REBA Innovation Day 2015

Be inspired by emerging technologies and innovative data analytics


25/11/2015 08:45 - 16:30 Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard, 32 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9SG

The REBA Innovation Day was a great success

On the 25 November 2015, 70 leading reward practitioners gathered to discuss the latest thinking on benefits technology and data.

See below for the full programme as well as who attended.

The day was sponsored by Aon Employee Benefits, Capita Employee Benefits, Hymans Robertson, JLT Employee Benefits, Neyber, Nudge, Personal Group, Punter Southall Health & Protection, Thomson Online Benefits, Towers Watson and Yomp.

Videos filmed at the event

Video (above): Performance management remains both a trend and challenge, according to Jeff Bakes, director of rewards at Mondelez International.

View video: Why it's not just pay and benefits that's important anymore

View video: Why multi-generational reward packages are important

View video: Why it's not about what benefits you're offering but how you are offering them

Good location, good speakers, good topics. Excellent netowrking opportunities

Henk Verhoek
British Sugar

What will I learn?

- How are new benefits technologies going to capture the imagination of your talent pool?

- How can you use data to design better digital benefit strategies that really engage?

- How can you harness data to give you greater insight into employee motivations and deliver management information to measure ROI?

We will help attendees focus on emerging technology and the use of data analytics in reward and employee benefits.

This will enable delegates to link innovative digital advances with demographic trends, the increasing competition for talent, and the reality of a more transient workforce.


Toria McCahill

Associate HR Director - Group Functions & Reward

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Duncan Brown

Dr Duncan Brown

Head of Consulting

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Dr Nicola Millard

Dr Nicola Millard

Head of customer insight & futures

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Chris Noon

Chris Noon

partner & senior consultant

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Liz Fitzsimons

Liz Fitzsimons

legal director

David Walker

David Walker


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George Zarkadakis

George Zarkadakis

digital lead

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Monica Kalia

Monica Kalia


Martin Ijaha

Martin Ijaha

Founder and CEO

Tim Perkins

Tim Perkins


John Dean

Chief Commercial Officer

Ry Morgan

Ry Morgan

Head of Wellbeing Technology

Andrew Drake

Andrew Drake

Consulting & Proposition Director

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Mark Beatson

Mark Beatson

Chief economist

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Debi O'Donovan

Debi O'Donovan


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Phil Hayne

Phil Hayne


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Thanks to all involved for an interesting, informative day!

Steve Moore
Hymans Robertson

Inspire me and tell me what’s next...

Be inspired by the new innovations in technology, Apps and platforms coming into the reward and employee benefits market.

Find out how the data and insight that comes with the new digital products can be used effectively and with employee permission.

What are REBA events?

They are learning and networking events. REBA conferences are relaxed participation events so you will be expected to connect, share challenges and explore solutions with your peers.

REBA tries to make all their events as interesting and enjoyable as conferences can be!

Who should attend?

If you are a forward-thinking compensation, benefits or reward practitioner who wants to stay at the top of your game then this day is for you.

This is a free-to-attend event for the first 50 qualifying human resource, reward or compensation and benefits practitioners.

  • You should be a senior HR / reward / benefits practitioner with strategic input able to make buying decisions or recommendations.
  • You should work for a large employer organization in a senior HR / Reward role.
  • You should be considering the implementation of new benefits and technology-led solutions.

Event programme


Reward & Employee Benefits Association members Mix ’n Mingle
Members are introduced to each other during an organised mix ’n mingle session co-ordinated by the Reward & Employee Benefits Association founding partners Debi O’Donovan and Phil Hayne and co-hosted with associate members.


Opening remarks
Welcome and introduction to REBA and the Innovation Day
Chair: Debi O’Donovan, founding partner, Reward & Employee Benefits Association


How technology will shape the future of the workplace
What are the changes in both the workforce and workplace that will be driven by technology? Would could employers be doing now to maximise benefits of these changes?
Speaker: Dr Nicola Millard, head of customer insight & futures, BT Technology, Service & Operations Global Innovation Team


Economic impacts of technology in the workforce in 2016 - and beyond
What are the possible implications go technology and digital for the economy and the labour market. What are the divergent views on the pace and nature of change? And will they be good or bad?
Speaker: Mark Beatson, chief economist, CIPD


Embracing technology to deliver your engagement strategy
How can you harness the multitude of possibilities that technology offers in driving up engagement? What options are available to you? And how far do you want to go….?
Speaker: David Walker, chief commercial officer, Personal Group


Bigblue thinking: digital personal financial management in the workplace:
Why your employees will love it. Why your IT director will be suspicious. Why the government will insist you do it. Why the FCA want us to provide it.
Speakers: Tobin Murphy-Coles, commercial director, Aon Employee Benefits


Coffee break


Roundtable discussion: what are your key projects for 2016?
This peer networking session will enable delegates to lead the agenda. Delegates will be seated with 8-10 similar peers in terms of seniority and responsibility. Each discussion group will share their key projects for 2016 in order to find commonalities, share advice and establish support networks for 2016.


