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Post-Brexit Recruitment Conference for Employers: Strategy & Solutions (2nd Edition)

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

Tom Hadley, Director of Policy and Professional Services at the REC says that "REC data shows staffing challenges intensifying by the month. On top of this, political uncertainty around Brexit, evolving skills needs and seismic changes to the world of work are creating a perfect storm for employers."

Registration fee: £395 plus VAT per delegate

 

As the war for talent rages on, recruiters and HR face a growing challenge to secure the skills they need in order for their organisations to remain competitive in the post-Brexit environment. Employers need to know what to plan for, and are looking for successful strategies to meet this challenge.

This event follows four hugely successful Brexit events across two streams - 'Brexit The Employers' Summit', and the 'Post-Brexit Recruitment Conference for Employers.' BFI are once again bringing together top immigration lawyers, leading labour market experts and HR thought & strategy leaders to address critical recruitment problems and to offer concrete strategies and solutions for employers to survive and thrive in these uncertain times. Real life case studies from some of the worst hit industries will ensure delegates are equipped with the latest strategies to recruit and retain the talent they need.

Why attend this crucial event?

  • Clarify your understanding of key legal issues, potential visa systems, and the impact to employers
  • Hear how to formulate robust post-Brexit contingency plans
  • Learn how to mitigate against skills shortages in the worst hit industries with future proof succession planning and a strong talent pipeline
  • Establish internal solutions with immediate action plans
  • Engage with a panel debate
  • Maximise the potential of external talent solutions
  • Discover unique strategies from fellow practitioners with crucial case studies

Hear from: United Utilities, REC, Auticon, the Institute for Employment Studies, Fragomen and Squire Patton Boggs and The Forward Trust

Previous editions featured speakers from: CIPD, Arcadis, United Utilities, Barclays, M&S, Fragomen, Mercer, UCL, Laura Devine Solicitors, REC, Thomson Reuters, Thales, AECOM, SIG Plc.

Recent feedback

“Crammed with useful and relevant information and guidance” – University of Kent

“Excellent one-day event, lots of valuable information and guidance” – Office of the Independent Adjudicator

“Difficult topic as so many unknowns, but all speakers contributed greatly to my knowledge” – Lloyd’s Register

Which functions will benefit from attending

  • HR, Resourcing and Recruitment professionals, Legal, Policy, Line Management, Employee Relations, Employment Policy, Operations, Finance, Strategy, Training and those with oversight, involvement and responsibilities within this area

Hear from

Schedule

Coffee and registration

Chair’s welcome and opening remarks

Tom Hadley

Tom Hadley

Director of Policy and Professional Services
REC

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Tom Hadley

Director of Policy and Professional Services , REC

Tom's role focuses on lobbying key Government and EU officials on a range of employment and labour market issues. The work also involves highlighting REC initiatives to promote industry standards, including enforcement of a Code of Professional Practice, audit schemes and the launched Diversity Pledge. Before joining the REC, Tom Hadley spent six years at the CBI (Confederation of British Industry) and previously worked for the London-based recruitment and economic development consultancy MBA Training Research & Development. Previous roles included a traineeship within the European Commission and work within the in-house legal department of the French multi-national Vivendi. Tom has a Masters in International and European Law from Assas University in Paris and a BA Law Degree from Sussex University. Tom is also a national league rugby player and a collector of fine wines.

OPENING ADDRESS: DATA AND FACTS

Tom Hadley

Tom Hadley

Director of Policy and Professional Services
REC

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Tom Hadley

Director of Policy and Professional Services , REC

Tom's role focuses on lobbying key Government and EU officials on a range of employment and labour market issues. The work also involves highlighting REC initiatives to promote industry standards, including enforcement of a Code of Professional Practice, audit schemes and the launched Diversity Pledge. Before joining the REC, Tom Hadley spent six years at the CBI (Confederation of British Industry) and previously worked for the London-based recruitment and economic development consultancy MBA Training Research & Development. Previous roles included a traineeship within the European Commission and work within the in-house legal department of the French multi-national Vivendi. Tom has a Masters in International and European Law from Assas University in Paris and a BA Law Degree from Sussex University. Tom is also a national league rugby player and a collector of fine wines.

LEGAL ISSUES

Annabel Mace

Annabel Mace

Partner, Head of UK Business Immigration
Squire Patton Boggs

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Annabel Mace

Partner, Head of UK Business Immigration , Squire Patton Boggs

Annabel Mace leads our UK Business Immigration team, which sits within the Labor & Employment Practice Group. She has more than 15 years' experience in advising businesses across a range of sectors with in-depth expertise in the immigration and employment aspects of bringing staff to the UK. Annabel has a particular interest in the complex overlap between immigration and employment law, and regularly advises clients in relation to immigration compliance, the prevention of illegal working and defending Home Office sanctions. Annabel advises clients on all aspects of the Home Office’s Points Based System (particularly Tier 1 and Tier 2) as well as Sole Representative visas and a wide range of ancillary issues including the immigration implications of TUPE; indefinite leave to remain and naturalisation applications; UK entry requirements for spouses, dependants and other family members. She also has extensive experience in the employment and immigration aspects of transferring staff outside the UK working with employment and immigration specialists from our international offices as well as a network of trusted best-in-class external counsel. Annabel speaks regularly at seminars and workshops as part of the Labor and Employment practice group’s national seminar programme as well as bespoke client training sessions. She is also an updating author for immigration matters on the employment law website XpertHR.’

  • Settled status for your EU employees (‎timelines and practical implications)
  • Potential visa systems
  • Changes to Tier 2
  • Gender Pay Gap research and Apprenticeship Schemes: are you using these effectively?

CONTINGENCY PLANNING POST-BREXIT

James Wharton

James Wharton

Senior Policy Advisor
Squire Patton Boggs

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James Wharton

Senior Policy Advisor , Squire Patton Boggs

James Wharton is a senior advisor in the firm’s European Public Policy Practice. Previously, James was a member of Parliament for the constituency of Stockton South from 2010 to 2017. In 2013, James took the first successful Private Members Bill legislating for a referendum on the UK’s EU membership through the House of Commons. The bill was then defeated in the House of Lords. Under David Cameron, James served as the Minister for Local Growth and the Northern Powerhouse in the Department for Communities and Local Government from 2015 to 2016. Here, he took the Cities and Local Government Devolution Act through Parliament and coordinated the government’s local growth, Local Enterprise Partnerships and Enterprise Zones programmes. During this period, James also oversaw onshore minerals and renewables planning and flooding recovery for the department. In 2016, Prime Minister Theresa May moved James to be Minister for Africa at the Department for International Development. Here, he oversaw the government’s £5 billion aid programme in Africa and had responsibility for global funds. A qualified solicitor, James retains a keen interest in politics and Parliament. He has a unique insight into key aspects of the Brexit and legislative processes, as well as an in-depth understanding of the parliamentary Conservative Party.

  • What needs to be in a realistic action plan?
  • Refocusing business strategy without clear certainties?
  • What can, and should you try to affect?
  • Do you need a Brexit clause in contracts with your suppliers/clients?
  • Succession planning: key strategies

Morning coffee and networking

STEM CASE STUDY: COMMUNITY-FOCUSED INITIATIVES TO INSPIRE AND RECRUIT HARDER-TO-REACH POTENTIAL EMPLOYEES

Katie Moffatt

Katie Moffatt

OD Project Manager
United Utilities

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Katie Moffatt

OD Project Manager , United Utilities

Katie joined United Utilities’ graduate scheme in 2016. She’s gone on to work within the Organisational Development department as a Project Manager. United Utilities’ desire is to be the North West’s employer of choice, supporting young people and harder to reach communities across the region. Katie plans, develops and delivers various United Communities projects which support the company’s diversity and inclusion strategy, creating collaborative, sustainable partnerships with other organisations, schools and universities. Prior to United Utilities, Katie worked as a broadcast journalist, reporter and presenter for three years. Her passion for communication coupled with her desire to make a significant difference in our communities that need it most has been apparent throughout her early career.’

  • Specific challenges and opportunities for the sector: economics and logistics
  • Early career groups: what do they need and how can you reach them?
  • Working with and within your community: lessons from a successful programme

THE REALITIES OF WORKFORCE SUPPLY: WORKABLE STRATEGIES

Gary Simmons

Gary Simmons

Partner
Mercer

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Gary Simmons

Partner , Mercer

An actuary by training, Gary joined Mercer in December 2009 and has 36 years’ experience in HR and Benefits Consulting. He was  previously a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers for 15 years.  His varied roles range from being a  Pension Plan Actuary, to Executive  Compensation, Culture Change  and Talent Consulting, as well as operational, leadership and client account management roles. In the mid-2000s he set up PwC’s HR consulting practice in the Middle East. In the late 1990’s he bought mathematical finance approaches to the world of executive remuneration, and claims, with a colleague, to have coined the term ‘HR Analytics’ in 1998. Much of his technical work over the last 20 years in the HR field  has continued to use extensive data and modelling techniques, through workforce planning and analytics to cultural models for organisations. As well as responsible for the relationship management of a small number of Mercer’s largest clients, Gary coordinates Mercer’s work in supporting clients in Brexit related matters, and led the research behind the Mercer Workforce Monitor first published in February 2017. the 4th edition was published in March 2018. Over the last 2 years Gary has spoken at a number of events on workforce planning and the impact of post-Brexit migration and ageing on the future of employment.

