Breakfast round-table: Business locations – your secret weapon in the war for talent?

Banks are under pressure to cut costs, improve operational efficiency and attract the best talent. All of this has been compounded by Brexit and the rapid technological change sweeping the sector.

Optimising a real estate portfolio is often the missing piece of the puzzle but many banks are failing to adequately consider location strategy as part of their future-proofing plans.

Join the BBA and JLL to hear how reshaping a property footprint can help banks to improve the way their employees work and remain competitive in today’s economic climate.

You’ll leave this breakfast round-table better equipped to make decisions around your firm’s location and digital workplace strategy.

Attendance is free for bank and public sector representatives thanks to our research partner JLL. Delegates can register by clicking on the ‘Book now’ button on the right hand side of this page.

The registration fee for non-bank BBA members is £149 +VAT and for those representing all other organisations is £299 +VAT. To register, please complete the form available here and send it to Sue Dow at

Topics on the agenda include:

  • Assessing the disruptive power of fintech and how banks are adjusting  their location strategy
  • Exploring the challenges and expectations of a millennial workforce
  • Achieving a ‘best in class’ real estate portfolio for banks in a changing environment
  • Using the ‘ cost calculator ‘ to choose the best cities


Who should attend?

This BBA/JLL breakfast round-table is designed to bring together senior decision-makers from the banking sector, including:


  • Chief Operating Officers
  • Operations Managers
  • Heads/Directors of HR
  • Directors of Property Finance
  • Group Property Managers/Directors
  • Heads/Directors/VPs of Strategy or Innovation
  • Heads/Directors/Managers of Fintech
  • Directors of Technology
  • Chief Technology Officer/Chief Information Officer
  • Heads/Director of Strategy and Innovation

8:00 Registration open
8:30 Opening remarks and welcome from the Chair

Henrietta Royle, Chief Operating Officer, BBA

8:45 Breakfast round-table agenda
  • Understanding the role technology plays in determining real estate decisions and priorities in the banking sector
  • Assessing the 7 key motivators for a bank’s location strategy post-Brexit

Introduction from Tom Carroll, Head of Europe, Middle East and Africa Corporate Research, JLL       

This breakfast round-table will focus on:

  • Examining the disruptive  power of fintech and how banks’ are adjusting  their property portfolio
  • Balancing the challenge of cost efficiency vs operational performance
  • Evaluating how far automated processes  will drive  business growth and how the ‘office’ can support this
  • Exploring the challenges from cybercrime, resilience, flexibility, privacy, connectivity and the new expectations of a millennial workforce
  • Discussing what a ‘best in class’ high performance real estate portfolio looks like for a bank in this changing environment?
  • Aligning business location requirements with real estate location strategy
  • Ensuring location choice  attracts the  best  talent
  • Using the ‘ cost calculator ‘ to choose  the best cities
  • Comparing London vs the regions. What does our market research reveal?

Matthijs Weeink, Head of Business Location Consulting, JLL
Rob Bullough, Regional Head of Real Estate & Workspace, UBS

10:00 Closing remarks from the Chair

Matthijs Weeink

Head of Business Location Consulting, JLL


Matthijs Weeink is a National Director in JLL’s Corporate Solutions team, leading the Business Location Consulting practice. Over the past 10 years he has worked on some of the world’s largest corporate relocation projects and his international background spans 6 continents, specialising in the field of business location advisory and international expansion strategies.

Tom Carroll

Head of Europe, Middle East and Africa Corporate Research, JLL


Tom Carroll – Head of EMEA Corporate Research, JLL, Tom Carroll is Head of JLL’s EMEA Corporate Research team. Specialising in the provision of research and strategy support to Corporate Clients, Tom has international experience working across a range of industries, with clients such as AstraZeneca, Barclays, UBS, JP Morgan, SAP, Adidas, Volvo, GM, ExxonMobil, GSK, Pfizer, P&G, Sanofi and many others. Tom appears regularly in the press and is a regular speaker at industry events and conferences. Tom is responsible for managing a programme of research covering corporate real estate, location and workplace trends across the EMEA region including economic and real estate market analysis, CRE and workplace strategy, and regular engagement with a range of corporate clients. Tom is also a member of JLL’s EMEA Research Board and UK Occupier Services Executive. In addition to research advisory and strategy support for clients, Tom has also developed a number of white papers on issues ranging from M&A, CRE organisational design to surplus asset disposal and emerging market strategy. Lately he has led an in depth project on Technology and the future of Real Estate. Tom is based in London and has worked in real estate and financial services for over a decade.

Rob Bullough

Regional Head of Real Estate & Workspace, UBS


Rob joined UBS in 2007 and is the Regional Head of Real Estate & Workspace – covering UK, Nordics, Central and Eastern Europe and MEA.  Rob’s key focus has been to redefine UBS’ real estate and workspace strategy in London – resulting in the consolidation from 13 buildings to 3, the delivery of 5 Broadgate (UBS’ new London HQ of 700,000 sq.ft.) and also the roll-out of agile working across all divisions.

Henrietta Royle

Chief Operating Officer, BBA


Henrietta joined the BBA in October 2014. She is responsible for the internal management of the BBA, including finance, HR, IT, estates and legal matters. She also works closely with the Chief Executive of a range of special projects.


Between 2011 and 2014, she worked as a coach, strategic consultant and Board reviewer. She was COO of City University 2008-11, following 6 years as COO of Cass Business School. Henrietta started her career as an investment banker. She was then CEO of CEENET and subsequently Deputy CEO of British Invisibles. She was educated at Cambridge, LBS and HBS. Henrietta sits on the Boards of the 30% Club, the Share Foundation and W J Wright Ltd. She is married and her interests include backgammon, art, bridge, real tennis and shooting. Henrietta was listed in the 2012 Women-to-Watch.

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JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a leading professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management. A Fortune 500 company, JLL helps real estate owners, occupiers and investors achieve their business ambitions. In 2016, JLL had revenue of $6.8 billion and fee revenue of $5.8 billion and, on behalf of clients, managed 4.4 billion square feet, or 409 million square meters, and completed sales acquisitions and finance transactions of approximately $136 billion. At year-end 2016, JLL had nearly 300 corporate offices, operations in over 80 countries and a global workforce of more than 77,000. As of December 31, 2016, LaSalle Investment Management has $60.1 billion of real estate under asset management. JLL is the brand name, and a registered trademark, of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated. For further information, visit