Dr. Margaret Heffernan produced programmes for the BBC for 13 years. She then moved to the US where she spearheaded multimedia productions for Intuit, The Learning Company and Standard & Poor’s. She was Chief Executive of Information Corporation, ZineZone Corporation and then iCast Corporation and was named
The author of five books, Margaret’s third book, ‘Willful Blindness : Why We Ignore the Obvious at our Peril’ was named one of the most important business books of the decade by the Financial Times. In 2015, she was awarded the Transmission Prize for ‘A Bigger Prize: Why Competition isn’t Everything and How We Do Better’, described as “meticulously researched…engagingly written…universally relevant and hard to fault.”
Her TED talks have been seen by over seven million people and in 2015 TED published ‘Beyond Measure: The Big Impact of Small Changes’. She is Lead Faculty for the Forward Institute’s Responsible Leadership Programme and, through Merryck & Co., mentors CEOs and senior executives of major global organizations. She holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Bath and continues to write for the Financial Times, the New York Observer and the Huffington Post.
Bernard Marr is an internationally bestselling author, futurist, keynote speaker, and strategic advisor to companies and governments. He advises and coaches many of the world’s best-known organisations on strategy, digital transformation, and business performance. LinkedIn has recently ranked Bernard as one of the top 5 business influencers in the world and the No 1 influencer in the UK. He has authored 16 best-selling books, is a frequent contributor to the World Economic Forum and writes a regular column for Forbes. Every day Bernard actively engages his almost 2 million social media followers and shares content that reaches millions of readers.
Hilary became Director-General of the National Trust in 2018. Hilary has worked for the Trust since 2006 when she joined as Regional Director for Northern Ireland. She later became Regional Director for Wales and the London & South East region and in 2014 was appointed Chief Operating Officer, leading the Operations & Consultancy teams. Originally trained in graphic design, Hilary’s career path started in the drinks industry in brand and marketing. In 1998 she moved to become Director of a national arts charity and was seconded in 2002 to become CEO of Belfast’s bid to become European Capital of Culture.
Charles Bendotti is Senior Vice President, People & Culture at Philip Morris International (PMI) since January 2018.
Mr. Bendotti joined PMI in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1999 as a Business Analyst. From 2000 until 2006, he served in various cross-functional roles in Marketing & Sales and Business Development in different markets of the Eastern Europe, Middle East & Africa, and Latin America & Canada Regions. Mr. Bendotti then became Managing Director, Ecuador & Bolivia, followed by his appointment as Vice President, Human Resources for the Latin America & Canada Region in 2008. In 2012 he was named Vice President, Human Resources Asia, a position he held until December 2016, a w2znd then Senior Vice President, Human Resources (HR).
Mr. Bendotti holds a master’s degree in international relations, economy and law from the Graduate Institute of International & Development Studies in Geneva and an Executive MBA from HEC Paris.
Stephen has been CEO at the Big Issue Foundation since July 2007. His previous role was Director of Commercial Operations at Shelter, where he had responsibility for a chain of 100 charity Stores, a mail-order business and a Training business primarily focusing on Housing professionals. Stephen was a member of the Senior Management Team with cross organisational responsibility for the strategic management of the Charity. Stephen was at Shelter for 13 years.
Stephen helped found and ultimately chaired the professional body that represents the majority of Charity Retailers in the UK, ‘The Association of Charity Shops’. Stephen is a Vice Chair of the Trustees of the homeless health care charity, London Pathway, a Trustee of TRAID, a charity committed to protecting the environment and reducing world poverty by recycling and campaigning at home and Chair of the Board of Trustees of Shoreditch Town Hall Trust.
Trudie is a gamechanger in the field of leadership, she has fresh thinking and new ideas that to date have rarely been seen outside the likes of TED.
Her career is as diverse as the ideas she creates and speaks at a number of events on a variety of topics and audiences from Women in Business, Graduates, Start Ups/Entrepreneurs through to CSuite leadership and their successors.
Dr Shaun Davis MA, MBA, MA, MSc, MA, LLM
CDir, FIoD, CFIOSH, FCIPD, FIIRSM
One of a relatively small number of Chartered Directors and a Fellow of The Institute of Directors Shaun has a wide portfolio of responsibilities across the Royal Mail Group; his responsibilities include safety, health, wellbeing and sustainability. He is also a Chartered Fellow of The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, a Chartered Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a Fellow of The International Institute of Risk and Safety Management.
Joining Royal Mail Group in September 2012 Shaun has led many improvement programmes across a range of areas – contributing to improvements in accident prevention and a reduction in road traffic collisions. Shaun has led an organisation wide attendance improvement programme as part of a broader wellbeing and health promotion agenda, with particular attention being paid to mental health, musculoskeletal issues and issues affecting an ageing workforce.
Liz has over 15 years experience in behavioural change, leadership development, learning, organisation development and HR. With a background in Organisational Psychology, Liz applies deep knowledge and experience to design and implement creative people solutions to successfully drive major change programmes. She has substantial experience in helping organisations to plan and deploy change by putting people at the heart of business strategy and thereby maximising delivery of business benefits.
Liz has worked extensively with a range of international public and private sector organisations in various aspects of the people value chain. Currently she is Global Director for Leadership Development & Learning at the LEGO Group where her focus is to build the right culture, leadership and learning environment so that LEGO can reach more children around the world and ‘inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow’.
