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    Reception, networking & the simplyChallenge

    12:30pm

    Welcome to simplyIC live!

    simply’s Marc Wright and IC comms expert Jenni Field will open the conference to our virtual exhibition, where you can meet our vendors, sponsors and fellow delegates!

    Take part in the simplychallenge and you could win some fantastic prizes!

    Opening Video

    12:40pm

    Guardian cartoonist Harry Venning curates your cartoons of how you are coping with the Corona Crisis from our user generated competition.

    Keynote: Sir Martin Sorrell

    12:45pm

    Sponsored by

    Sir Martin Sorrell, Chairman of S4 Capital

    Sir Martin Sorrell knows a thing or two about handling crisis and change during his time building the world’s largest communications, advertising and marketing agency, WPP. Now CEO & Executive Chairmam of S4 Capital he is building another group based on the expert harnessing of content, media and data.

    In a Covid world he believes that “the strong will get stronger and the weak will get weaker”. Tune in to find out more!

    Networking break

    1:10pm

    Networking opportunities in our two lounges. Visit the Technology showcase and explore the platforms, tools and services on offer. Time to win points in the simplyChallenge!

    Case Study 1: Khaner Walker, Director Global Internal and External Communications, Lenovo

    1:30pm

    A selection of 15 minute case studies alongside expert comment & Q&A

    Khaner Walker talks about the challenges the multinational technology company faced right at the outbreak of the pandemic. With PC manufacturing facilities in Wuhan, Khaner and his team were the first into crisis comms at the start of the outbreak. Now as China comes out of lock down, Khaner talks about how they are helping staff and managers return to work safely.

    Followed by a Q&A.

    Case Study 2: Paul Barber, BHAFC

    1:45pm

    A selection of 15 minute case studies alongside expert comment & Q&A

    Paul Barber gives a CEO’s perspective of dealing with Coronavirus. Soccer around the world has been a flashpoint of issues triggered by the banning of sporting events. How to furlough staff and look after their welfare when the Press is holding up highly-paid players to criticism? Paul Barber shares his insights into keeping all levels of your staff engaged through this medical and financial crisis.

    Case Study 3: Chad Rogerson, Nationwide

    2:00pm

    A selection of 15 minute case studies alongside expert comment & Q&A

    Chad Rogerson discusses how this major retail bank and mutual managed the shift to home-working for half of their staff. As customers feel the pain of wages and income going unpaid, how are the Bank’s own employees staying motivated and engaged?

    Followed by a Q&A.

    Case Study 4: Den Carter, British Airways

    2:15pm

    A selection of 15 minute case studies alongside expert comment & Q&A

    An insightful case study followed by a Q&A.

    Aviation has been one of the hardest hit sectors . We talk to BA’s Head of Channels and Content, Den Carter about furloughing, trying to balance ‘feel good’ content with managing expectations. 

    Networking break

    2:45pm

    Another chance to network in our two lounges and win points for the simplyChallenge. Meet like-minded IC professionals, visit the Technology showcase and explore the platforms, tools and services on offer.

    Case Study 5: Unily

    3:00pm

    A selection of 15 minute case studies alongside expert comment & Q&A

    Our gold sponsors Unily, the digital enterprise solution provider, present this case study. Followed by a Q&A.

    Case Study 6: Microsoft

    3:00pm

    Connect the organization and engage people with Microsoft 365

    3:15 pm


    Company leaders recognize the need to transform their workforce, and organizations where employees are truly engaged report improved employee retention, customer satisfaction, sales metrics, and overall profitability. Learn how SharePoint, Yammer and Stream work together to empower leaders to connect with their organizations, to align people to common goals, and to drive cultural transformation. Dive into the latest innovations including live events, new Yammer experiences and integrations, the intelligent intranet featuring home sites.

    Followed by a Q&A.

    Case Study 7: Beezy

    3:30pm

    A selection of 15 minute case studies alongside expert comment & Q&A

    Our gold sponsors Beezy, present this case study of the global tool manufacturer, Hilti. See how Beezy‘s Intelligent Workplace solution is supporting Hilti Group‘s return to work. Followed by a Q&A.

    Case Study 8: Jo Hobbs, Ocado Group

    3:45pm

    A selection of 15 minute case studies alongside expert comment & Q&A

    Jo Hobbs is Head of Employee Experience for Ocado Group, well known for the online supermarket Ocado.com and now a global tech solutions provider. The company knows first hand the impact Covid-19 has had on business, being a sought after service in this time of need. Jo shares their experiences in this case study. Followed by a Q&A.

    Closing Keynote: Professor Bruce Hood

    4:00pm

    The Science of Happiness: Evidence-Based Approaches to Leading a More Satisfying Life

    Professor Bruce Hood closes our conference on a positive and uplifting note- literally, with a session on happiness and how to have plenty of it in your life.

    Virtual Drinks reception and simplyChallenge winner announcement

    4:15pm

    Marc Wright and Jenni Field wrap up the day with a virtual drinks reception, where you can mingle with the other delegates and share your experiences of the event. The simplyChallenge winner will also be announced; could it be you?