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
AXA Insurance Ltd
Affiliate Window
Air Products
Alfa (Formerly CHP Consulting Ltd)
Allen & Overy
Argus Media
Arthur J. Gallagher International
BMJ Group
BNP Paribas
BNP Paribas Real Estate
Banco Santander
Bank of England
Beauty Bay Ltd
Blackstone Point
Blizzard Entertainment
Bloomberg LP
Bord Gáis Energy
Boston Scientific
British Broadcasting Corporation
British Red Cross
Buchanan Search
Building Research Establishment
CME Group
Cabot Financial
Campbell Dallas
Capstone Financial
Celesio UK
Channel 4 Television Corporation
Charles Tyrwhitt LLP
Chivas Brothers
Conclusion IT
Department For Work & Pensions
Educate Services
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Equifax Plc
Escape Recruitment
Essential Results Limited 
Euro Car Parts Ltd.
Excelcare Home Health Services
Expedia, Inc.
Expro North Sea Ltd
Financial Conduct Authority
First Milk Ltd
Flow Traders
Frontica Business Solutions
Frontline - Changing Lives
Funding Circle UK
GE Healthcare
GTI Recruiting Solutions Ltd
Hall & Partners
Hanson Red Bank Manufacturing Co Ltd
HiberniaEvros Technology Group
Hitachi Consulting
Home Office
I.T. Alliance Group
ICON plc
Ingenio Global
JD & Co
Joe Duffy Motor Group
Jumbo Supermarkten
Jumio Inc.
Jurys Inn Hotel Group
Kellogg Company
Kelly OCG
Krispy Kreme UK
LSBF - London School of Business & Finance (LSBF)
Liberis UK
London Diocesan Fund
London Recruitment Services Limited 
Macmillan Cancer Support
Maersk Oil
Marks and Spencer
Marston's PLC
Mater Misericordiae University Hospital
McDowell Purcell
Medacs Pharmacy London
Mediatonic Games
Meridian Business Support Limited
Modis Corporate
Montagu Evans
Moorfields Eye Hospital, London
Murphy Process Engineering
NCC Group
NFU Mutual
Nando's UK
Naspers Limited
Newton Europe Limited
Next Group PLC
Nottingham Trent University
Oxford Knight Limited
P2 Consulting
PRA Health Sciences
Punter Southall
QBE Europe
QuantiQ Technology
Raw Talent Academy
Red Hat
Resources Global Professionals
Rostan Recruitment
Rugby Football Union
SABMiller Plc
SF Group
Sauce Recruitment
Saudi Aramco
Saunderson House
Search Consultancy
Sony Europe
Sparrows Group
Stack Exchange
Subsea 7
Symbio Business Solutions
TBWAMedia Arts Lab
Teleflex Incorporated
Teleplan International
Tesco PLC
Thames Medicare
The Coca-Cola Company
The Stafford London
United Biscuits
United Utilities Plc
VisionFund International
Voluntary Service Overseas
Walgreens Boots Alliance
Walker Davies
Wm Morrison Supermarkets Plc
Yoyo Wallet
arvato UK






Welcome and Introductions

Mervyn Dinnen, Co Author, Exceptional Talent (Book) - See my presentation

Mervyn Dinnen is a talent and HR analyst, advising recruitment and HR technology businesses on the emerging trends impacting hiring, retention and engagement. He is author of the book Exceptional Talent (published by Kogan Page, May 2017) and a writer and international speaker on recruitment and HR trends. He previously spent 20 years working with UK companies on Recruitment and HR strategies.


Employer Branding is Dead Long Live Employee Brands

Polly Barnes, EMEA Head of Talent , Wunderman

  • Creating authenticity in your communications
  • Asking your people to tell your story
  • Creating content that creates pride

Having started her career in the client-facing side of the creative industry Polly is absolutely passionate about the importance of communication in an effective Talent Strategy. Throughout her career she has been involved in roles involving organizational development and change management. She is now at Wunderman with accountability across 50 offices and 2,500 people in the EMEA region. There is a strong ambition to grow and evolve Wunderman’s commitment to its people and Polly is leading some innovative solutions to ensure they are engaging people in a way that is relevant to their personal career ambitions and supportive of current attitudes to the world of work.


The Fuse has been Lit - Prepare for the project based workforce

James Bridgland, Head of Product Development, Reed Talent Solutions - See my presentation

  • What happening to recruitment in an era of millennials, the gig economy and AI 
  • How this will change your workforce - soon 
  • Recruitment Market will shift towards more project based service models such as Statement of Work

James is an experienced recruitment professional based in London with almost 10 years in the sector. Whether it's leading a change project, developing a roadmap to help our clients, designing an effective outsourcing model or sharing ideas about the future of the market, what James enjoys most of all is coming up with innovative solutions to solve the everyday problems of our clients. 


