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22nd Pre-Employment Vetting & Screening Conference

Danubius Hotel Regents Park , 18 Lodge Road, St. John's Wood, London NW8 7JT

For two decades BFI has been running the UK's only dedicated pre-employment vetting and screening conference that offers crucial case studies, policy and legal updates as well as excellent networking opportunities. A vital annual update for employers, this conference will provide delegates with the very latest strategies, tools and techniques.

Key issues and concerns for employers:

  • Can your recruitment team vet candidates successfully?
  • Are you up-to-date with employment law? 
  • Can you carry out ongoing checks on employees?
  • What are your legal obligations to clients?
  • Are all candidates vetted to the same level?
  • Can your team recognise fraudulent documents?

The need for an effective employee vetting and screening policy and process for UK organisations has never been more vital. By ensuring your policy is watertight you can help avoid expensive mistakes. Weaknesses in your employee vetting procedure can leave your organisation open to bad hires, as well as an extensive risk of fraud, theft and data breaches. Also, a failure to vet within the legal limits set out in discrimination and data protection legislation can also lead to costly litigation and reputational damage.

Hear from:

  • CIFAS- The leaders in fraud prevention open the event by setting out the business risk with the insider threat and the benefits of vetting
  • PwC share how to mitigate the legal risks to your organisation
  • Bracher Rawlins clarify legal grey areas in your employee vetting policy, including vetting using social media
  • REC share latest research and findings to manage the risk of hiring contingent labour and recruitment of the supply chain
  • DLA Piper explain the implications to the vetting and screening process of the most important change in data privacy law in 20 years (the GDPR)
  • Real life case studies from Nationwide Building Society and former Counter Fraud and Corruption Manager at the King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Passport Proven provides a practical hands on document verification session


Feedback from recent vetting events:

“Thank you for a professional, informative event” – British Airways

“It covered a lot of different vetting aspects. It was well-described in the agenda and I learnt a lot overall”- Michael Page International

“Very knowledgeable and helpful” – Ofgem

“Excellent, I learnt loads. Thank you”- CGG VERITAS

“Good day. Lots of information. Good handouts” – Oxfordshire County Council

“A very helpful and informative day seeing other experiences” – Alstom

“Very well organised and structured” – Visa Europe

Which functions will benefit from attending

  • HR, Security, Recruitment, Legal & Compliance, Directors & Managers responsible for Immigration & Right to Work Checks, Vetting & Screening, Administration & Operations

Hear from

Schedule

Coffee and registration

Chair's welcome and opening remarks

Paul Leadbeater

Paul Leadbeater

Consultant
Passport Proven

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Paul Leadbeater

Consultant , Passport Proven

Paul, as a former detective, has extensive experience in security with particular specialisms in pre- employment screening, vetting and conducting internal investigations and has been utilising investigative interview skills for over 40 years. As Director of Internal Security for a multi national company within the fields of security, outsourcing and custodial care Paul was responsible for advising on, training and managing all pre-employment screening, vetting, data protection, information security, freedom of information and internal security matters. Paul is now a consultant with Passport Proven and uses his experience, expertise and professional qualifications to advise organisations and deliver workshops in the UK and Europe on areas including; pre-employment screening & vetting, document verification, data protection and conducting effective investigations. Paul is a director of Passport Proven.

OPENING ADDRESS: SETTING OUT THE BUSINESS RISK - THE INSIDER THREAT AND THE BENEFITS OF VETTING

Lee D'Arcy

Director of Engagement
CIFAS

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Lee D'Arcy

Director of Engagement , CIFAS

Lee has over 20 years’ experience in data, credit risk and fraud prevention. He is responsible to the growth strategy working to increase memberships, geographies and data sets that enhance fraud detection. Before Joining Cifas Lee was Sales Director at EY in the Financial Services Division and previously with Dun & Bradstreet and Lloyds Banking Group.

LEGAL SESSION: VETTING AND SCREENING TO MITIGATE THE LEGAL RISKS TO YOUR ORGANISATION

Andrea Als

Andrea Als

Senior Manager & Solicitor
PwC

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Andrea Als

Senior Manager & Solicitor , PwC

Andrea is a Director and senior solicitor within our UK practice. She is an expert in undertaking consultancy work with a focus on ensuring companies are compliant with their duties under current legislation. She has had extensive experience in attending Home Office compliance visits and intelligence led operations. Andrea also specialises in advising large companies that have a decentralised model for meeting their obligations.

