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UHR Chair

Joanne Marshall

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Joanne Marshall was appointed as the Director of People and Campus Services at the University of Bradford in December 2013. She oversees the University’s Human Resources, Organisational Development, Health, Safety, Wellbeing, Security and Campus Services. She is passionate about people and providing high quality and innovative professional leadership, to help drive delivery of the University's mission, strategy, objectives and business plan.  Prior to this role Joanne was an Executive Director in the NHS working at both a local and national level.

Joanne has worked in Human Resources within both the private and public sectors, for over 20 years and is originally from a nursing background, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Joanne is very proud to be the Chair for Universities Human Resources (UHR) and a Non-Executive/Trustee of Healthcare People Management Association (HPMA), and Director /Vice-Chair for Educational Competencies Company Ltd. (ECC).

In her spare time Joanne is the Director of a local drama group for children aged 8 – 18 and is lives on a working farm with her two children.

Conference Host

Kim Frost

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Kim is a former Chair of UHR and was for 15 years the HR Director and latterly Secretary at the University of London. He semi-retired in 2018 and is now a member of a number of Boards of Trustees in the sector including the Royal Agricultural University, the Institute of Development Studies and the Architectural Association, and on the Professional HE Services (PHES) Board. He also works as an HR consultant for various universities and colleges on workplace investigations, recruitment interviewing and other HR projects. Well informed about the sector, and all things UHR conference (he’s a past quizmaster!) as compere he’ll provide continuity and help delegates pick up the many threads running through the week, and identify challenging questions and takeaways for us all.

Monday

Senior HR Forum – Professor Veronica Hope-Hailey

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Veronica is a respected leader with senior management experience in higher education. She also has significant experience and knowledge of leading and implementing change across a range of organisations in the private, public and non-profit sector. In her different roles as manager, consultant, board member and trustee she has developed practical skills in governance, strategy development, and organisational design. She has worked internationally and has insight into the challenges faced by organisations working globally.

She was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2019.  Fellows are distinguished scholars within the Academy which represents over 90,000 Social Scientists. She is Professor Emeritus at the University of Bath.

As a mother of five daughters Veronica has particular interest in developing opportunities for girls and women around the world. She is acutely aware of the challenges they face and how organisations of all kinds need to develop cultures and policies that support women in work.

 

Inside Track Career Clinic - Rebecca Jones, Rebecca Rampat and Alexa Barnett

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Rebecca joined The McLean Partnership as Associate Partner in January 2021 and brings over 15 years executive search experience within higher education and the wider public sector. During this time, she has worked across a diverse range of organisations to appoint chief executives, senior executives and academics and has built strong expertise in working with organisations going through transformation and change, including those with a focus on Public-Private Partnerships, and those seeking another sector’s expertise. Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degree as well as a Master of Public Administration.

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Rebecca has worked in executive recruitment for over 8 years having joined The McLean Partnership from Penna in June 2020. Rebecca’s areas of professional knowledge encompass the entire recruitment life-cycle including: candidate sourcing and headhunting; application sifts, longlisting and shortlisting; preparation and arrangement of interview process, preparation and arrangement of assessment centres/testing and reference and other eligibility checks.

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Alexa provides Business Support to the wider McLean team.  She is responsible for administration, scheduling and compliance as well as invoicing and credit control for McLean Partnership. Alexa has nine years’ experience working in the recruitment sector, previously working in the recruitment team for a nationwide educational trust. Prior to working in the recruitment sector, Alexa studied law at university, gaining an LLB degree from City University.

Tuesday

Conference Opening & Plenary 1 – Martine Wright MBE

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Martine Wright MBE, 7/7’s most injured survivor lost both legs in the Circle line bombing during the 2005 terrorist attacks on the London underground, yet she considers herself a lucky woman with a whole new life of opportunities.

Martine has since rebuilt her life, skydived, learned to fly, become a wife, mother, captain of the British Paralympic Sitting volleyball team, Ambassador, Patron, an inspirational and motivational speaker and much more!

On 6 July 2005 Martine and work friends gathered to watch the announcement of the host city for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games. The next morning, having overslept, Martine caught the Circle line and sat just three feet away from suicide bomber Shehzad Tanweer. The worst injured, and consequently last rescued survivor of the 7/7 bombings, Martine was trapped for over an hour having lost 80% of her blood supply as well as both legs above the knees.

There followed a painful year of rehabilitation including learning to walk again on prosthetics. It was the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics that gave her life new shape and her days meaning. For everybody in Britain, those two days were among the strangest and most shocking in recent history but for Martine it provided a spring board for new opportunities and goals and a new life!

In these challenging times her story of positivity and resilience is ever more powerful.

 

Workshop A1 – Margaret Ayers and Fiona Waye

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Margaret is the Director of Human Resources & Organisational Development at Canterbury Christ Church University. She has worked in HR in a variety of sectors and helps senior HR posts at three other universities. She is currently Vice-Chair of UHR and also sits on the governance group undertaking the transformation of Athena Swan. She is passionate about developing HR practice in the sector especially during the challenging times we all face. Outside of work she has a feisty 3 year old daughter who is an honorary member of the “Strong Girls Club” and her other passion is Liverpool Football Club – You’ll never Walk Alone!

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Fiona Waye has worked for over 30 years in the education sector at both secondary and higher education level as a teacher, lecturer, researcher and in policy development. She is currently Policy Manager at Universities UK (UUK) leading on a programme of work to support higher education in preventing and responding to harassment, hate crime and gender-based violence. In 2015 Fiona established a taskforce to support universities to address all forms of harassment. This resulted in 2016 in the publication of Changing the Culture’ and Guidance on responding to incidents of student misconduct that could also constitute a criminal offence. Fiona is currently working on guidance for addressing staff-to-student sexual misconduct, sector guidance on sharing data in harassment cases and guidance for senior leaders on tackling harassment. 

 

Workshop A2 – Duncan Barratt, Andy Norris and Gary Butterfield

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Duncan joined UOW in 1992 as an HR Manager, and became Deputy Director of HR in 2000, having worked in previously in retail, manufacturing and the building sectors.  He has been Director of HR since 2008 with responsibility for Safety Health and Well Being. During 2019/20 he was also the University’s interim Director of Marketing, Development and Communications. He is an elected member of the UHR Executive and the UHR Conference Committee.

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Andy joined the University of Westminster in 2006 where his work on Business Continuity Planning and Sustainability led him to a role in the Organisational Development Team in 2011 devleoping and delivering the university Corporate Social Responsibility strategy. Andy became Head of Culture and Inclusion in 2020 providing strategic direction and leading on the implementation, monitoring and reporting of the University’s People Strategy; “Being Me Being Westminster”.

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Gary is an alumnus of the University of Leeds, and formerly worked in the fitness industry and professional rugby union. In 2021 he was the co-founder of Juice at the University of Sheffield, and co-founder and Executive Director of Everyday Juice Limited. Through his work, he takes his passion for health and wellbeing and supports organisations to create remarkable places to work with healthy and happy people.

 

Workshop A3 – Sarah Willcox, Philip Ratcliff, Jane Drysdale

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After 25 years working in Higher Education, Sarah started a freelance career in change and project management. In 2015, she set up Fairisle with the objective of bringing agile approaches for business change to a wider community. Since that time the company has worked with a range of clients from the public and private sector, including universities, local government, SMEs, charities, and the financial and travel sectors. Sarah is a qualified mediator, Certified Scrum Master, Certified Scrum Product Owner, PRINCE2 and PROSCI practitioner. Within Fairisle Sarah's focus is on product development, delivery and client relationships.

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The nature of the projects that Philip work on with Fairisle usually include change for those involved on a personal and organisational level. Whether it’s coaching managers in their first few months of a new role or redesigning part of an organisation, the process of stepping back and taking account of the current culture and atmosphere is core to understanding what needs to be done by the person wanting to implement change, either for themselves or others. Philip is a qualified teacher, ILM-qualified coach and certified MSP practitioner with over 20 years of experience in Organisational Development. Within Fairisle Philip's focus is on client delivery, product development and brand and marketing material creation.

