Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity & Inclusion Thought Leadership with Margaret Ochieng #017

Diversity & Inclusion Thought Leadership with Margaret Ochieng #017

Diversity & InclusionNick Day from JGA HR Recruitment is joined on the HR L&D Podcast by Margaret Ochieng who is a Business Psychologist, a Diversity & Inclusion consultant and founder at “The Inclusive Village”, where she designs workplace solutions that enable people and organisations to adopt “a village culture approach to inclusion”.

I met with Margaret at a recent Recruitment and Diversity event hosted by CIPD London where both Margaret and I were invited to form part of the expert panel.  I loved her thought leadership approach to diversity and inclusion, which is why I was delighted that she was happy to join me for a more detailed conversation on this podcast.

Margaret’s approach to D&I helps individuals and organisations to identify and remove barriers to inclusion, performance and creativity posed by silos, “clans” and “tribes” that often emerge explicitly or implicitly in social groups including workplaces.

As part of the “village spirit”, Margaret is also organising a fantastic event for women who want to be game-changers in March!  Stay tuned to find out more about that later on in the podcast…

In this “Diversity & Inclusion Thought Leadership episode of the HR L&D Podcast with Margaret Ochieng we discover:

  1. What led Margaret to become a champion for encouraging businesses to deliver more inclusive talent assessment, selection and leadership processes
  2. How can organisations create inclusive and human-centric work environments where everyone has a fair chance to thrive?
  3. Why organisations should not be looking or candidates that are a “culture fit”.   Let’s evolve organisational cultures!
  4. Are getting better or worse from a D&I front perspective?
  5. What does D&I Research tell us
  6. How can we build resilience against “diversity fatigue” and why building a village approach can help.
  7. Why we must eliminate corporate checkbox systems and replace them with a way of life in the workplace that promotes inclusion
  8. The most important insights in relation to D&I as it is now within businesses
  9. The three pioneering and inspiring people Margaret would love to share a dinner party with – and why!
  10. Some immediately implementable D&I actions you can immediately implement after listening to this podcast?
  11. Why it is important to be curious about the status quo in your organisation
  12. How you can ask questions that will keep the D&I conversation open
  13. The journey that led Margaret to remove the “impossible” from her vocabulary!
  14. Why you should attend the “A Million Dreams Game Changers Event being hosted by Margaret in March, which has been designed to help women to make big leaps in 2020 and beyond!

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A word from the host, Nick Day

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As well as playing the host of The HR L&D Podcast, I am also Managing Director of JGA HR Recruitment.

As an HR boutique recruiter, we focus on quality, not quantity and we place all levels of HR professional from HR Advisors through to Global HR Directors.

If you have read this far (or if you have listened to my HR L&D Podcasts), then I hope you know that when it comes to HR Search, I am absolutely committed to providing all of my clients and candidates with a world-class HR consultancy service.   I am extremely passionate about raising the profile of HR and L&D and I would love the opportunity to work with you.

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Career Coaching & Talent Sourcing with Joanna Vinacour #008

Career Coaching & Talent Sourcing with Joanna Vinacour #008

Career Coaching

Nick Day from JGA HR Recruitment is joined by on the HR L&D Podcast by Joanna Vinacour BSc MCIPD, a qualified and experienced career coach and HR professional.

Joanna possesses over 19 years HR & L&D expertise in a career that has involved taking responsibility for internal recruitment, employee development, employee well-being, staff engagement, mediation, coaching, psychometric testing, training and career coaching.

Recently Joanna, qualified as a Career Coaching Professional to help individuals to make informed career-related decisions through tailored practical sessions that range from discussing making a career transition to how to return to work after a career break.

Joanna is passionate about guiding people to make informed and exciting career-related choices.

As well as training through the Career Counselling Service, Joanna’s qualifications include a BSc in Psychology, a post-graduate diploma in Human Resource Management and she is also a qualified Thomas International practitioner in psychometric testing.

This HR L&D Podcast interview was my opportunity to Joanna’s coaching, HR, L&D and Recruitment expertise to your inquisitive ears so I hope you enjoy the episode!

