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Talent Management and Leadership Development Summit 2018

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

£449.00 – £499.00
Talent Management and Leadership Summit

Hilton Hotel, Canary Wharf



Do you agree that attracting the right talent to your organisation is not enough and that you should take a more strategic approach when planning your future workforce?

Do you feel that your employees have lots of potential that needs to be identified, strengthened and continually developed?

Are you wondering how your organisation may benefit from putting more effort into talent retention and leadership development?

If your answer is yes to any of these questions, then the 12th annual Talent Management and Leadership Development Summit is designed to give you solutions to your biggest challenges when creating and enhancing a truly complex and robust HR strategy at your organisation.

We are still finalising the details for this conference - so speakers, programmes and dates are subject to change.

Conference Attendee Questions

Will I get the event presentations?


Download detailed instructions here.

For environmental reasons, we do not print conference presentations.  They become available as a download in your account on this site, shortly before the event.

When your order is completed online, an account it automatically created for you.

Please remember the account login and password you created during the event registration process.  You will need this to access the presentations.

The event presentations are added to this account shortly before the seminar and can then be downloaded. We will notify you when they are available.



In order for people to get the presentations they have to download them from an account on this website. 

If you made the booking, you can download them for your colleague as you already have an account – or they can create their own account.

To create an account, the attendee will need to purchase the documentation directly from the site.  Don’t worry – we will email them a “Coupon Code” to input which makes the purchase free of charge. 

Normally we email all attendees to notify them when the documentation is available online about one week before the event.  We include account set up instructions and the Coupon Code with that email. 



You can find the LOST PASSWORD screen under “MY ACCOUNT” on the top menu of our site or by clicking HERE.


What food and refreshments are provided?

Generally coffee and light refreshments are available on arrival and at tea and coffee breaks throughout the day.  The times of these are made clear in the event programme.

Lunch is served on full day events.  We arrange a buffet with a selection of options to accommodate different dietary requirements, but if you have specific needs please feel free add this on the ‘additional information’ section of the online booking for or to email us.  Contact us here.

I have a discount code – how do I claim it?

If you have been sent a discount or special offer ‘coupon code’ this can be entered in the shopping cart while booking and your discount will be applied to your purchase.

I have a ‘ticket’ email but it does not say the right delegate names?

Don’t worry.  You don’t need the ‘ticket’, it’s just produced by the booking software to confirm the order.  

If you added delegate details on the booking form when you completed your order or told us by phone or email the names of the attendees, these people will be registered and do not need to bring the ‘ticket’.


I am a supplier or consultant, can I attend?

Sorry, but suppliers may not attend as delegates.

We do allow a strictly limited number of suppliers to exhibit.  Further exhibitor information can be found here or by calling our sales team on 020 7231 5100.

How do I pay? Can I have an invoice? Can I pay with a credit card?

Payment can be made by credit card when you book, or you can specify cheque, bank transfer or invoice etc. once you complete the registration form.

An invoice or receipt is automatically sent once booking is completed online.

For cheque and BACS payments, our account details can be downloaded here.

Credit card details can be taken by telephone, please call our account department on +44 (0)20 7231 5100. We do not store any credit card details used for payment.

Online credit card payments are transacted via Paypal – you do not need a Paypal account to use this facility.

How do I book an event?

You can book online
Simply scroll down the page to the “Tickets” section. Select the number of places you wish to book and then click “Add to Cart”. You will then be taken to the shopping cart where you can confirm your purchase details, enter any discount or special offer coupon codes you may have, and arrange payment.

You can book by telephone
Simply call us on 020 7231 5100.

Event Date Changes

Changes are sometimes needed due to circumstances beyond our control such as trainers being ill, poor weather and so on.  In the very rare circumstances that we need to change the date for an event we will automatically offer you a place on the next available event date.  If this is not suitable for you we will refund your booking fee.

We cannot accept liability for travel and accommodation costs and strongly advise you not to book cheap ‘non-refundable / no change’ tickets and to check your insurance covers travel and accommodation in these circumstances.

Can you recommend a hotel near the venue?

Yes! Some of our events are actually held at hotels, but not all of them, so we have put together a page to help you find a suitable hotel near all of our main venues.

