Alan Millbrow has been a Senior Consultant for Wellbeing and Recognition at Three since July 2018. Prior to this, he was Retail Reward Manager - UK & Ireland at Dixons Carphone for two years, accountable for the design, development and ongoing management of reward for 22,000 employees across all Dixons Carphone UK & Ireland retail brands. He started his career at Carphone Warehouse as Group Retail Productivity Manager.
Alison is passionate about improving the working lives of staff who work in the NHS. As the Director of Workforce at WWL, she has overseen the development and implementation of a workforce agenda that recognises that happy staff = happy patients, but also that happy staff = improved organisational performance. WWL has had some of the highest staff engagement and staff survey scores in the country for many years and is recognised to be at the forefront of people management practices in the NHS. Staff well-being is very close to Alison’s heart, including financial well-being, which she recognises to be a significant factor for the mental health of our most valuable resource; our people.
Asif is Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging for The Telegraph. He was formerly the Head of Diversity and Inclusiveness for EY Financial Services and was also previously the Head of the Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Unit for the City of London Police. He has delivered the strategic plans to drive a co-ordinated approach across various global businesses to focus both investment and intent on the broader inclusion agenda. He is a Multi-Award Winning Diversity and Inclusion expert with a proven track record in achieving operational and strategic targets, managing quality, performance, risk and change through promoting equal opportunities and diverse cultures.
He is a passionate and inspirational global leader in diversity with the ability to empower individuals and create a truly inclusive environment for all. Asif has been key in supporting businesses in implementing D&I activities and programmes as well as connecting with stakeholders at all levels to build strong and influential relationships across business functions. Asif acts as a role model, providing governance across businesses on D&I and cultural change and is committed to creating a strong sense of belonging for all and is considered one of the leading thought leaders in this space.
Asif has received a number of accolades for his professional and volunteering work that include the Mosaic (Prince’s Trust) Award for mentoring and NAMP Multi Faith Award, Police Officer of the Year Award, the Civil Servant of the Year Award, the prestigious Asian Professionals Award and the highly commended Head of Diversity Award at the European Diversity Awards. He was named as a BAME top 8 workplace hero in 2018 and was honoured in 2017 in the Queen’s birthday honours list with an MBE for his services to Policing and the Communities and is a member of the HR Guild and is a Freeman of the City.
Ben is the HR partner to the Amazon UK Country Manager and leads the UK Corporate HR team with responsibility for all UK employees. For almost two decades, Ben has worked in HR across retail, telecoms, TV, and media and advertising industries before joining Amazon. Ben joined Amazon in 2012 and has predominantly worked with its consumer, cloud computing, advertising and publishing businesses in both the UK and the US.
Bruce Daisley is the EMEA Vice President of Twitter. He joined the company in 2012 having previously ran Google’s display business. At Google, Bruce had responsibility for YouTube and display advertising. He has also worked at Emap/Bauer and Capital Radio.
Previously, New Media Age recognised Bruce as having made the Greatest Individual Contribution to new media in the UK. in 2015 he was voted Individual of the Year in The Drum’s Social Media rankings. He runs a podcast “Eat Sleep Work Repeat” on work culture which has featured in the iTunes top business podcasts since its launch at the start of 2017.
As The Poppy Factory’s HR Business Partner, Charlotte is responsible for supporting HR strategy and implementing HR projects aligned with the charity’s objectives. For nearly 100 years, The Poppy Factory has supported veterans into meaningful, sustained employment, and the organisation’s work has recently been recognised in the ERSA Employability Awards and Soldiering On Awards. Charlotte has over six years’ HR experience in the charity sector, including the Royal Society of Arts (RSA). Outside work she has a keen interest in vintage fashion and design, and can often be found at 1940s events.
David Bell is head of human resources for the Jameson clinical division at Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL) and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. CNWL is one of the largest NHS trusts in the UK, with 7,000 members of staff caring for people with a wide range of physical and mental health needs, providing a wide range of services to treat people with a variety of health needs at every stage of their lives.
Deborah is HR Director, Policy and Corporate Responsibility for the Unipart Group, a post she has held for the past 8 years. Previous to this, she held a range of different roles in Human Resources – although always with Unipart - where she has worked for most of her career. Leading the Corporate Responsibility agenda for Unipart involves Deborah in a wide spectrum of activity across a number of functions and she has worked hard over the past 8 years to raise awareness, both internally and externally, of Unipart’s strong track record in Corporate Responsibility.
