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Our North West HR Employers Forums are supported by HR professionals who are at the forefront of developing and delivering best practice in their field.

Our Forums are organised twice a year with regular slots from Forbes Employment Solicitors, Co-Creation Group Leadership and Management Specialists, and guest speakers who present on relevant HR and employment topics.

The Forum also offers attendees an excellent networking opportunity with business owners and HR Practitioners.


1. Light breakfast and Networking (9am to 9.30am)

2. Welcome and General Introduction – Jaydee Davis (Managing Director), Community & Business Partners (9.30am)

3. Legal Update – Emma Swan (Partner and Head of Commercial Employment), Forbes Solicitors

Providing a summary of key employment law updates.

4. Dave Harrison (Managing Director), Co-Creation Group

Dave Harrison, Managing Director of Co-Creation will provide some key insights into the key elements that go to make successful employee engagement. These insights will provide useful lenses which can help organisations assess the effectiveness of their approaches to employee engagement.

5. Gabriela Hammond (Head of HR Consultancy), Forbes Solicitors

In this session, we will explore why the use of mediation can be an effective workplace dispute resolution tool. The session will cover various conflict styles, the reasons why conflicts can occur in the workplace, and an awareness of different methods of dispute resolution. We will also take a more in-depth look at mediation: what it is, what its benefits are, and how we can effectively utilise the process.

6. Nigel Taberner (Managing Director), Level2Communications Ltd

How to influence like a hostage negotiator – What is the key skill of a hostage negotiator? In this exciting and innovative session, Nigel, former UK hostage negotiator and communications expert, explores the real hostage negotiator superpower – the ability to connect, develop trust, get people talking and influence them using elite-level listening. How much information, how much business, are you and your team missing out on because of a lack of listening and what can you do to ensure that opportunities are maximised?

7. Jaydee Davis (Managing Director), Community & Business Partners
Closing Remarks

8. Any Other Business

9. Date of Next Meeting – 19th June 2024

Ask the Expert – from 11.30am to 12.00pm members of Forbes Solicitors Employment and HR Business Support Team, and Co-Creation Group will be available to answer any individual questions or queries you may have in relation to your organisation / employees.

Please note: In the event of over subscription, where two colleagues are wishing to attend from the same organisation, we may have to request only one attends. Community & Business Partners will be in touch the week before the Forum if applicable.

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  • Northern Powerhouse
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