HR Basecamp Programme

15th September 2020, etc Venues: County Hall, Westminster

Topics for discussion

We are currently sourcing speakers for our programme. The topics that will feature are:


- Tech innovations & trends
- Future of HR
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Wellbeing
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Commerciality & strategic business partnering
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Developing your personal brand
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Career pathways and accelerators
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Diversity, gender & inclusion
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Ethics & sustainability
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Agility & resilience in HR


HR Basecamp Speaker Programme

Confirmed programme so far...

Dave Cornthwaite

Adventurer, Speaker & Author
Yes Man
DAY 1 KEYNOTE
Do something new everyday...
  • Biography

    Dave has a habit of doing things differently. Since quitting his job as a really bad graphic designer in 2005, Dave Cornthwaite has developed a successful career based around his passions. At the core, he is a record-breaking adventurer.

    Dave has created hundreds of short films, delivered hundreds of lectures worldwide, travelled over 20,000 non-motorised miles as part of his Expedition1000 project, founded the life-fulfilling brand SayYesMore and, finally, has made up for being a total loser in his early twenties.

    At the core, he is a record-breaking adventurer twelve journeys into his groundbreaking Expedition1000 project: 25 journeys of 1000 miles or more, each using a different form of non-motorised transport. If his enthusiasm for simple living, the power of adventure for good and the glorious pursuit of enjoying Mondays isn't enough to get you ready for a new challenge, nothing will.

  • Presentation Outline

    Dave's uniquely entertaining and motivational keynote presentations have been enjoyed on six continents and his passionate advocacy of the word YES has contributed to the sprouting of countless adventures worldwide, big and small. He has written three books: the bestselling Life in the Slow Lane, a hapless search for love in Date, and BoardFree, the story of how he left his job to skateboard further than anyone ever had.

    Dave will speak about his commitment to helping others reach their own potential and about how in 2015 his motto, SayYesMore, transformed into a different beast when he accidentally founded a social enterprise of the same name and a community of doers called The YesTribe, which offers a gentle solution to the mental health pressures of today's society.

    You will hear about adventure, living life on our own terms and maximising efficiency of choice in order to magnify the positive impact of our work and lifestyle.

James Routledge

Founder, Sanctus
LinkedIn
CLOSING PLENARY
Being yourself
  • Biography

    I started my first business during my 2nd year of University and never went back.

    In the process of building the business, raising investment and dealing with its failure, I burned out. I was crippled with anxiety and had began having panic attacks. I'd pushed myself to the limit for 3 years working on something I wasn't truly passionate about, and lived my life as someone else in my quest for "success". Mental health became important to me as I started to feel all the feelings I'd quashed down for years. I knew nothing about mental health, I was frightened and felt ashamed. Yet I knew it didn't have to be this way.

    I set up Sanctus to create the brand that I wish had existed for me and for millions of others. A brand that redefines mental health as a whole and that inspires people to be themselves. We do this through coaching in the workplace, storytelling on our podcast and creating an environment for people to openly talk about mental health. Our mission is to put the world's first mental health gym's on the high street and make mental health as mainstream physical health.

  • Presentation Outline

    In this talk I'm going to do what I find most difficult, and what I believe most people find incredibly hard. I'm going to talk about how I feel right there, in the moment, raw. I'm going to be me, completely me and all of me. I'll share the bits of myself I like, the parts of myself that I don't, the creative, the loud, the quiet, the scared, the anxious - all of it.

    I'll share my mental health story and reflect on how I believe that being who we are, being ourselves in each moment is our greatest challenge and greatest opportunity in the workplace and beyond.

Stuart Branch

Group HR Director, Weetabix Food Company
LinkedIn
SPEAKER
Developing commerciality and effective business partnering - how to tread the fine line
  • Biography

    Stuart has over 10 years’ executive level experience in business. His career has taken in a diverse range of sectors – from hospitality and retail, to financial services to manufacturing – where he has facilitated and enabled business change at an extensive scale. His customer-centric, commercially-focused approach is perfectly suited to the fast-paced world of FMCG. Now responsible for the organisation and effectiveness of people, systems, technology, culture & performance of The Weetabix Food Company creating and executing the Weetabix People, Information & Technology Agendas. His work particularly focuses on organisation design, talent & capability, employee engagement, business systems & processes, data & insight, as well as leadership development, performance and reward. He describes his role as continuing to make Weetabix a Great & Effective Place to Work. He believes that both HR & IT add value through strategic and operational business partnering, building individual and organisational capability – he is passionate about the fact ‘the line leader makes the difference’.

