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Lucy Adams

CEO, Disruptive HR

Plenary 4, Thursday 24 May, 15:50-17:00

 

Lucy Adams is one of the most innovative and inspirational speakers in the HR profession. Having led HR in major organisations such as the BBC she knows why HR has to change and offers genuinely fresh perspectives on how to do it.

Lucy is the founder of Disruptive HR which she created having grown frustrated with the lack of innovation and fresh thinking in the profession She and her team work with business leaders and HR professionals across the world to help them lead, engage and develop their people differently.

Lucy is also the author of the bestseller “HR Disrupted” a book packed with practical ways to innovate your approach to leading people in a disrupted world and her very latest book bestseller “The HR Change Toolkit” providing the complete guide to making it happen.

 

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Julie Alderdice

Associate Client Partner, Korn Ferry

Business Breakfast, Wednesday 22 May, 07:45-09:00

 

Julie Alderdice is an Associate Partner at Korn Ferry, leading on work measurement and design. She is also a leading adviser onpay policies, gender and equal pay. Her consulting work in higher education dates back 15 years. It is currently focused on reward policy and practice for leadership teams (including remuneration governance), equality reviews, approaches to simplifying grading and pay for the wider population and creating better alignment between rewards and university values. She advises several remuneration committees in the sector and elsewhere. Prior to her career in consulting, Julie worked in the sector as a research associate.

 

 

 

Dominic Ashley-Timms

Managing Director, Notion Ltd

Afternoon Tea, Wednesday 22 May, 17:00-18:00

 

Dominic is founder and MD of Notion, established in 2000 with the simple aim to help organisations ‘change momentum’. With 30 years of client work as a change management consultant, international trainer, and latterly as a specialist in Coaching, Dominic has delivered complex change programmes and also trained groups of Leaders and Managers across the public, academic and private sectors in over 30 countries.

Passionately interested in the human side of change and recognising early the powerful impact that coaching can have within organisations, Dominic set about establishing Notion at the forefront of this capability and Notion now enjoys working with many leading organisations.

Dominic is a thought leader in the field of Coaching and Communications and has co-developed several leading-edge models including a highly commercial Operational Coaching model. He holds a BSc. in Ergonomics and an MBA from IMD, where he is also a guest lecturer in advanced communication skills.

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Daphne Doody-Green

Head, CIPD Northern England

Plenary 3, Thursday 23 May, 09:00-10:15

 

Daphne is the CIPD Head of the North of England. She is responsible for driving the CIPD’s Strategy in region ensuring it reflects the diversity of businesses, organisations and members’ interests in the North. Her role is focused on building reach, influence and impact across the region and involves working and partnering with key stakeholders, CIPD Members, Employers, HR Leaders, Government, business communities and networks to amplify CIPD’s voice and develop regional insight and propositions that will support membership growth and champion better work and working lives. Over the last 12 years, Daphne has developed extensive experience in developing strategic relationships in HR both here in the UK and internationally. Her previous role focused on developing new markets for CIPD and she spent 6 years leading market and business development for Europe, Middle East and Singapore.

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Helen Fairfoul

Chief Executive, UCEA

Senior HR Forum, Tuesday 21 May, 15:00-17:00 

 

Helen has been Chief Executive at the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) since October 2012. She leads the body that represents the UK higher education sector in employment matters and undertakes the collective negotiations with the sector trade unions in relation to pay and pensions. UCEA aims to support its member higher education organisations in delivering excellent and world-leading higher education and research by representing their interests as employers and facilitating their work in delivering effective employment and workforce strategies. UCEA focuses on assisting higher education organisations in: achieving effective employment practice and employee relations; taking forward recruitment, reward and recognition strategies that are fit for evolving employment environments; and supporting movement towards sustainable solutions to higher education employers’ future pensions provision. Helen first joined UCEA in the role of Deputy Chief Executive in 2007. She has previously held positions as HR Director and Clerk to Council at the University of Roehampton and as a Director of Personnel within local government. She is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, an Honorary Fellow of the Institute for Employment Studies and holds an MBA and a first degree in history.

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Kathleen Heycock

Partner, Farrer & Co

Legal Breakfast, Thursday 23 May, 07:45-08:55

 

Kathleen is a Partner in the employment team at Farrer & Co who specialises in advising higher education institutions. Kathleen has worked in the HE sector for 14 years and spent three and a half years on secondment to the HR team at Imperial College London. She brings her valuable insight and pragmatic approach when advising on key issues and addressing concerns of HR professionals in the HE sector. Kathleen has dealt with a range of complicated Tribunal claims, academic TUPE transfers, large scale redundancies, senior terminations and contract reviews as well as day to day employee relations issues. She also specialises in safeguarding in universities and student welfare and has advised a number of HR institutions on setting up and managing appropriate safeguarding systems and protocols as well as dealing with specific safeguarding and liaising with the relevant authorities when issues arise.

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Professor Damian Hughes

LiquidThinker

Plenary 2, Wednesday 22 May, 15:20-16:30

 

Professor Damian Hughes is an international speaker and bestselling author who combines his practical and academic background within sport, organisational development and change psychology, to help organisations and teams to create a high performing culture.

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Robert Lewis

Associate, Farrer & Co

Legal Breakfast, Thursday 23 May, 07:45-08:55

 

Robert is an associate in the Farrer & Co employment team. He has experience acting for universities in complex tribunal litigation, settlement negotiations and guiding clients through internal procedures such as disciplinaries and grievances. He has recently been involved in advising on sexual harassment allegations for a number of clients. Robert is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Industrial Law Society.

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Debbie McVitty

Editor, Wonkhe

Facilitator: Plenary 1, Wednesday 22 May, 09:45-10:45

 

As Wonkhe’s editor, Debbie has oversight of Wonkhe’s daily insight, debate and analysis of higher education policy. Debbie has previously worked in policy and communications roles at Universities UK, the University of Bedfordshire, and the National Union of Students. She has also worked in postgradaute development at the University of Oxford. She holds a DPhil in English literature from the University of Oxford and a Masters in research in higher education policy, evaluation and enhancement from Lancaster University. She is interested in bringing to light new and less-represented perspectives to inform policy and practice in higher education.

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Dr Janet Metcalfe

Head, Vitae

Plenary 3, Thursday 23 May, 09:00-10:15

 

Dr Janet Metcalfe is Head of Vitae, an international programme dedicated to realising the potential of researchers through transforming their professional and career development, and creating an inclusive research environment so all researchers can flourish. She leads on Vitae’s activities relating to the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers and the UK process for the HR Excellence in Research Award. Recent projects include exploring the wellbeing and mental health of doctoral researchers for Research England and Office of Students. Her publications include: ‘What do research staff do next?’ on the career paths of postdoctoral researchers who leave European research organisations to work beyond academia Janet led the development the Vitae Researcher Development Framework that describes the knowledge, skills and attributes of highly effective researchers. She manages two large scale biennial surveys of researchers’ experiences: the Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS) and the Principal Investigators and Research Leaders Survey (PIRLS).

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Sue Midha

Director of HR, Cardiff University

Plenary 3, Thursday 23 May, 09:00-10:15

 

Sue Midha is the director of HR for Cardiff University and a member of the University’s Executive Board. Having graduated from Swansea University with a degree in Psychology, Sue joined Rolls-Royce in 1987 as a graduate trainee on their Industrial Relations & Training and Development Scheme; following which she held substantive Training and Industrial Relations roles with the company. In 1991, Sue moved into the education sector - joining Cardiff University as Training and Development Officer. She was appointed to the role of Director of Staff and Organisational Development in 2010, and then HR Director in 2014. Her key responsibility is to lead on the development of the University’s people strategy. Sue is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and Vice Chair of the National Executive of Universities HR, the professional association for HR professionals working in Higher education.

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Joanne Roney

Chief Executive, Manchester City Council  

Plenary 1, Wednesday 22 May, 09:45-10:45

 

Joanne has been the Chief Executive of Manchester City Council since April 2017. During the last 18 months she has dealt with a number of unprecedented events including the Manchester Arena Bomb. Joanne is driving the Council through the fundamental changes to Health and Social Care. She is lead Chief Executive for skills across Greater Manchester. Before moving to Manchester, Joanne was previously Chief Executive of Wakefield Metropolitan Borough Council, where she held the top post from 2008. Joanne’s career started in local government as an apprentice with Birmingham City Council when she was 16. She has a strong track record in transforming public services and delivering major regeneration initiatives such as the Hepworth Gallery Wakefield and Parkhill Housing in Sheffield. She has extensive experience in housing and local government having previously worked as Director of Housing at Kirklees Council and Executive Director with responsibility for housing, communities and adult care services at Sheffield City Council. Joanne is a Fellow of CIH and a regular contributor to Inside Housing. Joanne is a Trustee of the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, established in the wake of the Manchester Arena attack, to provide financial support to victims and families affected. Joanne was awarded the OBE for services to local government in 2009.

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Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell

President and Vice Chancellor, University of Manchester

Plenary 1, Wednesday 22 May, 09:45-10:45

 

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, FRS, is President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Manchester, the first woman to lead The University of Manchester or either of its two predecessor institutions, and Professor of Physiology. She was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in June 2004 and made Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in June 2005, in recognition of her services to science. She is co-Chair of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology, Chair of the Oxford Road Corridor Board, and a member of the Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Board, the Northern Powerhouse Partnership Board, the UK Dementia Research Institute Board and the Industrial Strategy Council. Her ongoing research in the field of neuroscience has contributed towards major advances in the understanding and treatment of brain damage in stroke and head injury.

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Peter Smith

Senior Client Partner, Korn Ferry

Business Breakfast, Wednesday 22 May, 07:45-09:00

 

Peter Smith is a Senior Partner at Korn Ferry. He has advised on employment policies and pay for over 25 years and in the past two decades has worked extensively with universities in the UK and Ireland, as well as supporting the consultancy’s higher education practice internationally. He supports a number of remuneration committees in the sector and elsewhere. He has published on pay and performance issues and given evidence to several national inquiries on UK pay and reward policies and practices.

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Vivienne Stern

Director, Universities UK International

Plenary 3, Thursday 23 May, 09:00-10:15

 

Vivienne is the Director of Universities UK International (UUKi) which represents UK universities around the world and works to enable them to flourish internationally.

Prior to her role in UUKi, Vivienne was Head of Political Affairs at Universities UK. In this role she led the sector’s response to several major pieces of legislation relating to universities, including the Higher Education Act 2004. She previously worked in the UK Parliament for the Chair of the Education and Skills Select Committee, and as a higher education policy specialist working on topics including quality, student experience, innovation and university-business links.

She is a Director of Universities UK; a member of the Board of the UK India Research and Innovation Initiative and the Strategic Partnerships in Higher Education Fund; she is a member of the British Council’s Education Advisory Group and a number of other Boards and Committees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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