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BQF Future of Work: Innovation Event

Tuesday 11 June 2019 @ 9:00am - 5:00pm

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This event is a future thinking innovation event organised by BQF and hosted at The Adecco Group. Our thought provoking speakers will be covering the theme of innovation and future of work providing you with case studies and presenting new and exciting concepts to take away and apply to your own organisations.

This event is aimed at anyone with an interest in the future of work and innovation.

If you or your organisation is interested in speaking or getting involved with this event then please contact our Events Manager, Hannah Johnson.

9:00-9:30 Registration and Networking
9:30-10:00 Introduction from BQF and The Adecco Group

Speaker: Ron Edwards, Ashorne Hill

What does the future of work look like?

It is essential that in the drive to equip tomorrow’s workforce with the tools they need for the future, we ensure that both digital and soft skills are prioritised. According to the World Economic Forum, the top 10 skills most desired by employers by 2020 are all soft skills, including problem solving, critical thinking and creativity. So in the drive to get employees up to speed with digital literacy and fluency to flourish in the workplace of the future,  it’s also important that these softer skills are not forgotten about.

This talk will provide an overview of the digital and soft skills landscape and what needs to be done to plug the gaps with practical advice.


Speaker: Laila Iftikhar, The Adecco Group UK & Ireland

How can we prepare young people for the changing world of work?

Laila is an affiliate of the ACCA and has been working within The Adecco Group UK & Ireland in various roles for over sixteen years.

As Change Director, Laila has led the transformation across the UK&I Group supporting the Executive Board with designing and evolving the target operating model across the business.

Earlier this year, Laila also began leading the IT function to bring the function closer to the business and adapt the approach for digital transformation and the future of work at The Adecco Group.


Speakers: Petko Tinchev, GemSeek (part of Future Thinking Group), and Anna Appleford, Future Thinking

The Future of Market Intelligence

The business world is in flux and changes abound – AI, digitalization, new distribution channels, new business models, big data, and many more. Tomorrow, more than ever before, the best performing companies will be listening to their customers to stay relevant and build successful products and services. And the way they will do this will be profoundly different than today:

  • instead of asking questions they will be listening to conversations
  • instead of surveying en masse, they will be utilizing personalized, in the moment surveys
  • instead of relying solely on surveys or on data analytics, they will get the best of both worlds
  • instead of describing, they will be predicting customer behaviour

Join us in this session to explore:

  • How is market intelligence supporting your business decisions today?
  • What’s the future of market intelligence?
  • What does it mean to you?
  • How can you get there?

Together, we will review the best practices in the area, examine case studies, and see how you can apply the principles of the future in your company today.


Speaker: Kevin Newey, ARM Ltd

Engineering a sustainable future for a globally connected population

Every inspiring technology you see is a result of hard work and big dreams.

  • Who cares if the future of work is more diverse, fairer and accelerates positive change?
  • How can we form collaborations that harness the power of technology to transform our world?
  • What does the future look like for a globally connected population?
13:00-13:45 Lunch

Speaker: Jay Dunning, DWF Consulting

The Strategic Role of Creativity

The world is changing at an ever increasing pace, but the decisions we make and the behaviours we display are largely based on patterns and traditions of the past.

Jason Dunning will explain how a culture of creativity and innovation can differentiate a business – helping to attract and retain the best staff, generate insights and fresh ideas, and create remarkable value.

Attend this event if you would like to:

  • Understand the value of adopting ‘serious creativity’ in the workplace
  • Gain insight into the mental blocks that limit our ability to think creatively
  • Understand how creative problem solving works
  • Discover ways to introduce a culture of creativity and innovation

This is creativity with purpose so we give you less of the theory, and more about things that really work!

Why you stand out as an innovator in your field – I pride myself on practicing what I preach. Helping businesses unlock the door to truly innovative solutions and developing environments where people are empowered to think differently is what I thrive on. I refuse to pigeon-hole myself to a single discipline. I utilise methodologies, tools and techniques which challenge tradition and convention. Everyone is creative and innovative in their own way – I don’t believe this is a superpower people are blessed with. It can be taught, therefore can be understood.

Why will people want to listen to your talk – I have spoken many times on empowering people in organisations by developing their own creative skills. People attending know why creativity and innovation is important; however, they don’t always know how to harness it and execute it in the right way.

14:45 – 15:45

Speaker: Peter Wakefield, Loving Monday

The future of employee engagement and why it matters to you…

During the session Peter will give his perspective on employee engagement in 2019, why it’s now more important than ever and that in order to develop it we need to stop throwing money at it and instead focus on building relationships, developing trust and encouraging conversation.

Peter explains why the future of engagement needs to be very different from its past, why in the future this will be ‘essential’ rather than ‘optional’ and what we all need to do to deliver it.

He’ll introduce us to ‘VoicePrint’ a key tool, that his business Loving Monday use to develop awareness, insight and communication skill in managers and leaders, helping them to understand how the ‘voice’ they use affects their ability to engage others and how this then translates to both individual and organisational performance.


Speaker: Mark Adams, Community Integrated Care

The Future Responsibilities of Communities and (how this will have an impact on our working lives)

16:45-17:00 Round up and key takeaways



Tuesday 11 June 2019
9:00am - 5:00pm
Member Price
£ 95 +VAT
Non-member Price
£ 155 +VAT


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