FPC HR Forum

October

23

2020

Covid-19, Sian Thomas, Communications Manager, FPC

Summary of Government support – Sian will talk about the Government support that is available so attendees are fully aware of the options they have and how they can help. She will also discuss the Winter Covid-19 Project and explain how FPC is supporting the development and sharing of advice via the online hub Foodfarm.com

We would like to know what issues our members are experiencing? Please send any thoughts and queries you have to sian@freshproduce.org.uk before the event and we can discuss.

Future Immigrationupdate on FPC activity, Sian Thomas, Communications Manager, FPC

It is likely that the Home Office will use the rising unemployment levels as justification for no further support for the horticultural/UK food and drink sector. The industry is still waiting for details on how the Seasonal Workers Scheme will be applied in 2021.

There is a need for robust and credible data on the horticultural sector’s workforce which is recognised by Defra and FPC is collecting data on access to labour/current workforce and Sian will detail how this is progressing. This is your chance to become involved in providing Government with vital information on what your needs are.

Learnings and longer lasting trends from C-19 – Impact on direction of HR. Stephanie Pote, Senior HR Consultant, Macintyre Hudson


15:30

Chair's Welcome and Introduction

Beverly Dixon

G's Fresh

15:32

Covid-19 and Future Immigration FPC update

Sian Thomas

FPC

15:50

Q&A

16:00

Learnings and longer lasting trends from C-19 – Impact on direction of HR

Stephanie Pote

16:15

Future Immigration Policy

Emma Brooksbank

Freeths

16:25

TBC

16:45

Q&A

16:55

Chair's Comments and Close

Beverly Dixon

Emma Brooksbank

Emma Brooksbank

Partner

Freeths

Emma specialises in business immigration work and has over ten years’ experience working with Russell Group universities and national and multi-national businesses. For many businesses navigating the immigration system is one of the only ways to secure the highly skilled, specialist employees they need to grow their business. The immigration system is however complex and ever changing and mistakes can cause delay and additional expense in securing vital recruitment. Emma’s expertise will ensure that your business can implement its recruitment strategy on an international basis without immigration ever being an issue that you need to worry about. Emma works for clients of all sizes in both public and private sectors. She secures visas for clients looking to set up their business in the UK and secures sponsor licences for UK businesses intending to recruit from overseas. Her objective is always to make the immigration system work for Freeths’ clients and their businesses. Emma advises businesses, the education and health sector on how to mitigate the impact of Brexit with a view to retaining their workforce. She also assists businesses to ensure they have strategies in place to achieve right to work compliance and to protect against the reputational and financial impact of the civil penalty regime. Emma is recognised by Chambers (2020 edition) as a Leading Individual.

Beverly Dixon

Beverly Dixon

Group HR Director

G's Fresh

Beverly Dixon is Group HR Director at G's Fresh, one of Europe’s leading producers of salads and vegetables. Appointed to the role in 2008, Beverly is actively involved in talent management to develop future managers through an in-house international graduate and apprentice training scheme, as well as accredited leadership programmes. At the same time, she champions sound ethical working practices throughout the supply chain to secure a reliable supply of seasonal labour. Additionally, Beverly holds Non-Executive Directorships at Haygrove, Management Development Services (MDS), and National Land Based College (NLBC), plus she is a member of SLG, working on industry skills strategy for primary production. Prior to joining G’s Fresh, Beverly was the Consulting Director at Modena Consulting, and, before that, she spent the lion’s share of her early career working in human resources for Marks and Spencer, having joined the retailer as a graduate trainee. Beverly is a fellow of The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), holds a BSc in Agriculture from Newcastle University, and an MBA from Cass Business School in London, where she is a guest lecturer.

Stephanie Pote

Stephanie Pote

Senior HR Consultant

Macintyre Hudson

Stephanie is an employee relations specialist, qualified as an Associate CIPD member since 1998 with 25 years’ HR experience, 17 of which are in consultancy. Stephanie joined the HR Solutions team in August 2018 and has advised a range of our clients on areas such as changing terms and conditions, restructure and redundancy, absence and performance management, and disciplinary and grievance issues. Previously, Stephanie has worked with clients on organisation-wide absence problems, consultation on changes to benefit packages, and collective redundancy consultation. Stephanie also works with start-up businesses to put compliant Employment Law documentation in place and can advise on Directors Service Agreements, Contracts for Services, Term-Time-Only and Annualised Hours Contracts, or any other “atypical” Contracts, as well as Settlement Agreements.

Sian Thomas

Sian Thomas

Communications Manager

FPC

Sian joined the FPC team in 2008 as Communications Manager. She coordinates FPC's media and external communications, including consultation and lobbying of UK Government and European contacts. Sian supports FPC's Technical Group and is a member of the International Federation of Produce Standards (IFPS) and Freshfel Food Safety Groups. Former roles with the Environment Agency and the Woodland Trust provided Sian with a wealth of experience in issues management, media relations, corporate and regulatory affairs which is invaluable to her role with the FPC. She has worked on European and UK partnership projects in the environmental and public sectors including award winning public awareness campaigns. Sian has a BA Hons degree in German with French from the University of London.