harnessing the power of our people
After 2023 saw the industry's largest event of its kind welcome over 1000 attendees to The Brewery, London, we are very excited to once again define the future of engagement on 1st May 2024 at the 11th edition of the Employee Engagement Summit.
Next year promises case studies, live interviews and panel discussions that showcase the importance of high-impact, purpose-driven employee engagement strategies through a lens that focuses on how organisational culture, collaboration, wellbeing and leadership buy-in are the the key to breeding high-performing, engaged teams.
Those that join us next year will have the chance to equip themselves with the tools needed to break the mould and create a people-centric culture where employees thrive.
4 Content Stages
Round Table Sessions
15 Topic Streams
WHAT TO EXPECT
Employee Engagement in the New World of Work
There has been a seismic shift in the way that we work over the last two years and many of these strategies are here to stay. This stream will highlight what the future of employee engagement looks like.
The Future of Employee Engagement
Our people are our biggest asset, so it’s crucial that we make sure that ‘work’ is a place that provides the experiences that will enable our people to thrive.
Effective Strategies for Employee Engagement
It’s so important to review and revise employee engagement strategies, so join this stream for innovative ideas relating to how to keep your people engaged.
Communication and Collaboration in the Modern Workplace
Communication and collaboration is increasingly taking centre stage in the quest for organisations to achieve higher and sustainable levels of employee engagement and productivity, particularly when employees are working remotely.
Wellbeing, Diversity & Inclusion
Probably the most crucial elements when it comes to employee engagement – join us to discover how to create a truly diverse, inclusive workplace where wellbeing takes centre stage.
Recruitment, Reward and Talent Retention
The great resignation has only highlighted the need to implement successful recruitment, reward and talent retention strategies. Join us to discover how to recruit the best talent and keep them engaged with your organisation.
Can Employee Experience Provide Competitive Advantage?
Our people are fast becoming the only way you will ever achieve a competitive advantage as, when we unlock the potential of our employees, we can drive customer experience to world class levels. Employees become our competitive advantage when they feel so engaged that they go above and beyond. Join this stream to discover how to unlock the potential of your employees.
Employee Engagement Strategy and Leadership
Employee engagement and productivity can only be achieved if the correct strategies are in place and we have inspirational role model leaders to effect and implement those strategies to move the organisation forward in an age of uncertainty and disruption.
Jill ScottWomen's Euro 2022 Champion, Queen of the Jungle & Soccer Aid Captain
One of England's most decorated players, Jill Scott is one of the few Lionesses to have surpassed 150 caps. After featuring at nine major tournaments, she got a winners' medal as part of the team who won EURO 2022 on home soil.
An infectious character off the pitch, and a player for the big occasion on it, the influential midfielder stepped up to the plate whenever her country needed her most. Her England career was punctuated with some key strikes – the winner against Netherlands in the EURO 2009 semi-final, the equaliser against Belgium in EURO 2017 qualifying, and the finish in the 3-0 win over Wales which sealed England’s place at France 2019.
Jill began her career with her hometown Sunderland, before spending seven years at Everton and then joining City in 2013. She later had loan spells back at Everton and Aston Villa. She won her hundredth cap against Australia in 2015, before clocking up another fifty over the following six seasons. When Jill started the 3-0 win over Cameroon at France 2019, it was her eighteenth appearance at a World Cup final, the most of any England player in history. Jill retired from football as the second-highest capped player. During her time in the game, she won every domestic honour, including the Women's Super League title with City, and four women's FA Cups. Jill was voted FA Players' Player of the Year, FA International Player of the Year, and was appointed an MBE for services to women's football.
She also entered the jungle and was crowned the winner of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.
Nikki HumphreyVirgin Group Chief People Officer
Joining the Virgin Family has been one of the most rewarding career moves I’ve made. Following board-level experience in retail, banking, insurance, asset management, media, manufacturing, and engineering, I joined Virgin Atlantic as Chief People Officer and was immediately impressed by how forward-thinking, people-first and purpose-driven the brand was. Richard Branson has always said that if you take care of your employees, they’ll take care of your business – and it’s incredible to see how this ethos filters across the Virgin family, covering five different sectors and continents.
