Returning in 2020

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As businesses continue to compete for talent in an increasingly tightening labour market and amid a growing skills gap, getting ahead with talent acquisition, upskilling, and retention is crucial.

In 2020, we will bring together HR professionals from across sectors to assess the future for HR – including the impact of digitisation, building HR capacity, and the role of HR in supporting employee well-being. It will also examine key priorities around staff performance, development and management.

With ongoing Brexit uncertainty impacting businesses daily, the conference will also have a particular focus on this crucial topic including legislation updates and how best to prepare.




The latest Legal employment trends and the impact of Brexit - plus essential guidance on improving productivity and responding to the needs of your workforce.

Talent acquisition and workforce planning – from competition and te latest recruitment techniques to improving diversity.

Pro-active people management – including having difficult conversations, managing absence, disciplinary procedures, dismissal and supporting mental health and wellbeing.

Understanding the role of HR in business performance and strategy – plus the best and most cost-effective tech solutions.


09:00 - 09:25

Networking & coffee break

09:25 - 09:30

Chairperson's introduction

By Marina Glasgow, Area Director, East of England, Acas

09:30 - 10:30

Legislative outlook 2019

• 2019 Legal Employment Trends

• Update on post-Brexit immigration policy and the impact of Brexit on Employment Law

• Pay-gap reporting – what you need to know

By Kevin Poulter, Employment Law Partner, Freeths

10:30 - 11:00

Morning coffee break

11.00 - 12.00

Talent acquisition and workforce planning – competing for and
recruiting talent, diversity and addressing the skills-gap

• Developing a structured approach to talent acquisition and workforce planning

• Sourcing the best talent – employer brand, digitisation, and latest recruitment techniques

• Diversity and inclusion – tackling unconscious bias, and tips for attracting diverse talent

• Interview techniques – assessing hard and soft skills, and options for work-based assessments

• Impact of Brexit on competition and the skills-gap

By Andrew Fairbairn, Chief Executive Officer, Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO)

12:00 - 12:45

Staff performance, retention and development

• Preparing and conducting performance reviews

• Promoting employee engagement – benefits, rewards and recognition

• Understanding key factors for improving productivity

• Learning and development - content curation, using digital platforms, CPD and upskilling

By Marina Glasgow, Area Director, East of England, Acas

12:45 - 13:45

Networking lunch

13:45 - 14:30

Effective and pro-active people management

• Having difficult conversations and supporting line-managers

• Managing short and long-term absence

• How to avoid problems around dismissal and disciplinary

•Adapting to the growing gig economy and changing dynamics of work

by Nat Maher, Design Leader and Founder of Kerning the Gap

By Nat Maher, Founder of Kerning the Gap

By Nat Maher, Design leader and Founder of Kerning the Gap

By Nat Maher, Design leader and Founder of Kerning the Gap

14:30 - 15:00

Afternoon break

15:00 - 15.45

Supporting good mental health and well-being of staff

• Reducing the stigma around mental health

• Innovative well-being strategies – examples of what works

• Developing a culture of inclusion

• Reducing work-related stress – what can HR do?

by Ed Griffin, Director of HR Consultancy and Research, The Institute for Employment

15:45 - 16:30

The future for HR – strategy, development and tech

• How can HR contribute to business performance?

•Building HR capacity – design, performance and development

• Latest HR tech - best tech solutions for 2019

• HR metrics - making value-based decisions and driving outcomes

By Martin Kirke, Non-Executive Director, Coach and Consultant and Former Group HR Director, Post Office


Close of conference

Your speakers include

Kevin Poulter, is a partner in the London office of Freeths and specialises in employment law.

Kevin has a wealth of experience in advising a broad range of commercial and corporate clients, not for profit organisations and senior executive employees on all aspects of the employment relationship. This includes advice from recruitment to termination, discrimination issues, disciplinary matters and the application and enforcement of post-termination restrictions.

Kevin provides regular support and guidance to companies and directors on the purchase and disposal of business shares and assets, the transfer of employees and the rights and responsibilities of the parties involved. He has a special interest in social media and the workplace. As well as hosting The Hearing Podcast, produced by Thomson Reuters.

Kevin is a regular contributor to the local and national press and a regular guest on both radio and TV. Kevin also co-authored a chapter on employment law to the book Doing Business After Brexit, published by Bloomsbury.

