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Shaping the future of work to build prosperity

Acas National Conference - event details and speaker biographies

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

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About this event: Acas Chair, Sir Brendan Barber will be hosting our upcoming conference looking at the future of work and how we can shape it for better productivity and good work for all.

The event will provide valuable insights from leading thinkers and influencers in the UK, as well as international industrial relations experts, to help you understand more about the current trends and issues affecting the country, and the prospects ahead.

This conference will provide attendees with an in-depth examination of:

  • How can we use current economic thinking to boost prosperity?
  • The future of work: the economic landscape and drivers for change
  • The good work agenda - the basis of the workplace relationship to drive growth
  • Flexibility and fairness: striking the balance
  • How to overcome barriers to getting the best out of people
  • Managing change and re-equipping skills for the fourth technological revolution

Key speakers from the world of work, trade unions, Government, international experts on conflict resolution and leading thinkers will share their insights into upcoming change.

Industry leading speakers at this event include:

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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Watch a welcome address from Acas Chair Sir Brendan Barber

The event will feature the following inspiring key speakers:

Future of work: the economic landscape and drivers for change (technology, demographics and changing working relationships)

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.



Good work agenda - the basis of the workplace relationship to drive growth

Frances O'Grady 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.


Flexibility and Fairness: striking the balance

Matthew Taylor 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.

Power imbalances and how to overcome them: delivering equality in the world of work

David Isaac 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.



Kevin Ellis Managing Change and Re-Equipping Skills (the rise of the robots)

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.


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Location map and directions

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