K-Club Breakfast Event – 17th March 2022

Breakfast Event – Thursday 17.3.22

The Return v3.0 - The Challenges & Opportunities of Hybrid Working

On 16 March 2020, Boris Johnson announced that “now is the time for everyone to stop non-essential contact and travel”. Exactly 2 years on and three national Lockdowns later, what does the future of work look like now?

‘The Return 3.0’ is our attempt to shed light on this question and specifically, hybrid working. We’ll hear from 4 speakers with very different roles and backgrounds who will share their thoughts on how the pandemic is continuing to shape our workplace. We’ll hear about exciting new technologies, up to date legal advice, lessons learnt by those at the sharp end and a glimpse of what the office of the future might look like.

Once each panellist has presented their individual take on the subject of Hybrid Working we’ll have a moderated Q&A to allow a more detailed discussion of the key issues.

Our audience will comprise a cross section of around 60 North West based SME business owner managers.


Our Panellists are;

Technology How can technology help overcome the challenges of hybrid working? – Claire Owen; Joint Founder, YoomiApp

Claire is an FCIPD-qualified HR generalist with over 20 years’ experience and an extensive range of achievements in dynamic, demanding businesses. Yoomiapp was born when she was consulting in the area of performance management and as an HR professional she knew it was time to provide a simple and effective way to improve performance, while tapping into employee emotions and wellbeing.


Legal/HR How is hybrid working changing the relationship between employer and employee and what should employers be doing about it? – Lucy Flynn; Director, Beyond Corporate

Lucy is an employment lawyer whose experience has been gained over many years at regional, heavy-weight law firms.  She advises clients of all sizes, from start-ups to PLCs on all areas of employment law and complex HR, from drafting contracts, service agreements and staff handbooks to advising on redundancy and restructure, TUPE issues and terminations.  Her work regularly dovetails with the Corporate team to provide the specialist employment advice required to support mergers, acquisitions, investments and disposals and with the Dispute Resolution team on director and shareholder disputes, acting for both individuals and corporate entities.


Operations What are the major lessons learnt by an early adopter of hybrid working? – Claire Griffiths; Director, Irwell Valley Homes

Claire is an experienced senior executive in the housing sector specialising in growth, development and asset management. She was previously Executive Director of Property at Plus Dane and prior to that has held senior development positions and consultancy roles within the sector. An experienced Board member, Claire also sits on the board of another housing association, and chairs their commercial subsidiary. Claire is responsible for the strategic management of IVH’s property portfolio and since 2017 has been leading an ambitious programme to provide new affordable homes and services to all who need it across Greater Manchester.


Property How is the property sector responding to the shift to hybrid working and what will the office of the future look like? – Hania Arafat; Global Design Consultant, Steelcase

Hania is a workplace consultant at Steelcase, a global furniture manufacturer specialized in creating great experiences wherever work happens. After spending the last decade in workplace and higher education environments, her more recent area of focus has been in the serviced office industry. Hania is a Third Culture Kid (TCK) who has been raised and lived in various parts of the world.


This event will be moderated by Martyn Markland; Founder, Tenant Advisory Group

Martyn is a Chartered Surveyor with over 30 years of experience in the commercial property sector both in the UK and overseas. In 2009, he founded Tenant Advisory Group (‘TAG’) which is one of the only firms of Chartered Surveyors in the UK to exclusively represent the interests of corporate tenants. Martyn and his team advise a variety of local, national and international corporate tenants helping them to maximise the value and performance of their operational real estate.


Come along, be inspired, catch up & re-focus on your business connections.

Places are limited and cost £25+VAT per person to include a breakfast brioche roll, pastries and tea & coffee.

Please email amanda.manson@k-club.co.uk to book your place at this event no later than Friday 11th March.


K-Club Breakfast Event – Thursday 17th March 2022, 10am-12.30pm

at the Everyman Cinema, Manchester St John’s, ABC Buildings, 23 Quay St, Manchester M3 4AS