Ella joined easyJet as Group People Director in May 2018. easyJet is Europe’s leading airline employing 13,000 people across 8 countries. During the current crisis Ella has led all people aspects of the actions taken to save the airline and has made major changes to the airline’s structure and people costs to position easyJet for recovery.
Previously Ella was at Sainsbury’s Argos where she led the integration of the Argos and J Sainsbury’s non-food businesses to create a multi-product, multi-channel business.
Ella held the role of Group HR Director at Home Retail Group (Homebase, Argos and Habitat) leading the people aspects of Argos’ digital transformation and HR Director for the UK and Ireland HR operations of Fujitsu between 2009 and 2015.
Ella began her HR career in the charity sector and held senior HR roles at mental health charity Mind, and the National Family Services Charity. Ella maintains her connection with the charity sector and passion for performing arts as a trustee of The Roundhouse.
Ella earned her BA (Hons) degree in English literature from the University of Bristol and her Master’s degree from the University of London.
Kirstin is the People Director at Channel 4. Prior to this Kirstin has held a number of senior people roles including Kantar, Twentieth Century Fox, Discovery and BBC Worldwide, where she spent over seven years developing the organisation’s culture to support and deliver a global growth strategy. Kirstin is also a non executive for the British Wheelchair Basketball.
Kirstin is passionate about how organisations can support individuals being their best to drive company results. Her resource site (kirstinfurber.com) has been developed specifically to support leaders looking to create a human culture where everyone can do their best work to drive transformation and growth.
Anne Erni joined Audible as Chief People Officer in 2016. She most recently served as Head of Human Resources at Bloomberg L.P. Anne spent six years at Bloomberg, during which the global workforce doubled, and where her passion for nurturing talent led to the creation of Bloomberg’s Global Leadership Forum. Before Bloomberg, Anne was Managing Director and Chief Diversity Officer at Lehman Brothers, focusing on the recruitment and retention of women and under-represented groups. Anne also spent fifteen years with P&L responsibility in fixed income and equity sales at Lehman Brothers and Bankers Trust.
Linda is a highly experienced European HR Director with 20 years’ HR experience in the Food Industry. Linda started her career with Muller Dairy, the UK’s leading yoghurt manufacturer. Her next move was to Cargill, leading the European and Russian HR team for Cargill Meats Europe and spent time in Russia developing relationships and resource plans for the new build of a dedicated McDonald’s processing facility. Linda also worked closely with the McDonald’s Supply HR leadership team to develop joint people initiatives as part of the SAVES program. In 2016 Linda moved to the HR Director role at John West Foods and became a member of the Executive Board. Here Linda delivered a number of talent and development programs including leadership development, Academy training and the integration of SWP into the business planning process at both a local and global level. Last year Linda took full Commercial HR responsibility for Thai Union Europe’s Northern European Operating Companies, expanding her remit to include branded seafood business in Norway, Germany and Russia.
Frida Polli PhD is an award-winning Harvard and MIT trained neuroscientist turned AI-startup CEO. She is the CEO of pymetrics, a talent matching platform that uses behavioral science and AI to help companies like Unilever, Accenture, and LinkedIn match external and internal talent with their ideal jobs predictively and fairly. While an academic, Frida was an NIH fellow, a NARSAD Young Investigator, an MIT 100K winner, and a Life Science Fellow at Harvard Business School (where she earned an MBA). She has been featured on CNN, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Fast Company, and Inc.
Robyn is currently the Chief Talent and Culture Officer at the Wikimedia Foundation (the non-profit organization that runs Wikipedia). In this role, she is responsible for developing Wikimedia’s talent strategy and guides the organization to create a culture that embraces innovation, learning, resilience and joy.
Robyn has more than 20 years of human resources experience; some of her areas of expertise include organizational design and effectiveness, workforce planning, talent development, performance facilitation, compensation and benefits, and employee engagement and well-being.
There are many things to tell you about John. Obviously there’s all the usual Bio stuff; respected organisational psychologist, an OBE, Chartered Scientist, elected Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health, bestselling New York Times author, Research Fellow at the University of East London, and Founder of APS.
And then there are all the things he does; Mentor to many, teacher to some, and always using his deep psychological insight combined with real life experience to provide a touchstone for people and companies who want to thrive, achieve and align their beliefs, values and ethics.
But these are the things you need really need to know; John is a giant, literally, he’s huge! He’s also a Dad, Brother & Uncle…from Stockport (a product of the statement ‘The most unlikely of people in the most improbable of circumstances, can become extraordinary’). People who think facts and evidence should bow to ‘opinion’ drive him crazy, he’s passionate about Star Wars, is a self confessed nerd & geek, a former NBA sportsman, has a voice like honey, is transported by music and loves nothing more than to eat decadent foods that are bad for him – especially donuts.
So while you’re questioning everything you thought you knew, John will entertain you with his storytelling, confront you with uncomfortable truths, make you laugh and move you to tears (sometimes in the same minute) and ultimately inspire you to grow and develop in ways you couldn’t possible imagine…..so that you can be a Giant too.
Teresa Boughey MA FCIPD is CEO of award-winning Jungle HR and founder of Inclusion 247. Teresa has extensive Strategic HR experience, operating at a Senior level within a variety of industries and sectors including FTSE 250, Financial Services, Travel Industry, Private and Public Sectors.
Teresa has delivered a TEDx talk entitled ‘Overcoming Diversity Fatigue’ (2019) and is author of #1 Amazon bestseller Closing the Gap – 5 Steps to Creating an Inclusive Culture (2019). Teresa is a UK Female Entrepreneur Ambassador and is a Business Board Member of the Women and Enterprise and the Women and Work APPGs and a regular contributor to the media and public policy.
Jane Ayaduray has spent nine years working as a Diversity and Inclusion leader in both global and UK roles. She has twice been named one of the Top 50 Diversity Professionals in Industry, and has spoken internationally on diversity topics ranging from disability and LGBT+ inclusion, to flexibility and D&I strategy.
Jane has an MBA (Hons) from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and is a passionate mentor of emerging talent.
Katrina Collier is on a mission to energise the human connection between HR, recruiters & hiring managers to better recruitment and the candidate experience. Through facilitation she swiftly gives company deeper insights and actionable outcomes into any barriers preventing a positive recruitment process, and her unique shared-learning Mastermind programme, develops the skills HR & recruiters need to partner effectively with the business and candidates. She is the author of The Robot-Proof Recruiter, a well-loved global keynote speaker, and host of The Hiring Partner Perspective (Unedited) podcast.
She is also an Ambassador for Hope for Justice charity, and you’ll find her on LinkedIn and on Instagram & Twitter @KatrinaMCollier.
Mervyn Dinnen is author of the book Exceptional Talent and an HR & talent analyst who advises recruitment and HR technology businesses on the emerging trends impacting hiring, retention and engagement. he is an International speaker and writer on HR and recruitment trends. He previously spent 20 years working with UK companies on recruitment and retention strategies.