People Development Summit 2023
Dolce - Sitges, Barcelona
8-10 March 2023

2023 Topics & Themes

- Challenging the status quo in L&D

- Data driven digital learning

- Improving employee retention

- The future of learning

- Inclusive leadership

- Wellbeing & resilience

- Engagement and culture

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Introducing the speakers for 2023

The People Development Summit programme consists of - keynotes, TED-style talks + Q&A and interactive Action Learning Workshops
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Keith Antoine

Performance Coach

  • Biography

    Keith is a performance coach with a rare and extensive practical coaching background in both elite sports and business. The highest qualified level of athletics sprints coach, he was Great Britain National Sprints Coach for over a decade driving both Olympic and Paralympic development, as well as a personal coach to European and World Junior medallists, athletes to European, World and Olympic Games and Paralympic champions. This same performance coaching skill has been welcomed by organisations large and small all around the world. His corporate interventions have evolved from coaching programmes to specialising in conversation skill development with a focus on generating thought and raising awareness in others to support development, enable choice and sustain performance. Athletics achievements include:

    - Great Britain National Sprints Coach – Olympic programme for 5 years
    - Great Britain National Paralympic Sprints Coach for 6 years
    - Great Britain Team Coach at 5 x Paralympic Games
    - A personal coach to over 20 x international athletes, including 3 x Olympics and 8 x Paralympics

    Keith has combined his coaching and storytelling skills with principles and experience to become more than motivational. Starting from each client’s unique context, he designs and delivers engaging, thought-provoking keynotes that draw in the audience and challenge each member to take their unique next step forward. These cumulative next steps are the added value difference that Keith brings. After decades of designing performance programmes for elite athletes, Keith is enjoying designing corporate interventions for those who are serious about their performance.

  • Presentation Outline

    Coming Soon!

James Hampton

Head of People & Culture
St Austell Brewery
Regenerative Learning & Development – Shifting Mindsets
  • Biography

    Supporting people and organisational performance in the Military, Further Education, Retail and most recently Hospitality and Production, James uses his 22 years of experience to challenge the status quo of traditional People and Learning approaches.

    James is passionate about the promotion of more regenerative approaches that use business to make real differences to people, their communities, and the planet.

    Cultivating a learning climate, enriched by Inclusive and Conscious Leadership is essential to James’ approach that has resulted in recognition with the Learning & Performance Institute where he is a fellow.

  • Presentation Outline

    Is L&D so hooked into learning that it is blind to the bigger issues that businesses face? With rising recruitment challenges, increased burnout, wider wellbeing issues surrounding mental health, and continued sustainability pressures, L&D teams are at risk of pushing a learning agenda that no longer meets the needs of business, its communities, and the planet.

    This workshop is designed to generate collective conversation to discover how L&D teams use their ability to influence the businesses they serve regarding wider environmental, political, and economic challenges.

    How can we create partnerships to enable our businesses to be used as a force for good?

    How do we become the change agents?

    How do we support the greens skills agenda?

    How do we create leaders proactive if leading the change?

Diane Whelan

Head of Learning
Prescient Healthcare Group
I Can’t Stand the Rain to Train
  • Biography

    Diane Whelan is the Head of Learning at Prescient Healthcare Group, a global Biopharma Product and Portfolio Strategy Partner. Brought in to work with the Chief Strategy Officer help shape the future of the business, her remit is to build a Prescient Academy and culture of continuous development and growth. Diane has a wealth of global learning experience, across many sectors, gained in both corporate roles, and working as a consultant in leadership and management development. She has worked within Professional Services for the last ten years, building consulting, leadership, professional and business development capability. Diane holds a Masters Degree in Management Learning from Lancaster University, is a Fellow of the Learning Performance Institute and a Chartered Member of the CIPD.

  • Presentation Outline

    I suspect most of you are far too young to remember the song ‘I Can’t Stand the Rain’, sung by Ann Peebles in 1973. If I could sing, my song would be ‘I Can’t Stand to Train’.

