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Andrew is Reward Director for Ocado. Prior to this he was employed with Diageo in June 2018 where he was responsible for compensation and benefits across Europe, Africa and India. Prior to this Andrew spent a number of years working in a variety of roles at Tesco where he led on delivering the Think, Act, Report initiative and more recently Gender Pay for the largest private employer in the UK.
Andrew's experience spans a number of different industries from Consulting, Banking, Retail to now Consumer Goods all of which have presented different perspectives on compensation and benefits.
For the last three years Anna has worked on developing and driving the 100% Human at Work initiative and expanding the global network. Previously, Anna also held a dual role as Head of People at Virgin Unite and works closely with Virgin Management, to align with the work they are doing on People and Purpose.
Prior to Virgin Unite, Anna held a stand-alone Business Partner role at Hotcourses, an international educational publishing company and was responsible for advising on strategic human resource issues for the UK company, whilst also helping with the foundation of international branches in India, Australia and America. In addition to this she ran their charitable foundation and remains a Trustee.
Anna is on the Board of Directors of Latimer Creative Media, a youth oriented creative media social enterprise.
Cat Clark is the Programme Manager for Reward in the NHS, at NHS Employers. Cat leads on supporting NHS organisations develop and implement strategic approaches to reward across their organisations. Cat leads the development of tools, guidance and resources to support NHS colleagues in keeping up to date with reward and learning about good practice from across the NHS and beyond. Cat leads a national engagement workshop series which brings together reward colleagues from across the NHS to network, problem solve and share with one another. Cat brings experience of widening participation and developing inclusive recruitment practice from previous work with NHS Employers.
Clyde commands extensive experience leading international HR operations. A seasoned executive and accredited performance coach, adept at influencing organisation-wide change from the boardroom to the employee.
He is an expert in talent management and cross functional leadership, I oversee the entire talent lifecycle, from recruitment to retention, development and succession, ensuring a competent, engaged and cohesive workforce aligned to company objectives.
Currently the Group HR Director for Baxters Food Group, a successful entrepeneurial Global Scottish Family Business, established over 150 years ago. Clyde leads HR teams that are based across three regions in North America, Europe and Australia.
Once described as “human caffeine” on Twitter, Dr Nicola Millard injects a positive, people-centred expresso shot to innovation and future strategy. Half social scientist, half technologist, all academic, she uses techniques from disciplines such as design thinking, psychology, anthropology, computing, and business consulting to generate data, provocations and stories which can engage and create conversations from the board room, to the front line. No frothy coffee; just solid research.
In her long and varied career at BT – mostly based at Adastral Park in Ipswich, Suffolk – Nicola has done a number of jobs, including futurology, research, usability, customer service, marketing, and business consulting. She was involved with a number of BT firsts, including the first application of artificial intelligence into BT’s call centres, BT’s initial experiments with home working, and helping to develop BT’s “net easy” score, a new way of measuring customer experience. Her most recent areas of specialism are consumer trends/customer experience and the digital workplace/future of work.
Nicola got her PhD from Lancaster University in 2005 on motivational technologies in contact centres, and published her first book in 2009.
Nicola is an award winning presenter, with 2 TED talks & hundreds of conference panel, chair and keynote sessions under her belt. She regularly pops up on radio and TV around the world, including appearances on ‘Woman’s Hour’, ‘Tech Tent’, ‘The Genius of Invention’ & ‘Back in Time for the Weekend’ for the BBC.
She is a judge on a number of award panels, including the Institute of Customer Service, the CCMA and the Association of Business Psychology. In 2019 she was listed as one of the top 10 UK CX Influencers by Customer Experience Magazine.
Emma has been involved in the D&I space since 2013 when she became Corporate Responsibility Manager for Zurich UK and a founding member of Zurich’s women’s network.
Since then she has driven initiatives to reduce Zurich’s gender pay gap and to drive wider diversity and inclusion, including implementing agile working across the UK business, making all vacancies available part-time and as a job-share, establishing Zurich’s schools programme and leading the insurance industry’s Inclusive Behaviours Pledge.
