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Conference Chairman

David Hurst, CEO, Onrec.com

Onrec.com grew from a monthly newsletter to a well respected international magazine, online news portal, recruitment industry directory and global events business.  Onrec is established as the worlds leading resource for information, comment and opinion about the online recruitment industry, it’s trends, it’s key players and it’s future. As part of Onrec’s continuing mission to further discussion between HR, recruiters and the online recruitment industry, I have chaired conferences in Sydney, Las Vegas, Hong Kong, London, Dublin, Brussels, Sao Paulo, Istanbul, San Fransisco, New York and Chicago. I am a contributor to Hr.com, Classified Intelligence LLC and founded the Online Recruitment Marketing Council.  In 2006 I was appointed Director to the Board of the Digital Content Forum where I represented the ORMC and the interests of the UK online recruitment industry to UK government. 
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"Can this job be done flexibly?"
The honest recruitment conversation

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Karen Mattison, MBE, Co-Founder & Director, Timewise

Multi award-winning Karen Mattison MBE is a co-founder and director of Timewise, the business that runs services to stimulate the creation of more good quality part time and flexible job opportunities. Within the group of Timewise companies, Karen runs Timewise Jobs, the UK’s leading jobsite for part time and flexible professionals, and represents over 50,000 people who all want or need part time or flexible work to fit with something ‘other’ in life. Initially motivated by women she met at the school gates, and now passionate about the business case for flexible working, Karen is building a pipeline of good quality part time and flexible vacancies for all those who need great jobs, with less hours. A key spokesperson on our changing UK workplace, Karen works collaboratively with leading UK businesses and regularly speaks to media on a range of topics including our groundbreaking Power Part Time initiative. @KarenMattison | @TimewiseJobs

2014: The Year of the Candidate
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Susan Vitale, CMO, iCIMS, Inc.

Susan started her career at iCIMS, in 2005 as a Marketing Coordinator when she was 22. She quickly moved through the ranks becoming the Director of Marketing and ultimately was promoted to Chief Marketing Officer, before the age of 30. She is the youngest and only female C-level executive at iCIMS where she oversees strategic marketing initiatives including demand generation, brand management, promotions, and public relations. As a thought leader in the industry, she is also responsible for iCIMS business strategy to drive corporate growth. Her entrepreneurial thinking helps her develop new business opportunities via new product lines, expansion into new markets, and additional revenue streams through channels. She belongs to several online mentoring communities where she gives career advice and provides insight on finding the right career fit for young professionals. @Susan_Vitale | @iCIMS

A Legal Update: An update on employment law affecting online recruitment and flexible working

Shahzad Ayub, Specialist Employment Law Solicitor, Levenes Employment

I am a specialist employment law solicitor with considerable experience of providing HR support as well as bringing and defending claims in the Employment Tribunal and civil courts. If there is anything that I can assist with, please get in touch.




Finding Top Talent using Creative Mobile & Social Media Strategies

Laura Stoker, Executive Director of Global Training, AIRS

Laura Stoker began her recruiting career as a researcher for executive search firms working on international and domestic projects. She has also worked as a Recruiter for J.D. Edwards in Denver, Colorado and as a Technical Recruiter for EMDS in Brussels, Belgium. She has been using AIRS techniques since she attended one of our first training classes in 1997 and now enjoys teaching the same knowledge to a new generation of Internet Recruiters. @LauraLStoker



10 years on: Joe spoke at the first Onrec Conference 10 years ago at the London School of Economics

Joe Slavin, MD - Recruitment Advertising at Johnston Press

I've spent 15 years in the online media space as a highly successful senior manager. I've led businesses of 250+ people in the UK and the US. Most recently I was CEO at fish4 and Managing Director at Monster.Co.UK. I've joined Johnston at the right time as local media is becoming the key driver of the whole SoLoMo upheaval being played out across the 'post desktop' space. I've started my own business, worked in startups and spent a year at NBC-TV; a division of GE, one of the largest corporations in the world. I most love opportunities to grow businesses - it's great fun, I'm good at it, it beats the alternative and it gives me the chance to move good people into new roles that will stretch and develop them. I'm quite proud of the vast number of people I have managed who have moved onto senior management positions. I intend to keep that momentum going at my latest opportunity at Johnston Press for the web brands JobsToday, MotorsToday and PropertyToday along with our new directory / social networking / voucher product called Find it.

