July's Agenda

The Scenic Stage (Main Stage)

10:15 – 10:30am

RecFest July 2021 – Opening

Bill Boorman, Founder @ Tru

After just over two years, RecFest is back in-person and ready to welcome our industry to a day of celebration! Responsible for laying out the day’s plans on Dreamland’s famous Scenic Stage, there is no better host equipped than “the man with the hat”. 

 10:30 – 11:00am

TX: Let’s get excited!

‘Google’ Dave Hazlehurst, Partner @ Ph.Creative

Mapping the candidate experience and creating moments that matter was part one. In part two, we gave you the ‘C’ Word. In this chapter, we’re going all out. Hold on tight as we take you on the ride of your life. Join ‘Google’ Dave Hazlehurst as he presses the big red button that will enable you to launch a talent experience that will be talked about for years to come.

We intend for you to be bumped as you dodge through talent attraction. You’ll want to scream out loud as we walk you through a killer framework for recruitment. You’ll get spun out by our concepts for employee engagement and you will certainly want to rock the boat when we bring you insights about alumni. Can you see your talent experience end to end? Does it create impact, show purpose and make people feel like they could belong? Where can your employer brand really take you and your business? Get the answers to these questions and much more from ‘Google’ Dave, live at RecFest 2021.

This is one fairground attraction you will not want to miss. So come on in and hold on tight!

11:15 – 11:45am

Keeping Pace with the Evolving Diversity Landscape

Andy Randall, CEO @ eArcu

Keeping pace with the evolving diversity landscape – exploring how we prepare for change and how to tease out the detail that underlines the headline statements.

12:00- 12:30pm

20 Reasons to be Cheerful (and some to be cynical)

David D’Souza, Membership Director @ CIPD

We have the opportunity to shape a better way of work and a better way of living after a period nobody would have chosen to endure. Everything got thrown up in the air and we have some agency over how it comes down.

This session will cover 20 ways that we have the opportunity to look back in ten years and say ‘things are so much better than they were’, whilst not losing sight of the challenges that we must face getting there. From inclusion at work right through to the distribution of work, there’s a host of things to hope for, and work towards, as part of the Margate Manifesto.

12:45 – 1:15pm

Bad Ideas (and why we do them anyway) – On the Hybrid Hype

Hung Lee, Curator @ Recruiting Brainfood

Where exactly are we on the Hybrid Hype Cycle?

At some point soon we will begin to understand the evident flaws of running a multi-mode business. In this talk, Hung Lee will outline why Hybrid is a bad idea, why we are going to do it anyway, and what should we be doing to prepare for the inevitable fallout.

1:30 – 2:00pm

Winning with leaders and talent, completing the circle through people plus technology

Ben Handyside, Director of Talent Acquisition EMEA @ Colliers International

This talk centres around driving executive buy-in to Talent Acquisition through insight and data to build credibility, partnerships and sponsorship leading to better engagement to win with talent.

2:15 – 2:45pm

Inclusive Leadership

Abi Adamson (Founder), and Stasia Seliverstova (People Director & DEI Lead) @ The Diversity Partnership

For inclusive leadership training to be effective, we will be talking about getting the best out of your teams, what an inclusive culture looks like and knowing your leadership style and keeping it authentic.

3:00 – 3:30pm

The Opportunity Gap

Pete Donaldson, Head of Sales (EMEA & Americas) @ Resource Solutions & Kanishka Misal, Chief Business Officer @ route2work

Nearly every consultancy you speak with will tell you there’s a skills gap coming – some go as far as a “skills apocalypse”. Most of us are already finding it harder to recruit the skills we need for our organisations, and many of us accept we need to grow our own talent in-house. However, the challenge is doing that while still focusing on BAU work, the ED&I agenda and our future growth strategies.

3:45 – 4:15pm

Why Whistleblowing Matters

Edward Kemp, International Barrister @ Littleton Chambers

This presentation will begin by looking at the origins of whistleblowing laws. Who is a whistleblower and why should they be protected? The international legal landscape will be surveyed. The scope of protection for whistleblowers in recruitment will be examined. Finally, guidance will be provided on encouraging a speak up culture in business.

4:30 – 5:00pm

The Never Ending (social) Story: Perseverance, Pitfalls and Proof Points

Hannah King, Global Employer Brand Lead @ GSK

Sharing the story of our journey on social, working in a conservative, risk averse environment. From bargaining for ‘slots’ on the corporate owned channels, to gaining buy-in for our own, to turning on 100% paid strategy. What went well along the way…and what didn’t.


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The show doesn’t end there! RecFest’s renowned after-show begins, with networking, drinks and even a few rides added to the mix!

Disrupt Stage – Opens at 11am!

11:00 – 11:15am

Disrupt Stage – Welcomes and Introductions

Jeremy Russon, Co-Founder @ Udder

The Disrupt Stage graces the RecFest arena once more, disruptive stories, disruptive technologies. This indoor stage can host 30 of our RecFesters at any given time, so be sure to arrive nice and early to any session you wish to attend!

11:15 – 11:45am

Spencer Ogden X AssessFirst: Fixing Inequality Fast with Rec Tech Built to Last

Becca Guinchard, Global Account Director @ AssessFirst & Donna Ramshaw, Chief People Officer @ Spencer Ogden

Explore how pioneering recruiter Spencer Ogden has used the power of innovative HR tech AssessFirst to improve the diversity of their team and find the future Spencer Ogden superstars! #lifeatSO

12:00 – 12:30pm

Like Referrals. But better. A Case Study with Ocado…

Barney Mellors, Head of Customer Success, Real Links & Steve Rodgers, International Recruitment Manager, Ocado Technology

If employee referrals are on your menu, then look no further than this talk. What looks like employee referrals, sounds like employee referrals, but is so much better than employee referrals? Real Links…like referrals, but better. And here to testify to that statement is Steve Rodgers from Ocado Technology. Listen to this case-study of how the Real Links platform revolutionised the concept of what referrals are in Ocado, and, what they can achieve by driving real behavioural change.

12:45 – 1:15pm

How Miniclip used Twitter to skyrocket design applications in 24 hours

Alex Ayin, Marketing Director & Oscar Sadler, Special Projects @ Wiser 

Miniclip (the world’s largest privately-owned online gaming website with over 1 billion downloads of its games from our childhood – 8 Ball Pool is still a classic!) was struggling to attract 2D and 3D game and marketing art designers. In this talk, Alex will share how their recruitment marketing campaign tapped into the social mechanics of Twitter to generate more applications than ever for these roles and reconnected people to the love they had for one of the world’s most iconic brands.

1:15 – 2:15pm

Stage Closed!

The Disrupt Stage will re-open at 2.15pm

2:15 – 2:45pm

Stop Waving Rainbow Flags and BLM Hashtags and use White Privilege to Really Make a Change

Morgan Lobb, Founder & Michelle Brown, Non-Executive Director @ Vercida Group

Michelle Brown interviews Morgan Lobb of Vercida Group, to explore the question: ‘is the rainbow flag waving and BLM hashtags just paying lip service or are the allies really using their white privilege to make a change?’ Are companies starting to do things differently and helping to move the inclusivity dial?

3:00 – 3:30pm

How Gen-Z are you? Why the Rules of Attraction have Changed

Zoe Jeanes, Sales Director @ Debut

Gen-Z are different. The rules of attraction have changed. Debut will be looking at how to stack the pipeline in your favour and ensure your applicants have an emotional attachment to you. And we will have fun while we do it!

3:30 – 4:30pm

Stage Closed!

The Disrupt Stage will re-open at 2.15pm

4:30 – 5:00pm

Recruit 27% faster – in one week – with Wagestream

Double Olympic Medallist, Alex Partridge, Wellbeing Ambassador @ Wagestream

In 20 minutes, learn how companies like Greene King, The White Company and The NHS recruit 27% faster by investing in Financial Wellbeing & Earned Wage Access. Recruitment is hard right now – give yourself an unfair advantage that continues to pay dividends through long-term retention of team members.


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Secret Garden tracks

11:00 – 11:15am

Welcome to the Secret Garden

Talent Host Opening

This cozy area is not one to be missed, come discover the secret garden and get involved in peer-to-peer conversations led by our esteemed track leaders. The track sessions will run throughout the day, and between sessions there will be ample time to network and maybe enjoy a refreshment or two!

11:15 – 11:45am

Emerging from Covid without an EVP

Paul Bhangoo, Global Employer Brand & Attraction Manager @ BT

A conversation around a huge recruitment demand, globally, without an overarching EVP – in a 100K+ business – aligned to a regional hub strategy.

12:00 – 12:30pm

So, you want to scale out a tech company?

Jatinder Bansal, Global Head of Talent Acquisition @ Funding Circle UK

Everyone wants to hire fast, so let’s break it down for a moment. I will walk through some ‘stuff’ that is an absolute must when it comes to delivering tech hiring!

12:30 – 1:30pm

Networking & Drinks

Our Next Track Leader will be at 1:30pm!

1:30 – 2:00pm

Mentoring Success

Fran Boorman, Founder @ Goal 17 – Mentioning & Raj Gill, Talent Acquisition Manager @ BT

We will share how empowering your new joiners with the skills to identify and initiate mentoring will increase retention and progression. Fran Boorman will share how this innovative new approach is being used in many organisations including the RL100. She is joined by
Raj Gill who will share her experience of the programme and how it has progressed her career.
There will also be details of how you can get involved in the RL100 mentoring programme.

2:00 – 3:00pm

Networking & Drinks

Our Next Track Leader will be at 3:00pm!

3:00 – 3:30pm

Neurodiversity at Work

Theo Smith, Author @ Neurodiversity at Work

Insights and discussions from two years of research into writing what could be the leading business book and resource on Neurodiversity at Work!


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