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The Neuroscience of Knowledge Work: Managing the Workplace Beyond Buildings

An intensive workshop for Real Estate, FM, Workplace, HR & IT leaders (occupiers only) taking an advanced approach to the creation and management of the modern workplace.


When: 10:30-15:30, 27th March 2019

Where: Workplace House, London EC1

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AWA Advanced Workplace Associates: Cognitive Performance

Workshop Aims

1. Show how the workplace impacts on cognitive performance – and directly connects to the importance of your role

2. Provide a new lens on the significance of workplace delivery and management to enhancing levels of performance

3. Identify the things that make a difference to the performance of people’s brains at work

4. Understand the mechanics of the brain and how the environment impacts cognitive performance

5. Balance the narrative on asset utilisation with human performance

AWA Advanced Workplace Associates: Cognitive Fitness

The Issue

In today’s world, the brain is the primary currency for organisations that depend on knowledge, skills and ingenuity.

Creating and maintaining the conditions that enable people’s brains to be at their most effective is therefore a critical activity, not a “nice to have”. It’s time to stop trading human performance out of the equation when we make decisions solely based on cost and asset efficiency.

AWA Advanced Workplace Associates: Meeting


10:30 – Welcome & Introductions 

11:00 – The workplace and human performance – what gets in the way?

11:45 – Understanding the brain and why you should care

12:30 – Lunch

13:15  – Implications for how we deliver the workplace

14:00 – Designing the cognitive workplace

15:15 – Wrap up and future events – close at 15:30

Our Contributors
AWA Advanced Workplace Associates: Andrew Mawson, Founder

Founder & Managing Director, AWA

Workplace & human performance and designing the cognitive workplace

Andrew is recognised as one of the UK’s leading thinkers on the evolution of work and the workplace. Since founding AWA over 25 years ago, he has worked at strategic level with organisations including Merrill Lynch, RBS, Network Rail, Santander, Unicef UK, Welcome Break, Willis Towers Watson, The Home Office and The Cabinet Office to support them in improving the performance of their workplace portfolios.

Andrew has been closely involved in the Workplace PIN since its inception.

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Colombine Gardair

Senior Associate, AWA

Understanding the brain and why you should care

Colombine is a cognitive engineer by training and holds a PhD in human interaction, a masters in human factors and cognitive engineering and degrees in cognitive science and computer science. Prior to joining AWA in 2016 she worked in the automotive, pharmaceutical, and energy sectors. In her last role as an ergonomics and human factors consultant she was involved in workplace design and workstation assessments for the finance and insurance sectors, human error reduction analysis for the automotive industry and accessibility audits for property developers.


Katie Best

Workplace Management Training, AWA

Katie is a management and leadership expert and educator, working with organisations to develop and deliver effective, high impact leadership and management training. She serves as Chief Examiner and lectures in Business Management and Leadership for universities and professional colleges, including LSE and Kings College London.

Katie is developing executive education events to equip leaders with the knowledge, skills and confidence to operate at the highest levels in their organisations and to transition to workplace management.

Paul Adams

Executive Coaching and Development, AWA

With 35 years’ industry experience ‘at the coalface’ and on the ‘shop floor’ of FM (over 25 yrs. at PWC, including 10 yrs. as Head of Workplace), Paul is experienced at spearheading major workplace transformation projects and navigating complex changes and challenges to remove barriers to productivity and achieve positive business outcomes.


Highly effective smart coaching techniques combined with technical expertise, commercial sense and psychological understanding enable Paul to address individual personal development needs.

AWA Advanced Workplace Associates: Events

Transition Group Programme 2018-2019

Stepping Stones to the Future

This programme focuses on the changing role of the workplace and workplace management, which are undeniably evolving as critical business tools. It will help leaders in CRE, FM, HR and IT to evaluate their management of the workplace – delivering strategies, tactical approaches, tools and techniques at the forefront of workplace management thinking.

Workshops will feature insightful case studies and all will include experienced speakers working in the thick of these important developments. Attendees will receive a CPD certificate.

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