International HR Day

International HR Day

This event is exclusive to Annual Review of Employment Law delegates, you can register for our flagship conference here.

You mean the world to us, so we’ve brought the world to you.

No caring or sensitive person would argue that the COVID-19 pandemic has been a good thing: there has been too much death and hurt for that. However, with any great disruption comes unintended consequences and opportunities, some of which are positive. Many of us have found working from home to be doable and most organisations are looking at some form of hybrid working going forward.

The necessary move to online conferencing and events means that we at Legal Island now have readier access to some of the world’s best speakers, rather than just those from Ireland and the UK.

In this bonus day for delegates at our Annual Review of Employment Law 2021, we bring you a day of internationally renowned speakers on subjects essential to HR professionals and others with an interest in the world of work.

From research showing that shortening the working week improves productivity, engagement & retention, to creating a remote and hybrid working culture, we give you a world of change and HR thought leadership from New Zealand to Switzerland, if not quite infinity and beyond. 

Sponsored by:

Eversheds Sutherland


Time GMT



Welcome: Meet your chair for the day, Pedro Angulo, Head of Learning, Talent and Engagement, Brown Thomas Arnotts, and your sponsor, Eversheds Sutherland.

Morning Sessions: Thinking of You and Others: Work-Life Balance, Wellbeing and Caring

9.30 GMT

4 Day Week: How to Reduce Work Hours and Increase Productivity.

Research suggests that a four-day week (where employees continue to receive full-time wages for reduced hours) results in greater productivity. Why should this be? It seems to be linked to better work-life balance and a desire to complete tasks on time and then get out of work to enjoy the extended leisure time. New Zealand-based innovator, entrepreneur and philanthropist Andrew Barnes has made a career of market-changing innovation and industry digitisation. In this session, Andrew explains why he set up 4 Day Week Global and how countries and organisations that have moved to adopt a 4 day working week model are reaping the rewards that come from having a happier, more productive workforce.




Comfort Break


How to Measure Wellbeing.

Wellbeing was originally introduced to reduce absence costs. It's now there as an enabler of employee productivity, innovation and engagement. The UK’s Ministry of Justice measures employee wellbeing. They take a strictly person-centred approach to wellbeing. In essence, one that recognises each employee as an individual with their own unique set of needs. They believe this method encourages:

  • Individuals to take responsibility for their own wellbeing
  • Line managers to support their team members based on a holistic picture of their needs
  • Senior leaders to encourage a culture of wellbeing through their behaviour
  • The organisation to create an inclusive environment where everyone can thrive.

In this case study, Becky Thoseby, Head of Workplace Wellbeing, Ministry of Justice UK explains how they measure wellbeing and implement their individually tailored programmes to achieve the benefits set out above - and how their methods could have universal application.




Comfort Break

11.30 GMT

Caring is NOT a Soft Option for Good Times – It’s the ONLY Option for Employers Who Want to Thrive.

Employees whose organisation cares for them (and employees recognise this) are:

  • 2x more likely to be engaged at work
  • 4x less likely to suffer from stress and burnout
  • 7x more likely to feel included at work
  • 3x lower turnover
  • 23% lower recorded injury rate

Martin Zelger, VP International Sales at Limeade argues that employees need a holistic experience – they need to know their employer cares if they are to be happy and perform well. That way, they will care for other stakeholders, like customers. Employers should consider measuring feelings and relegating other transactional KPIs to a secondary level. 38% of employees don’t have a positive experience at work - this figure is similar across many jurisdictions. So, how can employers improve the employee experience and show they are cared for? Martin Zelger shows you how.




Observers’ Discussion: Our HR experts discuss what they have heard this morning and give their views on key themes and practical takeaways that will benefit return on investment for delegates and their organisations


Lunch Break


Welcome back – Pedro Angulo introduces:

Afternoon Sessions: Looking out and moving on – maintaining contact and engagement with prospective employees and leavers.


Successful Succession Planning: Stepping Out and Moving On from the Top Team.

All good senior executives reach a point where they need to start thinking and planning to say goodbye to their colleagues and the business. Doing it well will benefit both the individual and the organisation. Oliver Johnston, Founder of Stepping Out from the Top Team, travels the world helping senior executives move on in different directions. In this final session, Oliver chairs a discussion on how helping senior people to leave their position can be a positive, fair and liberating experience for everyone involved, whether they move abroad or stay in some capacity. Oliver is joined by Emma Stephenson, HR Director, Clyde & Co, and Tom Bell, CEO & Founder of Trust, Align, Grow Coaching & Consultancy.




Comfort Break


Alumni Networks – A Valuable Differentiator and Major Source of Income.

Employees change employers more often than they used to. That trend will continue as younger employees enter the job market. Employers need to track former-employee movement AND maintain relationships after employees move on. It not only highlights your confidence in them as professionals and your organisation but proves to be a valuable source of income and intelligence – those former employees look to their older contacts to do business with, provided you support them in their career moves. And they will move, whether you support them or not. There’s also a very good chance that they will return in later life – more rounded, more experienced, and with many more contacts. These networks clearly work for both employers and employees. And it doesn’t just have to be an ‘employee’ alumni network you establish. EY has an alumni network for its Entrepreneur of the Year Programme. Why do you think that might be?

