International HR Day

International HR Day

Please note if you attended our Annual Review of Employment Law conference then you are automatically registered for this conference at no extra cost, joining instructions will be emailed to you closer to the time of the event.

You mean the world to us, so we’ve brought the world to you.

No caring or sensitive person would argue that the COVID-19 pandemic has been a good thing: there has been too much death and hurt for that. However, with any great disruption comes unintended consequences and opportunities, some of which are positive. Many of us have found working from home to be doable and most organisations are looking at some form of hybrid working going forward.

The necessary move to online conferencing and events means that we at Legal Island now have readier access to some of the world’s best speakers, rather than just those from Ireland and the UK.

In this bonus day for delegates at our Annual Review of Employment Law 2021, we bring you a day of internationally renowned speakers on subjects essential to HR professionals and others with an interest in the world of work.

From research showing that shortening the working week improves productivity, engagement & retention, to creating a remote and hybrid working culture, we give you a world of change and HR thought leadership from New Zealand to Switzerland, if not quite infinity and beyond. 

When & Where?

This event will take place online on the Hopin platform on the 27 January 2022 between 9.15am and 3.30pm.


Standard Rate: £145 +VAT
Early Bird Rate: £95 +VAT (deadline 5pm on Friday 14 January 2022)

*Please note if you attended our Annual Review of Employment Law conference then you are automatically registered for this conference at no extra cost, joining instructions will be emailed to you closer to the time of the event.

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Sponsored by:

Eversheds Sutherland


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Welcome: Meet your chair for the day, Gillian McAuley, Group HR Director, Devenish Nutrition, along with our sponsor, Eversheds Sutherland.

Morning Sessions: Thinking of You and Others: Work-Life Balance, Wellbeing and Caring


4 Day Week: How to Reduce Work Hours and Increase Productivity.

Research suggests that a four-day week (where employees continue to receive full-time wages for reduced hours) results in greater productivity. Why should this be? It seems to be linked to better work-life balance and a desire to complete tasks on time and then get out of work to enjoy the extended leisure time. New Zealand-based innovator, entrepreneur and philanthropist Andrew Barnes has made a career of market-changing innovation and industry digitisation. In this session, Andrew explains why he set up 4 Day Week Global and how countries and organisations that have moved to adopt a 4 day working week model are reaping the rewards that come from having a happier, more productive workforce.




Comfort Break


How to Measure Wellbeing.

Wellbeing was originally introduced to reduce absence costs. It's now there as an enabler of employee productivity, innovation and engagement. The UK’s Ministry of Justice measures employee wellbeing. They take a strictly person-centred approach to wellbeing. In essence, one that recognises each employee as an individual with their own unique set of needs. They believe this method encourages:

  • Individuals to take responsibility for their own wellbeing
  • Line managers to support their team members based on a holistic picture of their needs
  • Senior leaders to encourage a culture of wellbeing through their behaviour
  • The organisation to create an inclusive environment where everyone can thrive.

In this case study, Becky Thoseby, Head of Workplace Wellbeing, Ministry of Justice UK explains how they measure wellbeing and implement their individually tailored programmes to achieve the benefits set out above - and how their methods could have universal application.




Comfort Break


Caring is NOT a Soft Option for Good Times – It’s the ONLY Option for Employers Who Want to Thrive.

Employees whose organisation cares for them (and employees recognise this) are:

  • 2x more likely to be engaged at work
  • 4x less likely to suffer from stress and burnout
  • 7x more likely to feel included at work
  • 3x lower turnover
  • 23% lower recorded injury rate

Martin Zelger, VP International Sales at Limeade argues that employees need a holistic experience – they need to know their employer cares if they are to be happy and perform well. That way, they will care for other stakeholders, like customers. Employers should consider measuring feelings and relegating other transactional KPIs to a secondary level. 38% of employees don’t have a positive experience at work - this figure is similar across many jurisdictions. So, how can employers improve the employee experience and show they are cared for? Martin Zelger shows you how.




Observers’ Discussion: Our HR experts discuss what they have heard this morning and give their views on key themes and practical takeaways that will benefit return on investment for delegates and their organisations


Lunch Break


Welcome back – Gillian McAuley introduces:

Afternoon Sessions: Looking out and moving on – maintaining contact and engagement with prospective employees and leavers.


Successful Succession Planning: Stepping Out and Moving On from the Top Team.