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After 5 years as Director of HR at Brunel University London, Jane is now Executive Director of People and Culture at WWF-UK. Her specialisms include HR strategy and change leadership, reward, talent and succession planning, leadership development.

 

Workshop A4 – Richard Doherty and Andy Rossington

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Richard Doherty is senior director product marketing at Workday with EMEA-wide responsibilities for Workday's HCM and financial management applications.

Prior to joining Workday, Richard was part of a team that pioneered cloud based recruiting and talent management solutions in Europe. Joining Jobpartners as one of the first employees in 2000, Richard held a number of positions across professional services, sales and marketing, helping Jobpartners grow into one of the market leaders in Europe. In 2011 Jobpartners was acquired by Taleo, the cloud recruiting and talent management leader at the time. Richard subsequently spent time at Taleo and Oracle as HCM Strategy Director before joining Workday.

Richard holds a degree in Economics from the London School of Economics.

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Andy Rossington is an Account Executive at Workday, responsible for building the Higher Education market in the UK for Workday's HCM, Financial Management and Planning solutions.

Andy has been with Workday for over 5 years, at first dealing with building relationships with new customers in the mid-market sector. Subsequent to this he moved into the Education & Government team where he has been focused on opening the market in the UK, building on Workday’s success in Higher Education where Workday has >200 customers using its solutions.

Prior to joining Workday, Andy has worked in sales and partner management for leading SaaS vendors in the HCM marketplace, including IBM Smarter Workforce and Lumesse (now part of Cornerstone).

Workshop A5 – Hayley Watts

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As well as being a Productivity Ninja, Hayley is the co-author of 'How to Fix Meetings'. She works with organisations to help people to be more productive, less stressed and make meetings rare again.

 

Workshop B1 – Kate Atkin

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Kate Atkin is an inspirational speaker, training consultant and coach.  With nearly 20 years of experience as a trainer and facilitator, Kate has worked with many clients on business, management and communication issues.  A highly skilled listener, her style is both supportive and challenging.

Kate comes from a farming background in Lincolnshire and has recently moved back to her rural roots having spent many years in Cambridge and the surrounding area.  She had a successful career with Barclays Bank plc before starting her own learning and development business in September 2000.

In 2015 Kate completed an MSc in Applied Positive Psychology which has brought insights into well-being, meaning and positivity that she is incorporating into her work. This also led to opportunities to lecture on Cambridge University Judge Business School’s EnterpriseWISE programme and their post-grad diploma in entrepreneurship. She is continuing her research, currently focussing on courage and the imposter phenomenon.

 

Workshop B2 – Nick Gibson and Kulan Kandasamy

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Nick has spent 25 years working in the Higher Education sector as a trusted partner with institutions, funding bodies and suppliers in the UK and overseas. He recently joined itelligence to lead and develop the Education and Research business onwards through the next phase of growth, building upon the great successes of the past few years.

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Kulan has 17 years of experience in delivering HR solutions to address business challenges across 30+ countries. With a strong understanding of people, culture, and technology, he believes the right formula for success is bringing balance between them.

 

Workshop B3 - Adèle MacKinlay and Dr Jenna Townend

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Adèle MacKinlay became the Director of People, Organisational Development and EDI for Loughborough University in August 2018.

Previously Adèle worked at Pace University and College Avenue Student Loans in the US. Prior to her family’s move to the US, she was HRD and COO at Aston University. Her early career was spent in Financial Services.

Adèle has a BA Joint Honours in Modern Languages, an MSc in Organisational Leadership, and is a Fellow of the CIPD.

Adèle is co-chair for Loughborough Women's Network Maia, Director of Development for Women's Higher Education Network (WHEN) and  a Trustee on the Board of the Encephalitis Society.

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Jenna Townend is a Research Policy and Researcher Development Manager at Loughborough University. She began working at the University in September 2018, and has held roles in a variety of Professional Services including Academic Registry, Research and Enterprise, and People and Organisational Development. Jenna’s roles have been wide-ranging and the link between them all is their power to connect, create consensus, drive positive change, and advance equality. Jenna is also the Operations and Development Lead for Loughborough’s women’s network, Maia, and is the Head of Planning for WHEN (Women’s Higher Education Network).

 

Workshop B4 – Tristan Moakes, Jane Johns, Rob Farace and Christopher Kenna

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As Strategy Director at Penna, Tristan’s role is to help organisations understand talent attraction problems and find ways to solve them. With 15 years experience working in employer brand marketing, he has worked companies from a wide range of sectors in the UK and globally. Starting out as a developer and with an MSc in IT, his main interest has always been the impact of technology on work and society.

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Jane Johns is Head of Education at Penna. Jane leads our team of student marketing and higher education specialists in all aspects whilst working closely client side at senior management level. Working with universities across the HE spectrum and promoting the Penna ethos of interacting at all levels not interrupting.

 

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Rob has worked in HR for over 30 years and is particularly passionate around resourcing. He has considerable experience in all areas of HR across the public and third sector. He was part of the HR team that helped implement the biggest charity merger in the world which led to the creation of Cancer Research UK and was also part of the team that developed the NHS Leadership Academy. During his time at the NHS Rob was proud to lead the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme where he implemented major changes and regularly won awards for the quality of the Scheme.

 

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Christopher Kenna is CEO and Founder of Brand Advance Group, a Startups.co.uk top 100 company 2 years in a row, which connects brands with diverse audiences globally, through Insights, Media and Creative that more authentically engages these communities - an entrepreneur  who in 2 year has grown the group to over 100 staff in 5 countries and multi-million dollar turnover, ensuring that marketing revenue reaches the media, and events dedicated to all communities within society.

Christopher is a member of the WFA Diversity Board, and as a mixed race, out gay father - he is a strong advocate for diversity and representations within media and advertsing. He is also on the advisory board for the V&A Museums.

Christopher was recently awarded the Media Leader 2020 Judges award by Mediatel, named on EMPower’s 100 LGBT executives 2020 and EMPower’s 100 Ethnic Minority Executives 2020, plus awarded Innovator of the Year in the Ex-Forces in Business Awards 2019.

 

Workshop B5 – Ewart Wooldridge CBE

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Ewart Wooldridge was the founding Chief Executive from 2003 to 2013 of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, set up to play a key role in developing UK and international HE leaders and their institutions. He has a well-established portfolio of consultancy, advisory and governance roles in the HE sector, and currently works with the Halpin Partnership.

He was previously Chief Executive of the Civil Service College, and a Chief Officer in Local Government. Before that he worked in HR and general management roles in the media, television, and the arts. He was Director of Operations at London’s South Bank Arts Centre in the mid 1990’s.

His project and consultancy assignments in HE include facilitating senior teams, coaching, and working with university leadership teams on governance, strategy development and the management of change. He is licensed to administer a variety of leadership behaviour tools, including delivering 360 degree feedback. He is a consultant to the National Union of Students offering coaching to Chief Executives of Students’ Unions.

He has strong experience in governance development, having devised the Leadership Foundation Governor Development Programme jointly with the CUC, and designed and run the highly successful VC/Chair retreats for the LF. He has been Deputy Chair of Council at the Institute of Education, London, a member of the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales and is now on the Council of St Georges University of London and Chair of their Remuneration Committee. He has recently completed a comprehensive governance review of UCL for Halpin and a first stage  Report on the Leadership Lessons for HE from handling the Covid crisis.

He was awarded the CBE for services to leadership in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2004. He was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by Cardiff University in 2012 and received an Honorary Doctorate from the Open University in 2014.

He is active in his community on the edge of Brighton, sings in the Ovingdean Choral Society and plays in a local jazz band.

 

Plenary 2 – Katie Bailey

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Katie Bailey is Professor of Work and Employment and Head of the HRM and Employment Relations Group at King's Business School, King's College London. Her research focuses on meaningful work and employee engagement, and she has received the Richard Beckhard Memorial Prize and the Elwood F Holton III Research Excellence Award for her work in this area. Katie's research has been published in the Harvard Business Review and Sloan Management Review as well as many scholarly journals, and she is also co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Meaningful Work. At King's, she runs the Meaning and Purpose Network (MaPNet) of organisations committed to raising levels of meaning and purpose. She speaks widely to individuals, HR professionals and leaders about the challenges and opportunities of meaningfulness and also works as a coach for individuals, especially within higher education, who seek careers with meaning. Katie is Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, RSA, CIPD and HEA, Honorary Fellow at the Institute for Employment Studies, and member of the Association for Coaching. She has a PhD from London Business School.

