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Innovation in Recruitment Summit 2015

Thursday, 24 September 2015 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

£349.00 – £399.00
Innovation in Recruitment Conference

Innovation in Recruitment 2015

September 24 @ 9:30 am- 5:00 pm

The Kensington Close Hotel, London

Innovation in Recruitment

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SummaryWhat You'll LearnWho's it ForSponsorsA Message from the Producer

8th Annual EventThis conference will help you improve your recruitment strategy…


Recruiting the right people for your organisation is getting harder.

For the first time since the recession the number of advertised jobs has overtaken the number of job seekers. This puts the candidate in a much stronger position, being able to pick, choose and demand what they want. To add to this, the UK is suffering from a skills gap with more than half of British businesses saying young people do not have the right skills for the job when they leave school.

All of this makes for a much more competitive market.

This conference will take an in-depth look at the latest innovations in recruitment, helping you to stand out from competition in a tough market and find the right skills for hard-to-fill roles faster.


  • Innovation in Recruitment ConferenceThe event will give you the tools to develop cost-effective solutions that support your business agenda.
  • This conference will help you streamline recruitment strategies and improve your candidate experience.



This event will help you…


  • Hear case studies from top brands who have innovated; learn what makes them stand out and achieve success
  • Develop an innovative approach to traditional recruitment methods
  • Fill your hard-to-fill positions and skilled roles faster
  • Revamp your sourcing strategy and create innovative recruitment advertising strategies
  • Make your brand stand out amongst the competition for talent
  • Build virtual online communities to improve talent pooling
  • Embed the latest technological solutions including: Gamification, video, mobile, data analytics and advances in social media
  • Reach the global workforce 

This event is for you, if you are a:


  • Senior in-house recruitment professional
  • HR Director or Head of HR
  • Talent Manager




Kaar Technologies logo

AIA Worldwide is the EMEA headquarters of TMP Worldwide, the global, technology-enabled recruitment communications agency that leverages software, advertising and creativity to develop and deploy our clients’ employer brands across digital, social and mobile outlets.

The products and services we offer cover all areas of the recruitment advertising market, from an initial idea through to final delivery.

This starts with employer brand research and development; continues with creative strategy and development; media strategy, including planning, buying and placement across multiple media; digital development, including career sites, mobile, video, and social; and then extends to metrics, measurement and training.





Kaar Technologies is a global SAP Consulting company focused at designing, developing, deploying and supporting solutions in the Social Mobility, Analytics and Cloud domains thus enabling businesses to undertake digital transformation to remain competitive. We deliver projects using AGIE methodology which translates to faster return on investment.

Our Offerings:

  • Provide workforce with the State of the Art enablement
  • Empowering HR managers through Social Recruitment
  • World class Hire to Retire Solutions
  • Comprehensive Onboarding Solutions
  • Custom Mobility Solutions to suit your HR Ecosystem




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 GriffinIt’s increasingly important for in-house recruiters to think more innovatively and develop new approaches, beyond LinkedIn, to  attract candidates.  We are entering a new, candidate driven, markets and need to tailor recruitment approaches to match the audience.

This conference will help you keep up to date with the latest developments in recruitment, which is especially important now the ‘war for talent’ is heating up again!

Hayley Griffin
Conference Producer

Including speakers from:

Atkins Logo Carillion Logo Discovery Logo Direct Line Logo
Penguin Logo Skyscanner Logo REC Logo Vodaphone Logo
King.com logo AIA_logo  Amazon Logo


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Plan ahead and catch the early bird discount of 50%!

Early Bird Discount


Hurry – limited time offer!  Ends 29th May

Discount added automatically when booking online or mention ‘Early Bird’ when making phone bookings.


Book below or call 020 7231 5100Book online at the end of this page or call the customer hotline on 020 7231 5100
Alternatively, join our mailing list for event updates and special offers.

Professionals like you have found this event useful.


Here is what they say:

“Very formative and expertise was demonstrated. Found the conference to be very motivating.”
Team Leader, Aecom


“Speakers all very interesting”
HR Recruitment Leader, KBR(UK) Ltd


“Very good conference, inspirational!”
Global expertise lead, Accenture

“Excellent presentations from companies leading in innovation of recruitment”
Recruitment Officer, Prudential


“Speakers gave good innovative approaches and concise information”
Resourcing manager, London Borough of Sutton and Merton

Book below or call 020 7231 5100Book online at the end of this page or call the customer hotline on 020 7231 5100
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Programme for Innovation in Recruitment 2015:


09:00 Coffee and registration

Chair’s opening remarks

Jason Gowlett, Head of HR Operations, Direct Line Group

Building a best in class recruitment process

  • Is candidate experience really that important?
  • Understanding employer branding
  • Is your supply chain world class?
  • Embedding the good recruitment campaign
Steve Othen, Head of Strategic Projects, REC

Pro-active and innovative sourcing

  • Innovative ways to attract in a new market
  • Key challenge attracting and retaining the right people
  • Engaging early with candidates
  • Creating a steady supply of candidates
Rob Ryan, Recruitment Manager, Discovery Communications

Questions and discussion with speakers

10:50 Refreshments and networking

Feeding the unicorn….Attracting candidates where there are skills shortages

  • Making hard to fill positions more attractive
  • The role of senior leaders in widening the network
  • Ensuring recruitment is a strategic partner to the business
  • Growing your own skills
David Hunter, Manager, Talent Acquisition EMEA & US, Skyscanner

How tech can power your recruitment marketing strategy

Steven Ehrlich, VP Client Development, AIA Worldwide

Questions and discussion with speakers

12:30 Lunch and networking

Knowledge share networking session

Round table discussions with your peers to share solutions to your key recruitment challenges


Workforce planning and talent pooling

  • Raising the brand of your organisation
  • Creating skill specific talent pools
  • Embedding diversity into processes
  • Utilising networks to increase pipeline
Jon Hull, Group Head of Resourcing, Carillion

Developing, activating and embedding a strong employer brand

The presentation follows the journey taken by Atkins over 2 years from deciding they needed an employer brand, through devising one, launching it and embedding it within the business.

  • Why do you need an employer brand?
  • How do you define an employer brand?
  • How do you activate an employer brand?
  • How do you embed an employer brand?
Chris Marsh, Director of Resourcing, Atkins

Practical tips to using social media for recruitment


  • Social media; reaching beyond LinkedIn
  • Managing social across platforms
  • Development and innovations in social media
  • Managing content
  • Practical tips to using social media for recruitment
Ellie Pike, Resourcing Manager, Penguin Random House



Game Jam; creating a buzz around your brand

  • Hosting creative events to showcase external talent
  • Building recruitment’s credibility internally
  • Revamping the brand amongst potential candidates
  • Successes and changes for next time
  • Impact on recruitment
Gary Manning, Senior Recruiter, King Digital Entertainment

Questions and discussion with speakers


Questions and discussion with speakers

15:15 Refreshments and networking

Attracting, developing and caring for our female talent

  • Tailoring your recruitment marketing, one size doesn’t fit all
  • Developing a collaborative process
  • Attracting more female talent into technology
  • Retaining talent
Adam Sunman, Employer Branding and Social Media Lead,  and Karina Govindji, Group Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Vodafone

Recruitment metrics and analytics

  • Using the right data for the most reliable picture
  • Supporting better decision making
  • Predicting future trends and strategies
  • Using metrics to understand opportunities and improve efficiency
Jane Davey, Manager – Talent Acquisition, UK Consumer, Amazon

Questions and discussion with speakers


Chair’s closing remarks and end of conference


Expert speakers at this event:


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Jason Gowlett, Head of HR Operations, Direct Line Group

Conference chairman, Jason, heads Direct Line Group’s HR Operations team, leading the delivery of the company’s HR operational requirements including Payroll, Recruitment, Learning, HR Administration, Supplier Management, HR Systems, HR Change  and Risk Management. Jason began his career at RBS Group in 1986 and held roles that included setting up and leading a lending centre and leading call centre operations, before moving into Human Resources 9 years ago. He moved to Direct Line Group in 2011, where as Head of Resourcing he successfully led the separation of the Recruitment function during Direct Line Group’s separation from RBS Group. In 2013, he took up his current role as Head of HR Operations. In 2014, Jason’s team won the OnRec award for Best Use of Mobile and Best Outdoor Campaign at the CIPD Recruitment Marketing Awards. And in 2015, they were named Payroll Team of the Year at the Ceridian Customer Awards and won the RAD (Recruitment Advertising Design) award for Outdoor, Events and Experiential and the OnRec award for Creative Offline Marketing.

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Steven Ehrlich, VP Client Development, AIA Worldwide

AIA Worldwide’s Steven Ehrlich is a fizzing, over-caffeinated whirlwind. That’s not a bad thing. Just spend just five minutes in his company and you’ll catch a dose of his infectious enthusiasm for all things digital. Splitting his time between London and New York, Steve works closely with agency teams around the world to explore, develop and implement strategic initiatives, leveraging social media, new technology and innovative employer brand delivery channels.

Steve has been a complete ‘tech geek’ for more than 20 years. An early adopter of everything from the Apple Newton, digital photography and the CD, to Twitter, Satellite Radio and the iPhone, he has used emerging tools and technologies to enhance brand articulation and recruitment for numerous organisations, including Areva, Boeing, Deloitte, Disney, Mondelez, P&G, and Walmart. 

If you want to connect with Steve before, during, or after the event, you can find him @99GR81 on both Twitter and Instagram and, of course, on LinkedIn. 

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Steve Othen, Head of Strategic Projects, Recruitment & Employment Confederation

After a brief spell as a Permanent Consultant for a high street recruitment agency, Steve joined The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) in September 2004. Over the last decade, Steve has held various roles across the business including Corporate Membership Manager, Organisational Change Manager, Head of Service Delivery  and Acting Director of Member Delivery. Steve assumed his current position of Head of Strategic Projects in July 2013 and manages, among other projects, the Good Recruitment Campaign.

