Reward Forward Programme

Tuesday, March 19th

  • 08:00 - 08:45

    Registration and Coffee Bar and Sponsor Area open

  • 09:00

    Day Starts

  • Tribute to Chris Hopkins

  • Economic Overview

    A Global Market Strategist, Matt King will give participants an overview of the economic environment in which we are operating. Raising the horizon and broadening our perspectives helps to set the scene in which Reward needs to be effective. Are we likely to be facing a period of sustained global inflation or are current price rises simply a blip? Which national economies are more likely to thrive and which face problems with productivity, interest rates, debt and competitivity?

  • Roundtable Roundup

    54 Reward practitioners participated in 7 small peer group roundtable meetings that set the groundwork for our Reward Forward Event. In this session Marc Hommel will look at the themes highlighted by those meetings with a fresh pair of eyes. Themes like; Simplicity, Transparency, Fairness, Flexibility and Choice. How can we place these themes in context for our businesses to improve the Reward proposition?

  • The Reward Forward Opportunity

    Specially for this event, Kathi Enderes of the Josh Bersin Company has recorded a video presenting a preview of results from their ground-breaking research into Pay and Rewards. The Josh Bersin Company is widely renowned as the leading research and advisory company for corporate learning, talent management, and HR. This is the first research undertaken by the company in the Rewards arena, and the results are eye opening! As a Neovation participant you will be amongst the first to hear what Josh Bersin and his team have to say on this critical topic as Kathi Enderes previews the conclusions from research that will shape the Reward space for years to come.

    Peter Newhouse will finish this session with“What’s wrong with Pay?” As business leaders and HR professionals it’s time to reframe what we are trying to achieve through Reward. Can we make Reward more inspiring and meaningful for our people? Peter highlights some core features of Reward that require Neovation.

  • 10:45

    Refuel and Connect

  • 11:15

    The ShoeMars Reward Challenge

    Derek Irvine & Peter Newhouse facilitate the first session of the ShoeMars Reward Challenge. Through 3 sessions, Neovation participants will develop a Reward Framework for ShoeMars, our highly successful Nasdaq listed, direct-to-consumer, hi-tech company that builds its unique shoe supply chain in the poorest parts of both the developed and developing world. ShoeMars is a pioneering, values driven organisation that sources its talent from all over the world into a mix of roles; some on the ground, others in the virtual world. How should ShoeMars Reward its people?

  • Choice

    Chris Andrews from Caburn Hope helps us look at Flexibility and Choice

    Some people say that employees trust their organisation to pay them the right way. Other people say that allowing employees to personalise their Rewards to better suit their own needs would be a more effective way for an organisation to engage its people; is that true? If true, how would we do it? With Choice comes consequences –what if I make the wrong choice and I would have been better off making a different decision? How can we ensure that our people have enough information to make choices they can live with? Is there a middle ground in which Personas are an effective proxy for customisation -how would that work?

  • The Future of Reward

    Gathered together by Simon Patterson around the Neovation Crystal Ball, Placid Jover(Unilever), Derek Irvine(Workuman), Mark Pemberthy(Buck) and Natasha Rice(Tesco) look at the Future of Reward.

    Which direction should Reward be taking? Post your questions for this session on the Neovation App!

  • View from the Top

    Simon Paterson interviews Jean-Marc Huët, the Chairman of Heineken NV’s Supervisory Board. What does the Reward landscape look like from the vantage point of a Chairman and Non-Executive Director?

    Jean-Marc was previously Chief Financial Officer of Unilever based in London and CFO of the Bristol-Myers Squibb company based in North America, he is currently a director of Canada Goose and the Chairman of Vermaat, a premium catering business owned by Bridgepoint Capital. Earlier in his career Jean-Marc worked for Goldman Sachs International. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College and a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD. He has a long term interest and involvement in the organisation of Formula 1 motor racing.

  • 13:00 - 13:45


  • 13:45

    ShoeMars2, The ShoeMars Reward Challenge

    Derek Irvine & Peter Newhouse facilitate the second session of the ShoeMars Reward Challenge.

    Through 3 sessions, Neovation participants will develop a Reward Framework for ShoeMars, our highly successful Nasdaq listed, direct-to-consumer, hi-tech company that builds its unique shoe supply chain in the poorest parts of both the developed and developing world. ShoeMars is a pioneering, values driven organisation that sources its talent from all over the world into a mix of roles; some on the ground, others in the virtual world. How should ShoeMars Reward its people?

