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  • Roland Baskeyfield

    Group Reward Manager

    The co-operative

    Roland recently joined The co-operative as Group Reward Manager working across their Consumer Services businesses. The co-operative has commenced its 3-year re-build programme, making it a very exciting time to join the organisation.

    A Fellow of the CIPD, underpinned by a generalist HR background, Roland has undertaken diverse compensation and benefits manager roles across multiple sectors with organisations including Discovery Networks, Kellogg, BAE Systems and Birkbeck, University of London. Roland also has an active interest in diversity and inclusion, and has been champion of this in several organisations.

  • Carol Baylis

    Carol Baylis has been working in Compensation & Benefits over twenty years predominantly in the technology sector for companies such as Oracle, Avaya and now Hitachi Data Systems as EMEA Total Rewards Senior Director. Carol’s main focus over the last few years has been in taking existing benefit programmes and reenergising them through a combination of benefit strategy review and technology enabled employee engagement. In addition to her role as EMEA Total Rewards leader, Carol is also responsible for the overall coordination of global compensation programs in the role of Global Compensation Program Director.

  • Joanna Bean

    Head of Reward (UK & Ireland)

    Samsung Electronics (UK) Ltd

    Joanna is the Head of Reward in the Human Resources division for Samsung UK and Ireland. Joanna is responsible for managing Reward (Compensation, Benefits & Health & Wellbeing) for all UK and Ireland based employees. Joanna has implemented a flexible benefits programme and designed an engaging benefit portfolio whilst setting up cost effective payment mechanisms for all Samsung Electronics employees. Joanna also manages the Samsung Pension Schemes. She is passionate about helping employees save for their futures and engaging employees through their reward packages and activities run at Samsung. Joanna has also spent time at Samsung undertaking the role of HR Business Partner. Previously to her role at Samsung, before 2002, Joanna held various positions within the Lloyds Bank Group and also spent 18 months travelling the world before joining Samsung, to experience different customs and cultures globally. In her spare time, Joanna likes to spend quality time with her husband and two children and cycling as much as she can.

  • Neal Blackshire

    Reward Manager

    McDonald’s Restaurants

    Neal is the Reward Manager for McDonald’s Restaurants where he has worked for over 30 years, having started as a crewmember.

    Over the last 14 years, Neal and his team have driven improvement and innovation in the value and range of benefits offered to McDonald’s employees. Several initiatives have received recognition including the Grand Prix award at the Employee Benefits Awards in 2012 for the team’s alignment of reward strategy to business strategy.

    Neal is a member of the CIPD Reward Forum and was recognised for his Career Accomplishment at the inaugural Pay & Benefits Awards. In June 2014, Neal was honoured to be voted the Employee Benefits Professional of the Year at the Employee Benefits Awards.

  • David Brackwell

    Head of Organisational Health

    Fujitsu UK & Ireland

    Following an early career in the Health Service David has held specialist HR roles in major corporates in a range of specialisms. He has worked for Fujitsu UK & Ireland for the last six years, his current responsibilities include management of the various health services that Fujitsu provide, for example private medical care and Occupational Health, he also has responsibility for Wellbeing at a strategic level. He has a long standing interest in health issues and their impact on the workplace, in particular psychological health. David is Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and IOSH and holds an MSc in Organisational Development.

  • Adam Brooke

    Employee benefits and wellness manager

    JP Morgan

    Adam spent the first 13 years of his career at the John Lewis Partnership working through the various disciplines of HR before being asked to carry out a project on the 'Partnership's' benefits offering. This led to the creation and implementation of a brand (PartnerChoice) and communication strategy that encompassed existing and new benefits. Adam then spent the next three years at global law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer implementing and managing its flexible benefits scheme (Benefits Plus) before joining J.P. Morgan in 2011 as employee benefits and wellness manager.

  • Kristina Caxton

    Business Partner, People & Culture

    MEC UK

    Kristina takes up a cultural partnering role within the People & Culture department at MEC UK looking after London & Manchester, responsible for working within a Business Partnering set up coaching and supporting leaders of the business within AV, Display Activation, Regional Media, and Digital Planning on a daily basis and also taking a role as Head of Employee Relations. Kristina has over 17 years HR experience, with 11 years within a media agency environment and 6 years within Insurance previous to this.

