This Must Be The Place

The agenda is fluid and we reserve the right to adapt programming. Speakers are added as they are confirmed.

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Event Schedule

8:00 am - 9:00 am


Doors Open

Connect with our team, snag your lanyard, dive into roundtable sign-ups, explore our sponsors, greet fellow attendees, and recharge with a cup of coffee. Let the event excitement begin!

8:45 am - 9:20 am


The Good, The Bad and The Brilliant: A Look at the UK Market

Join James Rankin and John Williams from The Instant Group as they put the UK market under the microscope. This kick off session will share data and insights on the state of flexible workspace in the UK, including pricing, demand, occupancy and overall industry trends. Grab your coffee and don’t miss it – it’s everything you need to start your conversations throughout the conference.

John Williams

Chief Marketing Officer, The Instant Group

James Rankin

Head of Research and Insights, The Instant Group

9:20 am - 9:30 am


Grab Your Coffee

Get yourself a coffee before we officially welcome you to GCUC UK 2023.

9:30 am - 9:40 pm


Welcome To GCUC UK

Gather for a warm welcome from GCUC UK Director & Producer, Emilie Lashmar, and our host for GCUC UK 2023, Alex Young.

Emilie Lashmar

Director & Producer, GCUC UK

Alex Young

Director, Projects

9:40 am - 10:20 am


Be More Pirate 🏴‍☠️

Forget for a moment, everything you think you know about pirates. Alex will kick off the day by uncovering some of the lessons from the Golden Age of Piracy; taking the cartoonish buccaneers we know from pop culture, and reframing them as social revolutionaries and entrepreneurs that challenged the status quo and altered the course of history. Be More Pirate encourages everyone to reclaim their agency and make bolder, braver moves in business, so this opening keynote will challenge you to think differently about how we collectively work together to rewrite the rules of work in the 21st century.

Alex Barker leads Be More Pirate – a book turned social movement that helps individuals and organisations to rewrite their rules using the principles of the Golden Age of Piracy. She is a speaker and facilitator, co-author of ‘How to Be More Pirate’ and a speaking coach for women. Alex has worked with a wide range of global companies such as Salesforce, Dyson and Vodafone, and is committed to building a diverse community of modern pirates.

10:20 am - 11:00 am


Innovation, Impact & Income: The Coworking Equation

This session aims to unravel the intricacies of success in the coworking and flexible workspace industry by delving into the multifaceted layers of value creation. Beyond the well-trodden path of securing property deals, our expert panellists explore the three rings of perceived value: maximising the core, achieving the right balance between innovation and profitability, and creating exceptional member experiences. By discussing innovative strategies and practical solutions, this session equips attendees with insights to thrive in the dynamic world of coworking, fostering profitability, and delivering exceptional value to members.

Main Takeaways:

  • Learn how to articulate and manage customer needs and expectations
  • Understand the dynamics of differentiation over time
  • Interact with the panellists to question their experience in cost management and value creation
  • Walk away with targeted strategies to enhance your coworking venture’s member experience while focusing on profitability in this challenging economic climate

Keke Patissier


Vibushan Thirukumar

CEO & Co-Founder, Oru Space

Jonathan Bevan

CEO, Techspace

Josie Baum

Managing Director, ARC Club

Yvonne Eruteya

CFO, Huckletree

11:00 am - 11:25 am


AM Break

Recharge at our Nourish bars offering unlimited access to Climpson & Sons coffee, Jing artisanal teas, water, soft drinks, snacks, and candy for those anytime breaks.

Don’t forget to mingle with sponsors and connect with fellow attendees to make the most of your day!


11:30 am - 12:10 pm


Place Purpose

Our panel delves deep into practical strategies beyond buzzwords, exploring how to move past superficial events to truly support members and the wider community. Join the conversation on redefining community in coworking, stepping outside self-serving marketing, and embracing genuine commitment to social and environmental values, not just certification. Discover how coworking can elevate its brand through impactful community impact.

Joy Nazzari

Founder and Executive Chair, DNCO

Hamish Makgill

Ex Founder & Creative Director, Studio Makgill

Ben Cross

Development Director, General Projects

12:10 pm - 12:50 pm


Humans + Tech

Join our panel of dedicated coworking managers and tech-savvy experts, who work closely with members day in and day out, harnessing the power of chosen tech platforms for their organisations. Get ready to dive into the transformative impact of technology with humans at the forefront in coworking spaces and what the future with AI looks like.

Justin Harley

Regional Director, Yardi

Jessica Samson

General Manager, PLATF9RM

Chris Weeks

Co-Founder and CEO, Bounce Technologies

12:50 pm - 1:55 pm



Help yourself to a delicious lunch, mingle and check out our sponsors.

2:05 pm - 2:45 pm


Track 1 – This Must Be The Place: Community, Hospitality & Design

Our panellists will discuss the importance of brand, design, hospitality, cultural programming, community integration, business support, amenities, and sustainable practices in creating an environment that nurtures and inspires.

