Speakers: Going for Growth, People | 31 March 2022

Ben Slater, VP Marketing, Beamery


Ben is the VP of Marketing for Beamery, the first Talent Lifecycle Management platform. He runs global marketing, demand generation, corporate marketing, brand, product marketing, and has helped build Beamery’s marketing team from the ground up.

Orianna Rosa Royle, Senior Reporter, Management Today


At Management Today, you’ll find Orianna interviewing Britain’s top bosses, championing inclusive leadership and bringing to light issues impacting workers - From the lack of miscarriage policies to the misuse of mental health champions, the list goes on.

Having worked as a presenter and video journalist, Orianna Rosa Royle pivoted to the magazine industry in 2017. She has written and filmed for a number of media publications including Campaign, Market Leader, Women’s Health, Sky News, Your Local Guardian and London Live.

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Kate Magee, Editor, Management Today


Kate Magee is the editor of Management Today. She joined from Campaign, where she spent seven years as the magazine's associate editor, overseeing its long-form content. Prior to this, she was associate editor at PRWeek.

Dr Grace Lordan, Founding Director of The Inclusion Initiative and Associate Professor, LSE


Dr Grace Lordan is the Founding Director of The Inclusion Initiative and an Associate Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Grace is an economist and her research is focused on quantifying the benefits of inclusion within and across firms, as well as designing interventions that level the playing field for under-represented talent within firms. Grace is an expert advisor to the UK government sitting on their skills and productivity board, is a member of the UK government’s BEIS social mobility taskforce and is on the Women in Finance Charter’s advisory board. Her academic writings have been published in top international journals and she has written for the Financial Times and Harvard Business Review. Grace is a regular speaker and advisor to blue chip finance and technology firms. Think Big, Take Small Steps and Build the Future you Want is her first book.

Pete Cooper, Director of People Partnering, Personio


Peter Cooper, Director of People Partners, sees HR as the core of our product and company. It’s our people that make us who we are. We don’t do human resources; we do human relations. For that reason, HR at Personio is more than just a department. He aims to be pioneers in our field, inspire other HR professionals with our work, and make Personio the best tech employer in Europe.

Carol Rosati OBE, UK I&D Lead, GSK


Carol Rosati OBE has over 25 years experience of talent management and workforce development. She is a known advocate for improved gender diversity and inclusion since founding Inspire, a business network in 2008, which connected over 8000 board level business women globally across four continents. Carol joined GSK in June 2021 as their UK I&D Lead, co-ordinating and evolving their I&D strategy in the UK and was formally at the Met Office where she created and rolled out their first extensive ED&I Strategy. Since 2014, Carol has also been an NED and is currently the Senior Independent Director at both Southern Housing Group and Alliance Homes where she also chairs the Remuneration and Nominations Committee. She is also Vice Chair of UN Women UK.

Dr Douglas Board, Founder, Maslow’s Attic Ltd and Visiting Professor, University of Chichester


Douglas Board is the founder of the executive coaching business Maslow’s Attic and a writer and thinker on leadership. He worked in the Treasury and then in executive search, becoming deputy chair of a UK top ten firm, before completing a doctorate in the selection of people for senior roles. He is a member of the Queen’s Counsel Selection Panel, a visiting professor at the University of Chichester and a former chair of the Refugee Council. ‘Elites: can you rise to the top without losing your soul?’ is his fifth book, described by the Financial Times as ‘profound’ and by Management Today as ‘a quiet revolution’.

Jo Hill, Board member, The Gambling Commission and Isle of Man Financial Services Authority


Jo Hill is a career regulator with more than twenty years’ experience at the Financial Services Authority, Financial Conduct Authority and most recently as Executive Director of Strategy and Risk at The Pensions Regulator. Jo is currently a Commissioner of the Gambling Commission and NED of the Isle of Man Financial Services Authority. She is a passionate advocate for mental health having founded PauseBox.co.uk, serving as a Trustee of the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute and previously serving as a non-executive of the City Mental Health Alliance.

