Events > Big Conversation > Directors’ Development Day


Thursday 14th October 2021 

The Directors' Development Day will take place at Woburn Hall, Woburn House, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9HQ - visitor information is available here. 

AUDE Big Conversation 2021 Directors' Development Day 

Woburn Hall, Woburn House, London 

Hosted by Simon Fanshawe OBE 




09:00 - 09:25



09:25 - 09:30

Welcome  Address 

Simon Fanshawe OBE, Co-Founder and Partner, Diversity by Design

09:30 - 10:30

Plenary 1: The Future of Higher Education

Synopsis: Mary will draw on her wide experience in higher education and specifically on the work she has been leading recently as Chair of the UPP Foundation Student Futures Commission.  Her talk will reflect on how changes since the pandemic and in the future will change the way students are taught and learn, and the implications for Directors of Estates and Facilities.

Mary Curnock Cook CBE, Chair of the UPP Foundation Student Futures Commission and a former Chief Executive of UCAS

10:30 - 11:10

Refreshment Break

11:15 - 12:15

Panel debate: 'How can our estates be more agile to accommodate flexible ways of working?'


Louisa Dale, Secretary, Public Chairs’ Forum & Association of Chief Executives

Julian Gitsham, Principal, Hassell

Mimi Harmer, Student Panel Member, Office for Students 

Simon Harper, Professor of Computer Science, University of Manchester

Stephen Wells, Director of Estates, Facilities and Commercial Services, University of Surrey and AUDE Chair 

12:15 - 13:25

Lunch Break


13:30 - 14:30

Plenary 2: Strategic/Leadership plenary 

 Dr Esther Jubb, Head of Learning Innovation, Pearson  

14:30 - 15:10

Refreshment Break


15:15 - 16:15

Agile working: Learning from other sectors, and what can we expect in our future workplaces

Alan Bainbridge, Director of Workplace and Facilities, BBC

Kate Richardson, Head of National Office Programme, NHS

Steve Henigan, Managing Director, Henigan Consulting Group

Mark Perrett, Account Manager, PTS Global

Chaired by Emma Keyse, Business Development Manager, Overbury & Trustee of HEDQF

Panel debate sponsored by main supporter Overbury 

16:15 - 16:30

Event wrap up 

Simon Fanshawe OBE, Co-Founder and Partner, Diversity by Design

16:30 - 16:45

Networking sponsor address 

Paul Sharp, Account Director UK, AssetWorks 

Supported by AssetWorks 

16:45 - 18:00

Drinks and networking 

 Supported by AssetWorks 

 Please note that the session titles and speakers are subject to change.


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