She has recently completed a secondment as Group Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Wellbeing for the Zurich Group. As part of this role she drove Zurich’s global approach to gender neutral parental leave.
Emma has worked for Zurich for 20 years and during this time has worked for the Zurich Community Trust, in employee communications, change and project management, and public affairs. Prior to working for Zurich, Emma worked in politics and the wine trade.
Fiona is the Wellbeing Lead for the NatWest Group. She is responsible setting the longer term wellbeing strategy for over 60,000 people globally as well as the day to day delivery of the bank’s wellbeing plan. Fiona’s career includes 20 years of varied HR experience across a number of Financial Services organisations covering most HR disciplines. Fiona’s passion lies in helping people bring the best of themselves to work by actively promoting a positive wellbeing culture across all four of the pillars of wellbeing and most recently providing all colleagues with wellbeing support during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
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 also regularly contributes to professional publications.
Josephina Smith is a senior reward professional with a successful 19-year career in Reward Management. She has an MA in Human Resources Management and worked as an HR generalist for the first 2 years of her HR career before specialising in Reward. Her journey from doing ‘bread and butter’ reward (salary reviews, bonus rounds etc.) to extremely visible ‘No 1’ ‘reward leadership roles with board/executive level interaction has been exciting, enlightening and rewarding. She is passionate about all things reward, leadership, helping people grow, making a positive difference in personal or professional life and Costa coffee.
Karen has spent over 30 years with HLM joining the Board in 2000 and becoming Managing Director in 2017. Alongside driving our strategic objectives, she is also Director responsible for HR and L&D.
Karen is passionate about creating an inclusive and inquisitive learning environment; helping every single person to flourish, achieve their personal goals and feel valued and supported. She’s responsible for leading diversity and inclusion policies driving a culture of equality throughout the business.
Karen’s commitment to the development of others led her to design the HLM Academy, a personal and professional development framework helping everyone to reach their full potential.
Karen is part of the RIBA Future Leaders Steering Group and contributor to national media and broadcasts on the subject of gender balance and inclusion. She was also part of the Trailblazer Group which developed two Architectural Apprenticeship Standards providing a long awaited, more diverse route of entry to our profession. In 2017, Karen was shortlisted for Building Magazine’s Women of the Year award and most recently, Karen was appointed Junior Vice President for Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and featured in the Women in Real Estate List 2019.
Karen is the Diversity and Inclusion Lead for Fujitsu UK&I, responsible for embedding inclusive behaviours and for challenging the organisation to make changes at a quicker pace. Successes include launching a cross-company mentoring scheme for mid to senior managers from ethnic minority backgrounds supporting them to reach senior leadership positions through mentoring, and leading Fujitsu’s Girls Day initiative giving over 100 girls the opportunity to explore technology and inspire them to take tech subjects.
Kate Griffiths-Lambeth joined Charles Stanley as Group HR Director in October 2015 and was appointed to the Executive Committee in March 2017. Kate has substantial experience in leading HR teams and developing wealth and professional services businesses. Kate has held numerous senior roles within financial services organisations, most recently as Head of Global HR and an Executive Director/Partner at Stonehage Fleming. Prior to this Kate was the HR Director at the law firm, White & Case. Earlier in her career she was one of the founders of Accucard/Create, a leading and innovative Fintech before the word was even coined; she was Head of Business Services, until the business was acquired by Lloyds TSB, resulting in Kate becoming Head of HR for Consumer Lending for the bank. Outside of work Kate is an urban beekeeper, a devoted mother and has been closely involved in her local community, most recently as a Governor for Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.
Kylie Murrell is Staff Wellbeing Lead at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, one of the country’s top performing NHS Trusts. The Trust employs 12,000 staff across a large geographical area, and since 2016 has twice been rated ‘outstanding’ by the CQC. In her role, Kylie is responsible for developing, promoting and embedding staff health and wellbeing within the organisation. She leads a strategy based on behaviour change principles, workplace health guidelines and staff engagement, combining staff needs with public health priorities to create a comprehensive programme of prevention and support. Kylie is a public health practitioner, with previous roles in health improvement (mental health and workplace health), and at the North East Strategic Health Authority and Public Health North East. She gained her Master of Public Health (MPH) in 2011.
