Transforming The Humber 2017 Logo

Working in Harmony

7th June 2017 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 

Albemarle Centre, Ferensway, Hull

At Transforming the Humber 2016 one of our speakers reminded us that employees have a life outside of work. Our proposition is that an employer can engage with the whole person and support them in their life beyond the workplace.

More importantly you will hear why engagement with your employees in cultural activities has hidden benefits. It isn’t hard to do. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune.

2017. A great year for Hull as UK City of Culture. In the spirit of Hull 2017, our Transforming the Humber Conference for 2017 takes a different look at how engagement in cultural activities has benefits for both employers and employees. Our vehicle will be music but culture encompasses everything from the arts to sports and an age spectrum from youth to retirement.

You may recall the BBC series Maestro, where celebrities got to conduct a symphony orchestra. We all recognise the work of Gareth Malone to create workplace choirs and the Military Wives Choir.

We are delighted to have the support of the Hull City Junior Youth Orchestra and the Beverley Male Voice Choir. Together you will have your first lesson in conducting and may get the chance to conduct the orchestra. You the audience will become a choir. Together we will illustrate how participation develops skills and talents people can bring to their employment and adds to employee well-being.

Book early for our popular FREE Transforming the Humber 2017 event. More details to follow.

Who should attend?

This conference is ideal for members of the HR and business communities who have an interest in retaining and developing a skilled workforce



Ian Wilson – Host

Director of Fusion Leadership, and President of the Hull Philharmonic Society

Ian Wilson has over forty years of HR experience in the education, retail and financial services sectors, including twenty two years as an independent consultant working with a number of FTSE 100 global companies in the UK and as far afield as the USA, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, Dubai and Poland.
His cultural heritage goes back to 1961 when he first started to learn to play the violin. On the journey since then he joined the Hull City Senior Youth Orchestra on tour to Austria, played in the Beethoven bicentenary concert in 1970 with the Hull Philharmonic and has been a member of the Hull Philharmonic for over 30 years. His eclectic music tastes encompass the entire orchestral and operatic spectrum from Adams to Zon with a side order of experimental artists such as Laurie Anderson and a regular injection of Status Quo.


Simon Green

Director of Cultural Services, Hull Culture and Leisure Ltd

As biochemist by training with a degree in Biochemistry and Industrial Studies Simon worked in retail for five years before changing career, not generally the normal route to a career in the Cultural sector! His interest in Cultural and Heritage management has a particular focus on museums, galleries theatres and halls with a particular interest in broadening participation and the value of cultural and heritage impacts in social and economic regeneration and most importantly making the case for culture/heritage. Simon is an advocate of the power of culture to changes lives and changes places. He is passionate about long term development and sound financial planning being coupled firmly to excellent operational management, partnership working and staff development in order to deliver resilience.


Alan Hemingway

Managing Director, Hemingway Bailey Ltd

Alan worked for nearly 20 years as a qualified accountant in industry before deciding to start his own accountancy practice back in 2010. When he started building his team, he was determined to ensure his team had as rounded a development as possible to develop them into future business leaders in the area. Apart from traditional accountancy training, Alan puts just as much emphasis on personal skills and activities away from work. Alan confesses to having no musical ability whatsoever!


Liz Wilson

Musical Director, Beverley Male Voice Choir and Musical Director of Driffield Male Voice Choir

Liz trained as a singer at The Guildhall School of Music at the same time as she completed her teaching qualifications. Her singing career has encompassed all genres of music. She has played the lead role in nearly all of the Gilbert and Sullivan operas and the Mother Superior in the Sound of Music. With the Northern Theatre Company she took the role of Sister Angelica in Puccini’s opera Soeur Angelica and later the part of Mimi in La Boheme. Other performances included appearances at Hull City Hall with the massed choirs of the National Association of Choirs, with the Scarborough Symphony Orchestra and as a guest soloist with the Edwin Harper band.
Having retired as a Headteacher in 2013 Liz is now a National Leader of School Governance and Trustee of Hull Collegiate Academies Trust as well as directing two male voice choirs.


