 750,000 people. His ‘Election Notebook’ was a Sunday Times bestseller.

Bronwen Maddox


The ex-Wall Street and City analyst joined The Times as US Editor before taking over Prospect Magazine – with a mission to help both CEOs and policy makers navigate the geopolitical waters. She now heads the think tank on government effectiveness. In presentations Bronwen analyses key trends shaping anything from finance to defence. She also explores how to govern a divided country, and how to solve the big problems besetting Western democracies.

Alan Chambers

Motivational Speaker

The former Royal Marine (aka The Arctic Tractor) led the first unsupported UK expedition from Canada to the geographic North Pole. After taking disaffected British children to African classrooms with Channel 4, Alan showed us the method to making good with a new book: Lead Yourself To Success. In presentations he emphasises the need to question norms, build total trust and make decisions purely based on the facts. Alan also advocates leading from behind.


08.30 Registration open
09.15 Call through
09.30 Welcome by Matt Willcock - OAS Chairman
09.40 David Rowan - Futurist - "How technology is reshaping our expectations of the workspace”
10.20 Ashfield Land - "The Approach"
10.30 Rt Hon Lord (Andrew) Adonis PC - "The long and short term impact of the Heathrow Expansion on the South East"
11.10 Coffee break
11.50 IWG - “Reaching the tipping point in the workplace revolution”
12.00 Bronwen Maddox - Economist - "The UK economy: the outlook in a year of change"
12.40 Lunch
14.00 Alan Chambers - Motivational speaker - "The only limits are those of vision”
14.40 CBRE - “Forget about the technology, what really counts is the personalisation of the workplace”
14.50 Panel discussion chaired by James Finnis of JLL - “Innovation in Real Estate – threat or opportunity?”
Panellists: -
Stephen Walker (Aberdeen Standard Investments)
Andy Miles (Realla)
Stephen Holloway (IWG)
Joel Hawkins (Bell Hammer)
15.30 Tea break
16.10 Area - "The shape of things to come – a workplace perspective"
16.20 Nick Robinson - Keynote speaker - "All that's certain is uncertainty"
17.00 Closing remarks by Matt Willcock - OAS Chairman
17.15 Drinks and canapés
19.15 Departure


Joel Hawkins - Panellist

Founder of Bell Hammer

Joel started his property career in the late 80s working at Knight Frank in Central London residential. After several years he swapped over to KF’s commercial business. In the early 90s Joel started working as a developer when he joined the newly formed Welbeck Land, established by the Howard de Walden Estate to undertake development outside its London landholding. In 2000 Joel set up his own development business called Bell Hammer. Over the last 18 years Bell Hammer has developed a significant number of HQ offices in the south east and Bristol in partnership with most of the UK’s major pension funds and insurance companies.

Stephen Walker - Panellist

Head of Business Space Portfolio Management

Stephen is Head of UK Business Space Portfolio Management at Aberdeen Standard Investments and leads a team of c.30 portfolio managers with responsibility for cross-sector assets on a UK wide basis. He has carried out Fund and Asset Management positions at Aberdeen Standard Investments and has wide-ranging investment and strategic asset management experience gained in both private practice and client side positions. He also Chairs ASI’s Global PropTech team and drives policy in relation to Flexible Office provision across all Funds.

Andrew Miles - Panellist

CEO of Realla

Andy is CEO and co-founder of Realla. He started the business in early 2015 with a business partner, Ian Parry. Prior to Realla, Andy was on the Investment Team at British Land, where he worked on over £1bn of completed real estate transactions.

Stephen Holloway - Panellist

Head of UK Network Development

Steve is the Network Development Director for IWG in the UK, having joined the business in September 2017, leading the Development team, with the objective to increase the pace & breadth of the growth of the business across the UK market. IWG are implementing a multi-brand, national growth plan featuring both equity & franchise investment, focusing on the Regus, Spaces, No.18 and HQ brands & looking to open over 100 new locations over the next 12 months.

James Finnis - Chair of Panel

Head of South East Agency

James has led the South East Office Agency Team at JLL for approaching 10 years having previously been a partner at regional practice Rogers Chapman. James advises across the office agency spectrum but has a particular focus on development and specification with a keen interest in sustainability.

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