Explore the RecFest Stages by scrolling down, or clicking on a stage to see who is speaking!

The Scenic Stage (Main Stage)

10:00 – 10:10am

RecFest September 2021 – Opening

Bill Boorman, Founder @ Tru & Samantha Ramsay, Head of Experienced Hire UK&I @ EY

RecFest at Dreamland opens its doors once more to the Talent industry, for a day of thought provoking content. This RecFest, aims to look towards what the next chapter for the industry is, beyond a world which is slowly adjusting post-pandemic. The man, whom needs no introduction has the luxury of welcoming you back as we welcome Bill Boorman to grace the Scenic Stage once more. This year at RecFest the Scenic Stage will operate a little differently, hosting the opening keynote’s before closing, giving you flexibility to explore the activations, and the other stages which will continue throughout the day. During this opening section, Samantha Ramsay of EY will be introducing #ExcellenceInTA, the campaign that puts practitioners at the forefront to celebrate success and motivate all RecFesters throughout the day.

 10:10 – 10:30am

How to attract and retain women within your business

Sonya Barlow, Linkedin Changemaker 2021 ,Award-winning entrepreneur & Founder @ LMFnetwork

Discover, evaluate and launch your EDI strategy to hire and retain diverse talent – even when the pipeline doesn’t exist. This session will discuss the commonalities between inequitable hiring practices, share new inclusive approaches to ensure diverse talent pipelines and advocate best practices gathered from community establishment. Come with questions, leave with actions.

Talk Topics: Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging, Change in Policy, Legislation & Market, Emerging Talent

10:35 – 10:55am

Competing for Candidates in 2022 – Leveraging programmatic to fill the candidate funnel

Robin Stander, Vice President, Sales – EMEA @ Appcast

While talent professionals have weathered many a storm, when it comes to the candidate market, there’s never been one quite like this.

Returning to the RecFest Main Stage, after gracing it in 2019, Robin Stander will be discussing How ‘Recruiting’s Perfect Storm’ is impacting your ability to attract enough quality candidates.
The best practice used by leading recruitment marketers to find ‘seams of efficiency’ and drive a consistent flow of quality candidates across all roles and How you can leverage the power of programmatic to fuel your job advertising strategy in 2022.

Talk Topics: Data, Insight & Analytics, Automation & Technology, Pipelining & Engagement

11:00- 11:20pm

Talent Acquisition: Coming back to a different world

Tony De Graaf, Director of Hiring Success @ SmartRecruiters

In times where attracting the right talent becomes harder and harder we see organisations, as a result of this, struggle to hit or maintain their desired business velocity. Understanding the connection between Hiring Velocity and Business Velocity raises the question ‘How to transform your Talent Organization’. Join Tony de Graaf as he delves into the Hiring Success™ methodology that provides the framework and building blocks to build a Talent Acquisition function that truly solves the talent challenges of your organisation. And, not all unimportant, how to measure the outcomes.

Talk Topics: EVP, Employer Branding & Marketing Leadership, Strategic Planning & Process, Pipelining & Engagement

Please find your next session on another stage!

Brainfood Stage – Opens at 11.30am

11:30 – 11:40am

Host Introduction

Hung Lee, Founder @ Recruiting Brainfood & Christine Ng, Head of Talent & Media @ Quantum Motion

The Brainfood Stage is back! One of the most popular additions of RecFest 2019 makes its triumphant return with its host and industry legend, Hung Lee.

11:40am – 12:00pm

Fireside Chat with ‘Google’ Dave and Hung Lee

‘Google’ Dave Hazlehurst, Partner @ Ph.Creative

Employer Brand expert, and RecFest staple opens the Brainfood stage for a chat with Hung Lee.

Talk Topics: EVP, Employer Branding & Marketing

12:10 – 12:30pm

A Proactive approach to recruitment in a candidate driven market

Raj Gill, Talent Acquisition Manager @ BT & Lesa Molinari, Global Talent Acquisition & Global Employer Brand Leader

The importance of using a proactive approach to recruitment when attracting and securing top talent in a candidate driven marketplace. Coming out of a global pandemic, a number of roles on offer and candidate having the upper hand choosing their next role. Why is it more important than ever we create a positive candidate experience whilst always thinking about the bigger picture and next steps.

Talk Topics: Candidate Experience, Onboarding, Culture, Strategic Planning & Process

12:40 – 1:00pm

Keys To Attracting Diverse Gen Z Talent

Milimo Banji, CEO & Founder @ TapIn

Milimo Banji is CEO of TapIn at just 24. Being a Gen Z himself, there’s no one better to enlighten us on the tools for attracting young candidates. In this talk, he discussed some top innovative strategies for using social media to attract Gen Z talent. Essentially – TikTok, IG, Snapchat and all the cool new social updates and find out what Gen Z really want from work! His talk will be filled with the latest insights, secret strategy and useful tips you can begin actioning immediately.

