Reward’s flagship event is coming hot on the heels of the general election


2015 is seeing some big dates in the world of employee benefits. Monday 6th April – inconveniently a bank holiday – heralded the arrival of the pension freedoms, just one short year after the Budget bombshell about retirement choices.

And Thursday 7th May will see one of the most unpredictable elections of recent years, as the three main parties battle it out with suggestions of an SNP – or even UKIP – coalition.

The really key dates to reserve in your diary are 13th and 14th May – Reward’s flagship event, Reward Live, returns with our best programme yet – and with the first viewpoints post-election!

Opening the conference, we welcome David Blunkett MP, who will examine the importance of equal opportunities in the workplace, whether in terms of gender, race or ability.

The discussion about equality will be continued by those putting it into practice – the HRDs themselves. Kim Brosnan, group talent director at Which?, Steve Moore, HR director at Hymans Robertson and Jabbar Sadar, director of human resources and organisational development at Cafcass, will lead the audience in a panel discussion of the practicalities of setting up an effective benefits strategy.

John Timpson CBE, chairman of Timpson, will be looking into making the workplace fit the staff, through personal, engaging and motivational reward strategies, as well as flexible working, while Brigadier (retired) Nicky Moffat CBE will open day two of the event by talking about leadership and people strategies.

And putting a twist on a hugely important current discussion point, Shakespearean actor Tom Mallaburn will perform three speeches from Shakespeare’s plays and link them to mental issues that people face today.

Further speaker sessions will cover the fallout of the pension changes, communicating reward and benefit strategies, using data analytics, wellbeing, group risk, childcare, salary sacrifice – and more! Keep watching the reward website for more details about all these sessions over the upcoming weeks.

Reward Live is taking place at Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham, on 13th & 14th May – it’s free to attend, so register now! For more information, and to register, CLICK HERE.