Plenary: The New L&D – Creating Data Conversations and Managing Change
The new world of workplace L&D is challenging, but also exciting. Yes, we’re in a hard economic environment right now, and the rapid shift to online training has not been easy for everyone. At the same time, there is more opportunity than ever to have an positive impact on organizations and the individuals working within them. In this plenary we meet two people who have had a big impact on their businesses by doing things differently – Guy Wilmshurst Smith of Network Rail in the UK, and Elisabetta Galli of Santander Group in Spain. They have both challenged the way people learn at work in their organisations, and both been successful. Join them in this interactive, discursive plenary to find out how.
Donald H. Taylor
Chair, Learning Technologies Conference Track, UK
Donald H Taylor is a 25 year veteran of the learning, skills and human capital industries, with experience at every level from design and delivery to chairman of the board. He has been chairman of the Learning and Performance Institute since 2010.
A recognised commentator and organiser in the fields of workplace learning and learning technologies, Donald is passionately committed to helping develop the learning and development profession.
His background ranges from training delivery to director and vice-president positions in software companies. Donald has been a company director and shareholder for three companies through start up, growth and acquisition.
He is an influential writer and speaker in the fields of the professional development of L&D and of technology-supported learning. He was the 2007 recipient of the Colin Corder award for services to training and has chaired the Learning Technologies Conference since 2000. He also chairs the Learning and Skills Group, hosting its bi-weekly webinar programme, and edits Inside Learning Technologies Magazine. He is a graduate of Oxford University and in 2016 was awarded an honorary doctorate by Middlesex University in recognition of his work developing the L&D profession.
Head of Network Rail Training,
Guy Wilmshurst-Smith is Head of Network Rail Training, leading a 500 strong team that delivers learning services to Network Rail and the wider industry. Recent years have seen a drive to utilise technology to create a system of more immersive training shaped by data to enable better train performance and safety in the service of passengers. He has served in Network Rail for 8 years following 30 years in various roles within the Royal Engineers seeing tours across the world including the Arctic, Falkland Islands, Balkans, Belize, Kenya, Hong Kong, Iraq, Sudan and Afghanistan.
Global Head of Knowledge, Development & Talent at Banco Santander, Spain
Elisabetta Galli is Global Head of Knowledge, Development & Talent Management at Banco Santander since March 2017.
With an academic background as clinical Psychologist, Elisabetta has developed a more than 25 year career in Human Resources, in local, regional and global roles, most of them as HR generalist in charge of multiple geographies and multinational teams.
Before Santander Elisabetta has been working in Wolters Kluwer as global HRVP of the Legal & Regulatory Business Unit and in Johnson & Johnson where she has been working 11 years in the Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices sectors.
Elisabetta’s main areas of expertise are: change management, organizational excellence, strategic workforce planning, learning & development, talent management, cultural transformation.