Cheryl Allen works for Atos IT Services & Solutions Ltd, a leading global technology organisation, where she is employed as HR Director for Transformation UK&I. Cheryl has spent most of her working life in HR, spanning most of the function from generalist through to subject matter expert roles. Over the past 2 years, she has taken on more future focused roles including establishing a HR analytics function, driving automation into HR and leading a skills and transformation programme called ‘Future Fit’. She will be joining us to share her experiences of ‘Future Fit’ & how she has built a workforce for the future!
Dawn joined J Murphy and Sons Ltd (Murphy) in January 2020 as Group Director of People, overseeing the People strategy and activities for all of Murphy operations across the UK, Ireland and Canada. Prior to Murphy, she was HR Director at Morgan Sindall and received numerous awards for her work on culture change, people strategy, learning and development and diversity and inclusion. In 2019, Dawn was voted HR Director of the Year (EMEA) by HRO Today. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), Dawn holds a Master’s Degree in HR Management and a postgraduate qualification in employment law.
Dawn is committed to transforming the culture and ways of working within the construction sector for the better, helping it to become more inclusive and attractive to all regardless of background. Her strategy recognises the wider need to address national skills gaps in the sector by tapping into pools of talent who have not previously considered a career in the sector. Dawn recognises that change and inclusivity cannot be achieved by just developing a raft of policies, but also requires a cultural shift in thinking and behaviour. This thinking and the innovative ideas behind it has led her to be recognised with a raft of external awards in the last two years and be asked to speak at 30 national events about her work as well as be interviewed for over 40 articles and publications.
Dawn is also an experienced non-executive director with experience of the public and third sectors. Outside of work she enjoys family time and in particular being a mum to her two daughters aged 6 and 4.
In the 2017 Thinkers50 Radar Deborah Rowland was named as one of the new generation of management thinkers changing the world of business.
She is the co-author of Sustaining Change: Leadership That Works (Wiley, 2008), and now author of Still Moving: How to Lead Mindful Change (Wiley, 2017), Deborah is a leading thinker, speaker, writer, coach and practitioner in the field of leading large complex change.
She has personally led change in major global organizations including Shell, Gucci Group, BBC Worldwide and PepsiCo. She also founded and grew a consulting firm that pioneered original research in the field, the latest efforts of which were accepted as a paper at the 2016 Academy of Management and the 2019 European Academy of Management.
Deborah has a double first in archaeology and anthropology from Cambridge University, and, alongside her Still Moving change consulting work around the world to CEO’s and their teams from across all industries, she is now passionately developing the skills of other change practitioners in the field, and committed through her faith to supporting the Church of England, where she sits on their Strategic Investment Board.
Debra Corey is a highly experienced and award-winning HR professional, two-time author and world-class speaker. She’s had a varied and exciting career over the last 20+ years, working for global companies such as Gap Inc., Honeywell, Merlin Entertainments and Reward Gateway to name a few, where she’s developed an delivered HR strategies in a rebellious way, pushing the boundaries and challenging the status quo to truly drive employee engagement.
Debra’s just moved into what she calls the ‘pay it forward’ part of her career, where she’s using her experience to assist and influence others through her speaking, consulting and writing.
As EMEA HRBP Director for LinkedIn’s Talent Solutions business, Derval partners with LinkedIn’s business leaders across Europe ensuring talent consistently remains LinkedIn’s number one operating priority.
Derval is a results-orientated HR leader with a career that spans over twenty years, a variety of HR disciplines and numerous industries and environments. The ability to provide both strategic and pragmatic HR solutions to clients and stakeholders, along with her strong commercial acumen, ensures that Derval plays a key leadership role on the Global Talent Solutions HR team.
Derval is professionally passionate about building diverse and winning teams, where everyone can bring the best version of themselves to work. With an educational background including a BSc in Food Science & Technology and a H.Dip in Strategic HRM, Derval always brings a different perspective to the conversation.
Dhiren Master has held a number of CEO and Marketing Director positions in different industries globally: telecommunications, sporting goods, oil and gas, food retail, automotive services and worked in Brazil, Canada, USA, India, Sri Lanka and the UK. Prior to this he was Head of Global Strategy for BG Group which he joined after 8 years as a strategy consultant. He has also been the Chairman of a number of not for profit charities. He is an award winning Marketing Director, has a patent pending on a new type of charcoal oven, and has written a book to help people ‘to think about what they think’. He started life as Telecoms research engineer and has an Engineering degree from Cambridge and an MBA from INSEAD.
Dina Alvarez is Head of Culture and Talent in everis UK. She has an extensive international experience that includes countries like Brazil, Australia, Spain and UK. Dina has built her career over one principle: How to make people happier at work. To do that she has develop her expertise through the whole talent management areas such as Employer Branding, Culture, Internal Communications, Rewards, Recruitment, Learning and Talent development.
