Annual Conference 2018 - Speakers & Sessions


Speech "HR Transformation " by Perry Timms
We are seeing some of the most challenging, disruptive and yet opportunistic times in the lives we live and the work we do. More than we've seen since some of the big shifts in the industrial revolution of the 19th and 20th centuries.
HR as a profession, is a product of the shift from production lines and manual labour, to the cognitive and creative ways we now serve people, build products and create platforms. Yet with more to come, it feels like HR is in need of a metamorphosis all of its own. Both to be more relevant and supportive to the people and the business of the future; and to help those people and the businesses of the future be smart, agile, and fair. Join Perry Timms as he takes us through his vision, model and ways of being to describe that HR metamorphosis for a transforming world of work. Helping us to reimagine the people profession and answer the question "So what's' HR ever done for us?" 

Speaker's Biography

Perry Timms is a global & TEDx speaker, consultant and award-winning writer on the future of work, HR & learning; which was recognised by his inclusion on HR’s Most Influential Thinkers List for 2017. He is Adjunct Faculy at Ashridge Executive Education at Hult International Business School. Perry’s first book "Transformational HR" has already become an Top 30 HR seller. 
You can find Perry online at or on Twitter (@PerryTimms) and his blog

Speech "Performance Management" by Nebel Crowhurst
Traditional performance management processes can be ineffective when it comes to increasing performance and motivation. As a result, organisations and HR teams are returning to the drawing board and re-designing continuous feedback approaches that are tailored to their specific needs. Hear how two organisations are creating new, efficient systems by:
  • •upskilling line managers to deliver effective coaching conversations
  • •linking individual and team performance to the outcomes of their business unit
  • •reducing the focus on appraisals to make room for a new feedback system.

Speaker's Biography

Nebel Crowhurst:
Gr owing a career in Learning & Talent Development Nebel joined River Island in 2015 and leads people development initiatives across the entire business including; Head office, Retail, Distribution Centres and International Retail. Having spent the previous 7 years building a multi award winning Learning & Development function at Virgin Holidays Nebel has experience of people development at all levels from apprenticeships through to leadership development and talent identification. Nurturing a highly credible L&D team that aims to educate everyone uniquely is an ongoing priority; Nebel is focused on delivering development solutions which have a demonstrable business impact as well as improving employee experience. 

Speech "The Art of Storytelling" by Alexander Grabner-Jarlung
Alexander Grabner-Jarlung will take you on a journey, or actually several journeys making us feel the power and the progression of strategic storytelling. The seminar will give you insights to the power of storytelling, practical and simple techniques on how to enhance your stories and most amazing of all, how specific stories change our biochemistry. 
Our brain is created, or rather completely optimized, for storytelling. With new studies literally pouring down around the topic we are now able to pinpoint, at a neurological, psychological and biological level, exactly why storytelling is so powerful and how to use it effectively to persuade, either with the purpose of selling, convincing or teaching someone something. 
In this lecture, you will experience the effects of good storytelling, but most importantly, you will gain a deeper understanding of why and how storytelling works. Just like all our other lectures, we will introduce several practical techniques and tools, in order for you to be able to deliver a story that sells, are convincing and creates memories within the listeners brain. The lecture is practical, useful and entertaining.

•The brain on storytelling
•Which hormones storytelling triggers and their differentiating psychological effects
•Effective Storytelling techniques — the world’s most effective communication tool
•Simple and effective techniques to enhance your stories.
•Stories of inspiration and practical tips