All good senior executives reach a point where they need to start thinking and planning to say goodbye to their colleagues and the business. Doing it well will benefit both the individual and the organisation. Oliver Johnston, Founder of Stepping Out from the Top Team, travels the world helping senior executives move on in different directions. Oliver chairs a discussion on how helping senior people to leave their position can be a positive, fair and liberating experience for everyone involved, whether they move abroad or stay in some capacity. Oliver is joined by Emma Stephenson, HR Director, Clyde & Co and Tom Bell, CEO & Founder of Trust, Align, Grow Coaching & Consultancy.




Comfort Break


Alumni Networks – A Valuable Differentiator and Major Source of Income.

Employees change employers more often than they used to. That trend will continue as younger employees enter the job market. Employers need to track former-employee movement AND maintain relationships after employees move on. It not only highlights your confidence in them as professionals and your organisation but proves to be a valuable source of income and intelligence – those former employees look to their older contacts to do business with, provided you support them in their career moves. And they will move, whether you support them or not. There’s also a very good chance that they will return in later life – more rounded, more experienced, and with many more contacts. These networks clearly work for both employers and employees. And it doesn’t just have to be an ‘employee’ alumni network you establish. EY has an alumni network for its Entrepreneur of the Year Programme. Why do you think that might be?

Elisabeth Roux Managing Director Boost4Leadership, Ailish O’Hara, Employee Relations Lead, EY, and Rishi Chopra Alumni Manager International Operations, Eversheds Sutherland, will discuss the pros of establishing robust and active alumni networks, as well the pitfalls to avoid.




Observers’ Discussion: Our HR experts discuss what they have heard this afternoon and give their views on key themes and practical takeaways that will benefit return on investment for delegates and their organisations.




Feedback from our Annual Review of Employment Law:

"Excellent event and having it online was actually much better and more interactive than usual for me as I was able to direct message and have my questions answered. The digital learning pack will be invaluable! It was like 2 days of HR Therapy! Fabulous event!"
Noeleen Farnan, Director, Business Primis

"I wanted to congratulate the Legal Island team on an amazing virtual experience- It has been the best virtual event I have been to, the technology you used worked fantastically, and I loved the tone of the whole event."
Chris Lillie, Group HR Director, The SHS Group

"Speakers were excellent and covered a great amount. I found this experience very good and would hope that in future conferences etc could carry on in this format so save time and travel."
Evelyn Scott, Finance Manager, Causeway & Mid Ulster Women's Aid

"As the presenter was on a screen in front of you it was easier to focus on what they were presenting. All presenters were very engaging"
Orlagh Johnston, HR Manager, ABP UK

"All the sessions were informative and could be viewed from the comfort of my own home."
Kerri Bradley, HR Director, Cleaver Fulton Rankin

"Accessible from home. Great content and great presenters. Very engaging."
Hazel McKay, HR Advisor, EP Kilroot & EP Ballylumford

"So informative and well organised"
Felicity Townley, HR Manager, Wilson Nesbitt Solicitors

"An excellent session. Louise's sessions are always really enjoyable and her practical approach to difficult workplace situations is so refreshing.
Louise Fitzsimons, HR Manager, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council

"Really enjoyed the two days. Lots of relevant information /guidance for HR Managers and what a great digital platform! Well done all at Legal Island."
Jacqui Dornan, Fusion Heating

"The online event was excellent as an alternative to the face to face conference. Lots of information and great resources provided as always. Glad we get the chance to hear see the sessions that we missed - as sometimes it's hard to decide which one to attend."
Elaine Di Lucia, HR Manager, Victim Support NI


  • Gillian McAuley
    Gillian McAuley Group HR Director
    Devenish Nutrition

    Gillian joined Devenish as the Group HR Director in 2015. Devenish, an agri tech company has c750 employees globally with sites in UK, Ireland, US, Mexico,Turkey and Africa.

    Gillian was born in Northern Ireland but grew up in Canada where she worked as a Barrister and Solicitor specialising in employment law prior to returning to Northern Ireland in 2001.  After returning to NI, Gillian worked for the Viridian Group (now Energia Group) for 14 years in various HR roles eventually becoming the HR Director in 2011.

    Gillian is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, a Chartered Director and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors.  In a voluntary capacity, she sits on the Board of NOW Group and the Governance, Nominations and Remuneration Committee of Ulster University.  Gillian is married with two teenage sons.

  • Andrew Barnes
    Andrew Barnes Founder
    4 Day Week Global, Perpetual Guardian, and Coulthard Barnes Group of Companies

    Innovator, entrepreneur and philanthropist Andrew Barnes has made a career of market-changing innovation and industry digitisation. Most recently, in New Zealand, Andrew triggered a revolution of the entire fiduciary and legal services industries, and the transformation he has led as the founder of Perpetual Guardian has positive implications both locally and globally (as evidenced by his announcement of the 4 day week, which made headlines around the world).

