HUG on Tour Is Hitting London!

October 4th | 9:00 am | King's place | 🇬🇧

A day of unforgettable HR insight, networking, and food and drink in the heart of London.

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October 4 | 11 am CEST | 10 am BST

HUG on Tour at a Glance

Agents of Change:

HR professionals from all levels, industries and company sizes. We’ll have leaders, thinkers, and everyone shaping HR’s exciting future.

Groundbreaking Insights:

Content from HR rockstars, interactive sessions, and numerous opportunities to network.

Wide-Ranging Insights:

5 cities, 15+ speakers, 300 attendees, 10+ sessions, and a special price of only £99.00.

Connect & Create:

Out-of-the box networking opportunities with a range of activities designed to inspire your creativity and help you forge deeper community connections.

Speakers and host

West Ham FC, Syco, Arcadia

Karren Brady CBE

Vice-Chairman, Non-Exec Board Director

Karren Brady CBE

Vice-Chairman, Non-Exec Board Director West Ham FC, Syco, Arcadia

Baroness Brady of Knightsbridge CBE, is the Vice-Chairman of West Ham FC, the Senior Non-Executive Director of the Syco and Arcadia Boards and the Small Business Ambassador for the Conservative Party. She ran the business side of Birmingham City FC for 16 years and now keeps watch on Apprentice candidates. Karren’s mantra can be summed up in five tips: work hard (be persistent); network (spread your message); move on (failure is history); don’t get side-tracked: and always do your sums. In her talks she gives a compelling account of her unstoppable success.

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Katrina Collier Limited

Katrina Collier

Author, Facilitator & Speaker

Katrina Collier

Author, Facilitator & Speaker Katrina Collier Limited
Because just imagine what could be achieved if HR & Talent worked closely together! 🤩 And the opportunity to run people through an interactive workshop to see this is simply too exciting. Thank you!

Katrina Collier works with companies to improve recruitment and candidate experience. She facilitates workshops that uncover technology and process issues that prevent successful talent acquisition. She is also the Author of The Robot-Proof Recruiter, a mentor, leader of The Collective, a global keynote speaker, and co-host of Hear The People.

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People and Transformational HR Ltd

Perry Timms

Chief Energy Officer

Perry Timms

Chief Energy Officer People and Transformational HR Ltd
"H.U.G events step into progressive AND practical areas of People, Work and Digital Technologies. What people professionals need, H.U.G provides."

Perry Timms MCIPD & FRSA is Founder & Chief Energy Officer of PTHR. He has been 4x voted onto the HR Most Influential Thinker’s List (3x Top 10, and No 2 overall in 2021). He has authored 2 books, Transformational HR (1st & 2nd Editions) & The Energized Workplace. He is a 2x TEDx Speaker, 4x Adjunct Professor/Visiting Fellow and a LinkedIn Learning Instructor.

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Acaria Coaching & Consulting Ltd

Annette Andrews

Coach, HR Consultant and former CPO

Annette Andrews

Coach, HR Consultant and former CPO Acaria Coaching & Consulting Ltd

Annette is a leading people and culture executive with over 30 years of experience with companies including Lloyd’s of London, Lloyds Banking Group and Ford Motor Company. A coach, mediator and experienced senior human resources professional , she considers how organisations and leaders need to adapt to new expectations from employees and the fundamental changes in leadership style and culture this brings. She sees people as being the heart of the business, ensuring they are listened to and discussed.​

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Personio

Hanno Renner

CEO & Co-founder

Hanno Renner

CEO & Co-founder Personio

Hanno Renner is co-founder and CEO of Personio, the all-in-one HR software for SMEs. After his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering, Hanno did his master’s in Munich, Auckland and New York. Since 2015, he and his team have been helping small and medium-sized businesses across Europe unlock their productive potential by digitizing and automating HR processes.

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Warner Bros. Discovery

Asif Sadiq MBE

Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

Asif Sadiq MBE

Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer Warner Bros. Discovery
"I'm excited to be a speaker at HUG because it's a great opportunity to learn and understand the future of HR and the transformation needed in the space!"

