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

Alan Whitford

Auditorium Conference Chair

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.

Mervyn Dinnen

Conference Chair (Room A)

Mervyn Dinnen, Talent and HR Analyst, Two Heads Consulting

Mervyn Dinnen is a talent and HR analyst, advising recruitment and HR technology businesses on the emerging trends impacting hiring, retention, and engagement. He is author of the book Exceptional Talent, and a writer and International speaker on recruitment and HR trends.  He previously spent 20 years advising and working with companies on their talent strategies.

‘Google’ Dave

Keynote Presenter

‘Google’ Dave Hazlehurst, Director, Ph. Creative

As a Partner for Ph. Creative, Dave continuously strives to ensure he delivers remarkable business results for his impressive portfolio of clients through the use of integrated digital strategies and tactics. These include LinkedIn, Vodafone, Virgin Media, Tesco Opticians, Dulux, Nationwide Building Society and BAE

Dave is hugely passionate about all things digital and thrives on exposing the powers of the ever-changing Digital Marketing world.  Co-Author of bestselling book ‘Getting Goosebumps’.  He looks at how to harness the power of human emotions and rational thinking to help businesses plan and execute digital strategies to attract, engage and convert their target audiences.

Dave’s exclusive delivery style encapsulates the audience and reaches them on a personal level to develop their awareness of Digital Marketing and provokes a thirst for knowledge. Taking neuroscience and understanding ‘what makes people tick’ to the power of storytelling in marketing; concentrating on how to reach and connect at a personal level.

Recognised as a ‘thought leader’ on recruitment marketing, Dave has delivered keynotes and workshops for leading recruitment conferences, exhibitions and talent business across Europe and America.

TOPIC: Getting Goosebumps with Recruitment Marketing

As technology moves at a pace and we become more and more digital like never before; we need to be more human. By focusing on human behaviour and what makes people tick we can improve our recruitment marketing efforts by connecting emotionally and rationally to persuade and influence candidates.

Discover how to understand candidate behaviour and their experience on their journey with you as an organisation? What do they feel? And how do they think? All of which influences their brand experience.

How the power of storytelling can help you amplify your EVP, humanise you brand and build communities of talent by turning untold stories into brand legends…making you famous for how make people feel.

Jon Stanners

Jon Stanners, Head of Global Talent Engagement, Telefonica Alpha

First and foremost I’m a Dad and a husband and these things most certainly bring balance in my life. The rest of my time is all about people, especially those with an exceptional talent. I am an experienced traditional Recruiter who found content marketing as a way to engage the talent community.

My uncontrolled curiosity drives me to innovate in the Talent industry, building new brands that are famous for being great employers. I can be found at most industry conferences collaborating with industry peers, sharing my learnings in high energy talks and often providing different thinking.

Professional experience – It may sound rather obvious, but the only things I want to pursue are those I am good at; Marketing, building brands, engagement, disruptive tech – No process things or anything traditional HR, I tend to leave that to the folk whom are much better than me. My focus is to look at and explore different ways of working for the Talent, for me it’s about them.

TOPIC: Act & Engage Differently to get Ahead in Recruitment

Jessica Priest

Jessica Priest, Talent Partner at DigitasLBi

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

  • What is Unconscious Bias?
  • In what way do your unconscious biases affect the decisions that you make in the hiring process?
  • How dangerous is ‘Culture Fit’ and ‘Gut Instinct’?
  • What approaches can you take to safeguard against biases affecting your hiring?
Rachel Rojas

Rachel Rojas, Head of Resourcing, GAUCHO Restaurants

Restaurant obsessed, food obsessed, wine-lover. Destined for hospitality since teen years. Easily thrilled by meeting like-minded people, finding them a home in either of the brands and watching them thrive. Wishes for a bigger kitchen to make more mess in!

TOPIC: Attraction and Chemistry: The Magic Formula

  • Candidate Retention in a high-volume setting
  • Competitiveness of the market
  • Laying the foundations for a candidate’s career
  • Sharing values early on
  • Providing the environment & culture for long tenures
David Yates

David Yates, Resourcing Team Manager, Grant Thornton

A passionate Recruitment Manager that has delivered complex resourcing solutions for the UK’s largest retailer and Grant Thornton LLP, specialising in trainees. He has led, coached and inspired award winning teams that have produced outstanding results

David is leading the recruitment of circa 450 specialist early careers (graduates, interns, apprentice and work experience) colleagues into Grant Thornton. He has a relentless passion for candidate experience and innovation in recruitment.