    Stuart joined Weetabix in the autumn of 2012, leaving Masco Corporation after 4 years serving as both the European HR and Customer Services Director. Stuart lives in Silverstone, Northamptonshire with his wife, Christine and twin daughters Megan & Sarah. Stuart is a keen fundraiser and enjoys many sports specifically triathlon, swimming and the challenges of endurance sport.

  • Presentation Outline

    Coming soon!

Katrina Collier

Author: The Robot-Proof Recruiter & Candidate Engagement Facilitator & Speaker
LinkedIn
FACILITATOR
HR’s impact on Talent Acquisition in a transparent world
  • Biography

    Katrina Collier shows companies how to solve the problem of candidate engagement. HR, talent acquisition and hiring leaders don’t have an issue finding people, they have an issue evoking a response, engaging people and stopping candidates from ghosting. She is the author of The Robot-Proof Recruiter and uses her extensive industry experience to deliver keynotes and facilitate offsites globally, which inspire all those involved in the recruitment lifecycle to improve candidate engagement with a human-first mindset.

    She is also the founder of multiple DisruptHR UK events, an Ambassador for Hope for Justice aiming to end modern day slavery, and co-host of The #SocialRecruiting Show podcast. You’ll find her championing the #BeHuman cause on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @KatrinaMCollier.

  • Presentation Outline

    First the Internet opened the door to your company, then Google for Jobs amplified it. But what does that mean to the talent acquisition life cycle and HR’s role within it?

    In this session, candidate engagement authority Katrina Collier, will address:

    • The impact of transparency and why it is causing an increase in candidate ghosting
    • Those reviews, are they still just hype or are they truly damaging to your recruitment?
    • How HR can step in and improve talent attraction and employer branding

Kathryn Austin

Chief People & Marketing Officer, Pizza Hut Restaurants
LinkedIn
SPEAKER
Keeping the HUMANITY in business
  • Biography

    Kath’s mission is to build the reputation of careers in the hospitality sector. She works with various bodies to develop hospitality Apprenticeships and qualifications from entry to MBA. By day, Kath is a senior owner of Pizza Hut Restaurants UK, responsible for People & Marketing. By night, Kath lives in Wales and spends her time mentoring local businesses including the national award winning concept ‘Crwst’. Kath is also an NED for Bluestone National Park Resort.

    Prior to the Hut, Kath worked for Yum Brands! and also has over 10 years of experience in the financial sector. Kath started her career with British Airways and her early claim to fame was that she won ‘Young Cook of Great Britain’ and judged Junior Master Chef. Kath has been recognised as an industry leader awarded HR Magazine’s ‘HR Director of the Year’, ‘Most Influential’ & HR Excellence Awards ‘HRD of the Year’.

  • Presentation Outline

    HR, particularly in larger businesses can still perpetuate the legacy brand of being the ‘corporate police’ – in some organisations there is an enduring underlying fear of the authority and power that HR is perceived as wielding. Most of the time the PR for HR is unfair but sometimes we don’t help ourselves and that perception can limit the real role of HR to build constructive cultures and positive strategies for business growth. To counteract often legacy perceptions, the most effective HR leaders have to be consciously ‘human’ in their approach – effectively de-powering to empower the organisation, listening rather than telling, courageous risk takers ready to admit mistakes and say sorry. Basically being comfortable in your own skin and bringing the best version of your real self to work. However this can be more difficult that it sounds…..

Matt Burgess

Director of Communications & Personal Impact, Mission Performance
LinkedIn
FACILITATOR
Communicate with impact – Engaging and inspiring your audience
  • Biography

    Actor by trade, Matt Burgess has worked extensively in theatre, television and film, starring in productions such as: War Horse, Prometheus and Black Mirror. As a trainer he has travelled globally, working at all levels of organisations in both public and private sectors. As a Personal Communication Coach, he has been able to work one to one with, amongst others, politicians, sports people and Heads of Global Business.

