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23 HR Directors Speaking In 1 Day At The 3rd Annual Advanced Food & Drink HR Conference

Advanced HR, Talent & Engagement Strategies To Drive High-Performance High Performance In Food & Drink: Combat Threats From Brexit & Shrinking Talent Pools, Future-Proof Your Recruitment & People Engagement Strategies, Safeguard The Bottom Line With Turnover-Reducing Retention, Reward, Development & Wellbeing Strategies & Unlock The Next-Generation Of Workers. A One-Day, Industry-Led Conference & Networking Event, 20th May 2020, Central London

08.30 Registration, Coffee & Informal Networking

09.00 GIC Welcome, Interactive Voting Introduction

09.10 Morning Co-Chairs’ Opening Remarks

Rachel Ovington
HR Business Partner Corporate & Commercial
KP Snacks



Alex Snelling
Senior Director Talent


09.20 Be The Food & Drink Employer Of Choice In An Employee-Led Market & Successfully Recruit The Best Candidates In A Shrinking Talent Pool

  • What makes them tick? Learn what motivates people to work in the food and drink industry and how to match their expectations to compete with more glamorous sectors
  • From the kitchen to the factory floor – look beyond traditional talent sources and diversify your recruitment process to tackle shrinking talent pools and operate at full power
  • Find the right fit, reconsider the value of soft skills and recruit the leaders of tomorrow to match your company cultures, current needs and future vision
  • Discover innovative strategies and tech solutions to source staff quickly and cost effectively and reduce agency reliance

Hazel Hogben
SVP HR, International
Interstate Hotels & Resorts



Additional Speakers To Be Confirmed. Please Check The Website For Updates.


09.50 It Has To Start From The Top! How To Hire & Retain The Best People When Every Company Is Competing For Top Talent!

  • Learn what makes your employees come back to work every day and care about their work and the business
  • What drives your employees to become brand ambassadors for your company?
  • Discover how Boost Drinks have learnt from their successes and mistakes to create a culture and benefits which engage employees, ensure they feel valued and allow them to thrive

Eleanor Nickerson
People Director
Boost Drinks


10.10 Fail To Plan, Plan To Fail! Practically Counter The Impact Of Brexit

  • Faced with a changing regulatory landscape and shrinking European pools, how do we retain European workers and continue to attract people to work in the UK?
  • What strategies can we put in place to replace valuable employee skills and knowledge?
  • Considering the future of the Frontier worker – is UK talent now easy to export?
  • We’re still standing! Regardless of Brexit - what have we learned about our business and our people along the way

Pauline Hogg
UK HR Director
Arla Foods Ltd


11.00 It’s Not About Spending A Levy, It’s About…

  • Managing change, how to demonstrate and reap the benefits of apprenticeships for both the individual and the organisation by winning hearts and minds
  • Driving high quality outcomes – it’s not a numbers game. Achieve high quality learning, progression and retention through apprenticeships
  • Getting smart with PR, tackling outdated perceptions about careers in food and drink with young people and their key influencers
  • Maximising the Levy as an opportunity not a tax

11.00 Perspective One
Jeff Uden
Head of Talent
Iceland Foods Ltd



11.20 Perspective Two
Susan Martindale
Group HR Director
Mitchells & Butlers

BONUS SESSION; Reserved For Exclusive Conference Partner

11.40 Can you offer solutions to food & drink, food service and hospitality companies to advance their hr, talent, recruitment & engagement strategies? get your expertise in front of your target audience & partner with us! Download the partnership and exhibition brochure or email to find out how you can get involved. 


12.10 Changing Mindsets: Understanding What Younger Generations Want & Need To Position Food & Drink Roles As Exciting, Rewarding & Sustainable Careers

  • Tackle the perception of the foodservice and manufacturing industries as just a stopgap or dead-end job head on by showcasing and celebrating the rewards of a career in food and drink
  • Are we too tough on millennials and Generation Z? Understand how to tap into the strengths and weaknesses of younger generations to optimise performance and tailor their long-term career progression
  • Benchmark expectations in the industry to adapt your business to future ways of working and deliver the essential ingredients to drive employee motivation to fulfil their full potential
  • Here for a good time not a long time; understand employee mobility within FMCG, hospitality, manufacturing and foodservice roles and how to maximise their skills for the short term

Sarah Powell
HR Director
Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons



Sam Buckingham
HR Director
Birds Eye Ltd



Caroline Bosworth
Head Of People & Business Development
Corkers Crisps Ltd



Josh Light
Head Of People & Culture
Nobu Hotel London Portman



12.40 Lunch & Informal Networking For Speakers, Delegates & Partners


13.10 Informal Breakout Discussions 

A) Tackling Chef Shortages
Sarah Powell
HR Director
Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons



B) Developing Future Line Managers
Victoria Philp
Head of People
 Samworth Brothers – Walkers Deli & Sausage Co.



