Best-selling author, entrepreneur and inspirational public speaker, Angus Ridgway is the Co-founder and CEO of Potentialife. Over the course of a 20-year prior career advising clients at McKinsey, he came to see what a performance differentiator it is when leaders, managers and the front-line are at the ‘top of their game’ every day. The productivity differential between energetic, purposeful, positive and engaged leaders and those that are just going through the motions isn’t just a few percentage points – it’s more like a factor of 10. His recent book, ‘The Joy of Leadership’, co-authored with world-renowned positive psychology expert Tal Ben-Shahar, sheds light on the personal operating models and the practical daily behaviours that separate the most productive individuals from the rest.
Anna is passionate about the link between the psychology of human behaviour and performance in organisations. She combines her passion, evidence base from the study of psychology (experimental and occupational), and corporate experience as a talent strategy consultant to generate new perspectives and solutions around leadership, performance and development.
Anthony is a multilingual and multi award-winning specialist in employee internal communications, employee engagement and the people side of business change.He builds capability, moves mindsets and changes cultures to help businesses deliver sustainable results.He is positively disruptive, commercially minded and passionate. He has worked as the Group Head of Internal Comms and Engagement at RSA Insurance and Allied Irish Bank.
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.
As an Oracle ACE for Business Intelligence, Antony is one of Europe’s leading BI architects. His primary focus is on Oracle BI and related database and middleware products. These include BI Foundation, Exalytics, BI Applications, Spatial, Real-Time Decisions (RTD), Big Data Discovery, Data Mining, Endeca, SOA Suite and Oracle VM.
Antony is passionate about HR analytics and is an avid blogger in the field, demonstrating thought leadership across the world of analytics.
This year, Antony has been instrumental in the development of a new automation tool – Tallinn Machine Learning. Enabling users to quickly enter into predictive analytics on a large scale, it allows you to become proficient in machine learning.
With over 15 years’ experience working with Oracle BI and Data Warehousing, Tony is the Technical Director with BI specialists Peak Indicators.
Becky is currently People Director – Expansion at Heathrow, where she is responsible for ensuring the business has the capability to deliver a future Heathrow. Prior to this for the last four years she has been the Talent and Development Director where she was responsible for Talent Management, Performance Management, Engagement, Change and Training and Development
Prior to her time at Heathrow Becky was the Group Director of Organisational Development and Talent for Premier Foods, where amongst many other things she was responsible for the change and engagement agenda.
Prior to this Becky held roles at Dixons, EasyJet , Safeway and Morrisons.
Becky is a Fellow of the CIPD and has a MA in HR Management.
Becky loves maximising her spare time by both spending time in Wales, traveling, skiing and by riding her Harley Davidson.
Birthe is the Global Head for Performance, Engagement & Culture. Her team is responsible for providing easy to use tools, processes and insights that help the Bank, its managers and employees to make more rounded decisions, improve governance, have greater accountability and mutual trust due to robust data into employee engagement and performance, people potential, risks and capability.
Birthe is an organisation development specialist and an accredited executive coach with nearly 25 years of cross-sector experience in cultural and behavioural change. She has lived and worked in the US, Western and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the UAE and collaborated with many different nationalities across the globe.
Starting out as a German diplomat, Birthe gained further professional experience as a consultant for reputation and risk management, leadership development and behavioural change and joined Deutsche Bank in 2010 as Head of Communication and Engagement for Group Finance. Her award-winning stakeholder engagement approach is at the heart of engaging people and contributing to building a shared culture across Deutsche Bank.
Bojana’s passion is creating the workspace, where people grow and have fun. She is excited what Future of Work might bring. Therefore at Danfoss they often experiment with new approaches in unleashing people’s potential. Being in HR for many years she is now co-creating new ways of spotting and developing talents within the company.
