Rewards, Benefits & Wellbeing Summit
14-16 June 2023

2023 Topics & Themes

Intergenerational Reward | Financial Wellbeing | The 'Great Resignation'
Workplace Saving | Female friendly benefits
Financial wellbeing | Sustainable Rewards | Hybrid working
Physical wellbeing working from home | Mental health strategy

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Speakers & Abstracts

See below for the speakers who attended 2022 - the 2023 line-up is coming soon!

Nicolas Hamilton

Professional Racing Driver

Driven To Inspire
  • Biography

    Nic was told as a child that he would never walk due to his cerebral palsy and would spend his life reliant on a wheelchair. Not one to be told he cannot do things, with determination and gruelling training he not only walked unaided, but he started to realise his dream: to be a racing driver. Now a regular in the British Touring Car Championship the pinnacle of British motorsport) his story and ‘anything is possible’ attitude inspires anyone and everyone that hears it. Nic Hamilton is a rising star of the British motorsport scene. In a notoriously competitive and tough sport, he has established himself as a potential future champion, an achievement in any context, but even more so for someone who was told as a child that he would never walk.

    Born with Spastic Diplegia a form of cerebral palsy, which affects the movement of his leg muscles, Nic was initially a wheelchair user. He endured years of gruelling, painful training so that by the age of 17 he could walk completely unaided. A huge achievement in itself, but this was just the first part of his unwavering determination to become a racing driver.

    Not one to be told what he can and cannot do on the basis of his condition, Nic earned a seat in the highly competitive Renault Clio Cup, the entry level to touring car competition and the gateway to motorsport for many future successful drivers. After a high-profile first season (partly due to his disability, partly due to his brother being Lewis Hamilton) Nic moved to the European Touring Car Cup. Sponsorship and financial issues in this most money-dependent of sports enforced a season’s break on him, but he returned to the track within a couple of years becoming the first disabled driver to compete in the British Touring Car Championship.

    After a return back to the Clio Cup in 2018, Nic is now set on continuing his motorsport career, having secured a seat back in the British Touring Car Championship for 2019 and defying expectations with his ‘anything is possible’ attitude.

    As well as racing Nic is focused on sharing his inspirational story and his belief that your ambition is limited only by your attitude. Delivered in his genuine, down-to-earth, friendly manner, he recounts his personal story of motivation and facing down challenges, as well the lessons in teamwork that his sport has instilled.

  • Presentation Outline

    Be prepared to be captivated by Nicolas and his story. Born 2 months premature, diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and told by the doctors that he would never be able to walk in his life. Now at the age of 30, he is the first disabled athlete ever to compete in the British Touring Car Championship, the ‘pinnacle’ of British motorsport, as the only disabled athlete in the field.

    There is a lot more to Nicolas than just his motorsport. He will take you on a step by step journey of growing up and living with his condition, how he learnt to live in an able-bodied world as a disabled person and how he continues to strive to be the best version of himself on a daily basis. From dark spaces mentally to happy and bright achievements, Nicolas shares it all in his usual honest and candid manner.

Anne Marie-Lister

Chief People Officer
Atom Bank
The 4-day week, can it really work?
  • Biography

    Anne-Marie Lister is the Chief People Officer at Atom bank. As one of the first few to the Atom team for the last 7 years she has been responsible for building and scaling people systems, processes, the working environment, and culture of the award-winning team that launched the UK’s first app only bank.

    She has 20 years’ experience across people disciplines including Organisation Development, Learning and Development, Human Resources, Talent Acquisition, and Internal Communications. Her career with companies such as Reed, Bromley College of Further and Higher Education, ACCA and Northern Powergrid has involved working in the UK, Asia Pacific, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the Caribbean on a range of People and OD initiatives.

    Anne-Marie trained initially with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Leeds, followed by an MSc in International Human Resources from London Southbank University. An alumnus of Roffey Park Institute she furthered her studies in organisation design and behaviours with a Post-Graduate Certificate in Organisation Development. Together with Level A and B certifications in psychometrics, Transactional Analysis, NLP, LIFO and LAB profiling she has knowledge of and practices with a wide range of tools and methodologies.

    When she’s not analysing people and businesses Anne-Marie can be found hiking in the hills, drinking gin and tonic with friends and dreaming up ways to shoehorn more hours into the day.

    Find out more about Anne-Marie at LinkedIn or Atom at

  • Presentation Outline

    Atom bank implemented a 4-day working week in 2021 making it the largest UK employer to do so across its entire workforce. The organisation continues to test working practice, analyse productivity data and gather feedback from its employees as they look to change working practices of old.

