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

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

Emerging Talent is not void of the many changes taken place over the past year. Plugging the skill gaps with EU workers is under threat from Brexit and the apprenticeships levy poses to fix that issue. Are graduate schemes at risk? As young people look for more than high salaries from work, is retention becoming more difficult? Can we do anything about it? 

If you got these questions and more, this event is for you.

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 75 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 

Adestra Ltd
Alfa (Formerly CHP Consulting Ltd)
American Express
Bain & Company
Baker Hughes
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Buro Happold Ltd
CMS Cameron Mckenna LLP
Chicken Financial
Credo Business Consulting LLP
Dentsu Aegis Network
Deutsche Bank
Electronic Arts (EA)
Equifax Plc
IPG Mediabrands
International SOS
Kindred Capital
Knight Frank
LogiKal Projects
Macquarie Group
Marks and Spencer
Mott Macdonald Group Ltd
NTT Security
Newton Europe Limited
Recruitment Smart
TATA Technologies
Teva Pharmaceuticals
The MathWorks
Tibra Capital
Towers Watson
Transport for London
Trinity Noir
Welcome Break
bwin.party digital entertainment







Ken Brotherston, Chairman, TheJobPost


Graduate Talent Expectations and Priorities – Using Talent to Attract and Retain

Michael Lake, Recruitment Manager, Global Candidates and Campus Activation & Alexandra Bennett, Graduate Talent Manager, L'Oréal - See our presentation

  • Insights and research from L'Oréal Graduate talent population globally on their expectations and career priorities
  • An introduction into gamification and other ways to use tech to attract and retain candidates
  • A discussion around the challenges of developing a global approach to ‘emerging talent’ that allows for local market flexibility

Michael Lake started in recruitment at the start of 2010 in the City of London, recruiting finance staff into top global law firms working for Adecco. In 2012 he went “in house” recruiting across Europe, the Middle East and Africa for Discovery Networks International. Since joining L’Oréal in October 2014, Michael has been tasked with increasing talent acquisition across Europe as part of the group’s drive to recruit highly talented and qualified candidates for the “Emerging Markets”. Referred to at L’Oréal as the Global Candidates initiative. This initiative primarily involves partnering with top business schools in the region who are educating experienced people from those markets to help find them opportunities after graduation, as well as identifying and headhunting experienced profiles through traditional means. Since September 2016, he has also been working on a project to reimagine L’Oréal’s Management Trainee programme to create a new global model for the group.

Alex joined L’Oréal from Bath University as an intern in 2011 working within the Graduate Recruitment space and was subsequently appointed to the permanent role coordinating graduate activities. After a short spell outside of the Company at the BBC in 2014 Alex returned to L’Oreal as the HR Officer within the HR Retail team working with the Beauty Consultants and field teams. In 2016 Alex was appointed as the Graduate Talent Manager for L’Oréal UK&I, bringing a wealth of knowledge of the graduate arena, an expertise in assessing graduate talent and the passion to drive a creative programme of activities with a social and digital steer.


Predicting Right-Fit Hires - The Impact of AI and Machine Learning on Recruitment

Will Hamilton, CEO, LaunchPad - See my presentation

  • An overview of the latest machine learning and AI technology trends.
  • What this means for recruitment and HR.
  • The latest innovations in recruitment and HR machine learning

Will has over 20 years commercial experience with a background in project management at IBM and Goldman Sachs and is founder of LaunchPad Recruits. This corporate background easily translates to his creative talent and vision of building technologies and processes that really work. 


Content Marketing Uncovered

Heather DeLand, Executive Creative Director and James McFadzean, Client Partner, TMP Worldwide UK - See our presentation

  • Audience insights that create meaningful content marketing briefs
  • A whistle to stop tour of what content marketing really is (without the spin)
  • Some top tips on using content marketing as part of your ELT strategy

Heather has been a content professional for 20 years, first starting in journalism and then working in marketing, PR and contract publishing. She joined Penna’s recruitment marketing function as a copywriter in 2004, going on to lead creative functions both in London and New York. She has partnered with clients across industries on global employer brand projects as well as niche recruitment challenges and diversity projects. As TMP’s Exec CD, she looks after Research & Insight, Creative, Tech and as a certified Institute of Digital Marketing Social Media professional (Cert SocM), she also mentors the Social Team. These combined functions form TMP’s unique capability to deliver content marketing strategies that build and measure reputation and community engagement as well as employment.