Deborah’s recent focus has been Employee Wellbeing and she has been instrumental in devising and launching Unipart Workwell, the Group’s award-winning Employee Wellbeing Programme.
Denise is the Head of People for the Open Data Institute and the HR specialist on a Board of Trustees. A Fellow of the CIPD, Denise has worked in HR, Learning and OD for over 20 years during which time she has worked for both large and small organisations across a range of sectors including hospitality, retail, telecomms, publishing and the third sector. Denise describes herself as curious and passionate and likes to see herself as a connector of people, things and ideas. So far this year, Denise has spoken at several events and designed and hosted a management conference for the Royal College of Physicians.
Outside of HR, Denise is a mum, trained image consultant and a body confidence coach. She loves colour, enjoys food and music, and being by the sea.
Dr Judith Grant has over 15 years of experience in public, community and corporate health roles working with organisations and individuals to understand both personal and organisational health and wellbeing. As Director of Health and Wellbeing at Mace Group Judith is responsible for strategic delivery of wellbeing, occupational hygiene and occupational health across the international construction and consultancy organisation. Prior to joining Mace Judith managed Occupational Health and Wellbeing across Royal Mail Group’s 140,000 employees. With a PhD in Occupational Health Psychology and Management, Judith is focused on combining health research with business outcomes to create sustainable organisational wellbeing programmes that not only support employees but deliver organisational results. Judith is a trustee of the Men’s Health Forum, a charity focused on addressing inequalities in men’s health, in addition to being a trustee of the Mace Foundation. Judith is Chair of Women in Health and Safety a UK group of nearly 2000 female, and male, H&S professionals aiming to support women progress their careers in a typically male dominated occupation.
Dr. Maria Angelica Pérez is the Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Standard Chartered. Maria Angelica has 10+ years industry recognized expertise from a strategic and operational perspective in D&I. Maria Angelica joined Standard Chartered in September 2017 from Ericsson where she was the Global Head of D&I with responsibility for establishing, leading and executing a global D&I strategy as part of the group’s business strategy and integrating it across the organization in 180 countries for over 110,000 employees. Maria Angelica’s key strategies became award-winning programs including ‘Best Diversity Brand’, ‘Top 10 Tech Companies for Women’ and ‘Best Workplace for Women Award’. In 2016, she was nominated as one of the top European D&I leaders of the year.
Before joining Ericsson, Maria Angelica worked in the financial services industry. She held the role of Head of Diversity and Inclusion for Europe, Middle East and Africa regions at UBS covering 29 countries. She also held the position of Diversity Specialist for the HSBC Global Businesses where was responsible for the development and implementation of the diversity and inclusion strategy for nine global businesses and approximately 40,000 employees, and was the sponsor for the launch of the HSBC’s award-winning gender diversity network ‘Balance’.
Maria Angelica comes from a background of employee engagement, performance management, organisational development and organisational culture. She holds a doctorate degree from Nottingham Business School (NBS) in Business Administration with focus on diversity and workplace bullying.
Dr. Pérez is a respected thought leader and vocal advocate for diversity and the combination of her background, education, and international work experience brings an in-depth understanding to the practice and value of workplace diversity and its implementation.
Dr Richard Peters is chief medical officer at Network Rail. He provides assurance to the board, the company as a whole, regulators and the wider rail industry on the occupational health and wellbeing management of its c39,000 permanent employees.
Elizabeth is the Chief Marketing Officer for Wealth Wizards. With 25 years both as a corporate marketing lead and in later years as a consultant, Elizabeth has worked primarily in FS, technology, education, retail and manufacturing sectors. Her areas of specialism include improving brand engagement and enabling digital transformation to improve the customer experience. At Wealth Wizards, Elizabeth is focused on improving financial wellbeing for all, regardless of financial capability, in the mass employed. This is achieved via solutions designed to reach and positively impact diverse employee populations and engaging with people as individuals, recognising a ‘one size fits all ‘ approach never works for anybody!
Elliot is a seasoned HR and reward professional with considerable experience of executive and wider workforce remuneration, benefits and performance management, most recently Reward Director for one of the UK's five major Tier 1 Retail Banks with 27,000 UK employees. He is experienced in both strategic and operational reward aspects, including supporting operations of statutory remuneration committees.
