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 & 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.
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
NED at the University of Exeter & Trustee at National Union of Students (UK)
Jo Binding is a strategy consultant who works with companies and charities to help them define and deliver ambitious growth plans or make changes where things aren't working.
She spent many years working in fast-growth organisations in the media and digital sectors including at Sky, News International, BT Sport, Discovery and Man City FC. More recently she has advised a variety of companies on strategy development, digital transformation, restructuring and consumer-led product development processes.
She is a Non-Executive Director and Trustee for Exeter University, the National Union of Students and Chair of Trustees for The Student View; a small but growing charity working with schools and journalists to educate young people about fake news and the power of journalism.
Managing Director, Global Head of Talent Acquisition Strategy & Programs at Citigroup
Syreeta Brown is a Managing Director at Citigroup working in HR and heads up Citi’s Global Recruitment Strategy & Programs function. Syreeta leads a team which covers recruitment processes and systems / technical infrastructure, social media and recruitment marketing, as well as managing the program office for all Global Recruitment programmes. Syreeta also has responsibility, partnering with key stakeholders across the Global Talent, Brand, Corporate Communications teams and Regional Heads of Recruitment and business stakeholders, to define Citi’s strategy for sourcing talent and developing the Employee Value Proposition as part of Citi’s core recruitment process. Syreeta joined Citi in November 2010 as EMEA Regional Head of Recruitment - a role she held for 3 years before assuming the Global Recruitment Strategy remit.
Prior to joining Citi, Syreeta was an HR Director at British Telecom Group PLC, having joined as a graduate in 1998. She rapidly advanced her career over 12 years working across various businesses in a number of roles. Syreeta holds a BA (Hons) English Literature from Goldsmiths College, University of London, Masters in Human Resources from University of Westminster, and an Executive Masters in HR Leadership from Rutgers. Syreeta sits on the ‘Panel of Influential Women’ run by the Advanced Boardroom Excellence Group, which is focused on the development of senior executives. Syreeta was recently recognised for 20 years of service to Human Resources by the CIPD. Syreeta is a Board trustee for the Access all Areas Theatre – a theatre company for learning disabled artists based in Hackney.
Syreeta was named Financial Services Leader of the year at the 2018 Black British Business Awards.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Group CEO at Elements Talent Consultancy
Daniel Goldstein is the founder and CEO of Elements Talent Consultancy. He founded the business in 2009 and first piloted the concept of Embedded Talent Consultancy 6 years later.
He is a passionate advocate of the true value of excellent talent acquisition professionals and is on a mission to change perceptions of an industry which has traditionally been characterised by low standards and a consequent lack of trust.
Elements are the pioneers of Embedded Talent Consultancy.
They built the model around their very first embedded partners: Spotify and Atlassian. Driven by a conviction that the traditional, transactional dynamic served nobody well, they created something entirely different.
Focusing on the transformative impact of effective collaboration, they work alongside their partners as trusted consultants. Advising from the inside, their people go deeper, inspiring truly meaningful change.
The success of their approach has meant that they’ve grown quickly, doubling their headcount in each of the last 4 years. Over the same period, they’ve become a trusted partner for brands like iZettle, Booking.com, King & Just Eat, building a bespoke team of embedded consultants for each engagement.
Today, Elements is present worldwide, with offices in Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne, Singapore and Stockholm, as well as London. Further offices are planned for Amsterdam, New York and Austin in 2020 and beyond.
NED and Chair of RemCo, 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
Chief Human Resources Officer at the BBC
Valerie has worked in HR for 35 years across a variety of sectors and countries. She is currently Chief HR Officer for the BBC and has been in this role since 2014. She is a member of the BBC Executive and is responsible for the design and implementation of the BBC’s HR and Internal Communications strategy.
Prior to joining the BBC in 2014, Valerie was Group HR Director at support services organisation Amey, with responsibility for the HR, Marketing/Communications and Health, Safety and Sustainability strategy for 20,000 employees. During this time she led the people integration of 10,000 employees from acquired company Enterprise into Amey.
