Paul Gillen, Pinsent Masons

Paul is a Partner at Pinsent Masons LLP who heads the Employment Law team. Previously, Paul worked for over ten years in HR Management within the manufacturing, engineering, retail and construction sectors. This experience supports his commercial and solutions-based approach.

Paul is qualified as a solicitor in England & Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and he is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and is Past-Chair of the Northern Ireland CIPD Branch.  Paul is Visiting Professor to the School of Law at Ulster University and sits on the CBI Employment & Skills Committee.  Paul specialises in advising public and private sector clients on contentious and non-contentious matters, TUPE, equality and diversity (including public sector equality duties), policy and procedure, organisational structure and development and strategic HR support. He specialises in employment matters in reorganisations and insolvency.

Paul is a regular employment law speaker for Legal Island, the CIPD, CBI and other organisations as well as delivering the CIPD accredited Advanced Diploma in Employment Law.


Helen Sullivan, PwC

Helen has 25 years of experience of helping clients improve their business performance, and achieve their strategic objectives, through the development of their organisations and the people within them.

She has worked for PwC’s People and Change Practice for 18 years and this has involved line management and consulting roles across a range of HRD areas including L&D Strategy development, project management of complex multi-sited development programmes, design and delivery of development centres and learning effectiveness and impact studies.

Her current client work ranges from global energy and financial service companies to national government. Recent projects have involved, one to one executive coaching for Boards, consulting with organisations on people management and engagement strategies and the capability dimensions  of change management processes. Helen’s particular interests lie with projects involving senior executive effectiveness and HR business partner development in organisations undergoing transformation of HR Service Delivery. Prior to PwC Helen spent seven years with Advanced Learning Systems managing a network of open learning centres and delivering on international open learning programmes.


Wendy Close, Bank of Ireland

Wendy Close MCIPD, currently Senior HR Business Partner Bank of Ireland NI, responsible for working in Partnership with the NI Senior Management Team to agree the NI HR Strategy and Plan and ensuring implementation of plan in line with key business priorities.

Previously, Wendy has held other HR Business Partner roles in BOI in both NI and GB and also had responsibility for Managing the UK HR Advisory Team.


Anne Dougan, Think People

Anne Dougan MCIPD is Managing Partner at Think People Consulting, a modern HR Consultancy based in Belfast and Dublin, offering outsourced HR and People Development.

A seasoned HR executive with over 20 years within Senior Human Resources roles,  Anne’s reputation as a commercially minded HR leader has spread across Northern Ireland and the Republic in the past ten years since setting up Think People with her business partner Emer Hinphey.  Anne’s passion for HR started in one of her first HR posts at the London Stock Exchange, then from 1995 to 2002 Anne was Group Head of HR for United Dairy Farmers/Dale Farm Group of companies. She was responsible for all strategic and operational HR within the business.

Anne has enjoyed working with a vast array of businesses across every sector in Northern Ireland and the Republic and is well known for her persistence, accuracy and focus.  She has partnered business leaders at all levels and a variety of Industry from Services, Technology to Manufacturing.  She is particularly sought after for dealing with complex HR projects requiring an expected level of sensitivity and / or potential legal difficulty, due to her significant HR knowledge and her calm but firm unflustered style and general gravitas.


Pete Feldman, Grafton Recruitment

Pete joined Grafton Recruitment in 2014 as Managing Director and is fully responsible for Grafton’s service delivery and financial performance in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Grafton provides quality recruitment and selection solutions including temporary, contract, specialist permanent and HR consulting, with a focus on design and delivery of assessment solutions and psychometric testing.

He has a passion for providing commercially-focused people solutions to support business strategies, gained through 20 years of HR experience, with over 15 years in senior HR positions. Pete previous worked for Dixons Carphone for 15 years in the UK, Ireland and Europe in a variety of HR roles including Resourcing & Talent, HR Shared Services and in-country HRD. He also worked for PaddyPower for two years as Head of UK HR. Key implementations and projects have included mass volume hiring to support rapid growth, change management, design and delivery of assessment and development centres for management levels, implementation of new pay schemes, employee engagement surveys and improvement cycles, TUPE / M&A,

Pete is both a Fellow of CIPD and the Institute of Recruitment Professionals.


Lee Ann Panglea, CIPD

Lee holds the role of Head of Market Development across Scotland and Northern Ireland for CIPD. Her role is focused on building reach, influence and impact for the CIPD across Scotland and Northern Ireland, including leading, developing and implementing CIPD Scotland and Northern Ireland’s market development plan- growing market profile and footprint.

Lee is also responsible for progressing strategic partnerships in order to further the impact and voice of CIPD in Scotland and Northern Ireland and developing market knowledge and intelligence to identify market opportunities; ensuring that our key customer groups needs are understood and met via CIPD solutions and customer propositions.