How to Become a More Commercial HR Leader Masterclass

How to Become a More Commercial HR Leader Masterclass

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How to Become a More Commercial HR Leader: Re-tooling HR for success in today's digital world

Thursday Oct 18, 2018
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM plus networking drinks
De Vere West One, 9-10 Portland Place, London W1B 1PR

JUST £299 including post event extras: only 5 places left!



Do or die: Why it's time for HR to get more commercial
Dave Millner, HRCurator and top social influencer

A roadmap to becoming a more commercial HR leader
Chris Roebuck, visiting professor of transformation, Cass Business School and HR Most Influential Thinker 2018

Commercial HR in Practice: Private and Public sector case studies
Karen Beaven, award-winning HR director and founder of PX Innovations
Wendy Cartwright, HR lead at Palace of Westminster Restoration Project 

Co-creation session: A new HR priorities tool
Mat Ballantine, angel of disruption, stamp London


  • Get 20% more done in the same time for the same money
  • Get up to 30% more effort from 60% of people
  • Double the effectiveness of implementation
  • Improve customer service and brand value
  • Get up to 10% increase in bottom line
  • Know how to spot and build the business case for a commercial opportunity
  • Know how public sector HR can work effectively with private sector HR
  • Create a future-focused entrepreneurial and innovative organisation

PLUS: Co-creation in practice: join us in developing a new HR leader priorities facilitation tool


This event is for you if you are an HR director seeking to become more commercial and learn how to introduce new commercial ideas into the organisation, an HR business partner looking to add more value to your organisation and to develop yourself, or  anyone in HR looking to step up into an HR director role.


09:00 Registration and breakfast

09:30 Welcome and Introduction
Siân Harrington, editorial director, The People Space

09:40 Do or die: Why it's time for HR to get more commercial
Dave Millner, HR Curator and top social influencer

10:20 Masterclass Part One: How to transform HR to be more commercial
Chris Roebuck, visiting professor of transformational leadership, Cass Business School

11:20 Coffee Break and networking

11.40 Masterclass Part Two
Chris Roebuck, visiting professor of transformational leadership, Cass Business School

13.00 Lunch and networking

14:00 Welcome back
Siân Harrington, editorial director, The People Space

14:10 What CEOs want from HR leaders

14:30 Commercial HR in practice: Private sector case study
Karen Beaven, award-winning HR director and founder PX Innovations

15:00 Commercial HR in practice: Public sector case study
Wendy Cartwright, HR lead, Palace of Westminster Restoration Project

15:30 Coffee break and networking

15:50 Co-creation session: HR priorities
Matt Ballantine, angel of disruption, stamp London

16:50 Wrap up

17:00-19:00 Networking Drinks



About Dave Millner

Dave has a business (risk/lend­ing) and HR background­ based in financial services where he was a key internal consultant­ involved with the research, design and delivery of a range of performanc­e/competen­cy based consultanc­y solutions for a range of businesses­ and brands in the NatWest/RB­S Group. 

In PSL, Kenexa and IBM, Dave has worked directly with a variety of different global and multi-nati­onal based organizati­ons offering a range of senior learning and developmen­t programs, executive coaching, employee engagement­, culture interventi­ons and organizati­onal developmen­t based solutions across a number of different sectors focusing on future proofing their businesses­.  

Dave’s real passion revolves around the vital role that HR can provide to organisati­ons and has been supporting­ HR functions to become more commercial­ly focused so that they can provide a transforma­tional workforce experience­ to their employees.­

He is a regular presenter at conference­s promoting the future of HR, the role of technology­ and the need for analytics to demonstrat­e tangible business value in the ever changing digital world of work.

He is regarded as a social media guru through @HRCurator­, being referenced­ as being one of the Most Influentia­l People on Twitter in a number of subject areas.

About Chris Roebuck

Keynote speaker Chris Roebuck is an economist and former global head of talent and leadership with vast experience as a successful corporate, military, and government leader. His highly practical Mach 2 leadership technique combines entrepreneurial, engaging, ethical and effective leadership. The idea is to use simple day to day actions to inspire people to maximise their performance and then to focus that onto critical deliverables for the organisation.

His practical perspective is a result of his experience as a corporate, military, and government leader. His work in the corporate sector as Global Head of Talent and Leadership at UBS includes achievements such as helping the bank transform organisational performance to increase profitability by 235% and market capitalisation by 50%.  Understandably, his work at UBS is now part of a Harvard Business School Case Study on transforming organisational performance. He has worked in Government and public sectors on major change and leadership projects from UK National Health Service and local Government to London Underground PFI. Chris has also served as a military officer leading and inspiring people in challenging environments via a “serve to lead” ethos.

