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Our partners Emma Burrows and Nicola Ihnatowicz were joined by David Blackburn, Chief People Officer of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, and HR Director of the Year at the Personnel Today Awards 2020 and Paul Allsopp, former Head of BT Agile Working Programme and currently Managing Director of The Agile Organisation.

They shared their experiences and answered direct questions from the audience.

In particular we were looking at how to manage a workforce in many locations, with some practical tips, and the equality, diversity and inclusion impact on the workforce of a move to agility. 

Speakers included:

David Blackburn, Chief People Officer, Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS)

David Blackburn is one of the most awarded HR professionals working in the UK today and listed as one the top 100 HR Directors in the World in the HRD Global 100 2021. In January David was made a Chartered Companion of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). This is the highest accolade and level of membership awarded by the CIPD professional body and the selection of individuals to enter this group – currently only twenty-six - is made directly by the CIPD Board.

With over 20 years’ experience in leading all aspects of Human Resources, David is currently the Chief People Officer of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS).

Paul Allsopp, Director, The Agile Organisation

Paul is senior consultant working with Private, Public and Third Sector organisations developing and implementing agile smart & hybrid ways of working, workplace & workforce strategy and culture change - solving problems, changing mind-sets and creating improvement opportunities in workplace & people performance and business outcomes.

Paul previously headed the UKs largest Agile Working Programme and the award-winning BT Workstyle Programme in UK provinces. Successfully developed and implemented BT Office, Operational and agile working strategies over 20 years, dramatically transforming cost, closely aligning workplace with business needs and enabling new effective ways of working.

Over the last decade Paul has established a successful track record in providing specialist, independent support, advice, development and implementation activity to a diverse range of organisations focused on agility and change.

The video recording can be viewed here: