People Development Summit 2025
12-14 March 2025, EPIC SANA Marquês Hotel

2025 Topics & Themes

- Practical use of AI in L&D

- Learning with a neurodiverse population

- Proving L&D ROI

- Talent management approaches to performance management

- L&D’s role in workplace wellbeing

- Data-driven L&D

- Psychological safety

- In person vs. virtual instructor-led training (ILT)

- Relationship between L&D and D&I

- The future of L&D?

The People Development Summit programme consists of - keynotes, TED-style talks + Q&A and interactive Action Learning Workshops
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2024 speakers below!

Alexis Conran

TV Presenter, Times Radio Presenter and Actor (LAMDA trained)

Scam Proof Your Life
  • Biography

    Alexis Conran, TV Presenter, Times Radio Presenter and Actor (LAMDA trained) is best known as the man who identifies, uncovers and helps us to protect our businesses and ourselves against scams.

    As writer and presenter of the highly acclaimed BBC TV show, The Real Hustle, he is in the rare position of being able to advise and educate even the most-foolhardy on issues surrounding security and risk (in the real and virtual world), and identify the human behaviour, communication skills and confidence tricks that the world’s top scammers rely on to achieve their unscrupulous aims.

    An expert in social engineering, Alexis shares insights into information security and how people are psychologically manipulated into performing actions or divulging confidential information. Alexis also hosts his own weekend review show on Times Radio.

    As a charismatic and engaging keynote and after-dinner speaker, Alexis employs his knowledge of the dark and deceptive world of hustling, pickpockets and con-artists to speak candidly on the risks and security threats constantly faced by businesses, and to deliver important messages on the shrewdest ways to protect against the ever-increasing number of scams.

    His recent clients include Google, IBM, the RSA Security Conference, Experian, RBS, Halifax, Aviva, Facebook, Porsche, VISA, The Metropolitan Police and the City of London Police Fraud in Action Unit.

  • Presentation Outline

    In a hectic world where there’s an increased overlap between private life and work life, how do you make sure you stay safe from scams? Learn about the latest scams and find out the tricks and psychology behind every scam to make sure you keep your home life and business secure.

Hamira Riaz

Executive Talent and Assessment Director
Lloyds Banking Group
The DEI equation: Everything you need to know on one slide
  • Biography

    Hamira Riaz is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist & Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. With two doctorates and specialism in neuropsychology, her 35yr career includes neuroscience service provision within the NHS and MoD and strategy consultancy at YSC (part of Accenture). She was previously VP Strategic Leadership at Volvo Group with a remit spanning Talent, DEI and Leadership Development. She joined Lloyds Banking Group as Executive Talent & Assessment Director in March 2023. She’s a regular media commentator on a wide range of subjects from post-pandemic leadership, resilience and the psychology of success in times of radical uncertainty.

  • Presentation Outline

    - The DEI conversation has broadened well beyond traditional DEI vectors of gender, ethnicity, etc. Future-proofing your approach to DEI will require a consideration of non-traditional DEI vectors such as cognitive & personality diversity – as well as the role played by factors that act as amplifies and detractors of the DEI impact in your organisation
    - This session presents an expanded view of DEI - one that is accessible to all whilst staying conceptually rich and meaningful. It includes recent research that explores the links between diversity and innovation – highlighting the critical role of inclusive leadership
    - We will end the session by elevating to a macro view of the DEI landscape and spotlighting some of the entrenched societal and systemic ‘elephants in the room’ that prevent us making the DEI gains we all want and hope for

Sophie Harrison

Group Head of Learning and Development
LHi Group
Bridging Generational Gaps: Lessons from the Recruitment Industry for Multigenerational Workforce Learning and Development
  • Biography

    Sophie is the Group Head of Learning and Development for LHi Group – an award-winning recruitment organisation seen as a “loved place to work”. Having been in the industry since 2013, and with LHi for 5 years, Sophie has built innovative learning solutions that speak to the multi-generational workforce and deliver positive outcomes on a global scale. Training a workforce of different generations, as well as different values, beliefs and expectations has led to some interesting insights and key learns for Sophie, which she is hoping to share with you all.

