Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Future of Work Summit 2018

Thursday, 18 October 2018 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

$449.00 – $499.00

Future-proof your business and learn from leading executives at the Future of Work Summit 2018!

What does the future of work look like? And what do business executives and HR professionals need to do to get ready for it now?

When it comes to the workplace, the future is already here. Artificial Intelligence and automation are disrupting business models, the gig economy and flexible work arrangements are challenging traditional job roles, and skills development is becoming a more pressing need than ever. These radical changes are already creating new challenges as well as opportunities for employers. The Future of Work Summit 2018 will explore how managers and HR professionals can respond and adapt to these long-term trends now to avoid falling behind in times of rapid change. It will offer insights into the key developments shaping the future of work and the ways in which leading professionals are harnessing them to the advantage of their organisations.

The conference will help you to future-proof your business in regards to four central themes:

  • Disruptive technologies: How are AI, automation and digital technologies transforming the nature of work and the role of HR? What do executives and HR professionals need to do now to prepare their business for a data-driven, automated future?
  • Rethinking job roles: The traditional nine-to-five job is increasingly becoming a thing of the past. What can employers learn from the gig economy? And how can alternative work arrangements be utilised to achieve higher employee satisfaction?
  • Engaging the workforce of the future: Employees increasingly behave like ‘consumers of jobs’, expecting more flexibility, responsibility and meaning in their work. How can companies keep up with this trend and avoid losing out on talent?
  • Skills for the future: What skills does the employee of the future need? How should companies adjust their recruitment and training now to future-proof their business?

The conference will offer case studies and practical examples presented by professionals who are pioneering novel approaches to work. You will have the chance to discuss current issues and practical problems with experts on the future of work and engage in interactive knowledge-share sessions. There will also be plenty of opportunities for networking with colleagues and leading professionals.

[faq order=desc group="attendees"]

Event Sponsors

Experian   The Experian Background Checking team are experts in helping businesses protect their employees, customers and their brand through employee screening and effective Right to Work checks. Their Employee Screening platform will give you a great candidate experience, control, efficiency and access to Experian's expertise: whether online or integrated. Their simple Right to Work app provides you with flexibility and adherence to UK employment.   The best employee checks are about understanding people, find out more here   www.experian.co.uk


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-events.co.uk or 020 7231 5100.


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

Stephen Bevan, Head of HR Research Development, Institute for Employment Studies

09:45 The crossroad between Product Management and HR at Expedia

  • How to prepare HR for a data-driven age through analytics
  • Using data and technology to move HR to the centre of business strategy
  • Developing data and problem-solving skills to redefine the HR function

Ana Mitrasevic, VP of Human Resources at HomeAway, Expedia Group

10:10 Leverage Technology and Talent to Collaborate, Communicate and Succeed

  • How to succeed in the future of work by addressing new challenges brought on by global teams, millennial workers and mind-boggling technology
  • The evolution of the workplace and how to empower employees to build a culture of innovation, collaboration and participation
  • Adapting to these challenges now as key to the future of the business – 40% of the current top 250 companies will be gone by 2025

Nazir Ul-Ghani, Workplace EMEA Lead, Workplace by Facebook

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

Disruptive Technologies and the Future of HR

  • What can HR professionals do to keep up with technologies such as AI and automation?
  • Are disruptive technologies a threat or an opportunity for HR?
  • How will these new technologies shape the future of work?
  • How can businesses use disruptive technologies to their advantage?
  • How important are internal stakeholder management and culture?

Richard Burton, Head of Innovation, Blue Lab at EDF Energy

Stephen Bevan, Head of HR Research Development, Institute for Employment Studies

Gianpaolo Barozzi, Senior Director HR, Cisco

Christina Williams, Background Checking Consultant, Experian

11:10 Refreshments and networking
11:30 The Future Workforce at Atos: skills, process and engagement

Cheryl Allen, HR Director, Transformation, Atos UKI

11:55 The No-Collar Workforce of the Future is Here: a guide for humans and machines

  • Workforce automation and the role of machines in the workforce
  • The liquid enterprise: access to talent pools rather than traditional employment models
  • An emphasis on inclusive practices rather than diversity
  • Shifting from skills to capabilities in what Cisco call ‘Rise of Humanities’

Gianpaolo Barozzi, Senior Director HR, Cisco

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

14:00 Stream A: Challenging Traditional Job Roles 

Insights into Job-Sharing at Senior Level

  • Long-term job sharers Claire and Louise on how they set up their partnership and operationalised their approach
  • The importance of sharing rather than splitting their role
  • Challenges and feedback from stakeholders 