He has managed teams of eight recruitment professionals alongside complex outsource environments. He leads from the front and comes from an operational recruitment background.

TOPIC: The power of communities

  •  First-hand experiences on the impact communities can have on candidate and new joiner experience
    Key metrics to demonstrate the power of such communities
  • Sharing the significant elements of our award winning candidate experience strategy
  • Peer-to-peer coaching and the focus on collaboration and transparency
Nick Yockney

Nick Yockney, Head of Talent, Kalo

Having been in recruitment for nearly 15 years, Nick’s been around the sector for a while.  Starting life in agencies and then moving to an inhouse function with Chelsea Apps Factory.   Nick currently works for one of the fastest growing start-ups in the UK and San Fransisco, Kalo.  A SaaS platform that is transforming the way that companies work and interact with freelancers.

His talk will focus on how you go about building a hiring process, getting team engagement and making sure that you’re not afraid to pull it all apart and rebuild it!

He’s also part of the team that run DBR, London’s in-house recruitment network, which is now a global group sharing best practise and helping people to solve their recruitment challenges.

TOPIC: Re-developing your hiring process

  • How to get your whole business engaged with hiring
  • What does a great hiring process actually do?
  • Why it’s ok not to be perfect
  • How you know when things are going wrong
Eunice Clements-Tweedie

Eunice Clements-Tweedie, Director of Talent, Kerry Foods

Nearly 20 years of experience within Talent Acquisition& Talent Management working with some leading Global Brands such as BP, Vodafone, Randstaad, RBS and many other.

Passionate with the belief that by identifying and nurturing Talent to unlock true potential and belief really can accelerate Organizational growth.

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

  • Insight around the strategy behind the branding story
  • Challenges faced and conquered
  • Understanding and utilising the best creative channels for you
  • How to really sell your company
  • Looking to the future
Jeff Lovejoy

Jeff Lovejoy, UK & Ireland Recruitment Manager at FDM Group

Jeff Lovejoy has been working within the graduate recruitment market for the last 7 years beginning at Enterprise Rent A Car to his current role with FDM Group as the UK & Ireland Recruitment Manager.  FDM is the largest IT graduate recruiter in the UK. Jeff leads a team that recruits around 1000 graduates per year; in 2016, they received over 55,000 applications in the UK alone. He is passionate about supporting graduates in their search for careers and speaks regularly on such topics as diversity and inclusion in technology, career advice and personal branding at conferences and events around the UK.

TOPIC: Control, Shift, Recruit: Technology in Recruitment

Technology is changing the way we recruit and if you don’t embrace new ways you will fall behind.  In this session you will learn about;

  • Different technologies you can use, from attraction to hire
  • Impact it can make within your recruitment process/business
  • How to help build your brand with millennials
Claire Whiteford
Chantel Conley

Claire Whiteford, Senior Manager for Resourcing Strategy and Specialist Services,  Nationwide

Claire has been with Nationwide since 2003 and spent the first 8 years of her career working in Operational Risk roles across Nationwide supporting the Retail Branch Network, Back office operations and then HR. Claire moved into Resourcing in 2012 where her role has evolved and grown into the role she currently undertakes.

Part of the Resourcing Leadership Team, Claire is accountable for 3rd Party Management, Governance & Risk, Performance Management, Redeployment, Demand Planning & Forecasting, Continuous Improvement and Employer Brand. Claire’s Strategy & Specialist services team is 25 strong and includes individuals who have played a key part in the relationship with Lumesse such as Chantel Conley and Andy Ilsley.

A member of Nationwide’s Rising Star programme, Claire has been a finalist for Nationwide’s Employee of the year twice in 2012 and 2014. in November 2016, Claire won the UK In House Recruitment Manager of the year award at the In House Recruitment Network Awards.

Chantel Conley, Resourcing Continuous Improvement Manager – Nationwide Building Society

Chantel has worked for Nationwide for 9 years and has a recruitment/HR background that spans 14 years.   Chantel’s role as Resourcing Continuous Improvement Manager involves being accountable for the end to end Resourcing process, establishing best practice across the team’s Technology and Change portfolio and making sure we deliver against the Society’s customer experience and efficiency strategy.

