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Who organises the HR Advisors Conference?

#HRACONF17 has been organised by Elephant. Elephant is an HR training company that started in NZ in 2007 and in 2016 expanded into the UK. The team at Elephant are passionate about providing HR development that is practical, useful and fun and have trained over 2000 HR people in NZ and Australia.

For information about Elephant Group UK click here.

For information about Elephant NZ click here.

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The Happiness Lab

The Conference will be held in the Happiness Lab at Perkbox. This is on the lower ground floor at 22 Tudor Street, London EC4Y 0AY

Perkbox is a cloud-based employee perks and engagement platform for businesses of all sizes, giving employers and employees a range of great perks, social reward and recognition tools and health and wellness platforms that help promote the financial, emotional and physical wellbeing of their team. 

To learn more send an email to hello@perkbox.co.uk or call them on 0208 396 6812.

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Management Bites training cover different areas of people management and you can purchase to modules off the shelf, to run yourself - or have them customised. For more visit www.mgmtbites.co.uk

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Practical tools, techniques and ideas to be an HR Advisor of the future!


AGENDA DAY 1: Wednesday 12 July


9am - 10am: Networking. At conferences it’s important to meet other HR people. But for many this is really uncomfortable. In our first session of the day you’ll learn some networking tricks and also meet other attendees. If you’re travelling to the conference and won’t arrive until the official kick off, you’ll get a networking pack so you don’t miss out on learning these tricks!


10am: Official kick off


10am - 12.15pm: The evolving role of an HR Advisor. In this first session Angela Atkins will present on 3 key evolutions in the HR Advisory role and how you can prepare to deliver as these evolve. You’ll learn some tools to deliver effectively, discuss what areas you’re concerned about changing most and how you can deal with these concerns!


12.15pm - 1.15pm: Lunch


1.15pm - 2.15pm: Your HR Career Path. Penelope Barton, Chief People Officer at Vend and Susan Lowe, National HR Manager for Coca-Cola, will share their career paths, how they got to where they are, and what suggestions you can use to develop yourself for the future.


2.15pm - 3.15pm: Your path to HR Success. Dr David Keane was a stand out presenter in New Zealand and will be sharing some amazing tips on how you can be as successful as you want to be from his book ‘The Deliberate Art of Success’.


3.15pm: Afternoon tea


3.30pm - 4.15pm: Coaching Principles: Tracy Sinclair from Tracy Sinclair Ltd – Coaching Pacific's UK Associate – and Mary Britton from Coaching Pacific bring you the latest research on global trends for leaders and managers. Together we will explore Global Best Practice in contracting external coaches, training internal coaches, and in growing your managers and leaders using the Coach Approach.


4.15pm - 5pm: The HR Advisors Awards. For the last part of the day you will hear from our finalists for the HR Advisors Awards UK. What initiative did they take on? What challenges did they face? What results did they create? You’ll vote on who you think deserves to be the HR Advisor of the Year!


5pm: Drinks & nibbles

AGENDA DAY 2: Thursday 13 July


9am - 10.30am: Employment Law Master Class. For the operational part of an HR Advisor’s role you need to know not just the basics of employment law, but also how to handle some of the more complicated issues like issuing warnings, working through dismissals and dealing with bullying and harassment.


10.30 - 11am: Morning tea


11am - 12.30pm: Influencing Managers Master Classs. As an HR Advisor you often need to get managers on board with new HR initiatives and the advice you’re giving them. In this second Master Class you’ll learn how to get your managers to take new ideas on board, really listen to HR, and be truly engaged and buy in to what you’re trying to achieve.


12.30 - 1.15pm: Lunch


1.15pm - 2.15pm: Recruiting in the age of transparacny. How can you find amazing candidates using social media and other online tools? And more importantly how can you get those people to reply to you? In 2017, the real battle is for attention – how do you write to a person and get attention? Why should someone respond to you? Do you deserve their attention? Does your company look like a place they’d want to work? Katrina Collier is going to talke about recruiting in the age of transparency - what you need to consider and what tools you’ll need!


2.15pm - 3pm: HR Innovation and Humane Workplaces. Perry Timms is going to show you what’s happening on the cutting edge and give you a fresh perspective on how companies are innovating with HR and building workplaces that people love to work at!


3pm - 3.30pm: Think Tank Action Plan. To finish, we have a think tank session on what actions you can take from the conference and give you some final tools to use to get the actions you want accross the line.


3.30pm: Conference close & networking.


