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Last Year's Speakers

Louise Stonier
Chief People and Culture Officer
Louise Stonier joined Pets at Home in 2004 as Head of Legal and Company Secretary, and was promoted to Group Legal Director and Company Secretary in 2008. She became Chief People and Legal Officer in 2017 as well as continuing in role of Company Secretary until 2019 when she became Group Chief People and ...
Katrina McCarthy
Change & Wellbeing Programme Lead
Kat McCarthy is a Change and Wellbeing Programme Lead at Farfetch. Having started her journey five years ago at Farfetch in a people generalist role, she recognised the need for an innovative and long term wellbeing strategy to support Farfetch’s ambitions to be a world class company. Kat is ...
Eugenio Pirri
Chief People & Culture Officer
Eugenio Pirri was appointed Chief People and Culture Officer at the Dorchester Collection in 2017. Joining in 2011 as their Vice President, People and Organisational Development, he has committed himself to reshaping the company culture, grounded in a holistic approach to employee and guest engagement within all constituents of the business. Eugenio ...
Madeleine Scott
Senior Talent Development Partner
Madeleine Scott is a Senior Talent Development Partner at Groupon, looking after the International side of the business. The global team is responsible for unlocking Groupon’s potential through great leadership by focusing on three main strategic areas: building great managers, improving engagement and assessing and developing talent. Maddy has ...
Elizabeth Cowper
Elizabeth Cowper founded The Ludo Partnership in March 2020 and works with experts in their field to provide coaching, strategic guidance, HR consulting and wellbeing. Until recently, she headed up HR for Coach Europe and Global Travel Retail. Before joining Coach, Elizabeth was Group HR Director at Harvey Nichols and prior ...
Marco Reick
Director of People & Talent
Marco Reick is currently People Director at QOOT, the international hospitality operator and investment company, operating brands such as by Chloe, The Gentlemen Baristas and the Lebanese Bakery amongst others. He has spent his career in HR within a number of businesses in the UK hospitality industry and prior to ...
Siobhan McHale
EGM People, Culture & Change
Siobhan McHale is currently the Executive General Manager of People, Culture & Change at Dulux Group, an international paints and coatings company. The key focus of her role is helping to create a more innovative, consumer-driven and growth-oriented culture. She is a culture change specialist with a vision to make workplaces ...
Helen Dickinson
Chief Executive
Helen Dickinson OBE, as CEO, leads the team and sets the strategic direction of the BRC. She joined in January 2013 and has been working with retailers for over 25 years. She is also a judge of the Everywoman Retail Ambassadors Programme and was previously Chair of Working Chance, a charity helping ...
Emma Mamo
Head of Workplace Wellbeing
Emma Mamo is currently Head of Workplace Wellbeing at Mind, joining 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 ...
Amy Prendergast
Director of Change, People and Learning
Amy Prendergast began her career in the third sector over ten years ago and has worked for a wide range charities, within a variety of roles. Currently, Amy is the Director of Change, People and Learning at retailTRUST where she leads on the people, learning and wellbeing strategy. She is ...
Heather Lee
Head of People and Performance
Heather Lee is an MBA graduate and a senior leader in Human Resources, working as Head of People & Performance for Lincolnshire Co-operative. She has sector experience in retail, defence, and utilities Blue Chip FTSE 100's and the Co-operative sector. She is a Director of the Co-operative Employers Association, covering over 150,000 ...
Una O'Reilly
Group Director of Engagement & Director of HR - UK/Italy
Una O’Reilly joined Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (previously Westfield Europe) in 2013 as Director, Human Resources. Prior to joining URW, she has held a variety of human resources roles in both retail and property development, and has had responsibility for UK, Europe and Asia. Una holds a BSC Hons Technology Management, Post Graduate ...
Katy Downes
Head of Reward
Katy Downes has been Head of Reward at Biffa since November 2019. A highly experienced HR professional, her focus is on reward, engagement and creating a fabulous employee experience to enable excellent customer service to thrive. She was previously the Senior Engagement Manager at Network Rail for six years, responsible for ...
Emily Lofting-Kisakye
HR Director, Europe
Emily Lofting-Kisakye leads the people function as HR Director for Cognita Schools, where she is responsible for the design and implementation of the overarching people strategy. Cognita Schools are very passionate about their people and how they drive and deliver everything the business accomplishes; to that end Emily analyses and ...
Teresa Smith
Senior HCM Strategic Advisor
As a Senior Human Capital Management (HCM) Strategy Consultant for Kronos Incorporated (now UKG), Teresa Smith advises business leaders and their leadership teams on how to better maximise people-centric strategies to achieve long-term success. With deep expertise in change management process and business innovation, she is an advocate for the ...
Kirsty Rogers
Employment Partner
Kirsty Rogers is an Employment Partner for the commercial services division at DWF. Kirsty has been responsible for managing or reviewing the firm's relationship with several significant clients, including Arcadia, Morrisons, Ladbrokes Coral, and Whitbread. She is highly recommended for her client focused approach to the delivery of legal services ...
Laurent Homeyer
Industry Advisor - Retail and Hospitality
Laurent Homeyer is Strategic Industry Advisor at Workday in charge of the distribution and hospitality industries for the EMEA region. He joined Workday in 2018 to take charge of the development of these sectors at the international level. Before joining Workday, Laurent held the position of Director, Innovation & Value, Retail & Wholesale ...
Dr Chris Mullen
Executive Director - The Workforce Institute
Dr Chris Mullen leads the HCM Strategic Advisory Group at Kronos, a global leader in workforce cloud solutions. A thought leader on performance, development, and talent strategies, he is also Executive Director of the Workforce Institute, a think-tank with international board member from a variety of industries. With 15 years of ...
Dominic Watkins
Partner - Head of Retail & Food Sectors
Dominic Watkins is Head of DWF's internationally renowned food sector group as well as being Head of Regulatory in London. He is a recognised expert in food law, safety, advertising and trading standards and is a key and active figure in retail-related investigations. Dominic's work focusses on helping household names ...
James Drury-Smith
Privacy and Cyber Security Partner
James Drury-Smith is a Privacy and Cyber Security Partner at DWF and specialises in providing data privacy advice and has extensive experience advising on data protection laws and the implementation of privacy governance models, having been advising on privacy matters for over 16 years. He works with some of the world's ...
Martin Hickerton
Associate Professor
Martin Hickerton is the Partnerships Development Manager for the Lincoln International Business School and has previously held senior management roles in the employability, recruitment and skills sectors. Having recruited graduates for some of the UK’s largest companies in the UK including Sainsbury’s, Aviva and TfL, Martin moved into ...
Mok O'Keeffe
Mok O’Keeffe is the founder of The Innovation Beehive and the author of The Innovation Ecosystem. After a global career in HR and management consulting, Mok founded The Innovation Beehive to release the energy and potential of people at work - with a focus on culture, innovation and leadership. ...
Melanie Steel
Non-Executive Director
Melanie Steel is currently a Non-Executive Director at the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and has over 25 years’ experience in HR and transformation, across a broad spectrum of organisations and recognisable brands, including FTSE 100 companies and Central Government. Melanie has worked in various roles, most recently HR Transformation Consultant at Arup ...
Paul Deeprose
Managing Director
Paul Deeprose is the Managing Director of The Career Gym, helping people give their careers a workout, and a Partner in Squad Mentality - an agency helping teams develop a Squad Mentality to bend their results line upwards. He is a qualified executive coach and career coach who supports and ...

Venue & Contact

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6th October 2021


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