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Bridging the gap: what can employers learn about emerging talent to drive better hiring strategies?

9 June 2022 / 9am - 1.30pm / Engine Shed, Bristol

Join us at this cross-learning, in-person event as part of The HR World Culture Clash series, bringing HRDs, founders and emerging talent together to build a better workforce for the future.

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This professional development cross-learning event seeks to bring together HRDs, scaleup founders and emerging talent to answer the following questions:

  • What have some of the UK’s most successful scaleups done to recruit and retain at speed?
  • How has recruitment changed in the corporate and professional services space to support recent changes?
  • What can we learn from the graduate experience in both worlds to inform culture and hiring strategies that are fit for purpose in the time ahead?
  • And do we need to fundamentally rethink how employers engage with education to enable a more prosperous future for all?
12 May HR Event
HR World Event University of Bristol Techspark

Why Attend

Join this exciting and unique event for the opportunity to engage with your peers and:

  1. Grow in understanding of how different cultures and sectors are attracting and hiring emerging talent
  2. Challenges faced by the current market and what is driving these
  3. Feed into strategies to help support your biggest retention and onboarding strategies
  4. Discover what young people REALLY think about the opportunities out there and what you’re doing to get them involved
  5. Learn how to create a workforce for the future that fits next generation thinking

Event Itinerary

9am: Arrival, coffee and pastries.

9.30am: Introduction.

9.50-10.30: Session One – talent sourcing and attraction, addressing the following questions:

  • What is the market doing and why?
  • Where are the current opportunities? What is working/what is not? (cross learning from the scale up and corporates)
  • What does this mean for the current jobs markets and future talent agenda?
  • What do young people really think and why?

10.30-11am: Questions.

11am-11.30am: Tea and coffee.

11.30-12.30pm: Session Two – retaining people and building a resilient culture, addressing the following questions

  • What have been the biggest culture shifts in recent times?
  • What has this meant for scale ups and bigger organisations?
  • Has the wellbeing agenda made ‘productivity’ a dirty word?
  • How can we make a difference to people’s lives (and do you really care?)

12.45pm - 1.30pm: Buffet lunch and networking.

Who is involved?

The HR World is the UK’s freshest news and view platform in the future work. Creating bespoke, immersive and outcomes based events they aim to help senior HRs collaborate and problem solve to support economic and business ambition.

University of Bristol is one of the UK’s most respected education organisations with a huge focus on ensuring their students are the next generation of world-leading talent. They offer free and cost effective ways to engage with students during their studies and when they graduate. They can also raise awareness of organisation’s aims support recruitment drives.

TechSPARK is a not-for-profit community dedicated to connecting, educating and strengthening tech ecosystems from Swindon to Swansea. We work with tech and digital businesses from startups to scaleups, SME’s to global corporations to help them thrive through our networks and knowledge.


Keynote Speaker

Hannah Awonuga

Hannah Awonuga

Global Head of Colleague Engagement and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Barclays

Hannah is Global Head of Colleague Engagement D&I at Barclays having worked with the retail bank since she was 17. She is an award-winning speaker and recently won the WeAreTheCity rising star award as well as being named among the most inspirational D&I (Diversity and Inclusion) professionals by D&I Leaders. She Is in the Top 25 most influential HR practitioners by HR Magazine.

She is also the founder of Rarity London and is a certified corporate coach. Over the past three years, she has delivered empowerment workshops, keynote addresses and joined many panel discussions with industry leaders.


Chris Butt, Cognisess

Chris Butt

CEO & Founder, Cognisess
Chris has a vision that everyone has something to offer someone, somewhere and by seamlessly connecting your people through the Cognisess platform, people can be empowered to unlock their true potential and rovide the opportunities that best match their skills.
Kim Clarke

Kim Clarke

Head of HR UK, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
Kim is an experienced HR Executive and People Director, having worked across the public and private sector in multiple industries and Internationally. Most recently Kim has spent 20 years within Insurance and Banking including AXA, Friends Life and Aviva. More recently Kim’s held senior roles in banking and is currently the Head of HR UK for SMBC Investment Bank.
Orlagh Hunt

Orlagh Hunt

Chief People & Sustainability Officer, Yorkshire Building Society

Orlagh is responsible for the people & social purpose & sustainability division including reward, talent, inclusion and diversity, learning and development, internal communications and engagement as well as ESG and community engagement. Orlagh’s senior HR roles and experience in the banking sector spans AXA Sunlife, a FTSE 100 insurer, Royal Sun Alliance PLC and Allied Irish Banks PLC in Dublin.

