iThink HR Seminar 2018 – Gender Pay: Stat Reporting or A Call to Action

On the 25th April 2018, he iThink HR Seminar series hosted by Cogito returned to Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol with a focus upon Gender Pay, asking if this was just stat reporting or a call to action.

Chaired by our Managing Director, Marc Drew, our expert speakers and HR delegates from across the West of England explored how businesses could seek to use the spotlight of gender pay to ignite change in organisations.

The Speakers:

Sandy Vossos – Employer Brand, Marketing & Communications expert

 What could you be doing to address your pay gap?  

Sandy has worked agency-side in the field of employer branding, marketing and communications for over twenty years. Most recently, she held a board level position at ThirtyThree, one of the world’s largest agencies in this sector, and worked with a number of leading national and international brands.  She is now working as a consultant helping organisations manage their brands when communicating with existing and potential employees. Her focus is in ensuring alignment of all brand messaging across the whole customer, candidate and employee experience – so businesses are able to attract and engage the talent they need to perform at their best.


Jane Ginnever – Founder of Bath based consultancy Shift 

Are you sure you want women at the top of your organisation?

As a former teacher’s pet, Queen’s Guide, military officer and general control freak, Jane’s not your typical corporate rebel.

Having started her career in customer service roles, Jane joined the RAF as a commissioned officer to develop her leadership skills in 1990, and was subsequently in leadership positions within a broad range of organisations for 25 years.  

With experience of financial, facilities and HR management Jane decided to specialise in HR management following her completion of a MBA in 2007. Throughout her career she’s been focused on change: identifying changing customer and business needs, developing change strategies, managing change communication and the implementation of change programmes.

From 2009 to 2015 she led HR functions within 3 different businesses (with between 70-700 employees). In 2015 she founded Shift to focus her energy on developing a culture of engagement and innovation within organisations through the introduction of more agile working practices, including flexible working, self-organising teams, devolved decision-making and performance management initiatives. Through her consultancy work she combines her knowledge of HR practice, experience of line management, change leadership and business effectiveness to help organisations change and with a view to changing the world of work.  

An authoritative voice on the future of work and a regular speaker on matters relating to people and organisations, Jane is a qualified member of CIPD and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and collaborates widely on positive change projects in the UK.


Gareth Edwards – Partner at Veale Wasbrough Vizards 

Gareth will look at how gender pay gap reporting sits within the wider diversity agenda and what can be done at senior team level to influence change and best practice in the wider workforce.

Gareth is an employment law partner with national law firm VWV and is based in Bristol. He has specialised in advising employers on employment law issues for over 20 years. Over the last 12 months he has worked with a number of employers as they have gathered their gender pay gap data and reported their pay gap. The issue has been firmly on the agenda of many boards but how many board members really understand what is being measured (how many have assumed we are talking about equal pay?) and what can HE leaders do to influence change in their organisations?

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iThink HR Seminar 2017 – Using Insights and Storytelling to enhance your Employer Brand


On October 4th 2017, we hosted 30 HR leaders at Gloucestershire Cricket Club all keen to understand about how to Use Insights and Storytelling to build and promote Employer Brand


Cogito and our Expert Speakers highlighted the strength of talent insights and storytelling in building EVP and enhancing your employer brand. Using practical case studies and industry insight, the blend of presentation and round table discussion received immediate positive feedback from those in attendance.  

Marc Drew, Cogito's Managing Director shared examples of projects delivered in Cogito's first three years in which we have utilised research and analytical skills to help businesses to improve direct hiring and employer brand.

One our most enjoyable pieces of work in past year has been the Arval Recruitment Transformation programme.  Marc was joined by Chris Watts, Arval Recruitment Manager to talk about the journey, from under-performing outsource provider to high quality in house recruitment provision, with excellent results.

