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HR summer school: Great place to work?

Who should attend

This course is aimed at ambitious HR and OD professionals who want to be more effective in their role. Each speaker will help you think about how your organisation uses people, now and in future.


Is your organisation really a great place to work…. for older, younger or all people? Does your reputation attract? Do people stay in your organisation… and go the extra mile? Do your leaders think about the link between organisational performance and employee experience when making key decisions?

Boards are accountable for strategy, including people strategy and, to get it right, they need to know what is happening on the ground. It is easy to say that we want open communication, collaboration, innovation and trust but getting there is hard. Top down and bottom up, HR shapes workplace culture, designing policies, supporting leaders and challenging them too. We will explore the role of HR in governance, strategy execution, behaviour and, hardest of all, speaking truth to power.


Day One                                                 

10.00 registration and coffee; 10.30 start

HR and the employee experience
Dr Wendy Hirsh

  • what do employees experience?
  • why does this matter?
  • what can HR do about it?

Purpose and strategy
Dr Rebecca Homkes

  • HR’s contribution to strategy
  • why HR may get excluded and ways to get involved

HR and governance
Professor Andrew Kakabadse

  • governance and the role for credible HR
  • tension, disagreement and confrontation
  • stewardship, mission and tick box compliance
  • values, behaviours and capability?

Nurturing inclusive cultures
Dr Nic Hammarling

  • the influence of leaders
  • discouraging groupthink
  • ‘servant behaviour’
  • trust and feedback

Better recruitment driving growth and competitiveness
Neil Carberry

  • short-term recruitment to long-term talent planning
  • rising standards
  • managing the changing contract mix of the modern workplace

19.00 drinks on the terrace followed by dinner

Day Two

09.00 start

Challenging your leaders
Diane Gilhooley

  • board director accountability and feedback
  • disputes, personality clashes and HR intervention
  • service agreements, bonuses and severance

Seeing leadership differently
The Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell

  • personal responsibility
  • pastoral care at work

Inclusive leadership
Ruth Hunt

  • rethinking inclusion
  • cultural fit: conscious bias?
  • advancing trans rights

Delivering HR transformation in Government
Rupert McNeil

  • modernising our offer: being a public servant
  • tone and leaders who engage
  • structures, T&C’s, and skills

Truth to power
Eversheds Sutherland

  • Case study examples of director error and the part played by HR

Approximately 15.00 close

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Neil Carberry
Neil leads the REC – the UK recruitment industry body. He sits on the Council of Acas and the Low Pay Commission, and is a fellow of the CIPD and the RSA. Before joining REC, Neil led the CBI’s work on people issues for a decade.

The Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell
As Bishop, Stephen serves Essex and East London and is a member of the House of Lords. He is a member of the Church of England’s Committee for Minority Ethnic Concerns and Chair of ChurchArmy, an Anglican society for evangelism and social outreach. He is a well-known writer and speaker on evangelism, spirituality and catechesis.

Diane Gilhooley
Diane provides strategic employment advice. She is an accomplished conference speaker and is also a governor at an HE college.

Dr Nic Hammarling
A business psychologist and diversity specialist, Nic has worked with many UK and multinational organisations and public sector bodies. Nic’s specific research interest is the impact of crosscultural values on organisational issues.

Dr Rebecca Homkes
Rebecca’s research and consulting work primarily focuses on strategies for growth. She helps lead a firm in Silicon Valley and writes for Harvard Business Review, Bloomberg and Businessweek.

Ruth Hunt
Since taking up her position in 2014, Ruth has committed to deeper engagement with groups from different ethnicities, religions and geographies.

Professor Andrew Kakabadse
Andrew works with several corporations on boardroom effectiveness and governance practice. He consults in the UK, Europe, USA, Far East, Russia, the Gulf States, India and Australia.

Rupert McNeil
Rupert joined the Civil Service in 2016 from Lloyds Banking Group, where he was the Group HR Director. He began his career at the CBI before becoming a partner in Deloitte and Arthur Anderson.

Cost: £875

All prices are exclusive of VAT

Group discount:

10% discount for delegate 2 and subsequent delegates.

Online payment discount: 5%

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