Annual Conference 2019: 30th Anniversary

Annual Conference 2019: 30th Anniversary

Friday 8th November
The 2019 LawNet Annual Conference took place on Friday 8th November and returned to the fabulous 5-star Celtic Manor, Newport.
One of Europe’s finest destinations for meetings, conferences and events, voted M&IT ‘Best UK Hotel' seven times in eight years 2011 - 2014, 2016 - 2018, and C&IT ‘Top UK Conference Hotel’ for five consecutive years, with world class golf and award-winning spa facilities, it is the perfect location to celebrate our 30th Anniversary.

Our conference is the home of inspirational leadership & strategy learning, and this year we focused on how to drive great performance in your business.  At the heart of performance success is the alignment of purpose, people and strategy but how do you achieve that? We explored the impact of leadership, culture, employee well-being and engagement and learning from examples of success in other sectors. Our aim was to spark creative thinking and send delegates away with some practical tips they can implement straight away to make a difference in their own businesses.

Keynote Speakers
  • Harriet Beveridge
    Performance Coach & co-author of ‘Will It Make The Boat Go Faster’?
    Harriet has coached for nearly twenty years. She’s worked from the shop floor to the board room in organisations as diverse as Royal Mail, Kellogg’s, Lloyds Banking Group and Astellas. She has a wealth of experience helping individuals, teams and organisations unlock their potential and reach their goals.
    An inspiring speaker, her keynotes are rooted in practical application and real-world stories. Harriet is an accomplished stand-up comic. She was a Funny Women Awards UK semi-finalist. She’s written and performed two different shows for solo runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to rave reviews. Harriet is a regular on the comedy circuit and MC of WOMAD festival’s ‘world of words’ tent.
  • Bruce Daisley
    Bruce Daisley is the EMEA Vice President of Twitter and best-selling author of ‘The Joy of Work’.
    He joined the company in 2012 having previously run YouTube UK at Google. He has also worked at Emap/Bauer and Capital Radio.
    Bruce runs the Apple number 1 Business Chart-topping podcast ‘Eat Sleep Work Repeat’ on work culture. 
    Bruce’s book ‘The Joy of Work’, which tackles the key issues of 21st century office life, providing practical, empirically-tested advice on how to create a more productive and inspiring work culture, has been a smash hit. It was the Sunday Times number 1 business bestseller in spring 2019 and the Financial Times made it Book of the Month.
    He delivers a brilliant array of down-to-earth insights into how we can be more productive and find greater fulfilment at work.

  • Gareth Jones
    Gareth Jones is a renowned thought leader and business adviser.
    Visiting Professor at the IE Business School, Madrid, and a Fellow of the Centre for Management Development at London Business School, his research interests are in organisational design, culture, leadership and change. Gareth’s career has spanned both the academic and business worlds including senior positions at the University of East Anglia, London Business School, Henley Business School, and roles as Senior VP for Polygram’s global human resources and Director of Human Resources and Internal Communications at the BBC.
    He has published many books and articles. Amongst these are several books co-authored with Rob Goffee including ‘The Character of a Corporation, how your culture can make or break your business, ‘Why Should Anyone Be Led by You?’ and ‘Clever, leading your smartest, most creative people’ and, ‘Why Should Anyone Work Here?’. Articles have appeared in the European Management Journal, Human Relations, Management Today and in Harvard Business Review, two of which won the prestigious McKinsey prize.

Discussion Panel
  • Elizabeth Rimmer
    Elizabeth Rimmer is CEO of LawCare. Elizabeth has been managing and developing charities in the mental health sector for over 20 years. She joined LawCare in 2014 from the Institute of Group Analysis, a membership and training organisation for group psychotherapists. Before that she headed up Alzheimer’s Disease International, a worldwide federation of Alzheimer Associations. Elizabeth started her working life as a solicitor specialising in clinical negligence, practicing at Leigh Day. LawCare, a registered charity, supports and promotes good mental health and well-being throughout the legal community in the UK and Ireland. LawCare provides emotional support, information and works to raise awareness about why mental health matters.
  • Nick Bloy
    Nick Bloy is a former Lawyer and HR Business Partner, with an MSc in Chemistry and a passion for people. In 2016 he founded Wellbeing Republic, a London-based consultancy designed to help people and organisations thrive. He works as an executive coach and trainer, inspiring professionals from a wide-range of industry sectors (including law) to maximise their potential. He also consults with organisations to help them create cultures and practices that bring out the very best in their people. He brings together the latest thinking in the fields of neuroscience, psychology, physiology, evolutionary biology, biochemistry and many more, to help people understand how to optimise their performance, health and happiness.
  • Robert Camp
    Robert Camp served as Managing Partner of award-winning law firm, Stephens Scown for 8 years during which time the firm doubled in size. With infectious enthusiasm and clear vision, Robert led significant change in the firm’s culture and brand. Now, as Director of Strategic Innovation for the firm, he is focused on looking outside the legal profession at ways to enhance customer experience and deliver a high-quality, client centric service. Robert is passionate about enabling everyone to fulfil their potential and be proud of the work they do and who they work with which, in turn, leads to better service and client engagement. Robert was instrumental in implementing the firm’s groundbreaking employee ownership programme “Scownership” and now heads up the firm’s growing employee ownership sector. Stephen Scown ranked 44th in the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For 2019, having featured for five consecutive years.
  • Kayleigh Leonie
    Kayleigh has undertaken research, written articles and published best practice guidance on supporting the well-being of junior lawyers on behalf of The Law Society. Kayleigh holds regular roundtables for employers to share best practice on supporting well-being in the workplace. Kayleigh is a solicitor specialising in employment law and a trustee of LawCare.