Chief Operating Officer, HR at Standard Chartered Bank
A senior executive with over 24 years’ experience and a strong history of instigating and leading board-level corporate transformation agendas while implementing new organisational capabilities, strategic technology programmes, cultural change initiatives and operational turn-around. Ultimately, possesses a proven track record of achieving significant top and bottom line benefits for large, complex organisations.
Former CHRO at Telefonica O2 UK
Ann Pickering is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel Development and is former CHRO & Chief of Staff of O2 UK Ltd where she managed a team of 130 who provide HR services to the 6500 O2 employees in the UK.
After gaining a degree in English, Ann began her career with Marks & Spencer, joining their Graduate Programme specialising in HR. She went on to hold variety of HR roles in different lines of business at an American investment company, and an international business technology services group operating in the UK, Europe, India and USA. Here, she was responsible for creating and implementing key strategic developments from an HR perspective in both the UK and abroad.
Ann’s expertise in human resources, together with a strong background in technology, brought her to O2 in March 2004. Since joining O2 she has been voted top 5 ‘Most Influential HR Director’ for the last 3 consecutive years (voted number 1 in 2018).
In 2019 Ann was recognised in the HERoes global top 50 Women Role Model list which recognized women who are leading by example and driving change to increase gender diversity in the workplace.
Outside O2, Ann is a Trustee of Breast Cancer Now and Trustee of ‘Step up to Serve’ a charity established by HRH Prince Charles in 2013 to make social action part of life for 10-20 year olds by the year 2020.
She now lives in Worcester and is married with two adult sons.
Founder at OrgShakers & previously Exec VP & Global Chief People Officer at McDonald's
Four of the top five biggest CEO challenges relate to People1. As one of the world’s leading HR practitioners, David Fairhurst offers a unique and thought-provoking perspective on how organizations can rise to meet these challenges.
His most recent role – Executive Vice President, Global Chief People Officer at McDonald’s Corporation – is one of the world’s largest HR and Training positions with oversight of almost 2-million employees in over 120 countries. David is credited as one of the key leaders in delivering the company’s historic business turnaround, which saw the firm’s market capitalization rise from $93bn to $147bn in just 4 years. In doing so, he is one of very few HR leaders to have had the opportunity to deliver a truly global Cultural Transformation program at pace and at scale.
A proven ‘disrupter’, David combines hard data and personal intuition to challenge established thinking and ways of working.
In 2014, he shared his prediction in the Financial Times, that within a decade, major global economies would be facing labour shortages on a scale which would impact business growth – a ‘workforce cliff’. This insight allowed many in industry to prepare for the challenges ahead. He has also identified new and innovative solutions to drive greater people value, including challenging the traditional approaches to Performance and Talent Management.
‘David is just one of the best HR people I’ve run into.
He has great insight into the business and great instincts on what HR can do to help.”’ Dave Ulrich, Rensis Likert Professor at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business
Prior to joining McDonald’s, David was Group Manager for Organisation Development at H J Heinz; European Director of Recruitment and Leadership Planning at SmithKline Beecham (GSK); and Corporate HR Director at Tesco’s UK and International businesses where he also led the Global Talent function.
For four consecutive years David was voted ‘Most Influential Practitioner’ by HR Magazine, receiving their lifetime achievement award in 2012. He was also the first HR professional to be named ‘Business Communicator of the Year’ by the Institute of Internal Communications – a title previously awarded to leading business figures such as Body Shop founder Anita Roddick, and Virgin founder Richard Branson.
‘Business Matters. Business Success Matters. But above all, it’s a matter of people.’
David Fairhurst, from his 2009 book ‘Words for the “Whys”’
David earned his bachelor’s degree at Lancaster University and his master’s degree at Manchester Metropolitan University Business School which has recognised his ongoing contribution as a Visiting Professor with an honorary Doctorate in Business Administration. He also holds an honorary Doctorate from Middlesex University.
In 2011, David was appointed by the UK government to act as a Commissioner for the Commission for Employment and Skills – a role he held until the change of government in May 2015. Previously he had served as a Fellow of the Sunningdale Institute; a virtual academy of leading academics and thought leaders created to advise and advance public service. He has also advised officials and politicians at both the European Commission and the European Parliament.
David is a Chartered Companion of the UK’s Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development where he served for four years as its Vice President of Learning, Training and Development. He is also a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) whose mission to ‘create the conditions for the enlightened thinking and collaborative action needed to address today's most pressing social challenges’.
Born in 1968 in Wigan – an industrial town in the North of England – David grew up as part of a family of retailers, and amongst his earliest memories are ‘helping out’ in his grandfather’s grocery store. To this day, he remains pragmatic, business oriented, innovative and witty in his speaking work. Many in the wider management community will know of David through his regular TV and radio appearances, his lectures and his presentations at conferences ranging from small gatherings to large audiences of 20,000 people.
Chairman and Founder, 10x Psychology
BA (Hons), MPhil, PhD, HonDrSc, HonFBPsS, C.Psychol, FBPsS, CSci, AcademicFCIPD, FInstSM, FRSA, FIoD
Peter Saville is arguably the best known, most successful and highly acclaimed Psychologist within the Business Psychology Profession. The British Psychological Society (BPS) have stated, “Peter Saville established Britain as a centre for Psychometric testing and is responsible for cementing the notion of fair and objective assessment in Human Resources across the world. As a skilled psychometrician and visionary leader, Peter Saville has made a significant impact on professional psychology in the UK and beyond. The widespread use of his tests by major companies and public bodies is testament to the influence of Peter Saville’s remarkable ideas.”
