REBA New Year Lectures: disrupters 2016

04/02/2016 09:00 - 16:30 1 Wimpole St, London W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

REBA members prepared for 2016 disrupters

Over 200 REBA members (reward, benefits and practitioners) attended the REBA New Year Lectures, along with 60 Associate members and representaives of the event's sponsors.

This was the largest of REBA's events since it launched in July 2015.

Videos of presentations from the conference

Video (above): Potential pension taxation changes – the tax exempt exempt model - which could be unveiled in the March 2016 Budget could “fundamentally turn everything upside down”, according to John Chilman, group reward and pensions director at FirstGroup.

View video: How Intercontinental Hotels is driving employee engagement

View video: Panel discussion - the future of benefits and rewards

View video: Employers must deliver financial education that engages

View video: Organisations must rethink how HR tools are delivered to engage

View video: Why wellbeing needs buy-in and sponsorship from the top

View video: Break the taboo around financial wellness or risk losing staff

View video: Why now is the time to rethink your benefits packages

View video: Act now on auto-enrolment or face harsh penalties, warns professor

View video: Get your vision right and prepare for 2020 in 2016

View video: Businesses must "strike out and do things differently" in 2016

View video: Organisations underestimating the cost of the National Living Wage

What will disrupt reward in 2016?

There are a number of disrupters heading our way in 2016 and we used this event to analyse them in-depth.  

Speakers and panelists include:

Rosemary Lemon, Hay Group

Rosemary Lemon

Group Head of Reward

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Stephen Gambles

Stephen Gambles

Head of performance & reward

Nicos Nicolaides

Nicos Nicolaides

director, compensation & benefits

Robin Ellison

Robin Ellison

Visiting professor

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Patrick Bloomfield

Patrick Bloomfield


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John Chilman

John Chilman

group reward & pensions director

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Greg Thorley

Greg Thorley

Head of Business Development

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Dipa Mistry Kandola

Dipa Mistry Kandola

Head of Flexible Benefits

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Mark Scanlon Personal Group 2015

Mark Scanlon

Chief executive officer

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Monica Kalia

Monica Kalia


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Damian Stancombe

Damian Stancombe

Partner, head of workplace health & wealth

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John Harding

John L Harding

Partner Employment Tax

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Simon Darby

Simon Darby

Account Director

Mark Watson

Mark Watson

Chief sales & marketing officer

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Shawn Healy


Jamie Jenkins

Jamie Jenkins

Head of pensions strategy

Debi O'Donovan

Debi O'Donovan


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Great location – nice range of speakers & relevant peer group

James Whittaker

This day addressed the big stuff; the disruptive, sea change issues that are coming down the line, heading for your desk!

REBA New Year Lectures 2016

Conference programme

08:45 am

Reward & Employee Benefits Association members mix ’n mingle

REBA New Year Lectures 2016

09:30 am

Opening remarks from the Chair

09:40 am

A rewards roadmap for 2016: In what direction are we heading?

    • Reviewing 2015 and the state of rewards and benefits offerings
    • Milestones for 2016
    • What will rewards and benefits look like in a year’s time?

John Chilman, Group Reward & Pensions Director, FirstGroup

REBA New Year Lectures 2016

10:05 am

A year of change for staff compensation

    • The economy and job market in 2016
    • Trends in staff compensation and wage levels
    • Introducing the National Living Wage
    • Reporting on gender pay equality
    • How will this affect your team?

John L Harding, Partner - Employment Tax, PwC

10:30 am

What is the pensions regulator likely to do?

    • What The Pensions Regulator is reviewing and how it could affect employers
    • The duty of care role employers are expected to play
    • Current example: Freedom and choice in trust based schemes

Patrick Bloomfield, Partner, Hymans Robertson

10:50 am   

Why you need to rethink your benefits for 2016

    • Ensuring your board gets a transparent view of the outcomes of your employee benefits investment
    • Reacting to the disrupters expected to affect your strategies in 2016
    • How can you fix things in 2016?

Dipa Mistry Kandola, Head of Flexible Benefits Services, Lane Clark & Peacock

11:10 am

Coffee break

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11:35 am

Get your vision right: Be prepared for 2020 in 2016

    • Understanding the direction in which the world is heading
    • Ensuring you understand your own business environment
    • Putting the right analytics around your data
    • Joining up your change management, insurances and benefits

Damian Stancombe, partner & head of workplace health and wealth, Barnett Waddingham

11:55 am

Leadership: how to do more with less in 2016

    • Identifying what is really going to make a difference
    • It's all about the team: alignment and goal setting
    • Let them go, let them be brave

Mark Scanlon, CEO of Personal Group

12:15 pm

The future of rewards and benefits in the UK

Your chance to shape the discussion and engage with peers over the future of rewards and benefits in the UK. The panel session will set the scene, provide a framework for discussion, and give you the chance to ask questions.

