The Excellence in Leadership (EiL) summit is brought to you by The Business Transformation Network.
This year’s conference focuses on business transformation with an emphasis on people & technology leadership.
The Excellence in Leadership: Delivering Through Uncertainty summit will be led by world-class industry leaders giving insight into their organisations as they delve deeper into ways of thinking and working that can help to deliver excellence in the business.
“A diverse group of top quality speakers across 2 days. Enormously engaging, very insightful and some great ideas to take back to the office.”
Group HR Director – Cyient
Savoy Place is the home of the IET London which is the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
This classic building has been re-invented as a cutting-edge event venue and will play host over 2 days to 2 talk tracks on Delivering Through Uncertainty in the Kelvin Lecture Theatre and Maxwell Library with fantastic views across the Thames during breakout sessions.
Vice President, EMEA at Twitter
Bruce Daisley is the EMEA Vice President of Twitter and best-selling author of The Joy of Work. He joined the company in 2012 having previously run YouTube UK at Google. He has also worked at Emap/Bauer and Capital Radio.
Bruce runs the Apple #1 Business Chart topping podcast Eat Sleep Work Repeat on work culture. Bruce's book The Joy of Work has been a smash hit, it was the Sunday Times number 1 business bestseller in spring 2019, the Financial Times made it Book of the Month.
VP, Product Development at Ascential
James is an experienced digital leader who has spent over 15 years transforming businesses, defining vision and strategy for new products, platforms and services, and recruiting and forming teams to design, build and operate these services for millions of customers. He is currently VP, Product Development at Ascential, the specialist, global information company that enables smart decision-making for business.
He is also the Founder of The Digital Discovery Group, helping people and companies achieve their full potential by focusing on the needs of their customers, colleagues and suppliers and has previously led digital, design and strategy teams at CPA Global, Tesco PLC, Government Digital Service and the BBC. James has a BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science from The University of Birmingham and lives in Warwickshire with his wife and three children.
Chief Human Resources Officer at the BBC
Valerie has worked in HR for 35 years across a variety of sectors and countries. She is currently Chief HR Officer for the BBC and has been in this role since 2014. She is a member of the BBC Executive and is responsible for the design and implementation of the BBC’s HR and Internal Communications strategy.
Prior to joining the BBC in 2014, Valerie was Group HR Director at support services organisation Amey, with responsibility for the HR, Marketing/Communications and Health, Safety and Sustainability strategy for 20,000 employees. During this time she led the people integration of 10,000 employees from acquired company Enterprise into Amey.
She previously held the role of Group HR Director for Steria, based in Paris with global responsibility for 20,000 employees. She joined Steria in 2007 as a result of the acquisition of Xansa by Steria and was responsible for the people merger of the two organisations. She had worked at Xansa for 10 years, initially on a part-time basis while bringing up a young family, and then moving to become Group HR Director in 2004. In addition to leading the HR function, she developed a new HR Outsourcing service line for the organisation from India.
Her earlier career was spent initially at Selfridges as a Personnel Manager and then working at EDS (now Hewlett Packard), which she joined while living in the Netherlands. She spent four years there, initially heading up European Recruitment and then becoming HR Director for Northern Europe. She transferred to the UK with the organisation as head of European Compensation and Benefits before becoming UK HR Director.
Valerie is a Fellow of the CIPD and has a B. Com. degree from Birmingham University. She speaks regularly at conferences and mentors many HR professionals and students including through the University of Birmingham’s alumni programme. She is also an adviser to board committees at the Donmar Warehouse theatre and has been a Court member for the Guild of HR professionals.
NED and Chair of RemCo, CIPD
Yetunde Hofmann is a Non-Executive Director on the global board of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and is a member of their Audit Committee and Nominations Committee.
In 2018 She became the CIPD champion for the Middle East. An internationally accredited Integral Development Coach she is Managing Director of Synchrony Development Consulting which partners with organisations in the development and execution of change strategy, diversity and inclusion and the alignment of their people and organisation behind the way forward. She had a successful career as an HR Leader in FTSE 100 global companies including Imperial Brands, Unilever, Allied Domecq and Northern Foods. Her tenets are Love, Leadership and Results. A TEDx Speaker, Conference Chair and Speaker, Yetunde sits on the boards of a number of organisations such as Treatt PLC, The Education Development Trust (EDT) where she also Chairs their Remuneration Committee and Tomorrow's Company. She is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Reading's Henley Business School and is Founder of The Enjoyable Life Series - a Community Organisation designed to help men and women in all walks of life live their lives more enjoyably. In 2018 she was named one of the top 100 women in the UK to watch by the Cranfield University Female FTSE Board Report.
