Eric Hutcherson leads the NBA’s Human Resources department, managing a team that drives the NBA’s global workforce strategy built on a commitment to attracting, retaining, developing and engaging top talent for the NBA, WNBA, NBA G League and NBA 2K League. With a focus on people, culture and innovation, Hutcherson is responsible for leading global projects, processes and analytics that address business needs. He partners with the leagues’ senior leadership to enable, empower and develop employees in 13 U.S. and international offices guided by the league’s strategic direction.
Outside of the NBA, Hutcherson is a motivational speaker and created a career development training program, “Say Yes to Success.” He serves on the Board of Trustees for The Hun School of Princeton, the Board of Directors for Covenant House and the Senior Advisory Council for the National Association of African Americans in HR.
Gary Beckstrand is the Vice President of the O.C. Tanner Institute. Through the Institute, Gary conducts research and publishes insights that help organisations attract, engage and retain top talent by becoming great places to work.
With nearly 30 years of research, marketing and business development experience, Gary has seen what works (and what doesn’t) in thousands of top companies all around the world. His expertise in developing and measuring successful culture solutions has been sought by numerous Fortune 100 companies and has been featured frequently on inc.com, entrepreneur.com and Forbes.
Gary is also a co-author of the newly released book Appreciate: Celebrating People, Inspiring Greatness. With insights from many of the largest workplace studies on appreciation and recognition, Gary shares why appreciation and recognition are so powerful at inspiring great effort and results, but also how, when and where leaders can impact people the most.
Hilary became Director-General of the National Trust in 2018. Hilary has worked for the Trust since 2006 when she joined as Regional Director for Northern Ireland. She later became Regional Director for Wales and the London & South East region and in 2014 was appointed Chief Operating Officer, leading the Operations & Consultancy teams. Originally trained in graphic design, Hilary’s career path started in the drinks industry in brand and marketing. In 1998 she moved to become Director of a national arts charity and was seconded in 2002 to become CEO of Belfast’s bid to become European Capital of Culture.
Howard Sloane began his HR career in the 90’s, operating in challenging, low margin logistics businesses that quickly sharpened his skills and developed his resolve to finding people solutions to complex business challenges. After spending a decade in multi-site operations he moved to increasingly responsible roles in civil defence contracting, renewable energy, ports and finally in oil & gas where he is now Chief People Officer at £4.2bn energy business Essar Oil UK.
Often working internationally and within a variety of industry sectors, Howard is a keen advocate of putting HR at the center of commercial thinking through engaging the best talent to deliver the best results.
James is a serial innovator and entrepreneur with a mission to help businesses find better ways to create truly engaging and business-aligned workplaces, he specialises in Infoviz (Information Visualisation), Product design, UI & UX design & Analytics. James has founded 4 technology businesses since 1995, including VeriSIM, a VC backed simulation software company which built a strong international blue chip client base, won several innovation awards, and was a regional finalist for E&Y Entrepreneur Of The Year 2004. This was followed by Visual Insight, a sales analytics and forecasting product with Salesforce.com accreditation, which he sold prior to founding Peachy Mondays.
His early career was as a professional musician and in his spare time he can still be found recording and gigging at events around Scotland and beyond.
Jason Fowler is a Vice President at Fujitsu and combines the role of HR Director for the UK & Ireland with that of Head of HR for Fujitsu’s Northern and Western European organisation.
With twenty years’ experience in the technology sector Jason has seen first-hand the impact that digitalisation has had, and continues to have, in disrupting organisations and their employees. He believes that in the era of total tech, the people capability of an organisation becomes the principal point of commercial differentiation – and it is the role of HR to create this.
Prior to his roles at Fujitsu Jason has held senior positions at EDS and Adecco.
Forward-looking visionary with proven track record of translating vision into reality. Passion for people experience, data & digital accompanied him on the way to building a greenfield mBank, and within multi-national corporations like GE, Vodafone & Citi, where he held various CEO/COO/CCO roles.
Mitie is the UK’s leading facilities management business, employing 52,500 people in the UK and Ireland. They work in partnership with organisations to provide a wide range of services – from real estate and energy consultancy, compliance, risk assessment and security systems to cleaning, catering and environmental services. Mitie manages and maintains some of the nation’s most recognised landmarks, and high street buildings.
Jo Davis joined Mitie 18 months ago as Group HR Director and is a key member of their new Executive Leadership team. They had the single aim of turning the business around. 18 months later, a solid set of financial results behind them, a 12% increase in employee engagement and recognised as a Top Employer, they’re transforming the troubled sector. She describes herself as a ‘Retailer at heart, working out of sector’ but loving it.
Prior to joining Mitie, Jo Davis was Group HR Director of itsu, where she led her team to win the ‘HR and L&D team of the year’ award and was also the overall winner of the CIPD People Management Awards 2017.
She has also held a number of senior HR positions with Sainsbury’s, both in the UK and in China, Santander, Accenture and Arcadia. Her passions are ‘turnarounds’ and ‘start-ups’. She chairs the Social Value Committee, is a Director of the Mitie Foundation and is a regular blogger, presenter and thought leader in both HR and FM.
Jo Davis is a psychology graduate from University College London (UCL).
Jon is a people and organisation strategy consultant and helps companies innovate their management approaches responding to changes in the world of work and also to tie more closely to their own strategic needs. Much of his work is informed by a strong belief in the potential offered from a smarter investment in people and the consequent opportunity to create new value for a business. He also writes about the future of work, including in his new book, ‘The Social Organization’ which suggests we need to focus on the relationships between people as well as the individuals themselves. Jon has previously worked as a chemical engineer, an IT consultant, and an international HR director. He has BA in Psychology, a Masters in Engineering and an MBA. He has frequently been recognised a leading influencer in HR.
Serial entrepreneur, Josh Hart, has set up numerous businesses across EdTech, Mobile and now the InsureTech world. Having created digital experiences used by millions, Josh’s mission is to make all digital interaction fun. As co-founder & CTO of yulife, Josh has been re-imagining the world of insurance, building a company which focuses on helping people to be their best selves; mentally, physically and financially. yulife is currently in early access for companies and will be formally launching in October 2018. Prior to yulife, Josh was a co-founder of Chelsea Apps Factory and key in the development of the organisation, which eventually became a FTSE 250 company with a consultancy of well over 100 people, servicing customers such as Google, Standard Life and Waitrose.
Julia has held senior/leadership posts in the public and private sector where she has supported the development and delivery of a diverse range of change management and improvement programmes. Julia has experience of coaching senior leadership teams to drive high performance, and has supported the development of a number of leadership and development programmes, including the Masters in Diversity programme for NCfD and the REACH programme for female leaders in KPMG (which was shortlisted for a CIPD award). Julia is currently Director of UK Operations at Cognition Education where she oversees the delivery of a number of programmes focused on the attraction, retention and development of individuals in education settings.
Julia is a qualified Hogan Assessor, Qualified Executive Coach and Leadership Mentor (Postgraduate Certificate ILM), a CIPD member (Postgraduate Diploma in Personnel and Development). Julia is also a qualified accountant and is a Patron of the National Centre for Diversity.
Founder and CEO Julian Cook is ex-Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan while COO Kim Monney is ex-Just Eat, Gett and Tesco.com. Along with their team of “Howmies” they’re determined to prevent 1 million people from having painful performance management processes.
Katrina Collier shows companies how to solve the problem of candidate engagement. HR, talent acquisition and hiring leaders don’t have an issue finding people, they have an issue evoking a response, engaging people and stopping candidates from ghosting. She is the author of The Robot-Proof Recruiter and uses her extensive industry experience to deliver keynotes and facilitate offsites globally, which inspire all those involved in the recruitment lifecycle to improve candidate engagement with a human-first mindset.
She is also the founder of 5 DisruptHR UK events inspiring people to express their ideas and be heard in a new community, an Ambassador for Hope for Justice aiming to end modern day slavery, and co-host of The #SocialRecruiting Show podcast. You’ll find her championing the #BeHuman cause on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @KatrinaMCollier.
Kerry joined the British Heart Foundation in October 2013 as their new Director of People and Organisational Development from the Royal Horticultural Society where she had been Head of Human Resources for 8 years. She has just over three decades’ worth of experience working in the not for profit sector for multiple recognised organisations including The National Trust and United Response as well as NHS hospitals including University College London and the Royal Free.
In her current role, Kerry is responsible for all people-centred matters at the British Heart and leads a directorate supporting 4,500 employees and 20,000 volunteers. She manages multiple areas including Human Resources, Learning & Organisational Development, Health, Safety & Wellbeing, Internal Communications and Facilities. She has also sponsored multiple occupational programmes including Modern Workplace with Microsoft as well as leading the Live Well Work Well campaign along with her colleague Sarah Danes. This programme focuses on improving employees’ wellbeing both psychologically and physically through targeting four pillars: healthy eating, mental health, physical activity and kicking habits
Kerry and her department have also received multiple awards including several HR Excellence 2018 and 2019 Awards: best talent management agency, people-focused workplace design award and most effective use of internal communications. She was also added to HR’s Most Influential in 2018 and 2019. Furthermore, she is a Trustee of the Charity HR Network and is a regular speaker on subjects such as the people experience, employee wellbeing, transformational and digital change.
Linda is a highly experienced European HR Director with 20 years’ HR experience in the Food Industry. Linda started her career with Muller Dairy, the UK’s leading yogurt manufacturer.
Her next move was to Cargill, leading the European and Russian HR team for Cargill Meats Europe and spent time in Russia developing relationships and resource plans for the new build of a dedicated McDonald’s processing facility. Linda also worked closely with the McDonald’s Supply HR leadership team to develop joint people initiatives as part of the SAVES program.
In 2016 Linda moved to the HR Director role at John West Foods and became a member of the Executive Board. Here Linda delivered a number of talent and development programs including leadership development, Academy training and the integration of SWP into the business planning process at both a local and global level. Last year Linda took full Commercial HR responsibility for Thai Union Europe’s Northern European Operating Companies, expanding her remit to include branded seafood business in Norway, Germany and Russia.
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