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IoD Online : 4th Annual IoD Surrey and CIPD Conference – Building Business Resilience

15 Jun 2021
Online webinar, Online

As the migration out of lockdown continues, albeit with potential blockages and diversions on the road ahead, the focus of our conference this year is firmly on building business resilience.

Arguably the migration out of lockdown will be a more difficult and longer journey than the enforced emergency lockdown at the start of the pandemic.

Along with managing hybrid working patterns and practices, employers will managing the legacy of the pandemic and lockdown in terms of their team members wellbeing, and a host of other risks and opportunities.

This conference brings us the combined experience of 4 great speakers who have been experimenting, implementing and learning successfully within this new hybrid working world. As in previous years, there will be ample opportunity for Q&A as well as sharing the wisdom of the room.


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Date & time: 15 Jun 2021 08:00 - 10:00
Location: Online webinar, Online
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David Blackburn

Chief People Officer of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, and one of only 26 Chartered Companions of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development:                          Will be talking on resilience through your people.

David Blackburn is one of the most awarded HR professionals working in the UK today and listed as one the top 100 HR Directors in the World in the HRD Global 100 2021. In January David was made a Chartered Companion of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). This is the highest accolade and level of membership awarded by the CIPD professional body and the selection of individuals to enter this group – currently only twenty-six - is made directly by the CIPD Board.

James Morris
M.D of Trafalgar Marquees:
Will be sharing his lessons learnt as he rebuilt his business after his wedding and corporate functions markets completely collapsed due to Covid.

James has been running his own business for the last 14 years and just like many others, his business almost fell apart overnight when the Covid-19 pandemic hit. After initially losing 90 percent of revenue due to the national lockdowns as a result of the pandemic, James knew he had to act fast to save the business and to ensure the safety of his team. 
The company quickly switched from corporate events to offering temporary space and structures for the education sector, such as temporary classrooms for schools, and testing centres for Covid-19, creating an entire new brand called Trafalgar Structures. 
James is a strong advocate for mental health at work and staring resilience right in the face and is excited for what the future holds for his now two brands, and to develop his business Trafalgar Structures even further, alongside his team. In his spare time, James is a postgraduate student at Rotterdam School of Management.

Siobhan O’Brien
Head of Cyber Centre of Excellence for International and Global Specialties:
Will be sharing insights on cyber security and risk management.

October of 2018, Siobhan joined Guy Carpenter as the Head of Cyber Centre of Excellence for International and Global Specialties. Her role has seen her speak at many industry events and conferences and she is a published author in industry press on various cyber topics. Her current role requires her to anticipate trends in the cyber(re)insurance market and drive the strategic direction of the firm to foster growth, whilst creating new cyber products in conjunction with the broking and analytics departments. She was part of the team who created the first Cyber Parametric Trade in January 2020 and lead the Guy Carpenter project team responsible for the refresh of the Lloyd’s Cyber Disaster Scenarios.

Having worked in both London and New York, Ms. O’Brien has a deep background in the financial services and cyber arenas which she draws upon to support the development of innovative strategies and products as cyber risks continue to emerge and new solutions are required to address these.

Will Mitchell
Chartered Psychologist and founder of Visium Consultants ltd:
Will be focusing on building and maintaining resilience as a business leader.

Will specialises in leadership assessment, development and resilience. His early career was working for the Outward Bound Trust in Australia and the UK helping people of all ages and abilities realising their own potential and building self-belief.  This enabled him to continue a passion for mountaineering and rock climbing across the greater ranges of the world. 
He became a Chartered Occupational Psychologist working the global leading consultancies, Towers Perrin and Mercer, designing and delivering leadership assessment and development programmes across leading global businesses for 15 years. In 2013, he founded Visium Consultants with a purpose to helping individuals, managers and leaders see their potential and change behavioural habits to build their resilience and capability.   



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