 

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Diane heads the firm’s national and international education sector group and has worked in this group since 1999, taking over leadership in 2009.  This is a multi-disciplinary team providing a full range of legal services to education providers. Diane is also the Global Head of the Eversheds Sutherland (International) Employment, Labor and Pensions Practice and a member of the firm’s Senior Management Team and International Steering Group.  In addition, Diane is the Global Diversity and Inclusion Partner Sponsor for Eversheds Sutherland, in which role she leads on the firm’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. She is a highly regarded education and employment law specialist with a wealth of relevant experience in advising higher education institutions on a broad range of employment and governance related matters. Diane has also been a governor and Chair of Remunerative Committee in HE for a number of years. Diane is ranked in the Leading Individuals: Hall of Fame category for education in the latest edition of Legal 500 and in Band One in Chambers and Partners legal directories.

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Chris Mordue is a partner in our Education Sector team, specialising in employment advice to universities. With over 22 years’ experience of advising HE clients across the UK, Chris has a national reputation as a go-to lawyer in the sector with a focus on helping universities to achieve their strategic, commercial and operational objectives, taking a robust and business focused attitude to legal risk. Chris is ranked in the Leading Individual: Hall of Fame category for education in the latest edition of the Legal 500 legal directory. Chris has worked with, and trained, many university HR teams on taking less risk averse approaches to everyday employment case work, saving time and money and focusing on achieving business outcomes. He has helped universities and their leadership teams to take a more confident approach to performance management. He has also advised universities on making bolder and more effective use of the positive action provisions in the Equality Act to reduce pay gaps and increase the representation of women and ethnic minority staff in their workforce.

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Nicola Bennison is a Partner in our Education Sector team and has worked with institutions in the HE sector for more than 20 years. Nicola has a dual specialism in student issues and employment law, with a particular focus on equality and diversity, and leads the national student team in Eversheds Sutherland’s education sector group. Nicola’s employment experience also includes advising on business change, including large scale restructuring and redundancy programmes, the application of TUPE and dealing with complex grievances and strategic HR issues. Nicola deals with complex discrimination tribunals and over the last 12 months particular in relation to sexual harassment and discrimination and disability discrimination. Nicola also regularly advises on student issues focusing on student complaints, disciplinary and litigation matters, particularly involving issues of discrimination. 

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Robert is a Partner in our education sector employment team. He is a member of the senior management team for the firm’s national education practice and leads the education employment team in our Manchester office. Robert advises across a full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious employment law issues and is an experienced advocate. He also regularly delivers training to sector clients and employer associations and plays a lead role in developing and delivering the firm’s annual national education training programme. Robert is recognised by Legal 500 as a ‘Next Generation Partner’.

 

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Siân is a key member of our Education sector team and our lead student lawyer and has over 20 years’ experience of providing legal and strategic advice to the further and higher education sectors on student and regulatory issues.  She is highly regarded and has a national reputation for advising on the whole range of contentious and non-contentious student issues which arise for providers including complaints and appeals, litigation, equality and discrimination, information sharing and fitness to practise with particular specialism in the areas of student contract and “CMA” compliance, student mental health and duty of care, and sexual misconduct and harassment. Siân co-authored the Student mental wellbeing in higher education Good practice guide published in February 2015 by Universities UK and MWBHE and is a contributing author to Student Mental Health & Wellbeing in Higher Education (Barden & Caleb) published in 2019 aimed at supporting university staff in this area. Siân is a regular speaker at national conferences and sector forums on a variety of student related topics. 

 

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Naeema Choudry is a Partner specialising in employment law. She is an expert on equality law and heads up the firm’s discrimination and employment litigation practices. Naeema advises on all aspects of employment law for clients in the public and private sector, including for a number of large employers who are household names. Naeema is currently advising clients on how to prepare for ethnicity pay reporting and regularly speaks and writes on the subject. In 2013, Naeema was appointed a fee paid Employment Tribunal Judge sitting in the Midlands (West) Region. In November 2019 Naeema was appointed to sit as a Deputy Chair in the Central Arbitration Committee adjudging on collective employment disputes. Naeema is also Co-Partner sponsor of the Eversheds Sutherland Ethnicity Network, Verve and sits on the Race Leadership for Business in the Community. Naeema is also an Ambassador for Women on Boards.

 

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Helen is a Legal Director in our Education Sector team and has worked with universities across England and Wales for 25 years. She advises on the whole breadth of employment law, but with a particular focus on unfair dismissal, discrimination, whistleblowing and breach of contract issues. During her career, Helen’s practice has diversified into niche areas of HE employment practice and she has a thriving national practice now in relation to clinical academics, including their appointment and the resolution of disputes. Helen also has an increasing experience of advising on academic freedom/freedom of speech and the often delicate intersect between this area and the unlawful harassment of minority interests and groups. Helen has been named in Legal 500 as being "highly recommended by clients for her work with higher education institutions". 

 

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Alex is a partner in our employment education team who specialises in advising higher education institutions on employment and immigration matters.  His experience includes advising on strategic people issues, complex employment tribunal claims, restructures and senior severances, international collaborations, mergers and the transfer of staff, and amendments to constitutional documents.  Alex’s recent immigration work across the higher education sector has included conducting compliance audits, supporting institutions in navigating the new post-Brexit immigration system, drafting policies and procedures, providing support for EU staff, and advising on the full spectrum of compliance obligations.  Alex regularly writes and comments on employment and immigration matters.

 

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Trish heads Pinsent Masons' award winning Employment Law +  training team, working with clients across a variety of sectors to scope, design and deliver training to their HR and management teams (often as part of their leadership development programmes). As well as having practiced as an employment lawyer, Trish is also a trained trainer which means the training that she ands her team provides focuses on learning as opposed to purely sharing knowledge.

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Rebecca is a Legal Director in Pinsent Masons' Employment Education Team and advises on all aspects of contentious and non contentious UK employment law to the firm’s extensive University client base. Rebecca has particular expertise in the defence of complex and high-profile tribunal claims, employment status issues, covid advisory work, reform of University Statutes and restructuring programmes.

 

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Ashley Norman is a Partner at Bevan Brittan and co-lead of the Higher Education practice.  He has particular experience of advising clients on contentious employee relations issues where there is a discrimination or whistle blowing element.  Ashley also advises clients on HR projects such as TUPE transfers, restructurings and changes to terms and conditions.  He regularly delivers training sessions to clients.

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Rachel Newman is an Associate at Bevan Brittan specialising in employment law and is part of the higher education group.  Rachel has advised in-house legal and HR teams on managing the exits of senior employees, guidance on handling disciplinary or grievance processes, employment tribunal claims and also provides strategic advice in relation to acquisitions and restructures and the employment related considerations.

 

Wednesday

Workshop C1 – Nick McClelland and Dr Wolfgang Seidl

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Nick is a highly regarded voice within the wellbeing, employee benefits and HR technology industry. He has spent 15 years delivering employee benefits, wellbeing and engagement strategies for some of the world’s leading organisations. Nick is a Partner at Mercer Marsh Benefits and is passionate about re-shaping organisational wellbeing for authentic and sustainable change.

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Wolfgang is a Partner and leads Workplace Health Consulting for UK and Europe advising companies on health & well-being strategy, integrated models of healthcare, absence management and proactive interventions, such as resilience programs.

Wolfgang is a Doctor of Medicine, holds a Master’s degree in Psychiatry, Philosophy & Society, and is a BACP accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist. He is an internationally recognised expert in the field of quality enhancement measures in workplace health and the business impact of health management in terms of ROI models.

