UK & Ireland CHRO Executive Summit

13 June 2024 | Royal Lancaster London

13 June 2024
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 Next-generation Leaders by Evolving Role Expectations Instead of New Skills

Reshaping a Corporate Culture that Thrives in a Hybrid Environment

Investing in the Right HR Technology to Drive Growth and Meet Business Expectations

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.


12 June 2024

13 June 2024

18:00 - 21:00  Networking

Governing Welcome Body Reception

Hosted by the UK&I CHRO Governing Body members, 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.

08:00 - 09:00  Registration & Breakfast

09:00 - 09:45  Keynote

From Chaos to Calm — Embracing the Storm, Empowering Success

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Prerana Issar

Chief People Officer


The Chief HR Officer is an intense, and at times, lonely role. Now more than ever, CHROs are expected to absorb the emotions and stress of their people, whilst being the calm in the eye of a storm of unprecedented change. This conundrum begs the question: how do you find balance between effectively leading change and looking after yourself?

Join Prerana Issar, CPO at Sainsbury's, as she openly shares advice and experience on:

  • Inspiring authenticity, resilience, and human connection
  • Managing and maneuvering the emotional toll of change
  • Embracing evolution and opportunities for self, workforce and organisational growth

09:45 - 10:00  Break

10:00 - 10:45  Breakout Session

Navigating the Evolving Role of the CHRO

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Daniel Wilks

VP Employee Experience


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Katie Whitehouse

Senior People Director, EMEA


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Kath Ennis

Chief People Officer, Specialist Communications & PR


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Deborah McKenzie

Chief People Officer

NHS Blood and Transplant

From managing organisational culture while increasing efficiency, to cutting costs while driving growth, the scope of the CHRO role has never been more complex and diverse. However, these multifaceted challenges also present opportunities to innovate, collaborate and embrace the future.

Join this session to explore:

  • Keeping dispersed teams engaged, effective and connected to purpose
  • Leveraging AI and automation to reduce costs while increasing efficiency
  • Establishing a strategic synergy between the CIO and CHRO roles

10:00 - 10:45  Breakout Session

Beyond the Comfort Zone — Avon's Journey to Psychological Safety

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Michelle Parczuk

Chief People Officer


In today's dynamic workplace, creating an environment where individuals feel safe and can bring their whole selves to work is paramount not only to their well-being and engagement but also for organisational culture and overall business performance and innovation. Michelle Parczuk, Chief People Officer at Avon knows first-hand the importance of partnership between leaders and employees to achieve this.

Join Michelle as she shares her insights and experiences on:

  • Leveraging data-driven discussions to drive commitment to change
  • Understanding and communicating different levels of psychological safety within teams
  • Focusing on inclusive leadership with measurement and performance consequences

10:00 - 10:45  Executive Boardroom

Empowerment Through Change — Crafting Employee-Centric Strategies

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Stuart Cheesman


O.C. Tanner

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Kevin Brady

HR Director


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Tina Lewis

Director of People

National Trust

In today's ever-changing HR landscape, multi-generational workforces, evolving leadership attributes and constant technological advancements are leaving HR strategies lagging. Unlike business cycles and markets, the significance of the employee experience remains constant. A positive experience directly enhances culture, influences effective future-focused employee value propositions and impacts an organization's capacity to attract and retain talent in a competitive environment.

Join this boardroom to discuss:

  • Establishing a people-centric approach to change management rooted in understanding and backed by action
  • Equipping leaders with practical empathy skills to address workforce needs and mitigate fatigue and burnout
  • Embedding a robust culture that begins with onboarding and perseveres throughout the employee lifecycle

10:45 - 11:50  Networking Break

10:55 - 11:40  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.

11:50 - 12:35  Breakout Session

Advance and Adapt in the Face of Automation and Emerging Tech

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Matt Burney

Senior Strategic Advisor


In our highly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) world, coupled with a rapidly evolving technology landscape, not only are risks and uncertainties exploding, but opportunities and freedoms are almost limitless. To navigate this complexity effectively, CHROs must strike a balance between fostering adaptability within individuals and the business and cultivating an engaged and empowered workforce.

Join this session to hear insights on:

  • Managing large-scale technology change and assessing organisational readiness
  • Harnessing and supporting the diverse experience and backgrounds within a multi-generational workforce
  • Dissecting common AI and automation misconceptions within the skills landscape

11:50 - 12:35  Breakout Session

Unlocking the Power of Corporate Culture

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Bertie Tonks

Chief People Officer

Collinson Group

Cultures naturally emerge with or without intervention. As most organizations undergo some form of change or transformation, this presents an opportunity to cultivate something special that fosters a healthier, higher-performing, and enriching culture. The extensive research on this subject has already outlined what CHROs need to know, yet the delivery against change ambitions remains elusive. Bertie Tonks, Chief People Officer at Collinson Group, pushes forward a suggestion of core ingredients that will enhance your organisations ability to truly deliver.

Join Bertie as he discusses:

  • The current state of leadership and how CHRO’s can maximise their impact
  • The power of subcultures, systems thinking and agile approach to change
  • The transformation snakes and ladders, and how to beat the game

11:50 - 12:35  Executive Boardroom

Demystifying the HR Operating Model for Successful Business Transformation

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Aaron Alburey

Managing Director and Co-Founder

LACE Partners

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Valerie Dale

Group Chief People Officer

OCS Group

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Rob Willis



In the realm of ongoing business transformation, HR has to develop its operating model to enable workforce transformation, while also making life easier for employees and line managers and delivering amazing employee experiences. HR leaders are faced with the challenge of how to build the necessary functional capabilities and ways of working with the agility to respond to changing employee and business requirements.