    You might think this is a bit of an odd thing for a career L&D professional to say. In my experience, ‘training’ can be seen as the panacea for all ills in some organisations. It has the placebo effect of making people feel good but has limited real or significant impact. And I want L&D to make a lasting difference…

    When I joined Prescient Healthcare Group in October 2021, as their first Head of Learning, I was given the ideal opportunity to do just this. To move from a training to a development and growth culture. The Board and Investors recognise L&D as one of the strategic levers to achieve organisational growth and success. As such, I report to the Chief Strategy Officer. This has opened up a whole world of different opportunities and conversations. Join me to hear about our journey to date, warts and all, and participate in the debate about the future of learning and where L&D Teams can make most impact.

Ruth Auton & Dr Andrea Meyers

Head of Education, Learning & OD / Director of Medical Education
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Quality Education & Training = Quality Outcomes
  • Biography

    Ruth completed her nurse training n 1985 and has worked in acute and community healthcare settings in clinical roles, before developing her skills and knowledge around education, training and workforce development. Ruth has worked in regional and national teams developing education and career pathways, which has developed her passion of lifelong learning and addressing inequalities in education. Ruth and her family made the decision to move to Northumbria in 2019 and joined Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust as Head of Education, Learning and Organisational Development.

    Andrea was appointed as a Consultant Rheumatologist in Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust in 2005 following completion of Rheumatology training in the North East of England. In 2020 she was appointed as the Director of Medical Education with overall responsibility for the quality of delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate medical education within Northumbria Trust.
    Andrea is also Deputy Director of Studies and assessment lead for the MBBS programme at Newcastle University

  • Presentation Outline

    As a multi -site organisation covering 5,100km2 we have a need to be dynamic, flexible and interprofessional in delivering high quality learning and education to our whole workforce (c11,000). As a Teaching Trust we work with over 15 universities and colleges offering placements (healthcare undergraduate and postgraduate learners, and non-clinical students) to enable progression in their career. We focus on quality learning environments, linking safer education outcomes to safer patient care, embrace inclusive compassionate leadership in our culture and look to train, up -skill and re-skill for our future service needs (workforce planning outcomes). We are investing in virtual learning resources and the digitalisation of our workforce to be best prepared for the future. We will share our experiences, learning and interventions that deliver on our organisational strategy.

Adam Hodgkinson

Global Head of People Development, Talent & Communication
HRA Pharma – A Perrigo Company
Coming soon!
  • Biography

    With experience working in PLC’s, Private and Public Sectors, Adam is a Global Director of Learning, Talent, Development and Communication, with extensive experience in combining digital learning experience with every day business activity. Passionate about helping leaders to achieve their full potential whilst using his energy and enthusiasm to make them, their teams and wider organisations operate effectively.

  • Presentation Outline

    Coming soon!

Dr Penny Holborn & Alison Adams

Head of Faculty, Data Science Campus/Head of Data Science Capability, Data Science Campus
Office for National Statistics
Data Science Capability in the Public Sector: The learning journey from practitioner to expert
  • Biography

    PENNY joined the Data Science Campus in September 2021 as Head of Faculty.

    Before joining the Campus, she was a Senior Lecturer in Mathematics and Data Science at the University of South Wales and was the academic lead for the award-winning Welsh Data Science Graduate programmes. She has a wealth of experience in course development, curriculum design and stakeholder management.

    Penny has a PhD in Mathematics and a BSc in Mathematics, Operational Research and Statistics from Cardiff University. She is a Fellow of The Higher Education Academy and holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Developing Professional Practice in Higher Education.

    Penny has a passion for promoting women in STEM and actively engages in several initiatives and events in support of this

    ALISON is Head of Data Science at the Data Science Campus. As a HR and Learning Development professional Alison has over 20 years experience of working in the public and private sector developing leadership training programmes, emerging talent programmes and developing competencies and professional standards in Data Science. Alison’s current remit with her team is to build data science capability across the public sector through developing a range of programmes and community engagement.

  • Presentation Outline

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