2020 Programme

7- 9 October 2020, Corinthia Hotel, Prague

Topics for 2020 sessions

Strategic workforce planning

Diversity, Inclusion and Culture

Resilience in HR

Wellbeing & mental health: the impact of being constantly ‘on’

Multi-generational workforce & the generation gap

Behaviour & values

AI & the future of HR

Innovations in L&D

2019 speaker programme

2020 speakers coming soon

Cally Beaton

Media Executive, Entrepreneur and Performer

Bring your whole self to work
  • Biography

    Cally Beaton is a media executive, entrepreneur and performer. At the start of her career she headed an independent television production company that was bought by ITV. She joined the board of the UK’s main commercial broadcaster as both the youngest and the only woman member (and for a while sat alongside David Cameron). She left ITV to start a creative consultancy and production company as well as joining Viacom as Senior Vice President of International Sales.

    At Viacom, Cally oversaw a £500million budget for channels including Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central and Paramount and including programmes from South Park to Friends, Russell Howard’s Good News to SpongeBob SquarePants. Responsible for selling programmes and formats around the world she combined working with on-screen and production talent with business planning and strategy, bridging the divide between creative and financial priorities.

    Bringing humour and energy to her business insight, Cally considers the nature of the workplace and leadership culture. She looks at how to engender change, inspire teams and develop a positive, agile and inclusive environment. She also tackles the working priorities and expectations of the so-called millennial generation, and reveals how to be creative whilst keeping on eye on the bottom line. Her personality, love of performance and business knowledge has also seen her coach and train senior figures from a range of industries.

  • Presentation Outline

    Cally is an experienced and sought-after executive coach, trainer and consultant and a Master Practitioner in Neuro Linguistic Programming. She has over two decades' of hands-on team leadership experience, often across disparate geographical locations, bridging linguistic and cultural divides.

    She was responsible for the instigation of 'Employee Resource Groups' during her time at Viacom, leading to meaningful and lasting change on behalf of many stakeholders and communities within the business; she also spearheaded initiatives promoting increased opportunities and visibility for younger and/or less experienced employees.

    At UKTV, her board level role focused on company culture - maximising the channels' alignment of work environment, values, ethics, expectations and goals. It is Cally's belief that commercial excellence and human connection are intrinsically linked.

Sonia Khera

Head of People & Community
Tonik Energy
Lessons in performance management from the world of sport
  • Biography

    Sonia is Head of People at Tonik Energy, with responsibility for managing and setting the People Strategy for the Group. She has spent much of her time working in the Private Sector and more recently Energy retail with scaling businesses.

    Sonia is a pragmatic and commercial HR professional who sets her sights on collaborative business partnering, enhancing strategic operational performance to deliver value and growth that makes a difference. Sonia is passionate about People Engagement and harnessing the power of being human at work.

  • Presentation Outline

    So much that is implemented within HR functions of small or large corporations is built on the premise of ‘individual success’, and yet we talk about ‘team effort’ and ‘collaboration’ almost daily. What I have seen over the years within numerous HR roles, is that traditional (and rigid) Performance Management frameworks do nothing more than demotivate and instil fear in employees. So why are we still using them?

    During a recent conversation with my 11 year old son about why his favourite team was so successful, he astounded me with his simple but accurate understanding for what drives performance. So it got me thinking, could Performance Management be as simple as my son had described - what can we learn from so many successful teams, or indeed individual elite athletes?

    Whether you love, loathe or are indifferent to a game of Football, Rugby or perhaps even Tennis – there are many great lessons which can be applied to the business world. During the session, I will be sharing my lessons in Performance Management and what I believe we can take from the world of Sports.

    How about if we looked to do something different in Performance Management and rebel against the traditional annual performance cycle? Join me in exploring some blue sky thinking on the future of Performance Management, to a culture of ‘Performance Excellence’.

Debra Corey

Speaker, Author and Chief Pay it Forward Officer

Driving change as an employee engagement rebel
  • Biography

    Debra Corey is a highly experienced and award-winning HR professional, two-time author and world-class speaker. She’s had a varied and exciting career over the last 20+ years, working for global companies such as Gap Inc., Honeywell, Merlin Entertainments and Reward Gateway to name a few, where she’s developed and delivered HR strategies in a rebellious way, pushing the boundaries and challenging the status quo to truly drive employee engagement.