Chantel is Lean Six Sigma and PRINCE2 qualified and is also a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS).  Chantel is also a careers mentor to 6th form students in the local area and outside of work loves playing netball and travelling to anywhere with a beach!

TOPIC: The road to recruitment success – a look at the past, present and future of talent acquisition at Nationwide

  • How Nationwide has evolved their recruitment strategy over the years
  • What the future looks like for their recruitment and how technology provider Lumesse is supporting the ongoing strategy
  • Why measurement of success is a crucial consideration
  • How technology supports the resourcing strategy, the wider HR strategy and the overall business strategy
Charlotte Johns

Charlotte Johns, Head of Recruitment Operations, Transport for London

Charlotte is the Head of Recruitment at Transport for London and has worked for the organisation for 3 years in this role. Her large team covers all recruitment from early years through to Executive and also any employees who require redeployment in the organisation.

Prior to TfL Charlotte worked in banking and finance in-house recruitment teams and spent 15 years with British Airways in a number of roles.

Charlotte is passionate about diversity and inclusion and the role the recruitment plays in the strategy of large organisations. She does a lot of charity work and mentoring for people with barriers to getting jobs and enjoys travelling.

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
Dan Paine

Dan Paine, Tech Recruiter, Facebook

Frequent product tester, aspiring public speaker and all round techy geezer. Since working both agency then inhouse I have been fascinated by recruitment and how different people perceive it. Also having worked for large corporates and scrappy start-ups I like to think I learnt a lot so I love to share my experiences!

TOPIC: Move fast and break things

  • Building a process with limited resources
  • Scaling the process
  • Creating talent that no one else has
Rick Sherlock

Rick Sherlock, Talent Sourcing Manager, Microsoft

Rick started recruiting in the late 1990’s and his career has spanned agency, RPO and more recently corporate recruiting. His experience covers multiple industries majoring on Consulting & Technology. He has managed teams of Recruiters & Talent Sourcers for some of the largest enterprise companies in the UK.  For the past 4 years Rick has enjoyed the challenge of working for Microsoft in a European role and currently manages a team of Talent Sourcers hunting the best passive talent across Europe.

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
Nadeem Zabib

Nadeem Zabib, Recruitment Advisor, BMJ

A self confessed recruitment geek, that is passionate about delivering the best possible candidate journey, while supporting business hiring needs.

Nadeem is BMJ’s subject matter expert for all things recruitment, managing the end-to-end recruitment process. BMJ advances healthcare worldwide by sharing knowledge and expertise to improve experiences and outcomes.

Previously, Nadeem has worked in a number of recruitment environments, spanning across various disciplines focused in the UK and internationally, both in-house and agency.

TOPIC: The art of on-boarding

  • Understanding the importance of excellent on-boarding
  • The value it brings to new employees
  • Overall benefits
  • The impact on staff retention
Peter Wiedemann

Dr Peter Wiedemann – CEO, Talent Acquisition, Lumesse

Peter has a long and accomplished history within the Talent Acquisition domain, working with some of the world’s leading RPO and Talent Acquisition technology brands. It started in 2000 as COO at the then start-up Mr Ted (went on to become Lumesse), where Peter was instrumental in the formulation of the business structure and the growth of its global capabilities to support 11 languages across 14 organisations. Next Peter moved to Alexander Mann, a recognised leader in Recruitment Process Outsourcing, where he again had the task of raising their International profile. Then in 2009 he joined Kelly Services as VP of ASIAPAC, leading the Outsourcing and Consulting Group business there.

In 2015 Peter re-joined the Lumesse Executive Board during a period of transition, holding a number of concurrent positions including Global Head of Marketing and Global Head of Product and Engineering, as well as being CEO of the newly formed Talent Acquisition Business Unit. Leading the TA division, Peter has been integral in the launch of the Lumesse Recruitment Platform; a global Talent Acquisition technology stack built on core applicant tracking and supported by next generation modules for CRM, Onboarding, Recruitment Analytics and a thriving Marketplace for accessing innovative third party and partner solutions.

TOPIC: Panelist for ‘The Future of Recruitment’ session

Vickie Birnage

Vickie Birnage, Head Of Product,

TOPIC: Panelist for ‘The Future of Recruitment’ session

Kevin Green

Kevin Green, Chief Executive, REC

Kevin Green has been the Chief Executive of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation since 2008. The REC is the professional body for the UK’s £35.1 billion private recruitment industry.