Elisabeth Roux Managing Director Boost4Leadership, Ailish O’Hara, Employee Relations Lead, EY, andRishi Chopra Alumni Manager International Operations, Eversheds Sutherland, will discuss the pros of establishing robust and active alumni networks, as well the pitfalls to avoid.




Observers’ Discussion: Our HR experts discuss what they have heard this afternoon and give their views on key themes and practical takeaways that will benefit return on investment for delegates and their organisations.




This is a brand new event and is exclusive to Annual Review of Employment Law delegates, you can register for our flagship conference here.

Feedback from our Annual Review of Employment Law:

"This was my first year attending the conference so I have nothing to compare it with, but I was absolutely blown away by how easy the event was to navigate and transition from session to break to session was seamless. What I liked most was the fact that notes were available to print beforehand, the knowledge that we will be able to play back the recordings and the ease and comfort of attending from your own home or usual workspace."
Rachel Bradford, HR Officer, Alucraft Limited

"Best virtual conference I have attended."
Orla Mulqueen, Head of HR, TII

"Thought it was excellent to be honest. Don't believe there is anything that I missed out had it been on as normal."
Richard O'Boyle, Associate Director HR, AbbVie

"The digital platform was excellent. The exceptional standard of guest speakers and chairpersons and the opportunity interact in the chat section. The Legal Island Team were absolutely fabulous at managing the whole event - well done."
Elizabeth Kingston, Consultant, HR Coaching Solutions

"Content and calibre of speakers across the board was outstanding."
Therese Holland, HR Consultant

"It was so well organised; I didn't know what to expect but it surpassed all my expectations. Very well run."
Louise Magee, Senior HR Manager, SITA

"It was very well run. I enjoyed seeing the comments from the other delegates. The speakers were very engaging and engaged with the delegates throughout. I also thought the networking forum was a great idea. 3 minutes was just right, plus the ability to DM the speakers and other delegates at the conference was very useful."
Ann-Marie Gallagher, HR Executive, Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

"Really good couple of days. Presentations were brilliant and very topical. Liked the fact that most of the questions were answered also."
Catherine Carroll, People Director, Collinson

"Excellent course. The speakers were brilliant delivering very relevant and useful information!"
Megan Airey, HR Generalist, Aperee Ltd

"Hopin as an online platform was user friendly and it was brilliant in how 'Main Stage' and 'Rooms' were easily accessed for viewing. Networking option was also a brilliant idea. In some way, it was like being in the hotel for the actual event as the virtual event gave that feeling. The group discussions were good to hear different views and ideas. Content from each speaker was relevant and up-to-date. It was lovely to see comments from others, where similarities could be seen."
Christina Fagan, HR Generalist, Commission for Regulation of Utilities


  • Pedro Angulo
    Pedro Angulo Head of Learning, Talent and Engagement
    Brown Thomas Arnotts

    Pedro Angulo is Head of Learning, Talent and Engagement in Brown Thomas Arnotts. Prior to that he was Head of Leadership Development in AIB where he led the design and implementation of enterprise-wide leadership development initiatives. He is also a Programme Director of the Diploma in Strategic HRM at the IMI (Irish Management Institute), Board Member of Green Sod Ireland and member of the HRD UK advisory Board. For many years, Pedro was President and Chairperson of the EMCC (European Mentoring and Couching Council) in Ireland

    Pedro is passionate about creating more human, purpose led and customer-centric workplaces where HR plays a vital role in embedding a culture, values, talent practices, and organisational models, processes and systems to ensure authentic ‘customer delight’.

    He leverages his 10+ years’ leadership experience in Fortune 100 & 500 companies (PwC, IBM, Deloitte) and in UK and Irish-based consultancies (Penna, Prospectus, Angulo Consulting), as well as his 7+ years part-time lecturing at the Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School at UCD.

  • Andrew Barnes
    Andrew Barnes Founder
    4 Day Week Global, Perpetual Guardian, and Coulthard Barnes Group of Companies

    Innovator, entrepreneur and philanthropist Andrew Barnes has made a career of market-changing innovation and industry digitisation. Most recently, in New Zealand, Andrew triggered a revolution of the entire fiduciary and legal services industries, and the transformation he has led as the founder of Perpetual Guardian has positive implications both locally and globally (as evidenced by his announcement of the 4 day week, which made headlines around the world).

    The result has seen him establish 4 Day Week Global and the 4 Day Week Global Foundation with his partner, Charlotte Lockhart. Their vision for this is to provide a community environment for companies, researchers/academics and interested parties to be able to connect and advance this idea as part of the future of work. Through this work he is on the advisory boards of both the US and Ireland 4 Day Week campaigns and the board of the newly created Wellbeing Research Centre at Oxford University.

    In 2019 he wrote The 4 Day Week book, as a how to guide for companies trying to reduce work hours and increase productivity. Through this work he is on the advisory board of the Wellbeing Research Centre at Oxford University.

