REBA Founders' Day 2015

07/07/2015 08:45 - 17:30

REBA Founder's Day engaged the community

REBA's first ever conference, the REBA Founder's Day, took place on 7 July 2015.

It was attended by 60 leading reward practitioners who are part of REBA's founding members group.

The day consisted of short, snappy talks from leading experts and networking roundtables for members.

Feedback on the day was extremely positive, while many ideas for the future of REBA were put forward.


Duncan Brown

Dr Duncan Brown

Head of Consulting

Jane Scarff

Jane Scarff

Head of client realtionships

Mark Scanlon Personal Group 2015

Mark Scanlon

Chief executive officer

Sally Purbrick

Sally Purbrick

Head of Reward

Debi O'Donovan

Debi O'Donovan


Nicos Nicolaides

Nicos Nicolaides

director, compensation & benefits

Phil Hayne

Phil Hayne


Tom Gaynor

Tom Gaynor

Director, Employee Benefits

Chantal Free

Chantal Free

EMEA talent and rewards lead

Lesley Fidler

Lesley Fidler

Associate director

John Chilman

John Chilman

group reward & pensions director

Eleanor Smith

Director of Reward

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Who attended?

The inaugural REBA Founders' Day event was attended by global and UK-based senior reward, compensation & benefits or HR directors.

Scroll down this page to see who attended this event.

Event programme

09:00 am

REBA members' Mix ’n Mingle
Members are introduced to each other during an organised mix ’n mingle session.

09:30 am

Introduction to REBA
What is REBA and why do we need it?
Speaker: Debi O’Donovan, founding partner, REBA


Future impacts: what will affect reward over the next decade?
We time travel to the decades ahead to identify social changes reward professionals need to consider. What are the big global and societal changes reward directors should be taking into account now in their strategies?
Speaker: Debi O’Donovan, founding partner, REBA


Engaging 5 generations in the workplace
Five generations working together in the workplace is now a reality and it’s revolutionising the game. You won’t win the battle of engaging your entire workforce using the same old methods. Fresh thinking and new tactics will need to be deployed to make an experienced Baby Boomer feel as motivated and loyal as a fresh faced Generation Z entering the world of work for the first time.
Speaker: Tobin Murphy-Coles, commercial director, Aon Employee Benefits


Future impact of health and wellbeing on the workplace
Whither Wellbeing? An overview of the changes in the workplace that have fuelled the rise of workplace wellbeing, and a review of likely forward trends in the way we work, that have implications for the future of wellbeing
Speaker: Tim Jackson, head of marketing strategy, Unum


Roundtable session: key challenges facing delegates

This peer networking session enabled delegates to lead the agenda. 


Coffee break and networking


Employer panel: what are the threats facing reward and benefits?
Leading reward directors as well as a tax and a legal expert  tease out the risks and threats that could face reward and employee benefits in the future. What should practitioners future proof for now?
Panel includes:
Nicos Nicolaides, director, compensation & benefits, Intercontinental Hotels
John Chilman, group reward & pensions director, FirstGroup
Jane Fenwick, head of employee benefits, Shire Pharmaceuticals
Shawn Healy, employment tax principal, BDO Stoy Hayward
Dänna Burston, partner, Allen & Overy


Roundtable session: key challenges facing delegates

This peer networking session enabled delegates to lead the agenda.


Catered networking lunch


REBA Services: what a member association can offer you?
We introduce the extra services offered by REBA, and introduce you to the people linked to those services.
Speaker: Phil Hayne, partner, REBA


Technology: what will we have in 2020?  
The intention of this short piece is to bring to life how technology can assist us to improving employee engagement and as a result our productivity. Our Economy has fared better than most in the past 2-3 years as employment levels improved theoretically increasing tax revenues but the real task ahead of us all is productivity improvements. Technology can help with that.
Speaker: Mark Scanlon, CEO, Personal Group


The longterm impact of financial wellbeing: what employers need to know
Improved wellbeing, including financial wellbeing, has been a key priority for many employers in recent years. It is also one of the government’s priorities as illustrated by initiatives such as auto enrolment and the recent pension reforms. However, what are the expected longer term effects of improved personal finances; are there any early warning signs and should employers be making plans now to prepare for these changes?
Speaker: Jane Scarff, head of corporate relationships, Close Brothers


Roundtable session: key challenges facing delegates

This peer networking session enabled delegates to lead the agenda.