  • The details of future workforce supply 
  • Impact of demographics, migration, regional and industry differences. 
  • Planning your response: the 5 lines of defence 
  • The realities of ‘buy, build, retain’ and diversifying the talent pool 
  • Case study

Lunch and networking

HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT HIRING EX OFFENDERS?

Mike Trace

Mike Trace

CEO
The Forward Trust

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Mike Trace

CEO , The Forward Trust

Mike Trace is the CEO of The Forward Trust (forwardtrust.org.uk), a national charity and social enterprise that supports offenders and people struggling with drug/alcohol addiction to turn their lives around and become productive members of their communities. Mike has a 30 year career in the drug and offender rehabilitation sector, encompassing roles as a front line worker, service manager, and policy roles in the UK government, the European Union, and the United Nations.

  • Reasons why employers should consider this reservoir of untapped talent
  • Why the undoubted risks can be managed
  • How ex-offenders can perform above average in terms of productivity and employee relations
  • How employers can work with us to make this work for them

TALENT: EXTERNAL SOLUTIONS

Ray Coyle

Ray Coyle

CEO
Auticon

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Ray Coyle

CEO , Auticon

Ray Coyle is the CEO of Auticon. Ray joined the board of Auticon from Grow Software, a DRM developer for the additive manufacturing sector, where he was CEO. Prior to that, Ray has been a director of Osborne Clarke, the European law firm and the UbiQ Group, an OEM software supplier. Ray is a qualified UK solicitor and has a Masters Degree in Intellectual property law and brings over 20 years of experience in IT and professional services to Auticon. Ray has a longstanding interest in social enterprise and founded the IMPACT team at Osborne Clarke. He also serves as a non-executive director of AltEnergis, an alternative energy tech incubator.

  • Revisiting the candidate experience in the light of the post-Brexit landscape
  • Getting all your staff on board with the new policy: common concerns and how to handle them
  • Highlighting routes to progression: it’s not all about the money
  • Working with your recruitment providers
  • What shifts or working patterns might attract more candidates?

Afternoon tea

PRACTICAL STRATEGIES TO ENSURE EMPLOYERS ARE PREPARED

Seema Farazi

Seema Farazi

Manager
Fragomen LLP

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Seema Farazi

Manager , Fragomen LLP

Seema has over 17 years' experience in immigration law, advising global leaders in tech, asset management, banking, insurance, energy, media, education and sport and applying her depth of immigration experience to government advisory work. Seema has co-authored an Immigration and Brexit guide for a leading professional HR body, and acts as technical expert to parliamentary group, Resettlement, Asylum and Migration Policy (RAMP). Seema has extensive experience providing immigration advice to high net worth individuals on global residency and citizenship options and in complex private client cases. Before joining Fragomen, Seema was a tenant at Doughty Street Chambers, practising in international and immigration law at all appellate levels. Seema holds a Doctorate in International Law from the LSE, Master of Laws with Distinction, and Bachelor of Laws (Honours).

  • Establishing employment status
  • Budgeting for visa and other costs: what is realistic?
  • Continuing productivity in challenging times

WORKFORCE PLANNING TO AVOID SKILLS SHORTAGES

Duncan Brown

Duncan Brown

Head of HR Consulting
IES

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Duncan Brown

Head of HR Consulting , IES

Duncan leads the HR and reward work at IES, a leading independent research-based charity which supports improvement in HR and employment practice. He has more than 25 years' experience in reward and HR consulting, research and policy work with Aon Hewitt, PwC and Towers Perrin. He spent 5 years as Assistant Director General at CIPD. His clients have included companies such as National Grid, and Lloyds Banking Group, as well as public sector bodies such as the Cabinet Office, NHS Employers and EHRC; and third sector employers such as the UN and Cancer Research UK. His work at the moment is focused on gender pay, employee financial wellbeing and working in the gig economy. Duncan is a leading commentator on HR, publishing many articles and books. He has participated on Government taskforces concerned with fair pay, engagement, pensions, equal pay and human capital reporting. He advises various remuneration and HR committees as an independent and trustee including Christian Aid & the Pensions Policy Institute. Human Resources magazine placed him in its listing of the top 5 most influential thinkers in UK HR. Duncan has an MA from Cambridge University, an MBA from the London Business School and is a Fellow of the CIPD. He recently obtained his PhD at Kingston University.

  • Skills, talent  and the impact of Brexit
  • Which sectors will be most affected and what should you be doing now?
  • Skills shortages: is Brexit really to blame?
  • The lost art of workforce planning
  • What you should be doing now: the talent plan
  • The skills and value add plan
  • Practical tools and case examples

Wrap up and End of Conference

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