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The 7th annual Graduate Recruitment and Development Conference will be an opportunity to share best practice strategies with industry leaders across the sectors. The forum is designed to offer HR and recruitment professionals, responsible for hiring and developing graduates and apprentices a chance to uncover both the strategic and practical elements of implementing a successful and innovative graduate programme, as well as giving you the tools and knowledge needed to attract the best talent into your company, and keep them engaged throughout the programme.

Please also take 5 minutes to complete our short online survey examining graduate challenges. The survey is being conducted in partnership with Saville Consulting and results will be shared at the conference.

Confirmed speakers

  • University of Cambridge – Gordon Chesterman, Director of Careers
  • BAE Systems – Ayesha Godigamuwe, Graduate Development Framework & Sigma Manager
  • Barratt Developments PLC – Suzie Flynn, Graduate & Future Talent Manager
  • Barclays – Anneke Parsons, Head of Employability – Internal Programmes
  • BSkyB – Amandeep Jaspal, Senior Future Talent Consultant
  • CEB – Senior Representative
  • Civil Service – Phil Wilson, Fast Stream Chief Assessor and Chief Psychologist
  • Gradweb – Ben Jackson, Commercial Director
  • Jaguar Land Rover Limited – Robinder Gill, Graduate, Undergraduate & Apprentice Recruitment
  • KPMG – Alison Heron, Head of Student Recruitment
  • Nestlé – Tom Banham, Entry Level Recruitment Manager
  • Saville Consulting – Chris Small, Operations Director
  • Shoosmiths – Samantha Hope, Graduate Recruitment Manager
  • Tesco Stores Limited – Vicki Spindler, Commercial Graduates, Industrial Placements & Summer Internships

Programme highlights:

  • Successful solutions for graduate recruiters’ top challenges
  • Support disadvantaged school-leavers and Increase diversity in the intake
  • Innovation in graduate development
  • Benefits of hiring school leavers vs. benefits of graduates
  • Recruit talent from international universities
  • Engage candidates through social media
  • Keep applicants warm from the job offer and beyond
  • Fill the graduate skills gap
  • Proactive recruitment: attract STEM graduates to technical roles
  • Best practice in screening and assessing candidates
  • Higher level apprenticeship schemes; how do they work
  • Grow your own graduates; develop company sponsored degrees
  • Retain and engage graduates beyond the programme

What did attendees at the 2013 event say?

  • “Good day; thought provoking topics and discussions.” – Emerging Talent Recruiter, Balfour Beatty CSUK
  • “Very well organised. Very different sectors represented so variety was good.” – Graduate Recruitment and Programme Manager, Aberdeen Asset Management
  • “Excellent forum to learn new ideas and share current and future practices.” – Senior HR Advisor, Johnson & Johnson Ltd
  • “All of the presentations were extremely informative.” – Developing Talent Coordinator, Wood Group
  • “Great range of speakers who delivered relevant content on all the topics.” – Future Talent Manager, BSkyB

Who should attend?

  • HR Directors and Managers
  • Graduate Recruitment & Development Managers
  • Graduate Programme Managers
  • Leadership & Talent Managers
  • Employer Brand Managers
  • Heads of Recruitment & Resourcing
  • Heads of Training and Development

Companies represented at the conference in February 2013 included:

    Aberdeen Asset Management plc, Arqiva, Babcock International plc, Balfour Beatty, BDO Services LLP, BMW, British Sugar, BSkyb Broadcasting, Capgemini UK plc, Capita Resourcing Ltd, CBRE, Cherwell District Council, Cummins, Cundall, Discovery Recruitment Ltd, DWP, EADS Ltd, Foster Wheeler Energy Ltd, Gamma, Giles Insurance Officer, GradWeb Ltd, Greenfields Community Housing, GTI Recruiting Solutions, Hiscox, Home Retail Group Plc, HP CDS, IG Group plc, Institute of Cancer Research, Interserve, Ishida Europe Limited, Jewish Care, John Sisk & Son Ltd, Johnson and Johnson Ltd, JPMorgan, Kempinski Hotels SA, Legal & General Group Plc, Lloyds Banking Group, M&G Investments, Medway Council, Metropolitan Police Service, Ministry of Justice, Morgan Technical Ceramics, Mothercare, National Trust, Reckitt Benckiser, Rolls-Royce plc, RWE npower, Sainsbury’s, SHL Group Limited, Southampton Solent University, Southern Housing Group, SSP The Food Travel Experts, Styles and Wood, Syngenta, Tesco Stores Ltd, The University of Essex, TUI Consulting & Services GmbH, Tyco Fire & Integrated Solutions UK Ltd, Unipart Group, Unisys Ltd, University of Cambridge, Vauxhall Motors Ltd, Veolia Water UK, Victim Support, Wellcome Trust, Wolseley UK Ltd, Wood Group Plc


09:00 – 09:30 Coffee and registration
09:30 – 09:45 Chair’s opening remarks

Gordon Chesterman, Director of Careers, University of Cambridge

09:45 – 10:15 Title TBC

Ben Jackson, Commercial Director, Gradweb

10:15 – 10:45 Supporting disadvantaged school-leavers
  • Increasing diversity in the intake
  • Ensuring you are not missing out on talent from different social backgrounds
  • Impact of hiring school leavers on graduate numbers
  • Benefits of hiring school leavers vs. benefits of graduates

Alison Heron, Head of Student Recruitment, KPMG

10:45 – 11:15 Successful solutions for graduate recruiters’ top four challenges
  • Ensuring candidate fit with corporate culture
  • Efficiency in sifting volumes
  • Job streaming and fit with job
  • Finding leadership potential

Chris Small, Operations Director, Saville Consulting

11:15 – 11:25 Questions and discussion with speakers
11:25 – 11:45 Refreshments and networking
11:45 – 12:15 Proactive recruitment: Attracting female STEM graduates to your organisation
  • Improving your brand and attraction on campus
  • Promoting your company or industry as a career choice

Robinder Gill, Graduate, Undergraduate & Apprentice Recruitment, Jaguar Land Rover

11:45 – 12:15 Apprenticeships and early career schemes; how do they work
  • Tackling youth unemployment
  • Apprenticeship marketing and attraction
  • Development and qualifications

Anneke Parsons, Head of Employability – Internal Programmes, Barclays

12:15 – 12:45 Best practice in screening and assessing candidates
  • Understand your organisation culture and needs and ensuring the best fit
  • Latest developments and advances in assessment centres
  • Essential elements of assessment centres

Amandeep Jaspal, Senior Future Talent Consultant, BSkyB

12:15 – 12:45 Grow your own talent; Developing company sponsored degrees
  • Ensuring individuals have the skills and competencies that you require
  • Partnering with a university and designing the course
  • Attracting students to your course

Tom Banham, Entry Level Recruitment Manager, Nestlé

12:45 – 12:55 Questions and discussion with speakers
12:45 – 12:55 Questions and discussion with speakers
12:55 – 13:40 Lunch and networking
13:40 – 14:20 Knowledge share networking session
14:20 – 14:50 Keeping applicants warm from the job offer and beyond
  • Cementing commitment from your graduates
  • Maintaining relationships
  • Engaging candidates to minimise drop out risks

Samantha Hope, Graduate Recruitment Manager, Shoosmiths

14:20 – 14:50 What’s changing in graduate scheme content?
  • What’s on offer?
  • Structure of the graduate development programme
  • Using psychometric profiling for development

Phil Wilson, Fast Stream Chief Assessor and Chief Psychologist, Civil Service

14:50 – 15:20 How can university careers services better engage with employers?
  • Improving your employer brand on campus
  • working in partnership with the university
  • Ensuring university students understand your offer

Vicki Spindler, Commercial Graduates, Industrial Placements & Summer Internships, Tesco Stores Limited

14:50 – 15:20 Connecting the dots: A more holistic approach to graduate development
  • Identifying key competencies
  • Designing the new development solution
  • Convincing STEM graduates that interpersonal skills are important!