Tea break and networking


Segmentation: what should it mean and how is it changing?
Building on a global piece of research conducted last year, our speaker demonstrates how organisations with a superior employment deal have mastered the art of segmentation. She explores how they understand the different employee segments and their needs, wants, and, like a marketing organisation, understand their different client segments.
Speaker: Chantal Free, EMEA talent and rewards lead, Towers Watson


Global trends in the workplace and benefits
Global and economic trends are creating unprecedented challenges for businesses. But with an open minded and forward-thinking approach companies can find new ways to embrace the future. This includes benefits. Our session will explore the challenges and opportunities and how benefits can help.
Speaker: Tom Gaynor, director, UK benefits, Metlife


Employer panel: what are the future opportunities in reward and benefits?
The panel will tease out potential opportunities reward and employe benefits could make better use of in the next 5 - 10 years. This includes demographic and technological changes, legislative changes plus other factors affecting the workplace and society.
Duncan Brown, head of consulting, Institute of Employment Studies
Eleanor Smith, reward, benefits and pensions manager, The Crown Estate
Ant Donaldson, Reward & benefits manager, E.On
Masha Boldyreva, rewards director, Europe, Mondelez
Sally Purbrick, head of reward, Anglian Water


Roundtable feedback
Feedback on the key themes raised by the roundtable discussions during the day.


What do you want from REBA?
Delegates share their feedback on REBA an suggest ideas to consider for the future.


Closing remarks


REBA drinks reception

Who attended?

Head of Compensation and Benefits,
Adecco Group UK & Ireland

Head of Reward & Performance

Head of Total Reward
BAE Systems

Head of Operations

Head of Reward Delivery, Europe
Bombardier Transportation

Head of Reward

Senior General Manager, Reward (UKIN)
CEVA Logistics

Group Comp & Benefits Manager
City Football Group

Head of Reward & Recognition

Head of Reward,
Dentsu Aegis Network

Payroll, Comp and Ben Manager
DX Freight

Director, Pensions and Benefits
Eli Lilly and Company

Group Compensation and Benefits Manager
Harvey Nichols

Director, Compensation & Benefits
Intercontinental Hotels Group

Global Head of Benefits

Employee Benefits Manager
National Grid

Reward Manager
River Island

Head of Compensation and Benefits

Head of Employee Benefits

Head of Incentives
Sky UK

Director of Group Reward & Policy

Director, compensation & benefits and pensions

Reward, Benefits and Pensions Manager
The Crown Estate

Associate Director,Pensions & Benefits
Time Warner

Group Vice President HR and Corporate Services

Reward Manager
Virgin Media

Benefits Manager

Group Pensions Manager
William Hill

Head of Global Reward
Aker Solutions

Head of Reward
Anglian Water

Head of Reward
ARRIS Solutions

Reward Manager

Head of Reward
British Sugar

Head of Reward and HR Operations
Capital One

Total Reward Manager EMEAR

Pay & Reward Manager

Head of Reward
Direct Line Group

Product Expert, Benefits
E.On SE Group

Snr EMEA Benefits Manager

Group Reward & Pensions Director

Head of HR,
Hymans Robertson

Global Head of Reward
ICAP plc

Pensions & reward director
Kier Group

Senior Reward Manager

Rewards Director, CoE EU
Mondelez International

Reward Manager
Nuffield Health

Head of HR Compensation and Benefits

Global Compensation & Benefits Director

Benefits Consultant

Head of reward and performance
Southern water

Compensation and Benefits Manager

Head of Reward
The Hyde Group

VP Benefits
Thomson Reuters

Total Rewards Manager UK & Ireland
Tyco International

Senior Manager Compensation  & Benefits EMEA

Head of Reward, OD and HR, Asia
William Grant and Sons Limited

Group Head of Reward
Wolseley Group Services


REBA Founders' Day sponsoring partners

Thank you to our sponsoring partners for their support

Venue details

The event was well situated in central London in a state of the art conference centre.

St Paul's
200 Aldersgate
United Kingdom