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Acas Future of Work Conference:

Shaping the future of work to build prosperity

10 October 2018 9am - 5pm - Congress Centre, London

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Acas Chair, Sir Brendan Barber and leading industry thinkers will be discussing the future of work and how we can shape it for better productivity and good work for all. Speakers include:

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What this conference will cover: We are in a time of lively public policy debate. What will be the impacts of Brexit, the Government's Industrial Strategy, the fourth industrial revolution and changing demographics? Join us to hear from leading thinkers and experts about:

  • The future of work: the economic landscape and drivers for change
  • What are the key drivers and challenges to good work and business growth
  • Flexibility and fairness: striking the balance
  • How can we overcome barriers to getting the best out of people?
  • The fourth industrial revolution: opportunity or threat?

This is a must attend event for: Director Generals, Chief Executives, Chief Operating Officers, HR Directors, business owners, TU General and Deputy Secretaries, thought leaders, economists, legal professionals, strategy leads and industry influencers.

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Acas Chair Sir Brendan Barber on the future of work

The event will feature the following inspiring key speakers:

Future of work: the economic landscape and drivers for change

Brendan Barber Sir Brendan Barber, Acas Chair

Sir Brendan Barber became Chair of the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) in January 2014.

He was the General Secretary of the TUC from 2003 to 2012, having first joined the organisation in 1975. He is Deputy Chairman of the Banking Standards Board, a member of the Council of City University London, and a member of the Board of the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.

He is a Visiting Fellow at the Said Business School, Oxford University, and a Visiting Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford.

In 2007 he received an Honorary Doctorate from City University. Sir Brendan was knighted in 2013 for services to employment relations.


Andy Haldane Andrew G Haldane, Chief Economist and Executive Director, Monetary Analysis, Research & Statistics at the Bank of England

Andrew G Haldane is the Chief Economist at the Bank of England.

Andrew has an Honorary Doctorate from the Open University, is Honorary Professor at University of Nottingham, a Visiting Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford, a member of Economic Council of Royal Economic Society, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, and Member of Research and Policy Committee at NESTA.

Andrew is the founder of 'Pro Bono Economics', a charity which brokers economists into charitable projects and a Trustee of National Numeracy.




Frances O'Grady The key public policy priorities to build good work and drive growth

Frances O'Grady, TUC, General Secretary

Frances has been an active trade unionist and campaigner all her working life. Before the TUC, Frances worked for the Transport and General Workers Union.

In January 2013, Frances became the General Secretary of the TUC, the first woman ever to hold this post.

Fair pay remains a core ambition - she was on the Resolution Foundation's Commission on Living Standards, and has been a member of the Low Pay and the High Pay Commissions.

Frances is a strong believer in protecting the public service ethos, opposes privatisation and leads the TUC campaign to save the NHS.



Carolyn Fairbairn Carolyn Fairbairn, Director- General, CBI

Carolyn joined the CBI as Director-General in November 2015. She spent her early career at McKinsey, before taking on a range of senior leadership roles in the media industry.

Carolyn has extensive FTSE Board experience as a Non-Executive Director of Lloyds Banking Group, The Vitec Group and Capita plc.

She was also a Director of the Competition and Markets Authority, the UK Statistics Authority, and from 2008-11, the Financial Services Authority.

From 1995-97, Carolyn was a member of the Number 10 Policy Unit. She began her career as an economist at the World Bank and then as a journalist for The Economist magazine.



June Sarpong June Sarpong, Author and TV Presenter

June has enjoyed a 20-year career, and is one of the most recognisable faces of British television.

June is the co-founder of the WIE Network (Women: Inspiration & Enterprise) and the DNA Summit (Decide Act Now), which brings together the most innovative minds to generate ideas and initiatives that will effect lasting social change.

Last year June authored 'Diversify: Six Degrees of Integration', an empowering polemic which argues the case for social, moral and economic benefits of diversity. Working with Oxford University June considered how we create and use stereotypes and how they negatively impact our social interactions both overtly and covertly. Diversify encourages readers to calculate their levels of discriminative views.

June is one the youngest people to have ever received an MBE, which she received in 2007 for services to broadcasting and to charity.


Matthew Taylor Flexibility and Fairness: striking the balance

Matthew Taylor, RSA CEO

Matthew Taylor has been Chief Executive of the RSA since 2006. He has blogged over 1,200 times on topics ranging from policy, politics, public service reform and cultural theory to the RSA itself.

Prior to becoming Chief Executive of the RSA, Matthew was Chief Adviser on Political Strategy to the Prime Minister.

He was the Director of the Institute for Public Policy Research between 1999 and 2003, has written numerous articles, and is a regular panellist on Radio 4's Moral Maze.

