Connection, Direction, Action: Transforming Winning Cultures

15th November, 09.00-16.00
DeVere Grand Connaught Rooms, London

Followed by the 8th Annual Awards Dinner & Winners' Announcement 18.45 - 01.00 GMT


"Connection, Direction, Action: Transforming Winning Cultures"
November, DeVere Grand Connaught Rooms, London

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The conference was followed by an evening celebration of the best company culture initiatives from UK and multi-national organisations.

Keynote Speaker: Award-Winning Leadership & Management Expert, Wayne Clarke

Session Title & Outline: “Culture Custodians: the critical impact of Managers on shaping your positive, productive culture"
Culture is the sum total of everyday behaviours and actions and managers are tasked with embodying the values you need to see embedded across your teams and organisation. When the daily demands of their roles are more challenging than ever, how can we ensure these lynchpins of our collective success act as positive cultural enablers of trust, empowerment, consistency and mentorship?

About the Speaker: Wayne is the founding partner of the Global Growth Institute, with offices located in the UK, Netherlands, Turkey, Bahrain and Mongolia. With over 20 years’ experience of improving the performance of organisations through enhanced people engagement, he has been recognised 5 times by HR Magazine as one of the ‘Most Influential Thinkers in HR’ globally and works with organisations including the UN, FA and the BBC. The GGI have developed over 30,000 managers in over 30 countries us and Wayne has personally advised over 700 CEOs and leadership teams globally. His first book "World Class Managers" launches in March.

Session Speakers

Conference Themes

Join other business leaders to share in ground-breaking insights from today's major business trends:

1. Transformation - Equipping leaders and teams to transform culture at speed and/or at scale
2. Values & Behaviours - Disruptive and immersive techniques for sustainable behaviour change to create a cultural shift
3. Working Environments & Practices - Reimagining employee experience and reengaging people in today's workplace
4. Leadership - Embracing new approaches to a support positive, productive culture
5. Wellbeing - Rethinking our strategies post-pandemic
6. Talent - Bold and innovative approaches to attract and empower exceptional people and teams
7. Leading With Purpose - Defining and embedding purpose to engage teams and support business strategy
8. Diversity, Equity & Inclusion - Building diversity and promoting inclusion organisation-wide
9. Employee Listening - Evolving approaches to listening and acting on data insight
10. The Future of Work - Maximising uniquely human skills for success in a digital world

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Conference Programme

Breakfast & Registration

Welcome, Cath Longfield, Co-Founder, Business Culture Awards

Case study: "Transforming How Current and Future Talent Connect with our Brand"
Speaker: Helen Kelley, Internal Communications & Engagement Director, Inmarsat (Winner Employer Brand)
Session Themes: Talent Attraction & Retention, Employer Brand, EVP

Keynote Session "Why should Anyone Work Here? How to create a culture people want to belong to”
Speaker: Gareth Jones, Author (Harvard Business Review); Professor, London Business School; Visiting Professor, IE Business School, Madrid; Fellow, Centre for Management Development

Case study: "Creating a Culture of Innovation to Engage Front-Line Teams"
Speaker: Elvin Eldic, Global Director, People & Performance Innovation, Travelex (Winner Innovation)
Session Themes: Innovation, Engagement

Coffee & Networking

Overall Winner 2020 Case study: "Our journey from worst to best-performing NHS Trusts with Go Engage"
Speakers: Patti Turfrey, Senior Organisational Psychologist & Helen Roberts, Business Development & Marketing Manager, Wrightington, Wigan & Leigh NHS Foundation Trust (Overall Winner, Business Culture Awards)
Session Themes: Engagement, Technology & Analytics

Case study [Transformation Stream]: "How Xellia transformed its business culture into a competitive advantage"
Speaker: Bjørn Thonvold, Corporate Vice President People & Organization, Xellia Pharmaceuticals (Winner International)
Session Themes: Transformation, Purpose, Values, Behaviour Change

Case study [Transformation Stream]: "Behavioural Experiments"
Speaker: Catherine Dineley, Head of Group Culture, Lloyds Banking Group (Winner Transformation)
Session Themes: Transformation, Behaviour Change, Customer-centricity

Panel Discussion: "How to Create Diverse Workplaces & Inclusive Cultures"
Philip Wilson, Chief Psychologist & Chief Assessor, Civil Service Fast Stream (Winner D&I)
Tali Shlomo, Head of Inclusion and Wellbeing, Shearman & Sterling LLP
James Haq-Myles, Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Travelex (Winner Innovation)
Session Chair: Fiona Young, Content Director and Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Hive Learning
Session Themes: Diversity & Inclusion, Behaviours, Talent


Case study: "A Cultural Shift to Everyday Learning & Collaboration"
Speaker: John Shurmer, Head of Digital Learning, Barclays (Winner Learning)
Session Themes: Learning, Behaviour Change, Transformation

