IBM HR Summit

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. Attend IBM HR Summit 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 provides valuable insight and thought leadership to help you transform your business.

Be part of the HR Revolution by atttending IBM HR Summit. This is a one-day, complimentary event for IBM’s HR network.

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Why attend?

Attending IBM HR Summit will give you an 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

* Chris Chesterman - Talent Acquisition European Leader, IBM

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.

Live Stream

10:15 - 10:35


Stream 1:
Optimizing your HR function
Room: Broadgate 1

Stream 2:
Changing the employee experience
Room: London Wall

Stream 3/4
Future of work
Room: Bishopsgate 1/2

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

Live Stream

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

* Brigid McMahon - Global Talent Acquisition Leader Cognitive Solutions, IBM

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

Room: Bishopsgate 1 (Stream 4)

Moments that matter: Starting your cognitive journey using employee centric design

Cognitive technologies will transform the employee experience, and current employees can provide valuable insights into which experiences should be prioritized on your cognitive roadmap. This is an interactive session exploring how design thinking principles and techniques can be used by HR teams to gain key insights into the moments that really matter to your employees.

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

Room: Bishopsgate 2 (Stream 3)

11:30 – 12:15


The future of work, people analytics and change

The world of work is changing with the ever increasing access to people analytics and insight, underpinned with advances and access to technology and data. This has removed the typical barriers to entry across both cost and complexity, however the resistance to change and ability to move organisations and their culture forward has created new ones. Ben Bartl and James Allen will share their experiences of successful and unsuccessful analytics programmes, and provide insights into how you can embed culture into your transformations and strategy.

* Ben Bartl - People & Workforce Analytics, Deloitte
* James Allen - People & Workforce Analytics, Deloitte

Live Stream


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

Live Stream

12:15 – 13:25


Stream 1:
Optimizing your HR function
Room: Broadgate 1

Stream 2:
Changing the employee experience
Room: London Wall

Stream 3:
Future of work
Room: Bishopsgate 1/2

13:25 – 14:10


Global rollout of online recruitment assessments at Continental

Bringing the best people into the organisation is our number one priority and challenge. Continental’s growth plans are ambitious and each individual hiring decision has a long-term impact. Using professional recruiting tools to establish the best fit between person and position is a key part of the Talent Acquisition agenda.

This session will explain how Continental integrated Online Assessments into their global standard recruiting process. Continental will share how they refined their roll out approach by systematically considering candidate feedback, plus the challenges and opportunities of a global roll out.

* Dr. Caroline Jähnig – Project Manager Talent Management, Continental AG


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 – Global Employee Engagement Lead, Deutsche Post DHL
* Lizee Butler - HR Business Partner, Computacenter
* David Mason - Non Executive Director, Intec

Live Stream

CASE STUDY (13:25 - 15:05)

Successfully delivering talent acquisition in a global organization

During this session you will hear about the journey Syngenta’s Talent Acquisition function has been on over the last 4 years; how TA is designed, managed and delivered in a complex, global organisation; the role and impact of technology and data; lessons learnt through outsourcing service delivery; improvements to the experiences of Hiring Manager and Candidates; and critical takeaways that can benefit your own organisations on their journey.
This session will be in a moderated Q&A format, and questions from the audience are encouraged. We look forward to your participation!

* Neal Krisko - Global Head of Talent Acquisition, Syngenta

14:20 – 15:05


On your marks, get set, bake! The right ingredients for an effective people analytics capability

There has been an explosion of interest in using people analytics to provide evidence and insights around how the workforce drives business outcomes and to underpin decision making. However, whilst a handful of organisations appear to be leading in this area, the vast majority are just beginning their journey.
In this session, KPMG will explore some of secrets of how successful organisations are using people analytics, some of the myths associated with getting started, and our view of the key pillars of success that every organisation needs to address to grow an effective people analytics capability.

* Jonathan Green - KPMG
* Chris Barkataki - KPMG

Live Stream


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

Live Stream


Bridging the Cyber Talent Gap

Is the talent pipeline for critical cybersecurity skills empty? How do we reframe and address the problem? These are some of the current burning questions facing the cybersecurity world, across all sectors. With roles plentiful but cyber talent hard to identify using traditional methods, what are new and innovative ways to bridge this talent gap?
The panel participants are all experts in their fields and currently engaged in understanding these issues and developing solutions to address them.

* Chiara Staples - Sr. Executive Partner, IBM Watson and Kenexa

* Julian Meyrick - VP Security Europe, IBM
* David - National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)
* Marilise de Villiers - Research Director, Information Security Forum (ISF)
* Trevor Pons - Senior Managing Consultant, IBM
* Kirsty Phillips - Senior Consultant, Hawker Chase & Founder of WinC (Diversity in Cyber)

15:05 – 15:25


15:25 – 15:55

General session

AI: Transforming HR and the future of work

Fireside chat with….