Over the years, I’ve seen how people (including myself) thrive in environments where human connection, inclusion, ambition and progress sit at the heart of the business. I’ve also realised there is nothing more motivating than unlocking the potential of individuals, teams and businesses.
Winnie Annan-ForsonRoyal Mail Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Winnie Annan-Forson is an award-winning Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion within the Logistics and Transport industry, leading the DEI strategy and team for an organisation with circa 140,000 employees. Her previous experience spans across various disciplines within the Financial Services industry including Learning and Development, HR Strategy and Partnering, Retail and Business Banking, before pivoting into DEI.
She is an experienced DEI strategist and speaker, lending her thought leadership and lived experience across various facets of DEI, including the generational, gender, race and socio-economic lens. She is an ICF-accredited coach and is passionate about creating equitable spaces that enable underrepresented groups to thrive and spends a lot of time advocating for positive outcomes for others. Winnie is a Black British Business Awards Professional Services and We Are The City Award winner, recognized for building diverse communities that drive social change.
She is a first-generation immigrant raised in Ghana, West Africa, is Christian and is married with two daughters.
Frankie Freeman-DayYouTube Head of Internal & Executive Communications
Frankie Freeman-Day is senior communications executive and former financial journalist, with almost a decade's experience in Google's EMEA leadership team. Frankie is currently Head of Internal & Executive Communications for Europe, the Middle East & Africa at YouTube, previously overseeing Internal & Executive Comms for Google's EMEA Sales business.
She has extensive experience in internal and executive communications, crisis and change communications, employee engagement, corporate communications, media coaching, speech writing and events.
Prior to joining Google, Frankie was a reporter for The Wall Street Journal in London and San Francisco. She holds a Master's in Communication from Stanford University.
Natasha WhitehurstRolls-Royce Global Inclusion Lead
Natasha has extensive experience within multiple industries, where she has gained operational and generalist HR experience, over the last 5 years she has specialised in Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging. An experienced speaker, facilitator and training professional, she uses her lived experience to help business leaders develop their own inclusive behaviours. She is currently bringing inclusion to life at Rolls-Royce -championing inclusion to support the winning culture globally, finding strength in working together, both inside and outside of the business, harnessing the diversity of people and perspectives.
Natasha is co-founder and co-host of ‘D&I Spy: Inclusion Uncovered’ a weekly podcast, taking inclusion back to basics, tackling often unspoken topics with a number of high-profile guests from the entertainment, sport and business worlds.
Natasha is experienced working with people and talent teams to establish more inclusive recruitment practices, and attracting diverse talent, which earned her a coveted spot on the Global Diversity List 2020.
Natasha lives in London, is a proud northerner. Natasha has endometriosis from which she campaigns and has found a new passion for running. She loves reading and learning, often travelling to feed her curiosity.
Sonia GuptaDiageo Global Head, Leadership Development
Tor GoldfieldExpedia Group Senior Director, Internal Communications
Tor and her international team are responsible for deepening business knowledge, sharing strategic progress, supporting key business initiatives and enhancing community and culture within and across the three divisional groups.
Prior to joining Expedia Group, Tor worked in a variety of internal and external comms roles, including PR and content marketing. She has an MSc in Marketing Communications from Birkbeck, University of London.
Nicole BearneMercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team Head of Internal Communications
Over a 25-year career in the fast-paced world of Formula One motor racing, Nicole Bearne has contributed to winning nine Constructors’ and eight Drivers’ World Championship titles. Her experience spans executive and technical operations, internal communications and employee engagement.
Nicole brings a blend of academic rigour and extensive real-world experience to building high-performing, people-centric organisations. Her research interests include employee voice and silence as information-sharing mechanisms in organisations, psychological safety and leader-follower exchange. She is also interested in work wellbeing and neurodiversity in the workplace.
She holds a CIPR Diploma in Internal Communications and a Master’s degree in Organisational Behaviour. She is a member of the Institute of Internal Communication, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (MCIPR) and an Accredited PR Practitioner.Nicole speaks fluent Russian and also spent several years living and working in the former Soviet Union.
Joanne ConwayEY UK Head of Diversity Equity & Inclusion
Stacey RammEvri Head of Diversity Equity & Inclusion
Prior to Evri, Stacey was the DE&I Lead for Virgin Media, then Virgin Media O2, following the merger in June 2021, leading the DE&I agenda for c.17,000 colleagues.
