Can you help us run an HR conference on 6 June 2017, in central London?
(ideal for smiley, happy people)

We need help with the following:-
• room setup (putting handouts on chairs)
• registering delegates when they arrive
• passing a microphone to delegates who want to ask questions
• making sure delegates are back in their seats at the end of breaks
• helping with general enquiries
• looking after the keynote speakers
• being smiley and helpful to everyone

The only thing we ask is that you’re on time, and that you’re helpful with the delegates. We’ll also give you a T-shirt to wear on the day.

Venue and Timings
You need to arrive between 08.30 and 08.40am on Tuesday 6 June 2017, in time for an 08.40 briefing. The conference finishes at 5pm, and you should be able to leave by 5.15pm. The conference is at Arundel House, 13-15 Arundel Street, Temple Place, London WC2R 3DX (right opposite Temple tube station).

We’ll pay you £100 for the day.

What’s the Conference About?
It’s a conference for HR Professionals – you can see the details below.

Please email and tell us, in one or two paragraphs, a little bit about yourself.

HR Inner Circle
Annual Conference 2017

6 June 2017


Exclusive early booking for HR Inner Circle
members until 15th May 2017.

Brought to You by Daniel Barnett, Employment Law and HR Barrister

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Meet The Keynote Speakers


Daniel Barnett

Daniel Barnett is a barrister at Outer Temple Chambers in London. He has advised and defended many hundreds of businesses facing claims from employees and ex-employees. Daniel has written eight books on employment law, is a leading speaker on the national and international lecture circuit, and presents the legal hour on LBC Radio.

Doug Shaw

Doug Shaw is the founder of the consultancy practice, What Goes Around. He enjoys helping people create greater effectiveness in their work through honest and appreciative inquiry. He believes together beats apart, productive beats busy, and curiosity is underrated. We are all artists. He speaks at conferences all over the world, writes for a number of publications and was recognised by Huffington Post as the UK’s top expert on social HR in 2013.

Professor Roger Seifert

Roger Seifert read PPE at Queen's College Oxford; then completed a MBA at London Business School, and his PhD at the London School of Economics. He worked as a management consultant in London. In 1993 he was appointed as professor of industrial relations at Keele University, and to the same job at Wolverhampton University in 2008. He acts as an advisor to trade unions, large companies, ACAS, and think tanks; and is a regular broadcaster on industrial relations.

Phil Willcox

Phil Willcox fuses academic achievements (MSc in Emotion, Deception and Credibility) with his real life practitioner experience (nearly 20 years in the fields of learning and development and HR) to consult with businesses to help reduce harm and risk by helping companies get to the truth. He has carved out a niche as an expert in all things emotion and made himself a formidable source of actionable insight for those looking to create amazing workplaces.

Caspar Berry

Caspar Berry started life as an actor in Byker Grove alongside Ant and Dec before going to Cambridge to study economics where he wrote screenplays that were produced by Columbia Tri Star and Film Four. Soon after graduation, he took a risk by moving to Las Vegas and becoming a professional poker player where he employed economic theories to make a living at the tables for three years. After setting up and selling a successful business to a PLC he became a speaker and trainer on the subject of risk and uncertainty. He is now the veteran of over 2,000 sessions for over 400 clients around the world including Google, Visa, McDonalds, AUDI, London Business School and Ashridge Business School.

Ian Pettigrew

Ian Pettigrew helps leaders play to their strengths and develop their resilience. Before founding Kingfisher Coaching in 2009, Ian spent 20 years in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries and has extensive leadership experience in IT and change management. He is also a trustee of Retrak, a charity working with street children across the world (currently Africa and Latin America) to make sure that no child is forced to live on the street.


Penny Douglass

Mike Clyne

Paul Helsby

Nancy Prest


This conference is free to attend for all HR Inner Circle members. We ask for a £40 deposit when you book, which is forfeited if you don't turn up. You can cancel and get your deposit refunded up to a week before the conference.

Members of the Inner Circle can bring guests for £200+VAT.

Any unsold places two weeks before the conference will be offered to HR professionals outside the Inner Circle for £400+VAT.

What You Can Expect

Expert Keynotes

Our keynote speakers are brought in from around the UK - to make a difference to you. Their level of expertise is second to none, and their ability to teach and inspire is what makes them some of the most sought after thought leaders in the HR space!

