Member of Parliament for Streatham
A solicitor by profession, Chuka studied English Law and French Law at the University of Manchester and then practiced employment law for just under a decade in the City and central London.
Following his election to Parliament, in June 2010 he was elected to serve on the Treasury Select Committee and in October 2010 was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to Ed Miliband, Leader of the Labour Party. In May 2011, Chuka became Shadow Minister for Small Business in Labour’s Shadow Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) team, and in October 2011 was promoted to lead that team and join the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills. Chuka held this post until September 2015 when he left the Shadow Cabinet by mutual agreement with Jeremy Corbyn.
In February 2019, he resigned the Labour whip to sit as an Independent MP due to Labour’s failure to provide opposition to Brexit and the culture of antisemitism and bullying it had developed.
Chuka is one of leading people of the People’s Vote campaign, Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on EU Relations and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Integration.
He is seen as a leading figure on the centre-left of British politics and writes a weekly column for the Independent.
Vice President, EMEA at Twitter
Bruce Daisley is the EMEA Vice President of Twitter and best-selling author of The Joy of Work. He joined the company in 2012 having previously run YouTube UK at Google. He has also worked at Emap/Bauer and Capital Radio.
Bruce runs the Apple #1 Business Chart topping podcast Eat Sleep Work Repeat on work culture. Bruce's book The Joy of Work has been a smash hit, it was the Sunday Times number 1 business bestseller in spring 2019, the Financial Times made it Book of the Month.
NED at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
Yetunde Hofmann is a Non-Executive Director on the global board of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and is a member of their Audit Committee and Nominations Committee.
In 2018 She became the CIPD champion for the Middle East. An internationally accredited Integral Development Coach she is Managing Director of Synchrony Development Consulting which partners with organisations in the development and execution of change strategy, diversity and inclusion and the alignment of their people and organisation behind the way forward. She had a successful career as an HR Leader in FTSE 100 global companies including Imperial Brands, Unilever, Allied Domecq and Northern Foods. Her tenets are Love, Leadership and Results. A TEDx Speaker, Conference Chair and Speaker, Yetunde sits on the boards of a number of organisations such as Treatt PLC, The Education Development Trust (EDT) where she also Chairs their Remuneration Committee and Tomorrow's Company. She is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Reading's Henley Business School and is Founder of The Enjoyable Life Series - a Community Organisation designed to help men and women in all walks of life live their lives more enjoyably. In 2018 she was named one of the top 100 women in the UK to watch by the Cranfield University Female FTSE Board Report.
Her twitter handles are: @Yetundeh and @ENJLifeseries
VP, Product Development at Ascential
James is an experienced digital leader who has spent over 15 years transforming businesses, defining vision and strategy for new products, platforms and services, and recruiting and forming teams to design, build and operate these services for millions of customers. He is currently VP, Product Development at Ascential, the specialist, global information company that enables smart decision-making for business.
He is also the Founder of The Digital Discovery Group, helping people and companies achieve their full potential by focusing on the needs of their customers, colleagues and suppliers and has previously led digital, design and strategy teams at CPA Global, Tesco PLC, Government Digital Service and the BBC. James has a BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science from The University of Birmingham and lives in Warwickshire with his wife and three children.
Group HR Director at Domestic & General
I am Group HR Director at Domestic & General (D&G), a world-class service organisation which provides 16 million customers in 14 countries with peace of mind. HR has an integral part to play in driving fundamental change in people and culture and we have made incredible progress. Since joining D&G in 2016, we have refocused our strategic priorities, pledged to live our values and put the customer at the heart of everything we do.
I have transformed HR into a critically important business partner, leading a revolutionary change programme that drives and motivates our workforce, optimises performance and attracts and retains the best talent.
With almost two decades in HR, I pride myself on maximising resource potential to create modern, scalable HR solutions that achieve efficiencies, as well as organisational and cultural change. Prior to D&G, I spent eight years at HSBC where, as Head of HR UK, I led large multidisciplinary teams across a highly successful, progressive people agenda.
Head of Telecom Core & Cloud, Sweden at Ericsson
Maria has been a leader within the Swedish Telecom vendor Ericsson for the last fourteen years. For most of those years heading up the development of software products for telecom core systems. A year and a half ago she moved into sales and service delivery of the Ericsson core system portfolio as Head of Telcom Core & Cloud, Digital Services.
During her professional career, the Telecom industry and the company has been through major changes. The common denominator for change, planned or unplanned, is that it deflects focus from defined business targets. Maria has developed a special interest in how to lead people and organizations to deliver everyday results, even while bigger changes are ongoing.
Prior to her employment with Ericsson, Maria worked as a consultant for AU-System, Teleca and Capgemini.
Global Director of People Development at Farfetch
Kim joined Farfetch, the online luxury fashion platform, in 2018 as Global Director of People Development. She previously spent 11.5 years at Google multiple divisions including Learning & Development, and most recently the Cloud team, where she was Global Practice Head for Customer Change and Culture.
She is an expert in change management, the psychology and neuroscience of change, digital transformation, organisational culture, leadership, innovation and high performing teams.
She has had articles published in The Economist and Forbes and is a regular guest lecturer at London Business School and Imperial College London.
Founding CTO at Purplebricks
Founding CTO of Purplebricks worked with small and medium-sized businesses, government/EU and multinational corporations along with multiple startups. I believe in transparency, automation AI and aggregation.
While I love technology, it's people who make the difference. Motivated people tend to create and use the cool technologies that impact our daily lives.
Director of Artificial Intelligence at PWC
Rob works with partners across academia, government, technology vendors, start-ups, and other key stakeholders, in order to drive innovation within the Firm and develop new services for clients. He is an evangelist for responsible technology and promotes awareness of the growing ethical agenda relating to AI. He is an advisory board member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on AI, an adviser to The IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems, a TEDx speaker, and a Fellow of The RSA. Rob is particularly focused upon the issues and policies relating to the impact of automation on the workforce, the future skills agenda, and ensuring that the benefits to be delivered by AI are equitably spread across society.
Chief People Officer (ExCo) at Sage
Amanda became Chief People Officer in September 2018, a role she started on an interim basis in October 2017. She joined Sage in March 2015 to lead first the people transformation across Sage Functions and then latterly as Executive Vice President People Business Partners - leading the regional and functional generalist people teams across all of Sage locations.
Amanda has eighteen years of HR experience across a number of global FTSE organisations, including manufacturing, engineering and projects businesses where she focused on supporting executive leaders to drive change and transformation. During her career to date, Amanda has built extensive experience across North America, Latin America, Asia and Europe. She has led in all aspects of Human Resources but specifically in M&A, growth in new geographies and working across cultures and matrix organisations. Amanda has also specialised in talent development to executive level.
Passionate about developing talent and leadership and creating truly inclusive organisations which promote diversity, Amanda has a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Warwick and postgraduate qualifications in Human Resources Management.
Head of Talent Management at IQEQ
Helen joined First Names Group in April 2015 as the Group Head of Talent. First Names has since grown from 750 people to 3000 worldwide in 25 locations and this year rebranded to become IQEQ
Helen is a commercially focused Talent Director who is passionate about developing people and improving the employee experience. Since joining IQEQ Helen has led the development of their people focused culture including designing and launching the new group values, an award-winning leadership development suite – Ascent and redefining their approach to performance management. Helen has a focus on building solutions that build effective leadership teams, increase employee engagement and drive high performance across the organisation.
