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Innovation in Recruitment 2017

28 September @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

£449.00 - £499.00
Innovation in Recruitment

The Chelsea Harbour Hotel London, United Kingdom


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This conference will help you improve your recruitment strategy...

Attracting the right talent and recruiting the best employees for your organisation may be difficult and challenging, particularly in the today’s market when the number of advanced jobs has overtaken the number of job seekers.
How do you create a competitive recruitment strategy and win the best talent for your business? What are the best tools to attract the right candidates whose expectations are higher than ever? And finally, how to deal with the skills gap?

If you want to learn how to stand out in a market that is more competitive than ever: the 10th Annual Innovation in Recruitment conference is designed just for you!



Peoplise provides integrated, streamlined video enabled digital platform for all your recruitment needs.

This mission is to help HR practitioners utilise digital and analytical technologies in all steps of the talent acquisition process.

They have more than 50 clients worldwide and have just launched a UK office


  ClickIQ - Intelligent Recruitment Marketing Technology

Plug into ClickIQ, the first intelligent marketing and analytics platform that uses programmatic bid management, integrated AI and sophisticated campaign management tools to effortlessly optimise your performance based online recruitment advertising.


Milkround is the UK's leading school leaver, student and graduate recruitment website. Their audience of over 640,000 candidates are actively looking for their next opportunity, and they can help you reach them.

From online targeting to bespoke networking events, they'll craft a recruitment solution that's right for you. 



Reaching out into the international graduate pool has always been a challenge for British based businesses. Combining this problem with talent shortages required a disruptive solution to the traditional methods used by HR departments.

ESPA partner with 1000+ universities from 32 countries within the Erasmus+ grant funded mobility network. Talk to us to find out how we have created an innovative solution to these issues.



 09:00 Coffee and Registration
09:30 Chair's opening remarks Liz Banks, Director of Communications and Research, The Recruitment Employment Confederation
 09:45 Moving from reactive recruitment to strategic sourcing

  • Learn how to transform your recruitment team to become strategic business partners
  • Hear about the strategic solutions devised to tackle the talent shortages
  • Learn how to develop seamless recruitment process that enables you to focus on connecting with future talent

James Fleming, Group HR Partnering and Resourcing Manager, NFU Mutual

10:10 The candidate experience – why are we still struggling?

  • Explore the key problem areas causing organisations to fail in ensuring a positive candidate experience
  • Understand how, where and when the candidate journey starts and ends
  • Practical tips to help you improve your candidate experience

Christopher Kolapo-Ajala, Talent Acquisition Partner, Shazam

10:35 Solutions to your key talent acquisition challenges

  • Explore the impact of the political, economic and socio-demographic landscape on talent acquisition
  • Key contributors to developing a more strategic talent acquisition capability
  • How to inspire and develop line managers as talent acquisition ambassadors

Colin Blackburn, Director, ESPA UK


11:00 Questions and discussion with speakers
 11:10 Refreshments and networking


‘Getting with the times’: Social media digital recruitment campaign 

  • Key considerations to developing a coherent and exciting social media campaign
  • Understanding the fundamentals of digital mobile recruitment
  • Hear about the impact it has had in transforming the talent attraction, engagement and retention of a large retailer 

Catagay Guney, Co-Founder /CEO, Peoplise


How in-house recruiters are using programmatic and pay for performance advertising to save money and improve their hiring

  • Introducing Job Board Aggregators such as Indeed and Adzuna
  • Programmatic and AI: Using technology to manage spend
  • Client case study

Richard Collins, Chief Executive, Click IQ

 12:20 Questions with speakers and knowledge share session  
 12:30 Lunch and networking  
13:30 Knowledge share networking session:

Roundtable discussions with your peers to share solutions to your key talent acquisition challenges

 14:00 Exploring untapped talent: Case study of the Civil Services Autism Exchange Internship programme

  • Establishing a recruitment strategy that explores untapped talent pools
  • How to develop a programme that adequately supports the business needs and candidates
  • Hear about the impact of the Autism Exchange internship programmes on driving greater diversity and inclusion

Phil Wilson, Chief Psychologist, Fast Stream Civil Service

Case study: Hiring, engaging & developing the creative class

  • Selecting the right social channels to help enhance your employer brand and increase talent attraction
  • Aligning you sourcing strategy to your organisations needs and creating brand ambassadors
  • Developing a recruiter’s marketing mind-set 

Jon Dawson, Director of Human Resources, Mandarin Oriental Hotel

14:25 Strategic talent resourcing for skill shortages

  • How to secure candidates for talent shortages
  • Developing a bespoke recruitment campaign to resource the talent pipeline
  • Assessment tools to ensure the perfect candidate to job fit

Jane Graham, Resourcing Manager, Wiltshire Council

Redesigning your talent acquisition strategy through analytics 

  • Learn how to improve your recruitment strategy through analytics
  • Discover how to develop simple algorithms to assess, benchmark and re-evaluate the effectiveness of recruitment channels

Alex Taylor, HR and Development Officer, Methodist Church

14:50 Questions and discussion with speakers Questions and discussion with speakers
 15:00 Refreshments and networking
 15:20 Panel discussion: The future of talent acquisition 

  • What are the technological disruptors anticipated to change the way talent acquisition is delivered?
  • How will the economic, political and socio-economic landscape change talent acquisition?
  • How will these developments change the roles and expertise required of talent acquisition?

