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The 2020 UK & Europe Employee Engagement Conference

London – 9 September 2020

• Testimonials   • Highlights from 2019   • Agenda     • Speakers     • Sponsors     • Venue

It gives us great pleasure to announce this year’s UK Employee Engagement Awards Conference.

This is the only event in Europe that brings together winners and finalists all in one room. We find out the winners and highly commended companies on January 23, 2020.

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.


What our attendees have to say

Check out the highlights from our last conference

Check out photos from our last conference

Conference Agenda


Registration & Networking Breakfast




Case Study:
2019 Winner – A2Dominion Group

São Gorgueira
Head of L&D and Engagement


Case Study:
2019 Finalist, Employer Brand – Harrods

Viv McSweeney
Head of Employer Brand and Employee Experience



David Beeney
CEO, Breaking the Silence


Coffee & Networking



A Holistic View on Employee Experience

Katerina Psychopaida
Mercer Sirota


Case Study:
2019 Finalist
Experience Category

Sanofi & Rubica


Case Study:
2019 Finalist, Innovation

Sarah Meurer
Head of Internal Communications
Nestle UK & Ireland


Case Study: 2019 Finalist, Company of the Year

Jaya Kiran Satish
Europe Sales HR Lead and Sales HRBP for Global Financial Services
HCL Technologies


Lunch & Networking


Panel Discussion:
It’s all about Psychological Safety. Isn’t it?


Coffee & Networking


Case Study:
2019 Finalist, Culture & Purpose

Kelly Allison
Founder & CEO
KVA Digital



Employee Engagement 2.0
Keith Hatter
CEO, Planet K2


Case Study:

Emma Llewellyn
Employee Engagement Manager
The AA


Drinks & Networking

Conference Speakers

São Gorgueira

São Gorgueira leads the L&D and Engagement team at A2Dominion. São set up the function for A2D and it has taken it from an effective service delivery function to an award winning, externally accredited centre of excellence. She is driven by results that make a difference – a positive difference to someone’s working life and environment or simply make a “good” difference to someone’s day. São is passionate about learning as a continuum and not just something you do by design only. Curiosity, challenge, innovation and renovation are the staples of her working life.

Life before A2D included a European Studies & French degree in a Scottish University, followed by working in further education, for six years in Portugal, developing and managing European Exchange programmes. São came back to the UK to read for a postgraduate in HR Management at which time she decided to try the UK working market.  She had a varied experience in various industries before being recruited by A2D and she is now into her sixth job within their HR/ OD Department.

Viv McSweeney

Viv McSweeney is Head of Employer Brand and Employee Experience at Harrods where she has worked for two years. For the past 18 months, Viv and the team have been working on developing and launching a new employer brand and set of values for Harrods which launched in February 2019. Since the launch, the team have been working hard to embed the new values and people promises as well as creating colleague connections to Harrods’ purpose. Viv is passionate about storytelling and will share how Harrods used the power of storytelling to launch their work and how they continue to use stories to keep it alive.

David Beeney

David has committed the rest of his working life to reduce the stigma of mental health in the workplace. David helps employers gain a greater understanding of how they can best support their employees.

David enjoyed a successful career in newspapers and magazines for over 30 years and was General Manager of a regional daily newspaper and Commercial Director for Auto Trader. David always knew that he wanted to do something different at the latter end of his career, he just didn’t know what would be! He now feels he has found true purpose in life and wants to make a positive difference to fellow mental health sufferers.

Katerina Psychopaida

Katerina is a Business Psychologist and the Practice Leader for Employee Engagement and Experience at Mercer-Sirota Europe. She has deep international experience in the design and development of employee feedback and engagement programmes and helps HR and Executives drive business performance and goals. She specialises on the links between leader personality & behaviour with employee engagement and business performance. She works with global MNCs like Santander, Michelin, Burberry and others on evolving their engagement programmes.

Sarah Meurer

Sarah is a Communications Director with 20 years of experience in corporate communications specialising in strategy and planning. She is currently Internal Head of Communications at Nestle. Sarah’s other specialities include: Corporate communications and change management, Internal Communications, Customer Communications Innovation and Development, Employee/Brand Experience, Employee and Consumer events, Creative/Content Development and Production and Project Management.

Jaya Kiran Satish

Jaya in her current role leads Sales HR function for EMEA and heads Country HR  for HCL Technologies, a MNC It Services company,  in UK, Ireland and South Africa. She completed an MBA from India and currently pursuing a Masters in HRM from Department of Management at London School of Economics (LSE). Her strong passion to work across diverse workforce reflects in the international experience she has across Asia, APAC and Europe over the past 19+ years of her professional career.

Her specialities has been in shaping programs that impact High-Performance Behavior, HR Transition, Change Management, Capability Building for sales, Strategic Sourcing, managing Total Wellbeing and Employee Engagement at workplace. With the ability to negotiate ambiguity and working through high growth business she has managed to launch and sustain innovative HR interventions even through times of change.

Jaya has great appreciation for diversity and reckons it’s a force multiplier for any MNC business.

Kelly Allison

Kelly Allison founded KVA, a digital comms and brand experience agency, in 2013 with the aim of creating a culture of giving back to her employees. Having worked agency side for over 20 years, she experienced the pressures first hand and founded KVA to challenge agency norms, genuinely put people first and break down the ‘them and us’ culture often seen in SMEs.

Recently named as a Top 10 UK entrepreneur by Entrepreneur Magazine, Kelly believes in treating people equally, allowing ideas from all levels of experience to be heard. She is passionate about creating diverse, innovative, forward thinking teams which allow everyone to grow and thrive both on a personal and a professional level.

Keith Hatter

Keith Hatter founded K2 in 2003 after spending over 20 years in the corporate arena. As a Chartered Surveyor, he was a partner in a Central London real estate consultancy before a rollercoaster ride as the 26-year-old MD of the UK’s first national self-storage business and then 10 years as a Divisional MD in an FTSE 100 business employing 25000 people and where he was lucky to be surrounded by lots of hard-working, clever and talented people. He stuck close to them in the hope that some of it might rub off.

Our Sponsors

The Venue: Kia Oval – London

The Oval in South London is home to Surrey County Cricket Club and seats a capacity crowd of 23,000. The Oval is over 150 years old and has witnessed some famous victories, including England’s Ashes win of 2005.

In addition to cricket, The Oval has hosted a number of other historically significant sporting events. In 1870, it staged England‘s first international football match, versus Scotland. It hosted the first FA Cup final in 1872, as well as those between 1874 and 1892. In 1876, it held both the England v. Wales and England v. Scotland rugby international matches and, in 1877, rugby’s first varsity match. It also hosted the final of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy.

Event Logistics

Location & Directions

The Kia Oval
Surrey County Cricket Club
SE11 5SS

The Kia Oval is easily accessible from the West End, the City and all South East Counties.

Surrey County Cricket Club has joined up with the ‘Good Going’ travel awareness campaign in Lambeth. ‘Good Going’ aims to promote sustainable forms of transport including walking, cycling, public transport, car-sharing and low pollution vehicles. Using these forms of transport improves the environment by reducing pollution and congestion, and therefore provides a healthier and happier environment for all.

We ask fans to think twice about how they travel to the Kia Oval. Obviously, congestion levels increase on match days and in a bid to alleviate this, it would be appreciated if fans considered leaving their cars at home.

Below are multiple options as to how visitors to the Kia Oval can reach the ground both on a match-day, and/or for a conference and event.

By Underground

Take the Northern Line to the Oval tube station. The main entrance to the ground is 100 metres on your left on leaving the station. The ground is also a ten-minute walk from Vauxhall tube station which is served by the Victoria line.
For more information on the underground visit www.tfl.gov.uk.

By Bus

Route numbers 36, 185 and 436 stop outside the ground and other local services stop around the corner. The following buses set down within a 5-minute walk of the ground: 3, 59, 109, 133, 159, 333.
For more information on the buses visit www.tfl.gov.uk.

By Coach

Coach parking is situated at the New Covent Garden Coach Park. The address is New Covent Garden Market, Covent House, London, SW8 5NX. If you require drop off at the ground please contact David Gorrod on [email protected].

By Rail

Take South Western Railway trains to Vauxhall station, which is a ten-minute walk from the ground. The station is well served by trains throughout Surrey and Hampshire as well as from the Greater London area.

By Bike

There is limited bike parking for spectators outside the Hobbs Gate in the form of bike racks. This is allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Cancellation Policy
Our cancellation policy is as follows:

  1. Within 90 days of the event – full refund
  2. Within 60 days of the event – 75% refund
  3. Within 30 days of the event there will be no refunds but we will provide a 50% discount on next year’s conference
  4. Within 15 days of the event there will be no refunds but we will provide a 25% discount on next year’s conference