Welcome to The London HR Connection
HR Forum | Networking | Opportunities
The London HR Connection (LHRC) is a unique forum for the HR community that has been established for many years. We host monthly evening events with high profile guest speakers from the world of business, academia, Government, employment law, trade unions and from both the private and public sectors addressing the hottest topics in HR in this challenging market – and are always open to new ideas and suggestions. We aim to be the premier network for everyone with an interest and involvement in the fascinating world of Human Resources.
Innovative and edgy
We like to be innovative and edgy and some of our recent events have involved jazz musicians, chair yoga experts and dramatic entrances on a giant slide – all with a direct link to the world of HR! We also pride ourselves on the excellent networking environment and opportunities that we have created for our members in the relaxed and friendly environment around the main event – and we would be remiss if we didn’t mention the thousands of pounds we raise for some great causes at our renowned summer and Christmas social events.
Business Psychologist - Art of Reinvention
The LHRC is a dynamic forum in which I’ve met some very interesting people, been introduced to a number of potential business contacts, attended thought-provoking and educational debates. I commend the group to any HR practitioners and suppliers who want to expand their professional network.
Director – Head of Employee Screening The Risk Advisory Group plc
My colleagues and I have attended many events over the years We’ve found them to be topical, focused and very informative Excellent networking with industry professionals.
An executive coach
Events and networking can sometimes seem like too much effort. The LHRC is different and is well worth the investment in time and effort. A great chance to learn, meet kindred spirits and laugh too.
I just wanted to reach out and say a big thank you to you and the team. I must admit it was perhaps one of the most enjoyable networking events I have been to for a while - both on a personal and professional level. Time and energy is finite and choosing groups that make sense and support keeping oneself professionally relevant is key. You guys certainly achieved that for me.
Orchestral Conductor, Jazz Musician, Founder & CEO of Music & Management Ltd.
It was a privilege to be invited to address the London HR Connection. Clearly an amazing organisation representing the very best people development professionals. My speech about music as a metaphor for leadership, collaboration and innovation within business resonated with the audience. This was reflected in the questions and comments afterwards, as well as being asked to work with several of the companies represented.
Deputy Head of HR: Engagement - The British Museum
At the British Museum we’ve been corporate members of the LHRC since 2006. The forum is a fantastic way of keeping up to date with the latest issues and developments in the field, but also of making those connections that might not always be so easy to come by within our own sector.
The LHRC is organised and managed by a voluntary Board. If you are interested in becoming involved as a Board member please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Being a Board member offers great development opportunities.
Nicky CostaBoard member
Robert HicksBoard member
Fraser ButtersBoard member
Michael MoranBoard member
Keith RobsonBoard member
Denise JonesMembership & Events Manager
Kay ChouhanBoard member
Craig is a leading HR Director and NED with 30+ years experience at organisations such as Sky, Bupa, BT, Aegis Media, Informa and The Crown Estate. His international HRD experience includes FTSE 100 PLCs, PE and privately-owned businesses, and public and third sector organisations. As MD of The Learning Loop, Craig provides HR services on an interim and consulting basis. Firmly committed to the ongoing development of commercial HR expertise, Craig is also a great believer in the power of developing strong professional networks. The LHRC provides him with a great opportunity to do both.
Nicky is an experienced HR leader with 30+ years HR experience with a diverse range of organisations that range from complex multinationals – such as Ford Motor Company, Energizer, Expedia, CBS and Time Out – through to early stage PE and VC owned businesses. The founder of Kinesis-People, Nicky supports the full range of change and transformation programmes including M&A, restructures, international expansion, strategic frameworks and culture change. Nicky passionately believes that high quality, pragmatic and relevant people plans accelerate businesses towards identifying and achieving their priorities; something that is reflected in the purpose and aspirations of the London HR Connection.
I joined the Board to become more involved in the London HR community and to bring my financial knowledge to help the London HR Connection fulfil its aims.
Robert is a global HR leader with over 20 years HR experience across sectors as diverse as software, infrastructure, property and the public sector. Now HRD at the employee engagement technology company, Reward Gateway, he has responsibility for people worldwide and for functions including learning and development, diversity and inclusion, internal communications and recruitment. Robert is a fellow of the CIPD, holds a Masters in HR from London Southbank University and an MBA from Imperial College Business School.
