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Senovis Great Minds
CHRO Gathering

Great Fosters, Egham, Surrey, UK 
Tuesday, 24 September 2024
Be part of

A meeting of minds


This is an invite only event where you will join 35 of your CHRO peers along with recognised experts and leading academics in the field to help shape and deliver the
people agenda.

Throughout the day you will have the opportunity to network with your peers, discuss your burning issues with leading academics in the field and get an insight into how you can share and progress the Strategic HR and People Agenda.

Meet the

Speakers


KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Matthew Syed

Writer, Journalist and Broadcaster

Matthew is an author and highly acclaimed speaker in the field of high performance. He has written seven best-selling books on the subject of mindset and high performance – Bounce, Black Box Thinking, Rebel Ideas, The Greatest, and his celebrated children’s books, What Do You Think?, You Are Awesome and Dare To Be You – and has worked with many leading organisations to build a mindset of continuous improvement.

Matthew Syed
Matthew Syed
KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Matthew Syed

Writer, Journalist and Broadcaster

Matthew is an author and highly acclaimed speaker in the field of high performance. He has written seven best-selling books on the subject of mindset and high performance – Bounce, Black Box Thinking, Rebel Ideas, The Greatest, and his celebrated children’s books, What Do You Think?, You Are Awesome and Dare To Be You – and has worked with many leading organisations to build a mindset of continuous improvement.

He is also a multi-award-winning journalist for The Times and The Sunday Times and presenter of the popular BBC Radio 4 programme, Sideways, currently in its sixth series. Matthew is a regular contributor to television and radio and, in his previous career, was the England table tennis number one for almost a decade.

In his most recent best seller – Rebel Ideas: The Power of Diverse Thinking – Matthew argues that individual intelligence is no longer enough to solve today’s complex problems; to truly succeed we must harness the power of ‘cognitive diversity’. Rebel Ideas uncovers the best-kept secrets of the world’s most successful teams, bringing insights from psychology, anthropology and data science, whilst drawing on a dazzling range of intriguing case-studies.

Matthew’s work explores a thought-provoking approach to high performance in the context of a complex and fast-changing world. By understanding the intimate connection between mindset and high performance, organisations can unlock untapped potential in individuals and teams, driving innovation and agility to secure a future-proofed environment.

Matthew is also co-founder of Matthew Syed Consulting (MSC); the company has worked with an impressive portfolio of clients to build growth mindset cultures and drive higher performance in individuals, teams and organisations.

Academics


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Prof. David Collings
Chair of Sustainable Business
Trinity College Dublin
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Prof. David Collings

Chair of Sustainable Business

David Collings holds the Chair of Sustainable Business at Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin. He previously held faculty positions at Dublin City University, University of Sheffield and National University of Ireland, Galway and visiting positions at King’s College London, Nanyang Business School in Singapore and Cornell University as a Fulbright Scholar. David is an elected Member of the Royal Irish Academy and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. He is a former Chair of the HR Division of the Academy of Management.

He is a leading international expert on talent management, global mobility and sustainable work. His work has been published in leading international outlets including Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of Management and Personnel Psychology, practitioner outlets such as Harvard Business Review and MIT Sloan Management Review and he has edited 12 books.

A recent Stanford-led study ranked him in the top 2% of scholars globally based on citations impact. David has been named as one of the most influential thinkers in the field of HR years by HR Magazine on five occasions. His work has been cited in media outlets including the BBC, Forbes, Financial Times, and the Wall Street Journal.

He is an Associate Editor at the Journal of Management and Academy of Management Perspectives and former Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of World Business, Human Resource Management Journal, and the Irish Journal of Management. He sits or has sat on the editorial boards of multiple journals including Academy of Management Review, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management and Journal of Management Studies.

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Prof. Dana Minbaeva
Professor of Human Resource Management
King’s College of London
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Prof. Dana Minbaeva

Professor of Human Resource Management

Dana Minbaeva is a Professor of Human Resource Management at King’s Business School, King’s College of London, UK. She also has a part-time appointment at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, and works as an affiliate faculty at London Business School, UK. Professor Minbaeva published over 70 articles in international peer reviewed journals, numerous book chapters and reports. Her research on strategic and international HRM has appeared in such top international journals as Academy of Management Review, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management Studies, Human Resource Management, and many others.

