Talent Management & Leadership Development 2015 – Presentations


A pdf of presentations, available following the event. (NB. Does not include event access)

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There are many changes, from new technology to changing demographics affecting organisations. This combined with the global skills shortage during a time of growth are creating profound challenges in talent management.

This conference will examine how employers are thinking differently about talent management and leadership development. You will learn from HR professional who are at the top of their game when it comes to managing their people.

Programme for the event


Chair’s opening remarks

Mike Malaure, Director, CMI

Leading, Engaging & Retaining talent, & the Future of Leadership Development

  • Discover the latest innovations transforming learning and development programmes around the world
  • Understand how to engage participants and their managers/coaches, retain talent and develop the skills needed for future growth
  • Explore the rise of the millennial and what this means for leadership development
Josh Mackenzie, Managing Director & Author, Development Beyond Learning (DBL)

Putting learning at the heart of our future; starting with our leaders

  • The challenges of leadership development in a rapidly evolving global company in a rapidly changing world
  • The role of Leaders in putting learning at the heart of AXA’s future.
  • Deciding what leaders of the future look like?
  • Developing leaders for tomorrow whilst meeting today’s needs. How are we going about it?
Simon Drinkwater, Group Leadership and Development Manager, AXA UK

Questions and discussion with speakers


Knowledge share networking session

Round table discussions with your peers to share solutions to your key talent and leadership challenges.

11:20 Refreshments and networking

Managing talent in a high culture high growth organisation

  • Understanding your culture and identifying the right cultural fit
  • Aligning internal and external selection processes
  • Building a reputation to attract like-minded individuals
Mike Williams, People Director, Byron Hamburgers

The talent/mobility partnership

  • What does it mean to your organisation?
  • Aligning your policies and ensuring success
  • Measuring ROI on International Assignments
Peter Sewell, Regional Director, Crown World Mobility

Questions and discussion with speakers

12:40 Lunch and networking

Knowledge share networking


Taking a different approach to identifying and developing potential

  • Identifying key skills that will add value across the organisation
  • Developing potential across all levels from apprentice to board
  • Encouraging self-nomination
  • Promoting potential onto a proper career ladder
Claire Molin, Senior Manager OD, Visa Europe

Technology & Innovation

  • Consolidating HR and talent systems
  • Video as a vehicle for internal communications
  • eLearning examples and ideas
  • Meaningful talent metrics
Ian Cole, Group Head of HR (Innovation & Delivery), Greene King

Building a  high performance culture with talent


Daryl Maitland,  Senior HR Manager, Cafcass

Harnessing tools & systems to drive quality in talent management

  • Automating and empowering the business to hold talent
  • Empowering employees to take charge of their own development
  • Successful data analytics and insights
  • What’s next for talent?
Ben Phillips, Head of Talent Capability, BP

Questions and discussion with speakers


Questions and discussion with speakers

15:05 Refreshments and networking

Rethinking leadership development

  • Developing leadership rather than leaders
  • Line led development
  • Enquiry based development
Steven Phillips, Director, Ideas Unlimited

Leadership development through emotional intelligence

  • Leadership and talent development for younger generations
  • Development from individual to board level
  • Underpinning philosophy and values early in career
  • Ensuring success now and in the future
Rebecca Christianson, Group Head of Talent, innocent drinks

Questions and discussion with speakers


Chair’s closing remarks and end of conference


Speakers at this event included:

Simon Drinkwater, Group Leadership and Development Manager, AXA UK

Simon has worked in HR for nearly 20 years, across many sectors, in large corporates and smaller SME’s, most notably for Lloyds Banking Group, PWC, The Number UK (118118), and most recently, Ludlow Street Healthcare where he was Head of HR and Training. Simon joined AXA four years ago, initially joining their Wealth Management business helping it drive through considerable organisational change where raising capability was a key priority. For the last year and a half he has been leading the AXA UK leadership and development agenda. Key to this is linking in with AXA globally as the company looks to transform itself to meet its longer term vision and goals. Simon also leads on performance management and plays a leading role looking at the employee side of the digital agenda within AXA, particularly how to “take HR mobile”.


Steven Phillips, Director, Ideas Unlimited

Steven’s career to date has included working on entrepreneurship for the UK government and international development with the UN before focusing on Corporate Leadership, building on his own experience as a leadership team member. As a Director of Ideas Unlimited for 14 years, Steven’s clients have included John Lewis, Tesco, Camelot, RBS, Sky, PepisCo, Unilever, ATS-Euromaster, BT, EY, NHS, RWE-npower, Standard Life and Wolff-Olins. This work centres on Steven advising and partnering with these major organisations at the most senior level, to develop innovative approaches to leadership and organisational development challenges – particularly through times of tough and turbulent change and renewal. In addition, Steven is committed to continuously developing his own knowledge around the psychology of work and leadership, and has recently completed the Tavistock Institute’s prestigious one-year programme for those working with Dynamics at Board Level.


Josh Mackenzie, Managing Director & Author, Development Beyond Learning (DBL)

Josh Mackenzie is Managing Director and author at Development Beyond Learning (DBL). Josh is widely considered one of the world’s innovative thought leaders in developing and engaging young professionals, supervisors and senior executive mentors.

Josh’s first book “The Graduate Edge” has been distributed in fifteen countries around the world to employers including Barclays, UBS, Credit Suisse, Shell, BNP Paribas, Bank of America-Merrill Lynch, Commonwealth Bank of Australia and many more.