Dominic Wright

Head of Strings, Hull Music Service

Dominic started to learn the viola at the age of twelve, and in six years had achieved grade 8 distinction gaining the Associated Board’s Silver Medal award for the second highest mark that year. He then went to the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama to study with James Durrant, and upon graduating was awarded a scholarship to study at the National Centre for Orchestral Studies in London. Dominic had trials with the Ulster Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Scottish Ballet Orchestra before moving to Spain where he played with the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra for five years, and was a founder member of the Canarian String Quartet.
On returning to England he has played with the English Mozart Players, the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hallé Orchestra, before joining Hull Music Service in 2000 where he now holds the head of strings role. Dominic has worked as a tutor with a number of the ensembles at the Albemarle Music Centre and currently works with the City of Hull Junior Youth Orchestra as conductor and string tutor.


Phil Batty

Director of Marketing, Communities & Legacy, Hull 2017

In his role at Hull 2017, Phil leads on all aspects of marketing and community engagement, including the development of our learning and volunteer programmes.
The ambition to bring 1 million extra visitors to Hull throughout the year will be in part driven by high profile national and international marketing activity designed to change perceptions of the city on a global stage. Working to promote 365 days of artistic programme the team will tell the story of a city in change as we journey towards delivering this iteration of the UK City of Culture project.
With responsibility for increasing cultural participation amongst local residents and engaging over 4000 volunteers, Phil will ensure that all aspect of Hull 2017’s work over the next two years leaves a lasting and tangible legacy for the city. Working with a range of partners from schools, colleges, creative businesses, health groups, local tourism and training bodies, we will ensure Hull delivers on the promised set out in the original bid put forward in 2013.
Phil joined the Hull 2017 team after a decade running a leading UK youth marketing and research agency, established in 2006 at the age of 16 as part of a Young Enterprise Company Programme. Phil was also a volunteer on the Hull 2017 bid team.


Sophie Pretorius

Senior Manager PwC

Based in Hull Sophie is site leader for a PwC team of over 30 people delivering outsourced accounting services. She has been with PwC 15 years and works with a broad range of both national and international clients focusing on helping them remain accounting compliant in the UK and providing insights in to their business operations. These services are delivered by a technically proficient, innovative, diverse and agile group of PwC people and underpinning this is the ability to work together and support each other as a team. Celebrating success, social fun and community affairs are all key components that contribute to the ongoing strength and motivation of this team.


Kishor Tailor

Chief Executive, Humber Local Enterprise Partnership

Kishor has the principle role of developing and delivering the strategy for growth of the Humber region. He is responsible for the management of the Humber LEP, its governance and funding, as well as lead responsibility for building and developing relationships with partners in the public and private sectors as well as with government departments. Kishor reports to the Humber LEP Board through the Chairman Lord Haskins. He is also currently the main point of contact for the key link with the investment and regulation board.


The Albemarle Music Centre, near Hull Paragon Interchange, was purpose-built for the Hull Music Service in 2007 as part of the St Stephen’s development. The building has a 300 seat auditorium and a 100 seat large performance space.

24hr parking, including free Electric Car Charging on the first floor, is available in the St Stephen’s Center car park. Access via Portland Place, turn left a little further along Ferensway.


Albemarle Music Centre
60 Ferensway
East Yorkshire


This FREE event is aimed at all those in the HR community as well as business leaders and managers who have an interest in how engagement with their employees in cultural activities can have benefits for all.

Places are limited and tickets can be booked via Eventbrite. Follow the link below.

Any enquiries please contact Chris Brown,
Chair, CIPD Humber:

Refund & Cancellation policy:

Transforming the Humber 2017 is FREE to attend for both CIPD members and non-members.
Professional photography and video production will be taking place at the event, and these images may be used on future promotional materials for CIPD. Please note that by attending the event, you are giving your consent for your image to be used on any CIPD promotional materials.

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CIPD Humber Branch