Matthew was commissioned by the Prime Minister to lead an independent review of modern work practices with a view to promoting good and fair work for all.


Ginette Brazeau Ginette Brazeau, Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB), Chairperson

Ginette Brazeau has been Chairperson of the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) since December 2014. Prior to her appointment, she was the Executive Director and General Counsel of the CIRB, first appointed as Executive Director of the CIRB in April 2008.

Previously, Ms. Brazeau was the Senior Director of Strategic Policy and Legislative Reform with the federal Labour Department and Director of Legislation, Research and Policy at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

Ms. Brazeau serves on the executive boards of the Association of Labor Relations Agencies and the Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals.  She holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Social Sciences from the University of Ottawa and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1996.


Sir David Metcalfe Sir David Metcalf, Labour Market Enforcement, Director

Sir David Metcalf is Director of Labour Market Enforcement, which sets the strategy and data sharing for all UK enforcement agencies and other bodies with intelligence. Previously, Sir David was Chair of the Migration Advisory Committee and a member of the Senior Salaries Review Body. He was also a founding member of the Low Pay Commission, advising the government on National Minimum Wage rates.

He is currently an Emeritus professor at the London School of Economics and has written over 100 publications on labour economics and industrial relations.


David Isaac How to overcome barriers to getting the best out of people

David Isaac CBE, Equality and Human Rights Commission, Chair

David has been Chair of the EHRC since April 2016. David is a partner at law firm Pinsent Masons and was previously Chair of Stonewall from 2003 to 2012.

He is also Chair of Modern Art Oxford, a Director of the Big Lottery Fund and a Trustee of 14-18 Now.

David was awarded a CBE in the 2011 Queen's Birthday Honours list for services to equality and diversity.

He was ranked 29th in the OUTstanding Top 100 LGBT executives published by the FT in October 2015 and recognised as a Diversity Role Model in the legal sector by The Lawyer in November 2015.


Sarah Jackson Sarah Jackson, Working Families, Ambassador

Sarah was until September 2018 CEO of Working Families and has led work-life balance campaigning and culture change for over twenty years. Working across the political spectrum, she has achieved positive change including the right to request flexible working, maternity and paternity leave and fathers' rights at work.

She is regularly called upon for her expertise, including in 2018 being a member of the joint Industry/Government Taskforce on Flexible Working.  She previously chaired the Promoting Flexible Working: Private Sector Employers' Group for the DWP, which resulted in the development of the 'happy to talk flexible working' strapline to encourage a greater spread of flexible work in job advertising.



Kevin Ellis The fourth industrial revolution opportunity or threat?

Kevin Ellis, PwC, Chairman and Senior Partner

Kevin took over as Chairman and Senior Partner of PwC's UK and Middle East alliance in July 2016.

Kevin joined the Board in 2008 to lead the Advisory businesses, having previously spent the majority of his career in Business Restructuring, specialising in providing turnaround and crisis management support to businesses in the public and private sectors for over 25 years.

Kevin joined the firm in 1984 on the graduate training programme and qualified as a chartered accountant (ICAEW), he became a Partner in 1996.


Naomi Climer Naomi Climer CBE, Institute of Future Work, co-Chair

Naomi Climer CBE is the co-Chair of the newly established Institute for the Future of Work looking to create and incubate solutions to challenges faced by people as work is transformed. Naomi is a British engineer who has worked in broadcast, media and communications technology. She was previously the first female President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Chair of the Government's DCMS Future Communications Challenge Group and President of Sony's Media Cloud Services.



Martin McTague Martin McTague - FSB Policy and Advocacy Chairman

As a small business owner, Martin has volunteered for FSB for 15 years in a variety of roles including Chairman of the Local Government Policy Unit, National Policy Vice Chairman and Policy Director.
Martin works closely with Government and opposition leaders, attending ministerial meetings and representing FSB and its 165,000 members at the highest level. He aims to ensure that FSB research and campaigns help policy makers to create positive change for the UK small business community.  Martin has just been appointed to the Low Pay Commission.
Martin started his own business 28 years ago and now currently owns and manages three businesses.




Chris O'Sullivan Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser windowChris O'Sullivan, Head of Business Development and Engagement

Chris O'Sullivan (@mentalcapital) leads on workplace mental health for the Mental Health Foundation, working with major employers across the country. Chris is particularly interested in the promotion of compassionate leadership and management, and how people with mental health problems can thrive in work. Chris uses his own lived experience of distress to inform his work. Chris is a founding member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland.

Founded in 1949, the Mental Health Foundation (@mentalhealth) brings together evidence and community insight to develop programmes and tools that focus on prevention of mental health problems.





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Congress Centre, 28 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS