About WORKTECH Academy

A new initiative to build knowledge and best practice across a global community

Welcome to WORKTECH Academy – a new initiative from Unwired Ventures, producer of the acclaimed global WORKTECH conference series.

WORKTECH began in London in 2003 and can now be found in 18 cities around the world from Singapore, Buenos Aires and San Francisco to New York, Melbourne, Paris and Toronto.

Right from the start, WORKTECH believed in taking a more holistic view to work and workplace, to ensure that property, people and technology are considered in a more integrated and intelligent way.

That big-picture thinking is extended and enhanced with WORKTECH Academy.

Our mission

The purpose of the Academy is to capture the unique inspiration and evidence emanating from WORKTECH’s global faculty of speakers, experts and partners – and build knowledge and best practice across a global community.

With content curated in six streams, WORKTECH Academy provides comprehensive coverage of the changing world of work: people, place, technology culture, innovation, architecture and design.

By combining an interactive online platform with live events, WORKTECH Academy offers genuine access to best practice in the field, with opportunities for peer learning, study, networking, analysis and joint research.

Too often, the key strands of work and workplace are tackled piecemeal. WORKTECH Academy brings it all together.

Our people

Director – Jeremy Myerson: An academic researcher, author and activist in workplace design and innovation, Jeremy holds the Helen Hamlyn Chair of Design at the Royal College of Art and is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford.

Chairman – Philip Ross: A futurist, author and advisor on the future of work, Philip is Founder and CEO of UnGroup and Cordless Group, comprising Unwired, UnWork.com, Cordless Consultants and Cordless Resourcing.

Marketing & Membership Manager – Rhiannon Ledger: Rhiannon has a background in business and marketing.

Writer & Researcher – Kasia Maynard: Kasia trained as a multimedia journalist with the Press Association and enjoys following trends relating to behaviour and technology in the workplace.

Art Director – Catherine Greene: Before joining the Academy in August 2016, Catherine had worked on a variety of academic and commercially partnered design research projects. Her focus is on workplace design and the influence of new technologies on the way people live and work.

WORKTECH Academy Ambassador – Colin King: Colin is CEO of Tenon FM and has worked with a variety of large corporates including Sodexo, GSK and Nokia managing their Corporate Real Estate portfolios and driving workplace strategies.

Our advisory board

Aki Stamatis – Chairman, Fourfront Group, UK

Anton Andrews/Harald Becker – Director of Envisioning, Microsoft

Colin King – Sodexo, GSK, Nokia

Despina Katsikakis – Head of Occupier Business Performance, Cushman & Wakefield

Erik Veldhoen – We-topia, The Netherlands

Francois Brounais – Haworth

Guzman De Yarza/Martha Thorne – School of Architecture, IE University, Madrid

James Grose – Partner, BVN Architects, Australia

Kirstin Furber – Chief People Office, Clearscore

Philip Vanhoutte – Smarter Working