Event Details

Join us for this BioTuesday hosted by OBN's HR Special Interest Group (HRSIG) to address the topic of 'Building Success for your Organisation from the Inside Out'. Angela Hobbs, Chair of the HRSIG, will chair the session, and will be joined by a panel of experts who will bring their specialist insight to the topic.

Discussion points will include:

  • How to manage a multi-generational team
  • What are the major challenges currently facing companies from a people perspective, e.g., hybrid working
  • How to build an innovative work culture
  • The importance of HR leaders of continuously updating their skills, capabilities, and knowledge of best practices – what is the impact of getting this right and wrong
  • What are the management styles and systems for the future – why the old style is no longer effective
  • Adopting the new terms: talent not labour, teams and network not hierarchy, collaborators not competitors
  • Importance and impact of building a meaningful employee experience
  • How HR can support the three main characteristics of future-ready companies: know what they are & what they stand for; operate with speed and simplicity; achieve growth via scaling up their ability to learn and innovate.

Event Format:

18.00 Delegate registration, tea & coffee served

18.30 Welcome and Introduction, Angela Hobbs, Chair HRSIG

18.45 Panel discussion

19.45 Audience Q&A

20.00 Drinks & networking

21.00 Event close

About our host, Penningtons Manches Cooper:

Penningtons Manches Cooper's award winning life sciences practice provides comprehensive, business oriented advice, bringing extensive legal, scientific and industry specific insights to its medical device, pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients.

The team acts for small and medium sized clients, larger plcs and multi-national enterprises. In addition, they work closely with research organisations to enable the effective adoption and transfer of technology and its further development. They also represent a number of venture capital funds.


  • Catrin Gaston-Penny (Group Head of HR at Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult)

    Catrin Gaston-Penny

    Group Head of HR at 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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  • Daff Richardson (Partner at Penningtons Manches Cooper)

    Daff Richardson

    Partner at Penningtons Manches Cooper

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  • Stuart Rose (CEO of OBN)

    Stuart Rose

    CEO of OBN

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  • Malcolm Silander (Managing Partner, Co-founder of Precision BioSearch Limited)

    Malcolm Silander

    Managing Partner, Co-founder of Precision BioSearch Limited

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  • Fiona Story (Head of Innovation at Begbroke Science Park)

    Fiona Story

    Head of Innovation at Begbroke Science Park

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  • Chris Thomas (VP, People at Exscientia)

    Chris Thomas

    VP, People at Exscientia

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