November 13th, 10-1pm: Action Learning Group at the FSCS



Last year Flexibility Matters ran a series of best practice groups on flexible working. More recently we worked with Pfizer and Thales on Action Learning Groups to give practical action planning on how to implement flex.


Our next Action Learning Group is very kindly hosted by David Blackburn Chief People Officer at the FSCS and we intend to run this in a truly flexible and blended fashion, both in person for those that can and want, at the FSCS offices in the City or through zoom for those who prefer to stay at home/office.


Our speaker list is auspicious with David opening the session, Jane Galloway lead on flexible working for the NHS, Dagmar Albers UK lead on Diversity and Inclusion Pfizer, Jessica Hornsby Business Psychologist from Thales, and Dr. Robert Coles CEO of Roffey Park Institute

The focus of the session will be:

The new flexible world: lessons and actions from the COVID-19 crisis for the future of flexibility.

As with other sessions, the aim is to equip attendees with actionable content to take home to their own businesses and replicate.

David Blackburn Biography (2020)

David Blackburn is one of the most awarded HR professionals working in the UK today. With over 20 years’ experience in leading all aspects of Human Resources, David is currently the Chief People Officer of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS). Prior to his current role he worked across both the private and not-for-profit sectors. David is a graduate of the University of Aberdeen and the London Business School; a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development; the Royal Society of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce; the Institute of Leadership and Management and a Member of the Guild of HR Professionals.

David Blackburn is the MEMCOM Excellence Awards HR Leader of the Year 2020 and Outstanding Contributor to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. Last year he was recognised as the inaugural Financial Times FT Adviser Diversity Champion of the Year and listed in the OUTstanding list 2019 as one of the most influential LGBT+ leaders in the UK public sector. David’s work at FSCS has been recognised in multiple National Awards including the Business in the Community (BITC) Responsible Business Awards; Financial Adviser Diversity in Finance Awards; National Diversity Awards; CIPD People Management Awards; Personnel Today Awards; Investors in People Awards; HR Distinction Awards; Financial Innovation Awards and HR Excellence Awards.

David Blackburn Chief People Officer FSCS

David Blackburn Chief People Officer FSCS


Jessica Hornsby

Business psychologist at Thales

Jessica Hornsby is a business psychologist with over 10 years’ experience of delivering change and transformation in the engineering industry. She is passionate about using behavioural science to challenge long-standing assumptions that are holding businesses back from unlocking the benefits of having a truly diverse workforce. Jessica is on a mission to prove that grounding your selection methods in evidence and being led by data will result in diversity and performance by design.

Dagmar Albers

Head of Diversity and Inclusion Pfizer

Dr Robert Coles

CEO of Roffey Park

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