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15 June 2022

Coffee and Networking

09.20 - 10.00 (starting at 9.30)

Welcome from the CIPD
Peter Cheese, CEO, CIPD

10.00 - 10.50 Opening Keynote: The shifting economy and labour market

The UK and world economies are facing up to multiple challenges – the consequences of war in Ukraine, energy prices, inflation, cost of living, supply chain bottlenecks, and a labour market that has changed post Covid, not to mention the shift to a green economy.  How is this affecting government policy? What is happening to the labour market, earnings and asset prices? As we struggle with multiple economic challenges Paul Johnson will give a dispassionate analysis of these issues and put challenges for government and business in context.


Paul Johnson CBE, Director, Institute for Fiscal Studies

Chair: Peter Cheese, CEO, CIPD

Stream One


Driving people strategy to thrive in an era of change

Stream Two


Creating inclusive cultures where the best people want to work

Stream Three


Making life-long learning part of your organisation’s DNA

11.30 - 12.10 | A Sessions

A1 Panel discussion: Leadership 2030: critical skills for future leaders

  • How leaders can communicate more effectively to galvanise workforces through unprecidented times of challenge
  • Key areas to consider, including employee voice, succession planning and reporting
  • Taking meaningful action on board diversity to ensure company leadership more accurately represents employees and other stakeholder groups, and demonstrates progress on inclusion
  • How can effective governance drive the ESG agenda and advocate for the ‘S’ in ESG ensuring a focus on inclusion, diversity and equity?

Prof. Kiran Trehan, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Partnership and Engagement, University of York

Kamran Mallick, CEO, Disability Rights UK

Tim Jones, Chief People Officer, London Stock Exchange Group

Chair: Katie Jacobs, Senior Stakeholder Lead, CIPD

A2 In-conversation: Shifting the employee value proposition to recruit and retain talent

  • As many employees reassess what they want from their jobs, how can organisations create employee value propositions that truly resonate with current and future employees?
  • How can employers tune in to what different groups of employees want and build a proposition which is attractive to all talent pools including young people, older workers and career returners.
  • With existing inequalities magnified by the pandemic and the current cost of living crisis, how can organisations take action to improve trust, inclusion and fairness and ensure that health and wellbeing remains central to the employee value proposition?

Lisa Scales, Head of Talent Acquisition, Nestlé UK&I

Haithem Albalawi, CHRO, Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare

Chair: Claire McCartney, Senior Policy Adviser, CIPD

A3 What do organisations now need from their learning team?

  • In the shift from face to face learning necessitated by the pandemic, how are organisations being bold and innovative with the learning that they are now delivering?
  • What has been the impact on the roles and make-up of learning and development teams, and what are the new roles and skills that will be critical for organisations as they reinvent their offering?
  • How can learning teams adapt creatively to online learning – do you disrupt what you’ve already got or start again from scratch?

Sarah HarrisHead of Academy, Severn Trent

Justin Maggs, Professional Development & Business Skills Learning Stream Lead, Severn Trent

Andy Reid, Learning Lead, Severn Trent

Chair: Andy Lancaster, Head of Learning, CIPD

12.20 - 13.00 | B Sessions

B1 Panel discussion: Bridging the skills gap to create the workforce of the future

  • How are organisations planning to bridge the skills gap to meet ongoing strategic priorities exacerbated by the current economic crisis?
  • Identifying future talent needs, critical skills gaps and barriers within current resourcing models to mitigate future skills gaps
  • Working with education providers to ensure young people are better prepared for the world of work and have the skills and capabilities that organisations and economies need

Alexander Kyte, Head of Talent, Rolls-Royce plc

Andreas Schleicher, Director, Directorate for Education and Skills, OECD

Dr Amelie Villeneuve, Global Head of People Capability, Standard Chartered

Chair: Lizzie Crowley, Senior Skills Policy Advisor, CIPD

B2 Masterclass: HR as an anti-racist ally

  • Exploring how people professionals can take a more proactive stance on race, moving from the creation of equal opportunities to a wider agenda of ending racism in the workplace
  • Ensuring inclusion and diversity are central to organisational culture, leadership and management behaviours
  • Developing a truly intersectional approach which considers all aspects of inclusion, diversity and belonging

Jenny Garrett OBE, Award Winning Career Coach, Leadership Trainer and Author “Rocking your role”

Chair: Lutfur Ali, Senior Policy Adviser, CIPD

B3 Case Study: Empowering learners - the benefits of shifting the focus from the centre to individuals

