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Thursday 9th June 2011 – CCT Venues – Canary Wharf, London

Unravel some of the most demanding challenges you face when managing a global workforce



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Unravel some of the most demanding challenges you face when managing a global workforce. You will hear a wealth of best practice case studies on international assignment management from a range of multinational organisations. This event has been specially designed to assist in-house HR professionals responsible for the management and administration of expatriate’s and international employees.

Confirmed Speakers Include:

  • Institute of Employment Studies – Peter Reilly, Director, HR Research & Consultancy
  • Atos Origin – Caroline Thorley-Farrer, Global Mobility Director
  • Sarah Buttler Associates – Sarah Buttler, Founder
  • Pro-Link GLOBAL – Andrea Elliott, Senior Counsel ( Foreign)
  • Oxfam – Marianne Walker, International Reward Adviser
  • Oxfam – Catherine McMenamin, Global Reward Project Manager
  • BT – Ellen Shipley, Head of International Mobility Services and Global Immigration
  • RSM Tenon – Lee Hamilton, Associate Director, International Assignment & Expatriate Tax Services
  • Imperial Tobacco – Bola Ogun, Group International Reward Manager
  • University of Bedfordshire – Stephen J Perkins, Professor of Strategy and HRM, Director, Business & Management Research Institute
  • KPMG – Sue Robinson, Director, People Services Tax practice

Benefits of Attending:

  • Understand the new global context in the aftermath of the Recession
  • Examine the day to day challenges faced by International HR professionals
  • Effectively measure the ROI of your assignment
  • Develop international leaders and talent management strategies
  • Raise cultural awareness and avoiding culture shock
  • Maximise the business benefits of investing in family support
  • Increasing value from your suppliers and establishing effective vendor relationship management
  • Examining employment legislation governing the expat

Who should attend?

Directors, Heads and Managers of:

  • International HR Practitioners
  • Group Heads of HR
  • Global/ International Mobility Directors and Managers
  • Compensation and Benefits Directors
  • International Reward Directors
  • Expatriate Managers
  • Tax Experts
  • Global Pensions Directors
  • Heads and Directors of Colleague Relations / Employee Relations
  • Heads and Directors of International Assignments
  • Heads and Directors of Relocations


09.00 – 09.30 Coffee and Registration
09.30 – 09.40 Introduction and Opening Address by Conference Chair

Stephen J Perkins, Professor of Strategy and HRM, Director, Business & Management Research Institute, University of Bedfordshire

09.40– 10.10 Linking Cross Border Assignments with Talent Programmes
  • Sourcing the right talent for international programmes
  • Building an international brand
  • Coaching and mentoring while on assignment
  • Managing expectations
  • Preparing for your assignees next assignment

Peter Reilly, Director, HR Research & Consultancy, Institute of Employment Studies

10.10 – 10.40 Matching Global Mobility Policies with Business Needs
  • Ensuring there is a real need for your international assignment
  • Develop a budget driven policy
  • Measuring business benefits vs. cost
  • Effective communications between department: Ensuring every bodies reading from the same sheet
  • Make most for expat using local knowledge and resources – even if cut down on policies
  • Managing business expectations of the stakeholders and time pressures in achieving a successful expatriate move

Caroline Thorley-Farrer, Global Mobility Director, Atos Origin

10.40 – 10.55 Questions and Discussion with Speakers
10.55 – 11.25 Coffee and Networking
11:25 – 12:05 Global Understanding of Tax Compliance
  • Examining global tax compliance
  • UK tax residency rules
  • Examining new case laws

Ellen Shipley, Head of International Mobility Services and Global Immigration, BT and Sue Robinson, Director, People Services Tax practice, KPMG

STREAM A – UK Immigration STREAM B – Non-EU Immigration
12.05 – 12.55 Understanding UK Immigration rules
  • Review of the points based system
  • Intercompany transfers

Sarah Buttler, Founder, Sarah Buttler Associates

12.05 – 12:55 Global Immigration Compliance: Moving Employees Outside of the EU
  • Advance planning – what to watch out for
  • Red Flags – common misunderstandings
  • Case Studies

Andrea Elliott, Senior Counsel ( Foreign), Pro-Link GLOBAL

12.55 – 13.55 Lunch and Networking
13.55 – 14.35 Knowledge Share and Networking Session

Split into round table groups and discuss your key concerns with your peers:

  • Vendor management
  • Challenges when moving to new locations
  • Planning your assignees next steps
14.35 – 15.10 International Reward – Navigating the Challenges in 2011
  • Dealing with negative COLA
  • Payment of benefits
  • Applications of home v host compensation methodologies

Bola Ogun, Group International Reward Manager, Imperial Tobacco

15.10 – 15.30 Coffee and Networking
15.30 – 16:00 Managing Localization
  • Considering your host countries employment law and culture
  • Finding the right balance between UK and local policies and culture
  • Helping your employees feel linked to both home and host county
  • Managing inductions and recruitment in host country

Lee Hamilton, Associate Director, International Assignment & Expatriate Tax Services, RSM Tenon

16.00 – 16.30 Managing International Assignees during Crisis
  • Managing expats in dangerous locations
  • Scaling up very quickly and deployment in disaster zones
  • Review of expat packages
  • Dealing with skills gaps and growing talent
  • Reviewing exit strategies

Catherine McMenamin, Global Reward Project Manager and Marianne Walker, International Reward Adviser, Oxfam

16.30 – 16.40 Questions and Discussion with Speakers

16.40 Chair’s Closing Comments and Close of Conference

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Peter Reilly, Director, HR Research & Consultancy, Institute of Employment Studies

Peter Reilly the Director of Research and Consultancy at the Institute for Employment Studies. He joined IES in 1995 after a 16 year career with Shell where he held various HR posts in the UK and abroad including both generalist jobs (eg as Personnel Manager for Shell UK’s Information and Computing division) and specialist roles (eg in compensation and benefits, recruitment and career development, and industrial relations). At the Institute he leads its work on the HR function and significantly contributes to the Reward and Performance Management theme. He has given consultancy support to organisations on issues in this area and is a regular speaker and commentator.
He is graduate in history and politics from Cambridge.

Caroline Thorley-Farrer, Global Mobility Director, Atos Origin

Caroline Thorley-Farrer started her career in Mobility working for Arthur Andersen in Brussels, Belgium, specialising in expatriate tax. She then made the move into Mobility by joining Deloitte in London. Caroline then moved in-house with an assignment manager role at Atos Origin. She is now Global Mobility Director.

Ellen Shipley, Head of International Mobility Services and Global Immigration, BT

Ellen joined BT in August 2006 as Head of the Global Mobility Services Group in London, UK, and is responsible for the design and management of International Mobility policies and processes in BT. She is also responsible for vendor management, global immigration policies and processes, BT’s global travel policy and the graduate rotation/talent program.
Prior to joining BT, Ellen spent 5 years in the International Assignment Management field, and 8 years in Expatriate Tax.

Sarah Buttler, Founder, Sarah Buttler Associates

Prior to founding SBA in March 2008, Sarah was Director of Ernst & Young’s Global Business Immigration Services (“GBIS”) practice and headed the provision of technical services throughout the Europe, Middle East & Africa region and the business development proposition globally.

Sarah has nearly 18 years’ expertise in providing some of the world’s largest companies with business immigration advice, 12 years of which were spent with Ernst & Young.
In recent years, Sarah has been responsible for building and leading the provision of globally coordinated immigration services to multinational organisations. As these clients demand international excellence and corporate compliance in many jurisdictions around the world, much of Sarah’s time is spent liaising with her “best in class” specialist network to ensure the clients are effectively supported wherever the needs arise.

