Future of Office Space Summit: 22 March 2023

Strategy, technology and innovation for office landlords, flexible workspace operators and tenants

Driving growth through design, innovation, and technology for the office market

Before COVID-19, Australia’s domestic office space market was in the midst of a decade-long period of expansion. Capital values and rental growth reached unprecedented levels. The medium-term outlook for the market was strong, but as for many industries, COVID-19 served as a circuit breaker.

Covid-19 accelerated many of the long-term structural trends that the office sector was already experiencing and subsequently, the impact on occupier demand and floorspace requirements as hybrid workplace models became more accepted and prevalent. But as we move on from the constraints of Covid, there are still many unknowns and plenty of questions about the market’s future outlook, and the utilisation of office space moving forward 

Back for its 3rd year, The Future of Office Space Summit will again bring together the brightest minds in the industry to explore all the big questions, analyse the data, hear about the latest solutions and find the partners they need to deliver the most attractive workspace options to tenants.


Crown Towers, Sydney, Australia
Physical & Virtual Attendance


22 March 2023


Our Speakers


Partner, Real Estate Advisory
PwC Australia


Chief Strategy Officer
Eight Inc


Capital Transactions Analyst
The GPT Group


Head of Research and Strategy
Investa Property Group


Associate Director, Global Workplace Strategy & Enterprise Services, JCAP


Head of Customer & Digital, Investment Management
Lendlease Asset Management


Head of Tenant Representation-Australia


Fund Manager and Head of Office Partnerships
Charter Hall


Customer & Market Engagement – Office
Charter Hall


Fund Manager – AREIT
Cromwell Property Group


National Manager – ESG, Property
Australian Unity Wealth


Head of Sustainability & Social Impact


Head of Customer and Client Solutions


Head of ESG


Head of Office & Fund Manager
Centuria Office REIT


Partner & National Head of Tenant Representation – Office
Knight Frank


National Policy Manager–Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs
Property Council of Australia


Partner and Chief Economist
KPMG Australia


Head of Office Leasing Australia


Oceania Premises & Workplace Director


Head of Customer, Office
The GPT Group


CEO & Founder


The Future of Office Space Summit is an exclusive event consisting of top-level content and thought leadership discussions. It’s where owners, operators, managers, brokers, investors and solution providers can come together to access the most up to date and credible knowledge delivered by local and international experts.

Topics that will be covered include:

  • What we are learning from the on-again-off-again return to the office?
  • Office of the Future: Emerging trends & cutting edge ideas in office technology & innovation
  • Re-Imagining the tenant experience to attract & retain top talent and great corporate tenants
  • The future of hybrid work and its impact on office utilisation
  • How corporate tenants and office landlords are addressing climate change, energy costs & tenant comfort
  • Searching for, finding, negotiating & leasing new space
  • Workplace design, construction & project management – emerging ideas & best practices
  • Leveraging CRE analytics to get valuable insights around office portfolio use and performance
  • What’s the current view of REITS and fund managers regarding office investment returns?
  • The role of the office as a cultural and collaboration hub – how can landlords enhance their buildings to support this for their tenants?

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Summit Program

Here’s a snapshot of the Future of Office Space Summit 2023 agenda.

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  • Day 1March 22, 2023
  • 08:00 - 09:00

    Main conference registration & morning coffee

  • 09:00 - 09:05

    Opening Remarks

    By Tina Dacombe-Luke Executive Producer, FuturePlace
  • 09:05 - 09:10

    Chairperson’s opening remarks

    By Tony Massaro Partner, Integrated Infrastructure - Real Estate Advisory, PwC

  • 09:10 - 09:30

    KEYNOTE ADDRESS: The future of work is more human than you think

    By Charles Reed Anderson Chief Strategy Officer, Eight Inc.

    In this presentation, Charles will explain how the global pandemic; the shift of sustainability to the forefront of the C-suite conversation, and the Great Resignation create a unique opportunity to transform the way our companies operate and how your employees work. We all need to remember that technology doesn’t exist for technology’s sake, it exists to deliver human centric outcomes and experiences.  