  • Embracing the shift to self-directed learning and understanding the change of approach required from the organisation
  • Building a self-directed learning culture which empowers and inspires learners to take charge of their own development
  • Making learning and development, attractive, accessible and relevant to engage and empower learners

Kerry Isherwood, Senior Manager – Leadership, Virgin Atlantic

Liz Elder, Head of Global Learning & Development, The LEGO Group

Chair: David Hayden, Digital Learning Portfolio Manager, CIPD

13.00 - 14.00 | Networking Lunch

14.00 - 14.40 | C Sessions

C1 Case study: Reshaping and redefining organisational culture with purpose at its heart

  • Embedding purpose at the centre of strategy, decision-making and culture
  • Focussing on trust, inclusion, innovation and climate to create the right organisational culture with purpose at its heart
  • Building and maintaining a purpose-led culture of trust in hybrid and agile working environments.

Genevieve Edwards, CEO, Bowel Cancer UK

Chair: Tony Osude, Commercial and Marketing Director, CIPD

C2 Case study: Building line manager capability in the new world of work

  • How organisations can support and empower line managers during a time of organisational turbulence
  • The role of line managers in communicating with employees and aiding retention even as turnover increases
  • Training and supporting line managers to adapt to new ways of working and develop the skills required to lead agile teams

Dr. Rania AlGhamdi, Talent Services Director, Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare

Maria Humphries, People Director, William Hill

Chair: Jonny Gifford, Senior Researcher, CIPD

C3 Panel Discussion: Learning curation - how to create a strategy for cost-effective learner resourcing?

  • Taking a proactive approach to finding great content and partnerships to support existing learning activities
  • Encourage learners to take ownership and to find and integrate content into their learning programmes
  • Understanding the systems organisations can use to deliver curated content and highlight wider learning opportunities

14.50 - 15.30 | D Sessions

D1 Masterclass: What will developments in technology AI mean for planning?

  • In the next ten years will organisations build, buy, borrow or bot to keep up with changing external demands and manage skill shortages?
  • What will be the impact of technology on the size, shape and make-up of the workforce, and how will people make the difference in technology enabled organisations?
  • How will the growth in new technologies and AI impact organisational culture and people practices and how can organisations ensure that people professionals play a central role in technology implementation decisions?

Simon Asplen-Taylor, Author of Data and Analytics Strategy for Business

Chair: Hayfa Mohdzaini, Senior Research Adviser – Data, Technology and AI, CIPD

D2 Panel discussion: Creating structures to ensure collaboration and engagement in hybrid teams

  • Building shared understanding and aligning teams to an overarching organisational purpose
  • Focussing on transparency and openness by sharing expertise and information and developing more effective communication and decision making processes
  • Harnessing digital tools to enable more effective communication and engagement, while managing work-life balance and workload issues


Gary Cookson, Author of “HR for hybrid working”

Parysa Hosseini-Sech, People & Culture Director, Onecom

Tom Kegode, Work:Lab Lead, Future of Work, Lloyds Banking Group

Chair: David D’Souza, Director of Membership, CIPD

D3 Fishbowl: L&D innovation - practitioners and their role in the new world of learning

  • This is an interactive session with participation from the delegates both in the room and online.

  • Embracing innovation in learning: mindsets and aproaches
  • Revisiting the value of learning through innovation

Perry Timms, Founder, Chief Energy Officer and Practice Lead, PTHR

Sue Murkin, Learning Delivery & Associate Lead, CIPD

15:30 - 16:10 | Networking Break

16.10 - 17.00 | Closing Keynote: The Future of Work- How to amplify human potential in the fourth industrial revolution

AI, robotics, additive manufacturing, AR/VR, quantum computing, and gene editing are among the suite of revolutionary technologies that are disrupting every industry in the world. What do they mean for the future of work and jobs? Dr. Khanna takes you on a journey through the main forces that will reshape the corporate world and labor markets, emphasizing how each sector can leverage these breakthroughs to make workers more productive, innovative, and empathetic. This process of human-technology co-evolution will forever change how we view the global economy and our role in it.

Dr Ayesha Khanna, Co-Founder and CEO, ADDO AI

Chair: Peter Cheese, CEO, CIPD

17.00 | Close of Day One

16 June 2022

Coffee and Networking

09.15 - 10.00 Opening Keynote: Embedding ESG and responsible business in the culture of your organisation

Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith, President, CIPD

Chair: Peter Cheese, CEO, CIPD

10.00 - 10.40 Keynote Panel: Building Sustainable Businesses in a Shifting Global Economy

  • How can the People Profession be empowered to drive positive change in the face of a climate emergency?
  • Does the behaviour of big business stand up to scrutiny or is it just ‘Greenwashing’?
  • What are the different business models that are emerging in response to changes in the global economy?
  • Discover how organisations are working to build a more inclusive and sustainable future and discover how leaders and organisations can transform their approach to sustainability.

