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Foresight: The Future Workforce

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The Supper Club’s next Foresight event will explore the future workforce - with predictions on the impact of technology, new skills to recruit and train, new models of work, and how scaling businesses should prepare.

A lot has been said about AI and automation, but how can it be optimized by SMEs and founder led businesses? Will freelance and remote worker models become the norm? How will freelancers learn, connect, and develop professionally? What are the leadership and management challenges of a mobile workforce? How do generations differ in their needs and expectations? How will office spaces evolve to attract and retain talent? And how can employers harness technology and talent to reduce cost and increase productivity?

  • A panel of speakers led by a keynote futurist will debate these issues, with foresight on the following areas:
  • Where AI and automation will have the most impact
  • How workspace will evolve to improve retention and productivity
  • How learning, law & leadership will adapt to a more freelance workforce
  • How ecosystems and collaboration tools will boost productivity
  • How employers will access talent and the skills they will need

 About our keynote speaker…


Rohit Talwar is a global futurist, award-winning keynote speaker, author, and the CEO of Fast Future (www.fastfuture.com) – a professional foresight firm specializing in executive education, research, and consulting on the emerging future and the impacts of change for global clients including American Express, BP, Danone, Deloitte, EY, GE, Intel, KPMG, Microsoft, Nokia, PwC, SAP, Shell, and Tata. Fast Future publishes books from leading future thinkers around the world, exploring how developments such as AI, robotics, exponential technologies, and disruptive thinking could impact individuals, societies, businesses, and governments and create the trillion-dollar sectors of the future. Rohit is the co-author of Designing Your Future, lead editor and a contributing author for The Future of Business, and editor of Technology vs. Humanity. He is a co-editor and contributor for the recently published Beyond Genuine Stupidity – Ensuring AI Serves Humanity and The Future Reinvented – Reimagining Life, Society, and Business, and two forthcoming books - Unleashing Human Potential – The Future of AI in Business, and 50:50 – Scenarios for the Next 50 Years.

Rohit will share his foresight on the impact of AI and automation and how businesses can prepare for the future. All attendees will receive free copies of Beyond Genuine Stupidity and The Future Reinvented.

Our speaker panel

Alastair Woods, Partner, People and Organisation, PwC


Alastair works with multinational organisations in addressing challenges in their reward strategy and linking this to the business goals, organisational culture and the employment value offering. He’s fascinated by the generational challenges facing organisations today and firmly believes the one size fits all approach to reward and performance management is going to have to change. A report from PwC’s People and Organisation team on the Workforce of the Future outlined predictions for 2030 based on a survey of 10,000 HR professionals.

Alastair will share findings from PwC’s Workforce of the Future report, with predictions on four possible worlds of work that businesses should prepare for.

Andrea Marston, Talent Acquisition Director, EMEA, Workday


With a global career spanning over 20 years in HR and Recruitment, Andrea Marston is a sought-after talent attraction and acquisition expert. Workday is a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications for HR & Finance, known globally as one of the world's Great Places to Work, winning multiple awards. Andrea is responsible for bringing more great talent to this fast-growing company. Previously, Andrea led Talent Acquisition at AOL and before this, created and led the recruitment function at Huddle, the cloud based provider of team collaboration & project management software for enterprise and government and one of the UK’s fastest growing companies.

Andrea will present foresight on the skills employers will need to support new models of work and how fast growth companies will access talent 

Kevin Barrow, Partner, Osborne Clarke LLP


Kevin leads a multi-country team at international law firm Osborne Clarke LLP, and works for more than 100 hirers and suppliers on market-leading UK, EU and international flexible workforce (MSP, RPO and VMS) projects. His team are well known for advice on regulation of digital recruitment and online exchanges, tax planning relating to flexible workforces and worker misclassification and co-employment class actions.

As co-lead of Osborne Clarke’s Future of Work initiative, Kevin will share employment law predictions based on interviews with many major international employers about workforce changes they are planning relating to use of AI, robotics, and contingent, agile and remote working and diversity issues.

 Gary Turner, Managing Director, Xero

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Gary is co-founder and managing director at Xero UK, responsible for its business operations across Europe, Middle East & Africa. Xero is a multi-award-winning global leader in online accounting software with 1.4 million paying subscribers in 180 countries. Under Gary's leadership, Xero UK has scaled from a three-person startup with annual revenues of £50k to more than £40 million in the year to 31 March 2018. Gary speaks and writes on start-ups, digital transformation and leadership inside hyper-growth organisations and mentors early stage Fintech startups at TechStars London.

Gary will talk about the role that technology has played in growing Xero in the UK and how he plans to continue to use it to scale in the coming decade.

Sophie Devonshire, CEO, The Caffeine Partnership


Sophie is the author of 'Superfast', a leadership business book on how pace can drive performance. It includes interviews with 100 successful business leaders to inspire those working out how to lead fast-growth organisations. Sophie is also a commentator on the future of brands and customer experience in a tech-driven, fast-accelerating world. Prior to founding her strategic brand consultancy, Sophie’s career including brand roles at Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola GB, Interbrand and Leo Burnett. She also founded, managed and sold an e-commerce business and was CEO of a luxury gifts brand where she doubled turnover.

Sophie will share insights on how businesses and leadership will need to adapt to manage rapid change and growth.

The entry fee is £150 + VAT but it’s FREE for members of The Supper Club and qualifying high growth entrepreneurs – so book now to guarantee your place. Discounts are also available. To find out if you qualify, email Federica Bellesso at f.bellesso@thesupperclub.com.

£150 Non-members
£0 Members (included in membership)
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Wednesday 18 July, 2018 8.30am

Picturehouse Central, Corner of Shaftesbury Avenue and Great Windmill Street, W1D 7DH