Talent Leaders Connect

Talent Leaders Connect is the largest Talent Acquisition & HR event series in the UK & Europe. The events combine industry leading keynote talks, interactive discussion sessions and relaxed social networking opportunities

The Event

Talent Leaders Connect is the largest recruitment industry event series in the UK and mainland Europe: a cross between a structured conference and a social meet up.

Who comes to our events?

The events are exclusively for In-House; Heads of HR/Resourcing, Directors or Managers HR/Resourcing and Senior team members.

What can I expect from the event?

  • An average of 200 returning and new delegates
  • Relaxed and informal style
  • A wide range of networking opportunities
  • Fast moving, high quality, relevant keynote presentations
  • Expert speakers from around the world 
  • Access to experts and leading suppliers in a non-sales environment
  • A social ‘meet-up’ style with buffet breakfasts, lunches and networking drinks
  • Centrally located quality venue

How much does it cost?
The events are free of charge for In-House; Heads of HR/Resourcing, Directors or Managers HR/Resourcing and Senior team members on a first come first served basis 

2 Sisters Food Group
AIA Worldwide
Adam Smith International
Adestra Ltd
Advanced Payment Solutions
Agripa Solutions Ltd
Air Products
Aldermore Bank PLC
Alexander Mann Solutions
Alfa (Formerly CHP Consulting Ltd)
Alternative Futures Group Ltd
Amec Foster Wheeler
Antal International
Appnovation Technologies
Aurobindo Pharma
Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials
BGL Group
BNP Paribas
Babylon Health
Banco Santander
Banijay UK
Barts Health NHS Trust
Beauty Bay Ltd
Blue Arrow
Bose Corporation
British Gas
Bskyb Head Office & Broadcasting
Building Research Establishment
Buro Happold Ltd
CNR International (UK) Ltd
Cabinet Office
Cableflow International Ltd
Cabot Financial
Capstone Financial
Chivas Brothers
Clarins Group
Coca-Cola Enterprises Ltd
Comfort Keepers Ireland
Cornerstone42 Executive Assistant Recruitment and Executive Search...
Currency Cloud
Datto EMEA
Derbyshire Police Authority
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Equal Experts
Evolution Recruitment Solutions Ltd, UK
Expro North Sea Ltd
FDM Group
Fidelity Worldwide Investment
Financial Conduct Authority
Fortnum & Mason
Forward Partners, London, UK
Forward Resource
Frontline - Changing Lives
Fujitsu UK and Ireland
Funding Circle UK
GE Oil & Gas
Golden Charter Ltd
Golden Gates Housing Trust
Grafton Recruitment Ireland
HRGO Recruitment
Harvey Jones Kitchens
HiberniaEvros Technology Group
Hire My Friend
Home Office
Hovis Ltd
Hudson's Bay Company
Ingenio Global
JTI (Japan Tobacco International)
Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group
John Lewis Plc
Johnson & Johnson
Join the Dots
Just Retirement
Kelly Services
Keyhaven LLP
Kindred Capital
Kuoni Travel Ltd
Levi Strauss & Co.
Liberis UK
Liberty Global
Lomond Audi Group & Colbornes Audi
London Diocesan Fund
Lost My Name
MAG (Airports Group)
Making The Leap
Mediatonic Games
Moorfields Eye Hospital, London
Morgan McKinley
Morgan Stanley
NXP Semiconductors
Netrio IT Solutions Limited
News UK
Newton Europe Limited
Next Plc
Ng Bailey Building Services
Numatic International
OMD International
Ogilvy & Mather Advertising
Optima Plus Recruitment LTD
PC Evaluate Ltd
Penguin Random House
Perpetual Engineering Partnerships Limited 
Prudential Assurance
Punch Taverns
QBE Europe
Quadrature Capital
Quest Search & Selection
Raw Talent Academy
River Island
SABMiller Plc
SAS International
Signet Resources
Skillstream Ltd
Subsea 7
Sugru / FormFormForm Ltd
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
Summerhill House Hotel
Tate Recruitment
Tesco PLC
Thames Medicare
The Coca-Cola Company
The Disney Store
The MathWorks
The Sandpit
The Talent Board
The University of Glasgow
Towers Watson
Transport for London
Travelex UK Ltd
Travelodge Hotels Limited
Travix International
UK Export Finance
UTC Aerospace Systems
Understanding Recruitment
Viapath LLP
Visa Europe
WE Communications
WPG Uitgevers
Warner Music Group
Welcome Break
Willis Towers Watson
Winton Capital Management
trp recruitment ltd