Since arriving at the REC, Kevin has improved its offering to members; this has included the introduction of account management and relaunch of the Institute of Recruitment Professionals. Kevin is also VP of World Employment Confederation the Global representative body for the recruitment industry. He chairs the national federations committee. During Kevin’s tenure at the REC the organisation has been recognised for its excellence in service provision and campaigns, winning over sixteen association awards including Trade Association of the year. Kevin also personally won the trade association leadership award.

TOPIC: The Talent Crisis’

  • Jobs market update
  • The talent crisis
  • How to get the process right for candidates
  • The cost of getting recruitment wrong
  • What does good recruitment look like?
Katrina Collier

Katrina Collier, Social Media Recruitment Trainer, The Searchologist 

Social Recruiting Expert, Katrina Collier, teaches SMEs to Corporates around the world to source their staff successfully on social media. She is a popular trainer and keynote, giving HR & Recruiters proven techniques gained from her extensive full-cycle social recruitment experience. Find her @KatrinaMCollier and on LinkedIn & Facebook.

TOPIC: Social Recruiting In An Age Of Automation & Transparency

  • Technology opened the door to your company and it is impacting your hiring
  • The good, the bad, the ugly of social media recruitment automation
  • See real examples and discover simple (and free) changes that improve talent acquisition
  • Why reaching beyond LinkedIn to other social networks is crucial in 2017
David Walstow

David Walstow, Client Services Director, Creed Communications

For over a decade, Dave has been advising and supporting a broad range of organisations on how to maximise returns on their recruitment budgets. Since graduating in MA Advertising and Marketing at the University of Leeds, Dave has focused much of his career on Channel Management and the performance/optimisation of these channels. Harnessing industry-leading technologies and software, he prides himself on providing in-depth analysis of campaign performance to ensure accountability and continuous improvement.

TOPIC: Putting the science into attraction

Creed will share how you can reduce spend and increase effectiveness in a complex and ever-changing attraction landscape through innovative, data-driven and measured digital marketing. We’ll show that by enabling you to see the big picture, you’ll be able to:

  • Use meaningful data to drive media strategies and ROI
  • View real time channel performance and respond to it
  • Test your messages with different audiences
  • Be more innovative and expansive in your routes to market
  • Continuously evolve your attraction strategy
Sean Howard

Sean Howard, General Manager Talent Acquisition Products, Korn Ferry Hay Group

Sean has extensive experience and expertise both as a practitioner and consultant within the talent management domain.
His team are responsible for understanding current market needs and the development and implementation of Korn Ferry’s Talent Acquisition assessment suite of products, he confidently predicts that we will see more change in this industry over the next three years than we have seen over the last 50 years!
Sean has worked in senior Leadership roles specifically within the Talent assessment industry for nearly 20 years. He is a frequent presenter/speaker at Talent conferences globally.

TOPIC: The Future of Assessment

  • Talent trend predictions for 2017
  • What will recruiters be facing in 2020
  • Maximising technology for recruitment
  • What’s new in assessment
  • Future focused talent acquisition
Richard Purvis

Richard Purvis, Founder and Technical Director, Crunch Simply Digital

Richard has worked within recruitment programmatic media buying and job search digital strategies for over 20 years. He is a thought-leader within the arenas of recruitment and university digital media. Richard has previously worked at one of the UK’s largest websites Totaljobs. Other roles include digital media positions at TipTopJob and StepStone; in his time at those companies he developed a passion for digital marketing – as well as noticing many in the industry were struggling to keep up with technology developments in the field. He works closely with top recruitment ad-agency teams to ensure complex job marketing strategies are placed and executed with solid reporting and data analysis

TOPIC: What Programmatic can offer?

  • Reach and engage NEW & PASSIVE quality markets
  • Spend budget efficiently and maximise on ROI
  • Generate more information, better data and more accountability
  • Be more innovative in your media approach
  • Tell an impactful brand story
Ellie Yates

Ellie Yates, Head of Marketplace, Hiring Hub

Responsible for ensuring balance, efficiency and delivery within the world’s only subscription recruitment agency marketplace, Ellie sits in a unique position, giving her a broad view of the UK’s recruitment industry. With a focus on mid-market experienced hires, day-to-day she acts as a conduit between employers and independent recruitment agencies giving her unmatched insight into the pressures that are impacting both parties in the search for talent.