Emma is a Partner of the professional services firm Deloitte, where she is a Global Special Advisor on Respect and Inclusion for Deloitte globally. Emma also leads a client service team of over 50 people within the firm’s Financial Advisory practice. Prior to her appointment to her current role, Emma was the Managing Partner for Talent for Deloitte UK (a role she held for 6 years) and Deloitte NWE, sitting on the Executive Committees for both.
Since 2013, Emma has designed and led significant change to the firm’s talent agenda - most notably in relation to agile working (including the design and implementation of the award-winning Time Out programme); gender balance (a focus on culture change alongside targeted interventions, which has seen the firm make meaningful progress on this issue); Respect and Inclusion (including the award-winning Ask Yourself film and the firm’s unique mandatory inclusive leadership sessions); and Social Mobility (including the introduction of academic institution-blind recruitment and contextualisation of academics). These changes have led to a significant positive change in the firm’s diversity metrics.
Emma - who is also a strong advocate of Gender Pay Gap reporting - was named the 2015 Woman of Achievement by Women in the City and featured in the 2017 and 2018 Financial Times HERoes list which celebrates the top 100 female leaders who support women in business; in October 2018 she was also named as one of the top 50 LGBT Ally Executives by OUTstanding. In April 2018 Emma came second in Accountancy Age’s list of most influential Women in Finance and in June 2018 she was named Ambassador of the Year at the Women in Finance Awards. Emma sits on the Business in the Community gender leadership team.
She lives in London with her husband and their twin 10-year-old daughters.
Emma is Head of Workplace Wellbeing at Mind. Emma joined Mind in 2007 and, since 2010, has led Mind’s campaigning for mentally healthy workplaces - playing a pivotal role in thought leadership to position mental health in the workplace as a key priority for employers and Government.
Emma has led culture change through engagement with employers, health and safety professionals, HR audiences and Government on mental health in the workplace and back-to-work support for people with mental health problems. She also supports networks of employers and stakeholders to share best practice and develop business-to-business peer support. Emma has worked in the disability sector since 2005 and previously worked for Mencap, the learning disability charity.
Fiona is the Wellbeing Lead at the Royal Bank of Scotland. She is responsible for 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.
Fred is a Reward and Benefits Specialist with experience in pay and benefits benchmarking, reward communication, job evaluation, pensions and implementation of flexible benefits. Excellent analytical and problem solving skills, competent in annual pay review and bonus cycles. Energetic with a real passion for training and further development. Creating new ideas and focused on delivery with a keen interest in Reward and company culture.
Gary joined the Co-op in 2004 as Head of Pensions and over the years his role has grown to include responsibility for Reward, Wellbeing, Benefits & Employee Relations.
The Co-op, which employs 62,000 colleagues and has pension schemes with assets of over £12bn, has been through an extraordinary journey over the last 15 years. Numerous mergers, acquisitions and sales alongside almost unprecedented levels of business restructuring and transformation have presented Gary with a hugely varied range of challenges and experiences.
At the Co-op, colleague and community are at the heart of everything and we are embarking on an ambitious financial & health wellbeing programme which seeks to “do what matters most”.
Prior to joining the Co-op, Gary held a number of financial services and pension orientated roles with Aegon, HBOS and Aon.
Georgina Reeves-Saad Employee Engagement and Experience Lead
The British Council (the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities) is on an exciting journey as it embraces new ways of working to become an organisation that is fit for the future.
As the Employee Engagement and Experience Lead, I help the organisation to understand the links between productivity, engagement and effectiveness, and how this underpins delivery of our corporate plan. I’ve developed our global employee survey strategy to help create a culture of ongoing feedback and improvement.
I want to make sure that every employee has a positive and fulfilling experience during their career at the British Council. To help achieve this, I’m using our employee survey to better understand the experiences colleagues have and help leadership use their feedback to make improvements. This contributes to making the British Council a great place to work and has tangible and measurable business benefits for the organisation.
I live in rural Suffolk with my wife, our two daughters, and our two dogs. My passion is to inspire and help as many people as possible live a meaningful, fulfilling and authentic life, free from financial worry, complexity and mediocrity. I joined the financial services sector in 1990 and am a Chartered Fellow of both the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment and the Personal Finance Society. In 1998 I founded Bloomsbury Wealth Management and built this to become a highly respected and successful wealth advice ‘boutique’, which has been regularly named as among the Top 25 financial advisory firms by Private Client Practitioner magazine. In 2012 I was recognised by Citywire as one of the UK’s top 100 financial advisers. In September 2015 I sold my stake in Bloomsbury to the other shareholders, to enable me to focus entirely on speaking and writing about financial and personal wellbeing, as well as being an angel investor to various innovative financial technology start-up businesses. I am author of editions 1 (2011) and 2 (2014) of The Financial Times Guide to Wealth Management: How to plan, invest and protect your financial assets. I am co-author (with Dr Lien Luu CFP, Jonquil Lowe and Antony Bryne CFP) of Essential Personal Finance – A practical guide for students (2017). My first self-development book – Squeezing the Orange: Simple ways to live a full life– was published in summer 2017. Money Moments: Simple steps to financial well-being– was published in November 2017. My latest book (with Jonquil Lowe and Lien Luu) - Essential Personal Finance: A practical guide for employees - was published in January 2019. I am a columnist for the The Financial Times, where as ‘The Wealthman’, I write about personal finance related issues. I also provide expert comment on personal finance to the BBC and Sky and a range of other publications, media and websites. I am Head of Financial Education at Salary Finance, the workplace financial wellbeing provider, and through my consultancy Generation Next, each year I help a handful of wealthy families to improve their communication, harmony and unity so that heirs are prepared to receive their future financial inheritance.
Jo is a Global Change Lead for People Experience at Unilever, and is passionate about revolutionising Employee Experience throughout an employees lifecycle. Jo is originally from Cape Town, South Africa and has worked in various roles within HR including Capability, HR Business Partnering, Reward and Change Management as well as in a diverse number of locations around South Africa, Ghana and currently London.
Jonathan Collinge is CSR Manager (North Europe) for the adidas Group – the leading global sports brand.
Jonathan joined adidas in 1980 as a warehouse assistant, subsequently moving into different roles across Sales, Marketing and HR.
He has also spent 3 years in Tokyo working as an Executive for adidas Japan, during which time he gained a valuable insight into different cultures and ways of working.
In June 2012, after undergoing hip-replacement surgery, Jonathan was honoured to be chosen as a Torch Bearer for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Over his 39 years with the group, Jonathan has accumulated significant experience in many aspects of the business and developed excellent relationships within the local community through his CSR role. He is extremely passionate about sport and believes that it really can change lives.
Josie qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1996 gaining experience within the NHS in general medicine, intensive care, A&E and community nursing. A three month volunteered post as expedition medic with Raleigh International peaked an interest in travel medicine which was further enhanced with work as a repatriation nurse within an assistance company. Travel medicine and aviation continued to be key interests and so it was a perfect match when a position as AvMed Training Instructor became available within Virgin Atlantic Airways in 2002. Following a successful and happy seven years, Josie moved to the Occupational Health department within Virgin, completed her Specialist Practitioner status in 2009 and now leads the Occupational Health and Wellbeing team working very closely with her Reward and Benefits colleagues.
Julie Markey is the People Director for Ocado Group. Ocado offers an award winning online retail service to its customers in the UK. It is growing rapidly as it also becomes a B2B business providing automation, technology and services to other retailers around the world.
Julie leads work on people strategy and organisation development for the Group. The People team works closely with the line developing cultural change and improving the Employee Experience. Her remit covers operational and central teams including Talent, Reward,Internal Communications and the Employee Council. Julie has championed a drive to engage with Ocado employees both formally and informally.
Julie joined Ocado in October 2010 following five years as Head of Personnel for Tesco’s Property function where she was a member of the Property Leadership team. Prior to that, she held other HR generalist roles and worked in the HR Policy team at Tesco.
Earlier in her career Julie took her first HR managerial role at Stantons Bakeries (part of Associated British Foods), before posts with major US pharmaceutical company Merck, Sharp and Dohme and United Distillers (now part of Diageo
Karen has spent over 30 years with HLM Architects joining the Board in 2000 and becoming an equal owner in 2004.
As the Director responsible for HR and L&D, she 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 is responsible for leading diversity and inclusion policies driving a culture of equality throughout the business.
