Surrey HR Forum – 2015

Watts Gallery

Surrey HR Forum – 2015

Complimentary Breakfast Meeting at Watts Gallery, Compton, Guildford, Surrey

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 good that the Forum evolved into an annual event. The key to its success has been having the right speakers presenting relevant topics in an easily accessible venue.

The above was our 7th HR Forum. Over 80 companies attended the forum which was a great opportunity for local business people to get together and to discuss relevant topical issues.

In 2015 we also launched a LinkedIn Surrey HR Forum group and a programme of free workshops for our members. The Forum now has over 180 members, many of whom have joined through recommendation. (If you wish to join the Forum, details can be found here.)

We work hard to tailor the subjects to suit current business issues and to ensure that we cover topics that are relevant to employers of all sizes. There are many legislative changes coming in the year ahead and whether you are a small independent business or a large corporate organisation we are sure you that will find our meetings of interest.

We look forward to welcoming you to our next HR Forum, details of which will follow mid 2016.

Sharon Ellis FIRP
Operations Director
Chair Surrey HR Forum

Watts Gallery
Friday 20th November.
Registration 8.00 a.m.
Starts 8.45 a.m.
Concludes 12.00 a.m.


Steve Herbert, Head of Benefits Strategy, Jelf Employee Benefits

The world of employment is changing – and no more so than in the provision of Employee Benefits.

Steve guided delegates through the key changes of the last 12 months. His broad brush strokes captured the progress of Fit for Work and the Pensions Tax Relief consultation (both of which will pose challenges to employers of all sizes). Some finer detail highlighted changes to Insurance Premium Tax and the progress of the Pension Freedoms project. It was a useful, informative and possibly fun session from an old master of the Employee Benefits school.

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

As well as providing an update on recent developments in employment law and things to be looking forward to, Tim also examined the latest ACAS guidance on Equality and Diversity, managing discrimination grievances in the workplace and some of the key issues surrounding the role of HR in the disciplinary process as a result of recent guidance issued by the Employment Appeal Tribunal.

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.

Kevin Green

Kevin Green, Chief Executive, Recruitment and Employment Confederation

Kevin looked at current state of the jobs market; including skill shortages, employment rates, the size of the recruitment industry and data from the latest Report on Jobs. He then discussed the emerging talent crises and why candidate experience is so important in the recruitment process and he shared his formula for success in relation to talent.

Kevin is a much sought-after speaker on subjects such as Kevin-Green the future of resourcing; using people strategies to improve competitiveness and how to undertake people-centric organisational transformation.

He is also a regular contributor to BBC radios 5’s Wakeup to Money and the Today programme. Kevin has also made many TV appearances on ITV, Channel 4, Sky, Jeff Randall live, Newsnight and BBC news commenting on the UK employment market. Kevin has a Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel and is a Fellow of the CIPD and IRP writing many articles on HR Strategy and Organisational Change.

Optional free 1 hour guided tour of Watts Gallery from 12.00 a.m. following Q&A.

A new exhibition opened on 17th November and Forum guests had the opportunity to be amongst the first to see it.

Friends for forty years, G F Watts and Frederic Leighton enjoyed one of the Victorian era’s longest and most productive artistic partnerships. Masterful, personal, and beautiful, their drawings are imaginative records of their artistic ideals and reveal the pair’s extraordinary technical ability. Showcasing some of the artists’ never-before-seen masterpieces, this exhibition brought Watts’s and Leighton’s finest drawings together for the first time.

Watts Gallery

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