Can I cancel my booking or transfer to another event?

Please see our full terms and conditions here .

  • Cancellations can be made up to one month before the event. Cancellations must be confirmed in writing and will be subject to a cancellation charge of £100 + VAT.
  • Cancellations at less than one month from the event date are be subject to full payment.
  • Substitutions may be made at any date and are subject to a £100 + VAT administration fee.
  • Non-payment or non-attendance does not constitute a cancellation.
  • If you want to change to another course date, or different event, we will do our best to accommodate your request, but we reserve the right to refuse changes. Any changes are subject to a £100 + VAT administration fee.

Sponsors to be announced soon

If your organisation would be interested in promoting itself through the wide variety of exhibitions, sponsorship and marketing opportunities available at this event, please visit our sponsorship mini-site or contact our sales team at sales@symposium.co.uk or 020 7231 5100.



09:00 Coffee and Registration
09:30 Chair's opening remarks

Keith Herrmann, Director of Employability and Careers, University of Surrey

09:45 How to foster an experience led culture to retain talent and increase engagement

  • The burning platform: the challenge of a high millennial workforce where the demand for rapid career progression is the norm
  • How Philips UKI responded to this with the ambition to embed a learning culture with a focus on Employee Experience
  • Learning and top tips from the Philips UKI journey

Aimee Badcock, Head of HR, Personal Health and Sleep, Philips

10:10 Talk to be announced soon

Tim Kensey, HR Director Corporate, Nomad Foods

10:35  Questions and discussion with speakers
10:45 Panel discussion

Organisational agility - smoke and mirrors or an essential element in attracting, recruiting and retaining top talent?

Steve Morris, Retail and People Director, The White Company

Allison Duriau, HR Consultant, West Sussex County Council

Tim Kensey, HR Director Coporate, Nomad Foods

Jane Smith, People Director, EE

11:10 Refreshments and networking
11:30 Tailoring talent management to our organisation and values

  • Looking beyond the process to value aspirations and specialists
  • Creating a bespoke talent grid
  • Embedding talent language and principles

Jessica Farley, Talent Development Manager, Coventry Building Society

11:55 Building your organisation's future: preparing for 2025

  • How do we prepare ourselves to thrive in a digitally enabled world?
  • What steps should we be taking to help our business transform in times of disruption?
  • How do we help people to think beyond the norm and about future challenges / opportunities?

Anita Byrne, Senior Learning Manager, Santander UK

Michael Durrant, Learning Consultant, Change and Development, Santander UK

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

Roundtable discussions with your peers to share solutions to key challenges

Focus: Talent - Evaluation and Measures

14:00 STREAM A

Understanding the diversity deficits and realise the diversity dividend

See how true talent development means seeing people's difference, valuing it and managing it joyfully

  • Has investment in diversity made a difference?
  • A de-biased Recruitment and Selection process to attract the best and develop internal talent
  • Receiving a real return on your investment in diversity and inclusion so that talent can flourish

Simon Fanshawe OBE, Partner Manager, Diversity by Design


14:00 STREAM B

Employability: what is The Leadership Academy Programme and how has the programme impacted employees with disabilities

  • Identify, invest and develop leaders - the 'bigger picture' - looking at the culture of employment and disability
  • Partnering for results - two minute speeches from previous participants of LAP - considering the impact that a business' investment can have on disabled employees
  • Identifying, investing and developing leaders
  • Partnering for results

Katrina Morris, Leadership Academy Executive, Disability Rights UK

14:25 To be announced soon 14:25 Identifying and nurturing internal talent 'against the clock' - an award winning strategy

  • Creating a pool of internal talent at junior level from existing teams
  • Addressing retention and engagement
  • Outcomes and annual opinion survey results

Dawn Robinson, Head of Learning and Talent Development, Greater Anglia Railways

14:50 Questions and discussion with speakers 14:50 Questions and discussion with speakers
15:00 Refreshments and networking
15:20 How is digital disrupting L&D for the better

  • By leading with digital you have the opportunity to develop your people at the point of need and at the speed of business
  • Hear examples of how digital can address real employee friction, enhance performance and build organisational capability
  • While helping you avoid the trap of confusing digital for 'technology- enabled learning'

Adam Harwood, Digital Learning Partner, ASOS

15:45 Talk to be announced soon

Matt Elliott, People Director, Virgin Money

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


Some of our expert speakers include...