  • The Future Reward Organisation 1

    Xavier Baeten, Professor in Reward & Sustainability at the Vlerick Business School looks at the Future Reward Organisation, what skills will be needed by the Reward professionals of the future, what skills do we have now? Where do Reward people spend their time and what do they think is important?

    Please complete the Vlerick Business School QuickScan on Reward which you can access through the following link:

    This will only take you around 5 minutes to complete. You will receive an individual report and Xavier Baeton will include some of the overall survey results in his presentation.

  • The Future Reward Organisation 2

    Gathered together by Simon Patterson around the Neovation Crystal Ball, Ashok Pillai(BP), Alex Beidas(Linklaters), Leigh Bornstein(UFlexReward) and Diana Fayad(GE) look at the Future Reward Organisation.

    Reward is a complex issue involving multiple stakeholders. How can the Reward function be organised to span increasing demands? What more can Reward do?

    Post your questions for this session on the Neovation App!

  • 15:15

    Refuel and Connect

  • 15:45

    ShoeMars 3 - The ShoeMars Reward Challenge

    Derek Irvine & Peter Newhouse facilitate the third session of the ShoeMars Reward Challenge.

    In this final session, we aim to reach conclusions on how ShoeMars should Reward its people. How have the Neovation participants addressed the challenge? Can you develop a Reward Framework for ShoeMars that reflects its pioneering and values driven culture? How will you address the diversity of the ShoeMars population and their unique mix of roles?

  • New Reward Principles

    For decades, Reward has followed the mantra of “Attract, Retain and Motivate”. Peter Newhouse discusses with the participants how we could update the guiding principles for Reward to fit the modern world our people work in.

    In this session we explore alternative principles to drive Reward Forward and work towards a “Manifesto for Reward” which Neovation will finalise after today’s Event.

  • Open Reflections

    An opportunity for “everyone to ask anyone anything”. Do you have a question for one of the session leaders, one of our experts or another participant? This is your chance to ask questions and discuss the themes of the day in an interactive session.

  • Making the Impossible Possible

    The Leadership High are delighted to provide us with some inspiration and motivation to complete our day with a session from the world class coach, Mel Marshall MBE. Mel is a lead coach for British Swimming and coaches the fastest human on the planet at Breaststroke, Adam Peaty.

    Mel knows a lot about the role of reward and recognition working in such a high intensity, performance driven environment. Mel shares her story on making the impossible, possible. We will hear some of Mel’s winning beliefs and principles that help her drive change and develop a consistently high-performance culture to go in pursuit of better, every day.

    The Leadership High work with leaders and teams in pursuit of better by making confidence a habit.

  • 18:15 - 19:15

    Drinks and Connect

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  • Peter Newhouse

    Peter Newhouse

    Global Reward Counselor

    Peter Newhouse is a well-known expert on pay. Currently focused on the Future of Reward, he is a frequent speaker at international conferences, has had articles published in newspapers and specialist publications and has featured on television and radio.

    Peter was Unilever’s Global Head of Reward from 2010 to 2021. He was previously a senior executive at Ford in North America and Group Head of Remuneration at Standard Chartered Bank in London.

    After graduating with a Law degree, Peter started his career in Reward in 1980 when he joined the American consulting company Organization Resources Counselors Inc (ORC). As well as developing the Reward consultancy services of MM&K, specialists in executive and incentive compensation, Peter also ran his own Reward consulting business, Peter Newhouse & Co from 2000 until he joined Unilever in 2010.

  • Chris Andrew

    Chris Andrew

    Chris has been working in employee engagement before it was even a thing. With a background in marketing and design, he has a passion for brand, driving behavioural change and using effective communication to help organisations to achieve their goals.

    He has developed inspiring engagement campaigns and transformation projects across the employee lifecycle for a wide range of organisations, including BT, Boots, Coca-Cola, London Stock Exchange Group, O2, S&P Global and Unilever.

  • Sarah MacDonald

    Sarah MacDonald

    Sarah is a business leader who spent 25 years leading change for some of the world’s top brands. With a degree in sport management and psychology, she was instrumental in the growth and development of the Nike women’s retail business in the UK and Europe and went on to work as a senior leader for GlaxoSmithKline and the world’s leading Investment bank, Goldman Sachs.

