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Graduate Recruitment and Development Forum 2015

Thursday, 26 February 2015 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

£349.00 – £399.00
Graduate Recruitment and Development Forum

Graduate Recruitment & Development Forum 2015

February 26 @ 9:00 am- 5:00 pm

Grand Connaught Rooms, London


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Attract and retain future talent

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Graduate Recruitment and Development ForumAfter a sell out conference in February 2014, with over 150 attendees registered, we are delighted to announce that the 8th Graduate Recruitment and Development Conference will be taking place on the 26th February 2015 in London.

With graduate vacancies rising again this year attracting the best graduate talent has, once again, become much more competitive. Many employers are changing their approach to recruitment to ensure they stand out in the market.

The conference will be an opportunity to share best practice strategies with industry leaders across the sectors, giving those responsible for hiring and developing graduates a chance to uncover both the strategic and practical elements of implementing a successful and innovative graduate programme.

This is a must attend event if you want to stay above your competition.

What this event will do for you:

  • Develop innovative strategies to attract talent in a competitive market
  • Reduce the quantity and improve the quality of applicants
  • Retain graduates after the beyond the scheme and successfully move to to the potential programme
  • Improve development and make sure recruits reach their full potential
  • Measure performance and ROI of graduate programmes
  • Build a global employer brand and manage international careers

Which HR Professionals is this event designed for ?

  • HR director or manager
  • Graduate recruitment or development manager
  • Graduate programme manager
  • Leadership or talent manager
  • Employer brand manager
  • Head of recruitment & resourcing
  • Head of training and development


Saville-Consulting-a-Towers-Watson-Company GTI Recruiting logo
Saville Consulting is a specialist assessment company helping organisations identify, develop and manage their talent.
Our graduate solutions are used by major graduate and apprentice recruiters to streamline recruitment whilst selecting candidates with the greatest potential and best fit for their organisation.
How we help:

  • Attract – Strengthen your employee value proposition with impactful branding, engaging content and short, reliable tests for a positive candidate experience.
  • Recruit – Identify top graduate talent with assessments that reduce costs and time to hire by empowering recruiters with reliable data.
  • Retain – Enable faster onboarding and better career progression by using assessment data beyond the hiring decision.

Our assessments are compatible with all major applicant tracking systems for seamless integration and are available in multiple languages.

Since 1999 GTI Recruiting Solutions has been supplying bespoke outsourced graduate recruitment solutions and applicant tracking systems for organisations around the world.

If you want us to manage your full end-to-end graduate recruitment process, we’ve got the skills, the reach and the experience to do that. Easily. Or if you want us to look after key elements of the graduate recruitment process that complement your existing activities – such as marketing, screening and interviews – we can do that too. And it doesn’t matter whether you’re looking for one graduate or 200. Or whether you want those graduates to be from the UK, China or any other place in the world. We can do it. No one has graduate recruitment channels even remotely as good as ours. Being part of the world’s largest graduate media company, Group GTI, is a huge advantage.

TalentQ logo
At Talent Q, we design and deliver innovative online psychometric assessments, training and consultancy, to help organisations make better, more informed decisions about their people.We believe we have a refreshingly different approach to working with clients – open, committed and passionate – and whilst we have a strong technical and psychometric pedigree, we’re pragmatic and practical in our solutions.

We are now part of Hay Group, the global management consultancy firm, and with offices in over 50 countries, assessments in over 40 languages and a global network of partners, we’re able to deliver talent management solutions to clients a cross the world.

Graduate recruitment is our business. Set up in 2000, GradWeb is the UK’s leading graduate recruitment outsourcing and technology specialist.

We manage campaigns and solutions for many of the largest graduate recruiters in the UK, the US, the Middle East and Europe, most of whom depend on our cutting-edge recruitment systems

Information for potential sponsors

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 here or email or call Sales at sales@symposium-events.co.uk or 020 7231 5100.

