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IoD Suffolk: Finding it Hard to Recruit Staff With Correct Skills and Attitude to Work? - Debate

27 Nov 2018
Suffolk County Council, Ipswich

Businesses are now in heated competition for skills

Vacancies are at an all-time high, and recruiters are finding it increasingly difficult to match available workers with job descriptions.

The world of work is being transformed, driven by rapid developments in technology, globalisation, and demographic change. Businesses in the region believe in a flexible labour market and as employers we need to be offering equal opportunities in work progression so that all workers can have the opportunity to reach the executive level.

Recruiting staff with the requisite skills to fill vacancies being created is one of the most common challenges facing IoD members. Do you experience difficulty finding the staff with the correct skills and attitude for work or to learn? Lack of staff can hinder business growth, which can lead to frustration as a Director of a business.

We are delighted to confirm that The New Anglia Skills Board for Norfolk and Suffolk Chairman Paul Winter MBE, former Chief Executive of Ipswich Building Society, will be facilitating the debate for us. Paul was appointed MBE in 2015 for his work on improving the skills and employability of young people in Suffolk.

Key details

Date & time: 27 Nov 2018 18:00 - 20:30
Location: Suffolk County Council, Ipswich
CPD Hours: 2.0000

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Members and guests will be given the opportunity to challenge our panel of speakers, with their burning questions about employee engagement and skills shortages across the region, with representation from recruiters, HR, University of Suffolk Business School and local businesses.

On arrival guests will enjoy a drinks reception and we will then go through to The King Edmund Chambers for the formal proceedings, where we have been given unique access to hold our debate, the debating chamber of the council.


Dr Suzanne Nolan

Suzanne is Senior Lecturer in Employment Development, and Course Leader for the BA (Hons) Business Management Professional apprenticeship programme. Her research interests include performance in organisations, and the pedagogy of work-based learning and supporting students. Within her role at the University of Suffolk, she supports students in developing their employability, and in gaining a range of professional experiences to enhance their skills and confidence. Suzanne completed her BA (Hons) in History, MA in Native American and Pre-Columbian Art and Architecture, and PhD in Art History and Theory at the University of Essex.

Michelle Pollard

Michelle Pollard, Managing Director of Spider, has been in the recruitment industry for over 30 years. Since launching Spider in 2013, Michelle and her team have developed an innovative approach to candidate attraction and online job advertising using awesome technology and multiple job boards. Spider offers a fixed-fee alternative to traditional and costly recruitment agencies. Spider is recognised as a Future50 business, has been named Small Business of the Year 2018 at the EADT awards and Michelle holds the title of SME Director of the Year in the East of England, as awarded by the Institute of Directors.

Carole Burman 

Carole Burman, Managing Director of MAD-HR, has over 25 years’ experience working in the world of HR for blue-chip companies in FMCG retailing, manufacturing, warehousing and distribution and automotive retail.  She founded MAD-HR in 2014 and with her team, they deliver outsourced HR support to businesses that really makes a positive difference to their bottom line.  The clients range from businesses with 5 to 2,500 employees and they are based primarily in East Anglia.
MAD-HR was recognised as a Finalist in the Small Business of the Year 2018 at the EADT awards.

Judith Mobbs

Judith Mobbs is Assistant Director for Inclusion and Skills at Suffolk County Council with responsibility for leading on Skills Strategy for Suffolk, with a priority to ensure support for local growth priorities and meeting industry needs.
Prior to this Judith was Regional Director for Young People at the Learning and Skills Council, responsible for commissioning learning and skills programmes, including Apprenticeships. She also has significant experience in the Further Education sector, most recently as a senior manager specialising in the land-based industries. Judith lives in north Suffolk where she is a partner in a farming business with her husband.

Mark O'Hagan

Mark has been the Joint Chief Executive - People & Performance at East of England Co-operative Society Ltd since March 2012. Working as part of the Leadership Team, he is jointly responsible for the successful management of the Society’s portfolio of over 200 branches across 70 towns and villages in the East of England. The Society employs over 4300 colleagues and has seen 5 years of consecutive increases in its annual engagement survey scores.  Mark moved to Suffolk with his family in 2012.  His previous career has been with Global 500 businesses in the UK and Japan covering financial services, telecommunications, distribution and the automotive sector. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development and holds an MA in Law.


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  • Suffolk County Council
  • King Edmund Chamber
  • Endeavour House
  • 8 Russell Road
  • Ipswich
  • IP1 2BX

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