Stacey is incredibly passionate about DE&I and Culture, using her own personal lived experience to drive positive, meaningful, and sustainable change.
Holly GaffneyLloyds Bank Communities Lead, Future Workplace
Sarah TaitLloyds Bank Workplace Adoption Lead
I lead Workplace Adoption at Lloyds Banking Group (LBG) which includes the adoption of our offices, tech & tools; including Microsoft M365. My team inform, empower & connect colleagues across the organisation to ensure they have the best experience when using our spaces, tech & tools and ultimately so they love to work at LBG. The adoption of our offices includes having strong Workplace Communities where we are working with senior leaders, a group of colleague volunteers and local businesses to drive engagement, fun & a sense of community within our offices. Outside of work I am a Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Master Practitioner where I coach females in the corporate industry to achieve more balance, peace and confidence in their life. I am super passionate about driving conversations on mental health and am always learning and self developing.
Sacha HarveyLucky Saint People Director
Glenn GraysonRiver Island People Engagement Lead
His award winning and industry recognised strategies have challenged the norm, turning the ordinary into extraordinary.
Previously at Selfridges and heading up Missguided’s internal communications and people experience, Glenn is now leading River Island’s people engagement function, creating a unique and powerful communication and engagement experience for over ‘8,000 ‘Islanders’.
Natalie SpencerHSBC Head of Internal Communications, Commercial Banking and Global Banking & Markets
Proven ability in developing and driving global communications strategies to deliver impactful results that support commercial business objectives, protect reputation, engage employees and strengthen organisational culture.
Currently responsible for leading a global team of communicators that drive internal communications across HSBC's two global wholesale businesses.
Strategic, proactive, results-driven and globally-connected.
Champion for gender inclusivity and passionate about sustainability.
Charlotte BaileyNHS Director of People and Organisation Development
Charlotte has worked in the public sector for 25 years as an operational and corporate leader. She started her career in child psychology and has worked in both Local Government and the NHS. Charlotte has a passion for engagement and inclusion and has been named as one of the top 50 leaders by the HSJ and was awarded runner up public servant of the year for her approaches to engagement. Charlotte has published multiple books and developed resources to enhance inclusive practices. She worked on numerous national working groups to support improvement, including the introduction of a new profession into Education.
Charlotte’s journey in corporate service began after leading two major turnaround transformations in social care, where Charlotte realised her approach with the workforce was what made change and transformation a success. Charlotte has led workforce, communications, performance and transformation teams in large and complex organisations. The heart of her approach to a successful business has been through staff well-being, engagement, empowerment and organisational culture.
Charlotte currently works at Central North West London as the Executive Director for People and OD and holds the corporate portfolio of Human Resources, Staff Well-Being, Organisational Development and Leaning and Equality, Inclusion and Diversity. She is also North West London’s Integrated Care System Lead for People.
Laura ColantuonoFremantle Head of Internal Communications
Laura is a communications professional with over 12 years of experience gained in global organisations.
She’s Italian but has lived abroad for most of her life. Laura started her career as a journalist to then join Unilever Italy in 2010, where she discovered her passion for Internal Communications.
In 2014, she joined the luxury fashion brand Fendi to lead the global IC function and in 2019 she moved to London, where she joined Harrods as Internal Communications Manager. In 2020, she returned to the FMCG sector and joined The Kraft Heinz Company as Head of Internal Communications, International. After a short-term assignment at the fintech Klarna, she has recently joined the media company Fremantle, where she leads the global Internal Communications team.
Adam DilksNightcap Plc Group People Director
Adam Dilks is the Group People Director at Nightcap PLC.
Adam spent the beginning part of his career in retail, where he spent many years at Tesco finding his true passion for the people function, and in 2018 Adam joined the hospitality industry as part of the HR Leadership team at Greene King. Adam began his tenure at Greene King as Head of Employee Relations, and in 2020, Adam moved into the role of HR Director leading People Teams across the groups’ Premium, Urban and Venture Brands Division.
Adam joined Nightcap in March 2023 as Group People Director and is excited to get underway his ambitious people strategy. Adam’s key focus is around connecting the management teams to the people strategy across the business, which is entirely centred around improving the employee experience through creating a culture of inclusion and belonging.
