The DNA Experience virtual conference series, held during April and May, aimed to help attendees make more informed decisions, based on scientific insights, enabling them to deliver real transformation within their organisation. 

Each of the four streams is now available to watch on-demand. 

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Unlocking Employer DNA

Understand the importance of looking at your organisation through a scientific lens, enabling your business to thrive.

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Empowering Diversity & Inclusion

Examine why D&I is crucial to building a positive employee experience. Learn how genuine D&I is more than just “talking the talk.”

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Adapting decisions in uncertainty

Strengthen your ability to make more informed decisions, so that your organisation can evolve in the most effective way.

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Evolving your Employer DNA

Identify the issues that will affect businesses over the long term, so you know the steps you need to take now in order for your business to thrive. 

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OUR KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Dr Robert Plomin

MRC Research Professor in Behavioural Genetics, King's College London

Robert Plomin is a world-leading behavioural geneticist and psychologist, as well as a published author of the revolutionary book, ‘Blueprint: How DNA Makes Us Who We Are.’ 

He has received lifetime achievement awards from the major associations related to his field and has featured in the Times 2019 list of 25 Top Thinkers. In 2020, he was the recipient of the prestigious 2020 Grawemeyer Award in Psychology.

You can watch Dr Plomin’s talk by clicking on the "Unlocking Employer DNA" stream, where he helps set the scene for how DNA can be applied to business strategy and organisational culture, which is then discussed in the other streams. 

OUR KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Dr Robert Plomin

MRC Research Professor in Behavioural Genetics, King's College London

Robert Plomin is a world-leading behavioural geneticist and psychologist, as well as a published author of the revolutionary book, ‘Blueprint: How DNA Makes Us Who We Are.’ 

He has received lifetime achievement awards from the major associations related to his field and has featured in the Times 2019 list of 25 Top Thinkers. In 2020, he was the recipient of the prestigious 2020 Grawemeyer Award in Psychology.

Dr. Plomin will be speaking in Stream one on 28 April, helping to set the scene for how DNA can be applied to business strategy and organisational culture. 

OUR KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Dr Robert Plomin

MRC Research Professor in Behavioural Genetics, King's College London

Robert Plomin is a world-leading behavioural geneticist and psychologist, as well as a published author of the revolutionary book, ‘Blueprint: How DNA Makes Us Who We Are.’ 

He has received lifetime achievement awards from the major associations related to his field and has featured in the Times 2019 list of 25 Top Thinkers. In 2020, he was the recipient of the prestigious 2020 Grawemeyer Award in Psychology.

Dr. Plomin will be speaking in Stream one on 28 April, helping to set the scene for how DNA can be applied to business strategy and organisational culture. 

Meet our speakers

TOM CHEESEWRIGHT

Applied Futurist and author of ‘Future-proof Your Business.’

Tom helps people and organisations around the world to see the future more clearly, share their vision, and respond with innovation. 

Tom’s clients include global 500 corporations, government departments, industry bodies and charities. His books include ‘Future-Proof Your Business,” published in July 2020. 

DANIEL GERRING

Head of Pensions, Travers Smith, and sits on the firm’s D&I Board 

Daniel has been a partner at Travers Smith for a decade, playing a key role in transforming the firm's approach to diversity and inclusion. Ranked in OUTstanding's 100 top LGBT+ executives list for the past five years, he is also its highest ranked private practice lawyer internationally.

He chairs the board of Just Like Us (the UK's LGBT+ charity for young people) and sits on several other boards, including GiveOut, City YMCA and Refugees at Home.

TAYO OYINLOLA

Supporting women in business through her work as a coach and mentor, The Weir Group

Tayo Oyinlola, Group Head of Internal Audit, is a strategic financial leader who is passionate about the role of technology and the need to work collaboratively.  

Tayo is also committed to inspiring the next generation of women in business through her work as a mentor and leadership coach, empowering them to shake off their self-doubt and make their voices heard.