    Kristina leads the Flexible Benefits scheme at MEC which includes the renewal stage, and is also part of the benefits team ‘My Perks’ that introduces extra benefits on top of the Flex scheme. This concentrates on areas including Social Responsibility, Wellbeing, Feel Good Perks, Loyalty Rewards, and Flexible Working. Kristina lead the roll out of a ‘Smarter Working’ initiative to all staff including training on internal IT systems and ergonomics to make sure people had the opportunity to improve their work life balance and have the ability to work more creatively away from their desks.

  • Mark Cliff

    Reward Director


    Following over 15 years of working in pension consulting mainly in the 'Big Four' environment, Mark left PwC in 2012 to Join M.A.G as Head of Pensions. This was a new role to reflect the Group's additional pension responsibilities through the acquisition of London Stansted. In 2014 Mark's responsibilities were widened to include Reward and Pensions. Mark also has a number of Independent Trustee appointments.

  • Nick Court

    Reward and Benefits manager

    Carlsberg UK

    Nick Started work at Tesco as a Fork Lift Truck driver & Trade Union rep and developed to be the Reward Manager for Logistics, he worked there until May 2013, and during his time there he oversaw pay negotiations, the implementation of new contracts for warehouse operatives, and played a role in negotiations with trade unions. He then moved to British Sugar as reward and benefits manager and was responsible for British Sugar’s car fleets and developing benefits strategies. His role also involves working with parent organisation Associated British Foods (ABF) to ensure its reward and benefits strategy is right for British Sugar employees. Currently Nick has been the UK Reward and Benefits Manager for Carlsberg UK since June 2014

  • Gemma Dainty

    Reward Manager - Benefits


    Gemma has nearly 10 years experience in Reward and is currently Employee Benefits Manager for Vodafone UK. Having chosen to specialise in Reward early on in her career, her experience includes a variety of roles in Compensation, Benefits and Wellness across a breadth of industries including technology, legal, financial services and media.

  • Sushma Dhonsi

    Benefits Manager

    EMC Computer Systems UK Ltd

    Sushma Dhonsi is Benefits Manager at EMC, and has responsibility for the DC Pension Scheme and employee benefits across the UK for 1700 employees. She has worked at EMC for the past 10 years, and previously as a HR Manager for 10 years. In her role she is responsible for ensuring the benefit offerings are compliant, competitive and in line with EMC’s global benefits strategy. She has experience of developing and implementing new benefit offerings, writing policies and communication materials for benefits and has worked through auto-enrolment at her company.

  • Paul Durrant

    Director, Compensation & Benefits and Pensions


    Paul leads the team responsible for compensation, benefits, pensions and international mobility for Thales in the UK. He held a number of roles in pension management, before moving to head up UK compensation and benefits for Thales in 2008. During his time in Thales, Paul has led a number of successful projects and implementations across a number of areas in reward, benefits and pensions.

  • Claire Eckett

    HR Manager (Reward & Benefits)

    The University of Reading

    Claire is the HR Manager (Reward & Benefits) at the University of Reading. She initially joined the University 13 years ago to work on a project to modernise pay and grading structures and implement job evaluation.

    Over the last few years she has worked to develop and communicate what was a very traditional benefits package into something more engaging, by implementing a number of salary sacrifice arrangements and an innovative on-line reward and recognition scheme. Her responsibilities include the design, delivery, communication and management of the University’s reward and benefits package, job evaluation, equal pay reviews, staff engagement surveys, project management.

    Prior to joining the University of Reading, she held HR generalist roles with Siemens, AXA and Calor Gas. Claire was a finalist at the Employee Benefits Awards 2014 in two categories and is excited about being on the judging panel for the first time.

  • Richard Farrar

    Corporate Pensions & Benefits Manager

    Novartis Pharmaceuticals UK Ltd

    Richard first worked at Sandoz Products Ltd in Leeds in 1979 as a commercial trainee where he progressed into working in the Company Secretarial department. He moved into Sandoz Holdings Great Britain Ltd in 1995 looking after Pensions, Benefits and Insurance for the group. Following the merger of Sandoz and Ciba Geigy in 1997 he worked for Novartis UK Ltd where he now holds the position of Corporate Pensions & Benefits Manager for UK and Ireland.

