Delivering Productivity and Performance
9th May 2024 | BMA House, London | 9:00-17:00
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Exceptional culture is the foundation for accelerating organisational performance. During this 1-day Conference, Business Culture Award Winners & community members shared their exceptional work. Speakers were joined by 250+ HR and other business leaders for a day of learning, discussion and connection, to create and sustain a culture that drives success.

What to expect on the day

Keynote Speaker: 2022 HR Most Influential Thinker and 2x Author, Perry Timms

Session Outline: “HR 3.0 - An Operating Model for People, Culture, Learning and OD for dynamic delivery in the turbulent twenties"
Complexity, Intensity, Pace. Programmatic change is a thing of the past. In the flow of work, the calling is for a dynamic, adaptive and versatile approach to impactful work that balances value creation with sustainable and evolved systems of work. The need to operate with more paradoxical and emergent technologies presents the people profession with a huge opportunity. To move from the instrumentality of the human capital machinery to a humanistic, flourishing sense of participation and prosperity. We will look at examples of the future being cast now in enterprising organisations, the science-based view on what people need from their work, and you will see how you can bend the arc of the future towards you and orchestrate the shifts to an evolved good work proposition.

About the Speaker: Perry Timms has over 30 years of experience in business change and performance, with the last 20 being in HR/Organisation Design. He ranked Number 1 in HR's Most Influential Thinkers 2022 (his 5th inclusion in that list) and is now in the HR Most Influential Hall of Fame. Perry is a 4x Guest Professor, a 2x author and a 2x TEDx speaker. Perry founded People and Transformational HR 12 years ago and the venture is a Certified BCorporation, a WorldBlu Certified Freedom-Centred organisation, a Gold Standard 4-day Working Week, a 2023 Top 50 EMEA Inspiring Workplaces, Top 5 Most Flexible Workplace on the Flexa Index, a Living Wage employer and a Climate Positive enterprise. Perry is a Chartered Member of the CIPD and a Fellow of the RSA.

Conference Topics

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

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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

Conference Sessions

  • "Thank you for the amazing event. Was really impressed by the array of speakers and I came away with lots of notes and thoughts.

    Talent & Leadership Consultant, Williams Racing

  • "I thoroughly enjoyed the discussions - it was great to listen to likeminded people, and talk about real life examples and challenges.

    People Services Director, CAE Technology Services

  • "The conference was brilliant and we got so much out of it - so much insightful content. We’ll definitely be keen to be involved again.

    Head of People, PACE

  • "We all really enjoyed the day and the conference speakers were fantastic. I certainly took some ideas away with me.

    Director of Business Development and Innovation, Be Caring

  • "What a brilliant day packed with value for anyone in a strategic culture-focused role. I had lots of brilliant feedback from the team about the day and how well-run it was.

    Marketing and Bids Director, Gattaca Solutions

Key Details

Date - Thursday 9th May

Venue - BMA House, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9JP

How to get here - BMA House is a 5 minute-walk from Euston (Mainline, Northern and Victoria Lines), a 7 minute-walk from Russell Square Station (Piccadilly Line) and a 10 minute-walk from Kings Cross St Pancras Station (Mainline, Circle, Piccadilly, Hammersmith & City, Northern, Metropolitan and Victoria lines). The walk from Kings Cross Station is BMA House’s Clean Air Walking Route with 57% less air pollution than Euston Road.

Accessibility: BMA House is fully accessible and all the spaces for this event are on the ground floor or first floor. There is lift access available from the ground floor to the first floor. Any guests who may require accessibility - please email

For almost 100 years, BMA House has sat in the heart of London. Designed by Edwin Lutyens – arguably the greatest British architect of the twentieth century – and opened by King George V, this remarkable, Grade II listed building makes today’s special events all the more spectacular.

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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  • Free Conference tickets for Senior In-House / Corporate HR Practitioners  (Director-level, SVP/VP-level or Heads of) working in HR, Culture, Employee Experience, DEI, Talent, Learning, or similar discipline
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Your workplace culture will never be a fait accompli. It is constantly evolving, and it is particular to your organisation. Business Culture Award entries capture those steps taken on your ongoing culture journey. You need to have achieved a measurable impact, but it’s the end of the chapter, not of the book.

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