    Sarah is an expert in building experiences and believes they help us create emotional episodes which shape our attitudes, behaviours and performance.

    She is an entrepreneur, mum of four, Founder of The Leadership High and MacExperience (MacX)

  • Leigh Bornstein

    Leigh Bornstein



    Leigh Bornstein serves as the COO at uFlexReward, where she leads the Client Engagement team and directs the client experience strategy to ensure seamless platform delivery. Central to her role, Leigh oversees the full spectrum of the client journey – from sales and project management to business strategy and customer success; aiming for optimal client satisfaction and operational efficiency.

    With over a decade of expertise in Reward and HR, Leigh has successfully orchestrated the launch of more than ten global Total Reward System projects, positively affecting over 100,000 employees across 100+ countries. Before joining uFlexReward, Leigh developed her skills in coaching and leading large-scale HR and reward transformation projects for multinational clients, with previous positions at Unilever, Xerox/Buck Consultants, Conduent, and Endava. Outside of work, Leigh is passionate about photography and adventure, including hiking, snowboarding, surfing, and yoga.

  • Ovul Sezer

    Ovul Sezer

    Ovul Sezer is a behavioral scientist and a stand-up comedian. During the day, she is an Assistant Professor of Management & Organizations at Cornell University, where she teaches Managerial Decision Making, Diversity and Organizational Behavior. Late at night, she performs stand-up routines in comedy clubs.

    She applies the same observational tools to both jobs, identifying a particular human behavior that seems interesting or confusing, either by studying it in-depth using experiments or describing it with humor. Her research focuses on Impression (Mis)Management – the mistakes we make when we try to impress others. She received her bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University, and her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Harvard University.

  • Dr Meisha-ann Martin

    Dr Meisha-ann Martin

    Senior Director of People Analytics and Research


    Dr. Meisha-ann Martin is the Senior Director of People Analytics and Research at Workhuman, the company revolutionizing the way employees celebrate, connect with, and appreciate each other in the workplace.   

    Meisha-ann has a personal passion for diversity, equity and inclusion and loves using data and analytics to identify and remedy inclusion gaps in the employee experience. She is considered a people analytics/employee experience expert as she has led these efforts in companies like Flex, JetBlue and Raymond James Financial and is the former head of talent experience at ServiceMaster.   

    Meisha-ann has a Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology based on her research on diversity attitudes in the workplace and has fifteen years of experience working in people analytics and employee engagement across a variety of different industries.  

    Meisha-ann regularly speaks at conferences, on webinars and on podcasts; her thought leadership has been featured in Forbes, HR Dive, and Benefits Pro.   

  • Martha H. Cook

    Martha H. Cook

    Global & EMEIA Total Reward Leader


    Martha is the EY Global and EMEIA Total Rewards leader and leads EY’s Total Reward Center of Excellence. Martha advises global company Boards, C-suites and HR leaders on emerging global trends, leading TR framework designs and practical strategies to enhance their EVPs, employer brands, WF experience and retention while harmonizing across people, performance & rewards agendas.

    She has a proven track record of helping implement strategic solutions that integrate cost efficiency, market leading design, & employee engagement with digital insights that promote performance, wellbeing and long term value stakeholder outcomes.

    She a frequent contributor to the global total reward discourse through her participation in EY thought leadership, external webcasts, publications, and speaking events (most recently Davos in 2023).

  • Gaurav Khera

    Gaurav Khera

    Gaurav Khera is Infosys’ Digital Experience Business leader for EMEA region. Gaurav advises global brands to leverage digital technologies to create hyper personalised, connected, and frictionless journeys for employees and customers to increase brand loyalty, improve productivity and profitability.

    Gaurav brings wealth of experience in envisioning and delivering digital, and data led business transformation initiatives for enterprises across multiple industry domains. He believes that rapid maturity of disruptive technologies like Generative AI, machine learning, blockchain, cloud, automation and advanced analytics is forcing organisations to be more innovative, agile, and pushing boundaries to re-invent their business and engagement models. 

    He is excited about the prospect of limitless possibilities that Generative AI brings to redefine employee experience in the modern workplace and looks forward to engaging conversations with the industry experts at Neovation.

  • Ian Leslie

    Ian Leslie

    Ian Leslie is the author of acclaimed books on human psychology and behaviour, translated into over a dozen languages. Malcolm Gladwell describes him as “one of my favourite writers”.

