All of our speakers have been hand-picked for their detailed knowledge and expertise. Each speaker will bring their insight and industry understanding to each of the presentations.

Make sure you don’t miss this unrivalled opportunity to hear from this phenomenal line-up of the industry’s finest speakers

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Conference Chair, Room A

Alan Whitford, Managing Partner, Abtech Partnership

Alan is a strategy consultant for Recruitment Challenges, Talent Acquisition, Candidate Experience, Employment Brand and Social Media. He works with corporate recruitment and talent management teams as well as recruitment agencies and RPO businesses to ensure that their technology and processes align to deliver the right candidates in a timely and cost-effective manner.He is one of the thought leaders in developing the online recruitment industry for end users, recruiters and candidates across Europe and has recently been active in creating workshops and training programmes for line managers on the use of new recruitment processes and technology and the emerging trends of social media.

Alan can be found as a frequent chairman and participant in European conference programmes, with over 200 appearances. He has been published in a number of on-line and off-line media covering technical and strategic HR and Recruitment issues, including the XPertHR Guide to Candidate Attraction.

Jon Stanners

Jon, Stanners, Head of Global Talent Engagement, Telefonica Alpha

Jon is someone who loves what they do, a Senior Global leader in Talent Attraction and Employer Brand across NORAM, EMEA and ASIAPAC. With strong effective organisational and communication skills, who has a real passion in enabling others to strive to success.

TOPIC: Recruitment isn’t actually Recruitment – Think differently

– The challenges faced & the journey taken
– The Social Media vision
– The process of selecting the right social channels for your strategy
– Content and video examples
– The stats behind the vision’s success

Jacob Kimber

Jake Kimber, Recruitment Manager, Mediatonic Gaming

Jake is currently a Recruitment Manager for Mediatonic, an independent games developer in the UK.  Previously he managed international recruitment for global software companies.  He previously won Best In-House Recruiter at the In-House Recruitment Awards and Firm Awards.

TOPIC: Future Talent: Common Stereotypes and Planning for the Future

It’s common for recruitment to treat candidates differently based on their “generation”, this presentation looks at how this is bad for business and ways to avoid it

Lee Griffiths

Lee Griffiths, Resourcing Brand and Attraction Manager, Nationwide

Lee is responsible for helping the largest building society in the world find and attract the best people. He manages every channel for the recruitment team from social media, the careers site, radio and online advertising, just to name a few.

TOPIC: The lost art of candidate attraction

Learn how to make a massive impact by knowing who you’re talking to, and why

Richard Hutchinson

Richard Hutchinson, Head of Sourcing, Capita

Working within RPO and in-house environments, Richard has worked in recruitment for over 15 years.  His focus over the last 13 years has been on candidate generation and has lots of experience in developing attraction and sourcing strategies for both the immediate and long term.

TOPIC: Developing an effective talent pooling strategy

  • What is Talent pipelining
  •  Why is talent pipelining important
  •  What are the key elements for success
Saf Angelo

Saf Angelo, Recruitment & Resourcing Team leader, Surrey County Council

With over 10 years recruitment experience and covering various verticals, Saf’s experience incorporates; providing strategic leadership to senior managers, talent acquisition, recruitment, recruitment advertising, work force planning, budgets and forecasting and importantly being able to recruit in multiple disciplines.

Currently working for Surrey County Council has provided Saf the opportunity to utilize the skills he acquired in the private sector to be able to apply and create change in terms of transformation and offer hiring managers as well as teams a strategic insight into recruitment by linking people strategies to business strategies.

Outside of work, Saf is an avid boxing fan and likes to get the odd round of golf in, when he gets a break from looking after his twins!

TOPIC: Innovating the Public Sector- Conception through to Delivery

Recruitment centric discussions, with examples, encompassing the following:

  • Empowering the workforce to achieve innovation
  • Innovation with the the barriers of processes and procedures in the Public Sector
  • Overcoming complexities to recruitment in Public Sector
  • Reviewing Organisational Design to enable us to be more pro-active in our approach

Ben Gledhill, Talent Acquisition Manager, Sofology

Honest talking Yorkshireman who has ended up in the exciting and ever-changing world of Talent Acquisition. After leaving university I went down the route of Graduate Recruitment Consultant before moving into internal resourcing. Via Agilisys, Co-op Bank and various accounts for Alexander Mann Solutions I am now Talent Acquisition Manager at Sofology responsible for ensuring we have the right Talent in place for our transformation into a digital retailer. I have a passion for all things Employer Brand related and anything tech that makes our lives easier! Outside of the Talent world I am an avid rugby and fitness fan while concentrating on my qualification for the 2023 US Masters!

TOPIC: Measuring your Candidate Experience

  • What does your current candidate experience look like?
  • Who has touchpoints with the candidate?
  • How could you improve?
  • How could you collect the data?
Andrew Sage

Andrew Sage, Talent & Recruitment Manager, Live Nation

Andrew has worked within Talent Acquisition and HR functions since 2001, having graduated with a post-grad diploma in HR Management from London Metropolitan University. Andrew is passionate about talent acquisition strategy, issues around equality and creating networking opportunities with future talent pools of people. Before joining Live Nation Entertainment, Andrew worked for leading travel and hospitality organisations.

TOPIC: Mastering the Art of Hiring for Tech Talent

  • Recruiting and engaging Tech Talent – How Ticketmaster / Live Nation Entertainment has tackled this over the past year
  • Strategic objectives and how these involve Tech Talent
  • Talent Acquisition & Diversity – how specific communities have been targeted
Douglas Shirlaw

Douglas Shirlaw, Chief Digital Officer, COSLA

In addition to implementation, development and marketing of a shared recruitment portal, myjobscotland.gov.uk, Douglas manages other digital projects that COSLA undertake such as their current website and social media channels with ad-hoc support to the Business Gateway team.

TOPIC: Mastering the Art of Hiring Public Sector Talent

Budgets are as tight as ever, public spending is under the spotlight. Local authorities are under pressure to protect the ‘public’ pound. See how Lumesse customer COSLA united engagement-focused candidate marketing with powerful applicant tracking to deploy a ground breaking job portal that:

  • Unified responses from across the 32 Scottish councils
  • Consolidated multiple disparate job sites
  • Embraced modern working, mobile-responsive listings and applications
  • Offered a consistent employer brand across all public sector organisations
  • Paved the way for future ‘shared services’ initiatives between public sector organisations
Sam Jackson

Sam Jackson, Talent Acquisition Manager, Mencap

With a genuine passion for people and recruitment; Sam’s attitude is do everything possible for the organisation and candidate to get it right first time, every time. This has helped him gain an excellent reputation within the industry, and helped build long lasting relationships.

TOPIC: Three ways to improve “Quality” Candidate Engagement

Joanne Lee

Joanne Lee, Head of Recruitment, Capco

An experienced recruitment professional with over 10 years experience, obtained within agency, RPO and in-house. With experience of working for global organisations specialising within financial and professional services.

TOPIC: Attracting the best Graduate Talent

Matt Jordan

Matt Jordan, Head of Talent Acquisition, Ogilvy & Mather Group

Matt heads up the UK Talent Acquisition team in this multi-faceted role. Managing a growing team of four staff and the recruitment needs of 11 operating companies (and the needs of over 1,800 staff) it’s a fast-paced and energetic 360 degree role. Recruiting into all disciplines, levels and verticals, Matt services the business’ in a fast, efficient and collaborative manner.

TOPIC: Extreme Onboarding: Taking Note from the Best

Bill Boorman

Bill Boorman, Founder, Tru and MD Innovation and Technology at RecruitingDaily

Bill has a simple vision to make recruitment better for everyone. He works towards this by advising talent technology companies on their product road map, with V.C.’s over investments in the sector, with hiring companies on technology and approach, and by hosting #tru events.

TOPIC: Finding the missing link for employee referral success

Peter Gold

Peter Gold, Founder, Storifyd

Industry blogger, HR technology analyst, ultra runner and ex-recruiter, Peter Gold is predicting what he sees as the future of recruitment – starting with predictive analytics and robot recruiters.

TOPIC: Predictive Talent Acquisition Analytics – fiction or reality?

  • What is predictive hiring
  • What are the business benefits
  • Will the robots take your job?
Samantha Ramsay
Jennifer Cunningham

Samantha Ramsay, Head of Resourcing & Employer Brand, House of Fraser

Samantha is the Head of Resourcing & Employer Brand at House of Fraser and has lead the full transformation of the function including the development of their first employer brand. She is also responsible for leading the delivery of all hires across the business. Samantha has 15 years of recruitment experience encompassing a breadth of roles across varying sectors.

Jennifer Cunningham, Head of Employer Marketing, SMRS

Jennifer has 15 years of experience within the talent attraction and acquisition space, with that her wealth of knowledge on recruiting is vast. After 9 years working in-house for the adidas Group as Director of Talent Acquisition, she is well versed on the challenges global matrix organisations face when considering their current and future talent needs.

