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2022 Agenda


Networking and registration


Chair’s opening remarks

Talya Misiri, Editor, Real Deals

HR & Talent strategies within the GP


Expert presentation 

The executive brain: innovation in executive development
Natalia Ramsden, CEO and Founder, SOFOS associates


Opening panel discussion
Fierce competition: Attracting and retaining talent 

  • How to attract talent in a market where there is little supply and much demand
  • Why putting flexible working policies high on the agenda is a must
  • Purpose, culture and tech enabled ways of working; attracting Generation Z

Moderator: Gail McManus, Founder/Director/Senior Consultant, PER
Cathy Jones, Partner, Alderwood Capital
Naz Karimbhai, International Head of HR, HPS Investment Partners
Dorte Wigg, Human Resources Director, IK Partners


Panel discussion 
Futureproofing development strategies 

  • How top performing leaders futureproof their functions and accelerate commercial performance
  • What the best developers of people in PE are doing
  • Overcoming learning and developing challenges within PE
  • Creating value through accelerated skill development and the decade ahead (e.g. developing digital fluency, implementing blockchain, leading through unpredictability etc)

Moderator: Krystal Scanlon, Deputy Editor, The Drawdown
Dr David Cooper, Managing Partner, Cooper Limon
Suzie Ruffley, Director, Head of People, Foresight Group


Networking Coffee break


Panel discussion
Culture clash: Recruiting from non-traditional PE backgrounds

  • Culture clash or culture enrichment when bringing in talent from broader backgrounds for ESG and tech-related roles
  • Sourcing talent from new and uncharted pools for new and emerging roles
  • Understanding and deploying new skills and expertise

Moderator: Simon Thompson, News Editor, Real Deals 
Richard Berke, Global Head of Resourcing, Pantheon Ventures
Millie Glennon, Director, Head of Human Capital, Bridges Fund Management 


Panel discussion
Remuneration, incentivisation and carried interest

  • Dealing with the complexities of administering carried interest schemes
  • Is carry fit for purpose given new investor demands on ESG and other non-financial objectives? 
  • What other incentivisation schemes exist and are being used by private equity? 

Moderator: Talya Misiri, Editor, Real Deals
Spencer George, Head of People & Culture,Europe, Ontario Teachers'​ Pension Plan
Jason Howard, Chief Operating Officer, Headway Capital Partners
Charlie Hunt , Director of UK, PER


Lunch Break 

HR & Talent strategies within portfolio companies


HR & Talent strategies as a value driver 

  • Hear from a VC talent professional on how they generated value in a portfolio company

Case Study : Laura Atterwill, Head of Platform, Fidelity International Strategic Ventures


Panel discussion
HR & management due diligence: Beyond evaluating risks and costs 

  • Analysing skills and capabilities of key employees 
  • Aligning leaders to the future organisational structures, cultures, and financial objectives
  • Developing cross-portfolio capabilities during investment and post-exit
  • Creating flexible organisational structures that encourage growth and innovation

Moderator: Conor Boden, Senior Private Equity Board-Level Talent Advisor, ADIA 
Jamie Arnold,Talent Manager, ScaleUp Capital
Ruby Biring, Head of Talent, Livingbridge
Rich Pearce, Investment Director, ECI 
William Smith, Human Capital, Helios Investment Partners 


Afternoon break


Panel discussion
DE&I: Rethinking the entire employee lifecycle through an inclusive lens 

  • Why DE&I policies are no longer nice-to-have, but rather essential for both individual and business success
  • Best practice of how to truly foster an inclusive work environment that stands out from the rest 
  • Drawing attention to skill-set and suitability to a role: can blind recruitment help to remove unconscious bias?

Moderator: Sam Birchall, Features Editor,  Real Deals
Lynn Akashi, Co-Founder, Zetland Capital 
Cate Poulson, Head of Talent Network, BGF
Jordana Semaan, HR Director/ Manager, Investcorp
Amandeep Singh Johal, Legal Counsel Portfolio Governance, Triton


Chair’s closing remarks


Drinks reception