Welcome to
the IBM HR Summit
in London

The world is changing and the way we conduct business is shifting faster than we’ve ever seen. Across every industry, technology is making the impossible possible; organisations are facing unprecedented challenges as well as unexpected opportunities; our global customers are more savvy and demanding than ever before; and our workforce is transforming more rapidly than ever envisioned. How will you be part of this HR revolution?

Each year, IBM brings together senior HR practitioners from some of the largest organisations to share their own stories and network with over 400 HR professionals. Join us at IBM HR Summit 2017 to hear how we’re revolutionising HR with solutions powered by IBM Watson’s cognitive technology. With the capacity to understand, reason and learn and quickly absorb vast amounts of data, these powerful cognitive solutions are creating new possibilities. With workstreams featuring topics related to Cognitive Recruitment, Predictive Hiring, Employee Listening, Digital Transformation and Talent Analytics - this event will provide valuable insight and thought leadership to help you transform your business.

Be part of the HR Revolution for the 2017 IBM HR Summit London on 14th June. This is a one-day, complimentary event for IBM’s HR network.


Why Attend?

Attending IBM HR Summit 2017 will give you understanding of how to get more out of your workforce—uncovering what it takes to empower your people and transform your business. Connect to others who can provide expertise on attracting and developing the best people, cultivating leaders and capitalising on your collective intelligence through human insight, social tools and workforce analytics. Learn how ground-breaking capabilities in behavioural science, analytics, collaborative technology and cognitive computing provide the fuel to transform your business processes.

HR Stories told by HR Leaders

HR is fundamentally changing. To succeed, leading companies are infusing cognitive systems and analytics into the core of their HR practices, quickly gaining insight from data to help reason and learn in ways never imaginable.

Learn from other organisations how to maximise workforce performance by revolutionising your HR function.

Building Relationships

Network with other HR professionals from some of the largest and most recognised companies throughout Europe.

Do not miss your opportunity to meet and mingle with fellow practitioners and build professional relationships that will last a lifetime.

What You Will Learn:

  • Real life case studies, concrete lessons learned and guidance from some of the world’s leading companies and thinkers
  • Interactive workshops to ensure practical application to your business strategy
  • Flexibility to switch between streams to ensure you future-proof your strategy across the HR functions
  • High-quality business and technical content featuring new solutions that will shape the future of how work gets done.


08:00 – 09:00

Registration/ Breakfast/ Networking

09:00 – 09:15

Opening Remarks

*David Kelly – IBM Talent Management Director, IBM Europe

09:15 – 10:15

General Session

The Future is Now! Transforming the Employee Journey for the Workplace of the Future

Disruptions in the market, like rapidly changing technology, explosion of data and the need to create personalised candidate and employee experiences, mean that organisations need to start thinking differently about talent and adapt quickly if they want to remain competitive. This session will give a futuristic view of the employee journey, how Watson Talent is transforming the HR function and how the latest cognitive applications are creating a personalised experience to the way we attract, engage and develop talent and accelerate your employee’s impact on the business.

10:15 - 10:35


Stream 1:
Optimizing your HR function
Room: Bishopsgate 1/2

Stream 2:
Changing the Employee Experience
Room: Broadgate 1

Stream 3:
Future of Work
Room: London Wall

10:35 - 11:20


High Impact HR: Creating a Future-Fit Function

Due to the relentless pace of change the external environment, HR leaders must operate in an environment where speed, agility, commercial acumen and accuracy of judgement are ever more vital. CRF have been studying HRM for over 20 years: how it has evolved, how its reputation has varied and where it has delivered real impact to the business. Join-us for an interactive session where we will discuss how HR must develop to deliver increased value to the business and adapt in the face of future disruption.

*Mike Haffenden - Director, CRF
*Richard Hargreaves – Commercial Director, CRF
*John Whelan - UK HRD, BAE Systems


Get Listening, Get Creative, Get Commitment

Join us as we explore the employee engagement journey in both a rapidly growing start-up business and evolving enterprise company. Learn about how to obtain and analyse real time people data to form an engagement strategy that delivers results. You will hear real-business examples of employee engagement adventures and understand what approaches could work well and not so well! This will be an interactive session with plenty of opportunity for Q&A.