Speaker's Biography

Alexander Grabner-Jarlung: To provide the tools to people who increases the chance and the possibility of success are the reason why Alexander Grabner Jarlung gets up in the morning. Teaching and inspiring in presentation, communication and storytelling skills in Europe and in the USA. With a half a decade of working with governments, major businesses and enterprises worldwide the passion of the spoken word is what he is most excited about. He has devoted his life studying and learning with the help of David JP Phillips and his methods for the last 10 years, the ability to convey these wonderful skills that will help people communicate in ways that have never been seen before. Based on every proof and science of how the human brain works, putting neurology and psychology together with the art of presentation and communication have created a unique organization that is leading the way for others. David JP Phillips and Alexander Grabner Jarlung has been giving out the whole box full of tools from day one and keeps on doing that 365 days a year. Right now Alexander is handing out to all of humanity the way that storytelling can change the presentation society that we live in today. With more than a decade of being in sales in different positions in Scandinavia, Alexander Grabner-Jarlung is now the CEO for David JP Phillips organization in the USA and a senior consultant at David JP Phillips organization based in Sweden. He have been working all over the world and have meet people from all different cultures, letting them become great in communicating with other human beings… because it’s a skill, not a talent.
SpeechPeople Analytics " by Ian Bailie
As the expectations of candidates and workers shift based on their career demands and experiences with consumer technology, organizations need to make sure their people, and an investment in People Analytics, are at the centre of their people strategies to attract, retain and engage their employees.
Ian Bailie will discuss how companies can prepare for the Future of Work by embracing a data-driven mindset in HR that will empower their people and help drive meaningful conversations with the business about engagement, talent strategy and workforce planning.
•How to get started in People Analytics and create a culture of data-driven decisions
•How to help managers, HR and senior leaders make informed decisions about their people on a daily basis
•How companies can build flexible talent pools and pinpoint which workers have the right skills, where they’re located and how much they cost
•How to get great results with a combination of simple analysis and dashboards as well as more complex analytics and advanced HR technology
Learn how to achieve these same things without an army of data scientists, just a mindset and framework to find a critical business problem and the right data to help find a solution.

Speaker's Biography

Ian Bailie has 15 years’+ experience in driving innovation and enabling strategic transformation within HR and currently works as an advisor and consultant for start-ups focused on HR transformation and People Analytics. In his previous role as the Senior Director of People Planning, Analytics and Tools at Cisco Systems, he was responsible for delivering the tools and insights to enable and transform the planning, attraction and mobility of talent across the organisation globally. Ian is passionate about HR technology and analytics and how to use both to transform the employee experience and prepare companies for the Future of Work.

Speech "Yoga" by Sylvia Ioannidou
Human resources management is the process of managing people in a structured manner with a focus on developing a work force which can effectively help the organization to meet its objectives. Studies show an increase in occupational stress which has an adverse effect not only on the health and wellbeing of the individual but also on the health of the organization.
In the frenetic world of today where management principles are being turned on their heads there are some principles and precepts which are constant and which can help in the development of human resources in such a way that the health of the organization and the health of the bottom line is safeguarded. In this short talk we will see how the science of Yoga - techniques & practices- can be helpful.

Speaker's Biography
E-RYT® 500 Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher
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Owner & founder of OM theyogastudio & thegardenstudio in Cyprus | affiliate school of Pyramid yoga center Thailand RYS® 200, RYS® 500 Registered Yoga School (RYS) with Yoga Alliance

Yoga teacher, educator, life explorer and traveler….
Silvia has been studying and practicing yoga for 25+ years. A very early touch with yoga & eastern philosophy (started from home & hobbies at the young age of 12) which continued to flourish throughout her life, led her to an endless exploration of travelling and studying in Asia for the last 18 years (Thailand, India, Philippines, Bali, Cambodia).
In 2007 she decided to leave her 10+ year job (Fashion Retail Management World / studied fashion Milan Italy in the 90’s) and traveled to Thailand to study with, Yoga Master David Goulet the science of yoga (a unique and comprehensive self-development teacher training program). Since then to today together with her partner in life Christos Georgiou they have been studying and working closely with their Teacher David Goulet.
She wants to share Yoga with the world in the way that it was intended – as a spiritual science designed to awaken us to our highest potential - lineage-based, handed down from teacher to student for thousands of years in an unbroken chain of personal transmission. Her main concern is to help each student realize their fullest potential and assist them to reach their level of zest for living “Love for life”. Her love and dedication to teaching and to her students shines through in all of her classes and trainings.
She lives in Cyprus; however, she often travels abroad to study and teach.