Discover how coworking spaces drive economic growth and revitalisation, foster collaboration and meaningful relationships, and positively impact society. Gain valuable insights and strategies to create an irresistible workspace in which people want to be.

Natasha Guerra

CEO and Founder, Runway East

Olaide Oboh

Executive Director, Socius

David Adeyinka

Director of Revenue, Second Home

Danny Babington

Global Lead - Agent & Broker Partnerships, Mindspace

2:00 pm - 3:25 pm


Track 2 – Networking & Roundtables: Problem Solving and Insights in Coworking

Participants will collaborate and gain valuable insights into the world of coworking. Each roundtable will focus on a specific challenge or question related to coworking, allowing participants to discuss and share their expertise as well as make deeper connections.

We aim to provide an enriching experience, enabling participants to gain valuable insights into the challenges and opportunities within the coworking industry.

Room Host: Isabel Sachs from I LIKE NETWORKING

Roundtable Topics & Hosts

  • How To Cultivate Community – Lara Sheldrake
  • When are your PR moments? – Aceil Haddad
  • Solving your sales, marketing, operational process, and CRM problems – Lindsey Pickles
  • Your Team: Attraction & Retention – Lucy Pickavance
  • Approaching Sustainable Solutions – Tracy Wilson

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Isabel Sachs


Lara Sheldrake

Founder & CEO, Found & Flourish

Aceil Haddad

Founder, MATT PR

Lindsey Pickles

Managing Partner, Bright Dials

Lucy Pickavance

Founder & Director, Phoenix Resourcing Ltd

Tracy Wilson

Co-Founder, SUPER Certification

2:45 pm - 3:25 pm


Track 1 – The Rise of Niche Spaces

Explore the dynamic transformation of the coworking landscape as it embraces niche spaces, redefining the traditional office experience. From empowering environments tailored to women’s needs to industry-specific hubs catering to tech, arts, and health professionals. Delve into conversations with industry experts who have honed their focus on specific market segments—whether through a single location or a diverse portfolio of brands, each designed to meet distinct needs and diverse price points.

Steve Jude

CEO, NewFlex

Alex Pellew

Co-Founder & CXO, UNTIL

Christina Disler

Founder / CEO, Werklab

Shazia Mustafa

Founder, Third Door

3:25 pm - 3:55 pm


PM Break

Recharge at our Nourish bars offering unlimited access to Climpson & Sons coffee, Jing artisanal teas, water, soft drinks, snacks, and candy for those anytime breaks.

Don’t forget to mingle with sponsors and connect with fellow attendees to make the most of your day!


4:00 pm - 4:40 pm

Fireside Chat

Occupiers and Landlords Working Together for Enhanced Building Experiences

Join us for an exclusive fireside chat where you’ll have the opportunity to hear from two exceptional individuals who have revolutionised the world of collaboration between occupiers and landlords.

Throughout their discussion, you’ll learn about the shared expectations and mutual responsibilities that drive their collaboration, how they successfully modeled the partnership, and the remarkable synergy that has driven them to create an unparalleled tenant experience.

James Frankis

VP Product, Convene

Dan Higginson

Director, Development and Leasing, Greycoat Real Estate LLP

4:40 pm - 4:45 pm



Alex Young

Director, Projects

4:45 pm - 5:45 pm


Reception Drinks

Cap off the conference with a splash of relaxation! Join us for reception drinks—an opportunity to unwind, network, and savour the success of a day well spent. Cheers to connections made and ideas shared!

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Afters Hosted by XCHG

Located on the Floor 7 of 22 Bishopsgate

Join us at XCHG, located on the Floor 7 of 22 Bishopsgate. Enjoy drinks and canapés while connecting with industry leaders and peers, all against the backdrop of spectacular views of London from our world-class space.

Inspired by holistic physical retreats XCHG is a purpose-driven community – a central hive of activity and support for innovation, a coworking, event & meeting space, with media suites and dynamic content and events for innovators. Whether you’re a startup, an established business, or a freelancer, XCHG spaces is well-equipped to meet your evolving workspace requirements and elevate your work experience.

9:30 am - 10:30 am


The Instant Group Sustainability Workshop

Hosted by TechSpace, The Instant Group is pleased to present an interactive session that sheds light on how today’s operators can run a sustainable coworking operation – from energy and suppliers to data and insights. Following an educational session, you’ll work with subject matter experts to identify actionable takeaways on how to embed sustainability across your coworking space.

Registration is part of Tour 1 here.

9:15 am - 12:45 pm


Tour 1 | Techspace, Runway East, The Office Group

Kindly note some locations may change.