    The result has seen him establish 4 Day Week Global and the 4 Day Week Global Foundation with his partner, Charlotte Lockhart. Their vision for this is to provide a community environment for companies, researchers/academics and interested parties to be able to connect and advance this idea as part of the future of work. Through this work he is on the advisory boards of both the US and Ireland 4 Day Week campaigns and the board of the newly created Wellbeing Research Centre at Oxford University.

    In 2019 he wrote The 4 Day Week book, as a how to guide for companies trying to reduce work hours and increase productivity. Through this work he is on the advisory board of the Wellbeing Research Centre at Oxford University.

  • Becky Thoseby
    Becky Thoseby Head of Workplace Wellbeing
    Ministry of Justice UK

    In a nutshell, Becky works to bring about a culture of wellbeing to an organisation, taking an inclusion focused approach to wellbeing, and helping leaders to integrate wellbeing into their leadership behaviour.

    Becky is currently practising as a coach both privately and as part of her full time role. Although she works with clients with a variety of goals, her speciality and passion is wellbeing coaching. Becky loves to work with clients who want to make a change to their life which will result in increased wellbeing, but perhaps are struggling with how to do this, or where to start.

    Becky has been practising mindfulness for over five years and runs regular group mindfulness sessions in the workplace which have been extremely successful, as well as presenting at team building events and working with individuals.

  • Martin Zelger
    Martin Zelger VP of International Sales

    Martin is an industry leader in the Well-Being and Engagement space with over 20 years of global experience. At Limeade, Martin is responsible for all direct sales outside of the United States. Together with his international team, he focuses on expanding the footprint of the Limeade Well-Being and Engagement solutions globally.

    Martin speaks four languages and is an Italian and Swiss national. He holds a Doctorate in Business and Commerce from the University of Trento, Italy and a Bachelor of Science in International Business from the University of London, Imperial College, UK.

    Together with his wife Veronika and his twin boys Anton and Jakob, Martin lives in Zürich and keeps fit by chasing his two young boys, day in and day out.

  • Oliver Johnston
    Oliver Johnston Founder
    Stepping Out from the Top Team

    As a business consultant for over 25 years, Oliver has built an international reputation in change, organisation development and leadership development. Oliver is a coach, working 1-1 with C-suite executives, a facilitator, working with top-of- the-pyramid teams, and teacher – designing and enabling individual and team learning.

    In December 2020 Oliver retired from his professional coaching practice to concentrate solely on leading the Stepping Out from the Top Team coaching and consulting practice.

    Previously he was Director of Leadership Consulting for Penna PLC.

    Oliver's clients include Canada Life, Clyde & Co, The Southbank Centre, Norbrook Laboratories, KPMG, Grosvenor Group, Uniphar, Northstone Holdings, Harvey Nash, Liberty IT,

    Oliver is an Honorary Life Member of the Association For Coaching (AC), a member of the AC Global Advisory Panel, and was the Inaugural Chair of the Association For Coaching (AC) in Ireland.

  • Emma Stephenson
    Emma Stephenson Director of Partner Relations
    Clyde & Co

    Emma Stephenson is a HR professional with 20+ years’ experience in Legal HR.   She started her Clyde career based in Hong Kong as Head of HR for Greater China before moving with the firm to New York to assume the position of Head of HR for the firm’s North America region.  She continues to oversee APAC and North America but is now based in London (home after 10 years of expat life) and focused on building out a new function dedicated to supporting the firm’s 450 global Partners – a function called Partner Relations.  She has a passion for people and in particular supporting people to navigate their careers, to develop and to thrive. 

  • Tom Bell
    Tom Bell Global Executive Coach; Business and People Growth; Organisation Culture Builder
    Trust, Align, Grow

    Tom Bell is a dedicated executive coach who works with professionals and executives who have a commitment to their personal growth and the growth of their company. He brings a unique background of understanding both the operational and people side of the company. He helps executives and individuals to thrive in the workplace. He has been a corporate executive for 20+ years, serving in roles such as Chief Strategy Officer, Chief People Officer, and Head of Customer Service in manufacturing, finance, distribution and technology companies. He has had responsibilities in publicly traded companies, privately held businesses, and family-owned firms with operations functioning in the United States, Japan, Mexico, Brazil, and the United Kingdom.

