Human Resource Summit
Corinthia Hotel, Prague
5-7 October 2022

Topics and themes for 2022

Leadership development | Agile HR | Diversity, equality & inclusion
Resilience in HR | Mental health & wellbeing
Doing more with less | HR in 2022
Recruitment's role in culture change | Employee engagement
Future proofing HR practices | HR as a springboard for change

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2022 programme - speaker line up!

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Ludovic Bacot

Vice President - HR
Volvo Group
Digital Transformation : Reimagining the learning Strategy
  • Biography

    With more than 25 years of experience in People and Culture ; Ludovic is a business oriented and innovative HR Executive with an impressive track record in developing and leading change in large international organizations. He possess a deep understanding about what working across cultures and borders means, in particular within Europe, Asia and Americas.
    Ludovic has experience from various industries, primarily High-Tech, Finance and Automotive.
    He holds a Master in in HR Management and successfully attended the Operational Excellent program from CEDEP @INSEAD.

    In his most recent position, he has conducted the transformation of the HR function into an Agile Team, using innovative ways of working to increase the performance and strategic impact of the function. While Heading HR for the Volvo Group Digital & IT organization, (~4500 people worldwide) his key achievement has been to drive the organizational Development enabling the Volvo Group Digital Transformation .
    Ludovic lives in France with his wife and is the proud father of 3 sons. He enjoys Skiing, running long distance, friends, good wines and is passionate about people and cultures and therefore loves traveling the world with his family.
    Last, but not least, he values diversity and is an LGBT Ally.

  • Presentation Outline

    In the presentation " Digital Transformation : Reimagining the learning Strategy" I will share expertise on introducing a new learning strategy and framework aiming to enable and support a sustainable Digital Transformation : Understanding the Learning Dilemma, reimagining the learning Strategy to transform in a Learning Organization, and the milestones to reach there. All based on the example of Volvo Group's Digital transformation journey.

Mandy Eddols

Managing Director - People and Culture
House of Commons
Hybrid in the House of Commons
  • Biography

    Mandy started her career in HR in manufacturing in the UK and the US and has subsequently worked in public and private sector senior HR Roles, including in Financial Services and Higher Education. She now leads on people, culture and ways of working for c3500 staff of the House of Commons and the Parliamentary Digital Service and provides advice to MPs in their role as employers.

    She is a Visiting Professor of HR Management at London South Bank University and has a number of non-executive roles in social housing.

  • Presentation Outline

    Coming soon

Brian Newman

EVP - Human Resources
Do values have value?
  • Biography

    Brian Newman is EVP, Human Resources for the global division of Ticketmaster responsible for leading and directing all HR activity.

    Brian began his career in HR at ITV in 2000 but after two and a half years moved to Live Nation as HR Manager and progressed to his current role via a number of internal moves. Brian specialises in employee and cultural integration, having played an integral role during the Live Nation and Ticketmaster merger in 2010. Brian works across talent management, has skills in international leadership management development, TUPE, Trade Union Negotiations, benefits and organisational design.

    Brian also enjoys participating in HR industry events, commentating and writing within the sector and has had a number of featured articles within HR Director Magazine, Employee Benefits and People Management. Brian’s team has won a number of awards in recognition of the work they do. Most recently, technology website V3 awarded Ticketmaster the ‘Best Place to Work’ and Employee Benefits awarded Ticketmaster their ‘Best Healthcare and WellBeing scheme’ accolade for their pioneering LiveWell scheme.

  • Presentation Outline

    Brian will share his thoughts on our journey through the pandemic and the many challenges thrown at us. Along with how values and declaring what matters, helped us steer through uncertain times.

    Brian will touch on:
    Defining what matters to the business
    Values that create opportunity versus boxes to tick
    Understanding how values tie to culture
    Connecting culture to success

Bjorn Poelman

Vice President - People
Scaling People (Operations) in a fast growing business;
  • Biography

    Bjorn is VP People at Showpad. After graduating law school, Bjorn's professional journey started at Deloitte Consulting. He has always been triggered by finding the balance of operational excellence and customer/employee experience. He learned & applied himself throughout a broad range of advisory projects (total rewards, international mobility, mergers & acquisitions, developing new offerings, etc.) until Showpad reached out to him in 2018. Showpad is a technology company in Revenue Enablement, that has seen fast growth over the past years.

    To date, Showpad has raised more than $185 million in funding to propel its explosive growth and to extend its position as an industry leader. Bjorn joined the company at 120 employees (now 600 FTE) with a mission to deliver a strong employee experience, in ways that are not only possible for the current hire, but also for the next 100 hires. This leads to a continuous search for efficiencies and looking ahead. He experienced this himself by stepping the growth story when there was no process yet, by building a fresh People Operations team, by leading a global team and by moving internationally few days before the Covid pandemic started. Showpad has a XX% employee engagement & that doesn't go without challenges. Having been outside of HR longer still than within HR, Bjorn often gets told that he's not the typical 'HR-person' (whatever that means :-) ).

  • Presentation Outline

    Bjorn will bring us a story about scaling People (Operations) in a fast growing tech start/scale-up. He'll reflect with us on some of his personal lessons he learned (a business consultant becoming an People Leader & moving from Europe to Chicago during Covid), and the organisational lessons learned (uplifting HR operations to be(come) a strategic influencer & leading through continuous change; how do you cover the basics short-term but prepare yourselves & your teams for the mid- and longterm. at the same time (whilst very likely, your team is continuously under capacity).

    Bjorn believes everyones story is unique and there is a lot we can all learn from each other. By sharing some of his lessons learned, he hopes he can help a few people avoid a number of bumps in their roads.

Zoë Ogden

People Director
Engaging Gen Z: The Next Generation of the workforce
  • Biography

    Coming soon!

  • Presentation Outline

    Coming soon!

Speaker Programme

The Summit programme consists of inspirational keynotes, Strategy Sessions – case study led presentations followed by Q&A, interactive Action Learning Workshops, and debate. In addition, we will add value by offering a series of round tables, presentations, and toolkits in the build-up to the event.

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