Steering group

The Future Talent Forum Steering Group is made up of a range of influential senior leaders, who provide ideas and support to help to guide the strategic direction of the forum.


Lord Chris Holmes of Richmond MBE

Lord Holmes is Britain’s most successful Paralympic swimmer with a tally of 9 golds, 5 silvers and 1 bronze. He was also LOCOG’s Director of Paralympic Integration, responsible for the organization of the 2012 Paralympic Games. A lifelong campaigner for equality and inclusion, Chris was appointed to the House of Lords in 2013 as the Lord Holmes of Richmond.

Chris is also non-executive director at the Equality and Human Rights Commission and in 2015 was appointed as a specialist adviser on Diversity and Inclusion to the Civil Service.

"I am delighted to be part of the Future Talent Forum Steering Group. More now than at any other time in history, as we embark on the 4th industrial revolution, the success of the nation depends on unlocking the talents and interests of the next generation. In this context it is vital for all stakeholders to come together to discuss how to do that.” 


Melanie Richards, vice chairman and UK board member, KPMG​

Melanie was appointed to the KPMG UK Board in 2012 and was appointed vice chairman of KPMG UK in October 2014. She has more than 30 years of banking experience particularly in bank lending, debt restructuring and capital markets’ instruments.

Melanie is a passionate champion of Diversity & Inclusion, both within and outside of KPMG and is a recognised voice on the issue of gender inequality. She is a founding member of the 30% Club Steering Committee, a pioneering campaign focused on increasing female representation in FTSE Boards and Leadership. Melanie received the Opportunity Now’s 2013 Champion Award, the gender campaign from Business in the Community, for her contribution to advancing, promoting and embedding a diversity culture within the workplace. She joined the Harvard Women’s Leadership Board in June 2014.

“Getting the right talent strategy in place is fundamental to the success of every business.  As leaders we need to understand how to recruit and retain the best talent and attract people with the right mix of skills and experience to meet the future needs of our clients. The forum aims to play a leading role in the debate and share best practice to help businesses align their people strategy with their future commercial objectives and to be recognised as an employer of choice for the best talent out there.”


Helmut Schuster, executive vice president and group HR director, BP 

Helmut became group HR director at BP on 1 March 2011. In this role he holds accountabilities for the BP HR function. He is also a member of the BP executive team. Since joining BP in 1989, Helmut has held a number of major leadership roles. He has worked in BP in the US, UK and Continental Europe and within most parts of Refining, Marketing, Trading and Gas & Power. Before taking on his current role, his portfolio of responsibilities as a HR VP included the Refining & Marketing Segment of BP, and Corporate & Functions. This role saw him leading the people agenda for roughly 60,000 people across the globe. He is also a non-executive director of BP Europa SE.

"Social Mobility is one of the key challenges our world faces. Companies will have to play an increasingly proactive role in offering opportunities to people from very diverse backgrounds. Accelerated learning and the use of modern technologies will take centre stage. The workplace will change more rapidly in the next 5 years than it has in the last 20. The Future Talent Forum allows us to recognise and discuss these trends in a professional context. Future talent is more relevant than ever before."


Regina Moran, CEO, Fujitsu UK & Ireland  

Regina began her career as an Electronics Engineer with Amdahl where she was co-founder of the services and consulting group. In 1997, Regina co-founded DMR Consulting Ireland where she held the role of Director of Operations responsible for Project Delivery. From there, she moved to DMR Consulting, which became Fujitsu Consulting and subsequently merged with Fujitsu Services in April 2004 and Fujitsu Siemens in April 2009. Regina was appointed COO of Fujitsu Services Ireland in August 2006 and MD of Fujitsu Ireland in May 2009. Regina holds an MBA from Dublin City University.

"The world of work is changing more quickly than ever before, as almost every industry is impacted by digital technology. For the UK economy to remain competitive, it is vital we ensure that our future workforce has the skills and talent needed to thrive in this shifting landscape. Stakeholders from across industry must work together to tackle these issues, and for that reason I am thrilled to be participating in the Future Talent Forum Steering Group.


Tom Watson MP

Tom was born in Sheffield in 1967 and grew up in Kidderminster. He has been MP for West Bromwich East since 2001 and he was elected deputy leader of the Labour Party in September 2015. He’s been involved in some real battles. He took on Rupert Murdoch, highlighted phone-hacking at the News of the World, supported the campaign to Save the Human Rights Act, and led the fight against Tory plans to scrap the Freedom of Information Act. Tom is a music fan, occasional DJ and an enthusiastic gamer who reviews video games for the New Statesman. He is a patron of SpecialEffect, a charity that enables people with disabilities to play video games.

"The Future Talent agenda is vitally important because one of the most important questions facing us as a country is do we make technology our ally or our enemy? The answer is hugely important. The digital revolution has already transformed our world but the automation revolution will turn it upside down. In the next 25 years nearly everything that can be automated will be automated. This will be one of the most profound and far-reaching change in industrial history. How we deal with its impact is down to all of us but we need to be prepared if we are to take advantage of the many opportunities it will bring." 