James McFadzean has been working in the student marketing sphere for over 10 years, with a career spanning media, higher education and most recently at TMP Worldwide, where he looks after the strategy for clients like KPMG, Arcadia and Frontline.  Buzzwords include diversity, innovation, digitalisation and social, and he’s a passionate advocate to help every young person make the best choice with the knowledge of all available options.  Outside of work, you’ll probably find him lost in Selfridges, or grooming his beard in Shoreditch.


Why Graduates Renege on Offers and What you Can do to Stop it

James Uffindell, Founder & CEO, Bright Network - See my presentation

  • An explanation of the reasons behind this phenomenon
  • Effective solutions to help win the war for graduate talent
  • As the authority on graduate behavior within early careers, James will discuss Bright Network's recent in depth research about what students want from their future career

    James Uffindell is one of the UK’s leading experts on the graduate recruitment market. He’s spent the last 16 years helping over one million students with their applications to both blue chip employers and leading universities. He is an expert on issues surrounding social mobility at university level, the graduate job market, internships, entry level talent, and managing and engaging millennial employees. After leaving university, James set up the social enterprise Pure Potential to help students from state schools access leading universities, which so far it has helped over a million students. Frustrated at the lack of careers support for graduates, he then set up Bright Network in 2013. It is one of the fastest growing careers networks in the UK, and focuses on connecting the brightest students with the world of work, no matter what their background. James is a regular media commentator on careers and entrepreneurship – he has been featured in The Economist, Management Today, The Times, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph as well as on BBC Radio 4, Channel 4, CNN and on ITV. He gives regular keynotes at conferences including Talent Leaders Connect, the How To Academy and Capitox, and he has spoken at The Oxford Union, London School of Economics and The New Entrepreneurs Foundation. James has recently featured on the BBC to his accolades.




Trailblazing - Apprenticeships in the New World

Erica Farmer, Apprenticeships and L&D Programme Lead, Centrica - See my presentation

  • The benefits of being immersed
  • The benefits to your business
  • The benefits of embracing

An experienced L&D leader, design geek and Apprenticeship expert - the strategic delivery of effective learning and qualifications is what makes me tick. With that I am agile, enjoy working in a fast paced environment and like to drive projects through to realisation. I've built various training teams and processes from scratch and I'm able to adapt to SME / start ups to large global organisations. I'm a member of the employer development group developing new Trailblazer Apprenticeship standards on behalf of the government which allows me to be at the forefront of design and qualification strategy and work on a real 'game changing' project, which is highly enjoyable. I regularly attend and speak at Apprenticeship events and represent Centrica at the National Apprenticeship Service's lead employer Apprenticeship Ambassador Network which meets in Westminster.

11:55 -12:15

Student Recruitment 101 – From New Process to Best Practice

Brian Sinclair, Head of Student Recruitment, Cognizant - See my presentation

  • Setting up a new student recruitment process?  Need to get the basics right?  Look no further.
  • Practical advice from the voice of experience on everything from requirements gathering, campus planning and pipeline reporting.
  • Some useful templates and tools to help explain and position it with key internal stakeholder

Brian Sinclair started his career as part of the Irish Foreign Office in 1995 and joined the Irish Embassy in London in 1997.  Completing his Business and IT degree part-time, Brian left the confines of the Irish Civil Services in 2002 and has worked for the last 14 years at a number of large organisations, including HSBC, BT, Accenture, Capgemini, McLaren, EY and is currently heading up Student Recruitment at Cognizant, a global Technology solutions provider.  Brian has worked as an in-house recruiter, as part of two RPO solutions and even worked as a HR consultant advising SMEs on some recruitment best practice.  Brian is very familiar with a variety of recruitment processes, methodologies and systems and has developed a passion for presenting and positioning recruitment data and information to enhance stakeholder engagement.


Breaking Bad in Early Talent Recruitment

Amy King, Head of Customer Success, The Chemistry Group - See my presentation

  • Debunking the war for early talent–  because there should be no such thing
  • Finding "rockstars" using Chemistry's methodology: by identifying What Great Looks Like™ in early talent
  • True insight delivered directly from Chemistry's client stories

Amy is fascinated by the psychology of people at work and strongly believes that there is not a lack of talent, just a lack of achievement. Drawing on her expertise in behavioral science, Amy works with organisations to prove that everyone has talent and potential when they are connected to the right opportunity. At The Chemistry Group, Amy has led the Consultancy team designing recruitment, assessment and development solutions for FTSE 100 companies across the world to bring more confidence and accuracy to talent management decisions. With her passion to bring together people and data, Amy has more recently applied her expertise to Customer Success, developing leading methodologies to demonstrate value of these solutions against organisational outcomes.




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Foyles Book Store
107 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0DT
27 April 2017
08:30 Registration Opens
13:30 Networking Lunch
T: +44 20 7583 3503