Ken Brotherston, Chairman, TheJobPost


How we deliver innovation in Recruitment at The Unibet Group

Liam Reese, Human Resources Project Manager, The Unibet Group 

  • What is innovation?
  • A simple innovation model
  • Background : Recruitment at The Unibet Group
  • How we innovate within Recruitment at The Unibet Group

Liam has spent much of his working life delivering HR and Recruitment to innovative technology businesses.  Passionate about harnessing digital technologies, trends and processes to inspire great candidate and employee experiences.  Liam currently works at The Unibet Group where, amongst other things, he runs HR Projects, Recruitment and HR data. 

09:40 - 10:00

What really drives Employee Performance

Lucinda Carney, CEO & Founder, Actus™ 

  • The problem with traditional performance management 
  • Using an evidence based approach to achieving high performance
  • How HR & Talent Leaders can develop a high performance culture
Lucinda is a skilled business consultant, facilitator of change and Chartered Occupational Psychologist, with extensive experience of training individuals and teams up to CEO level in both the Public and Private Sector. As the CEO of Actus™ Software she was named Everywoman Tech Entrepreneur of the Year 2016. Lucinda’s strength is in quickly understanding the people or cultural requirements within a business and defining practical solutions that align with business strategy


Innovation Spotlight: LaunchPad Recruits, Jobvite and TheJobPost

Anthony Tattersall, CSO, LaunchPad Recruits
Sean Godfrey, UK Regional Manager, Jobvite
Nick Holmes, CEO, TheJobPost




Future Talent – Common Stereotypes and Planning for the Future

Jacob Kimber, International In-house Recruiter, Mediatonic Games

  • A look at some common stereotypes in regards to age groups of employees
  • Hiring millennials, do we need to change the recruitment process for one group?
  • Training and education.  How do we shape the talent of the future?

Jacob is relatively new to the in-house recruiting space, currently managing international recruitment for Mediatonic Games, creator of original games that connect millions of players right across the globe. He formerly managed Blackboard and Epsilon’s international recruitment operations, where he built an in-house function and reduced the companies agency spend to zero, whilst significantly increasing the quality of hire. Despite being relatively early in his career, he won Best In-House Recruiter at both the In-House Recruiter awards and the FIRM awards for his work at Epsilon. As a younger member of the in-house recruiting community, he feels it is important to learn as much as he can from his peers and to also share new ideas.


Recruiting for Values

James Bywater, Director of Product & Innovation, Korn Ferry Hay Group

  • To consider what values based assessment is/means
  • To explore the drivers for this in the public sector and the private sector
  • To consider its advantages and pitfalls based upon Coventry & Warwick NHS Trust
James is a Business Psychologist and a chartered member of the British Psychological Society. He is a founder Member of the Association of Business Psychologists and the Special Group on Coaching Psychology. James is at his best combining psychology, business insight and some pragmatic common sense into his solutions and has worked with leading organisations worldwide. 


The Future of Work

Andy Dolby, Head of RPO, Capita Resourcing

  • We examine the significant social shifts that are influencing the future of work. 
  • We look at how businesses need to alter the way they remain relevant in the talent market place.
  • We look at how these changes are pushing businesses to redefine the talent they want/need and how to find, attract, and retain people.

Andy has over 25 years’ experience across a broad cross section of resourcing and talent acquisition activities, embracing managed recruitment, assessment, insight, employer branding, and candidate generation. With more than 15 years’ at senior management level he has been responsible for leading teams with accountability across virtually every market sector from financial services and energy to central government and local authorities.


An insight into HR Director Plans for the Next 12 Months

Lyndsey Simpson, Co-owner, The Curve Group

  • The Curve Group commissioned an external survey in September 2016 to understand what the current concerns and priorities are for HR Directors across the UK
  • This presentation is the first session to reveal those results and give you insight into both what your HR Director may be thinking about, but also what your competitors are focussing on in the next 12 months
  • If you want to make sure you are prioritising the right challenges in the next year then you won’t want to miss this
 Lyndsey spent 11 years undertaking a number of Global leadership positions in the Banking and Insurance sectors before joining award winning Talent Management and Outsource specialists, The Curve Group, as a co-owner in 2007. 
Named in the ‘Top 35 Business Women Under 35’ in both Management Today magazine and The Sunday Times, she has also been named as a Young Gun from Growing Business magazine and is a regular speaker, columnist and contributor to the mainstream business press.




