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Workplace & Facilities Expo Virtual Festival 02 – 04 March 2021

Workplace & Facilities Expo

The Workplace & Facilities Expo Virtual Festival from 02 to 04 March 2021 is a free to attend virtual festival. It will feature 10 live panel discussions (two per day 10.00 – 11.30 and 14:30 – 16:00) with industry leaders and experts discussing key areas affecting all those involved with delivering effective and Workplaces and Facilities, both internationally and locally.

This live content will be supported by a range of pre-recorded webinars from exhibitors and supporting organisations to give attendees access to additional ideas, best practice, insights and information.

Workplace & Facilities Expo Virtual Festival Programme –

02 March

10:00am-11:30am – “Agile Working – The 2020 Phenomenon and beyond” – Organised in Association with IWFM


  • Michael Baumgart, Solutions Director, CBRE GWS Ireland
  • Peter Brogan, Head of Research and Insight, IWFM
  • Claire Hollister, Director, Hollister Consulting
  • Andrew Mawson, Owner, Advanced Workplace Associates (AWA)
  • Maud Santamaria, Workplace Experience Director, Mace
What will be discussed?

In 2020, agile working was vital to a huge number of organisations; how has agile working improved business opportunities?  What are the effects of the workforce and the leadership of these organisations? How has this impacted HR and our technology infrastructures?

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14:30-16:00 – “The Role of Technology in the Workplace” – Organised in Association with IWFM


  • Peter Brogan, Head of Research and Insight, IWFM
  • Conor Cooney, Asset and Facility Management Advisor, Arup
  • Mark Griffiths, Founder and Managing Director, WMA Consultancy Services Ltd
  • David Williams, Smart Places and Real Estate Industry Lead, Microsoft Enterprise Commercial, Industry Innovation Team
What will be discussed?

How has FM embraced the progress in workplace technology, and how can we do more with the data produced from these technological advancements. Technology has progressed so much in the last few years. It continues to play an essential part in the FM world, from Smart Buildings, IoT, AI and VR, to name but a few; how can FM get on board to ensure the best use of the systems available and the data collected.

03 March

10:00am-11:30am – “Security issues in a Remote Working Environment” – Organised in Association with the ISIA


  • Sarah O’Donnell, Communications Director, ISIA
  • Gill O’Riordan, Chair, Guarding Division, Irish Security Industry Association (ISIA)
  • Martin Stairs, Managing Director, Martin Stairs Security Consultants Ltd
What will be discussed?

This discussion will feature industry experts to discuss Security in multi-site buildings, given reduced staff on site, home working and threats faced by businesses given new working practices. This panel discussion is organised by the Irish Security Industry Association (ISIA) and will also look at real examples and approaches which confront end-users.

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14:30-16:00 – Fire Safety Management of Occupied Premises – Organised in Association with ASFP Ireland and IFE


  • Chris Barry, Assistant Fire Adviser, Department of Housing Planning and Local Government
  • Eyre Massy, Director of Technical Services, Acacia Facilities Management.
  • Sean McEleney, Senior Executive Fire Prevention Officer, Dublin Fire Brigade.
  • David O’Reilly, President, IFE & ASFP.
  • Claire Smyth, Chartered Fire Engineer and Safety Management Consultant.
What will be discussed?

The Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage are adding two new documents to the existing suite of guidance to further educate and assist in Fire Safety Management.

  • Code of Practice for Fire Safety Assessment of Premises & Buildings
  • Fire Safety Guide for Building Owners & Operators (Guide for persons with responsibilities under Section 18.2 of the Fire Services Acts 1981 & 2003).

New Building Control arrangements (BCAR), introduced in 2014, brought about a change of culture within the construction industry, improving design, inspection & certification standards.

The May 2018 Fire Safety Ireland Task Force Report provides insights into government fire safety strategy from design, through construction and ultimately management for the life of a building.

This new guidance is designed to build on the progress made under BCAR and improve fire safety management standards in occupied buildings.

This panel discussion hosted by Workplace and Facilities Expo, supported by ASFPI & IFE, provides a platform to discuss this new guidance with experts available to answer questions.

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04 March

10:00am-11:30am – Creating Sustainable Wellbeing – Organised in Association with the SCSI


  • Sean Hogan, Sustainability Leader, RKD
  • Dr Jennifer Hynes, Lecturer Economics, Workplace Wellness, HRM and Business, Trinity College Dublin.
What will be discussed?

More than 50% of European workers believe stress is common at work (European Institute for Construction Labour Research, 2019). And within the construction industry, psychosocial stress is becoming more prominent (Deutsche Sozialversicherung Europavertretung, 2019). During this session, we will look at some of the drivers and outcomes of stress and burnout at work within the Property and Construction Industry and look at how sustainable design can improve these stresses.

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14.30 – 16:00 – Sustainability – What should be the focus of COP26? – Organised in association with IWFM


  • Ann Beavis, Head of Sustainable Development, Crown Workspace
  • Greg Davies, Director of Market Development, Assurity Consulting Ltd
  • Sofie Hooper, Head of Policy, IWFM
  • Toby Morgan, LED Program Manager, Climate Group.
What will be discussed?

The 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

These vital climate talks are expected to bring together the largest gathering of heads of state ever hosted in the UK, alongside climate experts and campaigners, to agree on coordinated action to tackle the climate emergency.

The focus of this discussion will be answering some of the big questions. For example, what are we currently focusing on in the workplace and FM profession? What should COP26’s focus be?

Register for free to attend Workplace & Facilities Expo Virtual Festival 02 – 04 March 2021