Tim Campbell MBE 

Tim, currently Head of Client Services for Emerging Talent at Alexander Mann Solutions, became known to the British public after being crowned the first winner of the hit BBC TV series The Apprentice and going on to become the first Project Director of the Health & Beauty division within Lord Alan Sugar's company, Amstrad PLC. Tim went on to found Bright Ideas Trust, a charitable social enterprise which encourages young budding entrepreneurs from disadvantaged backgrounds to start business ventures, by giving them greater access to start-up finance, real business mentors, professional services advisors and educational programmes. 

"Never before has the attraction, and importantly the retention, of Future Talent been more of a critical focus for business leaders. Future strategic workforce needs in a competitive and incredibly fast paced business environment means that business leaders are acutely focused on what skills are required to create and maintain that competitive edge. Attracting the next generation of talent that has the propensity to learn, grow and innovate is a board challenge that goes beyond remuneration. Future talent wants to be inspired as well as inspire, to work for an innovator and be given the space to innovate. Future talent is a two way conversation. Businesses say what they want and listen to what future talent needs. Here’s to the Changeboard facilitating mutually beneficial conversations." 


Laura Harrison, people & strategy director, CIPD 

Laura leads the CIPD’s Strategy, research and public policy teams as well as its HR function. She has particular interest in the future of work and HR, organisation development and change. Laura passionately believes that the future of work is human and is interested in exploring how organisations can create value for all their stakeholders for long term societal advancement as well as economic growth.

“The CIPD has long been a supporter of Future Talent and I’m excited by this extension of its ambition and am looking forward to great conversations, insights and learning for both myself and the CIPD’s broader strategic direction”


Kevin Green, chief excutive, REC 

Kevin has been the chief executive of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation since June 2008. The REC is the professional body for the UK’s 28.7 billion private recruitment industry.

Since arriving at the REC, Kevin has improved its offering to members; this has included the introduction of account management, the established Institute of Recruitment Professionals. Kevin is also VP of Ciett the Global representative body for the recruitment industry. He chairs the national federations committee. 

"The REC are a huge supporter of the future talent agenda. Through our Good Recruitment Campaign we help organisations understand the importance of attracting the right talent to their business today, but also to start to think about the skills they will require tomorrow. I am looking forward to being part of the Future Talent initiative."


Dr Alan Watkins, CEO, Complete Coherence ​

Alan is recognised as an international expert on leadership and human performance. He has a broad mix of commercial, academic, scientific, and technological abilities. He was originally a physician and he also has a first class degree in Psychology and a PhD in Immunology. He has delivered two TEDx talks one of which has over half a million views.

In 2004, Alan founded Complete Coherence Limited. He has worked with numerous executives and their boards. His combination of in depth understanding of how human beings function, learn, and develop and his commercial business acumen makes him a robust, challenging developmental coach. 

"We live in an increasingly complex and dynamic age, where the pace of change is testing us to near capacity. It has never been more important to innovate if we are to meet the challenges ahead of us, and true innovation requires collaboration, thought leadership, wisdom and an appetite for risk. The Future Talent Forum provides us with a unique platform to generate new thinking, test our boundaries and share the wisdom of the crowd."


Jennifer Room, senior director – HR, EMC  

Jennifer joined EMC 6 years ago as the UK & Ireland HR director. Since then, she took on two EMEA businesses as HR Director for the Emerging Software Division and Advanced Software Divisions, in addition to her regional HR director role. She started her career in Financial Services, before moving into human resources.

“With the ever changing world of work and the constant evolution of digital transformation, it is more important now than ever, that we continually assess strategies to optimize and develop our future talent, to align with environmental and economic influences. How businesses and leaders adapt to these changes and the technology led agendas which enable how we work, develop and do business is imperative.”


Mike Martin, MD, Common Purpose

Following a career running businesses, writing, and mapping societies in Afghanistan, Myanmar, Somalia and the Congo, Mike joined Common Purpose in 2015. Common Purpose runs leadership development programmes that inspire and equip people to work across boundaries, which enables them to solve complex problems in organizations and in society. Mike's career began in the British Army where he pioneered their Cultural Advisor Programme. He worked as an advisor to several senior British generals in Helmand, and completed a PhD which led to the publication of a book on the conflict: An Intimate War. 

"The Future Talent Forum brings together the right people to talk about where talent is heading. We now need to look beyond our organisations to the changes in the wider world, and understand how these changes will impact on the need for Talent, as well as the needs of Talent. This is the best place to do that, and I am tremendously excited to be taking part."


Rachel Humphrey, HR chief of staff, Barclays

Rachel has 20 years' experience in HR across a range of industries. She is passionate about business leveraging their resources for societal benefit and has played a pivotal role in developing and executing on Barclays HR citizenship agenda, which has proven hugely positive in driving colleague engagement and supporting the communities globally where we live and work.

"I am passionate about being part of the Future Talent Forum where I can collaborate with like minded professionals and discuss some real and future challenges that face our society and economies. Driving business for good, making the world a better and safer place for future generations is something we should all care about and want to play our part in."