Candice is a Leadership, Talent and OD director with over twenty years’ experience in the development and delivery of leadership development, talent and transformational people programmes. Over her career Candice had led some major organizational transformations and has built a deep understanding of what it means to engage the leaders of those organizations in enacting change in the organizations and themselves. It is this skill she needs in her most recent role in leading BTs Global Diveristy and Inclusion strategy that is seeing real change happen. She’s a mum of a 4 year old and 3 year old boy, lives in twickenham, London and has a labradoodle called Charlie.
Caroline Roberts joined VisitBritain/VisitEngland as Head of People & Talent in 2017. Prior to that, she was Global Head of People and Talent at Zaha Hadid Architects and Director of HR and Marketing at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, after a role as HR Director, Europe and Africa for Fox International Channels. She began her career in BBC Radio as a studio manager, making programmes for domestic radio and BBC World Service. BBC Management roles followed, in Governance and News, before moving into Learning and Development and HR. She is a trained coach and Fellow of the CIPD, and BAFTA member. Outside work, she plays the flute, has a passion for history, and binge-watching on Netflix.
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.
Working in a global context in top financial industries for the last 9 years, Charlotte has taken part in Learning and Development initiatives together with organization development and internal communication activities .
After studying Psychology and HR management in Paris, she joined the Group HR team of AXA, creating learning solutions from leadership development programs for executives to onboarding programs for new entrants.
For the last 3 years, Charlotte has been working for Generali in Milan where she is currently leading the global culture change program.
Chris Wakely is a multi-talented strategist, sales executive, and global thinker based in London; he leads the international business development for Benify, an innovative HR tech company based in Stockholm. With 20+ years of bringing smart compensation and benefits tech solutions to companies worldwide, Chris has helped clients maximize employees’ benefit engagement while streamlining administration, reducing costs, and increasing governance. Chris often leads discussions about how to reach employees digitally and why motivating and inspiring them via their total reward makes smart business sense. When not revolutionizing the world of HR, he cycles and spends quality time with his family: his wife Charlotte and their two very energetic boys.
Christopher Lorenz is Co-Founder and Head of Science at Soma Analytics, an investor-backed and award-winning digital health startup in London, where he leads a team of psychologists, designers, data scientists and software engineers to help employees improve their mental health and become more productive at work.
At Soma, Christopher recently led a research study with the Mayo Clinic that examined the effects of different treatment levels of mindfulness-based resilience training.
He holds an MA Honours Degree in Mathematics – elite graduate programme TopMath at Technical University of Munich – where he focused on stochastic finance and the mathematics of optimal order execution.
Christopher is also an alumnus scholar of the German Foundation of Business (Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft) as well as an honorary research fellow at the department of clinical, educational and health psychology at UCL.
Claudine Wilson is a full lifecycle employee engagement marketer. She currently leads employer branding and Recruitment Marketing for Salesforce in EMEA. In this role, she executes on PR, marketing, and advertising strategies to build the company’s reputation as a “Best Place to Work”, nurture relationships with passive prospects, and drive candidate pipeline, while also building current employee pride and loyalty. She also consults with Salesforce customers on how to use culture plus the company’s social and mobile technologies to attract, onboard, develop and deeply engage employees.
Previously, Claudine led internal communications, employer branding, corporate social responsibility, recognition and recruitment marketing at QVC. She holds a degree in Journalism from the University of Cumbria and lives in Surrey with her husband; two children and their two miniature schnauzer’s.
Clyde is a Human Resources and Organisational Development professional and accredited executive coach. His core expertise lies in transformational organisation change, leadership development and organisational and people performance improvement. In Clyde’s HR career, he has worked with market leading public and privately-owned businesses spanning across a broad spectrum of sectors including, sports retail, hospitality and the food and drink industry.
Clyde, is South African which is where he kick started his career and lead a variety of businesses through transformational change programmes. Since then he has worked across the globe in places like New York, Cincinnati, San Diego, Montreal and Melbourne.
Clyde is currently the Group HR Director for Baxters Food Group, a successful Scottish Family Business, established almost 150 years ago. He looks after HR teams that are based across 3 regions in North America, Europe and Australia.