Andy is the Chief Operating Officer at The University of Sheffield, a world-leading University that is committed to the goal of changing the world for the better through the power of knowledge and application.
Responsible for leading the organisation’s Corporate Services, which includes responsibility for the HR service for its 8,300 staff. The University’s people strategy focuses on attraction, growth, and engagement of world-class talent, and has particularly emphasised the importance of personal health, happiness, and wellbeing in the workplace. His team has received external recognition for its creativity, including being the only University to appear in the Sunday Times Best Companies To Work For List for the past two-years.
Andy is happily married with two teenage children. When not at home or work he will most certainly be out swimming, cycling, or running. Andy made his triathlon debut in Leeds earlier this year and inexplicably plans to do more.
Dr. Melissa K. Hungerford is VP, Global Talent Management and Inclusion for Avon Products, Inc. Melissa has over 18 years of experience and a proven track record in designing and leading end-to-end talent management strategies with a focus on strengthening the leadership pipeline, creating an engaged and high performance culture and offering learning and OD solutions to support the business strategy.
Melissa has worked across a wide range of industries including retail with The Home Depot, pharmaceuticals with Bristol-Myers Squibb, lighting with Philips and fast moving consumer goods with The Coca-Cola Company and most recently with Coca-Cola European Partners, the largest Coca-Cola bottler in the world. She is an American ex-pat with global work experience, having lived in Turkey, The Netherlands and the UK.
Early in her career, Melissa worked in management consulting with Personnel Decisions International (PDI) and across a diverse spectrum of counseling settings. She earned her Ph.D. in Psychology with a specialty in organization development from Georgia State University. Melissa resides in London with her husband and two children.
Gordon is an extremely talented OD & HR professional. He has a knack of understanding people & organisations, to drive business results. He builds lasting relationships and is skilful in developing teams to achieve high trust relationships and he passionate about helping people achieve their potential and maximise the return on investment for the people resource in any business.
Working across Europe, Asia, Australia and the USA, Gordon has spent the past 10 years driving HR excellence through Organisational Effectiveness and Talent and Development at Kellogg. From coaching and team effectiveness, to organisational culture and business strategy, Gordon is passionate about bringing out the best in people and enabling team performance through individuals in order to drive extraordinary results. He currently is the Global Process owner for Leadership Development, Team Effectiveness and Executive coaching for Kellogg worldwide and runs the Kellogg Executive Development Program in conjunction with Harvard.
Jason is one of the UK’s most experienced and well-qualified financial wellbeing experts. He is a Chartered Fellow of both the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment and the Personal Finance Society and was a regulated financial adviser for 25 years.
Jason is a personal finance columnist for the The Financial Times, where he writes mainly about the emotional and behavioural aspects of money. He has written several books including The Financial Times Guide to Wealth Management, Money Moments: Simple steps to financial wellbeing; and Essential Personal Finance: A practical guide for students. His next book (co-authored); Essential Personal Finance for Employees, is due out in autumn 2018.
Jean-Christophe Font is Chief Talent Officer for Nestlé, the largest food and beverage company which purpose is enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future. His area of responsibilities encompasses all people related activities, from Talent Acquisition to Learning and Development, including Leadership development, Coaching and Mentoring. As CTO, JC drives the transformation and the effectiveness of company Talent processes, ways of working and organization to drive speed, agility, innovation and create an inspiring working environment. Prior to this role, JC joined Nestlé in 2011 as Global HR Head to support the creation of a new business venture, Nestlé Health Science.
JC has built his career at driving change, inspiration and HR leadership in various industries: food and beverage, pharmaceuticals at Bayer Schering Pharma, consumer health at Roche and automotive at PSA Peugeot Citroen.
Joel is Global Head of Executive & Leadership Development for Nokia. His team oversee Corporate Leadership Programs, Assessments and 360 Assessments, Executive Assessments, internal and external coaching.
Over the last 9 years he has overseen the centralization and design of corporate leadership programs, introduced new tools and methodologies for talent identification, managed a management appraisal for the Top 100, designed and launched Nokia’s new leadership framework and facilitated numerous CEO-level talent summits. Prior to this he was Global Head of Leadership & Talent Management at Nokia Siemens Networks. Before entering the Telecom industry, he had a similar role in the Pharmaceutical Industry for Novartis in the Consumer Health Division for CIBA Vision.
Josh Bersin is an analyst, author, educator, and thought leader focusing on the global talent market and the challenges and trends impacting business workforces around the world. He studies the world of work, HR and leadership practices, and the broad talent technology market. He is often cited as one of the leading HR and workplace industry analysts in the world.