Dr Bart Sayle, Founder & CEO, Breakthrough Global


Dr Bart Sayle is a global authority in business culture, leadership and innovation. A trusted advisor on vision and strategy.

Bart is the Founder and CEO of Breakthrough Global - expert practitioners in enterprise-wide innovation, leadership and business growth. He has spent over 25 years working with the world’s top business leaders to build high-performance organisations and winning cultures that deliver breakthrough results on a global scale. Bart has developed the Breakthrough Process, a pioneering methodology to unleash the potential energy, power and creativity within an organisation to generate sustainable growth in both people and business.

Bart is a sought-after adviser, speaker and author. He is known for his energising and inspiring talks around the world in which he shares his insights on culture, growth, leadership and innovation. Driven by the vision that the world of business can be a force for good and be much more effective, more creative and more fulfilling for everyone. Bart has made it his purpose to achieve this.

Marianna Alfa, CEO and Executive Coach, Blossom Hospitality


Marianna Alfa has more than twenty years of experience in the hospitality sector. She is a CPD-accredited executive coach and Business Operations Specialist. She offers strategy consultation and growth planning for businesses along with professional coaching and mentoring. Marianna shows businesses how to develop robust foundations that nurture high-performing cultures. She works with individuals looking to unlock and maximise their personal and professional potential as well as managers seeking the skills to lead with confidence and get the best out of themselves and their teams. With expertise in creating and evaluating the standards, systems and procedures needed for successful growth, Marianna has a natural ability to connect positively with people and to relate to the complex challenges many of us are facing today.

Melissa Jamieson, CEO, Timewise - Talent through Flexibility


As CEO of Timewise, Melissa is responsible for the Strategic direction of Timewise’s consultancy business, jobs board and social foundation. Having joined Timewise back in January 2021, Melissa has been tasked with shaping their future vision and with growing Timewise’s services to meet the increased business interest in flexible working which has developed in the last few years. Timewise is moving forward into a new era, as the conversation continues to evolve from ‘why flex makes good business sense’ to 'how businesses can do flex well’.

Melissa’s background is in strategic marketing consultancy services, operating at an executive level. She has worked with clients and partners from corporate, government and not-for-profit organisations. Melissa is hugely passionate about the Timewise mission, having chosen flexible working as the focus of her recent MBA.

Miriam Faber, UK Head of Marketing & Head of Content, Northern Europe & Co-lead, LGBTQ+ ERG, META


Over the last 17 years, Miriam has led teams to deliver award-winning marketing campaigns - integrating experiences and technology - to engage people in an authentic and credible voice.

In her role as UK Head of Business Marketing at Meta, she is passionate about helping brands, businesses, Influencers and agencies understand the ways in which Meta platforms can help them achieve their core objectives, and is constantly looking for new ways to inspire, educate and grow the industry.

She puts customer insight at the core and especially finds joy in supporting cultural moments and communities to drive business equality e.g. Ramadan, Pride, Families and Gen-Z - as well as driving adoption of Meta’s new tools and e.g. VR, Reels and Stories.

Miriam also leads Meta’s employee resource group for the LGBTQ+ community, as well as the company's D&I representative for trade bodies, including ISBA and iAB.

Miriam is a mother of 3 and married to her wife Rachel – where they live in London.

Amy Butterworth, Consultancy Director, Timewise - Talent Through Flexibility


An experienced OD and change professional, Amy is passionate about building future-proof workplaces and enabling more diverse teams through flexibility. Amy oversees our consultancy projects and training at Timewise, and supports our Consultancy team to enable and challenge clients to embed flexibility for lasting cultural and structural change.

With an MA in Psychology and following several years in HR and OD roles, Amy made the move into organisation consultancy in 2010 and since then has worked on a variety of change and transformation programmes for clients including Jaguar Land Rover, RBS, the NHS and Sky.