  • Becky Thoseby
    Becky Thoseby Head of Workplace Wellbeing
    Ministry of Justice UK

    In a nutshell, Becky works to bring about a culture of wellbeing to an organisation, taking an inclusion focused approach to wellbeing, and helping leaders to integrate wellbeing into their leadership behaviour.

    Becky is currently practising as a coach both privately and as part of her full time role. Although she works with clients with a variety of goals, her speciality and passion is wellbeing coaching. Becky loves to work with clients who want to make a change to their life which will result in increased wellbeing, but perhaps are struggling with how to do this, or where to start.

    Becky has been practising mindfulness for over five years and runs regular group mindfulness sessions in the workplace which have been extremely successful, as well as presenting at team building events and working with individuals.

  • Martin Zelger
    Martin Zelger VP of International Sales

    Martin is an industry leader in the Well-Being and Engagement space with over 20 years of global experience. At Limeade, Martin is responsible for all direct sales outside of the United States. Together with his international team, he focuses on expanding the footprint of the Limeade Well-Being and Engagement solutions globally.

    Martin speaks four languages and is an Italian and Swiss national. He holds a Doctorate in Business and Commerce from the University of Trento, Italy and a Bachelor of Science in International Business from the University of London, Imperial College, UK.

    Together with his wife Veronika and his twin boys Anton and Jakob, Martin lives in Zürich and keeps fit by chasing his two young boys, day in and day out.

  • Oliver Johnston
    Oliver Johnston Founder
    Stepping Out from the Top Team
    As a business consultant for over 25 years, Oliver has built an international reputation in change, organisation development and leadership development. Oliver is a coach, working 1-1 with C-suite executives, a facilitator, working with top-of- the-pyramid teams, and teacher – designing and enabling individual and team learning.

    Before becoming an independent consultant in September 2016, he was Director of Leadership Consulting for Penna PLC. Previously, he headed-up Penna’s leadership practice in Ireland, was a Partner in The James Black Partnership and Gilpin Black Management Consultants and Head of the Covey Leadership Centre in Scotland and Ireland. In his work with the Industrial Society (The Work Foundation) Oliver was Director of The Runge Effective Leadership Programme held at Balliol College Oxford.

    Oliver's clients inlcude PepsiCo, Reckitt Benckiser, McDonalds, Dunbia, KPMG, and Accenture. 

    Oliver is an Honorary Life Member of the Association For Coaching (AC), a member of the AC Global Advisory Panel, and was the Inaugural Chair of the Association For Coaching (AC) in Ireland.

  • Emma Stephenson
    Emma Stephenson HR Director (North America, APAC)
    Clyde & Co

    Emma Stephenson is the HR Director (North America, APAC) for Clyde & Co. and is based out of the firm's London office.

    Emma previously held the role of company Head of Human Resources in China, the US and Northn America.
  • Tom Bell
    Tom Bell Global Executive Coach; Business and People Growth; Organisation Culture Builder
    Trust, Align, Grow

    Tom Bell is a dedicated executive coach who works with professionals and executives who have a commitment to their personal growth and the growth of their company. He brings a unique background of understanding both the operational and people side of the company. He helps executives and individuals to thrive in the workplace. He has been a corporate executive for 20+ years, serving in roles such as Chief Strategy Officer, Chief People Officer, and Head of Customer Service in manufacturing, finance, distribution and technology companies. He has had responsibilities in publicly traded companies, privately held businesses, and family-owned firms with operations functioning in the United States, Japan, Mexico, Brazil, and the United Kingdom.

  • Elisabeth Roux
    Elisabeth Roux Managing Director
    Boost 4 Leadership
    Elisabeth Roux is the founder of Boost4Leadership, a leadership consultancy firm.
    Over the last 20 years she has been supporting top executives through coaching and leadership development and training.  Previously, Elisabeth led several international businesses in the leadership and talent arena. For 10 years, she managed the Penna PLC in Spain.
    Passionate about people, Elisabeth is driven to support significant change to impact business, in a global and international context.
    Elisabeth is French and based in Madrid, Spain. She is used to delivering in French, Spanish and English, both face to face and virtually.
  • Ailish O'Hara
    Ailish O'Hara Senior Manager, Employee Relations

    In her role as ER specialist, Ailish provides commercial advice and guidance on ER issues, particularly on complex cases.
    Leads on approach to managing key employment risk: redundancies, TUPE transfers, performance management.

  • Rishi Chopra
    Rishi Chopra Alumni Manager
    Eversheds Sutherland

    Rishi Chopra has spent the past decade building and delivering strategic alumni programmes in the education and legal sectors. In 2020, he launched the new Eversheds Sutherland Alumni Network in an entirely virtual environment to a global audience. Rishi has previously managed alumni networks at Herbert Smith Freehills and Latymer Upper School. He believes passionately in the power of harnessing relationships to create mutual value for the organisation and its alumni community.

Event details


9.15am - 3.30pm


27 January 2022


Online - Hopin


This event is exclusive to Annual Review of Employment Law delegates, you can register for our flagship conference here.