UK & Ireland CHRO Executive Summit

15 June 2022 | Royal Lancaster London

15 June 2022
Royal Lancaster London


Collaborate with your peers

Get together with UK & Ireland's top CHROs to tackle shared business challenges and critical priorities facing your role today. Participate in this one-day, local program with peer-driven topics and interactive discussions with your true C-level peers.

Join your peers to discuss the most critical issues impacting CHROs today:

Developing talent and skills through improving the employee experience

Evolving your strategy towards employee satisfaction and engagement

Shifting company culture towards DE&I centricity

UK & Ireland CHRO Governing Body

The Governing Body Co-Chairs shape the summit agenda, ensuring that all content is driven by CHROs, for CHROs.

What to Expect

Interactive Sessions

Hear from CHRO practitioners and thought leaders on how they're solving critical challenges impacting your role today in Keynote sessions, and join smaller, interactive discussions with your peers in Breakout and Boardroom sessions.

Community Networking

Make new connections and catch up with old friends in casual conversations during dedicated time for networking designed to better acquaint you with your UK & Ireland CHRO community.

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a private, one-on-one setting through Evanta's Peer-to-Peer Meetings. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.


14 June 2022

18:00 - 21:00  Governing Body Welcome Reception

Governing Body Private Dinner

Exclusive to Governing Body members and select guests, this dinner is a can’t-miss opportunity to connect with your peers prior to tomorrow’s Executive Summit. Please join your colleagues for an evening of good food, wine, and lively networking.

15 June 2022 - morning

08:00 - 09:00  Registration & Breakfast

09:00 - 09:45  Keynote

A Future World of Work - What Happens Next?

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Christine Armstrong


Guest Speaker

With the ways of working constantly changing today, HR leaders are left with insurmountable challenges of bringing the workforce together and instilling a sense of unity in their organisations. So how can CHROs keep employees enthused with new ways of working, whilst ensuring that productivity remains a top priority?

Join this session to hear more on:

- Navigating the costs of flexible working
- How to remain pragmatic as a people leader
- What the new world of work means for frontline workers vs office workers

09:45 - 10:00  Break

10:00 - 10:45  Breakout Session

Ageism in the Workplace – Why Should We Care?

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Jane Storm

Chief People Officer

Saga plc.

In 2022, DE&I remains a top HR priority across organisations, as CHROs continue to tackle lingering racist, sexist and ableist attitudes and behaviours in the workplace. While the importance of these initiatives should not be understated, the topic of ageism continually falls by the wayside in CHROs’ application of DE&I strategies. As this issue remains relatively undiscussed, persisting ageist attitudes continually permeate organisations, culminating in working environments which effectively marginalise older team members. As such, it is crucial for CHROs to bring the issue of ageism into the forefront of discourse.

Join this session to hear more on:

  • How to effectively incorporate the topic of ageism into your DE&I strategy
  • Balancing the issue of ageism with other pertinent initiatives
  • Preventing marginalisation of team members and changing the cultural mindset around age

10:00 - 10:45  Breakout Session

Employee Experience is Everyone’s Job

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Steve Tonks

Senior Vice President, EMEA

WorkForce Software

HR leaders face countless problems today, from getting budgets approved from different functions to looking deeper at intervening when someone is considering leaving the organisation. Different departments working together to tackle these issues could be the answer to increasing employee engagement and create a better employee experience. So how can HR leaders bring teams closer together?

Join this session to hear more on:

  • Getting buy in from the board and funding for new initiatives
  • Using technology to build foundations for change programs
  • Using data to find out when someone is an attrition risk

10:00 - 10:45  Executive Boardroom

Broadening Horizons to Source Leading Talent

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Rachel Davis

Joint Managing Director

Armstrong Craven

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Jason Fowler

VP, Head of HR Europe


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Mike Hawes


Avis Budget Group

Finding top-tier talent has become harder than ever. When developing a strategic workforce plan, how can CHROs look beyond traditional sources and find new pools of talent to fill the most critical positions?

Join this discussion as CHROs address:

  • Identifying the emerging skills needed for leadership roles
  • Accessing talent pools across new geographies, markets and skillsets
  • Moving from reactive to proactive by developing a strong talent pipeline

10:00 - 10:45  Executive Boardroom

Retaining Talent in a Volatile Business Environment

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Monika Khullar



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Rebecca Monk

HR Director


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Libby Jones

Chief People Officer

Interactive Investor

The HR function is now looking at talent retention through a new lens; talent pools are growing, but retaining employees has become more of a challenge, as younger workers are reconsidering careers at an entirely different pace. So how can CHROs stay ahead of the curve when it comes to staying agile with workforce retention?

Join this session as HR leaders discuss:

  • Building a culture that retains workers through employee experience
  • Best practices in retention and strengthening culture in largely decentralised businesses
  • Using non-traditional retention strategies

10:45 - 11:30  Networking Break

10:55 - 11:20  Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a one-on-one setting through Evanta’s Peer-to-Peer Meetings. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.

15 June 2022 - mid-afternoon

11:30 - 12:15  Breakout Session

Engaging Employees Through Environmental Impacts

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James Hartley

Global HR Leader

Swiss Re

In recent years, climate change has soared to the top of the list when looking at the causes employees care about. When considering ESG, HR leaders are looking to involve colleagues and ignite their passions for CSR projects.

Hear from James Hartley on how Swiss Re have approached the following:

  • Creating a net zero campaign for colleagues with actionable aims linked to purpose
  • Employee education awareness and activation impact engagement
  • How ESG projects can vehicle for culture change and bring the workforce together

11:30 - 12:15  Breakout Session

Evolving Your Workforce Design

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Jessica Modrall

SVP of Customer Experience


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Abdul Hummaida



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Ashley Portlock

VP HR International


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Anne-Marie Blanke

HR Director UK & Ireland

Martin Brower

In today’s ever-evolving business environment, HR leaders must think about workforce strategy in an entirely new context. As the rate of change increases, executing effective workforce planning will require CHROs to reassess workforce needs, locations, mix and overall employee experience on a more regular basis. So how can CHROs implement a fresh take on workforce planning at both strategic and operational levels?

Join this session to hear more on:

  • Becoming more agile when considering your workforce strategy
  • Readjusting the cycles of workforce planning to be more efficient
  • Using technology to bring workforce planning in house

11:30 - 12:15  Executive Boardroom

Upgrading Benefits Tailored to Your Workforce

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Kevin Fisher

Group HRD

Together Financial Services

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Tina Lewis

Director of People & Legal Services

National Trust

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Dan Hutchinson


Schneider Electric UK

When it comes to benefits, employees today are looking for packages that feel more personal to them. Whether it’s linked to healthcare, holidays or flexible working, HR leaders must stay ahead of the curve to attract and retain valuable talent. So how can benefits today be readdressed and revaluated?

Join this boardroom to discuss:

  • Curating benefits packages around your employees and their needs
  • Being flexible with a variety of options and giving workers autonomy
  • Getting buy-in from the board when investing in benefits

11:30 - 12:15  Executive Boardroom

Refreshing Your Brand – Standing Out in 2022

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Estelle Hollingsworth

Chief People Officer

Virgin Atlantic

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Chris Shepherd


Elementis Global

Employer branding is now in every aspect of businesses; with new platforms available to the public, organisations are rapidly reconsidering not only how they’re seen, but what they can do to create a concrete reputation in the market. So how can CHROs take the next step to improving their company’s image?

Join this boardroom to discuss:

  • Utilising different digital presences to elevate your core message to the public
  • Creating a space for your current workers to speak for your brand
  • Conducting employment brand audits to uncover weak links in your branding strategy 

12:15 - 13:30  Lunch Service

12:50 - 13:15  Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a one-on-one setting through Evanta’s Peer-to-Peer Meetings. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.

12:50 - 13:30  Break

15 June 2022 - afternoon

13:30 - 14:15  Keynote

Turning the Great Reshuffle into the Great Opportunity

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Derval Blehein

Senior Director, EMEA & Latam Human Resources


In 2022, meeting the demand for talent and planning for the future is becoming increasingly difficult. CHROs must dive deep into leveraging learning to overcome internal bias, evolve internal mobility and help employees go for the career path they want – all whilst evolving their workforce culture and fostering equity and belonging. So how can HR leaders implement all of this into their strategies smoothly to win big in the new battle for talent? 

Join this session to hear more on: 

  • The importance of a skills-first drive into your HR strategy
  • Why valuing employee learning is key for building an engaged workforce
  • How strengthening your company culture can positively impact diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging 

14:15 - 14:30  Break

14:30 - 15:15  Breakout Session

Bringing HR, Technology and the C-suite Together

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Michael Howells

President, Workforce Skills


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Abi Goodwin

Group Strategic Workforce and Planning Director

Sky Plc

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Eugene Chin

Group Head of Strategic Workforce Planning

Sky Plc

When working to influence the business and implement change, technology could help to improve understanding in different departments. Partnering with stakeholders and decision makers is critical for HR leaders to advance the important transformational work for an organisation. So how can HR leaders level-up their partnerships with the C-suite with AI and automation?

Join this session to hear more on:

  • How to embed a people strategy with board prerogative and a technology roadmap
  • Using technology to elevate conversations with CEOs, CIOs and CDOs alike
  • Identifying where the gaps are when it comes to skills and education and drive continual improvements in organisational capability

14:30 - 15:15  Executive Boardroom

Changing Up Your Compensation Strategy

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Tim Pointer

Chief People Officer

CAA Brand Management

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Matthew Blake

Chief People Officer

SThree plc

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Tanya Gerrard-White

Group Chief People Officer


Keeping up with employee retention schemes is no small feat for workplaces to adapt to. CHROs are grappling with an ocean of valuable data tied to retention rates, employee satisfaction and more. From health and wellness programs, to renewed incentives and benefits, CHROs are going through every step and every line of employment to revitalise the employee offering for the rising expectations of the talent pipeline.  