It's Karen’s commitment to the development of others and growth of the business that led her to design the HLM Academy, a personal and professional development framework to support all employees. As part of this, the Enhanced Executive Development Programme created a pathway to succession, leading to the promotion of the next generation of 6 new Board Directors and 8 women promoted to senior management positions in the last 18 months.
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 the profession.
The advocacy of work life balance is underpinned by HLM’s Award winning Lifestyle Package, which includes everything from childcare to healthcare and further supports their agile working culture, including 9 day fortnights, which has enabled a flexible and innovative approach to recruitment and retention.
Karen uses her experience of working her way from an Apprentice to Managing Director to inspire others, mentoring both within and outside the practice. HLM is regularly recognised as a Good Employer by both staff and their wider industry, receiving significant national and regional awards and has been listed for a number of years as one of the Sunday Times Top 100 Best Small Companies to Work for.
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.
Kate is an award-winning People Operations Director and certified Agile HR practitioner based at Beyond. Most recently she has been shortlisted for HR Director of the year and best D&I Strategy. Beyond is a design and technology ideas company, founded in 2010 and is featured in the Sunday times 100 SME best places to work.
Kate regularly speaks at events on HR and business-related topics, producing content for publications including the Forbes HR council. She specialises in advising start-up and growth stage organizations on scaling their structure and people functions and is passionate about driving a progressive and transformational approach to HR so that the sector can support the businesses of tomorrow in a human-centric way.
Having worked across multiple industries in leadership roles, her core belief is that people are at the heart of every organisation, and that HR needs to shift away from the ivory tower mentality, evolving from dictators of best practice to facilitators of success.
Loraine is the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Network Rail, which maintains and develops Britain’s rail infrastructure. With some 39,000 employees, it is the fastest growing railway in Europe. Loraine leads a centre of expertise which supports Network Rail’s ambition to be a more open, diverse and inclusive business.
Previously, Loraine lead a multi-award winning team on equality and inclusion and employment and skills in the construction of the Olympic Park, its infrastructure, venues and facilities for London 2012, for which she was awarded an MBE. Loraine is the vice chair of the Trust for London, a grant-making body which tackles inequality and poverty in the capital and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Magali Demierre has been appointed in October 2018 as Global Head of Employee Experience at Philip Morris International (PMI). PMI’s vision is to create a smoke-free future by converting legal aged smokers to either quit or switch from conventional cigarettes to reduced risks products.
Having started her career as an Investment Banker, working for Lehman Brothers in San Francisco, Magali quickly realized this was not the culture or career she wanted to pursue. She joined GE Capital in 2002 and stayed with GE for 16 years, in various role, from Strategic Relationship Management to leading the Commercial Learning & Development Strategy and most recently setting up the Workplace Experience practice across EMEA for GE Corporate.
Magali is passionate about people! She holds a Master degree in Economics from La Sorbonne, an MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management and an Executive Coaching accreditation from the AoEC. She is a French citizen, married to a Swiss. They have been living in London for the past 12 years and together they have 3 children age 9, 8 and 6.
Marc is currently Global Diversity & Inclusion Manager for Lloyd’s. He oversees D&I for the corporation as well as supporting the markets D&I objects, including and not limited to, The Dive In Festival, best practice, Inclusion@Lloyd’s and the Inclusive Behaviours Pledge.
He previously was a global Diversity & Inclusion Manager for RBS, where he also held roles within Retail and Business & Commercial banking. Marc’s D&I work at RBS, included improving LGBT+ inclusion for both customer and colleague, including, a policy and guidance to support Trans and Non-binary colleagues and improving how customers can update their gender marker on their banking profile.
Outside of work Marc is a Role model for Diversity Role models.
He recently married and is the proud husband of Hamish
Mark is Reward & Pensions Director for Kier plc. He has held similar roles at National Grid, Siemens, Tata and Amey. Passionate about ensuring people understand and make use of their benefits and about de-mystifying retirement savings so that people are clear about their options and their future.
Matt Frost has nearly 20 years’ experience working with organisations of all shapes, sizes and sectors. His expertise is in developing communication strategies to craft, enhance and deliver compelling employee experiences.