CHAIR - Keith Herrmann, Director of Employability and Careers, University of Surrey

Keith Herrmann is Director of Employability and Careers at the University of Surrey which was named both 'University of the Year' and 'University of the Year for Student Experience' in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016. At Surrey he leads the Directorate of Employability and has a university-wide remit as strategic lead on employability, careers and the university’s renowned student placement programme (the Professional Training Year).

The University has 1,200 students out on placement a year and has 2,300 placement providers that we work with in the UK, Europe and internationally. Keith works extensively with the academic community to ensure employability is a core element of the student learning journey.

Jessica Farley, Talent Development Manager, Coventry Building Society

Jessica is the Talent Development Manager at Coventry Building Society, based in the Midlands. She leads the talent management strategy, building a pipeline of talent from apprentices through to senior leaders and is looking forward to sharing the Talent journey that she has taken with the Society with you, including designing a bespoke talent grid to support the growth of our senior leadership population.

Jessica brings a wealth of experience from roles in multinational organisations, including Jaguar Land Rover and Brightstar. She has worked in multiple Human Resources roles including Employee Relations, Compensation and Benefits and Learning and Development. She worked in Melbourne, Australia as a HR Generalist before returning to the UK and specialising in Talent Management.

Michael Durrant, Learning Consultant, Change and Development, Santander UK

Michael has been in the L&D world for over 10 years and has worked for Santander for the last 15. Like many in the profession he stumbled in to L&D having worked previously worked in the Branch Network.

He jumped at the opportunity to join the bank as a cashier, having left university with a really ‘useful’ degree in Politics. Having dodged a political career Michael has spent most of his working life helping people fulfil career potential and the organisation meet the challenges of the modern world. More recently he’s has been developing Santander’s flagship leadership programme.

Anita Byrne, Senior Learning Manager, Santander UK

Anita has worked in Banking for over 23 years, whilst considering a change in career to the world of teaching she found herself seconded to a training team and has never looked back. She has spent the last 16 years establishing herself in the world of L&D.Through multiple roles Anita has worked on a diverse range of learning and change initiatives to help develop and enhance the skills across the business.

The fast paced ever changing environment Santander operates in has more recently brought new challenges and created a great opportunity to focus on future skills. Anita currently leads a team of learning professionals focussed on building the skills of the future which has included the creation of a Santander flagship leadership program.  

Steve Morris, People and Retail Director, The White Company

Steve is a retail expert, having established his career with M&S in both general and specialist roles before moving to Top Shop as a Regional Controller before moving to The White Company as Retail & People Director, responsible for the People and Retail teams across Head Office including DC and Contact Centre, alongside the growing store portfolio, taking full strategic responsibility at Board level.

He is accountable for talent management, learning and development, promoting engagement and culture across the business whilst making sure all is aligned with the business strategy.

Simon Fanshawe OBE, Co-founder and partner, Diversity by Design

Simon Fanshawe OBE is co-founder and partner of Diversity by Design and from 2007-2013 was the chairman of the University of Sussex governing council. He is currently on the boards of Brighton Dome and Festival, POWERful Women and the Museum of London and recently ended six years on the board of Housing and Care 21.

Simon was a co-founder of one of the most successful lobby and campaign groups in recent times, the lesbian and gay equality organisation Stonewall. He is now a co-founder of the Kaleidoscope Trust supporting LGBTI activists abroad.

He is also a broadcaster, writer and pundit. He was awarded the OBE in the New Years Honours list 2013 for services to Higher Education. And he was made an Honorary Doctor of the University of Sussex for services to diversity and human rights in 2013. 

Dawn Robinson, Head of Learning and Talent Development, Greater Anglia

Dawn joined Greater Anglia from National Express as Head of Management Development.  As Head of Learning & Talent Development for Greater Anglia (Railways), Dawn is passionate about delivering change through innovative learning strategies.  Within Greater Anglia she leads the core development team and Project leads the group-wide talent forum.

