Lynda is a Professor of Management Practice at London Business School where she directs the program ‘Human Resource Strategy in Transforming Companies’ – considered the world’s leading program on human resources. For over seven years she has led the Future of Work Consortium which has brought executives from close to 100 companies together both virtually and on a bespoke collaborative platform. Over the last 20 years Lynda has written extensively about the interface between people and organisations. Her eight books cover the link between business and HR strategy (Living Strategy), the new ways of working (The Democratic Enterprise), the rise of complex collaboration (Hot Spots and Glow) and the impact of a changing world on employment and work (The Shift). In 2012 The Shift received the business book of the year award in Japan and has been translated into more than 15 languages. In 2015 The Key won the CMI Management Book of the Year. This book looks at the impact of the changing world on corporate practices and processes and on leadership. Lynda’s work has been acknowledged globally – she has won the Tata prize in India; in the US she has been named as the annual Fellow of NAHR and won the CCL prize; whilst in Australia she has won the HR prize. Lynda is a Fellow of the World Economic Forum and has chaired the WEF Council of Leadership. She has served as a judge on the FT Business Book of the Year panel, chairs the Drucker prize panel and is on the governing body of London Business School.
Tamara J. Erickson is a McKinsey Award-winning author, a leading expert on generations in the workplace, and a widely-respected expert on collaboration and innovation, the changing workforce, and the nature of work in intelligent organizations. She has three-times been named one of the 50 most influential living management thinkers in the world by Thinkers50, the global ranking of business thinkers created by Des Dearlove and Stuart Crainer. She has written a trilogy of books on how individuals in specific generations can excel in today’s workplace: Retire Retirement, What’s Next, Gen X? and Plugged In, and is working on a fourth book for the generation under 17 today.
Tammy has authored or co-authored numerous Harvard Business Review articles and the book Workforce Crisis: How to Beat the Coming Shortage of Skills and Talent. Erickson holds a BA degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Chicago and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration and has served on the Board of Directors of two Fortune 500 corporations. Tammy is an Adjunct Professor, Organisational Behaviour, at London Business School and the Founder and CEO of Tammy Erickson Associates, a firm dedicated to helping clients build intelligent organizations.
• Jens Hofma was appointed Managing Director for Pizza Hut in the UK in February 2009
• In 2012, Jens led a Private Equity funded buyout of the Pizza Hut Restaurants business in the UK, spearheading a turnaround programme for the brand
• Since October 2013, under Jens’s leadership, over 160 restaurants have been redesigned and re-launched in the UK with a road map in place to re-launch the rest of the estate
• Prior to Pizza Hut UK, Jens spent five years with Yum! Brands, working in the UK and in Europe
• Prior to joining Yum!, he worked for Nestle and McKinsey in various European countries
• He holds a Masters in Economics, and gained his MBA from IMD in Switzerland
• Jens speaks four languages: his native Dutch, English, German and French
• He is a keen skier, and is also interested in theatre and travelling
• Jens lives with his partner, Karen, in London
Ben Bengougam is Vice President Human Resources EMEA for Hilton. Based in London, Ben is responsible for leading the Human Resources function across the region, which includes more than 60,000 team members in 65 countries*.
Since joining the company in 2010 with a European remit, Bengougam has facilitated Hilton’s growth by strategically overseeing global processes of recruitment, development and retention of talent. Key initiatives launched during his time at Hilton include Careers@Hilton Live, a global initiative that informs young people of the many and varied career opportunities in the hospitality sector. He has since had his responsibility widened to include Middle East and Africa.
With over 25 years of experience in human resources, Bengougam has worked in a range of high-profile positions, including Chief People Officer at Ebeon, and Group Human Resources Director at Dixons Group Plc.
Bengougam is a BSc engineering science graduate and subsequently obtained a Master’s Degree in HR Development. He is a fellow of the Institute of Hospitality and a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD.
Tim Munden has been Chief Learning Officer of Unilever since May 2016. Before that he was Vice President of HR for Unilever UK & Ireland, one of the largest businesses in the Unilever global organisation.
Tim joined Unilever in 1993 as a graduate trainee. His assignments have taken him to the Netherlands, Brussels, the US and the UK. He served in different roles as business partner to R&D, Supply Chain, Marketing, & global shared services.
Tim was born in London of British and Dutch parents. He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Manchester University and the Manchester School of Management. He and his wife, a teacher, have two children. In his spare time Tim is a Director of a non-profit organisation which helps young leaders from around the world to develop their ability to make a positive difference in the world.
Fiona leads HR for all Facebook’s organization’s based in EMEA, APAC and LATAM.
Prior to joining, she spent the last nine years with Microsoft, and with them has held positions as Head of HR APAC, International Director of Staffing & HR Director Ireland. Before joining Microsoft, Fiona spent 7 years at Accenture both in the UK and in Ireland.