Having led large teams across geographies in all areas of recruitment from niche to volume, the shop floor to the boardroom, Jenny has a unique ability to connect with people from every walk and stage of life. Regardless of the topic in hand, her passion, drive & innovation are clear to see from the moment she engages in the topic of recruitment!

TOPIC: Building a high performing in-house team

• Aligning your team to your strategic business plans
• Reviewing processes and implementing changes
• The products, tools and technology your team will need to succeed
• The skills and capabilities required in a high performing team

simon clark

Simon Clark, Solutions Architect at Career Builder & SA at Social Referral

TOPIC: How to implement a marketing approach to your referral program

A successful employee referral program needs a B2C approach in order to engage users (your employees). In this presentation we will discuss best practices (based on real data) and give you practical tips to help boost your referral program and keep employees engaged.

David Johnston

David Johnston, Account Director, 4MAT

Passionate about online recruitment, David has been working in the recruitment sector for 20+ years with over 15 of these spent developing recruitment strategies using online technology. David works with a diverse range of direct employers, RPO and vendor management businesses and recruitment agencies, including RWE npower, Atkins Global, ICON plc, Park Plaza Hotels, Vue Entertainment, Orion Group, CBSbutler and CDI AndersElite.

TOPIC: Reinventing the career website

  • How to attract talent if you’re not the number one brand
  • Recruitment marketing follows retail
  • The art of seduction
Damian Nolan

Damian Nolan, Business Development Director, eArcu

Damian has over fifteen years’ experience in applying innovative technology solutions to evolving HR challenges. A co-founder of one of the pioneers of the e-recruitment market that established a market-leadership position in less than 5 years, Damian subsequently led the development of a leader in the emerging market for “Serious Games”.

TOPIC: Mobile recruitment for candidates is a no-brainer … mobile recruitment for line managers is where it’s at!”

Using mobile to hire the best candidates faster through:

  • 24 hour decision making from on-the-move managers
  • Intuitive “Swipe Short-Listing”
  • Increased candidate engagement through mobile application, test, online offer & signature plus gamified on-boarding
Ian Burke

Ian Burke, Sales Director, Total Jobs

Ian Burke is a director at totaljobs. One of the UK’s biggest job boards, it advertises roles across a range of sectors and attracts over 6m jobseekers, 110,000 live job ads and 2m applications every month. Totaljobs is part of Totaljobs Group Ltd; the UK’s largest and fastest-growing online recruitment company that comprises of five job boards.

TOPIC: What Top Talent Wants

Join Ian Burke, Sales Director, totaljobs who will deliver key insight on:

  • Understanding jobseeker behaviour
  • Top tips to attract sought after talent
  • Practical takeaways you can implement for recruitment success
Simon Morton

Simon Morton, Head of Development, Jobsite 

Simon Morton heads up Jobsite’s development team. His experiences in implementing, supporting and leading change have fostered a passion for the people behind the technology and a desire to build an environment where engaging products and innovation flourish

TOPIC: The power of cultural output – know yourself before someone knows you better

Culture, engagement and retention are now firmly on the agenda for business leaders but how do you solve a problem you didn’t know you had? Simon takes on company culture at a high level, where it sits in recruitment as a tool and how to harness its full potential. From career path mapping to fit analysis, he’ll be sharing insight into the power of a great culture and how that can help you attract and retain the best talent

Simon McLoughlin
Caroline Hill

Simon McLoughlin, Owner, Creed Communications

Simon has built Employer Brands for leading organisations across all sectors and has become a regular speaker at many HR and communication conferences.

Caroline Hill, Director, Creed Communications

A co-founder of Creed Comms, Caroline has worked in employer marketing for over 20 years and delivered award-winning Employer Brands for a range of organisations.

TOPIC: Building an authentic Employer Brand that pervades the full employee lifecycle

Whether you’re starting to manage your Employer Brand or are ready to refine or refresh it, Creed’s insight and experience should give you plenty of food for thought:

  • proven methodologies
  • helpful tips
  • examples of effective Employer Brands delivering a great ROI
Simon Phillips

Simon Phillips, Managing Director, Hodes UK

Simon has over 20 years’ experience and, having worked both agency and client-side, has gained a unique insight into clients’ challenges and priorities – what’s needed to deliver brilliant candidate experiences and what it takes to achieve the most engaged employees. He leads the Hodes agency and vision, he is the senior client sponsor for the agency’s portfolio, and he often takes a strategic lead for many client projects.