 

Workshop C2 – Alison Elton and Sam Ellis

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Alison works with a range of higher education institutions to increase diversity in their senior teams. She has run successful campaigns for Executive, Academic and Professional leadership positions across a wide range of both Russell Group and Post 92 institutions. Prior to working in executive search, Alison spent the majority of her career within higher education at the University of Warwick, where she led commercial strategies within Warwick Employment Group and successfully delivered large, complex Human Resources projects.

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As well as overseeing Gatenby Sanderson’s marketing and future strategy, Sam advises on candidate attraction strategies including branding advice, organisational proposition, advertising strategies and social media amplification. Sam brings a real interest in analysing customer and candidate data to anticipate changing behaviours and market trends; in particular, how technology will increasingly impact consumer behaviour and business services.

 

Workshop C3 – Ros Simpson, Ceri Nursaw and Professor Lesley Dobree

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Ros Simpson is the Director of HR for the University of Lincoln and a member of the University’s Senior Leadership Team. Ros has a background in People and Organisational Development and has held HR positions in a number of commercial sectors including the John Lewis Partnership and Capital One Bank. In 2007, Ros moved into the higher education sector - joining the Training and Development Team at Lincoln. She was appointed as Head of Organisational Development in 2008, and then HR Director at the beginning of 2017. Her key responsibility is to lead on the development and future shaping of the University’s People Strategy. Ros is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and has a MSc in Personal, Executive and Corporate Coaching. Ros also held the position of Chair of the Midlands Staff Development Partnership (MSDP) between 2010 and 2015.

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Ceri Nursaw is the Chief Executive of NCEE (the National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education), which supports higher education embed enterprise and entrepreneurial behaviour. Led by universities NCEE acts as a voice for enterprise and entrepreneurialism and engages strategically to lead change within institutions – including partly through its influential Entrepreneurial Leaders programme. With a global reach NCEE has a base in China and new programmes in the Middle East and North Africa. Ceri has a 20-year track record of working within higher education, including leading, influencing and developing organisational and national policy. She was a member of HEFCE’s Strategic Committee for Enterprise and Skills and provides advice to the Government. Since 2013 Ceri has also led Nursaw Associates, which provides consultancy and project implementation support to further social mobility. It has established itself with clients including the National Health Service, the Office for Students, Medical Schools Council and universities across the country.

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Professor Dobree has extensive knowledge, expertise and experience of leadership within higher education gained over a period of 25 years. She has held a range of senior academic posts for 13 years, was Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Anglia Ruskin University. Lesley’s successful academic career was built on her early professional experience of working as a nurse and midwife and later in a range of senior management roles in London based NHS Trusts. A qualified executive coach, she set up her own company Dialogue for Success Ltd, which provides executive and leadership coaching and consultancy services, mainly to the higher education sector.

 

Workshop C4 – Chrissie Saunders and Sue Chesterman

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Chrissie is a qualified Learning Consultant and Coach with over 30 years’ experience in learning, coaching, HR and training. Her diverse experience has been gained in a range of industry sectors such as retail, FMCG, consultancy and professional services in the UK and Middle East. Chrissie has a passion for people and their development and provides practical, client-focussed solutions which help achieve personal and business growth.

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Sue has over 25 years’ generalist and international HR experience working in global matrixed organisations, most recently as HR Director in a travel technology company. She is a Chartered Member of the CIPD with a strong generalist background and experience of change programmes. In her last corporate role, Sue was a lead HRBP for an agile transformation programme during a period of significant change as the company moved from public to private ownership.

 

Workshop C5 – Alice Chilver and Adèle MacKinlay

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Alice Chilver is Founder and CEO of WHEN, Women’s Higher Education Network and Head of People and Organisational Development at Oxford University. Before working in higher education, Alice was Director of Development at global leadership consultancy, specialising in aligning people, culture and strategy. She specialises in bringing people together to build alignment, momentum and deliver change. In 2014, she was awarded for her work on staff networks and 2017, she was awarded the Gareth Williams Prize for her work on communities of practice.

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Adèle MacKinlay became the Director of People, Organisational Development and EDI for Loughborough University in August 2018.

Previously Adèle worked at Pace University and College Avenue Student Loans in the US. Prior to her family’s move to the US, she was HRD and COO at Aston University. Her early career was spent in Financial Services.

Adèle has a BA Joint Honours in Modern Languages, an MSc in Organisational Leadership, and is a Fellow of the CIPD.

Adèle is co-chair for Loughborough Women's Network Maia, Director of Development for Women's Higher Education Network (WHEN) and  a Trustee on the Board of the Encephalitis Society.

 

Workshop C6 – Jake Young

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Jake joined CIPD as a Research Associate in 2018, having completed a master’s degree in Social Science Research Methods at the University of Nottingham. He also holds an undergraduate degree in Criminology and Sociology. Jake’s research interests cover a number of workplace topics, notably diversity and inclusion, with which he has been involved in two recent research projects. Jake is also interested more widely in organisational culture, particularly the role this plays in key research agendas such as learning and development.  Jake has been involved with a number of CIPD’s recently-published evidence reviews, covering topics such as employee engagement, employee resilience and mental wellbeing.

 

Workshop D1 – Dr Arlene Egan and Dr Angus Cameron

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Arlene Egan has close to twenty years-experience working within executive education, higher education, sport, and local government sectors and in multiple corporate arenas including financial, tech and media.

Arlene is a highly experienced facilitator, programme designer, coach, consultant and researcher. With a background in Sports and Cognitive Psychology and her training in adult learning, Arlene has designed and delivered tailored programmes focused on many topics related to leadership, development and performance which include innovation, creativity and critical thinking and has recently released her new book aimed at third level educators entitled ‘Confidence in Critical Thinking’.

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Before joining Roffey Park in 2019, Angus Cameron worked for 25 years UK in higher education, combining his own creative teaching and research practice with a range of senior leadership roles. In his academic career Angus contributed to many disciplines, including Art History, Global Political Economy, International Relations, Human Geography, and Conceptual Art. Research interests have included taxation, cartography, money, spatiality, globalisation, visual semiotics, social enterprises, chemistry and magic.

 

Workshop D2 – Paula Simmons and Robert Peasnall

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Paula is Director of Employer Branding and Communications Strategy at TMP/PeopleScout which enables her  to bring together all of her experience to date and do what she enjoy's most  – consulting for clients on national and international projects.  Paula's current role involves helping them understand, articulate and measure what makes them unique places to work; and to better understand and engage hard-to-reach audiences.  The team’s focus is the delivery of actionable insight that equips clients with the knowledge of how best to invest in creative and channel planning strategies.  Paula's client experience spans the private and public sectors, and ranges from The AA and AutoTrader through to Sainsbury’s.

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Robert leads the Resourcing & Attraction Solutions team at TMP Worldwide, which works with employers across both the commercial and public sector to attract and select the best talent. Whether it’s researching candidate motivations, developing  brands, creating impactful attraction strategies, harnessing social media or designing assessment and selection processes, we help employers to cut the cost and improve the quality of recruitment. We’re curious & creative and love getting to grips with talent challenges.

We’re fortunate enough to work with an exciting and diverse portfolio, including Transport for London, Scottish Government and over 20 Universities. Robert’s also personally involved in HE delivery – he’s a visiting lecturer on the HR Masters Programme at University of Kingston.

 

Workshop D3 – Jake Mills

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Jake Mills is an award-winning stand-up comedian, mental health campaigner and CEO.

Jake founded and runs the multi-award winning national mental health charity, Chasing the Stigma, which he established following his own battle with depression and suicide attempt in 2013.

From a place of despair and personal turmoil, Jake created the Hub of Hope, a ground-breaking mental health database that has since become the UK’s biggest and most comprehensive mental health signposting tool, revolutionising mental health pathways in the UK.

Described as the ‘Dalai Lama of Mental Health’, by Davina McCall in 2017, after going public about his mental health struggles and recovery, Jake has continued to advocate for those with lived experience of mental health issues, while also highlighting the importance of acknowledging that we all have mental health to look after. Jake was appointed CEO of Chasing the Stigma in February 2018 and has driven the charity forward to become one of the fastest rising and well-respected mental health charities in the UK, with the Hub of Hope being recognised at the BIMA, Third Sector Care and Charity Times awards - all within Jake’s first year in post.

In 2018, Jake developed the Ambassador of Hope mental health training programme, a fully accredited and accessible training programme, making it easier for organisations to equip all members of staff with the knowledge to talk about mental health confidently within the workplace. The training has since been rolled out to thousands of participants across a variety of sectors, working with organisations such as the Premier League and Government offices.

Jake is a life-long and long-suffering Everton FC supporter and a self-confessed Bruce Springsteen fanatic. Most importantly though, he is a husband to Rachael and a dad to Teddy and Nancy.

 

Workshop D4 – Scott Solder

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Co-founder/Director of The Active Bystander Training Company

As one of the founders of The Active Bystander Training Company, Scott delivers training and appears at conferences and events demonstrating psychological and assertiveness techniques which are highly effective in challenging unacceptable behaviours.

Scott is a former Editor at BBC News and Current Affairs and a specialist in language, influence and persuasion.  His book, ‘You Need This Book to Get What You Want’ (published by Simon & Schuster), is a globally published and widely translated guide to improving your powers of persuasion.

The Active Bystander Training Company operates globally in three languages. Its clients include listed companies, government departments, universities and schools.

www.activebystander.co.uk

 

Workshop D5 – Allie Boddington

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Allie joined Oracle this year after over 20 years’ in Retail HR roles in Sainsbury’s, WHSmith and most recently Marks and Spencer. Most recently at M&S Allie was as Head of HR supporting the Executive Directors for the Support Centre including Strategy and Transformation, Data, Digital, IT and HR. 
Prior to this role Allie lead an HR Transformation programme for M&S which included securing investment to upgrade the HR Technology to Oracle Cloud. Allie is passionate about the value HR can deliver, and improving value through enabling technology.

Workshop D6 – David Smith and David Vallance

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David is a Chartered Financial Planner who also holds the designation of Chartered Wealth Manager. For over twenty five years, he has been assisting clients effectively and efficiently meet their financial objectives. Recently he was awarded “Scottish Chartered Wealth Manager of the Year” through the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments. David specialises in retirement planning, investment advice and inter-generational strategies including inheritance tax mitigation. His focus over the last five years has been to assist clients in the university sector and leads the UK University Specialist Team.

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David is a Director at Tilney and a Chartered Financial Planner with more than 20 years of experience in the industry. He joined the graduate trainee scheme at Scottish Amicable in 1997 have attained a first class honours business degree from Strathclyde University. Since then David has worked in advice roles for Standard Life and Aviva. David joined the firm in November 2011. David specialises in giving advice to owner-managed business clients and also to the public sector, particularly with regard to the University pension scheme (USS). David looks after a large client bank for the Glasgow office and has a particular interest in estate and inter-generational planning. Away from work David coaches grassroots football, plays golf (badly) and has a debilitating hereditary illness (also known as supporting Partick Thistle). 

 

Plenary 3 – Professor Beverly Alimo-Metcalfe and Juliette Alban-Metcalfe

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Beverly is Emeritus Professor of Leadership Studies at the University of Leeds, and a founding Director of Real World Group. Her passion is for the ethical application of Engaging Transformational leadership in organisations, and supporting individuals and organisations to become more collaborative, innovative, and effective.

She has spent over 30 years in research and consultancy helping to increase leadership capacity in organisations. She is a Chartered Organisational Psychologist and Fellow of the British Psychological Society. Beverly spends much of her time presenting at conferences and seminars across the world and is the author of various articles and book chapters on leadership. Over the years she has been advisor to several national boards, including the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills MacLeod Review of Employee Engagement, the Department of Health’s QIPP, and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Academic Advisory Council.

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Juliette is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and CEO of Real World Group. She has helped establish Real World Group’s approach to Engaging Transformational Leadership, based on uniquely proven research involving tens of thousands of people globally. She consults up to Board level with organisations worldwide. Juliette has authored a number of articles in practitioner and peer-reviewed journals, as well as book chapters.

 

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Tijen works with global UK businesses advising on strategic international recruitment and supports with immigration compliance facilitating assignments and relocation. Tijen is widely recognized as an expert in UK business immigration. She represents high net worth entrepreneurs with inward investment and helps them navigate through the complexities of the rules and practicalities of relocation. Tijen’s clients include senior HR teams of multi-nationals and SME’s, through to secure overseas talent through sponsorship visas.

 

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Kathleen is an experienced and pragmatic employment lawyer who specialises in advising higher education (HE) institutions on employment and student matters, including student safeguarding. She spent three and a half years on secondment to the HR team at Imperial College London and has gained a valuable insight into the key issues and concerns of HR professionals in the HE sector. For HE clients, Kathleen has dealt with a range of complicated discrimination and whistleblowing Tribunal claims, academic TUPE transfers, large scale redundancies, senior terminations and contract reviews as well as student and academic misconduct issues, including sexual misconduct between students or between staff and students. Kathleen is currently advising on developments in safeguarding within HE institutions and what steps should be taken to protect staff, students and visitors. She frequently speaks at conferences on HE student and employment matters, speaking at the Student Wellbeing conference in 2020, and in 2019 she spoke at the UHR Annual Conference on how HR colleagues can best support and influence management and communications in potential crisis management situations, at the AULP Annual Conference on safeguarding in universities, and at the inaugural LimeCulture Sexual Violence Liaison Officer (SVLO) Conference on managing anonymity and disclosure in sexual misconduct investigations.

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Alice advises higher education institutions on a wide range of employment matters, both contentious and non-contentious. She has expertise on advising on student complaints which impact on HR processes. She has experience of conducting employment tribunal litigation (including a number of high-value claims), as well as advising on the full breadth of employment law issues. Alice has also previously been on a secondment to the HR team at Imperial College London.

 

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Nicola has been a specialist employment lawyer since 1990.   Nicola leads our employment work for our national higher education clients and charities.  Over the last year her work has focussed on COVID related issues such as large scale reorganisations, changes in working practices, industrial action as well as high level dismissals and performance issues.  Her work covers the full range of contentious and non-contentious issues including advising higher education institutions (both public and private bodies) on contractual and disciplinary issues (including, for pre 1992 universities, the Model Statutes and for post 1992s their Instruments and Articles).  Nicola has a high level of expertise in handling equality issues including discrimination claims and issues arising out of the public sector duty to promote equality.  Nicola is a regular speaker at sector events as well as providing in house training for clients.

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Nick has over 25 years’ experience as an employment lawyer and works exclusively with institutions in the education sector. He has advised on all manner of complex human resources matters ranging from strategic advice on large-scale reorganisations and industrial disputes to the practical management of TUPE and defending discrimination claims in the Employment Tribunals covering all aspects of equality legislation. Nick is the client relationship partner for many universities across the country, is a regular speaker at sector seminars and events, and leads in-house workshops with clients.

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Siân has 14 years’ experience of advising on employment law matters ranging from large-scale restructures and contractual changes to industrial disputes and complex Tribunal cases.  Prior to joining the firm, Siân worked as an in-house employment lawyer and then Head of HR for strategic projects at a Russell Group University. Siân specialises in the education sector.  Siân’s experience includes advising on the performance management of academics, restructuring a medical and dental school to align to its new teaching and research strategy and action plans to increase diversity and reduce pay gaps. Siân’s project experience has included the development and implementation of a framework for overseas and a framework for the engagement of casual workers.

 

Plenary 4 –Clive Lewis OBE DL

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Clive Lewis is a business psychologist specialising in individual, team and organisation behaviour. He is the founder and Chief Executive of Globis Mediation Group and one of the UK’s most sought-after mediators. He has worked with executive teams and governments for over 20 years and is the author of seventeen books. His most recent book 'Toxic: A guide to building respect and tolerance in a hostile workplace' was published in February 2021.

He was awarded the OBE in 2011 for public service and for his contribution to the field of workplace mediation. Clive is currently studying towards a doctorate in occupational health, psychology and management at Birkbeck, University of London. Clive chaired the panel which produced the government backed Reach report following the untimely death of Stephen Lawrence. He was appointed as Deputy Lieutenant of the county of Gloucestershire in 2012. He is a board member of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, has served as a non-executive director in the NHS for six years and is Deputy Chair at the University of the West of England.

As a philanthropist, Clive is founder of Bridge Builders Mentoring. Bridge Builders works nationally to provide mentoring and training for boys and girls from disadvantaged backgrounds. In his spare-time he is a professional bass guitar player.

 

Thursday

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Bettina is an employment and education lawyer advising universities and colleges on a range of operational and strategic issues.

Bettina has over fifteen years’ experience as an employment and education lawyer. She has a particular interest in equality, diversity and inclusion and discrimination claims and regularly delivers training to Boards of Directors, Governing Bodies and Senior Management Teams. She has been recommended as a Leader in her field in Chambers UK where she is described as "approachable, well informed and highly professional."

She was a Member of the Council of the University of Exeter for 9 years where she was the dual assurance lay lead for HR and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and worked closely with the teams involved in obtaining accreditation with Athena Swan and the HE equality charters. She is currently a member of the Governing Body of Writtle University College.

Bettina is an ADR Group accredited mediator and has mediated a wide range of employment and education matters.

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In addition to her role as a Partner and defence specialist in Browne Jacobson's insurance team, Bridget is Co-Chair of the firm’s Diversity, Equality & Inclusion (DE&I) Committee; a task force of diverse and passionate staff members, helping to shape and drive DE&I initiatives within the firm.

As partner lead for the Browne Jacobson REACH community Bridget has led the firm’s response to the events of the last 12 months to include the commitments set out in the firm’s Anti- Racism Statement, ensuring safe spaces for discussion, challenge, transparency and accountability.

Bridget is also a member of the Birmingham Law Society’s REACH committee and sits as a board member of ACCI, a charity supporting Black, Asian and ethnic minorities suffering with mental illness. 

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Tracey was appointed to her current post of Director of Human Resources at the University of Wolverhampton in 2017.  She has held a number of positions at director and senior human resources level both within and beyond the university sector. 

Her early involvement in equalities work started whilst she was working for the police service. This coincided with the publication of the Macpherson Report following the Stephen Lawrence enquiry and the launch of the Black Police Officers Association. 

Her work on race equality has been commended by the Gus John Partnership working on behalf of the sector. She is a strong advocate of staff networks as a conduit for advancing equality, diversity and inclusion.  She successfully achieved 21st place in the Stonewall Index working with the LGBT staff network at the University of Salford and has been a major contributor to the successful achievement of the Athena Swan Bronze Award and the Race Equality Charter recognition at the University of Wolverhampton.  She believes that whilst the achievement of such charters can sometimes detract from the important work which underpins them, they are an important vehicle for bringing about important cultural change.   

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Sukhvinder has unique experience and extensive background in working with diverse organisations at senior positions, on their corporate social responsibility agenda’s and managing equality, diversity, Inclusion, and human rights within the workplace. He was Head of Policy for employment and the workplace at the Commission for Racial Equality and then the Equality and Human Rights Commission. He has spoken at a number of International Forums, including at a side event during the UN Conference on Racism held in Geneva, Switzerland on ‘Addressing discrimination in the workplace’. In recent years he has been an  Interim Equality, Diversity and Inclusion specialist working on EDI projects with a number of Universities including, Birkbeck University of London, Queen Marys University of London and Sheffield Hallam. He started as an interim with the University of Wolverhampton working on their Advance HE Race Equality Charter submission, after the University was awarded the Bronze award he was offered a permanent role.

 

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Esther is an experienced and trusted advisor to the firm’s education clients and supports them in dealing with a range of sensitive and complex employment and education related issues. Esther appreciates the rapidly changing landscape affecting the education sector and uses her experience to support institutions in getting the best outcomes for their stakeholders. Esther also has considerable experience working in the schools sector with both state funded and independent school clients. She is a panel member for the Teaching Regulation Agency hearing teacher disciplinary cases on behalf of the Secretary of State for Education.

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David is the lead employment partner for the firm’s education clients and provides sector specialist advice to universities and colleges.  David regularly provides clients with strategic advice on issues such as major restructures; TUPE; and trade union relations. David also undertakes a significant amount of contentious work for both education and non-education clients, including representation at employment tribunals, the EAT and the Court of Appeal.  David is recognised in Legal 500 for being “particularly good at explaining complex solutions with astounding clarity”.

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Tom is ranked as a Next Generation Partner in the Legal 500 United Kingdom 2021 edition. Tom works with employers to prevent and resolve people issues, to ensure their organisations continue to work efficiently and effectively. Tom is an experienced employment lawyer and is the firm’s Head of Further Education, leading our relationship with the FE sector. Tom is a trusted day to day advisor to a number of large public sector clients, whilst also acting for clients in the private and third sectors. Tom specialises in advising on issues of whistleblowing and discrimination, TUPE, redundancy/restructuring and senior employee exits.

 

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Jane is an employment partner and heads up VWV's Higher Education practice.  She has been a trusted adviser to many Higher Education Institutions for over 25 years and regular speaks at HE sector conferences and contributes to sector publications.  Jane specialises in advising on complex and strategic HR issues, including senior recruitments, terminations and restructurings, complex employment tribunal litigation, particularly discrimination and whistleblowing, and collaborations and mergers.  She also advises on wider HE issues.

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Bob is an Employment Partner, specialising in the Higher Education Sector. He works closely with Universities' Legal and Human Resources teams to deliver the full range of employment advice. This has included a five-month secondment with the Legal Department of a large London-based University and a year leading a VWV team covering the maternity leave of an in-house employment lawyer at a Russell Group University in the South of England. Bob has advised HEIs on complex restructuring projects, collective consultation and trade union relationships (including in relation to recent strike action in relation to pay and conditions and the USS), drafting and amending template contracts, employment policies and procedures and University Ordinances, tribunal litigation, settlement agreements and a wide range of HR management issues in relation to academic, professional and support staff. He delivers bespoke training to University HR and Legal Departments, as well as Procurement and Contract Management Teams.

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Tom is an immigration partner and advises universities on the full range of immigration issues affecting their activities, with a particular focus on sponsorship of students and workers. He regularly delivers training on immigration issues (such as changes to the immigration system, compliance with sponsorship duties and 'Right to Work' issues) and assists clients with mock sponsor licence inspections and audits of their immigration records. Tom also assists universities with the development of immigration strategies and policies, such ensuring admissions and staff recruitment policies and processes are 'immigration compliant', and advising on the impact of Brexit on existing and future European staff and students.

 

Plenary 5 – Nick Hillman

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Nick Hillman has been the Director of HEPI since 2014. He worked for the Rt Hon David Willetts MP (now Lord Willetts), the Minister for Universities and Science, from 2007 until the end of 2013, as Chief of Staff and then Special Adviser in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Previously, he was a History teacher and worked at the Association of British Insurers. At the 2010 general election, he was the runner-up in Cambridge.

He has written for a range of think tanks and journals. His journal articles include pieces on the Coalition’s higher education reforms for the Oxford Review of Education (2016), on access to schools and selective universities for Higher Education Review (2014) and on the fifty-year history of student loans for Contemporary British History (2013). He also wrote the authoritative account of being a special adviser for the Institute of Government (2014).

His recent research for HEPI includes a history of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), a piece on the likely impact of Brexit on student demand and university governance in a new age of regulation.

 

Workshop E1 – Dean Morley and Vicki Badham

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Dean co-leads with Vicki Badham MCR's Strategice Workforce Planning practice. As a HRD in multiple universerites, public and private sectors, he also brings a wealth of practical workforce management and people strategy experience.

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Vicki has over 20 years of HR consulting experience. Lead MCR consultant in our contract to deliver the CIPD’s “Open Programme” and B2B training on Strategic Workforce Planning (and Reward).

 

Workshop E2 – Adèle MacKinlay and Sarah Van Zoelen

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Adèle MacKinlay became the Director of People, Organisational Development and EDI for Loughborough University in August 2018.

