Philip Ross – Keynote Speaker

Founder and CEO, UnGroup and Cordless Group, author, futurist, speaker and advisor on the new world of work

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Specialist Subjects

  • Digital Workplace
  • Remote/Hybrid working
  • Return to Office
  • Data-driven smart buildings
  • App-centric workplace
  • Jelly bean working
  • Wireless first workplace
  • Technology/ Innovation/ AI / Apps


  • English


Philip Ross is an author, futurist and advisor on the new world of work and specialises in predicting the impact of emerging technology on the way we will work, shop, learn, consume leisure and live.

Much of his focus has been on workplace innovation, advising organisations such as McKinsey & Co, Marks & Spencer, EY, Allen & Overy, Penguin Random House, GSK, Barclays, Macquarie Group, BBC, PwC and Boston Consulting Group on innovation and future concepts.

He founded his business in 1994 with the publication of The Cordless Office Report. Since then he has written a number of books on the future of work including The Creative Office, The 21st Century Office, and Space to Work (all co-authored with Jeremy Myerson). He has also contributed to a number of other books and reports including the Corporate Fool, Jelly Bean Working and the Responsible Workplace.

Philip’s most recent book (co-authored with Jeremy Myerson) is called Unworking: The Reinvention of the Modern Office, published on 31st August 2022 by Reaktion Books and distributed in US by Chicago University Press (Oct 6th). Unworking offers a panoramic view of the development of the modern office over the past 100 years and presents a manifesto for ‘unworking’ – unlearning old habits and rituals established for an outdated office and creating new ones fit for an age of digital technology, design innovation and diverse workforces.

Philip regularly gives keynotes, presentations and runs think tanks and workshops for organisations in the process of change. He is frequently quoted in the media, including The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, BBC Radio 4, The Australian, OnOffice and France 24 TV.

Philip’s group of companies include UnGroup – comprising UnWork, Unwired (WORKTECH Events), and WORKTECH Academy and Cordless Group – comprising Cordless Consultants and Cordless Resourcing.

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