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 the Chair of the Sheffield University Management Business School Advisory Board, is married with two sons, aged 26 and 24 years respectively.
Catherine is an International Leadership and Organisational Consultant at Mannaz. She started out in life as a commercial lawyer, with a first degree in law before qualifying as a solicitor. It was her fascination with what distinguished her more successful clients that led to her later requalifying as an organisational psychologist and she has a MSc. (distinction) from the University of Hertfordshire. She is a Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society and certified to use many approved psychometric tests, including MBTI, 16PF, OPP, Belbin, Firo B and Hogan. Catherine has over 20 years’ experience facilitating the learning and development of organisations, individuals and groups across all business sectors as well as internationally. During this time, she has developed collaborative relationships with many other providers such as Tomorrow’s Company, CEDR and Cranfield School of Management where she is a Visiting Fellow.
Catherine is the author of ‘The Enlightened Organization’, an executive toolkit designed to help professionals navigate their way successfully through these changing times.
Catherine is Irish and lives in London with her husband and two children.
Dan Hammond, Director, LIW. Dan spent 16 years in sales and marketing in healthcare where he saw and committed enough leadership crimes to become passionate about helping others to avoid the pitfalls. To do that he joined LIW, a global leadership consulting firm, in Australia and now leads LIW’s European business. LIW’s purpose is to put leadership in the hands of everybody for good so expect some pragmatic ideas and tools as well as a dose of ‘colour’ to keep things interesting
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.
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.
Maxim Strashun is the Head of Talent Development EMEA for Lenovo. He specializes in development of current management, senior management, and pre-executive team and creating the future management pipeline. Maxim is Canadian. He moved to the Czech Republic fifteen years ago and worked as a management trainer, teambuilding instructor and management coach. Seven years ago he moved to Slovakia to manage training and talent development for Lenovo in EMEA. He has trained in Europe, Asia, Latin and North America and lectured on management skills, developing future managers and engaging employees at universities and at HR conferences in Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Germany, Spain, UK and Belgium. In addition to running management development for Lenovo in EMEA, he has just finished running an intensive one-year-long development program for senior (pre-executive) managers and is excited to be involved in EMEA-wide and world-wide Organizational Development projects. He loves to share ideas and programs, what worked for him and what he’d suggest to avoid – best learning happens during discussions.
Dr Philip Gibbs is the Organisation and People Analytics Director at GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) Talent, Leadership and OD Centre of Excellence. He is responsible for the analytics pipeline, providing insights on GSK’s organisation and its people to help inform better business decisions to ensure everyone in the GSK community do more, feel better and live longer.
Philip has previously held a variety of roles including Head of Well-being for Roodlane Medical (part of HCA International), UK HealthyLiving Manager for American Express and Senior Research Associate for the Centre of Organisational Health and Well-being at Lancaster University.
As a Chartered BPS Psychologist, Philip specialises in evidence-based health, well-being and performance strategies and analytics to help individuals and organisations flourish and thrive. During his career to date he has developed and delivered a wide range of research projects and transformational interventions aimed at improving and sustaining healthy, high performance. He has been pivotal in several awards including; Britain’s Healthiest Employer 2016, Global Healthy Workplace Award 2015, and Most Effective Healthcare & Wellbeing Strategy 2011.
Philip currently represents GSK on the BITC Workwell Senior Leadership team and the BPS Work and Health Working Party, he was also part of several sub-committees for the Department of Health Public Responsibility Deal prior to GSK. He has also contributed to a number of publications including the International Review of Industrial & Organizational Psychology (2010), Handbook of Organizational Culture & Climate 2nd Edition (2010), New Directions in Organisational Psychology & Behavioural Medicine (2011), Innovations in Stress & Health (2011) and Flourishing in Life, Work and Careers (2015).
With over 25 years’ experience, Sue Yell is HR Director for Warburtons, where she has worked with the executive team to define and deliver the business’s growth plans. Sue currently works as HR Director for Warburtons, where she is responsible for the development and delivery of the people management strategy.
Sue joined Warburtons in July 2011, and during the past 5 years has worked with the executive team to define and deliver the business growth plans. The people agenda is now seen as absolutely essential to the organisation’s success. The ‘Lead for Growth’ plan has focused on the development of talent and capability to enable the business vision to be achieved.
Sue is particularly passionate about engagement and has been instrumental in achieving ‘Best Company to Work for’ status for both Warburtons and previously Iceland Food. She has previously worked for Marks and Spencer and News International and has extensive experience of managing business transformation, change programmes and improving leadership capability within both the retail and manufacturing sectors.
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