Sarah has a BA Hons in English and American Literature from the University of Kent at Canterbury (1992)

Andrea Elliott, Senior Counsel ( Foreign), Pro-Link GLOBAL

Andrea Elliott, was admitted to the Bar in 1986 in South Africa. She has practiced global immigration law in the USA since 1991, representing large, mid-size and small companies.
She specializes in International Immigration to and from any country in the world and Domestic Migration into Africa.

Began her U.S legal career as Counsel to HirsonWexlerPerl (now Fragomen) an immigration firm in Southern California, using her international legal experience and language skills
(English, Afrikaans, German, Dutch, French and Spanish).

She was appointed to position of Senior Foreign Supervising Attorney of the Global Visa Solutions division of HirsonWexlerPerl (which coordinated the outbound foreign work
permits and visas) in 2001 and Practice Leader in 2002.

After the merger of HWP with Fragomen, Andrea was recruited by Littler Mendelson Bacon & Dear (Littler Global) in 2004 as Director of Global Resources to build their Global Visa

She relocated to Florida in 2005, and founded Pro-Link GLOBAL, Inc.

Bola Ogun, Group International Reward Manager, Imperial Tobacco

Bola is the strategic management lead for a large and diverse global mobility programme. His role also encompasses int’l benefit, long and short-term incentive plans, and global pensions. He is a senior Reward practitioner with a demonstrable track record of success (over 16 years) in tough ‘in house’ Reward and iHR roles, across the Energy, IT and FMCG sectors. He has a broad range of both strategic and tactical operational experience in the areas of talent mobility, reward (compensation, benefits and equity base remuneration), and organisation effectiveness (design, development, governance and scrutiny).

Before joining Imperial in 2004 Bola was Head of Int’l Compensation & Benefits, EMC Corporation which included an 18 month assignment to Paris. Bola also successfully works at Non Exec Director level on boards in both the public and third sectors through a number of public appointments and voluntary involvements, in the fields of education, talent acquisition & development and governance.

Bola holds a Masters Degree in HR Management and a Degree in Business Administration.

Lee Hamilton, Associate Director, International Assignment & Expatriate Tax Services, RSM Tenon

Lee is an international assignment and expatriate tax specialist with over 13 year experience in this area. He recently joined RSM Tenon from PricewaterhouseCoopers where he worked for 11 years.

RSM Tenon is the 7th largest UK accountancy firm and part of the 6th largest international network, RSM International. Lee works as part of RSM Tenon’s International Assignment Services division.

Lee’s experience includes the co-ordination and delivery of UK and overseas tax advice for expatriate employees and their employers, managing international tax compliance, advising on the set-up and operation of payroll for expatriates and the provision of advice on all aspects of the international assignment process. At RSM Tenon, Lee plays a key role in the UK international assignment practice.

Catherine McMenamin, Global Reward Project Manager, Oxfam

Catherine works within the Oxfam GB Reward Centre of Expertise, leading key projects relating to reward policies and practices across local national and expatriate populations, as well as managing the reward harmonisation within Oxfam International’s Single Management Structure integration in 80 countries.

Prior to Oxfam, Catherine worked for 6 years with the global HR consultancy, ORC Worldwide (latterly part of Mercer), in an industry specialist team dedicated to the not for profit sector. This provided senior level exposure to international and local reward principals, policies and practices, reward benchmarking, expatriation management, talent management, and general human resources challenges faced by globally based clients with a need for multi country project and implementation support.

Having graduated from Trinity College, Dublin, with a BA Honours in History, Catherine first worked for Diageo Ireland as a Recruitment Specialist and HR Business Partner, before travelling extensively and undertaking a HR project role for the Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s global IT headquarters.

She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Marianne Walker, International Reward Adviser, Oxfam

Marianne works within the Oxfam GB Reward Centre of Expertise managing the annual Global Pay Review exercise and advising on policies and procedures as well as leading and supporting on a variety of key projects.

Prior to Oxfam, Marianne worked for The University of Oxford and supported the implementation of the National Framework Agreement aimed at ensuring fairness and equality in pay in the Higher Education sector.

