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Transforming an organisation's people strategy and culture: insights from the C-Suite

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Time: 6.30pm - 9.30pm
Venue: Room 0027, Business School, Kingston Hill campus, Kingston Hill, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT2 7LB
Price: free
Speaker(s): Valerie Hughes-D'Aeth (Chief HR Officer, BBC) and Dr Jelena Petrovic (Associate Professor, Kingston University)

Transforming an organisation's people strategy and culture: insights from the C-Suite

Please note this event is postponed. A new date will be advised soon.

This is the seventh in a series of From Research to Practice seminars jointly organised by Kingston Business School and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). The key feature of these seminars is that they bring together academic experts from Kingston University and leading practitioners.

People strategy and culture are critical factors in successful strategy implementation. This seminar offers academic and practitioner perspectives on leading the people strategy and culture transformation and the role of strategic leadership in the process. The audience will have an opportunity to hear about experience of the CHRO in leading the transformation through organisational design, workforce planning, inclusive culture and effective HR support in the world's largest broadcasting organisation - BBC.


Valerie Hughes-D'Aeth, Chief HR Officer, BBC

Valerie has worked in HR for 35 years across a variety of sectors and countries. She is currently Chief HR Officer for the BBC and has been in this role since 2014. Prior to joining the BBC in 2014, Valerie was Group HR Director at support services organisation Amey, with responsibility for the HR, Marketing/Communications and Health, Safety and Sustainability strategy for 20,000 employees. She previously held the role of Group HR Director for Steria, based in Paris with global responsibility for 20,000 employees. She joined Steria in 2007 as a result of the acquisition of Xansa by Steria and was responsible for the people merger of the two organisations. She had worked at Xansa for 10 years, initially on a part-time basis while bringing up a young family, and then moving to become Group HR Director in 2004. In addition to leading the HR function she developed a new HR Outsourcing service line for the organisation from India. Her earlier career was spent initially at Selfridges as a Personnel Manager and then working at EDS (now Hewlett Packard), which she joined while living in the Netherlands. She spent four years there, initially heading up European Recruitment and then becoming HR Director for Northern Europe. She transferred to the UK with the organisation as head of European Compensation and Benefits before becoming UK HR Director. Valerie is a Fellow of the CIPD and has a B. Com. degree from Birmingham University. She speaks regularly at conferences and mentors many HR professionals and students including through the University alumni programme. She is also adviser to board committees at the Donmar Warehouse theatre and has been a Court member for the Guild of HR professionals.

Dr Jelena Petrovic, Associate Professor, Kingston University

Jelena is Associate Professor of strategic leadership and also leads the CIPD accredited postgraduate HR programmes at Kingston Business School. She has 25 years of experience in teaching and research in strategic leadership and international HR management on MBA, masters and executive programmes at the universities in the UK and internationally. Prior to joining Kingston University in 2010, Jelena worked for Cranfield School of Management, University of Wolverhampton Business School, Aston Business School, and University of Belgrade. In addition, Jelena is actively engaged in industry collaborations through consultancy and delivery of executive development programmes. Examples include Mercer, the CIPD, the Guardian, BT, Volvo Cars and Park Plaza Hotels. Jelena is an academic Fellow of the CIPD and Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy. She has received the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and Emerald Publishing Group award for her doctoral research on board directors in international joint ventures.


Registration and buffet/wine reception: 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Presentations: 7:00pm - 8:15pm
Networking: 8:15pm - 9:30pm

Professional photography and video production may be taking place at the event, and these images may be used on future promotional materials for Kingston University.

Parking is free on Kingston Hill campus after 17:00 and you will not require a parking permit after this time. We would recommend parking in either Car Park A or Car Park D, as they are most conveniently located for Kingston Business School. Please follow the signs on campus - car park A is at the top of the campus closest to the main road, and car park D is the multistory at the back of the campus.

Booking is essential to attend this event.

For further information about this event:

Contact: Dr Jelena Petrovic


Directions to Room 0027, Business School, Kingston Hill campus, Kingston Hill, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT2 7LB: