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.
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.
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.
Josh Bersin founded Bersin in 2001 to provide research and advisory services focused on corporate learning. He is responsible for Bersin by Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP’s long term strategy and market eminence.
Josh is a frequent speaker at industry events and has been quoted on talent management topics in key media, including Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, on BBC Radio, CBS Radio and National Public Radio. He is a popular blogger for Forbes.com and has been a columnist since 2007 for Chief Learning Officer magazine.
Josh spent 25 years in product development, product management, marketing and sales of e-learning and other enterprise technologies at companies including DigitalThink (now Convergys), Arista Knowledge Systems, Sybase, and IBM.
Josh’s education includes a B.S. in Engineering from Cornell University, an M.S. in Engineering from Stanford University, and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.
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 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!)
Nilofer Merchant is a master at turning seemingly “wild” ideas into new realities and showing the rest of us how we can too. She has done so through her books, her top-ranked TED talk, and her accomplishments at Fortune 500 companies and startups. So much so that she was awarded the Future Thinker Award from Thinkers50, which ranks the world’s leading business thinkers and named her the #1 person most likely to influence the future of management in both theory and practice.
She began her career in business 25 years ago as an administrative assistant, and quickly rose to division leader, to CEO, to board member of a NASDAQ-traded company—gathering monikers such as the “Jane Bond of Innovation” along the way for her ability to guide organizations through impossible odds.
She has personally launched more than 100 products, netting $18B in sales and has held executive positions at everywhere from Fortune 500 companies like Apple and Autodesk to startups in the early days of the Web (Golive, later bought by Adobe). Logitech, Symantec, HP, Yahoo, VMWare, and many others have turned to her guidance on new product strategies, entering new markets, defending against competitors, and optimizing revenues. Merchant is one of the few people who can say they have fought a competitive battle against Microsoft and won, for Symantec’s Anti-Virus $2.1B annual business. She has served on boards for both public and private companies, as well as on governance boards on public policies.
The author of two previous books on how organizations can better employ new ideas, Merchant’s latest, THE POWER OF ONLYNESS: Make Your Wild Ideas Mighty Enough to Dent the World, shares her insider expertise to reveal new ways of connecting our ideas to the world around us. CNBC has called Nilofer a visionary. Her second book, 11 Rules for Creating Value in the #SocialEra, was chosen by Fast Company as one of the Best Business Books of 2012.
Nilofer has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and written innovation columns for BusinessWeek and Forbes; her byline and ideas have also appeared in publications like the Harvard Business Review, Wired, and O: The Oprah Magazine. A TED speaker, she shares the stage with luminaries regularly, including Margaret Atwood, Malcolm Gladwell and Bono.
Perry Timms has a mission: To design a better future of work for us all to lead more fulfilling lives.
He is Founder and Chief Energy Officer of PTHR, with over 25 years experience in people, technology and organisational change and transformation and in October 2017, Perry’s first book project – Transformational HR – is published by Kogan Page.
Perry is an international and TEDx Speaker and Adviser on the Future of Work and HR, and is a WorldBlu® Certified Freedom at Work Consultant + Coach – helping people and their companies become part of the next stage in human and organisational evolution. Perry has partners across the UK, and in the USA, New Zealand, South Africa, Kuwait, Ireland, Poland, Romania, Sweden, and Denmark to help achieve this.
A Chartered Member of the CIPD, Perry advises the CIPD on HR’s use of Digital and Social Media, and was a Guide for the 2013 CIPD HR Hackathon (with Professor Gary Hamel’s Management Innovation Exchange).
Perry is a Visiting Fellow at Sheffield Hallam University, a Fellow of the RSA, is an associate consultant at the Work Foundation, and is part of the adjunct faculty at Ashridge Executive Education (Hult International Business School).
You will find Perry on Twitter @PerryTimms, on YouTube, LinkedIn and you can read his Medium blog at medium.com/@PerryTimms