Having graduated from The Queen’s College, Oxford, with a BA Honours in French and Spanish, Marianne first worked for Deloitte & Touche as an Auditor. She then worked for two years in The Queen’s private office at Buckingham Palace followed by a stint working for a charity called National Centre for Languages in London where she first developed her interest both in Human Resources as a career and a desire to continue working for the charity sector.

She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Stephen J Perkins, Professor of Strategy and HRM, Director, Business & Management Research Institute, University of Bedfordshire

Professor Stephen J. Perkins completed his postgraduate education at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford (Green Templeton College), where he received a DPHIL for a thesis exploring strategies for managing senior management practise under the rubric of Anglo-American corporate governance principles.

He is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Professor Perkins held a series of senior management posts in industry during privatization and internationalization initiatives. He spent a period as a management consultant, building an international profile, as an advisor to state owned and stock market listed companies.

Professor Perkins conducts research under the rubric of comparative and international organization and employment studies, with particular emphasis on the interplay of corporate governance, strategy and reward management.
With approaching 100 publications, his writing features in refereed academic journals including

  • Cross-cultural Management: An International Journal
  • Human Resource Management Journal
  • Journal of European Industrial Training
  • Journal of Management Studies
  • Organization Studies
  • Thunderbird International Business Review
  • Work Employment and Society

as well as in leading practitioner journals such as People Management (in the UK) and World at Work (USA).

Sue Robinson, Director, People Services Tax practice, KPMG

A Director for the past 6 years, Sue is currently part of KPMG’s Emerging Leaders Programme and is on the leadership track. She is a key lead on KPMG’s People Services Tax offering in the Partnership Sector, advising on all aspects of employee and Partner related issues.

Sue has UK responsibility for KPMG’s own employment tax consulting and compliance (including sign off authority for all statutory forms, such as P35, P11Ds etc); she has successfully defended the internal tax/NIC efficient lunch arrangements from Revenue challenge (the first such challenge to be successfully overcome).

Her external clients include FTSE 100 household names and Partnerships. Sue’s recent experience includes advising a large legal firm through a merger and benefits harmonisation process. This is a long term project where Sue has developed a deep understanding of the organisation and issues specific to the Partnership. She is particularly proud of her negotiation successes on behalf of clients in relation to numerous HMRC investigations/inspections (both UK PAYE/NIC and expatriate). Having been involved with KPMG’s own introduction of Flexible Benefits more than 10 years ago, she regularly advises, leads client implementations and drives initiatives around “Flex”, salary sacrifice and reward-related projects.



Barclays Wealth
Barclays Wealth International provides offshore banking and international banking services to personal clients. Dealing with many types of international clients on a daily basis means we know what matters and how to handle their financial needs. We specialise in meeting the international and cross-border personal banking and investment needs of affluent individuals, specifically:
• Foreign nationals coming to the UK to live and work
• Foreign nationals living and working overseas
• UK residents expatriating overseas to live and work
If you are moving abroad, Barclays Wealth International can help make the financial elements of relocating quick, easy and hassle-free.
Our international personal banking service requires a minimum deposit of £5,000 with us, or a gross salary of £24,000 (or currency equivalent). Our fee-free Relationship Manager Service is for clients who can place £100,000 or more with us, or who have a salary of £100,000 or more (or currency equivalent).
Barclays Wealth is the wealth management division of Barclays and operates through Barclays Bank PLC and its subsidiaries. Barclays Bank PLC is registered in England and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority in the United Kingdom.

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Media Partner:

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Re:Locate magazine is aimed at relocation specialists, HR professionals and essential support services. The publication’s experienced contributors write on a variety of topics that examine the whole industry, from private and public sectors to academic and professional reports and case studies to the latest innovations from leading-edge suppliers.

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 or 020 7231 5100.



CCT Venues – Canary Wharf
Isis Building – Thames Quay
193 Marsh Wall
E14 9SG London

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  2. Only one offer may be applied to a booking at any given time.
  3. All offers and discounts are cancelled if payment does not reach us by the due date as stated on the invoice.
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