The history of the HR Advisors Conference


In January 2014 we ran the inaugural HR Advisors Conference. We know it’s a difficult role to juggle and we thought it was time there was a conference to support those in an HRA role. The 75 HRA’s who attended said it was a brilliant two days and they got a huge amount of practical tips and techniques as well as inspiration and ideas to use back on the job.

In 2015 we focused on how you become operationally strategic and really add value and had another fantastic two days of learning’s, inspiration and discussion in both Auckland and Wellington.  In 2016 we focused on how HR Advisors can be culture champions and as well as New Zealand, also ran the conference in London.

London: Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 July 2017

So what’s the focus for the HR Advisors Conference 2017?


We know that 20 years ago Personnel changed to HR. Recently HR has started to transform again and HR Advisors roles are going to morph too – with new business models changing how we work, technology and systems taking reactive work away and silo’s breaking down between talent, capability and learning.

We believe the HR Advisors role is still vital – you are at the coalface of a business advising managers and employees. In 2017 the HRA’s conference explores what the ‘new’ HR Advisors role will look like, and give you practical tools, techniques and ideas to deliver! The conference will be running in NZ, Australia  and the UK and we hope to see you there!

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 - Presenters -

Each year we have a fantastic line up of inspiring and knowledgeable experts to share practical tips and techniques that you can use back on the job! Here are some of the presenters you’ll hear from in 2017:

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Out of Town package also includes:


Registrations close midday Friday 7 July.

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Testimonials 2016 Conference: Culture Champions Tickets

HR Advisors should be recognised and celebrated!

If you’ve helped deliver a great HR project or know someone who has - enter today!

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Angela Atkins, People & Learning Director, Elephant


Angela has worked in HR and Learning & Development for 20 years within the local government, retail, tertiary and financial services sectors.


Angela co-founded Elephant in 2006, to provide unforgettable HR training for HR people. Over the years Elephant has expanded into HR consulting, run the Management Bites programme and is now part of Elephant Group International - operating in the UK.


She is the best selling author of the bites series of books:


Angela is passionate about helping HR people and managers and has trained and presented to many thousands of people globally and will be speaking about the evolving role of an HR Advisor.

Penelope Barton, Chief People Officer, Vend


Penelope Barton wanted to work in HR since age 14. She started her HR career at Save the Children. She then spent several years as HR Manager for Chorus. In this role she co-led the people aspects of the Chorus/Telecom demerger - the largest Private Public Partnership initiative in NZ’s commercial history, turning Chorus into one of the top ten publicly listed companies in New Zealand.


She then spent a year at Xero as HR Business Partner for Global Marketing, and the NZ Sales and Education functions - 200+ (and growing) employees across four regions, overseeing talent and succession, workforce planning, organisational design, engagement initiatives, remuneration and performance management, employee relations and supporting culture and change management.


She is now Chief People Officer at Vend. Penelope was a stand out speaker at the HR Advisors Conference in Auckland and joins us in London to talk about her career and how to innovate with your HR.


Katrina Collier, Social Recruiting Expert, The Searchologist


Since 2009 Katrina Collier has trained HR & Recruiters in SMEs to global corporates around the world to source their new employees effectively on social media.

With knowledge gained from over a decade of social recruiting and full-cycle recruitment experience, Katrina understands the pressures you face attracting the best talent, the people that ensure your company’s success.


Katrina wants to show you how to be using the right social media and internet sources for your recruitment.


Katrina is one of The 100 Most Influential People in HR & Recruiting on Twitter and her social recruiting opinion is quoted in HRReview, SHRM, The Staffing Stream, and Cambridge University’s Strategies for Success.

She is a regularly asked to speak at leading HR & Recruitment conferences around the world  and even to the Singapore Government.


She will be sharing tools and techniques for recruiting in the age of transparancy.



Dr David Keane, The Art of Deliberate Success


Dr David Keane is an international speaker, author, and coach who has devoted 25 years to helping create workplaces that bring out the very best in people both in their professional and personal lives.


He is the creator of The Art of Deliberate Success workshop and coaching programme which has been delivered to over 2,000 people worldwide.


The programme teaches what it takes to be extra-ordinarily successful and has been running for several years in organisations such as Deloitte, Downer Construction, Kiwibank, Transpower and many government departments.


In his most recent book, The Art of Deliberate Success: Transform Your Professional and Personal Life, David describes what it is that successful people do that others don’t. David spoke at the HR Advisors Conferences in 2016, sharing how HR Advisors can use the secrets of success for their career and to deliver to their business.

