We’re delighted to welcome the following speakers to the Talent Gathering 2019.

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Professor Damian Hughes combines his practical and academic background within sport, organisation and change psychology to work as a trusted adviser to the business, education and sporting elite, specialising in the creation of high performing cultures.

He is the author of Liquid Thinking, The Barcelona Way, How to Change Absolutely Anything, How to Think Like Sir Alex Ferguson and The Five STEPS to a Winning Mindset in addition to the three acclaimed sports biographies of Sugar Ray Robinson, Thomas Hearnsand Marvin Hagler

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Nigel Paine is a change leader with a worldwide reputation and a unique grasp of media, learning and development in public, private and academic sectors.

Nigel focuses on the use of learning technologies, organisational development, leadership and creativity with a spotlight on maximising  potential, innovation and performance in the workplace.

He has a Professorship from Napier University in Edinburgh, and is a Fellow of the CIPD, LPI, the RSA and a Masie Learning Fellow in the USA.

Nigel has written articles and white papers published on subjects as diverse as ‘Creativity in the Workplace’, ‘Building Corporate Heroes’ and ‘The Future of E-Learning’

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Jessica Mullen co-founded CreateFuture in 2016 as an alternative to the big agencies. They help ambitious brands grow through Proposition, Product and People. And they do it in a fun, fast and collaborative way – because, let’s face it, the alternative is dull, slow and siloed.

As Co-Founder and Managing Director it’s Jessica’s job to ensure that every aspect of the business functions to its potential. When required she will provide leadership, vision, grit or encouragement. Whatever it takes to make things happen, to meet financial objectives, and to deliver great business outcomes for clients.

Jessica is a BIMA 100 2017 Agent of Change. BIMA Scotland Board. Supporter of Girl Geek Scotland and Ladies Wine Design.

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James Mitchell, VP HR Business Partnering & Global Talent Development.

James is a Talent Management leader with experience across Technology, Media, Telecommunications, Retail, Utilities, Energy, Pharmaceuticals and Financial Service, and Professional Service sectors. James is responsible for strategy design to implementation most recently across scaling for growth as well leading through business transformation across global talent management, HR business partnering and the learning agenda.

He is a strong and focused leader who has developed teams to deliver stretching targets with real commercial value. Coach for high potentials to global board level. He’ll bring pace, energy and value with a guaranteed 100% responsibility for own performance.

James returns to the Talent Gathering after his debut in 2018!

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Fiona Whittaker is a highly experienced HR and OD Director, with a deep skills base in workforce and organisation development and a strong track record of successful delivery in organisations across a variety of sectors.

Her key strengths lie in her ability to lead effective functional teams and deliver complex programmes of work with pace, energy and the determination necessary to achieve real results.

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Laura Overton is an award-winning learning analyst and the original CEO and founder of Towards Maturity. Dedicated to uncovering and sharing effective practices in learning innovation that deliver business value, she is the author of over 40 reports and hundreds of articles. Her work is based on 30 years of practical experience and a commitment to evidence-based learning decisions backed by decades of global independent research with learning leaders and workers around the globe. In the UK,

Laura is an Academic Fellow of the CIPD and a fellow of the Learning and Performance Institute. In February 2010, she was the first woman to be awarded the Learning and Performance Institute’s prestigious Colin Corder Award for services to training and was the recipient of the inaugural elearning age Special Achievement award at the 2012 elearning awards.

In 2018 she was voted the most influential person in corporate elearning in the globe and the top UK listed person (a position held since 2014).