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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Liz has over 15 years experience in behavioural change, leadership development, learning, organisation development and HR. With a background in Organisational Psychology, Liz applies deep knowledge and experience to design and implement creative people solutions to successfully drive major change programmes. She has substantial experience in helping organisations to plan and deploy change by putting people at the heart of business strategy and thereby maximising delivery of business benefits.
Liz has worked extensively with a range of international public and private sector organisations in various aspects of the people value chain. Currently she is Global Director for Leadership Development & Learning at the LEGO Group where her focus is to build the right culture, leadership and learning environment so that LEGO can reach more children around the world and ‘inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow’.
Dr. Margaret Heffernan produced programmes for the BBC for 13 years. She then moved to the US where she spearheaded multimedia productions for Intuit, The Learning Company and Standard & Poor’s. She was Chief Executive of Information Corporation, ZineZone Corporation and then iCast Corporation and was named
The author of five books, Margaret’s third book, ‘Willful Blindness : Why We Ignore the Obvious at our Peril’ was named one of the most important business books of the decade by the Financial Times. In 2015, she was awarded the Transmission Prize for ‘A Bigger Prize: Why Competition isn’t Everything and How We Do Better’, described as “meticulously researched…engagingly written…universally relevant and hard to fault.”
Her TED talks have been seen by over seven million people and in 2015 TED published ‘Beyond Measure: The Big Impact of Small Changes’. She is Lead Faculty for the Forward Institute’s Responsible Leadership Programme and, through Merryck & Co., mentors CEOs and senior executives of major global organizations. She holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Bath and continues to write for the Financial Times, the New York Observer and the Huffington Post.
Mark’s consultancy practice Leading Change specialises in strategy execution, change leadership and leadership team development. He has 35 years of experience combining Army operational leadership and strategic planning roles with a second career in consulting. As a consultant, he has designed and delivered high impact programmes bridging the gap between strategy and results in leading companies such as Pfizer, Diageo, LVMH, AstraZeneca, Autotrader, Compass Group and a leading Formula 1 motor-racing team. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts and the Institute of Leadership and Management. In his spare time he is a keen skier, marathon canoeist and trustee of a local canoe club.
Meg spent 15 years with Accenture and PA Consulting, working in HR Transformation and Business Process Re-engineering, with global clients such as BP and UBS. She has also taught at the Accenture University in Chicago. She then joined The Gap Partnership as HR Director and spent 8 years building and growing a highly specialised work force on a global basis. Passionate about the ability of businesses to make profit and do good, Atticus was formed in 2018, to create strategic and practical consultancy, to create shared value between corporates and the charity world.
As Group HR Director Paul is a full member of the Executive Team. Paul has full responsibility for the people strategy and delivery across the OUTDOOR & CYCLE CONCEPTS Ltd Group where he has been in the role since May 2017.
Comprising of the well-known high street brands Snow+Rock, Cotswold Outdoor, Cycle Surgery, and Runners Need, Paul’s personal deep-rooted passion for the outdoors & his commitment to improving business performance through a values based-culture is a core principle that he drives through his organisation.
Prior to this Paul was HR Director at Greene King. He also spent six years at LV= General Insurance as HR Director – taking the business from a 650 employee company to 6,000. Before this, Paul spend 8 years as UK HR Director at Sanofi Pharmaceutical. Sanofi is the 2nd largest Pharma company in the world. Prior to this Paul was Group HR Manager at Laing-O’Rourke where he put in place a company-wide HR function for the UK’s largest privately owned construction company.
Pedro is Head of Leadership Development in AIB (Allied Irish Bank), Programme Director in the IMI (Irish Management Institute) Diploma in Strategic HRM and President of the Irish EMCC (European Mentoring and Coaching Council).
He has previously worked in senior management roles in Penna HR Consulting, Deloitte, IBM Business Consulting Services and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
He has led the design and implementation of large-scale change and human resources interventions with both national and international clients, in the public and private sectors.
Author of “Managing People” – A book used by the Institute of Bankers in Ireland in its Bachelor of Financial Services Degree. Other published work includes:
Motivational speaker and regular presenter at HR, change and business conferences / events
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