Hayley GriffinDear Graduate Recruitment Professional,

The graduate recruitment conference is one of my favorites of the year with some really fantastic case studies.

This year we have partnered with Saville consulting to produce a short survey on graduate trends. The results will be shared at the conference. Please take 5 minutes and fill-in the survey.

Thank you

Hayley Griffin
Conference Producer


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Professionals like you have found this event useful.

Here is what they say:

“This is an excellent conference and I’ll recommend to colleagues.”
Recruitment and Reward Adviser, Sheffield Hallam University

“The diversity of topics made the day engaging, interesting and appropriate for the different people in the room.”
Graduate Programme Manager, Capgemini

“Very informative and engaging. Enjoyed leaning new facts and industry insights.”
L&D Manager, Centrica

“Good mix of speakers / topics. Very Informative. Thank you!”

Corporate Training Advisor, Bucks County Council

Event sponsors





savings-300x313Meet with the conference sponsors and save up to £200 on the full £399 conference price!

At the Graduate Recruitment Conference you will have the opportunity to meet with the sponsors to discuss your graduate needs.

For each meeting you attend, we will refund you £50 this means that you could end up saving up to £200. You can select the sponsors during the booking process.*

*Meetings not attended will not be refunded.

Companies who attended in 2014 included:

3i, AB Mauri, Aberdeen Asset Management PLC, Accenture, AHUA, Amazon, Aviva UK, BAE Systems, Barclays, Barratt Developments PLC, Barry Callebaut AG, BG Group, BP, BSkyB, Bucks County Council, Burberry, Cancer Research UK, Capgemini UK PLC, Catlin Group Limited, CEB| SHL Talent Measurement, Centrica, Circle Housing, Civil Service, Commerzbank AG, Cranfield University, De Lage Landen Leasing Ltd, Deloitte, Deutsche Bank, DHL, Dyson , EDHEC BUSINESS SCHOOL,EMC, Ernst & Young LLP, FactSet, First Great Western, Gate Gourmet Ltd, Gearbulk (UK) Ltd, Graduate Promotions, GradWeb, GTI Recruiting Solutions, Hill Dickinson Solicitors, HR Review, Hutchison 3G UK Ltd, Jaguar Land Rover, James Fisher and Sons, Jefferies, Kantar Media, KPMG, M & G Investments, Malcolm Hollis LLP, Manheim, McCurrach UK Ltd, Mercedes AMG HPP, Merlin Entertainments, Met Office, Millbrook Proving Ground Ltd, Morgan Stanley, Nestlé, Ofcom, Otis, Radisson Blu Edwardian London, Renishaw plc, Rider Levett Bucknall, RM Education, Sainsbury’s, Sheffield Hallam University, Shoosmiths, Siemens, Specsavers, Swansway Garages Limited, Tesco Stores Limited, Thales UK, UK Power Networks, Unilever, University of Cambridge, University of Derby, Vmware, Wagamama, WSP Group, Yazaki Europe Limited, ZenithOptimedia




Coffee and registration


Chair’s opening remarks

Gordon Chesterman, Director of Careers, University of Cambridge

Developing a more strategic approach to graduate and school-leaver recruitment

  • Creating richer diversity and broadening the talent pool
  • Setting selection criteria’s aligned to the role
  • Values and strengths based recruitment
  • Selection and assessment as the market improves
Carole Donaldson, Manager, Resourcing, John Lewis Partnership

Identifying quality and managing quantity…

  • Identifying quality hires

    – What are recruiters looking for?

    – What are the drivers for graduate effectiveness?

  • Managing a large quantity of applicants

    – How can we drive self- selection based on organisational culture fit?

    – How can we enhance the candidate experience for successful and unsuccessful applicants?

