Surrey HR Forum – 2013

Surrey HR Forum – 2013

Our 5th HR Forum was held on Friday 8th November 2013 at the Watts Gallery in Compton, Surrey. The stunning venue provided the ideal backdrop to host an intimate and highly informative meeting which was attended by over 40 companies. It was a great opportunity for local business people to get together and to discuss topical issues.

The Recruitment Consultancy started the Surrey HR Forum in 2009 as a one-off breakfast meeting for a few of its clients. The feedback was so positive that the Forum evolved into an annual event. The key to its continued success has been having the right speakers presenting topics of interest and importance in an easily accessible venue.

We work hard to tailor the subjects to suit current business issues and to ensure that we cover topics that matter to employers of all sizes. There are many legislative changes coming in the year ahead and we were delighted that the topics covered detailed below were so relevant to both small independent businesses and large corporate organisations.

Sharon Ellis, Operations Director of The Recruitment Consultancy commented – “I’m so delighted that our Surrey HR Forum was so well attended and that the feedback from our clients highlighted the value of attending such events”.


Steve Herbert, Head of Benefits Strategy, Jelf Employee Benefits

“An Employment Landscape”: Things every employer should know for 2014 and beyond

Legislation is increasingly requiring organisations of all sizes to Steve_Herbertprovide benefits to their employees. Employers need to be aware of what is now required of them, and what practical steps can be taken to ensure compliance with new regulations. At the same time, the savvy employer should also be considering how the benefits offering can best be used to attract, retain, and engage employees. Steve’s leading topics will include the introduction of the Independent Assessment Service from 2014, tax breaks for some healthcare benefits, changes to Childcare Vouchers, and updates on the latest developments in the Pensions Auto-Enrolment saga.

A high profile commentator on all employee benefits, Steve is well known to HR decision makers through the delivery of a number of pioneering, and highly successful, seminars series. He also regularly acts as a guest speaker on benefit issues.

His track record includes developing and promoting new concepts in employee benefits, acting as a judge in industry awards, media spokesman, and article writer. Steve can also provide presentation-skills training, and seminar marketing advice.

Steve’s role is a crucial element of interface between benefits industry and corporate clients, which he achieves by popularising employee benefits in a frank, accessible, and often unique, way.

Tim Randles, Associate Director, Penningtons Solicitors LLP

“Painting by numbers”: A portrait of employment litigation in 2013

Now the Government’s promised changes to employment law Tim_Randleshave at last been enacted Tim will explain the significance of tribunal fees, the new tribunal rules, settlement agreements and ACAS guidance for employers and well as share some of his know-how and recent decisions of interest.

Tim specialises in employment disputes, particularly disciplinary issues (often involving very senior executives), employee fraud and capability. He has chaired investigations for clients often involving very sensitive matters such as sexual harassment, bullying, and a wide range of other grievances, assisted at disciplinary hearings and appeals, and conducted a number of informal mediations. He also advises on a range or regulatory/criminal issues including health and safety.

A regular speaker at conferences and seminars, he is noted for his excellent, and often humorous, delivery of a complex subject matter. Tim also provides comment for both the spoken and written national media.

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