Get ready to be inspired by our exceptional lineup of speakers who will be sharing their expertise and insights at the event.

Keynote Speaker

Ollie Henderson
 
Future of Work expert, experienced founder and CEO

Ollie Henderson has over a decade of experience leading creative and technology businesses as a founder and CEO. He now writes and speaks about the forces driving the work/life revolution we’re experiencing and advises business leaders on thought leadership.

As the host of the chart-topping podcast Future Work/Life, Ollie interviews entrepreneurs, business leaders and world-renowned experts, discussing topics such as creativity and innovation, peak performance, productivity, technology, well-being and workplace culture.

His bestselling book, Work/Life Flywheel: Harness the work revolution and reimagine your career without fear, advocates a new approach to growing your career. Rather than seeing your career and personal life as two opposing forces, Ollie argues that the secret is to design an integrated approach that allows them to work in harmony.

As well as tackling significant future challenges and opportunities, Ollie focuses on sharing practical strategies and techniques to help create a thriving company culture which attracts and retains the best talent.

Guest Speakers

Kathryn Edgington
  
Director of Global Reward and Benefits, NCC Group

Kathryn Edgington’s HR journey started over 25 years ago in the financial services industry, where she embarked on a successful career at Swinton Insurance. Throughout her tenure, Kathryn gained extensive experience in multiple HR disciplines, including business partnering, performance management, HR technology, data and insights, and people services. Her chosen specialism is reward.

As a specialist in reward, Kathryn has led reward transformation programmes at Swinton Insurance, Liverpool Football Club, and most recently, NCC Group, a global cyber security business. During her time as VP of Reward at a Premier League Football Club, Kathryn implemented various total reward and recognition frameworks and programmes, fostering individual and team performance.

In her current role as Director of Global Reward and Benefits at NCC Group, Kathryn leads a Global Reward Centre of Expertise across 13 countries. She also plays a key role in executive compensation, working on the delivery of a global job framework, reward strategy and initiatives to support the people proposition in a challenging and competitive industry while driving business transformation.

Michele Hanley
   
Group HR Director, Energia Group

Michele is currently the Group HR Director for Energia Group, with responsibility for the implementation of people strategy. Energia Group is a modern customer-centric utility focusing on renewable technology, currently employing over 1,000 people across Ireland.

Prior to this role, Michele held other senior HR positions at Translink, Coca Cola and Sx3 (Capita).

Akos Jakobsen
Director, Global Head of Rewards, HR Technology and People Analytics, Tetra Pak
Akos is a total rewards director with 20 years of multicultural work experience in all aspects of international rewards management. After obtaining his master’s degree in economics, he started his career as a compensation consultant at Aon. After that, he held various rewards, global mobility, and people analytics roles at Merck. Currently, he is leading the global compensation and benefits, HR technology and people analytics teams at Tetra Pak.
Alexander Legel
Global Practice Lead Compensation, Roche
Alexander Legel is the Head of Compensation at Roche. His past experience spans various key roles, including those in consulting and in the pharmaceutical industry. He has been Country Head of HR in Vietnam and Digital Transformation Lead for Roche Diagnostics. Alexander is a recognized thought leader in leveraging artificial intelligence to redefine HR functions, emphasizing innovation and efficiency to shape the future of human resources. His current interests focus on the application of AI in benchmarking, job evaluation and pay equity.
Mariia Lytvyn
  
Global Head of Reward & Talent, GFG Alliance
Mariia is a dynamic and strategic leader with expertise in developing and implementing multinational reward and talent programmes. With a genuine passion for driving positive and productive workplace cultures, Mariia leverages her understanding of business challenges and priorities to create impactful programmes that attract, engage and retain top talent. Her journey began in consulting with Aon, followed by Mercer in the UK, where she honed her expertise in total rewards and beyond. Now, as the Global Head of Reward & Talent at GFG Alliance, Mariia is deploying her consulting toolbox to refine people practices and drive dynamic evolution across the organisation. A strong advocate for horizontal growth within her organisation, Mariia constantly challenges herself to upskill and reach new levels. She is a proud holder of a BSc (Hons) degree in Investment & Financial Risk Management from Bayes Business School in London, and in May 2023 she received FCIPD accreditation, further showcasing her commitment to development and constant learning.
Michelle Porteus
Chief People Officer, NCC Group

Michelle Porteus brings over two decades of experience to her role as Chief People Officer at NCC Group, a leading global pure-play cybersecurity consultancy. Throughout her career, Michelle has demonstrated her expertise in driving transformation and navigating change across diverse sectors, including outdoor and lifestyle brands, construction, retail and gold mining. 

