The Future for Information and Knowledge Professionals - Thursday 16 November 2017



This year is  the tenth anniversary of the founding of NetIKX and this meeting will be a celebration of this. 

The programme for the afternoon will focus on the situation of knowledge and information professionals in 2017. What are the important trends in employment that we face and what is the role of communities like NetIKX that operate in this field? We will look back over the last ten years to set the scene for the changes we need to prepare for in the coming years. We also hope to involve people from related organisations such as CILIP. ISKO UK, SLA, LIKE, BCS Information Retrieval group, IMLG and IRMS.

There will be two introductory talks to set the scene. These will be from Peter Thomson on major changes to the world of work and from Stuart Ward, Chair of NetIKX at its inception, who will focus more closely on how KM and IM people can provide value in the workplace in this changing world. Then, in a usual NetIKX syndicate session,  participants will be invited to discuss the key ideas that they think are the most relevant.  After this, to gain a wider perspective, questions based on these discussions will be put to a panel composed of people active and influential in our field. These will include David Haynes (Chair of ISKO UK), David Gurteen, David Smith (Government KIM Head of Profession), Karen McFarlane (Chair of the CILIP Board), Steve Dale and Noeleen Schenk (Metataxis Ltd, who has also been running a series of meetings on the future of knowledge and information management).

After the panel Q and A session, we will ensure there is plenty of time for further discussion and networking over generous celebratory refreshments.  We expect the formal session to finish by 5.00 pm with a very brief plenary, but we hope that discussion will continue informally until up to 7.00 pm.


Peter Thomson  is an expert on the changing world of work and its impact on organisations, leadership and management. He regularly speaks on this topic at conferences and has worked with many groups of senior managers to inspire them to change their organisational culture. He headed up the HR function for Digital Equipment for Northern Europe for 18 years leading up to the dawn of the Internet. On leaving DEC, Peter founded the Future Work Forum at Henley Business School. He was Director of the Forum for 16 years, during which time he studied the changing patterns of work and the leadership implications of these trends. At the same time he formed Wisework Ltd, now a leading consultancy  in the field of smart working. Peter is co-author, with Alison Maitland, of the business bestseller Future Work. He is also editor of a new book Conquering Digital Overload, which is about to be published. As a consultant and coach, he works with leadership teams and individuals to help them gain the maximum business benefit from new working practices. As a writer and researcher he is fascinated by the evolving role of leadership and management as we move into the 'Gig Economy'.

Stuart Ward  has been involved with NetIKX and its predecessors for over 15 years.  With others he launched NetIKX 10 years ago and was the first Chairman. Stuart has wide experience in information and knowledge management and ICT, gained in business and as an independent consultant; he is interested in strategies that help to maximise the value of knowledge and information for organisations. Stuart began his career in IT and project management and, after developing a keen interest in improving the use of information in organisations, he became Director of Information Management at British Energy. In 1997 he established Forward Consulting to help organisations improve performance through information and knowledge management. He has worked with clients in both the public and private sectors. As an Associate of the IMPACT Programme, he managed their Information and Knowledge Exploitation Group from 1997 to 1999 and then again from 2004 to 2006. He was instrumental in developing the theme of the Hawley Committee: Information as an Asset with practical tools for use in business.  In previous roles, Stuart has been a visiting lecturer at City University, Chairman of the Judging Panel for the British Computer Society Annual Business Achievement Awards, and chaired conference organising committees for Aslib. He is also currently an Associate of the College of Policing.

The Twitter hashtag for this event is #netikx88

A pdf giving details of the meeting can be downloaded from here.

Provisional Timetable

13:30 - 14:00   Registration (and refreshments)

14:00 - 15.00   Presentations 

15.00 - 15:30   Tea and networking

15:30 - 16:00   Syndicate sessions to explore audience ideas and reactions

16:00 - 17:30   Panel session and conclusions

17:30 - 19:00   Refreshments and a glass of wine

19:00               Close


The British Dental Association, 64 Wimpole Street, London W1G 8YS (The nearest London Underground Station is Bond Street)

Seminar Costs

If you are a NetIKX Member or join NetIKX now  there is no charge

Non-members are welcome to attend. Please register below.

Athough the normal rate for non-members is £30, there will be no charge for returning members. For further information, please send an email to web[at] addition, for this meeting, there will be no charge for members of other, related organisations. 

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Price: £30.00