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Meet The 2019 Speakers

Perry Timms
Perry Timms is an international CPD accredited and TEDx speaker on HR, workplace learning, technology and the future of work. He has delivered keynote speeches across the UK and in the USA, South Africa, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Italy, Hungary, France and Ireland. A new entrant to HR Magazine’s HR’s Most Influential List 2017, Perry is described by CIPD CEO Peter Cheese as “The HR Futurist”. Perry’s first book published in October 2017 with Kogan Page: Transformational HR, is an HR metamorphosis for a transforming world of work. Perry is a co-founding member of Profinda’s Workforce of the Future community. He is an adviser to the CIPD on social media & HR, built the Institute’s first MOOC “Working Digitally: Social Media and HR” and was a guide for the CIPD/MiX HR Hackathon. Perry is also an Associate Adviser and Consultant with the Work Foundation and a Fellow of the RSA. He has worked with Diageo, Specsavers, Airbus, British Airways, P&G, Shelter, Sky, Toyota, River Island, Costa Cruises, Anglian Water, Bulgari Hotels and many more.
Kirsty Pitcher
HR Director - Retail & Opticians
Speaker profile coming soon...
Emily Lofting Kisakye
HR Director, Europe & International
Emily Lofting Kisakye leads the people function for URBN Inc which includes Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie and Free People. She is responsible for the design and implementation of the overarching people strategy. Emily joined URBN 9 years ago and over that period of time has seen tremendous personal growth and business change. In her more recent years with the business she has worked closely with the executive leaders to refine and advance the approach to people throughout the organisation spread across 11 countries and multiple business channels. Emily is a commercial and solutions driven HR professional with considerable experience in business change transformation and engagement whilst on that journey of change. URBN are very passionate about their people and how they drive and deliver everything the business accomplishes; to that end Emily analyses and uses people data to deliver authentic insights to improve the people experience. URBN continues to grow in the UK, Europe and within Emerging Markets and therefore it is absolutely necessary that they are able to initiate on the thoughts and needs of a growing multi-generational employee base.
Elizabeth Cowper
VP HR Tapestry Europe
Elizabeth Cowper heads up HR for Coach Europe and Global Travel Retail. Before joining Coach, Elizabeth was Group HR Director at Harvey Nichols and prior to this she was HR Director at LVMH. Here she ran a shared service HR function overseeing beauty brands such as Dior, Givenchy, Guerlain and Acqua Di Parma. Elizabeth has spent the majority of her career in Retail and HR and has won 2 'HR's Most Influential Awards' in 2015 and 2016. As a mother of three children, Elizabeth is passionate about women having a family and career and in 2016 she founded WoMo Network as a resource for HR leaders and WoMos (working mothers).
Liz Jewitt-Cross
Interim Chief HR Officer
Liz Jewitt-Cross is currently a member of Executive Team leading Human Resources for McArthurGlen’s 24 European andCanadian destination shopping centres. Hosting over 1000 leading luxury brands and 33,000 brands, her role includes business reorganisation, organisation development &and implementation of Workday HR systems. She was previously HR Director at Jaeger for two years and before that she was Hr Director at Joules for three years. Liz is a highly commercial and results driven professional with global experience specialising in interim and project consultancy, performance coaching and NED roles leading HR, organisation development, customer services, facilities and business transformation programmes - through growth, change, mergers and acquisitions, turnarounds, new start-ups, and digital expansion. In the past she has worked with Crew Clothing, Joules, Northern Rock, Camelot National Lottery, Fenn Wright Manson, Aurora Fashions Group, CVUK, Marks & Spencer, Co-Op, School Days, as well as many others.
Tina Oakley
HR Director - UK Operations
Tina Oakley moved to Amazon just under four years ago and currently is Head of HR for UK Operations. She has held a broad range of management positions during her 26 years at the business, including in a variety of senior HR roles. She joined British Airways as a management trainee in 1978. Tina left British Airways in 2004 for Premier Foods and she has held a variety of HR Director roles since then, first at Hovis, where she spent five years, and then at P&O Ferries and Gatwick Airport.
Jenny Davidson
Director of People Propositions
