Cath is an international, business focused HR Leader with a proven track record of delivery in a variety of global, matrix organisations. She is passionate about bringing a real commercial focus to the people agenda and leading organisations and teams through transformational change. Cath has recently joined MAG (Airports Group) as their Chief People Officer.
Cath joined Avon in May 2016 as Vice President HR, Global Commercial Business. Avon is the company that for 130 years has stood for beauty, innovation, optimism and, above all, for empowering women. Avon has a diverse product portfolio sold through six million independent Avon Beauty Entrepreneurs worldwide.
Prior to joining Avon, Cath worked for one of the world’s leading cereal and snacks companies Kellogg’s where she spent over ten years in both European and North America roles. She was VP, HR European Markets, and led the reorganisation of the European business following the acquisition of Pringles. Prior to this she was VP, Global Talent and led the creation and execution of the first global employer brand, vision and purpose.
Cath also spent over ten years with Barclays Plc, a British multinational banking and financial services company, prior to becoming a successful external Human Resources Consultant specialising in organisational design, cultural change and Strategic Talent Management and Leadership Development.
Cath has a BSc(Hons) in Psychology and is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and an alumni of Executive Programmes at Harvard and INSEAD Business Schools.
Nebel has a progressive approach to HR with an emphasis on delivering real business value and impact. Having spent a career supporting the people agenda within various organisations including River Island and Virgin, Nebel has experienced extensive business change and growth. Using modern HR practices to implement fresh ideas on; performance management, Agile working, using evidence based practice and Tech led approaches has resulted achieving multiple HR industry awards. With real success in helping business leaders to understand the benefits of moving away from traditional HR tactics and truly leveraging the most valuable asset of any organisation … it’s talented people.
Pedro is Head of Leadership Development in AIB (Allied Irish Bank), Programme Director in the IMI (Irish Management Institute) Diploma in Strategic HRM and President of the Irish EMCC (European Mentoring and Coaching Council).
He has previously worked in senior management roles in Penna HR Consulting, Deloitte, IBM Business Consulting Services and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
He has led the design and implementation of large-scale change and human resources interventions with both national and international clients, in the public and private sectors.
Author of “Managing People” – A book used by the Institute of Bankers in Ireland in its Bachelor of Financial Services Degree. Other published work includes:
Motivational speaker and regular presenter at HR, change and business conferences / events
Rudolph’s key professional achievements cover human resource management in industry and consulting in Europe and Africa. He has undertaken assignments with both local (private & public) and multinational organisations. He has over 22 years extensive experience in talent development, corporate restructuring, employee relations and HR processes and systems. He is passionate about talent development and developing values-based cultures. Rudolph is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development UK, a certified Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Practitioner and a certified Level III Trainer.
Since 2009, Sascha Schneider has been Executive Vice President Human Resources & Organisation and a member of the Executive Board of the Hamburg luxury label Montblanc, which is part of the international luxury goods group Richemont. He is thus responsible for 3,300 employees worldwide. A graduate in law, Sascha has been working for 20 years in international management positions in Human Resources and IT & Organization in various industries, such as FMCG and banking. Sascha, who sees effective HR work as the enabler of sustainable value creation, is working in particular on tomorrow’s work organization, the changing role of HR, the effects and changes of the digital transformation on companies and employees and global talent management.
Katrina Collier is on a mission to energise the human connection between HR, recruiters & hiring managers to better recruitment and the candidate experience. Through facilitation she swiftly gives company deeper insights and actionable outcomes into any barriers preventing a positive recruitment process, and her unique shared-learning Mastermind programme, develops the skills HR & recruiters need to partner effectively with the business and candidates. She is the author of The Robot-Proof Recruiter, a well-loved global keynote speaker, and host of The Hiring Partner Perspective (Unedited) podcast.
She is also an Ambassador for Hope for Justice charity, and you’ll find her on LinkedIn and on Instagram & Twitter @KatrinaMCollier.
Kristen is currently the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for Barilla and has been a member of the D&I Board since its formation in 2013. Kristen reports to the CEO of Barilla and leads a 12 member D&I Board, comprised of internal members from 8 key countries and 2 external advisors.
