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.
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.
Paula is Corporate Vice President and Chief People Strategy Officer for McDonald’s Corporation with global responsibility for Employer Reputation & Engagement, People Strategy, Organization Design, Insights & Intelligence and Enterprise Change Management. Previously Paula was Chief People Officer for the International Lead and Europe Foundational Segments and has been with McDonald’s for three years.
She holds a Degree and Postgraduate Diploma with Distinction in Law from Cardiff and Birmingham Universities.
Paula joined Calor Group PLC in 1996 in a graduate role focused around a significant business transformation program, where she developed her passion for Human Resources.
She then spent 7 years at Motability, a UK-based not-for-profit and significant motor industry player, during which she helped to set up the very first HR function and defined the people strategies for a highly successful business turnaround which transformed the customer experience, the culture and financial performance.
In December 2007, Paula joined PepsiCo where she held a number of roles at an operating business and European level based in London and Brussels. Highlights including developing the very first PepsiCo Employer Brand, establishing the first integrated talent strategy in Russia and leading the transformation of the HR Operating Model in Europe; implementing highly successful Centres of Excellence.
Paula joined McDonald’s in July 2014 as the Senior Director of Talent Management, Europe. During her time in this role, she developed a success profile and assessment for Managing Directors to drive better selection, succession planning and development. She also led the development of the Operations talent strategy driving a renewed focus and rigour in this critical area.
In 2015 she was promoted to Chief People Officer, Europe with responsibility for all People strategies and practices for more than 7,100 restaurants employing over 415,000 people in 40 countries.
ABB is a pioneering technology leader that works closely with utility, industry, transportation and infrastructure customers to write the future of industrial digitalization and realize value. Last month ABB was announced as title sponsor to the world’s first fully electric international FIA motorsport series, Formula E.
Anthony started his career in the food industry, primarily in the US, in general business as well as HR roles. He has spent the last 15 years with ABB, in senior HR roles in Ireland, Middle East and Zurich. Anthony now heads HR for the Robotics and Motion division, with 27000 employees across 100+ countries.
Ms. Rosa Lee, Senior Vice President of Bosch Corporate Human Resources, has over 20 years’ experience in Project Management, Sales & Marketing and Human Resource Management which includes Staffing, Learning, Organization Development and Talent Management. Prior to joining Bosch in 2010, Rosa heads up different leadership roles in multinational companies like DuPont, Honeywell, Schindler and Coca-Cola for both Great China and Asia Pacific responsibilities. Rosa Lee received a MBA degree from Kellogg Business School, North Western University in the States and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. She also received a Bachelor degree of Law from East China University of Politics and Law.
Stephen Pierce is Chief HR Officer of Hitachi Europe, part of a Japanese company with a vision of creating ‘a better society through technology’. Hitachi has 300,000 staff globally of which 15,000 are in Europe across a diverse range of businesses including Rail, Nuclear Power, Consulting, Financial Services, Construction Machinery and Data Systems. Stephen is also a Board Director of Hitachi Rail Europe which is building high speed trains in the UK for the Great Western and East Coast lines.
Stephen has led HR in international businesses for more than 25 years. Before joining Hitachi in 2008, he was European HR Director of two US businesses and prior to that held various HR roles with an international food group. Stephen has contributed to two recent books on talent management and diversity and is an advisor to several HR networking organisations. He has been appointed a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute and was nominated as one of the UK’s Most Influential HR Practitioners in 2016.
Usha joined the Estée Lauder Companies in 2014, in Global HR working on strategic projects in Global Supply Chain and R&D Innovation, before taking up the position of Regional Vice President HR for the UK & Ireland in July 2015.
In her role Usha partners with her colleagues on the Regional Leadership Team to ensure that the organisation is fit for future, allocating resource to the biggest growth opportunities; with the right structure, the right talent and the relevant capabilities to deliver the business strategy.
Following the recent move to The Estée Lauder Companies’ London Headquarters at One Fitzroy Place, Usha is working with the UK Leadership Team to determine the best way to maximise the Region’s working environment to embody the company’s family values and High Touch ethos.
Prior to joining the Company, Usha worked in different positions in international petrochemicals, marketing, public relations, recruitment and global talent management, first in the Netherlands and then in New York.
Martin Shuker has been with KFC and Yum for 22 years in leadership roles in the UK, Europe and the US. A significant part of his career was the 13 years running KFC in the UK& Ireland between 2004 and 2017. KFC in the UKI, is a £1bn+ brand, with c900 restaurants, employing c25000 people. KFC UKI has seen Same Store Sales growth in 41 of the last 44 quarters, and profit growth for 12 of the 13 years. In this time KFC was recognised as Britain’s Top Employer (twice) as well as a ‘Great Place to Work’ for each of the last 8 years. Passionate about people development, Martin’s lead has overseen the personal development of literally 100’s of people to broader KFC/YUM roles globally, and given 1000’s of people key training and insights to become heart led leaders in their chosen careers. Martin loves all sports, especially Golf (Berkshire GC ex Captain, Aberdovey GC, Prestwick GC), Skiing, Swimming, and keeping fit. In his spare time Martin spends as much time with his family as possible.
Abbie is an experienced Account Executive who has worked in SAAS her whole career. Starting out in a high growth tech company Abbie quickly learnt the direct link between a passionate leader and team performance. This is what attracted her to Peakon; a platform that empowers managers to be better leaders through using real time people data.
At Peakon she is motivated by working with organisations to optimise business performance by improving the employee experience including Harrods, Paddy Power Betfair and PA Consulting.
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.
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.
Andrew is a prominent voice in the reward and benefits space. He joined JLT in 2015 and has been working with businesses to bring their reward offering to life through the use of technology. Now in charge of the future proposition at JLT, his focus is on how to help companies deliver the best employee experience by adopting the most effective digital strategy in HR.
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.