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Meet the speakers at our National Work Life Week Conference 2018

Chair, Keynote Speaker and Panellists


Keynote Speaker

Annette Andrews, HR Director, Lloyd’s

Annette Andrews joined Lloyd’s in January 2015 as HR Director.

Annette was previously HR Director for the UK at Catlin. She worked closely with the UK business to develop the supporting HR strategy for the UK.  Prior to this, Annette spent six years at Lloyds Banking Group, including three years as Head of HR in North America.

Annette started her career in HR as a graduate at Ford Motor Company, completing 14 years in the Manufacturing Business and then four years in Ford Credit, the Financing and Insurance business.

Annette has a BA combined honours degree, an MBA and is a Fellow of the CIPD.


Sarah Jackson OBE, Ambassador, Working Families

Sarah is an Ambassador for Working Families and was CEO until September 2018.  She has led work-life balance campaigning and culture change for over twenty years. Sarah is an acknowledged expert and has worked across the political spectrum to push for positive change including the right to request flexible working, maternity and paternity leave and fathers’ rights at work.

Sarah works collaboratively with the third sector, trade unions, employers and business leaders to argue for change. Sarah chairs the judging panel for the respected Top Employers for Working Families Employer Awards and for the Scottish Top Employers for Working Families awards. She is called upon for her expertise, including in 2018 being a member of the joint industry/Government Task Group on flexible working. Between 2011 and 2013 Sarah chaired the Promoting Flexible Working: Private Sector Employers’ Group for the Department for Work and Pensions. Sarah spearheaded the introduction of the ‘happy to talk flexible working’ strapline to encourage a greater spread of flexible work in job advertising, endorsed among others by the CBI, TUC and the Scottish Government.

In 2007 Sarah was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to Quality of Life Issues. She is a Trustee of the charities Classics for All and Commonweal Housing, and a Fellow of the RSA.


Christopher Greany, Managing Director, Head of Group CSO Investigations Chief Security Office, Barclays

Managing Director Chris Greany is the Head of Group Investigations at Barclays.

He leads the strategic implementation and delivery of investigations across Barclays international footprint including the Barclays global insider threat programme and cyber forensics capability.

He is a member of the Cyber Security Advisory Board for the Institute of Asset Managers and a founding partner of the Global Cyber Alliance. He has recently contributed a chapter to the book, Managing Cyber Security Risk (Reuvid Books) aimed particularly at the executive audience.

Before joining Barclays Chris had a policing career spanning over 30 years. His last role was leading the UK and international policing response to Economic & Financial Crime and Cyber Defence as Commander in the City of London Police. Previously he led the National Police Coordination Centre, coordinating the UK policing response to national and international crisis and disaster. In 2014/15 he was the advisor to the Government crisis centre COBRA, during which he coordinated the UK policing response to a number of UK and International events.

He is an Independent Trustee of the Police Dependents’ Trust (PDT) a national charity that supports officers and their families in need. The PDT was set up after the murder of three police officers in Shepherds Bush in 1966.

He has a simple philosophy to leading high performing teams; Get the best people you can and empower them to make decisions. Treat them well, with respect and most importantly have some enjoyment as well


Nikunj Upadhyay, Diversity & Inclusion, Group HR, Barclays

Nikunj is responsible for designing and driving the Multigenerational agenda as part of Barclays global Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) strategy. The goal is to drive effective results and align business metrics to become the employer of choice across talents in various life stages. Prior to Barclays, Nikunj worked for Saint Gobain, Accenture and HSBC in a variety of HR roles contributing to delivery of their human capital strategy towards the achievement of business objectives. She holds a Master’s degree in Business Management from the University of Pune, India. Nikunj is passionate about equality and deeply interested in perspectives on the interplay of gender, race and sexuality in society and workplaces.

Harvey Tilley. Chief Operating Officer, Independent Living Fund Scotland

Harvey began his career in the British Army as an officer in the Royal Irish Regiment serving in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo and Sierra Leone. Since leaving at the end of 2000, he has spent the best part of the last 17 years working in the public and voluntary sectors. Specifically, this has been in the areas of homelessness, disability, care, grant giving and employability. Prior to taking up post as ILF Scotland’s Chief Operating Officer, the majority of roles he has held during this time have been leading large scale operations across the UK.

As Chief Operating Officer for ILF Scotland, Harvey not only deputises for the CEO, but is responsible for service delivery, IT, health and safety, information governance, facilities, human resources and organisational development.

In his spare time when he is not occupied with his young family, Harvey is a keen cyclist, Trustee of the Queen Mary Roehampton Trust and Champion of Family Friendly Working Scotland.

Lesley Babb MCIPD, Head of Pay, Reward and Diversity, Intellectual Property Office

Lesley joined the Civil Service in 2000 and has spent her career in variety of HR and Corporate Service roles within the Intellectual Property Office and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (now BEIS). She is a Chartered Member of the CIPD. Lesley currently heads up the HR Pay, Reward, Diversity and Inclusion team in IPO and over the last three years has led on the development and implementation of a Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Strategy. This has been focussed on creating a workplace within IPO that enables people to ‘Bring their whole selves to work’. She is a Stonewall LGBT+ workplace ally and is a champion for mental health awareness.

Laura Farnsworth, Partner, Lewis Silkin LLP

Laura is a partner in Lewis Silkin’s employment practice and heads up rockhopper, the firm’s low-cost, fixed-fee HR support service established in 2014. Staffed by 14 experienced lawyers, all working from home on a part-time basis, rockhopper has opened up senior private practice legal roles to flexible working, and was described as standout at the 2016 FT Innovative Lawyer Awards and won Best Innovation at the Working Families Best Practice 2018 awards.

Laura’s practice spans the full range of employment law issues with a particular interest in family rights, flexible working requests, sex discrimination and gender pay gap reporting.

Air Commodore Simon Andrew Harper OBE MA RAF, Assistant Chief of Staff Personnel Policy, Royal Air Force

Air Commodore Simon Harper joined the Royal Air Force in November 1988, having served 2 years in the Royal Navy. Having completed a range of HR-related roles both at home and abroad, he was previously the Commanding Officer of RAF Halton, where he was responsible for RAF initial recruit training and leadership training for RAF non-commissioned officers. In 2015, he graduated from the Royal College of Defence Studies and co-authored a paper, ‘The Military Instrument in the 21st Century’, which was published as part of the Churchill 21st Century Leadership Programme. He is currently the Assistant Chief of Staff Personnel Policy at Headquarters Air Command, where he is responsible for RAF employment policy. Married with 2 teenage sons, he was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List 2010.

Una O’Reilly, Group Director of Engagement and Employer Brand, Director of HR UK and Italy, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

Una joined Westfield in 2013. Previously, she held several senior HR positions within Retail and Property Development. Between 2009 and before joining Westfield, she joined the McArthurGlen group where she was appointed Group Human Resources Director in 2012. Una holds a BSC Hons Technology Management, Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resources and Organisational Development and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personal Development.

At URW, Una will lead Group Engagement and Employer Branding and the Human Resources departments in the UK and Italy.