Talent Management and Leadership Development 2017 – Presentations


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Do you agree that attracting the right talent to your organisation is not enough and that you should take a more strategic approach when planning your future workforce? Do you feel that your employees have lots of potential that needs to be identified, strengthened and continually developed? Are you wondering how your organisation may benefit from putting more effort into talent retention and leadership development? If your answer is yes to any of these questions, then the Talent Management and Leadership Development Summit is designed to give you solutions to your biggest challenges when creating and enhancing a truly complex and robust HR strategy at your organisation.



 09:00 Coffee and Registration
09:30 Chair’s opening remarks – Amy Armstrong, Member of Faculty in Ashridge Qualifications, Hult International Business School
 09:45 Agile by design: the future of leadership development is here

  • The importance of leadership to ensure competitiveness
  • Why leadership journeys are the future of development
  • Lessons from experience – how to make leadership journeys work

Anna Seely, Principal, Talent Strategy and Leadership Development, Mercer UK

10:10 Mind the leadership gap: the journey to inform, inspire and develop leadership potentialDiscover how TFL:

  • Designed a strategic development programme tailored to the needs of high potentials
  • Capitalised on real time changes happeneing in the organisation to accelerate leadership development
  • Moved from supporting to driving business strategy – inspiring an agile and innovative culture.

Mark MacKenzie, Leadership Development Specialist, Transport for London

Leonie Saywell, Organisation Development Lead, Transport for London

10:35   Questions and discussions with speakers
10:45 Panel Discussion – when it comes to leadership, does experience matter?

  • Are our leadership strategies complying with the needs of young workers?
  • The importance of learning possibilities and progression opportunities at work for the new works – retain your future leaders
  • The lack of understanding between generations: how baby boomers leaders can manage, motivate and persuade millennials

Lisa Lyons, Principal, Principal, Talent Strategy, Mercer UK

 11:10 Refreshments and networking
 11:30 Developing our leaders through a flexible delivery model

  • Understanding BMI’s aim – the challenges behind growing and developing their workforce
  • BMI’s strategy and different levels of learning development – balancing in-house and external expertise
  • The success behind the new leadership support structure – how BMI staff are receiving internal development

Ian Gardner, Learning and Development Lead, BMI Healthcare

11:55 How to develop your culture to become a values-based leadership organisation  

  • Employee engagement and the importance of involving your staff in the development of organisational values
  • The ‘Barrett Centre Model’ to develop a values-based culture, adopting new values-based approaches to engagement and leadership
  • Moving forward: building confidence, empowering communication, linking customer experience and staff experience

Sandy Wilkie, Staff Engagement Lead, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust

 12:20 Questions and discussion with speakers
 12:30 Lunch and networking
13:30 Knowledge share networking sessionRoundtable discussion with your peers to share solutions/thoughts about your key talent management challenges:

  • The key that opened you success: can you help other companies (by sharing your knowledge) to manage their talent and ensure engagement and retention of their best employees?
  • Ensuring your future talent pool: how do you ensure your organisation has the right skills for the future
 14:00 STREAM A Engineering a sustainable tomorrow to have a workforce that is representative of society

  • How Costain use D&I to manage talent
  • The importance of diversity to become more innovative and creative
  • Attracting diverse talent to the industry – improving attraction and retention of women and BAME

Jenny Tomkins, HR Operations Director, Costain

STREAM BAttracting the best people: it’s not enough without a plan to retain them

  • How to develop seamless recruitment processes that enable you to focus on connecting with future talent
  • How to tackle the talent shortages through your culture
  • Superb career opportunities at every level of your organisation

James Fleming, Group HR Partnering and Resourcing Manager, NFU Mutual

14:25 The benefits and impacts of moving out of the ‘9-box grid’

  • What the ‘9-box grid’ wasn’t covering, why it wasn’t for the Financial Conduct Authority
  • Developing a tailored talent management strategy
  • Looking towards progress and development

Jennifer Doyle, Talent Manager / Executive Resourcing and Talent /  Human Resources, Financial Conduct Authority

The impact of Employer Branding in talent management

  • The importance of understanding how employer branding relates to talent management
  • A place where your future employees will have the opportunity to develop their skills, talent and career
  • What are the benefits to your business?

Diana Pavel, Talent Acquisition Manager, Lyst

14:50 Questions and discussion with speakers Questions and discussion with speakers
 15:00 Refreshments and networking
 15:20 Panel Discussion: Brexit and the future of attracting and retaining talent

  • How Brexit will affect the planning for talent retention and development in public services
  • The impact of Brexit on mobilising your talent globally
  • Does our workforce have enough information?