Steve is a Fellow of the Institute of Recruitment Professionals, has completed the Diploma in Recruitment Practice, and is now studying the CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management.

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Rob Ryan, Recruitment Manager, Discovery Communications

Rob has been in recruitment for 8 years. He Joined Tesco Mobile in 2010 to  manage all retail stores recruitment and progressed to Head of Resourcing, responsible for all recruitment strategy for Retail, Tesco Mobile Joint Venture, Telesales and Customer Care.

After Leaving Tesco Rob moved to the world of Media where he manages a team of recruiters to deliver for Discovery Networks International. His team sits throughout Europe to search out top talent to across all our hubs globally.

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Ellie Pike, Resourcing Manager, Penguin Random House

Ellie Pike started her career agency-side before moving in-house after two and a half years at a small firm. Ellie is now Resourcing Manager at Penguin Random House UK, a role she took on following the merger in 2013 and has been with the business since 2009. Overseeing resourcing across the business, Ellie works to ensure that the business is attracting candidates to roles across its entirety, using a variety of recruitment methods, marketing and data to ensure a diverse range of talent is being brought into the company. Ellie is also passionate about diversity and has been involved in a number of initiatives with inclusivity and diversity at their heart.

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Jon Hull, Group Head of Resourcing, Carillion

Jon Hull has over 20 years in the recruitment industry across agency , RPO and in-house roles including globally focussed roles and a variety of industries including investment banking, professional services, distribution and business services.

Currently, Group Head of Resourcing at construction and services giant Carillion. He is passionate about improving diversity and the development of the in-house function into an insight led, data driven function that transforms how companies look at talent.

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Chris Marsh, Director of Resourcing, Atkins

Chris Marsh is Director of Resourcing for Atkins one of the World’s leading design, engineering and project management consultancies.  In this role he oversees Atkins global recruitment activity covering a wide range of engineering and related disciplines. In the last 12 months they have hired over 4000 new staff to support business growth bringing both the breadth and depth of expertise to enable Atkins to respond to the most technically challenging and time critical infrastructure projects. Chris was voted “in house recruitment leader of the year” in 2014 at the Recruiter awards and named as one of the 11 most influential in house recruiters by recruiter magazine.

Chris has previously undertaken a wide variety of senior HR roles with Atkins, ICI and Shell

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Gary Manning, Senior Recruiter, King.com

Gary has worked in recruitment since 1996 starting in agencies before moving to RPO and then in house. Industry experience includes IT, telco, banking and gaming. He has worked for King since 2013 during a period of significant growth (King created Candy Crush Saga, Farms Heroes, Pet Rescue and other top 10 grossing mobile games). Gary looks after hiring for the corporate functions globally but also manages lots of projects which help with process improvement and future innovation with the team. He’s passionate about creating a great experience for the business and the candidates who come into contact with King.

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David Hunter, Manager, Talent Acquisition EMEA & US, Skyscanner

David is an experienced recruitment professional having worked across consultancy, RPO and In-house with companies like Hudson, Alexander Mann, Heineken and Atos over the last 18 years.

David joined Skyscanner in late 2012 to build a team and a global recruitment strategy. At that time the company had 1 recruiter. Role forward nearly 3 years and with a global team of 14 delivering 300 hires across 9 global offices Skyscanner has really taken off, literally.

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Adam Sunman, Employer Branding and Social Media Lead, Vodafone

Adam studied History and International relations, so naturally started out as a recruiter with an interest in digital, before becoming an employer brand specialist. His experience falls heavily in the tech sector, with a stint in FMCG. He’s interested in how businesses use social to empower their people and customers. He’s currently working at Vodafone, where he’s the employer brand lead, responsible for the employer brand in 26 markets.

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Karina Govindji, Group Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Vodafone

Karina is Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Vodafone. Prior to this she spent 9 and a half years at Gallup as a managing consultant, working with senior executive teams in FTSE 250 companies, influencing them to better understand how to leverage the engagement of their people and customers.

Prior to Gallup, Karina spent seven years with the Kingfisher group, specialising in Organisational development. As a winner of the ‘Asian Woman of Achievement in Business’ award 2014, Karina has a passion for driving the diversity agenda and has researched and written articles on how diversity is the key to unlocking organisational performance and engagement.

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Jane Davey, Manager – Talent Acquisition, UK Consumer, Amazon

Jane manages retail and general corporate hiring for Amazon’s UK consumer business, having joined as senior recruiter in 2011. Prior to this, Jane worked as a resourcing business partner at online supermarket Ocado, initially for the technology group and later taking responsibility for other head office hiring, including their graduate scheme. Before moving in-house, Jane was a senior manager at professional staffing firm Badenoch & Clark, specialising in legal recruiting. Jane graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1995 and completed the CIPD’s Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management in 2012.




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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).

Book below or call 020 7231 5100Book online at the end of this page or call the customer hotline on 020 7231 5100
Alternatively, join our mailing list for event updates and special offers.

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Discount added automatically when booking online or mention ‘Early Bird’ when making phone bookings.



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