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Recruitment Trends & Untapped Talent post Brexit; CIPD B&MK

CIPD Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Branch

Monday, 21 November 2016 from 12:00 to 17:30 (GMT)

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This is an opportunity to hear from a great line up engaging speakers who are seasoned professionals eager to share their top tips with you. The overall aim is to help you get up to speed on some of the key trends using digital recruitment techniques whilst being mindful of making your organisation’s approach accessible to a wide range of untapped talent.

  • Local skills market, salary trends and working effectively with your chosen recruitment partner
  • Designing your Recruitment Strategy and harnessing the digital age
  • Legal Implications for recruitment and Immigration post Brexit
  • Building in an inclusive approach recruitment  to support collaborative team working – unconscious bias implications for recruitment decision making and simple solutions for making recruitment accessible to candidates with disabilities


Safia Boot – Chairman CIPD Milton Keynes Group & Founder Respect at Work Ltd

Key Note Speakers:

  • Adrian McDonagh Founder of EasyWeb Recruitment
  • Sue Beckett – Operations Manager, Wild Recruitment
  • Alex Russell – Principal Associate, Mills & Reeves LLP
  • Abisola Latunji Associate – Mills & Reeves LLP
  • Jiten Patel, Head of Equality Diversity and Information Rights at Open University
  • Gamiel Yafai – Founder, Diversity Marketplace
  • Jane Hatton – CEO, Evenbreak

Speaker Bios:

Adrian McDonagh -  Founder EasyWeb Recruitment: Adrian oversees the training and technology teams at EasyWeb. His formal job title is “Chief Ideas Officer” which probably says more about his personality than what his job entails. The best explanation we could get from him was “Part-time trainer, part-time product manager, part-time business owner, full-time online recruitment ninja” – make of that what you will.

Sue Beckett – Operations Manager, Wild Recruitment. Sue has worked in the recruitment industry for over 20 years and has experience both in agencies and managed service recruitment. She has been involved in handling high volume recruitment as well as working with SME's. Her specialist areas include: recruiting temporary, permanent and contract staff across a wide variety of business sectors and disciplines. As Account and Operations Manager she has secured national and local contracts through sales tender processes, managed million pound + accounts and provided business development support to a branch network. Her core values are open and honest relationships, commitment to providing service excellence and overcoming challenges by offering solution. She is passionate, dedicated and enthusiastic about her role enabling her to carry through her values to her day to day contacts with clients, candidates and colleagues.

Alex Russell Principal Associate – Mills & Reeves LLP: Alex leads the immigration team and advises employers on a wide variety of immigration matters. Alex focuses on devising solutions for the recruitment and retention of international staff and their dependents. He has considerable experience in assisting with many different types of visa applications and works closely with organisations to help them manage their compliance obligations in what is a dynamic area of law. He has conducted a number of immigration audits, drafted policies and procedures, and regularly delivers training on immigration matters. Alex’s combined experience as an employment and immigration lawyer means that he is able to advise on all aspects of engaging international staff.

Abisola Latunji Associate – Mills & Reeves LLP: Abisola’s employment law practice takes in a range of clients, including a whole range of private companies and a number of universities and colleges.  In addition to advising on Employment Tribunal proceedings (both pre-claim and during the litigation itself, including at final hearings), Abisola also provides advice to support her clients through various HR issues on a day-to-day basis, including recruitment issues and best practice; all stages of disciplinary and grievance procedures, (investigations, hearings, outcomes and appeals); drafting and reviewing employment contracts, policies, procedures and handbooks; advising on changes to terms and conditions, including in the context of TUPE; advising on restructuring and redundancy processes; and advising in relation to discrimination issues.  Abisola regularly trains HR professionals, line managers, and other staff, on a range of employment law topics.  Abisola has also had recent experience of dealing with immigration issues, including in relation to sponsorship and right to work checks.

