Welcome to The London HR Connection

HR Forum | Networking | Opportunities

The London HR Connection (LHRC) is a unique forum for the HR community that has been established for many years. We host monthly evening events with high profile guest speakers from the world of business, academia, Government, employment law, trade unions and from both the private and public sectors addressing the hottest topics in HR in this challenging market – and are always open to new ideas and suggestions. We aim to be the premier network for everyone with an interest and involvement in the fascinating world of Human Resources.

Innovative and edgy

We like to be innovative and edgy and some of our recent events have involved jazz musicians, chair yoga experts and dramatic entrances on a giant slide – all with a direct link to the world of HR! We also pride ourselves on the excellent networking environment and opportunities that we have created for our members in the relaxed and friendly environment around the main event – and we would be remiss if we didn’t mention the thousands of pounds we raise for some great causes at our renowned summer and Christmas social events.

Catherine Philips
An executive coach

Events and networking can sometimes seem like too much effort. The LHRC is different and is well worth the investment in time and effort. A great chance to learn, meet kindred spirits and laugh too.

Chris Lazenby
Deputy Head of HR: Engagement - The British Museum

At the British Museum we’ve been corporate members of the LHRC since 2006. The forum is a fantastic way of keeping up to date with the latest issues and developments in the field, but also of making those connections that might not always be so easy to come by within our own sector.

Michael Whittington
Director – Head of Employee Screening The Risk Advisory Group plc

My colleagues and I have attended many events over the years We’ve found them to be topical, focused and very informative Excellent networking with industry professionals.

Dominic Alldis
Orchestral Conductor, Jazz Musician, Founder & CEO of Music & Management Ltd.

It was a privilege to be invited to address the London HR Connection. Clearly an amazing organisation representing the very best people development professionals. My speech about music as a metaphor for leadership, collaboration and innovation within business resonated with the audience. This was reflected in the questions and comments afterwards, as well as being asked to work with several of the companies represented.

Jacky Griffiths
Changing Conversations

I just wanted to reach out and say a big thank you to you and the team. I must admit it was perhaps one of the most enjoyable networking events I have been to for a while - both on a personal and professional level. Time and energy is finite and choosing groups that make sense and support keeping oneself professionally relevant is key. You guys certainly achieved that for me.

Simon Drury
Business Psychologist - Art of Reinvention

The LHRC is a dynamic forum in which I’ve met some very interesting people, been introduced to a number of potential business contacts, attended thought-provoking and educational debates. I commend the group to any HR practitioners and suppliers who want to expand their professional network.

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The Board

The LHRC is organised and managed by a voluntary Board. If you are interested in becoming involved as a Board member please contact mail@londonhr.org for more information. Being a Board member offers great development opportunities.

Craig McCoy

Craig McCoy

Chairman

Craig is a leading HR Director and NED with 30+ years experience at organisations such as Sky, Bupa, BT, Aegis Media, Informa and The Crown Estate. His international HRD experience includes FTSE 100 PLCs, PE and privately-owned businesses, and public and third sector organisations. As MD of The Learning Loop, Craig provides HR services on an interim and consulting basis. Firmly committed to the ongoing development of commercial HR expertise, Craig is also a great believer in the power of developing strong professional networks. The LHRC provides him with a great opportunity to do both.

Nicky Costa

Nicky Costa

Board member

Nicky is an experienced HR leader with 30+ years HR experience with a diverse range of organisations that range from complex multinationals – such as Ford Motor Company, Energizer, Expedia, CBS and Time Out – through to early stage PE and VC owned businesses. The founder of Kinesis-People, Nicky supports the full range of change and transformation programmes including M&A, restructures, international expansion, strategic frameworks and culture change. Nicky passionately believes that high quality, pragmatic and relevant people plans accelerate businesses towards identifying and achieving their priorities; something that is reflected in the purpose and aspirations of the London HR Connection.

Jacquie Beck

Jacquie Beck

Treasurer

I joined the Board to become more involved in the London HR community and to bring my financial knowledge to help the London HR Connection fulfil its aims.

Robert Hicks

Robert Hicks

Board member

Robert is a global HR leader with over 20 years HR experience across sectors as diverse as software, infrastructure, property and the public sector. Now HRD at the employee engagement technology company, Reward Gateway, he has responsibility for people worldwide and for functions including learning and development, diversity and inclusion, internal communications and recruitment. Robert is a fellow of the CIPD, holds a Masters in HR from London Southbank University and an MBA from Imperial College Business School.

Fraser Butters

Fraser Butters

Board member

Fraser Butters has been responsible for the marketing and promotion of the London HR Connection for many years now. He is also the founder of Pervasive PR, a dedicated PR consultancy that specialises in ‘PR for HR’.