Previously, Kristen was VP of R&D for the Asia, Africa and Australia region for Barilla, based in Singapore. She joined Barilla in 2010 as VP of Research, based at the Barilla Headquarters in Parma, Italy.
After a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering, Kristen joined Kraft Foods R&D in Chicago, where she spent 10 years in positions of increasing responsibility in various roles.
In 1999, she relocated to Melbourne, Australia to assume the leadership of the R&D organization for Kraft Australia/NZ. After 3 years, she moved to Munich, Germany to manage R&D for the Kraft EU Food Categories. In 2007, she joined the Coca Cola Company and transferred to Shanghai, China to lead the building of the Global Innovation and Technology Center and the expansion of the R&D organization’s capabilities.
Michael Spiers is the Chief People Officer for London City Airport which celebrates its 30th Anniversary in 2017 and is the only airport actually in London, serving 50 routes and close to 5 million passengers in 2016.
Previously Michael was the HR Director for the airport and prior to that he held several HR roles at Centrica including Head of HR for the corporate office as well as heading up HR for the Offshore Renewable and Nuclear parts of the business. He formatively spent many years at Sainsbury’s in a number of HR roles both in the retail and Trading functions. Michael has a Master’s degree in Chemistry from UKC as well as a Master degrees in HRM and Employment law. Michael has a passion for travel and will openly brag that in his current job he can make it from his desk to airplane door in 6 minutes (his current record!)
Sue joined Warburtons in July 2011 as HR Director responsible for the development and delivery of the People Management Strategy. This includes Performance, Talent, Organisation Development, Reward and Engagement.
Sue is a History and Politics graduate from Leeds University and has over 25 years experience in the HR function, gained in both retail and manufacturing sectors. She has previously worked for Marks & Spencers, News International and Iceland Foods.
Mervyn Dinnen is author of the book Exceptional Talent and an HR & talent analyst who advises recruitment and HR technology businesses on the emerging trends impacting hiring, retention and engagement. he is an International speaker and writer on HR and recruitment trends. He previously spent 20 years working with UK companies on recruitment and retention strategies.
Perry Timms has a mission: To design a better future of work for us all to lead more fulfilling lives.
He is Founder and Chief Energy Officer of PTHR, with over 25 years experience in people, technology and organisational change and transformation and in October 2017, Perry’s first book project – Transformational HR – is published by Kogan Page.
Perry is an international and TEDx Speaker and Adviser on the Future of Work and HR, and is a WorldBlu® Certified Freedom at Work Consultant + Coach – helping people and their companies become part of the next stage in human and organisational evolution. Perry has partners across the UK, and in the USA, New Zealand, South Africa, Kuwait, Ireland, Poland, Romania, Sweden, and Denmark to help achieve this.
A Chartered Member of the CIPD, Perry advises the CIPD on HR’s use of Digital and Social Media, and was a Guide for the 2013 CIPD HR Hackathon (with Professor Gary Hamel’s Management Innovation Exchange).
Perry is a Visiting Fellow at Sheffield Hallam University, a Fellow of the RSA, is an associate consultant at the Work Foundation, and is part of the adjunct faculty at Ashridge Executive Education (Hult International Business School).
You will find Perry on Twitter @PerryTimms, on YouTube, LinkedIn and you can read his Medium blog at medium.com/@PerryTimms
Gary Kildare is an energetic and progressive international business leader. He has deep knowledge of complex business talent and people management across many different countries and cultures. He has lead transformational change reflecting technology and market shifts from software and services to the social, mobile, digital and the emerging, artificial intelligence agenda. He has served as Chief HR Officer for Global Business Services (IBM’s consulting business), Global Vice President of HR for Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific with accountability for over 430,000 employees worldwide, Chief HR Officer for Global Technology Services Division and is currently Chief HR Officer IBM Europe. He is currently based in Madrid and is a member of IBMs Growth & Transformation Team (a group of Senior Executives appointed by the CEO to provide Global Leadership across key strategic areas).
