Programme

Streams

  • Keynote
  • Strategy, Leadership and Boardroom Relationships
  • Talent
  • Engagement
  • HR Technology and People Analytics
  • Business Transformation and Change Management
  • Organisational Development and Learning
  • Culture and Inclusion
  • Benefits & Wellbeing
  • Keynote
  • Strategy, Leadership and Boardroom Relationships
  • Talent
  • Engagement
  • HR Technology and People Analytics
  • Business Transformation and Change Management
  • Organisational Development and Learning
  • Culture and Inclusion
  • Benefits & Wellbeing
7:45 am
8:45 am
9:00 am

Amplifying your Purpose and Passion

Keynote

How do you inspire greatness? How do we find our collective purpose? How do you help people to become clearer on their individual purpose in life and how do you leverage this to drive purpose in your organisation? This session will explore how to find clarity in what really matters and make sustainable living commonplace.

9:30 am

Engaging Workforce Cultures

Keynote

There has never been a time when attracting, engaging and retaining great people has been more important. The key to achieving success in these areas is having the right culture. Ultimately, cultures determine the success of the organisation. They either enable or inhibit the achievement of our goals. Cultures should be a vibrant community of people who love what they do, who they do it with and who they do it for. And, of course, cultures are made up of people. The question is: what influences people to engage? What causes them to engage with the mission, vision and values of the organisation? What causes them to engage in the production of great work on its behalf? In this presentation we’ll give you the three keys to Engaging Workforce Cultures and achieving organisational success.

10:00 am

HRD Deconstructed Keynote: Curating a Culture of Innovation

Keynote

Transformation is happening. Not only in your organisations, but right here at HRD Summit – starting with our first ‘Deconstructed Keynote’! Attendees will join SongDivision’s Sam McNeill for an engaging and fully interactive experience that will be woven throughout the plenary sessions over both days of the conference. Through musical storytelling, Sam shares how HR professionals can use music to boost communication, creativity and collaboration and help you create and nurture a culture of innovation within your organisation. This unique format delivers a message that will get you thinking about how you can leverage the power of music to transform your workforce​.

Sam McNeill, Chief Story Teller & UK & Europe General Manager- Song Division UK
10:00 am
10:55 am

Networking Refreshments

HRD Tech Village Showcase

Think Dragon’s Den! During these bite-sized 15 minute presentations hear from our short-listed start-ups, innovators and disruptors who will showcase their radical approach to a product, solution or service.

Lightning Talk - Illuminate us but make it Quick

Illuminate us but Make it Quick!

11:25 am

Is there an Elephant in the Room? – Addressing Human Capital Risk

Strategy, Leadership and Boardroom Relationships

It is no secret that UK businesses are facing a clear challenge in the lack of access to good talent. But what are organisations doing to address this issue? How are Boards, CEOs and Executive Leaders planning for this risk and the impact it has on talent, culture, and the overall business strategy? This session will uncover the importance in Boards and Executive Leaders to invest in their talent strategies to create long-term sustainable success. And the corporate responsibility in rethinking the way we define workforce skills.

Dr. Stephen Moir, Executive Director of Resources- The City of Edinburgh Council

Laws of Attraction: Recruiting like a Start-up

Talent

To gain competitive advantage organisations need to reinvent and reinvest in new ways of attracting and accessing skills and people. Shop Direct have embarked on an ambitious journey over the last few years to drive brand awareness, support business growth and to attract the best talent to spearhead their digital transformation. Helen Miller, talent director, will share how Shop Direct are ripping up recruitment rulebook in attracting and acquiring high calibre talent in a competitive market, to continue to build its reputation as a world class digital retailer.

Helen Miller, Talent Director- Shop Direct

Employee Re-Branding: Changing the Employee Value Proposition of the Company

Engagement

A strong employee brand is essential to attracting and retaining high performing talent and differentiating yourself from your competitors. But what happens when you need a re-brand? As an experienced HR Leader in creating great places to work Ryan Cheyne, People Director, will share the Rentalcars.com story on how they have built their EVP and now attracting talent from other amazing businesses across the world.

Ryan Cheyne, People Director- Rentalcars.com

Elevating your Global Digital Employee Experience

HR Technology and People Analytics

As the world becomes increasing connected and digitised, a new generation of tech-savvy, ‘on-demand’ employees has emerged, challenging organisations to reflect on how they might optimise workforce productivity, collaboration and engagement. Hear how to develop a global digital employee engagement strategy that encompasses both stakeholder engagement and the integration of 21st Century technology. This session will explore the essential ingredients you need to consider when expanding your digital ecosystem, and how to protect brand reputation in a digital age.

Paula Coughlan, Chief People Strategy Officer- McDonald's
11:25 am

Co-creating Transformation: Adding Value to the agile Organisation

Business Transformation and Change Management

We often hear what start-ups and disruptors can teach established organisations but what can we learn from organisations that have stood the test of time? Hear from SVP – Global Human Resource Management, Rosa Lee on how Bosch in an age of constant change and transformation – have weathered disruption, by becoming more agile and tailored to meet their business needs. What lessons can be learnt from a 100+ year old company that despite having a long lineage of business leadership and ingrained culture has adapted to the modern marketplace and survived.

Rosa Lee, SVP – Global Human Resource Management- Bosch China

Curating a Learning Proposition to Deliver Future Capabilities

Organisational Development and Learning

To ensure long-term sustainability it is imperative to adopt new and holistic ways of learning. This session will explore how to build a global, efficient, and effective learning proposition that aligns to the overall business strategy. Lisa Blewitt, Head of Centrica Group Academies will share how Centrica curated a fit for purpose Learning Function that is geared to maximise efficiencies and deliver on the future capabilities the organisation needs to perform. How did they bring an organisation who has 50,000 globally together on this transformational journey?

Lisa Blewitt, Head of Centrica Group Academies- Centrica

Making Diversity and Inclusion a Way of Life

Culture and Inclusion

There is no secret that most diversity initiatives don’t work – that is because they are often seen as a one-off activity rather than a fully integrated, way of life in an organisation. Hear how Tony Cooke, Senior Director, Human Resources, has championed the Diversity and Inclusion conversation at adidas. In this authentic and transparent session, Tony will share with you the raw lessons learnt, and key successes in changing mindsets on diversity and inclusion – moving it from a project that has a shelf life to ‘just the way we do things’.

