Exciting line-up of top speakers at the Festival of Global People

Join us at the 2019 Festival for networking and knowledge-sharing. We'll be discussing talent management (including shortages), new leadership models, collaborative management styles, and much more.

Image featuring six speakers for the Festival of Global People and the St Pancras Hotel

When: 14 & 15 May
Where: St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, London, NW1 2AR

Watch highlights from the 2019 Festival:

Many industries, from oil and gas, to pharmaceuticals, to the car, fashion and retail sectors, face huge changes and opportunities in 2019. The world is changing, there is a shortage of key talent, a new style of management and leadership is required, and employees want more from their career and are prepared to move in order to achieve it. Throw in the huge uncertainty of Brexit, and it’s clear that CEOs, finance directors, HR, recruitment and mobility professionals need to adapt to survive and to retain the best people.Businesses must embrace the technological transformation of global mobility and the new challenges of leadership, or risk ending up being left behind.Join international business leaders, HR professionals, mobility experts, educators, coaches, relocation specialists and diversity experts at the Relocate Festival of Global People 2019 for two days of networking and knowledge-sharing, followed by our prestigious Awards dinner. The Festival’s agenda has been put together to help international managers and mobility specialists in all industries share knowledge and cutting-edge ideas.

Topics for discussion 

  • What are the latest trends in global mobility and what is the impact of talent shortages?
  • What is the new model for leadership?
  • Why is the collaborative, coaching style of management bringing dividends for progressive companies?
  • What does it really take to develop the leaders of tomorrow?
  • How can we engage and retain the best talent?
  • What are the trends in schooling and education and how does that impact mobility, relocation packages and the talent pipeline of the future?

Why attend?

  • Hear from mobility and HR experts on the latest trends and thinking in relocation and talent retention
  • Find out how technology is changing the way we employ our best people
  • Discover how to keep your global employees engaged
  • Learn how to put inclusion and diversity at the heart of HR and at the core of your business
  • Discover how coaching and creativity can support your team and nurture the managers and leaders of tomorrow

A new perspective

Come and hear from our panel of international speakers about how to recruit and retain the best talent, what works and what motivates your international assignees, and share fresh thinking on the opportunities and challenges in global mobility. Connect with like-minded professionals from the sector and enjoy an opportunity to network in a relaxed setting.

Teresa Boughey, CEO of award-winning Jungle HR

Our opening keynote speaker Teresa Boughey, CEO of award-winning Jungle HR, best-selling author of Closing the Gap and member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Women at Work, will bring her experience of working with executive boards and leadership teams during times of change and business transformations.Teresa is passionate about enabling organisations to create inclusive workplace cultures. As she explains, “I am on a mission to influence people and businesses of all sizes by spreading the word that inclusion is accessible for everyone and we can now take it off the too-difficult-to-do pile.”

Jitin Sethi, Partner, Global Education Practice, L.E.K. Consulting

Hear from Jitin Sethi, Managing Director, Global Education Practice, L.E.K. Consulting, on how the growth in the number and variety of schools makes it all the more important for families to think carefully about which schools fulfil their own particular needs when they are relocating. With such diversity in the market, it can be difficult for parents who want to choose the right school for their children.

Peter Moolan-Feroze, artist and business consultant

Work with Peter Moolan-Feroze, artist and business consultant, on how to unlock your latent creativity and find innovative solutions to challenges within your business, using the power of art. How expressing ideas visually can help to overcome seemingly intractable problems in business.

Dr Linda Holbeche, author of The Agile Organisation

Learn from Dr Linda Holbeche, author of The Agile Organisation, about the importance of engagement among your employees, why leadership needs to change, and why a workplace where trust in senior management is low could be bad for business. Dr Holbeche is an international consultant, developer and author in the fields of HR, leadership, strategy and change. She’ll be talking about Squaring the Circle – the importance of Change, Engagement and Trust in organisations.

Dr Susan Shortland, Professor Emerita at London Metropolitan University

Hear from Dr Susan Shortland, Professor Emerita at London Metropolitan University, who will be talking about diversity, and how it has become as issue that needs to be incorporated into global mobility. Why diversity makes good business sense, and a better workplace.

Paul Williamson, Head of Talent Development, Ambassador Theatre Group

Be challenged by Paul Williamson, Head of Talent Development, Ambassador Theatre Group, who will talk about why the old style of ‘hero’ leadership just doesn’t cut it in the modern world of global mobility, and why executive coaching can help a business thrive. What can business learn from the world of theatre about creativity, passion and always giving your best performance?

Angela Middleton, MBE, owner of MiddletonMurray and author of the careers guide Bridge That Gap!

Angela Middleton, MBE, owner of MiddletonMurray and author of the careers guide Bridge That Gap! Angela will be talking about how schools and employers can form partnerships to nurture young talent.Angela initially spent 20 years in corporate life for BP Oil and Barclays before starting her first careers related business in 2002. She is a regular contributor to public policy – including appearances on a number of Parliamentary Committees. She is the founder of leading apprenticeship company MiddletonMurray and the Iwant2ba podcast.In her speech she will be sharing her experiences and addressing the ways employers can support schools, young people and their career ambitions, and how this has real benefits for business. For example, there is a considerable gap between leaving school and gaining a first job, so how can schools and employers make the transition into the workplace a better experience?

Ben Renshaw, leadership thinker and popular author of Purpose

Share insights from Ben Renshaw, leadership thinker and popular author of Purpose. Ben builds purposeful partnerships with leading organisations to develop leadership capability, high performing teams and transform organisational cultures.

Simon Johnston, Icon Relocation

Find out from Simon Johnston of Icon Relocation how supporting employees when they relocate can make the best business sense, and how technology can enable this to be done simply and in real time. How a supported, happy assignee is more productive, more likely to stay on location, and more likely to remain with your company on their return. Simon will be talking about the particular opportunities and challenges for the market in assignees coming to the UK from India. How technology can help you protect your assignees from unfair contracts, and help you as an organisation fulfil your professional duty of care.Discover how you can take proactive steps to make a difference in your organisation. Enjoy round-table discussions and networking opportunities and take your opportunity to quiz our panels on the latest developments in international management training and global mobility.


Festival Sponsors:
Festival of Global People sponsor the four seasons
Icon Relocation Festival Sponsor
NYC Navigator

ikan relocations
internations business solutions
Room Service by Cort

Festival Supporters:
Association of Relocation Professionals

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