London 2016 Conference

On the 14th April 2016, the hugely successful ‘Conversation’ In-house Recruitment Conference took place in London.

In the ultimate learning & development day for In-house Recruiters, London based Recruiters witnessed completely unique case-study presentations, as well as benefiting from intimate roundtable discussions with industry peers.

Topics included: Employer Branding, Recruitment Efficiency, Employee Referrals, Candidate Experience, Video Interviewing & Reducing Time To Hire

Thank You’s

A massive thank you to our host, In-house Recruitment Network, our headline partner and all our event partners Hireserve, Hiring Hub, SMRS, 4MAT,, Creed Comms, Broadbean & Hire Vue. An extra special thank you goes to our conference Chair Andy Headworth, who did an outstanding job.

A huge thanks goes to our speakers who, I’m sure we can all agree, made the day a real learning experience! They are here to help you further if you do have any questions so do not be afraid to get in touch.

Lastly, but by no means the least, it’s a big ol’ thanks to our attendees. Without you, there would be no conference and the day was such a success due to your great contributions to conversations, questions to speakers, twitter interaction and the day as a whole. Thanks for coming & we hope you enjoyed it!

Photos and videos from the event will be up shortly – stay tuned.

Who Attended?

In-house recruitment and HR professionals all with a common interest in learning and developing their skills, knowledge and strategies. This year’s attendee list included:

Accenture, Aesica Pharmaceutical Ltd, Allegis Global Solutions, Ambitious about Autism, AXA PPP Healthcare, B&Q, BBC Worldwide, Boden, Brands2Life Ltd, BrightGen Limited, Britvic Soft Drinks, Capgemini Consulting, Caprice Holdings, Catalyst Housing Ltd, Celesio UK, CH2M, Charles Stanley PLC, Charles Tyrwhitt, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Comic Relief, CONNELLS GROUP, Coppla, dbg One Limited, Dentsu Aegis Network, DHL, ECS, ESG, FitFlop, FleishmanHillard Fishburn, Fossil UK, Getty Images, Giraffe Concepts Ltd, Harmonic Limited, Healthcare at Home Ltd, Hitachi Capital, House of Fraser, IAG Cargo, IQPC Ltd, Lloyds Banking Group, Lookers Plc, Mandara Energy Ltd, Markit, Matalan, Matchtech Group PLC, McCann London, Mencap, Mirus IT, Modality Systems, Mothercare, MVS Global, NCC Group, Neopost Ltd, Nestle, Newton Europe, Neyber, NTT DATA UK, PartnerWise, Proversity, QinetiQ, Rapha, RMS, Robertson Group, Royal Bank of Scotland, RPS Group, RWE, Sartorius UK Ltd, Schawk, Selfridges, Sense, SIG plc, Simplyhealth, Sovereign Housing Association, Spicerhaart, SugarCRM, Teach First, The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, The Medical Protection Society, Ticketmaster UK, Transport for London, Tui Group, United Response, uSwitch Ltd, WaterAid, Which?, Willis Towers Watson, World First, YO! Sushi, ZenithOptimedia Group to name but a few…


A perfectly balanced agenda carefully designed to maximise knowledge intake, peer-to-peer networking and tool showcasing.

Each speaker session will be followed by a roundtable discussion, where you will learn how to overcome the challenges you face in in-house recruitment.

We’ll be rounding off this unique conference with complimentary and well-deserved social networking drinks.

08:30 AM – 09:10 AM


Registration, Breakfast & Welcoming Intro

Andy Headworth, Managing Director of Sirona Consulting and Conference Chair

Andy Headworth
Sirona Consulting

09:10 AM – 09:55 AM

Samantha Ramsay

Samantha Ramsay, Head of Resourcing & Employer Brand


2015 In-house Recruitment Awards Winner

“Best Employer Brand”

TOPIC: Employer Branding

  • How House of Fraser became an award-winning employer brand
  • Why your employer brand matters and how you can hope to benefit
  • The first steps you need to take to create your world-class employer brand
  • How to maintain and develop your brand

Roundtable Discussion (30 mins)

Which employer brands do you aspire to?

How do you rate your employer brand and what’s missing?

What are the next steps to developing your employer brand

09:55 AM – 10:40 AM

Rob Walker

Rob Walker, Head of Resourcing


2015 In-house Recruitment Awards Winner

“Best Public Sector/Not-for-Profit Team”

TOPIC: Providing an Exceptional Recruitment Service on a Shoestring Budget

  • Discover how to implement the necessary recruitment service without spending all your money
  • How to best utilise what you have available
  • Tapping into the best resource you have; your people

Roundtable Discussion (30 mins)

What would be the first step in creating a recruitment strategy with no budget?