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

* Antony Shields - Global Director HR Systems, EY

Live Stream

15:55 – 16:55

Guest speaker

Interview with...

* Matt Dawson MBE - Former England rugby captain and a team captain on BBC’s ‘A question of sport‘

Live Stream

16:55 – 17:00

Closing remarks

* Chris Chesterman - Talent Acquisition European Leader, IBM

17:00 – 18:00




 Conference MC 

Chris Chesterman

Chris Chesterman

Talent Acquisition European Leader, IBM

Chris has over 12 years experience in enterprise SaaS software sales, specialising in the Talent Acquisition across Europe. Recent successes include the likes of PwC, Deloitte, and Allen & Overy. For 2016 Chris is leading the Talent Acquisition sales strategy & go-to-market across Europe, focussed on the continued evolution of IBM's approach to the TA market. An approach centred around the application of integrated CRM and Analytics, driving organisational investment in talent strategy and fundamentally business performance.


 Guest speaker 


Matt Dawson MBE

Former England rugby captain and a team captain on BBC’s ‘A question of sport‘

Born in Birkenhead, Dawson started his rugby career with Marlow and then moved to Northampton. In 1993, Matt was a called up as a member of the England Sevens team which won the first Sevens World Cup in Scotland. He went on to make his full international debut for England in December 1995, against Western Samoa. Dawson was a member of the 1997 British Lions tour to South Africa, and the 2001 Tour to Australia. Matt Dawson became an integral part of the England side, and during the 2000 Six Nations tournament he was named captain. He won his 50th cap against Ireland on the same day England won the Grand Slam in 2003. He was a crucial part of the team that won the 2003 Six Nations Grand Slam and World Cup, feeding the ball to Jonny Wilkinson for his legendary drop goal. In 2004, he moved from Northampton to Wasps, winning the Premiership title in his first season. In 2004, Matt joined the BBC TV quiz show A Question of Sport, featuring as a regular team captain opposite Ally McCoist and now Phil Tufnell. Dawson was a key member of the 2005 Six Nations Team, and was included in the 2005 British Lions tour to New Zealand. In May 2006, Matt retired from the sport playing his last game against Sale. Matt Dawson won 77 caps for his country in total, including nine as captain. He is England’s most capped scrum half. In 2006 he took part in the BBC’s Celebrity MasterChef and won. Matt then put on his dancing shoes to take part in Strictly Come Dancing. As a rugby reporter, he has worked on BBC Sport’s rugby fixtures and as contributor to their coverage of the Six Nations Championship and on BT Sport with regular appearances on the channel’s Rugby Tonight. Matt was also a commentator for BBC Radio 5 Live throughout the 2015 Rugby World Cup, and he continues to write a rugby column for the Daily Mirror, a post he has held since 2014.


  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


Antony Sheilds

Antony Shields

Global Director HR Systems, EY

Based in London, Antony leads a global team responsible for managing and delivering HR systems across the organisation. Prior to joining EY, Antony held several leadership roles in Human Capital Management and technology consulting with a particular focus on HR/Talent Software as a Service (SaaS) and cloud solutions.

  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

Associate Director, Organisational Development, Talent Executive, EY

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

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.

Chris Barkataki

Workforce Intelligence Lead, People and Change, KPMG

Chris leads KPMG’s Workforce Intelligence practice in the UK, providing workforce planning and workforce analytics advisory services to organisations across all industries and business divisions. He joined KPMG in 2013 as a recognised industry expert from a leading information services and data analytics organisation, where he had built their strategic and operational workforce planning and analytics capability across their UK&I Operation. Chris specialises in optimising the effectiveness, efficiency and performance of the workforce and leads large scale projects, building new and innovative solutions and developing capabilities within clients. He hails from Nottingham, is a keen but rusty drummer and is currently learning to juggle and do yoga, though not at the same time!

Lizee Butler

HR Business Partner, Computacenter

Lizee Butler works in Human Resources at Computacenter. She has the responsibility for developing the Group Employee Engagement Strategy as well as being aligned to the UK Sales teams as their HR Business Partner. Lizee was recently responsible for delivering the 2016 Group Employee Survey which captured the views and feedback of nearly 14,000 employees globally.

Lizee has over 12 years’ experience working as an HR Professional. During this time she has fulfilled a number of roles, in a number of different sectors, before most recently progressing to Business Partner at Computacenter, a Global FTSE 250 Company. She is passionate about the value that HR brings to an organisation particularly in this fast-paced, ever-changing environment we find ourselves in today.