Marcus has been a member of the HLM team since 1995 and from the outset he was quick to make the most of his CAD and general IT knowledge. His combined understanding of the Architectural process and computing helped us to develop early CAD standards and procedures, improving business efficiency dramatically.
From here this rapidly developed into the HLM’s Digital Strategy encompassing all areas of Digital Construction and Transformation.
Marcus believes that the correct use of Technology and Digital processes can transform both the Architectural profession and the wider construction industry as well as provide valuable efficiencies to the company.
As a regular speaker and attendee of Digital Construction events, Marcus is always involved in industry developments in Technology use.
Marcus was appointed a Director of the Covalent group (HLM Parent Company) where his role sees him develop, lead and deliver Digital Strategies and Innovation across all companies within the group.
Martin has had a wide variety of roles from an initial apprenticeship as a decorator to a charge nurse in one of the busiest accident and emergency departments in Europe. He specialised in Occupational Health and have worked in this area for almost 25 years. He has worked with a large number of businesses from manufacturing, car makers, food production, police and fire services, local government and a dog food manufacturer. Mental health and the impact on business, employees and wider families has grown exponentially. He has worked for KP Snacks for almost 3 years in which we have seen massive changes in our culture of how we support colleagues and the business. The strategy we have implemented feels like it reflects the business and our values and behaviours in which we place valuing our people at the top of our agenda to keep colleagues energised and engaged.
Olga Yakimakho is Director of Leadership and Organizational Development at Special Olympics headquarters. She leads the Special Olympics Unified Leadership Academy (ATD 2017 Excellence in Practice award winner) and provides professional development opportunities to Special Olympics leaders around the world. In the past 19 years, Olga has specialized in a wide range of international non-profit performance improvement areas such as organizational capacity development, leadership strengthening, strategy design, and quality assurance. She directed consultancies and training in 24 countries. Olga holds an MPA in International Management from Middlebury Institute for International Studies in Monterey, California.
Oliver has responsibility for Ford’s global pensions, outside of North America, covering over 100 plans, $45bn+ of liabilities, across 32 countries for over 60,000 employees. He also recently took on responsibility for Data Analytics in the Compensation and Benefits team.
Oliver also has several side projects including being the founder of the working group (ambitiously titled) “Re-Inventing Pensions” and helping to write a book on Financial Wellbeing. Oliver is also a proud actuary and was voted Actuary of the Year 2018.
Sam is accountable for the group wide People Strategy which incorporates the Security, Construction Logistics and Aviation divisions within the Wilson James Group.
Prior to Wilson James, Sam held several HRD roles across the public and private sector. Her experience has seen her lead significant people and technology transformations including deployment of cloud based people solutions, using technology to enable mobile and flexible working and supporting integrated learning for complex partnerships.
Prior to working in HR, Sam had a 15 year career in recruitment, working at board level in both the UK and Australia. Here she delivered a range of solutions including RPO for large blue chip organisations where technology transformation enabled improved service delivery and organisational efficiency.
Sarah is a senior Human Resources professional with over 30 years’ experience, including 15 years in the specialist area of Diversity & Inclusion. She is one of the country’s most seasoned professionals in this field, is widely regarded as a thought leader and is frequently quoted in the media on issues such as women on boards, gender pay gap, social mobility, work-life balance, generational diversity and, more recently, on mental health. She is leading PwC’s focus on inclusion both within the workplace and across the communities in which PwC operates.
She has featured in Personnel Today’s Most Influential People in HR list (ranked 28th), was awarded Diversity Leader of the Year in the 2015 Excellence in Diversity Awards, and ranked #17 in the Accountancy Age Financial Power List 2018. Her work on gender equality at PwC has been recognised externally with a series of accolades and Sarah herself was awarded an OBE in the 2018 New Year’s Honours List for services to women in business, equality, diversity and inclusion.
