Design your own agenda

Conference sessions are filling fast! Book yours early. Please note the Opening Keynote with Margaret Heffernan will now be streamed live in a different room, as the main room is now fully booked.

The conference programme is split into five topical streams: 

  • HR Essentials (Sponsored by The Open University)
  • Organisation Effectiveness and Change
  • Performance and Talent Management
  • Science of Human Behaviour
  • Future of Work and Business Insights (Sponsored by Workday)

You can choose from the following session formats, to suit your learning style:

  • ACE Talks: A series of thought leadership sessions on the biggest people and business issues today.
  • Case Study: leading organisations sharing their practical experiences from key HR issues delivered by experienced HR practitioners
  • Panel:  hear different perspectives on pressing issues in HR & L&D as they address your questions
  • Workshop: Practical, hands-on learning for continued professional development
  • HR in Dialogue: New for 2016 – interactive sessions shaped and delivered by HR experts and driven by you

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Wednesday 09 November 2016

09:45-11:15

[KN1] Collaboration, Innovation and Creativity in the New World of Work

Speaker: Margaret Heffernan, Entrepreneur, Chief Executive and Author of 'Willful Blindness' and 'Beyond Measure'
Subject: Future of Work and Business Insights Future of Work and Business Insights
Format: Keynote

12:00-13:00

[A1] Making the 1% Difference: building performance and personal resilience

Speaker: Steve Head, Inspirational Trainer, Coach and Author, Steve Head Limited
Speaker: Matt King, Inspirational Speaker and Author, Matt King UK
Subject: Performance and Talent Management Performance and Talent Management
Format: ACE Talks

[A2] Becoming a Digital Learning Organisation to Support your People Needs

Speaker: Andy Lancaster, Head of L&D, CIPD
Speaker: Jane Daly, Global Head of Learning & Development, M&S
Speaker: Julian Stodd, Founder, SeaSalt Learning
Subject: Organisational Effectiveness and Change Organisational Effectiveness and Change
Format: HR in Dialogue

[A3] Employment Law Update 2016

Speaker: Sharon Tan, Partner , Mishcon de Reya LLP
Subject: HR Essentials HR Essentials
Format: Case study

[A4] Using Insights from Behavioural Science to Improve Business Performance

Speaker: Hilary Scarlett, Founder and Director, Scarlett & Gray
Speaker: Samantha Rockey, Head of Leadership Development, SABMiller
Subject: Science of Human Behaviour Science of Human Behaviour
Format: Case study

14:30-15:30

[B1] Navigating the Digital Impact on Working Lives

Speaker: Nicola Millard, Head of Customer Insight & Futures, BT Global Services
Subject: Future of Work and Business Insights Future of Work and Business Insights
Format: ACE Talks

[B2] Candidate Experience and the New Employer Brand

Speaker: Neil Morrison, Group HR Director, Penguin Random House
Speaker: Claire Thomas, Head of Organisational Development, Penguin Random House
Subject: Performance and Talent Management Performance and Talent Management
Format: HR in Dialogue

[B3] Diversity and Innovation: an approach for the 21st century workplace

Speaker: Ann Pickering, HR Director, Telefónica O2 UK
Speaker: Toby Mildon, Diversity and Inclusion Lead, BBC Online
Subject: Performance and Talent Management Performance and Talent Management
Format: Case study

[B4] Managing Trust in the Face of Change and Uncertainty

Speaker: Professor Rosalind Searle, Chair in Organisational Behaviour and Psychology, Coventry University
Speaker: Huw Vaughan Thomas, Auditor General, Wales Audit Office
Subject: HR Essentials HR Essentials
Format: Case study

14:30-17:00

[W1] Effective HR Business Partnering in Different Operating Models and Contexts

Speaker: Gerry Eckersley, Director, Greenfield HR
Subject: HR Essentials HR Essentials
Format: Workshop

[W2] The School of Life Presents: how to cultivate resilience

Speaker: Gaylene Gould, Faculty Member, The School of Life
Subject: HR Essentials HR Essentials
Format: Workshop

[W3] Employment Law Debrief: what does Brexit mean for the workplace?

Speaker: Sharon Tan, Partner , Mishcon de Reya LLP
Subject: HR Essentials HR Essentials
Format: Workshop

16:00-17:00

[C1] In Conversation: making wellbeing work

Speaker: Professor Sir Cary Cooper, 50th Anniversary Professor of Organisational Psychology and Health, Manchester Business School
Speaker: Professor Lord Richard Layard, Director, London School of Economics
Subject: Science of Human Behaviour Science of Human Behaviour
Format: ACE Talks

[C2] Leveraging Employees and Customers to Increase Engagement and Business Success

Speaker: Kim Faura, Chief Commercial Officer, giffgaff
Speaker: Alastair Gill, People Partner, giffgaff
Subject: Organisational Effectiveness and Change Organisational Effectiveness and Change
Format: Case study

[C3] Creating the Workforce of the Future: apprenticeship strategies

Speaker: Mark Williamson, Head of KPMG Learning Solutions, KPMG LLP (UK)
Speaker: Shaun Meekins, Early Careers - Head of Operations, Barclays
Subject: HR Essentials HR Essentials
Format: Case study