Join this discussion to learn about:

  • Leveraging key metrics to shape critical decision-making around employee benefits
  • Platforms that integrate benefits data for centralised reporting and cost optimisation
  • New trends in employee benefits that are shaping the future workplace

14:30 - 15:15  Executive Boardroom

The CHRO’s Role in Succession Planning

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Sarah Armstrong

Chief People Officer


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Jo Mosley

Assistant Chief Officer, Director of People & Support Services

Dorset Police

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Harvey Francis


Skanska UK

Succession planning has been an issue for many organisations for years, and HR leaders are being forced to have a better plan in place, increasingly so for post crisis succession. Whether it’s being able to fill roles internally, or the quality of candidates in the pipeline, have an executable plan in place is paramount. So how can CHROs build a strong succession plan?

Join this boardroom to discuss:

- Approaches to analysing capabilities relative to current needs and predicting what will be required in the future
- Using a scenario-based approach to assess leadership candidates based on likely business strategy
- Revisiting selection processes to consider and build complementary skills  

14:30 - 15:15  Executive Boardroom

The Cost of Living Crisis – A New Age of Support

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Charlotte Eaton

Chief People Officer


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Katherine Easter

Chief People Officer

Pension Protection Fund

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Samantha Kane

Chief People Officer

HCRG Care Group

Inflation has long influenced pay practices, but this year HR leaders saw unprecedented rises in tax, energy prices, and general cost of living; as a result, workers are rapidly having to rethink their incomes, and organisations are having to respond to those needs in innovative and cost-effective ways. So how are CHROs addressing these pressures and putting practical solutions into place?

Join this session to hear more on:

- Creating a more thoughtful environment with leadership teams
- Reevaluating reward packages and readjusting standards of what employees need
- Changing upskilling and capabilities as a value to employees’ work, rather than pay

15:15 - 15:45  Networking Break

15:45 - 16:30  Breakout Session

Roadmap to Resilience – Managing Wellbeing Support

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Helen Webb

Chief People & Services Officer


In recent years there has been an overload of fatigue, workload issues and increased stress factors that the workforce, management and companies overall have had to endure. In 2022 and beyond, HR leaders will need to tackle the challenge of awareness and participation as well-being programs expand in scope and importance.

Join this session to discuss:

  • HR resilience through thorough changes in wellbeing strategy
  • Supporting managers with employees in different work spaces
  • Maintaining employee buy in for new wellbeing portfolio

15:45 - 16:30  Executive Boardroom

The Future is Flexible – Thinking Differently

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Vicky Wallis


Direct Line Group

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Harriet Hounsell

Chief People Officer

Nomad Foods

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Helen Moore

Group People Director


Freedom of choice for employees to work to their own needs is being recognised by many organisations as the way of the future, yet CHROs are left to determine what that means for their organisation, especially with different functions across the business. How can HR leaders develop a future facing workforce strategy that fits their organisation?

Join this session to discuss:

  • How to determine the right mix of in-person and remote work
  • Methods to give employees flexibility and autonomy while balancing business needs
  • Strategies to develop an employee-centered hybrid work model 

15:45 - 16:30  Executive Boardroom

Reward and Recognition – How to be Thoughtful at Scale

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Nicky Salter


Williams Racing

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Debbie Alder

Director General People & Place

Department for Work & Pensions

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Jo McGowan

Chief People Officer

First Central

Keeping employees engaged at all levels is a task CHROs are more than familiar with, and staying relevant and creative when considering employee rewards is an increasingly difficult task. So how can HR leaders boost engagement whilst keeping costs low?

Join this boardroom to discuss:

  • What the 2022 trends are for employee rewards
  • How to get workers involved when looking for new incentive ideas
  • Building a compelling reward and recognition program

16:30 - 16:45  Break

16:45 - 17:20  Keynote

Purpose and Culture at Virgin Atlantic

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Estelle Hollingsworth

Chief People Officer

Virgin Atlantic

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Corneel Koster

Chief Customer and Operating Officer

Virgin Atlantic

As the great resignation hit, organisations had to rapidly reconsider their mission statement, and therefore examine how to effectively connect an increasingly disconnected workforce through aligning core values. But what can leadership teams do to foster a culture of belonging and loyalty among their employees?

Join this session for a discussion around how Virgin Atlantic are approaching the following:

  • Maintaining a desirable workplace that keeps employees engaged
  • Retaining workers and creating a culture of trust and allegiance
  • Supporting employees to thrive in their roles

17:20 - 18:15  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing


We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming in-person gathering


Venue & Accommodation

Royal Lancaster London

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Royal Lancaster London at a reduced conference rate. Reservations should be made online or by calling +44 (0) 20 7551 6229. Please mention Evanta UK CDO and CHRO Executive Summits to ensure the appropriate room rate.

Deadline to book using the discounted room rate of £309 GBP (plus tax) is 30 May 2022.

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