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‘NEVER GOING BACK’ – How COVID-19 changed work for good

An interview with leading business consultant and author Peter Thomson

This 60 minute free interactive session will focus on the dramatic story of how business scrambled to survive when the worldwide lockdowns began in March 2020. It will discuss how organisations that understood the challenges and opportunities of the pandemic pivoted to new business models that enabled them to thrive on trust.

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Over the coming months IPI Academy and FutureWork Forum will be offering a series of interviews, presentations and round table discussions on today’s leading business challenges.

This free event on the 14th of October will consist of an interview and presentation with FWF Partner, Peter Thomson covering his latest book “No Going Back”, written with fellow future work expert Mark Thomas, which explores how Covid-19 changed the world of work for good.

It tells the dramatic story of how business scrambled to survive when the worldwide lockdowns began in March 2020. And how the organisations that understood the challenges and opportunities of the pandemic pivoted to new business models that enabled them to thrive on trust.

During the inter-active session Peter will provide an overview of how our lives have all been transformed by the Hybrid Working Revolution.

Who should attend?

The session will appeal to all professionals challenged by Covid-19 and interested in building and charting a better future world of work:

  • Leaders and managers looking for inspiration, ideas and practical approaches
  • Functional business heads looking to review how they are responding to the post Covid-19 world
  • HR Directors and managers tasked with developing strategies for a post Covid world of work
  • Professional home workers embracing the new world of hybrid working

The FutureWork Forum is devoted to exploring the working world of tomorrow.

To find out how FutureWork Forum can help you click HERE

Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas is a global business consultant, author and speaker specializing in leadership, organisation development and human resource management. An enthusiastic student of organisations, Mark’s consulting work has taken him around the globe to cities such as, Istanbul, Luanda, Moscow, New York, Reykjavik, Sydney & Tokyo. Having observed many “hyped” organisational initiatives and fads come and go, Mark is fascinated by how organisations function and operate.

A passionate advocate of organisations that enable individuals to connect and flourish through value creation, Mark is a founding member of the Powerful Conversations Group and a Partner of the Future Work Forum.

Following a successful career with NCR, Unigate and Price Waterhouse Management Consultants, Mark founded Performance Dynamics, a development consultancy that has worked with global clients including: Barclays Capital, Cargill, C&A, DFDS DHL, Engie, Ferguson, gategroup, Hitachi, HSBC, IKEA, KNPC, Microsoft, Pandora, Pfizer, Red Bull, Rexam, Stibo Systems, Sony, Tata Steel, Time Warner, UBS and Unilever.

Mark regularly designs and facilitates a wide range of business planning and organisation change initiatives. In addition, he manages several executive development & leadership, programmes including coaching and internal consulting and business partnering.

Based in Monmouth, Wales, Mark has also worked as an Adjunct Professor at the Tias School for Business and Society in Holland and consulted with organisations such as the American Management Association (AMA), Management Centre Europe (MCE) and the Middle East Management Centre.

As a Welshman, Mark is genetically predisposed to follow Welsh rugby and is a keen motorcyclist and jazz fan.

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Peter Thomson

Peter Thomson spent his formative years as the HR Director for Digital Equipment Corporation for Northern Europe. On leaving DEC in the early 1990’s Peter set up a centre at Henley Management College called the Henley Future Work Forum (not to be confused with the current Future Work Forum) which he directed for 16 years. When Henley merged with Reading University to form Henley Business School, Peter’s Forum was absorbed into a larger research centre and Peter remains an active visiting fellow at the business school.

Peter has had many consultancy assignments over the last twenty years, helping organisations recognise that introducing new working practices involves a culture change, which should be driven from the top. He has spoken at numerous conferences on the future of work and its implications for leadership.

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Run ‘NEVER GOING BACK’ – How COVID-19 changed work for good Bespoke training for your team

  • Course tailored to your requirements
  • At your choice of location, or online


We don't have any currently scheduled dates for this course but we can customise it to your requirements and deliver it on an in-house basis for any number of your staff or colleagues.

Contact our in-house training expert Aleksandra Beer to discuss your requirements:


  • 2buy2.com
  • Atnahs Pharma
  • AWA
  • CLD
  • Ethypharm Industries
  • FutureWork Forum
  • IDA Recruitment Ltd
  • Jazz Pharmaceuticals
  • Kyowa Kirin International
  • Lightowler Associates
  • Synamedia Ltd


  • Dr. Claudia Gross
  • EBE Bank
  • Guardian Glass
  • Worxmart


  • Pharma International
  • Philip Morris International
  • Spaceinnovators GmbH


  • Coloplast A S
  • Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies
  • Novo Nordisk A/S


  • Amadeus s.a.s
  • MedinCell S.A.


  • MED-EL


  • Espacio Relacional


  • Orion I.P.O.


  • Next Step


  • Petosevic LLC

Slovak Republic

  • Ewopharma International, s.r.o.

United Arab Emirates

  • Dynamic Industries Inc.

Multiple colleagues?
Talk to one of our training experts to discuss how to:

Run this course conveniently and cost-effectively in-house for your staff and colleagues

Aleksandra BEER
Training expert

+44 (0)20 7749 4749