Outside of IBM Gary is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a GlobalScot and sits on the Criticaleye Advisory Board. He has served as a Non-Executive Director of Education Scotland, as a member of the Scottish Government’s Education study – ‘The Curriculum for Excellence’, a Non-Executive Director of the National Skills Academy (Financial Services), a Non-Executive advisor to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC); a member of the HRMC People Committee and Pay Review Committee; and a member of the CBI Business Council for Scotland. He received an honorary doctorate from Edinburgh Napier University in June 2012.
As Chief People Officer, Paulo Pisano is responsible for the overall employee experience at Booking.com. This includes overseeing the company’s global HR and Work Spaces strategy and execution across Booking.com’s 200 offices around the world.
Previously, Paulo was the Chief People Officer at Galp, a globally integrated energy company, supporting its transition into renewables and new business models.
Paulo has been involved in a number of transformational initiatives such as the opening of a new chapter for the Singularity University, the global expansion of Stir Education and Teach for All, and the development of The House of Beautiful Business, a global platform to make business more human.
Andy is the Chief HR Officer for Leeds City Council, the UK’s second largest local authority. Andy is responsible for the people strategy and HR service delivery for the 14,500 staff directly employed by the Council, in addition to the 12,000 employed by primary and secondary schools. Prior to joining local government in September 2019, Andy was the Chief Operating Officer for the University of Sheffield, and before that its Director of Human Resources.
Andy has undertaken a range of national HR and sectoral roles, and regular contributor and presenter at various conferences and events. He has continuously appeared in HR Magazine’s prestigious Top 10 Most Influential HR Practitioners List since 2015. Outside of work, he is usually running, cycling or swimming. Andy is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD.
Dina has an extensive international experience in the whole talent management areas working on local, regional and corporate roles combining an innovative point of view with strategic, tactical and operational expertise and a deep knowledge of HR. She is skilled in the design, development and delivery of award winners HR strategies to support growth and transformation. Her purpose is to extend and amplify the cognitive and affective abilities to go beyond people’s potential, help them flourish and inspire them to look for new perspectives. She has developed her career around encouraging people to be guided by their own curiosity and choose what makes them happy.
Michelle’s career in the Group started in Private Banking undertaking a number of roles finally running St Albans Private Banking office, moving on to be the first female Local Director for Lloyds in Camden. Michelle then ran telephony centres in Solent, Cardiff, Bridgend and Southend before moving again, this time to General Insurance to run the retention and direct GI business before moving to the Halifax as the Regional Director for the South of England.
Michelle brings the customer focus and insight developed through her career to her current role of Chief Culture and Talent Officer for the Group where she has responsibility for defining, implementing and oversighting the Group’s Recruitment, Talent, Performance Management, Learning and Culture. This is a significant leadership role that is vital in driving the behavioural and cultural changes required to allow the Group to succeed in future.
Hamira Riaz is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist & Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. With two doctorates and specialism in neuropsychology, her 30yr career includes neuroscience service provision within the NHS and MoD and leadership consultancy at YSC Ltd. Since 2013, she was Managing Director of a boutique leveraging her clinical and business background, before joining Volvo Group as VP Strategic Leadership in 2020. She’s a regular media commentator on subjects from existential anxiety to women in leadership, recently as ambassador for the “We are Undefeatable” campaign supporting people living with chronic health conditions and resident psychologist on Channel 5’s, ”Lawrence of Arabia: Britain’s Great Adventurer.
After fifteen years in front-line sales, Kate moved into what was then called Capability Development since which time she’s never looked back. Kate has worked in industries as varied as oil and gas and food manufacturing, she’s worked for herself and now, leads the Enablement function for Getty Images, an organisation that, relatively speaking, is still in its infancy. Kate feels lucky to work for a company whose goal is to move the world through the images we produce and to be surrounded by people who are experts in their field.
Her team is responsible for the end-to-end development of their sellers; from onboarding, through Sales skills and Sales leadership training to Product, Process, and Systems. They are less instructors than “suggesters” and facilitators. “Suggester” of different ways of doing the habitual that inspires these already skilled adult learners to tweak or change their behaviour and facilitator of simplification, removing barriers that get in the way people doing their best work