* Anthony Ryland - Managing Director, Tap'd Solutions

* Lewis Tasker - Head of People, KellyDeli
* Alexandra Pegg - Former European HR Planning Manager, Samsung Electronics

WORKSHOP (10:35 - 12:15)

Think Tank: Digital Reinvention in Talent Acquisition

With the new technology disrupting talent acquisition at an unprecedented speed, it's hard for many organisations to tell what's hype and what's a genuine game changer. From social listening and real-time candidate engagement to cogntive and intelligent automation, the strategic imperatives of the talent acquisition function are changing.  You're invited to join an exclusive group of other global talent acquisition leaders as they discuss these critical developments and what they mean to the talent acquisition function, both in the short-term and in the future. The session will cover:

  • Digital disruption and new expectations for the candidate experience
  • The key technological advances across the talent acquisition continuum
  • The TA technology maturity roadmap -- what's broadly implemented, still in proof of concept, next on the horizon?
  • Big data ethics 
  • Real stories and case studies from Amber Grewal at IBM and other participating organisations
  • The role of TA practitioners in this new reality

*Amber Grewal - Vice President Global Talent Acquisition, IBM

*Andi Britt - Executive Partner, European Talent & Engagement Leader, IBM
*Helena Parry – Talent Acquisition & Optimization, IBM

11:30 – 12:15


Making workforce analytics work: Breaking down the barriers to success

In this panel session, three acknowledged workforce analytics experts join Sheri Feinzig, Ph.D. to share their tips on two critical workforce analytics issues: how to overcome a number of the common barriers to successful workforce analytics adoption and how to tackle the ethical challenges of emerging employee data sources, like wearables. With an eye on practicality, this panel discussion promises to deliver the guidance you need to get the most from your workforce analytics endeavors.

This session includes specific insights from The Power of People, a new workforce analytics book co-authored by panel host, Sheri Feinzig.


Show me the data! Strategic analytics to engage talent and increase performance in EY

The talent agenda is central to EY achieving its strategic goals and engagement is a key part of that agenda. This session will explain how EY have made progress in engaging its workforce over the past six years and how business impact analytics have supported this work, enabling EY to refine their approach and measure the benefits of its investment. Daniel will explain how EY drive action on engagement and how they will evolve its approach in the future.

*Daniel Murphy - Associate Director, Organisational Development, Talent Executive, EY

12:15 – 13:25


Stream 1:
Optimizing your HR function
Room: Bishopsgate 1/2

Stream 2:
Changing the Employee Experience
Room: Broadgate 1

Stream 3:
Future of Work
Room: London Wall

13:25 – 14:10


Diversity, Disruption & Change in Talent Acquisition

AI is being portrayed as THE catalyst for change in HR & Recruitment in 2017. Join us for a live, interactive, round table discussion / Q&A on Bill's 3 hot topics, considering how do we ensure we leverage new technologies to transform what we do, and not just do the same thing faster?

* Bill Boorman - Independent HR expert & Founder of #Tru Conferences


Beyond Engagement: Moving from Transactional to Transformational

Many organisations spend a lot of effort and attention on employee engagement, which is a powerful indicator of productivity, quality, and efficiency, but it’s not the whole picture. Progressive HR teams recognise that measures of employee engagement must be viewed in the broader context of the business strategy and in a timely manner. Hear from our panel of experts on the latest trends, actionable insights and first hand experience on how organisations are augmenting traditional approaches to the annual employee engagement survey to listen, analyse and act on employee feedback.