Chris Small, International Managing Director, Saville Consulting

Questions and discussion with speakers


Refreshments and networking


Innovation in recruitment marketing and process

  • Engaging graduates through technology
  • Ensuring your campaign stands out
  • Ensuring activities are aligned to the role and organisational culture
Christina Kerr, Head of Campus Front Office Recruitment, Barclays

Why now is the time: Harnessing technology to take graduates on an emotionally intelligent journey from study to the world of work

  • Identifying graduates with the potential for soft skills
  • Ensuring you maximise their potential
  • Development using technology to embed and develop strong emotional and social skills
  • Motivating graduates to take ownership of their own development
Lucy Beaumont, Solutions Director, Talent Q and Melody Moore, Management Consultant, Hay Group

Innovative campaigns to attract a specific audience

  • Changing impressions and your EVP
  • Improving the candidate experience through innovative communication methods
  • Measuring campaign performance
Belina Mann, Former Executive Director – EMEA Head of Graduate Recruitment and Sarah Rozario, EMEA Employer Brand, J.P. Morgan

Engaging graduates from recruitment to leadership positions

  • Engaging the graduate population through open evenings
  • Monitoring engagement and setting success criteria’s
  • Using coaching and development plans to engage with senior group
  • Partnering with business partners and resourcing teams
James Hotham, Learning and Development Advisor, Cancer Research UK

Questions and discussion with speakers


Questions and discussion with speakers


Lunch and networking


Knowledge share networking session


Managing international careers

  • Supporting rotations and setting up a global infrastructure
  • Developing international talent
  • Considering cultural nuances
  • Examining the organisational benefits of international careers
Andrew Nelson, Global Graduate Programmes Manager, InterContinental Hotels Group PLC

Creating a fair recruitment process

  • Avoiding unconscious bias
  • Making sure recruitment underpins your company values
Liane Rainbow, EMEA Tech Campus Recruitment Lead and Jane Murphy, University Programs Manager, EMEA, Google


Building a global employer brand

  • Successful strategies for attracting candidates and reiterating brand and values
  • Standing out in an increasing competitive market
  • Recruiting from international universities
Tapuwa Mtutu, Campus Hiring Lead, EMEA, EMC

Attracting and inspiring people through social media

  • Making the most of technology
  • Bringing social media to life
Neil Armstrong, Talent Manager – Talent Programmes, Boots

Questions and discussion with speakers


Refreshments and networking


Road map to ROI: the business case for future talent

  • Laying firm commercial foundations for Future Talent Programmes
  • Practical guidance for estimating ROI
  • ROI and Future Talent programmes – some real world examples
Sophie Meaney, Strategic Development Director, GradWeb

Increasing the diversity of your intake for STEM careers

  • Early engagement with schools
  • Attracting different genders and socio-economic backgrounds
  • What to monitor and what to do with the info you collect
  • Implementing a mentoring system
Anna Fullerton-Batten, Staffing Director and Diversity and Inclusion Lead, Microsoft

Questions and discussion with speakers


Chair’s closing remarks and end of conference


Expert speakers at this event


Gordon Chesterman, Director of Careers, University of Cambridge

Gordon Chesterman began his career in personnel, training and recruitment as a graduate trainee for a multinational company, and in 1983 he joined a major firm of chartered accountants as their graduate recruitment manager. After a period with a small publishing company in Cambridge and running his own training business, he joined the Careers Service in 1995 and was appointed Director in 2002.

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Christina Kerr, Head of Campus Front Office Recruitment, Barclays

Christina Kerr currently leads front office campus recruitment across the EMEA region for Barclays. She is also responsible for Global University Relations and Student Marketing. Christina has sixteen years experience in student recruitment and has also worked in higher education as Associate Director of Careers Services, Cambridge Judge Business School. She has a strong interest in diversity recruitment and assessment design. Christina graduated in law from the University of Kent at Canterbury and holds a Masters in Management from LSE.