Sandy Wilkie, Staff Engagement Lead, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust

Julia Howes, Head of Workforce Planning, Mercer UK

 15:45 Strategic talent management tailored to your business agenda

  • The right talent through the right job advertisement: highlight skill sets in your campaign
  • Because the future matters now: retention linked to employees’ needs today and tomorrow
  • Training development opportunities: the different choices of effective job training for employees.
16:10 Questions and discussion with speakers
16:20 Chair’s closing remarks and end of conference

Some of the experts speaking at this event include…

CHAIR – Dr Amy Armstrong, Senior Faculty Member, Ashridge Executive Education, Hult International Business School

Amy holds a First Class Bachelor’s degree, an MBA, PhD and is also a senior faculty member in Ashridge Executive Education at Hult International Business School. Amy runs leaderships courses within the Ashridge Executive MBA for the Creative Industries (EMBACI) the online Masters in Management (MiM) degree.

Amy recently returned to Ashridge from the University of Bedfordshire where she was a Senior Lecturer in Organisational Behabiour. She was previously an Ashridge faculty member for ten years, engaging in research, working with a variety of corporate clients and leading postgraduate programmes. She is a regular writer and speaker on the topics of engagement, authentic leadership, resilience and compassion at work and is particularly interested in how ‘crucible experiences’ of personal trauma (such as critical illness and bereavement) affect the way in which managers view and approach their work. Amy is also a visiting lecturer at Aston University and she leads the research steam into barriers to engagement for Engage for Success, a Government-led movement which is seeking to improve engagement and well-being levels across the UK.

Jenny Tomkins, HR Operations Director, Costain

Jenny has worked for Costain for the last three years, spending most of her career prior to this at GE, working across GE Healthcare and GE Money.

Her current role is leading the HR business partners, recruitment and reward.

She is passionate about talent development and diversity, particularly working the in the Engineering field.

Sandy Wilkie, Staff Engagement Lead, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust

Sandy has held HR/OD roles in a number of private and public sector organisations. Originally a geographer, his recent work at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust has focused on organisation values, culture and enhancing the staff experience.

He is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and is a member of the national Engage for Success Thought & Action Steering Group and will soon be moving to become Head of HR for the Argyll & Bute Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP).

Ian Gardner, Learning and Development Lead, BMI Healthcare

Ian joined BMI Healthcare in 2016 to lead on national non-clinical development, supporting c.10,000 colleagues. He has previous experience in further, higher and workplace education with a particular focus on online learning (Ian is very enthusiastic in seeking out ways to transform learning and performance through the innovative use of electronic resources, communication tools, e-assessment platforms, the creation of better digital workflows, etc).

In the last year, BMI has significantly invested in people development, with a team of twenty committed to developing in-house capability, including aligning career development to the emergent apprenticeship standards. Their aim is not just clinically focused, instead encouraging growth and development of the whole workforce.

Anna Seely, Principal, Mercer

Anna is passionate about the link between the psychology of human behaviour and performance in organisations. She combines her passion, evidence base from the study of psychology (experimental and occupational) and corporate experience as a talent strategy consultant to generate new perspectives and solutions around leadership, performance, and development.


Lisa Lyons, Principal, Mercer

Lisa is a Senior Talent & People Strategist with Top Tier Consulting experience from the UK, Spain and Australia. Lisa has a proven track record in designing strategic talent and leadership programmes to help clients meet their talent needs and manage complex change.


Julia Howes, Principal, Mercer

Julia has worked in professional services organisations for over 15 years, specialising in people strategy, strategic workforce planning, employee research (surveys), workforce analytics and workforce metrics. Julia has conducted workforce planning consulting engagements for clients in a variety of industries in a number of regions including Australia, Asia, Europe, the Americas and Africa.


Diana Pavel, Talent Acquisition Specialist, Lyst

Diana is a Talent Acquisition Manager for Lyst, a global fashion search platform which connects millions of shoppers globally with the world’s leading fashion designers and stores, giving them a simpler, more engaging buying experience.

She has a degree in PR and has previously worked in social media and agency-side recruitment, which gives her a broad view of talent acquisition and its challenges, and also the opportunities to create and maintain a strong employer brand.

Mark MacKenzie MBE, Organisational Development Advisor, Transport for London

Mark is an Organisational Development Advisor specialising in Leadership Development. In the last five years he has collaborated in the module design of the programme and has worked with over 500 senior leaders and those starting out on their leadership career. He built the leadership playlist an online resource with latest leadership thinking from global experts and continuously improves the user experience of the site.

In 2012 he co-created the Public Services LGBT Leadership Programme with two colleagues. At the chair of TfL’s LGBT staff network group he increased TfL’s Stonewall ranking from 59th to 5th over a three year period and ‘all that and more’ earned him a MBE for his ‘services to equality’ in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Mark is an alumni of the Stonewall leadership programme and is currently career coaching a deputy Director of a housing association.



Mercer is a global consulting leader in talent, health, retirement and investments helping our clients advance the health, wealth and performance of their most vital asset – their people.

Mercer is also the world’s largest provider of integrated Global Mobility data, technology, consulting, learning and international benefits services. Our Global Mobility experts are located in offices throughout the world ensuring our market-leading solutions are underpinned with local knowledge and service. In addition to our Global Mobility expertise, Mercer’s Career business provides talent strategy, HR transformation, workforce & executive rewards, communications and Workday advisory services to clients across a wide range of industry sectors.



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