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The future of work

“The Future of Work”

A Wales HR Network conference coming to you in 2023


7 February 2023 |Cardiff

The landscape of the workplace is continually evolving – we’re here to help you plan your future with insights on the latest trends and strategies of the future.

Join us on 7 February to hear from experts across a range of topics, including hybrid working, wellbeing, diversity & inclusion, leadership, data and more!

Compared by the brilliant Sian Lloyd, the conference will be a jam-packed day of insights, with breakfast, lunch and refreshments included.

Speakers & Topics:

(Full programme to follow)

Principality Building Society

“Our journey – Transforming Our Workspace for Tomorrow”

Principality’s recent office refurbishment has seen an innovative transformation that supports their new hybrid working model. Hear their insights on this journey as they engaged with colleagues to understand what they wanted the re-designed workspaces to include, as well as how Principality adopted a hybrid model focussed on colleague choice of work location.

Speaker: David Bradley, Project Manager

David has worked at Principality for over 7 years. Having spent 2 years working on the Transforming our Workspace programme in a dual role of Programme Lead and Project Manager, David is well equipped to give an insight into the steps that led to their office refurb and new hybrid model.


"Good Data Protection: Empower and Futureproof Your Organisation!”

Information rights isn’t about processing and protecting data. It’s about people - relationships, trust, equality, democracy and dignity. Organisations play a crucial role in shaping attitudes towards the ways information is used, and a workforce culture that upholds information rights is a healthy one ready to make the most of an increasingly digitised society. Good data protection practices help organisations build trust with staff and customers alike. This talk from the UK’s information rights regulator will highlight some of the steps that organisations must, should and could take to help empower themselves and their stakeholders to effectively plan, invest, innovate and grow.

Speaker: David Teague, Regional Manager

David heads up the ICO’s Wales team, based in Cardiff. They work with stakeholders across Wales in relation to all aspects of information rights legislation, providing advice, guidance and upstream engagement to organisations in all sectors.

Merthyr Valleys Homes

"Pioneering the 4-day Working Week”

What does success look like? Sharing the experience of being one of the only organisations in Wales to take part in the 4-day working week trial, Merthyr Valleys Homes’ Head of HR, Ruth Llewellyn will include insights on the changing world of work, the business case for a 4-day working week and how Merthyr Valleys Homes implemented and responded to this.

Speaker: Ruth Llewellyn, Head of Human Resources

Ruth is currently the Head of Human Resources for Merthyr Valleys Homes having joined the organisation in 2009 following the TUPE transfer of housing stock from the Local Authority. She is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and has worked within HR for all of her career, previously within the Public Sector. She is passionate about continuous improvement and doing things differently.


"Realising Relationship Buildings - The Changing Landscape of the Workplace”

Orangebox’s Research & Insight team have published a guide to navigating, interpreting and re imagining the changing landscape of the workplace. A workplace that has changed more dramatically than it has ever done in our careers to date. Within Relationship Buildings™ we explore how embracing fitness-centred design and sensory ergonomics can help us move beyond the formal guidelines while supporting life at work. Technology, sustainability and new cultural and generational behaviours are key themes explored.

Speaker: Nathan Hurley, Research & Insight Manager

Nathan Hurley heads up Orangebox’s global research and insight team. He has been an international keynote speaker and spearheading Orangebox’s research projects since 2018.

No Boundaries

“Closing the Gap and the Future of Inclusivity in the Workplace”

As we move into 2023, what are the challenges and opportunities for employers to diversify their workforce and tackling under-representation of marginalised communities. We will explore examples of good practice and the benefits of having a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities in which they operate. Ideas will be shared on how to improve engagement with these groups and what support is available.

Speaker: Sunil Patel, Director of Operations

Sunil Patel is a Trainer and Consultant on race equality, and he is the founder of No Boundaries Training & Consultancy. The company works across Wales and England with clients including Local Councils, HMPPS, Police forces and Housing Associations amongst others. He has previously worked in the Home Office and was a founding member of the charity, Show Racism the Red Card (Wales). Under his leadership, the charity has gone on to become the leading anti-racism charity in Wales.

Alys Carlton Consulting

“Presence With Purpose”

Many businesses are now hybrid, with employees being told when, or how much they should be in the office (e.g. “2/3 days a week”, “Wednesdays plus 1” or “more often than not”). But are they actually clear on WHY they are coming into the office on any given day? In this interactive session, Alys Carlton will explore why presence with purpose is key for productivity and staff engagement, and share with you a framework to stop your people from thinking resentfully on the end-of-day commute “I could have been just as effective today if I’d stayed at home”.

Speaker: Alys Carlton, Founder

Alys Carlton is an executive coach, mentor and trusted adviser. She works with Founders, CEOs and other senior leaders, as she did during her 18-year career as a corporate lawyer.

Ajuda Training

“Mental Health First Aiders and Their Importance in the Workplace of the Future”

Speaker: Dawn Evans, Director

Dawn Evans is serial entrepreneur, public speaker, and qualified professional trainer. She is also a passionate Mental Health Advocate. As CEO of Ajuda Training Academy, The Mental Health & Wellbeing Show, and founder of The Mental Health Awards & Conference she has a vast amount of experience, and specialises in motivating, inspiring, and developing both people to be the best that they can be.

Darwin Gray LLP

“Head of the Team…at Home?” How the pandemic challenged a conventional approach to employment law and HR and top tips on how to deal with your workforce in the future”

The dramatic change to our working practices in the last three years, has provided us with a once-in-a-generation opportunity to change our workplace policies, mindsets, and habits. Darwin Gray’s Head of Employment & HR Fflur Jones will share her first-hand experiences and will draw on examples of how some of our clients have embraced change and made significant decisions which will impact their workforces for years to come. Fflur will also talk about the contractual and legal issues that arise out of changing working practices and terms, the risks of discriminating against certain groups, and how employers should approach these issues in order to avoid disputes and keep their staff onside. We will also focus on how to manage junior staff and new starters remotely, as well as addressing health and safety issues – including mental ill health and maintaining the personal safety of home workers.

Speaker: Fflur Jones, Managing Partner

Fflur has been head of Darwin Gray’s Employment and HR team since 2013. A regular contributor to national radio and TV programmes, Fflur advises on all aspects of employment law, including bringing and defending complex Employment Tribunal claims for unfair dismissal, whistleblowing, and complex discrimination matters. She also delivers courses bilingually on a wide range of employment law topics, including Equality and Diversity and Dignity at Work, Mock Employment Tribunals, and Managing Difficult Conversations in the Workplace.

School of International Future (SOIF)

"The Future of Work in a Post-Pandemic World – Key Insights and Forecasts"

Speaker: Andrew Curry, Director

Call of the Wild

“What Good Leadership Should Look Like to tackle Future Challenges”

Welsh Language Commissioner

“The Future Role of Welsh in the Workplace”

University of South Wales

“A Journey of Transformation – USW’s Story”

Speaker: Claire Gardner, Head of Transformation and Business Change


“The Future of Recruitment Using Data Insights”

Speaker: Paul Rance, Corporate Sales Director



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