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Innovation in Recruitment 2015 – Webinars


This conference took 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.

The event will give you the tools to develop cost-effective solutions that support your business agenda.

A streamed audio file and slide presentations from the conference.

Fourteen sessions recorded live at the event.


Type: Presentation recorded at conference
Format: Clickable slide presentations plus streamed audio file only
Duration: 14 sessions – varying lengths

Where to find the presentations

Once you have paid, login and then return to this page.  A tab will appear above with ‘links to the presentations’.


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 took 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.

The event will give you the tools to develop cost-effective solutions that support your business agenda.

The Event Programme

Sessions from this conference available in the webinar include:

Session 01: Introduction and opening by the conference chair

Jason Gowlett, Head of HR Operations, Direct Line Group

Session 02: 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

Session 03: Pro-active and innovative sourcing

Session 04: Questions and discussion with the speakers

Session 05: Feeding the unicorn…Attracting candidates where there are skills shortages

Session 06: How tech can power your recruitment marketing strategy

Session 07: Questions and discussion with the speakers

Session 08: Knowledge share networking session

 Session 09: Talent pooling and diversity

Session 10: Innovation in social media

Session 11: Questions and discussion with the speakers

Session 12: Attracting, developing and caring for our female talent

Session 13: From data to insight to action

Session 14: Questions and discussion with the speakers


Selected Speakers biographies:

Jason Gowlett 150x150 Jason Gowlett, Head of HR Operations, Direct Line Group

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.

Steve Othen 150x150 Steve Othen, Head of Strategic Projects, REC

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.

Rob Ryan 150 x 150 Rob Ryan, Recruitment Manager, Discovery Network International

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.

David Hunter 150x150 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.

Steven Ehrlich 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.

Jon Hull 150x150 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 focused 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.

Ellie Pike 150 x 150 Ellie Pike, Resourcing Manager, Penguin Random House UK

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.

Adam Sunman 150x150 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.

Karina Govindji 150x150 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.

Jane Davey 150 x 150 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 CIPDs Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management in 2012.