Through four interactive virtual streams, you will learn how to make more informed decisions – based on scientific insights – to deliver real transformation within your organisation.  

Every stream is free to attend. You and your leadership team can register to enjoy the full virtual event or choose the most relevant streams.

Who should attend?

The event will bring together senior-level professionals who participate in strategic and operational decision-making and are a driving force for change in their organisation, including those who manage risk, people, culture, finance and technology.
The DNA Experience has been designed with a holistic, integrated approach in mind. Leaders from different strands of a business are therefore encouraged to attend together to derive the biggest organisational benefit.
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Stream one: 28 April | 10 - 11.30 am

Unlocking Employer DNA

Dr. Robert Plomin, our Keynote Speaker, will kick-off the conference by discussing how the DNA revolution will transform science, society and the way we understand ourselves.

We’ll then focus on the importance of looking at your organisation through a scientific lens — to unlock its DNA — enabling your business to thrive during these challenging, fast changing times. 

Our panel of experts will discuss some of the key challenges that are facing businesses, including organisational culture and D&I, decision making in uncertainty and the future direction of business. 

You’ll have an opportunity to share some of the biggest risks your organisation is facing and to hear about the key issues that other attendees are currently dealing with. 

Host
Nick Griggs

Speakers
Dr. Robert Plomin   |   Daniel Gerring   |   Gareth Tennant   |   
Tom Cheesewright

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Stream two: 5 May | 10 - 11.15 am

Empowering Diversity & Inclusion

The culture of an organisation is key to defining what makes it unique. In this stream we’ll explore the importance of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) in creating a positive employee experience. We’ll examine how building the right culture enables an organisation to evolve and to flourish.

Learn how genuine D&I is more than just “talking the talk.” You’ll see what tangible steps are needed in order to embed D&I authentically into your workplace and culture. And you’ll understand how true diversity and inclusion in the workplace creates innovation. 

Plus, using the power of data analytics, we’ll discuss pay gap analysis and reporting, and investigate how to practically interpret your data to better understand and address your pay gap. You’ll learn how to assess what is causing a pay gap and whether this is due to discrimination.

Host
Damian Stancombe

Speakers
Daniel Gerring   |   Tayo Oyinlola   |   Melissa Blissett

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Stream three: 12 May | 10 - 11.15 am

Adapting decisions in uncertainty

Covid-19 has created considerable short term uncertainty and longer term challenges for businesses. This stream will help strengthen your ability to make more informed decisions, enabling your organisation to evolve in the most effective way.

Major Gareth Tennant shares what he learned about the links between leadership, culture and strategy from his career in the military. He uses his experiences to help executives adapt their leadership and management styles, in order to build resilient and adaptive organisations. 

You’ll also hear from Louis Rosenberg PhD, who has developed a new form of AI based on the biological principles of Swarm Intelligence — which empowers any group to maximise their combined knowledge, wisdom, insights and intuitions. There will also be a live demo of this technology.  

Host
Dean Hughes

Speakers
Gareth Tennant   |   Louis Rosenberg PhD   |   Aisling O’Loughlin PhD

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Stream four: 19 May | 10 - 11.15 am

Evolving your Employer DNA

The working environment is changing and operating models will be challenged as businesses adapt. In our final stream we will 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. 

This stream will look at the traits that future-ready organisations share with leading athletes. You’ll obtain three takeaway tips to help make your organisation more agile and more effective.

With the gradual lifting of lockdown restrictions, business leaders across operations, finance, HR and other areas will need to understand the impact of changing work and commuting patterns.

Learn how this links to your wider sustainability agenda, including developing long-term scenarios and effective communications for your path to net zero emissions.

Host
Jane Ralph

Speakers
Tom Cheesewright   |   Allan Engelhardt

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View the streams

Stream one

28 April | 10 - 11.30 am

Unlocking Employer DNA

Every business has its own specific Employer DNA, so the way your organisation evolves will be unique. Our launch stream will include engaging talks to challenge your thinking and set the scene for the three more detailed streams that follow.

Register now

Stream two

5 May | 10 - 11.15 am

Empowering Diversity & Inclusion

The culture of an organisation is key to defining what makes it unique. We’ll explore the importance of diversity and inclusion in creating a positive employee experience. Learn how creating the right culture can enable an organisation to flourish. 