May Al-Karooni, Founder & CEO, Globechain

Valerie Keller, Co-Founder and Co-Chair, Imagine and Associate Fellow, University of Oxford Saïd Business School

Charlotte Harrington, Co-CEO, Belu

Chair: Peter Cheese, CEO, CIPD

Coffee and Networking

Stream One


Driving people strategy to thrive in an era of change

Stream Two


Creating inclusive cultures where the best people want to work

Stream Three


Making life-long learning part of your organisation’s DNA

11.20 - 12.00 | E Sessions

E1 In-conversation: How flexible working will reshape the world of work

  • Creating a culture of flexible and agile working to improve employee wellbeing, enable the recruitment and retention of critical talent and to drive organisational performance
  • Exploring how industries where flexible work isn’t traditionally available, are supporting people to choose where, when and how much they work and enabling an inclusive approach for all employees
  • Assessing how flexible working has impacted productivity and engagement and what that might mean for the future of flexible working – will market forces lead to total flexibility or bring more people back to the office?

Paul Hamer, CEO, Sir Robert McAlpine

Alex Ritchie, Co-CEO, GlobalGiving

Chair: Rachel Suff, Senior Policy Adviser Employment Relations, CIPD

E2 Case study: What's the point of planning for change?

  • In a world of permanent flux, do we need to fundamentally reassess our approach to change management?
  • Developing agile, dynamic responses to the external challenges of changing customer demands, new technologies and skills shortages
  • How can people professionals manage the impact on their employees and help them build resilience in the face of a constant need for change?

Christine Belanger, Senior Director, Reward, Performance & Workforce Effectiveness, Mubadala Health

Kate Rand, Chief People Officer, Threads Styling

Chair: Wilson Wong, Head of Insight and Futures, CIPD

E3 Workshop: Beyond courses - the components of a holistic learning approach and the keys to getting there

  • Starting with strategy – establishing the overarching purpose, objectives and vision for learning and development in your organisation
  • Designing learning and development interventions and outcomes that meet organisational and learner needs
  • Building a culture of continuous learning to ensure a holistic approach

David Hayden, Digital Learning Portfolio Manager, CIPD

Giorgia Gamba Quilliam, Digital Learning Portfolio Manager, CIPD

12.10 - 13.00 | F Sessions

F1 Panel discussion : How does your people strategy drive your ESG performance?

  • What does sustainability really look like, and why is it so often overlooked?
  • HR’s role in driving the sustainability agenda and how an organisation’s people strategy impacts investor and customer sentiment
  • How business leaders and people professionals can champion sustainability throughout their organisation

Kevin Green, Chief People Officer, First Bus

Linda Kennedy, CHRO, Klöckner Pentaplast

Tunde Agoro, Head of ESG, Hydrock

Chair: Katie Jacobs, Senior Stakeholder Lead, CIPD

F2 Panel discussion: Building a truly inclusive organisation

  • how can organisations make inclusion a cultural reality, not just a series of well-meaning initiatives?
  • how can business leaders and people professionals ensure they are genuinely transparent and fair?
  • what are the new cultural challenges people professionals must be mindful of in the new world of flexible and hybrid working?


Mandy Eddolls, Managing Director People & Culture, House of Commons

Ricky Somal, Deputy Director of OD and Inclusion, Isle of Wight NHS Trust

Marcia Williams, Director, Diversity, Inclusion and Talent, Transport for London

Chair: Lutfur Ali, Senior Policy Adviser, CIPD

F3 Workshop: Inclusive learning - What does it practically require and why does it really matter?

  • Exploring how making learning content accessible improves the experience for all learners, including people with permanent, temporary and situational access needs
  • Key facts to clarify why accessibility really does matter and how accessibility standards can be a help rather than a hindrance
  • Practical strategies to ensure you include learners with a wide range of access needs in your learning content and how authoring tools can help to apply accessibility

Susi Miller, Founder and Director, eLaHub and Author of Designing ‘Accessible Learning Content’

Chair: David Hayden, Digital Learning Portfolio Manager, CIPD

13.00 - 14.00 | Networking Lunch

14.00 - 14.40 | G Sessions

G1 Panel discussion: Leading by example: matching corporate governance to your people strategy

  • What are the critical skills that leaders will need to respond effectively to the changing world of work, and to create purposeful, sustainable, inclusive organisations for the future?
  • Given the current lack of diversity in the leadership of FTSE 250 companies, how can organisations challenge traditional views of leadership and build pipelines of diverse talent?
  • What are the workplace and workforce trends that future leaders will face and what skills and mindsets will they need to lead their organisations in the next decade?

