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.
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.
Eric Hutcherson leads the NBA’s Human Resources department, managing a team that drives the NBA’s global workforce strategy built on a commitment to attracting, retaining, developing and engaging top talent for the NBA, WNBA, NBA G League and NBA 2K League. With a focus on people, culture and innovation, Hutcherson is responsible for leading global projects, processes and analytics that address business needs. He partners with the leagues’ senior leadership to enable, empower and develop employees in 13 U.S. and international offices guided by the league’s strategic direction.
Outside of the NBA, Hutcherson is a motivational speaker and created a career development training program, “Say Yes to Success.” He serves on the Board of Trustees for The Hun School of Princeton, the Board of Directors for Covenant House and the Senior Advisory Council for the National Association of African Americans in HR.
Jason Fowler is a Vice President at Fujitsu and combines the role of HR Director for the UK & Ireland with that of Head of HR for Fujitsu’s Northern and Western European organisation.
With twenty years’ experience in the technology sector Jason has seen first-hand the impact that digitalisation has had, and continues to have, in disrupting organisations and their employees. He believes that in the era of total tech, the people capability of an organisation becomes the principal point of commercial differentiation – and it is the role of HR to create this.
Prior to his roles at Fujitsu Jason has held senior positions at EDS and Adecco.
Howard Sloane began his HR career in the 90’s, operating in challenging, low margin logistics businesses that quickly sharpened his skills and developed his resolve to finding people solutions to complex business challenges. After spending a decade in multi-site operations he moved to increasingly responsible roles in civil defence contracting, renewable energy, ports and finally in oil & gas where he is now Chief People Officer at £4.2bn energy business Essar Oil UK.
Often working internationally and within a variety of industry sectors, Howard is a keen advocate of putting HR at the center of commercial thinking through engaging the best talent to deliver the best results.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alastair is Head of Sales at Arctic Shores and leads the Sales and Marketing Functions, focusing on the UK and Republic of Ireland. Alastair manages a number of the business’ key accounts, including PwC, KPMG and Siemens, as well as a network of third-party partners.
With a background as a Business Psychologist, Alastair uses a consultative approach with clients and prospects to promote best practice in organisational selection and assessment. Alastair is passionate about next generation psychometric assessment and embracing innovation in the assessment space to improve client ROI and to boost candidate experience.
Prior to joining Arctic Shores Alastair led the Sales team at a leading traditional psychometric provider – so he has a wealth of assessment experience covering deploying aptitude assessments, personality questionnaires, situational judgment tests and assessment centre design projects. Prior to working in psychometrics Alastair spent a decade in advertising and marketing, specialising in consumer analytics.
I am currently the People Partner for multi award winning telco, giffgaff, where for the last 4 years I have led on all things internal Culture, Engagement and People experience. My passion is for people, creating connections and building better places of work. I scrape into the category of millennial apparently (but only just) with a degree in Visual Communication, a Masters in HR, and I’m also a certified Strengths Coach. This layered with years of experience in local government, at the coalface in HR, makes for a rather Interesting but concoction. I am a proud Brummy and even prouder dad to two pint-sized dictators, Matilda and Rowen.
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.
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