Claire Hyde and Louise Wadman, Joint Heads of Communication, Lloyd’s Banking Group

14:00 Stream B: Skills and Recruitment for the Future 

Productivity, Lies, Illusions and Practical Solutions for the Skills Challenges of the Future

  • How to prepare the workforce for a technology- and data-driven future
  • Using new technologies to overcome the skills gap and increase efficiency
  • Reconciling long-term strategy with immediate challenges in the UK labour market 

Jason Simeon, Head of Learning and Change Management, Leonardo

14:25 Stream A: Goodbye For Now 

How technology is changing the way we think about executive hiring 

  • Using technology to enable talent pipelining and engagement
  • Accepting a fast moving, transient population
  • Candidates are not static, nor should data be

Adam White, Co-Founder and COO, Winter Circle

14:25 Employer Brand & The Future of Work

  • The transformation of the workplace: why we should embrace new technology and digitisation
  • Disruptions that are facing the future of work and how to mitigate them
  • How to utilise and improve your employer brand to manage the changes facing the future or work and engage staff

Faye Woodhead, Talent Acquisition and Employer Brand, Deutsche Bank

14:50 Questions and discussion with speakers 14:50 Questions and discussion with speakers
15:00 Refreshments and networking
15:20 Finding New Ways of Working Together

  • Why do we need new ways of working (NWoW) when the existing modus operandi is so well established?
  • Introducing NWoW, a holistic view of work including management cultures and practices, working environments and IT & collaboration tools
  • What are the principles of a NWoW implementation?
  • What are the benefits for organisations who go through a NWoW transformation?

Richard Burton, Head of Innovation, Blue Lab at EDF Energy

15:45 Designing a Best Fit Future of Work Strategy

  • The need for best fit in a strategic approach to capture the full potential of the future of work
  • Focusing on employee experience through design thinking including future focused personas and increasing personalisation
  • Selecting organisational, staffing and technological options to meet objectives and principles
  • The role of data, analytics and change agent networks in supporting and leading the transformation

Jon Ingham, HR Consultant and author of The Social Organisation

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



CHAIR – Stephen Bevan, Head, HR Research Development, Institute for Employment Studies

Stephen Bevan is Head of HR Research Development at the Institute for Employment Studies. He has previously been both Managing Director and Director of Research at The Work Foundation where he led a programme of applied research on workplace health, performance, reward, motivation and retention. He has conducted many UK and international research studies and advised employers and governments on both policy and practice. In 2016 he was designated the UK’s 2nd ‘Most Influential’ HR thinker by HR magazine and he has been an Honorary Professor at Lancaster University Management School since 2010. He is the co-author of 21st Century Workforces and Workplaces: The Challenges and Opportunities for Future Work Practices and Labour Markets (2018).

Nazir Ul-Ghani, Workplace EMEA Lead, Workplace by Facebook

Nazir is a senior business leader and award-winning founder, with more than twenty years experience in start-ups, multinational organisations and blue-chip consultancies. He has also previously:

• Been UK Country Manager at Dropbox.
• Founded, scaled and managed Google UK’s No.1 Premier reseller and system integrator for Apps, Search and Geo. Successfully exited business to Cloud Sherpas and then to Accenture.
• Co-Founded at a Microsoft Gold system integrator consultancy. Secured VC funding by Close Brothers and sold business to an Aim listed company.
• Built european Peoplesoft and SAP practices for a global US integrator with Full P&L responsibility. Whittman-Hart then merged to become Marchfirst and listed on Nasdaq.

Ana Mitrasevic, VP of Human Resources at HomeAway, Expedia Group

Ana is an experienced HR director and change manager with a strong interest in disruptive technologies. After launching her career in HR in the online travel industry, she spent three years as a Senior Director in Expedia’s Product Team.

In 2017, Ana returned to the HR department at Expedia Group as a VP and has since then utilised the insights gained in her previous role to introduce a product approach to HR across the business. Approaching HR as a data-driven tool that can disrupt established business practices, Ana has moved the department to a more central role in the business where it now develops 40% of the overall business roadmap.

Richard Burton, Head of Innovation, Bluelab at EDF Energy

Richard has over 20 years of experience from strategy, marketing and insight, to HR and business transformation in the energy and financial services industries. He has particular expertise in Internet and digital developments, and he has held key roles in organisations of different sizes from multi-national blue chips to independent start-ups.