Aaron is co-founder and CEO of LACE Partners, an HR consultancy specialising in HR transformation, tech selection and tech adoption. He is an HR transformation specialist and global programme director with 25 years’ experience in some of the world’s largest and most successful management consultancies. We like to think of our team as a family, so much so that the L A C and E in LACE stand for the names of Aaron’s four children!
He is accomplished in delivering complex business change and HR projects for global cross-industry clients for all aspects of HR, including HR systems (Fusion and Workday). Experience operating at a senior level in client organisations, to shape and deliver significant business change programs.
A Fellow of the CIPD, active member of the court of HR Professionals and former Partner at both Accenture and Deloitte with a very successful track record of delivery, implementation and selection.
Alan is a partner in global law firm DLA Piper and has considerable experience in all aspects of employment law, both contentious and non-contentious.
Alan acts for high-profile clients in both public and private sectors and across the full ranges sectors, advising on senior executive severance, contract issues and large-scale reorganisation and redundancy programmes. He also manages industrial relations issues.
Alan is also a member of the Equality and Diversity group and provides training and advice to clients on compliance and best practice relating to discrimination legislation. He also advises clients involved in employment tribunal claims on a wide range of issues including straightforward unfair dismissal, complex discrimination claims and TUPE issues arising from business transfers.
Alastair joined Texthelp in 2007 to expand the reach of their assistive technologies across the workplace, to support greater diversity and encourage inclusivity .
With 16 years’ B2B experience, including 10 years specialising in assistive technology, Alastair works tirelessly to promote inclusive working environments where every employee can succeed in achieving their personal and professional goals. It benefits organisations too, helping to maximise all the talents offered by a diverse workforce, whilst improving employer reputation and increasing employee loyalty.
Alastair, and his team, are devoted to boosting motivation and productivity by supporting all employees to communicate effectively.
Contact Alastair on tel: 07918 768475 or email: [email protected]
Shortlisted for 2019 HRD of the year and awarded HR Most Influential 2019, Alastair is currently the Head of People for the multi-award-winning telco, giffgaff, where the last 5 years he has led on all things internal Culture, Engagement, and People experience. His passion is for people, creating connections and building better places of work. He scrapes into the category of millennial (but only just, apparently) with a degree in Visual Communication, a Masters in HR, and also a certified Gallup Strengths Coach. This, layered with years of experience in local government at the coalface in HR during a recession makes for a rather Interesting but concoction. He is a proud Brummy and even prouder dad to two pint-sized dictators.
Alex Clayton is HR Director for the Insurance businesses (Protection and General Insurance) of Legal & General. The combined businesses employ over 2000 colleagues in a number of locations across the UK. Alex also has responsibility for the HR servicing function for the Group, which includes the provision of first line HR advice and support for employees and Employee Relations.
Following stints in HR roles in Retail, Manufacturing and the Health Service, Alex joined Legal & General in 1996 when the business first moved into Cardiff, supporting the establishment of the Direct business. Alex’s career at L&G has enabled her to enjoy a breadth of roles in the HR space including Business Partnering, Acquisitions; Recruitment; and Transformation before moving into her current role in 2014. Alex is passionate about the importance of a focus on wellbeing at work and believes organisations have a social responsibility to ensure it is a primary area of focus.
Alex is married with 2 teenage daughters and lives in South Wales.
Alex joined pymetrics in May 2017 to open their European operations, having spent the prior six years at LinkedIn leading the team that engages with their largest clients. Despite having an engineering pedigree (he graduated with a Masters in Electronic Engineering) he found that he had greater potential in commercial roles, and so Alex has first-hand appreciation of the work that pymetrics does.
pymetrics’ goal is to enable companies to predict talent success, bias free. The company was founded by two female Neuroscience PhDs who were determined to bring technology to the challenge of matching people to jobs, and thereby democratise the hiring the process. The CV is dead! Using neuroscience exercises (a series of fun and simple 2 minute games) and AI, pymetrics can predict who will be successful in a role, and do this in a way that removes unconscious bias from the selection process. In this way Unilever have been able to dramatically improve diversity in their graduate intake, and Accenture have been able to retain people by providing them with an internal career path.
With 20 years’ experience, Alex’s background is strategic business change, HR consulting and employee benefits and he currently heads up the Strategic Consulting team which helps clients to align their HR, EDI, reward and benefit programs to corporate objectives. Alex’s areas of interest include the use of big data analytic techniques to improve employee outcomes, the role of governance programs in continuous improvement and the increased personalisation of employer delivery.
Alison Esse is one of the founding partners of The Storytellers, a unique culture change, engagement and leadership consultancy which has pioneered storytelling in business to help leaders from over 170 major organisations all over the world to bring about high performing leadership, change and transformation.
She is a regular speaker on the subject of storytelling and the role it plays in changing attitudes and beliefs, and building an emotional connection to unlock energy and commitment within large, complex organisations. Alison is responsible for building the profile and client base of The Storytellers worldwide and plays a pivotal role in building senior client relationships at board level.
Alison is a graduate in modern languages from Edinburgh University, her early career being spent in consumer PR, event production and sales and marketing.
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