Urbano Communities

Urbano People

Urbano People is a strand of Urbano where through networking events and online we bring together companies and individuals with a professional interest in the world of HR, recruitment, training, development, staff and talent management, employment and the workplace.

Urbano People holds regular events where we invite specialist speakers and thought-leaders from the sector. These invited guests  are asked to address issues drawn from their specific expertise or their career experiences. But you will also find HR, employment and management companies and related individuals at most if not all Urbano events.

Our members who would calss themselves as primarily Urbano People members are often entrepreneurs themselves, offer specialist employment and HR related services to other companies wishing to outsource these requirements. However, we also encourage those who work for our larger members in construction and media, for instance, to send along their in-house HR department managers and directors to share best practice and bring their own knowledge up-to-date.

People Community Events & Speakers List

February 2012 - De Vere West One

April 2012 - America Square Conference Centre

July 2012 - MWB Business Exchange Victoria

March 2013 - Jo Taylor, Head of Resources and Talent at Talk Talk

May 2013 - Elle Bennett, HR Director at Fujitus

July 2013 - The Courthouse - People networking lunch

September 2013 - Mercer Street Hotel - People networking lunch

October 2013 - Kate Holt, HR Director KPMG

December 2013 - Kathryn Nawrockyi, Director of Opportunity Now

February 2014 - Daniel Barnett, HR law specialist barrister

April 2014 - Ann Pickering, HR Director at O2 Telefonica UK

April 2014 - Hetan Shah, Executive Director, Royal Statistical Society

September 2014 - Ed Green, Director of Policy, Crown Commercial Service

December 2014 - Herman Miller Showroom - networking evening

January 2015 - Stephen Radley, Director of Policy at CITB

February 2015 - Professor William Webb on IOT/M2M 

March 2015 - John Alker, Director of Policy, UK Green Building Council

April 2015 – Daniel Barnett, Employment Law barrister, on Shared Parental Leave

December 2015 - Breakfast at Shakespeare's Globe, feat. Bill Barclay, Musical Director for the Shakespeare's Globe

January 2016 - Jay Carver, lead archeologist on the Crossrail Dig

March 2016 - Neil Maiden, Cass Business School

June 2016 - Workplace Wellbeing speaker breakfast with speakers from Spacelab hosted by University of London 

October 2016 - Dan Hopwood, Interior Designer

April 6th 2017 - Urbano networking breakfast event featuring Edward Lucas, senior editor at The Economist on cybersecurity and cybercrime.

June 14th 2017 - Urbano People & Host Networking Lunch at AVEQIA

If no future Urbano People event is listed here, please click on the link below  for our upcoming events. Look for Community specific events - if you specialise in HR and contract law for construction, then book a Build event, or one of our 'open' lunches or evenings to meet companies from different sectors.

Urbano Networking Events


"I was delighted to accept a recent invitation to speak at an Urbano People event in London.  Sharing with 60 professionals – from right across the HR and other sectors – the dramatic positive impact a consistent focus on engagement and enablement can have on business results, and the hard work involved, was enjoyable and rewarding.

The Urbano People audience were diverse and knowledgeable.  The questions and networking discussions following my presentation introduced new ideas and observations based on the group’s wide experience. I think the Urbano Network is great - both for  speakers and attendees - as a forum where professionals can share ideas and thinking and as a place to do - and enjoy doing - business."
Ella Bennett, HR Director - Fujitsu UK & Ireland

"I enjoyed speaking at Urbano. It was an opportunity to sell my strategy, business and vision which is rare when being asked to speak at events in my experience. The group of people were diverse, engaging and intelligent and I would encourage anyone looking to hear strong stories from across the sector to tell to attend an Urbano event!"
Jo Taylor, Head of Talent, Talk Talk

"It was great to speak to an audience who were both knowledgable about and engaged in the subject, unafraid to ask questions and keen to pick up the threads afterwards. Convivial and focused networking in a relaxed setting."
Graham Snowdon, Editor of The Guardian's Work Supplement

"Intimate group networking of interesting like-minded professionals, with a great informative presentation and without any in-your-face selling. I'll definitely be back"
Katrina Collier, Winning Impression.

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Next Events

  1. Urbano People Networking Lunch in Farringdon

    Wednesday June 14th, 12:30pm

    Urbano networking lunch at AVEQIA in Farringdon aimed at bringing together those in the People community - HR, employment, recruitment, workplace wellbeing, training, work culture, tech solutions and beyond.

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