Matt’s passion for clear, honest and creative communication has helped some of world’s leading organisations successfully engage their employees at an emotional and intellectual level. In recent years he’s been heavily involved in a number of high profile cultural and change management programs – in the UK, Europe and US. He is viewed as a trusted advisor to company boards, executive teams, unions and management teams and advises on appropriate communications strategies to achieve desired results – whether that is cultural alignment, employee performance or reward participation.
Meghan is the Head of Human Resources for the UK&I at SAP. Meghan originally joined SAP in 2015 as the VP of General Business and the Partner Organization and in between was responsible for SAP’s Sales Academy in North EMEA.
Prior to joining SAP, Meghan spent 25+ years in sales and sales leadership roles in companies such as Cisco, Parametric Technology and Xerox. She has a BA from Smith College and in 2015, she became a certified coach (CPCC)
Meghan is originally from the United States, has lived and worked in the US, UAE and the UK. She is passionate about authentic, conscious leadership and the positive role diversity can have on organizations.
Michael was appointed Chief People Officer (CPO) at London City Airport in May 2016, having joined the airport as HR Director in May 2013. Prior to this he was Head of HR for Nuclear and Renewable Energy at Centrica Energy and also held the role of Head of HR for the Centrica Group. Previously Michael spent 15 years with Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd where he worked in various Retail HR roles before completing his final five years there as HR Business Partner to the Trading and Commercial divisions.
He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (FCIPD) and holds Master degrees in Human Resources, Employment Law and Chemistry. He has been a Governor of the Aylward Academy since 2014 and chairs the Achievement and Standards Committee there.
Natalie Jutla is an experienced Reward and Benefits Specialist with a demonstrated track record of working in the Civil Service and Public and Private Sectors. She is skilled in employee engagement, salary sacrifice schemes and employee financial wellbeing. Whether Natalie is implementing an Employee Offer Strategy, resulting in an 8% increase in satisfaction within 2 years, or delivering on a harmonisation project, producing a cost savings of 114K in year one, she proves she is ahead of the curve, when identifying trends and new benefits. Currently, Natalie is Employee Offer and Benefits Lead for the DEFRA group. Her people-driven approach, has seen her implement a financial education platform for 23,800 civil service employees, delivering a 6% take up in just under 2 weeks. Natalie holds a Master’s Degree focused on Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General CIPD
Pensions and Benefits Manager at the University of Lincoln delivering the pensions and retirement operation covering LGPS, TPS, USS, NHS, UCRSS and Peoples’ Pension schemes. This includes wide spread provision of financial education across the university and working with our Students Union to also deliver this for students. Responsible for overseeing Higher Education Role Analysis, corporate benefit provision including healthcare, relocation, salary sacrifice schemes plus various local benefits and wellbeing initiatives.
Natasha chairs the Northern Universities Pension Group and is a member of the LGPS Local Pension Board and USS and NHS working group committees. Previously worked as a HR manager for national construction, design, property and environmental group of companies and as a Legal Executive for solicitors’ practices.
Patricia has a wealth of experience across the insurance markets both in the UK and Ireland. Patricia has worked at an executive and senior management level in the Insurance markets for many years, starting her career in the Life Assurance market and then moving into General Insurance and in later years Health Insurance. Patricia is currently Group Sales Director at Spectrum.Life an international wellbeing company.
Patricia holds a MSc management (Organisational Behaviour) and is a qualified Project Manager, Executive Coach and NLP practitioner.
Paul joined L’Oréal as HR Director in May 2016 and is responsible for people strategy and employee experience across the 5,000 colleagues based in the UK & Ireland. He has a strong focus on talent, culture, innovation and the future of work.
Paul previously worked at Air France KLM for 13 years, leading HR in the UK before moving to France as HR Director for Europe & North Africa and later to New York as VP HR for North America. He spent the first five years of his career at Unilever joining as a graduate trainee and progressing to a number of HR Manager roles in different Manufacturing sites.
Rachel is a senior leader, coach and mentor with a successful track record of combining a passion for people development with delivering innovative initiatives and tangible results in HR, corporate and financial services.
Rachel is Diversity & Inclusion Lead at the Metropolitan Police Service where she has delivered initiatives with impact. This includes the launch of the Women Returners Scheme, the first of its kind at the Met.
