Happy 1st Birthday!

The popular regional group for HR, L&D and OD professionals has celebrated its first birthday!


Casting our minds back to the start, in October 2015 at a snowy Harts Restaurant we launched the network to over 100 HR professionals, and heard from the inspirational Andrew Stephenson (previously HR Director at DFS - now at Lookers plc). You can watch video highlights of the event here.


Our mission was to create the only group of its kind in the region - a platform for those in HR, L&D and OD to meet fellow professionals, build knowledge, learn new and current approaches, and join forces to help spearhead and embed change back at the workplace.


A busy 12 months...





Since then 12 months have passed - at times it may have felt like a dream. After all - Brexit happened, we said goodbye to Cameron, hello to May and Trump was elected!

But back in the real world, we've had a packed line up of events, including:  


Andy Hamilton - Change Management at Nottingham Playhouse

HR Director & Manager Roundtables - Various events throughout the year


Ten pin bowling

Transformational HR with Nottingham City Council


Lumina Learning at Ikano Bank

HR & Veeno wine tasting


Tackling inclusion and diversity with EON

Launched a sub-group specifically discussing Inclusion & Diversity


First & Fast with Stuart Cross at Speedo

The HR story behind Topps Tiles - Family business to PLC


The future - 2017

We're currently busy planning our calendar of events for 2017 - this is how it's shaping up so far:


January 2017 - HR Director/Manager Roundtable at Radisson Blu, East Midlands Airport

23 February 2017 - Employee engagement at Capital One, Nottingham


March 2017 - HSBC, NG2 Business Park

Watch this space - also please let us know if you've got any ideas on events or topics you'd like us to cover. It's your network so please get in touch!




A few words from our founding sponsors:

Bjorn Jones, Director at Blusource said, "It's quite crazy to think it's over a year since we officially launched the network at Harts - partly because we've been so busy organising events in the meantime! It's great that we've had such a great response - it's clear there's a real demand and need for the network".

Nic Elliott, Director at Actons also commented, "Over the last 12 months we've been lucky enough to host some great events and hear the HR stories from some great businesses, including DFS, Nottingham City Council, Ikano Bank, EON and Topps Tiles. It's really exciting to think where we'll be in another twelve months time!".

Penny Strutton, Managing Director of Penny Strutton Ltd added, "We've had a lot of excellent feedback on the HR Network. It's really brought to life our desire for the network to provide a place for in-house HR, L&D and OD people to meet fellow professionals and share best practice, new approaches and hear success stories from some great organisations. I'm really looking forward to seeing the network continue to grow and develop even further".  












Here's some of the highlights from our launch event back in October 2015...


Highlights from our launch event at Harts - October 2015





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Penny Strutton Ltd is an organisational development consultancy that provides services to organisations of all sizes in the private, public and voluntary sector. Specialising in people, Penny Strutton Ltd works strategically with senior staff, develops leadership capabilities, integrates and implements cultural change, creates talent management strategies as well as delivers executive coaching, team development and bespoke training activities. www.pennystrutton.co.uk