Tony Cooke, Senior Director, Human Resources- adidas Group

Wellbeing at the Heart of your People Strategy: A Collective Approach

Benefits & Wellbeing

By 2020 Unilever inspire to help more than 1 billion people take action to improve their health and wellbeing. Wellbeing is not just another project… Wellbeing should be at the heart of the company strategy. Hear from Tim Munden, Chief Learning Officer, how to embed a holistic wellbeing programme to help individuals and teams to unleash their potential and make the most of their energy at work and at home.

Tim Munden, Chief Learning Officer- Unilever
12:05 pm

Pioneering Organisations: Leading with Clarity

Strategy, Leadership and Boardroom Relationships

Today’s leaders are challenged with the unknown. They are driving transformation in unprecedent environments – finding new ways to guide people through uncertainty and ambiguity. Their success depends on empowering and engaging employees’ through complexity and change. This session explores the secret ingredient to successful leadership development by driving strategic thinking and enabling leadership action.

The Rhetoric and the Reality of Talent Management in Organisations

Talent

Talent management has been an area of significant organisational focus since 1997 when McKinsey and Company first introduced the concept of the ‘war for talent’. What appears to have been neglected in many subsequent talent management publications, however, is the tension that exists between the rhetoric and reality of talent management; the difference between the glossy company brochures outlining talent and succession planning and what actually happens.

This interactive session is based on the empirical research carried out by the presenter which set out to explore how talent management ‘really’ works in organisations. In addition to providing insight into the research findings, there will be time for participants to reflect on how the research conclusions and recommendations may be applied in their respective firms and to discuss how they are working to address these challenges. Barbara will also share how she is using her experience and insight to bring structure to talent and succession management in her current company, Santa Fe Relocation.

Dr. Barbara Zesik, Chief People Officer- Santa Fe Relocation

Curators of the New Business Landscape – HR’s Role in Preparing Leaders

Engagement

This interactive workshop will uncover the ‘new business landscape’, what it means and what it will look like. In particular, what is HR’s role in making leaders ‘fit for purpose’ in this new environment and what challenges will we, as HR and L&D experts, face in the journey to come. Drawing on highlights from two years’ worth of research into leadership development, current topics such as Brexit and GDPR will be covered alongside popular areas such as high performing teams and globalisation.

Themes arising from the workshop will be gathered and used to delve deeper on day two at a roundtable where solutions can be  identified as we share  thoughts and ‘war stories’ on the future ahead.

Kimberly Bradshaw, Managing Director, HR Consultancy- Buzzacott

Building a Digitally Intelligent Workplace

HR Technology and People Analytics

The digital economy is upon us – we have now moved into a world managed by algorithms and flexible ways of working. A place where our networks keep us seamlessly connected, challenging traditionally working cultures. When done properly the digital workplace can be viewed as part of a true cultural change. Hear how to successfully launch your organisation into this new digital workplace creating an environment for greater productivity, collaboration, and innovation.

12:05 pm

New HR Tech – Making Implementation a Success

Business Transformation and Change Management

The world of HR Technology is moving at a pace never seen before with the market full of vendors who all claim to be the best option for your organisation. Find out what factors to consider when choosing new tech and how to ensure implementation is a success.

Bob Rehill, Founder & CEO- Bob Rehill & Associates

Unlocking Future Potential: Developing a Sustainable Coaching Culture

Organisational Development and Learning

Increasingly organisations are turning to coaching programmes to develop future talent, improve organisational performance, and unleash the potential in their people. Hear how to develop and embed a sustainable internal coaching culture within your organisation; what best practice approaches to coaching are used and how support your coaches to achieve the best ROI.

Driving a Purpose Driven Culture

Culture and Inclusion

The alignment of culture, leadership and behaviours underpin the success of any organisation’s transformation. However traditional cultures can be slow to embrace change. Hear from Georgia Group, the pioneers on Purpose Driven Leadership on how to make cultural change stick. This session will explore how to engage the whole organisation and embed a Purpose Driven Organisation which has proven to change culture faster than any other methodology globally.

The Power of Recognition

Benefits & Wellbeing

In an era of social recognition and self-validation – our new workforce wants appreciation for simply doing their job. This session will explore how to harness the power of recognition by implementing a reward and recognition programme that is built around individual behaviours, motivation, and a sense of community. Learn how to increase employee loyalty, enhance performance, and create a sense of community by adopting an accessible, flexible, and holistic approach to reward and recognition

12:45 pm

Trusted Advisor: Building a Strategic Future

Strategy, Leadership and Boardroom Relationships

Many corporate strategic issues today are at the heart of the HR Function. HR executives have an important role to play in helping CEO’s make the right decisions around the changing workforce landscape, the organisation and most importantly the people. Hear from Stephen Pierce, CHRO, Hitachi Europe on how to add value through best practices and HR technology by:

  • providing a clear vision and purpose that guides the strategy;
  • identifying opportunities and threats against the organisation’s strategic objectives and current strategic position;
  • influencing and advising on organisational strategy and future direction; and
  • identifying how HR can be a partner and an advocate of change to achieve organisational strategic goals
Stephen Pierce, CHRO- Hitachi Europe

Investing in the Future: An Organisational Approach to Talent Planning

Talent

Succession planning should be a part of every company’s strategic plan. By not having a plan to prepare your company for the future; exposes you to your competitors and creates organisational risk. Being one of the UKs largest family owned food producers, operating across 3 continents in a competitive and fast paced market, Baxters Food Group knows the importance of future-proofing your organisation by making talent profiling a priority in your organisation. Clyde Marwick, Group HR Director, will discuss how to rethink succession and development planning in your organisation through the use of structured talent profiling tools and techniques. Explore how an effective succession plan supported by objective insights can become one of your most valuable assets.

Clyde Marwick, Group HR Director- Baxters Food Group

Getting their Mojo Back: Heathrow’s Journey to Becoming a Great Place to Work

Engagement

Heathrow Airport is one of Britain’s busiest airports, welcoming 75 million passengers a year, with flights to 180 destinations and with an aspiration to be one of the world’s best airports.

Over the past decade there have been significant challenges with engagement. A change in leadership with the CEO and the recent appointment of HRD led to a change of focus and in 2014 the business identified four key priorities that would form part of a long-term strategy until 2025. One of these is “Mojo” which is at the heart of leading Heathrow to become a great place to work. Hear how Heathrow Airport redefined their engagement strategy and how through “Mojo” it has become a value-led business and a great place to work.

Becky Ivers, People Director – Expansion- Heathrow

Humanising Technology: A Strategic Approach to Building your Digital Identity

HR Technology and People Analytics

True digital transformation is more than just putting technology in place. Organisations must invest in becoming truly digitally enabled to increase agility, improve performance, reduce costs, and deliver a great customer experience. This session will explore the importance of setting a clearly defined and unified digital strategy and will identify best practice strategies and tactics on how you can digitalise your workforce culture. HR must focus on Digital as a people topic – how do we enable and support our employees to help them to adapt to work in the digital way. How do you bring technology and people on pace? What do we need to do to develop their digital literacy skills to remain competitive?

Dr. Reza Moussavian, SVP Digital & Innovation- Deutsche Telekom
12:45 pm

M&A Integration: 5 Things HRDs Must Get Right In a Digital World

Business Transformation and Change Management

Home Retail Group, (which consisted of Argos, Habitat and Homebase), has been through an intense period of change over the last 18 months. Having sold Homebase to an Australian company, the remainder of the group was then acquired by Sainsbury’s in September 2016.

This led to a new CEO being appointed, a change of leadership and a significant amount of work needed to bring these two organisations together, which covered the organisational structure, product line, systems, real estate and culture. Couple this with an ambitious goal to become a digital retailer leader, it was essential that the HR team had the skills and capabilities to step up to the challenge and lead through change.

Ella Bennett, HR Director for the newly formed division called Sainsbury’s Argos, shares her story and what she considers to be the top 5 things HRDs need to get right with regards to business integration, in order to succeed during an intense period of change.

Ella Bennett, Group HR Director- Sainsbury-Argos

Understanding The Expectation Gap: Gearing our Leaders to Lead through Ambiguity

Organisational Development and Learning

While C-Suite Leaders are crucial to developing out a clearly defined vision and strategy it is in fact the middle and senior managers who are accountable for executing business initiatives and driving performance. However, many reports show there is a severe skills gap in middle management not so much from a technical perspective, but from an ability to lead teams when the landscape is constantly changing, resulting in increasing demands on leaders to deal with ambiguity and complexity whilst at the same time keeping their teams focused and engaged. Lynne Rutherford, Group Vice President Learning and Development from Brambles will share with you how an action orientated and results driven organisation implemented a clearly defined strategy for developing leadership potential and structured a programme that is aligned to the  business strategy in an industry that is facing constant change.

Lynne Rutherford, Group Vice President Learning and Development- Brambles

TRUST: Your Most Valuable Business Asset

Culture and Inclusion

We all want to be a part of the ‘Inner Circle of Trust’ and while some relationships are easy to develop trust many business leaders struggle to place value on being trusted. This session will explore how we think about trust and what conceptual frameworks we can implement to improve and build trust. How we can turn trust into a tangible measure that demonstrates quantifiable and long-term benefits to your organisation?

Finding your Life’s Balance: Surviving the Always ‘On’ Mentality

Benefits & Wellbeing

A new high-intensity workplace has evolved – employees are being asked to do more with less, working long hours with increasingly heavy workloads. The line between work and life has been blurred as many struggling to achieve or maintain a sense of balance and suffering from the ‘always on’ syndrome. No wonder well-being and health issues are increasingly important within organisations. This session will unlock the correlation between values, stress and well-being. Hear what implications this has on personal identity, engagement and performance? And how you, as a leader can embed a positive role model approach to enforce well-being strategy into your organizational culture.

1:15 pm

Lunch

HRD Tech Village Showcase

Think Dragon’s Den! During these bite-sized 15 minute presentations hear from our short-listed start-ups, innovators and disruptors who will showcase their radical approach to a product, solution or service.

2:10 pm

Think Tank

This interactive session also described as a deep dive on our programme. The aim of a Think Tank is to delve deeper into a specific hot topic to discuss, debate, analyse a complex problem or predict or plan for future developments.

Think Tank

This interactive session also described as a deep dive on our programme. The aim of a Think Tank is to delve deeper into a specific hot topic to discuss, debate, analyse a complex problem or predict or plan for future developments.

Think Tank

This interactive session also described as a deep dive on our programme. The aim of a Think Tank is to delve deeper into a specific hot topic to discuss, debate, analyse a complex problem or predict or plan for future developments.

2:50 pm

Building a HR Function from the Ground Up

Strategy, Leadership and Boardroom Relationships

Starting a new role is never easy particularly when you step into one that has had no predecessor and limited HR resource. Hear from Kate Brown, Group HR Director, of UK’s largest property group, Countrywide as she shares her raw and honest story behind setting up an HR Function to support over 10,000 staff from the ground up whilst simultaneously driving cultural change across Countrywide.

This transformational story demonstrates the lessons learnt, the opportunities gained and how a trusted relationship from your CEO can empower you to drive true strategic change despite tough trading conditions.

Kate Brown, Group People Director- Countrywide

First Impressions Count: Injecting Talent into the Business

Talent

In August 2015, Apollo Tyres recognised that to meet their strategic objective of being a market leader in truck and bus tyres, they would need to do something innovative and create a real “game changing” situation through the injection of talent into the business. Martha Desmond, Chief Human Resource Officer will share how through a rigorous selection process they recruited, trained, and deployed more than 100 Customer Champions in just 6 months. A training programme starting with an Orientation in the Himalaya’s! This session will identify how to align a change management and integration programme to ensure your new recruits are immersed in your culture and equipped with the right resources to make significant impact to the bottom line; whilst also maintaining the engagement and performance of existing employees.

Martha Desmond, Chief Human Resource Officer- Apollo Tyres

Purposeful Leadership: Creating a Sense of Belonging

Engagement

We all need to feel like we belong – it is after all a fundamental human need. But how do you build a strong sense of belonging in your organisation? Shereen Daniels, Head of HR, Caffe Nero will share how to lead with purpose and what initiatives you can implement to encourage emotional connection and engagement and thoughts on what this means for the future of work; particularly in the sphere of diversity and inclusion.

Shereen Daniels, Head of HR- Caffe Nero

What is your Diverse Factor: Can Analytics Solve the Diversity Issue?

HR Technology and People Analytics

With topics like gender pay-gap still under the spotlight – there is cause, to question how far we have actually progressed with diversity and inclusion. The issue is we still look at diversity and inclusion in silo – rather than as a pragmatic and holistic approach. Hear how Wade Munsie, Director of Advanced Analytics & BI Development and his team of data scientists at Royal Mail are revolutionising the way we solve the diversity issue. In this session, Wade will share how through analytics he has re-defined diversity by creating an algorithm that measures, weights, and benchmarks against local and industry demographics to calculate your individual diverse factor.

Wade Munsie, Director of Advanced Analytics & BI Development- Royal Mail
2:50 pm

Aligning Legacy: Chubb’s Business Transformation Journey

Business Transformation and Change Management

Chubb is the world’s largest publicly traded property and casualty insurer with operations in 54 countries. In January 2016, ACE Limited acquired The Chubb Corporation and adopted the renowned Chubb name globally. The new Chubb has $160 billion in assets, and $37.5 billion of gross premiums written in 2015 as if ACE and Chubb were one company. With ACE’s acquisition of Chubb, the organisation embarked upon the wonderful challenge of bringing people, products, and cultures together to form a new organisation that would take the best of both legacy companies.

Hear from VP, Talent & Development; Europe, Eurasia & Africa, Terry Jones on how they not only achieved this alignment but added to it, creating a “new” Chubb that is defined by its craftsmanship, meritocracy, inclusiveness and team play.

Terry Jones, VP, Talent & Development; Europe, Eurasia & Africa- Chubb

Re-aligning Performance Management to Drive True Business Performance

Organisational Development and Learning

Danfoss are re-engineering tomorrow through driving solid, long-term and sustainable business performance. In 2009, after the appointment of a new CEO and Leadership team Danfoss embarked on a journey to change the culture and create transparency in the value chain.

Hear how Danfoss re-invented their global performance management process to align to the business strategy and create a culture of accountability, transparency and sustainable growth. This session will demonstrate how you can simplify the process to improve not just financial measurements but also engagement, retention and capabilities.

Bojana Zupanic, Head of Succession- Danfoss Kent Frederiksen, Head of Total Rewards- Danfoss

Holding up a Mirror to Unconscious Bias

Culture and Inclusion

If we are honest and hold up a mirror it’s true we live in a Post-Truth Age – we have become accustomed to cherry-picking data, information, and facts to draw the conclusions we desire. We naturally turn to trusted advisors, inner circle friends, social media platforms that have built in algorithms – all of which present our worldview straight back to us. Unconscious bias can’t be resolved by changing policies or process, you need to truly understand the psychology behind why we make these subconscious assumptions and how we can avoid them. This session will uncover the truths surrounding unconscious bias and how you can honestly address it in your organisation.

Candice Cross, Group Head of Diversity and Inclusive Culture- BT

Fostering a Culture of Openness: Tackling Physical and Mental Health at Work

Benefits & Wellbeing

Today, wellbeing is more than just a physical issue. Mental health and work-related stress has a significant impact on engagement both in the UK and on a global scale. Lisa White, HR Director will share how Lend Lease have aligned their wellbeing strategy with their strategic imperatives and embed a culture of support, protection, and openness. This session will identify why it is important to invest in wellbeing and what training, tools, and resources you can provide your managers to enable them to promote and drive wellbeing in the workplace.

Lisa White, HR Director- Lend Lease
3:30 pm

The Brexit Effect: What could Brexit Mean for you?

Strategy, Leadership and Boardroom Relationships

Businesses must prepare themselves for the potential workforce challenges from the effects of Brexit. This session will provide an update on the current political landscape and how to prepare for the looming policy changes. What areas of HR will be affected most; what effects it will have on your workforce and retaining talent; and how to safeguard in the exit negotiations and minimise risk.

Are Apprentices the Next Graduate?

Talent

It has been nearly one year since The Levy came into effect in April 2017 – and now focus has turned to whether it has delivered everything it has promised? Will Apprenticeships become the next Graduates? This case study led session will uncover one organisation’s journey into implementing their apprenticeship levy training programme. Gain best practice advice and insights into how to efficiently and effectively optimise the use of the Levy – what considerations, implications and ‘bear traps’ to avoid. And how you can maximise the return on your Apprenticeship Levy investment?

Enabling Leaders in Times of Change

Engagement

The current economy and changing working landscape has changed the way we operate – disrupting staid business models. However, research shows that over 70% of transformations, integrations and mergers fail to achieve their business objective – many of which are the result of the people. This session will explore how to manage employee engagement during times of change. What influences engagement during change and how leaders can maintain engagement levels through the implementation of robust transformation programme and culture change initiatives.

HR Analytics: 2018 and Beyond

HR Technology and People Analytics

This session will discuss how HR Analytics is revolutionizing the workplace and optimizing your biggest resource – your people.

We will discuss where you should start and what the true cost could be for not defining you HR Analytics strategy now.

Antony Heljula, Technical Director- Peak Indicators
3:30 pm

Navigating a VUCA world – do you have the core skills needed?

Business Transformation and Change Management

Change is a people strategy. Organisations need to adapt to the way the world is changing. But organisations don’t ‘learn’, people in organisations learn.

Let’s think the unthinkable. Let’s think about the future of work. Everything seems to be moving so quickly. We can’t even pause to think. Everything is being disrupted at unimaginable speeds. Ok, stop, breath, let’s think again.

Everything is ok, we need to chill out. We need to think about a future that is shaped, purposefully by you and your organisation. A future that is yours to invent and curate. A future where we look forward with hope, and curiosity. A future filled with action and not inertia and resignation. This interactive session will:

  • Uncover the skills needed to navigate a VUCA world
  • Open dialogue about the core changes in your industry; and
  • Provide opportunity to make meaningful connections and collaborate with colleagues.
Dominic Fitch, Head of Creative Change- Impact International

Building Digital Capabilities: Transforming the Way We Work

Organisational Development and Learning

Digital transformation means organisational capabilities are a top priority for businesses. However, many haven’t begun to think about how to develop capabilities and talent to meet long-term priorities. Learn from Nicola McAdam who specialises in digital upskilling on how to transform your talent into a proactive and inspired workforce. This session will take a look at how advancements in technology are impacting workplace behaviour and will provide key takeaways on how HR teams can develop new ways of working. Learn how to make the first step towards upskilling your talent to ensure they can lead in the new economy.

Building a Culture that Supports Physical and Emotional Wellness

Culture and Inclusion

A new high-intensity workplace has evolved resulting in employers taking a fresh look at their strategies for keeping employees healthy and productive. This case study led session will explore how one organisation has embedded a culture of health as part of a comprehensive wellness strategy to improve engagement, health, and productivity. Gain practical advice and insights for devising a wellness strategy that enables a culture of health and has tangible ROI for both the employee and employers alike.

The Changing Pay and Rewards Landscape

Benefits & Wellbeing

Social pressure, the political agenda and advancements in technology are enabling reward and compensation to become more transparent and accurate, allowing for new approaches in how we reward our workforce. This session explores the future of pay and reward; the trends that are impacting the way we think about pay (including gender pay and pay ration disclosure); and how to build a reward strategy that meets the needs of your organisation now and into the future.

4:00 pm
4:55 pm

Refreshments

HRD Tech Village Showcase

Think Dragon’s Den! During these bite-sized 15 minute presentations hear from our short-listed start-ups, innovators and disruptors who will showcase their radical approach to a product, solution or service.

Digitox - How To Find A Healthy Balance For Your Family’s Digital Diet

Can you go a day without your phone, Google or iPad? Mark will outline the story of how his family gave up technology for one day a week for the last three years, and the differences it has made to his family’s happiness, health and wellbeing.

Mark Ellis, Director- Culture Transform Ltd
5:15 pm

The New Era of Leadership: Leadership for a Connected World

Keynote

How can leaders be visionary and drive meaningful business growth in today’s diverse business environment? To remain competitive, it is important to have the right people leading your organisation. It’s about being entrepreneurial, transparent, and inclusive. Hear how to drive a culture that promotes effective behaviours and contributes greatly to employees’ sense of belonging, productivity, and engagement.

5:50 pm

Building a Sustainable Future: Transformation and Digitalisation

Keynote

ABB has transformed itself into a simpler, more agile and customer focused organization. In parallel, the world is witnessing unprecedented shifts in technology. The pace of disruption is the fastest it has ever been, and the slowest it will ever be. Leaders must create an agile vision for the future if they want to assure the longevity and sustainability of their organizations. Hear from Jean-Christophe Deslarzes, CHRO at ABB, as he takes a sneak peek into how ABB has led its transformation and  how digitalisation impacts work itself, the workforce, the workplace, and organizational culture.

Jean-Christophe Deslarzes, CHRO- ABB
6:20 pm

HRD Deconstructed Keynote: Curating a Culture of Innovation

Transformation is happening. Not only in your organisations, but right here at HRD Summit – starting with our first ‘Deconstructed Keynote’! Attendees will join SongDivision’s Sam McNeill for an engaging and fully interactive experience that will be woven throughout the plenary sessions over both days of the conference. Through musical storytelling, Sam shares how HR professionals can use music to boost communication, creativity and collaboration and help you create and nurture a culture of innovation within your organisation. This unique format delivers a message that will get you thinking about how you can leverage the power of music to transform your workforce​.

Sam McNeill, Chief Story Teller & UK & Europe General Manager- Song Division UK
6:20 pm
6:35 pm

Drinks Reception

Join all other event attendees for drinks and live entertainment. Here you will have an opportunity to unwind and enjoy the company of your fellow colleagues over some delicious drinks whilst enjoying the live music on offer.

7:35 pm

HRD Awards – Entries Now Open!

The HRD Awards celebrates the last years’ most creative and engaging company projects, celebrating the individuals raising the profile of HR, and honouring the young, inspirational rising stars of our industry.

These awards are an opportunity to affirm to your employees, colleagues and industry peers that your company and your team are distinctive leaders in your field. They are also a chance to let your hair down and show your appreciation to your team for all their hard work throughout the year. Entries close 13th October, so get your entries in nice and early!

Visit hrdistinctionawards.com for more information. To book a table please contact Alex Robertson, Marketing Manager, alex.robertson@contentive.com or +44 (0)20 8080 9596.

7:30 am
8:00 am

Breakfast Briefing: The DNA of the Agile Worker

Dr Tim Sparkes, Practice Lead- Hudson

Breakfast Briefing

Breakfast Briefing

Breakfast Briefing

8:45 am
9:00 am

HR as the Curator of the Future Organisation

Keynote

The next revolution is upon us and it is forcing us to rethink HR. This session will provide world-class research and practical insight into how to manage, lead and communicate solutions through such radical change. What trends are impacting the way we do business and how must HR lead this change and curate the future organisation.

9:30 am

Reimagine HR: Delivering True Business Partnership

Keynote

Delivering true business partnership while decreasing cost is the ultimate prize of any transformation. That transformation starts with the technology. By reimagining HR, you can reduce the burden of transaction processing and become a better business partner – all at a lower cost.

Join this session and discover how Workday enables you to:

  • Guide the business with insight
  • Consolidate and close with confidence
  • Plan and prepare for what’s next
  • Thrive on change.
10:00 am

HRD Deconstructed Keynote: Curating a Culture of Innovation

Keynote

Transformation is happening. Not only in your organisations, but right here at HRD Summit – starting with our first ‘Deconstructed Keynote’! Attendees will join SongDivision’s Sam McNeill for an engaging and fully interactive experience that will be woven throughout the plenary sessions over both days of the conference. Through musical storytelling, Sam shares how HR professionals can use music to boost communication, creativity and collaboration and help you create and nurture a culture of innovation within your organisation. This unique format delivers a message that will get you thinking about how you can leverage the power of music to transform your workforce​.

