AFF Founding Members

 

The Agile Future Forum is an independent employer led group.  Along with Lloyds Banking Group, 22 other leading businesses have committed their involvement. The companies represent a broad range of sectors and include small, medium and large employers. Between them they employ half a million employees. Please select a founder company below to read more.

Company:

Addleshaw Goddard

Name:
Monica Burch

“Today’s market is constantly evolving, and having a more nimble, agile business helps us to better align with our clients, whilst empowering and motivating our employees to work more flexibly – improving service delivery, productivity, efficiency and employee engagement. We believe agile working is good for business, and we are proud to be a part of the Agile Future Forum. Through collaboration we hope to make a real impact, and we would encourage other organisations to get involved and explore the business benefits agile working can deliver.”

Company:

B&Q

 

“At B&Q we do more than sell products. We help people to improve their homes, which in turn, improves their lives. That’s why our core purpose now is Better Homes, Better Lives. Our long and well known legacy of removing our retirement age over 20 years ago, along with our inclusive approach to agile working, helps us achieve this.”

Company:

BP

Name:
Peter Mather

“Agile working has become increasingly important in attracting top talent. We believe it leads to increased employee satisfaction, engagement and retention and that it contributes to higher levels of performance and productivity.”

Company:

Brunswick

Name:
Sir Alan Parker

‘The work the AFF is doing is crucial to help businesses understand how to apply these principles, and share experiences. I am very excited to see the work the AFF is doing and proud to be involved.’

Company:

Bupa

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BT

Name:
Gavin Patterson

“We at BT fully support initiatives to spread the word about the advantages that can accrue when you take an open-minded view over where, when and how our people deliver their best work”

Company:

Cisco

Name:
Phil Smith

“Cisco is all about connecting the unconnected. Traditional lines between work and life are blending faster than ever before. Leading companies can benefit from technology to help people work their way. Talented people choose to join, stay with and grow at companies that recognize their need to blend work and life. The Agile Future Forum is perfectly timed to shape our future working lives.”

Company:

Citi

Name:
Jim Cowels

“Agile working practices enable Citi to better serve clients with innovation and execution whilst creating a better work environment for our employees.”

Company:

EY

Name:
Steve Varley

“We have used flexible approaches to work for many years. We have found that it enables a higher level of client service, makes our people happier and saves money. We also see more opportunity to expand from where we are to make flexible working truly ‘business as usual’, ensuring that our firm is as agile and adaptive as possible, something that is simply essential in the ever changing, fast paced and increasingly global business landscape of today.”

Company:

Eversheds

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“We are constantly looking for new ways of enhancing the service we deliver to the business and our clients whilst making Eversheds a flexible and inclusive place to work where all employees have the opportunity to flourish. Flexible working is just one of the steps towards achieving our vision. It is about client service excellence and working smarter, exactly what our people and clients would expect from a progressive law firm like Eversheds.”

Company:

Ford

Name:
Mark Ovenden

“For more than ten years, Ford Motor Company Ltd has provided its UK employees with access to flexible working arrangements. It has enabled our employees to better balance their work and home lives and helped them to work effectively in a global business across different continents and time zones. The current economic climate has emphasised the importance of these agile working practices and demonstrated that they can offer organisations a competitive advantage. The workplace agility practices in place in Ford Motor Company Ltd of Britain are creating tangible value for the company.”

Company:

HM Treasury

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ITV

Name:
Adam Crozier

“The media environment in which ITV operates is dynamic and we must ensure that we adapt with it. It is essential that we have a flexible workforce that can respond to consumers’ evolving needs, and over the last year, ITV has invested in a company-wide Workplace Refresh project to ensure all employees have the tools to achieve our goals.”

Company:

John Lewis

Name:
Sir Charlie Mayfield

“The world of work is changing dramatically. Businesses need to be agile and responsive to new demands from consumers and that requires flexibility within the workforce. We need Partners to contribute their discretionary effort through roles that are meaningful and rewarding for them, and productive and innovative for the Partnership”

Company:

KPMG

Name:
Simon Collins

“Agile working can help lead Britain back to growth. It’s good for individuals, and it’s also good for business. We have firsthand experience of this in times of growth and in more difficult times, and we’re looking continuously for ways of becoming more agile and more flexible to provide better client service, and better careers. I hope this initiative will help create new moulds for modern working”

Company:

Lloyds Banking Group

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Company:

McKinsey & Company

Name:
Vivian Hunt

“Our flexible working initiative ‘Take Time’ has proved very popular. It is an excellent way to allow colleagues to spend more time on external passions and interests, whilst still ensuring we can meet the needs of our clients. It helps us recruit and retain talented people and, by better matching capacity with client demand, delivers an operational benefit.”

Company:

Mitie

Name:
Ruby McGregor

“MITIE is a fast-growing and ambitious company and will only reach its potential if it makes the most of all the talent within the company. By making sure that we have the right environment, flexibility and support for our people we will succeed together as a company.”

Company:

MTM Products

Name:
Ian Greenaway

“The ability to respond to the ever changing challenges and opportunities in today’s world is key to businesses of all sizes. Having a well-motivated and agile workforce has proved a major enabler in this regard at MTM.”

Company:

Norman Broadbent

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Company:

Tesco

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“The retail landscape has transformed over the last few years, with more people shopping online, on their mobiles and at different times of day. As a business, we’ve evolved to respond to these changes. Making sure we have the right people working in the right roles at the right times is a fundamental part of that. Our experience has shown that if you engage with colleagues and explain to them why changes are being made, and ask them to suggest changes that would work best for them, it IS possible to reach a solution that works for customers, for colleagues and for the business as a whole.”

Company:

Willis

Name:
Dominic Casserley

“Willis is proud to be associated with the launch of the Agile Future Forum (AFF). It is clear from the research that agile workforce practices have a significant role to play in advancing the interests of both employer and employee in boosting the competitiveness and profitability of UK Plc. Today’s report represents a valuable contribution to the debate over how the UK can continue to prosper in an increasingly competitive and global marketplace.”