• Transform magazine
  • October 19, 2017


Employer Brand Management conference 2017


Employer Brand Management conference 2017

Employer Brand Management conference 2017

Speakers - more names announced soon

Jonny Briggs
group head, talent acquisition

Jonny joined Aviva as the group head of talent acquisition in January 2016 with responsibility for global recruitment. Prior to this he was head of talent acquisition at Thomson Reuters (IP&S) for three years where he established a central sourcing hub, resulting in record time to hire, quality of hire and agency hire of under 5%.  Jonny joined Thomson Reuters after six years at RBS, working in Group, their Corporate Bank and finally as Head of Resourcing at Coutts.

David Boardman
director of customer excellence

David is a corporate communications specialist with extensive experience within a variety of industries and sectors from FMCG to Financial Services, Online retailing to Housing, Public and Private sector.

David is Director of Customer Excellence for MyCSP, a pensions company that looks after the retirement benefits of 1.5million people.

Prior to MyCSP, David worked for Circle, the Hyde Group, Shop Direct Group and the Coop. At Shop Direct, he managed the communications of the merger of Littlewoods Home Shopping and Great Universal, and the sale of both the Littlewoods stores and the Index retail store businesses.

Paul Burns
managing director
Wells Care Limited

Katie Dalton
employment brand leader

Irene Duyn
head of brand engagement

Tom Greatrex
Nuclear Industry Association

Tom became Chief Executive of the NIA on 1 February 2016.  Formerly MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West, Tom was shadow energy minister from 2011 – 2015 and the opposition’s lead spokesman on nuclear energy, electricity market reform, smart grid and metering, carbon capture and storage, interconnection and both onshore and offshore oil and gas. Leading the scrutiny of the Energy Act and the Infrastructure Act in the last Parliament, he secured a number of amendments to the proposed legislation. He also served as a member of the Energy Select Committee from 2010 and from 2007-2010 was a policy adviser in the Scotland Office, including on energy.

Since 2015, he has been an independent policy analyst working in the energy sector for a range of clients, a frequent media commentator on energy issues, and a regular columnist for Utility Week. In a varied prior career, he was Director of Corporate Affairs for the NHS in Scotland, a chief officer in local government and a GMB trade union official in England.

Penny Illston
HR director

Penny works with organisations as an HR leader, director and talent coach, to help them develop their organisation and deliver better business results.
She has a strong track record as a Board HR Director with global and UK businesses and currently works in the global architect and design firm, Benoy.
Penny joined Benoy as Global Director of Talent in 2015, with the remit to help her ex-colleague from TK Maxx, Tom Cartledge and Benoy’s CEO, to develop the Benoy organisation and group.

As the instigator of the employer brand overhaul for Benoy, Illston worked with the strategic brand agency, 164th and then Hodes, the creative agency for employers, to head up the Brand Steering Group. This award-winning initiative led and inspired the employees of Benoy to come together as brand ambassadors, with a creative and compelling approach to defining the company’s future, from the inside out.  

Sian Kane
executive vice president, people

Christoph Knorn
global director employer branding

Christoph is passionate about transformations. Transforming things from a current status to something better, more relevant, more human is what gets him up in the morning.

In his current position he is transforming the global Employer Brand of Siemens to stay relevant in the digital age. He started as Management Consultant, helped a Mobile Business start up, worked as Head of Digital Marketing for Siemens' answers campaign and was a VP for Strategy & Consulting at Conrad Caine (now Possible). Christoph holds a diploma in cognitive psychology. He loves to travel, played in a band and does sports to stay healthy.

Charu Malhotra
global employer branding, digital channels & recruitment marketing leader

Robert Powell
head of pro bono & CSR
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Robert Powell is Head of Corporate Responsibility & Inclusion (CR&I) at Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP. He manages the full breadth of activities in the London office’s award-winning CR&I programme which focuses on four priority areas: pro bono, inclusion, community & environment and wellness. During his time at Weil, Robert has increased employee engagement significantly resulting in the average Weil London lawyer spending 65 hours a year on pro bono legal work and more than 75% of employees taking part in some form of volunteering activity.

Robert is also on the board of the charities Special Olympics GB, Heart of the City and is a member of a number of charity advisory boards.

Melanie Silverman
employer brand manager

With over 20 years’ experience in employment communications, marketing and advertising, Melanie has worked at some of the most well-known and well-respected agencies in the industry. Spanning a number of different sectors, Melanie has delivered campaigns for clients such as the NSPCC, KPMG, Thomas Cook, Accenture, Britvic and HSBC and has delivered everything from employer brand identity work to websites and award-winning employee referral programmes. Having made the move in-house, Melanie is currently the Employer Brand Manager for GLL, a charitable social enterprise and the largest operator of public leisure, sport, health and cultural services and facilities.

Dr. Ian Thomas
chief strategy officer
Fujitsu RunMyProcess

Ian Thomas is a technology strategist and thought leader currently serving as Chief Strategy Officer of RunMyProcess, a French technology start-up acquired by the global Fujitsu ICT group in 2013.  In his role as CSO Ian works as an integral part of the management team on a range of vision, strategy, marketing and technology topics.  In 2016 Ian led an award-winning rebrand of the organization to reflect its updated mission as an innovation subsidiary of the Fujitsu group.

Caroline Waterfield
head of employment services
NHS Employers

As assistant director at NHS Employers, Caroline leads the policy and employment practice work on workforce supply. She leads a team who focus on delivering programmes of work designed to support employers in the NHS in England to recruit and retain staff through using evidence based people performance management and employment practices. Caroline works closely with NHS leaders, government officials and national bodies to help inform policy and practice in this area.

Rachel Wilson
head of talent acquisition

Rachel heads up Siemens Talent Acquisition and Employer Branding in the UK, Ireland and Nordic countries. She’s part of a Global Talent Acquisition team in Siemens that is re-shaping how they deliver TA services to the business.  She’s a change agent with 20 years HR experience of transformation programmes in the IT, Rail and Manufacturing sectors, working at Land Rover/BMW, Atos and Siemens.

In her spare time, when she’s not a taxi service to two children, she’s a property enthusiast, having just built her own home, near Guildford in Surrey.  Rachel has a degree in Business Management and French, holds a Post Graduate diploma in HR Management and is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development. 

When & where

200 Aldersgate




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If you would like to be a sponsor of this event, there are several opportunities available. To discuss how you can be involved and maximise your brand in the Employer Brand Management space, please email Andrew Thomas - athomas@transformmagazine.net 

Supporting Partners

If you would like to be a supporting or media partner for the Employer Brand  Management conference please email Andrew Thomas with your suggestions on how we can collaborate. We're always happy to find creative ways to work with external companies and we'd love to hear from you.