Interview [Transformation Stream]: "Creating the case for change when sh*t isn't hitting the fan"
Speakers: Lucinda Pullinger, Global Head of HR, The Instant Group & Kirsty Osborne, Director, businessfourzero (Highly Commended)
Session Themes: Transformation, Agility

Interview [Engagement Stream]: "How RB built a Connected Centre of Excellence"
Speakers: Bruce Charlesworth, Chief Medical Officer - Relief, Hygiene and Wellness, Reckitt Benckiser & Jenny Perkins, Head of Engagement, Cirrus (Winner Business Culture Team)
Session Themes: Participative Change, Talent Attraction & Retention, Engagement

Workshop break-out [Talent Stream]: “How do you engage the People you Need to Move Your Business Forward?” facilitated by Sam Smith, Vice President, Global Solutions, KellyOCG
Session Themes: Talent, Engagement, Innovation

Coffee & Networking

Workshop break-out [Transformation Stream]: “How to elevate the role of HR” Kirsty Osborne, Director, businessfourzero
Session Themes: Transformation, Leadership, Leading Change

Panel Discussion [Engagement Stream]: "Aligning the Organisation to Deliver Customer Excellence"
Steven Cochran, UK Culture Lead, Allied Irish Bank (Highly Commended)
Liz Pannaman, Organisational Development Specialist, Transport for London (Previous Winner)
Paul O'Nions, Head of Business Operations & Support, Sanofi UK (Highly Commended)
Chloe Marsh, Head of Communications, RHP (Previous Winner)
Session Themes: Behaviours, Customer-centricity, Engagement

Panel Discussion [Innovation Stream]: "Creating a Culture of Innovation to Disrupt a Sector"
Darryl Cooke, Executive Chairman, gunercooke llp, Law. Author of "To Innovate or Not to Innovate? A Blueprint for the Law Firm of the Future" (Business Culture Awards Overall Winner)
Natalie Wharton, Founder & Managing Director, Wharton Business Consulting, Management Consultancy (Winner Leadership)
Alastair Barlow, Founder & Chief Dreamer, flinder (Accounting, Consulting & Data Analytics)
Session Themes: Innovation, Leading Change, Leaderdship

Panel Discussion [Talent Stream]: “Engaging & Progressing Emerging Talent”
Lena Tailor, Europe Head of People, innocent drinks (Judge & Previous Winner)
Katherine Sale, Director of Operations, Croud (Highly Commended)
Laura Sutherland, HR Business Partner, Volkswagen Group
Session Themes: Talent, Learning, Leadership

Panel Discussion [Engagement Stream]: "Driving Purpose & Engagement through CSR"
Ali Stripling, Senior Manager, Community and Inclusion ARM (Previous Winner)
Roxy Erickson, Director, Sunbeam Studios (Winner CSR)
Session Themes: Purpose & Meaning, Engagement, Ethics

Wrap Up – Tim Pointer, Chair of Judges, Business Culture Awards

“Behind the Scenes” Tour of Lord’s Cricket Ground

Drinks & Networking at Lord’s Tavern

Conference Chair: Jo Moffatt, Engage for Success

Proud to Partner with Engage for Success
Borne out of the imperative to drive high-performing teams and organisations and identifying employee engagement as a critical factor for success, Engage for Success's purpose over the last 10+ years has been to build a movement that inspires people and workplaces to thrive.

About the Speaker: Jo has been closely involved with the Engage for Success movement as a volunteer since launch, with a personal vision ‘To make workplaces better places to be’. She is a member of the Advisory Board and co-hosts the highly successful weekly Engage for Success radio show. Jo’s ‘day job’ is MD of Woodreed, a specialist ad agency who use the tools, techniques, creativity and insight of the advertising world to engage employees inside organisations.

Conference Sessions

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"Businesses forget about culture and ultimately they suffer for it because you can’t have good service from unhappy employees.

Keynote Speaker: Wayne Clarke

Session Title & Outline: “5 Workplace Trends - and How Great Cultures Will Adapt to Them"
Three years into hybrid working, the changes impacting work keep on coming - from greater flexibility to the latest AI tool. Thinking of how we adapt to this change will help us shape winning workplace cultures for the future, Bruce Daisley gives a survival guide.

About the Speaker: Bruce Daisley is a best selling author and technology leader from the UK. He has become regarded as one the most respected thought leaders on the subject of workplace culture and the future of work. His prior business career saw him spend 12 years running Twitter in Europe and previously YouTube in the UK. He left Twitter as its most senior leader outside of the US.

In 2022 his second book, Fortitude, became a smash top 5 bestseller in the Sunday Times charts, following the remarkable success of his debut title, The Joy of Work, also a Sunday Times No. 1 business bestseller.

Key Details

Date - Wednesday 15th November, 2023

Conference - 09:00 - 16:00, showcasing more than 15 unmissable Case Study presentations & discussions featuring senior practitioners.

Plus, opt to attend the evening Awards Dinner - 18:45 - 01:00, celebrating the forward-thinking organisations who are judged the 2023 Winners. (More details available shortly).

