Taking the Chance out of Change

21 April 2015

When: 08:00am for a 08:30am start until 10:30am

Where: Eversheds, Central Square South, Orchard Street,
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3XX

To register please email LisaStephenson@eversheds.com

Businesses are increasingly facing challenges of change management whether this is in response to customer demand or customer decline, involving mergers, acquisitions, outsourcing, staff reductions and/or changing terms and conditions.

To support organisations through these challenging periods, Eversheds, Bradley O Mahoney and Flint Consulting have put together a workshop programme to review not only the legal implications of managing change but also the organisational engagement and communication issues and can arise which can cause significant problems for businesses if not managed effectively and efficiently.

By the end of the session we will have reviewed

  • The employment law framework associated with
    • mergers acquisitions and outsourcing
    • consultation obligations on employers
    • staff reductions
    • changing terms and conditions
  • The importance of maintaining engagement and morale during challenging times
  • The return on investment from well managed change
  • Some of the common pitfalls during significant periods of change
  • Principles for ensuring employees remain informed, involved and inspired during change


The Speakers

Shirley Wright – Shirley is a Partner in Eversheds HR Practice Group. She specialises in all aspects of employment law. She acts for private and public sector employers handling a broad range of contentious and non-contentious matters. Like other members of the team, Shirley conducts her own advocacy in the Employment Tribunal. She is also a member of the Local Government, health and education sector groups with particular emphasis on complex areas of employment law such as equal pay, transfer of undertakings and discrimination issues. Shirley leads on equal pay for HRG.

Daniel O’Mahoney – Daniel has been at the forefront of public relations and reputation management in the North of England for over 20 years. He is a founding partner of Bradley O’Mahoney Public Relations which was established in 1991 and has advised a vast range of clients in the public and private sectors. He has great experience in developing communication strategies to assist companies protect their brands and reputations when restructuring and diversifying.

Craig Smith – Craig is the Senior Consultant and Director within Flint Consulting and has extensive experience of working and consulting within the private and public sector. He has extensive management/consultancy experience and detailed experience of organisational change and organisational development interventions.

Before founding Flint Consultancy (originally as Handmade Learning) in 2007, Craig previously worked for PepsiCo for 6 years in operational and HR roles. Prior to that, Craig worked in senior operational roles within Royal Mail and Northumbrian Water. A keen runner with thirteen international marathons under his belt, Craig has also trekked to the summit of the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro in 2008. Both of these endeavours demonstrate the mental toughness and tenacity Craig also brings to his professional career.