Dawn and her team were finalists in 2017 for two national awards and are proud to have won Training Team of the Year in the Rail Staff Awards, 2017 for an Internal talent programme which produced excellent  recognition results in the group staff opinion survey.

Adam Harwood, Digital Learning Development Partner, Asos

Adam Harwood is an experienced L&D professional who’s worked in organisations in both the tourism industry and retail sector over the last 10 years. He’s currently working at the fashion brand ASOS, where he is responsible for the transformation and development of the digital learning strategy. Adam believes that to drive performance and truly support your people in the digital age, it’s about getting as close to them as possible and ‘being where they are’.

Aimée Badcock MCPID, Head of HR for the Personal Health and Sleep, Philips UKI

Aimée joined Philips in early 2014 and during this time has worked across the consumer and healthcare businesses focusing on employee engagement, talent management, organisational design and retention.

Aimée has over 15 years generalist experience gained across many different sectors supporting leaders meet challenging business goals, in an ever changing environment. However, her real passion lies in empowering employees to reach their full potential and drive their career through fostering a learning culture that supports employability, engagement and retention.

In her current role, Aimée has led the roll out of a development programme designed to create a work environment where employees can identify and gain the experiences they need to build meaningful careers. 


Jane Smith, People Director, EE

Jane is a senior leader with significant experience working in commercial, customer orientated businesses in the UK, Europe and Asia.

She has extensive experience across Operations, Projects and all aspects of HR and has previously built and led large teams in multiple markets, improving and simplifying ways of working to increase operational efficiency improving business performance.

As a member of the senior team at EE, she has developed the operational and people strategies and led organisation wide transformational change programmes. 

Allison Durieu, Resourcing Campaigns Manager, West Sussex County Council

Ali is an experienced HR Practitioner with specialities including resourcing, staff engagement initiatives, stakeholder management and commercial contract management. Contract performance management of outsourced HR shared services.

In her current role, Ali is leading a team to improve resourcing targets within the care profession in West Sussex. Using a proactive approach to sourcing candidates, building a resourcing pipeline, improving marketing collateral and improving the conversion rates of interest to vacancy fulfilment.  

Katrina Morris, Leadership Academy Executive, Disability Rights UK

Katrina has a degree in Law & Business and her professional career has been directed towards creating opportunities for various groups that fit ‘The Protected Characteristics of The Equal Opportunities Act 2010. Katrina brings over 15 years of experience working with age, BAME, young people and disability to her role. 

Katrina Morris works for Disability Rights UK as The Leadership Academy Executive, leading on a project called The Leadership Academy Programme (LAP). The Leadership Academy Programme is a career development Programme for people in employment with lived experience of disability or a long-term health condition where employers commit to sending employees from their organisation to attend the Programme.

Currently in its fourth year, LAP has grown from strength to strength and focuses on shared good practice and provides a learning platform for disabled employees to see their disability from a positive perspective, consider the skills they already have and learn how these can be transformed into developing their leadership aspirations.

Matt Elliott, People Director, Virgin Money

Matt Elliott joined Virgin Money in 2011 as People Director, leading the HR work required to acquire and integrate Northern Rock. Matt is a member of the Executive Team who successfully built the company, leading to a successful FTSE listing in 2014.

Matt is a strong advocate of business being a force for good, being named a Financial Times Top 50 LGBT ally for 3 consecutive years, Financial Times Top 20 ‘Champion of Women in Business’ in 2017, EMPower’s Top 15 Allies in 2018 and a Management Today ‘Agent of Change’ 2018.

Tim Kensey, HR Director, Corporate, Nomad Foods Europe

Tim is a commercial, international HR Director with strong results orientation. He is experienced in leading and delivering strategic initiatives in complex challenging matrix environments including at Nestlé, Shell, L'Oreal (The Body Shop), Acromas (Saga/AA) and Nomad Foods through effective working relationships at all levels.

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13 September
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
£449.00 – £499.00
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020 7231 5100


Hilton Hotel, Canary Wharf, London
South Quay, Marsh Wall
London, E14 9SH United Kingdom
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