Employer Partnership Programme Summer Forum - Speakers

Thriving in times of change: The skills agenda for the modern workplace

Speakers

Nigel RaceNigel Race, Director Professional Development STEP

Nigel is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (MCIPD), qualifying through the L&D route. Nigel also holds an MSc in Organisational behaviour (Training and Counselling) from Clore School of Management, Birkbeck. Nigel has worked in the field of professional development for the last 16 years or so at both STEP and the Chartered institute of Management Accountants, and before that was involved in training and teacher training, predominantly in UK and FSU. He has extensive experience of working with professionals from a wide range of nationalities and cultures, including project managing government programmes with the Canterbury Business School, University of Kent, to train and develop professionals from the FSU and China in preparation for work placements in UK as part of the as part of the Chancellor’s Financial Services Sector Scheme. Nigel’s main responsibilities at STEP are to oversee qualifications, CPD and the employer programme.


Kelly LeslieKelly Leslie, Human Resources Manager, Farrer & Co LLP

Kelly is the Human Resources Manager for Farrer & Co LLP. Kelly supports the Human Resources Director in the delivery of HR projects. She is CIPD qualified and has recently become a certified mental health first aider. Before joining the firm in 2005, Kelly attended the University of Bristol where she read Law.


 

Elaine Gray

 Elaine Gray, Partner, Carey Olsen (Guernsey)

Elaine is a partner in the dispute resolution and litigation team at Carey Olsen in Guernsey where she advises both local and international clients on employment law, commercial litigation and intellectual property (IP) matters. She is ranked in both Chambers (Europe and UK) and Legal 500 as a leading individual in employment law and has considerable experience in complex trust disputes. She acts for a number of the major financial services businesses on the island in contentious and non-contentious employment issues as well as tribunal representation. Elaine qualified as a Scottish solicitor and notary public in 1995, before moving to the Cayman Islands in 2004 where she was admitted as an attorney-at-law.  She then qualified as a solicitor in England in 2008 and was admitted as an advocate of the Royal Court of Guernsey in 2009. Carey Olsen works with clients in Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey as well as being instructed by international law firms, accountancy practices and tax advisers. We are well-versed in relation to large take-overs and business amalgamations and, as a full service firm, can provide support wherever you need it. This includes calling upon our established trusts and investment funds practices for their expertise on pensions matters. Elaine is a member of both the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists and The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. She is also a member of the Population Employment Advisory Panel as representative of Guernsey’s financial service industry.


Gail McCourt

Gail McCourt, Head of Fiduciary Management, RBC Wealth Management

Elaine is a partner in the dispute resolution and litigation team at Carey Olsen in Guernsey where she advises both local and international clients on employment law, commercial litigation and intellectual property (IP) matters. She is ranked in both Chambers (Europe and UK) and Legal 500 as a leading individual in employment law and has considerable experience in complex trust disputes. She acts for a number of the major financial services businesses on the island in contentious and non-contentious employment issues as well as tribunal representation. Elaine qualified as a Scottish solicitor and notary public in 1995, before moving to the Cayman Islands in 2004 where she was admitted as an attorney-at-law.  She then qualified as a solicitor in England in 2008 and was admitted as an advocate of the Royal Court of Guernsey in 2009. Carey Olsen works with clients in Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey as well as being instructed by international law firms, accountancy practices and tax advisers. We are well-versed in relation to large take-overs and business amalgamations and, as a full service firm, can provide support wherever you need it. This includes calling upon our established trusts and investment funds practices for their expertise on pensions matters. Elaine is a member of both the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists and The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. She is also a member of the Population Employment Advisory Panel as representative of Guernsey’s financial service industry.


Kerry JamesKerry James, Head of Learning and Development, Burges Salmon

Kerry is Head of Learning and Development at Burges Salmon. Having practised as a disputes lawyer at Burges Salmon, she moved to the world of legal education, leading the Legal Practice Course at the University of the West of England and then building the University of Law’s presence in the South West as Director of its Bristol branch.  Kerry has enjoyed her return to the world of private practice. Many of the senior figures in the firm were her fellow trainees and/or her students which gives her a head start when she suggests innovative learning solutions! The thread that runs through Kerry’s career is her drive to help people achieve their potential in a practical and focussed ways to support the values, culture and strategy of their businesses.
In the last few years, the Burges Salmon has been nominated for a number of top awards. They have been Roll on Friday’s Firm of the Year for three years running and recently, to their delight, won the Happiest Workplace at the National Happiness Awards.


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