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Navigating Challenging Times – Liberty HR Leaders Conference 2023

Our annual Liberty HR Leaders Conference – this year entitled “Navigating Challenging Times” – will be taking place on Thursday 5th October and will be held at The Village Hotel, Cosham, PO6 3FR. It will start at 9am and conclude at 4pm, with a buffet lunch and breaks in the morning (pastries and refreshments) and afternoon (cookies and refreshments). […]




9:00 am - 4:00 pm


The Village Hotel, Cosham, PO6 3FR

Our annual Liberty HR Leaders Conference – this year entitled “Navigating Challenging Times” – will be taking place on Thursday 5th October and will be held at The Village Hotel, Cosham, PO6 3FR.

It will start at 9am and conclude at 4pm, with a buffet lunch and breaks in the morning (pastries and refreshments) and afternoon (cookies and refreshments). And as with previous Liberty HR Conferences, the event will focus on what is current in the world of HR!

Perry Timms will deliver a keynote speech entitled: HR 3.0 – A new form of keynote for a new dawning in HR 

Last year we heard from Perry Timms about the State of Flourishing. During the year, he’s been describing a new model he’s designed for HR to deliver that flourishing state. Perry has serialised this model through linked features in HR Magazine. And now, it’s the keynote – with a twist. We’ll be immersed in a use case (story) to bring this model to life. Using a realistic but fictitious environment, Perry will take us through as if WE were the team assembled to operate this new model.

We will explore everything about People & Systems: Experience, Operations, Products, Practice Leads, Science, Intelligence, Design, Meaning Making and Relationships. Exploring the transition from the roles we have now, to the evolution of the People Profession. You’ll leave the session with sparked thoughts on how you could evolve your operating model and create the future in your organisation.

Please join us and Perry (now inducted into the HR Most Influential Hall of Fame) in October for a glimpse into a whole new world. NB – you can read more about Perry by visiting the PTHR website (

Representing our chosen charity this year – St Wilfrid’s Hospice, Chichester – will be;

Michelle McGannan. – who will provide an introduction to St Wilfrid’s Hospice & Bereavement in the workplace. She will discuss defining bereavement, loss and grief; issues around bereavement in the workplace; training that St Wilfrid’s provides; and the outline of a bereavement in the workplace workshop; along with broader issues.

Cat Horlock (People Director) – who will discuss how St Wilfrid’s support our community and common misconceptions; what it is like to work for a value driven organisation; what it is like to be a Trustee for a Hospice; and a patient’s view of the Hospice (via a patient story video).

Victoria Chomka, Community & Corporate Fundraiser – who will discuss the importance of a Business Partnership Membership, how it can improve staff retention and attraction by providing team building, networking and fundraising activities whilst fulfilling a social responsibility within the community.

NB – you can find out more about the work that St Wilfrid’s Hospice does by visiting their website –

There will be a Menopause Panel – featuring Sophie Cartledge and Dr Katie Hodgkinson .

Sophie is a menopause trainer and coach from Hormones on The Blink. Through CPD accredited workshops and training, Sophie raises awareness and education around menopause, helping to reduce the impact both personally and professionally. She works with organisations to create spaces for open communication and inclusivity.

Sophie will cover:

  • Legal requirements for employers
  • What employees actually want when it comes to menopause support
  • How to create menopause inclusive environments and retain valued employees

And Dr Katie Hodgkinson will discuss the following;

  • Understanding the perimenopause and menopause
  • The impact of your lifestyle on hormones
  • An overview of menopause treatment

GP and lifestyle medicine doctor Dr Katie Hodgkinson runs Hampshire Health and Hormones, managing hormone imbalances and lifestyle disease. She has a particular interest in the management of menopause and pre-menstrual syndrome. She is passionate about educating and empowering people to help ‘get back to feeling like you again!’

Also booked booked to speak is Saurav Chopra who will deliver a presentation entitled “Thrive As HR Leaders in the Era of ChatGPT and AI – 5 Actionable Strategies”

In this informative talk, Saurav – Founder of – discusses the role of HR leaders in the era of ChatGPT and AI. Saurav covers the concept of generative AI, offering knowledge and strategies to help organisations prepare for success. The key points covered are:

  1. Understanding generative AI and its impact on the HR landscape.
  2. Exploring the potential of ChatGPT in transforming employee engagement and development strategies.
  3. Examining real-world examples that demonstrate successful integration of ChatGPT in HR practices.
  4. Learning five proven strategies that HR leaders can use to effectively prepare their organizations for the future.

Overall, this talk equips HR leaders with valuable insights and practical guidance to navigate the changing landscape of AI and leverage ChatGPT effectively in their organizations.

Saurav Chopra is a serial HR tech entrepreneur who loves solving organisational challenges with the power of Technology. He has spoken at leading HR and L&D conferences and is the recipient of awards such as Barclays Scaleup Entrepreneur of The Year and the London Business School Accomplished Entrepreneur Award.

Saurav previously co-founded and ran Perkbox, a leading global employee experience platform which helps 5,000+ employers in 60+ countries.

His latest venture , also known as the “TikTok of workplace learning,” combines AI, micro-learning, gamification and peer learning to deliver a highly engaging and fun workplace learning experience.

And our final speaker will be the fabulous Ryan Clement.

Ryan is a practising barrister, trainer and writer on employment law and human resource management. He conducts training for organisations on employment law, good practice and diversity awareness & inclusion. He has been published many times with his articles on employment law related matters in various legal journals. He has also written a book, ‘Race Relations in Employment – Put Simply in Black & White’. (see more here –

Ryan recently represented two employees at the centre of the high-profile institutional racism situation at Yorkshire County Cricket Club. At our conference on 5th October, Ryan will be discussing institutional racism as a concept and, if such a thing exists in our workplace, how we can make steps to address it. It promises to be a fascinating session!

We will have 100 tickets, initially offered at the ‘Early-Bird’ price of £25 (th the end of August) and thereafter tickets will be priced at £35 each. All profits from the event will be donated to St Wilfrid’s Hospice.

NB – if we get enough early interest, the venue has offered us an extra 50 places so we could raise our guest list to 150 tickets, so please get your orders in quickly!

You can buy your tickets via this link and please keep an eye on this page and our Liberty Recruitment Group LinkedIN page for updates!

Or for more details, call the Liberty Recruitment Team on 023 9387 6666

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