  • Post-Brexit challenges to vetting and screening – what changes will affect your policies and processes?
  • Update on how to comply with illegal working

POLICY CHECKLIST: CLARIFYING THE LEGAL GREY AREAS IN YOUR EMPLOYEE VETTING POLICY

Lee Gabbie

Partner, Employment
Bracher Rawlings

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Lee Gabbie

Partner, Employment , Bracher Rawlings

Lee joined Bracher Rawlins in 2003, becoming a partner and head of the employment department in 2011. He has many years of experience advising UK companies and overseas companies trading in the English jurisdiction. He also advises individuals, typically senior executives and directors. Lee’s practice involves advising on the full range of employment law issues including redundancy and business restructures, restrictive covenants and confidentiality, TUPE, disciplinary, grievance and performance review, dismissals including executive terminations, bonus and pay issues, all forms of discrimination and whistleblowing, pregnancy and flexible working, sickness and disability. Lee graduated from Manchester University with a degree in English and French Law and, after training at a City law firm, he qualified as a solicitor in 2002. He speaks fluent French and conversational Russian.

  • Referencing: the new landscape and how it will impact your processes
  • Vetting using social media – working within the law 
  • Hiring practices; avoiding legal pitfalls in your recruitment selection process—employment & other legislation relating to recruitment e.g diversity
  • The employment law practices Code of Practice as it relates to vetting (& other pertinent data protection matters)
  • Advice on what can and cannot be asked at the recruitment stage

Coffee and networking

MANAGING RISK IN THE HIRING OF CONTINGENT LABOUR AND IN THE RECRUITMENT OF SUPPLY CHAIN

Lewina Farrell

Lewina Farrell

Head of Professional Services - Recruitment & Employment Confederation
REC

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Lewina Farrell

Head of Professional Services - Recruitment & Employment Confederation , REC

Lewina completed a BA in European Studies and a MA in International Relations at the University of Limerick (Ireland) with an Erasmus year at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. She qualified as a solicitor in 2004, joined the Recruitment and Employment Confederation as Senior Solicitor in 2008 and was promoted to Head of Professional Services in 2010. The REC legal team advises recruitment businesses on recruitment, employment and commercial issues relevant to running their businesses. In her spare time Lewina is a school governor and helps run a children’s football team.

  • How are recruitment models evolving and how can employers manage potential risks?
  • How can employers drive compliance and ethical standards through the recruitment supply chain?
  • What are the specific issues to consider when hiring contractors and temporary staff?
  • What is the latest feedback from the REC Good Recruitment Campaign on good practice in managing a contingent workforce?
  • What regulatory developments to we need to be aware of?

GDPR: IMPLICATIONS TO THE UK VETTING AND SCREENING PROCESS

Katherine Gibson

Katherine Gibson

Senior Associate
DLA Piper

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Katherine Gibson

Senior Associate , DLA Piper

Katherine is an employment practitioner in DLA Piper's London office. She advises employers across all sectors, including Banking, Transport and Life Sciences. Katherine worked in-house for a number of years before returning to private practice. She advises employers across both domestic and international employment matters and data privacy issues. She is experienced across all types of employment work, including litigation, transactional support and business protection. In addition, Katherine regularly advises clients on the data protection aspects of employment, including employee monitoring and cross-border data transfers. Katherine provides strategic and commercially aligned advice, assisting clients to achieve their objectives and manage risk.

  • Data protection and enforced subject access: what you need to know 
  • Employment documents and retention and storage issues: new legal guidelines 
  • Future of the data protection act in the UK post-Brexit 
  • Likely ICO recommendations
  • Data transfer and implications of General Data Protection Regulation 
  • Implications to your company’s compliance policy and projects

Lunch and networking roundtables

CASE STUDY: THE CHALLENGES AND JOYS OF OUTSOURCING THE VETTING FUNCTION

Michael Whittington

Michael Whittington

Head of Employee Screening
Risk Advisory Group

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Michael Whittington

Head of Employee Screening , Risk Advisory Group

Michael joined the company in January 2013, as Head of the Employee Screening practice. Michael has over 20 years’ experience in the employee screening industry at senior management level, and spent several years in a global HR Risk and Governance role.