Jiten Patel and Gamiel Yafai are co-authors of the 2016 edition of ‘Demystifying Diversity.

Jiten Patel is the Acting Head of Equality & Diversity at The Open University and has made a significant impact on the education sector through his passion for diversity and inclusion. Jiten designed and delivered an outstanding Leadership Mentoring Programme for minority groups at The OU, and is course Author for their Centre for Continual Professional Learning and Development. Additionally Jiten has specialised in ‘Positive Action’ and mentoring, and delivered pioneering diversity training to all staff at the National College for School Leadership. Jiten developed the cutting edge ‘Aspire’ programme for BAME staff, which due to its phenomenal success was extended to reach out to staff with disabilities. The unique development programme has been running for 4 years. In that time 50 people have been through it with c.20% of participants having made career related moves which they attribute directly to the Aspire Programmes. An incredible amount of endorsements showcase Jiten as a perfect example of a diversity champion

Gamiel Yafai - spent 15 years in publishing before moving into the world of equality and diversity some 10 years ago. Over this period he has headed up the Diversity practices of both Euro RSCG Riley and Barkers (now Penna) focusing on recruitment and employment solutions on national, regional and local levels to help organisations move through diversity policy to practice. 

Gamiel’s credentials are wide ranging, from working a number of national bodies such as the EHRC, Diversity Taskforce for NHS Scotland to develop a diversity champions’ network across all Health Boards in Scotland. He worked with the Society of Personnel Officers for Local Government (PPMA) on the educational CD-ROM ‘The Race for Talent’ and the Department of Health’s ‘Positively Diverse’ Equality Unit to compile a good diversity practice reference guide to promote good practice across the NHS in England.

As a qualified Teacher and NVQ Assessor, Gamiel utilises his broad experience to develop diversity tools and training programmes to help organisations move from policy to practice. He has supported organisations through research and other means to identify routes to capture the attention of minority groups and has carried out training projects for audiences extending from senior managers and members of the Welsh Assembly to teachers. He has also had a number of articles on diversity published in the British Medical Journal.

Jane Hatton – Founder, Evenbreak. Jane has been active in the field of inclusion and equality since 1990, as an independent consultant, running a national diversity training company, and developing a specialist national job board for disabled candidates. Employing a diverse range of people herself, Jane runs Evenbreak  lying down with a laptop suspended above due to her own spinal disability. She is widely published in the field of inclusive recruitment and won “Diversity Champion” in the Excellence in Diversity Awards in 2015.

Safia Boot –Chairman CIPD Milton Keynes Group & Founder Respect at Work Limited.Due to her passion for learning and supporting her HR colleagues to develop best practice, Safia has provided leadership to the CIPD MK Group for well over a decade. Safia is an experienced ET Panel Member, Advisor to Magistrate Judges on discrimination cases, Mediator and former CIPD Disciplinary Chair for the Professional Code of Conduct. She is highly regarded in the private and public sector as an independent HR/ER Consultant, Trainer, Mediator and Independent Investigator (for complex/high risk discrimination, bullying, harassment and misconduct or other sensitive cases including malicious and vexatious complainants). She has particular expertise in the practical application of diversity and inclusion and dealing with conflict management. She has an active social media presence. Safia was honoured to be a Finalist in the 2016 MK Women Leaders Awards (Professional Services Category)

Contact details for enquiries, with phone and/or e-mail address:

Safia Boot of [ Tel. 01908 262862]

Professional photography and video production will be taking place at the event, and these images may be used on future promotional materials for CIPD. Please note that by attending the event, you are giving your consent for your image to be used on any CIPD promotional materials.

Do you have questions about Recruitment Trends & Untapped Talent post Brexit; CIPD B&MK? Contact CIPD Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Branch

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Milton Keynes Conferencing Centre
Strudwick Drive
MK6 2TG Milton Keynes
United Kingdom

Monday, 21 November 2016 from 12:00 to 17:30 (GMT)

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