SPEAKERS

SIMON JACK
Conference Facilitator

Simon Jack is the BBC’s Business Editor, taking on a role previously held by Robert Peston, Kamal Ahmed and Jeff Randall.

Popular for his approachable, easy style, Simon formerly covered the day’s business headlines for Radio 4’s Today and BBC Breakfast News.

After time spent as a corporate and investment banker in London, New York and Bermuda, Simon joined the BBC’s Business and Economics unit. He reported for the Today programme and 5 Live's Wake up to Money. He also presented business and financial podcasts for the Daily Telegraph.

Simon became familiar to TV viewers when he covered the 2008 financial crisis for BBC News, the BBC News Channel and Working Lunch. He then replaced Declan Curry as the regular BBC Breakfast business news reporter, and has co-hosted the show as a stand in for Bill Turnbull.

Having interviewed some of the biggest names in UK and international commerce, covered the key events in business and the markets, and analysed the implications of policy and government, Simon has an insight few can rival. His down-to-earth style, humour, and occasional irreverence, make him perfect for explaining the complexities of economics and industry to both the expert and the layperson alike


MARK GALLAGHER

Mark Gallagher has been involved in the world of Formula 1 for over three decades. A close confidante of drivers, and a former member of the senior management teams at Jordan, Red Bull, and Cosworth, he understands what it takes to succeed in high tech, high risk competition.

Entering F1 first as a radio and print journalist, Mark joined Eddie Jordan’s fledgling Grand Prix team via a sponsorship role. Part of the management board he ran day-to-day commercial and marketing activities. He then became part of the new Red Bull Racing team, leading their commercial side as they went on to become four-time World Champions. He also headed up Cosworth’s return to Grand Prix overseeing their growth to becoming the engine suppliers to a third of competing teams.

Throughout his motorsport career Mark has built an understanding of what it takes to win in a sport that combines technology, teamwork, leadership, communication, finance and risk in the search for competitive advantage. He draws parallels between the high-speed environment of motor racing and the fast-paced business world. He offers dramatic insight into the practical application of leadership, motivation and teamwork, and the outcomes possible when all three work together. He also demonstrates the use of technology to gain advantage, innovating in a competitive environment, and dealing with rapidly changing situations.

Mark has worked with top teams and individuals including World Champions Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher, Damon Hill and Jenson Button. He continues to work closely with a number of the sport’s stars including David Coulthard, Mika Hakkinen and Jacques Villeneuve.

In addition to his work with F1 teams Mark also the founded the Status Grand Prix team which won the Motorsport World Cup of Motorsport and competed at junior racing levels as well as in the Le Mans 24 Hour race. He has worked in driver management and media affairs, and as a PR and sponsorship consultant to teams. He chaired the F1 health and safety committee charged with striking the balance between commercial concerns, risk assessment, and the safety of drivers, teams and spectators in a sport which still remains one of the most dangerous. He is an analysis and co-commentator on F1 for BBC Radio 5Live, Sky Sports and for ESPN in the US. He also helped develop new hybrid engine regulations introduced to F1, advised on Disney Pixar’s films CARS and CARS II, and has compiled his business insights into the book The Business of Winning- Strategic Success from the Formula One track to the Boardroom.



KEVIN GREEN

Kevin Green is an HR and talent professional who helps organisations prepare for the future and improve performance by making the most of their people and by enhancing their culture. The former Chief Executive of the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC), Kevin also served as HR Director at Royal Mail where he was a key part of a turnaround team. Whilst at the REC Kevin moved the organisation towards viewing members more as customers and providing a service that reflected that as well as improved training and support.

Under his leadership the REC became the leading voice of the British labour market. Previously at Royal Mail, working alongside Allan Leighton and Adam Crozier, Kevin was responsible for all people-related issues for a business with over 160,000 employees. He and the leadership team dramatically turned around the postal service at a time of new and increased competition. In an environment where post was increasingly second to electronic communications and many global courier companies were taking Royal Mail’s business, they turned losses of over £1.5million a day into an annual profit of over £450million.

Having worked with recruitment and HR professionals and companies from Lloyds Banking Group to Unilever to BAE Systems, Kevin delivers real-world, practical advice on culture, policy and strategy. He examines how every organisation and department can make the most of their HR functions as well as how to attract, retain and develop talent in the digital age. Direct, but also down-to-earth and entertaining, Kevin challenges companies to really grasp the opportunities of change. He looks at how to diagnose as well as solve people and talent problems, including how to create better leaders at all levels. He considers how a company must and can reflect society and their customers with a diversity of ideas and opinions as well as gender and ethnicity. He counters many of the clichés and assumptions of HR and explains how, done right, it can improve personal and organisational openness and growth.

As well as the everyday business challenges Kevin looks at the near future of people and talent. He offers an insight into the new HR tech companies and those experiencing rapid growth with which he’s working. He reflects on the possible effects of artificial intelligence on the workplace and what it means for business beyond doom-laden predictions of joblessness and economic turmoil. He also explains the millennial view on, and expectations of the working world; whilst not always so different, employers need to be aware of their desire for more flexibility, development and variety. As well as his work in business, Kevin has been a regular commentator on labour and employment on BBC TV and radio.