Professor Minbaeva is the Fellow of the Academy of International Business (AIB). She received several national and international awards to research achievements, including the prestigious JIBS Decade Award 2013. Currently, Professor Minbaeva serves as an Associate Editor of the Academy of Management Review.

Professor Minbaeva is actively involved in the MBA and executive teaching at various European business schools. Previously, she has taught in Denmark, Austria, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Russia, Lithuania, Kyrgyzstan, Finland and Germany as well as having held visiting research positions in Ireland, Australia and Canada.

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Prof. Emma Parry
Head, Changing World of Work Group
Cranfield School of Management
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Prof. Emma Parry

Head, Changing World of Work Group

Emma Parry is Professor of Human Resource Management and Head of the Changing World of Work Group at Cranfield School of Management, UK. Her research interests focus on the impact of the changing external context on people management and careers, including the influence of national context, technological advancement and shifting workforce attitudes.

She has published nine books and numerous papers in these areas, including in journals such as the Journal of International Business Studies. Human Resource Management Journal (HRMJ) and International Journal of Human Resource Management (IJHRM). Emma is Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS) and the British Academy of Management (BAM), Academic Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) and Honorary Fellow of the Institute for Employment Studies (IES). She is currently the Chair of BAM and Editor in Chief of IJHRM.

CHRO Contributors


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Sarah Mason
Chief People Officer
SThree
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Sarah Mason

Chief People Officer

Sarah Mason is the Chief People Officer for SThree, a FTSE 250 staffing organisation focused on STEM industries. Her previous experience includes Chief People Officer at Foxtons and a board member of the Association of Business Psychology. She is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and has an MSc in Management Consultancy and Organisational Change.

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Beth Whittaker
Chief Human Resources Officer
Veolia Northern Europe
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Beth Whittaker

Chief Human Resources Officer

Beth started her career in HR as an apprentice over 20 years ago. Since then she has worked for a variety of organisations including 5 years leading HR teams at the Police during a period of significant transformation. Beth joined Veolia 8 years ago as Head of Employee Relations, where she set up the ER team and created a progressive ER strategy aligned to the business strategy and people priorities. Beth was also a co-creator of Veolia’s Respect at Work programme and led the successful submission for the Princess Royal Training Award.

Beth was appointed as Chief Human Resources Officer of Veolia UK and Ireland in September 2019. In this role, Beth has redesigned the HR function to bring closer alignment within the team and the wider business. She is passionate about the role and impact of HR in the business and has created and implemented a four year HR strategy which recognises that it is through our people that we will deliver business performance. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Beth led a dynamic response to people related matters for both the UK and Ireland. In 2022, Beth was appointed Chief Human Resources Officer for the Northern Europe Zone.

Over the last couple of years, Beth has been raising the profile of Veolia to connect with prospective employees through its purpose led vision in high profile media such as BBC Breakfast, Sky News, i News and The Times. Beth also featured in the Employee Experience Top 50 in the UK for 2022 and the PeopleHum 40 HR Leaders in 2022 and 2023.

As a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and a qualified Executive Coach and Mentor, Beth demonstrates the importance of continual learning and developing her team for success.

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David Frost
Group People and Organisational Development Director
Dole
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David Frost

Group People and Organisational Development Director

David’s career started in automotive component manufacturing after he graduated with a degree in manufacturing engineering. After a period specialising in quality management and continuous improvement he became a Chartered Engineer and then went on to complete a master’s degree at Loughborough University in quality and human resource management. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

He is passionate about building highly-engaged organisations and he decided to move his career into human resources, organisation development, people strategy and talent development. He has held executive and board-level HR roles in international businesses such as Carlsberg and Norbert Dentressangle (now XPO Logistics).

David is currently Group People and Organisational Development Director at Dole plc, the world’s largest fresh produce supplier with 34,000 people operating out of 30 countries. He reports to the CEO and is responsible for group people strategy, organisation design, succession planning and talent development. Since joining the company in early 2017, David has been involved with several strategic initiatives including designing and implementing a group people strategy in addition to being part of the process of listing the company on the New York Stock Exchange.

