Dr Adam McKinnon is the Director of Client Services for Mercer | Sirota, leading client delivery across Europe, Middle East, and Africa. His focus is on advising organisations on the design and execution of human capital research, the analysis of HR data, and the design of practical interventions. In addition, Adam supports the development of new HR products for client application.
Adam’s experience includes:
Adam holds the following qualifications: Ph.D. in Social Sciences, MIT, Post Graduate Diploma (Professional Psychology), Post Grad Cert (Applied Finance), and BA (Applied Psychology).
Alex has provided specialist employment advice and guidance on all aspects of employment law to public and private sector employers for more than 15 years.
He has considerable experience of Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal work on behalf of major companies, both preparing cases and regularly appearing as an advocate. He has had a number of cases reported on sex discrimination, employment tribunal procedure and public interest disclosure.
He is well known for his expertise on TUPE, especially its application to outsourcing of services, such as catering, cleaning, transport and delivery and facilities management. He has spoken at seminars, on the radio and television and has contributed articles on employment law to several journals.
In addition, Alex is a member of the Employment & Pensions Group Employee Relations Unit, providing thought-leadership on employers’ relations with trade unions and employees.
“Alex Lock remains a standout employment practitioner, noted for his extensive experience of contentious employment matters. Clients are forthcoming in their praise of his practice: “Straightforward and honest – he tells it like it is, including what the potential pitfalls are, and where I can take risks. He has got to know my style of work. He also knows how to nicely slaughter the opposition in a tribunal – it’s impressive!”” Chambers and Partners UK, Employment
“Clients say that he is “approachable and easy to work with, even on the most complex of matters”.” Chambers and Partners UK, Employment, South West
Alexander Carstensen leads GE’s European Talent Acquisition function, delivering end-to-end recruiting service, branding and university relations to all GE businesses with >100.000 employees in Europe, >15.000 openings p.a. and hiring 6.500 employees from the external market. He joined GE in 2011 to build and lead a world-class talent acquisition organization to support GE’s growth plans in Germany and later for entire Europe. Prior to GE Alexander led for several years SAP’s Talent Acquisition team for all Software Products business, the Global Service business in Europe and for SAP’s global HQ. Alexander started his career in executive search and has spent more than a decade in the industrial practices of Spencer Stuart, Boyden and Korn/Ferry, conducting search work on executive level in Europe for global multinationals.
Alison Esse is one of the founding partners of The Storytellers, a unique culture change, engagement and leadership consultancy which has pioneered storytelling in business to help leaders from over 170 major organisations all over the world to bring about high performing leadership, change and transformation.
She is a regular speaker on the subject of storytelling and the role it plays in changing attitudes and beliefs, and building an emotional connection to unlock energy and commitment within large, complex organisations. Alison is responsible for building the profile and client base of The Storytellers worldwide and plays a pivotal role in building senior client relationships at board level.
Alison is a graduate in modern languages from Edinburgh University, her early career being spent in consumer PR, event production and sales and marketing.
Amanda Williams is a senior HR leader with significant experience across multiple sectors including professional services, retail and most recently FMCG. She has spent the last four years at Quorn Foods, during which time the PE backed business experienced significant growth and was last year sold to Monde Nissin, a leading branded consumer goods business based in the Philippines. She volunteers as a Non Exec Director for an Academy Trust, bringing commercial business perspective into the education sector and prior to that was an HR Director for a Development Company based in the North East of England. Amanda’s philosophy is driven by a belief that at its heart, HR is simple, but the challenge lies in the context in which it’s is deployed.
Amy McDonough is Vice President and General Manager of Fitbit Group Health, the Fitbit offering dedicated to delivering industry-leading solutions for corporate wellness, weight management, insurance and clinical research.
Previously, Amy held several strategic roles at CNET Networks, including Director of Audience and Content Development for the Community Division and Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Network. Amy has a Bachelor’s degree from Merrimack College as well as a Professional Certificate in Integrated Marketing Communications from the UC Berkeley Extension program. Amy used to run marathons and now chases her two young boys around to get her steps. They keep her busy enough for a distance of 7,900 lifetime miles – enough to circle the earth.
Fitbit helps people lead healthier, more active lives by empowering them with data, inspiration and guidance to reach their goals. As the leader in the connected health and fitness category, Fitbit designs products and experiences that track everyday health and fitness. Fitbit products are carried in 54,000 retail stores and in 64 countries around the globe. Fitbit Group Health uses the power of the Fitbit activity trackers, software, and services to deliver innovative solutions for corporate wellness, weight management, insurance and clinical research.
Within Right Management, Amy is a Talent Management Principal Consultant in the United Kingdom. Amy joined Right Management in 2003 and held a number of senior commercial roles before joining the consulting practice in 2014.
Amy is an occupational psychologist who has worked on a wide variety of talent management assignments including designing and delivering career management, assessment, team and leadership development predominantly in the context of global organisations and projects. Amy places particular emphasis on achieving tangible performance outcomes for both individuals and teams, enabling alignment to organisational goals and strategic intent.
A representative list of recent engagements includes:
Some of her customer references:
National Australia Bank, Alstom, Roche, TUI, TMK, Barclays, ABF, McCormick, Highland Spring, Taylor Woodrow
Most recently Amy has been involved in Right Management’s pioneering research on ‘Women in Leadership – When women lead businesses do better’ championing the need for the corporate world to learn from smaller women led businesses.
Amy’s experience includes academia (Department of Organisation Psychology, Washington University, USA), commercial roles in the BBC and leadership of start-up businesses funded through venture capital.
