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The world of work has been changed forever. As the economy gradually reopens, businesses, employees, property professionals and public bodies are considering: what does the new normal look like?

At Leeds Digital Festival, Leeds City Region, in association with Oracle, is bringing together a panel of experts to discuss the impact of the pandemic, the effect on the property industry and what the future workplace will look like. How will this new environment change companies future location decisions and what will be the impact for the region?

Join us for an exciting discussion on the Future of Work in Leeds City Region.


Chaired by:

David Shepherd, Director of Trade & Investment, Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (the LEP)

David is the Director of Trade and Investment at Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership with responsibility for delivering transformational economic growth and enhancing the international profile of the region. With significant levels of experience in both the public and private sector, David leads a commercially focused team which recently led the bid to attract Channel 4 and other global businesses such as Burberry and Reed Smith to Leeds City Region.


Yazad Dalal, Head of Strategy, Cloud HCM Applications, EMEA, Oracle

Yazad Dalal is a Human Capital Management (HCM) strategy leader at Oracle Corporation. He is responsible for overall strategy and business growth of Oracle’s HCM Cloud solutions across the Europe, Middle East and Africa regions. He is also passionate about identifying and sharing future trends in all areas of Human Capital Management. Yazad and his team work with HR and business leaders to deliver technology solutions that enable them to transform their organisations and modernise their workforce tools. He was previously Head of HCM Cloud Applications for Oracle Asia Pacific.

Prior to joining Oracle in 2015, Yazad was EVP, Asia, of TMP Worldwide, the world’s largest independent HR communications and technology firm. He held various leadership roles at TMP in both North America and Asia, working in New York, Bangalore and Singapore.

Yazad has spent 20 years working in the human capital space, including senior positions at Vault.com, the leading career information resource for high potential students and young professionals, and at Monster Worldwide, where he led the Global Sales Development group. As a Human Capital expert, he has lectured at INSEAD, given keynote presentations at major national and international HR forums and has appeared in over 20 mainstream, business and HR publications in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. Yazad is based in London.

Angela Barnacle, Chief Officer Asset Management & Regeneration, Leeds City Council

Angela has a passion for cities, economic development and with it delivering transformational change and inclusive growth.  Having worked extensively across the UK advising on large scale city development and transport schemes, organisational design and place positioning, Angela now leads the Asset Management and Regeneration Service for Leeds City Council. Here Angela focuses on realising the development opportunities and optimum real estate solutions to support the growth of the City.

David Aspin, Owner, Munroe K

David Aspin has spent much of his career contributing to the growth, and later, the formation of multi-million pound businesses on an international scale.

David founded Munroe K, a property investment and development company, that focusses on delivering excellence in design and deliverability whilst creating a sense of community in all of its projects. Their flagship scheme, the White Rose Park in Leeds, boasts an enviable tenant roster and market leading retention rate. Adopting a ‘tenant first’ approach, developing and delivering schemes that work for the operational needs and effectiveness of its tenants and their employees, is at the heart of everything they do.

As CEO and Founder of Munroe K, David is responsible for an ambitious plan to bring about significant social and economic regeneration to the south Leeds region through a 72 acre development of commercial, residential and public open space. Driven by a proposed new railway station, something which he has personally lobbied for over many years, the project will create a new destination for work and leisure and will be the catalyst for regeneration in the area.

David has been an advocate for growth and investment at a regional level for many years, something that has seen him represent the Leeds City Region internationally in China, the USA, France and Spain. In 2018 David accepted an invitation from Leeds City Council and the LEP to be part of the prestigious MIT REAP programme, currently in place to help the region further its ambitions for the future.

Antonia Martin-Wright, Head of Investment – North, Commercial Estates Group (CEG)

With 14 years of industry experience, Antonia joined CEG in 2010 and runs the property investment team across the North, with responsibility for key assets and strategic sites.

Managing a successful team based out of the company’s Leeds office, Antonia heads up major transactions on behalf of the company including acquisitions and large strategic lettings.

This includes CEG’s complex multimillion-pound Temple development in the South Bank of Leeds, where the company has made a number of strategic acquisitions and will bring forward around 4 million sq ft of commercial space in coming years. This will create a significant extension to the City Centre, with the Grade I listed Temple Works at its heart.

Successful developments include CEG’s flagship £400million Kirkstall Forge development, where a new railway station opened and the first 110,000 sq ft office (which secured the prestigious BCO national award for ‘Best Commercial Workplace in the UK’) is now let.

Antonia also managed the acquisition and regeneration of Exchange Station in Liverpool. This former Victorian railway station has seen a £7million refurbishment programme and now provides almost 200,000 sq ft of prime, sustainable office space, with a popular café and deli, and provides a full concierge service. Fully let and occupied by more than 1,500 people, the delivery included a full turnkey relocation for Liverpool John Moores University to the iconic building.

Jonathan Shires, Director/Owner, Occprops Ltd

Jonathan has over 25 years’ experience in the UK property market.  Having worked for some of the globes largest Real Estate companies, Jonathan felt there was a gap in the market for quality, impartial and independent property advice and established Occprops in late 2020.  Jonathan has undertaken some of the region’s most prestigious projects and advised a myriad of household name occupiers over the years, bringing a wealth of property knowledge across many sectors and geographies to any project.  Occprops are currently advising both landlords & occupiers on the forthcoming return to the office, how to create a sustainable Hybrid culture and what impact this will have on their property portfolios.

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The Future of Work in the Leeds City Region

Start: April 28 @ 11:00 am
End: April 28 @ 12:20 pm

Price: FOC

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