  • Jane Fenwick

    Global Head of Benefits


    Jane joined the Shire Total Rewards team in February 2012 and is currently responsible for Shire’s benefits strategy across 35 countries. Before joining Shire, Jane held similar positions at Marks and Spencer, Cable & Wireless and GlaxoSmithKline. Jane has specialised in international reward for over 14 years and is married with two young children.

  • Amber Garner

    Benefits Team Leader

    Home Retail Group

    Amber began her HR career in in 2006 when she joined Argos PLC as a Benefits Administrator, responsible for the voluntary benefits and SAYE. Argos merged with Homebase in 2006 which brought a natural progression to her role as the company grew and became Home Retail Group and latterly also added Habitat to its portfolio. In 2010 she was appointed as the Employee Share Plan Coordinator which enabled her to manage and implement all Employee Share Plans, including executive reward plans, for the whole group. In 2011 Amber became the Benefits Team Leader for Home Retail Group responsible for sourcing, administration, implementation and communications for all Group Benefits and Share Plans. She has a team of just 3 direct reports and they manage all of this for an employee population of circa 50,000. In 2014, in addition to managing the Benefits Team she temporarily took on the responsibility of managing the Groups HR Query Team, an additional 6 direct reports, to cover a secondment for 6 months. Retail is great fun but a volatile, constantly changing and challenging environment and she is therefore very used to dealing with change and juggling many balls at once!

  • Susan Gee

    Employee Health & Wellbeing Manager

    Yorkshire Water

    Susan is currently the Manager of Employee Health and Wellbeing at Yorkshire Water, since commencing her role in 2013 she has completely remodelled the OH department and introduced a wellbeing strategy into the organisation as a result of this sickness absence has reduced significantly with savings of over £800k. Previously she was Head of Occupational Health & Safety at the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council, a position she held for the past 12 years, having initially joined Bradford in 1996 as a Senior Occupational Health Nurse.

  • Narinder Kaur

    Group Human Resources Director

    Churchill Retirement Living

    Narinder joined Churchill Retirement Living in April 2014 as the Group Director of Human Resources. Churchill Retirement Living is a rapidly expanding company with drive, passion and commitment with a clear vision for the future. Narinder has joined at a critical time to help shape the future and support the growth plans. Narinder has been part of leading business transformations, business development, talent and leadership development initiatives. She has operated across the globe, working with large corporations head quartered in the US and Europe including Genworth Financial Services, Hilton Hotels, Randstad, Lee Cooper and Ionics. Narinder has been involved in and led significant change projects including M&A activity with commercially sensitive implications. Narinder has been the ‘expert’ in shaping and guiding business and commercial decisions around people management through Communications and Engagement projects.

  • Daryl Maitland

    HR Manager


    Daryl is HR Manager with Cafcass, the largest employer of social workers in England. His portfolio includes reward, engagement & wellbeing. As a 2014 Employee Benefits Awards winner, Daryl has introduced a range of innovations which have helped Cafcass more than halve their sickness rates and achieve outstanding staff engagement levels in an industry usually associated with high sickness and poor engagement. These have included a cost neutral cash health plan, a salary sacrifice car scheme, a second pension scheme and onsite access to health and wellbeing experts. Daryl has previously worked for McDonalds and Aldi.

  • John Mayor

    Head of UK Reward

    Danone UK Affiliates

    In my 15 years with Danone, the last 4 have been the most exciting in terms of achievements and insight. Danone in the UK has pioneered the shared service model within the HR arena and our activities across the Compensation and Benefits arena have been acknowledged as being a Best Practice by the Danone Company in Paris in the way we engage the multiple business units in the UK and gain alinement on key initiatives through focused stakeholder management. This was evidenced with our payroll outsourcing project which has resulted in 13 fully compliant payrolls that are administered by the team including local and expatriate employees to modified, shadow and notional schemes. The change in provider to an outsourced one was a big part of our journey as the success we achieved built the trust with all of the UK business units. This meant that when we came to align all of our benefits, roll out consistent pension contributions by business unit, common platform and central brokerage, the buy in and engagement was first class. There is still a long way to go as we have just taken over the management of the fleet and now have responsibility for 400 vehicles across the UK.

