Emma Leonis, Client Executive Director, LACE Partners
Emma is a seasoned HR transformation specialist. During her career, she has led some of the largest global HR change programmes with clients across the Private Sector and Financial Services, focusing on optimising HR service delivery and enhancing the employee experience.
Emma spent over 10 years at Deloitte before joining LACE Partners in early 2018 as Executive Director of HR Transformation. She is passionate about HR and challenging, inspiring and motivating HR leaders to achieve more. She leads LACE’s thought leadership into the future of HR service delivery and operating models, with recent reports including ‘The Future of HR Shared Services: Becoming People Experience and Solutions Experts’ and ‘HR on the Offensive’.
Henry Victor, VP, People & Culture Services & Solutions, BP
A dynamic and agile Senior Level Leader, Henry has extensive experience in working with blue chip companies to realise their business strategy and improve their operational performance through transformational programmes. Demonstrated ability to lead large teams and deliver global transformational change programmes. Consultative approach in working with the full spectrum of stakeholders across an organisation to understand complex business problems and develop structured practical solutions. Experienced programme manager on Human Resources transformational programmes from business case to implementation. Demonstrated ability to design and implement complete solutions to successfully manage business issues. Experienced functional project leader and team player on various full life cycle system implementations, including ERP, CRM and other bespoke technical solutions. Experience of working across a broad range of industries, cultures and geographies. “Hands-on” approach with extensive development skills for technology implementations. Energetic, flexible, visionary, creative and innovative.
Sharon Benson, Transformation & People Director, Edison Young People
Sharon Benson is an experienced HR executive with a proven track record of partnering with board members and private equity stakeholders, and was recognised by HR Magazine as one of the Most Influential HR Practitioners in both 2021 and 2019. She is passionate about delivering sustainable business growth by placing colleagues at the heart of the development programme. A specialist in transformation, Sharon is an advocate of commercially-focused employee value propositions, helping businesses understand how improved customer numbers, profit and social responsibility start with colleagues.
Sharon has recently joined Edison Young People, a company dedicated to the care and education of the most vulnerable children and young people in the UK as their Transformation and People Director. Over the coming months, she’ll be working closely with the CEO to help shape the organisation’s future operating model, organisation design and performance metrics in preparation for growth. Prior to joining Edison Young, Sharon was HRD at Sunrise Senior Living UK and Gracewell Healthcare, a luxury care home provider operating 46 homes and 5,000 colleagues. She’s also held senior positions leading people and culture change programmes at Studio Retail, Acorn Care and Education and the Co-Operative Group.