Thursday Brunch: An Alternate Look at Employee Engagement

  • November 28, 2019 8:00 am
  • Birmingham

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We hear a lot about what a company should do to keep people engaged at work. “Duvet Day,” “Bring your dog to work Day,“ “Dress for the day Day!”

But is it time we stop? Has the balance gone too far? Is it time not to ask what your company can do for you, but what you can do for your company?

Join our partners, Masgroves, and their guests as they take an alternative look at employee engagement, and explore what leaders really want from their employees.

Thursday Brunch guests

Rich Baker

Corporate Affairs Manager at JLR

Rich Baker is an entrepreneurial and results-oriented senior communications leader and employee engagement expert. He currently heads up Corporate Affairs at Jaguar Land Rover’s flagship manufacturing plant in Solihull, leading a team responsible for all media, internal, external and stakeholder communication.

Previously Rich has extensive experience across a range of industries in organisations that include HS2, Carlsberg, Virgin Trains and National Grid.

He is a non-executive Director at the Institute of Internal Communication (IoIC), a Chartered Member of the CIPD and the CIPR, and a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM).

Rich is a Director of employee experience and communications consultancy, Hiyu, that provides companies with bespoke solutions to increase advocacy and performance.

Nathan Wallis

Head of Talent and Culture at Wesleyan

Nathan Wallis has over a decade of corporate communications experience working in both media relations and internal communications across multiple sectors. Now Head of Talent and Culture for specialist financial mutual Wesleyan, Nathan has built on his communications experience and diversified into Human Resources; leading talent, engagement, wellbeing and L&D.

Outside of work Nathan is a father of three, likes golf, football and is a Board Trustee for a Multi-Academy Trust.

200 Degrees Coffee

We’re pleased to be partnering with 200 Degrees Coffee, to give everyone their delicious caffeine buzz first thing.

Anthony Doyle

We welcome back our local acoustic singer-songwriter to close Thursday Brunch for us.


Tony Cosgrove and Stuart Rhys Thomas

Masgroves help make companies better through brilliant communication. Tony and Stuart work successfully with organisations to increase engagement for individuals, teams and company-wide.


Assay Studios

The original building was one of the four assay offices established in the UK for the assaying, testing and hallmarking of precious metals. The very fabric of the building has been retained, resulting in a selection of unique and interesting communal spaces, meeting rooms and break out spaces fashioned from the vaults and labs of the original building.

The venue.

Assay Studios
141-143 Newhall St