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Tom Hadley

Tom Hadley is a globe-rocking, future of work activist who uses his projects with United Nations agencies to curate good practice ‘treasure troves’ from across the globe. Tom’s talks are highly practical and interactive with a focus on what big-picture ‘mega-trends’ really mean for individuals and organisations. He is the author of over 50 research reports and White Papers on the evolving world of work and is a regular media spokesperson. 

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About Tom Hadley

Tom Hadley reaches into his research and his ongoing work for International Labour Organization (ILO) to create  ‘case study carousels’ on leading-edge workforce management practices and reputation enhancement strategies.

Before launching his own consultancy, training and public speaking business, Tom was the Campaigns Director for one of the UK’s leading business organisations where he established the Future of Jobs Observatory to pre-empt evolving skills needs and AI adoption. He has been a representative on over a dozen government forums and served on the board of the World Employment Confederation. He is currently a Director of Youth Employment UK which provides unique insight into the expectations and concerns of the next generation of workers.

Tom has a Masters in International Law and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA). He was a semi-professional rugby player and is a qualified England Rugby ‘Advanced Coach’. Having lived in Paris for many years, Tom is an unrepentant aficionado of 1980s French pop.

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Speech Topics

Tom’s speech topics include, but are not limited to:

MEGA TRENDS, MICRO LENS – This talk hones-in on what big picture, global trends mean in practice for the individuals and organisations. The presentation is tailored to each event, with a focus on the following ‘big-ticket’ items:

  • Green transition – How are organisations managing change and making sustainability a core element of their employer brand?
  • AI and digital adoption – How is AI-driven disruption playing out in different sectors, what are the implications for managers and leaders?
  • The expectations gap – What do evolving worker expectations mean for organizational culture, how are employers using new employee engagement strategies to unleash collective energy?
  • People and skills – How is the skills ecosystem being reframed and how is a ‘skills-first’ approach to hiring boosting productivity and inclusion?
  • The future of work – How are business leaders adapting to a shape-shifting word of work, and embedding new working patterns and structures?

WALKING THE TECH V TOUCH TIGHTROPE IN AN AGE OF AI OMNIPOTENCE – This talk is based on insight from my global projects for the World Employment Confederation, the UN and the ILO. It brings together practical examples of how businesses from around world are harnessing AI whilst upping the ante on interpersonal skills and creating cohesive cultures. As with all my talks, I structure the content to prompt audience interaction.

COME TASTE THE BRAND – How are organisations re-energising their employer brand and using this to attract the staff and skills they need? And how are managers and leaders boosting their voice and visibility by powering-up their personal brand? This highly-topical talk is based on regularly refreshed ‘case study carousels’ from around the world.

THE FLORAL BOX FORMULA – This is a very personal talk based on the story of my grandmother’s flower shop in the Midlands and the life-lessons it taught me. I use this to draw out timeless take-aways about extreme resilience, entrepreneurship, work-life balance, leadership and love. These are all chapters in the book I am currently completing of the same title.

EIGHT EXPECTATIONS  – What do young people expect from work and what are the implications for employers? This talk is based on the insight and Youth Voice Census data that I access as a Director of Youth Employment UK (as well as on my work as a rugby coach). It covers eight areas where the expectation gap is at its widest and presents solutions for each one.

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Testimonials

"Tom is not only an expert in his field, he has a truly engaging manner. His energy and enthusiasm is complemented by his professional gravitas. Tom makes sense of complex data - creating thought-provoking and insightful sessions."

Vice President, Solihull Chamber of Commerce

"I have had the pleasure of hearing Tom speak on several occasions.  His relaxed and thoughtful delivery, coupled with his grasp of the most topical issues for business leaders, enables him to relate complex ideas to any audience."

Former Head of the Institute of Recruitment Professionals (IRP)

"I have had the pleasure of listening to Tom both as a speaker and event chair. He truly captivated the audience with his insightful perspectives and engaging delivery. Tom provides a thought-provoking and inspiring experience."

BPS World

"Tom’s talks are not just full of great content, they are truly inspiring. Tom finds innovative ways of engaging with delegates from around the world. His sessions always enrich our leadership courses."

ILO International Training Centre (Turin)

"Tom is a real professional who loves what he does and is excellent at it. I could just trust that Tom would make  a huge difference to any event, panel and audience."

Business Forums International (BFI UK)

"Tom is one of the most natural communicators I have ever met. He worked with us to inspire young students about the world of work. Young people are a tough audience, but they gave him a big thumbs up. And he's equally at home speaking to a senior business audience."

Director, Work and Pay Research

"Book Tom, listen to Tom, act on what Tom shares. Enough said!"

Corporate Performance Coach

"Tom is engaging, well-prepared and knowledgeable; we got fantastic feedback from our event. He also chaired a panel for our annual hospitality conference and did such a brilliant job bringing the subject matter, the panel and audience together."

Managing Director, CJUK

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