Ayesha Godigamuwe, Graduate Development Framework & Sigma Manager, BAE Systems

15:20 – 15:30 Questions and discussion with speakers
15:20 – 15:30 Questions and discussion with speakers
15:20 – 15:30 Questions and discussion with speakers
15:30 – 15:50 Refreshments and networking
15:50 – 16:20 Title TBC

Senior Representative, CEB

16:20 – 16:50 Retaining and engaging graduates beyond the graduate scheme
  • Keeping skills within the company
  • Ensuring you deliver on the promise
  • Offering support and career development
  • Allowing autonomy through the graduate alumni

Suzie Flynn, Graduate & Future Talent Manager, Barratt Developments PLC

16:50 – 17:00 Questions and discussion with speakers
17:00 Chair’s closing remarks and end of conference

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Gordon Chesterman, Director of Careers, University of Cambridge

Gordon Chesterman
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.

Chris Small, Operations Director, Saville Consulting

Chris Small
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. When Chris isn’t on his international travels, he spends time playing cricket or rugby or indulging in his unhealthy enthusiasm for 1970s rock bands!

Alison Heron, Head of Student Recruitment, KPMG

Alison Heron
After 10 years working for a design and communications agency on recruitment campaigns, Alison joined KPMG in 2005 to lead the recruitment marketing team, responsible for graduate and experienced hire marketing from websites to campus sessions, employee referral programmes and virtual events. In 2010 her role expanded to include work with the graduate recruitment operations team. With the introduction of a range of school leaver programmes a year later, Alison played a key role in bringing recruitment, marketing and CSR together to demonstrate KPMG’s commitment to widening participation to the profession. She now heads up Student Recruitment for the UK firm and is responsible for all entry level programmes.

Samantha Hope, Graduate Recruitment Manager, Shoosmiths LLP

Samantha Hope
Samantha is Shoosmiths’ Graduate Recruitment Manager based in Milton Keynes. She recruits and develops Trainee Solicitors, coordinating the Summer Vacation Placements and Training Contracts across the firm’s 10 office locations from Southampton to Edinburgh.

Samantha possesses an in-depth knowledge and interest in the use of digital media in recruitment and marketing, leading the Graduate Social Media Project. And managing events both on campus, in-house, and digitally to develop and assess skills of future talent.

A law graduate herself, Samantha has been in the graduate recruitment market since 2008, recruiting junior doctors for the NHS and students into specialist graduate roles, before joining Shoosmiths in 2010.

Rising quickly in her career, Samantha’s most recent achievements are being awarded with the ‘Best Trainer 2013’ by, the ‘Top Law Firm 2013’ by, and ‘Top Vacation Placement 2013’ by

Amandeep Jaspal, Senior Future Talent Consultant, SkyB

Amandeep Jaspal
Amandeep joined Sky in February 2013 taking over the management of the graduate recruitment function across all areas of the business. In her current role. Amandeep has been leading the drive to centralise Sky’s graduate talent strategy, ensuring a world-class process striving for efficiency and a positive candidate experience from attraction to hire through to continued on-going development. Prior to joining Sky, Amandeep spent 3 years as a Consultant Business Psychologist at Mendas, an Occupational Psychology consultancy that specialises in assessing and developing individuals. Here, Amandeep worked as a consultant and applied her knowledge to design and develop recruitment and development strategies and tools for organisations across a range of sectors, including Financial Services, FMCG and the Public Sector.

Anneke Parsons, Head of Employability – Internal Programmes, Barclays

Anneke Parsons is the Head of Apprenticeships and Degree Programmes in the Barclays Early Careers team. She manages the Grow with Barclays Early Careers Development Framework supporting a diverse range of young people into work and the progression of the most talented existing colleagues in junior roles.

After 10 years as a Management Consultant, latterly with Accenture, Anneke joined Barclays 2 years ago as a Senior HR Project Manager, successfully launching the new Apprenticeship Programme.

Robinder Gill, Graduate, Undergraduate & Apprentice Recruitment, Jaguar Land Rover Limited

Rob Gill
Robinder Gill has worked in various human resources roles within the automotive engineering & manufacturing sector since graduating fifteen years ago – first at Ford Motor Company and then at Jaguar Land Rover.

