The Global Recruiter UK Summit 2019

6 March 2019 - etc. venues Fenchurch Street, 8 Fenchurch Place, London

The Power of Difference: Diversity and beyond in recruitment

Diversity needs to be a top line consideration for every recruitment business. In the context of a talent short market, recruiters need to take a diverse approach, to consider candidates from as wide a talent pool as possible. Success also resides in diversity. A diverse workplace can be more productive, more attractive for customers and more appealing for investors.

Excellent recruitment is the key to diversity and recruiters are ideally positioned to unlock the full potential of an inclusive organisation. Going beyond quotas, equality requirements and ‘blind’/unbiased processes, recruiters can enable their clients to become inclusive organisations and deliver more for their customers, investors, for their wider community and even the world.

The year’s UK summit examines diversity from all perspectives: the challenges and initiatives established by recruitment agencies, the demands and successes of end user clients. From first steps to a diverse future, The Global Recruiter identifies and celebrates The Power of Difference.

The Global Recruiter’s UK Summit consists of keynote presentations from industry leaders and experts who know what the industry needs to do, they can discuss what it means for their business and how they can implement positive change.

This year, don’t just listen – get involved and make a difference. Attending The Global Recruiter UK Summit means your recruitment business can lead rather than respond.

The day will consist of keynote presentations at the start and end of the day, with 2 discussion panels in the middle, with HR experts and practitioners giving practical advice on policies and agendas.

Attendees will break throughout the day for refreshments and networking in an exclusive area surrounded by a limited number of exhibitors.

This event is free of charge to senior executives in the staffing industry. If you are a supplier to the industry or R2R, there is a £1500 fee to attend.

09:00 – 09:30 Registration, networking and exhibition
09:30 – 09:45

James Osborne, Chairman, The Recruitment Network and Gary King, Commercial Director, The Global Recruiter

09:45 – 11:00
The Power of Diversity

Presenter: Alison Starmer, MD of Client Solutions, Randstad

Diversity is so much more than a buzzword or a trend – it is vital way of unlocking the power of the current workforce, of ensuring the very best talents are available to all employers and of unleashing the potential of every organisation.

Through external research and its own reports and practice, Randstad give an insight into how their business is pursuing the diversity agenda within the company and for its clients and candidates.

From top line strategy through to front line practice how is diversity realised by the business and what benefits have already been realised?

11:00 – 11:30 Refreshments, networking and exhibition
11:30 – 13:00
Panel 1: The Diversity Agenda - The Agency Perspective

Hosted by: Una McGuiness, UFM Talent

Diversity requires new approaches, processes, talent pools and technology. In this panel session experts from recruitment agencies share their experience and insight into diversity. What initiatives have they introduced and how have they realised a diverse and inclusive approach both for their clients and their own businesses?

How has diversity found a home within these organisations and what challenges and questions are still being raised as the agenda continues? Taking a broad view on diversity to include age, ethnicity, gender, background and educations, this session will include examples from panel members as well as asking what role technology has for realising diverse candidate lists, how unconscious bias can be identified and combatted and how diversity should be presented to clients.

Confirmed panellists include:
Alex Bigland, Head of Talent, Venquis
Jon Dweck, CEO, PodTalent
Hazel Leighfield, Solutions Director, Sopra Steria Recruitment
Gemma Young, Business Development Manager, Harrington Starr

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch, networking and exhibition
14:00 – 15:30
Panel 2: Diversity Demand - The Client Perspective

This panel session brings together experts and specialists from within major employers to discuss how their organisations are realising diversity and inclusion within their businesses.

Diversity has the potential to impact positively on the bottom line, so how has this been felt by these organisations? How has the diversity agenda has been introduced to businesses and what it has been the impact? From productivity and brand image, to accessing talent, the panel relate their own experiences and ideas in this area.

Are employers ahead of recruiters in creating diverse organisations or do they require support from recruiters to realise a truly diverse workforce? How can the recruitment function – internally or externally – be designed to deliver most effectively? Do recruiters have a role to play for employers in areas such as affecting company culture, onboarding and retention.

Confirmed Panellists:
Martyn Wright, UK Director of Recruitment, Capgemini

15:30 – 16:00 Refreshments, networking and exhibition
16:00 – 17:30
Diversity to Inclusion - Everyday Practice

The future of diversity and inclusion is that it becomes part of the everyday mundane process of finding and employing people. So what does this look like? What is the road map and what is achievable in the future? Is diversity the perfect answer to talent short markets?