    • The need for empathy: Why ignoring the human impact of the pandemic will ensure the Great Resignation worsens.  
    • The need for engagement: Employees may like free drinks, ping pong tables and comfy chairs, but if you want them to be engaged, you need to make sure they are informed, empowered, and recognised.  
    • The need for radical transparency: Employees are switching jobs at record levels. How can eliminating silos and driving radical transparency drive benefits to your business, its processes, and your employees – and how does that make it easier to attract and retain talent? 
  • 09:30 - 10:10

    PANEL DISCUSSION: Enabling the office of the future: Emerging trends & cutting-edge ideas in CRE innovation

    2023 Is being referenced as ‘The Year of Implementation’ because the time for ’wait and see’ has passed. As leases expire and a flight to quality continues, Occupiers are looking for office space that is innovative, sustainable, and experiential. This panel will unpack the emerging trends and innovation in the future forward office: 

    • A future vision of workplace metrics – Leveraging CRE analytics to get valuable insights around office portfolio use and performance  
    • Re–evaluating the importance of the office as a brand 
    • Urbanisation – the importance of placemaking takes hold in Asia–Pacific 
    • Bifurcation of office stock – will this divide reach fruition in 2023? 
    • Earning the commute vs recessionary presenteeism anxiety… where does the power lie in 2023?  
    Panellists include:
    David Cannington Head of Research & Strategy, Investa Property Group
    Natalie Slessor Head of Product Strategy, Investment Management, Lendlease
    Mark Mitchell Oceania Premises & Workplace Director, EY
    Shey Hooper Head of Customer, Office, The GPT Group
    Moderated by:
    Jon Lesquereux Regional Head APAC, Equiem
  • 10:10 - 10:30

    How to transform your traditional workplace into a Flex Office

  • 10:30 - 11:10

    Morning coffee & Networking break


  • 11:10 - 11:30

    The role of technology & tenant engagement in the future hybrid workforce

    By Emily Checinski Head of Customer and Client Solutions, Equiem

    Even with a future of unknowns, we can safely expect to see individuals return to the office 2 – 3 days a week as part of a hybrid workforce. With different end goals that vary from team collaboration to a quiet space to work, technology will play a huge role in understanding and catering to separate occupier needs. Furthermore, technology will lead the way in managing a building to this level through various functions such as tenants, building management and landlords. 

    • What are the different end goals for individuals returning to office and how do landlords cater to each? 
    • How does a hybrid workforce impact the day to day lives of different building stakeholders? 
    • Client case studies that show how tenant engagement has evolved through WFH, hybrid working and what future changes we should expect 
  • 11:30 - 12:00

    Research Report: The Landlord and Tenant Perspective

    By Michael Greene Head of Tenant Representation-Australia, JLL
  • 12:00 - 12:40

    FUND MANAGERS PANEL: Looking at capital flows, performance, and ongoing returns

    The property market has been in a state of flux. Changing occupier need, aggressive rate tightening, elevated energy prices and supply chain disruptions are combining, pushing investors towards more resilient and defensive portfolio strategies. In this session we bring together Industry experts to deep dive into some of the most pressing questions shaping the investment landscape: 

    • How will interest rates and the economic uncertainty impact investment strategies in 2023 and beyond? 
    • What impact is being seen from pent-up capital and capital raising from cross border activity and domestic investors? 
    • Why strategic acquisitions that support the diversification of commercial product offerings and unlock prime floor space are in vogue? 
    • How should ESG influence your investment strategy? 
    Panellists include:
    Miriam Patterson Fund Manager and Head of Office Partnerships, Charter Hall
    Michelle Dance Fund Manager - AREIT, Cromwell Property Group
    Liam Timms CEO & Founder, AKSES
    Grant Nichols COF - Fund Manager, Centuria
    Moderated by:
    Dr Brendan Rynne Partner and Chief Economist, KPMG Australia
  • 12:40 - 13:10

    RESEARCH REPORT: Commercial real estate under the spotlight – a year on from returning to the office, what has changed in Australian commercial real estate?

    By David Cannington Head of Research & Strategy, Investa Property Group

    In addition to an uncertain economic outlook, tenant businesses face significant challenges in driving productivity, business identity and culture to attract and retain the best talent – the outcome of which will also have implications for landlords and investors. 

    • Examining the Australian commercial real estate landscape and future outlook amidst the current economic backdrop? 
    • What does the current performance of Australia’s office market say about the adoption of hybrid working? 
    • What can market activity tell us about occupier trends and the impact of these trends on leasing demand? 
    • How have office tenant needs/expectations changed with the adoption of a hybrid workplace? 
    • What can data tell us about the performance and opportunities across office markets and buildings? 
  • 13:10 - 14:10

    Lunch & Networking

  • 14:10 - 14:50


    By Simon Hayes Secretary, PropTech Association Australia

    Office of the Future: Emerging Trends & Cutting-Edge Ideas in Office Technology & Innovation

    In this rapid-fire session, we hear from 4 forward thinking Tech companies about how they are creating technologies for the lasting shift toward Offices of the Future.  

