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Successful HR Business Partnering 2015 Webinars


To become a true partner to the business you must understand current and future business and customer needs. To achieve this, HR must sit at the heart of the organisation and strategically shape the way people are managed.

This conference looked beyond the Ulrich model and examined how strategic HR continues to evolve for business success.

A streamed audio file and slide presentations from the conference.

Thirteen sessions recorded live at the event.


Type: Presentation recorded at conference
Format: Clickable slide presentations plus streamed audio file only
Duration: 13 sessions – varying lengths

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Successful HR Business Partnering ConferenceTo become a true partner to the business you must understand current and future business and customer needs. To achieve this, HR must sit at the heart of the organisation and strategically shape the way people are managed.

This conference looked beyond the Ulrich model and examined how strategic HR continues to evolve for business success.

What this event will do for you:

  • Practical tips to become a better partner to the business and improve your impact
  • Develop staff and improve capability in HR
  • Use data and analytics to support decision making
  • Understand business and colleagues views
  • Create a sustainable and agile HR model
  • Build credibility and better working relationships
  •  Demonstrate how HR technology is a key enabler to the business
  • Examine the next generation of HR business partnering


Session 01: Introduction and opening address by conference chair 

Amy Butterworth, Director, A Butterworth Consulting

Session 02: Developing staff to behave as true business partners

  • Building HR capability for organisational results
  • Demonstrating listening, responding and build trust
  • Managing through austerity and changing the way you work for future success

Gordon Latham, HR Business Partner, HR & OD Service, Warwickshire County Council

Session 03: Business perspectives: what the business needs and how they can engage with HR

Operational HR Advisor London Boroughs of Havering and Newham (oneSource)

Session 04: Questions and discussion with the speakers

Session 05: Using data and analytics to support strategic HR business partnering

  • Linking to the business case
  • Using data and analytics to guide improvements
  • Interpreting and using data to influence business decisions and determine focus
  • Demonstrating measureable progress around the right KPI’s

Linda Kennedy-McCarthy, Group HR Director, SIG

Session 06: Cutting edge use of technologies

Jon Ingham People and Organisation Development Specialist Strategic Dynamics Consultancy Services

Session 07: Questions and discussion with the speakers

Session 08: Knowledge share networking session

Session 09: Creating a sustainable and agile model

  • The journey of change; repositioning against a changing economy
  • Responding to growth
  • Increasing the level of connection with the business
  • Ensuring HR are visionary and innovative

Diane Thornhill, Head of HR, UKMEA, Arup

Session 10: Questions and discussion with the speakers

Session 11: HR’s role in turning around an organisation

  • HR at the heart of profit
  • Changing culture and harnessing talent
  • Increasing HR’s impact on the organisation

Fiona Thompson, Group Head of Learning & Development, ATS Euromaster

Session 12: Beyond HR business partners: what are the next steps?

  • HR Business Partnering in 2020 and beyond
  • Examine the next generation of HR business partnering

Nicky Riding, People Director, UK, Standard Life

Session 13: Questions and discussion with the speakers

Selected Speakers biographies:


Mike Malaure 150x150 Mike Malaure, Director Chartered Management Institute (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.

Josh Mackenzie 150x150 Josh Mackenzie, Managing Director and Author, Development Beyond Learning

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.

Simon Drinkwater from LinkedIn 150x150 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”.
Jane Sunley 150x150 Jane Sunley, CEO, Purple Cubed
Following a successful corporate career, Jane spent a number of years as Managing Director of a specialist recruitment company, which she co-founded. Having realised that if someone could help companies to become a great place to work, there wouldn’t be such a crisis over ‘the talent war’. In September 2001, she formed learnpurple which, in line with expansion, rebranded as Purple Cubed, early in 2013.Jane is a published, best-selling author having written ‘Purple your People: the secrets to inspired, happy, more
profitable people’ (Crimson) in 2001, following up with ‘It’s Never OK to Kiss The Interviewer – and other secrets to surviving, thriving and high-fiving at work’ (LID) in 2013. In 2014 she was chosen from over 1600 authors to contribute to ’20/20 – 20 great lists by 20 outstanding business thinkers’. Jane’s writing is practical and common sense with
stories and examples that clearly show how various tools and techniques can be applied to achieve results.In addition to running Purple Cubed, Jane is a non-executive director and has been instrumental in the success of several high profile employment projects. She is the current president of HR in Hospitality, a panel member of the Economist Intelligence Unit, a visiting fellow at two UK Universities and is listed as one of the top 100 most influential women in the hospitality, travel, tourism and transport sectors.
Peter Sewell 150x150 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.
Claire Molin 150x150 Claire Molin, Senior Manager Organisation Development & Design, 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.
Daryl Maitland 150 x 150 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.

Steven Phillips Steven Phillipss, 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.

Rebecca Christianson from linkedIn 150x150 Rebecca Christianson ,Group Head of Talent, innocent drinks
Rebecca joined Innocent Drinks in early 2015 as their new Group Head of Talent. She has responsibility for driving the UK & European strategy around both talent acquisition and development including recruitment, talent and potential, management and leadership development, learning and development, executive coaching, leadership team effectiveness and graduate programmes.Rebecca has worked across the finance, gas and engineering plus government sectors in the UK, Australia, South Africa and Europe in the organisational development space. Her work at BOC won a national award for best strengths based approach in leadership team effectiveness and featured in an article in Coaching at work.