Keynote speakers turn their attention to the future


The focus will be on the future for the keynote sessions on the opening day of Employee Benefits Live 2015.

Jane Marsh, group people director at Innocent Drinks, will open the conference on the morning of Monday 21 September to examine the most effective ways to engage the workforce of the future. She will look at the role of technological advancements and social media in enhancing staff motivation and engagement, as well as discuss how an employer can ensure that their approach to engagement remains relevant.

Later that day, Dr Chris Brauer (pictured), director of innovation and senior management studies at Goldsmiths, University of London, will close Monday’s proceedings with a keynote session on wearable technology. Dr Brauer will debate whether such technology is the future of workplace health, touching on issues such as the use of real-time data, privacy concerns, and current offerings on the wearables market.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday 22 September, Duncan Brown, head of HR consultancy at the Institute for Employment Studies, will deliver a keynote speech on unequal pay. Describing this as ‘opening Pandora’s box’, Brown will examine why so few organisations have conducted equal pay audits, before turning his attention to the new pay reporting requirements and what benefits these might bring.

Finally, Karen Bowes, vice president international HR at Capital One, will present the event’s fourth and final keynote session, during which she will give an insight into how an organisation can become a destination employer