A One-Day, Cross-Sector Conference & Networking Event, One America Square, London, 22nd November 2022

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Attract, Engage & Retain Next-Level Talent With Brand New & Innovative Talent Acquisition & Retention Strategies

18 Speakers. 1 Day. 22nd November 2022. 

08.30 Registration, Informal Networking & GIC Welcome

09.10 Morning Chair’s Opening Remarks

Fiona Evans, Director of People & Culture, RSPCA

09.20 Critical Questions Answered! How Can You Attract Top Talent & Be Seen As An Employer Of Choice

  • How are you innovating, structuring, and developing within your candidate experience to attract, engage and retain top talent?
  • Elevate engagement and attraction by crafting authentic and personal experiences that set you apart from the rest
  • Guarantee success by delving deeper into the candidate journey to ensure candidates experiences result in successful hire and retention of a diverse and skilled workforce
  • How can you streamline your onboarding process to maintain maximum attention and engagement to seal the deal?

Anita Acavalos, Senior Manager Employer Brand, Legal & General

Lily De Franca, Head of Talent Acquisition & Retention, Majestic Wine

10.00 Showcase Success & Stay Ahead Of The Market By Leading The Way In Talent Acquisition With Fresh, Targeted & Effective Strategies To Win Top Talent Every Time

  • Disrupt the talent landscape! Think outside of the box to identify and attract top candidates in an increasingly competitive market with new, fresh and innovative attraction strategies
  • Capitalise on the latest trends and leverage brand new insights, knowledge, and data surrounding the post-pandemic realities to best prepare and predict future market play
  • How can you stand out in today’s market? What exactly are candidates looking for in terms of recruitment processes today? Benchmark success and predict what the market will do next and how you can best prepare for all eventualities

Luke McClaran, HR Director, Vitality

Deboleena Dasgupta, Global Lead -Talent, DEI & Culture, HSBC

10.30 Bonus Session; Reserved For Exclusive Conference Partner

11.00 Morning Refreshment Break With Informal Networking

11.30 Transform Your Recruitment & Attraction Strategies To Diversify Talent Pools, Attract New Talent & Create Inclusive & Unbiased Pipelines For Improved Retention & Engagement

  • Tailor your recruitment and attraction strategies and cultivate inclusivity by promoting an authentic and inclusive culture which attracts and engages a diverse talent pool
  • Critical questions answered! How can you be inclusive without discriminating? How do organisations identify bias taking place, and how can you then combat this?
  • Take tangible steps to mitigate unconscious bias from candidate selection by tackling removing barriers to entry, empowering people to get through recruitment processes, with the best tech, tools and systems in place
  • Benchmark the progress you have already made in order to conduct a review into your talent, recruitment and acquisition processes to really drive ongoing inclusive and fair recruitment

Jennifer McCartney, Director Talent & Leadership Development, PayPal

Sharlene John, Head Of Recruitment, Selfridges

Ruth Morton, Senior Diversity & Inclusion Manager, Openreach

Deepa Shah, People Director, Head Office, Bupa

Gemma Betney, Head of Recruitment, Prehires & Inclusion, Anglian Water Services

12.00 Cut-Through The Increasingly Competitive Market By Keeping Up With Changing & Evolving Candidate Expectations With Refreshed, Strategic & Future-Proofed Talent & Attraction Strategies

  • What are candidates really looking for in job descriptions and companies today? Examine how candidates needs and requirements are shifting, and how you can best translate those insights into real results
  • Adapt your strategies, upskill teams and alter your role requirements or accountabilities in order to attract, engage and retain top talent
  • Identify and align with your candidates’ values, to provide an opportunity that is the right fit for both the candidate and employer by being flexible and agile to move with the fast-paced and competitive recruitment processes

12.20 Digitising People Assessment In Recruitment Processes

  • How to effectively role out a global talent assessment digital transformation project
  • Utilising digital assessment tools to drive fairness and inclusion
  • Using assessments insights and talent analytics to enable data-driven hiring decisions


Margarita Echeverria, Global Head of Talent Assessment, Vodafone

12.40 Lunch & Informal Networking For Speakers, Delegates & Partners



13.10 Informal Breakout Discussions


  1. Social Media
  2. AI & ML
  3. Leadership Skills
  4. Vision & Values

13.40 Afternoon Chair’s Opening Remarks

James Hampton, Head of People & Culture, St Austell Brewery

13.50 Establish A Flexible & Robust Attraction Framework In The Midst Of A Turbulent Labour Market With Hybrid-Friendly Strategies To Ultimately Reach, Attract & Retain Candidates Today

  • As hybrid working continues to remain a prerequisite for candidates today, how can you best attract and retain top talent and meet the demands of the changing workforce whilst ensuring your business needs are prioritised?
  • It’s a hybrid balancing act! How can you offer the flexibility and convenience of hybrid working whilst still ensuring a supportive, inclusive, and high-performing team dynamic in the office?
  • Are you effectively responding and adapting to a hybrid world? Upskill and equip your leaders and managers to maximise productivity, inclusivity, and leadership in your work culture and recruitment processes
  • Break down the digital barriers within hybrid working, ensure candidate retention and reduce turnover with hybrid-friendly strategies that stand out from other employers
  • What will the office space look like post-Covid, and how will this impact candidate attraction and engagement moving forward?

Jennifer McCartney, Director Talent & Leadership Development, PayPal

Katie Shaw, Head of People, Marks and Spencer

14.20 Next-Level, Innovative & Fresh Employer Branding Insights To Boost Your Branding Potential & Sky-Rocket Candidate Engagement

  • Power your value proposition to ensure you cut-through the noise as an employer today by exploring how companies are maximising employer branding today and determining exactly how candidates want to receive and digest this information 
  • Explore your branding potential! How is your organisation best structured to drive employer branding, and how can you engage employees more to really leverage the content they can create?
  • User-generated content vs. employer-generated content: examine the pros and cons in order to ensure you are ensuring maximum candidate attraction
  • Bold branding on a budget? Look no further! Uncover critical tips and tricks to drive sky-high ROI and successful talent acquisition

Caroline Anderson, Director of HR & OD, Great Ormond Street Hospital For Children NHS Foundation Trust

14.40 Bonus Session; Reserved For Exclusive Conference Partner

15.10 Afternoon Refreshment Break With Informal Networking

15.40 A case study showing the impact of the ‘great resignation’ and post-pandemic labour shortages on our business in 2021 and how recruitment and retention became the number one business priority.

The case study will show how we successfully transformed our resourcing model with a people first approach and how it enabled a return to operating at full occupancy. Specifically covering:

  • The business background to Center Parcs, our workforce, and previous resourcing solutions
  • The scale and criticality of the resource problems in summer 2021
  • How a project team led by HR and Operations, identified problems and barriers with current practices and developed a new concept of village ‘Resource Hubs’ which launched in November 2021
  • Objectives and outcomes – measuring success from every viewpoint and exploring what’s next?

Margaret Mitchell FCIPD, Director of HR, Center Parcs

16.00 Deep Dive Into The Importance Of Belonging, DEI & Its Role Relating to Organisational & Team Culture For Existing Employees & New Talent

  • How might we better cultivate and maintain a culture to truly engage people (especially new talent) in experiences and moments that foster a true sense of belonging?
  • Tips and formats that work best to reach, engage and motivate employees in today’s hybrid workforce
  • Better understand the role you play in creating a sense of belonging

16.20 Develop, Support & Retain Top Talent By Designing Long-Term Retention Strategies Which Allow Positive Career Progression & Growth, Ensure New-Starter Engagement & Provide Clear & Genuine Development Opportunities

  • Invest in your people and tick every box! Combine attractive new-starter packages with the promise to prioritise and invest in candidates by giving them the opportunity to flourish and grow within your organisation
  • Reshape to retain! Outside of the traditional career progression roadmaps, what else are you implanting and offering to diversify methods of retaining talent?
  • Develop a framework which embodies employee value proposition not just for external but also for internal talent too
  • Harness the power of internal support to encourage maximum career progression and potential that develops and retains top talent

Ivie Aroko, Senior Program Director – Talent Framework, Warner Music Group

16.40 Move Beyond Tick Boxes To Truly Explore The Potential Of Diverse Skill Sets That Set Candidates Apart From The Rest

  • Ask the right questions! Are you paying attention to detail in terms of skill set requirements today?
  • What are you looking for? Educate your talent and recruitment teams to look at job roles and top talent differently, focusing on the importance of transferrable skills and key words on CV’s
  • Develop a framework which embodies employee value proposition not just for external but also for internal talent too
  • Don’t close the door too early! Re-focus on identifying potential to grow, rather than the finished article, demonstrating the ability to learn and develop long-term within your organisation

17.00 Afternoon Chair’s Closing Remarks

James Hampton, Head of People & Culture, St Austell Brewery

17.10 Official Close Of Conference