  • Presentation Outline

    Unlock the Power of Multigenerational Learning and Development: Discover how the recruitment industry's innovative strategies can revolutionize your organization's approach to training and skill development. Explore the five key lessons that promote personalized, technology-driven, and inclusive learning, while fostering a culture of continuous improvement. Dive into real-world case studies, overcome implementation challenges, and leave with a toolkit of best practices for creating adaptable, skilled, and harmonious workplaces for all generations.

Kinsey Li

Associate Director, HR Analytics
Future-Proofing L&D Teams: Navigating the Post-GenAI Landscape
  • Biography

    Kinsey is an experienced people analytics leader with expertise in building analytics and automation teams. She is passionate about leveraging emerging technologies to empower HR and L&D professionals to do more with less.

  • Presentation Outline

    GenAI has revolutionised the landscape of Learning and Development (L&D) as well as knowledge management.

    Embark on a design thinking journey with us during this workshop, as we delve into the art of leveraging GenAI capabilities to optimise L&D offerings.
    Not only will you gain valuable insights and strategies, but you'll also have the opportunity to connect and engage with fellow delegates and have some fun on the way.

    By the end of the session, you will be equipped with ideas and actionable next steps take advantage of GenAI in your L&D strategy. Join us to discover how to position your L&D function at the forefront of innovation.

Helen Hibberd

Global Head of People Development (Director)
OPEN Health
Learning unleashed: Embracing a learning culture for competitive advantage.
  • Biography

    Having gained extensive experience in L&D in Coca-Cola and then across a diverse range of industries, Helen has a passion for learning that delivers value to both the business and it’s people. Working across the spectrum of change management, she has developed solutions ranging from the humanistic (such as coaching) to the practical (such as customer management).

    Helen’s philosophy is one of self-driven continuous improvement; that learning is simply a matter of shared experience and that community is more powerful than courses.

    Now in the pharmaceutical sector, her key focus is innovation which relies heavily on psychological safety, adaptation and learning agility.

  • Presentation Outline

    In this session discover the strategic power of fostering continuous learning in your organization. With examples from ‘AstraZeneca’ whose established learning culture inspires learners to take ownership of their development and from ‘Open Health’, whose learning culture is in infancy. I will take you on a journey from learner centricity to learner empowerment to gain competitive advantage in todays rapidly evolving business environment.

Lucy Davies

Head of Learning
Learning Design that makes a difference
  • Biography

    Lucy has 22+ years leading learning and development activities across multiple sectors, working with some of the worlds leading brands: Deloitte, Sky, NOW TV, Mercedes-Benz, Virgin Media, Vodafone, Jaguar Land Rover to name a few. Lucy is passionate about learning and development being a strategic enabler for business, through driving engagement and high performance of colleagues.

  • Presentation Outline

    A session on how to move your learning design from ‘content-centric’ to ‘human-centric’ and develop experiences and resources that really make a difference to your people. Learn more about the 5Di* learning design model which puts performance consulting at the heart of the approach and ensures you make a difference in your learning design to both your audience and your stakeholders.

Conall Mahon

Global People Executive
Retain & Reign: The Blueprint for Keeping Top Talent
  • Biography

    “Conall Mahon is a prominent voice in the corporate People and Culture space. With an accomplished career in Tech as a Senior People Executive, Conall brings a holistic and progressive perspective to modern corporate people and talent challenges.

    A Chartered Fellow of the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development), a Fellow of the LPI (Learning and Performance Institute) and with an academic foundation in Organisational Psychology and Behavioural Neuroscience, Conall devises and executes data-driven strategies that make tangible and measurable impact.

    His core mission? Assisting businesses of all sizes as they navigate pivotal stages, from Start-Up to successful IPO. He implements resonant, people-centric strategies that foster sustainable performance and promote a positive and fulfilling corporate culture.

    Leading brands, including, Qualtrics, Intercom, AWS, and Google, have benefited from Conall's balanced and progressive approach. He seamlessly merges scientific insight with strategic foresight, aligning strategic people agendas with business objectives.