Asif is the Senior Vice President at WarnerMedia for Equity and Inclusion, International, he was previously the Global Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Social Impact at adidas and has a long and rich career in the diversity and inclusion space with senior executive roles at The Telegraph Media Group, EY Financial Services and the City of London Police. He is a board member for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and a member of the board of advisors for Hedley May. Over his 20-year career he has worked in Europe, North America, Middle East, Africa and Asia.  

Asif has been credited with impactful global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion activities and programs across organizations, that have created a strong sense of belonging for all and resulted in truly diverse workplaces. He has been key in building synergies between internal and external D&I efforts within organizations, ensuring diversity and inclusion is embedded in all elements of a business, resulting in innovative, creative and inclusive products and services. 

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Volvo Group Trucks Technology

Hamira Riaz

VP Strategic Leadership

Hamira Riaz

VP Strategic Leadership Volvo Group Trucks Technology
Always delighted to share big new ideas!

Hamira Riaz is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist & Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. With two doctorates and specialism in neuropsychology, her 30yr career includes neuroscience service provision within the NHS and MoD and strategy consultancy at YSC Ltd. She joined Volvo Group as VP Strategic Leadership in 2020. She’s a regular media commentator on a wide range of subjects from existential anxiety and resilience to the psychology of public figures and leadership.

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Vinted

Daniel Illes

VP People

Daniel Illes

VP People Vinted
"I really enjoyed last HUG and I feel I have something more unique to speak about this time around."

Daniel is VP People at Vinted, the largest second hand platform in Europe. Before Vinted, Daniel was Co-Founder and Chief People Officer at Drover, a car subscription startup in London which exited to Cazoo last year. In a previous life, Daniel worked as a corporate lawyer and later as an early employee at the ridesharing company Lyft.

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Jeffrey Wotherspoon Ltd

Jeffrey Wotherspoon

Executive & Leadership Coach, Trainer & Conflict Resolution Specialist

Jeffrey Wotherspoon

Executive & Leadership Coach, Trainer & Conflict Resolution Specialist Jeffrey Wotherspoon Ltd
"I'm excited to contribute positively to the mindset and culture shifts of organisations, as well as meet like-minded people and have powerful conversations!"

Jeffrey is an Executive & Leadership Coach, International Trainer, and Conflict Resolution Specialist, with expertise in the field of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

He works across sectors with a full range of professional roles from C-Suite to those early on in their careers. Jeffrey also uses his time to coach those who would not ordinarily have access to coaching e.g., young men in prison and underrepresented young women.

In addition, Jeffrey is active in a range of pro bono roles, sitting on the Advisory Board for ‘Culture at Work’- a leading global Coaching company that offers Coach Training to Senior Executives worldwide; and as a Trustee for two charities ‘Peer Power’ and Jubilee ‘Primary School’.

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The Children's Society

Michelle Clark

Executive Director of Diversity & Talent

Michelle Clark

Executive Director of Diversity & Talent The Children's Society
Excited to hear from sector peers and to learn and be able to share knowledge and experience.

Joining in April 2020, Michelle made a leap in sector’s moving from the Rail industry to Charity and commenced her role as the Executive Director for Diversity & Talent at The Children’s Society (TCS). Leading all things people (and people means employees and volunteers at TCS) Michelle brings a different energy to her work, positively disrupting the system of HR and creating a human centred, people experience focused approach.

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Minor Figures

Fran Newman

Chief People Officer

Fran Newman

Chief People Officer Minor Figures
I'm excited about meeting some new people and being inspired by what's going on in the People function in other companies!

Fran’s 17 year career in People/HR has spanned corporate giants to high growth scale ups. Now Chief People Officer at Minor Figures, Fran takes a creative approach to building the best possible people experiences that attract and retain the right people. She’s passionate about businesses doing good in the world and making the People function strategic rather than tactical – for her it’s at the heart of how businesses grow and thrive sustainably.

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ABOUT YOU

Annika in der Beek

Director People & Organization

Annika in der Beek

Director People & Organization ABOUT YOU
"I look forward to exchanging ideas with colleagues on various common challenges in the People Function in young and fast-growing companies."