Damien Shieber,  Talent and Organisational Development Professional

Damien is a Talent and Organisational Professional. In his previous role at RWE  Npower Damien transformed the performance management culture within the business taking them away from process and into a true high performing culture with a focus on skills and behaviours, embedding fresh innovative new ways of working to embed performance at the heart of day to day working.  Damien also worked with the npower Board to deliver bi-annual performance, talent and capability reviews through a tactical and strategic lens helping the Board and Executive Committee to put a focus on performance and talent.    Prior to working at RWE npower Damien worked for Capita Group as the internal Lead on Learning and Development in the HR Solutions business working with key clients in the public and private sector and as an external  Learning Consultant.

Damien believes in creative and different initiatives that transform the DNA of a business creating a truly engaged workforce.


Mike Williams, People Director, Byron Hamburgers

Mike Williams joined the Byron team in February 2015 as People Director.  A member of the management board, Mike’s remit is to help the business achieve its ambitious growth plans and will focus on engagement, talent and employer brand.

Previously, Mike was Director of People Development at De Vere Village Urban Resorts and De Vere Hotels where he added over £3million to EBITDA and was part of the executive team which enabled the successful sale of both businesses in 2014. Prior to this he held the roles of People Development Director and Head of Human Resources for Malmaison and Hotel Du Vin and Firmdale Hotels respectively.

Recognised as a commercial and pragmatic HR professional, Mike has transformed the culture and added significant value to the bottom-line in each of the organisations he has worked by adopting a strategic, yet creative, approach to people strategy. This has been officially recognised with a number of award wins including CIPD awards for employee engagement and talent and recruitment, Cateys Best Employer Award, Hotel Cateys HR Professional of the year award and the Personnel Today Outstanding Employee Engagement award.


Mike Malaure, Director, CMI

Mike brings his extensive international general management and corporate development experience to the CMI, with a proven track record of developing people and growing businesses from small / medium businesses to international listed groups.

Mike began his career in investment banking advising companies on mergers, acquisitions, business sales and IPOs.  After ten years, Mike transitioned to the client side with international general management roles within leading technology companies including Metastorm (now part of OpenText), Mosaix (now Avaya) and Sybase (now SAP).  After a further ten years, Mike moved into the professional services sector with international executive roles with Orgment and International SOS.

Mike has served as Non-Executive Director for a number of technology companies. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Securities & Investment Institute (FCSI), Chartered Institute of Marketing (FCIM) and Chartered Management Institute (FCMI).  Mike holds an MBA and MA in International Marketing from Brunel University. Also CF from Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.


Peter Sewell, Regional Director, Crown World Mobility

Peter is Crown World Mobility Regional Director. Peter is responsible for overseeing client programmes and service delivery, implementing group policies, working closely with expatriate tax and other suppliers. He is also in charge of reviewing existing local practices and leading project reviews with customers.
In his previous role as Head of Global Mobility for Tesco, Peter spent six years developing and implementing mobility policies and practices. During this time he created an off shore global employment company in the Far East. Previous to this he spent a further six years at Deloitte and was responsible for managing the expatriate services in consulting and outsourcing.


Ian Cole, Group Head of HR (Innovation & Delivery), Greene King

After practicing as a property lawyer, Ian moved into HR as an L&D professional, before taking up more generalist roles. Ian has sourced and project managed the implementation of several HR systems relating to core HR, payroll, online recruitment, applicant tracking, learning management, enterprise social networking, onboarding, compensation, succession planning and performance management, in addition to developing eLearning content production, career pathway and video communications strategies.

Currently, Ian works as Group Head of HR for a FTSE 250 leisure sector business with 40,000 employees, where he has a cross-functional role developing technology, systems and processes to deliver core strategic objectives.


Ben Phillips, Head of Talent Capability, BP

Ben is Head of Talent Capability within BP’s Group Talent & Learning function, based in London.  He joined BP in 2011, and has covered roles and projects across Talent, Leadership Development & Learning, and Resourcing.

In his current role, Ben works to ensure joined-up Talent Management across HR and the wider organisation – in terms of tools, processes, systems and philosophy – to provide a clear, simple and consistent talent offering that is connected to business outcomes, and to help BP’s people be successful in their careers.

Prior to BP, amongst other roles, Ben worked as a management consultant in People and Change Management at Accenture and Ernst & Young, and as a teacher in Osaka, Japan.

He is currently studying towards a Masters in Executive Coaching.



Daryl Maitland,  Senior HR Manager, Cafcass

Daryl is the Senior HR Manager at Cafcass, responsible for reward, engagement and health and wellbeing across the organisation. Since starting at Cafcass in 2007, he has helped transform the organisation from cutting edge to on the edge, culminating in it being assessed as Good with Outstanding leadership in a 2014 Ofsted inspection. His contribution to the HR service has helped ensure it is business-focused and strategically aligned to the business. The approach Cafcass has taken to health and wellbeing was recognised by Ofsted as Outstanding, and the work Daryl has pioneered in his current role helped Cafcass win ‘Best Healthcare and Wellbeing Benefits’ at the 2014 Employee Benefits Award. Prior to Cafcass, Daryl worked at Aldi Supermarkets. He is a passionate Newcastle United fan and has a keen interest in cycling


Claire Molin, Senior Manager OD, Visa Europe

Claire joined Visa Europe in 2011 and is a Senior Manager in Visa Europe’s Organisational Development and Design Team.

Claire has responsibility for Talent and leadership development, Visa Europe’s coaching and mentoring strategy as well as employee engagement across the organisation. Claire has previously worked in organisational development, talent and learning roles for companies including Morgan Stanley, Lloyds Banking Group, Tata Global Beverages and The Walt Disney Company.


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