Her twitter handles are: @Yetundeh and @ENJLifeseries
Shadow Foreign Secretary at The Liberal Democrats
A solicitor by profession, Chuka studied English Law and French Law at the University of Manchester and then practiced employment law for just under a decade in the City and central London.
Following his election to Parliament, in June 2010 he was elected to serve on the Treasury Select Committee and in October 2010 was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to Ed Miliband, Leader of the Labour Party. In May 2011, Chuka became Shadow Minister for Small Business in Labour’s Shadow Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) team, and in October 2011 was promoted to lead that team and join the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills. Chuka held this post until September 2015 when he left the Shadow Cabinet by mutual agreement with Jeremy Corbyn.
In February 2019, he resigned the Labour whip to sit as an Independent MP due to Labour’s failure to provide opposition to Brexit and the culture of antisemitism and bullying it had developed.
Chuka is one of leading people of the People’s Vote campaign, Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on EU Relations and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Integration.
He is seen as a leading figure on the centre-left of British politics and writes a weekly column for the Independent.
Chairman and Founder, 10x Psychology
BA (Hons), MPhil, PhD, HonDrSc, HonFBPsS, C.Psychol, FBPsS, CSci, AcademicFCIPD, FInstSM, FRSA, FIoD
Peter Saville is arguably the best known, most successful and highly acclaimed Psychologist within the Business Psychology Profession. The British Psychological Society (BPS) have stated, “Peter Saville established Britain as a centre for Psychometric testing and is responsible for cementing the notion of fair and objective assessment in Human Resources across the world. As a skilled psychometrician and visionary leader, Peter Saville has made a significant impact on professional psychology in the UK and beyond. The widespread use of his tests by major companies and public bodies is testament to the influence of Peter Saville’s remarkable ideas.”
With a usage of some 50 million of his measures of ability, personality, motivation and talent annually, Peter has been described as “One of the most influential Psychologists of our time”. He founded SHL in 1977 where he developed the Occupational Personality Questionnaire (OPQ) and the first commercial Big 5 Personality measure. He floated SHL group on the main London stock exchange in 1997. In 1998 Peter was listed in the ‘Top 100’ Entrepreneurs by Enterprise Magazine and in 1999 was cited as one of Britain’s Top Ten Psychologists, the only Occupational Psychologist included. In 2001 Peter’s portrait hung in the National Portrait Gallery after being presented with the British Psychology Society Centenary Award for Distinguished Contributions to Professional Psychology. Peter then went on to found Saville Consulting (now Saville Assessment), where he developed the Saville Wave questionnaire. The company was acquired by Willis Towers Watson in 2015. Already a Fellow, in 2012 Peter received the highest BPS award, Honorary Fellowship, in recognition of his work in “Flying the flag for Britain for objective assessment” and “Creating the global gold standard for psychometric tests”. Peter has written over 200 publications and spoken in over 60 countries worldwide. Peter was Professor of Psychology at Queen’s University, Belfast and is currently Professor of Leadership Studies at Kingston University, London.
Head of PLM Devops at Ericsson
Maria has been a leader within the Swedish Telecom vendor Ericsson for the last fourteen years. For most of those years heading up the development of software products for telecom core systems. A year and a half ago she moved into sales and service delivery of the Ericsson core system portfolio as Head of Telcom Core & Cloud, Digital Services.
During her professional career, the Telecom industry and the company has been through major changes. The common denominator for change, planned or unplanned, is that it deflects focus from defined business targets. Maria has developed a special interest in how to lead people and organizations to deliver everyday results, even while bigger changes are ongoing.
Prior to her employment with Ericsson, Maria worked as a consultant for AU-System, Teleca and Capgemini.
Global Director of People Development at Farfetch
Kim joined Farfetch, the online luxury fashion platform, in 2018 as Global Director of People Development. She previously spent 11.5 years at Google multiple divisions including Learning & Development, and most recently the Cloud team, where she was Global Practice Head for Customer Change and Culture.
She is an expert in change management, the psychology and neuroscience of change, digital transformation, organisational culture, leadership, innovation and high performing teams.
She has had articles published in The Economist and Forbes and is a regular guest lecturer at London Business School and Imperial College London.