Fraser Butters has been responsible for the marketing and promotion of the London HR Connection for many years now. He is also the founder of Pervasive PR, a dedicated PR consultancy that specialises in ‘PR for HR’.
Michael is a HR guy having working in the Health Service and Financial Services sectors as a HRD. He is a fellow of the CIPD, an economics graduate and has a MBA from Warwick Business School. Almost uniquely amongst HR people, he has also been CEO of an AIM listed business and now a successful entrepreneur having founded 10Eighty in 2012. 10Eighty is a consultancy that specializes in career management and employee engagement. It works with some of the leading players in financial and professional services sectors. Michael is passionate the HR profession. He recognizes that business success is a function of your ability to engage your employees. At the same time HR professionals need to understand the basis of competitive advantage, and be able to maximize the potential of your employees. Michael has been a LHRC board member since 2010.
Keith is a highly experienced senior HR professional with global expertise in running complex talent, leadership development and learning functions. Currently the Interim Director, Talent, OD, Development & D&I with M&G Prudential, in his three years as an interim HR executive Keith has held Director level roles with NATS, Rolls Royce and Aviva. Keith has spent 25% of his career living and working outside the UK spending time in New York, Dublin, Dubai and Singapore working in a variety of sectors from Investment Banking to Retail, FinTech and eCommerce
Denise has over 25 years marketing and events consultancy experience working mostly with membership organisations and volunteer committees. Working with London HR Connection for the past 13 years, has allowed Denise to expand her portfolio of clients whilst enjoying meeting a wide variety of people.
Kay Chouhan has 10 years’ experience in recruitment and data research and, despite launching her company during the recession; her highly effective strategies have attracted companies from a wide range of industries.
“I joined the London HR Connection Board as I saw it as thought provoking. I think it challenges the industry on business matters which affect the HR profession’s industry policies and standards.”
We run our events at the end of the working day, usually mid month. Events are participative and informative allowing members to take newly acquired knowledge back to their workplace.
At our events, we meet to update our members on issues of current interest in the world of people management and development with lively and interactive sessions with renowned speakers and subject experts. Our members also get a chance to meet and talk to other HR professionals in a relaxed and friendly environment.
Our events always include high profile and eminent speakers from within the profession and public life and we also hold regular debates at King’s College, London and CASS Business School. We also list our recent events to give you a flavour of the topics we have covered. For many of our events you can download the presentation or other relevant information. We welcome suggestions for future events or perhaps you know a potential speaker for a future event. If so, please contact us.
- Gate Gourmet - an ever-Changing Menu - 18th January 2018 - 6:15 pm - 8:30 pm
- Musical Leadership, Teamwork & Innovation - 21st February 2018 - 6:00 pm - 8:15 pm
- A unique perspective on wellbeing! - 14th March 2018 - 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
- What does it take to be an entrepreneur? And how can you recruit and retain them? - 19th April 2018 - 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
- Gender Pay & Equal Pay - 16th May 2018 - 6:15 pm - 8:30 pm
- Inclusion - the new competitive advantage - 21st June 2018 - 6:15 pm - 8:30 pm
- The HR Summer Party - 18th July 2018 - 6:15 am - 8:30 am
- Personal Branding: It’s More Than Self-Promotion - 12th September 2018 - 6:15 am - 8:30 am
- Managing change in today’s rail industry - 17th October 2018 - 6:15 am - 8:45 am
- Ensuring Employee Recognition - 14th November 2018 - 6:15 pm - 8:45 pm
- The London HR Connection Xmas Special - 5th December 2018 - 6:15 pm - 8:45 pm
- The Employee Voice at BP - 22nd January 2019 - 6:15 pm - 8:30 pm
- Agile working at River Island - 26th February 2019 - 6:15 pm - 8:45 pm
- Brexit planning; where are you now and contingency planning for the next phase - 21st March 2019 - 6:15 pm - 8:45 pm
- The Employee Experience Journey at Rolls Royce - 10th April 2019 - 6:15 pm - 8:45 pm
- How can HR make a genuine commercial impact? - 22nd May 2019 - 6:15 pm - 8:45 pm
- “For every business that gets it, there’s one that can’t spell lesbian” - 13th June 2019 - 6:15 pm - 8:45 pm
- HR on the Board? - 9th July 2019 - 6:15 pm