    • Looking to the March 2016 Budget
    • What changes will be made to salary sacrifice in 2016?

Stephen Gambles, Head of Performance & Reward, Royal London
Simon Darby,
Account Director, Westminster Advisers
Shawn Healy,
Principal, BDO
Jamie Jenkins,
Head of Pensions Strategy, Standard Life

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12:55 pm

Lunch – continue the discussion at themed tables

13:45 pm  

Employee health and wellness

    • The importance to your organisation of taking wellness seriously
    • Staff healthcare and wellness
    • Financial education and wellbeing: moving beyond mental and physical health
    • Practical insights and ideas for your team

Rosemary Lemon, Group Head of Reward, Hays

14:10 pm  

The great pensions conundrum of 2016

    • Overview of changes to annual and lifetime limits
    • What will these changes mean in practice for your team?
    • What can be done to minimize the impact to employees and the workload to your benefits team
    • The future

Robin Ellison, Visiting Professor in Pensions Law and Economics, Cass Business School, City University London

REBA New Year Lectures 2016

14:35 pm

Managing the new financial landscape: How to engage employees

    • The effect so far: retirement provision concerns, personal debt and changing pension legislation
    • An employer’s view: what our survey shows
    • The future: how employers can engage their employee more effectively in the workplace

Greg Thorley, Head of Business Development, WEALTH at work


Boosting British productivity in 2016: Tackling financial wellness

    • How today’s working lives impact British productivity
    • The changing societal influences and how they affect workforces
    • New research: How employers can improve the wellbeing of their workforce
    • What financial mindfulness really means

Monica Kalia, founder, Neyber
Emran Mian
, director, Social Market Foundation

15:15 pm

Afternoon tea break

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15:40 pm

Disruptive engagement:

    • HR technology trends for 2016
    • The role of smartphones
    • Its not all about benefits

Jamie True, CEO, WorkAngel

16:00 pm

Communicating with, engaging, and retaining a diverse workforce

    • The 21st Century challenge and why ‘one-size-fits-all’ no longer fits
    • Making your approach to communications as diverse as your workforce
    • Engaging with multiple demographics
    • Retaining a happy workforce

Nicos Nicolaides, Director, Compensation & Benefits, Intercontinental Hotels Group

16:25 pm

Feedback and closing remarks from the Chair

16:30 pm

Close of conference

REBA New Year Lectures 2016

Now fully booked

What are REBA events?

REBA New Year Lectures 2016

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!

Now fully booked

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.

REBA New Year Lectures 2016

This is a free-to-attend event for the first 100 qualifying human resource, reward or compensation and benefits practitioners.

This REBA event is funded through the generosity of our sponsors. We therefore require all delegates to be active decision makers and budget holders for rewards and employee benefits working within a corporate organisation.

Now fully booked

Who attended

UK Compensation and Benefits Manager

UK Reward Manager
Ageas UK

Compensation & Benefits Manager

UK Health & Benefits Manager
American Express

Head of Reward and Global Mobility

HR Director
Analysys Mason

Head of Reward
Anglian Water

Total Rewards Analyst

Benefits Manager
Arthur J Gallagher

Head of Reward
Ascential Group

Head of Reward & Recognition UK&I

HR Business Partner

Director Comp and Ben EMEA
Avon Cosmetics

Reward Manager
BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

Director, Head of Employment Tax

Deputy Director of HR
Birkbeck University

Reward Manager

Head of Reward
British Sugar

Reward Manager
British Sugar

Head of HR, Learning & Development
Brooks Macdonald Group

HR Manager Western Europe 

Head of Performance and Reward
Cabinet Office

Compensations and Benefits Manager

HR Business Partner

Senior General Manager, Reward (UKIN)
CEVA Logistics

Group HR Director
Charles Taylor

Head of HR
Chester Zoo

Head of Compensation and Benefits, AEG

Principal Consultant, Civil Service Pay & Reward
Civil Service

Global Reward Manager
Clarks International

Head of HR
Compass Group

Head of Reward

Senior HR Business Partner
Crown Agents

UK and Ireland Pensions Manager

Reward Manager
DAC Beachcroft

Pay & Reward Manager
Debenhams Retail

Senior Reward and Employee Relations Manager
Department of Health

Payroll Manager
Direct Line Group

Head of Reward, UK&I
Dixons Carphone

Reward Manager

Head of Performance, Reward and MI

Product Expert, Benefits
E.ON Group

HR Operations Manager
Education Development Trust

Strategic HR Business Partner
Education Development Trust

Senior Benefits Advisor

Reward Director

HR Manager, UK, Ireland & the Nordics
Epicor Software

Compensation & Benefits Manager EMEA
Epson Europe

Reward Consultant
Essex County Council

Reward & Benefits Manager 

Reward & Benefits Advisor

HR Director
Farleigh Hospice

Head of Compensation, Investment
Fidelity International

EMEA Benefits Manager

Pay & Reward Policy
Foreign & Commonwealth Office

UK Compensation Manager
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

International Compensation & Benefits Manager 
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Senior Reward Manager, Europe