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Neil Armstrong, Talent Manager – Talent Programmes, Boots

Neil has almost 10 years of recruitment experience across a range of industries and skill sectors, and joined Boots in 2011 as a Recruitment and Talent Manager. In early 2013 he stepped into the Early Careers space by owning and shaping the recruitment strategy for all entry level Talent Programmes across Boots UK and Ireland. In a growing area of the business Neil has led the design and delivery of marketing Boots to an inquisitive audience, utilising the best channels to engage and inspire a new generation of Talent. The work Neil has done in the social media space has been recognised with multiple nominations for industry awards and he continues to drive the business forwards in an increasingly competitive space.

Neil is passionate about youth unemployment and works with the local community to support skills development to help young people enter work with the necessary employability skills.

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James Hotham, Learning and Development Advisor, Cancer Research UK

James has broad experience working in L&D, OD, and recruitment across a range of sectors, starting his career in Asia in the airline industry. He began working in the not-for-profit sector in 2011, working on visual training programmes for a Human Rights organisation in India. In 2013 James joined the learning and development team at Cancer Research UK, overseeing the graduate trainee scheme and early career talent management programmes. ​Working closely with the teams around him, James is responsible for ensuring a stream of fresh talent is developed to support Cancer Research UK’s ambition of seeing the day when 3 in 4 people survive cancer.

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Tapuwa Mtutu, Campus Hiring Lead, EMEA, EMC

Tapuwa Mtutu (also known as Taps) is Campus Hiring Lead, EMEA at EMC. She joined EMC two years ago in a new function to head up graduate recruitment in EMEA. The role includes launching EMC’s brand at target universities and bringing new graduate programs and internships into the region.

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Liane Rainbow, EMEA Tech Campus Recruitment Lead, Google

Liane Rainbow (nee Davison) joined Google in Spring 2010. Her role includes leading the teams responsible for technical student recruitment, programs and university outreach across the EMEA region.

Liane has worked in recruitment for over a decade, including more than eight years in graduate recruiting. Before joining Google UK Liane worked with Morgan Stanley’s Infrastructure Student Recruitment Team in both London and Budapest. Prior to that, she worked with CPL Ireland at Microsoft’s European headquarters in Dublin after a successful agency-side career.

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Sophie Meaney, Strategic Development Director, GradWeb

Sophie Meaney (née Best) has more than 15 years’ experience in international talent acquisition and management roles for organisations such as EY and most recently Towers Watson. As Director of Talent Acquisition for Towers Watson she was responsible for leading a team of 22 people based across 14 countries. Sophie has expertise in Talent Acquisition Strategy, Function Transformation and a passion for leading and developing teams.  In her current role as Director of Strategic Development, Sophie ensures that GradWeb continues to deliver innovative solutions to meet the evolving needs of employers who recruit entry level and experienced talent.


Melody Moore, Management Consultant, Hay Group

Melody combines her psychological expertise and management experience to help clients become high performing organisations. She helps them get the best from their staff, resulting in a happier, more motivated and productive workforce.

Melody has worked with a wide variety of clients in the public and private sector, projects include:

  • High potential assessments for a global pharmaceutical company
  • Design of induction and behavioural development workshops for a number of global banks
  • Leadership development programmes for a global telecommunications client
  • Coaching a range of managers in the public and private sector
  • Team development workshops for a range of teams across the public and private sector
  • Executive assessments and development profiling for a range of NHS organisations
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Andrew Nelson, Global Graduate Programmes Manager, InterContinental Hotels Group PLC

Andrew Nelson and recently been appointed the global lead for the five regional graduate programmes at IHG. He considers himself a graduate specialist and first had exposure to graduate recruitment and development in 2001. He started his career at RBS recruiting and developing finance graduates and also supported the central graduate team with the overall campaign management. From there he spent time as a graduate recruitment manager at EY and has led the graduate programmes at Thames Water and now at IHG. Andrew also spent two and half years as a Careers & Employability Manager at the University of Law. He found this an invaluable experience and it really helped him understand the importance of candidate experience and what Careers teams do to support the employability of their students.


