Andy Dodman leads the University’s Corporate Services, which includes Human Resources, Marketing, Communications, Development, Alumni Relations & Events, Global Engagement and the City/Region public responsibility activities.
Prior to this role, Andy was the Director of Human Resources at the University, leading the HR strategy and service delivery for its 7,800 staff, focusing on the attraction, growth and engagement of world class talent. Andy particularly emphasises the importance of personal health, happiness and wellbeing in the workplace.
Andy frequently provides advice to a number of other UK and international universities on leadership development, change management, wellbeing and executive pay. He also mentors a number of other HR Directors.
Andy is the Chair of the Russell Group HR Directors Forum, a member of The Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (LFHE) Advisory Group and member of the UHR Executive Committee. He is a Trustee Director of the University of Sheffield Pension Scheme and the co-founder and Non-Executive Director of the University subsidiary company ‘Everyday Juice Limited’.
His team has received external recognition for the breadth and creativity of their contribution, including from the CIPD, Universities HR (UHR), The Times Higher Education (THE), Employee Engagement Awards, Stonewall, Personnel Today and the HR Excellence Awards. During 2015, Andy was nominated as national HR Director of the Year. He is listed in the UK Top 10 of HR Magazine’s ‘Most Influential HR Practitioners’ for both 2015 and 2016.
Prior to joining the University, Andy held several HR positions within the voluntary sector, housing associations and the NHS. Andy was educated at the University of Bath (BSc) and the University of Leeds (MBA) and is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD).
Andrew is married with two children. When not working or at home he will almost certainly be out running, swimming or cycling.
Ann Pickering joined 02 in 2004 and was appointed to the UK Board in 2008. Prior to joining o2 Ann worked for Marks and Spencer, Fidelity and Xansa (now Steria). She is a CIPD Chartered Fellow.
Since joining O2, she has seen the company achieve a Top 20 place three times in the Sunday Times Top 100 Employers in the UK and 8th in the UK Best Places to Work. She was also recently named as one of the top 10 HR Directors in the UK.
Under Ann’s leadership, 02 was one of only 11 companies to have their champion membership of the Social Mobility Compact renewed. Outside 02, Ann is a Board member of the ‘UnIock the Cure’ Appeal, a Breast Cancer Charity formed specifically to focus on accelerating finding the cure for breast cancer. She is also a Trustee of the charity ‘Step Up to Serve’ aimed at encouraging more young people to get involved with helping others.
Ann is the Chair of the Sheffield University Management Business School Advisory Board, is married with two sons, aged 26 and 24 years respectively.
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.
Guy’s background is in education and management development both in the corporate and consultancy environments. He began his management development career in a corporate role before moving into consultancy where he built up experience of developing managers (both local and ex-patriate) in UK-based Japanese companies.
Before joining Imperial College Business School, Guy was a Senior Client Director in the Executive Education teams of Henley and Cass Business Schools, working on leadership, change and coaching projects. He specialises in leadership development and the implementation of learning through individual coaching and action learning.
At Cass, Guy led the international team (across four business schools) which delivered masterclasses for the Barclays Leadership Academy and has worked with organisations from most sectors, including Aon, Bank of Scotland, PwC, Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK, Nokia, Financial Services Authority, Hay Group, Olympus Europe, Transport for London and KPMG.
Guy’s particular areas of interest include – the practicalities of being an authentic leader, organisational cultures that support learning and growth (and those that don’t), and individual and organisational change.
Guy has a Masters in EU Law from the University of Leicester, the Henley Certificate in Coaching and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Jill Larsen is Senior Vice President, HR & Talent at Cisco. She globally leads both Cisco’s Talent Acquisition function and HR for Cisco’s Services organization. Her team creates next-gen talent insights for Cisco and is spearheading the roll-out of Cisco’s Talent Cloud ecosystem.
Jill is a visionary and change agent with extensive experience establishing and transforming HR functions. As a collaborative leader, Jill believes that disruptive, technology-driven programs are the foundation of HR strategy and overall business growth. She is passionate about building amazing teams and fostering strong relationships among key stakeholders.
Jill holds a double bachelor’s degree in communications and English from Boston College and a master’s degree in HR management from Emmanuel College. In addition to her role at Cisco, Jill also sits on the board of Montage, a purpose-built video and voice interview technology provider serving Global 5000 clients. Jill lives in Massachusetts with her husband, twin sons, and three dogs.
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.
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.
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 a talent and HR analyst, advising recruitment and HR technology businesses on the emerging trends impacting hiring, retention and engagement. He is author of the book Exceptional Talent and a writer and international speaker on recruitment and HR trends. He previously spent 20 years working with UK companies on Recruitment and HR 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!)
Perry Timms is a self-confessed obsessive about a better future for people at work. He is Chief Energy Officer of his own enterprise – PTHR – and a range of networked partnerships. A global & TEDx speaker on the Future of Work, Perry is also a WorldBlu® certified Freedom at Work Consultant + Coach helping organisations work in more liberated, democratic ways.
With over 20 years’ experience in technology driven change, organisation development & learning, Perry is a Chartered Member of CIPD, advises them on Social Media and is a fellow at Sheffield Hallam University and the RSA. In October 2017, Kogan Page will publish Perry via the book “Transformational HR”.
You can find Perry at www.pthr.co.uk or on Twitter @PerryTimms
Ruth has worked in the recruitment sector for around 16 years, and has spent the past three years leading hiring for Shazam globally. She believes that brilliant people are the lifeblood of any successful business and is excited to share her experiences in continuously evaluating and evolving recruitment practices at Shazam with you all.
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