How employers and HR directors can learn from the best to create an engaging reward and employee benefits strategy


The case for many employee benefits on the market is evident: more engaged and productive employees, reduced absenteeism, ability to retire at a sensible age – all these things and more can be facilitated by a strong benefits package.

Implementing a varied and workforce-appropriate strategy is, however, not as straightforward as it may sound – from finding out what benefits really suit your workforce to getting the return on investment message to the finance director, time-pressed HRs have a mountain to climb if they wish to be innovative in their benefits strategy.

Reward Live is welcoming various HRs who have demonstrated excellence in their companies to share their approaches with the audience – and give employers some tips on how they can build a benefits package appropriate to their employees.

Speaking on Wednesday 11 May at 10.35, HRDs from some of the UK’s leading organisations reveal the secrets behind their successful and award-winning reward strategies, discussing:

  • How they have chosen and implemented their benefits
  • How they have communicated with and engaged their workforce
  • What the impact has been for their workforce
  • What their strategies are for 2016 and why

The panel will comprise of Dermot Courtier, head of group pensions, Kingfisher plc,
Edward Okpiabhele, compensation & benefits manager, Tate & Lyle Sugars, Dave Roberts, head of pensions and benefits, Virgin Media, and Amanda Willis, head of reward, Peel Ports Group.

Also on Wednesday 11 May, we will be joined by Lucy Adams, former head of global HR at the BBC, who will close the day at 16.05, and will reveal how she met the challenges of internal communications during one of the organisation’s most turbulent periods.

And Colin Gibson, head of HR & organisational development at South Liverpool Homes will open day two of the conference, on Thursday 12 May at 10.05, asking what makes an award-winning HR strategy.

South Liverpool Housing Group has topped the ‘Sunday Times 100 Best Not-For-Profit Company to Work For’ list three years in a row, won the ‘Best health and wellbeing initiative’ category at the 2014 CIPD People Management Awards, and saw its chief executive presented with a landmark achievement award at the national Women in Housing Awards. Colin Gibson will be sharing his views and tips on excellence in HR with the Reward Live audience.

All these sessions – and many more – will answer your burning questions at Reward Live, taking place on 11th and 12th May 2016 at Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham.