Women In Leadership, And What’s Next For Gender Equality?

On Wednesday 16th May 2018, at the Village Hotel in Cardiff, the HR and business community from across South Wales met to discuss Women In Leadership and to answer the question ‘What’s The Next For Gender Equality?”

Chair of the Forum Mark Hendy opened proceedings by explaining that the Forum chose this topic to discuss because of its importance. Mark explained that with over 10,000 firms reporting gender pay gaps in favour of male workers, with 81% of occupations having a pay gap and with male workers earning on average 18.4% more than women, it was clear that there was so much work to do to make progress on this issue.

Orla Power, Leadership Services Managing Consultant from LHH Penna presented the Workforce Transformation research that is being conducted on an ongoing basis within LHH Penna and addressed such areas as the gap itself, the attitudes and perceptions towards the issue in the workplace and the traits and behaviours of women who have excelled and reached senior roles within business.

Following Orla’s presentation, a Q&A took place with panelists Anne Jessopp, CEO at the Royal Mint (the first female CEO in the organisations 1100 year history), Phil Bushy, Director of People and OD at Public Health Wales and Salina Sage, Head of HR at Tenneco Automotive.

Questions from the audience focused on such areas as mentoring, imposter syndrome, and personal drive to name but a few.

A fascinating evening was had by all, with great insights, informative debate and superb participation.

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Panel Announcement – Women In Leadership and What’s Next For Gender Equality, Sponsored by LHH Penna

Following our announcement last week that our next event will be taking place on 16th May 2018 in the Village Hotel, Cardiff we are now extremely delighted to announce our panel.

Our next event will focus on Women In Leadership and whats next for Gender Equality, and this event will be sponsored by LHH Penna. Our event will include a presentation from LHH Penna’s Leadership Managing Consultant Orla Power on the organisations Workforce Transformation Agenda Research. Following Orla’s presentation, we will be joined by the following panel members who will take part in a Q&A to answer the question – ‘What’s next for Gender Equality?”

 

0.jpeg Anne Jessopp, CEO – The Royal Mint

Anne has worked in HR across a number of sectors, gaining manufacturing experience early in her career at Rolls Royce and Procter and Gamble. She went on to gain consumer experience at Radio Rentals and RAC. She was HR Director of an industrial services company and Remploy, before joining The Royal Mint in 2008 as HR Director. Particular areas of focus during her career have involved working with companies who are developing their culture and undergoing significant change.

Anne has carried out a number of roles at The Royal Mint. Starting as the HR Director, she then went on to lead the core Business services in the organisation for a number of years before becoming Director of Consumer for The Royal Mint in 2015. Anne was proud to be part of the team that launched the organisation’s new visitor attraction, The Royal Mint Experience, in May 2016 which received over 100,000 visitors in its first year. On 16 February 2018, Anne was appointed Chief Executive.

Anne has led the strategic diversification of the business, resulting in significant growth based on understanding customers and delivering the services and products that meet their needs.  This has included: Secure Storage, Gifting, Historics, increasing coin collectors, expanding international relationships, and tourism within The Royal Mint Experience.

0-2.jpeg Phil Bushby, Director of People And Organisational Development – Public Health Wales

Phil joined Public Health Wales in June 2016 from the DVLA in Swansea where he was the Human Resources and Estates Director. Phil is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), and has a wide range of experience across HR disciplines and has led a number of significant change programmes over the past 20 years. In addition to his wider corporate responsibilities Phil oversee’s Public Health Wales People and Organisational Development Team who support the work of all of their staff located right across the country.

0-1.jpeg Selina Sage, Head of HR – Tenneco Automotive

Selina is a committed leader with a unique background that combines solid careers in General and Human Resource Management. She is a dedicated professional with a strong belief that every employee can contribute to business objectives and with the desire to help them succeed. She has experience in managing stakeholders across an organisation whilst also working effectively at a hands on level. She enjoys roles with strategic content where she can lead a team to deliver the strategy using appropriate measures and effective cadence.

We do hope you will be able to join us for what promises to be a fascinating and insightful evening. Tickets are available via our Eventbrite page which you can access by clicking HERE.

 

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NEW EVENT : Women In Leadership And Gender Equality – What Do We Do Next?

May 18 Event

Fresh from our fantastic event in the Big Moose Cafe with Jeff Smith, we are very pleased to announce our next event.

Following on from our Strategic Leadership research event last year – we are returning to this topic once more following the publication of Gender Pay Gap information from businesses across the UK.

