Panel: Smart Buildings Enabling Smart Work

Are FM professionals in danger of missing a huge opportunity?

In 2018 IWFM published a report, Embracing Technology to Move FM Forward. It highlighted a lack of awareness and expertise around emerging technologies; perhaps that’s to be expected. But it also highlighted that currently FM’s are focused on the tools that can make managing the building easier and were less switched on to how smart building technology can enable better work. Are they in danger of experiencing a digital marginalisation or could they hold the key to a digital reinvention of the profession?


Chris Moriarty, Director of Insight and Engagement at IWFM

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Chris Moriarty is Director of Insight at the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM). Previously he was Managing Director at Leesman, the world’s leading assessor of workplace effectiveness, where he was responsible for the creative and strategic development of the Leesman brand in the UK and internationally. Chris has extensive professional body experience as well as a track record in delivering industry wide thought leadership and policy campaigns on top of strategic marketing and sales experience. Prior to his first spell at BIFM as Head of Insight and Corporate affairs, where he worked to establish the Institute as the voice of the sector, he was Head of Corporate Affairs at the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Lewis Richards, Chief Digital Officer at Atalian Servest

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Lewis Richards joined Atalian Servest as Chief Digital Officer in 2018 with over 20 years’ experience in innovation for the world’s largest systems integrator, DXC. Lewis joined the global service provider from outside of the FM industry and works closely on training workshops for the wider group as well as assisting the senior team with global technology based offerings and its subsequent expansion.

Simone Fenton-Jarvis, Workplace Consultancy Development Director at Ricoh

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Simone is the Workplace Consultancy Development Director of Ricoh UK where she works with organisations to unlock potential through the co-creation of people-centric workplaces. Simone has 13 years’ operational experience working within: Property Management, Facilities Management and Workplace. With an MBA in Facilities Management and her operational and managerial experience she has extensive knowledge of the elements required to create fantastic workplaces that enable people to achieve their potential.

Harry Mylonadis, Technology & Innovation Consultant at ENGIE

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Harry Mylonadis is responsible for Technology and Innovation at ENGIE International FM.

With over 12 years of experience in Facility Management, he has experienced first-hand the impact of new technologies in the workplace. With the introduction of ubiquitous fast connectivity, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, he is certain that our industry will be fundamentally disrupted. He is currently exploring the possibilities of using Augmented and Virtual Reality in the workplace, and how they can converge with existing systems. This convergence is set to bring improved performance, better safety and faster resolution to our problems.

David Williams, Innovation Architect at Microsoft

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David has worked at Microsoft for 19 years and has been part of the Microsoft Enterprise Commercial Applied Innovation Team since December 2014.

His job is to develop, accelerate and support Microsoft’s key strategic innovation initiatives by providing commercial, business and technical advice, and guidance to help Microsoft customers and partners digitally transform. His focus for the past 4 years has been on developing and implementing Microsoft’s Smart Buildings vision and strategy, helping to create a new cross industry business for the company.

Prior to joining Microsoft, David served in the Royal Air Force for 22 years as an Engineer Officer and has a LLB Honours degree in English Law.


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Alan is a leading authority figure within the lighting industry because of his broad knowledge in intelligent lighting and networked buildings, and years of management and leadership experience. Alan’s interest and passion is people, the environment, wellbeing, lighting, technology, and choice.

With over 25 years of experience in the lighting industry Alan is a true specialist in the application and impact of intelligent lighting, and has been involved in many of the worlds landmark projects.

Alan is now working internationally to educate and demonstrate the positive impact of intelligent lighting solutions and interoperable building services on wellbeing and building efficiencies, and to broaden the understanding and accelerate the uptake of Intelligent Lighting in buildings.