Venue - Cornwall & Crown Suites (Day Conference) & Grand Hall & Balmoral Suites (Evening Awards Dinner), DeVere Grand Connaught Rooms, 61-65 Great Queen St, London WC2B 5DA.

How to get there - DeVere Grand Connaught Rooms is 5 minutes from Covent Garden (Piccadilly Line) and Holborn (Central & Piccadilly Lines) tube stations. a 30 minute walk or short taxi ride from Kings Cross, St Pancras & Euston train stations

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Conference Agenda

8:45-9:00 Registration

9:00 - 9:15 xxx Tim Pointer, Chair of Judges

9:15 - 9:45 Keynote from current Overall Winner, xxx, Dr Carly Telford, Senior Organisational Psychologist & Helen Roberts, Business Development & Marketing Manager (Go Engage), Wrightington Wigan & Leigh NHS Foundation Trust (Overall Winner, Winner Technology & Analytics and Winner Public/Not-For-Profit 2020) Engagement, Technology

9:45-10:45 xxx, Elvin Eldic, Global Director, People & Performance Innovation (Winner Innovation) Engagement, Innovation

10:45-11:15 xxx, Helen Constantine, Talent Delivery Manager & Anthony Walker, Director, Sainsbury's + t-three (Winner Next Generation 2020) Next Generation

11:15-11:35 Coffee & Networking

11:35-12:05 xxx, Catherine Dineley, Head of Group Culture, Lloyds Banking Group - Group Culture (Winner Transformation 2020) Transformation

12:05-12:35 xxx, Eugenio Pirri, Dorchester Collection (Joint Winner Leadership 2020) Leadership, Purpose & Values

12:35-1:30 Lunch
1:30-2:00 Break out session 1 - XXX, Sheridan Orr, Chief Marketing Officer, CultureIQ TBC

2:00-2:30 xxx, Helen Kelley, Internal Communications & Engagement Director, Inmarsat (Winner Employer Brand & Values 2020) Purpose & Values

2:30-3:00 xxx, Linda Mountford, Northern Europe Commercial HR Director, John West Foods (Winner Learning 2019) Learning

3:00-3:30 xxx, Bjørn Thonvold, VP Human Resources, Xellia Pharmaceuticals (Winner International) Transformation

3:30-4:00 xxx, Sarah Elsy, Content Curation & Campaign Lead & Fiona Young, Content Director and Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Barclays + Hive Learning (Winner Learning 2020) Learning, Technology

4:00-4:30 xxx, Alexandra Pierce & Theo Keane, Domestic & General + businessfourzero (Highly Commended Team 2020)

4:30-6:00 Networking Drinks

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Conference Tickets - Senior Practitioners


  • Free Conference tickets for Senior Practitioners (Director or SVP/VP-level or Heads of) working in HR, Culture, Employee Experience, DEI, Talent, Learning, or similar discipline
  • Not relevant to solutions providers/vendors
  • Case study presentations
  • Panel discussions
  • Interviews
  • Facilitated workshops
  • Lunch & refreshments throughout the day
  • Networking drinks
  • Free ticket registrations subject to approval
  • NB. Conference ticket does not include entry to Awards Dinner - must be booked separately.


Conference Tickets - All Other Practitioners

£149+VAT pp

Early Bird 50% discount until 31st August (with Promotion Code 'EARLYB')

  • Conference tickets for all other Practitioners (Managers, HRBPs and equivalent) working in HR, Culture, Employee Experience, DEI, Talent, Learning, or similar discipline
  • Not relevant to solutions providers/vendors
  • Case study presentations
  • Panel discussions
  • Interviews
  • Facilitated workshops
  • Lunch & refreshments throughout the day
  • Post-conference networking drinks
  • Ticket registrations subject to approval
  • NB. Conference ticket does not include entry to Awards Dinner - must be booked separately.


Supplier Conference Tickets


  • Limited tickets for all suppliers, solutions providers & vendors
  • Networking & commercial opportunities
  • Case study presentations
  • Panel discussions
  • Interviews
  • Facilitated workshops
  • Lunch & refreshments throughout the day
  • Post-conference networking drinks
  • Ticket registrations subject to approval
  • NB. Conference ticket does not include entry to Awards Dinner - must be booked separately.


Awards Dinner Tickets - Booked separately from Conference

£350 Individual
£225 Individual Non-Profit
£3,400 Standard Table of 10
£3,895 Premium Table of 10
(Prices exclude VAT, applicable for UK bookings)

  • Individual or group tickets, or whole tables, for the Awards Dinner
  • Sparkling wine or fresh juice drinks reception
  • Exquisite three course dinner
  • Drinks at the table - half bottle of wine, or 2 soft drinks, or 2 bottles of beer per person
  • Evening entertainment and networking
  • Quieter networking and prayer spaces available
  • Live band and disco until 1am
  • Your trophy/ies, should you be a Winner

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