    She's also an accomplished author, publishing two best-selling books, and in addition writes blogs for Forbes as well as other industry publications, getting her innovative and rebellious thoughts out in a variety of ways.

    Debra has just moved into what she calls the 'pay it forward' part of her career, where she's using her experience to assist and influence others through her speaking, consulting and writing.

  • Presentation Outline

    The old ways of treating people at work has failed. With only 15% of employees globally engaged in their jobs, we need to start thinking and acting differently if our businesses are going to survive in this fast-paced world. We need to start breaking the rules of traditional HR and bring out our inner rebel when it comes to designing and delivering employee experiences and driving employee engagement.

    This presentation will introduce you to The Engagement Bridge model, a ten-part approach that helps you understand the key drivers of engagement. It will then provide you with practical and actionable tips as well as stories from rebels who have successfully challenged the status quo. You'll leave this session with tools to help you go back and build and maintain strong engagement at your organisation.

Adrian Furnham

Professor of Psychology
University College London
Money and motivation
  • Biography

    Adrian Furnham was educated at the London School of Economics where he obtained a distinction in an MSc Econ., and at Oxford University where he completed a doctorate (D.Phil) in 1981. He has subsequently earned a D.Sc (1991) and D.Litt (1995) degree. Previously a lecturer in Psychology at Pembroke College, Oxford, he was Professor of Psychology at University College London from 1992 to 2018 He has lectured widely abroad and held scholarships and visiting professorships at, amongst others, the University of New South Wales, the University of the West Indies, the University of Hong Kong and the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He has also been a Visiting Professor of Management at Henley Management College. He has also been made Adjunct Professor of Management at the Norwegian School of Management (2009) and Honorary Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (2014). He is currently the Principal Psychologist at Stamford Associates.

    He consults to many organisations in various different sectors (particularly airlines, banks, civil service) and in many different countries (particularly continental Europe and Asia). He is also an experience conference speaker doing around a dozen key-note speeches a year all around the world.

    He has written over 1300 scientific papers and 85 books. He is on the editorial board of a number of international journals, as well as the past elected President of the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences. He is also a founder director of Applied Behavioural Research Associates (ABRA), a psychological consultancy established over 30 years ago.

  • Presentation Outline

    Psychologists are interested in many aspects of money from the design of coinage to understanding how and when children understand economic concepts. This session will concentrate on three themes. First, I will examine the role of money as a motivator at work. This will explore the difference between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation.

    There are many paradoxes in this story which suggests that money can actually de-motivate people at work.
    The second theme is concerned with how people think about their money and why they seem so illogical (psych-logical) when making money decisions about saving, spending etc. I will explore four themes: Money being associated with security, power, love and freedom. The third theme concerns the recent research on behavioural economics and how people can be persuaded to make decisions based on the way they are presented with information.

Jonathan Fletcher

Global Head of Technicolor Academy
Managing talent from an L&D perspective
  • Biography

    An influential, experienced and creative individual, Jonathan has over 15 years’ experience managing and operating Learning, Development and Talent Management teams and operations in fast pace global environments and industries. Accomplished and highly experienced across all areas of the Learning and Talent lifecycles including design, development, delivery and analysis (ROI) of effective & engaging learning solutions, Jon utilising a range of digital and face to face tools to enable staff to improve performance and become highly effective in their role.

    His previous role was as Global Head of Technicolor Academy which is an internal L&D department supporting over 5000 staff, in 4 VFX companies, across seven global locations. Within this role, Jon and his team had started a unique project to strategically work with Education partners, aligning their courses to the industry trends and requirements. They have recently expanded our Creative Academies into five global locations, which offer fully paid, intensive training programmes aimed at recently graduated artists, lasting up to 10 weeks, with a core objective to deliver the highly skilled artists into the business units.

    In 2018 the Technicolor Academy Team trained over 600 artists through these programmes. Another area Jon looks after is the internal learning solutions for existing artists, supporting their development of technical and softs skills through a range of learning interventions. In August 2018, a new, innovative LMS system deployed, with the core focus of supporting, developing and managing the talent pipeline of the 4 VFX studios with phase 2 launching late in 2019. In late October Jon will be moving into a new role, as Group Head of Learning Operations at Capita.

  • Presentation Outline

    HR teams and the business have become more efficient in delivering an improved level of service into the organisation. And over the last few years, there has been increased amount of focus on talent management, to the point of creating dedicated Talent Management Teams.