* Ritu Mohanka-Vedhara - IBM

* Cathy Brown - Executive Director, Engage for Success
* Verena Amonat - Deutsche Post, DHL Group (DPDHL)
* Lizee Butler - HR Business Partner, Computacenter
* David Mason - Non Executive Director, Intec

WORKSHOP (13:25 - 15:05)

Moments That Matter: Starting your Cognitive Journey using Employee Centric Design

* Matt Nowell - Executive Consultant , IBM Talent Management Europe
* Paul Baxter - Associate Partner, GBS Talent and Engagement, IBM

14:20 – 15:05


*More details to follow


Employee engagement enabled by Technology - the IBM story!

Hear how IBM has improved employee engagement by focusing on employee experiences enabled by Cloud platforms and cognitive solutions. Learn how they have transformed the HR function globally by implementing Kenexa Talent Acquisition Suite, SAP SuccessFactor and Workday solutions, along with a host of Watson Talent applications.

* Jon Lester - HR Cloud Strategy Lead, IBM Global HR

15:05 – 15:25


15:25 – 15:50

General Session

AI: Transforming HR and the Future of Work

* Andi Britt - Executive Partner, European Talent & Engagement Leader, IBM

* Dipan Bhatt - HRIS Director, BP

15:50 – 16:50

Guest Speaker

To be announced shortly!

16:50 – 17:00

Closing Remarks

*David Kelly – IBM Talent Management Director, IBM Europe

17:00 – 18:00




 Conference MC 

David Kelly

IBM Smarter Workforce European Director

David has been involved in the Human Capital and associated consulting industries for the last 14 years. A big proponent of cloud Talent management technologies and with a personal interest in the people metrics that drive growth across different industries, David has worked with over half of the FTSE 100 across a range of different HR and Workforce topics. He is currently the Vice President for IBM's Smarter Workforce brand in Europe. He holds a degree in modern languages and linguistics from the University of Bristol


 Guest Speaker 

To be announced shortly!


  Main Stage  

Andi Britt

Executive Partner, European Talent & Engagement Leader, IBM

Andi leads IBM’s European Talent & Engagement practice, providing human capital management, HR and recruitment outsourcing and organizational change management advisory services for clients. Andi specialises in HR & Learning, and IT led enterprise transformation and has worked with IBM’s largest global clients in public and private sectors on HR Outsourcing, Cloud SaaS, ERP and enterprise wide change management engagements. He is a regular speaker and presenter on IBM’s Research on HR, Change Management, and Mobile, Social & Cognitive innovation. He was featured in the Financial Times inaugural ‘Power Part Time’ list in 2012, and runs a Foodbank and Youth Employment charity in South London.

Twitter: @andibritt

To be announced shortly!

To be announced shortly!

  Breakout Streams 

Mike Haffenden

Director, Corporate Research Forum (CRF)

Mike has worked in Senior HR roles in the US and Europe with major international businesses including Avon, Rowntree, Unilever and Hewlett Packard. He founded CRF as a research consortium to investigate the principles and practices that make a difference in people management. He applied the same principles in forming PARC, a research group investigating good practice in the area of performance, reward and governance. He is also a founder of Strategic Dimensions, a leading HR recruitment business.

David Mason

Non Executive Director, Intec

David has an outstanding record as a business leader in Human Resources. He served as Director of Recruitment at Capita from Jul 2014 to Dec 2015, and at RBS from Nov 2010 to Jun 2014 in positions including Head of Resourcing for UK and Europe, and Global COO Resourcing, where he developed and implemented a new Global Talent Management approach including the outsourcing of Employer Branding. Previous companies include AXA and Arcelor Mittal. David belongs to many recruitment judging panels including Judge for the Forum of In-House Recruitment Managers Awards 2013, 14 and 15.

Cathy Brown

Executive Director, Engage for Success

Currently the director for Engage for Success, Cathy has wide ranging experience across the public, private and third sectors in raising awareness and providing practical guidance to organisations looking to improve employee engagement. With a background in delivering strategic transformation programmes for a FTSE 100 company, she recognises the importance of values, good management, authentic leadership and the ability to listen in creating environments where people can bring the best of themselves to work every day.

As a long time public speaker & spokesperson for Engage for Success, Cathy engages and energises audiences around business change, leadership and innovation. She passionately believes that helping people find a better way to work can make a big difference to people's lives, their organisations and ultimately to the country.