Hidden Talent

Andrea Jones, Lead Resourcing Business Partner, O2 (Telefónica UK) & Jude Harvey, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, O2 (Telefónica UK) 

  • Diversity best practice in UK Market
  • O2’s Challenge – Why a returners programme
  • Blocks and Barriers
  • Results & future direction
Andrea has over 12 years’ recruitment experience, the last 10 of which have been supporting O2. She is the diversity Lead for resourcing activities at O2, having been instrumental in successfully delivering a Returners Programme, Job Share trial and numerous events. She is responsible for designing and developing inspiring innovative recruitment attraction campaigns & processes, most recently working on the new O2 Stores of the Future recruitment which was highly commended at the 2016 Recruiter Awards.

With over 15 years’ experience in the Telecoms industry Jude has a successful record of delivering pioneering diversity initiatives, working closely with the senior leadership team to drive an inclusive strategy embedded in the business.  Jude recently led on the enhancement of O2’s flexible working initiative as well as the first of their Career Returners Programmes.  


Recruiting the Top Graduate Talent

Neil Millett, Marketing Specialist, reed.co.uk

  • The graduate recruitment marketplace
  • Attracting graduates
  • Retaining top talent

Neil has worked in digital recruitment for five years and is part of reed.co.uk’s Marketing Communications team. With a focus on B2B marketing, Neil is responsible for reed.co.uk’s presence at key UK recruitment exhibitions and events. Dedicated on providing the best possible experience to customers, Neil is committed to understanding the needs and challenges hiring recruitment managers face and ensure these areas are represented in reed.co.uk’s product development, service levels and communications.


Talent Branding

Nikki Brain (FIRP)Client Solutions Director, Ignata
  • EVP
  • Talent Engagement
  • Talent Acquisition 
Industry Qualified, Nikki has over 20 years’ experience in supporting businesses (SME through to PLCs) in successfully attracting & acquiring high performing talent. As part of Ignata, Nikki and the team have developed a world-class Managed Services solution and serve some of the UK’s leading businesses, acting as an extension of their values and culture in the talent marketplace.



Share your challenges and views! Choose from up to 7 Masterclass Groups and engage in three 30 minutes hosted workshop style discussions around your chosen topic.  Be inspired, share practical advice and connect with your peers around the table.

Bridging the Disability Gap
How do you attract, retain and value disabled talent? What steps can you take to build a reputation as a Disability Confident employer and how can this benefit both your business and your supply chain?

Designing the future recruitment agency and recruitment supply chain.
What do we need from recruitment suppliers in the future, and how are we going to get it?

How does your organisation plan on attracting and retaining top graduate talent in the next 12 months?
Discussing the opportunities and challenges our organisation faces when hiring the best young candidates.

Recruiting for values; Practical applications and considerations for assessment
Practical discussion for applying values-based assessments, focusing on assessment centres and other methodologies. We will also explore values-based recruitment in high-profile and high stakes assessment, such as restructure and high profile roles.

Unlocking Contractor Value to Save Your Business Thousands
All the secrets revealed on how to unlock costs tied-up in contractor and temporary resources and the tools to provide a report back to your company on how to save money and reduce risk. A must to attend if your company is engaging contractors or temps either direct or via agencies.

The Future of Work
We look at how these changes are pushing businesses to redefine the talent they want/need and how to find, attract, and retain people.

How Technology and Data are Evolving HR
The emergence of big data and the maturity of HR technology are having a huge impact on HR. We’ll explore the challenges of selling in and deploying HR technology and how it can re-shape talent acquisition and decision making.

Talent Branding
You can no longer rely on your consumer brand to attract prospective candidates. Your talent brand has an enormous impact on how your company is perceived. We explore techniques surrounding Employee Value Proposition (EVP), Talent Engagement and Talent Acquisition across the generations. 




We organise events at no cost to delegates through the support of our partners. Your data will be shared with our partners of the event for communication purposes following the event

Kings Fund
11-13 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0AN
6 October 2016
08:30 Registration Opens
17:30 Drinks Reception
T: +44 20 7583 3503