17:30 – 19:00 Drinks reception
Alex Bigland, Head of Talent, Venquis

Alex joined Venquis in January 2016.

As Head of Talent, her focus is for her and her team to create an exceptional employee experience, making Venquis an employer of choice and creating an engaged workforce within a strong and positive culture.

Alex brings to the role a wealth of recruitment experience with over 14 years in the sector both in sales and operations.

Jon Dweck, CEO, PodTalent

Information available soon.

Hazel Leighfield, Solutions Director, Sopra Steria Recruitment

Having joined Sopra Steria Recruitment (SSR) in 2010, Hazel leads on the delivery of managed and outsourced services, and permanent and contract resourcing capability. She is also responsible for the development of new sales and technology solutions.

Prior to joining SSR, Hazel began her career working in a technology role for Honeywell, before moving into technical recruitment in the 1990s. She then worked on the agency recruitment side, before moving into corporate account management for organisations such as IBM, BT, O2 and Cable & Wireless.

Understanding the vast challenges which client organisations face in their recruitment decisions, Hazel is passionate about how technology can drive agile new solutions both for the business and its client organisations. Hazel is passionate about the diversity and inclusion agenda and works closely with Women in Recruitment, the Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative and Business Disability Forum to increasingly deliver best practice advice into our client strategies and delivery.

She has been instrumental in developing Optimum Vendor, SSR’s new innovative approach to recruitment, providing solutions which run throughout the lifecycle and which extend the reach of SSR’s portfolio to include consultancy, contract, interim and permanent recruitment, compliance, on-boarding and assessment.

Una McGuinness – UFM Talent

Una has 20+ years experience leading and managing all aspects of a recruitment business servicing the Digital, Media and Marketing sectors.

Now working independently, helping recruitment consultancies that have an ambition to grow - focusing on business strategy, execution, marketing and the increasing part technology now needs to play to optimise market positioning and results in any business.

For the past 15 years Una was a board Director of Aspire – previously PFJ, constantly developing and updating their UK and international business models to drive business growth.

Una understands the challenges facing today’s recruitment businesses, whether new legislation, repositioning the business to take advantage of technological change, people or productivity challenges.

James Osborne - Chairman of The Recruitment Network and TRNWorld

James is an award winning business consultant, advisor and entrepreneur, with an international board level background in the staffing and recruitment sector.

For the past 14 years, James has worked with recruitment business leaders, helping them to achieve significant growth, performance improvement and competitive advantages acting as a Non-Executive Director, consultant, trainer and strategist for numerous fast growth recruitment businesses.

James is a passionate speaker on behalf of the staffing and recruitment sector, and is the Chairman of The Recruitment Network and TRNWorld, the fastest-growing global support and advisory club for recruitment business leaders.
@osborne_tweets / @TheRecNetwork1

Alison Starmer, MD of Client Solutions, Randstad

Information available soon.

Martyn Wright, UK Director of Recruitment, Capgemini

Martyn studied Chemistry at Bristol University and graduated in 1995, originally started in recruitment as a graduate trainee with Michael Page.

After 2.5 years learning his craft he left to go in-house with J P Morgan Inc. where he joined to establish European Recruitment for the Asset Management business across graduates, MBA’s and experienced hire.

Martyn moved into a reward role for 18 months and finally worked in a cost neutral HR consultancy team but missed recruitment. He then worked at a variety of HR recruitment firms specialising in senior level search - with varieties of team size (from 5 to 45) - headed Frazer Jones (5 years), Co-founded Oakleaf (5 years), headed HR recruitment for Robert Walters (1.5 years) and headed HR recruitment for Career Legal/HYF (1.5 years).

For 5 years Martyn worked at EY and led recruitment for EMEIA Financial Services with a particular specialism in Direct/Exec Recruitment at the Partner Level and Recruitment Operations (headcount 12,464; FY18 hires 4,290). Martyn was responsible for all hires across intern, apprentices, graduates, experienced hire and executive hires across Europe.

Finally, In 2018 Martyn joined Capgemini as the UK Director of Recruitment across intern, apprentices, graduates, experienced hire and executive hires.

Gemma Young, Business Development Manager, Harrington Starr

Information available soon.


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