Annika in der Beek is Director HR & Organizational Development at the Hamburg-based e-commerce platform About You and is responsible for HR, recruiting and organizational development projects, from HR processes to leadership development. After her Master’s degree in psychology and international business, she first worked as a strategy consultant with focus on mergers, acquisitions and corporate development and then changed her consulting focus to HR on organizational design and HR technologies.

 

 

 

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Melissa Re Wellness

Melissa Re

Public Speaker

Melissa Re

Public Speaker Melissa Re Wellness
I have thoroughly enjoyed speaking at previous HUG events online, and I am delighted that HUG is now going on tour to reach more people in person with such innovative and engaging content!

Melissa Re is a former model and aerial performer turned public speaker, lecuring internationally on mental health awareness and emotional wellbeing. She is also a certified stress management specialist and clinical hypnotherapist with a BA in psychology and a lifelong interest in the study of the unconscious mind. Melissa’s passion for psychology is inspiring, and she is known for her fun and engaging workshops that combine her unique areas of interest to address wellbeing an original and holistic way. In addition, Melissa is currently studying for an MA in Ecology & Spirituality.

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Personio

Marta Galofré

Program Manager

Marta Galofré

Program Manager Personio
I'm super excited to be taking part of HUG on Tour and contribute to our event!

Marta comes from Spain, Barcelona and she started at Personio in November last year as its first Program Manager. Prior to that, she spent 4 years in beautiful Australia working at Atlassian. She loves dark chocolate and the ocean.

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Personio

Joanne O' Brien

Associate Implementation Manager

Joanne O' Brien

Associate Implementation Manager Personio
I'm looking forward to representing Personio and meeting some of our customers and training them on all the important aspects of employees roles and access rights so they can feel confident in this area when implementing Personio in their company.

I’ve been working in Personio for one year helping medium sized companies in our international market implement Personio into their HR processes. To date I have worked with customers in a range of different markets from Greece, Finland, UK, Netherlands, Italy and Sweden successfully implement our HR solution into their companies.

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Founders Keepers

Sim Lamb

Partner

Sim Lamb

Partner Founders Keepers
I am delighted to moderate such a wonderful panel of speakers at HUG London. Being a cheerleader for game-changing European People leaders and their incredible work and impact is at the heart of what I love to do!

Sim believes people create value, not businesses. She runs the People Practise at Founders Keepers helping ambitious, innovative, growth businesses find inspirational executive people leaders that fuel and enable their missions. She is equally passionate about the power of networks and in addition to helping businesses hire Chief People Officers she co-leads Mentor for Growth, a cross- company, cross-function mentorship programme and the FK CPO Forum – an intimate and curated global community for progressive and strategic people leaders.

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Resi

Dharmisha Vekaria

People Experience Partner

Dharmisha Vekaria

People Experience Partner Resi

Originally an Interior Architect took the leap into HR. I love being dynamic and having a different day each day. Speaking to new people and helping them.

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PhilippKristian

Philipp Kristian

Human Futurist, Author of RESET and The Trust Economy

Philipp Kristian

Human Futurist, Author of RESET and The Trust Economy PhilippKristian
I love inspiring the human in transformation, and that's what the future of HR is all about!

Philipp Kristian is a TEDx speaker, human futurist, moderator and executive educator, big on trusting the human in transformation.

A defining force in his career is driving large-scale innovation and transformation programmes for blue-chips across JAPAC, and tinkering with the Founder / CEOs of digital disruptors on building the future. His two books, The Trust Economy and RESET, bring a human approach to digital trust and our post-pandemic future. He’s also a yogi, matcha maven and meditation practitioner.

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Index Ventures

Sandra Schwarzer

VP Talent

Sandra Schwarzer

VP Talent Index Ventures
I am hugely passionate about the ever changing people agenda - and having been on all sides of the table on the people agenda, I want to share my experience and learn from others.

Sandra is a global talent executive who focuses on the complex relationship between recruitment, culture and organizational strategy. She serves as a collaborator and thought partner to Index Venture’s founders during the growth and scale-up phases, advising on all talent-related matters and connecting them to the best C-Suite and Board talent in Europe.

