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The 2019 UK & Europe Employee Engagement Conference
  • April 16, 2019 9:00 am

Tuesday 16th April 2019 – London

It gives us great pleasure to announce our fourth UK Employee Engagement Awards Conference.

This is the only event in Europe that brings together award-winning; shortlisted entries all in one room. You will be able to learn from best-in-class engagement programmes across a wide range of companies and sectors and understand what pitfalls to avoid along the way. Whilst hearing from world-class thought leaders and the ability to network with industry colleagues.

We will have 20 speakers/presenters organised across a powerful day to maximise the value you receive for the time out of the office. As mentioned, no other event can offer the mix of award-winning campaigns that we can.

We are also keeping each speaker to a short and sharp 20 minutes to present powerful case studies and presentations so that you extract the maximum value from the day.

Benefits of attending
  • Learn from award winning companies
  • Unique insight to give your company a competitive advantage
  • Ask questions to solve issues you maybe having
  • Network with peers
  • Meet world class Employee Engagement consultants and technology providers
  • Fully catered event throughout the day

Conference Booklet
Conference Booklet

Conference Agenda


Registration & Networking Breakfast




Case Study: 2018 Winner – Company of the Year – Cooper Parry


Case Study: Visa Europe


Case Study: Unicef


Coffee & Networking


Case Study: Hive HR


Case Study: First Utility


Case Study: Arval


Case Study: Beyond


Lunch & Networking


Panel Discussion: Breaking the Myth: Employees Leave Managers not Companies


Coffee & Networking


Case Study: Lastminute.com


Case Study: Ocado


Case Study: University of Lincoln


Drinks & Networking

Conference Speakers

Ade Cheatham – Chief Executive Officer, Cooper Parry

Ade started his career in a national accountancy firm and despite progressing quickly felt frustrated by the bureaucracy, politics and shocking communication.

In 2003, he joined Cooper Parry, a 150 year old accounting firm, at a time when the older partners were retiring and a new group of ‘thirty-somethings’ came together. We were young, driven and ambitious and wanted to rebel. We wanted to create something very different. To make our mark and build the sort of business that we would all want to work for. Something remarkable. So we ripped up the rulebook, followed our hearts and started to challenge every stereotype that people had of accountants.

14 years later Cooper Parry is the fastest growing firm of accountants in the country, the Sunday Times 12th Best Company to work for in the UK and the British Accountancy Awards Most Innovative Firm of the Year.

Come and hear how Ade and his colleagues took a 150 year old, very traditional accounting business and created the ‘Google’ of their profession, by putting people and culture first. With a mission to ‘Disrupt, Lead and Make Life Count’.

Laura Anderson – Employee Communications & Experience Manager, Visa Europe

By collaborating with leaders and colleagues across the business, the Employee Communications and Experience team are working to create a culture at Visa where colleagues can thrive. As an employee communications and experience manager, Laura is responsible for leading projects and programmes to inform and engage colleagues across Europe about sponsorships, recognition and Next Generation talent. She also manages communication channels, creates content, advises leaders on employee communications and engagement and is on the Young Professionals committee. Prior to this, Laura was the internal communications manager at Knight Frank and also worked for logistics company UPS holding roles in HR during the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games, business development, and both internal and external communications.

John Townsend – Head of Internal Communications, Unicef

John Townsend heads up Unicef UK’s Internal Communications team. He is passionate about the impact good internal communications can have on an organisation, making a huge difference to culture, productivity and staff engagement. Prior to joining Unicef, John was Head of Internal Communications at The Children’s Society. Previously, he was a senior internal communications specialist at the NSPCC, and part of the communications team at Hilton in the Community Foundation, responsible for engaging Hilton employees across Europe with the charity’s work. Some of his key areas of interest include the power of storytelling, the growth of digital and the role of internal communications in promoting a culture of happiness, productivity and engagement at work.

Kate Rand – People Director, Beyond

Kate is an award-winning People Director for Beyond, most recently shortlisted for HR Director of the year. Beyond is a design and technology ideas company, founded in 2008. They help ambitious companies with strategy, design & technology-based products. Kate regularly speaks at events on HR and business related topics and produces content for publications including the Forbes HR council. She specialises in advising start-up and growth stage organizations on scaling their structure and people functions, and is passionate about driving a progressive and transformational approach to HR so that the sector can support the businesses of tomorrow in a human-centric way.

Catrinel Stanila, Colleague Experience Manager, Shell Energy

Catrinel Stanila is the Colleague Experience Manager in the HR Team at Shell Energy looking after Reward, ER & Policy, Engagement and People CSR. Catrinel has been with Shell Energy for over 3 years and joined the business as an HR Business Partner. She started her career in the automotive industry going through different roles in Internal Comms and HR with a real passion for making a difference through her work.

Melisaan Foster – Head of Client Delivery, Workbuzz

Melisaan is an experienced consultant in employee communications and engagement with a demonstrated history of working across a variety of sectors and regions. Skilled in communications, employee engagement and inclusion initiatives founded from starting her career in financial and professional services. Melisaan now leads the WorkBuzz team to help businesses build great company cultures by gaining feedback from their people. Melisaan was awarded the Mark of Excellence, Outstanding Young Communicator, CIPR Excellence awards 2018 and is driven to ensure WorkBuzz achieves its vision to improve the working lives of 1 million people by 2022.

Paul Devoy – Chief Executive Officer, Investors in People

Paul has been heading up Investors in People since August 2011. Paul led the transition of IIP from the UK Government to a Community Interest Company in 2017, a move that enhances the organisation’s ability to deliver for employees, businesses and communities. Prior to this Paul was Head of Organisational Development at the Scottish Prison Service, during his time there all 17 Prisons in Scotland were awarded Investors in People recognition.

Peter Meyler – Head of Workplace Consulting, Barnett Waddingham

Peter is the Head of Workplace Consultancy at Barnett Waddingham. They help clients to measure, understand and improve the employment experience and performance from both an employee and employer perspective. By using specialist skills, knowledge and experience and leading edge research, analytics and consultancy they identify the strengths and strains in the employment proposition and experience to priortise key improvement interventions that help generate longer term sustainable business success.
Peter’s career has spanned a wide range of consultancy and client based roles in HR strategy, proposition and policy development, employee engagement and well-being, employee research, HR metrics, analysis, insight and reporting, strategic workforce and business planning and Diversity & Inclusion for John Lewis & Partners, Ipsos MORI, ORC International and BT.
Peter’s clients are primarily senior strategic HR leaders working across multiple sectors who are looking to maximise the experience, well-being, performance and value generated by their employees.

Steven Frost – Chief Executive Officer, Workbuzz

Steve is passionate about employee engagement and helping others realise their potential.

In 2011, Steve founded WorkBuzz. Today, WorkBuzz helps hundreds of organisations, large and small, to build great cultures by gaining regular feedback from their people. WorkBuzz analyses this in real-time and guides them where to focus on improving. Steve’s proud to lead a talented team of driven people, behind WorkBuzz’s vision to improve the working lives of 1 million people by 2022.

Lucy McKerron, Client Development Manager, Synergy Creative

With over a decade of experience working with brands unleash the power of their people, Lucy helps organisations define and improve their employee experience across the whole journey from hire to retire.

Whether it’s internal engagement with a CX strategy, helping to engage employees with transformational change or articulating an EVP, Lucy works with a number of Synergy Creative’s clients, including RBS, Vodafone and BNP Paribas.

Stuart Bagnell – Chief of Culture, lM Group

“Doing whatever makes you pink” is what Stuart brings to life at lastminute.com as Chief of Culture. Inspired by travel and the positive impact of culture on people and their contribution, his expertise across employee engagement, L&D, and internal communications ideally places him to lead the People Development and Communications teams to take Group strategy and plans and turn them into something the rest of the business understands, engages with and is motivated to deliver against.
Over a decade at lastminute.com, he’s taken the business through significant evolutionary periods, this includes several changes in ownership, acquisitions, integrations and change initiatives. Acting as a heartbeat for the company, he has shaped the core values for the Group and uses them every day to spread the pink spirit of the company.