    With the development of these specific teams and the increased focus on talent management, we have to operate and collaborate differently compared to a traditional HR set up. HRBP's and HR Managers are often required to deliver the talent management model and support development. But are you utilising the broader HR teams skill set to support the successful delivery of a talent management model?

    When looking at the structure of your team or the way the team operates, there are a lot of skill sets & experiences sat within your L&D teams, which are often underutilised. These skills sets can usually support and manage several key areas across a talent framework, as well as improving the staff's experiences, capabilities and feelings towards an organisation.

    In this session, we will explore and discuss this. I will share with you where L&D can support across a standard talent framework and give you an overview of how Technicolor’s Talent Team is set up with talent management at the heart of what we do.

Joanna Poplawska & Tanya Foster-Fitzgerald

CITF & Raytheon
CIO and CHRO- from a difficult relationship to match made in heaven
  • Biography

    Joanna Poplawska, CEO, CITF

    Joanna is the CEO of 'Collaboration, Innovation and Technology Forum', a UK based, over 3000 peer strong organisation for technology teams operating across different sectors and industries. CITF ’s member organisations include many blue chip companies- BAE Systems, Barclays, John Lewis, Home Office, Cancer Research, British Airways, and Kimberley Clark, just to name a few.

    The CITF supports technologists in their personal and professional development and supports their organisations in creating an inclusive, modern technology workforce.
    Joanna’s career started in the HR department of Coca-Cola Poland after she graduated in law. She then became a country HR Director for Sony. Joanna is the author of “HR Handbook”, published by the Polish Ministry Of Labour, based on her experiences and insights.

    After moving to the UK, she discovered CITF and started working there part time as a HR advisor. Five years ago she has become the CEO leading the association into digital world. Her work allows her to combine her passion for nurturing talent with her interest in technology as a business driver.

    Tanya Foster-Fitzgerald, CIO, Raytheon

    Tanya’s responsibilities encompass the complete range of Raytheon UK Information Technology delivery in support of outstanding operational execution whilst enabling the company’s strategic growth plans. With more than 25 years’ experience in the IT industry, Tanya’s diverse career has seen her hold a number of senior international leadership roles within IT leading, Global shared service business delivery teams, Digital Transformation programmes. Her career to date has included delivering transformation and operational services across the Oil and Gas, Supply Chain Services, Technology, Financial Services, Retail and Pharmaceutical sectors.

    Tanya joined Raytheon from the Wincanton Group where she was the CIO responsible for IS Strategy and Transformation. This included leading the design, development and delivery of all IT products and services for Wincanton’s customers across the Defence, Manufacturing, Industrial and Retail sectors. Prior to this she held leadership roles with DHL, Arrow Electronics, NSA Europe, Charles Schwab, Visa International, ABN Bank, Co-operative Bank and the International Maritime and Satellite Organisation (Inmarsat) Throughout her career, Tanya has supported the innovation, technology and science communities and the development of these industries towards creating diverse and fulfilling workplaces.

    An advocate of workplace change, equality and inclusion, she contributes by actively encouraging Women in Technology throughout their careers and mentoring numerous women in STEM. She is also the current executive sponsor of Raytheon Womens Network in the UK. Tanya is an alumni member of Said Business School, Oxford University and Cranfield School of Management where she studied IT Strategy and Leadership. Married with a son and daughter, in her leisure time she enjoys sport, travel and is a committed Bath rugby fan.

  • Presentation Outline

    Today we know that technology can fundamentally alter business models – there are plenty of examples of this: Uber, Netflix, Airbnb, just to name a few. As IT has become in recent years a true business driver for organisations, the role and value of IT department has evolved. As businesses embrace concepts of digital transformation, they often require major shifts in how IT operates within the organisation. As a result, any future IT department may require a vastly different workforce, both in terms of size and composition. The ability of IT to deliver depends more on its people than ever before.

    How (and who) we recruit, develop and deploy might be very different; and how well we do it will determine the extent of our organisation’s competitive advantage. Some roles will be lost, some changed and yet others will be created. To remain responsive to organisational needs, collaboration between CIO and CHRO becomes critical. They need to define what their organisation will need, why, how much of it is needed, when and where.

    Old approaches to human capital seem increasingly not being able to cope with the changes. So how to encourage IT and HR to work together to get fresh and different thinking? How to ensure the mutual understanding of industry trends and business strategies?