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Catherine Douglas
Chief People and Sustainability Officer
The Co-operative Bank
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Catherine Douglas

Chief People and Sustainability Officer

Catherine Douglas has over 20 years of experience in banking having held Exec and Senior Leadership roles in retail, retail banking, business banking / SME, strategy and estate agency.
Catherine has worked for a variety of banking establishments including HBOS, Santander and TSB. She joined The Co-operative Bank as Managing Director of SME in October 2020.
Catherine became Chief People and Sustainability Officer at The Co-operative Bank in 2023. Catherine leads the People, Estates and Brand and Marketing teams. This is alongside responsibility for the Bank’s delivery of our Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), Sustainability and Values and Ethics commitments.
Catherine has been actively involved in the Diversity and Inclusion agenda throughout her career and is a keen advocate for the co-operative movement and what it stands for. Catherine is also a board member of Bankifi.

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Katie Obi
Chief People Officer
Advanced
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Katie Obi

Chief People Officer

Katie brings over twenty years of experience in transforming and aligning people and business strategies within technology businesses. She has a strong track record of delivering value throughout the employee lifecycle, ensuring investment in skills, learning, and development are at the heart of an organisation’s approach.

Previously, Katie held the role of Chief People Officer at tech start-up Beamery, and before that, she was the Chief People and Transformation Officer at Rizing, a leading SAP consulting firm.

At OneAdvanced, Katie’s focus is on building innovative, forward-thinking people strategies that support OneAdvanced’s ambitious growth plans. These strategies aim to foster an environment where everyone can unleash their full potential.

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Jag Dhanji
Chief People Officer
Foundever
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Jag Dhanji

Chief People Officer

Jag Dhanji joined Foundever as the Chief People Officer in September 2023 as part of the Global Executive Team. She is responsible for leading the People strategy which includes developing strong talent and leadership, key strategic capabilities and an enagaging and inclusive culture.

Previously, Jag was the Global Chief People Officer for Ogilvy. Prior to that she held senior international HR roles at Costa Coffee, Vodafone and Diageo.

Jag resides in London and holds a master’s degree from Aston Business School and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Leeds.

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Tamie Hutchins
Group Human Resources Director
James Finlay Limited
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Tamie Hutchins

Group Human Resources Director

Tamie Hutchins joined James Finlay Limited, a global 2B beverage business and member of the Swire family group of companies in 2013 and took on the role of Group Human Resource Director in 2016.

Having been both an HR Manager and Operating Company Human Resources Director, Tamie has a deep and wide-ranging knowledge and experience of both the local and global nature of Human Resources. Her current key areas of focus are Human Rights Due Diligence, organisation design and culture.

Contributors


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Derek McKay
CEO & Founder
Senovis
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Derek McKay

CEO & Founder

Derek McKay is the CEO and Founder of Senovis, With over 25 years of professional experience in the sector, prior to Senovis Derek also founded Adare Human Resource Management in 2003, and since then, he has been overseeing the growth of the business to become one of Ireland’s leading HR Consultancies (www.adarehrm.ie). In 2022, Derek changed roles from Managing Director to joining the Board of Directors. Additionally, Derek has also successfully launched an HR SaaS resource, Linea, within the Irish market (www.linea.ie) which continues to grow exponentially.

Besides all his professional experience, Derek is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (MCIPD), holds a Diploma in Personnel Management from the National College of Ireland as well as a Bachelor of Business Studies Degree from Trinity College Dublin. Derek is a member of the CIPD Ireland National Committee and Chairperson of the Sustainable HRM Skillnet.

Additionally, in his spare time, Derek contributes by volunteering as the Chairperson for the Marie Keating Foundation, a charity whose mission is to make cancer less frightening by enlightening and whose aim is to live in a world free from the fear of cancer.

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Katie Jacobs
Business Journalist and Editor
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Katie Jacobs

Business Journalist and Editor

Katie Jacobs is an award-winning business journalist and editor. She is a well-regarded commentator on the world of work, HR and leadership and previously worked at the CIPD, where she built the body’s HR leader network from scratch, creating a strong peer community of chief people officers.

In her journalism career, she was previously editor of HR magazine, where she delivered brand extensions such as the HR Excellence Awards, the HR Most Influential ranking and the HR in the Boardroom CHRO development programme, as well as running the day-to-day editorial of the magazine. She has written about the world of work for magazines including People Management, Work and Management Today and newspapers including the Times and the Financial Times. She was also editor of Supply Management, the magazine of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply.

