Business Culture Club
Announcement of Finalists, plus Award-Winning Case Studies
9 September, 2019, 2.30-5.30pm | IBM, 76/78 Upper Ground, Lambeth, London SE1 9PZ

Finalist Announcement & Speakers

We’ll be announcing the Finalists of this year’s Business Culture Awards live at this event. Come and learn which initiatives have had the biggest impact on business culture and performance this year.

The Overall Business Culture Award Winners from the last 2 years, XPO Logistics and gunnercooke, will also be sharing their transformation journeys at this event, alongside insight from our Lead Partner, KellyOCG. We’ll finish with networking drinks on IBM’s exclusive balcony area, enjoying stunning views of the Thames:

Fran Williams

Head of Human Resources UK XPO Logistics

During a period of complex change and transformation within the organisation, driven by a large-scale acquisition, Fran has been a key player in ensuring XPO’s people are aligned with business strategy. With 23,000 UK employees across 240 locations, the challenge has been to involve colleagues, existing and new, in shaping their future. Learn how “Our Difference” was created through business-wide input and how the underpinning activities have generated a shared sense of purpose and high engagement across the newly-formed company.

XPO Logistics are Overall Winners, Business Culture Awards 2018.

Darryl Cooke

Co-Founder, gunnercooke

Darryl, along with Sarah Goulbourne, sought to establish a law firm founded on a different model from that seen elsewhere in the legal sector. By putting customer and culture at its heart, gunnercooke has created a flexible, innovative and technology-enabled culture delivering strong revenue growth, satisfied clients and a rapidly expanding workforce. They are proving that when employees are happy, healthy and in control of their work, they offer exceptional service.

gunnercooke are Current Overall Business Culture Award Winners.

Sam Smith

VP & Global Practice Lead, Life Sciences & Healthcare, KellyOCG

Sam is a champion for new talent and a passionate speaker on engagement, inclusivity and the future of work. As a global talent organisation, KellyOCG are encouraging us all to ditch the script on talent, starting with a strong cultural DNA as a foundation for innovation. Sam will be sharing insights into how to stand out from the crowd and create purpose, innovation and cohesion, with values that are clearly defined at every level of the business.

KellyOCG are Lead Partners of the Business Culture Awards.


14:00-14:30 Arrival & Networking
14:30-14:40 Welcome by Simon Clements, Talent & Transformation Lead, IBM & Tim Pointer, Chair of Judges, Business Culture Awards
14:40-15:10 Fran Williams, XPO Logistics, “Shaping a New Future through Engagement in Our Brand, Purpose & Values”
15:10-15:40 Darryl Cooke, gunnercooke, “Disrupting the Legal Sector through a Culture of Innovation”
15:40-16:00 Coffee break & Networking
16:00-16:30 Sam Smith, KellyOCG, “Ditching the Script to Embrace the Future of Work”
16:30-17:00 Announcement of Business Culture Award Finalists
17:00-17:30 Wrap-Up & Networking Drinks overlooking the Thames

Register to Attend

This Event is for practitioners and current or 2019/20 Partners of the Business Culture Awards & Events. Other solutions providers may attend if they have submitted an Award Entry in 2019.

Check out our other Events & Speakers: 2019, 2018