New Paths in Online Recruitment - The First Steps in HR Gamification

Noémi Bíró, Talent Attraction, Employer Branding & Recruitment Leader, PwC

Noémi is a talent attraction, employer branding and recruitment Leader with ~8 years of experience within agency and corporate recruitment, including several years of people management experience. She joined PwC Hungary in January 2010. She is leading and driving the Hungarian recruitment team and their activities cover several areas from selection, talent attraction to employer branding, including experience candidates and graduate recruitment as well. Noémi also had the chance to spend some time in London gathering and sharing best practices from PwC UK teams. Additionally, as she is part of the PwC Global Recruitment Network she exchanges fresh ideas and initiatives from all over the world. Noémi is managing several projects about recruitment process efficiency, as well as employer branding in the CEE region. Noémi has started to build a coherent employer brand in the Hungarian labor market, first of all in order to achieve the „employer of choice“ position among graduates. If you think about PwC’s competitors, the Big4 consultancy firms, the distinction is not easy, that‘s why Noémi and her team had to create something unique, which resonates as much as possible with students’ interests. She believes that based on the rather challenging expectations of newer generations (X,Y,Z....), PwC Multipoly, their enterprise workplace simulation game proved to be a suitable solution for following the trends and stepping ahead of the competitors. That’s one of the key success factors of attracting talents. Why? Because it‘s fun playing with the game, it looks cool, it provides value and knowledge, but certainly not in a boring way.

New Paths in Online Recruitment - The First Steps in HR Gamification

Peter Filak, Business Development Director, Games for Business

Peter is currently expanding the client base of the online gamified solutions developed by Games for Business. He is also looking for professional partners to cooperate on joint projects, especially among HR consultancy firms. Peter has been involved in the development of gamification based solutions for HR purposes since 2010, including recruitment games for multinational corporations and higher education institutions. He participated in the recruitment and selection processes at a multinational corporation, and gained valuable experience as team leader. Peter has earned the Coursera Verified Certificate in Professor Werbach’s Gamification class. He enjoys participating at international conferences where he follows the latest trends in employer branding, recruitment, selection, and training.

Transparency: The Missing Component of Your Talent Equation

Dan Finnigan, CEO, Jobvite

Dan Finnigan has spent his career launching and growing Internet businesses with a focus on the recruitment  market. Previously, Dan served as Senior Vice President of Yahoo! and General Manager of Yahoo! HotJobs, doubling revenue between 2002 and 2007. At Yahoo, Dan established a Yahoo and HotJobs partnership with a consortium of over 700 newspapers, today representing  41 percent of total Sunday circulation in the U.S. Prior to Yahoo!, he led the creation of Knight Ridder Digital, the Internet company of the world’s second largest newspaper publisher, serving as President and CEO. At Knight Ridder, Dan led the joint acquisition  of CareerBuilder with Tribune, serving on CareerBuilder’s Board for three years. Dan holds an M.B.A. from The Wharton School and a B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Digital Hiring and Big Data

James Neave, Head of Data Science, Adzuna

James has spent over 10 years working in the field of data analytics and predictive modelling. He is currently leading the data science function at Adzuna, a rapidly growing job search engine with a presence in 11 countries and over 5m user visits per month.  Previously he has designed automated valuation models for property whilst at Rightmove and as Managing Director of CoreLogic Solutions. He also spent two years helping to set up Castle Trust, a new type of retail bank.  James has an MBA from Cambridge and an engineering degree from Oxford.