Katie is the co-host of CIPD Work magazine’s popular What If podcast, which puts provocative business questions under the spotlight. She is the co-author of several influential CIPD reports including The Value of People Expertise on Corporate Boards and Responsible Business Through Crisis, a three-year landmark research project with Professor Veronica Hope Hailey exploring the impact of the pandemic on leadership. In her journalism and speaking work, she has interviewed everyone from comedians Katherine Ryan and Sue Perkins (in front of large live audiences), to FTSE100 CEOs and board chairs, as well as countless CPOs, academics and HR thought leaders.

Agenda


8.00 am 8.45 am
Registration

Registration and connections over coffee and a light breakfast.

8.45 am 9.00 am
Opening Address
9.00 am 10.20 am
Keynote Speaker: How to Unlock Potential to Drive Performance in an ever-changing environment

In conversation with Matthew Syed – a leading speaker and author in the field of high performance. In his keynote, Matthew will discuss his approach to high performance in the context of a complex and fast-changing world. Matthew will challenge attendees to understand the intimate connection between mindset and high performance and how organizations can unlock untapped potential in individuals and teams, driving innovation and agility to secure a future-proofed environment.

10.30 am 11.20 am
CHRO Insights: Shaping Work, Human-Centricity and AI

The world of work is changing at a phenomenal pace and recent technological advancements, in particular Generative AI, are further driving the pace of change.

So, what impact will GenAI have on roles, organizations, professions, and the workforce?

Whatever the technology or tool being discussed, ensuring human-centricity at all times is critical to building a future where humans and machines work in harmonious partnership, each playing to their strengths.

The CHRO panel consisting of global CHROs from diverse sectoral backgrounds, with extensive experience in influencing and impacting organizational performance, will discuss their roles within this changing landscape and the opportunities and risks for HR and their organizations.

Morning Break
11.50 am 1.00 pm
Round Table Discussions and Curated Track

Through a series of roundtables, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in two different roundtables, with each roundtable being facilitated by designated CHROs.

Round Table 1
The real impact of DE&I initiatives
  • Are current DE&I initiatives for fit purpose?
  • How should organizations effectively measure the impact of their DE&I strategy?
  • Do organizations need to move away from high visibility initiatives and take more targeted interventions?
Round Table 2
Sustainability and the role of the CHRO
  • Where is the real opportunity for the CHRO and the organization?
  • How do organizations deliver a substantive and not just a symbolic sustainability programme?
  • How do organizations effectively communicate their approach to sustainability through all the noise?
Round Table 3
Futureproofing the Workforce in the age of disruption
  • How can CHROs build resilient, flexible and responsive workforces to face the disruptions of the future?
  • What skills are needed to support individual and organizational performance in this context?
  • What role does technology play in building responsive workforces?
Curated Track
2:1 Engagements with Academic Panel
  • Through our curated track you will get the opportunity to engage on an individual basis with leading academics from the Senovis Content and Editorial Committee.
Lunch Break
2.15 pm 3.15 pm
Outputs from Round Table Discussions

Professor Collings will facilitate feedback from each of the individual roundtables in an open setting, allowing for further debate, discussion and knowledge sharing, whilst sharing his insight into the key topics of DE&I, sustainability and future skills.

3.15 pm 4.00 pm
Elevating CHRO capabilities

In today’s dynamic business landscape, Chief Human Resources Officers play a pivotal role in shaping organizational success. To elevate their capabilities, CHROs must embrace a multifaceted approach.

This includes:

  • The need to cultivate strategic agility, staying attuned to industry trends and technological advancements;
  • The ability to understand how HR initiatives impact the bottom line;
  • The use of data in strategic decision making, through both analytical and predictive models;
  • The proactive navigation of change and the ability to drive transformational initiatives that align with overall business objectives.

By embodying these qualities, CHROs can elevate their impact and contribute significantly to organizational growth.

In this panel session, Katie Jacobs will facilitate a discussion with the panel exploring both the academic and practitioner points of view on how best to elevate CHRO capability within this ever-changing, and often uncertain landscape.

4.00 pm 4.15 pm
Closing Address
Drinks reception

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