With an overarching theme of “Challenging Times”, AoC HR Conference is focussed on the crucial role HR plays in shaping and influencing the organisation, so it can be in the best position possible to respond to current and anticipated sector challenges.

The conference has been designed to bring together sector and issue relevant key-note speakers, expert-led discussions and practical interactive sessions, with the space and time to connect with fellow HR colleagues to share ideas and, hopefully, inspiration.

Previous year attendee feedback

100% of survey responders said the conference was useful to their job role/organisation

Highly energising conference led by motivational speakers who made you reflect on current thinking. Key takeaways from the event were some immediate thinking around coaching and employee engagement leading to high performance and some great reading references to continue the development of that thinking.
Gill Thornton, Head of HR, Preston’s College 

The Conference explored a diverse range of key HR issues for colleges at the moment. The speakers were inspiring and showcased innovative ways that HR can step up to meet these challenges even in the challenging times we are all in. I came away with a number of ideas for our own development and made some great network contacts along the way.
Lisa Tomlinson, Head of People, Fircroft College

A thought provoking and insightful conference, with great content and speakers, with superb HR colleagues to network with.
Sheena Murphy-Collett, Director of HR, Petroc College

 

 

 

 

 

Date

17-10-2019

Venue

99 City Road Conference Centre
Inmarsat
99 City Road
London
EC1Y 1AX

Fees

AoC Member Colleges: £299 + VAT
Affiliate organisations: £375 + VAT
Non-Member (College/Public Sector): £400 + VAT
*Non-Member (Commercial): £750 + VAT

*Limited to one person per company

Fees include lunch and refreshments.

Accommodation

If you need accommodation please call Conference Care, our preferred supplier, on 02476 369720 and let them know you are attending an AoC Conference.

Terms and Conditions
Contact

Registration enquiries:
events@aoc.co.uk
020 7034 2620

Finance enquiries:
finance@aoc.co.uk
020 7034 9908

Sponsorship

If you would like to sponsor or exhibit at the event, get in touch with our sponsorship team or call 020 7034 2626

Programme

The full conference programme will be available soon.

Conference timings
09:00 Registration and refreshments
13:30 Lunch and networking
16:00 Conference close

Timings subject to change

Speakers

Maggie Galliers

Conference Chair, Learning and Work Institute

Maggie is Chair of the Learning and Work Institute Board. She is also a Council Member of the Open University, a member of the Teaching Excellence Framework Review Advisory Panel and Vice Chair of the Learning Without Limits Multi Academy Trust.

A past President of the Association of Colleges, a college Principal for 16 years and more recently a college Chair steering a college out of intervention and into merger, she has broad and deep experience of colleges and their delivery partners. As a former member of the boards of various national funders, regulators and improvement bodies she also has a keen interest in policy and its impact. Maggie was made CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to local and national further education.

Asif Sadiq MBE

Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging, Telegraph

Asif is Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging for The Telegraph. He was formerly the Head of Diversity and Inclusiveness for EY Financial Services and was also previously the Head of the Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Unit for the City of London Police. He has delivered the strategic plans to drive a co-ordinated approach across various global businesses to focus both investment and intent on the broader inclusion agenda. He is a Multi-Award Winning Diversity and Inclusion expert with a proven track record in achieving operational and strategic targets, managing quality, performance, risk and change through promoting equal opportunities and diverse cultures.

He is a passionate and inspirational global leader in diversity with the ability to empower individuals and create a truly inclusive environment for all. Asif has been key in supporting businesses in implementing D&I activities and programmes as well as connecting with stakeholders at all levels to build strong and influential relationships across business functions. Asif acts as a role model, providing governance across businesses on D&I and cultural change and is committed to creating a strong sense of belonging for all and is considered one of the leading thought leaders in this space.

 

Clare Richmond

Director, SpeakTo

Clare is the founder and director of SpeakTo, a consultancy that specialises in inspiring grassroots attitudes within organisations and communities, harnessing the power of people to achieve far more with much less. Via inspirational talks, workshops and advisory sessions, SpeakTo support organisations to make the most of their own resources and recognise the huge, frequently untapped potential, of people to deliver a common goal.

Inspired by her work on a ground-breaking, grassroots initiative to re-energise her local high street community (The Crouch End Project), Clare set up SpeakTo in 2007. She has since worked with public and private sector organisations, advising them on employee and community engagement, leadership and sustainable management.

 

 

Helen Dyke

Senior Associate Solicitor, Irwin Mitchell

Helen is experienced in all areas of employment law and has a particular focus on Employment Tribunal litigation, having defended a wide range of employers in claims involving unfair dismissal, constructive dismissal, breaches of contract and discrimination.

She also provides strategic HR advice to clients and regularly advises on areas such as redundancy and restructuring programmes and executive severance issues. Helen works with clients to develop programmes of preventative action, which includes drafting bespoke employment documentation and providing in-house training.

Samantha Clark

Senior Associate Solicitor, Irwin Mitchell

Samantha has considerable experience in all areas of employment law. She is a highly experienced Employment Tribunal advocate and also advises on employment aspects of corporate transactions.

Polly Sweeny

Partner, Irwin Mitchell

Polly is the Partner in the Public Law and Human Rights Department at Irwin Mitchell and head of the national Education Law team. She specialises in education law, community care and healthcare (including medical treatment) and Court of Protection. She has an interest in cases involving the rights of children and young people with disabilities.
Polly’s education law practice includes acting for parents in appeals to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal and judicial reviews on a range of public law issues such as school closure, transport, failure to provide education and wider policy challenges.

She also advise schools and colleges in relation to a broad range of legal issues including duties under the Equality Act, admissions and exclusions, funding and governance and challenges against local authorities’ decision-making. Polly was named Solicitor of the Year at the Bristol Law Society Awards in 2014 and was a shortlisted finalist at the National Law Society Excellence Awards in 2015.

Maggie Galliers

Maggie is Chair of the Learning and Work Institute Board. She is also a Council Member of the Open University, a member of the Teaching Excellence Framework Review Advisory Panel and Vice Chair of the Learning Without Limits Multi Academy Trust.

A past President of the Association of Colleges, a college Principal for 16 years and more recently a college Chair steering a college out of intervention and into merger, she has broad and deep experience of colleges and their delivery partners. As a former member of the boards of various national funders, regulators and improvement bodies she also has a keen interest in policy and its impact. Maggie was made CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to local and national further education.

Asif Sadiq MBE

Asif is Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging for The Telegraph. He was formerly the Head of Diversity and Inclusiveness for EY Financial Services and was also previously the Head of the Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Unit for the City of London Police. He has delivered the strategic plans to drive a co-ordinated approach across various global businesses to focus both investment and intent on the broader inclusion agenda. He is a Multi-Award Winning Diversity and Inclusion expert with a proven track record in achieving operational and strategic targets, managing quality, performance, risk and change through promoting equal opportunities and diverse cultures.

He is a passionate and inspirational global leader in diversity with the ability to empower individuals and create a truly inclusive environment for all. Asif has been key in supporting businesses in implementing D&I activities and programmes as well as connecting with stakeholders at all levels to build strong and influential relationships across business functions. Asif acts as a role model, providing governance across businesses on D&I and cultural change and is committed to creating a strong sense of belonging for all and is considered one of the leading thought leaders in this space.

 

Clare Richmond

Clare is the founder and director of SpeakTo, a consultancy that specialises in inspiring grassroots attitudes within organisations and communities, harnessing the power of people to achieve far more with much less. Via inspirational talks, workshops and advisory sessions, SpeakTo support organisations to make the most of their own resources and recognise the huge, frequently untapped potential, of people to deliver a common goal.

Inspired by her work on a ground-breaking, grassroots initiative to re-energise her local high street community (The Crouch End Project), Clare set up SpeakTo in 2007. She has since worked with public and private sector organisations, advising them on employee and community engagement, leadership and sustainable management.

 

 

Helen Dyke

Helen is experienced in all areas of employment law and has a particular focus on Employment Tribunal litigation, having defended a wide range of employers in claims involving unfair dismissal, constructive dismissal, breaches of contract and discrimination.

She also provides strategic HR advice to clients and regularly advises on areas such as redundancy and restructuring programmes and executive severance issues. Helen works with clients to develop programmes of preventative action, which includes drafting bespoke employment documentation and providing in-house training.

Samantha Clark

Samantha has considerable experience in all areas of employment law. She is a highly experienced Employment Tribunal advocate and also advises on employment aspects of corporate transactions.

Polly Sweeny

Polly is the Partner in the Public Law and Human Rights Department at Irwin Mitchell and head of the national Education Law team. She specialises in education law, community care and healthcare (including medical treatment) and Court of Protection. She has an interest in cases involving the rights of children and young people with disabilities.
Polly’s education law practice includes acting for parents in appeals to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal and judicial reviews on a range of public law issues such as school closure, transport, failure to provide education and wider policy challenges.

She also advise schools and colleges in relation to a broad range of legal issues including duties under the Equality Act, admissions and exclusions, funding and governance and challenges against local authorities’ decision-making. Polly was named Solicitor of the Year at the Bristol Law Society Awards in 2014 and was a shortlisted finalist at the National Law Society Excellence Awards in 2015.