Previously Adèle worked at Pace University and College Avenue Student Loans in the US. Prior to her family’s move to the US, she was HRD and COO at Aston University. Her early career was spent in Financial Services.

Adèle has a BA Joint Honours in Modern Languages, an MSc in Organisational Leadership, and is a Fellow of the CIPD.

Adèle is co-chair for Loughborough Women's Network Maia, Director of Development for Women's Higher Education Network (WHEN) and  a Trustee on the Board of the Encephalitis Society.

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Sarah van Zoelen has extensive experience in a variety of workplace settings. Working initially within the NHS she moved into the private sector to widen her experience and skill set. Sarah took on the role of Occupational Health and Wellbeing Manager at Loughborough University in 2019 and has transitioned the service from failure to excellence, and won the Occupational Health and Wellbeing award for ‘team of the year’ in 2020. Sarah is passionate about lifestyle medicine and embedding this into workplace culture.

 

Workshop E3 – Penny Newton-Hurley

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Penny Newton has worked as a Communication Consultant in the private and public sectors for 23 years. She works with CMP as a  Mediator, regulated by the  Civil Mediation Council . She is also a Certified Fearless Organisation Psychological Safety Facilitator, and a trainer of Conversational Integrity and Nonviolent Communication.

 

Workshop E4 – Maria Paviour, Stuart Paviour and Mariyana Bushara

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Maria Paviour, CEO at Wellbeing with Cari, is an Occupational Neuropsychologist, and founder of Cari® (the Workplace Wellbeing & Performance Platform) and the NeuChem® Coaching Model. She is also an Award-winning App Innovator, Amazon Best-Selling Author and International Speaker.

Maria has over 25 years experience specialising in the neuroscience of wellbeing and performance at work. Maria said “The science proves that wellbeing is not simply good for performance; true wellbeing IS performance. When we are not at our peak of wellbeing we cannot perform, but to be well is also to be working at our peak – the two are inexorably linked”.

She works extensively with the public and private sector to transform “vampire” and “zombie” organisational environments into high performing “phoenix” cultures.

Maria delivers wellbeing solutions to organisations by providing powerful data to identify and solve presenteeism and poor performance. This is achieved through diagnostic and proactive tailored support, whilst also supercharging engagement in that organisations’ existing wellbeing initiatives.

Maria is fully committed to supporting the Wellbeing Economy Alliance and #BuildingBusinessBackBetter. She is driven by a passion to strategically apply neuroscience in organisations to unlock human capability and put wellbeing at the core of everything we do, to maximise performance.

Maria and her team are #joysuperspreaders who are on a mission to bring joy to life!

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Stuart works with people of all backgrounds and all positions from Graduates to Senior Managers in Healthcare, Local and National Government, the Third Sector and a wide range of Commercial Organisations both in the UK and abroad.  Stuart’s coaching approach is always about the individual first and foremost; whatever the context.

“My life experience has made me passionate about addressing mental health issues such as stress, anxiety and depression, both and in the workplace and the wider community, helping people to “Get Back in the Driving Seat of Their Brain.”  With the help of NeuChem® techniques and a greatly enhanced knowledge of neuroscience, I now understand why we behave in the way we do and what we can do to remedy those negative behaviours that can damage us and hold us back. Over many years I have seen the increasing toll that the modern world takes on peoples wellbeing, but I’ve also witnessed the amazing transformations that can be made using a combination of Cari to measure and support wellbeing and the NeuChem coaching model.It’s a humbling experience to be involved in this process and it’s why I continue to do what I do”

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Mariyana is an experienced individual with 15 years of organisational experience. She has worked in a variety of roles including psychology, HR and Organisational Development, mainly in public sectors and not for profit organisations. 

Her background is predominantly in mental health and psychology, doing one to one and group work, using CBT principles to help and empower clients manage common mental health problems.

Most recently she has worked in HR and Organisational development, dealing with the full employee cycle and got involved in numerous change projects.

She is passionate about promoting mental wellbeing in the workplace and making mental health support accessible to all.

 

Workshop E5 – Raj Jethwa

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Raj Jethwa was appointed Chief Executive of UCEA (the Universities and Colleges Employers Association) in February 2020, where he leads the association’s work representing the UK higher education sector in all employment matters and in the collective negotiations on pay and related issues.

Raj was previously the Director of Policy at the BMA (British Medical Association) where he led its professional activities, policy development and collective bargaining functions. Raj has also worked as Head of Research for the Police Federation of England and Wales and as a policy advisor at the TUC (Trades Union Congress). He is a graduate of the London School of Economics, where he was a member of the Court of Governors. Raj is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, a Visiting Fellow at Kingston University and a member of the Council of the British Science Association. He also sits on the Board of the Spirit of 2012, the legacy funder of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

 

Workshop F1 – Sophie Sowerby and Deborah Beel

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Sophie chaired, and is an active member of the HE Staff Development Network, working collaboratively with institutions across the sector, developing the Women in Academia Mentoring programme with Newcastle University whilst also introducing the Inspiring Women's network at Durham. Sophie provides supervision for 'in-house' coaches and 1:1 support through the 'in-house' 'Coaching and Mentoring Network' which she set up in 2010. She has spoken at national conferences on a range of OD interventions developed at Durham including the Arts and Humanities Research Council Leadership Fellows Forum, The SDF, AUA, Advance HE and HEOD conferences in the UK and in Australia. She has initiated developed and hosted conferences for colleagues across the sector eg Women in Academia conference 2014 and Professional Services Career Pathways Conference 2018I. Sophie is one of the University's 'Aurora' Champions' supporting leadership development for academic women.

Sophie is the strategic lead on the OD interventions within the institution responding to the Respect Commission recommendations, Wellbeing Strategy and People Strategy. She holds a Masters' degree in Leading Innovation and Change, CIPD membership, ILM 5 in Leadership and Coaching and Mentoring, PGCE post 16, is a Fellow of the AUA, a member of the Association for Coaching and is an MBTI practitioner.

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Deborah joined Durham University in August 2019, as a Senior Organisation Development Manager. Previously Deborah has gained a wealth of experience in Higher Education, Local Authority, Housing Sector and Commercial Banking.

Her portfolio includes responsibility for Wellbeing, Engagement and the design and delivery of transformational change initiatives. Deborah led on the launch of the Wellbeing Hub providing a one stop shop for colleagues across Durham to help and support colleagues to improve their wellbeing. In additions Deborah works exclusively with teams on a tailored approach to specifically support any change programs or initiatives they face.

Deborah is a Chartered Member of the CIPD and holds a Masters in Human Resource Management, is an MBTI practitioner, and TMSDI Accredited.

 

Workshop F2 – Cindy Vallance and Clare Pavitt

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Cindy Vallance is Assistant Director, Knowledge, Innovation and Delivery at Advance HE where she works with colleagues to create thought leadership, membership benefits, programmes and consultancy to support the development of higher education communities. Cindy has 35 years of experience, holding senior leadership roles at universities in the UK and Canada focusing on organisational development, leadership, equality, diversity and inclusivity, and research and enterprise management. Prior to working in HE, Cindy spent fifteen years in the not-for-profit and commercial sectors including roles leading change as Chief Executive for an arts organisation and overseeing recruitment and progression, workload management, performance, development, recognition and reward for a global professional services consultancy. Cindy has been an arts sector board member and holds two first class degrees: a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a MBA. Cindy is also a coach. a member of the EMCC and is studying systems-psychodynamic coaching at the Tavistock Institute.

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Clare Pavitt joined Advance HE in 2012 working with the former Equality Challenge Unit initially as a Senior Policy Adviser leading work on religion and belief and sexual orientation, and subsequently setting up and managing the training and learning service. With a career spanning central and local government, the voluntary sector, broadcasting, the police service and higher education, Clare has more than 30 years’ experience supporting organisations on their equality, diversity and inclusion journeys. Prior to joining the ECU she worked with York St John University to consolidate their approach to equality and diversity issues, including the development of a new equality analysis process. As the Diversity Director at Greater Manchester Police she introduced the Force’s first Integrated Equality Scheme, developed an innovative suite of services to build equality and diversity skills and confidence amongst police officers, and was instrumental in developing the National Equality Standard for the Police Service. 