Dr Shaun Davis has a wide portfolio of responsibilities across the Royal Mail Group; his responsibilities include safety, health, wellbeing and sustainability. Shaun has led a number of improvement programmes across a range of areas and has led an organisation wide health and wellbeing improvement programme – ‘Feeling First Class’ – with particular attention being paid to mental health and wellbeing. Underpinning his work Shaun has also led culture change programmes leading to improved employee engagement.
Shaun holds five Masters Degrees; an MA in Leadership & Culture Change, an MBA, an MA in Marketing & Innovation, an MSc in Workplace Health & Wellbeing and an MA in Strategic Human Resource Management. He also holds a Doctorate in Coaching and Mentoring his research having explored the relationship between coaching, well-being and organisational culture. Voted as one of the 15 most influential in health and safety, Shaun regularly contributes to contemporary debates and campaigns.
In June 2018 Shaun was awarded ‘The Institute of Directors – Director of the Year (CSR Category) – London and the South’ in recognition of his work in mental health.
Shaun recently published, Positive Male Mind (LID Publishing, 2018), with Andrew Kinder, Chartered Counselling Occupational Psychologist. It explores the stigma behind male mental health, and how to create a more positive and progressive movement towards helping and supporting those suffering from mental health issues.
Sheila is responsible for developing a global well-being strategy that drives a Conscious Culture of holistic well-being for leaders, teams and individuals at Cisco. Sheila joined Cisco in 2000 and for the past 12 years has held various roles in People & Communities (formally known as HR).
During her time in People & Communities, she has been responsible for leading the EMEAR Total Rewards Team with oversight of compensation and benefit offerings across 65 EMEAR countries ensuring they are compliant, market relevant and aligned with the global reward philosophy and strategy that supports Our People Deal and an inclusive and relevant employee experience. She also has led implementation of Total Rewards technology platforms, and delivered on Mergers & Acquisitions.
Proud winner of Excellence in Well-being for the Great Place to Work survey in the UK and Spain as well as receiving the REBA Inaugural Well-being Award and the Employee Benefits award for Innovative Reward Technology, Sheila is passionate about embedding a holistic and inclusive Well-being strategy.
Through a unique collaboration opportunity between People and Communities, Marketing and internationally renowned wellbeing expert, Jessie Pavelka, Sheila has been the thought-leader for the exciting #CiscoPavelka Wellbeing initiative across Cisco, helping employees and families embrace healthier lifestyles and equip them with tools to sustain this lifestyle at work and at home using Cisco’s amazing technology.
In her spare time, Sheila loves being with her family and friends. Her passion and love of field hockey has been with her since school and she still plays at a competitive level.
View Sheila’s Wellbeing journey through this Inspire Story - https://youtu.be/LBWGBr4-pN0
Tim is a Senior reward professional with over 20 years experience across Financial Services, Pharma, Media and now Technology, covering all areas of cash compensation, incentives, benefits and executive compensation. Regular event speaker and article creator, and with a particular passion for the topics of D&I and the Future of Work.
Wendy is the former Head of Diversity and Inclusion for Barclays, where she led on such innovative programmes as dynamic working for all staff and the engagement of male colleagues in advocating for greater gender balance in financial services.
Wendy previously worked for IBM latterly as the Workforce Diversity Manager for the Major Markets Division (Europe, Canada and Japan). Before joining Human Resources Wendy was a Financial Services Consultant in IBM’s Global Business Solutions division.
Prior to that Wendy worked for the insurance group, RSA in various management positions both in the UK and internationally.
She is currently the Chair and Trustee of FACET, a social enterprise for adults with learning disabilities based in Cambridgeshire and is an Ambassador for Everywoman, a network for professional women. Wendy has previously sat on the Advisory Boards of Catalyst Europe, (a leading research organisation on gender diversity) and International Women of Excellence and she was a member of the Heads of Diversity and Inclusion Council for UK Finance.