    Matt Burgess is an expert in Personal Impact, Presentation Skills, Leadership Communications, Conflict Situations and Sales Communications, with 18 years’ experience developing and delivering trainings worldwide. Matt is a Qualified NLP Practitioner and Keynote speaker on Communication and Leadership.

  • Presentation Outline

    Learn applicable communication skills for your career success
    Do you want to be a great communicator and leader?
    Do you know how to effectively engage your team?
    Do you have the communication skills to get ahead with your career?

    The Communicate with Impact is a world-class effective communication session and part of Mission Performance’s Communication Portfolio. All our Communication Programmes are delivered by actors and performers, who have years of experience in understanding the impact of behaviour. The skills they deliver will help you to become a great communicator, a successful leader and an effective influencer in your organisation.

    The Communicate with Impact session is an interactive, fast-paced practical session that will focus on key communication skills and techniques to help you get the message across and allow you to stand out as a leader in HR.

    Whether you are communicating one to one in everyday situations, or to larger numbers in more formal settings, this practical session will enable you to maximise the way your message affects others and expand your personal impact to those around you. The session will leave you with practical tools that will advance your personal development, enhance your profile and help you with your career progression.
    The ‘Communicate with Impact session will be delivered by Matt Burgess, acclaimed theatre, television and film actor, and Director of Communications Practice at Mission Performance.
    Mission Performance is a development consultancy that works globally delivering skills in Communication, Leaderships, High Performing Teams, Coaching and Human Factors. Our team specialises in delivering applicable skills that actually change behaviour and improve performance.

Perry Timms

Chief Energy Officer, PTHR
LinkedIn
ACTION LEARNING WORKSHOP
Agility & resilience in HR
  • Biographies

    Perry Timms is the founder and Chief Energy Officer of PTHR - a small but far-reaching consultancy whose aim is to build better business for a better world. He is an international and 2x TEDx speaker and award-winning writer on the future of work, HR & learning

    Perry’s 2017 book Transformational HR was an Amazon.com Top 30 HR seller shortly after its release, and his second book The Energised Workplace is published in April 2020. Perry’s work is influenced by human-centred, design and systems thinking plus agile, inclusive and autonomous ways of working that enhance personal fulfilment and organisation effectiveness. Perry is Adjunct Professor at Hult International Business School; a visiting fellow at Cranfield School of Management, Sheffield Hallam University, a Fellow of the RSA and a WorldBlu Freedom at Work Consultant + Coach.

    Perry is a proud Chartered member of the CIPD and has been in the top 10 of HR Magazine’s HR Most Influential Thinkers list 2018 & 2019.

  • Presentation Outline

    Coming soon!

Debate Mate

Debate Facilitators
Debate Mate
FACILITATOR
What makes a good leader? This House believes that IQ is more important than EQ in leadership
  • Biography

    Debate Mate is an innovative global business that provides leadership and communication training across a wide variety of industry sectors. Responding to demand from the corporate world, we have built a curriculum and teaching methodology to address business-specific communication needs. Our format is based on the fundamentals of competitive debating and our facilitators are experts in their field.

  • Presentation Outline

    Does strong leadership come from technical capabilities, qualifications, and academic intelligence? Or does strong leadership stem from a great capacity for empathy, an ability to manage relationships, and effective communication? The future will present unique challenges for humankind so who should lead us there, generally intelligent commanders or emotionally intelligent leaders?