With a usage of some 50 million of his measures of ability, personality, motivation and talent annually, Peter has been described as “One of the most influential Psychologists of our time”. He founded SHL in 1977 where he developed the Occupational Personality Questionnaire (OPQ) and the first commercial Big 5 Personality measure. He floated SHL group on the main London stock exchange in 1997. In 1998 Peter was listed in the ‘Top 100’ Entrepreneurs by Enterprise Magazine and in 1999 was cited as one of Britain’s Top Ten Psychologists, the only Occupational Psychologist included. In 2001 Peter’s portrait hung in the National Portrait Gallery after being presented with the British Psychology Society Centenary Award for Distinguished Contributions to Professional Psychology. Peter then went on to found Saville Consulting (now Saville Assessment), where he developed the Saville Wave questionnaire. The company was acquired by Willis Towers Watson in 2015. Already a Fellow, in 2012 Peter received the highest BPS award, Honorary Fellowship, in recognition of his work in “Flying the flag for Britain for objective assessment” and “Creating the global gold standard for psychometric tests”. Peter has written over 200 publications and spoken in over 60 countries worldwide. Peter was Professor of Psychology at Queen’s University, Belfast and is currently Professor of Leadership Studies at Kingston University, London.
Interim Director, Learning & Organisational Design at Warner Media
Sharon is a Leadership, Learning and Organisational Effectiveness Professional who has spent the best part of this year at Warner Media as Interim Director, Learning & Organisational Design. Prior to that, Sharon spent four and a half years in the Financial Services Industry, with M&G plc, developing their Leadership Excellence and Development programme and Learning Curriculum.
Sharon is also an accredited Transformational Coach and Systemic Team Coach, working with teams and individuals to achieve their goals and move towards a more positive approach in life.
She has a real passion for helping create leaders that people want to follow. Her ethos is; it isn’t enough to make good leaders, we have to work on nurturing good followers. People who know their own values, beliefs and strengths so they can identify good leadership when they come across it.
Her take on leadership is inclusive, kind, compassionate and collaborative. She is a firm believer in leadership being driven out of purpose and then translating that purpose into practice in order to achieve an organisation’s strategic objectives.
Sharon has lived in the UK for 11 years, coming from Australia originally. She is half Maltese and lives in London with her partner, chasing the sun whenever she can!
Author of 'Human Resources Changes the World'
Glenn Jones is a Freelance HR/People Consultant, Coach, Speaker and Fixer who also holds both Chartered Fellowship of the CIPD and CIPP.
Glenn's most recent role was directing 300,000+ colleagues as part of the People Transformation Programme for Tesco and as the Advisor to CPO, Natasha Adams.
In addition, Glenn holds a Masters in Payroll and Business Management. Glenn’s clients over the last 8 years have been Bank of America, HSBC, Ecolab, Imperial Brands, AXA XL and Tesco. In addition, Glenn is a published author of “Human Resources Changes the World” and he has also started his Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) at Derby University. To say that Glenn is passionate about the future of HR/People is an understatement.
Glenn brings a wealth of experience delivering and rescuing large scale global and local HR/People change projects and has worked in a range of senior roles in large global organisations prior to freelancing. Specifically, he has led significant transitions and transformations of HR technology and shared services, payroll services and tangible process improvements.
Glenn lives in Derby with his wife, Debs, and their daughter, Cadence. In his spare time, Glenn is Chair of Board of Governors at Derby High School and also enjoys scuba diving and walking his dogs in the Derbyshire Dales.
Chief Human Resources Officer / Executive Vice President at Skanska
Member of Skanska UK Plc board and Executive Management Team, reporting to the CEO.
Driven significant change including the development of organisational culture and structure to drive business performance through strong values. Introduced people strategy to guide organisation through the recession and return to growth including robust talent management strategy to build sustainable pipeline of internal talent. Impact of strategy can be seen in engagement levels which now benchmark at world-class levels, reduction of voluntary turnover to lower quartile, year on year improvement in gender diversity, and establishment of leadership position in people development, ethics, diversity and inclusion. Transformation of HR, Communications and IT functions to support reshaping of company and subsequent delivery of industry-leading margins.
Listed on HR Magazine’s ‘Most Influential' lists for 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Member of the Chartered Institute of Building Policy Board, and past member of All-Party Parliamentary Group, Excellence in the Built Environment, examining the impact of Brexit in skills in the construction industry.
Member of editorial boards - the HRDirector Magazine and Construction Manager Magazine.
Head of Tech Talent Acquisition at Zalando SE
Yasar is the Head of Talent Aquisition at Zalando focussed on Technology Hiring.
Previously, he was the Director and Head of Strategic Hiring at Wipro and Wipro Digital. Prior to that, he was a Director for a start-up HR & Contingency organisation based in the UK.
Yasar is an accomplished HR leader with experience in various HR roles, with a passion for Talent Acquisition, Inclusion and Diversity and developing a brand's EVP model. Across his career, he has been embracing digital innovation to automate and transform organisations HR functions. From Talent Acquisition processes, Global Mobility, D&I Strategies to early careers for Graduates and Interns.
Yasar is a member of the RL100 and committed speaker on industrial challenges and creating human-shaped experiences. With his team recently winning the 2019 HRD Award for Diversity & Inclusion and the 2018 Award for Innovative Recruitment and On-boarding.