Harvey Francis, Executive Vice President, Skanska

Melek Geveci, Global HXM Value Advisor, SAP SuccessFactors

Peck Kem Low, CHRO & Advisor, Public Service Division

Chair: Mary Connaughton, Director, CIPD Ireland

G2 Case study: Overcoming burnout: How can we make digital wellbeing an everyday reality?

  • how can organisations best support the wellbeing of employees working outside of the office and in the short and long term?
  • what measures do line managers and people professionals need to put in place to create healthy boundaries around technology?
  • key factors to consider when developing inclusive strategies which acknowledge and address the differing circumstances that employees face when working remotely

Dr Satnam Sagoo, Associate Chief People Officer, Imperial College Health Care NHS Trust

Sarah Fern, Chief People Officer, Velocity Global

Chair: Jonny Gifford, Senior Researcher, CIPD

G3 Case Study: Moving from basic to sophisticated learning technologies: And why it really matters

  • How are organisations using more complex technologies to support learning innovation and to move effectively from face to face to virtual?
  • When, where and how can technology be used to best effect and how can learning practitioners ensure it is used to benefit the learner ?
  • What are the challenges of using more sophisticated technologies and how are organisations adapting their approach to overcome them?

Sarah Potter, Immersive Design Leader, PwC

Simon Marsden, Head of Learning Design, PwC

Chair: Wilson Wong, Head of Insight and Futures, CIPD

14.50 - 15.30 | H Sessions

H1 Masterclass: Happiness drives results: a holistic approach to wellbeing

  • Developing a strategic approach to wellbeing to ensure it is at the centre of organisational culture and people practices
  • Identifying, understanding and measuring the key drivers of employee wellbeing, including the external factors that impact employees in the workplace
  • The critical role of line managers in supporting and impacting employee wellbeing and how train and develop managers to ensure a consistent organisational approach

Sara Tate, Award Winning CEO, co-author of The Rebuilders and co-hosts of The Rebuilders podcast

Chair: Rachel Suff, Senior Policy Adviser Employment Relations, CIPD

H2 Panel discussion: Solving the talent puzzle - finding the skills your organisation needs in a challenging labour market

  • As organisations struggle to recruit the skills they need, how can they reach broader talent pools and adapt their recruitment, selection and talent management processes to attract and retain employees with the skills they need?
  • Using an agile, data-driven approach to build a comprehensive talent management strategy which meets immediate and future needs
  • Developing the skills and capabilities of existing employees through retraining, reskilling and redeployment

Dr Elouise Leonard-Cross, Head of People Strategy and Experience, Northumbrian Water Group

Margarita Echeverria Rengifo, Global Head of Assessments Resourcing, Vodafone

Marlini Finney, Managing Director, Challs

Chair: Lizzie Crowley, Senior Skills Policy Advisor, CIPD

H3 Effective human-centered design, putting people's needs at the heart of learning initiatives

  • What is Human-centered design and what are the benefits of using this approach
  • Appreciating a range of user research techniques
  • The need for both divergent and convergent thinking in your design and implementation phases

Barbara Thompson, Practice Lead: Systems Thinking & Inclusion, People & Transformational HR Ltd

Chair: Steve George, Digital Learning Manager, CIPD

115.30 - 16.10 | Networking Break

16.10 - 17.00 Closing Keynote: How to Fail

The importance of perseverance in the face of disappointment and how it is our reaction to defeat and disorder that defines us.

How can we learn more when we are at our most vulnerable points in life, and subsequently how can we embrace the unstructured and impermanent nature of existence? Defining what you can and can’t control, and the mindset required to deal with each. By accepting that failure is a simple fact of life, let’s consider practical approaches to using the experience, and dispel some of the common myths we hold about our limitations and personalities.

Elizabeth Day, Award-winning journalist, author and broadcaster.
Author of How To Fail: Everything I’ve Ever Learned From Things Going Wrong and hosts the How To Fail podcast.

Chair: Katie Jacobs, Senior Stakeholder Lead, CIPD

17.00 | Close of Day Two