    In this session you will hear the drivers for the change at the bank and why Atom believe that this can not only be good for their business but also your own, and working practice in general.

Alexa Pernito

Director of Total Rewards
Global Employee Fitness Program: Enabling technology to engage well-being
  • Biography

    Alexa Pernito is the Director of Total Rewards at MicroStrategy, leading worldwide enterprise analytics and mobility software provider. Alexa is responsible for overseeing employee-benefits plan design and execution, vendor management, CSR reporting, and recognition programs in her current role. Alexa is a big believer in giving back and happily leads global corporate volunteering and partnerships with MicroStrategy Gives program. She is equally passionate about health and wellbeing and leads the company's Employee Fitness program in helping to create a healthier and happier community. Alexa enjoys singing and writing for her indie-pop band, The Smoking Mirrors, and chasing trains with her six-year-old boy during her free time.

  • Presentation Outline

    Alexa will share some of the key pillars of the success of their employee fitness programme and how that has translated into increased employee engagement and improved wellbeing. Including:

    1. Our employee fitness story
    2. Data analytics
    3. Quarterly challenges and wellness plans
    4. Holistic wellbeing Pillars
    5. Q&A

Ian Hodson

Head of Reward/Deputy HR Director
University of Lincoln
Preparing reward packages for the next generation of talent
  • Biography

    Ian is the Head of Reward at the University of Lincoln overseeing all aspects of reward including payroll, pensions, employee benefits, HR systems and executive remuneration. Having started his career in finance before moving specifically in to pay and benefits Ian has a background in both the public and private sector having previously worked for Moy Park, Mars, Prudential and Lincolnshire County Council.

    A firm believer and champion in the importance of reward strategy as a driver for change and in supporting organisational success, Ian has previously overseen teams that have been acknowledged for their achievements at awards for their innovative work including winning the 2018 Best Voluntary Benefits at the Employee Benefit Awards and the Grand Prix prize in 2021.

    Ian is the current Chair of the Northern Universities Reward Group and a board member of the Education Competencies Consortium.

    In 2014 Ian was chosen as the winner of the Pay and Benefits Career Accomplishment Award and was also the Employee Benefits Reward Professional of the Year in 2019. Ian also regularly contributes to professional publications and conferences within the sector.

  • Presentation Outline

    This session will offer insights in to what Graduates are looking for from the employers that they will be attracted to and how we can best prepare and market the offering to attract and motivate them. The session will provide statistical input from Graduate surveys along with offering a case study from the University of Lincoln in respect of diversifying savings vehicles. There will also be a discussion around the importance of development as a benefit going forward and creating ethical practices. This session will give you the chance to participate in group discussions and designing appropriate reward offerings.

Amar Refafa

Head of Total Rewards
Using Cryptocurrencies in Total Rewards
  • Biography

    Amar is the Head of Total Rewards with With over 15 years of global C&B management experience in the financial services and tech sectors, he has international expertise in the management of compensation processes and the design of pay.

  • Presentation Outline

    Cryptocurrency is gaining popularity and moving to the mainstream. The use of cryptocurrencies will inevitably become more and more a real component of the Total Rewards package to attract and retain talents.

Kate Rand

Chief People Officer
Threads Styling
The Psychology of Reward
  • Biography

    Kate Rand, Chief People Officer, SHRM, MCIPD, Business Psychologist; Oversees people experience across US, UK, ME and EU including executive development, L&D, people support, talent, facilities and IT. Previously Group EX & Inclusion director at a global product design agency and has sat on a number of DE&I boards. An award winning practitioner, she holds over 15 awards for her work, most recently winning “HR’s most influential” in 2021. She is also lead trainer for the AgileHR Community and provides HR coaching and consultation to companies including netflix, GSK, BMW and specsavers on improving their people experience and agile ways of working. She has consistently worked with growth businesses, and has her experience rooted in operations.

    A regular on the public speaking circuit, having presented at high profile HR events internationally, she is booked as the keynote speaker for the CIPD HR BP conference in May to discuss the new model for business partnering, and the Future of Work conference in June to present on the topic of business agility.

    Kate is an experienced advisor to founders and CEOs on the organisational development of businesses and is used to working closely to deliver growth strategies which incorporate employee experience and are aligned with investor and business needs. She is a multi disciplined executive, understanding all facets that make up a successful business.

  • Presentation Outline

    We all know reward and benefits can play a role in attracting and retaining key talent, but do we use them effectively to get the performance driving behaviours we need from our workforce? In this session I will cover the psychological theories that can impact how specific benefits and reward mechanisms can modify people's behaviour, for better or worse.