1:10 – 1:20pm

How AstraZeneca have taken on “the beast” and what we’ve learnt

Will Dempsey, Director, Global Talent Acquisition @ AstraZeneca

For the past 18 months, AZ have been taking on “the beast”…. aka, Candidate Experience. We’ve taken a really deep look at CX – what do we mean when we say CX, where do we need to improve, how should we be measuring CX? We’ve learnt a lot along the way (some things we wish we knew at the start) and are excited to share these things as well as our CX strategy which we hope will help anyone else staring at “the beast”currently!

Talk Topics: Candidate Experience

1:30 – 3:00pm

Stage Closed!

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3:00 – 3:20pm

Building a Workforce Planning Capability

Dave Vinton, Global Talent Pipeline Manager Engineering & EPC @ Ørsted

How we’re looking to solve workforce planning challenges at Ørsted for new market entry in Poland and the Baltics, as well as how we are looking to develop a workforce planning capability for the business.

Talk Topics: Pipelining & Engagement, Workforce Planning, Leadership

3:30 – 3:50pm

Maximising recruitment through challenging times

Toni Williams, Assistant Director, Talent and Organisational Effectiveness @ West Midlands Police

The journey of overcoming multiple challenges to successfully recruit more people in the last two years through the pandemic, compared to the ten previous years.

4:00 – 4:20pm

Making Racism Fun: How to Build an Anti-Racist Organisation!

Hakeem S. Allen, Founder & Executive Director @ The Anti-Racist Social Club

Hakeem will use a series of games and activities to help RecFest participants understand how to embed inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA) best practice into their recruitment, onboarding, and retention processes.

Talk Topics: DI&B, Candidate Experience, Strategic Planning & Process, Leadership

Evening Entertainment Begins!

Disrupt Stage – Opens at 11.30am

11:30 – 11:40am

Host Introduction

Jeremy Russon, Co-Founder @ Udder & Akbar Karenga, Head of People @ Storyblok

The Disrupt Stage returns for RecFest in September, promising to be bigger and better than ever as we hear real-life perspectives and case studies from organisations and technologies coming together.

 11:40am – 12:00pm

The Hybrid Workplace Revolution – The expectations and impact of hybrid work

Chris Jones, Head of Customer Success @ Enboarder

We’re witnessing the emergence of a new era of work, one where organisations embrace a mix of remote, in-office and flexible work options. But we can’t successfully move into this new era without understanding how this change is impacting our workforce, our workplaces and our businesses.

Talk Topics: Leadership

12:10am – 12:30pm

How transparency and employee content make EY and the British Army employers of choice for all

Emma Fulton, Head of Rec Marketing @ British Army, Verity Pope, Employer Brand Advisor @ EY & Tim Conroy, Head of Sales @ PathMotion

A fireside chat where the theme will be how the British Army and EY use technology to provide candidates with a safe space to ask questions from employees – putting both organisations within reach of all candidates, and making them employers of choice.

Talk Topics: Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging, Employer Branding, EVP, Marketing

12:40 – 1:00pm

Love at first click: How emotion is key to winning over Gen Z

Kim Connor Streich, Marketing Director @ Debut

Exploring how the British Army and EY use technology to provide candidates with a safe space to ask questions from employees – putting both organisations within reach of all candidates, and making them employers of choice.

Talk Topics: Emerging Talent

1:10 – 1:30pm

An ATS Saved my Life during COVID

Jo Knowler, Talent Business Partner @ LADbible

Since joining Ladbible in 2019, we have been on an epic journey to take us to a place where we are now seamlessly recruiting and building teams. We are hiring some great talent and have a nicely streamlined recruitment process. It wasn’t always like that and there have been mistakes along the way. I’m going to share some of our innovative strategies, technology and how we’ve got to where we are today. Jo will be discussing some tried and tested foresight that will help you put your employer brand at the heart of recruitment process to build great teams.

Talk Topics: Automation & Technology

1:30 – 3:00pm

Stage Closed!

Explore RecFest – This Stage will Reopen at 3:00pm!

3:00 – 3:20pm

We need to talk about Social Recruiting – It’s a Game Changer!

Richard Swenman, Partnership Development Manager @ Adway

Do you also feel the effects of the huge shortage of talent taking place right now? Join me as we explore how Social Recruiting, powered by automation, can overcome the struggle of the low volume of applications.