Adam has a track record of building high performing diverse teams, who through his leadership, have supported businesses to achieve some remarkable results, including a step-change improvement in sustainable engagement, producing industry leading results.
Outside of work, Adam has a huge passion for running, reading and spending time with his family.
Becky WollamJohn Lewis Partnership Purpose Activation Lead
Hi, I'm Becky and I work at the John Lewis Partnership. Today, I lead a Partnership-wide (Waitrose and John Lewis) transformation programme to 74,000 employees refreshing and embedding our 100 year old Purpose, work which has been recognised externally by the CorpComms awards, winning best embodiment of corporate purpose, best employee engagement and best internal comms campaign. I look forward to sharing our experiences and how, by putting our employees at the heart of our work, made all the difference during the event.
Prior to this role, I have held a variety of roles, from being a Graduate trainee, leading a range of different shops, designing and delivering transformation programmes alongside now being the longest standing Director of the Partnership Board.
Simon BaileyBT Communications Lead
Simon leads communications on BT Group’s major change and transformation initiative (The Better Workplace Programme). This project affects over 50,000 BT employees and is the UK’s largest change project of this type involving changes to working practices, organisational structure and office locations in the UK. His role covers internal, external and public policy activities across the group which encompasses key divisions including Consumer (EE, BT, Plusnet), Business and Openreach.
Previously, Simon was responsible for internal communications at Citi in the UK which employs around 10,000 colleagues across a number of offices from Canary Wharf to Belfast.
Tiina Masar BindnerSpecsavers Northern Europe's Candid Head of Communication
Elise SallisWolters Kluwer External Communications Manager - Tax & Accounting
Anne-Marie ListerAtom Bank Chief People Officer
Anne-Marie Lister is the Chief People Officer at Atom bank. As one of the first few to the Atom team for the last 8 years she has been responsible for building and scaling people systems, processes, the working environment, and culture of the award-winning team that launched the UK’s first app only bank.
She has 20 years’ experience across people disciplines including Organisation Development, Learning and Development, Human Resources, Talent Acquisition, and Internal Communications. Her career with companies such as Reed, Bromley College of Further and Higher Education, ACCA and NorthernPowergrid has involved working in the UK, Asia Pacific, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and the Caribbean on a range of People and OD initiatives.
Anne-Marie trained initially with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Leeds, followed by an MSc in International Human Resources from London Southbank University. An alumnus of Roffey Park Institute she furthered her studies in organisation design and behaviour with a Post-Graduate Certificate in Organisation Development. Together with Level A and B certifications in psychometrics, Transactional Analysis, NLP, LIFO, and LAB profiling she has knowledge of and practices with a wide range of tools and methodologies.
Caz MeechKeyloop Global Head of Internal Communications
Vivienne MorrisLondon Energy HR Director
Her early career was in the air line sector working with logistics partners before moving the national rail environment again working for a logistics partner with a national presence and a number of logistical bases.
Vivienne has naturally gravitated to the engagement and change elements of HR during her career, which she finds bring the greatest rewards.
Michael SchmidOctopus Electric Vehicles Growth Insights Analyst
With a passion for sustainability and a background in data analysis, Michael works closely with the company's marketing and sales teams to analyse data and provide insights into consumer behaviour, market trends, and growth opportunities. He also conducts research on the EV market and collaborates with external partners to develop new strategies for expanding Octopus EV's reach and impact.
Michael uses data to increase employee engagement at Octopus EV. He believes that data-driven insights can help the company understand employee needs and preferences, and develop tailored programs and initiatives to foster a positive and productive workplace culture.
Michael works closely with the company's Chief of Staff to analyse employee data and provide insights into areas such as job satisfaction, career development, and work-life balance. He also collaborates with other teams to design and implement employee engagement programs that are aligned with the company's values and goals.
Alys PeartOctopus Electric Vehicles Chief of Staff
At Octopus EV, Alys is responsible for overseeing the team’s wellbeing, alongside a cross-functional group from a variety of teams in the business. She’s committed to making Octopus EV the best possible place to work, and is always pushing to make sure employees feel recognised for their contributions to the company's success.
Alys works closely with senior leaders to implement employee recognition programs, such as awards and ad hoc recognition programmes, to celebrate the achievements of individual employees and teams. She also encourages open communication and collaboration across departments to ensure that all employees feel valued and heard.