Richard Hargreaves

Commercial Director, Corporate Research Forum (CRF)

Richard is responsible for the growth of the network through the acquisitions of new organisations and the retention of existing members and partners. He also leads on the development of new services to deliver value to the HR community. Prior to joining CRF, Richard was the EMEA Sponsorship Director at The Economist Group managing the growth of the business in both events and research.

Alexandra Pegg

Former European HR Planning Manager, Samsung Electronics

After graduating from a BSc in Psychology at the University of Warwick Alex decided to deepen her knowledge of Psychology in the workplace by studying a Masters in Organisation Studies from the Warwick Business School. With a long term goal of working in OD and becoming a Coach. On leaving university, Alex started out as a Market Research Project coordinator, before moving into the world of HR and becoming an HR Graduate at Gist Ltd. She then moved to Siemens PLC as a Talent Management Coordinator and went on to become a North West Europe Cluster Talent Manager. After 6 years Alex then moved to Samsung to become a European HR Planning Manager.

Alex has worked on local, Regional and Global projects across all areas of Talent Management, with a speciality in designing Behavioural Competency frameworks, Expertise frameworks and Learning & Development solutions across multiple countries and cultures. She also has a coaching qualification from Henley Business School and is PRINCE2 Project Management practitioner.

John Whelan

Human Resources Director, Programmes and Support, BAE Systems

After gaining a Degree in Business and a diploma in Human Resource Management John spent ten years in a variety of HR roles in Engineering and Manufacturing businesses. In 1994 he joined Matra-Marconi Space as Human Resources Director in the UK and was later appointed as overall Human Resources Director, based in Paris. The UK share of Matra Marconi was then acquired by BAE Systems following the merger with Marconi. John transferred to BAE SYSTEMS as Avionics Group Human Resources Director at the end of 1999. He led the HR merger integration project and process for Avionics.

At the end of 2001, John transferred to BAE Systems Head Office as HR Director, Organisation Development and Learning, responsible for management development and talent at Company level. In September 2007 he was appointed as Human Resources Director, Military Air Solutions. In this role he worked with the MAS Board to help implement the people and organisation plans in support of the strategy. In December 2009, John was appointed as Human Resources Director for Programmes and Support in addition to the MAS role; he works with the Programmes &Support Board on cross-cutting organisational and people issues and UK employment policy and Employee Relations.

In February 2013, John was appointed as Human Resources Director, Programmes and Support. He works with the UK Board to focus on the HR priorities across the business especially in Resourcing, Talent Management, Leadership Development, Diversity and Inclusion and Employee Engagement. John is married to Tina and has two children – Michael 24 and Grace 21, he lives in Hampshire and most of John’s spare time is taken up with keeping fit, family activities and watching rugby.
Daniel Murphy

Daniel Murphy

Associate Director, Organisational Development, Talent Executive, EY

Jon Lester

Jon Lester

HR Cloud Strategy Lead, IBM Global HR

Jon is the Global HR Cloud Strategy Lead for IBM with responsibility for defining how IBM utilise technology (Cloud and Cognitive) to increase employee engagement through experiences. He has over 20 years working in HR technology & payroll and is the co-creator of IBM’s ‘Phase 0’ offerings, around transitioning to the cloud. Jon has worked with a number of global organisations including Nestle, BP, Shell, Rolls Royce, & RBS in either a strategic capacity or to deliver cloud/on-premise led transformations including SuccessFactors, Workday, Kenexa, SAP HR and Peaoplesoft.
Lewis Tasker

Lewis Tasker

Head of People, KellyDeli

Lewis is a specialist in Employee Relations and Employee Engagement, with a particular focus on and passion for Organisational Culture. Lewis helps organisations to understand how they can evaluate and shape their cultures (and sub-cultures) to increase employee engagement and ultimately productivity.

Lewis started his career in Sainsbury’s and has held senior international HR roles in Samsung and Ricoh, and most recently in a rapid-growth food start-up: KellyDeli.


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