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.
James is a visionary leader, bringing extensive business experience and a strong understanding of both client and agency practises. He’s a natural connector, with an impressive C-suite network and skills in Retail, Communications and Marketing.
With a multi-channel proposition enabling clients to communicate their messages at scale, James, along with his 100+ team, have gained an impressive status as a trusted advisor and creative comms agency, capable of delivering complex, integrated retail campaigns to diverse audiences.
James began his career as part of the Marks and Spencer (M&S) Management Scheme, holding various high-profile roles within the Retail division. He was handpicked to join Ventures as a consultant, which looked at a new business formed between M&S and HSBC and identify new retail opportunities at the time of the dotcom boom. Here he worked directly for the Board on strategic alliances, managing the development of business opportunities and identifying and building relationships with entrepreneurs and business leaders in different sectors ahead of potential investment.
He went on to hold senior positions in Brand, Sales and Marketing at M&S, playing an integral role in improving brand perception, through the development of a new sub-brand strategy. This included Blue Harbour, which at the time was the most successful retail brand to launch in the UK, achieving £300 million sales in six months.
This led to the translation of the brand into a retail environment across hundreds of stores in the UK and the international franchise network, James then steered the design and execution of a new retail communications framework for over 60,000 colleagues. He also led the implementation of a range of new sub-brands that are still in M&S today, from new retail formats to in-store design.
Today James takes this retail expertise and deploys it across multiple sectors, working with the most influential brands in the world, from Walmart and Virgin Atlantic to the largest retail bank in the UK and one of the biggest automotive companies in the world.
As Director and member of the UK Talent Solutions leadership team, Janine is focused on providing companies the solutions to help them attract, find and develop the talent they need to succeed. With over 27+ million members in the UK and 660+ million members globally, LinkedIn’s vision is to create economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce.
Janine has well over ten years’ experience building and leading teams at LinkedIn, having joined the company in its infancy in 2008 when she helped to grow the Marketing Solutions business. Her role developed into Director, Client Solutions for EMEA, consulting with clients on the best way to achieve their marketing objectives, and educating them on the benefits that the platform and products can provide, before moving to Talent Solutions. Prior to LinkedIn, Janine held positions at a number of small organisations leading online advertising teams at Wanadoo and then Orange UK for two years.
Janine is passionate about technology, diversity, and talent – and has a flair for coming up with strategies to scale, grow and deliver value for businesses. In 2017, she completed a master’s degree in Consulting and Coaching for Change at INSEAD.
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.
Jill has had in-house roles in a number of large organisations – Ford, Diageo and Zurich. Working with these organisations has given her practical insight and understanding about the challenges faced by organisations and leaders. Combined with about fifteen years in leadership roles, her aim is to bring experience, inspiration but also pragmatism to the team and the work they do.
Areas of interest
Having worked in corporations and as a consultant, Jill is able to apply her business experience to develop practical, bespoke, and creative solutions to performance challenges at work. She works with organisations, leaders and teams who want to improve performance by changing behaviour and building skill.
Qualifications and Memberships
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).
Johannes Habel is an Associate Professor with Warwick Business School. He teaches courses on analytics, data science, and research methodologies. Johannes’ research has been published in some of the world’s most renowned academic journals, such as the Journal of Marketing, the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, and the International Journal of Research in Marketing. Before joining Warwick Business School, Johannes was an Associate Professor at ESMT Berlin, Germany. He also worked as a strategy consultant for Booz & Company (today Strategy&) and as a radio journalist for several years. Johannes studied business administration at Mannheim University and completed his doctorate at Bochum University.
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.
As a founding member of Hive Learning, Julia spent the last 6 years leading transformation efforts for the likes of Barclays, Jaguar Land Rover and PepsiCo.
Having masterminded the peer learning platform’s ‘14 Building Blocks for Turning Learning into Action’, Julia’s work is the reason 8 in 10 Hive Learning users put what they’ve learnt into action and are 10X more likely to form a learning habit.
Hive Learning has a client NPS of 74 and in 2019, won Learning Technologies Learning Organisation of the Year and Best Use of Learning for Business Culture at the Business Culture Awards.
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.
Justin partners with organisations throughout EMEA to design innovative and value-driven talent solutions.
Justin has more than 15 years of experience in recruitment. He started in agency recruitment before moving into corporate sales and the design of broader outsourced services.
Karina is a Senior Consultant and Actuary within Aon’s Retirement Practice, providing a range of advice across her clients in relation to both defined benefit and defined contribution schemes. She has a particular interest in bringing these together to ensure that members are well-equipped to manage their finances.
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