Talk Topics: Social Recruiting, Automation & Technology

3:30 – 3:50pm

How one retail company is winning the war for talent with technology

David Nally, Human Resources Manager @ Woodie’s Jon Daye, Customer Success Manager @ PredictiveHire

Woodie’s started using PredictiveHire as its talent assessment of choice given its strong focus on hiring inclusively and giving candidate’s a positive experience from the moment they first interact with the company. Given the challenges globally around finding candidates, the technology has been vital in making sure they hire better, fast. They have also seen amazing success in improving their DEI metrics, hiring three times more ethnic minorities and 1.5 times more women in the past 3 months than we had using their traditional recruitment approach

Talk Topics: Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging, Candidate Experience, Onboarding and Culture, Data, Insight & Analytics

4:00 – 4:20pm

Extreme Networking

Bill Boorman, Founder @ TRU

Through 3 lockdowns Boorman has been working direct with supporting the homeless of Northampton in testing conditions. This required building trust in challenging circumstances with service users, local authorities, charities and the community at large, against the background of covid and changing legislation. Boorman will share how he applied the networking skills of a recruiter in this extreme environment, the lessons learnt that can be universally applied.

Talk Topics: Networking

Evening Entertainment Begins!

Secret Garden Track Stage

11:30 – 11:40am

Host Introductions

Please take your seats, the first track will begin soon!

Tracks are topics which are navigated by a track leader, who sets a direction the discussion goes. Inspired by TRU, track leaders lead a 20 minute “track” on a chosen topic which involves participants sitting around in a circle with the track leader opening the discussion and then opening the topic up for discussion within the group. For the next 15 minutes anyone can contribute, offer an opinion, ask questions, tell a story etc.

11:40am – 12:00pm

Talent in 2025: Talent Leaders Top Priorities for Transformation

Sam Horton, Global Account Executive @ Ph.Creative

The future of work is already here, and organizations that are most in tune with their workforce’s evolving attitudes and needs will be best positioned to thrive. Join our session to hear some of Beamery’s latest research on how the last 18 months have changed attitudes towards the way the traditional workplace should function. We’ll also be discussing some of the biggest challenges talent leaders are facing when it comes to transformation in their organizations today.

Talk Topics: Leadership

12:10 – 12:30pm

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12:40 – 1:00pm

Remote Working, my experiences as a (single) parent

Beth Mayes, Head of Recruitment @ Oxfam GB

Remote working, my experiences as a (single) parent, setting boundaries for work life balance and how things may change post covid.

Talk Topics: Diversity, Equality & Inclusion, Leadership

1:10 – 1:20pm

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1:30 – 1:50pm

Utilising hiring managers personal brand to attract key talent – The hidden marketing opportunity within business’

Neil Ewington, Founder / Career Coach @ Early Careers Academy

Most young professionals are now asked to choose a leader, not a company. Marketing a global brand is great if you are talking about the company as a whole, but the big missed opportunity is training and developing internal hiring managers personal brands. Jp Morgan could have a great hiring campaign, but the individual managers across multiple disciplines could have even more impact. That what we will explore

Talk Topics: Emerging Talent, Leadership, Employer Branding, EVP, Marketing

2:00 – 3:30pm

Stage Closed

3:30 – 3:50pm

Scaling up with nothing

Danny Caines, Global Talent Acquisition Lead @ LumiraDX

Lots of us have been there, or loads are starting to feel this pain….The sudden growth of headcount. Whether you are in a start-up with little to no tools or a larger corporate, there are plenty of pain points. I have been through this recently, so happy to share my experiences and start a great discussion.

Talk Topics: Pipelining & Engagement, Strategic Planning & Process, Candidate Experience, Onboarding & Culture

4:00 – 4:20pm

Let’s BeeCreative and save the world!

Theo Smith, Neurodiversity Evangelist & Published Author of Neurodiversity at Work

A world without bees threatens biodiversity. A world without neurodiversity, threatens the advancement of the human race. Let’s BeeCreative and save the world!

Talk Topics: Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging

Evening Entertainment Begins!

EY Speakers Corner

11:30 – 11:40am

Host Introduction

Samantha Ramsay, Head of Experienced Hire UK&I @ EY & Rebecca Foden, Head of Student Recruitment @ EY

#ExcellenceInTA is all about practitioners being able to share something they’re proud of, from innovation to an experience that makes them proud to be a part of the TA world. The future of the industry is in safe hands.

Throughout RecFest, hear talks from the rising stars of the industry as they aim to inspire others in short talks which will offer you guidance and the chance to ask your questions on your own challenges.