C) Employer Brand Propositions
Sue Swanborough
HR Director
Whitworths Ltd



D) Performance Management
Gemma Benbow
HR Business Partner
 General Mills



E) Employee Mental Health & Wellbeing
Katie Slater
Head of HR Supply Chain
Nestlé UK & Ireland



13.40 Afternoon Chair’s Opening Remarks

Sue Swanborough
HR Director
Whitworths Ltd


13.50 Build L&D & Talent Strategies & Career Progression Planning To Match Your Employees’ Skills & Ambitions, Benefit The Business & Prepare Your Workforce For The Future

  • Gain insight into your workforce! Spot superstars and provide tailored and engaging L&D support to propel ongoing training and development and retain the talent of the future long-term
  • Join the rebellion! Replace annual performance reviews, prepare your employees for future roles and embed a culture of empowerment and autonomy in times of slimline workforces
  • The only way is up? Re-evaluate traditional linear career paths for dynamic and agile employees and redefine the traditional manufacturing or foodservice roles to boost careers, fast-track talent and show them the world is their oyster!

Miranda Burgum
Head of People


14.10 Be The Whole Package! Innovative Reward & Recognition Propositions To Boost Employee Engagement & Reduce Turnover

  • Protect the bottom line! From working from home to flexible working hours, non-monetary rewards and personalised packages – incentives to boost your employee engagement and increase motivation
  • What’s in it for me? Capitalise on the attraction of tailored rewards and benefits in an employee-led market and competitive industry – sell yourself as the whole package during the recruitment process
  • From the rising national living wage to the impact of Tronc changes, differentiate yourself with competitive rewards and benefits when every penny counts
  • You get out what you put in! Benchmark your peers to match industry best practice standards and measure the ROI of innovative rewards and benefits to see the real-world benefits

Rachel Ovington
HR Business Partner Corporate & Commercial
KP Snacks



Sarah Powell
HR Director
Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons



Caroline Bosworth
Head Of People & Business Development
Corkers Crisps Ltd



Victoria Philp
Head of People
Samworth Brothers – Walkers Deli & Sausage Co.


14.40 It’s Time To Talk! Build Inclusive Environments Your Employees Want To Work In, Boost Overall Wellbeing & Support Workplace Mental Health

  • How to make time for employee mental health when time is money?
  • Reach for the stars! Build engaging, inclusive and empowering environments where people unlock their full potential and thrive
  • Discover cost-effective, long-lasting and measurable mental health schemes to boost employee support, engagement and wellness while keeping an eye on your bottom line

Catherine Allen
Head of Keeping People Happy
Ella’s Kitchen

BONUS SESSION; Reserved For Exclusive Conference Partner

15.00 Can you offer solutions to food & drink, food service and hospitality companies to advance their hr, talent, recruitment & engagement strategies? get your expertise in front of your target audience & partner with us! Download the partnership and exhibition brochure or email to find out how you can get involved. 


16.00 Bring Out The Best In Your Employees – Embed Cultures To Ensure Future Success & Enhance Employee Engagement

  • There’s light at the end of the tunnel! Maintain behaviours, highperformance and a positive culture during times of challenge, change and crisis
  • Keep spirits high in harsh working environments, what are the simple yet effective tactics to action feedback and keep your employees engaged day in day out?
  • They go hand in hand – the importance of embedding cultures and behaviours from the start of the recruitment process to reap the long-term benefits of engagement, retention and employee motivation
  • But what is culture? Explore the meaning and science behind culture and behaviours and measure the ROI to truly understand their potential for culture change and engaged employees

Amanda Scott
Director of Talent, Learning & D&I
Compass Group UK & Ireland



Gemma Benbow
HR Business Partner
General Mills



Alison Payne
People Director



Tamie Hutchins
Group Human Resources Director



Tamara Johnson
Head of Engagement
The New World Trading Company



Nic Porter
Head of Human Resources
Planet Organic


16.30 Leverage Performance & Workplace Data To Measure The Impact Of Your HR & Workforce Strategies & Drive Insight-Led Improvements & Transformative Change

  • Convert your data into actionable turnover, L&D innovation, engagement results and tangible bottom line impact
  • Beyond the survey: creative approaches to refine engagement, understand cultural measurements and benchmark the employee voice
  • When the squeeze is on for the food and drink industry, how can organisations become more agile in performance reviews to achieve high-output, high-profit workplaces?
  • De-fluff! Prove the strategic value of the HR function within the profit-driven food and drink industries by demonstrating the impact of investing in people, recruitment, engagement and development

Meirion Gravell
Group HR Director
Adelie Foods



16.50 Afternoon Chair’s Closing Remarks

Sue Swanborough
HR Director
Whitworths Ltd



17.00 Official Close Of Conference

Can You Offer Solutions To Food & Drink, Food Service And Hospitality Companies To Advance Their HR, Talent, Recruitment & Engagement Strategies? Get Your Expertise In Front Of Your Target Audience & Partner With Us!

Join the speaker line-up, host one-to-one meetings and exhibit! One day, one stage, countless opportunities for you to generate leads, cement existing client relations and stand out from the competition. Download the partnership and exhibition brochure and see how you can get involved. We offer bespoke packages tailored to your individual company's needs. For more information on how you can get involved please call +44(0)20 3479 2299 or email