  • Toria McCahill

    Head of Reward

    Dentsu Aegis Network

    Toria McCahill is Head of Reward for Dentsu Aegis Network UK, a leading Company in brand, media and digital communications services. Toria has over 16 years experience in Finance and Reward which include the areas of base and variable compensation, executive pay, performance management, flexible benefits, job evaluation and recognition. Over the span of her career Toria has worked in the industries of Construction, Manufacturing, Technology, Retail and Media including working for CSR plc, Samsung and Dixons Carphone Group. Toria has held mainly Global roles looking after reward and performance in over 26 Counties Worldwide. She has lead teams and large scale complex projects including auto enrolment, recognition programmes, bonus plans, flexible benefit systems, equity plans, job levelling and evaluation.Toria also has experience working in Talent and Succession and lead the reward and OD agenda for many large mergers and acquisitions. Toria believes that a good reward and compensation strategy is the underpin for an organisation to not only add structure but to attract and retain key talent.

  • Neil McCawley

    Group Head of Reward & Wolseley UK Head of Reward & Benefits

    Wolseley PLC

    Neil McCawley has been part of the reward team at Wolseley UK since April 2007, where he is responsible for all aspects of reward and benefits, as well as HR Policy. Before that, he was reward manager at One Stop Stores (a subsidiary of Tesco), for three and a half years. His career started at Barclays Bank, where he spent 21 years in a variety of roles, starting in branch banking and ending up as a HR project manager working on reward and non-reward-related projects.

  • Leanne McLean

    Senior General Manager, Reward (UK, Ireland & Nordics)

    CEVA Logistics

    Leanne has been looking after reward for CEVA Logistics for 3 years, responsible for UK, Ireland and Nordics (approx 5,500 employees). Leanne’s responsibilities cover all pay, bonus, benefits, pensions & job gradings. Her team also has responsibility for HR Shared Services. She has been a reward manager since 1997, having held previous posts at Mitchells & Butlers, National Grid (Transco), The NEC Group, Eversheds LLP and ATS Euromaster.

  • Neil Morrison

    Group Human Resources Director

    Penguin Random House

    Neil joined the Random House Group as HR Director in 2008. In addition to his UK role, he helps to guide international HR teams in Australia, New Zealand, India, South Africa, and Asia.

    Neil began his working life as a lecturer in Psychology and has also worked in a variety of HR roles for FTSE 100 companies including Rentokil Initial and GUS (which became Home Retail Group).

    Neil was voted HR Director for the Year 2013 at the HR Excellence Awards and is a regular commentator on Human Resources and workplace issues at conferences and in the media.

  • Brian Newman

    VP, HR International

    Live Nation Entertainment

    Newman is responsible for leading and directing HR activity for all (non-US) international markets (27 territories). He started his career in the dot.com boom, setting up an HR function in a start-up environment from scratch. His first exposure to the entertainment business came when ITV appointed him into its production teams’ HR function in 2000 but, after two and a half years, he moved to Live Nation as HR manager. Newman now specialises in employee engagement, working in collaboration with business leaders across international markets.

  • Sally Purbrick

    Head of Reward

    Anglian Water

    Sally Purbrick has been head of reward at Anglian Water since 2007. She is responsible for the development and implementation of the total reward strategy. Before this, she was HR projects manager, appointed to deliver significant changes to the employer’s defined benefit pension scheme. From 1990 to 2004, Purbrick was head of business performance.

  • Jo Reed

    Reward Business Partner - Benefits

    Virgin Media

    Reed has worked at Virgin Media for over 6 years and held a number of HR roles spanning project management, talent and compensation before moving into the position of Reward Business Partner in early 2014. Specifically looking after employee benefits, Reed is responsible for managing and developing Virgin Media’s group risk, voluntary benefit and wellbeing offering.

  • Jacqui Riches

    Employee Health and Wellness Manager, EMEA


    Gemma has nearly 10 years experience in Reward and is currently Employee Benefits Manager for Vodafone UK. Having chosen to specialise in Reward early on in her career, her experience includes a variety of roles in Compensation, Benefits and Wellness across a breadth of industries including technology, legal, financial services and media.

