Charity People and Culture Conference 2017

On Wednesday 20th September at Congress House in central London the third Charity People and Culture Conference was organised by Civil Society Media. The conference aim was to focus on the cultural shift within the sector which seeks increasingly to place people at the front of those organisations, whilst also looking at the broader cultural perspective, well-being and management development programmes. All alongside a fantastic array of cakes, lunch and fresh fruit smoothies.

Oxford HR were represented by Philip Nelson, Managing Director and Luke Addison, Research Associate. This was the first time that Oxford HR had co-sponsored the event and the only executive search firm present at the conference. Warmly greeted by a wide range of representatives from charities across the UK from St John’s Winchester, an almshouse, The Orchard Trust, a residential care provider, Breast Cancer Now, to a whole host of representatives from a number of Air Ambulance Trusts and many, many more.

Alongside the plenary sessions, the networking opportunities and the tailored workshops (including laughter yoga, life coaching, and HR surgeries) were some incredibly inspiring speakers including Victoria Milligan, whose family were involved in a life-changing and high profile boating accident, who talked about resilience; , Natasha Gordon, wellbeing lead at the Wellcome Trust who spoke about Mental Health First Aid and ended with Richard Hawkes, Chief Executive of the British Asian Trust. Overall, it was a really interesting day and we look forward to returning next year.

Luke Addison,
Research Associate, Oxford HR.