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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Her approach to people management is simple – in the right environment, people will shine.  She is a firm believer is playing to people’s strengths, and giving them a rewarding, supportive environment whilst encouraging them to step out of their comfort zone in order to turbocharge their skills and development.

Fiona has worked in a wide variety of sectors in the last 20 years, including construction, gambling, outsourced customer service, retail and hospitality.  Previously a generalist who wanted to get involved in absolutely everything, she’s found her spiritual home and greatest challenge yet at BrewDog, where the two biggest focuses are people and beer.  Happily, these are Fiona’s two favourite things ever.

Now, at the disruptive brewery brand, she’s leading the delivery of the people strategy during a phase of phenomenal growth and expansion, working to push the boundaries of employee reward, and helping to make everyone as passionate about great craft beer as BrewDog are!

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James Mitchell is Senior Director of Global Talent Development – Rackspace University. Jim is a Talent Management leader with experience across Media, Telecommunications, Technology, Retail, Utilities, Energy, Pharmaceuticals and Financial Service & Professional Service sectors. Jim is responsible for strategy design to implementation most recently across talent management, leadership development and learning & development.

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’s 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 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.