4 More Can’t-Miss Speakers at Engage London


Engage London is only a couple of weeks away and there are some pretty incredible staffing and recruiting leaders who will be speaking at the annual global industry conference. Check out some of the insightful content these four Engage experts have contributed to the Recruitment Innovation Exchange!


Ann Swain

CEO, APSCo Global

Investing in People: Fixing the Industry’s Internal and External Reputation

Palace Suite, Tuesday, 10 September, 13:15 – 14:00

Dare we state the obvious, but recruitment has a pretty poor reputation with the observing public. One recent public opinion poll found that recruiters were deemed less trustworthy than politicians. Rather than have us all pack it in, how do we go about fixing the recruitment industry’s reputation? It turns out that change must start from within, and three of our industry’s most prolific (and gloriously opinionated) thought leaders will help us all see the light in this engaging, honest, and potentially humorous discussion.

Check out Ann’s RIX content: The Experts: Ann Swain on the Turning Point for Recruitment, Take It from the Top: Episode 12 – Ann Swain and Leah McKelvey


Petar Divjanovic

Head of Digital HR Solutions, DEKRA Arbeit Group

Investing in Innovation: Advice from the Players on the Pitch

Windsor Suite, Wednesday, 11 September, 10:45 – 11:30

It can be tempting to rely on what makes the recruitment industry great – trust and human relationships – and believe that our mastery of understanding people will always get us out of tricky situations, but ultimately, as any great recruitment leader will admit, an organisation must operate with a high degree of efficiency, focus, and creativity for competitive advantage. That starts with an acknowledgment of the need for – and a concerted investment in – innovation. Shaun Weise of Bullhorn will moderate a panel of recruitment visionaries who have all invested in practical innovations – from pursuing private equity backing to embracing emotional intelligence as a business strategy – to take their organisations to the next level, with huge degrees of success.

Check out Petar’s RIX content: How to Use Technology to Bring Out the Human in Human Resources


Anne Heraty

CEO, CPL Resources plc

The New C-Suite: The Evolution of Staffing Leadership

Palace Suite, Wednesday, 11 September, 10:45 – 11:30

Ten years ago, few global recruitment firms had chief marketing or digital officers, a concept which seems unthinkable today in an era of social media ubiquity and post-GDPR inbound lead capture. The C-suite has remained constant, but its qualifying components have changed considerably in recent years. In this executive panel, Bullhorn’s Steven McIntosh will examine the new C-suite – which roles are necessary for success in the new world of work? How many agencies – small or large – have invested in certain types of leadership roles, be they tied to marketing, diversity, security, engagement, culture, or something different? And how are things working out for those companies who have embraced change?

Check out Anne’s RIX content: Take It from the Top: Episode 14 – Anne Heraty and Leah McKelvey


Emily Swanborough

Director, Professional Development, Allegis Group Limited

Diversity and Inclusion: Culture as a Business Driver

Palace Suite, Tuesday, 10 September, 15:45 – 16:30

There’s no debate anymore – diverse companies are more profitable, deliver better customer value, and have reduced internal attrition. Additionally, with new legislation in various countries mandating female and minority representation on corporate boards and in the interview process, complicated by a historically low unemployment rate and dearth of talent, the need for strategies to increase access to diverse candidates has never been stronger. So why aren’t all recruiters, at this point, experts in finding diverse talent and ensuring these employees feel included in their company culture? The answer could stem from any number of things – changing definitions of “diversity,” an unwillingness to look beyond traditional recruitment methods, or the inability to successfully coach and train internal talent. In this panel, moderated by Dominic Herbert, we’ll quickly change that – taking a frank, honest look at what it takes to increase your diverse pipeline and keep those candidates engaged and happy for the entirety of their assignment and beyond.

Check out Emily’s RIX content: Take It from the Top: Emily Swanborough on Inclusion and Diversity [Episode 20]