Speakers Announced for HR Analytics Forum Launch Conference

We are proud to announce the exciting line-up of speakers for our Mission Critical HR Analytics Conference on 5 September in London. The conference will feature leading HR practitioners from NHS England, Atos, EDF Energy, McKinsey & Company, Citi, Office for National Statistics and many other organisations from the private and public sector (see full programme below).

In the 2018 Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends Survey, the number of respondents who viewed people analytics as important for their organisation rose to an all-time high of 85 percent. However, only 42 percent of respondents saw their business as ready for this new age of ‘people data’. At the same time, recent high-profile data breaches have caused growing concerns about data protection, forcing HR professionals to re-examine their data management and confront employees’ demands for transparency. This conference will explore new trends in HR analytics and show how industry leaders have harnessed the power of HR analytics for their businesses. It will offer insights into:

  • How HR professionals can use analytics to add value to their organisation despite tight budgets and limited time
  • The secrets for success in building and developing effective HR analytics teams
  • Best practice for sourcing, storing and maintaining data in the light of GDPR and rising demands for data protection
  • How to gain executive support
  • How to use HR analytics tools to drive business strategy
  • How to utilise analytics in a way that delivers tangible results but also champions integrity and transparency

The conference will offer case studies and practical examples, equipping participants with tangible lessons for their own HR analytics journey. Sessions throughout the day will explore the use of metrics for purposes such as monitoring staff turnover, improving employee engagement or streamlining talent acquisition. You will have the chance to discuss current issues and practical problems with HR analytics experts and engage in interactive knowledge share sessions. There will also be plenty of opportunities for networking with colleagues and leading professionals.

For more information on the event, including how to book tickets, see the event website: http://www.symposium.co.uk/event/mission-critical-hr-analytics-2018/.



5 September 2018, 9:30am – 4:30pm

Hilton Hotel, Canary Wharf, London


09:00 Coffee and registration
09:30 Chair’s opening remarks

Prof Andy Charlwood, Professor in Human Resource Management, Leeds University Business School

09:45 The Goal and the Reality – How Do We Move towards Evidence-Based HR?

  • How to develop a sustainable analytics function for a large public-sector employer
  • Using data to power workforce planning in a complex organisation
  • Developing an audience and garnering support within a closely regulated institutional framework

Antony Williamson, Head of Workforce Systems, NHS England

10:10 Creating a Culture of Curiosity: How to Use Predictive Analysis to Deliver Actionable and Relevant Insights

  • How to move from historical data analysis to predictive analytics
  • Building credibility for analytics and preventing numerical refute
  • Reconciling the need for immediate results with long-term goals
  • Using predictive analysis to deliver a real business impact for senior executives and their decision-making

Elaine Mahon, Head of People Analytics, Office for National Statistics

10:35  Questions and discussion with speakers


Panel discussion (topic provisional)

Big Data, Good Data: What is Best Practice for Collecting and Storing Data?

  • Different types of data and how to collect them
  • Checking data quality and ensuring data remains up-to-date
  • Tried and tested measures to safeguard data protection and data security
  • Ensuring transparency and integrity when using employee data

Kerry Dorfer, Workday Change Management Lead, Dentsu Aegis Network

Luke Giles, HR Advisor, Place2Be

Ioannis Nerantzakis, HR Data Analyst, Lloyd’s Register

Prof Andy Charlwood, Professor in Human Resource Management, Leeds University Business School

11:10 Refreshments and networking
11:30 The Evolution of People Analytics at Atos

  • How to build an analytics team and develop a roadmap for success
  • Getting started with analytics and delivering first business insights
  • Bringing in the skills and expertise needed to carry out analytics work
  • Using predictive analytics and scenario planning to drive business strategy

Cheryl Allen, Head of HR Analytics, Atos

11:55 Business case study – speaker TBC


12:20 Questions and discussion with speakers
12:30 Lunch and networking
13:30 Knowledge share – networking session
14:00 Stream A: Getting HR Analytics off the Ground

Six Steps to Enlightenment (for HR Analysts): Lessons Learned from a Career in HR Analytics

  • Step-by-step guide on how to get started with HR analytics
  • Getting organised and setting the right priorities for data collection and analysis
  • Achieving first tangible results that add value to the business

Ross Watkins, People Analytics & Reporting Manager, EDF Energy

Stream B: Taking Analytics Further

Business Intelligence and the Importance of Effective Data Visualisation for HR Insight

  • How to apply the principles of effective data visualisation when communicating your data story
  • How the Business Intelligence team work in partnership with HR to develop HR analytics reports at the University of Exeter
  • Overview of the design process for developing our ‘People Report’

Dan Isaac, Business Intelligence Officer, University of Exeter

14:25 Stream A: Getting HR Analytics off the Ground

The Art of Herding Cats: How to Engage Disparate and Diverse Stakeholders with Workforce Analytics

  • Insights into sharing workforce data across all 33 councils in London
  • How to get stakeholders in remote teams and disparate regions to engage with your data
  • Hints and tips for how to engage your clients and make your data come alive

Mark Porter, Head of HR Operations at oneSource and Chair of the London Councils Workforce Planning Group

Stream B: Taking Analytics Further

Automation and People Data: Recruiting Analytics at McKinsey & Company

  • Data-driven solutions for recruitment and talent management in a large organisation
  • How to automate data collection and delivery with self-serve to save time and resources in HR
  • Utilising analytics to drive decision-making in the business

Dillon Nagle, Manager of Recruiting Analytics, McKinsey & Company


14:50 Questions and discussion with speakers Questions and discussion with speakers
15:00 Refreshments and networking
15:20 What’s the Story? Ensuring Your Business Understands HR Analytics

  • How to integrate storytelling with HR analytics
  • Tell a compelling story to create impactful analytics your business will understand
  • Build an effective relationship with HR and the wider business
  • Simple takeaways to improve your delivery of HR insights

Sunil Kaushal, HR Analytics & Talent Specialist with experience at HSBC, Barclays, Deloitte and Goldman Sachs

15:45 Psychometrics and Data-Driven Recruitment – Comparing and Evaluating Established vs “Disruptor” Assessment Vendors

  • How to choose and implement third-party assessments – insights from current corporate experience, the British Psychological Society test review team and former life as a test publisher
  • How to see through the marketing hype to compare established vendors with those which typically differentiate through the use of GBA/AI/machine learning technology
  • Experiences from three pilots with disruptor vendors conducted by Citi Campus Recruiting in the USA

Ian Newcombe, Global Assessment Manager, Citi

16:10 Questions and discussion with speakers
16:20 Chair’s closing remarks – end of conference at 16:30



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