Parmjit Flora – Senior Operations Manager, Ocado

Parmjit Flora is an Senior Operations Manager at Ocado where she helps to run Ocado’s inaugural warehouse – CFC1 in Hatfield, Hertfordshire. Parmjit’s life at Ocado started 10 years ago on a management scheme at Hatfield. And following a move with Ocado to their second site in Warwickshire, she’s been back at Hatfield for two years. Parmjit is passionate about developing successful teams and her recent work has focused on creating an open environment where her managers are engaged and developed within the business. The case study due to be presented is an example of what can be achieved with a Senior Team who support and encourage engagement through innovation. As well as holding a degree in Philosophy, Parmjit is a trained business coach and is six sigma qualified.

Anna Krzak – Team Manager, Ocado

Anna has been an outstanding Team Manager at Ocado for over two years. She manages a team of 60 Personal Shoppers on one of CFC1’s busiest floors. After spotting potential improvements that could be made to our new starter on-boarding process, Anna worked to develop a new process, designed to implement those improvements. Her highly innovative approach that utilizes animation and video communication through a social media platform has revolutionized the way our Personal Shoppers join the Hatfield team. New starters are now more engaged and better informed. Anna has also inspired her peers and the CFC1 Leadership Team to take part in her on-boarding program. Anna also qualified as a Veterinary Technician in Poland and is passionate about animal welfare.

Ryan Tahmassebi, Head of Delivery, Hive HR

A highly experienced Business Psychologist, Ryan helps organisations create cultures characterised by positive, healthy and engaged employees.

Ryan partners with Hive’s clients to help embed a new ‘always on’ approach to measuring and improving employee engagement.

Improving the way people experience work is something he is particularly passionate about, playing a leading role in the growth of ‘Good Day at Work’, a wellbeing and engagement network with over 50,000 members in the UK.

Ryan’s previous experience has seen him working with Director level professionals to design and deliver wellbeing and engagement strategies, for organisations including Nestle, Crossrail, and John Lewis. Prior to joining Hive, he was responsible for driving cultural change in an in-house role as Head of Leadership Development at Newcastle Building Society.

Ian Hodson – Head of Reward, University of Lincoln

Ian is the Head of Reward at the University of Lincoln overseeing all aspects of reward including payroll, pensions, employee benefits, HR systems and executive remuneration. Having started his career in finance before moving specifically in to pay and benefits Ian has a background in both the public and private sector having previously worked for Moy Park, Mars, Prudential and Lincolnshire County Council.

A firm believer and champion in the importance of reward strategy as a driver for change and in supporting organisational success, Ian has previously overseen teams that have been acknowledged for their achievements at awards for their innovative work including winning the 2018 Best Voluntary Benefits.

Ian is the current Chair of the Northern Universities Reward Group and a board member of the Education Competencies Consortium.

In 2014 Ian was chosen as the winner of the Pay and Benefits Career Accomplishment Award and also regularly contributes to professional publications.

Event Logistics

Location & Directions

The Lock No. 5 (East Stand by Gate E)
Twickenham Stadium
Whitton Road

The Room is Lock 5 situated in the East Stand of the Stadium. Please walk around to Gate E. Head in via that gate and into stadium and in the elevator that will take you up to Lock 5 where we will be there to greet you.

Free Parking

Car parking will be in the North Car Park via Gate 3.

By Train/London Underground

The nearest train station is Twickenham, which is a short walk from the stadium. Turn right out of the station, and then continue down Whitton Road. Regular trains run to Twickenham from London Waterloo, Clapham Junction, Reading, Ascot and Windsor & Eton Riverside.

Other stations in the vicinity of the stadium are Whitton, St Margarets and Hounslow.

The London Overground service also runs from Richmond to North London and Stratford.

The nearest Underground stations are Hounslow East for the Piccadilly Line, and Richmond for the District Line.


If the weather makes the short walk uncomfortable, there will be taxis at Twickenham Station and Uber operates in the area too.

By Bus

The buses 281, 267, 481, 681 and H20 each have regular services which pass close to the stadium.
Alternatively take the R68, R70, 33, 110, 290, H22 or 490 to Twickenham town centre – the stadium is a 10-15 minute walk.

By Road

Twickenham Stadium is on the northern side of the A316 into London. From the M25, exit J12 onto the M3. This becomes the A316 and Twickenham Stadium is off the Whitton Road roundabout next to the Lexus/Toyota car dealership. From London, turn right off the A316 at Whitton Road roundabout. Please arrive EARLY to avoid congestion and temporary road closures prior to the event


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