[C4] The Future of Work: skills, automation and people

Speaker: Richard MacKinnon, Director, Future Work Centre
Speaker: Laura Harrison, People and Strategy Director, CIPD
Speaker: Valerie Todd, Talent and Resourcing Director, Crossrail
Speaker: Jo Swinson, Chair at CIPD Policy Forum and Director at Equal Power Consulting, CIPD and Equal Power Consulting
Speaker: Neil Carberry, Director for People and Skills, CBI
Subject: Future of Work and Business Insights Future of Work and Business Insights
Format: Panel discussion

Thursday 10 November 2016

09:30-10:30

[D1] Identifying your Blind Spots: psychological influences on decision making

Speaker: Chia-Jung Tsay, Social Psychologist, Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour, UCL School of Management
Subject: Science of Human Behaviour Science of Human Behaviour
Format: ACE Talks

[D2] Developing the Six Core Competences of HR Business Partners

Speaker: Graham Salisbury, Head of Human Resources, Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative
Speaker: Iwan Roberts, HR Director, Pearson
Subject: HR Essentials HR Essentials
Format: HR in Dialogue

[D3] Organisational Transformation in Practice

Speaker: Valerie Hughes D'Aeth, HR Director, BBC
Speaker: Lynne Weedall, Group HR Director, Selfridges Group
Subject: Organisational Effectiveness and Change Organisational Effectiveness and Change
Format: Case study

[D4] Inclusive Talent Management Strategies to Capitalise on Skills

Speaker: Siti Aishah Md Lassim, Head of Diversity and Capability Programmes, Talent Corporation Malaysia
Speaker: Emma Stewart, Co-founder & Joint CEO, Timewise Foundation
Subject: Performance and Talent Management Performance and Talent Management
Format: Case study

09:30-12:15

[W4] How to be a High-Performance Leader

Speaker: Stuart Haden, Learning Programmes Developer, Coach, and Facilitator, CIPD
Subject: HR Essentials HR Essentials
Format: Workshop

[W5] Humour and Happiness for More Engaged and Effective Teams

Speaker: Stephanie Davies, Founder and CEO, Laughology
Speaker: Graeme Lawrence, Director, Join the Dots
Subject: Science of Human Behaviour Science of Human Behaviour
Format: Workshop

[W6] Evidence-Based HR: separating facts from fads

Speaker: Rob Briner, Professor of Organisational Psychology, School of Business and Management, Queen Mary University of London
Speaker: David D'Souza, Head of London, Head of Engagement (Branches), CIPD
Subject: Future of Work and Business Insights Future of Work and Business Insights
Format: Workshop

11:15-12:15

[E1] Technology and the Future of the Professions

Speaker: Daniel Susskind , Co-author of 'The Future of the Professions'
Subject: Future of Work and Business Insights Future of Work and Business Insights
Format: ACE Talks

[E2] OD in Action: building change capability

Speaker: Dr Stefan Cantore, Principal Teaching Fellow in Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management, and Director of Enterprise , Southampton Business School

[E3] Rethinking and Transforming Performance Management

Speaker: C-J Green, Group HR Director, Servest
Speaker: Amanda Oates, Executive Director of Workforce, Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
Subject: Performance and Talent Management Performance and Talent Management
Format: Case study

[E4] Implementing a Flexible Working Strategy for Increased Organisational Effectiveness

Speaker: James Hyde, Head of HR, Cafcass
Speaker: Julie Bury, HR Manager (OD), Cafcass
Subject: Organisational Effectiveness and Change Organisational Effectiveness and Change
Format: Case study

13:45-14:45

[F1] How Analytics can Guide your Business Strategy: from descriptive to predictive analytics

Speaker: Bernard Marr, Chief Executive, Advanced Performance Institute
Subject: Future of Work and Business Insights Future of Work and Business Insights
Format: ACE Talks

[F2] Building a Compelling Reward Package in an Increasingly Competitive Market

Speaker: Jonathan Crookall, People Director, Halfords
Speaker: Richard Luckman, Head of HR, Sandwell Council
Speaker: Mark Stanley, HRBP - Resourcing, Sandwell Council
Subject: HR Essentials HR Essentials
Format: Case study

[F3] The Role of HR Technology in Organisational Growth and Change

Speaker: Nathan Adams, People Director, Aviva
Speaker: Nigel Rogers, Global Head of HR Systems, Aberdeen Asset Management
Subject: Future of Work and Business Insights Future of Work and Business Insights
Format: Case study

[F4] Working with the Business for Increased Organisational Performance

Speaker: Peter Reeve, Head of HR, Motor Neurone Disease Association
Speaker: Linda Cherrington, Director of Finance, Motor Neurone Disease Association
Speaker: Catherine Taylor, Group People Director, Marston's PLC
Subject: HR Essentials HR Essentials
Format: Panel discussion

15:15-16:30

[KN2] Competence is not Enough: Leading and Learning in the Age of Nomadic Professionalism

Speaker: Gianpiero Petriglieri, Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour, INSEAD
Subject: Future of Work and Business Insights Future of Work and Business Insights
Format: Keynote