Jeffery Lovejoy, UK & Ireland Recruitment Manager, FDM Group

Jon Dawson, Director of Human Resources, Mandarin Oriental Hotel

 15:45 Innovation in assessment 

  • How to effectively assess candidates based on strengths and potential performance
  • Hear about the principles behind strength based recruiting to determine successful job-candidate fit
  • Explore the technological developments in assessment and selection

Jeffery Lovejoy, UK & Ireland Recruitment Manager, FDM Group

16:10 Questions and discussion with speakers
16:20 Chair's closing remarks and end of conference

Some of the expert speakers at this event include


Cagatay Guney, Co-Founder and CEO, Peoplise 

Cagatay is the CEO of the team at Peoplise.

Cagatay is a Human Resources and Organisation Development professional with more than 20 years of experience, both as a manager in and as an external consultant to several Fortune 500 companies in the USA, Canada and Turkey.

He specialises in organisational structure, strategic planning, talent management and workforce planning. Prior to co-founding Peoplise, he has worked for Deloitte Turkey as Director of HR, for Toyota Turkey as Director of HR and Ford Motor Company as North American, Regional Workforce Readiness Manager.

Cagatay holds an MSc Degree from the Master or Organization Development Programme at Bowling Green State University. He holds a BSc degree in Political Science and Public Administration from the Middle East Technical University.

He served as a member of the State of Illinois Workforce Investment Board and Employment Committee of the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TUSIAD).


Jeff Lovejoy, UK & Ireland Recruitment Manager, FDM

Jeff Lovejoy has been working within the graduate recruitment market for the last 7 years beginning at Enterprise Rent A Car to his current role with FDM Group as the UK & Ireland Recruitment Manager.  

FDM is the largest IT graduate recruiter in the UK. Jeff leads a team that recruits around 1000 graduates per year; in 2016, they received over 55,000 applications in the UK alone.

He is passionate about supporting graduates in their search for careers and speaks regularly on such topics as diversity and inclusion in technology, career advice and personal branding at conferences and events around the UK.

Jon Dawson, Director of Human Resources, Mandarin Oriental 

Jon has held a variety of hotel human resources positions within the hotel sector and is the Director of Human Resources for the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park London Hotel & Residences that is currently undertaking a multi-million renovation of the entire property due for completion in late 2018.

Prior to joining Mandarin Oriental in 2016 Jon worked for the luxury lifestyle brand EDITION where he assumed the role of opening HR Director for The London EDITION property and was instrumental in the opening of the hotel in 2013 and the creation of the EDITION employer brand that lives strong to this date. As well as leading the HR team in London Jon also played a strategic role in working alongside the EDITION global brand team in New York driving new initiatives within the HR field and supporting the on-property HR teams in the openings of the Miami Beach and the New York EDITION properties in 2014 and 2015.

In 2010 Jon successfully held the role of opening Director of Human Resources for The St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, London which at that time was one of the most anticipated hotel openings within Marriott International. As a Charted Fellow of the CIPD he is also a committee member of the UKs HR in Hospitality organization.


Richard Collins, Chief Executive, ClickIQ

Richard is a successful serial Entrepreneur with over 22 years of working within the Online Recruitment and Digital Media industries. He's spent most of his career dedicated to using technology and the internet to revolutionise the recruitment marketing Industry.

Richard’s experience covers many areas of the online recruitment industry from job boards, as Managing Director of JobSite and a network of niche boards; within a recruitment consultancy as Head of Digital Marketing; and establishing the largest agency buyer of online advertising and Search Engine Marketing, which he later sold to WPP.

The use of Artificial Intelligence, combined with the emergence of Job Board search engines (aggregators), and the move to buying job advertising on a performance basis is game changing. No doubt it will have a profound effect on how we all recruit, as well as the structure of the industry we work in. Richard has dusted off his soap box, and is looking forward to spreading the word of how recruiters can use these changes to revolutionise their success.


Christopher Kolapo-Ajala, Talent Acquisition Partner, Shazam

Christopher Kolapo-Ajala is the  Talent Acquisition Partner at Shazam. He is responsible for end to end talent acquisition and guiding the business on a range of positions that not only helps shape the user's experience but what he likes to believe keeps the business afloat.

When it comes to securing the best candidates, Christopher feels that  it should be an equal balance between skillset and personality.He has interviewed 1000's of candidates and reviewed his fair share of CV's and would definitely say providing a great candidate experience should be at the forefront of your mind when attracting talent.  

Phil Wilson, Fast Stream Chief Psychologist and Chief Assessor, Civil Service Fast Stream and Early Talent

Phil Wilson is the Chief Psychologist and Chief Assessor of the Civil Service Fast Stream - focusing on the design, diversity/social mobility and evaluation of the graduate Fast Stream and apprenticeship Fast Track processes. He also oversees the award winning Summer Diversity Internship Programme, the Early Diversity Internship Programme, Autism Internship Programme and Intern Coaching Programme and other positive action and outreach activities.

Prior to this role, he was Head of Occupational Psychology at the London Fire Brigade, as well as Acting Head of Occupational Psychology for Greater Manchester Police and has also operated as a consultant for a range of industries. He has presented at numerous professional conferences, undertaken a variety of media activities and chaired national work psychology committees.

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28 September
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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The Chelsea Harbour Hotel
Chelsea Harbour
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020 7823 3000


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Who's Attending

9 people are attending Innovation in Recruitment 2017

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