She previously held the role of Group HR Director for Steria, based in Paris with global responsibility for 20,000 employees. She joined Steria in 2007 as a result of the acquisition of Xansa by Steria and was responsible for the people merger of the two organisations. She had worked at Xansa for 10 years, initially on a part-time basis while bringing up a young family, and then moving to become Group HR Director in 2004. In addition to leading the HR function, she developed a new HR Outsourcing service line for the organisation from India.
Her earlier career was spent initially at Selfridges as a Personnel Manager and then working at EDS (now Hewlett Packard), which she joined while living in the Netherlands. She spent four years there, initially heading up European Recruitment and then becoming HR Director for Northern Europe. She transferred to the UK with the organisation as head of European Compensation and Benefits before becoming UK HR Director.
Valerie is a Fellow of the CIPD and has a B. Com. degree from Birmingham University. She speaks regularly at conferences and mentors many HR professionals and students including through the University of Birmingham’s alumni programme. She is also an adviser to board committees at the Donmar Warehouse theatre and has been a Court member for the Guild of HR professionals.
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.
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.
NED & Consultant on HR, D&I and Change
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. He is a Mentor with the Prince’s Trust and an International Coaching Federation qualified executive coach. He is also a Professional Mentor for the Guild of HR Professionals and the Diversity and Inclusion Adviser for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Martin is a conference speaker and writer on many aspects of HR, work, careers and change. Martin is a member of the CIPD Policy Forum which advises the 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.
Martin also spent five years outside HR, as a business director with full P&L responsibility and a successful record of business growth.
Martin is a Fellow of the RSA and CIPD and has a first degree in Behavioural Science and a master’s degree in HR Management from Cardiff University
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.
RPA/AI/Finance Transformation at Generation GFO
A Big Four-qualified Chartered Accountant with 15 years of finance leadership experience in driving transformation at blue-chip organisations in both consulting and industry. Proven success in developing and executing strategic change programs to increase growth and profitability. Broad finance experience in FP&A, financial control and financial strategy, including:
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
QA Programme Manager at Camelot
HR Director, EMEA & HR Transformation at Cyient
Keith is an experienced HR Director who has spent over 18 years collaborating with leaders and teams transforming global organizations.
At Cyient, he is currently responsible for leading the drive of the implementation of their people technology, D&I and employee communication strategies as part of his role collaborating with the executive leadership team in the execution of the Company cultural transformation.
Keith’s leadership brand is focused on creating energy, insight, future insights and a passion for creating high-performance cultures through great people.
His brand is underpinned by some simple values that have followed him throughout his career. These values still ring true today:
Married with a 4-year-old daughter and future HR professional :), Keith is a keen scuba diver, cyclist and photographer…but not fantastic at any of them.
Group HR Director at Wilson James Group
Sam is accountable for the group wide People Strategy which incorporates the Security, Construction Logistics and Aviation divisions within the Wilson James Group.
Prior to Wilson James, Sam held several HRD roles across the public and private sector. Her experience has seen her lead significant people and technology transformations including deployment of cloud based people solutions, using technology to enable mobile and flexible working and supporting integrated learning for complex partnerships.
Prior to working in HR, Sam had a successful career in recruitment, working at board level in both the UK and Australia. Here she delivered a range of solutions including RPO for large blue chip organisations where technology transformation enabled improved service delivery and organisational efficiency.
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.
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.
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.
Digital Consultant & CIO/CTO Advisory
Nadine Thomson leads international, technology change programmes in her executive career. She had worked across multi-channel Retail, Media, Leisure and Financial Services. Nadine has recently worked as Digital Advisor for News UK, Group CTO for Conde Nast International (Vogue, GQ) and Technology Director for Vue Cinema.
She has 10 years non-executive experience on the boards of Host UK and Cinema For All and has seen the value, skills and strategic perspective that a non-exec role can bring to an Exec career.
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.
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.
Founder at VybeLabs
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.
