What is the Surrey HR Forum?
Developed for HR professionals in Surrey and the surrounding area. The forum is a member-only networking and learning environment where you, and your HR peers, will learn about the latest challenges and opportunities facing the profession. Launched in 2009 and now has a membership of over 350 local HR professionals. Recent topics explored by the forum include GDPR, mental health in the workplace, changes in legislation (interactive workshops), assertiveness at work and successful interviewing techniques (training sessions). A strict ‘non-sales’ environment where you can learn and network with other like-minded Surrey HR professionals. Take 2 minutes to apply for your FREE membership Join the Surrey HR Forum today
Why should I join the Surrey HR Forum?
- Attend professionally-run FREE workshops, conferences and updates.
- Network with HR peers from a range of industry sectors in your local area.
- Receive priority booking invitations for the Surrey HR Forum Annual Conference and all other events.
- Learn from the professionals about the biggest opportunities (and threats) that affect your sector and your role in HR.
See what our members say ....
Last Year's Annual Conference
'2018 - A Year of Change'
2018 saw several changes that affected the HR industry and with Brexit on the horizon, this event focused on the challenges that laid ahead in 2019. The speakers provided the latest insight into the changes that have, and will, impact the HR and recruitment industries in the months ahead. Delegates left with a good understanding of how the following could affect their sector and what they can do within their role as an HR professional to ‘make a difference’.
- Amplification of Brexit and immigration changes
- The current talent crisis – how should HR respond?
- The job market – a perfect storm
- Engagement – the key to performance, productivity and retention
- HR – from defence to offense
- The future of jobs and recruiting
- Mental health – resilience and change
- Gender pay gap
“I have been a member of the Surrey HR Forum for a few years now and always find the sessions informative and a friendly, and a welcoming and relaxed environment where you can refresh or expand your knowledge, and always feel comfortable to ask questions. Whether you are new to HR or a seasoned professional, there is always something to learn; I highly recommend joining”.
Lorna Melton- Scott – Tuffin Ferraby Taylor
“The Surrey HR Forum has been extremely useful to me. Having inherited the HR Managers role, the free workshops and Annual Forum are great for keeping on top of changes in Employment Law and to meet other HR Professionals to swap experiences and ideas. The discussions on the LinkedIn Page are always helpful and fun to read. I consider the Surrey HR Forum to be a ‘tool of my trade’.
Marion Dubery - Krome Technologies Ltd
"The workshops and forums are local and are particularly helpful as they allow me to keep abreast of current HR matters and legislation - talks are always topical, very interesting and informative and provide an opportunity for questions to be asked – there is always a friendly welcome and a personal touch. “
Jo Ashman - Risk Assurance Management Limited
They have managed to get a great group of fellow HR professionals together in this forum and have brought in some very good and well informed speakers to regularly update the group on important and relevant changes in employment law and in HR in general. It’s always good to catch up with a good group of people too.
Jackie Sims – Bernard Sims Associates
Some of the meetings are termed as workshops and they are exactly that! Full interaction whilst we work in groups on a variety of scenarios. This, of course, lends itself to further exchanges of information and networking. Sharon said, at the first meeting I attended, that it was a conscious decision for all speakers not to use the Forum as an opportunity to promote their services and this approach has been constant.
Amanda Moncrieff, Head of HR, Jankel Armouring Limited
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Application for membership of the Surrey HR Forum is simple and FREE. Click here to go to the Surrey HR Forum LinkedIn group page and ‘request membership’.
I want to find out more…
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Already a member and wanting to book an event?
email us at surreyHRforum@therecruitmentconsultancy.com to request your place on any of these events.
Dates for our Autumn Programme of events will be available soon. Apply for membership now to receive priority booking.
Recent workshops from our Spring/Summer Programme
Mental Health – More Than Just A Tick-Box
May, Central Guildford
Emma Saccomani – B6 Learning: Mental Wellbeing Speaker Facilitator, MHFA instructor
Victoria Brockbank – Mindful Community: Workplace Mindfulness & i-act Instructor
Legal Update – Bullying And Harassment
June, Central Guildford.
Mike Cole – Penningtons Manches LLP, Partner (Session 1)
The impact of our society’s shifting attitude towards discrimination brings new challenges for employers. This has been highlighted by the wave of sexual harassment claims we have all read about, as inspired by the #metoo movement.
Stella Chandler – Focal Point Training & Consultancy (Session 2)
This was a participative session looking at whether workplace banter is just a bit of fun or whether it is costing UK businesses. Where are the lines between a bit of harmless fun and something that is unacceptable?
Financial Education Workshop
July, Central Guildford.
Held by Steve Herbert, an award-winning thought leader on Pensions and Employee Benefit issues, this session provided practical, up-to-date information on this important topic. He focused on the headline facts and what they mean to employers – amongst this he looked at who, within your business, needs the education and how you can support your employees and deliver the messages effectively.
2017 Surrey HR Forum
Steve Herbert Head of Benefit Strategy, Howden Employee Benefits
Steve Herbert is an award-winning thought leader on Pensions and Employee Benefit issues. He is noted for his broad and detailed knowledge of the entire range of such offerings. His principal aim is better communicating the value and usage of employee benefits to employers. This he has achieved through many (highly successful) seminar series and his regular and widely read blog posts on the subject. He also regularly posts on business social media sites, and is strangely proud of the fact that he has not yet used an emoticon. Steve also acts as a judge in HR and Employee Benefits industry awards, article writer, and product innovator. Steve is a regular contributor to industry and DWP forums, and compulsive responder to formal Government Consultations on pension and employee benefit issues. He is occasionally accused of making employee benefits interesting.
Liz Cardy Associate, Employment Department Penningtons Manches LLP
Liz joined the firm’s employment team as a trainee in 2007 and qualified later that year. She is an Associate in the Guildford office advising upon all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law for a wide range of employer and employee clients. Her experience includes discriminations and unfair dismissal claims; settlement (previously compromise) agreements; preparing and following disciplinary, capability and grievance procedures; redundancy procedures and corporate restructuring; advising clients on employment issues in sale and purchase agreements; outsourcing; drafting of personnel policy documents and working closely with Human Resources professionals to provide legal input where required. Liz works closely with a number of corporate clients to provide commercial and practical solutions to employment issues. Liz is a regular author of articles and bulletins on current employment law issues. She also provides clients with in-house training and runs HR forums. In particular, Liz runs a well-attended Human Resources forum for Independent Schools across Surrey and the surrounding areas which addresses some of the specific employment law challenges schools face. Liz is recommended in the Legal 500 where she is described as ‘intelligent, hardworking and never afraid to fight her client’s corner’.