Full Session Descriptions can be found here!

 11:40am – 12:00pm

Excellence in TA Career Progression: What went Right, What went Wrong

Adam Pomerenke, Senior Talent Acquisition Manager @ Post Office

Talk Topics: Careers Progression, D&I & Commercial Savings

12:10am – 12:30pm

Inclusivity, through my Disabled/Gay lens

Hayley Vaughan, Talent Attraction & Acquisition @ EY

Talk Topics: Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging

12:40 – 1:00pm

Developing the AstraZeneca ‘Women in Tech’ Series

Ben Ventham, Talent Acquisition Global Lead @ AstraZeneca

Talk Topics: Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging

1:10 – 1:30pm

Hiring Tech Talent into Non Tech Roles…

Bethany Willcox, Senior Recruitment Partner @ Alcumus

Talk Topics: Candidate Experience, Data & Insights, Emerging Talent & Technology

1:30 – 1:50pm

Opportunity Communicators: The role of a recruiter in modern TA functions…

Tom Davies, Global Careers Lead @ AMICULUM

1:50 – 2:30pm

Stage Closed

2:30 – 2:50pm

Achieving a 100% Recruitment Fill Rate

Daen Fox, Recruitment Business Partner @ Bupa

Talk Topics: Assessment & Selection, Talent Pipelining

3:00 – 3:20pm

Overcoming the Issues of Expansion in Talent Acquisition

Patricia Yanez, Talent Acquisition Partner – UK & Expansion Markets @ Voi Technology

Talk Topics: Diversity, Equality & Inclusion, Selection & Assessment

3:30 – 3:50pm

Bringing In-House Recruitment “In-House”

Katie Owlett, Group Resourcing Manager @ Hand Picked Hotels

Talk Topics: Talent Pipelining, Selection & Assessment

4:00 – 4:20pm

Focusing on Cognitive Ability: Putting the Job vs Career debate to bed once and for all…

Sanda Mpanza, Head of Talent Acquisition @ Rider Levett Bucknall

Talk Topics: Candidate Experience, Leadership

Evening Entertainment Begins!

RecFest Online & The Live Lounge

10:00 – 10:10am

Host Introductions

Alan Walker, Founder @ Udder

Podcast extraordinaire, and RecFest Live Lounge Veteran, hosts alongside Gordon Smith at Hired for this years’ RecFest Live Lounge, offering you exclusive, unfiltered content from behind-the-scenes at the world’s favourite Talent Acquisition Festival. Before we begin with the interviews, we first have some exclusive sessions to bring you.

10:10 – 10:30am

Candidate experience: Delivering excellence in an ever-changing world

Christian Wastlhuber, Senior Manager, Global Talent Acquisition @ Global Savings Group, Alison dela Cruz, Talent Recruitment Lead @ Trivago
Sean Delea, Team Manager, Talent Acquisition @ Greenhouse

In this session, hear from recruiting leaders at Greenhouse, Trivago, and Global Savings Group as they share innovative strategies for elevating the candidate experience in your hiring process, no matter where your talent sits in the world. You’ll walk away with timely insights and actionable tips to apply within your teams today to start seeing real improvement in your ability to attract and retain top talent, immediately.

Talk Topics: Candidate Experience, Onboarding & Culture

10:40 – 11:00am

Are In-Person Job Interviews a Thing of the Past? Effective Remote-Hiring Tools

Robin Stenzel, Chief People Officer @ Outmatch

Join Robin Stenzel as she explores the shift from in-person interviews to remote hiring, and the best practices and tools you’ll need to build talented teams today, tomorrow and beyond. You’ll walk away with a framework for making smarter, faster and more confident talent decisions, and best practices to drive better business outcomes through innovative remote hiring.

Talk Topics: Assessment & Selection

11:00- 11:20am

How to Build a Resilient and Proven Strategy, Whatever your Hiring Needs

Linnea Bywall, Head of People @ Alva Labs

When we see new recruitment methods come to market, how do we know if we can pick & mix to build a strategy that is based on evidence – not gut feeling? Whether we’re hiring for teams of two or running screenings for 1,000 people, how can we know which methods are reliable, and can help us to truly build dynamic, resilient, and productive teams?

Talk Topics: Assessment & Selection

11:30am – 4:00pm

The RecFest Live Lounge Begins!

The moment you’ve all been waiting for! The RecFest Live Lounge commences, with interviews and behind-the-scenes content from your favourite industry practitioners, trailblazers and leaders.

Each interview is 10 minutes, with a full schedule going live shortly before the event! This is one not to be missed.


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