  • Elisabeth Roux
    Elisabeth Roux Managing Director
    Boost 4 Leadership

    Elisabeth Roux is an expert in leadership. After managing several HR consultancies, she created her own company, Boost 4 Leadership. She now runs International leadership programmes and coaching processes all around the world. She is French and lives in Spain.  She has been an active member of the Toulouse Business School alumni network for more than 20 years and she is responsible for the Spanish territory. She provides this service pro bono.

  • Ailish O'Hara
    Ailish O'Hara Senior Manager, Employee Relations

    In her role as ER specialist, Ailish provides commercial advice and guidance on ER issues, particularly on complex cases.
    Leads on approach to managing key employment risk: redundancies, TUPE transfers, performance management.

  • Rishi Chopra
    Rishi Chopra Alumni Manager
    Eversheds Sutherland

    Rishi Chopra has spent the past decade building and delivering strategic alumni programmes in the education and legal sectors. In 2020, he launched the new Eversheds Sutherland Alumni Network in an entirely virtual environment to a global audience. Rishi has previously managed alumni networks at Herbert Smith Freehills and Latymer Upper School. He believes passionately in the power of harnessing relationships to create mutual value for the organisation and its alumni community.

  • Scott Alexander
    Scott Alexander Head of Learning and Development
    Legal Island

    Scott Alexander joined the CIPD in 1987 and is a certified member of the Mediators’ Institute of Ireland and a member of the Association for Coaching Ireland. Scott was appointed as a member of the Governing Body of Southern Regional College from 1 August 2015. Scott is also a mentor under the CO3 Mentoring Programme for chief officers in the 3rd sector and an HR Committee member for the Bruiser Touring Theatre Company. Scott has over 30 years’ experience in employment relations and employment law. He worked for the Labour Relations Agency in Northern Ireland for 14 years in a variety of roles, including collective and individual conciliation and enquiry point manager, before joining Legal Island as its Head of Learning and Development in January 2006.

  • Noeleen Farnan
    Noeleen Farnan Owner & Founder
    Business Primis

    Noeleen Farnan is the Founder of Business Primis Ltd, a HR Consultancy covering NI, GB and RoI.           

    The focus of Business Primis is putting clients first in terms of service and compliance, helping to protect both people and business.  

    Noeleen has over 20 years’ experience working in Human Resources across public and private sectors.  For the last decade she has worked as a Consultant specialising in Employment Law.  She is trained and qualified in GB, RoI & NI Employment Law and is a Chartered member of the CIPD,. 

    Noeleen believes in the importance of personally working side by side with her clients, giving them the peace of mind of having experienced and qualified HR professionals to help them with every step of the employment life cycle.


  • Louise Magee
    Louise Magee HR Manager

    Currently based in the SITA Irish Location, Letterkenny, SITA is the leading provider of technology solutions for the airline industry.  SITA is a truly global company, based in 126 countries with 5,000 employees.  

    Louise is the Senior HR Manager and is part of the Europe HR team and has responsibility for Ireland, The Netherlands and Malta, with previous HR Leadership responsibilities for Belgium and Denmark.   The role involves partnering with the business on people strategies to retain and attract key talent, including organisational culture, performance and talent management, wellness, learning and promoting the D&I agenda.

  • Christine Quinn
    Christine Quinn Learning and Development Officer
    Legal Island

    Christine an employment solicitor with 18 years’ experience in the legal and voluntary sectors, as a solicitor and paralegal, in both London and Northern Ireland. She trained at leading London human rights firm Bindmans LLP and qualified into their employment and discrimination department, before joining the BBC’s in-house employment law team. Christine subsequently worked at LHS Solicitors representing members of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) before taking a career break to run her own small business. Her return to law saw her join the Law Centre (NI) as interim Head of Employment law.

    Connect with Christine on LinkedIn

  • Rolanda Markey
    Rolanda Markey Learning and Development Services Officer
    Legal Island

    Rolanda Markey joined the Learning and Development team at Legal Island in March 2019.  Prior to that she worked for the Labour Relations Agency in Belfast for 17 years as an Employment Relations Officer working in both Advisory (good practice) Services and Dispute Resolution.  Before joining the Labour Relations Agency, she worked in Human Resources in a range of public and private sector organisations.  She is a Chartered Member of the CIPD and has an MSc in Occupational Psychology. 

Event details


9.15am - 3.30pm


27 January 2022


Online - Hopin


Standard Rate: £145 +VAT
Early Bird Rate: £95 +VAT (deadline 5pm on Friday 14 January 2022)