The Future
of Work is Here

The Future of Work is Here

12.00 – 1.00pm GMT | Thursday 4 March 2021

We are delighted to announce that the first webinar in our series is dedicated to exploring the future of work and HR in higher education.

Join us to hear from a panel of university HR personnel and sector experts as they discuss the emerging trends and workplace innovations that are here to stay.

Our session will cover a variety of topics, such as incorporating cost-effective remote working into long-term workforce plans and managing the performance of home-based employees.

The panel will also share their insights on the future of employee engagement, staff communication and wellbeing. This will incorporate experiences from their institutions, drawing on approaches, trials and lessons learnt over the last 12 months.

In response to the rapidly changing landscape, additional topics will be selected nearer to the broadcast date and attendees will have an opportunity to submit their own questions, to ensure that this webinar is as current and helpful as possible.

Panellists

Sheila Gupta, MBE

Vice-Principal for People, Culture and Inclusion, Queen Mary University of London

Sheila Gupta, MBE, joined Queen Mary University of London in January 2020 as its first Vice-Principal for People, Culture and Inclusion. She has a remit for staff, students and alumni in relation to equality, diversity and inclusion. She began her career in Local Government at a time of major policy changes including Compulsory Competitive Tendering and Local Management of Schools.

She assumed her first role in Higher Education (HE) in 1990 and has subsequently worked in institutions spanning pre and post 92s, specialist institutions and the Russell Group as Director of Human Resources or equivalent. She is a former Chair of the Russell Group HR Directors Forum and Universities HR, and served as an independent Member of the Education Honours Committee.

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Ian Hodson

Head of Reward, University of Lincoln

Ian is the Head of Reward at the University of Lincoln overseeing all aspects of reward including payroll, pensions, employee benefits, HR systems and executive remuneration. Having started his career in finance before moving specifically in to pay and benefits Ian has a background in both the public and private sector having previously worked for Moy Park, Mars, Prudential and Lincolnshire County Council.

A firm believer and champion in the importance of reward strategy as a driver for change and in supporting organisational success, Ian has previously overseen teams that have been acknowledged for their achievements at awards for their innovative work including winning the 2018 Best Voluntary Benefits at the Employee Benefit Awards.

A firm believer and champion in the importance of reward strategy as a driver for change and in supporting organisational success, Ian has previously overseen teams that have been acknowledged for their achievements at awards for their innovative work including winning the 2018 Best Voluntary Benefits at the Employee Benefit Awards.

Ian is the current Chair of the Northern Universities Reward Group and a board member of the Education Competencies Consortium.

In 2014 Ian was chosen as the winner of the Pay and Benefits Career Accomplishment Award and was also the Employee Benefits Reward Professional of the Year in 2019. Ian also regularly contributes to professional publications and conferences within the sector.

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Richard Billingham

The Future of Work is Hybrid

Richard Billingham discusses why a combination of home- and office-based work is the future for Aston University. He will share details of what they're planning at Aston University, exploring what they'll be taking from this time and implementing in the future, and discussing the people, space and technology required to create a successful hybrid working environment.

Richard Billingham is the Executive Director of HR and Organisational Development at Aston University. He has extensive experience working with leaders and organisations, across public and private sectors, both in the UK and internationally, to bring about change.

He has previously held a number of executive level roles focusing on leading complex workforce and culture change. He joined Aston from Bristol City Council where he was Director of Human Resources and Change.

Richard is an advisor on the board of The Trusted Executive Foundation, governor of Aston University’s Engineering Academy and a pension trustee. He is recognised by friends and colleagues as an out and out, total enthusiast (and cricket fan)! He is passionate about working with organisations and people, to help them become the very best that they can be.

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Webinars

This year's programme will feature three webinars, each with a tailored line-up of panellists, special guest speakers and session hosts:

The Future of Work is Here

Thursday 4 March

Rebuilding the Workforce

Thursday 11 March

HR Managers’ Open Forum

Thursday 18 March

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