About the London HR Connection
Some of our other recent guest speakers include the likes of the CEO of Time Out; the barrister representing Uber’s case for zero hours contracts; former HR Director of the BBC, Lucy Adams; the former captain of England’s rugby sevens team, Rob Vickerman; the managing director of Santander’s corporate banking arm talking about culture change; the CIPD’s CEO, Peter Cheese; 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.
The LHRC is long established and has developed significantly since its origins within the CIPD and remains an independent branch and strong ally. It has, for many years, operated through an independent commercial non-executive Board and an independent Chair (Craig McCoy since 2014).
King’s College London and the Cass Business School
The LHRC partners with the School of Management & Business at King’s College and the Cass Business School. This gives us access to some of the world’s most influential thought leaders in HR management and business and we host regular speaker events and panel discussions in conjunction with our partners.
The name The London Human Resources Connection was adopted in October 2003 but the history of LHRC has much earlier origins.
Records of the Welfare Workers Institute mention the London Branch. The Welfare Workers Institute became Institute of Industrial Welfare workers.
Became the Institute of Personnel Management. The first recorded meeting of the Central London Group was on 7 October 1946 at Metal Box.
London IPM was split into three with the Central London Group having the specific aim of ‘arranging lunchtime meetings for those who work in the middle of London’.
Formation of the Institute of Personnel and Development from the merger of the IPM and the Institute of Training and Development. The lunchtime special interest group became the CIPD Capital Network.
Following a major consultation exercise with our members we re-branded and became The London HR Connection.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tips on Networking
Prepare some conversation lines if you’re worried about ‘sticky silences’. Try offering two topic choices, e.g. ‘do you know many people here or are you a newcomer like me?’
Think about your posture, levels of eye contact, facial expressions and your handshake. These all influence peoples’ perception of you and give off signals as to how confident and engaged you are.
As soon as you leave, begin thinking about how you’ll follow-up new contacts. Take a few notes on who you met, and ensure you follow up within three days of the event.