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Attracting and Retaining Talent in a post-Brexit world

Friday 15th June 2018 @ 09:30 - 13:30



Friday 15th June 2018
09:30 - 13:30
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Devonport Lecture Theatre
Portland Square Building, University of Plymouth
Plymouth, Devon PL4 8AA United Kingdom
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South West Business Council
01752 395665

Our June 15th quarterly conference comprised speakers from across a range of business sizes, sectors and geographies. Introduced by Paul Coles, BT’s Regional Partnerships Director and Deputy Chair of SWBC, our first speaker Tom Marks, Chair of Vodafone South West and Head of HR for Enterprise, described the polished and far reaching approach of an international technology business to the development of its employees.

Providing an energetic insight into the role of relevant digital infrastructure in attracting talent for the future was Professor Andy Phippen, Professor of Social Responsibility in IT from our hosts for the day, the University of Plymouth. Also joining us from Plymouth Business School was Dr Sue Kinsey, Associate Professor in Human Resource Management. Dr Kinsey took us through current practice in the valuation of talent, from a human resources perspective, as well as reinforcing some key messages about the importance of line managers as custodians of a company’s people culture.

A truly enlightening and invigorating example of a regional success came from Robert Camp, Managing Partner at Stevens Scown – a firm that has completely transformed its culture and become one of the most respected employers in the country, successfully attracting and retaining talent from well beyond the region.

Frances Brennan, Strategic Stakeholder Lead and Geraldine Scott-Smith, Communications and Public Affairs Manager from Pluss provided a truly eye-opening and challenging take on recruitment. Focusing on supporting those who, for a variety of reasons, might find it difficult to secure employment means opening up a huge swathe of hidden and untapped talent across the region. Taking this approach provides a quite different perspective on the received wisdom of talent shortages.

A truly exceptional event was rounded off by Dr Antony Jinman, Founder of LiketoBe. This exciting young business has developed an online platform that connects students with professionals for impartial, real world careers advice. The context of Dr Jinman’s own journey provided a fitting finale to an inspiring and, above all, extremely positive day.


10.00     Welcome: Dr Robin Daniels, CEO SWBC

10.10     Opening Address:  Paul Coles, Deputy Chairman SWBC and Katharine Bourke, Director, South West Growth Service, and SWBC SIG Chair (Employment and Skills)

10.25     Keynote Speaker: Tom Marks, Chair Vodafone South West and Head of HR for Enterprise. Presentation available here >

11.00     Prof Andy Phippen, Professor of Social Responsibility in IT, University of Plymouth. Presentation available here >

11.15     Break

11.35     Dr Sue Kinsey, Associate Professor in HRM, Plymouth Business School, UoP. Presentation available here >

11.50     Robert Camp, Managing Partner at Stephens Scown LLP. Presentation available here >

12.10     Frances Brennan, Strategic Stakeholder Lead at Pluss. Presentation available here >

12.30     Dr Antony Jinman, Founder at LiketoBe. Presentation available here >

12.45 – 1.30  Lunch