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.
Usman is a Digital Communications Officer at The Hyde Group, where he oversees the training and development of 60 intranet editors. He is obsessed with the simplicity and findability of web content and was instrumental in obtaining the plain English Crystal mark for Hyde’s public website.
His previous employers include Surrey County Council, where he helped achieve a maximum Socitm rating for usability, and The British Council Madrid and Cairo, where he was a pioneer of the e-learning language programme. Oh, and he also loves Gerry McGovern.
Ralf is driving transformation within digital workplace, focusing on online employee and leadership communication, collaboration and engagement. Electrolux recently launched their new digital workplace in Office 365, where Ralf played a key role in the transformation.
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.
Adam works for Arup, an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists, working across every aspect of today’s built environment. They help their clients solve the most complex challenges – turning exciting ideas into tangible reality to shape a better world.
Having managed the intranet environment for Arup’s communities of practice since 2007, Adam’s skills encompass online community management, website design, information management, data science, and agile project management to enable an effective social intranet and improve Arup’s capability.
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).
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.
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.
Kelly is an Intranet Strategist for intranet software provider, Interact. She previously was an Internal Communications Manager for one of the UK’s leading health and beauty retailers where she introduced a collaborative, social intranet that helped the organisation achieve business objectives and become essential to their employee engagement programme. This kickstarted Kelly’s passion for digital communications and social collaboration which she now shares with Interact’s customers; helping them reach their goals and deploy successful, employee focused intranets
James is a global leader in the intranet and digital workplace community. An internationally acclaimed author, James is passionate about improving digital employee experience. With two decades of sustained experience in this space, James has worked with hundreds of organisations to achieve intranet success. James is based in Sydney, where he heads up Step Two, a boutique consultancy.
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.
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.
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.
Alex is a Programme Manager in Scottish Water’s Digital directorate. He has worked for Scottish Water for 7 years and is currently delivering their Information Management Programme which will improve the way employees, suppliers and customers create, use, share and manage their information. The new technology being introduced will enable exploitation for increased efficiency and productivity, ultimately helping Scottish Water to provide leading customer service.
Billy started his journey with Invotra in 2011 as an apprentice. Since then, he has gone from strength to strength, becoming the multi-talented product manager he is today.
Experienced in Drupal, business analysis, product management and public sector relations, Billy’s success with Invotra began when he led the implementation and migration requirements gathering for their first government clients, Home Office and HMRC.
He has extensive knowledge in technical areas such as site building in Drupal which has allowed him to learn and become an expert in both the common and unique hurdles that organisations face on a daily basis.
Billy’s long-term goal is to be on the board at Invotra.
Donna Noble is an entrepreneur and founder of CurveSomeYoga. She is also a Certified NLP Master Practitioner, coach, blogger and body positive warrior.
Before stepping on a yoga mat she previously worked in IT management at a top five London law firm. She has taught in New York, Texas and all around the UK.
Her courses empower individuals to live their lives with simplicity and ease. She helps people become more flexible in mind and body, able to experience life from another perspective and become more focussed and efficient. Having worked in a corporate environment she is able to understand the many stresses that occur and how to eliminate these.
Donna has been featured in the Guardian, The Metro, The Voice Newspaper and many other publications and has written for HuffPost and Men’s Health Magazine talking about health and wellbeing.
She sees life from an inside out perspective.
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.