  • Choosing a partner: critical questions to ask 
  • Legal grey areas
  • Where are the pitfalls?

CASE STUDY: VETTING AND SCREENING FOR SENSITIVE INDUSTRIES

Terry Smith

Head of Service - Counter Fraud
Audit One

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Terry Smith

Head of Service - Counter Fraud , Audit One

Terry Smith has recently taken up the Counter Fraud Head of Service position for AuditOne, a large public sector audit assurance provider in the North of England. With its roots firmly set in the NHS, AuditOne offers credible, not-for-profit assurance services to public sector organisations including internal audit, counter fraud and technology risk assurance. Before joining AuditOne, Terry led the Counter Fraud Team at King’s College Hospital making the service one of the best performing in the NHS. Previously Terry worked for the Metropolitan Police Service investigating serious and complex crime before joining the Independent Police Complaints Commission where he worked on high profile, politically sensitive investigations.

  • Customising the vetting process to for our needs
  • Managing very short turnaround times
  • Identifying appropriate vetting levels
  • Choosing partners: managing the tender process

Afternoon tea

PRE-ENGAGEMENT VETTING FOR CONTINGENT WORKERS: NATIONWIDE BUILDING SOCIETY CASE STUDY

Claire Whiteford

Claire Whiteford

Head of Workforce Supply Management
Nationwide

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Claire Whiteford

Head of Workforce Supply Management , Nationwide

Claire has been with Nationwide since 2003 and spent the first 8 years of her career working in Operational Risk roles across Nationwide supporting the Retail Branch Network, Back office operations and then HR. Claire moved into Resourcing in 2012 where she led the Strategy & Specialist Services Team before moving into her current role, Head of Workforce Supply Management in July 2017. Part of the Resourcing Leadership Team, Claire is accountable for Nationwide’s Contingent Workforce implementing and managing an effective supply chain, ensuring appropriate controls are applied and that there is the right level of visibility and reporting. This is a brand new role for the Society and has been implemented as part of a key focus for the Society on its Contingent Workforce. A member of Nationwide’s Rising Star programme, Claire has been a finalist for Nationwide’s Employee of the year three times in 2012, 2014 and 2017. In November 2016, Claire won the UK In House Recruitment Manager of the year award at the In House Recruitment Network Awards.

Maria Rancel-Lopez

Head of Sourcing (Project Tempus)

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Maria Rancel-Lopez

Head of Sourcing (Project Tempus)

Amanda Morris

Senior Procurement Manager (Project Tempus)

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Amanda Morris

Senior Procurement Manager (Project Tempus)

  • Risks posed to any business of getting this wrong irrelevant of worker type
  • Our principles and framework set up to focus on contingent worker pre-engagement vettingMobilisation of our the
  • Workforce Supply Management team
  • The challenges we have faced so far and how these have been overcome
  • Next steps and closing thoughts

DOCUMENT VERIFICATION: AN ESSENTIAL CHECKLIST

Paul Leadbeater

Paul Leadbeater

Consultant
Passport Proven

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Paul Leadbeater

Consultant , Passport Proven

Paul, as a former detective, has extensive experience in security with particular specialisms in pre- employment screening, vetting and conducting internal investigations and has been utilising investigative interview skills for over 40 years. As Director of Internal Security for a multi national company within the fields of security, outsourcing and custodial care Paul was responsible for advising on, training and managing all pre-employment screening, vetting, data protection, information security, freedom of information and internal security matters. Paul is now a consultant with Passport Proven and uses his experience, expertise and professional qualifications to advise organisations and deliver workshops in the UK and Europe on areas including; pre-employment screening & vetting, document verification, data protection and conducting effective investigations. Paul is a director of Passport Proven.

  • The difference between ‘verification’ and ‘vetting’
  • Recognising fraudulent documents: passport and ID checks
  • Scenarios: What to do if you suspect document fraud
  • Checking identity documents

FINAL Q&A AND OUTSTANDING ISSUES

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