His roles ranged from employee relations and policy & planning to salaried HR, but for the last four years Rob has been responsible for the company’s graduate & undergraduate recruitment and, since last year, apprentice recruitment from the school leaver market.
Jaguar Land Rover has recruited well over 1,000 graduates in the last four years and around 400 apprentices. Since starting in his current graduate recruitment role, Rob has been fully immersed in it, playing an active role in recruiter sector focus group meetings and attending graduate & student market update events.

Vicki Spindler, Commercial Graduates, Industrial Placements & Summer Internships, Tesco Stores Limited

Rob Gill

Vicki Spindler leads Tesco Commercial’s graduate and undergraduate recruitment and process, and looks after graduate branding and attraction strategy for Tesco UK. Vicki has been able to give up-to-date views on this subject, having started her Tesco career when she joined the Tesco Personnel Graduate Programme in January 2011. Her first role was working in the resourcing team as a Trainee Resourcing Manager, and then moving across to the Tesco central team as a Training Manager for Leadership Development. Vicki took the position of Graduate Recruitment Manager in August 2012 and has been working to input her learnings from this year into the 2013/14 campaign. A business graduate from the University of Southampton, her career pre-Tesco was in technical/engineering recruitment with Huxley in the Thames Valley.

Tom Banham, Academy Recruitment Manager, Nestlé

Tom Banham
Tom Banham is the Academy Recruitment Manager at Nestlé ( Tom has more than six years experience in various HR roles. He currently leads entry level recruitment for all businesses across Nestlé in the UK and China. In addition to FMCG, Tom has experience of other leading graduate sectors, namely law and professional services. He started his career on a HR graduate scheme, working on accounts for Barclays and Royal Mail before moving on to manage trainee recruitment in the legal sector at Addleshaw Goddard and Irwin Mitchell.

Suzie Flynn, Graduate & Future Talent Manager, Barratt Developments PLC

Suzie Flynn
Suzie is the Graduate & Future Talent Manager for Barratt Developments PLC and is based in York. Prior to joining Barratt in 2005 as Regional HR Manager, she worked in the food retail industry in a number of store and regional HR Operations roles.

In her current role, Suzie is responsible for the creation and delivery of the Future Talent strategy for Barratt. This includes the recruitment and development of Graduates, Undergraduates, Trainees and Apprentices for Barratt Homes, David Wilson Homes and Ward Homes.

Following the appointment of a new CEO and HR Director to Barratt in 2006, Suzie designed and implemented the group’s first ever Graduate Programme. Since its launch in 2007, the programme has won many awards, and is currently ranked second in the Job Crowd’s ‘Top 100 Companies for Graduates to work’ for rankings, and first in Property and Housebuilding.

In partnership with Sheffield Hallam University, Suzie has recently developed and launched a bespoke Foundation Degree and top up BSc(hons) Programme in Residential Development and Construction; a first for the housebuilding industry.



Diamond Sponsors

Saville Consulting

Saville Consulting 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. Our Assessments Swift Analysis Aptitude – Measures Verbal, Numerical and Diagrammatic abilities in one test to rapidly identify those with the intellectual agility to progress. Situational Judgement Tests – Multimedia assessments using powerful psychometrics to engage and create realistic job previews. Strengths Behavioural Screening Questionnaires – Effective candidate screening on their strengths against critical competencies. Scores are shown on a merit list, allowing for fast decision making. Wave Personality Questionnaire – Identify potential amongst candidates, recognise those with the best fit and use data for development planning.


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.


CEB is the leading member-based advisory company, equipping senior leaders and their teams with the insight and actionable solutions to transform business operations.

CEB’s SHL Talent Measurement Solutions, part of its Integrated Talent Management Services, help organisations assess, select, and develop the right people for the right roles using science-based assessments, benchmark data, technologies, and consultancy services.

Gold Sponsor

GTI Recruiting Solutions

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. As a white label product our Applicant Tracking System (ATS) is branded as an employer’s own system and provides companies with a best practice solution underpinned by a comprehensive suite of tracking and reporting tools. Scalable in terms of both cost and functionality, the ATS can be tailored to meet the requirements and demands of both the small and large scale recruiter; helping to reduce the time spent on administration and removing many of the frustrations associated with processing, organising and communicating with hundreds if not thousands of applicants.

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