21st People Development Summit

17-19 March 2021

About the Summit

PDS21 is an exclusive gathering of senior HR decision makers dedicated to finding the best approach to achieving the learning & development goals they have set out for their company, and beyond.

In it’s 21st year, the Summit is designed to be a relaxed and time effective way to convene with like-minded peers, discover what’s new in the marketplace and source partners for upcoming projects.

How will you benefit

  • Business ‘speed dates’ with top solution providers, unveiling the latest innovations in the market

  • A personalised schedule tailored to your pre-selected sessions and meeting preferences

  • Hear from leading influential speakers on hot L&D topics

  • Take part in strategy sessions and round table discussions

  • An unparalleled environment to converse, connect, share best practice and perspective with peers

  • 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 - the Summit will be opened by 1 high profile speaker sharing their insights, learnings and innovations from their own unique story

  • 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.

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.

“The People Development Summit continues to deliver quality leads that are tailored to Impacts global capabilities and experiential approach. We have had some really engaging and focused conversations with our targeted prospects that I am confident will lead to further business in the same way as usual.”

David Williams, Founder & CEO

“I’d highly recommend the Summit to fellow L&D professionals. It’s a great way to take your business challenges and priorities into a safe environment to explore ways to tackle them not just through supplier conversations but also through networking with others.”

Richard Flood, Group Learning & Development BP

Register your interest in the People Development Summit

17-19 March 2021

Submit your name, company and work email and a member of the Summit team will send you further details including:

- the confirmed list of attendees
- instructions on how to apply for a delegate place
- sponsorship options

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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