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The SWP Conference Returns to London

We're back! Following the sell-out success of the launch event last November, we're hugely excited to be reconvening the Strategic Workforce Planning community once again in London.

Uniting and supporting professionals and business leaders for the exploration and development of Strategic Workforce Planning for the Future of Work.

Driving progress, connecting professionals, and finding solutions together.

Join us in November to learn how leading companies are putting Strategic Workforce Planning at the top of the corporate agenda, and embedding strategic thinking in workforce decisions.

Nick Kennedy

Chair · Workforce Planning Institute

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Why attend the SWP Conference?

Speed up your progress

Learn how other SWP leaders are building Strategic Workforce Planning capability at their organisations.

Find out what technology is available to fast-track your transition from short-term to long-term planning.

Grow your network

This is a conference focussed on Strategic Workforce Planning, Talent Intelligence, and Workforce Analytics.

Meet others who are tackling the same challenges as you - domains of work may vary, but we all share the same goals.

Get inspired

Learn how generative AI and external data sources can be used responsibly to unlock strategic capability.

Meet with senior and influential figures in strategic HR and Workforce Planning, bring your challenges and find solutions.

Two days of high-quality presentations from leading practitioners, focussed peer discussions, and unrivalled networking.

Breakfast, lunch, refreshments, and evening drinks reception - all included

Outstanding panel of speakers

Sadhana Bhide
Sadhana Bhide
Strategic Workforce Planning SME - Global
Pearson plc

Anna Brailsford
Anna Brailsford
CEO & Co-Founder
Code First Girls

James Bryce
James Bryce
Executive Recruiting Director
Virgin Media O2

Ralf Buechsenschuss
Ralf Buechsenschuss
Modern Work - Employee Experience Lead
Microsoft

Lindsey Clarke
Lindsey Clarke
Workforce Planning Lead
SDA

Patrick Coolen
Patrick Coolen
Partner
KennedyFitch

Pilar Cortes
Pilar Cortes
Chief of Workforce Planning and Strategy
United Nations World Food Programme

Michael Cox
Michael Cox
Head of People Analytics Nestle Europe
Nestlé

Toby Culshaw
Toby Culshaw
Global Head of Talent Intelligence
Amazon

Philip De Neve
Philip De Neve
Founder & General Manager
TALENT on demand

David Edwards
David Edwards
Head of Workforce Planning
Ericsson

Corin Garbett
Corin Garbett
Head of Strategic Workforce Planning
UK Civil Service

Adam Gibson
Adam Gibson
Director
EY

Mary Glowacka
Mary Glowacka
Head of Leadership Development
Rolls-Royce
Jelle Goris
Jelle Goris
Head of Workforce Planning and Analytics
Umicore

Stefan Haenisch
Stefan Haenisch
Head of Strategic Workforce Planning
SAP SE

Chris Hare
Chris Hare
CEO
eQ8

Nick Kennedy
Nick Kennedy
Chair
Workforce Planning Institute

Vincent Lebunetel
Vincent Lebunetel
Global Head of Skills Intelligence
Visier

Peter Louch
Peter Louch
Chief Executive
Vemo

Gemma McNair
Gemma McNair
Senior Director, Head of NatWest Digital X Workforce Transformation Strategy
NatWest Group

Clare Moncrieff
Clare Moncrieff
Senior Director, Client Advisory, EMEA
TalentNeuron

Jonas Ottiger
Jonas Ottiger
Head of People Analytics and Workforce Planning
ICRC

Merijn Pama
Merijn Pama
Global Lead Strategic Workforce Management and Organizational Design
ABN AMRO

Jordan Pettman
Jordan Pettman
Senior Director, Products and Services
Insight222

Emanuele Poletti
Emanuele Poletti
Global Workforce Planning and People Analytics Manager
CAMPARI GROUP

Alicia Roach
Alicia Roach
CEO
eQ8

Gergo Safar
Gergo Safar
SWP Chapter Lead
BT Group

Katharine Soole
Katharine Soole
SWP Lead - Civilian Workforce
UK Ministry of Defence

Vijay Swaminathan
Vijay Swaminathan
CEO
Draup

9:00 AM - 9:05 AM

Chair's Welcome

 
Nick Kennedy
Nick Kennedy, Workforce Planning Institute
 
Chair's Welcome
 
 
 
