Corporate Crisis: The Role of HR and Senior Leadership

FT 125 event in collaboration with Headspring on the role of HR and senior Leadership during a corporate crisis

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Apr 24, 2019
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Corporate Crisis: The Role of HR and senior Leadership

Workshop session hosted by The FT 125 and Headspring, featuring  FT Contributing Editor and Columnist Michael Skapinker, Sue Williams Former Head of Scotland Yard’s Hostage Negotiation Unit, and Simon Walker CBE Non-Executive Director of the Department for International Trade.

Corporate reputation, perceived morale, staff motivation, recruitment, internal communications -  the strategic aspects that are impacted by the corporate crises are many, but often underestimated. In an era in which crises are exacerbated by social media and online news, the role of HR has become pivotal in managing issues which were overlooked in the past, especially the impact on people and teams. In an exclusive collaboration with the FT 125, the membership-based events arm of the Financial Times, this session will examine the strategic role HR and business leaders can play to help businesses deal with, overcome and, crucially, avoid future crises.


Hosts

Michael Skapinker
FT Contributing Editor and Columnist
Michael Skapinker is an FT contributing editor and columnist on business and society. He is also executive editor of Headspring, the FT’s executive education arm. He joined the FT in London in 1986 and has held many positions, including FT Weekend editor, FT Special Reports editor and management editor.


Sue Williams
Former Head of Scotland Yard’s Hostage Negotiation Unit

Sue Williams worked in the Metropolitan Police Service for 32 years, leading the Hostage Crisis Unit at New Scotland Yard during the final five years. She has been a Hostage Negotiator since 1991, having qualified with both Scotland Yard and the FBI.


Simon Walker CBE
Non-Executive Director of the Department for International Trade
Simon Walker CBE was the Director General of the Institute of Directors from 2011 to 2017. During that role, he worked to modernise the organisation and increase the voice of the business community it represented.In November 2016, he was appointed as lead non-executive director of the Department for International Trade. Simon is also a Governor at the Westminster Foundation for Democracy.


 

Event details

When: Thursday 16 May 2019
Time: 8.30am to 11.30am 

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