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The Food & Drink HR, Resourcing, Engagement & Brexit Strategies Conference Programme

Advanced HR, Resourcing, Engagement & Brexit Strategies For Food & Drink: Drive Employee Engagement, Recruit Future Talent, Optimise Rewards, Retention & Apprenticeships, Communicate With Diverse Workforces & Stamp Out Modern Slavery To Remain Competitive In Our Changing & Challenging Marketplace - Combat Brexit & The Impact On Skilled & Unskilled Labour Availability

A One-Day, Industry Event Tackling The Specific Issues Facing HR, Talent & Engagement Professionals Today In Food & Drink, Hospitality & Foodservice, 1st May 2018, Cavendish Conference Centre, Central London.

08.30 Registration & Coffee, Objective Setting

09.00 GIC Welcome, Interactive Voting Introduction & Morning Chair’s Opening Remarks
Roger Fairhead
VP, People
Anheuser-Busch InBev


09.20 Brexit Is Impacting Labour Availability Now! Putting Steps Into Place & Adapting Workforce Strategies & Recruitment Tactics To Combat The External Market Factors Affecting Food & Drink Today

  • A look at how the split from the EU will likely impact HR teams and procedures from training principles to standards to migration issues to costs – how should the food and drink industry be reacting now?
  • Tackling the likely implications of Brexit on immigration and Europeans’ eligibility to work in the UK; how can we retain and reassure current EU workers?
  • Rethinking recruitment efforts to target British workers to fill the void created by Brexit and exploring the options being tested to minimise the knock-on effects
  • Debating how to future-proof our organisations and anticipating the trends of change caused by Brexit from a workforce perspective

Richard Collinge
UK HR Director
CSM Bakery Solutions

Further panellists to be announced


09.45 With The Unskilled Labour Pool Shrinking & Skilled Workers In Short Supply Within Food & Drink, Harness Effective Recruitment Tactics To Retarget Your Efforts & Ensure You Have The Right Talent Pool

  • With Brexit threatening to end an effective supply of workers from Europe, looking at retargeting your recruitment efforts to attract UK workers to unskilled roles to ensure a continual labour source
  • Best-practice advice for honing your recruitment processes to plug the skills gaps forming in engineering, technical and other specialisms to ensure you have the right expertise and specialists in your workforce
  • Top tips for tackling external market challenges and labour shortages to make your organisation an attractive career option by enhancing your employee brand proposition when competitive salaries aren’t an option

Mike Williams
People Director
Byron Hamburgers

10.10 Bonus Session; Reserved For Exclusive Partner Speaker. To get involved in The Food & Drink HR, Resourcing & Engagement Conference, please call +44 (0)20 3479 2299 or email info@foodpeopleconference.com for more details.

10.40 Morning Refreshment Break With Informal Networking


11.10 Engaging & Connecting With The Entire, Diverse Workforce Across All Levels With Advanced Communication Methods, Styles & Channels

  • Lessons learned on effectively reaching and engaging remote, mobile and non-PC workers so all your colleagues feel connected to the organisation and no one feels like ‘the forgotten few’
  • Practical methods, technologies and channels available to adapt your communications and engagement strategies to surmount the ethnic, cultural, generational and skill differences in food and drink
  • Insights into tackling the challenges of communicating in multiple languages to breakdown internal language barriers and divisions to ensure important communications and training reach your entire workforce

Lisa Leighton
Head of People: Talent, Development & Communications
Wm Morrisons Plc

Ben Lamont
Talent & Diversity Director
Kellogg Europe

Linda Mountford
HR Director
John West Foods Ltd

Paolo Sparapassi
Group HR Manager
Spaghetti House Group Ltd


11.40 Boost Workforce Productivity & Increase Retention With Effective, Forward-Thinking Engagement & Training Approaches That Drive Employee Engagement & Community Feeling

  • Exploring innovative and creative methods and means of engaging the entire workforce when employees are becoming more cynical and harder to reach to aid retention
  • Successful schemes and communication styles to cut-through and successfully engage workers in less stimulating, low-morale roles
  • Delving into what your employees want and expect from employers to tailor your communication methods and boost workforce performance, retention and absence rates

11.40 Johanna Dickinson
HR Director
KP Snacks

  • Exploring innovative and creative methods and means of engaging the entire workforce when employees are becoming more cynical and harder to reach to aid retention
  • Successful schemes and communication styles to cut-through and successfully engage workers in less stimulating, low-morale roles
  • Delving into what your employees want and expect from employers to tailor your communication methods and boost workforce performance, retention and absence rates
  • Discover flexible training methods to ensure staff develop internally even when time is restricted and tips for providing progression opportunities to your current workforce to increase retention levels

12.00 Jane Marsh
Group People & Culture Director
innocent drinks

12.50 Lunch & Informal Networking For Delegates, Speakers & Partners

13.30 Informal Peer-To-Peer Discussions

A) Employee Brand Proposition
Kim Gieske
HR Director
Planet Organic

B) Tackling Change
Ben Lamont
Talent & Diversity Director
Kellogg Europe

C) Tackling Low Morale & Engagement
Laurence Hollobon
HR Director Europe
Bel Group: The Laughing Cow, MiniBabybel, Boursin, Leerdammer