 

Workshop F3 – Paul Sesay, Alexis Curtis-Harris, Julie Towers, Oona Venermo and Kamini McCann

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Paul Sesay is the Founder and CEO of Inclusive Companies Limited, the National Diversity Awards, the Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers List, Black Leaders and D&I recruitment company Precedent Group. Paul’s business acumen has mainly been with a social focus.

With over seventeen years’ worth of experience within the Diversity, Equality and Inclusion sector, Paul has worked with some of the largest organisations in the world on their diversity and inclusion profiles. He has also worked holistically with communities to help individuals and groups from various backgrounds to achieve and empower disadvantaged groups across the UK.

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Alexis joined Penna in 2014 after spending seven years at Capita Resourcing and Reed Professional Services where she worked on large-scale resourcing strategies and digital projects for clients including the Office for National Statistics, Barclays Retail and the BBC. 

Alexis brings her D and I expertise to the operational delivery of end-to-end recruitment solutions and oversees our attraction ,selection and assessment work to ensure it promotes the highest standards of diversity and inclusion. Alexis plays a client-facing role with clear responsibilities for strategy and programme development relating to diversity and inclusion in engagement, attraction and selection. Alexis regularly advises clients such as Metropolitan Police, Homes England, St James’s Place, Network Rail, The Bank of England and other government bodies and local authorities on their D&I strategies, learning and development, knowledge sharing, equality impact assessments and enabling inclusive recruitment.

 

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Julie is one of the most experienced recruiters in local government. Julie began her career in local government and over the last 30 years has worked in the private sector supporting the public sector to find, excite and secure talent, and in particular develop the organisations top team. Julie has supported clients across the UK with their most senior roles across all professional areas, and has recruited more Chief Executives than any other recruiter. She regularly supports top team design and development, manages appraisals and coaches a number of senior leaders in local government. Through Penna she invests her and the company’s time in supporting talent development and encouraging private sector transition to the public sector. She developed and leads the Aspirant Chief Executive programme for local government now in its 3rdyear.

 

Julie is a national commentator on leadership in public sector and was a member of the Guardian Public Service Advisory Board for two years. Julie is regularly called upon by the sector to work on high profile, complex assignments where market intelligence, rigour and high standards of probity are required.  She is incredibly well networked, and looks forward to sharing her leadership lockdown learning from both her Penna MD perspective but predominantly from the conversations and engagement she has had with her CEX network.

 

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Oona Venermo, Senior Client Partner at Penna Education, is a leading strategist working with clients to recruit students from across the globe and supporting universities in achieving their business objectives. Spending her time with clients on campus ensuring that a true understanding of their institution is demonstrated in each campaign and project undertaken.

 

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Karmini is Head of Culture Transformation at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay (UHMB), where she has worked for 12 years. Prior to her NHS career Karmini worked to create a positive difference in both local government and the private sector though HR and management roles, before progressing into more specialist areas of people and organisational development.  

 

A fellow of the CIPD, Karmini has led diversity and inclusion for the NHS workforce at UHMB for 6 years, including the development of the Trust’s first five-year ‘Towards Inclusion’ strategy, launched in 2016.  Her current portfolio also includes colleague engagement, creating positive organisational cultures (including through addressing bullying, harassment and incivility) and just and learning culture development. She is also an active alumnus of the NHS Employers’ Equality and Diversity Partners Programme and the NHS Leadership Academy’s Ready Now positive action programme for senior Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic leaders.   

 

Karmini’s contributions to diversity and inclusion have been recognised locally, regionally and nationally, including the NHS North West Leadership Academy Inclusive Leader of the Year Award; NHS Employers Inclusive Team of the Year Award; and the NHS Employers Highly Commended Inclusive Leader of the Year Award in 2016. She has been instrumental in UHMB being ranked the UK’s top most Inclusive Employer in 2020. 

 

Workshop F4 – Alex Killick and Stuart Delves

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Alex became Director of Leading Kind in 2020, a specialist consultancy that supports organisations with strategic people challenges and culture change. With over 30 years Executive and Non-Executive experience in the NHS, Scottish Government, Third Sector and Higher Education, Alex knows a thing or two about people, teams and what makes them tick. Alex is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and holds a Certificate in Company Direction. Alex is also Co-Founder of BetheRipple2020, a movement on a mission to make workplaces kinder, and connected to this is undertaking doctoral research into making the case for kindness at work. Alex and Stuart have collaborated over many years bringing HR and creative facilitation together to transform teams.

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One of Stuart’s core beliefs is that creativity is good for mental health. He has written since he was small, has a background in theatre and still writes poetry as well as copy. He also has over thirty years of creative workshop facilitation. He was an Arvon Foundation Centre Director from 1990-1993 where he programmed and hosted over 100 residential creative writing courses. In 1995 he set up Bloom Reading Holidays and in 2004 he co-founded Dark Angels, the highly thought-of creative writing for business programme that now operates across three continents helping writers within business to humanise their language. In 2017 he co-founded Invisible Grail, which helps Universities shape their narratives. As well as residential workshops he has worked with teams on site at many UK universities. In 2018 he started adapting material for on line video delivery and has worked with multi-located team members from Takeda, Shell, Irdeto and British Heart Foundation running a six part programme he designed called ‘Gateway of the senses’ to deep-mine creativity. Recently, during Lockdown, he has designed a two-hour video seminar for Humanist Celebrants – ‘Breaking the glass wall’ to assist them make virtual home visits (via platforms like Skype and Zoom) to bereaved families. (He is himself a trained Celebrant.) He has worked with the Leading Kind team for nearly 20 years. He has collaborated with them on teambuilding in Scottish Government, writing an Equality & Diversity Toolbox and writing the overview section of the non-statutory guidance for the Equality Act 2010. More recently, Stuart and Alex delivered A Cooler Kind of Kindness at Kindfest 2020.

 

Workshop F5 – Dr Mike Talbot and Samantha Birkett

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Mike is a highly experienced psychotherapist, mediator, trainer, lecturer, author, and the founder and CEO of UK Mediation Ltd.

Mike holds degrees in psychology, ergonomics (MSc) and psychotherapy (MA), and a doctorate in the overlap between mediation and psychotherapy (D.Psych.) A renowned expert in the pscyhology of conflict, Mike's specialism is in resolving disputes for teams, groups, committees and organisations, especially where relationships have broken down and other approaches have failed.

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Samantha Birkett has been a Human Resource professional for over 20 years and has experience across all areas of Human Resources. The last 15 years of her career have been with Liverpool John Moores University as Head of HR Resourcing and Operations, in which role her responsibilities include oversight of formal and informal dispute resolution processes, including mediation.  Samantha holds an M.A. in Human Resource Management and an MBA and is a qualified mediator and a Fellow of the CIPD. 

 

Plenary 6 – John Amaechi

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John Amaechi OBE is a respected organisational psychologist, best-selling New York Times author, sought after public speaker, executive coach and Founder of APS Intelligence. He is a non-executive director of a £2.4bn healthcare organisation, in addition to being a board advisor for several FTSE100 organisations in the financial, legal and professional services, technology, publishing, engineering and retail sectors. In 2019, John was recognised as one of HR’s most influential thinkers by HR Magazine. John is the first Briton to have a career in the NBA. John is a Chartered Scientist, a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health. He is a Research Fellow at the University of East London and his research interests are effective, inclusive leadership, building high-performing teams and organisational design that maximises productivity and human thriving in readiness for the future world of work. John leads a team of psychologists, behavioural scientists and experienced business strategists that design and deliver evidence-based advisory interventions to service clients with people challenges that impact organisational performance. APS has worked with hundreds of organisations over the last decade developing strategy and enhancing leaders, their teams and organisational culture in companies ranging from rapid scale-ups to established global brands. Organisations approach APS to understand and unpick complex people challenges through advisory services driven by analytics, motivational presentations, workshops and masterclasses, executive coaching and digital learning- all of which can be delivered virtually or face-to-face.

 

 

 

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