Join this boardroom to discuss:

  • HR’s critical role in workforce transformation
  • HR operating model options and archetypes - how to shape the right model for your business
  • Capabilities and mindset required to achieve the change and make it stick

12:35 - 13:30  Lunch Service

13:30 - 14:15  Keynote

Putting Humans at the Heart of Work in the AI Era

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Derval Blehein

HR Leader for EMEA & LATAM


The world of work is undergoing a seismic shift with the acceleration of AI. Over recent years, the role of HR has moved beyond traditional boundaries as a partner function to being a driving force in setting the strategic direction and vital to achieving organisational success. As a result, the skills needed to thrive have transformed significantly and we now find ourselves at the beginning of a relationship-driven economy where human innovation will reign supreme. In this dynamic environment, CHROs are facing a future where outdated talent playbooks will no longer suffice.

Join this keynote to delve into:

  • Harnessing core people skills to excel and remain competitive
  • Developing AI literacy to foster engagement and retention
  • Evolving talent strategies to meet the fluid demands of the modern workforce

14:15 - 14:30  Break

14:30 - 15:15  Breakout Session

Thriving Through Disruption — Leveraging Behavioural Science for Resilient Leadership

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Sinead Keenan

Chief Innovation Officer and Head of EZRA Labs

Ezra Coaching

HR leaders and their employees face a number of challenges that exceed what they have faced in previous economic downturns. How can leading companies keep up performance and well-being through times of uncertainty? By harnessing behavioural science, CHROs will learn how to lead through disruption.

In this session you will learn:

  • What behavioural science teaches us about growth through disruption
  • How to use psychological capital to cultivate hope, efficacy, resilience and optimism
  • Actionable tips for what leaders can do to harness the power of disruption and avoid distraction

14:30 - 15:15  Executive Boardroom

Balancing Risk and Reward — Ethically Optimising HR Practices in the Age of AI

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Matthew Monette

Country Lead UK&I, Head of Expansion MENA & Israel


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Sanjay Dutt

SVP & Global Head - HR Centers of Excellence


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Jennie Barker

Chief People Officer


In recent years, technology and its transformative potential has rapidly become a cornerstone of HR practices, however this also introduces risks that are much less traditional to the function. With the introduction of the EU AI act, CHROs should prioritise implementing robust ethical frameworks and governance structures, so that their organisations can leverage this tech to enhance efficiencies, effectiveness and employee engagement.

Join this boardroom to discuss:

  • Understanding various AI concepts and the tangible benefits of integrating it into people processes
  • Aligning initiatives and practices with regulations whilst ensuring a human-centric approach
  • Fostering a culture of transparency, accountability and fairness in algorithmic decision-making processes

14:30 - 15:15  Executive Boardroom

HR Transformation — People Analytics and Empowered Managers

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Simon Fowler


Empowering People Group

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Chris Manning

Head of People Change & Transformation

Nuffield Health

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Jonathan Kohn

Group HR & Communications Director

Bibby Line

Creating strategic, business-driven HR teams is dependent on two key factors: digital transformation that streamlines processes and provides insightful people analytics; and empowering line managers to self-serve people matters with confidence and consistency. Despite this, CHROs face significant barriers to investment in initiatives that successfully deliver the future of HR and enhance the employee experience.

Join this boardroom to explore:

  • The revolutionary potential that tech-led HR transformation has on the business
  • How leveraging data-driven insights can identify root causes of performance issues, manage risk and inform strategic decisions
  • The connection between empowering managers and improving key business performance indicators, such as sickness absence rates, employee retention and engagement

15:15 - 15:45  Networking Break

15:45 - 16:30  Breakout Session

Removing Barriers To Enable High Performing People And Teams

 As HR leaders work to improve organizational culture, listening to employee feedback, collaborating with various stakeholders and gaining support from other c-suite leaders are critical to drive meaningful change.

Join this session to discuss with peers how to:

  • Segment pain points with culture and employee satisfaction
  • Build trust, shared responsibility and clear expectations among leaders
  • Listen to and act on employee feedback

15:45 - 16:30  Executive Boardroom

Leading Through the Knotty Moments

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Monika Khullar

VP HR Sectors & Decarbonisation


Leaders and CHROs are having to continuously pivot in line with business expectations and the ever changing external environment.  At times, this can lead to “knotty moments” with CHROs focusing on meeting the community where they are whilst mobilising leaders and their own HR teams.  There is a lot of focus on positive moments that matter, however the moments where passion, purpose and what is required are in conflict are often the ones that unlock the most valuable learning.

Join this boardroom to reflect on:

  • The “knotty moments” we experience in our roles as CHRO
  • How you have effectively worked through these instances
  • How you anchor and come back to purpose to drive delivery and have the courage and resilience to stay the course

16:30 - 16:45  Break

16:45 - 17:30  Keynote

Generative AI's Role in HR — A Year in Review

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Eser Rizaoglu

Senior Director Analyst


Just over a year ago, generative AI (GenAI) took HR by storm. Seventy-six percent of HR leaders had agreed that they would be lagging in organisational success if they did not adopt and implement GenAI in the next 12 to 24 months. Now, as the initial hype subsides, CHROs must evaluate the true implications of this technology.

Join Eser Rizaoglu, Senior Direct Analyst at Gartner, as he examines:

  • Changing attitudes towards GenAI in HR
  • Realities of GenAI use cases
  • Key considerations for advancing initiatives efficiently

17:30 - 18:00  Closing Comments and Prize Drawing

12 June 2024

13 June 2024

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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 020 7551 6000. Please mention UK CHRO Executive Summit to ensure the appropriate room rate.

Deadline to book using the discounted room rate of £432 GBP (plus tax) is 17 May 2024.

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