Previously, as Diversity Manager at Surrey Police, she designed and implemented a value-added diversity and inclusion strategy, delivering tangible outcomes including:
⦁ 2018 – Winners at HR Excellence awards for D&I
⦁ 2017 – Personnel Today Awards finalists for D&I
⦁ 2016 – Highly commended at CIPD awards for best D&I initiative for increasing Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) representation. Showcased as best practice case study in CIPD research Barriers to BAME career progression
⦁ Achieving the Inclusive Top 50 UK employers list in 2016 and Stonewall Champions Index
She has performed a variety of senior management and consultancy roles including previously leading on learning and development and project manager of a major change programme. Rachel has also worked in corporate financial services, as both senior L&D and operations manager.
Rob is Head of Retirement Policy at the Association of British Insurers. Since joining in January 2012 he has led the ABI's work on pension flexibility and customers' retirement choices, and he now oversees policy areas including the pensions dashboard, retirement market, scams, Definied Benefits solutions and paying for care. He previously worked in policy at the Money Advice Service, and in financial capability at the FSA. Prior to that, Rob worked in policy and public affairs in the voluntary and private sectors.
Sally Purbrick has been head of reward at Anglian Water since 2007. She leads a multi award winning team responsible for the development and implementation of the total reward strategy, payroll and shared services and MI. Before this, she was HR projects manager, appointed to deliver significant changes to the employer’s defined benefit pension scheme. Prior to this she was head of business performance. Sally is a qualified accountant, married and mum to 2 children.
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.
Sheila is responsible for developing and delivering a market and business relevant Total Reward and Wellbeing strategy across EMEAR. Sheila joined Cisco in 2000 and for the past 10 years has held various roles in Human Resources.
During her time in HR, she has been responsible for compensation and benefit programs across 62 EMEAR countries ensuring they are compliant, market relevant and aligned with the global reward philosophy and strategy that supports Our People Deal and the employee experience. She also has led implementation of Total Rewards technology platforms, and delivered on Mergers & Acquisitions.
Proud winner of the REBA Inaugural Wellbeing 2018 Pinnacle and Vanguard Awards as well as the Employee Benefits Innovative Reward Technology awards, Sheila is passionate about embedding a holistic and inclusive Wellbeing strategy. Through a unique collaboration opportunity between HR, Marketing and internationally renowned wellbeing expert, Jessie Pavelka, Sheila is leading this exciting Wellbeing initiative across EMEAR where Cisco and Pavelka are 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 Inspire Story here - https://youtu.be/LBWGBr4-pN0
Stephen Bevan is director of employer research and consultancy at IES with responsibility for developing innovative new projects and programmes with IES partners and other collaborators. Stephen returned to IES in April 2016 after spending 15 years as Director of Research and Managing Director at The Work Foundation.
Stephen has conducted research and consultancy on high-performance work practices, employee reward strategy, performance management, staff engagement and retention, and 'good work'. He has a special interest in workforce health and wellbeing, having led a number of national and international projects focusing on workforce health and the impact of chronic illness on productivity and social inclusion. He is the Project Director of a major impact evaluation project for the Work and Health Joint Unit which is tracking the progress of health-led trials for people with mental health and musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).
Stephen is an adviser to a number of UK government departments and has advised employers and policymakers in Europe, Asia-Pacific, Australasia and North America. He has received a special award from GAMIAN-Europe for his contribution to the field of mental health and employment and is a reviewer for several academic journals, including The Lancet. Stephen is a regular columnist for HR Magazine, a judge at the Global Healthy Workplace Awards and an adviser the government’s Mental Health and Employment Review. He is a Board Member of the European HR Director’s Circle and a member of the Britain’s Healthiest Company expert advisory group. Stephen has appeared in HR Magazine's list of Most Influential HR Thinker for the past ten years. He has been an honorary professor at Lancaster University Management School since 2010.
Susannah is an Occupational Psychologist with the BBC’s Environment, Health & Safety team. She has been working on the BBC’s approach to mental health and wellbeing over the last five years. Prior to this Susannah consulted to organisations on workplace stress, wellbeing and resilience and has also worked in vocational rehabilitation.
Tim is a commercially focused Chartered MCIPD HR professional with a focus on total reward. Tim started his HR career covering a generalist remit before specialising in recruitment for five years and later specialised in reward. Tim takes great pride in working for the business he represents, taking an active role in harnessing its culture and being a forward-thinking innovative leader of wellbeing in the benefits space.