HR Indies Conference 2023

We are excited to announce we will be hosting our second annual conference on 29 September 2023 – HR Indies Annual Conference 2023: Building Resilience into Your Consultancy.

Listening to many HR indies, we know that resilience is key to success in this ever-changing landscape. Join us for a day filled with valuable insights and practical tools to help you navigate the challenges ahead with confidence and resilience. With expert speakers and networking opportunities, you will gain the insights and connections you need to take your consultancy to the next level.

This in-person event offers a fantastic opportunity to learn, collaborate and support each other during these challenging times.



08:45     Registration & Welcome Refreshments

09:15 – 09:25     Welcome and Introduction

09:25 – 10:10     Keynote Session 1: UK Employment Law Landscape

Amanda Trewhella from our legal partner Freeths LLP will be providing us with our popular employment law landscape overview covering an update on employment law with an emphasis of flexible working.
Amanda Trewhella Freeths LLP
Amanda Trewhella | Director | Freeths LLP
Amanda is a specialist employment solicitor based in Freeths London office. She advises on all aspects of the employment relationship, from recruitment and the drafting of HR policies and employee handbooks, through to advising on business reorganisations, disciplinary and grievance procedures, and drafting and negotiating settlement agreements and severance packages.

10:10 – 10:55     Keynote Session 2:Using Storytelling as Superpower in Your Business

In a noisy world, where it’s getting harder and harder to stand out from the crowd, Susan Payton, author of international bestselling book The Business of Stories, will show you why storytelling is not just essential in business; it’s a superpower!
HR Indies Conference 2023keynote speaker | Susan Payton
Susan Payton | The Business of Stories
Susan Payton is a story strategist, copywriter, messaging geek, coach, consultant and author of The Business of Stories.

10:55 – 11:10     Networking Break

11:10 – 12:10     Keynote Session 3: Negotiating with Confidence

Negotiating with confidence is crucial for preventing underestimation and achieving success. Preparation, understanding the subject matter, and formulating persuasive arguments are key to bolstering confidence. Derek, author of “Win Win: How to Get a Winning Result from Persuasive Negotiations,” will share secrets from his internationally acclaimed book, providing valuable insights for navigating discussions with assertiveness and determination.

HR Indies Conference 2023 keynote speaker Derek Arden
Derek Arden | Negotiation Expert
Derek Arden is a Negotiation Expert, Adviser, Author, Professional Speaker and runs workshops and masterclasses for companies of all sizes and individuals.

12:10 -12:20     HRi Awards PresentationEmerging Talent HRi Award 2023 Winner Announced

12:20 – 12:50     Keynote Session 4: Protecting Your Consultancy

Mark Lumley from our legal partner Freeths LLP will guide us through protecting your Consultancy, covering:

  • How best to structure your business
  • The importance of good T&C’s
  • Intellectual Property issues
  • Legal pitfalls and things that can go wrong (including how to avoid them)

HR Indies Conference 2023 keynote speaker Mark Lumley | Freeths LLP
Mark Lumley | Technology & Commercial Lawyer | Freeths LLP
Mark is particularly noted for his negotiation skills and ability to find practical and legally effective solutions.

12:50 – 13:35     Lunch & Networking

13:35 – 14:20     Keynote Session 5: More Money, Your Way

There is no “one-size fits all” – navigating a challenging financial situation requires personalised approaches rather than a generic solution. In the current economic climate, “More Money, Your Way” offers guidance on establishing a healthier relationship with your finances. It empowers you to prioritise what truly matters to you and your family, without sacrificing your values or aspirations.

HR Indies Conference 2023 Keynote speaker | Kim Uzzell
Kim Uzzell | The Financial Wellbeing Academy | My Money Movement
Kim Uzzell is a Certified Financial Coach and Chartered Wealth Manager. She has been working with people and their money for over 30 years and is passionate about creating greater financial strength for today, and for the future. Kim encourages us to look beyond the numbers and to explore our behaviours around money, the emotions and the money stories that influence our day to day decision making.

14.20 – 14:30     HRi Awards Presentation: High Growth Indie Award 2023 Winner Announced

14:30 – 15:15     Keynote Session 6: Win Premium Retained Contracts from Clients You Love Working With

This session will empower you with strategies for business success.  Emma will cover:

  • promoting your business to the right audience
  • networking to generate quality referrals and build collaborations that lead to retained work to give your business more resilience
  • Nailing your niche
  • Building your pricing ladder

Emma Tarring The Marketing Matrix
Emma Tarring | The Corporate Escape Club
We work with corporate escapees to create and grow businesses that make the most their knowledge and expertise by turning dreams and a headful of ideas into a living, breathing, commercially successful business built to attract regular retained contracts.

15:15 – 15:30    Networking Break

15:30 – 15:40     HRi Awards PresentationInspirational Indie Award 2023 Winner Announced

15:40 – 16:15     Keynote Session 7: Resilience and Running Your Own Business

Running a consultancy can bring up all sorts of personal challenges. The uncertainty can make us anxious, an unstable income makes us feel unsafe, rejected proposals can make us feel like we’re not good enough, we may think others are doing better than us, that we do not have what it takes, we cannot juggle everything, we may feel stuck and sometimes want to give up. Well, if this is you, you are not alone!

This is the journey of the independent business owner and in this session, you’ll learn how to navigate it with resilience, courage and empowerment.

We’ll cover practical and simple tools to help you:

  • stay inspired
  • stay aligned to your business vision
  • progress
  • continue learning
  • continue growing
  • get results, and
  • most importantly, enjoy yourself along the way!

Pinky Jangra
Pinky Jangra | Resilience and Wellbeing trainer, Speaker and Consciousness Coach
Pinky has a passion for helping people flourish personally and professionally. She has 18 years of experience in human development and has trained with some of the world’s experts in the field. She teaches from her own experience of navigating a difficult childhood, 10 years in high pressure corporate roles and handling the demands of entrepreneurship and self employment. Pinky’s talks and training have helped thousands of people across a variety of industries including the NHS, Insurance, Banking, Law, Charities, Management Consulting and Universities. She has spoken on BBC Asian Network Radio and UK health Radio, is a writer for The Positive Psychology People and was selected as one of the UK’s top new voices in self help by Psychologies Magazine and Hay House Publishers.


16:15 – 16:30     Closing and Thanks

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HR Indies Annual Conference Tickets

Full Ticket Price (once early bird closes): £175.99


HRi Members:
Premium Member:
  Core Member: £131.39
  Community Member: £140.00

Non-Member: £145.99

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