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Employee Relations

a strategic approach

Anticipate. Avoid. Avert. Take a strategic approach to employee relations, collective bargaining and achieving change without industrial disputes

This EEF conference is devoted to exploring successful employee relations, industrial relations, collective bargaining and reward strategies. 

Featuring an impressive line-up of leading authorities, best practice case studies and proven techniques for achieving your reward and collective bargaining objectives, this conference will help you create an effective employee relations strategy in partnership with your workforce and trade unions. 

Best of all, we are offering 3 places for the price of two, for a limited period only.

Who Should Attend?

This conference is aimed at senior leadership teams in organisations and is appropriate to 
  • Managing Directors
  • HR Directors
  • Finance Directors
  • Manufacturing and Operational Directors 

as well as those with responsibility for planning and negotiating pay and reward strategies in a unionised environment

Why Attend?

  • Identify and examine trends and effective employer strategies
  • Strategic approach to achieving your reward and collective bargaining objectives
  • Understand the possibilities of employee relations law as a tool and a shield for employers
  • Hear first-hand how organisations like yours have faced and overcome challenges
  • Networking with peers and leading authorities in employee relations law and practice


Caspar Glyn QC, Cloisters
Caspar advises on contentious disputes and is a trial and appellate lawyer with a strong employment practice. He has worked for a range of employers such as large FTSE Plcs, international partnerships, hedge funds, Premier League and Championship football clubs through to family businesses. The primary legal directories rank him as a Leading Practitioner , describing him as “consistently brilliant”.

Jeff Neild, National Head of Employee and Industrial Relations, EEF
Jeff has more than twenty years’ employee and industrial relations experience, providing strategic and tactical advice and guidance on industrial and employee relations matters such as pay, terms and conditions, negotiations, procedural references, industrial disputes, business restructuring and change management

Judith Hogarth, Solicitor and Consultant specialising in employment law and pensions policy
Judith is a solicitor with over 15 years’ experience in employment law, employee relations and pensions policy and representation. She has worked for EEF, Simmons & Simmons, and Salans. She is also a practising mediator and a Trustee of a pension scheme. Before qualifying, she worked for a civil service trade union, the Local Authority Employers’ association and Croner Publications.

Wendy Cartwright, HR Director, Olympic Delivery Authority
Wendy Cartwright is the Director of Human Resources for the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), which is the organisation responsible for developing and building the new venues and infrastructure for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. She has led the ODA’s HR function since April 2006, when the Authority was first set up. Her key focus post-Games is on winding down the organisation. Wendy sits on the ODA’s Executive Management Board and, in addition to her HR and OD responsibilities, has a portfolio that currently includes equality & inclusion, and corporate business continuity / crisis management. Outside of the ODA, Wendy chairs the Advisory Board of Global Diversity Practice. She is a member of the European HRD Circle and a guest lecturer at the University of Greenwich. Wendy has previously held senior HR roles in Defra, EDF Energy, Standard Chartered Bank and Littlewoods. She has a Masters degree in Employment Strategy and is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD.

Plus further speakers to be announced.


9:30 – 10.00 Registration and coffee 

10:00 - 10.10 Welcome and Introductions
                    Chair: Jeff Neild, National Head of Employee and Industrial Relations, EEF

10.10 – 11.00 Changing workforce responses to employer initiatives 
                    Speakers: Jeff Neild, National Head of Employee and Industrial Relations, EEF; Perri Chauhan, National HR Consultancy Lead, EEF
  • The role of social media in industrial disputes
  • Averting damage to productivity and reputation

11.00 – 11:15 Refreshment break

11.15 – 12.15 Change, collective bargaining and industrial action - developments in the law
                     Speaker: Caspar Glyn QC, Cloisters Chambers
  • Developments in the law on collective bargaining
  • Unlawful inducements and collective agreements - challenges of appealing to the workforce over the heads of a trade union
  • Changing terms and conditions – developments in law on dismissals and re-engagement
  • Recent changes in industrial action law – where does the balance of power now lie? 
12.15 – 12.45 Pensions - a lightning rod for discontent
                     Speaker: Judith Hogarth, Solicitor and Consultant specialising in employment law and pensions policy
  • Why are pensions rising up the industrial relations agenda?
  • How to avoid becoming the next pensions headline
  • Planning for and absorbing the cost of pension reforms 

12.45 – 13.30 Networking lunch

13.30 – 15.00 Case studies: How did they do it?

13.30 – 14.15 Building the Olympic Park and the employee relations legacy: Employee relations issues in a business critical project – what are the lessons?
                    Speaker: Wendy Cartwright, Director of HR, Olympic Delivery Authority

14.15 – 15.00 Land Rover - Planning for a major operational change: the employee relations challenges and opportunities of moving the business to a third shift
                    Speaker: Beverley Fairbank, (JaguarLandRover), Human Resources Manager, Land Rover, Solihull

15.00            Close of conference

Plus an impressive line-up of leading authorities and good practice case studies.

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