    Ian has a background in business; before launching a writing career he worked as a strategist for some of the world’s biggest brands at ad agencies in London and New York. He is a contributor to the Financial Times, the Economist, and the New York Times and a keynote speaker at companies and conferences around the world, on curiosity, innovation, and productive disagreement.

    In his popular Substack newsletter, The Ruffian, he writes about culture, politics, and creativity in the age of AI. Ian is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He lives in London with his wife and two young children.

  • Howard Fry

    Howard Fry

    Global Creative Director


    Howard Fry serves as the Global Creative Director at Gallagher’s Communication Consulting Practice.

    With over 15 years of experience, Howard has collaborated with many major global brands including Apple, Nike and Walmart, helping leaders link benefits and well-being initiatives to their workforce in compelling, relevant, and entertaining ways that foster awareness and increase adoption.

    His passion lies in bridging the gap between internal and external brand experiences, adopting a marketing agency mindset to achieve tangible business outcomes, and helping people live happier, healthier lives.

  • Simon Patterson

    Simon Patterson



    Simon Patterson is actively engaged as advisor to the remuneration committees of several FTSE 100 companies and consults widely on executive compensation, incentive compensation design and performance measurement. 
    Prior to Farient, he was Managing Director at Pearl Meyer. Previously, Simon founded Patterson Associates with a streamlined team focused on delivering business results by linking remuneration and reward systems to business needs and increasing returns for shareholders. Prior to that, Mr. Patterson was the worldwide partner in charge of executive compensation in Mercer’s London office and the co-founder of SCA Consulting in Europe. 
    Mr. Patterson holds a BSc (Hons) from University College London and an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA. 

  • Yvonne Prang

    Yvonne Prang

    Senior Director in the Global Rewards Center of Excellence


    Yvonne is passionate about the intersection where numbers and people meet. She delivers impact to the business through driving transformational change in Rewards with a global team of Compensation, Benefits and Recognition professionals across McDonald’s largest International Operated Markets outside of the US. In this role, she acts as a translator to bring McDonald’s Rewards strategy to life globally in creating the employee experience of the future.

    Her path at McDonald’s started in Germany in 2008 as the team lead of the Compensation & Benefits team. Over the years, she drove several international transformation projects and was promoted first to a European, then a global role.

    Prior to McDonald’s, Yvonne built her expertise in Human Resources in different roles at Infineon Technologies, as a Consultant at Kienbaum and PriceWaterhouseCoopers and started her career at Siemens in Leadership Development. She holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Vermont, USA, and a German/ French postgraduate degree.

    Fuelled by her passion for people, Yvonne serves as an international mentor to support her mentees in developing and achieving their career ambitions.

  • Constantina Tribou

    Constantina Tribou

    Beauty & Wellbeing Chief HR Officer


    Currently Chief HR Officer Beauty & Wellbeing Business Group, based in the US since July 2022. Previously, Global Head of Reward for Unilever since April 2020, based in the UK and before that, Global Vice President of Human Resources for Foods & Refreshments Division since January 2018, based in the Netherlands. I began my career for Unilever in Greece, where I come from, as Total Quality Manager, in 1999.

    In 2000, I moved to the Marketing Department, initially as Brand Manager of Knorr Products and then became the Group Brand Manager of all brands under the Spreads, Olive Oil and Dressings categories. I moved to the Customer Development Department in 2005 as Trade Marketing Manager for the company’s Foods Portfolio. I returned to Marketing in 2007 and took over the Marketing Director position for all Foods and Beverages brands, overlooking also the company’s Media department. I took over the position of HR and Communications Director for Greece in September 2011.

    As part of my marketing career, I have been awarded with the fastest Brand Growth award in 2005. I am a member of the Board of Greek Female Managers and Entrepreneurs Governing Committee and mentor 20 young female talents.
    I am currently also the Unilever representative in the Ben & Jerry’s Independent Board.

    I studied Acting in parallel with my University Business Studies and I always enjoy a good play, a film or a music performance. I love arts and try to visit as many art exhibitions as I can. I also have a passion for history and love reading biographies. A good laugh makes my day and travelling with my family is one of the things I enjoy the most. I am married to Konstantinos, we have been together for 30 years now and we have two teenage daughters, Nefeli and Natalia, that keep us alert, trying to stay cool.