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Get Inspired By 29 HR Innovators As They Reveal Their Advanced Strategies For The Evolving Workplace, New Technologies & The Future Of HR

Mission-Critical Strategies To Cement HR’s Strategic Impact & Tackle The Evolving Workplace, New Technologies & The Future Of HR: Real-World Insights To Take Advantage Of New Trends, Innovations, Next-Level Engagement, Talent, Recruitment, Workforce Planning, Digital & Retention Strategies In The Ever-Changing Workplace
A One-Day, Senior Practitioner-Led, Dedicated Conference & Networking Event, 29th January 2019, Museum of London Docklands

08:30 Registration, Coffee & Informal Networking

09:00 GIC Welcome, Interactive Voting Introduction & Morning Co-Chairs’ Opening Remarks

Alex Snelling - Senior Director, Talent, McDonald’s

Rebecca Riley - Global Head of Reward, Travelex


09.20 Next-Level Strategies On How To Use Technologies & Digital Channels To Better Attract, Develop & Retain Your Workforce & Be Seen As An Employer of Choice

  • Navigate the changing landscape of talent acquisition and explore emerging and current technologies and digital resources to access the right talent pools you need
  • Investigate new, sophisticated methods of AI in the recruitment process to keep up with the accelerating pace of change in the new world of work
  • Dive into the world of talent and technology and understand the role of social in talent acquisition
  • The new generation of talent pipelining: adapting recruitment practices and implementing innovative approaches to source and expand talent pools and secure a diverse and skilled workforce

Laura Pettitt, Talent & Engagement Director, News UK


09.50 Get Ahead Of The Game! Tapping Into Evolving Employment & Psychological Trends For Fit-For-Future, Long-Term & Strategic Workforce Planning

  • Millennials and Gen-Z: understanding the psychology of the new generation of workers
  • As specialisms specialise and generalists generalise - what are the key skill sets needed to develop or recruit over the next 5-10 years for a capable workforce who can drive the success of the business?
  • Develop your workforce by leveraging new technologies to streamline your learning and development practices and promote development opportunities by examining the framework around succession planning and promotion
  • Building the leaders of the future: the key to early succession planning and how to develop crucial leadership skills from day one

Catherine Allen, Head of Keeping People Happy, Ella's Kitchen Ltd

Sue Swanborough, HR Director, Whitworths Ltd

Hessie Coleman, Head of People Operations, Starling Bank 

Vilma Nikolaidou, Associate Director People Strategy, University of the Arts London

Ana Mitrasevic, Vice President, Human Resources, Expedia Group, HomeAway

Erica Bone, Senior Director, HR, Warner Music Group

10.35 Morning Refreshment Break With Informal Networking


11:05 Proactive, High-Impact Approaches To Drive Exceptional Engagement Levels With Influential Communications & Experience-Enhancing New Technologies

  • The death of the annual survey: moving with the times to harness new technologies and get real-time engagement scores which drive performance and inform and adapt future strategies
  • Stay ahead of the game! How can new and emerging technology be successfully leveraged for a human experience in a digital world?
  • Boosting employee retention by identifying and targeting the diverse range of drivers and motivators for the modern-day workforce
  • Overcoming the blockers and barriers to maintaining an engaged workforce: tips to build impactful strategies and drive results with long-term success

Sudhir Saseedharan, Global Lead, LEGO Workplace Design, The LEGO Group

11.25 Bonus Case Study With Exclusive Conference Partner - Karian and Box


11.55 Harness & Exploit New, Innovative Technological Advances & Digitalisation To Boost Workplace Efficiencies, Maximise Communication, Drive Business Objectives & Achieve High-Performing Teams

  • Examining how digitalisation is disrupting HR: how to take advantage of new technology to drive results and capitalise on business benefits
  • How can we take better advantage of existing digital channels and social media to keep the entire, disparate workforce engaged?
  • Explore how harnessing digital, smarter working practices creates more effective working spaces which will boost productivity in your workplace
  • Be ahead of the game! What new technology is on the horizon and how can we best prepare for implementing these into our strategies and drive results?