Member Contributions

Meet four Inner Circle members who, during very short and very intense sessions, will deep-dive into one major topic for HR professionals. Their mission is to arm you with the latest and best tactics and strategies.

Chaired by Daniel Barnett

The day is chaired by Daniel Barnett, leading employment and HR barrister, and founder of the HR Inner Circle.


Tuesday 6 June 2017






Reinventing the Wheel with Blue-Sky Thinking – Why Jargon Never Impresses Anyone

Speaker: Daniel Barnett

  • Why jargon never impresses anyone
  • Examples of jargon and how to avoid it


The Art of Innovation

Speaker: Doug Shaw, Artist and Organisational Development Consultant

  • Exploring curiosity
  • Identifying and applying the creative process
  • Learning ways to come up with new ideas and overcoming creative blocks
  • Reflecting on and adapting our own creative strengths and weaknesses


Member Spotlight 1 – Hello, is it me you’re looking for?

Penny Douglass, HR Inner Circle member and director of GHA Cornwall

In six minutes, Penny explores whether employers are losing valuable talent by refusing to employ people with visible tattoos and piercings.


Short Break


The World Moves On… Is HR Management Redundant?

Speaker: Roger Seifert, Professor of HR Management and Industrial Relations, Wolverhampton Business School

  • HR is becoming a low skilled and low priority activity in terms of areas such as recruitment, training, and performance management
  • The impact of the 2008 crash and Brexit


Member Spotlight 2 - Did he really get a First from Oxford?

Mike Clyne, HR Inner Circle member and director of FeMan Consulting

Mike discusses why background checks work, what to avoid when conducting background checks, and how to outsource effectively in this six-minute spotlight session.


Evaluating Credibility: Finding the Truth at Interview

Speaker: Phil Willcox, Founder and Principal Speaker, Emotion At Work

  • Investigate the types of deception that commonly occur at interview
  • Validate the verbal and nonverbal cues or clues that can help you assess truthfulness
  • Planning interviews that are easy for truth-tellers & hard for liars




Decision Making

Speaker: Caspar Berry, Speaker and Trainer on Risk and Uncertainty

  • The impact of uncertainty when making decisions and allocating resources
  • Breaking out of risk-averse habits
  • How to innovate and seize opportunity


Short Break


Awkward Conversations for Line Managers

Speaker: Daniel Barnett

A rare chance to hear a 15 minute preview of Daniel's new 2 hour keynote speech, freshly developed for 2017, on how to dismiss staff fairly and avoid being sued.


Member Spotlight 3 - The Only Way is Ethics

Paul Helsby, HR Inner Circle Member and founder of Paul Helsby HR

In the third of our six minute spotlight sessions, Paul explores the role of ethics in HR Consulting, particularly in relation to workplace investigations, and considers whether it’s always possible to do the ‘right thing’.


Resilience – How to Lead by Example rather than Hypocrisy

Speaker: Ian Pettigrew, Kingfisher Coaching

  • What do we really mean by resilience?
  • How can we help people to help themselves?
  • What are the potential blindspots, where we inadvertently make things worse?


Member Spotlight 4 – How to Deal With Difficult People

Nancy Prest, HR Inner Circle member and founder of Doodle HR

Our final six minute spotlight session features Nancy giving her tips for dealing with difficult people.


Closing Remarks




Conference Ends

We welcome HR Directors, HR Managers and Independent HR Professionals at this event.

The Venue

The Institute of Strategic Studies,
Arundel House, Temple, London

The International Institute for Strategic Studies is a world-leading authority on global security, political risk and military conflict. It was founded in the UK in 1958 with a focus on nuclear deterrence and arms control. Today, it is also renowned for its annual Military Balance assessment of countries' armed forces and for its high-powered security summits, including the Shangri-La Dialogue.

Today it boasts one of the leading military intelligence libraries in the world, together with a world-class conference facility which we have been allowed to use for the day. We're proud to be holding the Annual Conference at such a prestigious and historic venue.

Location, Location, Location!

HR Inner Circle
Annual Conference 2017


Fabulous speakers! Engaging subjects!
The 'must attend' event for all HR Practitioners

6 June 2017


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