Carole Donaldson, Manager, Resourcing, John Lewis Partnership

Carole Donaldson is the Manager Resourcing Strategy, Planning and Development – Partnership Services, Business Services Centre of the John Lewis Partnership. She is currently managing the strategy, planning and development team as part of the newly centralised Resourcing Service Centre. The service delivers the resourcing for the John Lewis Partnership, recruiting 20,000 plus Partners per year.

Previous roles have included Recruitment Manager for John Lewis, Policy and Personnel Systems Manager and Branch Personnel Manager.

Current projects include ATS system enhancements, development of further bespoke screening tools and attraction strategies to support the Partnership’s business aims and ambitions

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Belina Mann, Executive Director – EMEA Head of Graduate Recruitment, J.P. Morgan

Belina Mann currently looks after EMEA Graduate Recruitment across Front Office and Infrastructure hiring approximately 1000 interns and graduates each year. Belina joined JP Morgan in 2000 as a graduate during which time she did rotations in both Operations and Technology. She joined HR in 2005 a Graduate Program Manager and now is the Head of EMEA Graduate Recruitment.

Belina has a 1st class BSc in Communications and Social Sciences from Loughborough University. She is also a professional radio presenter and voiceover artist.

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Anna Fullerton-Batten, Staffing Director and Diversity and Inclusion Lead, Microsoft

Anna Fullerton-Batten has 15 years recruiting experience in Global companies managing teams delivering across EMEA at IBM, Ericsson, Amazon and most recently Microsoft where she is a Staffing Director and their Diversity and Inclusion Lead. She has a business degree and a Masters in IT having originally worked as a wireless software engineer before moving into recruitment. Anna’s role at Microsoft combines market leading talent acquisition strategy with innovative diversity and inclusion policy and best practice. Anna takes part in many groups and events where women are represented and is one of the founders of the Microsoft T Party group leads consists of over 800 women at Director and VP level across 130 companies who meet both in reality and virtually to discuss key challenges. Anna was recently invited to be part of the recent follow up parliamentary inquiry to the Lord Davies report into women in executive boards and enabling the female pipeline.’ She was also a judge for National Diversity Awards.

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Chris Small, International Managing Director, Saville Consulting

Chris manages Saville Consulting’s international business, with responsibility for overseas clients, a network of 55 international partners and overseas development. He frequently delivers talent programmes and speaks at talent events in countries including Russia, India, China, Brazil and the US.

A Chartered Psychologist with a strong consulting background, he has delivered talent assessment and graduate assessment solutions for many multinational companies including Jaguar Land Rover, Nestlé, PwC and Verizon. He is a fan of utilising high technology solutions to streamline recruitment efficiency within many of his projects and works closely with clients to understand and incorporate their cultural fit into assessment processes.

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Lucy Beaumont, Solutions Director, Talent Q

Lucy is responsible for supporting partners to grow and develop their business, with a focus on creating and delivering solution based training.

Prior to her role in the International team, Lucy worked as a Senior Research and Development Consultant at Talent Q where she was heavily involved with delivering client solutions including customised projects. This included mapping client competencies to Talent Q assessments, client validations to identify what predicts success within different populations and group analysis projects to understand the profiles of groups and where training and development might be best deployed. Lucy worked closely with UK and International clients including Phones4U, Royal Bank of Scotland, STA Travel and Carlsberg.


Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Conference DocumentationCan’t Attend?  Buy the Presentations

You can purchase the event documentation, including the presentations, in a pdf format.  Please use the link HERE (attendees receive a copy of the presentations).

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Graduate Recruitment Forum 2015 - Standard Rate
NB. Rate for in-house HR professionals only. Suppliers please call Tony Okbani 020 7231 5100.
£ 399.00
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Discounted rate for registered charities.
£ 349.00


Thursday, 26 February 2015
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