TOPIC: UK Skills Shortages

Using data from its recruitment agency marketplace and additional, complementary sources Hiring Hub will take you on a deep dive into the UK’s skills crisis

  • Understanding where the talent gaps are
  • Regional and sector level gaps
  • The impact shortages are having on salaries and productivity
  • How companies can combat the issue
Steve Smith

Steve Smith, VP (UKI & EMEA), Sterling Talent Solutions

Steve Smith is VP (UKI & EMEA) for Sterling Talent Solutions and is primarily responsible for engaging businesses in discussions around how to drive onboarding efficiency and hiring compliance whilst enhancing the candidate experience during the recruitment process.  Steve has 12 years’ experience across Sales and Resourcing and an excellent understanding of the challenges and opportunities faced by HR teams as they seek to attract, on-board and retain talent in their organisations. Steve has brings his combined strategic and operational, solutions driven, experience to Sterling Talent Solutions to ensure that we partner our customers at every stage of the process and ensure that they appoint and on-board the best candidates time after time!

TOPIC: Social Media Background Screening: Risks and Rewards

 According to the 2015 Recruiter Nation Survey, 92% of recruiters are leveraging social media in the recruiting process. With 56% saying some of their best candidates are sourced through social networks, it’s important to fully understand your limitations and liabilities when using social media in the background screening phase of recruitment.

  • Who you should include in a social media background search and why
  • What a thorough social media and online background search includes and how it can reduce your risk for negligent hiring
  • How to ensure compliance by ensuring what information you can, and cannot, consider in your hiring decision
Julian Jordan

Julian Jordan, Lead GDPR Consultant, SOLA Consulting

Julian has spent 20 years consulting for the UK’s leading Financial and Professional Service providers, specialising in Data Loss Prevention, GDPR, Security Infrastructure, Cyber Crime, Network Security, VDI, Transition & Transformation, Regulatory and Business Change. He is passionate about The GDPR and the benefits it will bring to consumers, employees, and employers, in equal measure.

TOPIC: The GDPR: Pragmatism and Positivity

  • Step back
  • Where to start?
  • What is mandatory?
  • Quick wins
  • Benefits realisation
Tania Bowers

Tania Bowers, General Counsel, APSCo

Tania Bowers is a solicitor who has worked in the professional staffing sector since 1999. Following training and post qualification experience in private practice, she worked for 14 years as Head of Legal and Compliance and subsequently Group Legal Director for a large listed global recruiter.

Tania now runs her own legal consultancy business offering legal and regulatory advice on recruitment and resourcing. She is also the General Counsel of APSCo, the Association of Professional Staffing Companies and is responsible for advising members and affiliates on regulatory changes and legal issues affecting the industry and representing its members’ interests in consultations with the government and other bodies on regulatory change.

Chris Fenton

Chris Fenton, Corporate Solutions Specialist, Eploy

Chris is a Corporate Solutions Specialist at Eploy, the award-winning recruitment software platform, where his role is to help in-house recruitment teams to achieve real goals through effective utilisation of technology.
Prior to this Chris spent 10 years with the Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM) the global community of Information Professionals. Combining his passion for using data to help inform better decisions with his experience working with many in house recruitment teams, Chris will be providing exclusive early results from a major 2017 study into candidate sourcing and attraction channels in the UK.

TOPIC: The 2017 Candidate Attraction Survey – Early Results

•Exclusive access to the first results from the 2017 Candidate Attraction Survey of over 600 UK recruiters
• Do you trust your candidate sourcing data?
• How to improve data validity for better decision making

Ravi Edwards

Ravi Edwards, EMEA Sales Manager, Glassdoor

Ravi Edwards is EMEA Sales Manager at Glassdoor for Employers, the career community that helps people find jobs and companies they love whilst addressing critical questions that come up during the search, application, interview and negotiation phases of employment. He joined Glassdoor in 2014 as UK employee #2. Ravi lived in New York for 5 years, worked for ADP then where he established his passion for disruptive startups. He joined in NYC before being relocated to London to kick-start their EMEA efforts as international employee #1. He’s a dual citizen, lives in London and holds a BA in Journalism from Middlesex University.

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

The Informed Candidate is one that is well-researched and engaged with your company, leading to a better fit, quicker on boarding and ultimately a more productive employee. We reveal how to ensure that you are attracting thoughtful candidates who have the right expectations and why this approach will set your workforce up for success in the future

Trevor Pinder

Trevor Pinder, Founder, Junction 9

Trevor started his recruitment career in 1997. His experience is wide ranging. He has worked within start up’s, SME’s and some of the largest staffing agencies in the world. As well as being a career recruiter, he has delivered sales training in multiple environments and countries. In addition to his work with Junction 9 he also provides non exec support to several other businesses.