Alastair Gill

Head of People
Building a culture of engagement, wellbeing and innovation the giffgaff way
  • Biography

    Alastair is currently the Head of People for the multi-award-winning telco, giffgaff, where for the last 4 years he has led on all things internal Culture, Engagement and People experience. His passion is for people, creating connections and building better places of work. He scrapes into the category of millennial (but only just apparently) with a degree in Visual Communication, a Masters in HR, and also a certified Strengths Coach. This, layered with years of experience in local government, at the coalface in HR, makes for a rather interesting concoction. He is a proud Brummy and even prouder dad to two pint-sized dictators, Matilda and Rowen.

  • Presentation Outline

    The world is evolving at warp speed and the workplace is still playing catchup. We pay people to think not just to do, so get the conditions for your people right, or someone else will.

    Well-being and employee experience are hot new topics but engagement levels has barely budged in years, why is this? It's time to rethink HR's role and approach in creating the environment for people to flourish. Simply deploying a wellbeing and engagement strategy is not enough. It’s the culture of the organisation that ensures success. But a culture directed from the top down won’t take root, it also needs a bottom-up approach. To do this, people need to feel comfortable enough to create their own initiatives, communities and be in the driving seat of their own wellness, engagement and experience. After all, how you feel about things is always your choice.

    Alastair will share details of giffgaff's journey and their approach to building a place for people to thrive and how they have influenced and nudged that choice.

Zoë Murphy

Head of HR
How can we do more with less? - Working smarter not harder
  • Biographies

    Described by those she works with as ‘not your average BP’, Zoë Murphy is an HR Professional with almost 20 years Business Partnering experience, working mainly within SME’s before joining Nestle in 2012. Responsible for the European arm of the $7 billion acquisition of Starbucks by Nestle in 2018, Zoe has a broad commercial HR experience supporting businesses at various stages of life cycle.

    Zoë is passionate about all things Leadership, believing that all paths lead back to Leadership either good or bad and therefore focuses her time and energy coaching and guiding Leaders to help them access their full leadership potential.

  • Presentation Outline

    How often do you find yourself asked to do more with less? Once upon a time, HR were the last to be impacted by cost cutting and efficiency exercises, but we are immune no longer and we now need to find ways to ensure we can continue to add value where it counts rather than retreat to a fire fighting, reactional support position. We can understandably find ourselves resorting to working harder and longer hours just to get the job done but, as we all know this isn’t sustainable. So is there another way?

    In this workshop, we will work together to explore ideas and techniques to ensure we are working smarter not harder.
    We will explore:
    Whose agenda is it? – Are we truly plugged into what the business needs or are we pushing our own HR agenda up that steep hill?
    Whose role is it anyway? - "It’s people related so that’s HR’s job right” – Most (if not all) problems faced by businesses lead back to people one way or another so let’s put the ownership back where it belongs.
    Employee engagement is in everyone’s interest – So let’s get those with a passion involved in being part of the solution. At the end of the day, they are closest to the problem and have the most to benefit from creating the solutions to improve it.

Sarah Mason

Chief People Officer
The barriers to sharing knowledge and how to overcome them
  • Biographies

    Sarah’s background covers a wide range of HR roles focused on improving performance of organisations through good people practices. This includes roles in L&D, recruitment, organisational design, change management and HR leadership in both SMEs and large corporations to ensure the businesses had the people, processes and results they needed.

    She is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD. Alongside her HR background Sarah has a focus on Business Psychology, taking an evidence-based approach in her work. She has a BSc in Psychology and an MSc in Organisational Psychology and has previously been a Board Member of the Association of Business Psychology. She is currently the Chief People Officer of Foxtons.

  • Presentation Outline

    The shift towards knowledge-based work means organisations need to capture, share and leverage their employees’ expertise. Despite investing in collaborative online platforms and training programmes to drive usage, organisations still struggle to get their staff to use these tools. The old adage of ‘if you build it, they will come’ does not seem to apply to knowledge-sharing platforms! This session will explore some of the factors that affect knowledge-sharing behaviours with collaborative technologies.

    Key points include:
    • What are the commercial advantages of using collaborative platforms within an organisation?
    • What stops individuals from sharing knowledge?
    • How do organisations inadvertently discourage knowledge-sharing?
    • What encourages more knowledge-sharing behaviours?
    • What practical steps can businesses take to increase collaboration and knowledge-sharing using technology?

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