Hr NETWORK ‘SMART CULTURE’ Conference & Exhibition 2019 supported by: The Guardian Jobs

The workplace of today is more dynamic than ever before and so it demands a more innovative and creative approach to building a satisfying and rewarding environment for its employees. Attracting the best talent  and driving employee engagement impacts happiness and ultimately affects employee performance. Speakers from a range of award-winning organisations who, by adopting a SMART CULTURE approach, have increased productivity, enhanced job satisfaction and gained a clear competitive advantage in the marketplace and will share some of their best practice.

The Hr NETWORK Conference & Exhibition 2019, supported by The Guardian Jobs, will take place at the Hilton Grosvenor Hotel in Edinburgh’s West End on Thursday 9th May 2019 with around 350 delegates from the world of people management and development in Scotland. SMART CULTURE is the main theme and leading experts and practitioners from across the HR landscape will discuss a range of hugely relevant topics relating to this intriguing subject. Delegates will hear two Key Note speakers as well as the wide range of breakout session speakers who will provide insight in to creating a smart culture throughout the organisation.

The Hr NETWORK Planning Team are delighted to confirm the full speaker programme which includes a wide range of topics including: 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 you can expect to see speaking at the Conference include:
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.

Stream 1

Session 1 – Employee Experience: Delighting your employees the same way as your customers
Session 2 – Smart Culture, Smart Workplaces, Smart Conversations…Smart Employment Law
Session 3 – SESSION FULL

Stream 2

Session 4 – Talent Foundations: Transforming talent at Tennent’s
Session 5 – Transforming CYBG and Virgin Money: Creating high performance through purpose and culture
Session 6 – SESSION FULL

Stream 3

Session 7 – SESSION FULL
Session 8 – SESSION FULL
Session 9 – Strategic People Planning at Scottish Rugby: Transitioning from changing room to boardroom

Stream 4

Session 10 – Culture Masterclass: Understanding people & change
Session 11 – A Diverse Workforce: Embedding diversity & inclusion in the culture of the organisation
Session 12 – Agile Working: The real impact on engagement and talent attraction

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.

Delegate Package includes:

  • 2 x Keynote Speakers
  • Choice of up to 4 Sessions
  • Access to Exhibitor & Network Area
  • Lunch & Refreshments during the day

Delegate Costs:

  • HR Practitioner (non commercial) – £165+VAT
  • Others (including: Consultants and Independent Advisors) – £215+VAT

Conference Itinerary:

  • Date: Thursday 9th May 2019
  • Venue: Grosvenor Street, Haymarket, Edinburgh, EH12 5EF
  • Registration 8.30am to 9.15m
  • Conference Start: 9.30am SHARP!
  • Lunch 12.40pm to 1.25pm
  • Refreshments: Includes morning & afternoon refreshments and lunch
  • Conference Close: 4.50pm

If you have any enquiries with reference to the conference, please do not hesitate to contact the Conference Planning Team on Tel: 0131 625 3267 or email:



Pictures from the Hr NETWORK Conference & Exhibition 2018