Reward & Policy Manager
Grant Thornton

Senior Analyst - Benefits, Europe
Hilton Worldwide

Benefits Manager
Hogan Lovells International LLP

Group Reward Manager
Home Retail Group

Reward & Benefits Business Partner

Reward & Benefits Specialist

Reward Analyst

Group HR Director 
Incisive Media

EMEA Comp and Bens

Benefits Manager

Benefits Manager
JLT Group

Development Manager, Benefits
John Lewis Partnership

Reward Manager
Kent County Council

Compensation & Benefits Manager
Konica Minolta Business Solutions UK

Group Head of Reward
Laing O'Rourke

HR Business Partner

Assistant Vice President and Head of Compensation & Benefits,
Europe and Middle East
Liberty Mutual Insurance

Head of HR - Northern Europe
Linedata Limited

UK Compensation & Benefits Manager
Live Nation Entertainment

Senior Compensation & Benefits Manager
Lucozade Ribena Suntory

Director of Compensation, Benefits and ER

Group Benefits & Mobility Manager 
Merlin Entertainments

Group Compensation & Benefits Director
Merlin Entertainments

Reward Consultant
Metropolitan Housing Trust

Compensation and Benefits Manager
Mishcon de Reya LLP

Group Reward Director
Mitie Group plc

HR Director
Morrison Utility Services

Senior Reward Manager

Reward Specialist
National Grid

Global Reward Director

Corporate Pensions & Benefits Manager
Novartis Pharmaceuticals UK Ltd

Head of Reward & Pension (UK & Ireland)

Reward Consultant
Oaklea Consultancy

Senior HR Manager
Oxera Consulting LLP 

Benefits Specialist

Reward Partner
Pentland Brands 

Group HR Director
Personal Group

HR Director Reward
Pilkington Group Ltd (NSG)

Associate Rewards Specialist 

Payroll & Benefits Manager
PQ Silicas UK Ltd

Reward & Employment

Head of Reward
Reed Specialist Recruitment

Group Reward Director
Reward Gateway

Head of Reward and Projects
Royal Mencap Society

Group HR Business Partner

Group HR Manager
S&A Produce (UK) Ltd

Reward Manager

EVP Reward & Recognition
Sage Group

Corporate Reward & HR Policy Manager
Sainsburys Supermarkets

Staff Engagement & Benefits Manager
Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

Head of Reward

Reward Analyst
SAS Software Limited

Benefits & Wellness

UK HR Policy & Benefits Manager
Shell International Ltd

International Benefits Lead
Shire Pharmaceuticals

Global Head of Benefits
Shire Pharmaceuticals

Benefits Manager EMEA

Compensation and Benefits Manager

HR Manager

Reward Consultant

Reward Director

Reward Manager
Telefonica UK

Reward Manager
Tesco Hospitality

Reward and Benefits Manager
The Girl's Day School Trust

Reward Manager
The Rank Group

Senior HR Manager
The Royal Household

Compensation & Benefits Manager
Thomas Pink

Head of Reward 
TJX Europe (TK Maxx)

Head of Reward 
TMF Group

Reward & Performance Manager
Topps Tiles

Executive Compensation Analyst

Head of Reward
United Utilities

Reward Manager
United Utilities

Senior Compensation Analyst
UnitedHealth Group

Verditer Consulting

Senior Manager, Compensation & Benefits EMEA
VM Ware

Share Plan Manager

Group HR Manager
Walker Greenbank

UK Reward & HR systems manager
World Duty Free

Remuneration & Benefits Manager EURMENA
WorleyParsons Europe

Compensation & Benefits Manager 
WYG Group

Head of HR Operations
WYG Group

HR Manager - EMEA Rewards
Zebra Technologies

Reward Manager
Zebra Technologies

REBA New Year Lectures 2016


New Year Lectures: sponsoring partners

Thank you to our sponsoring partners for their support

We have booked a leather seated, tiered lecture theatre at The Society of Medicine because:

a. This event is about thought-leadership so we have picked an academic environment
b. It’s comfortable
c. Easy-access West End location
d. It’s a bit different and we like to keep things fresh and interesting

Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole St
United Kingdom