Matt Nowell

Executive HR Advisor, IBM Workforce Science & Analytics

Matt is an Executive HR Advisor with 18 years of extensive experience helping HR leaders across Europe, design employee experiences informed by talent analytics, workforce science and systems of engagement solutions, aimed at helping organisations reinvent the way they attract, recruit, engage and enable their people to maximise business performance.

Using IBM's Smarter Workforce methodology and workforce assessments, Matt provides thought leadership and consulting to build strategic Talent/workforce business cases that support large-scale Workforce/Talent transformation.

Ritu Mohanka

Head of Workforce Science, IBM Europe

As leader of the Europe region for the Workforce Science business (covering Assessment, Survey, Leadership Development and Diversity & Inclusion). Ms. Mohanka leads a large team in building out and deepening the business across existing and new countries, offering leading edge solutions in the Human Capital Management (HCM) software and consulting space to the global HCM market. She has also personally led and delivered many key projects for some of IBM Smarter Workforce’s largest international clients across a wide range of sectors from Financial Services to Pharma, Industrials and Retail, linking results to overall strategic business goals to drive performance improvement.

James Allen

People & Workforce Analytics, Deloitte

Ben Bartl

People & Workforce Analytics, Deloitte

Dr. Caroline Jähnig
Dr. Caroline Jähnig

Dr. Caroline Jähnig

Project Manager, Talent Management, Continental AG

After graduating with a Master’s Degree in Psychology, Caroline Jähnig went on to pursue a career in research. She earned her PhD in Business Education and Human Resource Development from the Georg-August-University in Göttingen, Germany. Upon leaving academics, she worked as a data analyst in a fast growing start-up company, and soon realized that she wanted to bring her passion for systems and data back to the HR world.

Driven by that motivation, she then moved to the Global Talent Management and Organizational Development Team at Continental AG, and became a Project Manager for Talent Management. Caroline is currently responsible for the global implementation and roll out of Online Assessments. Building on her experience, she consults projects across all areas of Talent Management. Her passion is to promote synergies between internal and external stakeholders, and to keep an eye on new tools and trends in Talent Management that drive the digitalization of HR.

Brigid McMahon
Brigid McMahon

Brigid McMahon

Global Talent Acquisition Leader Cognitive Solutions, IBM

Marilise de Villiers
Marilise de Villiers

Marilise de Villiers

Research Director, Information Security Forum (ISF)

Currently the director responsible for research delivery at the ISF*, Marilise is a seasoned People and Change leader with a broad base of business, technical and leadership skills. She’s led the design and roll-out of global training and employee engagement programmes across a broad range of industries and disciplines (finance, audit and security) over the past decade. Marilise is passionate about developing individuals & teams to deliver exceptional performance. She is widely regarded as an expert in the human aspects of cyber security and creating a strong security culture.

* The ISF is the world’s leading authority on cyber, information security and risk management. Our research, practical tools and guidance are used by ISF Members to overcome the wide-ranging security challenges that impact their business today.

Verena Amonat
Verena Amonat

Verena Amonat

Global Employee Engagement Lead, Deutsche Post DHL

Verena leads the Global Engagement & Employee Feedback Team at Deutsche Post DHL, the world’s largest logistics provider with about 510.000 employees in 220 countries and territories, headquartered in Bonn, Germany. She is a seasoned professional with more than 18 years’ experience in strategic HR topics and Sales & Marketing. Verena has a proven track record of driving change by way of solid project management capability and consultative application. She is renowned for her ability to develop solutions to meet business challenges with a current focus on Engagement & HR Surveys. Verena is a passionate leader working within multi-layered teams and maximizing their full potential. She holds a master degree in business administration and a logistics MBA from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Verena Amonat
Kirsty Phillips

Kirsty Phillips

Senior Consultant, Hawker Chase & Founder of WinC (Diversity in Cyber)

Kirsty started her professional career in the Royal Navy where she toured Iraq, Bosnia and the Falklands and spent 2 years as part of HMS Ark Royals Ships Company. Upon leaving the Navy, Kirsty began her career in Cyber Security recruitment and is now a Cyber Head hunter and trusted advisor to her clients and network. Alongside her day job Kirsty works to support our military in their transition from leaving the forces. With her background in the forces (a male dominated environment) and the lack of diversity within Cyber, Kirsty began to realise what challenges the Cyber Industry and indeed women were facing and hence set up the WinC- Women in Cyber platform which quickly evolved to encompass neuro-diversity, more specifically Autism and Asperger’s. The aim of WinC is to promote diversity and inclusion within the Cyber Security Industry. Some of her most recent achievements include a live stream panel discussion for InfoSecurity Magazine at InfoSecurity Europe and supporting the Women in Cyber breakfast as the panel moderator alongside professionals from CISCO, IOActive and ISC2 hosted by InfoSecurity Magazine.


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