    Panellists include:Moderated by:
    Simon Hayes Secretary, PropTech Association Australia

  • 14:50 - 15:30

    PANEL DISCUSSION: Looking at how ESG is driving greater sustainability across commercial real estate and shaping tenant experience

    Sustainability is an increasingly important issue for many people, and companies, institutions and governments are responding. As employees and investors increasingly demand more sustainable Real Estate Assets, there is a clear drive for the industry to act for the benefit of the environment, the community, and our economy. This panel will examine how using a centralised approach, making goal – based decisions and tracking/reporting results are key to accelerating and excelling in the field of ESG. 

    • From construction to facilities management – what can each player in the office ecosystem do better to drive sustainable outcomes and who is responsible for the carbon footprint at each stage? 
    • Examining developments in renewable power agreements, integrated waste, and long-term environmental plans 
    • Examining how sustainability is driving tenant choice when selecting office space and consumers decision making around who to do business with 
    • What would the S in ESG look like under Scope 3?  
    • How is technology playing a key role in addressing sustainability issues and enabling Commercial Real Estate’s move towards net-zero? 
    Panellists include:
    Joe Karten Head of Sustainability & Social Impact, Built
    Paolo Bevilacqua General Manager - Real Utilities, Frasers Property Australia
    Ian Lieblich Head of ESG, EG Funds
    Parag Shinde National Manager – ESG, Property, Australian Unity Wealth
    Moderated by:
  • 15:30 - 16:00

    Afternoon coffee & Networking break

  • 16:00 - 16:50

    Interactive Round Table Discussions

    In this session we bring together delegates in a series of 4 x 30 minute facilitated round table discussions, with leading industry experts. Join a table that most interests you and discuss the latest technology and industry trends with likeminded individuals. This will be followed by a 2-minute wrap up by Table Facilitators, summarising the dialogue at each of their tables. 

    Round Table 1: The age of electrification: Removing gas and other fossil fuels from operational assets

    Led by: Tim Wheeler, National Policy Manager–Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs, Property Council of Australia 

    Round Table 2: How can the office respond more efficiently to the pulses of dynamic workflow? 

    Round Table 3: Workplace design, construction & project management – how do we implement emerging ideas and best practice?  

    Round Table 4: Movin’ Out: Searching for, finding, negotiating & leasing new space 

    Led by: Tim O’Connor, Head of Office Leasing Australia, JLL 


  • 16:50 - 17:30

    CLOSING PANEL DISCUSSION: Creating a sense of place: Merging real estate and working life into a future-fit office

    This panel will explore how the office can help businesses get ahead in the talent race by providing environments that promote a human-centric focus, advance workplace priorities and embrace employee values: 

    • Hospitality-driven delivery of workplace services and amenities 
    • Promoting health and well-being via purposeful amenities 
    • The importance of the landlord’s role in precinct and place making 
    • Now you see me, now you don’t: The future of hybrid work and its impact on office utilisation – how many square meters do we need? 
    Panellists include:
    Naomi Swann Capital Transactions Analyst, The GPT Group
    Kate Pilgrim Customer & Market Engagement – Office, Charter Hall
    Lisa James-Holmes Associate Director, Global Workplace Strategy & Enterprise Services, JCAP, MSD
    Moderated by:
    Katherine Moss Partner & National Head of Tenant Representation – Office, Knight Frank
  • 17:30 - 18:00

    Cocktails & Networking


The Future of Office Space Summit is a Hybrid event. This format combines the traditional face-to-face conference with virtual elements, allowing both in-person and virtual attendees to access the same content and networking opportunities simultaneously.

High quality curated content

With one day of expert sessions and industry leading speakers, delve into expertly curated content that you won’t find anywhere else.

Live and on-demand

Wherever you are at the time of the event, you’ll be in control. You’ll have the ability to consume all the content being delivered at your leisure through either a live stream of the physical event or on-demand.

Time efficient

If you are based outside of Sydney and for whatever reason can’t make it to the event in-person, you can save on travel time and accommodation costs while still networking with global industry professionals.

Business matchmaking live

Take part in intelligently curated meetings with like-minded individuals that share similar interests and challenges from all over the world through our AI powered matchmaking delivered via our virtual platform.

Accessible from all your devices

Get insights and network at your fingertips – all content sessions and networking activities will be accessible from your laptop, tablets or mobile devices.

Engage, interact and influence

Make the most of your experience by being a truly active participant. Whether at the event or attending virtually, you’ll have the ability to ask questions, participate in polls, and share your experience with other attendees via break-out sessions.