Richard joined EDF Group in 2004, and has worked for EDF both in the UK and France. His current role in development of the EDF Blue Lab Innovation Centre is focused on the design and testing of new business models, digital developments and integrating new technologies to create a competitive advantage for EDF Energy.

Claire Hyde, Head of Internal Communications, Lloyds Banking Group

Claire and Louise have over 45 years of communication experience between them. Experts at internal communication, cultural change and engagement, they are innovative, engaging and results-driven. They have worked in the financial services, technology, motor and fashion industries, with responsibilities for internal and external communication and public affairs. Confident and brave, they challenge the status quo to create impact and deliver enduring change.

(Continued below…)

Louise Wadman, Head of Communciation, Lloyds Banking Group

As a long-term, successful partnership, Claire and Louise have developed a slick job share and are convinced that this flexible and modern way of working brings results. They began their working relationship in Lloyds Banking Group where they were both Heads of Internal Communication. Claire led communication for the Group Executive Functions while Louise headed up the communication team for Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland. Most recently they were Joint Heads of Creative where they transformed the offering of the Group’s internal design, film and event team.

Gianpaolo Barozzi, Senior Director HR, Cisco

Gianpaolo Barozzi is a Sr. Director in Cisco HR, leading the Digitalization Office and the Intelligent Human Network project in HR Leadership & Team Intelligence organization. He leads the design and development of innovative workforce experiences, solutions and analytics in multiple HR areas at Cisco. His passion is re-defining the future of work in corporations – how talent is identified, leveraged, allocated and engaged, and how work is organized, measured and rewarded – and its implication on people, HR and ultimately the society.

Jason Simeon, Head of Learning and Change Management, Leonardo

Jason is an experienced Learning and Change Manager with over a decade of experience at Leonardo MW, a global high-tech player in aerospace, defence and security. During his time at Leonardo, he has overseen the creation of a L&D outsource service, implemented learning management systems in the UK and Italy and supported the business through a number of strategic changes.

Jason’s interest in skills and the changing world of work goes beyond his day-to-day role: he is a Board Trustee of the Design and Technology Association, has worked as an entrepreneurial coach for start-up founders in Scotland and has spoken at a number of learning technologies conferences.

Christina Williams,Background Checking Consultant, Experian

Chrissy is a Background Checking Specialist within Experian, working with many clients in the Automotive, Logistics & Transport Sector. Dealing with clients through talent acquisition leaders, recruiters and HR professionals, Chrissy is a strong and motivated professional who provides solutions centred around the candidate.


Cheryl Allen, HR Director, Transformation, Atos UKI

Cheryl Allen works for Atos IT Services & Solutions Ltd, a leading global technology organisation, where she is employed as HR Director for Transformation UK&I.

Cheryl has spent most of her working life in HR, spanning most of the function from generalist through to subject matter expert roles. Over the past 2 years, she has taken on more future focused roles including establishing a HR analytics function, leading a skills and transformation programme called ‘Future Fit’ and also driving automation into the HR function.


Faye Woodhead, Director, Global Employer Brand & Talent Acquisition, Deutsche Bank

Adam White, Co-Founder & COO, Winter Circle

Jon Ingham, HR Thought Leader and author

Jon is a leading specialist in strategic people management and organizational development issues. He regularly speaks and provides training in Europe, the US, the Middle East and Asia and has also lectured on strategic management, change management and human resources on executive MBA courses across Europe.

He is the author of Strategic HCM: Creating value through people (2006) and is currently completing a second book called Social advantage. He also posts regularly to blogs with these same titles and has recently been recognized as the top global online influencer in talent management.

Opt In Image
Sign up for our weekly HR newsletter
Keep up-to-date with our HR experts and event news

Book here – Secure your tickers today!

  1. Enter the number of tickets* you need below.
  2. Complete the delegate detail fields that appear.
  3. Click ‘Add to Cart’ and in the new screen add discount coupon codes if you have any.
  4. Go to the checkout to pay or arrange for an invoice.

*Please note these prices are for in house HR practitioners. Suppliers who are interested in attending should contact our sales team on 020 7231 5100 or via this form for more information.


Thursday, 18 October 2018
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
$449.00 – $499.00
Event Categories:


InterContinental Hotel – London 02
1 Waterview Drive, Greenwich Peninsula
London, SE10 0TW
+ Google Map


Symposium Events
020 7231 5100