LOUIS ROSENBERG, PHD

CEO and chief scientist of the artifical intelligence company, Unanimous AI

Dr Louis Rosenberg founded Unanimous AI to pursue a ‘crazy’ idea – that we can amplify the intelligence of human groups by developing a new form of AI, based on the biological principles of Swarm Intelligence.  

The idea resulted in Swarm AI technology. This involves amplifying group intelligence and was named “AI Innovation of the Year” at SXSW.

GARETH TENNANT

Former operator and head of intelligence for the Royal Marines

Gareth learnt and honed his trade in some of the world’s toughest and most complex environments — from combat in Afghanistan to tracking pirates in Somalia. 

Applying his experiences to business, Gareth helps senior executives to adapt their leadership and management styles and cultivate successful organisational cultures to achieve greater results from the use of information and data.

AISLING O'LOUGHLIN, PHD

Consultant, Risk and Advisory Analytics, Barnett Waddingham

Aisling applies analytical and problem solving skills to help Barnett Waddingham’s clients add value to their organisation.

Her work involves the application of multifaceted computational analysis to tackle complex problems, leveraging large volumes of data to draw out insights capable of guiding better informed decision making.  

ALLAN ENGELHARDT

Principal and Head of Management Decision Analytics, Barnett Waddingham

Allan advises companies on how to succeed in the data-rich economy through the effective use of data and science to deliver commercial and operational value.

Allan has delivered growth and innovation for companies across the globe — building commercially accountable data science teams and innovation functions that have transformed business performance.

MELISSA BLISSETT

Senior Consultant, Pay Gaps and Financial Wellbeing, Barnett Waddingham

Melissa has led the development of Barnett Waddingham’s pay gap analytics and consultancy services, working with clients from a wide range of sectors.

Her experience has involved more than solely examining the pay gap itself; she has also measured the impact of the gap on financial, mental and physical wellbeing. 

Your hosts

NICK GRIGGS

Partner and Head of Employer Consulting, Barnett Waddingham

Nick leads our Employer Consulting business area, using his experience to identify best practices and strategic opportunities to mutually benefit both Barnett Waddingham and our clients.

His extensive experience, clear advice and proactive approach has helped him to become a trusted consultant and lead the advice to a wide range of UK and multi-national businesses.

DAMIAN STANCOMBE

Partner, member of Employee Consulting Board, Barnett Waddingham

Damian is a key member on our Employer Consulting Board and is responsible for exploring and developing new ways to support our clients and their employees. 

His passionate commitment to cutting edge innovation and improvement have helped him forge close, long term relationships with a wide range of UK and multi-national businesses.

 

DEAN HUGHES

Head of Risk Advisory and Analytics, Barnett Waddingham

Dean leads a successful team of risk consultants at Barnett Waddingham, specialising in risk advisory and analytics.

He blends his practical risk-based expertise and commercial acumen with the quantitative analytical skills of actuaries and data scientists, resulting in a pragmatic and accessible approach to risk management that delivers real and measurable value to businesses. 

JANE RALPH

Head of Corporate Consulting Midlands, Barnett Waddingham

Jane advises organisations on a wide range of pension issues, primarily related to their legacy defined benefit pension plans. 

In her 25 plus years in the pensions industry, Jane has advised the full spectrum of clients — from listed global multinationals to small family owned businesses with assets ranging from £3 billion to £20 million.  

"I loved learning about Employer DNA and how to make strategic changes to our business processes for sustainability."
Attendee, The DNA Experience

Our actuarial expertise

Our heritage in actuarial science means we are ideally placed to examine the DNA profile of a business. We go deeper than simply extracting, analysing and interpreting data. Our approach involves getting under the skin of a business and bringing information to the surface – unlocking an organisation's DNA. 

By turning this information into insights and actions, we can help your organisation to grow and to flourish. It’s an approach we’ve used in our own strategic and operational development – and one which has helped us to thrive over the past 30 years.

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