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.
Caoimhe is the Chief People Officer at Moneysupermarket Group (FTSE: MONY). Prior to joining the Group in January 2018, Caoimhe spent four years on a start-up/scale-up adventure at SoundCloud, the Berlin-based audio platform, where she was the SVP of People, Places & Community – a broad remit which included employee experience along with overseeing the global team responsible for user-support. She previously worked in senior European HR roles at Google and before that spent the early part of her career with KPMG and Deloitte in Organisation & People consulting.
Claire Camara is the People Director for Organisational Effectiveness at the Co-op. She has over 20 years’ experience working within HR and workforce planning and has delivered exceptional results by being curious, future-focused, and skilled at influencing horizontally and vertically across a number of complex organisations e.g London 2012 Paralympic Games.
She pride’s herself in being a courageous commercially focussed HR Leader with the tenacity and confidence to drive change and innovation in order to produce the excellent results. Her extensive experience and key achievements include her time at the first Baku 2014 Games, implementing the Workforce and HR strategy and operation from the standard ‘multi-sport’ workforce model with key considerations for a new approach to delivery; time, resource, budget, capability. This model has been shared with other games and events as a new approach to multi-sport events. She has worked alongside the key internal and external stakeholders to grow volunteering amongst young people within Azerbaijan 70% of the volunteer workforce of 6,100 volunteers were new to volunteering.
Claire is enjoying the opportunity to consolidate her experience in her role at the Co-op, and her most memorable moment in her career was the opening ceremony at London 2012 Paralympic Games.
A Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, Danny has worked in Retail Banking for over 25 years both in business leadership and HR roles and is currently Chief People Officer at Metro Bank which is renowned for its innovative and unique approach to people and culture under her leadership.
She joined the Halifax Building Society in 1992, which then merged with Bank of Scotland to become HBOS and latterly was acquired by Lloyds Banking Group. Her roles ranged from New Business Manager and Regional Director to HR Director for the Lloyds TSB, Halifax and Bank of Scotland branch networks. Before joining Metro Bank she was responsible for HR in the Corporate Functions in Barclays Retail and Business Banking. Danny has a degree in Economics and Business Economics from the University of Southampton.
Danny is a frequent contributor to HR publications and thought leadership and was named one of the Most Influential HR Practitioners in 2016, 2017 and 2018 as well as being recognised as an FT Outstanding Leading Ally Executive. Metro Bank is the only retail bank to be named as a Top Employer by Glassdoor.
As a founding Court member of the Guild of HR professionals. She mentors (formally and informally) a number of leaders in the HR community and is also the former Chair of the Charitable Trust for the Guild of HR Professionals.
When not at work, Danny enjoys family time with her husband and three children, which usually entails providing transport to the various sporting and social events in the children’s busy diaries.
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.
Ed O’Brien has been Head of Learning for Europe and Latin America in Ericsson since 2017. With over 14 years of learning experience, Ed has been involved in driving transformation programs, delivering key strategic competence solutions and ensuring that he and his team act as coaches and partners to the business.
Prior to moving into the learning field, Ed has held Consulting and Product Management positions in Ericsson and Eir. Outside of learning, Ed is a keen runner and even running, there are many ways to learn!
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.
Jean-Christophe Font is Chief Talent Officer for Nestlé, the largest food and beverages 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.
After fifteen years in front-line sales, I moved in to what was then called Capability Development since which time I’ve never looked back. I’ve worked in industries as varied as oil and gas and food manufacturing, I’ve worked for myself and now, I lead the Enablement function for Getty Images, an organisation that, relatively speaking, is still in its infancy. I’m lucky to work for a company whose goal is to move the world through the images we produce and I’m surrounded by people who are experts in their field.
My team are responsible for the end to end development of our sellers; from onboarding, through Sales skills and Sales leadership training to Product, Process and Systems. We’re less instructors than “suggesters” and facilitators. “Suggester” of different ways of doing the habitual that inspires these already skilled adult learners to tweak or change their behaviour and facilitator of simplification, removing barriers that get in the way people doing their best work
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!)
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