D) Performance Management In A KPI Driven Environment
Hannah Knight
Head of Performance Management, Reward & Recognition & HR Business Partner

Clare Glinski-Wignall
Head of Resourcing & Learning

E) Effective Engagement & Communications Strategies
Sam Shepherd

Head of Human Resources
Jurys Inn Hotels

Edward Gallier
Head of Learning & Development
Jurys Inn Hotels

13.50 Afternoon Chair’s Opening Remarks


14.00 Advancing Your Reward, Benefit & Wellbeing Programmes To Boost Retention Levels & Minimise Turnover To Combat Against Both Internal Food & Drink Industry Challenges & External Market Factors

  • Long hours, unsociable shifts, unappealing working environments! What are the practical, cost-effective rewards and benefit schemes we can harness to boost morale and ensure staff feel valued?
  • Avoid losing key talent to other industries with best-practice advice on bolstering employee retention to keep turnover down when external market factors are restricting pay and the minimum wage is curbing completive salaries
  • Lessons learned on promoting greater awareness of mental health issues within your workforce and tips to support such programmes effectively

Tania Hector
Head of Talent, Engagement & Leadership Development
Nestlé UK & Ireland


14.25 Creating & Designing Effective Apprenticeship Schemes For The Food & Drink Industry That Maximise The Levy & Boost Skills Needed Within The Business

  • What has and hasn’t worked? Debating the various models and schemes to decipher which one is right for your organisation and ultimately maximise the levy and get the most from your investment
  • Lessons learned on successfully implementing and promoting apprenticeship schemes to ensure uptake
  • Insights on designing and harnessing bespoke apprenticeship schemes to enable particular skillsets and develop current talent

Bola Ajani
Apprenticeship Training Manager
Caffè Nero

Phil Barnfather
Group Head of Talent
Greencore Group plc

Edward Gallier
Head of Learning & Development
Jurys Inn Hotels

14.55 Strategic People Analytics: The How, What & Why Of Staff Engagement Measurement To Improve Business Performance & The Employee Experience

Only 14% of business leaders are happy with the data HR is providing and only 8% of HR leaders are using any form of people measurement tools - there is a clear gap to fill. Find out how you can use people analytics to effectively influence in the boardroom.

  • What should you measure?
  • Advice on building an effective engagement programme.
  • How can your business be improved using people analytics?
  • How to put people at the centre of your organisation?

Tim Stoller
Managing Partner
The Happiness Index


10 Keys To Improve Retention, Engagement & Performance Through Onboarding

Every organisation wants to attract, retain and develop the best talent for their business. The onboarding process is vital in realising this ambition, but unfortunately often fails to make the necessary impact. Many recent studies have shown that an effective onboarding process doesn’t just prepare employees for their new role, but also improves employee engagement and confidence, which directly correlates with proficiency and productivity.

  • Why your organisation should have an onboarding process
  • The current state of corporate onboarding and why it’s ineffective

Paul Morton
Director UK & Nordics

15.25 Afternoon Refreshment Break With Informal Networking


15.55 Adapting & Ensuring Your HR Practices & Procedures Are Fit To Combat The Threat Of Labour Exploitation. What Does Going Beyond Compliance Look Like?

  • Top tips for adapting and bolstering HR practices to ensure all your procedures meet ethical standards and adhere to the Modern Slavery Act
  • Modern slavery is becoming one of the biggest threats to food and drink industry; explore lessons learned on the practical steps to manage and monitor it within your organisation
  • Hear about the Co-op’s Project Bright Future – a world-leading initiative enabling victims to recover their lives by providing a pathway back to paid employment – and ask what can companies do that goes beyond compliance to help the men, women and children who are the victims of slavery

Paul Gerrard
Group Policy & Campaigns Director
The Co-op


16.25 Ensure Your Company Survives In Future Markets & The Next Generation Can Thrive In Your Business In Years To Come With Top Methods For Attracting The New Workforce To The Industry

  • Next-level strategies to attract new employees to the food, drink and hospitality industries to ensure you have the talent pool you need now and in years to come to sustain your business
  • Compete with Google! Raising the profile of your company as a more appealing, preferential career option with top advice on crafting graduate schemes and programmes to recruit younger candidates and talent
  • A strategic outlook at the skills and talent needed in the future for the industry to effectively plan our talent pipelines in 5 to 10 years’ time

16.25 Nicky Taylor
Head of Learning & Development
Tulip Ltd

17.10 Chair’s Closing Remarks

17.15 Official Close Of Conference

Are you interested in getting involved with The Food & Drink HR, Resourcing & Engagement Conference – Brexit Strategies? For more information, please call +44 (0)20 3479 2299 or email info@foodpeopleconference.com.