Through his work as executive coach and mentor, Chris advises major global organisations on transforming and growing by improving performance through people. The UK National Health Service and Government, top legal firms, global and investment banks, logistics and facilities, transport and healthcare, the Red Cross in Myanmar and even the Chinese Space Programme have all relied on his expertise. He is also Visiting Professor of Transformational Leadership at Cass Business School in London, presenting research on what delivers success. His expertise is greatly valued by the public: he has done over 350 TV interviews on leadership and business issues on several platforms such as BBC channels, CNBC, and CNN, and has been voted one of the Most Influential Thinkers in HR for several years, including in 2018.

About Karen Beaven

Karen Beaven is renowned in the HR industry for her forward thinking approach and having led significant HR transformation programmes in her various HR Practitioner roles.

An award winning, creative and innovative Senior HR professional with Chartered FCIPD status.  Karen is a proven board level influencer, driven by quality and integrity with a clear commercial focus.

Her accolades include winning the 2015 HR Director of the year at the prestigious HR Excellence awards and also being listed in the HRO Today Global Superstar rankings.

As an entrepreneur at heart Karen has always had a natural ability to link trends and spot commercial opportunities. Her experience of setting up Style Studio at River Island inspired her to establish the HR Entrepreneurs Network with the aim of providing a platform to promote and celebrate entrepreneurial thinking in HR and to connect like-minded individuals.

About Wendy Cartwright

Wendy Cartwright is HR lead on the Palace of Westminster Restoration Project in the UK. She is former HR Director for the Olympic Delivery Authority – the organisation responsible for developing and building the new venues and infrastructure for London 2012. She previously held senior HR roles in central government, financial services, energy and retail sectors.

Wendy has a Masters degree in Employment Strategy and is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD. Wendy is also a member of the Engage for Success Task Force and she currently chairs an Engage for Success sub-group examining the links between employee engagement and wellbeing. Wendy was voted No 4 in HR Magazine¹s Most Influential Practitioners in 2012, and was named HR Director of the Year at the 2013 HR Distinction Awards.



About Matt Ballantine

Matt has spent the past two decades helping organisations make sense of where people, communications and technology collide. In 2013 he set up stamp London, working with the Government Digital Service, O2, Centrica, pharmaceutical companies Celgene and Allergan, and publishers IDG to help them to transform themselves in the light of the world of digital. 

Matt is an associate researcher for Leading Edge Forum and previously worked in global technology, media and marketing organisations including Microsoft, Imagination, Reuters and the BBC, across a wide range of technology and organisational challenges. He is also a regular speaker and a columnist for CIO Magazine.

About Siân Harrington

Your chair Siân Harrington is an award-winn­ing business journalist­, publisher and company director who edited and then ran HR magazine for 10 years.

In her 29-year career as a business journalist­, Siân has been lucky enough to meet and interview some of the world’s leading business people, as well as working in both large and small media organisati­ons during hugely transforma­tive times.

Her experience­ has clearly testified to the pivotal role good people practice and continual learning plays in successful­ and sustainabl­e organisati­ons.

Prior to co-foundin­g The People Space, she was the first trained journalist­ to be appointed to the board at Mark Allen Business & Leisure, where she had P&L responsibi­lities for 11 B2B and consumer titles. She was publishing­ director for three years, having joined Mark Allen Group, one of the largest independen­t B2B media companies in the UK, in 2010 as editor of HR magazine, later becoming publisher of the brand.

She was responsibl­e for turning a pilot idea into the successful­ HR Most Influentia­l ranking and ran the HR Excellence­ Awards, as well as launching the HR in the Boardroom group for HR directors,­ which she co-founded­ with Wayne Clarke of The Global Growth Institute and Steve Tappin of Xinfu and BBC CEO Guru fame.

Siân has been HR business journalist­ of the year and a three time finalist in the magazine industry awards, the PPAs. She's a regular judge for the National Online Recruitmen­t Awards (NORAs) and a speaker/ch­air at industry events.

Siân has worked on and edited a number of market-lea­ding business titles across hospitalit­y, food, leisure and marketing,­ including The Grocer, Retail Week, Centaur Business Intelligen­ce and launch editor of In-Store. She also freelanced­ for major business titles and newspapers­, and is currentl­y a non-execut­ive director of leadership­ institute Roffey Park.