Jenny Davidson is currently Director of People Proposition at Three, with over 30 years industry experience and a strong business-focused, strategic outlook. She has managed complex relationships across multiple geographies and business units and is experienced at communicating with stakeholders at all levels including CEO/ Compensation Committees and Unions/European Works Councils. Jenny was previously the Director of Compensation & Benefits for the EMEA region of CSC, a global consulting, systems integration and outsourcing company with 90,000+ employees worldwide. She has worked for many large global companies including Mars, Alliance Boots, Zurich, Honeywell, AonHewitt, CSC, Disons Carphone, TalkTalk and Virgin Atlantic..
Susan Yell
HR Director
Sue Yell is a UK HR leader with over 25 years’ experience. She currently operates as HR Director for Warburtons where she is responsible for the development and delivery of the people management strategy. Sue joined Warburtons in July 2011, and during the last three years has worked with the executive team to define and deliver the business growth plans. Yell is particularly passionate about engagement, and has been instrumental in achieving Best Company to work for status for Warburtons (the first ever food manufacturer to make the big company list). Prior to this Yell initiated the Best Companies survey with Iceland Foods. This culminated in reaching number one in the list. Sue has previously worked for Marks and Spencer and News International, and has extensive experience of managing business transformation, change programmes and improving leadership capability within both the retail and manufacturing sectors.
Wendy Doherty
People Director
Speaker profile coming soon...
Sharon Benson
Human Resources Director
Speaker profile coming soon...
Una O'Reilly
Human Resources Director
Una O’Reilly joined Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield in 2013 as Director, Human Resources. Prior to joining Westfield Europe, 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 Diploma in Human Resources and Organisational Development and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personal Development.
Jo Tyler
Employee Engagement Manager
Jo Tyler leads the implementation and delivery of employee engagement activities across Whitbread. Whitbread recognise that team members are the driving force of the business in terms of delivering a great experience for guests so it’s critical that Whitbread understands the level of engagement across their teams, whether in Premier Inn, or any of their fantastic restaurant brands or in the support centre. Jo ensures that Whitbread use the most appropriate employee engagement methodology behind our surveys and thinks about how people data, guest data and financial data can be blended to deliver holistic insights. As Whitbread continues to grow and innovate their business, both in the UK with new hotels and restaurants, plus developing Premier Inn in Germany, it is vital that they are able to capture, and act on the views of a growing, global, five generational workforce.
Mathew Davies
HR Director
Speaker profile coming soon...
Jane Howkins
Training and Recruitment Manager
Jane Howkins is an experienced Training and Recruitment Manager with over 17 years’ experience working in a number of fast paced retail and hospitality businesses, in various learning and development/HR and recruitment roles. She is passionate about recruiting talent and giving them the skills they need to not only do well in their role but also to support them developing a career in retail and hospitality at Moto.Moto run 58 motorway service areas operating many brands in their services from Costa, Burger King, M&S, WH Smith to Greggs and all of the 5000 colleagues that work in these brands work for Moto. Jane has a Masters in Human Resource Management and is a Chartered member of the CIPD.
Nikki Williams
People Experience Manager
Speaker profile coming soon...
Alan Millbrow
Senior Consultant for Wellbeing & Recognition
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.
Helen Dickinson
Helen Dickinson OBE leads the BRC team and is responsible for the strategic direction and performance of the BRC. She brings a wealth of experience working with retailers across the industry for over 20 years. Helen is passionate about retail and strives for the BRC to be recognised as the go to trade association for UK retailers, telling the story of retail and influencing the issues that really matter to the industry. The BRC’s mission is to make a difference to the retail industry and the customers it serves. She received an OBE for services to the retail industry in 2016.
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 challenges people to explore their career goals, inspiring confidence, possibility, success and fulfilment. Paul believes that when individuals and teams discover their motivation, strengths and purpose they can be quite unusually brilliant which results in improved performance, engagement and future potential. Although well-versed in many professions, he is an expert in HR career development.

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Hallam Conference Centre, London W1W 6JJ

0207 637 5526 or 0207 631 2055

For retail speaker opportunities:

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Karen Howard
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