Simon has worked with some fantastic brands over the years (and bagged a few awards along the way) including Visa Inc, Barclays, Dixons Carphone, Amplifon, The Body Shop, Moody’s, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, New Look, Staples, British Airways, Aviva, and National Express, to name just a few.

TOPIC: The ‘goose-bump’ effect – the benefit of building affinity with your Employer Brand

  • Developing EVPs with Emotional Connection at the heart
  • Attraction and engagement strategies which connect on an emotional level
  • The passive to active candidate journey
  • Key take aways
Johnny Campbell

Johnny Campbell, CEO, Social Talent

Johnny prides himself on being able to provide recruiters with the tools to source directly form the internet, enabling them to build talent communities on social media and helping corporates to develop and market their employer brand online in the places where their target audience spend the most time, namely social media.

TOPIC: Diversity Tactics That Work

Sourcing diverse candidates is important for any talent acquisition department. We’re not here to convince you that you need to hire diverse talent. We’re starting with the assumption that you want to hire diverse talent and Johnny is going to show you how to find them. In this session, Johnny Campbell will share his 3 step framework for a successful diversity strategy and the tools and techniques that will ensure your talent acquisition team is presenting a diverse candidate slate, regardless of budget and company size.

Tim Kirk

Tim Kirk, Corporate Solutions Specialist, Eploy

Tim is a Corporate Solutions Specialist at Eploy, the award winning recruitment software provider, where his role is to help inhouse recruitment teams to achieve real goals through effective utilisation of technology. Prior to this Tim spent 12 years in agency recruitment and he was the founder of Hire Education, a recruitment training company exclusively for inhouse recruiters. Combining his love of technology with his passion for and knowledge of recruitment, he joined Eploy at the beginning of 2015. Throughout his entire career, Tim has focussed on helping customers to drive down cost, work more efficiently and get more from their suppliers.

TOPIC: Utilising data insight to drive recruitment decisions

• First results from the 2016 Candidate Attraction Survey of over 500 recruiters
• Do you trust your candidate sourcing data?
• How to improve data validity for better decision making

Simon Bushell

Simon Bushell, UK Managing Director, EASYRECRUE

Previously at Lumesse, Simon has an in-depth understanding of the talent solutions market and is perfectly placed to offer his advice and views. EASYRECRUE is a SaaS pre-screening solution for recruitment professionals. EASYRECRUE offer a comprehensive and innovative digital pre-screening solution to streamline interactions between recruiters and candidates, thereby reducing time to hire, cost to hire and enhancing the employer brand.

TOPIC: The Hidden Power of Video Interviewing

Video interviewing has transformed recruitment. Find out about the hidden power of video interviewing which goes beyond what you already know.

Alastair Gorton

Alastair Gorton, Founder & MD, Acolyte

Alastair Gorton is the Founder and Managing Director of Acolyte. A KPMG trained chartered accountant, Alastair founded Acolyte in a backpacker internet café in Mahabalipuram, southern India in 2010. Since then Acolyte has become a high growth SME business with a global footprint and has been awarded the prestigious ICAEW Advisory firm of the year award.Not only has Alastair set up his own SME business that is going from strength to strength, but the business has also pioneered Talent Vacancy Analytics a solution to help find and deliver the right talent for businesses.

TOPIC: Recruiting and developing talented people for high growth SME

  • How to recruit the right talent for your business now and for the future.
  • How to develop talent in a growing SME environment.
Matt Gregory

Matt Gregory, Head of Sales, Adzuna

Matt Gregory is Head of Sales at Adzuna, the UK’s fastest growing search engine for jobs.  Matt has 15 years of advertising sales experience, working with leading digital and media companies such as Gumtree and News UK. Since joining Adzuna in 2014 Matt has been using his recruitment industry experience to connect employers with millions of job seekers that visit Adzuna each month.

TOPIC: The Brexit Effect

Part of the Tech Start-Up Blitz Session (11:30-12:15)

  • The key job market trends since UK decided to leave EU
  • Top tips for attracting talent in changing jobs markets
Noel Thomas

Noel Thomas, Creative Director, Eli

Over the last 16 years, Noel has created and delivered some of the industries most memorable employer brand and recruitment marketing campaigns, as well as a multitude of innovative, award-winning websites. It’s that very background, and the creative perspective he brings to each and every project, that is helping Eli change the way businesses onboard new talent all over the world.

As Creative Director and co-creator of Eli, Noel ensures Eli’s award-winning technology is always focused on creating the perfect, personalised onboarding experience. One that engages, informs and embeds before day one, drives performance and loyalty there after.

He takes his (Yorkshire) tea with milk and one sugar, is an extreme sports enthusiast and loves to create short films in his spare time. Rarely found in a suit, but always found thinking, he loves nothing more than sitting down with a pad and a pen to create the next round of innovative Eli updates.

TOPIC: Onboarding is Dead. Long live onboarding

Part of the Tech Start-Up Blitz Session (11:30-12:15)

  • Think experience, not just process.
  • The perfect onboarding experience (of Dave)
  • The real benefits of an engaging onboarding experience
Danny Hodgson

Danny Hodgson & Kraig Payne, Co-founders, Foresight

Danny Hodgson and Kraig Payne have more than a decade of in house recruitment experience a piece. Having built and managed award winning teams they now spend their time working with companies to demonstrate the huge benefits of recruitment forecasting.

TOPIC: How to make 1 day time to hires

Part of the Tech Start-Up Blitz Session (11:30-12:15)

Foresight will show you how they help organisations move from reactive to proactive hiring; empowering recruiting teams to be capable of delivering hires in 1 day. Whilst also increasing quality, reducing cost and heightening candidate experience!

Steve McKenna

Steve McKenna, Managing Director, HiringHub

Having spent a career helping crack some of businesses’ biggest problems through identifying and repairing system design flaws, Steve joined Hiring Hub as COO in early 2016.  A self-proclaimed systems and process geek, he believes that in every industry symptoms are many and various but causes are similar and few, and is applying a pragmatic approach to organisational change to help Hiring Hub transform an industry and realise its mission of making people feel good about recruitment.

TOPIC: This revolution will be quick

Part of the Tech Start-Up Blitz Session (11:30-12:15)

The agricultural revolution took centuries, the industrial revolution took decades, and the digital revolution is happening right now. We explore how long will it take to change the way we recruit online, what will the revolution look like, and how quickly you might adapt.

Alastair Gorton

Alastair Gorton, Founder & MD, Acolyte

Alastair Gorton is the Founder and Managing Director of Acolyte. A KPMG trained chartered accountant, Alastair founded Acolyte in a backpacker internet café in Mahabalipuram, southern India in 2010. Since then Acolyte has become a high growth SME business with a global footprint and has been awarded the prestigious ICAEW Advisory firm of the year award.Not only has Alastair set up his own SME business that is going from strength to strength, but the business has also pioneered Talent Vacancy Analytics a solution to help find and deliver the right talent for businesses.

TOPIC: How to reduce your recruitment costs and still hire stunning talent!

Part of the Tech Start-Up Blitz Session (14:30-15:15)

Cagatay Guney

Cagatay Guney, Managing Partner, Peoplise

TOPIC: Socialise, Analyse, & Harmonise. 3 Simple Digits Flows for Next Generation Recruitment

Part of the Tech Start-Up Blitz Session (14:30-15:15)

Alastair Haigh

Alistair Haigh, Managing Director, Rullion

Alistair has a wealth of experience in identifying, attracting and developing talent within organisations. For the first ten years of his career Alistair worked in Human Resources and Training and Development; for the last 15 years he has worked with a wide range of organisations focussing on recruitment. He now spends most of his time working directly with our clients, improving their performance and reducing their recruitment costs.
Enthusiastic about leading Rullion Solutions and the utilisation of technology in recruitment, Alistair loves to see the business grow through delivering outstanding recruitment solutions to as many clients as possible. Strangely, he also dreams of Sheffield United winning the European Cup – never let it be said that he doesn’t aim high.

TOPIC: How much do you REALLY care about your candidate experience?

Part of the Tech Start-Up Blitz Session (14:30-15:15)

  • How committed is your organisation to delivering on its promise of an exceptional candidate experience?
  • How do you measure and monitor it?
  • And what action do you take when your candidate experience actually isn’t great?
Mat Armstrong

Mat Armstrong, Director, Safe Screening

Mat Armstrong is the Director of Safe Screening, the UK’s leading provider of pre-employment screening technology and services. After holding several senior roles in the insurance support industry, Mat moved to HR consultancy, and after completing an MBA Mat has spent the last 10 years specialising in delivering pre-employment screening solutions and advice to companies across a range of industries.

TOPIC: Automating your In-House pre-employment screening processes

Part of the Tech Start-Up Blitz Session (14:30-15:15)

In today’s increasingly competitive job market, it’s becoming more tempting than ever for candidates to alter or embellish their employment history. Research suggests that over half of all CV’s or job applications contain inaccurate information, increasing the risk that a company could employ the wrong candidate for their business. In this session we will explore how an automated pre-employment screening process can help you with your hiring process.


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