Hr NETWORK ‘Hybrid’ Conference & Exhibition – ‘Strategic Workforce Planning & Leading out of Lockdown ‘ – EDINBURGH & ONLINE – Thursday 13th May 2021



The Hr NETWORK Conference & Exhibition 2021 will take place at the Grosvenor Hotel in Edinburgh’s West End on Thursday 13th May 2021 with around 350 delegates from the world of people management and development in Scotland. Delegates will attend six Key Note speaker sessions throughout the day along with the very popular exhibitor area, which is full of goodies from a range of key HR & people product and service providers.


The organisers are planning a hugely exciting event designed to bring everyone back together again at the Grosvenor Hotel in Edinburgh and Hr NETWORK realises that there are many people that would love to attend the Conference & Exhibition in person but may feel unable to do so, due to the effects of COVID-19.

Hr NETWORK is delighted to announce that as well as being a ‘LIVE’ Conference & Exhibition with SIX keynote speakers, which will also be enjoyed by a remote audience, delegates will also be able to attend the full range of digital pre-recorded presentations for up to 28 days after the Conference. We have worked extremely hard with our technology partners to be able to deliver our first ‘hybrid’ event which will offer ALL delegates the chance to attend ALL sessions, and offer a hugely interactive and exciting conference experience, whether you are attending in person or attending remotely.

Speakers from a range of award-winning organisations who have created and implemented a sustainable workforce plan in the midst of a pandemic, and are reaping significant organisational benefits that have led to increased productivity, improved job satisfaction metrics and gained a clear competitive advantage in their marketplace, will provide valuable insight into implementing a sound and measurable people plan.

We are working on an exciting range of KEYNOTE SPEAKERS and a range of thought-provoking digital session topics and we will confirm the keynote speakers and session topics VERY SOON!

Please note if the Conference is required to move to ONLINE ONLY due to COVID-19, all attending in-person delegates will be able to nominate a colleague or friend to attend as an online delegate, at no extra cost.


From 1st December 2020 the costs for attending the Conference & Exhibition are as follows:


  • HR Practitioner (Non-commercial) – £125+VAT (Valid until Sunday 28th February 2021)
  • Others (Including HR, recruitment and management consultants and advisors) – £175+VAT (Valid until Sunday 28th February 2021)


  • HR Practitioner/Others – £55+VAT (Valid until Sunday 28th February 2021)

For further information regarding the Conference including speaking, sponsoring, exhibiting or the delegate booking information relating to whether you are a ‘HR Practitioner’ or ‘Other’ delegate, please contact the Conference Planning Team on Tel: 0131 625 3267 or email:


Hr NETWORK Conference & Exhibition 2019

The Hr NETWORK Conference & Exhibition speaker programme included a wide range of topics featuring: Employee Experience, Strategic HR, Smart Employment Law and much more. Secure your conference place now, which you can do so easily by completing the form (link available below).

Some of the great organisations that spoke at the Conference included:
WestJet; People’s Postcode Lottery; Nucleus; Burness Paull; Scottish Rugby; Tennent’s; SSE; CYBG Virgin Money; ScottishPower; Roffey Park Institute and many more!

Morning Keynote Speaker – Pam August, Director of Culture Activation, WestJet

‘Love where you’re going’

With a people-focused approach that has made it famous – many of us will be amongst the 48.5 million people who watched the WestJet Christmas Miracle campaign – Pam will talk about the importance WestJet has placed, from day one, on the company’s culture to create the most passenger-friendly, financially successful major airline. Recognised as Best Airline in Canada and Travellers’ Choice winner – North America for 2017 and 2018 in the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards for Airlines – WestJet continues to grow globally, with the launch of its 787 Dreamliner service (WestJet has been flying from Canada to Glasgow seasonally since 2015). As well as sharing some of the company’s history and its culture focused business model that underpins its success, Pam will also share lessons learnt from the company’s recent transition into a global brand as it rapidly scales up.

Afternoon Keynote Speaker – Dr. Robert Coles, CEO, Roffey Park Institute

How to be smarter than the digital age – the post-digital value of future humans

We all know the lure of the digital age, from beautifully clean pictures of a perfect digital world, to marketing presentations that seem to show there will be nobody alive over 30 – other than Robots perhaps. The reality is different; digitisation will have social, human and environmental costs. And, unless you believe data is the same as human values, there is a key role for the future human, at work and at play. More than ever, we will need to create, share and demonstrate judgment, Judgment that is socially generated and gives human meaning to data. Inter-competence© will replace atomised, individual competence. In his keynote, Robert we will discuss how we should value ourselves in the future and what the cultural implications are for HR and HRD’s in creating and leveraging the smart organisations that will succeed in tomorrow’s digital world. There are alternatives to the ‘inevitable’ picture that is being painted.

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