Helen fundamentally believes in creating an inclusive environment where people can be at their best and play to their strengths in doing so this drives higher productivity and builds a business that is fit for the future
Helen has an extensive background in L&D and Talent and has worked across many industries including blue-chip organisations like Unilever, Mars Incorporated and Ooredoo. Helen has a BSC in Economics from London School of Economics and lives in Jersey with her 12-year-old daughter and 9-year-old Triplets
Global Senior Team Lead - Technology Talent Acquisition at Zalando
Manjuri globally leads the technology talent acquisition team for Europe’s Leading e-commerce platform, Zalando SE. She possesses international experience in Tech business Partnering and Talent Acquisition for mid to large organizations such as Accenture and has worked and lived in India, Czech Republic and Germany. Being an avid traveller, she also wears the hats of a speaker, mentor and a blogger.
Interim CTO at Planday
With a career in digital leadership for major established businesses, Chris believes that to survive and grow in the digital world, to deal with the threat of disruption, and to capitalise on the opportunity, traditional businesses have to fundamentally change how they operate. It is possible to learn from the new breed of businesses – the digital natives – and begin to behave like them. Having been a CIO and leader of multiple digital transformations, Chris founded 3POINTSDIGITAL to help organisations focus on and balance the three points of digital: customer value, business benefit and technology opportunity. Having worked with many diverse organisations from startups to FTSE100 companies, Chris and the 3PD team have a unique cross-industry view of digital transformation, and what it takes to be successful.
Chris has previously held roles such as CIO at TUI Travel and Digital Transformation and Digital Director at Brakes Group.
Global Head Talent Acquisition & Experience at Lidl
Tim Ackermann is a seasoned and passionate HR and Talent Acquisition expert with over 20 years of experience in various industries and global regions at companies such as Deutsche Bank, Microsoft, Swarovski and Zalando. Recently Tim joined Lidl, one of the world's largest grocery retailers, as Global Head Talent Acquisition & Experience to create a unique and frictionless experience for future and existing employees.
Tim is a founding member of Queb e.V. the (German) Association for Quality Employer Branding and actively engaged in the harmonization of the European higher education with FIBAA.
Co-Founder at Gather
Lindsey is the co-founder of Gather, applying location intelligence to the global sanitation crisis. She leads Gather’s programmes, including a recent innovation in Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar. Working with government, private companies and the non-profit sector, Gather is using data to get toilets to 350,000 people in low-income communities in the city.
A trained geographer and fledgeling geek, Lindsey previously worked with Restless Development to empower young people across the world. Alongside her work with Gather, Lindsey sits on the board of trustees for the United Nations Association (UK) and the steering community for Women in Geospatial. She frequently speaks on the potential of collaboration, data for good and diversity. Lindsey has been named as one of Forbes’ 30 Social Entrepreneurs Under 30, MIT's 35 Innovators Under 35 and an Ashoka Changemaker.
Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging at The Telegraph
Asif is Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging for The Telegraph. Delivering the strategic plan to drive a co-ordinated approach across the business to focus both investment and intent on the broader inclusion agenda. He is a Multi-Award Winning Diversity and Inclusion expert with a proven track record in achieving operational and strategic targets, managing quality, performance, risk and change through promoting equal opportunities and diverse cultures.
He is a passionate and inspirational leader with the ability to empower individuals and create a truly inclusive environment for all. Asif is key in implementing D&I activities and programmes as well as connecting with stakeholders at all levels to build strong and influential relationships with business leaders and influencers. Asif acts as a role model, providing governance across the business on D&I and cultural change and is committed to creating a strong sense of belonging for all.
Asif has received a number of accolades for his professional and volunteering work that include the Mosaic (Prince’s Trust) Award for mentoring and NAMP Multi Faith Award, Police Officer of the Year Award, European, the Civil Servant of the Year Award, the prestigious Asian Professional Award and the highly commended Head of Diversity Award at the European Diversity Awards. Asif was honoured last year in the Queen’s birthday honours list with an MBE for his services to Policing and the Communities and is a member of the HR Guild and is a Freeman of the City.
He is currently the Chair of the London Hate Crime Board, an Ambassador for Remembering Srebrenica, Member of the APPG (All Party Parliamentary Group) on Hate Crime, Special Advisory to the charity Penny Appeal, a trainer for the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights and a Special Sergeant with the City of London Police.
Director at Leadership Forces
Roderic Yapp is a specialist leadership consultant and accredited coach. He supports major business transformations by improving the capability of leaders so that they can execute the transformation strategy.
Roderic is an International Coaching Federation professionally accredited coach who has specialist experience in developing people in sectors where ‘leadership failure’ usually results in death or critical injury.
He has significant experience in leadership development, major business transformations and operational excellence with companies such as Deloitte, Fidelity, HSBC, the John Lewis Group, Jaguar Land Rover, Urenco and the NHS.
Co-founder & CEO at LACE Partners
Co-founder and CEO of LACE Partners, an HR consultancy specialising in HR transformation, tech selection and tech adoption. An HR transformation specialist and global programme director with 25years’ experience in some of the world’s largest and most successful management consultancies.
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.
Current and former clients include Credit Suisse, Lafarge Holcim, Barclays, M&S, Coke CCE, Carnival, EasyJet and YOOX Net-a-Porter
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.
Global HR Director at Bibby Financial Services
Paul has over 30 years of experience across all the HR disciplines with a proven track record of delivering a commercial, business-focused people agenda at a PLC, global and geographic regional level across a diverse range of sectors; Chemicals, Energy and Utility, Beverages/Spirits and Wine, Technology and Telecommunications, Travel and Leisure, Financial and Professional Services, Publishing.
Passionate about the role and value HR can bring in driving business performance and transformation, Paul is clear in his message; “unless HR thinks, acts and engages like a business, we do not deserve a place at the table.
Married with two sons, Paul loves to travel and is a passionate supporter of rugby at all levels. If the two can be combined, so much the better!
Founder & CEO at Temporall
In his 10 years at Google, Thomas led the UK&I Cloud business as Country Manager, then became Director of Northern, Eastern & Central Europe, before leading the Global Partnerships team.
During this time Thomas was intrigued by the culture of the organisation and began to investigate and subsequently define what high-performance culture really meant, and how to measure it. He has a passion for helping organisations use technology to drive cultural change and develop a sustainable strategy for future success.
Having founded Temporall, Thomas now helps organisations develop culture as a strategic lever for transformation. Positioning culture as a strategy leads to an increase in performance and supports successful digital transformation.
He took his own enterprise cloud product from concept to go-live in 12 months and united a world-class team to create a digital native organisation that is continually transforming – successfully. Thomas is an expert in the business use of machine learning, digital technologies, leadership and the complexities of operating in multiple markets in times of unprecedented change.
Thomas and the Temporall team are now supporting progressive business leaders in understanding how to capture quantitative, qualitative and ‘network activity’ signals from employees that positively impact the bottom line. He strongly believes that every organisation is unique and has the power to choose their own destiny. He has a humanistic approach to life and work.
Thomas is a highly regarded keynote speaker and has had articles published on FastCo and Medium and he featured in the Financial Times series “Meet the Career Changers”. He is an accredited executive coach and has sat on the Technology Advisory Board for one of the UK’s leading banks. Thomas is on the Advisory of the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT), and a Board member at TCES Group.
CEO at The Cure Parkinson's Trust
Will was appointed CEO in 2017, working with and alongside deputy CEO Helen Matthews. Prior to that, he served as a Trustee of the charity and Chair of our Governance & Risk Committee from 2015.
Will has been a supporter of the charity since its inception in 2005, although his involvement dates back to 2002. He was Chair of the charity fundraising committee supporting Tom Isaacs' 4500 mile charity walk (Coastin’) which resulted in the foundation of CPT.
Will works with Helen and CPT’s Director of Research & Development, Dr Richard Wyse, to drive the Trust’s research programme. He leads our fundraising and communications teams to support that research, manages all staff and is responsible to our Trustee Board for the governance, efficiency and strategy of the charity.
