London Networking Event - Urbano People & Tech Speaker Breakfast with Ann Pickering

Everyman King's Cross
14-18 Handyside Street
London, N1C 4DN

Everyman King's Cross

Urbano People networking events bring together companies and individuals across the HR, employment, management, recruitment, training and development sectors to expand their knowledge bases, and build connections and develop opportunities for themselves and their companies.

We invite brilliant speakers who are setting agendas for their sector or have amazing experiences and stories to share to present on a topic that will attract a diverse audience. The events are informal and relaxed, with plenty of time to engage with the speaker and the other senior corporate and business representatives present.

This event is also hugely relevant to the Tech sector with the increasing role of mobile in the recruitment sector. Last year 02 became the first UK company to offer a fully native mobile application process for their graduate scheme seeing an overwhelming increase of 289%. A perfect opportunity to bring together representatives from across Tech and HR sectors to discuss the future of mobile in the UK economy!

If you or your company has an interest in how to encourage diversity in its workforce and workplace, how technology is changing recruitment, how mobile will change its operations, or you believe you offer such companies the tools to help them react to the future of a digital workplace, book this event!


Our speaker at this event is Ann Pickering, HR Director of O2 Telefónica UK.

Ann leads a team of HR managers, overseeing the recruitment, training and development of 7,000 O2 staff across the UK.

Ann is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD). She started her career with Marks and Spencer, subsequently holding a variety of HR roles in different lines of business including at a US investment company, and an international business technology services group before joining O2 in 2004.

O2’s HR team was recently awarded the 2017 Relocate award for HR Team of the Year commended for their proactive approach to developing talent through diversity initiatives.

Ann’s presentation will look foremost at the role of digital and mobile in recruitment.  You will also hear first hand how 02 encourage diversity in the workplace, what companies should be doing to get women into tech spaces, and encouraging gender balance on flexible and part time working. Hear from Ann on how they have created pathways to senior leadership roles with almost half of O2’s UK board members now women.

This event will take place in the private and luxurious screening room of Everyman King's Cross, perfect for corporate events and engaging Q&A’s! 


8:00am – Registration, coffee and pastries, networking

8:30am – Presentation by Ann, followed by Q&A

9:15am – Informal and facilitated networking

Testimonials from Urbano People speakers:

"I was delighted to accept an 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 knowledgeable 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


Each Urbano event has a unique online Event Group where the profiles of everyone who attends are showcased, allowing you to make renew connections well after the event has finished and ensure you need never worry again about losing a business card! This data is accessed through your own Dashboard, found by logging in using the top link once the Event Group is published after the event.

Non-member companies are welcome to book and send representatives to up to TWO Urbano events before needing to join to continue to develop valuable relationships across London's most dynamic business community.

To join Urbano in time to attend this event at appropriate member rates, please view benefits and options for Companies and Individuals.


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