Hiring in Silicon Valley vs. London

Layla Kidwai, Former Head of Talent, WorldRemit

  • Cv's... Why?
  • Process... Always fluid! 
  • Selling a job...  Not really a thing! 

Originally Canadian, Layla moved to London 3 years ago after spending over a decade of her career in N. America. She started her career at American Express and Robert half before entering the world of tech working at Infusion, Dapasoft, Kijiji, eBay and PayPal. More recently she worked at WorldRemit as the Head of Talent where she helped scale the firm from 60 to over 300 people. She now specialises in scaling high growth companies with an emphasis on employer branding. Having recruited in Toronto, NYC, Silicon Valley and EMEA, she has a unique perspective on how the world of talent is shaped across regions and cultures. 


Innovation Spotlight: Beamery, TheJobPost and Arctic Shores

Treating Candidates like Customers - See my presentation
The most successful organizations build awareness and relationships with candidates long before the application. Beamery is the only Recruitment CRM & Marketing Platform that helps you attract, initiate and nurture those relationships effectively and turn passive candidates into enthusiastic applicants
Tom Maynard, Account Director, Beamery

Next generation supply chain - See my presentation
The way employers work with recruitment suppliers is changing rapidly.  We will explore how innovative talent acquisition teams are leveraging platforms and data to build, engage and manage a high-performing recruitment supply chain. 
Howard Flint, Advisor, TheJobPost

Are you game for innovation? How gamification is transforming selection - See my presentation
Mobile technology, Machine Learning, Big Data, Game Technology, packed into one session! 
Robert Newry, Managing Director & Co-Founder, Arctic Shores 




Video in the Interview Process

Natalie BushayCustomer Success Manager, EMEAHireVue - See my presentation

  • The best candidates are busy, and so are your recruiters. Get deeper insights earlier in the hiring process with structured interviews and side-by-side candidate evaluation. 
  • Get to more of the best candidates in your pipeline by increasing your recruiting teams' throughput. 
  • Talent Acquisition Leaders are expected to deliver the right candidates at lightning speeds, but traditional recruiting practices mean your recruiters typically have to sacrifice speed for quality. 
  • Darren will explain how to use video in the interview process and how to increase quality without sacrificing speed.

As the General Manager of HireVue in EMEA & APAC, Darren is responsible for strategic planning, business operations and management of all customer facing functions across the region. 


Artificial Sourcing - The Inevitable Failure of the AI Revolution

Stevie Buckley, Head of Talent, Technology, StreetTeam - See my presentation

  • The Decepticons are here and they are taking our jobs
  • Machines Vs Humans
  • Sourcing our future

Stevie has been called a lot of things over the years from “a veteran of the London tech scene” to “the most endorsed person on LinkedIn for Cat Herding”. If you ask him, Stevie will tell you that he uses his experience as a former developer to help companies attract, hire and retain great people. By day he’s Head of Talent at StreetTeam, by night he runs and hosts Europes largest tech meet-up group. Stevie is an extremely vocal advocate for treating candidates like actual people rather than human resources and spends far too much time on twitter ranting about agency recruiters.


How to Leverage your Employer Brand in Building and Engaging with Talent Communities

Robert Peasnell, Managing Director, TMP Worldwide - See my presentation

  • Developing a compelling employer EVP & Brand
  • Audience segmentation, profiling, and insight for competitive advantage
  • Increasing candidate engagement throughout the candidate journey

Robert has spent his entire career working in marketing and communications. He spent his early career working in major brand agencies, including McCann-Erickson & Ogilvy & Mather. At TMP he leads our teams working with clients around talent attraction and engagement – everything from employer branding and digital strategy development through to immersive assessment and culture change. He also works directly with key clients across the UK. Prior to joining TMP, Robert headed up the Communications & Marketing teams at Tribal and Barkers.Robert has chaired the judging panels at the CIPD and RAD Awards and is a visiting lecturer in Employer Branding at Brunel University.


Getting Goosebumps with Recruitment Marketing

Dave 'Google' Hazlehurst, Partner, Ph. Creative - See my presentation

As a Partner for Ph. Creative, Dave continuously strives to ensure he delivers remarkable business results for his impressive portfolio of clients through the use of integrated digital strategies and tactics. These include LinkedIn, Vodafone, Virgin Media, Tesco Opticians, Dulux, Nationwide Building Society and BAE. Dave is hugely passionate about all things digital and thrives on exposing the powers of the ever-changing Digital Marketing world. Co-Author of bestselling book ‘Getting Goosebumps’. He looks at how to harness the power of human emotions and rational thinking to help businesses plan and execute digital strategies to attract, engage and convert their target audiences.