Like many others in her position, Michelle faced the unique leadership challenges posed by the pandemic, the “Great Resignation” and fierce competition for tech talent in a rapidly expanding business with global aspirations. In this competitive market, with the headwinds of global business transformation and a profit warning in 2023, she led the implementation of NCC Group’s global reward strategy, executive compensation and global job-level framework — initiatives that have been crucial in fortifying the Group’s people proposition.

Michelle’s unwavering passion for her profession and her commitment to addressing complex business challenges have led her to dedicate more time to supporting future generations of HR professionals. As a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, Michelle actively engages in pro bono advisory work, coaching and support, helping to support the continued evolution of the world of work and the advancement of the HR field.

Martin Smit
  
Head of Global Compensation Solutions, Takeda
Martin is the Head of Global Compensation Solutions within Takeda, a global pharmaceutical company.  He has more than 22 years HR experience in European, Asian and American companies, across different industries and has led total rewards activities supporting global mergers and acquisitions and integrations, spin offs, new market entries, globalisation, restructuring and HR transformation.  Martin holds an MSc in International Business Studies from Maastricht University, is a Certified Global Remuneration Professional from the World at Work as well as having an MIT Sloan Executive certification on the Implications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Business Strategy. As a regular contributor to LinkedIn with a passion for AI, Martin often shares his personal insights and experiences with the wider HR and total rewards community.

Speakers

Kaivai Andrews
  
Senior Digital Communications Strategist, Mercer
Kaivai is a skilled, experienced and organised marketing communications professional with a mix of public service and private sector work experience. Kaivai uses his creative muscle, curiosity, digital savvy and smart strategic nous to help businesses large and small get their people excited about work and engaged with its purpose.
Ilya Bonic
  
President, Career and Head of Strategy, Mercer

Ilya Bonic is the President of Mercer’s Career practice, Head of Mercer Strategy, a member of Mercer’s Executive Committee and co-author of Work Different: 10 Truths for Winning in the People Age.

Ilya’s interests have always focused on the impact of people strategy on organisational performance. In leading the Career business, he has turned this interest into the firm’s growth agenda, positioning Mercer as one of the pre-eminent people strategy consulting firms globally. At the heart of his growth philosophy for the business is a deep understanding of market trends and client needs. In leading a workforce of thousands of professional services consultants, Ilya practices what he preaches to turn Mercer’s leading talent capability into the driving force, influencer and market-shaper that it is, with a focus on long-term value creation and the organisational agility to respond to dynamic market circumstances.

Ilya has over 25 years of experience in human resource consulting. He has lived an international career, working in the Pacific, Asia, Europe and the US. He has worked with leading multinational companies, helping them navigate their most strategic people issues. Everything  Ilya writes about, he has lived and breathed — from both the perspective of a trusted adviser to clients as well as running a substantial and complicated international line of business within a global Fortune 500 firm that has navigated business model changes, the ups and downs of economic cycles, the pandemic and evolving the business for the next phase with the opportunities and risks presented by technological change and generative AI.

As a member of Mercer’s Executive Committee and Head of Strategy, Ilya works across the breadth of Mercer’s portfolio. Through M&A, global client management, thought leadership, marketing and a focus on data and analytics and ESG, Ilya ensures Mercer’s strategy continues to evolve in line with its clients’ needs and that Mercer maintains its position as a market-leading consulting firm and shaper of the industry.

Peter Boreham

 
UK and European Practice Leader, Executive Reward, Mercer

Peter is Mercer’s UK and European Practice Leader for executive reward, based in London.

He has over 25 years’ experience advising the remuneration committees and management teams of major companies on executive compensation matters. His client base includes some of the world's largest companies and spans the UK, Europe, Asia and North America.

