Thursday 03 March 2016


Registration, coffee and exhibition


Opening address: stepping up the skills vision for Scotland

Speaker: John McGurk, Head of CIPD Scotland, CIPD


Learning from failure to increase individual and business performance

Speaker: Matthew Syed, Bestselling Author of Bounce and Black Box Thinking


Government perspective on boosting skills and productivity in Scotland

Speaker: Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training, Scottish Government



A1 Delivering Change for Increased Organisational Effectiveness

Speaker: Janine Burch, HRD, Allied Global
Speaker: Connie Hendry, Head of Organisational Development, Learning and Communications, Disclosure Scotland

A2 Developing Leadership for a Future-fit Business

Speaker: Sandra Blake, Head of Talent and Development, SSE
Speaker: Alan Boyter, HRD, NHS Lothian

A3 Everyday Employee Engagement for Productivity Improvement

Speaker: David D'Souza, CIPD, CIPD



B1 Developing a Skills Strategy for the Future World of Work

Speaker: Peter Russian, Chief Executive, Investors in People Scotland
Speaker: Callum MacInnes, HR Manager, Scottish Leather Group

B2 Cultivating a Culture of High Performance and Productivity

Speaker: Gary Love, Director of HR and H&S, Historic Environment Scotland
Speaker: John Greatrex, Group HRD, Unipart

B3 Employment Law 2016 - what's new and what to expect

Speaker: Innes Clark, Head of Employment Team, Morton Fraser


C1 Contextual Leadership for High-Performing Teams

Speaker: Brigadier (Retired) David Allfrey MBE, Producer and Chief Executive, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

C2 Becoming an Effective HR Business Partner

Speaker: Rachel Stock, HRD, Trinity Mirror
Speaker: Mike Kneafsey, CEO Amtrust Mobile Solutions, Amtrust Financial Services

C3 Employment Law in Focus: the contract of employment in the modern workplace

Speaker: Karen McGill, Partner, MacRoberts LLP



Reshaping and Refocusing a Business during Times of Significant Change

Speaker: Elaine Arden, Chief HR Officer, RBS


Friday 04 March 2016


Registration, coffee and exhibition


Opening Welcome

Speaker: Donald Gordon, Chair, CIPD Scotland


Delivering Performance through People

Speaker: Hugh Mitchell, Former Chief Human Resources & Corporate Officer, Royal Dutch Shell plc



D1 Partnering on Productivity: how Scotland can build a world class workplace

Speaker: Grahame Smith, General Secretary, STUC
Speaker: Frank Blair, Director, ACAS Scotland
Speaker: Mark Beatson, Chief Economist, CIPD
Speaker: Professor Patricia Findlay, Director, Scottish Centre for Employment Research, University of Strathclyde Business School

D2 Overcoming Barriers to Diversity and Inclusion

Speaker: Amir Kabel, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Green Park Group
Speaker: Alan Boyter, HRD, NHS Lothian
Speaker: Patricia Rainey, Cluster Director of HR, Scotland/North UK, Marriott Hotels


W1 (Workshop) Recruiting for the Competitive Advantage

Speaker: Philippa Webster, Director, Interpersonnel HR


E1 Implementing HR Analytics into the Business

Speaker: Michael Wilkinson, HR Analyst, Nestle
Speaker: Jude Fletcher, Technology Solutions Lead, Nestle
Speaker: Jo Roger, Head of Organisational Effectiveness, Tesco Bank

E2 Developing Commercial Skills to Increase HR’s Impact and Credibility

Speaker: Jean-Pierre Noel, SVP Global Reward & HR Capability, InterContinental Hotels Group plc
Speaker: Sandy Batho, HRD, Babcock International



F1 Rebuilding or Preserving Trust: strategic choices to increase wellbeing and performance

Speaker: Professor Rosalind Searle, Chair in Organisational Behaviour and Psychology, Head of Trust Team, Coventry University
Speaker: David Rippon, Former Head of Organisation Development, Sunderland City Council

F2 Overcoming Ethical Challenges as an HR Professional

Speaker: Ksenia Zheltoukhova, Research Adviser, CIPD
Speaker: David D'Souza, CIPD, CIPD

F3 Adaptive Reward Strategies for Increased Performance

Speaker: Tatiana Collins, Global Head of Reward, Subsea 7
Speaker: Lesley Ballantyne, Director Partner Strategy, John Lewis


The New Principles of Organisational Agility to Prosper in Rapid Change

Speaker: Mark Stevenson, Founder, We Do Things Differently and author of An Optimist’s Tour of the Future and We Do Things Differently