A Transformation Leader with deep knowledge on combining Product, Data, Strategy and Operations to lead change, innovation and growth in global organizations. Industry speaker, evangelist and thought leader on developing and leading high performance teams, divisions and companies using analytics, culture and agility as main pillars.
Currently Head of Online Partnerships @Google Cloud, helping organizations change and transform by adopting a lean, agile and modern way of working powered by Google’s Cloud Platform and G Suite infrastructure and productivity suite. Prior to that led Product Strategy and Operations across Search ads, display, programmatic, YouTube and Shopping.
As Microsoft’s Global Head of Business Transformation, re-built Skype’s data infrastructure and visualization layer to be later managed under a newly designed Global Insights team. The transformation effort created a modern digital ecosystem, hard-wiring product, engineering and business functions across all levels, making it the de-facto operating model of Skype. This promoted the behavioural and cultural changes required to create a more nimble, adaptive, and data-driven culture throughout. The change enabled Skype to reach its peak connected users, 10X mobile engagements, 50% more revenue and significant uptick in NPS and customer experience.
As Skype’s Lead for Product Strategy, radically accelerated the shift to mobile and cloud, streamlined the user experience for a similar ‘look & feel’ across all platforms, drove the migration of hundreds of millions of Skype and MSN Messenger customers onto a single network under the Skype brand, and co-led the merger with Lync to become a unified consumer + enterprise global business.
Yuval holds a B.S.c from the Technion – Israel’s Institute of Technology and an M.B.A from INSEAD Business School in France and Singapore.
Toby Peyton-Jones has a highly international background. He grew up in Trinidad in the West Indies, was educated in England and has worked on projects in America, and more extensively in Europe and China. Currently he is the Director of HR for Siemens UK and Assigned Countries and is a member of the Executive Management Board of Siemens Plc with a turnover of approximately Euro 7 billion.
He started his career as an officer in the Royal Engineers. Later he worked as Programme Director for the Centre for Leadership and Development Training in UK. From here he moved into Management Consulting and during the 1980’s supported the drive for public sector privatisation and business process reengineering. Toby joined Siemens in 1989 and performed a number of leadership roles, supporting the rapid growth of Siemens in the UK including the pioneering of shared service centres. He moved to China in December 1999 to take up a General Management role as Director of Siemens Management Institute in Beijing, where he worked with the Chinese Government and Siemens businesses to develop the talent needed to fuel China’s arrival on the world stage as the new economic superpower. Toby returned to Germany in 2003 to work in Mergers and Acquisitions first as an Integration Manager and later (2005) taking up a Global M&A role in the Siemens headquarters in Munich
Toby is a charismatic and passionate leader of change and with his eclectic background he has been a valued “thought Leader” both nationally in UK and internationally. One particular focus has been working with Governments and business to shape the social /economic development around education, skills and innovation.
Toby has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Zoology and has a wide ranging set of involvements, some of which are listed below.
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, pioneering storytelling in business as a practical, tangible methodology. A graduate in modern languages from Edinburgh University, her early career was spent in consumer PR, event production and sales and marketing. She is a regular speaker on the subject of storytelling and the role it plays in high performing leadership, change and transformation. She 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 works to live, and enjoys a range of adventurous pastimes, including driving, diving, cycling, skiing and shooting clay pigeons.
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 Dodman leads the University’s Corporate Services, which includes Human Resources, Marketing, Communications, Development, Alumni Relations & Events, Global Engagement and the City/Region public responsibility activities.
Prior to this role, Andy was the Director of Human Resources at the University, leading the HR strategy and service delivery for its 7,800 staff, focusing on the attraction, growth and engagement of world class talent. Andy particularly emphasises the importance of personal health, happiness and wellbeing in the workplace.
Andy frequently provides advice to a number of other UK and international universities on leadership development, change management, wellbeing and executive pay. He also mentors a number of other HR Directors.
Andy is the Chair of the Russell Group HR Directors Forum, a member of The Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (LFHE) Advisory Group and member of the UHR Executive Committee. He is a Trustee Director of the University of Sheffield Pension Scheme and the co-founder and Non-Executive Director of the University subsidiary company ‘Everyday Juice Limited’.
His team has received external recognition for the breadth and creativity of their contribution, including from the CIPD, Universities HR (UHR), The Times Higher Education (THE), Employee Engagement Awards, Stonewall, Personnel Today and the HR Excellence Awards. During 2015, Andy was nominated as national HR Director of the Year. He is listed in the UK Top 10 of HR Magazine’s ‘Most Influential HR Practitioners’ for both 2015 and 2016.
Prior to joining the University, Andy held several HR positions within the voluntary sector, housing associations and the NHS. Andy was educated at the University of Bath (BSc) and the University of Leeds (MBA) and is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD).
Andrew is married with two children. When not working or at home he will almost certainly be out running, swimming or cycling.
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