Dr Nicola Millard, Head of Customer Insight & Futures, BT

Andrew Lawson, Head of HR, Shakespeare's Globe

12.15 Lunch For Delegates, Speakers & Partners


12.45 6 Informal Peer-To-Peer Discussions

A) Creative Reward Strategies For Retaining Top Talent In Competitive Markets
Emma O’Toole, Reward Director Consumer, BT

B) Reward
Ian Hodson, Head of Reward & Deputy Director of Human Resources, The University of Lincoln

C) Culture
Becky Davies, Head of HR – Employee Experience & Proposition, Santander UK

Damien Shieber, Head of Culture & Engagement, Santander UK

D) Employer Branding
Nik Butcher, Head of Reward, Travelex

) Change
Clare Kay, HR Business Partner, Castle Donington Distribution Centre, Marks & Spencer

Rebecca Charnley, HR Business Partner, Castle Donington Distribution Centre, Marks & Spencer 

F) Measuring Engagement
Susan Martindale, Group HR Director, Mitchells & Butlers

13.15 Afternoon Co-Chair's Opening Remarks

Jeff Uden, Head of Talent, Iceland Foods

Emily Kirwan, Head of Internal Communications Engagement, BBC News


13.35 Unlock Insights Into Culture, Pay, Rewards & Benefits To Build Incentives & Drive Performance In A Rapidly-Evolving Workplace

  • How do you become an employer of choice? Harness good employer branding to attract, optimise and retain top talent
  • Building the full package: engage and motivate the next generation of workers with new, innovative reward strategies which incentivise the right employees
  • Tools, tips and tricks on putting theory into action to increase diversity and address the gender pay gap and build an inclusive and multi-talented workforce
  • From CSR, to paternity, flexitime and extra holiday days – what are the benefits your talent pool are after today and how can you realistically offer the packages to set you apart from the competition?

Gary Thomas, Head of Reward, Kier Group


14.00 Best-Practice Advice & Creative Approaches To Support Your Workforce & Encourage A Culture of Wellbeing

  • Top tips on how to embed wellbeing within your HR strategy to ensure it becomes an integral part of your business. How can HR drive a holistic work environment which assists and manages the increasing levels of stress in the workplace?

Tony Cooke, VP HR Region West, adidas

14.30  Bonus Case Study - LifeWorks


15.00 Leverage Insight Into Your Workforce To Prepare For The Impact Of Brexit & Anticipate How It Could Affect Staffing Availability

  • Anticipating the expected consequences on workforce availability and Europeans’ eligibility to work in the UK; debate how to successfully retain and reassure current EU workers and maintain interest in living and working in the UK
  • Understand your workforce makeup so that you can plan to cover critical roles that might be at risk because of Brexit in the future

Richard Collinge, UK HR Director, CSM Bakery Solutions

Andrew Johnson, Assistant Director of People Services (Policy and Reward), University of Exeter

15.30 Afternoon Refreshment Break With Informal Networking


16.00 Develop An Increased Understanding Of How HR Can Strategically Assess People, The Workforce & The Market For Data & Insight-Led Strategies Which Drive The Organisation Forward

  • Effective digital strategies on how affordable technologies and data techniques can be used to create better insights about what’s happening in your workforce
  • Leveraging data and workplace insights for strategic, agile workforce planning which drives the business forward The power of data and smarter working: explore how to take advantage of advanced technologies and more real-time data to drive continuous improvement
  • Maximising AI: how to extract real value from AI technology now and in the future to gain actionable insights which can enable your business to transform
  • The shadow of GDPR: gain valuable insight into the ethics of collecting and storing personal (and personnel) information and how to tackle the increased workload

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16.30 Successful Strategies Which Reinforce HR As A Strategic Business Function, Re-Define The Wider Perception & Maximise The Commercial Impact Of HR

  • Positioning HR as a strategic function in the organisation by bolstering the perception of your HR team as a proactive business enabler
  • How will digitalisation continue to disrupt and change HR business models in the near future?
  • Be seen, be believed: building HR social media presence to demonstrate action, build trust and boost employer branding

Kim Clarke, Director of HR Business Partnering, Employee Relations & Shared Services, TSB

Ruth Busby, HR Director, Great Western Railway (GWR)

Laura Pettitt, Talent & Engagement Director, News UK

Sharon Benson, HR Director, Express Gifts Limited

Nik Butcher, Head of Reward, Travelex

17.00 Chair’s Closing Remarks

17.10 Official Close Of Conference