Michael Moran

Michael Moran

Board member

Michael is a HR guy having working in the Health Service and Financial Services sectors as a HRD. He is a fellow of the CIPD, an economics graduate and has a MBA from Warwick Business School. Almost uniquely amongst HR people, he has also been CEO of an AIM listed business and now a successful entrepreneur having founded 10Eighty in 2012. 10Eighty is a consultancy that specializes in career management and employee engagement. It works with some of the leading players in financial and professional services sectors. Michael is passionate the HR profession. He recognizes that business success is a function of your ability to engage your employees. At the same time HR professionals need to understand the basis of competitive advantage, and be able to maximize the potential of your employees. Michael has been a LHRC board member since 2010.

Keith Robson

Keith Robson

Board member

Keith is a highly experienced senior HR professional with global expertise in running complex talent, leadership development and learning functions. Currently the Interim Director, Talent, OD, Development & D&I with M&G Prudential, in his three years as an interim HR executive Keith has held Director level roles with NATS, Rolls Royce and Aviva. Keith has spent 25% of his career living and working outside the UK spending time in New York, Dublin, Dubai and Singapore working in a variety of sectors from Investment Banking to Retail, FinTech and eCommerce

Denise Jones

Denise Jones

Membership & Events Manager

Denise has over 25 years marketing and events experience working mostly with membership organisations and volunteer committees. Working with London HR Connection for the past 10 years, has allowed Denise to expand her portfolio of clients whilst enjoying meeting a wide variety of people.

Kay Chouhan

Kay Chouhan

Board member

Kay Chouhan has 10 years’ experience in recruitment and data research and, despite launching her company during the recession; her highly effective strategies have attracted companies from a wide range of industries.

“I joined the London HR Connection Board as I saw it as thought provoking. I think it challenges the industry on business matters which affect the HR profession’s industry policies and standards.”

Events

Upcoming Events

We run our events at the end of the working day, usually mid month. Events are participative and informative allowing members to take newly acquired knowledge back to their workplace.

At our events, we meet to update our members on issues of current interest in the world of people management and development with lively and interactive sessions with renowned speakers and subject experts. Our members also get a chance to meet and talk to other HR professionals in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Our events always include high profile and eminent speakers from within the profession and public life and we also hold regular debates at King’s College, London and CASS Business School. We also list our recent events to give you a flavour of the topics we have covered. For many of our events you can download the presentation or other relevant information. We welcome suggestions for future events or perhaps you know a potential speaker for a future event. If so, please contact us.

Past Events

Sponsors


Karian and Box is a full-service, boutique employee insight and engagement consultancy. Whether through research into organisational culture, behaviour and sentiment, or through creative strategy, campaigns and narrative development, we provide our clients with solutions that ensure employee experience, culture and values and business strategy are fully aligned.


People Management, the official media brand of the CIPD, is the UK’s biggest HR magazine and the best source of news, opinion, analysis and case studies aimed at HR professionals. Being part of the HR community is vital to us – which is why we’re delighted to support London HR Connection, one of the best networking events in the HR calendar.


Bird & Bird is an international law firm, with a rare and invaluable grasp of strategic commercial issues. We combine exceptional legal expertise with deep industry knowledge and refreshingly creative thinking, to help clients achieve their commercial goals. We have over 1200 lawyers in 28 offices across Europe, the Middle East and Asia.


When employees are recognised and rewarded, they work harder, they work smarter and they stick around a lot longer. As a not-for-profit company, our platform can be used free-of-charge by companies to monitor recognition activity within their organisation. We also offer the option to use epoints to provide tangible rewards for employees, with 100% of investment spent on employee rewards.


An integral part of City, University of London, the Cass Business School is consistently ranked amongst the best business schools and programmes in the world. At Cass, we help individuals thrive in a dynamic, interconnected world. The Cass approach is uniquely energising; personal yet global, intellectual yet practical, passionate yet disciplined.


INTOO is a talent management business committed to helping companies develop the potential of their people, transform performance and transition skills as business needs evolve. Through our hi-touch, outcome focused coaching, mentoring, career development, change management and outplacement programmes, we’ll help you create environments where talent really thrives and businesses flourish.


The CIPD volunteer network in London caters for over 22,000 CIPD members, which represents one fifth of the CIPD’s overall membership. This makes CIPD London a truly significant geographical area, in terms both of membership density and the wider social and political responsibility we have to help support the CIPD’s strategy to champion better work and working lives.


The LHRC partners with the School of Management & Business at King’s College, London. This gives us access to some of the world’s most influential thought leaders in HR management and business and we host regular speaker events and panel discussions in conjunction with our partners.



King's College, London is one of the top 25 universities in the world and among the oldest in the UK with 30,000 students from some 150 countries worldwide.