Register now

Stream three

12 May | 10 - 11.15 am

Adapting decisions in uncertainty

Covid-19 has created considerable short term uncertainty and longer term challenges for businesses. This stream will strengthen your ability to make more informed decisions, so that your organisation can evolve in the most effective way.

Register now

Stream four

19 May | 10 - 11.15 am

Evolving your Employer DNA

The working environment is changing and operating models will be challenged as businesses adapt. Identify which issues affect your business over the long term and know the steps you need to take now, in order for your business to thrive. 

Register now

View the streams

Stream one: 28 April | 10 - 11.30 am

Unlocking Employer DNA

Dr. Robert Plomin, our Keynote Speaker, will kick-off the conference by discussing how the DNA revolution will transform science, society and the way we understand ourselves.

We’ll then focus on the importance of looking at your organisation through a scientific lens — to unlock its DNA — enabling your business to thrive during these challenging, fast changing times. 

Our panel of experts will discuss some of the key challenges that are facing businesses, including organisational culture and D&I, decision making in uncertainty and the future direction of business. 

You’ll have an opportunity to share some of the biggest risks your organisation is facing and to hear about the key issues that other attendees are currently dealing with. 

Host
Nick Griggs

Speakers
Dr. Robert Plomin   |   Daniel Gerring   |   Gareth Tennant   |   
Tom Cheesewright

Register now

Stream two: 5 May | 10 - 11.15 am

Empowering Diversity & Inclusion

The culture of an organisation is key to defining what makes it unique. In this stream we’ll explore the importance of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) in creating a positive employee experience. We’ll examine how building the right culture enables an organisation to evolve and to flourish.

Learn how genuine D&I is more than just “talking the talk.” You’ll see what tangible steps are needed in order to embed D&I authentically into your workplace and culture. And you’ll understand how true diversity and inclusion in the workplace creates innovation. 

Plus, using the power of data analytics, we’ll discuss pay gap analysis and reporting, and investigate how to practically interpret your data to better understand and address your pay gap. You’ll learn how to assess what is causing a pay gap and whether this is due to discrimination.

Host
Damian Stancombe

Speakers
Daniel Gerring   |   Tayo Oyinlola   |   Melissa Blissett

Register now

Stream three: 12 May | 10 - 11.15 am

Adapting decisions in uncertainty

Covid-19 has created considerable short term uncertainty and longer term challenges for businesses. This stream will help strengthen your ability to make more informed decisions, enabling your organisation to evolve in the most effective way.

Major Gareth Tennant shares what he learned about the links between leadership, culture and strategy from his career in the military. He uses his experiences to help executives adapt their leadership and management styles, in order to build resilient and adaptive organisations. 

You’ll also hear from Louis Rosenberg PhD, who has developed a new form of AI based on the biological principles of Swarm Intelligence — which empowers any group to maximise their combined knowledge, wisdom, insights and intuitions. There will also be a live demo of this technology.  

Host
Dean Hughes

Speakers
Gareth Tennant   |   Louis Rosenberg PhD   |   Aisling O’Loughlin PhD

Register now

Stream four: 19 May | 10 - 11.15 am

Evolving your Employer DNA

The working environment is changing and operating models will be challenged as businesses adapt. In our final stream we will 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. 

This stream will look at the traits that future-ready organisations share with leading athletes. You’ll obtain three takeaway tips to help make your organisation more agile and more effective.

With the gradual lifting of lockdown restrictions, business leaders across operations, finance, HR and other areas will need to understand the impact of changing work and commuting patterns.

Learn how this links to your wider sustainability agenda, including developing long-term scenarios and effective communications for your path to net zero emissions.

Host
Jane Ralph

Speakers
Tom Cheesewright   |   Allan Engelhardt

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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.

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. 

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

Stream one: 28 April

Stream four: 19 May

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. 

Stream one: 28 April

Stream two: 5 May

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.

Stream two: 5 May

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.

Stream three: 12 May

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.

Stream one: 28 April

Stream three: 12 May

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.

Stream three: 12 May

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.  

Stream three: 12 May

Stream four: 19 May

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.

Stream two: 5 May

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.  

How to attend

Step 1: Register

Fill in the form below to secure your place, selecting all streams you wish to attend.

Step 2: Confirm

You will receive an email for each stream - containing your login information.

Step 3: Prepare

Make time in your calendar to watch the live streams and plan your questions in advance.

Step 4: Attend

Click the confirmation email link, watch your chosen streams, take part in Q&As and live polls.

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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.