You cannot look at any digital, print or social media outlet without a daily headline somehow related to the importance of elevating women in leadership, or gender equality, and we’ll be looking at what needs to be done to take this forward

So how are organisations missing the mark, why, despite their focus and investment, are their efforts not moving them forward?

We are delighted to have Orla Power – Leadership Services Managing Consultant from LHH Penna return to the Forum to outline some of the key findings from their continuing research programme under their Workforce Transformation Agenda.
Following Orla’s presentation, a panel will be available to discuss the topic and answer questions. More details regarding the panel will be announced shortly.

The event is taking place on the 16th May at the Village Hotel, Cardiff – with reception at 5.30pm for coffee/tea and networking with a 6.00pm start. The event will be held in Inspiration Room 1 and we really hope you can join us.

We are very grateful to be once again teaming up with LHH Penna who are our primary sponsor for this event.

Tickets are available on Eventbrite and by following this link.

Finally, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter. Our handle is @SWalesHRForum or you can click the Twitter button below. We are building a great community of Social HR Professionals on Twitter and we’d be pleased to have you on board to join the discussions.

Regards

Mark Hendy
Chair – SWHRF
@MarkHendyHR

Rescheduled Event : Behind The Scenes Of Personal Achievement – Teamwork, Determination & Courage

Following our postponement of this event which was originally scheduled to take place in December, we are delighted to confirm that ‘Behind The Scenes Of Personal Achievement‘ a talk by Jeff Smith of Big Moose and sponsored by Call Of The Wild, will now take place on Wednesday 14TH March 2018. See below for further details;-

Join us for an exciting talk by Jeff Smith, a former ice hockey player and, at age 53 recently climbed to the summit of Mount Everest. Jeff had two hip replacements in the months leading up to his successful expedition and has been travelling the country inspiring people with his story, including many visits to schools – helping children to have a dream.

Jeff is also the founder of bigmoose, a not for profit which has the aim of leaving the world a better place than we have found it, with a target of being a conduit to raise a million pounds (or more!) by 2020 for various charities.

We are very grateful to Call Of The Wild for kindly sponsoring this event. Call Of The Wild deliver award-winning research based  personal, team and management development programmes to a range of public and private sector companies across the UK. Their expertise lies in creating a space and place where individuals can experience deep and lasting learning which is transferable into the workplace.

Please visit this link to our eventbrite page where tickets can be purchased (tickets are £5)

Rescheduled March Event

NEW EVENT : Behind The Scenes Of Personal Achievement – Teamwork, Determination & Courage

We are delighted to announce details of our next, and final event of 2017, ‘Behind The Scenes Of Personal Achievement – Teamwork, Determination & Courage’ sponsored by Call Of The Wild.

Join us for an exciting talk by Jeff Smith, a former ice hockey player and, at age 53 recently climbed to the summit of Mount Everest. Jeff had two hip replacements in the months leading up to his successful expedition and has been travelling the country inspiring people with his story, including many visits to schools – helping children to have a dream.

Jeff is also the founder of bigmoose, a not for profit which has the aim of leaving the world a better place than we have found it, with a target of being a conduit to raise a million pounds (or more!) by 2020 for various charities.

We are very grateful to Call Of The Wild for kindly sponsoring this event. Call Of The Wild deliver award-winning research based  personal, team and management development programmes to a range of public and private sector companies across the UK. Their expertise lies in creating a space and place where individuals can experience deep and lasting learning which is transferable into the workplace.

December Event

Evidence-Based Management : Dropping The Fads And Making Better Decisions

EvidenceEvent

On Wednesday 4th October 2017 at the USW Conference Centre, South Wales HR Forum in collaboration with CIPD Wales were very pleased to present a talk on evidence-based management, delivered by Professor Rob Briner and David D’Souza.

Professor Rob Briner, who is Professor of Organisational Psychology at Queen Mary University, London and in 2016 was voted HR’s Most Influential Thinker by HR Magazine and David D’Souza, well-respected speaker and Head of Engagement and Branches at CIPD, thoroughly entertained the attendees on the basics of evidence-based HR and how it can be applied to the HR Profession.

We would like to express our gratitude to USW Exchange who sponsored and supported this event.

The presentation delivered at the event can be found on our ‘Publications’ Page along with the presentations delivered at our previous events.

Thank you to everyone who came along and we’ll see you in December for our fourth and final event of 2017.

Evidence Event – SOLD OUT

Following incredible demand for our next event ‘Evidence-Based Management : Dropping The Fads And Making Better Decisions’ Sponsored by University of South Wales  we can confirm that all tickets have now been sold.

As such we have started a reserve-list in case any tickets become available.

If you would like to be placed on to our reserve list, please contact Mark Hendy on mark.hendy@southwaleshrforum.co.uk

We’d like to express our massive thanks to the University of South Wales and the University of South Wales Exchange for supporting us and sponsoring this event. Without USW, this event would not be possible.

New Event : Evidence-Based Management – dropping The Fads And Making Better Decisions, Sponsored by University of South Wales

Evidence Event

On the back of our 2 hugely successful events this year, we are very pleased to announce our third event of 2017.

In an era of management fads, contradictory success stories, and fake news, good decision-making is more important than it has ever been. So on October 4th at 5.30pm, Professor Rob Briner and David D’Souza will deliver a practical guide explaining what evidence-based management is, and how it is being used to help the HR community.

‘Evidence Based Management – Dropping The Fads And Making Better Decisions’ is sponsored by University of South Wales who are also hosting this event, with this being staged at the Conference Centre at USW’s Treforest Campus.

Professor Rob Briner, is Professor of Organisational Psychology at Queen Mary University, London and in 2016 was voted HR’s Most Influential Thinker by HR Magazine. Rob is also Scientific Director for the Centre for Evidence-Based Management and a prolific speaker on the subject of Evidence-Based Management/HR.

David D’Souza is Head of Engagement at CIPD and is a renowned and respected speaker on the subject of HR, progressive business practice as well as the future world of work.

This is a FREE EVENT for CIPD members (with a minimal cost for non-members) with tickets available from the following link. We are expecting high demand for this event and many places have already been reserved, so please be quick.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/south-east-wales-evidence-based-management-dropping-the-fads-and-making-better-decisions-tickets-36637641171?aff=es2

We are pleased to promote this event as part of our collaboration with CIPD Wales.

Strategic Leadership – The Importance of Strategic People Management.

June 2017 Collage

Lovely to see so many people at the SWHR Forum on 21 June, on a very hot evening.  Sorry the bar was not open!

For those who couldn’t attend or would like a quick recap, some of the key points are set out below.  The event was sponsored by LHH Penna of whom we are extremely grateful, and was also fantastically graphically facilitated by Eleanor Beer, simply remarkable to watch her in action. Additionally the event took place at the iconic Brains brewery in Cardiff, who we would like to thank for their hospitality.

I don’t think there is any doubt that the environment is changing at a pace most of us are struggling to keep up with.   Global growth, demographic and culture shifts and technology being classic examples.

At the SWHR Forum on 21 June, LHH Penna, a world leading talent development and transition company, reported its initial finding that 72% of the HR and business leader community it surveyed saw Leadership Accountability as a critical business issue in their organisation.

Our speaker for the evening, Orla Power, Talent and Leadership Development Expert from LHH Penna explained that this was identified as a global problem.  The high performing companies surveyed reported higher levels of leadership accountability, invested more time in communicating clear expectations and reported having a higher level of accountable leaders through better leadership culture, behaviour and organisational practices.

Three key attributes of accountable leaders were:

·         Developing their own skills.

·         Building the leadership capabilities of their teams.

·         Acting in the best interests of the organisation as a whole.

Along with customer focus, high personal maturity and others, accountable leaders were found to be ones who make leadership a strategic priority, define and articulate clear expectations and address mediocracy.

There is no doubt that looking at shortfalls in leadership is critical for the business environment as the world becomes more uncertain.  How your organisation chooses to do this may vary from business to business but taking some action is better than doing nothing and maybe you will want to carry out your own accountably audit to at least identify what your people are thinking.

If anyone would like more information about the research, please contact Paul Harris at LHH Penna (Paul is on LinkedIn, or alternatively email us at mark.hendy@southwaleshrforum.co.uk and we can pass on Paul’s details) or if you would like a photo of the graphic by Eleanor, please let us know and we will get it to you but there is plenty on twitter under the hashtag #strategicleadership

We would like to express our thanks to our sponsors LHH Penna, our speaker Orla Power, our graphic facilitator and speaker Eleanor Beer and to S A Brains for providing us with the venue.

Thank you for the huge support once again, and we look forward to seeing you at our next event, to be announced soon!