Iceland chief to give exclusive talk at Leicester Business Festival

L-R: Cheryl Willey, Kirsty Turner and Helen Dargie

The 2019 Leicester Business Festival will be treated to an exclusive visit this month from one of the UK’s biggest and most influential companies.

Kirsty Turner is the Head of Retail HR for Iceland, who for the 13th year running was named in the top 25 in the Sunday Times Best Big Company to Work For survey.

Turner will be talking about employee engagement at an event in Leicester on Tuesday, October 29, organised by Loughborough feedback specialists We Love Surveys.

The event, ‘Employee Engagement: Effective Strategies, Stories & Technologies to Help You Get It Right’, is taking place on the second day of the Festival at Queen Victoria Arts Club in Leicester city centre.

As well as Turner, the event will also feature talks from Cheryl Willey, HR consultant at East Midlands-based PeakHR, and We Love Surveys CEO Helen Dargie.

The annual Sunday Times Best Companies survey has ranked Iceland among the Best Big Companies to Work For in the UK every year for the last 12 years, and has twice awarded them the number one spot, in 2012 and 2014.

Turner’s appearance at the Leicester Business Festival has proved a real steal for Dargie, who said: “This is very much a coup for us, as Kirsty rarely has the time to take part in these kinds of events.

“Kirsty will give us a rare insight into one of Britain’s fastest-growing and most innovative retailers.

“She will be offering attendees a case study on how focusing on employee engagement makes such a difference at what has consistently been recognised as one of the Best Large Companies to Work for in the UK.”

Willey started PeakHR following a 15-year career as an HR manager and HR director for local, well-established firms, while Dargie will be talking about how technology can assist HR leaders in taking the pulse of the team on a regular basis.

“Our event is suitable for businesses of all sizes looking to improve the way they engage their employees to increase productivity and wellbeing,” added Dargie.

“There will be plenty of time to network with other HR professionals to share experiences and approaches.”