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

Grab your lanyard, check out our sponsors, say hello to your peers and enjoy a delicious breakfast.

8:45 am - 9:15 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

Emilie Lashmar

Director & Producer, GCUC UK

Alex Young

Director, Projects

9:40 am - 10:10 am


Keynote: To Be Announced

10:20 am - 10:50 am


Profitability in Coworking: An Interactive Discussion

Introducing ‘Profitability in Coworking: An Interactive Discussion’. This unique session will be underpinned by an interactive model to highlight what’s required to really stand out in the coworking space while balancing the need for profitability. Gain valuable insights from industry leaders as they discuss the crucial factors that contribute to a profitable coworking business. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to elevate your member experience, business operations, and financial strategy.

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 - 11:30 am


Morning Break

Refuel at the Nourish bars, check out our sponsors and meet others attendees.

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Fireside Chat

Place Purpose

Get ready for an enlightening discussion centred around the transformative concept of ‘Place Purpose’. In this engaging session, we will explore the immense opportunity we have to create spaces that deeply impact people’s lives. The heart of ‘Place Purpose’ lies in designing environments that align with human needs, fostering a sense of connection, sustainability, and authenticity. By understanding who we are creating these spaces for, what truly matters to them, and why we are pursuing this purpose, we can revolutionise the coworking experience.

Joy Nazzari

Founder and Executive Chair, DNCO

12:50 pm - 2:00 pm



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

12:10 pm - 12:40 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

2:00 pm - 2:30 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 - 3:40 pm


Track 2 – Roundtables: Adapting and Innovating to Present Day Challenges

Prebook to join industry professionals and thought leaders from the coworking and flex community as we come together to tackle the top challenges facing the industry.

This workshop track is designed as a collaborative experience for 48 attendees, featuring 6 tables of 8 passionate individuals who will explore and address the most pressing issues affecting coworking today, lead by a facilitator. It’s about finding solutions and creating meaningful connections through deep conversations, insights sharing, and idea exchange.

TBC Roundtable Topics:
– Agent & Broker Relations
– Selecting the Right Building
– Marketing Processes & CRM Strategy
– Cultivating Community

Lara Sheldrake

Founder & CEO, Found & Flourish

2:40 pm - 3:10 pm



Refuel at the Nourish bars, check out our sponsors and meet others attendees.

3:10 pm - 3:40 pm


Track 1 – The Rise of Niche Spaces

Discover how niche spaces are revolutionising the coworking landscape, from gender-focused spaces that provide a safe and empowering environment for women, to industry-specific spaces that cater to the needs of professionals in sectors like tech, arts, and health. Gain valuable knowledge on identifying untapped communities, conducting market research, and designing spaces that foster collaboration and productivity.

3:50 pm - 4:20 pm



4:20 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 financial intricacies that underpin their success, the shared expectations and mutual responsibilities that drive their collaboration, and the remarkable synergy that has drives them to create an unparalleled tenant experience.

James Frankis

VP Product, Convene

9:20 am - 1:30 pm


Tour 1 | Techspace, Runway East, Mindspace, Myo

Kindly note some locations may change.

09:20am – 11:00am

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.

11:15am – 11:45am

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 >400 reviews.


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.

9:30 am - 1:30 pm


Tour 2 | Plexal, The Office Group, Work.Life, Mindspace Old Street

Kindly note some locations may change.

9:30 am - 1:30 pm


Tour 3 | Huckletree, Soho Works, Second Home, x+why

Kindly note some locations may change.

12:10pm – 12:40pm

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.


9:30 am - 1:30 pm

Tour 4 | Working From_, The Ministry, UNCOMMON, FORA

Kindly note some locations may change.

10:30am – 11:00am

Like working from home, without the 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_.