Is there a tool that you could not work without, and why?

10:40 AM – 11:10 AM

Morning Coffee Break & Partner Track

10:50 AM – 11:10 AM

Josh Willows

Josh Willows, Broadbean

TOPIC: Big data analytics – It’s a big world to make sense of

11:10 AM – 11:55 AM

Mark Rhodes

Mark Rhodes, Marketing Director


2016 London Conference Headline Partner

TOPIC: Revealed: More of what your target candidates really want

Sharing research from candidate responses on all things recruitment, including; where candidates start their search for work, how long the perfect recruitment process takes from interview to hire and what drives your ideal candidate to apply.

All-new insight as requested by recruiters working with, including:

  • What candidates do to form an opinion on your employer brand
  • The long term impact of positive and negative recruitment experiences
  • How industry affects candidate recruitment expectations

Roundtable Discussion (30 mins)

Do you measure what your candidates expect from you as a Recruitment brand?

What tools and processes could you implement to better understand candidate’s expectations?

How could you improve the Candidate Experience?



11:55 AM – 12:40 PM

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Odette Beattie, Head of Talent Acquisition

Coca Cola

2015 In-house Recruitment Awards 

Finalist & Highly Commended

TOPIC: The Raw Power of Video Interviewing

  • Why video interviewing was a game changer for Coca-Cola Enterprises
  • The benefits you can expect for your business and recruitment team
  • How and why candidates really benefit from video interviewing
  • The 3 golden rules that will make your video interviewing strategy succeed
  • How to get business buy in and start your video interviewing journey with immediate effect

Roundtable Discussion (30 mins)

How can video interviewing be integrated with your recruitment function?

Share your experiences and tips with your roundtable peers

12:40 PM – 13:40 PM

Lunch & Partner Tracks

13:00 PM – 13:20 PM

Carolyn Beadsmoore & Sarah Sturgess, SMRS

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TOPIC: Bringing people together… supporting your resourcing strategy

13:20 PM – 13:40 PM

Simon Swann

Simon Swan, Hiring Hub

TOPIC: Why you won’t need a PSL in 2020

13:40 PM – 14:25 PM

Adrian Wightman

Adrian Wightman, Head of Resourcing


2015 In-house Recruitment Awards Winner

“Best In-house Recruitment Manager”

TOPIC: Candidate Experience

  • The importance of feedback in understanding good candidate experience
  • How feedback has improved the candidate experience with npower
  • Why great candidate experience is important to any organisations success
  • The good recruitment campaign and why npower got involved

Roundtable Discussion (30 mins)

How would you rate your candidate experience (out of 10) and what’s missing?

Which part of your current candidate experience are you really proud of?

What changes will you make this year and how will you ensure they happen?

14:25 PM – 15:10 PM

Charlotte Johns

Charlotte Johns, Head of Recruitment Operations

TFL Large

2015 In-house Recruitment Awards Winner

“Best Recruitment Advertising Campaign”

TOPIC: Alternative Talent Pools

  • Creating a strategy for recruitment within TfL and benefiting from alternative talent pools
  • Tapping into unanticipated talent pools, such as ex military
  • Producing talent schemes internal to TfL



Roundtable Discussion (30 mins)

Have you ever considered alternative talent pools for your business?

Do you feel there would be a negative or positive reaction from your business if you hired ex military or ex convicts?

What other talent pools might you be able to look at as another source of potential candidates?

15:10 PM – 15:40 PM

Afternoon Coffee Break & Partner Track

15:20 PM – 15:40 PM

Simon McLoughlin

Simon McLoughlin, Creed Comms

TOPIC: Bringing your Employer Brand to Life

15:40 PM – 16:25 PM

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Gary Manning, Senior Recruiter


2015 In-house Recruitment Awards Judge

TOPIC: The Art of Recruiting Specialist Talent

  • The “King” Story
  • How to compete for the most prized talent in the industry
  • What a truly refined recruitment process and strategy looks like
  • How to tap into the best resources available – especially employee referrals
  • The future for King

Roundtable Discussion (30 mins)?

What is your greatest talent shortage challenge and what are you doing to overcome it?

What is your most effective talent source and what tips can you share with your roundtable peers?

16:30 PM – 18:00 PM

Complimentary Networking Drinks

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