    Join us and Debate Mate, a global business, for a dynamic and engaging debate on a highly consequential issue for the modern world - what should we look for in our leaders? The debate is designed to get to the essence of an issue, pulling no punches and using a tried-and-tested format to explore unique perspectives on traditional issues. Two senior executives from the HR industry will be joined by a panel of world champion university debaters and recent graduates to debate the motion:

    This House believes that IQ is more important than EQ in leadership

Natasha Wallace

Director, Conscious Leadership
LinkedIn
CHAIRPERSON
Workplace wellbeing: what really is it and how can we tackle it?
  • Biography

    Natasha Wallace is the Founder and Chief Coach of Conscious Works, a leadership and personal development business specialising in wellbeing. As a former HR director, Natasha left paid employment having reached burnout. It led her to recognise that self-care and being more ‘conscious’ is essential if we are to thrive. Natasha now gets leaders to revisit how they lead – themselves and others. Natasha is passionately dedicated to ‘inspiring a well world of work’ and is chair of the Engage for Success Wellbeing Thought and Action Group.

    She believes that through getting to know ourselves and our people better, we will create a more enjoyable, productive and responsible world of work.

  • Presentation Outline

    When it comes to wellbeing at work, there are a great deal of things HR & Wellbeing professionals now have to consider. This can become a box-ticking exercise. Our experts will discuss how to keep a wellbeing programme sustainable and something that affects real change in an organisation.

    We’ll examine real life examples of how some of the biggest names in HR have created a sustainable culture around wellbeing. We will hear about our experts journeys and you will have the opportunity to ask the questions you've always wanted answered!

    Panellists include:
    Bethany Lang, Head of Operations, User Conversion
    Steven Hargreaves, Head of Learning & Development, St John Ambulance

Colin Campbell-Austin

Co-Founder & Managing Director, Diversity in Media
LinkedIn
CHAIRPERSON
Panel - Diversity & Inclusion
  • Biography

    Colin started his media career at Channel 4 where by the time he left was overseeing and setting the strategy for the award winning 4Talent, which focused on inspiring and providing opportunities for diverse young people to work in the media industry. He then moved to the Telegraph Media Group as Head of Talent, Resourcing and People Development. He is the co-founder of Diversity in Media, which celebrates and recognises the talented diverse individuals in the media industry and inspire others to join.

    He cares about people having the opportunities to develop themselves so their talent can shine. His talent journey started 12 years ago while working for an airline, where he soon realised people are people regardless of background or culture. Reading people comes naturally to Colin; unlocking people's potential is part of his DNA.

    “I don’t care about people’s background, up bringing or qualifications. I care about people having an opportunity. Talent comes in all shapes and sizes it’s not just about being young, it’s ageless. Passion, enthusiasm, hard work and life experiences are what make talented people”

  • Presentation Outline

    Coming soon!

    Panellists include:
    Annabelle Walters, Senior People Partner, Inside Ideas
    John Athanasiou, Director of People, Harper Collins

Hung Lee

Curator & Founder, WorkShape.io & Recruiting Brainfood
LinkedIn
CHAIRPERSON
Panel - Tech innovations & trends
  • Biography

    Hung Lee is the Editor of leading industry newsletter Recruiting Brainfood

    He is an industry professional with over 15 years experience as an agency recruiter, Recruitment manager, Internal Head of Talent, recruitment trainer, founder of award winning online recruiting platform WorkShape.io, and now Editor and Community builder at Recruiting Brainfood - the best weekly newsletter in recruitment.

    Hung lives and works in London

  • Presentation Outline

    Lead or Follow? HR's choice in age of AI & Automation

    According to IBM, 100% of the jobs will be impacted by the foundational technology of Artificial Intelligence. The question is to what degree, which jobs and which people are going to be most impacted by technology driven change. HR has a huge responsibility - and tough choices - in the future as it helps employers navigate a future where machines take on more of the work.

    Panellists include:
    Rob Ashcroft, Head of Learning & Development, Santander
    + other industry experts and tech innovators, soon to be confirmed!

Robert Hicks

Group HR Director, Reward Gateway
LinkedIn
CHAIRPERSON
Panel - The Future of HR
  • Biography

    I'm responsible for Reward Gateway people worldwide. I oversee Learning & Development, Diversity & Inclusion, People Operations, Internal Communications, Office Experience and Recruitment. I bring my expertise to Reward Gateway following my time working in companies of all sizes from small tech start-ups to companies with a staff of 200,000.

  • Presentation Outline

    Coming soon!

    Panellists include:
    Nebel Crowhurst, Director of HR & Communications, Roche
    Alistair Gill, Head of People, giffgaff