Ed Griffin - Director of HR Consultancy and Research, The Institute for Employment Studies

Ed's work focuses on helping employers to make work better through improving both HR impact and line management effectiveness. He is a highly experienced HR leader and Organisation Development professional whose practice is built on strong theoretical underpinnings. He has a track record in developing high-performing HR teams that deliver real value to an organisation.

He has worked as an HR director in a UK ambulance trust in the NHS, internationally with the British Council and in international sports marketing. His experience of working in HR, OD and Finance roles gives him a unique perspective that combines organisational performance and human factors.

Nat Maher, Design leader and Founder of Kerning the Gap

Nat has most recently been the CEO at London brand consultancy, Pollitt & Partners, one of the only employee-owned creative agencies in the world; bringing to it her experience gained with the likes of BT, World Animal Protection, British Gas, AEG, Bacardi, Mitchells and Butlers, L’Oreal and P&G.

Prior to Pollitt & Partners, Nat headed up the London studio of Good, the award winning brand consultancy, as Managing Director having previously held the position of Group Communications Director at equally decorated brand consultancy Elmwood, where she was responsible for all internal and external comms for its six studios in London, Leeds, New York, Hong Kong, Singapore and Melbourne. She previously held the position of Communications Director at the Design Business Association, the industry trade body, and is a regular speaker on the subject of the value and measurement of design.

As one of the few women leading design consultancies in the UK, Nat’s other passion is raising the profile of women in the design industry, and in 2015 founded ‘Kerning The Gap’, a movement for like-minded people who want to see more women in design leadership roles, hear their voices and be inspired to create real and tangible change in the industry.

Martin Kirke, Non-Executive Director, Coach and Consultant and former Group HR Director, Post Office

Martin is a Non- Executive Director for the Office of the Independent Adjudicator and a Non- Executive Director at an NHS Trust where he is also Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee. He is Chairman of the Advisory Board for PushFar the career progression company and is owner and founder of Martin Kirke Career Coaching.

Martin is a member of the CIPD Policy Forum which advises government on the world of work. Martin was Group HR Director at the Post Office reporting to the Chief Executive and a member of the Executive Board. He played a major role in the transformation of the Post Office to a growing and profitable business after 16 years of losses. At the same time customer satisfaction and employee engagement increased. The teams’ achievements were recognised by the Prime Minister.

Martin has previously held HR Director and Change Director roles at Dow Chemical, Ericsson, Serco Transport and BP including international roles based in Sweden and the USA. At BP he was HR Global Operations Director for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific.

He had a key role for the 2012 Olympics in London working at Transport for London as HR Delivery Director. After this he was asked to work for No.10/ Cabinet Office on change programmes.

Marina Glasgow, Area Director, East of England, Acas

Marina Glasgow joined Acas in 2001 with considerable management experience gained with the Ministry of Defence. As an individual conciliator Marina resolved employment tribunal disputes, before developing a particular interest in collective dispute resolution.

Marina has worked with many trade unions and management teams to improve their employment relations and resolve large scale disputes. She is no stranger to war zones, but generally comes through unscathed, usually leading other parties to safety.

As a trainer, mediator and then a senior adviser Marina delivered training courses throughout East Anglia on all aspects of employment law and management best practice. She enjoys researching and 'translating' employment legislation into practical business solutions, and has a particular interest in TUPE legislation, communication skills, personality types and leadership.

These days Marina leads the Acas team as Director for the East of England providing leadership and direction to a team of managers, conciliators, trainers, mediators and business support professionals.

Andrew Fairbairn, Chief Executive Officer, Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) London

Andrew Fairbairn brings 20+ years of experience across investment banking, corporate venturing, entrepreneurship, angel and private equity investing and consulting, always with a strong focus on community service. He has worked at UBS, Deutsche Bank, and Citizens Bank in an entrepreneurial, transatlantic career that now has him as CEO of SEO London, which he founded in 2000.

In his current role, Andrew works on a daily basis with a broad spectrum of front office executives and human resources leaders at global multinationals to address matters related to diversity & inclusion, early careers and experienced hire recruitment, learning & development, employee engagement and retention, marketing and business development. Andrew holds a B.A. in Economics and an M.A. in International Development Policy from Stanford University.

  • HR Managers
  • Directors and Professionals
  • Heads of People
  • Chief People Officers
  • HR Transformation Directors
  • Talent Analysts
  • Heads of HR Development
  • Chief Culture and Talent Officers
  • Heads of Diversity
  • Equality and Inclusion
  • Recruitment Directors
  • Heads of Talent
  • Heads of Employee Engagement
  • Directors of Learning and Development
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Leads

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