The New World of Work: The HR event for the future workplace




Burgley House, Stamford, PE9 3JY


Registration and welcome refreshments


Chair's Welcome

Nigel Jenney



Keynote - People Strategies: Outdated or essential for today’s successful businesses?

Ever since they crossed the Atlantic in the 1980.'s and especially since the 2008 Crash ideas of HR strategy have proved controversial. Some academics argue they have provided cover to drive down costs and worker rights and pay. Others claim such ideas are nice in theory and policy docs but unimplementable in practice. Based on his recent research at IES in partnership with CIPD Duncan will show that whatever the Brexit uncertainties and outcomes, employers need effective workforce strategies and plans to align their people and business agendas

Duncan Brown



HR in a DVUCAD world

Beverley Dixon

G's Fresh


Networking break


Evolution not Revolution - how HR has evolved as businesses develop

Morag Bailey


Robotics and the future workforce

Joshua Poolton



Chair's summing up

Nigel Jenney



Lunch with a glass of fizz


Optional tour of Burghley House state rooms



Duncan Brown MA, MBA, Chartered FCIPD, PhD

Duncan Brown MA, MBA, Chartered FCIPD, PhD

HR Lead


Duncan Brown leads the HR and rewards consultancy work at IES. He has more than 25 years' experience in HR consulting and research, with firms including Aon Hewitt, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Towers Perrin. He also spent 5 years as Assistant Director General at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Duncan’s clients include companies such as National Grid and Guardian Media Group, public sector bodies including the Cabinet Office, House of Commons and NHS Employers, and not-for-profit organisations such as the Prince's Trust and the United Nations. He has also participated on Government taskforces on pensions, human capital reporting and fair pay, and has carried out studies for a number of the Pay Review Bodies. Duncan is a prolific writer and speaker, with regular articles and blogs in the HR press. His new book co-authored with Michael Armstrong is A Handbook of Reward Management Practice and his new IES research report is on strategic HRM. Human Resources magazine placed him in its listing of the top five most influential thinkers in UK HR in the past three years. Duncan has an MA from Cambridge, an MBA from the London Business School and recently completed his PhD in reward strategy at Kingston University.

Beverley Dixon

Beverley Dixon

Group HR Director

G's Fresh

Beverly Dixon is Group HR Director, G's Fresh, one of Europe’s leading salad and vegetable producers, since 2008. She holds posts as Non-Executive Director, Haygrove, Non-Executive Director MDS, Non-Executive Director NLBC and member SLG working on the industry skills strategy for Primary Production. Beverly was previously the Consulting Director at Modena Consulting

Morag Bailey

Morag Bailey

HR Director

Ardo UK

Morag has been Ardo UK's HR Director for the past eleven years. During this time the company has evolved through acquisitions and a merger of family business. HR has played a key part in ensuring people are engaged with the changes to both processes and culture. Having started her career as a Trainee Manager with Sainsbury's, Morag has since worked in financial services, local government, higher education, automotive and chemical manufacturing. Morag's is a Chartered Fellow of both the CIPD and CMI.