NED at Department for Transport
A Board Executive in the Digital and Technology sector for 30 years.
In addition to her corporate career, Tracy was the Director of GBSLEP responsible for Stimulating Innovation in the West Midlands, sat on the Smart City Commission, Birmingham Science City Board and championed the Digital Leaders West Midlands programme. A Governor at Birmingham City University, a Board Advisor at Innovation Birmingham and the West Midlands Digital Advisory Board.
She is a Non-Executive Director at the Department for Transport, sits on the Future of Mobility Advisory Board. She is Executive Chair at Curium Solutions and advises scale up businesses.
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.
Chief Product Officer at 10x Psychology
Oliver is the Chief Product Officer at 10x Psychology. Within his role, he skilfully applies people analytics techniques to psychometric data and products. His specialist areas of interest are in predictive hire, values fit and leadership evaluation and development.
Oliver is a thought leader in the application of data analytics within HR, and has extensive analytics, people and change management experience from holding senior HR leadership roles across the private and public sectors.
A triple graduate, he was initially educated at Reading University (BSc Statistics and MSc Biometrics) and later at Portsmouth University (MSc Human Resources). Oliver’s high-end numerical skills, award winning solutions and private sector experience fuelled his rapid advancement through sequential operational leadership roles and into the highest levels of HR Management.
A.I Consulting Leader at IBM Talent Management Solutions
Nigel consults about analytical approaches to human resource management, including the use of artificial intelligence in the talent acquisition process. He has published many scientific articles on HR analytics and is currently co-editing a special issue of the Human Resource Management Journal on analytics and machine learning in Human Resources. He was awarded an IBM Eminence and Excellence award for work integrating machine learning and behavioural science in HR. He has written many articles for the popular press on HR analytics, including for Harvard Business Review. He is co-author the best selling HR analytics book The Power of People: Learn how successful organizations use workforce analytics to improve business performance (Pearson FT).
VP HR for Region West at Adidas
Tony Cooke joined adidas, area North as HR Director in July 2001 with the responsibility for all HR functions throughout the UK, Ireland, Belgium and Netherlands. He was formerly HR Director of William Baird PLC and prior to this held senior HR Management roles at GEC Plessey and the National Westminster Bank. In 2006 the adidas Group grew further with the integration of the Reebok brand, and in turn Tony was appointed Senior Director HR, North Europe. In 2018 he was appointed VPHR for Region West, assuming responsibility for the Nordic countries, Iberia & France. Tony is responsible for the organisation’s award-winning CSR strategy; initiating many projects for local and international charities. He is also the driving force behind the accolade of becoming ‘Britain’s Healthiest Company’ 5 years in succession and is the Company sponsor for Inclusion & Diversity. Tony is married with 3 children – now a Grandfather to one - and is an avid Liverpool Football Club supporter.
Director of Business Transformation at Royal Mail
A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, the Chartered Global Management Accountants, and the Association for Project Management, Ian was educated at Coventry University, Manchester Business School and Oxford Saïd Business School.
A business leader who has spent a significant part of his career in the areas of strategic planning, transformational change and corporate governance. In recent times, Ian led an award-winning transformation programme - one of the largest and most complex investments of its kind in UK industry, impacting on over 140,000 people across Royal Mail’s UK operation and enabling the 2013 IPO. Ian also operated as Chief of Staff between 2014 and 2018 - acting as confidante, critical-friend and trusted advisor to Royal Mail’s UK CEO.
In his current role as Director of Business Transformation for the UK division of Royal Mail, Ian leads a professional portfolio, programme and project management resource enabling technological, infrastructure, process and method changes across the UK.
Ian also acts in an advisory capacity to Career Ready, CASS Business School and The Romero Academy in Coventry. Until recently, Ian was the non-executive chairman of National Design Consultancy 2000 Ltd – a UK based company providing building engineering services to the public and private sectors. Ian is also a Trustee for the Rowland Hill Fund - a not-for-profit organisation providing financial support to current and past employees of Royal Mail and The Post Office.