09:15am – 11:00am

📍 Techspace + Instant Group Sustainability Workshop with Breakfast

25 Worship Street

Flexible spaces built for ambitious teams A place for change-makers with tech at the heart of what they do. With space, expertise and community to amplify and inspire impact. With over 10 years serving the tech sector we know what ambitious businesses are looking for. From our workspaces in London & Berlin that flex with you, to learning & development programmes designed to develop and inspire your team, you’ll find we have the perfect place to attract top talent and drive your business forward.


11:00 – 11:15 Walk from Techspace to Runway East Shoreditch


11:15am – 11:45am 

📍Runway East Shoreditch

Runway East Shoreditch, 52 Tabernacle Street

Flexible office space for teams of 1-100. Free meeting rooms, TONNES of events, perks, shared space, dogs & cake. London, Bristol & Brighton. Rated 4.8/5 from over 400 reviews.


11:45 – 12:00 Walk from Runway East to The Office Group 


12:00pm – 12:30pm

📍 TOG – The Black & White Building

74 Rivington Street

The Office Group was created in September 2022, following the merger of TOG and Fora. The combined group comprises 72 premier locations totalling 3.1 million sq ft across London and in Cambridge, Oxford, Reading, Bristol, Leeds, Berlin, Frankfurt, and Hamburg. Current TOG and Fora tenants include including bp, GSK, Ocado, Adobe, Netflix, Channel 4, British Fashion Council, Sony, Dropbox and Advent Capital, among many others.

9:15 am - 1:30 pm


Tour 2 | Huckletree, Mindspace, Second Home, x+why

Kindly note some locations may change.


10:15am – 11:00am

📍Huckletree, Shoreditch

14-18 Finsbury Square

Our East London workspace is a stone’s throw from Silicon Roundabout in the landmark historic conversion, Alphabeta Building on Finsbury Square. You’ll find a contemporary bicycle ramp available from street level and an open atrium in the centre of the building, while inside Huckletree you’ll experience light-filled studios, internal courtyards, an inspiring events auditorium and creativity-inducing workspaces split across two levels. Curated for challengers, Huckletree Shoreditch is a collaborative office space for the most ambitious companies including Edenbase, Fanzo and Kojac.


11:00 – 11:10 Walk: From Huckletree Shoreditch to Mindspace Shoreditch


11:10am – 11:40am

📍Mindspace, Shoreditch

9 Appold Street

Mindspace is a global provider of high-end flexible workspace, designed to serve the growing needs of the world’s leading SMBs and enterprises. With a proven track record of fitting Fortune 500 companies with fully serviced, all-inclusive, and bespoke working environments, Mindspace provides a vast selection of tailorable space via large dedicated workspaces, team suites, and private offices. Every site is staffed by a local team of community managers dedicated to addressing the unique needs of every single member and facilitating connections between different companies.

11:40 – 12:00 Walk: From Mindspace Shoreditch to Second Home Spitalfields


12:00pm – 12:30pm

📍Second Home, Spitalfields

68-80 Hanbury Street

A workspace as creative and innovative as you are. Everything we do is designed to help people flourish and succeed in the modern economy – and unlock their full creative potential. Our members benefit from targeted introductions to the global creative community – meet new investors, clients, advisors and partners. Our biophilic-designed spaces, packed with plants and filled with natural light – allows a healthy, human centric environment. Expect weekly cultural, educational and wellness events. Sustainability at heart: Second Home is a B Corp, a London Living Wage employer, and is fully powered by renewable energy.


12:30 – 12:45Walk: From Second Home Spitalfields to X+Why


12:45pm – 13:15pm

📍x+why, People’s Mission Hall

20-30 Whitechapel Road

x+why’s innovative, flexible workspaces support a community of impact-driven leaders, companies, and movements who believe that business should be a force for good.


10:15 am - 1:00 pm


Tour 3 | workingfrom_, FORA, UNCOMMON

Kindly note some locations may change.

10:15am – 11:00am

📍Working From_

32 Blackfriars Road

Like working from home, without distractions. The comfy sofas at The Hoxton have been the unofficial workspace of choice since 2006. We figured it was time to step it up a level, so we launched Working From_.


11:00 – 11:15 Walk: From Working From_ to Fora


11:30am – 12:00pm


Blue Fin Building

The Office Group was created in September 2022, following the merger of TOG and Fora. The combined group comprises 72 premier locations totalling 3.1 million sq ft across London and in Cambridge, Oxford, Reading, Bristol, Leeds, Berlin, Frankfurt, and Hamburg. Current TOG and Fora tenants include including bp, GSK, Ocado, Adobe, Netflix, Channel 4, British Fashion Council, Sony, Dropbox and Advent Capital, among many others
11:45 – 12:10 Walk: From FORA to Uncommon


12:10pm – 12:40pm


1 Long Lane

Flexible workspaces with a difference.
We are guided by our three values:
1) Uncommon Care
2) Onecommon We play as one team
3) We Push for Better