Tracy Sinclair, Accredited Coach, Coaching Pacific


Tracy is a Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation (ICF). She is also a trained Coaching Supervisor and Mentor Coach and is an ICF Assessor. Tracy trains coaches and works with leaders to develop their capacity as Leader as Coach and works as a Corporate Executive and Board Level Coach, a leadership development designer and facilitator who has worked with a wide range of organisations, within the UK and internationally.

She runs her own professional development business and coaching practice which extends across a wide range of organisations and industries as well as private clients.

Tracy works as a Mentor Coach with coaches working towards their ACC or PCC credentials. She also offers supervision to both new and experienced coaches as part of their on-going professional and personal growth.

She was the President of the UK ICF from 2013-2014 and is currently the Secretary/ Treasurer on the ICF Global Board.



Perry Timms, World Blu Consultant and HR Guru


Perry is known for his energy, passion and insight around the world of people and work.

He is a Chartered Member of the CIPD; and Visiting Fellow at Sheffield Hallam Business School. A skilled facilitator, coach and mentor Perry is qualified in change and a range of psychometric tools and has been leading on business improvement and change for over 20 years. He is Vice Chair of the Northamptonshire CIPD Branch, and also lectures on HRM at Birmingham City, Westminster and Dublin City Universities.


Having held corporate roles as Head of Learning, Talent & OD in public and not-for-profit sectors, Perry has set up his own enterprise – PTHR (People & Transformational HR) delivering Perry’s aim – to change the world of work; one conversation at a time. Perry is a social HR Practitioner as he tweets, blogs and is active on LinkedIn and was voted 7th in People Management magazine’s Top 20 HR power-tweeters for 2012 and one of top the top 10 HR Bloggers in the 2013 update.


Susan Lowe, International HR and Learning Manager


Susan’s 19 year career has spanned Operational Management, Generalist HR Management as well as Learning and Organisational Development Management roles across the diverse FMCG, Retail and Trade sectors both in NZ and the UK.


Susan is fervent about all things people but specifically growing capability, managing talent, having innovative approaches to career and development as well as future proofing organisations through learning and culture.


When heading up the Learning, Talent and OD function at Noel Leeming, Susan and her team were recognised for their innovative work integrating technology with learning, part of which was introducing social learning to produce outstanding business results. Susan has also worked as GM HR at Repco and HR Manager at Coca-Cola.


Susan will be on our panel sharing her HR career and tips for HRA’s.


Nicola Smith, HR Consultant, Jaluch


Nicola has an extensive background in HR including roles at Owen Owen PLC, Whites and Hartford Care. She currently works for Jaluch, consulting to small businesses on a range of HR issues including:
* Redundancy and Change Management
* Employment Law Training for HR Staff, Managers, Directors
* One-to-one Coaching with HR Staff
* Staff Representative Forums
* Employee Opinion Surveys
* Mediation


Nicola will be running our Employment Law Master Class to  on how to handle some of the more complicated issues like issuing warnings, working through dismissals and dealing with bullying and harassment.


 - Our Sponsor  -

We’re very pleased to introduce our conference sponsor:

Tracy Austin in conjunction with Coaching Pacific


Tracy runs her own professional development business and coaching practice which extends across a wide range of organisations and industries as well as private clients. For more visit https://www.tracysinclair.com/


Coaching Pacific are a global training company. They train professional coaches and develop excellent leaders and know how people learn, how people think, and how to grow individuals who build and sustain excellent organisational cultures. For more please visit www.coachingpacific.com.


You’ll also get the chance to talk to Tracy and Mary at the conference and find out more about what they do.

Mary Britton, Founder and Accredited Coach, Coaching Pacific


Mary is also a Certified Coach with the ICF and is the Co-founder and Director of Coaching Pacific Ltd, the Co- creator of Coach and leadership training programmes accredited with the ICF. - Mary has delivered public and in-house coach training, and leadership development training for Coaching Pacific Ltd and for Results Coaching Systems (now NLG) in New Zealand, Australia and UK.

Mary has spoken at global Coaching conferences (Korea 2014, APAC, World Coaching Congress, Mumbai 2015, ICF Brisbane, and October 2016). Mary is a professional facilitator of vision, strategy, values, planning and development for individuals, group and communities. And an author.

Mary has recently formalised her coaching supervision study and research with a diploma from Barefoot Coaching in the UK