CIPD Transforming the Humber 2018 – thriving in a candidate-led market

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Where: Mercure Hull Grange Park Hotel, Willerby, HU10 6EA

In collaboration with Humber LEP, our CIPD conference this year will consider how, as Humber-based employers, we can grow a sustainable and skilled workforce in the region.

We will explore alternative recruitment and retention practices to offer solutions to emerging skills and labour gaps in a post Brexit economy. In a candidate-led market we will discuss how we can attract and retain the best possible talent. The conference will also consider the implications of Brexit, as well as sharing research and tools to help organisations with workforce planning.

A Solutions Village will also be available for delegates to network and discuss solutions to resourcing issues. 

Confirmed speakers include:

Daphne Doody-Green, CIPD


Daphne is the Head of the CIPD Northern England.  She is responsible for driving the CIPD’s Strategy in region ensuring it reflects the diversity of businesses, organisations and members’ interests.   

Her role is focused on building reach, influence and impact across the region and involves working and partnering with key stakeholders, including CIPD members, employers, HR leaders, Government, academic centres and the broader business community to amplify CIPD’s voice and develop regional insight and propositions that will champion better work and working lives.

Kishor Tailor, Chief Executive, Humber Local Enterprise Partnership


Kishor has the principle role of developing and delivering the strategy for growth of the Humber region. He is responsible for the management of the Humber LEP, its governance and funding, as well as lead responsibility for building and developing relationships with partners in the public and private sectors as well as with government departments. Kishor reports to the Humber LEP Board through the Chairman Lord Haskins. He is also currently the main point of contact for the key link with the investment and regulation board.

Julie Williams, Chair of the Humber Talent Forum


Julie will provide an insight into some of the recruitment and skills challenges faced by our region and how, with the support of the LEP, a group of employers have come together to influence change and share good practice in talent recruitment, development and retention.

Gerwyn Davies, CIPD Senior Labour Market Analyst


Gerwyn's role at CIPD covers a wide range of labour market issues including migration, pay and employment.  Previous publications on migration include 'Facing the Future: tackling post-Brexit labour and skills shortages' (2017) and 'The growth of EU labour: assessing the impact on the UK labour market' (2014).  Gerwyn is a national media commentator specialising on the labour market, employment trends, HRM and related public policy issues.  He is also a member of various government working groups and taskforces, including the Home Office's primary EU Immigration Employers' Representative Group.

Gerwyn will be discussing:

  • Government policy and operations update, including the new digital application process for EU nationals
  • CIPD view on future direction of EU immigration policy
  •  How employers should respond to potential future migration restrictions.

Kerrie Jaquest and Jen Vincent, Careers and Enterprise Coordinators, Careers & Enterprise Company


The Careers & Enterprise Company, supported by the Local Authorities through Humber LEP, coordinates schools and business leaders (Enterprise Advisers) to create career plans, promote sectors and build employability skills. The aim is to inspire, increase labour market knowledge, and bridge the local skills gap.

Mike Rustill FLPI, MILM, LicFITOL, Head of Learning & Development, Wescot


Mike has 26 years L&D experience extensively in the retail, sales, collections and customer service environments. He is the former Head of Learning & Development for Ventura and previously the Head of Learning & Development team for O2’s Customer Services Directorate. Mike was recently invited to join the Learning & Performance Institute as a Fellowship Member and is an active mentor and work experience coach for local schools and Hull University. Mike will be sharing how Wescot have established a successful Apprenticeship programme.


Bookings available via

Or call Samantha Hind, 07769 733458,

Kay Locker, 07951 930256 

Chris Brown, 07470 782660



Gary Pepper