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
Sam Mikkelsen, Client Solutions Director, Oscar

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

Hosted by: Neil Carberry, REC

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
Claire England, Director of UK inclusion and Diversity, JLL
Sarah Kaiser, Employee Experience, Diversity & Inclusion Lead, EMEIA, Fujitsu
Dan Richards, Recruitment Director, EY UK & Ireland

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 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.

Neil Carberry, Chief Executive, REC

Neil Carberry was appointed as Chief Executive of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation in June 2018 having been managing director at the Confederation of British Industry, leading the CBI’s work on the labour market, skills, energy and infrastructure.

In 1999, Neil began his career in recruitment working for executive search firm Fraser Watson before doing a post-graduate degree in Human Resources at the London School of Economics and joining the CBI in 2004. He is a member of the council of the conciliation service ACAS and of the Low Pay Commission where he helps guide pay policy in the UK.

He is also the chair of a small primary academy trust in Oxfordshire."

Jon Dweck, CEO, PodTalent

Jon Dweck is the founder and CEO of Pod Talent, a market leading international specialist recruitment and talent consultancy specialising in supply chain operations across consumer sectors.  The business have won a number of prestigious industry awards since launching in 2012.  Jon started his career in manufacturing having initially studied as an engineer. Recognising that the commercial world of people was calling him, he switched to recruitment in his 30s and hasn’t looked back since.

Jon is incredibly passionate about recruitment and closing the gap between agency and in-house recruitment, being a firm believer that we are now two sides of the same industry.  He is driven by a desire to continuously improve recruitment and talent management approaches that enhance the experience of those the industry serves.

Claire England, Director of UK inclusion and diversity, JLL

Claire is a commercially focused expert in inclusion, diversity HR with 16 years’ experience in global businesses across a range sectors including legal, banking and insurance. Claire has a strong track record of delivery and implementing change through strong stakeholder relationships.

At JLL, Claire acts as an advisor to the Board, taking a lead role in developing and implementing the firm’s UK diversity and inclusion strategy. This includes delivering diversity and inclusion targets as part of JLL’s wider sustainability leadership agenda -Building a Better Tomorrow programme, acting as an ambassador internally and externally for diversity and inclusion, and working with JLL’s employee diversity networks.

Claire is passionate about businesses working to develop an inclusive culture, in turn maximising employee engagement and strong team performance for improved organisational success. Claire sits on the Business Advisory Committee for the All Party Parliamentary Group – Governance and Inclusive Leadership (APPG GAIL) advising and working with UK Government to examine the best steps to aid equality for BAME people within workplaces.

Sarah Kaiser, Employee Experience, Diversity & Inclusion Lead, EMEIA, Fujitsu

Sarah Kaiser is the Employee Experience, Diversity & Inclusion Lead for Fujitsu EMEIA. She has driven Fujitsu’s activity to become recognised as an exemplar on gender pay gap reporting, a Times Top 50 Employer for Women, a Disability Confident Leader, a Stonewall Top 100 Employer and a Top 50 Social Mobility Employer. She is passionate about finding creative solutions to unusual diversity challenges, developing cultures where everyone can achieve their full potential, and the representation of diversity in contemporary culture.

Previously Sarah was the Head of Equality at Brent Council, where she led the organisation to achieve the Excellence level of the Equality Framework for Local Government. Beforehand, as the first Diversity Manager for Tate, Sarah increased the diversity of Tate’s audiences, workforce and programme. Prior to that, Sarah was the Director of RenéCassin, an international human rights NGO.

In her personal capacity, Sarah has worked on a wide range of diversity and inclusion projects, including with Citizens Advice, Purple Light Up and the Commission on Women in Jewish Leadership. She has a degree in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge.

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.

Sam Mikkelsen, Client Solutions Director, Oscar

Sam started in Tech recruitment in 1996 and has helped launch two new recruitment brands. He has worked for Oscar technology for over 5 years and is responsible for developing Oscar's existing client relationships as well as ensuring new clients receive the best solutions to suit their business from day one.Sam writes regular blog posts and organises events where clients can get together in an open forum and debate and discuss the latest issues affecting the Tech and Recruitment industry.

Sam advises clients on how they can improve their recruitment strategy from a diversity perspective and become more inclusive. From understanding the fundamentals of what diversity actually is, to advising companies on advertising and trying to hire from a more diverse talent pool of candidates. Last year Sam organised three workshop events in Manchester on Diversity and Inclusion in the tech industry. Over 100 people attended from 40+ organisations, they shared their own knowledge and experience on Diversity, from education, recruitment and retention. From these events he helped found ‘The Inclusion Coalition’ which is a co-operative of organisations that are committed to raising awareness and improving diversity and inclusion for tech teams and businesses.

Oscar have recently partnered with not-for-profit organisation, Recode to help people from all backgrounds - mainly disadvantaged - to secure a new career as a developer.

James Osborne, Chairman, 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

Dan Richards, Recruitment Director, EY UK & Ireland

Dan leads EY’s recruitment across the UK and Ireland from student to executive and partner hiring. He is also a Trustee of EY Foundation – an independent charity that aims to help young people from all backgrounds access work experience and employment opportunities.

Part of Dan’s role is ensuring that EY’s recruitment processes are fit for the future, helping to recruit diverse talent with the strengths needed to achieve EY’s business ambitions. Dan has been at the forefront of innovative thinking at EY, including employing greater use of technology to speed up the recruitment process and provide a better quality, more tailored experience for candidates.

Dan led the team responsible for introducing ground breaking changes to EY’s student recruitment process – the removal of academic entry criteria. The move opened-up the application process to a broader talent pool of students, driving social mobility.

Alison Starmer, MD of Client Solutions, Randstad

Alison Starmer is the Managing Director of client solutions at Randstad, the world's largest HR services provider. After graduating from the University of Reading with a degree in zoology and psychology, she entered the fast-paced world of recruitment. Alison has over 20 years of recruitment experience operating at senior management and director level. During her career she has proven success in recruiting across a number of different sectors, growing businesses and markets organically through the development of high performing teams.

Alison is a keen supporter for diversity and inclusion. She believes that embracing diversity of thought, age, ethnicity, gender, disability and sexual orientation, and creating a workplace culture that is inclusive, results in better decision making.

In October 2018 Randstad client solutions published a 'diversity and inclusion'report within financial services' which looked at where various financial organisations are with diversity and inclusion as well as providing recommendations for businesses.

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

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