Amy has been working with Timewise since 2017 and in that time has led Pioneer programmes for firms in the Retail and Asset Management sectors, developed our Flex Positive programme for employers and designed innovative pilots to improve scheduling and work life balance for shift based roles. Amy is currently advising several Timewise clients on their plans for hybrid working, and leading a trailblazing programme in partnership with NHS England & NHS Improvement, equipping 95 NHS Trusts to execute their own in-house flex change initiatives.

Robin Skidmore, Founder and Global CEO, Journey Further


Robin is the founder and Global CEO of Journey Further, a performance marketing agency working with world’s leading brands, including the likes of Sky, Liberty London, Marks and Spencer and Virgin Money. He previously co-founded Epiphany Search, growing that agency from 2 to 160 staff before it was acquired for a reported £18m in 2014. Robin is also an advisor and investor to leading UK tech-startups, including Snaptrip, Everpress & Lick.

Becky Schnauffer, Senior Director, LinkedIn Talent Solutions


Becky Schnauffer is Senior Director of LinkedIn’s Talent Solutions business where she advises the UK’s leading organisations on their workforce strategy. Becky and her team help companies to plan, hire and develop the talent they need to succeed, and benefit from LinkedIn’s global professional network of 800 million members.

Prior to her role, Becky led LinkedIn’s Sales Solutions business in the UK, leading a team who helped clients to transform their sales teams and operate in a digital world. She has also held senior roles at IBM across hardware and software businesses, cognitive technologies and AI.

Becky is passionate about digital technology and analytics, a fierce supporter of improving the diversity of the technology industry, and creating inclusive workplace cultures. She is an avid mentor and enjoys the opportunity to give back and develop future talent.

Victoria Short, CEO, Randstad UK


Victoria Short joined Randstad in 2000, becoming the Managing Director for the Public Services division in 2017, before taking the helm as UK Group CEO, in January 2021.

Victoria has a strong track record of leading where people, innovation, customer centricity and performance are key success cornerstones. She is a leading authority within the world of work, carefully balancing commercial performance with technology and the power of the human touch.

Victoria is an ED&I champion and an advocate for seeing the possible in people - transforming Randstad’s employee experience and ultimately powering growth and success.

Victoria is a regular press commentator, featuring on the BBC and Sky News, covering topics including: workplace culture, mental health, diversity & inclusion, labour shortages and tech & touch.

Joni Rautavuori, Group CEO, Tharsus Group


Joni Rautavuori is the CEO of Tharsus Group, the parent company of advanced machines and robotics firm Tharsus and complex metal fabrication leaders Universal Wolf. In this role Joni is responsible for creating a long-term sustainable future for Tharsus Group as well as driving its important next phase of growth. Joni is recognised as an authentic and value-driven leader in the industrial automation industry. He has 25 years of experience spanning a wide range of customer segments within manufacturing space. Joni started as a process consultant and held various manufacturing leadership responsibilities before being promoted to head of Global Robotics Operations. He has gained rich international experience from working in global organisations spanning over 40 countries. Joni holds a Master’s degree from University of Cambridge Manufacturing Leaders Programme. Prior to this, he earned a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Economics from the Vassa Institute of Technology in Finland.

Arpit Jain, President of Marcel for Publicis


Arpit Jain is the President of Marcel where he is leading the evolution of an intelligent people experience and growth platform for Publicis Groupe employees and clients. Marcel is Publicis’ employee experience and growth platform for 80,000+ of their people across 100+ countries and multiple agency brands to be in a place without any boundaries to learn, connect and collaborate, have different experiences which helps them stay engaged, be productive and grow.

Prior to this, Arpit was the Chief Client Services Officer for a Digital Consulting firm called Nerdery where he headed the growth (with full P&L) and outcomes for all of their clients nationally, alongside evangelizing and building their Product Methodology offering. He served as Strategic advisor for several clients like Google, Nestle, Verizon, Allstate, Mayo, UHG, Medtronic, Boston Scientific during his time at Nerdery and was also the brand champion for Nerdery's Shoutouts program, recognizing and driving people's growth.


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