    Beyond the boardroom, Conall is a former professional race car driver who still holds a penchant for delivering performance and percision at pace. Furthermore, Conall remains a dedicated, albeit amateur, aficionado of fine wines.”

  • Presentation Outline

    Join Conall Mahon in a 60-minute journey that lifts the lid on the realities of retaining high-caliber employees.

    This interactive session delves into research and data-driven insights complemented by engaging activities.

    1. Understand the most effective retention strategies and the role of culture in fostering loyalty.
    2. Dive into the future of employee retention and discover how remote work and predictive analytics are reshaping the landscape.

    Whether you’re an HR professional, a People Manager, or a Talent Development enthusiast, you'll walk away with actionable tips and a fresh perspective on nurturing and retaining the best of the best.

Laura Ashley-Timms

Chief Operating Officer
Revolutionising Management Performance
  • Biography

    Laura Ashley-Timms is the co-author of the best-selling book The Answer is a Question: The Missing Superpower that Changes Everything and Will Transform Your Impact as a Manager and Leader.

    She’s also the COO at Notion (L&D Supplier of the Year), the co-creator of the STAR® model, the multi-award-winning STAR® Manager programme and an expert thought leader on how to leverage Operational Coaching® behaviours across organisations to drive commercial results and improve productivity and engagement levels.

    Laura learned about the power of coaching from her early childhood career in international sports and was coaching others by the time she entered Oriel College, Oxford. With over thirty years of international business experience, living and working in the USA, Europe and Asia, Laura has a strong focus on pragmatism and results. She’s been recognised as one of the UK’s top executive coaches and as one of 40 Outstanding Global Women.

  • Presentation Outline

    The time is now for senior leaders to address management performance, engagement and retention. With ever-increasing workloads, demanding schedules and growing instability, it’s little wonder that stress levels are rising whilst employee engagement is low across the globe.

    What if instead of bringing you problems every day, those you work with started generating the solutions themselves? What if your team could step up and take work off you so that you got 20% of your time back? What if making one small change could transform not only your team’s engagement levels but also your career?

    During this interactive session, we’ll explore what needs to happen to support our leaders and line managers (including academics) to better engage with their teams and reverse these trends. We’ll share the results of an academic study that was commissioned by the UK Government and evaluated by LSE across 62 organisations in 14 sectors that shows us how we can revolutionise management performance in as little as 6 months.

    The knowledge you’ll gain from this session could be the missing link for all of the leaders and managers in your organisation.

    STAR® Manager are global experts in management behavioural change and coaching.

Al McGuinness

Executive HR Director, Talent & Performance
Teledyne Technologies
The journey to Trusted Advisor. How to change the mindset of a traditional, global organisation from seeing L&D as an overhead, to seeing it as a strategic imperative
  • Biography

    Al is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and currently Executive HR Director leading the Talent, Pay and Performance function at Teledyne Technologies (a $5 billion-dollar, global organisation with ~15,000 employees). She is passionate, strategic, and pragmatic with 25+ years extensive experience of driving business growth through change and transformation. She is an Executive Sponsor of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging. She has held previous HR leadership roles within multiple sectors including Financial Services, FMCG and Retail. Al is passionate about influencing organisations to recognise Talent and Performance are two sides of the same coin, and Learning and Development is key to enable people to reach their fullest potential and help future proof organisations.

  • Presentation Outline

    -When times are tough, L&D budgets are often the first target. What happens when your oganisation doesn’t value strategic Human Resources, let alone recognise the need for a Learning and Development function? What can you do about it?

    I will be sharing my personal journey which started with the acquisition of e2v by Teledyne Technologies, four weeks into my new role at e2v. Culturally, the two companies were a million miles apart, and I found myself responsible pretty much overnight, for a decentralised, globally diverse, generalist HR team.

    Fast forward seven years, Teledyne has acquired a further ten companies and I am now responsible for a newly established Centre of Expertise for Talent, Pay & Performance. I will share the challenges faced, my insights and some practical tools which helped shift the mindset and the way Teledyne values Talent today.

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