Welcome to The London HR Connection
Membership of the London HR Connection is free. Whilst our webinars are free to attend, our face to face networking events cost £40+VAT to attend. As a not-for-profit organisation, this fee covers our administration costs and enables us to offer refreshments to attendees.
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. Pre Covid, some of our recent guest speakers included the likes of the CEO of Time Out; the barrister representing Uber’s case for zero hours contracts; former HR Director of the BBC; the former captain of England’s rugby sevens team; the managing director of Santander’s corporate banking arm talking about culture change; the CIPD’s CEO; and the HR Director of Waitrose, the CEO from an NHS Trust and the Chairwoman from the UK’s largest media company talking about engagement.
Over the last couple of years we moved to a highly successful, virtual event format and have hosted popular webinars on behalf of our sponsors on subjects including how to manage flexible furlough and returning to work, managing traumatic change and virtual onboarding. We have now returned to a ‘hybrid’ offering of both online webinars and our traditional physical face-to-face 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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com for more information. Being a Board member offers great development opportunities.
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.
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.
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’.
Emily Akanimoh is currently working as the HR Partner for Hospital Records where she is part of the senior leadership team and leads the EDI and wellbeing teams. Emily has over 15 years’ experience in HR operations, creating and setting up people functions from scratch in the game industry, oil and gas, contract publishing and music industry. She has a love/hate relationship with TUPE transfers both as a transferee and transferor for Premiership football clubs in the UK.
Emily is passionate about leading and influencing, especially in coaching and supporting young people to achieve their goals and bringing out the best in them. She often speaks at events and panels about the future of work in the music industry and shares career development tips with students at University of the Arts London and the British and Irish Modern Music Institute (BIMM).
Nebel Crowhurst is currently VP People at the education partnership organisation, INTO University Partnerships. She has enjoyed a broad career supporting the people agenda and managing extensive business change and growth within a spectrum of industries and various organisations including River Island, Virgin and Roche.
A Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, Nebel has a Masters in HR and is also a Fellow member of the Learning & Performance Institute. She featured on HR Magazines Most Influential HR Practitioners list in 2021 and 2022 and holds a people committee advisory role with Macmillan Cancer Support as a Non-Executive Director.
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.
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.
Georgina is an experienced Business Development, Programme and Events Director, having spent over 15 years connecting senior HR leaders to solution providers. Georgina is currently heading up sales and business growth at digital learning specialists, Popcorn Learning Media. Prior to that, Georgina was MD of Summit Events Ltd, running annual HR, Learning Development and Reward & Benefits events for the UK and Middle Eastern markets. Georgina regularly offers advice and support to new and established HR suppliers, providing guidance of their sales & marketing strategy. As a passionate HR matchmaker, networking and building authentic connections is where Georgina’s strengths lie. Georgina has been part of the LHRC board since 2021.
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 16 years, has allowed Denise to expand her portfolio of clients whilst enjoying meeting a wide variety of people.
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.