The 11th Property Directors Forum (PDF), held on 7th June at the prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry, was a great success, with one of the salient takeaways lifted from the 1990s teen flick Bill & Ted: ‘Be Excellent! To each other’.
After an introduction from host Avison Young’s UK Managing Director Jason Sibthorpe, Remit Consulting’s Andrew Waller kicked off the first keynote presentation with a discussion on how many jobs will become obsolete due to technology. His research debated whether ‘the property industry is in denial about the advances of technology’, concluding that the more we know about our property portfolio, using big data, the more we can do with it.
In the second presentation, Neil Usher, Executive Consultant at Unispace, discussed how to create a fantastic workplace in simple, practical and easy steps, based on his recent book ‘The Elemental Workplace’. Neil is a great believer that everyone should have a fantastic place in which to work. He debated whether there is a lack of talent in the workplace, or rather a lack of good management, with Bill & Ted’s motto (Excellent!) one of the key points for workplace success.
In the panel debate, Avison Young Director, Anna Main, talked about how emerging technologies are being used to improve the occupier’s experience and how her property management team are educating landlords on this issue, which was a hot point for the PDF delegates. The panel and the audience discussed the issue of the connectivity of a building and whether this should be a consideration at the very start of the marketing/leasing process.
The forum was well attended with feedback including:
“The two speakers were thought-provoking, I very much enjoyed Neil Usher’s views about the working environment”
“This worked well – lots of good interactions and discussions”
“Thank you so much for another wonderful Property Directors Forum. The programming was excellent, I thought the speakers were fascinating, and the discussion rich. “
“Thank you for another really insightful PDF session”
The PDF executive summary and findings from the survey will be announced in due course.
The next forum will be held on 15th November 2018 – for more information please contact Gail Wickes: firstname.lastname@example.org