The main stage at In-house Recruitment LIVE! London will play host to a series of keynotes and discussions educating and inspiring visitors on what the future of the recruitment industry holds and how to successfully tackle key challenges.

You can also view details of the day’s conference streams A-D below!


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KEYNOTE 15:30 – 16:30

Nigel Redman, Head of Performance Team Development for British Swimming

Born in Cardiff, 1964, Nigel Redman achieved 20 international caps in an illustrious 14-year career playing in the second row for England. Nigel Redman made his international debut in November 1984 and played his last England game in July 1997, both against Australia. He was a member of the World Cup teams in 1987 and again in 1991.

He also toured with Martin Johnson’s victorious British Lions in South Africa in 1997 and was a member of The Barbarian. He made 350 appearances for Bath, including 10 RFU Senior Cup Final wins, six League titles and one European Cup final win. Nigel Redman is now the Head of Performance Team Development at British Swimming. In addition to his nationwide coaching duties he is a commentator for Sky TV’s rugby coverage, providing expert comment in support of fellow international Stuart Barnes.

TOPIC: Diving into Success: Creating an Environment to Thrive

KEYNOTE 12:30 – 13:30

Naomi Riches, Guinness World Record holder, 2012 Paralympic Champion, Motivational Speaker and Development Consultant at Thomas International

Naomi Riches was part of the Great Britain Para-Rowing team for a decade, where she competed in the Mixed Coxed Fours, until she retired in 2013. Her legacy includes winning medals at national, world and Paralympic level during her time in the sport, including a bronze at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games and a gold at the London 2012 Paralympics. Naomi was awarded an MBE in the 2013 New Year’s Honours List for her ‘Services to Rowing’.

Naomi has been a motivational speaker in schools since 2008, using her story to inspire and empower young people to achieve their goals and dreams. As a result of this, Naomi progressed to work with Thomas Education as well as Thomas Sport and in August 2015, became a Thomas Sport and Education Development Consultant. This role gives her the opportunity to work very closely with clients to help them achieve results using the Thomas tools.

TOPIC: From Boat to Boardroom

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KEYNOTE 11:15 – 12:15

Ed Jackson, Former Rugby Star and Motivational Speaker

Ed Jackson’s professional rugby career spanned ten years. He played for Bath, Wasps, London Welsh and the Gwent Dragons before suffering a spinal cord injury In April 2017, which left him paralysed. Since then, he has been undergoing intensive rehabilitation and has defied the odds after being told he may never walk again. Ed now takes the opportunity to raise awareness of spinal cord injuries, mentor others going through similar hardships and fund-raise for the charities that have helped him. This included walking to the summit of Mount Snowdon just 12 months after the accident, raising over £20K for charity in the process.

Alongside his rehab Ed is currently studying for an MSc in real estate management and speaks publicly about his story and the lessons he has learnt.

TOPIC: Millimetres to Mountains – Overcoming Challenges in the Face of Adversity

Sophie theen, 11fs

MAIN STAGE 10:00 – 11:00

Sophie Theen, Head of HR and Talent at 11:FS

Kieran Dodd, booking

MAIN STAGE 14:15 – 15:15

Keiran Dodd, Global Leadership Recruitment Lead at


10:00 – 10:30

Douglas Shirlaw


Douglas Shirlaw, COSLA



Emma Whitehouse, Marston’s

Josh Willows


Josh Willows, Broadbean



Stanislaw Wasowicz, Vonq

10:45 – 11:15

Simon Wingate


Simon Wingate,

Bill and Laura


Laura Farrell, McCurrach & Billy McDiarmid, Candidate.ID

Caroline and Simon Creed


Caroline Hill & Simon McLoughlin, Creed Comms

David Johnston


David Johnston, 4MAT

11:30 – 12:00

Emily and Ben


Emily Thorpe, Thomas Cook & Ben Smytheman, SHL Group

Chris and Richard


Richard Collins, ClickIQ & Chris Wray, Sainsbury’s

Mark Bevans


Mark Bevans, LogicMelon

Bonnie Andrews


Bonnie Andrews, TotalJobs

TOPIC: Talent Attraction Strategy in a Post Google for Jobs World, and the Need for Automation

12:15 – 12:45

Disruptive Tech London LIVE 18


Disruptive Technology Quick Fire Talks

Eva Speakers


Max Knupfer and Charlie Markham,

Andy Cammack, SmartRecruiters


Andy Cammack, SmartRecruiters

Mark Di-Toro


Mark Di-Toro, Glassdoor

13:30 – 14:00

Adam Nichols


Adam Nichols, JCT600

Marcus and Chris


Chris Rowe, Cadent Gas & Marcus McNeilly, SMRS

Kevin Green


Kevin Green, Good Recruitment Campaign

Steve Smith


Steve Smith, Sterling Talent Solutions

14:15 – 14:45

Marina Danckwardt


Marina Danckwardt, Avenue Group

Amareet Kaur


Amareet Kaur, TfL



Dan Foster, Triodos Bank

Daniel DeBuc, Save the children


Daniel DeBuc, Save the Children

15:00 – 15:30

‘Google’ Dave Hazlehurst


Dave Hazlehurst, PH.Creative

Same and Ewa


Sam Harrison & Ewa Grace, Grant Thornton

Mark Jackson


Mark Jackson, Fujitsu

Pat Caldwell


Patrick Caldwell, FundApps

TOPIC: Build a World Class Employer Brand in 100 Days

16:30+ VIP Drinks Reception in Partnership with iContract

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