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Personio

Holly Smith

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Specialist

Holly Smith

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Specialist Personio

At Personio, our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) vision is to embrace uniqueness, where we educate around individual needs and create a safe space where everyone can belong. We believe this is everyone’s responsibility but our Employee Resource Group (ERG) dedicate time each month to help ensure this remains a priority for us. Holly uses her passion and previous experience to empower, scale and develop our ERGs and ultimately help them to achieve their goals. Previously she has worked at Top FinTech startup, ComplyAdvantage and global footwear retailer, Dr. Martens. Holly uses a data-driven approach to partner with global leaders of fast-growing organisations to help highlight what matters most to their people at work and create and execute on global DEI strategies to elevate inclusive environments.

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Personio

Maximilian Specht

Senior Content Marketing Manager

Maximilian Specht

Senior Content Marketing Manager Personio
HUG on Tour is an incredible platform for talking about the future of HR, and the future of work, more broadly. It's such an experience, and I am honoured to be part of these forward-thinking and defining conversations!

Maximilian Specht is a Content Marketing Manager at Personio. As an expert copywriter and content creator, Max’s work is focused on writing surrounding HR issues, topics, and topics that educate and engage audiences.

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Agenda Overview

Calming Crises & HR’s Positive Impact
Our planned agenda is designed to reflect the changing world of HR, and every HR professionals role in that change – here’s what you can expect at our HUG on Tour stop in London:

9:00 AM
Entry & Breakfast

Start the day with a delicious breakfast and connect with your HUG community.

10:00 AM
Welcome & Personio Keynote

Kicking things off by unveiling the latest insights from Personio.

11:30 AM
Opening Keynote: Karren Brady CBE

Karren’s mantra can be summed up in five tips: work hard (be persistent); network (spread your message); move on (failure is history); don’t get side-tracked: and always do your sums. She will join us to give a compelling account of her unstoppable success and how you can incorporate her mantra in your day to day work.

12:00 PM
Panel: Examining the Critical role of HR in the Crisis Management Cycle

Sim Lamb, Partner at Founders Keepers will be joined by a group of senior HR leaders to dive into the difficult questions of how to balance a never-ending list of priorities, ensure that people metrics are top of mind in C-Level conversations, and how to secure trust and gain investment in the people team in a time of rapid change.

12:45 PM
Lunch & Networking

A chance to network with your fellow HR colleagues while enjoying some delicious bites.

1:15 PM
Speed Networking

Time to connect with your HUG community.

2:00 PM
Expert Talk: Next Generational Leadership

Hamira Riaz, VP of Strategic Leadership at Volvo GTT will cover why traditional leadership models need re-evaluation post-pandemic, what skills future leaders need to effectively navigate a world of uncertainty and how to create resilient workplaces in the new normal.

2:30 PM
DE&I Fireside Chat

Our internal DEI expert Holly Smith will be joined by some of the brightest minds in the DEI and space including Asif Sadiq, Chief DE&I Officer at Warner Bros. Discovery.

3:00 PM
Panel: How to Prove the Value of Wellbeing

Dan Illes and Elizabeth Cowper will discuss how to prove the value of Wellbeing.

2:00-3:30 PM
Interactive Workshops

Take your pick and choose a session from our varied program of interactive sessions tailored to your interests and the UK’s latest HR topics.

4:00 PM
Podcast Recording

Perry Timms, will be hosting a live podcast recording on stage, joined by a special guest. Stay tuned!

4:45 PM
Expert Talk: Is it Working? From Loose Ends to a Human Future of Work

Philipp will join us to discuss the future of HR and how you can reimagine your people work from rethinking the future of the office through to how technology can be activated to serve your people.

5:30 PM
Closing Keynote: Annette Andrews

Former CPO of Lloyd’s of London, Annette sees people as being the heart of the business, ensuring they are listened to and discussed. She will join us to help consider how organisations need to adapt to new expectations from employees and the fundamental changes in culture this brings.

6:30 PM
Cocktails & Networking

To round things out, we’ll enjoy some time together over drinks, snacks, and networking with your fellow HR professionals. The evening is just getting started and it will include a few surprises…

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