With just over a month to go, there’s now lots of excitement and anticipation for this year’s forthcoming Hr NETWORK ‘Future World of HR’ Conference & Exhibition supported by Tesco Bank and Guardian Jobs, which is being held on Thursday 10th May 2018 at the Hilton Grosvenor Hotel in Edinburgh’s West End.

The Key Note speakers for this years Conference are Tim Dew who is described as Player One at Games Without Frontiers who will talk about the current and future landscape, some of the emerging science that explains why it is happening and what technologies we should be looking out for to solve some of our biggest issues.

In the afternoon Key Note speech, polar explorer and founder of the Polar Academy, Craig Mathieson, which identifies ‘invisible’ 14-17 years old secondary school children, crushed by a lack of self-esteem and gives them the chance to redefine their physical and mental limits will talk about unlocking the vast potential within young adults and turn them into positive role models for their community and families. Each year The Polar Academy inspires and motivates thousands of young adults, positively demonstrating that by ‘inspiration through exploration’ anybody can achieve their absolute potential.

The organisers are delighted to provide some insight for a range of hugely insightful and thought-provoking breakout session topics arranged for the forthcoming conference including:

Understanding HR’s Future Challenges
Speaker: Greig Aitken, Group Head, People Strategy & Insight, Royal Bank of Scotland Group

The HR profession has come a long way in the last 20 years. With the pace of business change continuing to accelerate, this session looks at HR’s future challenges and how HR teams (big and small) can shape their people strategy to ensure it is effective at attracting, engaging and retaining great people. Greig will review the key strategic challenges facing HR leaders and how they can assess the effectiveness and impact of their people strategy and its impact on business performance and customer service.

The Digital World: Is it killing communication?
Speaker: Heather Campbell, CommsMasters

In 1979, The Buggles warned that video would kill the radio star. 40-years on, radio’s still a massive hit and smart phones allow us all to become video stars (even if just on our Facebook feed). Digital has opened up opportunities to communicate 24/7 in ways we couldn’t imagine when The Buggles chanted their warning. The workplace hasn’t escaped. We know the dread of drowning in emails. But beyond our Inbox, is digitisation a help or a hindrance when it comes to communicating at work? What’s the likely impact of digitisation on the way we communicate in the coming decade?

Health & Wellbeing: How Webhelp is Energising Mind, Body & Soul
Speaker: Gillian Campbell, People Director, Webhelp

Wellbeing at work is an increasingly hot topic, with lots of ideas and initiatives to explore.  With a desire to offer a range of engaging, healthy employee options – ranging from pilates to massage, and free fruit to mindfulness – Webhelp kicked off a formal programme in 2017 to position health and wellbeing front and centre within the organisation. With over 10,000 employees under the remit of Webhelp UK, the customer experience and business process outsourcing organisation takes us through their journey to convert great ideas into sustainable practices that go to the very core of the organisation culture.

Unlocking Future Leadership Potential – Be ‘Future-Proofed’
Speakers: John Ferguson & Pip Robson

It’s no secret that one of the many chronic challenges many organisations face is the lack of identified leadership talent that enables sustainable success. Some organisations, through necessity, have developed a finely tuned, short term, results-based focus, which could for some manifest in a talent risk gap for their future success. In this session John and Pip will explore the latest research insights and add their empirical experience that points towards a 7-step approach for unlocking and optimising leaders that will stand the test of digital, robotic and diversity challenges (to name just a few) and enable a pipeline of future talent as well as encouraging a new executive type – the TVR (Talent Value Leader), all will be explained at their session.

….plus much more!

The cost for attending the Conference in 2018 is: HR Practitioner £165+VAT and Non-practitioner £215+VAT. Once you have selected your preferred session choices, submit your delegate booking form online:


The Conference delegate experience includes 2 Key Note Presentations, the choice of up to 4 Breakout Sessions, Refreshments during the day as well as Lunch and the ever-popular Afternoon Tea & Cakes and some wonderful networking and business development opportunities.

Delegates have the option to pay by Bacs, Credit Card or Cheque. If you have any enquiries with reference to the Conference, please contact the Conference Planning Team on Tel: 0131 625 3267 or email: subscriptions@hrnetworkscotland.co.uk