She has been working on local, regional and corporate roles combining strategic, tactical and operational expertise and a deep knowledge of HR with an innovative point of view. She is skilled in the design, development and delivery of award finalist HR strategies to support organisational growth and transformation.
Dom loves working with people, teams and organisations. He is passionate about experiential learning and learning through play.
Dom most enjoys inspiring groups to better themselves, to collaborate and share skills, to be ambitious for each other and those around them.
Dom has extensive experience working in the cultural, charity, education and corporate sectors and believes transfer of experience and skills between sectors is essential. Dom is an award winning theatre maker who has directed shows for the Queen, the Prime Minister and audiences in the West End. He has also worked as an actor throughout the world and is currently the Head of Creative Change for Impact. His areas of expertise are:
Laura leads the People Team, nurturing the company’s award-winning culture of improvement while developing groundbreaking people practices and architecting employee engagement strategies for Limeade and its 100+ enterprise customers. Laura is also the founder and Chief Science Officer of the Limeade Institute, which conducts proprietary research, establishes market points of view and keeps a pulse on the latest employee well-being and engagement trends. Along with her team of Ph.D. organizational psychologists, business insights experts and data scientists, Laura works with Limeade customers to translate the Institute’s research into actionable strategies and hands-on workshops to strengthen and evolve their employee engagement strategies. A sought-after speaker and thought leader in the employee engagement field, Laura has spoken at major conferences, including the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions (NAHPC) Annual Forum, the HERO Annual Forum, Seattle Start-Up Week and many more. She has also been featured in Fast Company, SELF, Seattle Magazine and a handful of top HR publications. Laura earned her Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology from Old Dominion University and a B.S. in psychology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Dr David Batman has been a Consultant Occupational Health Physician for over 30 years. Previously Head of OH&S for Nestle UK and Ireland for 20 years and now advises a range of businesses on assisting employees with health problems affecting performance. Running 2 weekly clinics for SME’s he has wide experience with mental health problems at work. He is also part of Virgin Pulse Science Advisory Board helping the development and promoting of preventative lifestyle programs to proactively address the increasing impact of health ( physical and mental) on employee and business performance.
Dr Shaun Davis MA, MBA, MA, MSc, MA, LLM
CDir, FIoD, CFIOSH, FCIPD, FIIRSM
One of a relatively small number of Chartered Directors and a Fellow of The Institute of Directors Shaun has a wide portfolio of responsibilities across the Royal Mail Group; his responsibilities include safety, health, wellbeing and sustainability. He is also a Chartered Fellow of The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, a Chartered Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a Fellow of The International Institute of Risk and Safety Management.
Joining Royal Mail Group in September 2012 Shaun has led many improvement programmes across a range of areas – contributing to improvements in accident prevention and a reduction in road traffic collisions. Shaun has led an organisation wide attendance improvement programme as part of a broader wellbeing and health promotion agenda, with particular attention being paid to mental health, musculoskeletal issues and issues affecting an ageing workforce.
Swatee is responsible for driving the organization’s change mandate with focus on skill building, leadership development, creating a learning culture and enabling the digital transformation agenda. She has over two decades of rich experience encompassing teaching, research, training, consulting and leading people development practices. She has driven several strategic interventions for business advantage and has extensively worked in areas of talent modelling, learning, leadership, change and work practice innovations. Swatee is an accomplished HR thought leader with a Ph.D. in the area of Talent Management and Organizational Development.
Emma Codd is a Partner of the UK professional services firm, Deloitte LLP. Emma is also Special Advisor on Inclusion for Deloitte Global.
From 2013 – 2019 Emma was Managing Partner for Talent for Deloitte LLP in the UK and sat on the firm’s Executive Committee. During this period Emma led a period of significant change for the firm from a diversity perspective; as part of this she devised and led the firm’s approach to Respect & Inclusion, a culture change programme that has under-pinned all of the firm’s actions on diversity and received the BiTC Gender Equality Award 2019.
Emma is a member of the BiTC Gender leadership team and in September 2019 became a member of the MACA Lead the Change board, a board established by the UK Government to take forward work to increase the diversity and inclusion at the top of the UK’s leading organisations.
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.
Dr. George Vergolias is a trained Forensic Psychologist, currently serving as VP, Medical Director for R3 Continuum, overseeing all clinical services and leading their Clinical Risk, Threat of Violence and Workplace Violence programs. His work, teaching, and research over the past 20 years includes threat assessment for known and unknown suspects, behavioral assessment of workplace violence risk, stalking/domestic violence, suicidal risk, sexual harassment/crimes, lone-actor terrorist radicalization, civil commitment, law enforcement consultation, and fitness for duty and pre-employment evaluations.
He holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School, with internship training at Duke University Medical Center, and post-doctoral training in forensic psychology affiliated with the University of Notre Dame.
Dr. Vergolias has directly assessed or managed over 1,000 cases related to elevated risk for violence or self-harm, sexual assault, stalking, and communicated threats. Dr. Vergolias has consulted for the FBI, Secret Service, and BOP.
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