  • Phil Rixon

    Senior Reward Manager


    Phil has spent over 10 years in pensions and benefits consultancy before joining Ladbrokes in September 2011. His primary responsibilities include the development, construction and delivery of Ladbrokes' pension aims and strategy. While focusing on the UK's defined benefit and defined contribution arrangements - including the auto enrolment response - he is also responsible for the wider pension architecture, predominantly in the Republic of Ireland and Gibraltar.

    In addition, he is responsible for developing and delivering short term tactical efficiencies and longer term strategies in relation to wider employee benefits such as group protection insurances and voluntary benefit schemes.

  • Tony Robertson

    Group Pensions Manager

    William Hill

    Joined William Hill PLC as Group Pensions Manager in July 2013, with more than 24 years’ experience in pensions and benefits, including consultancy, insurance and in-house working for some of the UK’s largest pension funds, Kingfisher, Barclays and British Energy (EDF).

  • Vicky Smith

    HR Project Manager

    Bibby Financial Services

    Vicky Smith has worked for Bibby Financial Services HR department for over 11 years and has helped grow to the team from 3 to now over 12 people. Currently in a HR Project role her focus in 2014 was juggling diverse HR projects ranging from a refreshed UK Pay Structure, launch of retirement planning workshops, e payslips and creation of a brand new peer to peer recognition scheme. Her current responsibility is the business lead for a global performance management refresh; keeping her stakeholders from Bibby Financial Services 4 global regions happy is certainly keeping her busy. Before progressing her career at Bibby Vicky worked in recruitment for Manpower including a secondment at the Millennium Dome and in a generalist HR role for Oxfam. As well as working for Bibby and being a mum to her four year old daughter she is studying for her MA in HRM at Oxford Brookes University. In her ‘spare time’ Vicky enjoys spending time with her friends and family and is actively involved in fundraising for her local playground.

  • Peter Strudwick

    Pension & Benefits Partner


    Pete Strudwick has over 15 years’ experience in the pension industry and has moved more recently into the wider benefits world. Having worked for a leading employee benefits consultancy for a number of years Pete has been working in house at LV= for the last 5 and is now responsible for developing the LV= pension and benefits strategy.

  • Sharon Tebb

    Compensation and Benefits Manager


    Tebb joined international law firm Withers from KPMG in 1996 and progressed through a number of HR roles before specialising in reward in 2004. She manages the UK benefits programme and advises on those in Withers’ European , Asian and Australian offices. Tebb has a particular interest in risk benefits and is a trustee of the Withers defined benefit (DB) pension scheme. She also manages the firm's UK CSR programme.

  • Anne Teggart

    Global Head of Benefits


    Anne has over 11 years international and global reward experience having worked in companies such as Sony Pictures and Sapient and is currently at Misys International Banking Systems as their Principal Reward Partner. Anne has a particular interest in M&A activities, reward communication and benefits strategy, as well as managing the link between performance and compensation.

  • John Whitaker

    Benefits Consultant


    John has been a Benefits Consultant at Sky since January 2013, working on the delivery of My Sky Rewards to UK and ROI employees. Before that, he was Senior Benefits Consultant for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at global information company IHS, a role that included the management of benefits, scheme design, supplier management and benefits harmonisation after acquisitions.

  • Ashleigh Witcher

    Senior benefits co-ordinator


    Ashleigh has been working in HR for over ten years and studied Human Resource Management (HRM Post Grad DIP) in 2007 at Kingston University, SW London. She has worked in most areas of HR, including policy and advice, recruitment, learning and development, payroll, benefits and transformation project work.

    She currently works for Serco, a FT250 Service Provider, looking after long term absence, which is supported by a Group Income Protection (GIP) Policy. Ashleigh is passionate about managing absence in the workplace, supporting employees’ with early intervention solutions and coaching managers’ to understand the ‘bigger picture’ in managing absence and presenteeism in the workplace. Her aim is to meet the business objectives and engage and support the employees’.

    She has been fortunate enough to have gained an Employee Benefits award in 2012, for Serco, for ‘most effective managing absence and rehab strategy’. Ashleigh has also judged the EB awards twice before and feel the entries get stronger and stronger each year, raising the bar, which is exciting.