René Carayol MBE
René is one of the world’s most highly regarded leadership and business keynote speakers. He has worked closely with history-defining leaders such as Mikael Gorbachev, Nelson Mandela, Sir Richard Branson, Bill Clinton and Kofi Annan. He is also a bestselling business author and in his latest book, SPIKE, he asserts that none of these world-renowned leaders are flawless or ‘allrounders’. However, they all tend to know their 2-3 Spikes, and have taken the time and focus to fine tune them to near Olympic standard. René is a specialist and advisor to world leaders and FTSE 100 CEOs. Crucially, René himself has actually been Chairman, CEO and MD of blue chip businesses, including serving on the boards of M&S, & Pepsi. One of the planet’s leading authorities on culture, inclusivity and leadership, René’s ‘empowering talent’ insights will take the form of practical, real life experiences, delivered with electrifying effect.

Barry Winkless
Barry is an Author, Thinker, Speaker & Doer. As Head of the Future of Work Institute and Chief Strategy Officer at CPL Group, he majors in the disciplines of creative leadership, strategic change and employee experience, with a particular focus on how society is changing and what that means to the world of work. Over the past 25 years, he has worked globally with some of the world’s most respected organisations and has executed significant real-world projects across Ireland, Europe and the USA. Recently named as one of the world’s Top 50 Future of Work influencers by Onalytica, Barry believes that the future of work offers a true collaborative advantage for those who truly embrace it.

Caroline van der Feltz
Caroline is HR Director for Danske Bank UK, where she leads the ‘People Strategy’ as part of the bank’s Executive Committee. She received the ‘Excellence in HR Leadership Award’ at the 2020 CIPD HR Awards and her team was crowned ‘Best HR/L&D Team of the Year’ at the same awards. More recently and even more impressively for Caroline and her team, Danske Bank has been voted Q1 2023 #1 Best Company to Work for in NI, #1 in UK Financial Services and # Top 10 Best Large Companies in the UK. Caroline has spent the majority of her career in London and returned to NI in 2015. Prior to taking up her current role, she worked in senior positions for a number of FTSE 100 companies including Reckitt Benckiser, Coutts and RBS.