Lucy Brown

  
UK DEI and Pay Equity Consulting Leader, Mercer

Lucy leads Mercer’s UK DEI and Pay Equity Consulting practice. Lucy has 10 years of consulting experience with a focus on creating an engaging and inclusive workplace culture that aligns an organisation's strategic vision with the lived experiences of its employees. Lucy has co-curated Mercer's neurodiversity proposition and has supported employers in creating an LGBTQIA+ inclusive environment.

Lucy is the Global Co-Chair for Mercer's Pride Business Resource Group, regularly connecting the dots between what Mercer does internally and how they support their clients. Lucy is also the founder of www.diversitydreaming.com  which she created to be a safe place for employers and employees to learn about DEI and access approachable and engaging training.

Debbie Chan

   
Principal Career Business, Mercer

Debbie is a Principal within the Career business in London. At Mercer, Debbie works with a range of clients across the UK, Nordics, Netherlands and Switzerland. She also has experience working with clients in North America, the Middle East and Japan.

She has over 12 years’ experience advising on reward and has previously also advised on global shares schemes. Debbie specialises in drawing together her knowledge from an executive and workforce rewards lens to deliver holistic advice to Remuneration Committees and Reward teams. 

Gordon Frost
   
Global Rewards Solution Leader

Gordon is Mercer’s Global Rewards Solution Leader and has over 30 years of consulting experience, advising clients on how to strengthen the relationship between business strategy and people programs. He has extensive experience advising Boards of Directors and senior management on the design of market competitive total rewards programs that attract and retain top talent, align decision-making with organizational objectives and are consistent with sound governance practices.

Gordon has deep knowledge of the strategy, design, and financial impact of rewards programs, including equity-based incentive plans and sales incentive plans. He has also led broader projects related to talent strategy with a specific focus on the needs of a globally mobile workforce. In his current role, Gordon is responsible for ensuring that Mercer’s rewards solutions are best-in-class, allowing local consulting teams to deliver leading advice to clients and build total rewards programs that are future-focused in a rapidly changing and globally competitive marketplace.

Gordon first joined Mercer in 2000 and has been a member of both the Mercer Canada leadership team and the Global Career Practice leadership team. His consulting experience covers a broad range of industries with clients ranging from pre-IPO start-ups to global Fortune 100 companies. He also spent over 2 years as the Vice President of Global Compensation for a multi-national organization before re-joining Mercer in 2013.

Patrick Gutmann
  
European Leader, Industries and Networking, Mercer

Patrick Gutmann leads the Industries and Networking team for Mercer’s Career business in Europe. The team’s primary focus is developing industry-specific survey solutions, networking events, dedicated research and consulting services to help clients understand the competitive environment in which they operate.

With a 20-year career spanning various roles focused on pay and reward, Patrick helps clients broaden their understanding of how industries differ in their approach to reward. He is passionate about HR metrics and tech sector pay. Patrick holds a diploma in engineering. 

Thomas Gruhle
   
Workforce Products/Mobility Leader, Germany & Austria, Mercer

Thomas Gruhle is a senior principal and member of Mercer’s Career Leadership team for Germany and Austria, specialising in compensation and benefits. Currently, he leads Mercer’s Workforce Products & Mobility business in Central Europe, supporting organisations in recruiting, selecting, retaining, compensating and developing their employees.

Thomas’s areas of expertise include job evaluation, work architecture, benchmarking and designing compensation structures. He has 20 years of professional experience in rewards consulting. Before joining Mercer, Thomas served as Director of Compensation & Performance Management at Kienbaum. He also held a leadership role at Hay Group (now Korn Ferry) in Germany, overseeing the survey and product business.

John Langenius
  
European lead for skills-powered job architecture, Mercer

John is a Principal based in Stockholm and serves as the European lead for Mercer's initiatives related to skills-powered job architecture. In addition to this role, he also leads industry networks for the European Industries and Networking team.

Since joining Mercer in 2017, John has held a variety of roles. He has driven various industry initiatives and served as a commercial lead for solutions related to job architecture and skills. Additionally, John has worked as a consultant for Mercer's Swedish Career team, where he focused on executive and workforce rewards, including the development of job architectures, reward structures and incentive design, among other projects.

John holds a Master of Science in Finance and Strategic Management from Copenhagen Business School and a bachelor's degree from Lund University. As part of his degrees, he has also studied in Singapore and Paris.

Seán MacHale
Partner and Rewards Practice Leader Europe, Mercer

Seán is a Partner and Mercer’s Europe and UK Rewards Practice Leader, overseeing our rewards products, consulting and technology solutions across the region. Seán has 25 years’ experience in the rewards and broader human resources consulting space, including compensation (executive and workforce), engagement, communications, transformation and digital.

Prior to his European role, from 2011 to 2023, Seán led Mercer’s Southeast US People Consulting line of business, managing a team of 50 consultants, covering sales, delivery and operations across all solution areas. He was also client relationship manager for a number of key local clients.

Between 2007 and 2011 he held a Reward Advisory role with PwC, managing a variety of human resource and compensation projects for major clients across pharmaceutical, financial services and manufacturing sectors, including The Coca-Cola Company, Pfizer, Eli Lilly, Boston Scientific and Allianz Insurance. He also developed PwC’s human capital metrics offering and launched the first survey of its kind in Ireland.

Tricia Maskell
  
Head of Employee Change Communication, Mercer
Tricia is an award-wining senior communicator within Mercer UK’s Impact team, based in London. She has more than 25 years of communication experience (both internal and external) across a wide range of industries, from financial and professional services to technology and telecommunications, utilities, construction, mining, pharmaceutical, luxury, aviation, food, and consumer manufacturing. Tricia focuses on strategic employee communication in support of organisational change initiatives and has developed strategies, implementation plans and tactics for UK and global projects.
Some of her projects include HR harmonisation efforts following M&A; new approaches to reward, benefits, and performance management; employee value propositions (EVPs); rebranding and purpose; organisational sales model redesigns; CEO transitions; and the launch of multi-year business strategies.
Before joining Mercer, Tricia lived and worked in Canada and Nigeria. She also ran her own PR agency for 10 years. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and was one of its Founding Chartered PR Practitioners. Tricia is also a CMI Chartered Manager.
Eugenia Naser
   
EMEA Client Solutions Leader and Denmark Career Business Co-leader, Mercer

Eugenia Naser leads the Client Solutions team for Europe, the Middle East and Africa within Mercer’s Career business. She also currently holds the interim co-leadership position for the Career business in Denmark, with a specific focus on rewards and mobility products.

Eugenia joined Mercer in 2006 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, before relocating to Warsaw, Poland, where she is currently based. Throughout her tenure at Mercer, she has held various roles in different areas and regions, including marketing and sales effectiveness, and she has led indirect sales for Latin America and Europe.

Eugenia’s passion lies in tackling people challenges and engaging in cross-cultural work. She is a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion, actively committed to fostering an inclusive environment. In Poland, she has served as the executive sponsor of the D&I business resource group and held the position of Global Chair of Mercer’s Rising Professionals Network.

Eugenia holds a degree in communications from Universidad de Buenos Aires, where she also taught and conducted research in anthropology. She completed a master’s degree in marketing from Universidad de San Andrés, which included an exchange program with the Kellogg School of Management in the US.

Lucye Provera
  
European and UK Regional Leader - Pay Equity and DEI

Lucye Provera is part of Mercer’s European HR Transformation team, where she acts as Pay Equity and DEI Leader for Europe and the UK. Lucye has over 18 years of international consulting experience working with clients across Mercer’s Career, Pay Equity and DEI solutions offerings, using data and analytics to design and implement business centric solutions.  

She has worked with clients from North America, Latin America, Europe, Middle East, Asia, China and the Far East. Lucye represents Mercer at internal and external conferences and webinars sharing insights, market trends and client case studies on emerging pay equity and DEI topics. 

Lucye’s extensive consulting experience includes working with companies on pay equity and gender pay disclosure, diversity and inclusion strategy and policy reviews, total rewards, executive remuneration and incentive design, pay for performance, performance management and HR transformation.

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