Engaging through Change

  • November 8, 2018 2:00 pm
  • Farringdon, London

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Change is inevitable – how we engage our people throughout this change is what will set us up and set us apart. Join us for an afternoon of learning & discussion on this exact subject.

Engaging Through Change

Change is inevitable – how we engage our people throughout this change is what will set us up and set us apart.

Brexit, GDPR, gender inequality, workplace wellbeing, the impact of AI, the changing technology, mergers & acquisitions, the list goes on…

2018 has so far been a year of change and lots of it.

On 8th November, together with Peakon we will bring together passionate people from all areas of business to discuss with each other and learn from our expert speakers on how to not only embrace this change but keep our entire organisation focussed and onboard.

  • Find out how other companies ensure employees are engaged in times of changes
  • Understand the different ways in which businesses develop skills and expertise in this area: what works and what doesn’t
  • Take-away some practical tools and tips to use straight away to engage your own employees during times of change
  • Hear about case-studies from organisations that have successfully engaged their people through change and transformation


2.00pm: Registration & Refreshments

2.15pm: Welcome from The EEA & Peakon

2.30pm: Employee Engagement & Change – Emma Bridger, Author of ‘Employee Engagement – a practical introduction’

3.00pm: Interactive group workshop

3.30pm: Navigating through complex, messy change; Stories from the front line  – Carrie Birmingham, former HR Director of News UK.

4.00pm: Leading change through creating a movement – Martin Fitzpatrick, Internal Communications & Engagement Business Partner, B&Q

4.30pm: Digital disruption and business transformation: Engaging people through big, bold & digital change – Lucia Adams

5.00pm – 6.00pm: Final thoughts, networking, drinks & nibbles

Meet the Speakers:

Carrie Birmingham

Carrie helps businesses deliver complex and messy change.  This has included the growing pains of a entrepreneurial business, a 3 year multiple million pound transformation and as HR Director for the Sun, handling the implications of over 20 employees being arrested.  She will share her principles of change through her own stories

In Carrie’s work, she draws on her previous role as HR Director for News UK, where she led the HR team for the newspapers and the Commercial function. This meant being accountable for the daily operational people issues, mid term workforce planning and shaping the longer term culture, design, and skills of teams. As part of the Leadership team, in Manufacturing &

Commercial, she lead the People work for two large scale transformation programmes.

She has a Masters in organisation and people change, is a qualified coach, facilitator &

gestalt practitioner, able to use diagnostic tools, an NLP business practitioner and CIPD registered.

Martin Fitzpatrick

Martin Fitzpatrick is a senior leader in B&Q’s Colleague Communications and Engagement team. Together, they help to connect and inspire 27,000 colleagues across the UK at Britain’s largest home improvement company.

With 10 years’ experience in communications and engagement, Martin has held several senior communications roles. Including Business Partnering Vodafone UK’s B2B sales function where he helped to lead employees through one of the largest transformations of their enterprise business ever undertaken. Other roles include, leading fraud & security awareness programmes, crisis management and large-scale IT transformation. With a wealth of first-hand experience, Martin believes in the transformative power of creating movements through storytelling, connecting people and amplifying employee voice.

He’s a vocal advocate for Enterprise Social Networks and for closer relationships between HR, engagement and internal communications professionals

Lucia Adams

Lucia has been helping businesses transform for pretty much all of her career: from those first tentative steps ‘online’ 20 years ago, to big, bold strategy pivots – making lasting change happen is at the core of what she does.

In her 14 years at The Times she helped a 250 year old institution navigate the most seismic disruption in media history to become an operation fit for the digital age. She’s taken this experience and developed a human-centred approach to helping organisations survive and thrive in volatile, uncertain environments. Her clients include Conde Nast International/Vogue, Google, the European Journalism Centre, and Reevoo.

She teaches business transformation for the Digital Masters Programme at Hyperisland and her experience is underpinned by coaching and change frameworks (certified to practitioner level by the European Mentoring and Coaching Association and practitioner level in agile change management).

She is also co-founder of 10 Digital Ladies, a networking group for senior women in digital for whom she edited a book, and co-runs the Digital Editors Network.

And when she’s not doing digital transformation, you’ll find her hanging upside down in a yoga hammock or corralling her three sons to pick up their socks from their bedroom floor.

Emma Bridger

Emma Bridger is one of the UK’s leading employee engagement experts. Emma believes work doesn’t need to be a miserable experience. In fact, everyone benefits from an engaged, happy workforce: the people that work there, the company, their customers and society. She’s passionate about working with companies to create great places to work, which is why she set up People Lab, to try to eliminate the Sunday night blues!

With over 20 years’ experience, gained in a variety of roles, in diverse organisations, Emma came to this field via a more unconventional route, previously lecturing on graduate and post-graduate courses in psychology, her specialist area being behaviour change. Combining this understanding with practical business experience, and an MBA, Emma has demonstrated how organisations can achieve their goals and create a competitive advantage by focusing on engagement.

Emma has designed and developed the CIPDs range of public employee engagement courses, as well as contributing to, and being published within the UK Government Review – Engage for Success. Emma now advises the Government taskforce on engagement as part of the “Guru Group”, and has developed and delivered a significant element of their website. Emma is also a regular conference speaker and case studies detailing her work have been published in industry journals.

Her first book, published by Kogan Page, which focuses on developing employee engagement received 5-star reviews on Amazon. The second edition, which has just been published, is already receiving great reviews. We may even have a few copies to give away at the event!

Networking drinks & nibbles included.

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The venue.

Peakon, Charterhouse Square, London, UK