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Wednesday 13th September (2.00 – 5.30pm – Eight Club, Moorgate) – Meet the Experts:  A strategy and tactical event.

Thursday 12th October (8.00 – 11.00am – Indeed offices, Aldgate) -  Breakfast briefing with Matthew Taylor:  A CEO focused event.

Wednesday 19th November (2.00 – 5.30pm – Eight Club, Moorgate) – Marketing Masterclass: One for your marketing, PR and online people.   


RI is delighted to have secured Matthew Taylor for the 12th October. If you have not read his Good Work Report it is attached for you and he will be on hand to answer your questions. Please do make every effort to come along and represent our industry.

Matthew Taylor has been Chief Executive of the RSA since November 2006. During this time the Society has substantially increased its output of research and innovation, has provided new routes to support charitable initiatives of its 28,000 Fellows – including crowd funding - and has developed a global profile as a platform for ideas.  In October 2016 Matthew was appointed by the Prime Minister to lead an independent review into modern employment; the review’s findings were published in July 2017.

Prior to this appointment, Matthew was Chief Adviser on Political Strategy to the Prime Minister. Previous roles include Labour Party Director of Policy and Deputy General Secretary and Chief Executive of the ippr the UK’s leading left of centre think tank. He is a regular media performer having appeared several times on the Today Programme, The Daily Politics and Newsnight. He had written and presented several Radio Four documentaries and is a panellist on the programme Moral Maze. He writes a regular column for the Local Government Chronicle.

Wed 13th September - The next RI members meeting is all about strategy and tactics - Ask the Experts

Featuring – GDPR, IR35/HMRC and Big Data Benchmarking & Analytics

Our first guest is Crawford Temple from Prism. Crawford has unrivalled knowledge and expertise in all matters relating to contractors, HMRC, IR35 and the new tax avoidance laws that come into effect on the 30th September.

Neil Pickstone from Volcanic will be picking up on the GDPR legislation that has major implications for our sector –  especially as the Government has just announced its ‘right to be forgotten’ bill.

Finally, Crawfurd Walker and Belinda Johnson are from Recruitment Industry Benchmarking. Industry research that allows you to know exactly how you are performing versus your peer group. He will explain how this intelligence will help you stay ahead of your competitors especially as RI’s members now have an exclusive full years’ free subscription to the service as part of their membership.

About our Experts

Neil Pickstone founding partner – Volcanic

With more than 20 years’ experience in the digital industry, specifically in web development and the introduction of new technology, Neil has worked in a variety of senior corporate roles for organisations including HMRC, Centrica and Lloyds Bank. A founding partner of Volcanic, Neil leads operations and projects within the business and has driven the recent rapid growth of the company both in the domestic and overseas markets. Neil is well respected within the recruitment sector, where his strategic thinking and creativity deliver strong results for the company’s fast-expanding customer base. Neil is currently heading up the GDPR compliance strategy within Volcanic to deliver market leading, fully compliant solutions that support the industry.

Crawford Temple is the CEO of PRISM, the trade association representing payment intermediaries.  PRISM has been working over the last 2 years on the Modern Employment agenda and engaged across all political parties as well as representative groups such as The Low Income Tax Reform Group, TUC, CBI, IOD and GLA.

He Is passionate on the subject and is clear that tax has to be considered as part of the overall solution. Currently PRISM, and the report they sponsored through the independent think tank the Social Market Foundation, have been the only ones to address the thorny issue of tax.

Crawford is part of a panel debating Modern Employment and the recent reports in the House of Commons on the 5th September with influential MP’s and the TUC. He is also part of a panel debating the topic at the Conservative Party Conference event run by The Conservative Workers and Trade Unionist Group.

As well as CEOI of PRISM he is also MD of Professional Passport, the largest independent assessor of provider compliance in the market and is considered as one of the experts in this field.

Crawfurd Walker – Founder RIB

Crawfurd started his career in property and leisure development. Following an MBA at Cranfield University he worked as an independent consultant advising a number of SME’s and FTSE 100 companies on strategic development and brand growth. He was a founding Partner in a Mayfair based Corporate Finance company providing experience in a range of projects and industries with clients ranging from start-up’s to Governments. He is one of the founders of Recruitment Industry Benchmarking Ltd (RIB), and oversaw it’s recent merger with Bluestones Investment Group. As well as holding a number of NED positions Crawfurd has also previously been a member of the judging panels for both the Recruiter Awards for Excellence and the Institute of Recruitment Professional awards. 

Belinda Johnson

Knowledge & Insight Director RIB

Belinda has spent most of the last decade researching the forces that impact organisational need for people – all aspects of work, working, workplace etc. Previously, she ran her own retail/concession business for ten years and was Marketing Director for a new start-up division that is now one of the most established within Rentokil. Having joined the Vedior Group in 2005 to provide operational and sales support to the group’s 35 UK businesses, she subsequently moved to head up the UK research function within Randstad when it acquired the Group. Now continuing this work outside the corporate arena, Belinda provides work-orientated knowledge and insights for a range of organisations – including a number of the industry’s trade bodies.