20th People Development Summit

13-15 July 2020, Dolce La Hulpe, Brussels

About the Summit

With a focus on learning & development, PDS20 is an exclusive gathering of like-minded peers from the UK/I HR community. The Summit is reserved for only for senior HR decision makers dedicated to finding the best approach to delivering business success.

Now in its 20th year, the Summit is designed to be a relaxed and time effective way to discover what’s new in the market place and source partners for upcoming projects.

How will you benefit

  • Network and share best practice with peers

  • Business ‘speed dates’ with top solution providers

  • Hear from leading speakers on hot L&D topics

  • Take part in strategy sessions and round table discussions

  • Informal networking opportunities during coffee breaks, lunches, dinners and drinks reception


Suppliers - 50 L&D solution providers including; top business schools, innovators in learning technology and leadership development programmes.

HR delegates - 90 senior L&D professionals representing top corporations from the UK and Ireland.

Job titles will include:

  • Head of/Director of Learning & Development

  • Head of/Director of Talent Development

  • Head of/Director of HR


The programme will be learning & development focused and will include:

  • Keynote - 1 high profile speaker sharing the latest innovations and storytelling will open the Summit on the Monday dinner

  • Strategy Group sessions - 6 one hour breakouts facilitated by senior L&D practitioners sharing case studies, with real-business examples of challenges, failures and successes, giving participants useful take-home data and expertise

  • Action Learning workshops – 2 round table topic-driven and interactive workshops

What's the investment?

If you are a senior Head of Learning & Development or equivalent, there is no charge to attend.

Your delegate place includes: return flights (£150 max), 2 nights accommodation at the Dolce La Hulpe, lunches, dinners & refreshments, the only cost to you is your time out of the office.

In advance of the Summit you will pre-select the sessions and suppliers that are of interest and, based on your preferences, we’ll create your personalised schedule.

Is the Summit right for you?

For the Summit to work for you, you must feel comfortable with the following selection criteria:

  • You are a main learning & development or HR decision maker for your organisation and directly influence strategy at a divisional or group level

  • You personally control a significant learning & development budget (this level of budget will normally relate to employee numbers in excess of 500)

  • You have a need to meet a number of service providers that are relevant to your business needs during the Summit in a 1-2-1 meeting format

  • You are able to take 3 days out of a busy schedule to attend. The results will be worth it!

Hear it from others

Summit Events are based in London and have been organising sector leading industry networking events for over 25 years. Our aim is to provide a high-quality, personalised service to our clients, and ensure that they get the maximum value from each event. We are proud of our reputation and the long term relationships we have built through our consistent service.

“Exceptionally well thought through structure and programme logistics. Precisely run with regards to delegate meetings and set up. Excellent HRO and L&D audience profile. Wonderful open and engaging atmosphere fostered. A collective experience with great energy. Relevant discussion where mutual interest and benefit is easily accessible.”

Clare Islei, Client Director
London Business School

“Summit Events never fail to impress me - the quality of the conversations; the wide range of suppliers; the strategy group sessions which inspire you and give you new ideas down to the completely meticulous organisation. It is always a pleasure which is why I don't do any other events!”

David Blackburn, Chief of People
Financial Services Compensation Scheme

2020 Lead sponsor

We can accommodate up to 50 L&D solution providers
Please register your interest for more information

Headline sponsors

2020 delegates

Confirmed suppliers

2020 Speakers

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13-15 July 2020, Dolce La Hulpe, Brussels

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“Professionally organised, sensitively curated - thoroughly valuable, enjoyable and informative. As a supplier I am having the right conversations with the right people.”

Ben Gallacher, Director

“This was an engaging event allowing me to meet with suppliers that could add value without the usual cold calls or exhibition pitches.”

Alistair Cumming, Head of Learning & Development