Will is a solicitor by profession, having been a partner of City firm Simmons & Simmons and intellectual property specialists Marks & Clerk during his 28-year career. He retired from partnership in 2018, but remains active for Marks & Clerk as its Senior Counsel and as a consultant in several areas of IP law.
Managing Director at Transform for Value
Suzie Lewis is Founder and Managing Director of Transform for Value, and has extensive experience in driving international transformation projects, and in preparing business leaders and employees for change. Suzie is about connecting people, their potential, collective intelligence and equipping organisations to get the best out of individuals and teams. During 18 years working in the aeronautical industry for Airbus, she has led both flagship projects and teams large and small in culture change, leadership, digital transformation, Agile, diversity and inclusion, talent management and recruitment.
MD at Rhino Consulting
Andrew was previously Group Head of HR, Retail Banking & Wealth Management at HSBC. Having joined in 2008 as the Head of HR UK Bank, Andrew has developed and deployed Global change initiatives which have had a significant positive impact on the culture and values of the business.
Andrew Fox has a proven track record of delivering change growth in complex, global organisations. He is a passionate, practical and highly commercial HR professional – combining theory and strategic implementation to enhance business performance and enable people development.
Life Philosophy “The heart of the leader is manifested through service to others.
In his spare time, Andrew is a Martial Arts enthusiast and enjoys reading, watching movies and riding his Harley. He is also actively involved in the charity Fight for Peace.
CEO at Big Bear Partners
With deep, proven experience in the Consulting, Investment Banking and Technology sectors – working for multi-national Fortune 100 brands for 18 years in NYC, then hyper-growth technology companies for 14 years in the UK, I bring a distinctly holistic, operational and highly commercial skill set that reinvents HR as an internal management consultancy – focused on preparing organisations for optimal capability in the Digital Age.
I’m a successful and effective change and transformation thought leader who helps business leaders and their organisations exponentially accelerate their goals and targets by exploring the potential of their workforce who make it happen. After 20+ years of HR and operational leadership experience, I’ve learned that the more attractive, seamless and frictionless an operating environment is, and the more you personalise the employee journey – the more likely you will attract the best people, who will commit, stay and deliver exponential outcomes. This includes ensuring leadership & management excellence, adaptive structures, agile and cross-functional ways of working, listening, supporting potential and building trusted and collaborative teams who believe in your purpose & mission.
Employers and contracts have included Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, EDS/HP, Peoplesoft/Oracle, Novartis Pharmaceutical, MessageLabs/Symantec, SpinVox/Nuance, Skype/MSFT, Kantar/WPP, MetaPack, and a host of micro-projects with similar fast-growth SMEs seeking to corner their market by achieving an ‘unfair advantage’ through enlightened talent strategy.
UK Operations Director at Change Management Institute
Ket is a certified Change Practitioner with over 15 years of hands-on experience leading change and transformation activities. Having led several large-scale transformations, driven through M&A, he has a vast array of expertise cutting cross all business disciplines and activities with particular specialisms in Data Analytics, Business Operations design (back office and client) and Digital and Technology Transformation.
Ket is also the UK Director of Operations and London Chapter Lead of the Change Management Institute. The role brings cutting-edge thought leadership on topics such as Design Thinking, Neuroscience, Benefits Management, Master Data Management and Nudge Theory as well as many other emerging capabilities to enable change professionals to develop networks for greater individual and organisational capability. It also ensures that the Change Management Institute continue to grow to support affiliates in our local chapters and brings consistency and commonality to the offering across the UK.
Co-Founder at Too Good To Go
Jamie Crummie trained as a lawyer before pursuing his mission of fighting food waste. He is the co-founder of Too Good To Go: the world’s largest marketplace for surplus food.
The free app connects retailers who have unsold food available with local consumers who purchase, collect and enjoy their surplus food. Too Good To Go is now active in 10 countries (and counting!) with over 13 million Waste Warriors who have rescued over 15 million meals collectively from 22,000 food businesses.
In the UK, over 550,000 meals have been saved to date.
Non-Gaming QA Programme Manager at Camelot