Our headline speakers, Oliver Strong and Anthony Burrows of Intelligent Emotion led an interactive session in which case studies and experience helped to highlight why storytelling has moved from the nursery to becoming recognised as a vital business tool in many of the world’s most successful companies. and how storytelling can both inspire the business change needed to make your employer brand a reality and attract the best talent to join you.

If you would like to receive a copy of the slidedeck or would like more information please email, using the subject iThink Slidedeck.


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iThink HR Seminars 2017 – take your talent strategies to the next level


In 2016 Cogito hosted iThink events covering Brand, Culture, Reward, Recruitment, Millennials and Wellness. 

Our list of our seminars for 2017 is below and is reflective of the needs of our iThink Hub and the wider Talent community. 

All of our events are free to attend, we look forward to welcoming you to our iThink community this year...

Please note: External Consultancies and Third Party Suppliers will not be permitted to attend this event exclusively for in-house HR Directors, Heads of HR and Senior HR/Talent professionals. 


Using People Insight to build your Talent Strategy


June 14th 2017 - 0930-1430

This session will take you through the journey of our international customer from underperforming recruitment model to best practice talent acquisition delivering:

  • over 95% direct fill within 6 months
  • Six figure recruitment budget saving
  • Improved stakeholder engagement

Speakers from Cogito, HR and Business Leaders will take you through a talent transformation case study and highlight how a progressive HR team can make a real impact upon how an organisation views talent. 

Building from identifying what good looks like within the organisation to identifying talent in a competitive external market, this session will show how to use data to underpin Recruitment, Development, and Succession Planning programmes.

This is a must for HR and Business Leaders who want their organisation to improve the quality of talent and increase the return on talent investment.



 The power of storytelling to build and promote your Employer Brand


October 4th 2017 - 0930-1400

Cogito and our Expert Speakers will highlight the strength of storytelling in building your EVP and enhancing your employer brand. Using practical case studies and industry insight, this blend of presentation and round table discussion will enhance HR, Talent and Business Leaders understanding and help form clear thinking to support your cultural journey.

Our headline speaker, Oliver Strong, is a Managing Partner of Intelligent Emotion - specialists in internal communications, employee engagement and the critical (but so often mishandled) people side of change. His passion is helping organisations create a deeper emotional connection with their employees which then leads to sustainable and improved business results. With nearly 20 years employee communications experience Oliver has been trusted advisor to FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 executives, from travel, to property, to automotive and financial services. He has led global communications teams and has picked up awards along the way, most notably the Overall CIPD Winners Award while leading the global internal communications and engagement function at RSA Insurance.

In this interactive presentation, Oliver looks at why storytelling has moved from the nursery to becoming recognised as a vital business tool in many of the world’s most successful companies. In it he covers the science of storytelling. He then discusses how storytelling can both inspire the business change needed to make your employer brand a reality and attract the best talent to join you. He’ll then give you the chance to try out Intelligent Emotion’s simple but powerful storytelling framework for yourself. “Stories inspire action” is the powerful takeaway.

If you have any questions or would like more information please call the Cogito team on 01179200125 or email, using the subject iThink Events.


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Seminar: The Science and Art of improving in-house recruitment

When: 9am to Midday on the 11th November 2015 

Where: Aztec Hotel & Spa, Bristol, BS32 4TS

We are hosting a morning event for HR Leaders who want to attract better quality candidates through the engagement of passive talent, targeted promotion of their employer brand and improved candidate experience.

Recruiting talented individuals who really make a positive impact upon your business is challenging, in this event you will benefit from the insight of experts, the experiences of your peers and learn how to achieve it.

We will discuss:

– Transforming in-house recruitment teams
– Utilising intelligence to identify where talent exists
– Integrating talent acquisition into your talent strategy
– Reducing recruitment spend whilst increasing recruitment performance

We are delighted to confirm that our Speakers for this seminar are:

David Mason: Director of Recruitment at Capita

Clair Carpenter: Head of People, Planning and Development at EDF

If you would like to attend or for more information about this event please email or call 01179200125.