Burcin RessamogluSodexo Engage CEO
Charlotte DahlWoodreed Creative Planning Director
Nicholas BriceSoul Corporations CEO
Jo DoddsEngage for Success Co-Strategy Director
As co-Strategy Director of Engage for Success, Jo is focused on spreading the word about employee engagement and shining a light on good practise, inspiring people and workplaces to thrive. She also co-hosts the long running weekly Engage for Success radio podcast talking all things employee engagement with a wide range of guests from all over the world. Her corporate background is in regional and national HR and training roles within large retail and leisure organisations. She started her own business in 2005 and has since worked with people and organisations to take advantage of the digital and social media opportunities to create engagement with customers, employees and other stakeholders.
Cathy BrownInitiative for Social Entrepreneursi CEO
Paul WickersHuggg CEO and Founder
Kevin HähnleinHaiilo Head Of Product Marketing
Becky WillanGiven Co-Founder and CEO
Stephanie KukoyiCulture Amp Senior People Scientist, EMEA
Steph is a Senior People Scientist for the EMEA region. She has a BSc Psychology from Manchester Metropolitan University and an MSc Occupational Psychology from the University of Manchester.
Steph spent several years consulting for a wide range of organisations such as Unilever and AXA. She has experience providing a number of services particularly in the field of neurodiversity including coaching, diagnostics, workplace assessments, awareness sessions and webinars.
She also spent part of this time working at Greater Manchester Police supporting on their people vision which included assessment centre design and the development of their Diverse Leaders Programme.
Steph’s main areas of interest include neurodiversity, employee wellbeing and engagement. She has experience speaking on these topics at conferences such as Health & Wellbeing at Work.
Zara Nanu MBEGapsquare A Pay Equity Leader & Chief Executive Officer and Founder
Dr. Zara Nanu MBE is one of the world's leading voices for workplace gender equality and wider fair pay. Starting her career combatting human trafficking and campaigning for women’s rights, Zara is now at the forefront of technology to build more inclusive workplaces.
As the CEO of Gapsquare, which offers expansive diversity and equality data intelligence & report generation, Zara is utilizing data science and AI to reimagine the future of work.
Among dozens of accolades throughout her career, Zara was recently recognized by her late Majesty the Queen in her Jubilee Birthday Honors list (MBE).
Guy Champniss, PHDForty1/The Creative Engagement Group Head of Behavioural Science
Jason FrankForty1 Senior Communications and Engagement Consultant
Elizabeth BryantForty1 Principal Consultant
Danny StacyIndeed Head of Talent Intelligence
Evan RhodaBlackbaud Senior Account Executive
Jamie MacKenzieSodexo Engage CMO & Business Programme Director
Hayley BrooksbankTTP Chief Marketing Officer
Henry Davies106 Communications Founder
Suzy DeanAddIn365 CEO & Microsoft MVP
Amongst the 2 million Microsoft practitioners globally, there are a few thousand awarded MVP status for their elite expertise in Microsoft Viva, Microsoft Teams and SharePoint. AddIn365 is home to three of them. Suzy Dean has been a Microsoft MVP for four years and has been responsible for the delivery of intranets, portals and communications capabilities, into organisations, since 2004.
Philippa DonnellyGentrack People Experience Director, UK & Europe
Mona AkikiPerkbox Chief People Officer
Alyssa TantilloAchievers Solutions Consultant
Matt PhelanThe Happiness Index CEO & Founder
Emilie BastrupFount Head of Customer Success (Europe) and Head of UK
Frances QuirkeCoursera Partnerships Director, EMEA
Dave NixonLumApps Employee Experience Expert
Dave is an Employee Experience Expert at LumApps.
“This was one of the best events I have been to. There were so many great speakers and I have taken away so much that I can feed into our processes. I would definitely recommend the event and will certainly be going again. Thank you to everyone who made this possible”HR Manager, CPS
“Good opportunity to meet relevant suppliers/providers, and a lot of very interesting speakers and sessions. I wish someone else from my organisation had been able to attend as I wasn't able to cover everything I wanted to see!”Communication Business Partner at Air France
“Super line up, great venue and free. So wonderful to collaborate and meet fellow IC peeps!”Head of Internal Communications & Engagement, Alzheimer's Society