In this “Career Coaching & Talent Sourcing” with Joanna Vinacour episode of the HR L&D Podcast we discover:

  1. How does Joanna’s skills in career coaching help candidates to take control of their futures?
  2. What is life like as a qualified Career Coach?
  3. What are the 4 essential questions every individual should consider before undertaking a tailored career coaching or management programme?
  4. The career coaching advice Joanna would you give to someone preparing for an interview and what would be your top do’s and don’ts?
  5. Reasons why it is essential you request flexible working arrangements if you need them and what the legislation tells us? 
  6. The “war for talent” makes it harder and harder for employers to attract top talent, so can employers do to improve their ability to not just recruit top talent but also retain it?
  7. What skills are most in-demand and least in demand for employers in 2019?
  8. What is stopping professionals from achieving their career goals?

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A word from the host, Nick Day

The HR L&D Podcast is hosted by me, Nick Day, Managing Director of JGA HR Recruitment.

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I hope this podcast production helps demonstrate that we are very serious about all matters related to both HR and L&D.  We are not a generalist recruiter – we are a boutique.  We focus on quality, not quantity and that’s because we aim to provide nothing less than a value-added experience!  Trust us with your next HR or L&D vacancy, and we won’t let you down.

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Talent Management

Talent Management & the Power of Conversations with Hesketh Emden – #002

Talent ManagementIn this episode “Talent Management & the Power of Conversations” of the HR L&D Podcast, I sit down with Hesketh Emden

Hesketh is a multi-award-winning talent management professional to discuss his experience in developing employee cultures, his passion for promoting and training the power of conversations and of course, to understand more about his learning and development design and strategy implementation expertise.

Hesketh has successfully headed and set up a broad range of public and private sector Learning and Development functions, from Commercial Union during one of Europe’s largest mergers, to the Metropolitan Police.   In 2011 he was recruited by NHS England to lead on talent management, identifying future leaders across London’s 70 NHS organisations.

As part of government health service reforms, in 2013 Hesketh was brought in to help create the brand-new NHS Property Services, a Limited Company owned by the Secretary of State. In this episode of the HR L&D Podcast, we discover how, despite 3200 staff being TUPE’d overnight, he managed to successfully implement a Talent Management structure that supported building a new organisation with a single culture where there had previously been 161 ways of doing things.   Inspirational stuff!

Aside from Hesketh’s passion to promote and train ‘the power of conversations’, we also learn more about his experience at award ceremonies.  Hesketh was a finalist in the CIPD People Management Award in 2012 – ‘Talent Attraction & Management’; was winner of the Charity Learning Awards in 2014 – for ‘Using e-learning to facilitate change’; Finalist of the PPMA Excellence in People Management Awards in 2015 for ‘Talent Management’ and winner again in the HR Excellence Awards 2017 – for ‘Best CSR Strategy’.  Hesketh is very modest when it comes to his own achievements, but I know that our listeners will be keen to find out more about the man behind the accolades.

In this “Talent Management & the Power of Conversations” HR L&D Podcast episode, we discover:


  1. Hesketh’s work concerning “the power of conversations” and how this work has evolved
  2. The biggest challenges to making this type of training ‘mainstream’
  3. The tools and processes Hesketh has used to develop successful large-scale talent management programmes
  4. His experience in aligning 161 organisations into one single vision and culture following a 3200 employee TUPE
  5. How Hesketh’s work helped contribute to £5m a year in productivity savings for the NHS!
  6. Practical steps for you to immediately implement so you too can successfully develop positive communications
  7. We learn about his passion for supporting a Substance Misuse Charity and his work concerning the “Lazarus drug”
  8. Hesketh’s view on the impact that technology is having on communications within organisations?
  9. Why every organization should consider entering an industry award.
  10. The main challenges currently affecting Talent Management right now
  11. The key things L&D & HR professionals should be doing now to prioritise and develop talent in their organisations
  12. The reason why all L&D, HR and Talent professionals should embrace communications training?

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