Sam McNeill, Chief Story Teller & UK & Europe General Manager- Song Division UK
10:00 am
10:55 am

Refreshments

HRD Tech Village Showcase

Think Dragon’s Den! During these bite-sized 15 minute presentations hear from our short-listed start-ups, innovators and disruptors who will showcase their radical approach to a product, solution or service.

Lightning Talk - Illuminate us but make it Quick

Illuminate us but Make it Quick!

11:20 am

Agile HR: Adoption and Impact

Strategy, Leadership and Boardroom Relationships

To deliver high-impact HR and drive true business value we need to re-think traditional operating models. But how should organisations structure their HR function to meet future demands? …  What is clear is there is no one size fits all. Karen Beaven, HR Director will share how River Island has incorporated the principles of Agile and Scrum to disrupt traditional staid models and in doing so, reshaped how they deliver HR to optimise value.

Karen Beaven, HR Director- River Island

Writing your Talent Playbook: Next Generation Talent Strategies

Talent

Organisations who are not continually and substantially investing in their people have already lost the war on talent. Hear how to develop a talent strategy that supports and drives the business imperatives. This case study led workshop will illustrate how to leverage workforce intelligence to implement business-led, agile people policies. Allowing you visibility to predict the future and take a more proactive role in attracting, developing, and retaining high-performing talent.

Bringing PURPOSE to Life

Engagement

It’s most organisations desire to create a ‘Great Place to Work’ but how do you actually get there? How do you lead your organisation to become one of the most reputable and attractive companies in your field? In 2013, Lindt conducted a strategic review to identify the key initiatives required to continue the growth agenda. Importantly, Lindt wanted their people to feel a sense of pride and belief in both the business they were building and the culture they were creating. Hear from Jenny Lawrence, HR Director on how to create and embed an inclusive company purpose in your organisation.

Jen Lawrence, HR Director- Lindt & Sprungli

Digital Transformation: The New World of Work

HR Technology and People Analytics

Digital transformation is drastically changing the work landscape and has caused us to question existing organisational frameworks and models. Today, in order to prosper and grow organisations must embrace digital transformation. Hear from a company who has undergone a digital transformation as they look back on what were some of the most valuable lessons learnt and opportunities gained.

11:20 am

An Integrated Approach to Sustainable Growth

Business Transformation and Change Management

Sustainable growth is one of the biggest challenges facing business leaders today. In a world, that is becoming ever more complex how do you really deliver growth? To put it simply, you need to start with the business and work your way backwards. This session will explore how to align your talent and culture strategies to drive your organisational growth strategy.

New Work Environment Design: How to Increase Value Proposition

Organisational Development and Learning

Flatter hierarchical structures, leaner processes, managing virtual teams and flexible working environments are all impacting how we engage with our employees. Organisational design and change can have a significant implication on culture and engagement. Usha Kakaria-Cayaux, Regional VP HR, will share how Estee Lauder transformed their work environment to promote workplace harmonisation, wellbeing, flexibility and agility. Hear how to future proof your organisation by creating a culture that can adapt and respond to meeting the evolving needs of the changing environment.

Usha Kakaria-Cayaux, Regional VP HR UK & Ireland- Estee Lauder

Governing Board Effectiveness: The Role of Diversity in the Boardroom

Culture and Inclusion

Having served previously on a male dominate board at Sofology, Alyson Fadil, knows only too well the importance of having an effective and diversified board of directors to enhance corporate governance and drive complex business issues. Now in her newly appointed role as People Director of Missguided she is responsible for building the board for the future. This session will explore what the modern boardroom should look like; what are the benefits of board diversity; and how HR can influence the future direction of the Board?

Alyson Fadil, People Director- Missguided

Mindfulness: Becoming more Present in Business and Life

Benefits & Wellbeing

Increasingly the practice of mindfulness is being seen as a powerful tool to increase performance, build resilience and improve decision making and emotional intelligence. So, what is mindfulness and what are the neurological and productivity benefits to employees and employers alike? How can you, as a leader, practice mindfulness and embed it into your organisational culture to dramatically improve overall happiness and help you transition effectively between different roles, environments, and tasks.

12:00 pm

The Entrepreneurship Journey

Strategy, Leadership and Boardroom Relationships

HR Leaders are no longer just a business partner they are entrepreneurs exploring uncharted territory and guiding their organisations into the future. This session offers a unique experience to build your knowledge, skills and experience in innovation, entrepreneurship and design, while developing a customer-centric mindset. It introduces you into entrepreneurial thinking styles that are important to develop radical forms of innovation in your company.

Future Proofing Your Workforce: Transforming the Way We Work

Talent

Building organisational capabilities is a top priority for most organisations. However, many haven’t begun to think about how to develop capabilities and talent to meet long-term priorities. Learn how to develop your staff with the right skills and expertise to boost employee performance and unlock cultural change. This session provides you with practical performance improvements that can be immediately applied in your workplace.

Inspiring Change and Commitment Through the Power of Emotion

Engagement

Is your business busting a gut to drive change and you’re frustrated you’re not getting the cut-through you need with your people? You can unlock this by focusing a bit less on logic, data and facts (IQ) and more on feelings and emotions (EQ).  Pie-charts and strategic levers may generate understanding, but they don’t inspire in the way personal stories do.  Creating an emotional connection speeds up and deepens trust and commitment.

You’ll hear stories that will make you stop in your tracks and practical tips to power up the engagement and alignment of your people and make your business more EQ-aware.

Anthony Burrows, Managing Partner- Intelligent Emotion Oliver Strong, Managing Partner- Intelligent Emotion

Building an Agile Culture

HR Technology and People Analytics

Organisations are adopting more agile and collaborative business models in response to factors such as the pace of technological change, political, economic and market uncertainty and the differing demands of five generations in the workplace. Underpinning change of this nature is the need to ensure that the organisation’s culture is appropriately defined and embedded. This presentation will address the benefits of defining a goal-end culture, how to develop a roadmap to embed culture and engagement and identify change leaders to drive growth within your organisation.

Tim Drake, Head of Talent Management UK- Hudson
12:00 pm

The Heart and Brain of our Behaviour

Business Transformation and Change Management

How do we get our culture (the behaviours of our people) working constructively rather than defensively? In her workshop, Dr Mara Klemich will be explaining the WHY of behaviour, “why we do the things we do”, and the effective and ineffective behaviours as measured on the Heartstyles Indicator tool. Hear how to transform behaviour, enrich culture and deliver business success through driving effective behaviours.

Elevating your Digital Learning Platform: Making Learning Mobile

Organisational Development and Learning

Rapid technology advancements are changing the way we work and learn. It has created a virtual environment of dispersed members who now communicate in real time via multiple channels – sharing knowledge, ideas, and data. Hear from Angus McCarey, CEO at Hive Learning on the importance of putting technology on the learning agenda and how to embed mobile learning into your organisation creating an environment of early adopters.

Angus McCarey, Chief Executive- Hive Learning

Uniting a Global Workforce with Company Culture

Culture and Inclusion

Globalisation has connected the world to new business opportunities like never before and by opening your scope, you have greater access to global talent. However, building a strong global culture is not easy. Where connecting across geographies, across cultures, and across lines of business are day-to-day realities, employees are often responding to what is missing – and very often, what’s missing is a culture that powerfully unites the entire organisation. This session will explore:

  • How change impacts employee engagement
  • Barriers to company-wide engagement, and what factors will help create common ground for global engagement
  • Keys to approaching a unified culture strategy; and
  • How to use employee recognition to support culture and drive employee engagement.

The Science Behind Stress: Creating a Resilient Workforce

Benefits & Wellbeing

According to the World Health Organisation, by 2030 the number one disease in industrialised countries will be stress-related conditions. In the UK alone the impact of stress and mental illness has contributed to 11.7 million working days lost each year and an approximate £26 bn cost to UK businesses. This session will uncover the importance of addressing the impact of stress and mental illness in your organisation and how to build a mental resilient and mindful culture to enhance performance and productivity.

12:35 pm

First 100 Days in a New Role

Strategy, Leadership and Boardroom Relationships

Your first 100 days in a new role could be your most important. It is where you develop relationships, create a winning vision, and culturally and socially integrate. So, what should your first 100 days look like? This practical and case-study led session will provide real life examples on how to ensure a successful transition into any new role. What should your key priorities be, how to build relationships fast and how to plan to deliver results.

Dr Melissa K. Hungerford, VP, Global Talent Management and Inclusion- Avon

The Millennial Effect: Are you Ready?

Talent

According to a recent PwC report by 2020, millennials will make up 50% of the global workforce – bringing with them a tidal wave of change. As a leader, how will you prepare for this change? This session will demonstrate the need to plan for this transition now (rather than operating in real time); what considerations should be made today to align your business plan and talent strategy and how to build your talent pipeline to respond to the varying demands of the next generation.

Engagement in the Face of Ambiguous and Turbulent Transformation

Engagement

Research shows that over two-thirds of large scale mergers, acquisitions and transformation efforts fail –  and Senior Leaders bear much of the burden. Having undergone several mergers and acquisitions Neil Morris, Global VP of Human Resources at Alere will share what do you need to do to support your workforce during this time of uncertainty and how to build a resilient workforce.

Neil Morris, Vice President of Human Resources- Alere

HR Powered by Analytics

HR Technology and People Analytics

In 2013, Dow launched a two-year journey into the world of talent analytics. Their ambition was to deliver a game-changing HR solution that would advance Dow’s strategy, giving them a competitive edge and solidify HR’s position as an enabler of business success. Hear how Dow revolutionised their global HR operating model to enable company success through more informed decision making. This session will uncover how you can make sense of the data, moving beyond simple analysis and towards connecting data intelligence with true business outcomes.

12:35 pm

Building a Strategic HR Function

Business Transformation and Change Management

Today, HR’s role is far less transactional – they are the curators of the future – shaping how your organisation will grow. But how do you move from a transactional HR Function to a Strategic HR Function? Hear from the Group People Director of one of the UK’s leading automotive dealer groups, Andy Stephenson as he shares how he transformed the strategic position and organisation structure to drive the organisations narrative and align the business, HR, and CR strategy.

Andrew Stephenson, Group People Director- Lookers

Driving Performance through Meaningful Conversations

Organisational Development and Learning

Whether you have already removed performances ratings, you’re evolving the current process, or carrying on as business as usual – what is clear is high-quality conversations are key to driving workplace performance. Hear from Global Head for Performance, Engagement and Culture, Birthe Mester on how Deutsch Bank invested in training their workforce to have transparent and meaningful conversations. This session will discuss the skills leaders need for effective conversations and how you can embed a learning framework to support effective interactions and drive stronger business results

Birthe Mester, Global Head for Performance, Engagement and Culture- Deutsche Bank

Building and Sustaining an Entrepreneurial Culture

Culture and Inclusion

Many organisations today are trying to harness entrepreneurial spirit as a means to drive creativity, innovation and thus business growth. But how do you preserve the entrepreneurial mindset as your company grows? Or encourage it when your organisation is embedded in so much tradition? A digital start up 9 years ago, Graze has experienced exponential growth on line and now in retail in the UK and US, and as a result, is becoming increasingly complex in nature. Louise Patterson, Chief People Officer, will discuss the dilemma of balancing the structure/process/efficiency required to manage scale with the agility/innovation/creativity needed to nurture entrepreneurial spirit and sustained growth.

Louise Patterson, Chief People Officer- Graze

The Future of Rewards and Benefit

Benefits & Wellbeing

What will reward and benefits look like in 2030? The rise of social working, the war on talent, transparency, gender equality and globalisation are all transforming how we work and in turn how we think about rewards. Hear how companies today are understanding their employee’s motives and differentiating themselves from competitors by means other than cash. What are companies doing to prepare for changes in government regulations and to ensure global consistency across their rewards programs? How can analytics assist in understanding which parts of remuneration package employees value most and adjusting pay plans based on their preferences?

1:05 pm

Lunch

HRD Tech Village Showcase

Think Dragon’s Den! During these bite-sized 15 minute presentations hear from our short-listed start-ups, innovators and disruptors who will showcase their radical approach to a product, solution or service.

1:50 pm

Partnering with your Business

Strategy, Leadership and Boardroom Relationships

Today, a HR leader is expected to have full visibility over the organisation in order to make informed business decisions and drive the organisation into the future. By understanding how the business operates, the key risks and having the interpersonal skills to communicate with the wider business, it will allow you to be more influential in your role. This session will address how you can balance your role as influencer while still partnering with your organisation to guide strategy and contribute to business performance.