How technology plays a vital part in delivering success for DC pension schemes
An outcomes approach has set a new standard for measuring and delivering workplace savings. In this session, we explore this further and how technology can play an important part in delivering success for schemes and its members.
Speaker: Chris Noon, partner and senior consultant, Hymans Robertson


CASE STUDY: Innovation in practice – how one employers pushes to be ahead of the game
In this session, we discover how Dentsu Aegis pushes to manage benefits differently, uses new digital offerings effectively and draws in what is new in the market to use reward to impact its talent and recognition programmes.
Speaker: Toria McCahill, head of reward, Dentsu Aegis


How technology is affecting employee engagement and perceptions of reward
What do employers need to do now to achieve the workforce they will need in 2040? What are the good and bad aspects of computerisation? What behavioural changes is it causing and how is new technology affecting the way we work? 
Speaker: Duncan Brown, head of consulting, Institute of Employment Studies




Neyber: an innovative way to borrow & save together to improve financial wellbeing
Speakers: Martin Ijaha, founder and CEO & Monica Kalia, co–founder and chief of strategy and business development, Neyber


Humanising technology to engage with your employees
Speaker: George Zarkadakis, digital lead, Towers Watson


PANEL: How benefits technology is changing and developing
Leading developers of new benefits platforms come together to discuss how innovative technology is changing benefits delivery. Including established players to new start ups, the panel explores the trends employers need to be aware of.
Panelists include:
Tim Perkins, director, Nudge
Ry Morgan, co-founder & CEO, Yomp
Chris Wakely, senior VP - EMEA sales, Thomsons Online Benefits               


Tea break with ‘Topic clusters’


Benefits beyond the technology
Why the development of a robust employee benefits strategy must come before investment in technology.
Speaker: Andrew Drake, head of rewards and benefits consulting, JLT Employee Benefits


PANEL: What are the do’s and don’ts when it comes to employee data?
Our panel of experts debate the risks and opportunities when it comes to employee data. We explore what data can be used and how it can be used cleverly. We also find out what cannot be used, or has to be used differently to avoid legal risks.       
John Dean,
managing director, Punter Southall Health & Protection

Liz Fitzsimons, legal director, commercial, privacy and information law Team, Eversheds
Michael Silverman
, managing director, Silverman Research
Dr Eric Tyree, chief data scientist, Capita Employee Benefits


Feedback and closing remarks from the chair
A summary of the key themes of the day plus important takeaway ideas.
Chair: Debi O’Donovan, founding partner, Reward & Employee Benefits Association

Who was in attendance?

Head of Compensation and Benefits
Adecco Group UK & Ireland
Remuneration & Benefits Adviser
Liverpool John Moores University
Compensation & Benefits Manager
Global Head of Benefits
Misys Ltd
Reward HRBP
Group Performance and Reward Director
Mitie Group plc
Head of Reward
Anglian Water
Director of Rewards
Mondelez International
Head of Reward and Performance
Global Reward Director
Reward and HR Services Director
Reward Manager
Nuffield Health
Benefits Lead EMEA
HR Director
Panacea HR Consulting
Reward Manager
Reward Partner
Pentland Brands
Associate Director, Global Benefits
BP plc
EMEA Reward Director
Ricoh Europe PLC
Head of Reward
British Sugar
Reward Manager
River Island
Head of Performance and Reward
Cabinet Office
Reward Manager
Rugby Football Union
Total Reward Lead EMEA
Reward Manager
Group Compensation & Benefits Manager
City Football Group Limited
Global C&B Director
Group Head of Rewards
Global Head of Benefits
Senior HR Business Partner
Crown Agents
Head of Compensation & Benefits EMEA
Societe Generale
Senior Reward & Employee Relations Manager
Department of Health
Head of Reward and Policy
Specsavers Optical Superstores
Workforce Modeling, MI and HR Systems
Department of Health
Compensation and Benefits Manager
Senior Reward Advisor
DLA Piper
HR & SHEQ Director
Swegon Group UK
Director, pensions and benefits
eli lilly and company
HR Manager Europe
Ted Baker
Pensions and Benefits Manager
Reward, Benefits and Pensions Manager
The Crown Estate
Head of Reward & Performance
Reward and Benefits Manager
The Girls' Day School Trust
EMEA Benefits Manager
Head of Reward
The Hyde Group
Head of Reward & Policy
Grant Thornton UK LLP
Reward & Performance Manager
The Southern Cooperative
Compensation & Benefits Analyst
Hilton Worldwide
VP Benefits
Thomson Reuters
Head of People Services
Home Group
Associate Director, Group Pensions & Benefits
Time Warner
Reward Business Partner
Home Retail Group
Head of Reward
Top Right Group
Hummingbird Consulting
GVP HR and Corporate Services
Head of HR
Hymans Robertson
Head of Reward
United Utilities
Incisive MediaDirector
Verditer Consulting
Senior Manager Total reward EMEA
Kao Corp
EMEA Benefits Manager
Wells Fargo
Head of Reward
HR Consultant - Reward
West Sussex County Council

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REBA Innovation Day sponsoring partners

With thanks to our sponsoring partners

Venue details

Occupying the 34th to 52nd floors of architect Renzo Piano’s iconic Shard building, this luxury hotel is a 2-minute walk from London Bridge railway and tube station. It's also a mile from the Tower of London.

Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard
32 London Bridge Road