He founded Bersin & Associates in 2001 to provide research and advisory services focused on corporate learning. Over the next ten years, he expanded the company’s coverage to encompass HR, talent management, talent acquisition, and leadership and became a recognized expert in the talent market. He sold the company to Deloitte in 2012, when it became known as Bersin™ by Deloitte. He continues to serve as a senior advisor to Deloitte, advising large organizations and contributing to major research initiatives. He also sits on the board of UC Berkeley Executive Education.
Bersin is frequently featured in talent and business publications such as Forbes, Harvard Business Review, HR Executive, FastCompany, The Wall Street Journal, and CLO Magazine. He is a regular keynote speaker at industry events and a popular blogger with more than 700,000 followers on LinkedIn.
Prior to founding Bersin & Associates, Josh spent 25 years in product development, product management, marketing, and sales of e-learning and other enterprise technologies. His education includes a BS in engineering from Cornell University, an MS in engineering from Stanford University, and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of two books, The Blended Learning Handbook and The Training Measurement Book, along with dozens of studies on corporate HR, learning, and talent technologies. He currently has a third book under contract with Harvard Business Publishing.
Kathryn Austin, People & Marketing Director for Pizza Hut Restaurants, has been with the business since 2010. During that time Kath has played a core leadership role in the turnaround team responsible for putting the brand back on the map. The dual role has enabled Kath to really put people at the heart of Pizza Hut Restaurants brand transformation. Prior Restaurants, Kath worked with Barclays and Lloyds, starting her career on the British Airways graduate programme.
The red thread throughout Kath’s varied career is a passion for service and people holding leadership positions with a focus on changing culture and developing service based brands. Kath’s personal mission is to professionalise and change the perception of careers in hospitality and she is currently working in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University to launch the UK’s first degree apprenticeship in general management and service, recognised by the CMI.
Kath lives in West Wales and renovating an old house in her spare time.
Lynne holds an Msc in Career Counselling and Management from the University of London, Birkbeck as well as several Postgraduate degrees in Education from Stellenbosch University in South Africa. Her Undergraduate degree in Modern Languages and Psychology is from the University of Natal, Durban.
Lynne taught French, Afrikaans and English in South Africa before moving into HR. She has worked in senior HR roles in Banking, Insurance and Retail, and now in Supply Chain in South Africa, Belgium and the UK.
She believes that leadership development does not only take place in the classroom, but through a combination of developing self-knowledge, seeing the world differently and giving back, all of which are recurring themes in her leadership development practice, with “ a heavy dose of thought leadership from different disciplines” thrown in to challenge existing mental models.
She has a keen interest in the development of young people and adults throughout their life-career stages, and as a result serves as Group Scout Leader in the Sevenoaks District as she believes in the development of leadership skills from an early age.
Mark is a highly experienced organisational development consultant, specialising in cultural transformation, employee engagement and executive facilitation. He spent two decades in the IT industry and was responsible for building global operational, data and business intelligence structures and processes for some of the largest companies in the world – expertise he now uses helping others with their data challenges and measuring engagement, diversity, values perception and the effects of cultural change against business performance.
He is the author of “Digitox – How To Find A Healthy Balance For Your Family’s Digital Diet”, the story of how his family gave up the internet for one day a week, every week for the last three years – and how research shows that doing the same can make you and your family happier, healthier, safer and smarter.
Outside his professional life, he is a co-founder of Red Trouser Day (a charity supporting bowel cancer research), and a director and co-founder of FLTR Coffee – a not for profit community coffee shop in the heart of a housing estate in Bicester, Oxfordshire.
He is also an advisory board member and conference chair for the HR Directors Business Summit, a member of the judging panel for the UK HR Distinction Awards, an Associate Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University. You can find him online @cultureeffect.
Mervyn Dinnen is author of the book Exceptional Talent and an HR & talent analyst who advises recruitment and HR technology businesses on the emerging trends impacting hiring, retention and engagement. He is an International speaker and writer on HR and recruitment trends. He previously spent 20 years working with UK companies on recruitment and retention strategies.
Michael Spiers is the Chief People Officer for London City Airport which celebrates its 30th Anniversary in 2017 and is the only airport actually in London, serving 50 routes and close to 5 million passengers in 2016.
Previously Michael was the HR Director for the airport and prior to that he held several HR roles at Centrica including Head of HR for the corporate office as well as heading up HR for the Offshore Renewable and Nuclear parts of the business. He formatively spent many years at Sainsbury’s in a number of HR roles both in the retail and Trading functions. Michael has a Master’s degree in Chemistry from UKC as well as a Master degrees in HRM and Employment law. Michael has a passion for travel and will openly brag that in his current job he can make it from his desk to airplane door in 6 minutes (his current record!)