Conference Programme

Keynote Session

10.00 – 10.45

Rick Sherlock, Microsoft

TOPIC: Microsoft’s assessment process – optimised to hire transformational talent

  • Insight on how Microsoft is training its hiring community & recruiters
  • How to effectively assess the right attributes
  • Ensuring the delivery of a diverse & high quality recruitment strategy

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Keynote Session

11.15 – 12.15

Jon Stanners, Telefonica Alpha

TOPIC: Act & Engage Differently to get Ahead in Recruitment

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12.30 – 13.30


Topic: What does the Future of Recruitment Look Like

Industry experts will share their thoughts and insider know-how to discuss where we could see Recruitment in the short, medium and long term.

Discussion points;

  • Tools and Technology
  • Generational influences
  • What candidates really want


Morning Agenda

10.00 – 10.45

David Yates

Session A1

TOPIC: The four C’s of the Grant Thornton candidate experience

David Yates, Grant Thornton

Jeff Lovejoy

Session B1

TOPIC: Control, Shift, Recruit: Technology in Recruitment

Jeff Lovejoy, FDM Group

Trevor Pinder

Session C1

TOPIC: How does the relationship between Talent Acquisition and Agencies look in the future?

Trevor Pinder, Sales Director, SOLA Group

Steve Smith

Session D1

TOPIC: Social Media Background Screening: Risks and Rewards

Steve Smith, Sterling Talent Solutions

10.45 – 11.30

LIVE Speakers 1

Session A2

TOPIC: The road to recruitment success

Claire Whiteford & Chantel Conley, Nationwide

Kevin Green

Session B2

TOPIC: The Talent Crisis’

Kevin Green, REC

Richard Stockill

Session C2

TOPIC: Assessment Tools

Richard Stockill, Korn Ferry Hay Group

Rachel Rojas

Session D2

TOPIC: Attraction and Chemistry: The Magic Formula

Rachel Rojas, GAUCHO

11.30 – 12.15

Katrina Collier

Session A3

TOPIC:  Social Recruiting In An Age Of Automation & Transparency

Katrina Collier, Searchologist

Gemma Palmer

Session B3

TOPIC: Getting Ahead by Effectively Using the Apprenticeship Levy

Gemma Palmer, Gist

Dan Paine

Session C3

TOPIC: Move fast and break things

Dan Paine, Facebook

Nick Yockney

Session D3

TOPIC: Re-developing your hiring process

Nick Yockney, Kalo

12.15 – 13.00

Breakout Session LIVE! Update

Session A4


Adam Gordon, Candidate.ID on “Building your talent pipeline for the future”

Simon Swan, Hiring Hub on “Digital Disruption”

Mark Stephens, Smart Recruit Online on “How to generate more direct applications using an online strategy”

Rob Devlin, mydentist & Giles Heckstall-Smith, Jobtrain on “Delivering a killer candidate experience”

Eunice Clements-Tweedie

Session B4

TOPIC: Getting to the heart of a business with soul: The Kerry Foods employer brand story

Eunice Clements-Tweedie, Kerry Foods

Speaker Face

Session C4

TOPIC: Pre-employment Background Checks

Speaker TBC, Safe Screening

Lucy Kendall

Session D4

TOPIC: The gamechaging GDPR: what do you need to know about this data privacy evolution

Lucy Kendall, ComplyGDPR

13:30 PM – 14:15 PM

Lunch & Networking Break

Keynote Session

14.15 – 15.15

Charlotte Johns, TfL

TOPIC: Getting the most from your Advertising Campaigns

Direct Sourcing is key to the recruitment strategy at Transport for London and Charlotte will talk about the following;

  • Different approaches to support the transport network in London; Crossrail operations, Apprentices and Enforcement on Street.
  • Utilising different skills to run the differing campaigns
  • Ensuring a high quality diverse slate of applicants and hires

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Keynote Session

15.30 – 16.30

Dave Hazlehurst, Ph. Creative


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Afternoon Agenda

14.15 – 15.00

Amy Francis

Session A5

TOPIC: Can you trust your gut?  Unconscious Bias and how it does affect your hiring process.

Amy Francis, DigitasLBi

Ravi Edwards

Session B5

TOPIC: The Difference Informed Candidates Can Make to Your Talent Pipeline

Ravi Edwards, Glassdoor

Anna Steele

Session C5

TOPIC: Data-driven attraction strategies that maximise your ROI

Anna Steele, Creed Comms

Paul Slezak

Session D5

TOPIC: How to really add value as an In-house Recruiter

Paul Slezak, RecruitLoop

15.00 – 15.45

Mark Rhodes

Session A6

TOPIC: Myth busting recruitment’s future

Mark Rhodes,

Ellie Yates

Session B6

TOPIC: UK Skills Shortage

Ellie Yates, Hiring Hub

Richard Purvis

Session C6

TOPIC: What Programmatic can offer?

Richard Purvis, Crunch Simply Digital

Jessica Sullivan

Session D6

TOPIC: Agile working: attracting the talent of tomorrow

Jessica Sullivan, StepStone UK

15.45 – 16.30

Gordon Smith

Session A7

TOPIC: How to Hire Tech Candidates in a competitive market

Gordon Smith, Hired

Tim Kirk

Session B7

TOPIC: Utilising data insight to drive recruitment decisions

Tim Kirk, Eploy

Speaker Face

Session C7

TOPIC: Video Interviewing


Speaker Face

Session D7

TOPIC: On-boarding

Speaker TBC

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