Our speakers are a part of our community and several are first-time speakers. If a lightning talk whets your appetite, be sure to connect with the speaker during the afternoon ‘table talk’ sessions and breaks.
A tenacious consultant, Baxter launched the Change & Adoption Consultancy service at WM and later stepped up to the role of Service Director for the UX, Strategy, Support and Adoption services. His continued work in employee engagement, SharePoint, Yammer and Office 365 saw him named in ’30 under 30′ by the Institute of Internal Communications. He is a Certified Prosci® Change Management Practitioner and a Microsoft P-Seller and P-CSM.
Emma is the Digital Communications and Social Media Manager at the Hyde Group, one of the UK’s largest housing providers operating in London and the South East of England. She leads the strategic development of the Hyde Group’s online presence, shaping the Group’s digital communications, ensuring best practice in customer-led digital delivery, promoting channel shift and developing the Group’s digital content strategy.
She is an innovative, strategic digital communications professional, who is passionate about user-centred design, web usability and creating the effortless customer experience to promote channel shift and increase customer satisfaction.
Chris McGrath is founder of Tangowork (chatbots for internal communications) and co-founder of ThoughtFarmer (social intranet software). He loves a difficult technical problem and a well-pulled espresso. He has more children than he expected, he thinks social media is making us stupider, and if the wind is over 20 knots he stops working and goes kitesurfing.
Jeremy has been helping companies implement and sustain successful intranet, extranet, and digital workplace solutions for over 10 years. He spends his time helping companies understand the value of a successful intranet, and helping existing intranet users maximise the return on their investments. Jeremy has been with SORCE for 9 years, prior to which he worked in the construction industry delivering project extranets. Outside of work, Jeremy spends most of his time hitting a small ball around a field (playing golf) or chasing a small boy around another field (playing football with his son).
Sukh is the CEO of Oak Intranet, a ready-set-go, cloud-based, social intranet designed for the employee experience.
Sukh is a full-time engagement evangelist, part time geek, and after-hours fundraising (and fun-raising) rock guitarist. Sukh talks as fast as he thinks, with brilliant acuity and scathing wit. While capable of delivering a verbal smack-down that once got him chased around a car park by a cleaver-wielding, corpulent, Floridian cook (true story), he ultimately lives by his favourite quote, “Be excellent to each other”, which has seen him through 30 years of professional glory.
Suzie is the Intranet Manager for WSH Limited, a holdings company for nine different businesses (including Benugo, Searcys and Monica Galetti’s restaurant, Mere). She only started the role in September 2017. Previously Suzie worked for Waterstones, where she completely reworked their intranet and won the Best Intranet Award at the Digital Impact Awards 2017. Suzie would describe herself as an intra-nerd and has thrown herself into all the different cultures at WSH to completely refresh their intranet, The Vine.
Howard is Account Director at CompanyNet. He has been helping customers deliver well-adopted intranets and digital workplaces for the last 15 years, for organisations including Standard Life, Tesco Bank, Scottish Water, the NHS, and Mencap.
He is a ProSci Certified Change Management Practitioner, reflecting his passion for putting people at the heart of the digital workplace.
Simon Thompson is an experienced intranet manager, designer and developer working as a consultant with his agency Experience Applied. He is part of the team that won the Intranet Innovation Award for the Barclays Global Academies in 2015. This concept has been expanded to more than 30 stakeholder groups, and provides targeted learning resources to 14,000+ users every month.
Simon has also worked with intranet clients in construction and property, insurance, law, medical research and education.
Janet has many years’ experience supporting a large public sector Intranet, and has a Masters’ in Information and Library Studies (University of Aberystwyth 2008).
She currently describes herself as a ‘freelance volunteer’, working part-time for three charities: she has completed the first phase of the Fairtrade Intranet Project; is developing an image library for the London City Mission Communications Team; and is assisting the Valley Hospital Charity (Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust) with their new website.
Ellen van Aken
A SharePoint / Yammer / Office 365 enthousiast, blogger and collector of intranet promotion videos, Ellen works as an Adoption Consultant for AkzoNobel, helping employees to make the best possible use of their Digital Workplace.
Ellen won the 2017 Intranet Now Diamond Award for her remarkable contribution to the intranet community.
Tanya is responsible for the global internal communication function at Savills, including the global intranet. Savills internal communication strategy is to ensure all the firm’s professionals have the information they need to best advise their clients, provide a collaborative environment for them to share their expertise and experience, and to contribute to the overall career and personal success of all Savills employees.
Originally from Toronto, Canada, Tanya moved to the UK in 2006. Tanya is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, and has worked in marketing and internal communications for more than 15 years, focused on the property sector.
Savills is a global real estate services provider listed on the London Stock Exchange. We have an international network of over 600 offices and associates and over 34,000 staff throughout the Americas, the UK, Continental Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa and the Middle East, offering a broad range of specialist advisory, management and transactional services to clients all over the world.