Ross Crook

Ross Crook

Managing Director, Sanderson Solutions
Ross is an established leader in the field of resourcing and talent management with strategic oversight of Sanderson Solutions global business and client base. With a strong vision on how best to create talent acquisition strategies as well as developing employer brand propositions, he brings a wealth of insight into how to engage, recruit and retain the future workforce.
Louise Egan

Louise Egan

HRD/CPO, The Mission Group
Louise is a HR Director with 30 years experience across multiple sectors including transport, logistics, marketing , events management and communications. A Fellow of the CIPD and currently the Group People Director at the Mission Group, which is a collective of 17 Creative Agencies compromising of 1,000 people led by entrepreneurs encouraging independent spirit.
Harry Pitts

Dr. Harry Pitts

Lecturer in Work, Employment, Organisation & Public Policy, University of Bristol School of Management
Harry Pitts is an academic writing, researching and teaching about the politics of work futures and economic transformation. He is a Fellow of the Institute for the Future of Work and an Associate Fellow of the Economic & Social Research Council Digital Futures at Work Research Centre, among a range of other roles. His commentary has been widely featured and covered in media outlets including the Guardian, the Times, the Economist and the Financial Times.
Mark Pullen

Mark Pullen

CEO, XLedger
Mark Pullen is the first UK CEO of XLedger and has established a culture of putting people first. Xledger has won numerous awards for their office culture including, three Great Place to Work and a Business Leader Employer of the year award. Xledger doubled the size of their business two years in a row and Mark is an ambassador for ensuring employees want to come to work.
Bhumika Zhaveri

Bhumika Zhaveri

HR Director Europe, Spreetail
Bhumika is an author and speaker with a passion for organisation design, culture and retention that results in happy and successful workplaces. As an HRD in a fast-growing scale up, she brings her experience from more than 15 years in HR, to help leaders to find their conscious leadership styles in order to help businesses succeed and people thrive.


Sarah Rice

Editor, The HR World

Sarah Rice

Sarah is a journalist and communicator with more than 25 years experience, writing across regional and national newspapers and magazines. As editor of The HR World she is responsible for all editorial content on and offline. She is also an experienced Chair, panel member and speaker focused on debates around the biggest issues facing HR today.

Rob Taffinder

Assistant Director Careers Service (External Engagement & Student Enterprise) at University of Bristol

Rob Taffinder

Rob has a broad range of resourcing experience, leading teams and developing strategies from an agency and inhouse perspective. Alongside this resourcing experience he has also led a corporate responsibility team focused on strategic partnerships and driving employer and customer engagement for the world largest Building Society.

His current role is leading the University of Bristol’s employer and community engagement teams, connecting and preparing students for employment and the world of work.

Ben Shorrock

Managing Director at TechSPARK

Ben Shorrock

Ben has been working to help grow tech and digital business for the last decade. He is MD of TechSPARK the Southwest’s network for tech start up and scale ups working with 25,000 people a month to help them recruit, network and raise capital in the UK’s most productive tech cluster.

Prior to working for TechSPARK, Ben worked in consultancy with businesses opening new sites internationally. In this role he helped set up Invest Bristol & Bath and the Netherlands consulate for the north of England. Ben is a co-founder of Bristol Tech Festival and sits on the boards of Tech South West, UK Tech Cluster Group and Bristol’s One City Board.

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What is Culture Clash?

Culture Clash is a collaboration of events and research held in partnership with The HR World, Techspark and the University of Bristol to support the needs of emerging talent entering the workplace.

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