Education and Training
Andy is the Chief Operating Officer at The University of Sheffield, a world-leading University that is committed to the goal of changing the world for the better through the power of knowledge and application.
Responsible for leading the organisation’s Corporate Services, which includes responsibility for the HR service for its 8,300 staff. The University’s people strategy focuses on attraction, growth, and engagement of world-class talent, and has particularly emphasised the importance of personal health, happiness, and wellbeing in the workplace. His team has received external recognition for its creativity, including being the only University to appear in the Sunday Times Best Companies To Work For List for the past two-years.
Andy is happily married with two teenage children. When not at home or work he will most certainly be out swimming, cycling, or running. Andy made his triathlon debut in Leeds earlier this year and inexplicably plans to do more.
Qualified in accountancy and ran family business before joining police in 1991. Studied for MBA and PGCM in coaching also Mbti trained and various other personal development tools. Worked across various policing disciplines from firearms to public order to investigations and later in career on business change / strategy and seconded to Home office /KPMG in past. Currently Deputy Chief Constable Lancashire portfolio includes professional standards , HR , L and D with national police lead for wellbeing and staff engagement. Also Chair for Organisational Development and International Policing in College of Policing. I have led on several peer review & support programmes for the College and National Police Chiefs Council , developing a transformation framework and peer review toolkit to introduce research and evidence into practice.
Angus McCarey is Chief Executive of Hive Learning, the peer to peer learning app for organisations. He’s a fanatical learner with a strong background in digital. He was the CMO at snack box company graze.com as it went multi-channel and international and prior to that he was Senior Director at eBay in Europe. Angus has an MBA from INSEAD and started his career at Capital One and Bain & Company.
Best-selling author, entrepreneur and inspirational public speaker, Angus Ridgway is the Co-founder and CEO of Potentialife. Over the course of a 20-year prior career advising clients at McKinsey, he came to see what a performance differentiator it is when leaders, managers and the front-line are at the ‘top of their game’ every day. The productivity differential between energetic, purposeful, positive and engaged leaders and those that are just going through the motions isn’t just a few percentage points – it’s more like a factor of 10. His recent book, ‘The Joy of Leadership’, co-authored with world-renowned positive psychology expert Tal Ben-Shahar, sheds light on the personal operating models and the practical daily behaviours that separate the most productive individuals from the rest.
Anna Hlavsova is a passionate being who loves to help and teach others how to live better quality lives with less stress and pain. She is a qualified physiotherapist, a yoga teacher and studying a PhD in Psychology. Flexibility has become her main area of interest and her unique niche. She spends most of her time devoted to studying and teaching others how to become more psychologically and physically flexible human beings. She has worked in various clinics and alongside consultants in varied roles, which equipped her with a wide range of highly applicable skills.
Anna was born in Prague, Czech Republic and was lucky enough to live abroad in California, Slovenia and in the UK for most of her life. She has always been very sporty and hard-working scooping up best employee awards at university.
As an Oracle ACE for Business Intelligence, Antony is one of Europe’s leading BI architects. His primary focus is on Oracle BI and related database and middleware products. These include BI Foundation, Exalytics, BI Applications, Spatial, Real-Time Decisions (RTD), Big Data Discovery, Data Mining, Endeca, SOA Suite and Oracle VM.
Antony is passionate about HR analytics and is an avid blogger in the field, demonstrating thought leadership across the world of analytics.
This year, Antony has been instrumental in the development of a new automation tool – Tallinn Machine Learning. Enabling users to quickly enter into predictive analytics on a large scale, it allows you to become proficient in machine learning.
With over 15 years’ experience working with Oracle BI and Data Warehousing, Tony is the Technical Director with BI specialists Peak Indicators.
Asesh is the Co-Founder and CEO of SalaryFinance. He is an advocate of business with a social purpose and his aim is to make millions of employees happier and better off.
Asesh has 13 years’ experience working as a banking consultant. During that time he advised on and delivered transformative strategic programmes for a range organisations in the finance sector, including banks, insurers, regulators and private equity firms.
After years of working closely with financial institutions, Asesh teamed up with Dan Cobley (former Head of Google UK), to provide UK workers with a simple, practical alternative to high-cost credit and payday loans.
Pipplet was born in France but conceived in the UK. After 3 years working in London, Baptiste had fully realised that being fluent in a language means a lot more than just knowing grammar and vocabulary.
During his years in the industry, he came across countless people who had a diplomas in English but couldn’t articulate their thoughts in a meeting. After a few years of international experience, he teamed up with 2 friends to create a new way of assessing languages.
Winners of many French innovation contests, the team now works with major actors of the HR world and wants to present the benefits of professional language evaluation to HRD Summit attendees.
Beatriz Rodriguez is currently the Senior HR Director for GE Oil&Gas in Europe covering more than 14.000 employees across more than 20 countries. She is originally from Spain and earned a double Bachelor degree in Psychology from both Spain and France university, and holds an MBA in Finance Management and Labor Relations. Also, Beatriz graduated from HR and Business Management Strategy Executive Program from Cornell University, and is a certified Executive coach.
Beatriz has been with GE for more than 10 years now, and has provided senior HR leadership across multiple large geographical regions and business industries operating in different HR domains such as Merges & Acquisitions, Organization & Talent Development, Compensation and Benefits, HR Operations, Recruitment and HR Generalist. Being a global trotter and curious mind by nature, Beatriz has lived and worked leading teams in more than 6 countries in key continents including Asia, Eastern Europe, Western Europe and Americas. Very keen on languages, Beatriz can communicate in 6 different languages!
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