Event Details

The past two years have seen an accelerated transformation in working practices, with the pandemic shifting many of us towards a hybrid working model. What does this mean for the future and what does the new workplace now look like? Our panel will address these issues and discuss questions including:

  • Is this move to a hybrid model going to be a permanent shift?
  • What are the advantages and the challenges?
  • What is the impact on staff and the workplace?
  • How does hybrid working affect recruitment and retention?

The session will be chaired by Angela Hobbs, who leads the HRSIG, and will feature three speakers who will provide their insights into their working practices, and their thoughts for the future.


  • CATRIN GASTON-PENNY (Human Resources Director of Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult)


    Human Resources Director of Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult

    Catrin is senior HR professional with UK and International experience with a proven track record of driving organisational change programmes by utilizing HR solutions to transform organizational performance.

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  • Angela Hobbs (CEO of Wilkinson Hall)

    Angela Hobbs

    CEO of Wilkinson Hall


    Angela Hobbs joined the OBN Board in March 2020. Angela is CEO of Wilkinson Hall Ltd, a business consultancy working with entrepreneurs in their transition from start-up to scale-up. She is a member of the Design Council’s investment panel for Tech Spark and a mentor for Aspire for Equality Foundation. She founded her first company in the 1990’s working with media owners, advertising agencies and global brands. After a period of consulting with product design consultants Triteq, she became MD in 2017 working with MedTech clients and funding organisations developing safety critical medical devices and digital health solutions. In 2010 she completed her MSc in Sustainable Business at University of Bath.

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