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We are the UK’s leading specialists in the recruitment of HR Professionals; since 2001 we have been partnering with the HR community in order to encourage engagement and collaboration in the HR arena.

  Our HR Directors Boardroom events, in conjunction with Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, provide a perfect opportunity to facilitate this.

The format for our HR Director events is typical of any boardroom debate with a Chairperson and Guest Speaker. Prior to the current pandemic, these debates would have taken place in a boardroom environment. To ensure we can continue to provide you with these valuable events, they are now conducted using an online platform.

We are always looking for passionate HR leaders to take part and lead a debate. If you are interested in leading a debate please email

Date: Wednesday 1st February 2023
Time: 8:30am – 10:00am
Topic: Finding your “Why of D&I” and the relevance to you…

  • Why vision and values matter as a starting point
  • How to align your trajectory in terms of vector and velocity to achieve your D&I goals
  • How to measure success, and know when to course correct
  • and most importantly – finding your own “why of D&I”

Joanne Lockwood

Joanne Lockwood  Founder and CEO of  SEE Change Happen, is an Inclusion and Belonging specialist and speaker.

She works with organisations throughout the UK, Europe and beyond, challenging corporate mentality, and providing a service that goes far beyond “just” Diversity & Inclusion. Living by the mantra: “Smile, Engage and Educate,”

Joanne believes that people are people, whatever their ethnicity, gender, and abilities, deserving to be treated with dignity and respect to work well and thrive.

Recognised in:

  • The Powerlist of the Top 200 Biggest Voices in Leadership to Watch For in 2022, by
  • Top 30 Diversity & Inclusion Leaders You Must Follow in 2022, by
  • Top 15 must-follow diversity & inclusion thought leaders to watch out for in 2021 by
  • 125 People to Follow on LinkedIn About Diversity and Inclusion, by o 146 Inspiring Women Leaders List 2021, by

Joanne lives by the mantra “Smile | Engage | Educate” in that we should treat all people as they wish to be treated

Helen Rice-Birchall

Helen, who qualified in 1993, is a Principal Associate in the Human Resources Practice Group. She specialises in employment law. Helen’s particular expertise is Employment Tribunal litigation, and she advises on discrimination, disciplinary and grievance issues, redundancies, contracts, and other aspects of the employment relationship.

Helen worked for a number of years as a Professional Support Lawyer, in which capacity she advised the group’s Employment lawyers on complex and novel technical legal issues, collaborated with valued contacts such as the CBI, and worked closely with the firm’s marketing team and PR consultants to identify and maximise opportunities to raise the profile of the firm. She now advises clients who benefit from her strong technical background.

Helen is a regular speaker at both internal and external conferences and training events.

Helen sits as an Employment Judge in the Manchester region.

Date: Thursday 18th May 2023
Time: 8:30am – 10:00am
Topic: “Managing Change in the VUCA Workplace”

Jill Maidment

Jill Maidment is the Founder and Director of Natural Talent Bristol and a highly sought-after and effective international Executive Business Coach, also delivering Career Transition, Outplacement, and Resilience Coaching.

For 19 years Jill has worked in partnership and confidentially with leaders in a wide range of global brands, and large public sector organisations, including within the FTSE 100 and Fortune 500.  She affects real and lasting behavioural change by providing executives with practical tools and techniques to cope with the key issues and challenges of modern-day leadership, including managing change, hybrid working, and stress.

Jill’s blogs are amongst some of the most widely read globally at and her blog on Leading and Managing through Change and Uncertainty is one of the most downloaded worldwide, resulting in her being asked to record over twenty audio books and three eBooks.

Jill is regularly asked to speak to large global audiences on current leadership topics.

Tom Bray

Tom is a Partner in our Human Resources Practice Group. He is a recommended individual in the most recent legal directories in the areas of aviation and employment law and has been praised in external directories as being “switched on” and having a “clear and straightforward” manner. Tom was named in Lawyer Magazine’s 2016 edition of its “Hot 100” recognising rising stars in the UK legal industry. Tom qualified in 2002 and has experience of employment tribunal litigation, particularly focused on high level claims and managing volume employment tribunal litigation. Tom’s contentious workload includes unfair dismissal, discrimination, whistleblowing, and executive terminations.

In addition to his contentious practice, Tom also gives advice in relation to non-contentious matters, particularly focused on HR transactional support work, both in the UK and on an international basis.

Date: Tuesday 20th June 2023
Time: 8:30am – 10:00am
Topic: “Andropause in the workplace”

Jacqueline Jardine

Jacqueline developed her HR and Development skills within Food Retail, Office Products Manufacturing, Professional Services, in particular the legal profession and the Automotive Industry.  Having spent 18 plus years working on major projects both within the UK and internationally on both business and behavioural change, she successfully launched her own HR & Development Consultancy Business in 2011.  As a consultant, Jacqueline has been working with a mix of large, medium and small business across the private, public and tertiary sectors and a range of industries.

Jacqueline is a highly experienced, accomplished, and inspirational HR and Development Consultant, facilitator, trainer, and coach.  Her approach has always been about working with individuals and organisations with a human focus on people management and igniting that same passion, realisation, aspiration, and action in everyone with whom she works, either face-to-face or virtually.

Respected as an adaptable and authentic leader Jacqueline encourages individuals and teams to realise their potential; challenge their perceptions and aspire to be all they can be with her emphatic approach and sense of fun and energy.

Mark Fletcher

Mark is a partner in our Employment Group and heads up our Nottingham office. Mark deals with a broad range of contentious and non-contentious work and specialises in restructuring and TUPE work, executive severances and handling high profile employment related litigation. Mark has a particular expertise in TUPE and is very experienced in advising in relation to the employment aspects of outsourcing projects as well as corporate and commercial transactions.

Mark is named in both the Legal 500 and as a leader in his field in the Chambers Directory in which he is lauded for “his highly commercial, focused and approachable manner” and for being “very down-to-earth and personable”. Mark has been named as an “Eminent Practitioner” by Chambers for the past three years, the highest ranking that can be awarded. Mark was nominated for “Employment Lawyer of the Year” in 2012 by both The Lawyer and Legal Business magazine. Mark has considerable experience of employment tribunal litigation, and his contentious workload includes unfair dismissal, whistleblowing, and executive terminations.

Mark qualified in 1994 and has been an employment litigator all his career. In addition to his contentious practice, Mark also gives advice in relation to non-contentious matters such as the implications of the TUPE regulations in many different change situations, issues relating to proposals to change terms and conditions of employment and large-scale redundancy exercises.

Date: Wednesday 9th August 2023
Time: 8:30am – 10:00am
Topic: “It’s good to talk: how dialogue reduces stress, halts burnout and leads to better decisions”

Glenn Mead

Glenn Mead runs Face Value Performance Psychology Limited, which specialises in helping individuals and teams to maximise their potential by making better decisions.

Glenn’s interest in people development and organisational performance began on a creative problem-solving course and has grown into running his own business, applying ‘what if’ questions to identify and shape the mindsets individuals and teams need to help them achieve their potential.

Glenn’s background is in coaching and facilitation, with particular interest in leadership, stress and resilience in the workplace. With masters-level qualifications in occupational psychology, executive coaching and business management, he has over 20 years’ performance improvement experience, beginning as a commissioned officer in the British Army, followed by roles with Ernst & Young and Accenture.

Dawn Dickson

Dawn is a partner in our Human Resources group based in Edinburgh. She specialises in Restructuring and contentious work and focuses in particular in the Industrials sector.

Dawn’s recent experience includes:-

  • Acting for a Key Operator in the Semi-Conductor Market facing pressure from Scottish MP’s and the Trade Union to close during the global pandemic;
  • Acting for a world leading Supplier of Industrial Safety Equipment in a major restructuring project involving collective redundancy and financial assistance;
  • Acting for a manufacturing solutions provider following the decision to close down its manufacturing site in the provision of advice on all matters including complex exits and cross jurisdictional tax issues;
  • Acting for a leading manufacturer of heavy commercial vehicles and diesel engines on a project to consider the manner in which it handles Data Subject Access Requests particularly when in contemplation of litigation;
  • Acting for a producer of activated carbon to conduct a sensitive employment investigation into allegations of discrimination allegedly perpetrated by senior management.

Date: Thursday 14th September 2023
Time: 8:30am – 10:00am
Topic: “Is it time to rethink leadership development?”

Claire Walton

Claire is a highly skilled leadership performance Coach, Facilitator and Speaker with a wealth of knowledge and experience unleashing the individual and collective potential of leaders.

She held HR and Change Director roles, working across diverse sector, and organisation sizes including PLC’s, SME’s, Public and Third Sector, including high profile brands such as Carlsberg, WHSmiths, Dixons Stores Group and The Royal Mail Group.

Claire has expertise in Culture, Leadership and team effectiveness as well as having designed and led numerous large-scale strategic projects in several complex organisations and coached CEO’s, MDs, and many C-Suite employees.

Passionate about enabling leaders to make a difference for themselves, their teams, organisations and communities, Claire is often sought out to help leaders stop getting in the way of themselves, build high trust relationships, authenticity, self-belief, and commitment to action.

Continually challenging herself to learn and grow Claire embarked upon an MBA in 2013 and has ever since been studying Neuroscience. She is a member of the Association for Coaching, an Enhanced Practitioner of Conversational Intelligence and is certified in Neuro Linguistic Programming.

Claire recently added ‘Author’ to her career with the release of her first book ‘Super Neuro You’, which became an Amazon Bestseller.

Always looking for opportunities to Make A Difference, Claire is an active fundraiser and supporter of Middlesbrough based charity – My Sister’s Place. My Sister’s Place is an independent specialist ‘One Stop Shop’ for women aged 16 or over and have experienced or are experiencing domestic violence.

Claire’s interests include nutrition, fitness, wellbeing, and resilience, applying these into her own life and her work with clients.Claire lives with her partner, Jay and is mum to adult daughter, Emily.

Her personal LinkedIn page is: LinkedIn  & her website is:

Simon Tytherleigh

Simon Tytherleigh is a Partner and Head of the Employment team in Cambridge. Simon has over 20 years’ experience in employment law. He is listed as a key individual in Chambers & Partners and is described as “a brilliant employment lawyer” by sources. He is highly regarded for his expertise in employment tribunal litigation, as well as his experience with employee terms and conditions, redundancy and TUPE matters. One source comments “He has great technical command of the employment area coupled with practical advice, and layered on top of that, he’s very responsive and helps us to get the support we need”. Simon qualified in 1996 and specialises in restructuring, executive severances and Employment Tribunal litigation. Simon has handled a variety of unfair and wrongful dismissal claims and is also an experienced Employment Tribunal Advocate, appearing in complex cases including multiple Claimant discrimination claims, holiday pay and whistleblowing claims.

Speaker Needed for Q4


We have one final selected dates in 2023 which we require a speaker for. The dates is:

  • Thursday 2nd November 2023

If you are interested in leading debate and speaking at this HR Director Boardroom event, please email

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HR Director Boardroom Notes

We appreciate it is not always possible for all our HR leaders to attend our popular Boardroom events and therefore after each debate notes are collated and shared with the HR Community to help inspire thought leadership and conversation with likeminded people.


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