The CIPD Festival of Work - updated 27 March 2020

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Meet the headline acts

Hannah Fry

Dr Hannah Fry

Associate Professor Mathematics of Cities, Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University College London

John Amaechi OBE

Organisational Psychologist, Director of the UK’s largest NHS Trust, and former NBA Player


Andy Lancaster

Head of Learning, Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD)

Antony Smith

Head of Learning, Culture and Development, Brighterkind (Winner at the CIPD People Management Awards)

Brad Taylor

Director of People, Organisation and Workplace, CIPD

Chris Oakes

Executive Director of HR and OD, Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Daniel Taylor

Daniel Taylor

Learning and Skills Development Manager, National Lottery Heritage Fund

David Frost

Group Organisational Development Director, Total Produce

David Shontz

Head of Workforce Analytics and Organisation Management, Nokia

Dawn Moore

Group People Director, The Murphy Group
Dipesh Mistry

Dipesh Mistry

Learning and Development Manager - eLearning, myhomemove

Dr Shaun Davis

Global Director Compliance and Sustainability, Royal Mail Group

Emma Brown

Head of Digital Learning and OD, Places for People

Gail Hatfield

People and Resources Director, Energy Systems Catapult

Gemma Patterson

Head of Development Experiences and Innovation, Legal & General
Helen Starkey

Helen Starkey

Head of Strategic HR, Crown Prosecution Service (Winner at the CIPD People Management Awards)

Ian Bradbury

Chief Technology Officer - Financial Services, Fujitsu
Ian Hodson

Ian Hodson

Head of Rewards and Benefits, University of Lincoln

Jane Graham

Head of Resourcing at Taunton and Somerset, NHS Foundation

Jo-Ann Moran

Diversity and Inclusion, Engagement and Comms Lead, Civil Service UK

John Nurthen

Executive Director Global Research, Staffing Industry Analysts
Jon Dawson

Jon Dawson

Director in Human Resources, The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park London and One Hyde Park Residences
Joyce Dodd

Joyce Dodd

Director, Learning and Development, Publicis Groupe
Joydeep Bhattacharya

Joydeep Bhattacharya

Professor of Psychology and Director of Research, Department of Psychology, Goldsmith University of London

Justine Thompson

Head of Strategic Workforce Planning and Workforce Analytics, Lloyds Banking Group

Kate Ross

L&D Leader, UK Early Professionals Programme, IMB
Kerry Smith

Kerry Smith

Executive Director of People and Organisational Development, British Heart Foundation
Liam Burditt

Liam Burditt

Group Head of Learning and Development, Greene King

Louise Aston

Well-being Director, Business in the Community

Megan Marie-Butler

Senior Research Advisor and Consultant, Augmented HR; PhD candidate, Leeds University Business School

Michaela Crawford

Instructional Designer and Learning Technologies Lead, Domino's Pizza
Neil Perkin

Neil Perkin

Author of 'Agile Transformation: Structures, Processes and Mindsets for the Digital Age'

Nick Coley

Head of Learning and Development, Evans Cycles

Nick Davison

Head of Health Services, Leisure Benefits and Hotels, John Lewis Partnership

Nik McKiernan

Learning Development Programme Manager, Severn Trent

Paul Aldrich

Global Head of People and Performance and Marketing, Pemberton Asset Management

Paul Deemer

Head of Diversity and Inclusion, NHS Employers

Peri Thomas

Head of HR, Border to Coast Pensions Partnership
Ilke Inceoglu

Professor Ilke Inceoglu

Professor of Organisational Behaviour and HR Management, University of Exeter Business School

Rachel Suff

Senior Policy Adviser Employment Relations, CIPD
Robert Nitsch

Robert Nitsch

Chief Operating Officer, Institute for Apprenticeships
Rob Steward

Robert Stewart

Learning and Development Adviser, Digital Learning Team, Scottish Social Services Council

Sian Prigg

Senior Learning Consultant at Opel Vauxhall Finance

Simon Ashton

Head of Learning and Development at Phoenix Leaders:
Somi Arian

Somi Arian

Multi-award winning filmmaker, Tech Philosopher and Entrepreneur

Sonia Khera

Former Head of People and Community, Tonik Energy

Stephen Bevan

Head of HR Research and Development, Institute for Employment Studies

Steve Scott

Managing Director, Global Head of Workforce Management and Analytics, Standard Chartered Bank
Wendy Warham

Wendy Warham

VP Hybrid Infrastructure Services and Networks and Telecoms, EMEIA, DTS, Fujitsu Services

Will Chaney

Team Manager, Essex Social Care Academy, Essex County Council

Yvonne Cooke

Head of HR, Police Service of Northern Ireland