Away from work you will find Trevor spending time with his family and watching Charlton Athletic and getting beaten up in a boxing ring.

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


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Scot McRae, Co-founder, Candidate.ID

Scot is a demand generation and marketing automation specialist. Prior to co-founding Candidate.ID, Scot established McRae&Co in 2005 to help some of the UK’s fastest growing B2B companies prosper. With a deep understanding of the technology, strategy and programs required to engage today’s hard-to-reach candidates Scot is a specialist in talent pipeline strategy – how to build and nurture a talent pipeline based on marketing best practice.

TOPIC: How to create talent pipelines which cut your time to shortlist by 50%

  • The future of talent pipelining and why it should be a priority
  • The new candidate journey
  • What you need to do to build talent pipelines and how to make it work
  • Candidate generation and sourcing, content and nurturing your talent pipeline – finding high quality candidates and cutting costs and time to hire
  • How you can see which candidates in your pipeline are active and interested in your organisation
Steve McKenna

Steve Mckenna, COO, Hiring Hub

Some people are passionate about football or baking, but Steve genuinely gets excited about systems and processes. Weird, I know, but that’s why he works with Hiring Hub rather than in a bakery or at centre back for United.

TOPIC: Digital Disruption

First it was insurance brokers, then travel agents, and now estate agents are seeing their world get turned upside down by hybrid business models like Purple Bricks.

Recruitment is next and this is how will it play out…

Mark Stephens

Mark Stephens, CEO & Founder, Smart Recruit Online

Mark Stephens has worked within the recruitment sector for nearly 20 years both in-house and agency side and more recently within the technology environment. Mark is a serial entrepreneur and is the founder of Smart Recruit Online, the Recruitment Alliance and The HR & Recruitment Resource Library. Mark has dedicated his time since 2007 researching the online recruitment sector from a user, technology, and candidate perspective and is regularly published and quoted by leading industry publications for his research and personal opinions. His online recruitment service Smart Recruit Online, have one of the highest application rates and fulfilment rates in the industry.

Connect with Mark Stephens on LinkedIn. 

TOPIC: How to generate more direct applications using an online strategy

Rob Devlin
Giles Heckstall-Smith

Rob Devlin, Head of Resourcing, mydentist 

Rob is a resourcing and talent leader, heading this up for Europe’s largest dentistry business. He’s a candidate experience evangelist who’s worked with some of the UK’s biggest food retail and manufacturing employer brands.


Giles Heckstall-Smith, Commercial Director, Jobtrain

Giles is the Commercial Director at Jobtrain and leads all commercial activities associated with Jobtrain Solutions as well as the strategic business development. Prior to joining Jobtrain 14 years ago, Giles worked with Penna and specialised in recruitment for US emerging technology vendors and before this worked within training and recruitment at Next plc.

TOPIC: Delivering a killer candidate experience

Lawrence Hardy

Lawrence Hardy, Head of Product Management, StepStone UK

TOPIC: Agile working: attracting the talent of tomorrow

Agile working has long been a trend in IT and now other industries are taking notice. A huge 45% of staff surveyed by Jobsite said flexible working is one of the benefits they are most interested in receiving, with 93% of employees surveyed saying it would make them feel more valued. In this talk Jobsite will explore the pros and cons of agile working, and offer some practical advice on why it matters.

Paul Slezak

Paul Slezak, Cofounder, RecruitLoop

Paul Slezak is a cofounder of RecruitLoop – a global marketplace of expert sourcers and recruiters available on-demand.

With nearly 25 years in the recruitment industry and having worked for both an international publicly listed group as well as a global niche recruitment business, Paul has been a hands-on recruiter, manager, trainer, coach, mentor, and regular speaker for the industry across Australia, the USA, Asia, and Europe.

Over the last 6 years Paul has helped build a marketplace of nearly 4,000 expert recruiters sitting across 30+ markets and servicing clients in over 70 countries.

Paul is also an avid writer and blogger. One day he would still really like to host his own talk show! He holds Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney and a Masters of Arts from Macquarie University.

Follow Paul on Twitter | Connect with Paul on LinkedIn

TOPIC: How to really add value as an in-house recruiter

It is becoming extremely common for organisations to say they are shifting away from a recruitment model to more of a talent acquisition model. What exactly does this mean? More importantly what does it mean for the role of the in-house recruiter? It really comes down to adding value – to both the hiring managers and the organisation as a whole; as well as to the candidate experience. This session will address;

  • Metrics around turn-around times
  • Building talent pools and live talent communities
  • Innovative sourcing and talent attraction techniques
  • Other strategies to make the in-house recruiter shine
Mel Clark

Mel Clark, Senior Recruitment Specialist-Graduates & Apprentices, WSP

Mel joined WSP in 2009 and worked in generalist HR and Learning & Development roles before joining the recruitment team in 2014.  Mel moved into the recruitment team in a newly formed role to focus on graduate and apprentice recruitment, since then the dedicated graduate and apprentice recruitment team has grown to four people and recruited over 700 early career professionals. Mel leads the team who manage all things recruitment for early career professionals at WSP from attraction through to onboarding. In 2015 the team won Best Graduate Recruitment Strategy at the In-house Recruitment Awards and in 2017 were ranked as the number one employer in Engineering at the School Leaver Awards, as well as being ranked 21st in the top 100 employers overall.

Mel is passionate about inspiring students to explore the exciting career prospects the engineering industry can offer and works closely with the business to grow their own talent, helping to tackle skills shortages in the industry.


TOPIC: Effectively Using the Apprenticeship Levy

Simon Wingate

Simon Wingate, Sales Director,

Simon has worked at since 2010, with an extensive background in online recruitment. Simon is an active participant in all customer interactions, from client meetings to industry events, ensuring that continue to understand the key challenges faced by recruiters so that service can continue to deliver unrivalled value, now and in the future.

TOPIC: Are robots going to take our jobs?: The future of work in a world of AI & robotics debut all-new research formed of 2,000 active and passive jobseeker opinions. The aim: to better understand the role technology has played in today’s workforce, as well as how UK workers feel about increased adoption of advanced technology on their future prospects.

This research will reveal:

  • The role and impact technology has had in today’s world: a consumer’s eye view on the weird and wonderful world of tech
  • How UK workers feel about their future careers: are jobseekers excited or fearful of their future’s? What are the skills that become obsolete, and which will become in-demand
  • The importance of the human touch; across all sectors, does automation and AI change an employee’s ability to do their jobs to their fullest ability?
Gordon Smith

Gordon Smith, Country Manager UK, Hired

Gordon has worked in and around the recruitment industry for 13 years and is hugely passionate about both the sector and the ways in which technology can help drive it forward. He is the Country Manager for Hired UK – A global technology platform designed to make it easier for companies of all shapes and sizes to hire in-demand technology candidates in a far more efficient way.

TOPIC: How to Hire Tech Candidates in a competitive market

  • Hired insights – What are technology candidates really looking for in their job search?
  • How to talk to and resonate with Engineering Talent
  • How to close Tech candidates – Best practice and salary data
Will Alexander

Will Alexander, Head of Talent Management, Hired

With 9 years experience within the industry Will has previously lead a range of Talent and People initiatives for one of the world’s most admired brands, Apple. He has recently joined Hired to drive and support their mission of getting everyone a job they love.
Will is dedicated and passionate about delivering an unparalleled candidate and client experience across a range of roles, clients and industries.
With the customer at the center of everything Hired does, Will takes a very authentic, caring and compassionate approach to hiring to fundamentally improve the industry and enhance the candidate experience one hire at a time.

Adam Lindsay

Adam Lindsay, Screening Sales Manager, Safe Screening

Since joining Safe Screening Adam has been responsible for advising clients on how to manage their compliance needs and guide them through the process to achieve a successful screening strategy. Over the last 5 Years he has worked with clients across all verticals and has a thorough understanding of the impact Employee Screening has on both businesses and candidates alike. Together with the Safe Screening Team he helps clients minimise bad hires, optimise compliance and create a seamless process for Pre-Employment Screening.

TOPIC: The Complete Screening Checklist – The Inside Track on best practice for pre-employment background screening

  • Implement an effective Screening Policy
  • Create a positive Candidate Experience
  • Minimise risk to your business
  • Employee Screening Checklist
Ryan McCabe

Ryan McCabe, CEO, Odro

TOPIC: Measuring ROI of Video Recruitment: A Wren Kitchen Case Study

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