The Future of Recruitment Advertising: The Science of Attracting Talent

Talent

With attracting talent being high on many organisations agenda – recruitment has evolved dramatically over the past decade. Technology has of course played an important role in the way companies approach the talent search and hiring process. This session will explore the future of recruitment and how artificial intelligent recruitment marketing platforms such as Google for Jobs and Facebook Jobs are revolutionising the way we source, market, and attract new talent. Richard Collins, Chief Executive, Click IQ will discuss how to overcome the challenges and navigate the rapidly changing landscape of recruitment media – identifying the new recruiter tool kit: analytics, programmatic and AI.

Richard Collins, Chief Executive- Click IQ

Employee Engagement 365 days of the year

Engagement

The laborious annual engagement survey has been replaced with an intelligent, accessible, and integrated approach to measuring and driving engagement. As a HR Leader, how should you re-think engagement in the new business world? This session will outline what significant opportunities real-time initiatives have in measuring employee engagement and how to use this intelligence to continuously drive business growth and performance.

Talent Intelligence: How to Advance your Workforce Planning Strategy

HR Technology and People Analytics

What if you had the ability to look beyond three, five or ten years to understand what new capabilities you will need to compete in the future. What if you could inspire organisational behaviours and create systems and processes that facilitated organisational excellence. Workforce planning has evolved – bringing talent intelligence to next level. Hear how to apply predictive analytics to anticipate and plan for the future and ultimately improve your ROI in human capital.

1:50 pm

Re-imaging HR by applying ‘Human-Centred’ Design Thinking

Business Transformation and Change Management

Transformation equates to any change of significant impact and is commonly used in conjunction with the term innovation. But how can HR influence creative thinking and promote fearless curiosity to drive engagement, create new experiences and boost performance and growth? This session will discuss how design thinking can be an effective tool for HR and will explore how to embed a design thinking mentality into your organisation.

Redefining the Future of Learning and Development

Organisational Development and Learning

With the rise in smart machines, new media ecology and superstructure organisations, companies have never been more reliant on continuous learning – L&D is a rapidly changing field, if HR professionals aren’t keeping up they run a risk of being left behind. To remain relevant HR needs to adopt new approaches to work and learning with their stakeholders. To do this they need to understand the organisational objectives, performance expectations and the root cause to any skills and capability gaps.

When Intelligence Doesn’t Translate

Culture and Inclusion

Practical, emotional, and social intelligence are culture-bound. Your background, societal challenges, and physical environment all shape how you define intelligence. This session will explore how intelligence differs across different cultures, how you can measure non-academic intelligence when it comes to performance and how developing a cultural intelligent workforce can assist employees with managing complexity and leverage the value in diversity.

Helping your Employees Becoming Financially Fit

Benefits & Wellbeing

Money worries is the number one cause of stress in the UK and as such employers are increasingly focused on the financial wellbeing of their workers. This session will uncover what exactly is ‘financial wellness’ and how to develop a sustainable approach to financial wellness programmes in your organisation. Learn how to evaluate your financial wellness programme to ensure employees are more financially conscious, engaged and productive.

2:25 pm

Talent Transformation

Keynote

What is the future talent proposition and how does HR transform to make the most of it…

Talent can be an overused word in the modern labour market. The way we define, attract, develop and retain the people that businesses will increasingly need in the future is changing. Skills are evolving, and as we build teams that can face future challenges we need to find individuals with curious and agile minds. The employee experience we create to help individuals grow and achieve their full potential is now our differentiator.

To meet these challenges the HR function needs to transform itself. New business models, and evolving ways of working, impact organisational design and point to a new HR model that is flexible, networked, future-facing and transformational.

In this session, authors Mervyn Dinnen (Exceptional Talent) and Perry Timms (Transformational HR), will share their research and insights on how HR teams are transforming themselves to attract, hire, retain and develop the people they need to succeed in the future world of work, whilst offering practical advice and strategies for those yet to start on this new talent journey.

Mervyn Dinnen, HR & Talent Analyst, Author Perry Timms, Social Learning Strategist and leading HR Blogger

Mystery Keynote: Collaborative Learning

Keynote

Our mystery keynote is designed to delight. We have built a new exciting, interactive, and collaborative forum. It will inspire new ways of thinking – curating a path for the future.  Watch out for more information to follow over the summer

2:25 pm

Thought Exchange Discussion: Curators of the New Business Landscape – HRs Role in Preparing Leaders

Kimberly Bradshaw, Managing Director, HR Consultancy- Buzzacott

Thought Exchange Discussion

Thought Exchange Discussion: Technology’s Impact on Global Mobility

Thought Exchange Discussion

2:25 pm

Thought Exchange Discussion

Thought Exchange Discussion: Hidden Tax Risks for HR – Are You Ready for the Changes?

Mark Abbs, Partner and Head of Global Mobility- Blick Rothenberg

Thought Exchange Discussion

Thought Exchange Discussion

3:30 pm

Mastering Engagement and Entrepreneurial Spirit

Keynote

Employee Engagement has been and continues to be critical to sustainable success – however it remains a challenge for many organisations. This session explores how to create meaningful connections to drive a ‘high performing, highly engaged’ People Vision that encourages people to work together to deliver a great customer experience and build a better society. How do organisations build social capital to deal with complexity and deepen relationships for more engagement? This case study demonstrates proven correlation between increased engagement levels and organisational and financial performance.

4:00 pm

HRD Deconstructed Keynote: Curating a Culture of Innovation

Keynote

Transformation is happening. Not only in your organisations, but right here at HRD Summit – starting with our first ‘Deconstructed Keynote’! Attendees will join SongDivision’s Sam McNeill for an engaging and fully interactive experience that will be woven throughout the plenary sessions over both days of the conference. Through musical storytelling, Sam shares how HR professionals can use music to boost communication, creativity and collaboration and help you create and nurture a culture of innovation within your organisation. This unique format delivers a message that will get you thinking about how you can leverage the power of music to transform your workforce​.

Sam McNeill, Chief Story Teller & UK & Europe General Manager- Song Division UK
4:10 pm
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