Transformational Talent: portrait of the high-potential workforce

Matt Burney, Employer Insights Strategist - EMEA. Indeed - See my presentation

  • What if you could look beyond standard recruiting assessments to identify more candidates with a high potential to transform your organisation? 
  • Join us for a new look at the traits and behaviours of exceptional employees who inspire teams and invigorate businesses. 
  • We’ll share how you can use Indeed tools and data to identify top performers and apply these insights to craft inbound recruiting strategies that attract transformational talent.

As an Employer Insights Strategist at Indeed, Matt Burney pairs platform data with industry trend analysis to share Indeed's story and bring the value of the company's programs and solutions to life. He is a well-known figure in the UK Recruitment industry, with a career spanning nearly 20 years. Matt has worked both sides of the table, as both vendor and client and has a huge amount of industry knowledge and experience. Matt’s passion for understanding recruitment technology and media has always been matched to his goal & vision of delivering the best talent possible to a rapidly changing global market whilst ensuring local needs are met. Matt has been privileged to have been involved in some of the industry’s leading events as a speaker and has been regularly featured in specialist, national and International media. 


The 7 Deadly Sins of Sourcing

Clare Mullen, Head of People and Talent, Yoyo Wallet - See my presentation

  • The mistakes that have taught me how to source like an expert
  • Sharing my knowledge of agency, corporate and start/scale up techniques
  • What not to do and why! Examples of takeaway actions for your sourcing plan

Clare is the Head of People and Talent at Yoyo Wallet (a mobile payment and loyalty app). She is responsible for scaling the team across all functions as well as all HR operations.  Having started her career in the Pensions industry before moving into recruitment at agency level before moving in-house; she has experience of recruitment across multiple disciplinaries in both corporate and start-up businesses. Her key interests are building HR functions within a scaling business to suit a scaling business and developing existing talent.



30min sessions to attend on the day - no pre-booking required!

Is it time to redefine what we mean by talent?
The way we attract, hire, retain and develop the people our businesses need is changing, and so are the roles we want them to do and the way we operate. In this discussion we will look at what the word ‘talent’ means in the evolving work landscape - how should we identify and assess it, and the ways in which we can support employees in their growth and development once they join us. 
Mervyn Dinnen, HR & Talent Analyst and author of the book 'Exceptional Talent'

Treating the candidate as a consumer: Gamification in Selection
With the advent of Glassdoor and social media, organisations are starting to see candidates as consumers. How can gamification help with this? What are the do's and don'ts of using engaging and immersive techniques in selection? Robert will lead the discussion based on his company's experience with over 50 organisations in 17 different countries.
Robert Newry, Managing Director, Arctic Shores

Video in the Interview Process
The best candidates are busy, and so are your recruiters. Get deeper insights earlier in the hiring process with structured interviews and side-by-side candidate evaluation. Get to more of the best candidates in your pipeline by increasing your recruiting teams' throughput. Talent Acquisition Leaders are expected to deliver the right candidates at lightning speeds, but traditional recruiting practices mean your recruiters typically have to sacrifice speed for quality. Darren will explain how to use video in the interview process and how to increase quality without sacrificing speed.
Natalie BushayCustomer Success Manager, EMEA, HireVue

What makes HR projects succeed and fail?
With an increasing focus on delivering change projects, innovation initiatives and process improvement, HR and Resourcing teams are going to be managing more projects as part of business as usual. This session is an open forum to discuss with HR and Talent colleagues what their learns have been, where pitfalls exist and what the keys are to success. 
James Bridgland, Head of Product Development & Daniel Youds, Solutions Director, Reed Talent Solutions 

How to manage your agencies more effectively
We explore how recruitment agencies are best positioned to work alongside a direct sourcing strategy 
Mike Jennings, Enterprise Accounts Manager & JP Caffery, Director, TheJobPost

How to Leverage your Employer Brand in Building and Engaging with Talent Communities
During this session Robert will rank the effectiveness of the candidate engagement channels to build talent communities as well as discuss how important are your staff as recruiting assets? What could you do to harness them more? And finally look at whether you see talent mapping as a tactical recruitment tool or a strategic route to build talent communities?
Robert Peasnell, Managing Director, TMP Worldwide




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King's Fund
22 June 2017
08:30 Registration Opens
17:30 Drinks Reception
T: +44 20 7583 3503