Jamal Mannan & Adrian Dobson

Head of People Development and Services & Head of HR
Origin Housing & TRU7 Group
Staying connected in a hybrid world
  • Biography

    Jamal is a dynamic and commercially astute HR professional with a forward-thinking approach to people development. After graduating from Brunel University with a BSc in Business Management and Computing, Jamal went on to complete his CIPD in 2010.

    In a varied career, he has worked within Health, Education, Housing and Business Process Outsourcing organisations, covering both operational and strategic roles. Jamal has worked across the private, public and not-for profit sectors, operating at local, regional and national levels.
    In his current role at Origin Housing, Jamal is a key member of the senior leadership team and accountable to the Board for the People Strategy.

    Jamal is currently a Board member on the Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE) for the London Borough of Waltham Forest and a Director of a youth development organisation that imbues young Muslims with leadership skills to empower them to be proactive citizens in wider society.
    When he’s not travelling with his four wonderful children and amazing wife, you’ll find Jamal obsessing over Liverpool FC, which of late has been a thrilling experience.

  • Presentation Outline

    There have been some well documented benefits of organisations moving to a hybrid way of working. At Origin Housing we implemented our New Ways of Working in April 2021, some might have said prematurely. Hear about the journey we’ve had and more importantly the lessons we have learnt about staying connected in the hybrid world.

Rosemary Lemon

Group Head of Reward
Retaining talent in the new flexible world of work and the economic challenges facing employees
  • Biography

    Rosemary has over 35 years’ experience of working in a wide variety of international industries where she has held Head of Reward positions - oil & Gas (Texaco), container shipping & logistics (P&O Nedlloyd), luxury retail (Burberry), financial services (Legal & General) and she currently is Group Head of Reward for the global professional recruiting company Hays. She is FCIPD qualified.

    Following the financial crisis in 2008/9 and the focus on executive remuneration, she was invited to be a member of the Financial Reporting Labs set up by the Financial Reporting Council (“FRC”) and commissioned by the Department of Business Innovation & Skills (“BIS” – now BEIS) to look at how the Single Figure of Remuneration should be measured.

    She is a member of the Government's Money and Pensions Association (“MaPS” and previously known as the Money Advice Service) Steering Committee charged with looking at how to increase the financial capability of working people across the UK. Their analysis report was published in 2021.

    She is also a co-opted member of the Remuneration Committee for the London Metropolitan University.

    In 2018, she was recognised by the Reward & Employee Benefits Association (‘REBA’) by winning the REBA Vanguard Award for her work across her career in promoting and recognising the importance of employee wellbeing.

    In 2019, she won the Reward Industry Luminary Award from the Reward 300 and continues to be a member of this group.

    In September 2018 her first book was published called “What’s Your Excuse for Not Getting Your Dream Job?” She gives talks on the changing world of work and the importance of maintaining skills, personal branding and networking.

    She regularly speaks on the value of employee “wellbeing”, especially employee financial confidence, and emphasises the importance of bringing employee benefits to life. She is particularly interested in how employee benefits need to evolve to meet new social and economic pressures on employees.

    She is a member of Hays Diversity & Inclusion Steering Committee and throughout her career has taken an active interest in ESG writing on the subject within the Annual Report & Accounts and actively running or supporting projects that complement the companies’ business and give back to society. She wrote a series of LinkedIn blogs on the single-use plastics problem. She is the Group Project Lead for Hays Helps, a programme across Hays globally to ensure its volunteering and charity work is aligned to its Social Purpose of helping to lift the employability of people who may not have the same advantages as others.

    Outside of work she is mum to a “Millennial” son and a “Gen-Z” daughter and so has first hand experience of the challenges they face.

  • Presentation Outline

    Rosemary will discuss how employee benefits have to evolve in order to attract and retain talent, as well as offer practical and valued help, and the increasing role of company social purpose, both for employees and other key stakeholders

Kamran Kareem

Head of Total rewards
Flexible Benefits Strategy & Approach
  • Biography

    Kamran is the Head of Total Rewards at leading the total rewards transformation journey at Bitpanda with a key objective to build the 'total rewards value proposition' and accelerate to position Bitpanda as a ‘great place to work’. With over 12 years of experience working in hyper-growth internet tech companies, with core contribution in Total Rewards practice design and implementation. Kamran has been part of people strategy transformation journeys to support hyper-growth companies.

  • Presentation Outline

    Kamran will share the journey of 'Flexible benefits' design and implementation. Understanding the 'role of Benefits' positioning as an integral part of the total rewards value proposition and shaping the culture of an organisation.

Speaker Programme

The Rewards & Benefits Summit programme consists of Strategy Group sessions – case study led presentations followed by Q&A and Action Learning workshops – key topic roundtable discussions.

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