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Acas Conference 2019: Business Success in Challenging Times

28 March 2019, 10:00-16:00  |  East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham

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About this event:

With Acas expertise on hand alongside leading experts of industry, join us as we consider the importance of Good Work, the key challenges facing UK businesses in 2019 and how to achieve success and thrive during uncertain times.

This conference will include:

  • Current thinking on modern workplace practices, including the 'Good Work City' approach.
  • The potential challenges ahead for UK Businesses and ways to address these.
  • Case studies and ideas to implement within the workplace.
  • Share experiences and network with our experts and other delegates from across the region.

Topics include:

KEYNOTE: Building on the government response to the Good Work Report. Matthew Taylor, RSA

Migrant workers (in particular those from the EU) - the legal perspective and business tips for the future. Tijen Ahmet; Shakespeare Martineau Solicitors

The 'Good Work City' programme and taking a place-based approach to creating Good Work. Dr Paula Black, Nottingham Business School

Setting the scene: Acas perspective and look ahead to the future of employment relations. Susan Clews, Acas Chief Executive

How Trade Unions can be involved in business success. Paul Nowak, TUC

Local success story: What works well and what to avoid in business during uncertain economic times. Microlise Ltd, East Midlands Chamber Business of the Year

This event is valuable for:

Business owners, HR professionals, trades union officials, legal professionals, company directors, senior managers, economists, academics and anyone with an interest in Employment Relations and the modern workplace.

The event will provide the opportunity for networking and to speak to Acas advisors in your area throughout the day.

Speakers at this event include:

Matthew Taylor Matthew Taylor, RSA Chief Executive

Matthew Taylor has been Chief Executive of the RSA since November 2006.

In July 2017 Matthew published the report 'Good Work'; an independent review into modern employment, commissioned by the UK Prime Minister.

Matthew's previous roles include Chief Adviser on Political Strategy to the Prime Minister, and Chief Executive of the ippr the UK's leading left of centre think tank.

Matthew is a regular media performer, having presented several Radio Four documentaries, and is a panellist on the programme Moral Maze.

He is Senior Editor of the Thames & Hudson Big Ideas series.

Tijen Ahmet Tijen Ahmet, Legal Director, Shakespeare Martineau Solicitors

Tijen works with global UK businesses advising on strategic international recruitment and supports with immigration compliance facilitating assignments and relocation.

Tijen is widely recognized as an expert in UK business immigration. She represents high net worth entrepreneurs with inward investment and helps them navigate through the complexities of the rules and practicalities of relocation.

Tijen's clients include senior HR teams of multi-nationals and SME's, through to secure overseas talent through sponsorship visas.

Dr Paula Black Dr Paula Black, Director, Nottingham Civic Exchange

Dr Paula Black became Director of Nottingham Civic Exchange, Nottingham Trent University's Place based think tank in September 2016. She has a professional background as an academic and has taught Sociology at the Universities of Sussex, Manchester and Derby. She has also worked as a researcher, as a senior manager in Local Government and in the policy field as Director of Research at the New Economics Foundation Think Tank. She is a member of the Leadership Group of Nottingham Citizens and is working on their work and wages campaign. She currently leads the 'Good Work Nottingham' programme at Nottingham Trent University.

Susan Clews Susan Clews, Acas Chief Executive,

Susan joined Acas in 1993

She began her Acas career as a senior adviser in Yorkshire and the Humber, covering South Yorkshire. She was attracted to come to Acas to learn more about dispute resolution having spent the earlier part of her career in civil service jobs relating to the world of work: in job centres, benefit offices, running training and enterprise programmes and the very early days of Investors in People.

After this role and working as the resources manager she became Area Director in Yorkshire & Humber, then Regional Director in the North West, with a short secondment to project manager on an Acas change programme "Today and Tomorrow". Moving to a national role as job share strategy director in 2008 broadened Susan's experience, working on the new Acas codes and guidance, with BEIS, and developing Acas communications and Diversity and Inclusion activity.

Susan returned to lead Acas service operations in 2015 as Chief Operations Officer.

Susan has enjoyed learning in each new job she has had, including gaining new skills by taking a year out of the Civil Service to work as high school teacher in Jamaica.

Paul Nowak Paul Nowak, TUC Deputy General Secretary, and Member of the Acas Council

Paul Nowak was appointed Assistant General Secretary of the TUC in 2013, and subsequently confirmed as Deputy General Secretary in February 2016.

He leads on a number of key policy areas including public services, transport and industrial policy. In addition he has responsibility for the TUC's organisation in Wales and the English regions, annual Congress, union organising and inter-union relations.

Paul has previously served as the TUC's regional secretary in the North East & Cumbria and as the TUC's national organiser.

He was appointed a member of the ACAS Council in November 2011.

Nadeem Raza Nadeem Raza, Chief Executive, Microlise Ltd

Nadeem has complete responsibility for the operational management and control of all Microlise business activities.

Leading the Microlise management buyout effort in 2008, during a backdrop of difficult financial conditions, Nadeem's leadership and strategy and taken the company to a period of unprecedented success.

During his 20 year career with Microlise, Nadeem has fulfilled various responsibilities and gained experience across all elements of the business, including sales, system integration, marketing, operations and business computing.

Now at the head of the executive team, Nadeem's ambition and drive have been integral in securing contracts with some of the biggest players in the automotive sector including Tata Motors, DAF, MAN, JCB and Knorr Bremse.

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East Midlands Conference Centre, Beeston Lane, The University of Nottingham, NG7 2RJ