9:05 AM - 9:45 AM

Breaking Biases: Changing Lives through Workforce Innovation

 
Anna Brailsford Gemma McNair
Anna Brailsford, Code First Girls
Gemma McNair, NatWest Group
 
 
 

Learn how NatWest are unlocking previously untapped tech talent, and delivering a pipeline of female developers to offset chronic gender imbalances

 
9:45 AM - 10:15 AM

The Crucial Role of Humans in the AI Journey

 
Vijay Swaminathan
Vijay Swaminathan, Draup
 
The Crucial Role of Humans in the AI Journey
 

Guidance for HR leaders in understanding the disruption of GenAI, opportunities, as well as best practices to lead this enterprise transformation. 

 
10:15 AM - 10:45 AM

Making Skills Real - Touching the Intangible

 
Vincent Lebunetel
Vincent Lebunetel, Visier
 
Making Skills Real - Touching the Intangible
 

Learn how to map your organisation's skills, identify gaps, and navigate technological transformation to sharpen your people strategy.

 
10:45 AM - 10:55 AM

Q&A panel

 
Vijay Swaminathan Vincent Lebunetel
Vijay Swaminathan, Draup
Vincent Lebunetel, Visier
 
 
 
 
 
10:55 AM - 11:25 AM

Networking break

 
 
 
 
 
 

Complimentary drinks and healthy snacks for all attendees.

 
11:25 AM - 12:00 PM

Speed Networking

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
12:05 PM - 12:40 PM

SWP in the Public Sector

 
Corin Garbett Katharine Soole Lindsey Clarke
Corin Garbett, UK Civil Service
Katharine Soole, UK Ministry of Defence
Lindsey Clarke, SDA
 
 
 
 
 
12:40 PM - 1:40 PM

Lunch break

 
 
 
 
 
 

Complimentary buffet lunch and refreshments for all attendees.

 
1:40 PM - 2:20 PM

Looking at Skills through the Lens of SWP

 
Sadhana Bhide
Sadhana Bhide, Pearson plc
 
Looking at Skills through the Lens of SWP
 

With the explosion in AI, a skills identification and development strategy is key to future business success. Learn how a robust SWP approach builds a foundation of readiness for change.

 

From Roles to Skills: Using AI to Transform Workforce Planning

 
Peter Louch David Edwards
Peter Louch, Vemo
David Edwards, Ericsson
 
From Roles to Skills: Using AI to Transform Workforce Planning
 

Discover the transformative impact of AI in workforce planning: streamline processes, focus on skill-centric strategies, and enhance decision-making in talent management.

 
2:25 PM - 3:00 PM

3 Critical Pillars for Strategic Success in SWP

 
Ralf Buechsenschuss
Ralf Buechsenschuss, Microsoft
 
3 Critical Pillars for Strategic Success in SWP
 

An end-to-end perspective how Strategic Workforce Planning can be embedded into an organisation, from strategic planning to the employee experience.

 

Some Like It Hot: The Skills Behind Skills Planning

 
Gergo Safar
Gergo Safar, BT Group
 
Some Like It Hot: The Skills Behind Skills Planning
 

Explore how Skill Planning is done at BT Group, and gain practical guidance on building skill planning capability from Zero to Hero.

 
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Networking break

 
 
 
 
 
 

Complimentary drinks and healthy snacks for all attendees.

 
3:30 PM - 4:10 PM

The Rising Impact and Utilisation of AI in SWP Technology Platforms

 
Philip De Neve
Philip De Neve, TALENT on demand
 
The Rising Impact and Utilisation of AI in SWP Technology Platforms
 

Learn about the dawn of SWP 3.0 technology platforms, and the advent of AI-powered, predictive, dynamic, and integrative planning.

 
4:10 PM - 4:50 PM

Implications of AI on the Workforce, Now and in the Future

 
Toby Culshaw Stefan Haenisch Mary Glowacka
Toby Culshaw, Amazon
Stefan Haenisch, SAP SE
Mary Glowacka, Rolls-Royce
 
 
 
 
 
4:50 PM - 5:00 PM

Wrap up of Day 1

 
Nick Kennedy
Nick Kennedy, Workforce Planning Institute
 
 
 
 
 
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Drinks Reception

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
9:00 AM - 9:05 AM

Chair's Welcome

 
Nick Kennedy
Nick Kennedy, Workforce Planning Institute
 
Chair's Welcome Day 2
 
 
 
9:05 AM - 9:35 AM

Changing Capability through GenAI

 
Adam Gibson
Adam Gibson, EY
 
Changing Capability through GenAI
 

How generative AI is likely to impact capability, and what this will mean for those undertaking strategic workforce planning.

 
9:35 AM - 10:05 AM

Skills Based SWP - The Trend with Benefits

 
Chris Hare Alicia Roach
Chris Hare, eQ8
Alicia Roach, eQ8
 
Skills Based SWP - The Trend with Benefits
 

Skills insights are only useful when combined with the context SWP brings. Otherwise, skills become detached concepts that are not actionable. This session explains how SWP can deliver context to skills and enable better decisions.

 
10:05 AM - 10:35 AM

Mind the Blindspot: SWP Requires External Data

 
Clare Moncrieff
Clare Moncrieff, TalentNeuron
 
Mind the Blindspot: SWP Requires External Data
 

Blindspots emerge when we overlook the potential of external data in workforce planning. Learn how to identify these hidden gaps and leverage talent intelligence.

 
10:35 AM - 10:50 AM

Q&A panel

 
Adam Gibson Chris Hare Alicia Roach Clare Moncrieff
Adam Gibson, EY
Chris Hare, eQ8
Alicia Roach, eQ8
Clare Moncrieff, TalentNeuron
 
 
 
 
 
10:50 AM - 11:15 AM

Networking break

 
 
 
 
 
 

Complimentary drinks and healthy snacks for all attendees.

 
11:20 AM - 11:55 AM

Accelerating Impact: A 12-Month Blueprint for Effective SWP

 
Jelle Goris
Jelle Goris, Umicore
 
Accelerating Impact: A 12-Month Blueprint for Effective SWP
 

How to have impact in 12 months, and link business demand drivers to Job Profiles to forecast workforce demand.

 

Building the Future-Ready Workforce

 
Michael Cox
Michael Cox, Nestlé
 
Building the Future-Ready Workforce
 

Learn how skills-based Strategic Workforce Planning was deployed at scale across the Nestlé group to ensure a fully integrated talent planning cycle.

 
12:00 PM - 12:35 PM

Building Global-Scale SWP in Constant Volatility and Uncertainty

 
Pilar Cortes
Pilar Cortes, United Nations World Food Programme
 
Building Global-Scale SWP in Constant Volatility and Uncertainty
 

Learn how Strategic Workforce Planning has been cultivated at the UN World Food Programme, the world's largest humanitarian organisation fighting hunger.

 

The Processes and Inputs to Get Started in SWP

 
Emanuele Poletti
Emanuele Poletti, CAMPARI GROUP
 
The Processes and Inputs to Get Started in SWP
 

Learn the Why and How of building SWP processes, the key inputs for effective SWP, and explore our specific use case.

 
12:35 PM - 1:20 PM

Lunch break

 
 
 
 
 
 

Complimentary buffet lunch and refreshments for all attendees.

 
1:20 PM - 1:55 PM

Strategic Workforce Management at ABN AMRO

 
Patrick Coolen Merijn Pama
Patrick Coolen, KennedyFitch
Merijn Pama, ABN AMRO
 
Strategic Workforce Management at ABN AMRO
 

Build a sustainable, value-adding SWM practice. Overcome mandate lack, skill gaps, narrow scope, and tech inefficiency to elevate SWM in HR.

 

The Journey of Creating a SWP Solution at ICRC

 
Jonas Ottiger
Jonas Ottiger, ICRC
 
The Journey of Creating a SWP Solution at ICRC
 

How to determine the workforce planning needs of your organization and develop the methodology, tools and data to meet them

 
2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

Decode your Strategy

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

Roundtable discussion

 
 
 
 
 
 

Choose a table and join the discussion.

 
3:05 PM - 3:35 PM

Workforce Transformation through a Value Creation Hypothesis

 
James Bryce
James Bryce, Virgin Media O2
 
Workforce Transformation through a Value Creation Hypothesis
 

Workforce Transformation through greater talent density, using a flywheel methodology to increase the speed of transformation.

 
3:35 PM - 4:00 PM

Ask Us Anything

 
Adam Gibson Nick Kennedy Alicia Roach
Adam Gibson, EY
Nick Kennedy, Workforce Planning Institute
Alicia Roach, eQ8
 
 
 
 
 
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